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  • 16th May 2007

    Gordon Brown wins leadership by default 25

    Gordon Brown will be the next Prime Minister

    8:12 PM — Gordon Brown is Prime Minister elect. After securing so many nominations that a leadership contest is not necessary, the Chancellor now needs only to wait before he takes over from Tony Blair.Andrew MacKinlay said he will give Mr Brown the final nomination needed to avoid a contest with left winger John McDonnell.

  • MP resigns from homophobic party

    photo: blog.delfi.lt

    5:55 PM — A liberal democrat politician in Lithuania has taken a stand against homophobia in the country by resigning from her party.MP Marija Au┼írine Povilioniene announced at a press conference in Vilnius today that she is leaving the Order Justice party, formerly the Liberal Democratic party."The Liberal democrat group in the Parliament and party itself are homophobic, this is the reason I resign from it," she said.

  • Moscow city officials accused of lying over Pride ban 4

    Mayor Luzhkov banned the Moscow Pride event planned for May last year.

    5:25 PM — The organiser of a controversial gay event in Moscow has branded city officials liars, while Orthodox Christians have been accused of planning violence against gay people.Official notification of the proposed march in the city centre was delivered on Monday morning to the office of Moscow Mayor Yuri Luzhkov.The mayor previously said he would never allow LGBT people to march in his city, and called gays "Satanic."

  • Mayor backs drivers over gay adverts

    Earlier this year, PinkNews.co.uk reported how over half of Lithuanian MPs believe homosexuality to be a perversion. photo: seansie@flickr.com

    2:38 PM — The mayor of the Lithuanian capital has come out in support of trolley bus drivers protesting against advertisements promoting tolerance towards gay men and women.Drivers refused to drive the trolley buses bearing the adverts, which have now been removed.Yesterday the mayor of Vilnius Juozas Imbrasas backed the driver.

  • Bi MSP swings Scots First Minister vote

    A Green MSP will be appointed as the convenor of one of the Parliament's select committees.

    1:12 PM — Alex Salmond has become the first ever nationalist to lead Scotland's devolved government after out Green MSP Patrick Harvie and party colleague Robin Harper voted him into office.The Scottish National Party beat Labour to first place in the last week's elections for the Scottish Parliament, but with 47 seats do not have an outright majority in the 129-member parliament.A possible coalition between the Lib Dems, who have 16 seats, and the SNP foundered over the issue of a referendum on independence.

  • Lesbian nurses win discrimination case

    The nurses were supported in their appeal by the Royal College of Nursing.

    12:30 PM — Two women who were sacked because of their sexuality, a tribunal has found. Margaret Durman and Penny Smith from Cornwall won a record, but undisclosed, payout.They both worked as nurses in a care centre run by Barchester Healthcare.The company dismissed them in September 2005 for gross misconduct after allegations of physical and sexual abuse of patients.

  • IDAHO goes to Westminster

    “Homophobia and transphobia ruin the lives of LGBT people in the UK and around the world. “

    12:25 PM — MPs will be supporting the International Day Against Homophobia with a reception in Parliament this evening.The meeting will be hosted by Stephen Williams, Lib Dem MP for Bristol West, who has tabled an Early Day Motion in support of IDAHO for the second year running.He will be speaking alongside Jason Pollock, Executive Director of London Pride who will explain the links with Riga Pride.

  • Homophobic preacher Jerry Falwell dies 6

    Falwell had a long-time history of taking the LGBT community to task.

    11:33 AM — He blamed gays and lesbians for the 9/11 terrorist attacks and made himself a household name by claiming Teletubbie Tinky Winky was gay.Now the founder of the Moral Majority, the Reverend Jerry Falwell, is dead at 73.Ron Godwin, Liberty University's executive vice president, told Associated Press Falwell had been found unresponsive in his office.

  • Jimmy Carter questions ban on gays in the military

    In 1982, he founded The Carter Centre, which addresses national and international issues of public policy.

    11:22 AM — Former US President Jimmy Carter, recipient of the 2002 Nobel Peace Prize, has called on Congress to revisit the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" ban on lesbian, gay and bisexual personnel.In an exclusive statement to Servicemembers Legal Defence Network (SLDN), Carter said: "It is my long-held belief that every human being deserves dignity and respect."Carter served as president from 1977 to 1981.

  • 15th May 2007

    First gay mayor of Richmond 57

    Cllr Cranfield-Adams is the first openly gay mayor of Richmond Upon Thames

    5:32 PM — The first openly gay Mayor of Richmond upon Thames, Cllr Marc Cranfield-Adams, will be formally elected tonight.His election takes place at the Council's Annual Meeting in York House, Twickenham at 7pm.The mayor has pledged that his twin themes will be "diversity and inclusiveness."

