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  • 7th November 2007

    Lesbian couple push for full marriage rights in Ireland

    Last week the Irish Government voted down a Labour Party Bill on civil unions but proposed an alternative by the end of next March.

    11:01 AM — A lesbian couple from the Republic of Ireland who married in Canada yesterday renewed calls to have the same legal rights as those in heterosexual marriages.Dr Katherine Zappone and Dr Ann Louise Gilligan took part in the first expert meeting on the recognition of married same-sex couples at the European Parliament in Brussels.They joined couples from across Europe who are seeking recognition of their marriage.

  • 6th November 2007

    Homophobic Prime Minister of Poland leaves office

    In August 2006, when quizzed by the EU over his gay rights record, Jaroslaw Kaczynski said he was not a homophobe.

    7:01 PM — Jaroslaw Kaczynski has handed in the resignation of his cabinet, officially bringing an end to the Law and Justice-led government who had been in power in Poland since autumn 2005.Prime Minister Mr Kaczynski handed his resignation documents to his twin brother President Lech Kaczynski, during a ceremony at the Presidential Palace in Warsaw yesterday.His resignation follows his party's defeat in elections held last month.

  • CBS to make news programme for US gay network

    Logo is owned by Viacom's MTV. Targeting programming aimed at the LGBT community, it launched in June 2005.

    5:35 PM — American LGBT cable channel Logo is planning to screen a half-hour weekly news programme by CBS News."CBS News on Logo" will premiere next Monday evening. The news broadcast stems from a two-year partnership between the MTV Networks channel and CBS News.CBS News had been producing three-minute bulletins that aired daily on Logo.

  • Rising gay populations in America’s “red states”

    Three of America's 50 largest cities showed decreases in same-sex couples from 2000 to 2006: Atlanta, Philadelphia and Detroit.

    1:40 PM — An American sexual orientation think-tank has released a report that reveals a "gay demographic explosion" in some of America's most conservative regions.The Williams Institute for Sexual Orientation Law and Public Policy at UCLA released the report yesterday.The report used data from the 1990 and 2000 censuses and the US Census Bureau's American Community Survey (ACS) from 2002 to 2006.

  • British man arrested at Malaysian orgy 2

    Homosexuality is not specified as a crime in Malaysia, but there is a law prohibiting sodomy.

    12:30 PM — Police in Malaysia, where sodomy is a crime, have raided a gay sex party and arrested 37 men, including a Briton.According to AP, police chief Azam Abdul Hamid said officers acting on a public tip-off had raided a fitness centre in northern Penang island on Sunday while a sex party was in progress. The men arrested were aged between 20 and 45.Apart from the Briton and a Chinese national, all the men were ethnic Chinese Malaysians, including three who worked at the centre.

  • TV station secretly filming gay kisses

    ABC was praised by GLAAD, which said that its approach “can serve as a best practice model.“

    12:10 PM — American TV network ABC has been found to be secretly taping gays kissing in public.According to MyFox Birmingham, ABC news is conducting a social experiment which aims to gauge the reactions of the public to displays of affection between members of the same sex.An actor inside an RV parked in Birmingham, Alabama confirmed a witness account of ABC's week-long project.

  • 1st November 2007

    EXCLUSIVE: Major banks drag their feet over civil partnerships 7

    PinkNews.co.uk has contacted other banks to find out if their application procedures take account of the fact that civil partnerships have been legal since December 2005.

    3:10 PM — Following last week's investigation into Smile, PinkNews.co.uk has contacted other banks to find out if their application procedures take account of the fact that civil partnerships have been legal since December 2005.NATIONWIDEA spokesperson confirmed that they offer civil partner as an option on all accounts and that this became completely compliant in April 2006.On their website it states that "Nationwide is committed to treating civil partners the same as married couples."

  • 31st October 2007

    New community forum for LGB Leicestershire

    The next Forum meeting will be held on Thursday 22nd November from 7.30pm at Leicester LGB Centre.

    10:54 AM — Leicester's Lesbian Gay and Bisexual Centre has set up a new forum to tackle homophobia and increase the involvement of lesbian, gay and bisexual people in their local community.The Community Forum will enable LGBT people who live or work in Leicester, Leicestershire or Rutland to give their opinions on topics which affect them.The next Forum meeting will be held on Thursday 22nd November.

  • HIV may have come to US in 1960s

    AIDS has killed more than 25 million people and about 40 million others are infected with HIV.

    10:36 AM — The HIV virus arrived the United States in 1969 from Haiti, carried most likely by a single infected immigrant who set the stage for a world epidemic, scientists said on Monday.According to Reuters, Michael Worobey, a University of Arizona evolutionary biologist, said the 1969 U.S. entry date is earlier than some experts had believed.The timeline laid out in the study led by Worobey indicates that HIV infections were occurring in the United States for roughly 12 years before AIDS was first recognised.

  • 30th October 2007

    Former Australian PM was not gay says wife 2

    Sir William McMahon was Prime Minister of Australia between 1971-1972.

    4:32 PM — The widow of former Australian Prime Minister Sir William McMahon has said claims that her husband was gay are "outrageous."For a brief period in the 1970's Sonia McMahon was thrust into the spotlight as the spouse of one of Australia's shortest-serving Prime Ministers.Lady McMahon agreed to speak to author Susan Mitchell while she was writing her new book, Stand By Your Man.

  • Symbols of Nazi gay hate up for auction

    During World War Two the Nazis forced homosexual men to wear a pink triangle.

