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March 2008

  • 25th March 2008

    Home Office’s “Iranian propaganda” over gay hangings 2

    “We found that two young males were hanged because they were found guilty of raping a 13 year-old boy,“ said Home Office minister Lord West.

    4:30 PM — The government has been accused of being more inclined to believe Iran than human rights groups on the issue of how gay people are treated in that country.The Gay and Lesbian Humanist Association is angry that the Home Office minister in the Lords last week claimed that no-one has recently been executed in Iran "solely on the grounds of homosexuality."GALHA intend to write to Home Secretary Jacqui Smith for clarification of the official position after statements by Lord West of Spithead.

  • Mayoral candidates on knives, teens and the environment 5

    Ken Livingstone said he opposed airport expansion at Heathrow or any other sites in London.

    3:30 PM — The Mayor of London has promised to go ahead with a £25 charge for "gas guzzling" cars in the capital at the launch of his environment manifesto today.Londoners go to the polls on May 1st in the tightest race for Mayor since the office was established in 2000.Ken Livingstone said he opposed airport expansion at Heathrow or any other sites in London. "I have made environmental policy a central focus of all I have done as Mayor," he said.

  • COMMENT: Can celebs swing the Democratic nomination?

    Just because Oprah can turn books into best-sellers or put companies out of business if she doesn't like their products doesn't mean she or any other celebrity can decide what is best for the country.

    2:50 PM — Obama or Clinton? It seems to be a question at the forefront of every American Democrat's mind going into to this year's important Presidential election.While the Republican Party has elected their representative as John McCain, the other side seems to be a struggle less about the ideals of the candidates, which are very similar, and more about a popularity contest.Questions have been raised about who is more electable, who has more experience, and who has a better message.

  • Labour MPs get free vote on parts of embryology bill 17

    MPs will get a free vote on three parts of the legislation: IVF research, saviour siblings and the creation of human-animal embryos.

    2:10 PM — The Prime Minister has announced that MPs will be allowed to vote against parts of a government bill.The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill is due before the Commons in the next few weeks.MPs will get a free vote on three parts of the legislation: IVF research, saviour siblings and the creation of human-animal embryos.Mr Brown said that he believes stem cell research has the potential to cure some diseases "that have afflicted mankind for centuries."

  • Cardinal attacks new rights for gay parents 18

    The Cardinal also accused the government of trying to challenge “standards by which we have lived throughout our lives and by which Christians have lived for the past 2,000 years.“

    2:10 PM — The controversial Easter message from the leader of Scotland's Roman Catholic church contained an attack on new rights for lesbian and gay parents.Press coverage has concentrated on Cardinal Keith O'Brien's claims that the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill will create "Frankenstein-like" human-animal hybrid embryos, a charge rejected by the government and scientists.During his speech on Sunday the Cardinal accused Prime Minister Gordon Brown of: "promoting a bill which denies that a child has a biological father."

  • Democrats plan to topple homophobic politician 10

    In 2004 Kern was elected for the first time with 67.65% of the vote.

    1:30 PM — Oklahoma state representative Sally Kern will face a challenge in November elections after an audio recording was leaked of her comparing gays to terrorists and telling fellow Republicans the "homosexual agenda is destroying this nation."The recording and accompanying YouTube video have sparked outrage from many, but Kern defended her words, telling the press: "What I'm saying, I believe in."The Demcratic party has announced that Ron Marlett, a 59-year-old social worker, will challenge Kern for the Oklahoma City seat.

  • Downing St protest over gay asylum seekers

    OutRage!, the National Union of Students and the Middle East Workers' Solidarity took part in the protest opposite Downing St.

    12:50 PM — More than 120 people took to the streets of London last Saturday to highlight the plight of lesbian, gay, bi and trans people who seek asylum in the UK.OutRage!, the National Union of Students and the Middle East Workers' Solidarity took part in the protest opposite Downing St.They demanded that Mehdi Kazemi, a gay Iranian teenager who faces deportation to his homeland and possible execution because of his sexuality, be allowed to stay in the UK.

  • Socialist candidate for Mayor to attend Stonewall hustings 1

    Ms German will appear on the ballot paper as the candidate for The Left List.

    12:20 PM — Lindsey German has confirmed that she will join other candidates for Mayor of London at a gay hustings event next month.The Respect - The Left List candidate will appear alongside incumbent Mayor Ken Livingstone, Tory candidate Boris Johnson, Lib Dem Brian Paddick and Green party candidate Sian Berry at the event at BFI Southbank on Saturday 19th April.The Stonewall hustings will be the last before Londoners go to the polls on May 1st.

  • Cameron warns Catholics over embryology debate 17

    Today's warning from Mr Cameron stressed that the present atmosphere may prevent the legislation from being debated “calmly and reasonably“ by MPs.

    12:10 PM — The Leader of the Opposition has said that critics of new legislation should be careful not to "overstate" its impact.David Cameron's comments follow an Easter weekend full of claim and counter-claim about the creation of "animal-human hybrids" as a result of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill.On Easter Sunday the leader of Scotland's Roman Catholics attacked the Prime Minister and made lurid claims that the new legislation "comprehensively attacks the sanctity and dignity of human life than this particular bill."

  • INTERVIEW: Basketball’s stereotype-busting gay icon 3

    Amaechi is finally comfortable in his sexuality after many years of struggle.

