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May 2008

  • 9th May 2008

    We will be gentle with Boris, says Pride London 1

    Pride London will be held on July 5th

    1:00 PM — The chair of the UK's largest Pride event has welcomed the news that the new Mayor of London will be attending this year. Boris Johnson was elected last week, the first Tory to win the job.

  • EXCLUSIVE: Rebel Labour MP’s seat could go to gay candidate 11

    Ms Hoey, 61, has been MP for Vauxhall since 1989

    12:40 PM — A leading Labour party activist has said he is "flattered" by approaches from party members asking him to stand in Vauxhall. The current MP, Kate Hoey, caused outrage among Labour members in London when she agreed to become an adviser to Conservative Boris Johnson.

  • Gay London advert wins travel award

    London is home to the largest gay and lesbian population in Europe

    10:52 AM — The official visitor organisation for London is celebrating today after it won twice at the International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association Awards ceremony in Las Vegas. The awards were voted for by the membership of IGLTA.

  • Movie mogul demands Dem “revote” in Florida and Michigan

    Florida and Michigan look to be Clinton's only remaining shot

    10:30 AM — Hollywood heavy-hitter and ardent supporter of Senator Hillary Clinton, Harvey Weinstein threatened to hit Congressional Democrats in the wallet unless US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi gave him the go-ahead to finance revotes in Florida and Michigan.

  • One in five US gays and lesbians writes a blog 1

    21% of gay and lesbian respondents had written a personal blog in the last month

    10:22 AM — According to a recent survey of Americans conducted by Harris Interactive, gay and lesbian adults online are reading and writing more blogs than their heterosexual counterparts.

  • 8th May 2008

    Stonewall’s ten month battle for hate crimes legislation 6

    For Stonewall, yesterday was an imperfect but very welcome victory

    4:52 PM — They may have managed to secure a new offence of incitement to hatred on the grounds of sexual orienation, but gay equality organisation Stonewall's public affairs team will not be resting anytime soon.

  • Religious groups gang up against Moscow Pride 3

    Metropolitan Kirill heads the Moscow Patriarchate department for external church relations

    4:12 PM — The leaders of all the major religions in Russia have written to the Council of Europe's Commissioner for Human Rights urging him not to support gay people's right to march.

  • Hillary promises to stay in the race for the White House 4

    The Clinton campaign received another heavy blow on Wednesday

    3:36 PM — Even as one of her longtime supporters, former senator George McGovern, begged Hillary Clinton to drop out of the Presidential race, the former First Lady vowed to continue the fight.

  • EXCLUSIVE: Boris will attend Pride London

    Mr Johnson beat incumbent Labour Mayor Ken Livingstone when Londoners went to the polls last Thursday

    3:06 PM — The new Mayor of London will take part in the city's gay Pride parade on July 5th, PinkNews.co.uk can confirm. It will be the first time that Boris Johnson has attended Pride.

  • US State Department criticised for treatment of gay staff

    The issues could be resolved with Ms Rice's signature

    1:26 PM — The only out lesbian in the US Congress has said she is unhappy with the response from the country's Secretary of State about unequal treatment of lesbian and gay staff in her department.

  • Alleged rape of gay man by Peruvian police sparks international protest 2

    A magistrate ordered that the police officers be remanded in custody

    12:57 PM — The International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) is asking its supporters to write to the authorities in Peru about the handling of a case of alleged rape.

  • Gay Eurovision fans issued with advice

    Serbia won the right to host the 53rd Eurovision Song Contest

    12:27 PM — The British Embassy in Belgrade is funding the production of an information leaflet for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people planning to visit the city for the Eurovision Song Contest later this month. The Gay Straight Alliance (GSA) of Belgrade will be producing the leaflet.

  • Gay hate crime bill passed by Parliament 6

    The Criminal Justice and Immigration Bill passed its final stages in the House of Lords

    12:12 PM — Incitement to hatred on the grounds of sexual orientation will become a criminal offence after the Criminal Justice and Immigration Bill passed its final stages in the House of Lords last night.

  • Former supporter urges Clinton to make way for Obama 4

    Clinton is expected to travel to South Dakota tomorrow

    11:05 AM — On the heels of Tuesday’s narrow win in Indiana and huge loss in North Carolina for the Clinton camp, Senator George McGovern called for the New York Senator to drop out of the race and let Barack Obama secure the nomination.

  • 7th May 2008

    Gay penguins top list of controversial books – again

    And Tango Makes Three, by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell, was published in 2005

    4:59 PM — A heart-warming tale of same-sex love and parenting among New York penguins has topped the list of books most complained about in American libraries for the second year running.

  • Denver lesbians on trial for marriage protest

    The couple took Rev. Mike Morran with them

    4:44 PM — A court in Colorado has heard that a lesbian couple who held a sit-in protest against the state's ban on same-sex marriage are guilty of trespassing. Sheila Schroeder, 43 and Kate Burns, 44, staged their protest in September 2007.

  • INTERVIEW: The master of homoerotic horror

    The Brotherhood was an acclaimed homoerotic thriller

    4:33 PM — Working for B-movie great Roger Corman in the early 1980s launched director David DeCoteau's career, but in the 57 films he's directed in the 20-some years since, the openly gay director has carved out a niche all his own.

  • America’s most senior military officer relaxed about gays serving 1

    Admiral Mike Mullen is Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff

    4:13 PM — The Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff has said that Congress, and not the military, is responsible for the ban on openly lesbian, gay and bisexual Americans from military service.

  • British star urges Hollywood gays out of the closet

    Marin Freeman played Tim in the hit TV show The Office

    3:52 PM — One of the stars of hit comedy The Office has said he is convinced there are many high-profile Hollywood celebrities who are gay, and he can't understand why they do not come out.

  • Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit on DVD

    This BAFTA award-winning drama follows the story of Jessica

    3:27 PM — An acclaimed BBC drama about lesbian coming-of-age will be available to buy on DVD next month. Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit is a story of love, freedom and religious intolerance.

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