  • South Africa Pride coming to Johannesburg 57

    5:31 PM — The largest gay pride festival on the African continent will be held on October 6th on the streets of Johannesburg, it was revealed today.A street parade, with the theme "Coming of Age", will be followed by a Mardi Gras at the Zoo Lake Sports Club on Rosebank.It will be a week of celebrations, with the days before the parade including an art exhibition, a cabaret show and fund-raising.

  • Find out about your new rights

    Pink Law - Know Your Rights At Home, At Work  At Play is totally free, but registration is required.

    5:05 PM — A special free event designed to inform gay, lesbian and bisexual people of their rights has been organised by award-winning solicitors Russell Jones WalkerPink Law - Know Your Rights At Home, At Work At Play is sponsored by PinkNews.co.ukMembers of the gay community will be able to get free access to information about the range of new laws affecting their lives.

  • Gay customer considers legal action over BT survey 5

    He is considering suing BT over how he has been treated perhaps making use of recent discrimination legislation.

    4:57 PM — When a you are upset by a homophobic online survey do you: a) ignore it or b) try to contact the offending organisation to express your distaste.BT's recent online customer survey, despite being only two questions long, managed to offend twice with possible answers: "pronounced husband and wife" to the first question and "scoring a date with the opposite sex" for the second, with no gay equivalent.

  • Record compensation after sacked for being gay 57

    Ms Durman said that as a result of the allegations both of them have suffered panic attacks and needed counselling.

    4:44 PM — A lesbian couple won a record six-figure compensation claim after they were sacked because of their sexuality have still not received their compensation.The two were wrongfully accused of allowing the physical and sexual abuse of residents at a care centre.An employment tribunal later found them innocent of any wrongdoing.

  • Judges to decide on gay marriage in Connecticut 57

    The judges could order an overhaul of the state's marriage laws which would have national ramifications

    3:58 PM — The debate over same-sex marriage rights in Connecticut could soon be decided by the state Supreme Court.The arguments from both sides were wrapped up in court yesterday, but the decision will probably be months in coming.Eight same-sex couples originally filed the lawsuit in August 2004. They believe that when they were denied the ability to marry, their rights to equality were violated.The couples have been together between 13 and 31 years.

  • Lithuanian bus drivers angered by gay ads 57

    Conservative attitudes are common in Lithuania, where only 17% support gay marriage.

    2:20 PM — Drivers of trolley buses in Lithuania are protesting against advertisements promoting tolerance towards gay men and women.Drivers refused to drive the trolley bus bearing the adverts. The ads have now been removed.Conservative attitudes are common in Lithuania, as homosexuality was illegal in the Soviet Union until 1993. In 2004, the age of consent was equalised to 14 years of age.

  • Partygoers arrested and tortured in Iran 57

    The maximum punishment for gay sex is death, and teenage boys as young as 15 are eligible for the death penalty.

    1:47 PM — Eighty young men have been arrested at a birthday party in Iran under suspicion of being gay.Last Thursday, security forces in Isfahan stormed a birthday party and arrested every person there. The partygoers were beaten with batons before they were taken into custody.As yet there is no evidence to support the idea of the men being gay. The men are being held for participating in a party with alcoholic drinks, music and dancing.

  • IDAHO preparations well under way 57

    One of the main themes of this year's IDAHO campaign is “No to homophobia, yes to education.“

    1:08 PM — With the International Day Against Homophobia fast approaching on May 17th, preparations have been taking place for 80 events in Britain.Four students have won a competition after designing posters to celebrate LGBT History Month and the International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO.)Tracy Smith, Jillian Burr, Patricia Ofuno and Annel Christopher, all from the University of the Arts, designed four posters which won the acclaim of judges.

  • Students suspended for gay film 57

    The students claim “Secret Minds“ wanted to portray the reality that gay people exist in Indian society.

    12:39 PM — Four students have been suspended from their college in India for making a short film on homosexuality.The director, producer and actors in the five minute film have all been suspended from St Joseph's College of Communication in the state of Kerala.The students claim that this disciplinary action is an infringement of their rights of free expression.

  • Police institutionally homophobic, says report 57

    Although the situation at Scotland Yard has improved since the 1990s, more still needs to be done.

    12:38 PM — Police detectives investigating murders and violent crimes in the gay community are influenced by institutional homophobia, a report claims.The report by the independent Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Advisory Group (LGBT IAG) looked at 10 homophobic murders between 1990 and 2002, including five murders by serial killer Colin Ireland.Four of the cases investigated remain unsolved.

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