    11:50 AM — There can be no better introduction to the conversation of John Amaechi than to relay his thoughts on the American press and basketball-loving public's reaction to the revelation that this giant of the game is gay."I knew it would be fuss-worthy, especially in America. But it's very weird really because over here if you didn't know you just weren't paying attention."Amaechi is one of a handful of British players to have reached the heights of the US National Basketball Association.

  • 24th March 2008

    SNP campaign against gay deportation to Syria 2

    Jojo Jako Yakob says he could face death in Syria

    12:10 AM — Scotland's governing party has taken up the case of a gay Syrian who claims he will be tortured and maybe even executed if returned to his home country.Jojo Jako Yakob is claiming asylum in the UK on the grounds of his sexual orientation and had pleaded with the Home Office to reverse a deportation order.Pete Wishart MP, the SNP's Home Affairs spokesman, has taken up his case at Westminster.

  • 22nd March 2008

    Last chance to vote in Mayoral poll

    The Mayor of London is elected by the Supplementary Vote (SV) system, meaning voters may choose a first and second choice candidate.

    12:50 AM — PinkNews.co.uk is inviting readers to take part in our second Mayor of London poll. The poll closes at noon on Sunday so you'll need to vote quickly.Incumbent Ken Livingstone is running as the Labour candidate. Henley MP Boris Johnson is the Conservative party hopeful, while former Met police Deputy Assistant Commissioner Brian Paddick is standing for the Liberal Democrats.

  • 21st March 2008

    Comment: Is Clinton really any different to Obama? 14

    Which one is the right choice?

    4:50 PM — Ann Turner tosses up whether either one of Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton is worthy of her vote in the Democratic primary. Or, if it really matters which one she picks as they both seem so similar.As I stood in line to cast my ballot in the Washington state Democratic caucuses last month, the choice of who to support for the presidential nominee still loomed large in my mind...

  • Tory shadow cabinet member pens ode to Livermore

    Theresa May, who is also Shadow Minister for Women and Equality, was speaking at Business Questions yesterday.

    4:50 PM — The Shadow Leader of the House of Commons amused MPs yesterday with a poem, presumably written by her, about the Prime Minister's departing Director of Strategy.Theresa May, who is also Shadow Minister for Women and Equality, was speaking at Business Questions yesterday.Her poem concerns Spencer Livermore, who in December was named the most important gay person in British politics.

  • Judge rules that gay ex-Governor didn’t torment his wife 1

    Jim McGreevey earlier claimed he and his wife took part in a threesome

    10:50 AM — The gay former Governor of New Jersey didn't plan on tormenting his wife while married a divorce court judge ruled yesterday.Jim McGreevey's wife, Dina Matos McGreevey claims that was conned into marrying a gay man who only wanted a wife in order to hide his homosexuality in an attempt to boost his political career.The former Governor of New Jersey admitted in 2004 to having an extra-marital affair with his male aide Golan Cipel.

  • 20th March 2008

    No investigation into MP’s payments to family

    Mr Conway accused the media of homophobia over the way his son's personal life was reported.

    6:45 PM — The Metropolitan police will investigate former Tory MP Derek Conway about payments he made to two of his children for "working" for him.Scotland Yard announced this evening that it did not believe it was "appropriate."Mr Conway was suspended from the House of Commons for ten days and ordered to repay more than £13,000 after the Commons Standards and Privileges Committee decided he had effectively defrauded the taxpayer.

  • Two EU cities refuse to sign gay rights appeal 9

    Gay campaigners were attacked with eggs and bags of excrement as they aimed to quietly celebrate Riga Pride in 2006.

    6:15 PM — The Mayors of Riga in Latvia and Tallinn in Estonia have declined to take part in a campaign affirming freedom of assembly and expression for LGBT people in Europe.The Europe branch of the International Gay and Lesbian Association wanted the leaders of those cities to join 19 others in Europe and declare their support for their initiative.Gay campaigners were attacked with eggs and bags of excrement as they aimed to quietly celebrate Riga Pride in 2006.

  • THT launches tests and treatments by post

    The tests, treatment and other sexual health services can be ordered online from http://www.thtbypost.org.uk

    5:20 PM — Sexual health charity Terrence Higgins Trust (THT) is to offer a range of paid-for sexual health tests and treatments.THT by Post offers testing and treatment for chlamydia and gonorrhoea, testing for HIV and treatment for genital herpes and non-specific urethritis.The tests involve taking either a saliva or urine sample at home and posting it off to a lab to be analysed.

  • Mayor defends project that dooms Astoria 2

    The Astoria will be torn down as part of the redevelopment of Tottenham Court Road station.  photo: antmoose@flickr.com

    5:10 PM — Ken Livingstone has claimed there would be "thirty per cent increases in fares and doubling of supplementary business rates" in the capital unless the Crossrail project goes ahead.The £5.5 billion scheme will see a new cross-London rail connection built. However, one of London's best-known gay venues will be demolished.The Astoria will be torn down as part of the redevelopment of Tottenham Court Road station.

  • Medical council denies gay fertility discrimination 1

    “We expect doctors to be prepared to set aside their personal beliefs where this is necessary in order to provide care,“ said the GMC.

    4:20 PM — The regulatory body for the medical professions in the UK has said that doctors cannot discrimate against groups of patients, such as gay men or lesbians.The General Medical Council said that a PinkNews.co.uk report on its new guidelines, entitled Personal Beliefs and Medical Practice, was wrong to give the impression that doctors could decline fertility treatment on the grounds of sexual orientation.

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