    2:37 PM — Two pink triangles, the symbols of Hitler's hatred towards homosexuals, are up for auction in Shropshire this week.They are expected to fetch hundreds of pounds when they go under the hammer at the Mullock's Auctioneers at Ludlow Racecourse on Thursday.Also being sold at the auction are other rare items including a description of a Spanish flu pandemic that killed millions and an apologetic letter from composer Edward Elgar.

  • Porn to be used as evidence in military trial

    Ronan allegedly used a video camera hidden in an air purifier in his home to tape academy midshipmen he hosted at his house last year.

    2:37 PM — Gay pornography found on the computer of a US Navy doctor has been accepted as evidence in his trial on charges that he made secret video recordings of Naval Academy midshipmen having sex in his home, a military judge ruled.Even if Commander Kevin Ronan is found innocent at the conclusion of his trial this month, the emergence of such evidence often triggers a military investigation into a service member's sexual orientation, which could mean the end of his military career.

  • 25th October 2007

    EXCLUSIVE: “Ethical” bank snubs civil partnerships 96

    Joe and Neville Temple recently tried to persuade Smile, an offshoot of the Co-op Bank, to add an option for the legal status of Civil Partner to its application forms.

    1:50 PM — The Co-Operative Bank is among several financial services providers who have failed to add the option of Civil Partner to their application forms a PinkNews.co.uk investigation has revealed.Joe and Neville Temple, who have lived together for 42 years, recently tried to persuade Smile, an offshoot of the Co-op Bank, to add an option for the legal status of Civil Partner to its application forms.Over a period of months they received several messages from Smile promising that they were looking into it and would make changes to their system soon.

  • 24th October 2007

    Foster couple quit over refusal to “promote” being gay 6

    The Mathericks are now fighting the case with the backing of the Lawyers' Christian Fellowship.

    10:01 AM — A Christian foster couple have had an 11-year-old boy removed from their care for refusing to condone homosexuality.The Daily Mail claims that Vincent Matherick, 65, and wife Pauline, 61, refused to sign a contract saying they would tell children it is "good" to be gay and take them to gay association meetings if they are curious.The couple, who have fostered 28 children through Somerset County Council, are to be struck off the list by social services.

  • 23rd October 2007

    Tories “missing the point” of gay questions for elderly 1

    Polari support the principle of monitoring for sexual orientation as it enables care homes to help ensure their services meet the needs of LGB care home residents.

    4:05 PM — Conservative MPs have attacked a social care authority for issuing forms to elderly care home residents which include a question about their sexual orientation.The Daily Express last week reported that thousands of the new "quality assurance" packs have been sent to every care home in England by the Commission for Social Care Inspection.An organisation that works for better services for older LGBT people told PinkNews.co.uk that the MPs have missed the point and are in denial that any old people could be gay.

  • London best for gay travellers

    In an online survey of more than 7,500 lesbian and gay travellers in the USA, more than 8% had visited London in the past 12 months.

    4:05 PM — London has been named as the best international holiday destination by American gay and lesbian travellers.In an online survey of more than 7,500 lesbian and gay travellers in the USA, more than 8% had visited London in the past 12 months, placing the city ahead of Paris and Rome - the only other European destinations to make the top 10.Tom Wright, chief executive of VisitBritain, welcomed the result.

  • Senator Obama linked to “ex-gay” singer 15

    Obama belongs to the United Church of Christ, which supports gay marriage.

    11:20 AM — Senator Barack Obama has drawn criticism for signing up a gospel singer with controversial views about gays and lesbians for his campaign in South Carolina.According to AP, gay rights group Truth Wins Out has urged the Democratic Presidential candidate to his cut ties with Donnie McClurkin, one of several gospel singers scheduled to raise money for the Illinois senator at a concert in South Carolina this weekend.

  • Australian opposition won’t change gay marriage law 13

    Mr Rudd stood by his Labour party line that marriage is between a man and woman, but admitted it was not a popular view in some circles.

    11:02 AM — The Australian opposition leader, Kevin Rudd, has said he would still love his three children if they were gay, but as prime minister he would not change the law to allow gays to marry.Earlier this month, the announcement that a general election will be held in Australia on 24th November prompted evangelical groups in the country to begin campaigning against gay equality.Speaking on the Austereo network on Tuesday, Mr Rudd stood by his Labour party line that marriage is between a man and woman.

  • 16th October 2007

    Homophobic church hit by pro-gay vandals 1

    IRA and Sinn Fein was written on the whitewashed cement of the 50-year-old church. “Gays have a life too” was also plastered across the walls.

    5:25 PM — Sectarian and pro-gay graffiti has been daubed on a Free Presbyterian church on the outskirts of Belfast.Walls and gates at the Dunmurry church were smeared with pro-Republican slogans and the Nazi swastika in an overnight attack, broadcaster UTV has reported.The incident followed comments about homosexuals on television last night by Free Presbyterian cleric the Rev David McIlveen.

  • Trial against Phelps’ anti-gay group gets go-ahead 1

    Albert Snyder claims that protesters from the Kansas-based anti-gay group destroyed his only chance to bury in peace the son he lost in Iraq. He filed a complaint in June 2006.

    3:14 PM — A Baltimore judge has restricted the scope of a lawsuit brought by the father of a Marine whose funeral was targeted by Fred Phelps' anti-gay group.It is the first individual lawsuit brought against Fred Phelps' Westboro Baptist Church (WBC) for its protests at military funeral ceremoniesThe law suit will go to trial next week in Baltimore.

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