20th March 2008
Ken Livingstone invited to Moscow Pride
11:30 AM — The organisers of Moscow Pride have invited the Mayors of London, Paris and Berlin to attend this year.Last year's event was banned and gay protesters, including Peter Tatchell and Right Said Fred singer Richard Fairbrass, were physically attacked by a homophobic mob.In an interview with PinkNews.co.uk last year, London Mayor Ken Livingstone said he may attend Moscow Pride.
Washington grants new rights to same-sex couples
11:10 AM — The US state of Washington has signed into law a Domestic Partnership Expansion bill that will provide more than 160 new rights and responsibilities to registered domestic partners.The bill passed the state Senate on March 4th and the House last month. Governor Chris Gregoire signed the bill into law yesterday.It builds on a 2007 law, which created a domestic partner registry and provided specific rights and responsibilities for both same-sex and opposite sex couples.
19th March 2008
Gay poet will stay on Ireland’s school curriculum 2
4:15 PM — The National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA) in Ireland has said that works by a poet accused of sexually exploiting young men in Nepal will continue to be taught in schools.Education Minister Mary Hanafin has been advised by the council: "On balance, the Council considered that its original position on the artistic merit and suitability for study of the work of Cathal O'Searcaigh should stand."The poet has been accused of the "sexual exploitation and grooming" of 16 year old Nepalese boys.
Greek Orthodox church slams rights for unmarried couples 2
3:24 PM — The Greek Othordox Church has spoken out against proposals to allow unmarried heretosexual couples in the country to have their relationships registered.The BBC reports that the Chruch's governing synod described moves by the Greek government to afford unmarried or defacto couples the same legal rights as their married counterparts as a "catastrophic bomb" which threatened Greek society and compared the move to "prostitution."
Ken reveals election pact with Greens 5
12:30 PM — The incumbent Mayor of London's campaign for re-election has received a boost from the Green party, who today urged their supporters to cast their second preference votes for him.Ken Livingstone said his second preference vote would be going to Green candidate Sian Berry at the launch of their "Common Green Agenda" this morning.In every London Mayoral election so far second preferences decided the outcome.
Comment: Obama’s hit and miss speech on race 6
12:10 PM — In a speech prompted by extensive media coverage of the divisive, racially-tinged sermons of his pastor and 'spiritual mentor' of the last twenty years, Reverend Jeremiah Wright, Barack Obama today attempted to address concerns over his stance on issues, including race and patriotism, that have dogged his campaign for the last week.Speaking from the National Constitution Centre in Philadelphia, Senator Obama's words yesterday broadened the context of the debate beyond the firestorm surrounding Reverend Wright's comments alone and instead focused on the subject of race in America.
Polish President uses gays as EU treaty scare tactic 20
11:40 AM — Poland's attempts to ratify the Lisbon Treaty have been thrown into disarray after President Lech Kaczynski made a controversial speech to the nation decrying German influence on the country and gay marriage.Prime Minister Donald Tusk accused the head of state of trying to scare Poles.Opposition leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski is the President's twin brother and leader of the homophobic Law and Justice party.
NY Governor reveals extra-marital affairs
11:20 AM — Hours after being sworn in as the new Governor of New York, David A. Paterson seemed intent to avoid himself an Eliot Spitzer-like media blitz and tossed his own skeletons out of the closet.Paterson told the New York Daily News that he and his wife both had affairs during a rough patch in their marriage.As he was sworn in, Paterson was hailed as a man of integrity, a word formerly used to describe his predecessor Eliot Spitzer.
Barack Obama on race in America 6
1:10 AM — "We the people, in order to form a more perfect union."Two hundred and twenty one years ago, in a hall that still stands across the street, a group of men gathered and, with these simple words, launched America's improbable experiment in democracy. Farmers and scholars; statesmen and patriots who had traveled across an ocean to escape tyranny and persecution finally made real their declaration of independence at a Philadelphia convention that lasted through the spring of 1787.
18th March 2008
Egypt accused of undermining fight against AIDS 5
4:05 PM — Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch have accused the Egyptian government of "official ignorance and prejudice about HIV" in the wake of more prosecutions for "habitual debauchery."The term is used under Egyptian law to prosecute consensual sexual acts between men.Earlier this month Cairo prosecutors handed down indictments against five men on debauchery charges. The lead prosecutor told a lawyer for the defendants that the men should not be allowed to "roam the streets freely."
Syrian claiming gay asylum faces deportation order 2
3:53 PM — A teenager from Syria who tried to claim asylum in the UK on the grounds of his sexual orientation has pleaded with the Home Office to reverse a deportation order.Jojo Jako Yakob claims he faces certain death if he is returned to his homeland.A deportation order was enacted against him after he was arrested for possession of a fake Belgian passport and placed in Polmont Young Offenders Institution in Scotland.
Gay adoption ruling may set precedent in Israel 1
1:30 PM — An Israeli court has ruled that a gay couple can both register to be their adopted son's father.The landmark decision, made by the Ramat Gan Family Court in Tel Aviv, may well set a precedent for other gay couples.Giora Shavit and his long-time partner Avi Shadiv have now registered to jointly adopt their five-year-old son. The four year old boy, who comes from Georgia, has no registered biological parents.
Who gets your vote for Mayor of London? 6
1:20 PM — PinkNews.co.uk is inviting readers to take part in our second Mayor of London poll.Today is the start of the official campaigning period for the election. Londoners will go to the polls on May 1st.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.
Countdown to Mayor of London election begins
12:30 PM — The official campaign period for the Mayor of London election starts today. Londoners will go to the polls on May 1st.Incumbent Mayor and Labour candidate Ken Livingstone said that the election "is not Celebrity Big Brother" and referred to the terrorist attacks on the city in 2005 as indicative of the spirit of the capital.Boris Johnson said that as London's first Tory Mayor he would stand up to the national government and claimed the city has lost out on its share of government investment and resources.
McGreevey confirms threesome claims 1
11:40 AM — The saga of Jim McGreevey, the first US state Governor to come out of the closet, continues with allegations he and his ex-wife regularly had threesomes with a male employee.The former Governor of New Jersey admitted in 2004 to having an extra-marital affair with his male aide Golan Cipel.McGreevey announced the story himself and resigned from office after a sexual harassment lawsuit was brought against him by Cipel.
Homophobic politician’s son denies he is gay 11
10:58 AM — Much talk has been made about Oklahoma State House Representative Sally Kern's remarks that the "gay agenda" was more threatening to her country than terrorism.Rumours began to circulate after the media frenzy about her remarks erupted that her son, a 31-year-old affiliate of the Des Moines School of Metaphysics, was gay.This week however, Jesse Kern denied those rumours, saying he is not gay, just celibate.
17th March 2008
Livermore “excited” about his new role
7:50 PM — The Prime Minister's departing Director of Political Strategy was not forced out of Downing St and he expects to remain close to Gordon Brown, PinkNews.co.uk has learned.It was revealed earlier today that Spencer Livermore is to leave the government this week.Downing St sources said he still expects to play a key role in the next election campaign.
Spencer Livermore to leave Downing St
6:00 PM — The Prime Minister's Director of Political Strategy is reportedly leaving to take a job in advertising.Spencer Livermore was named the most important gay person in British politics in the PinkNews.co.uk Top 50 list in December.His departure is seen as a blow to Gordon Brown: Mr Livermore has been one of his closest and most loyal aides for more than a decade.
Elton to play fundraiser for Hillary
6:00 PM — British pop legend Sir Elton John has stepped into the political limelight for the second time this year by agreeing to raise funds for Senator Hillary Clinton's campaign for President of the United States.The multi-millionaire singer-songwriter said in a statement: "I'm not a politician but I believe in the work that Hillary Clinton does."Last month Sir Elton and his civil partner David Furnish held a dinner at their London home to introduce potential donors to Brian Paddick, a friend of the couple and the Lib Dem candidate for Mayor of the city.
Poll shows Boris ahead in race for Mayor of London
5:30 PM — The Conservative candidate for Mayor of London is well ahead of his two main rivals, according to polling carried out for the Evening Standard newspaper.The online poll of 1,005 Londoners was conducted by YouGov. 49% said they would vote for Boris Johnson, 37% for incumbent Labour Mayor Ken Livingstone and 12% for Lib Dem candidate Brian Paddick.17% said they had not yet decided who to vote for. The Mayor of London is elected by the Supplementary Vote (SV) system, where voters may choose a first and second choice candidate.