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  • 24th January 2008

    Ken denies accusations of abuse of power

    Mr Livingstone said that when his post was established in 2000 it was meant to be a directly elected executive.

    11:50 AM — The Mayor of London has denied that he abused his powers to launch a campaign against the head of the Equality and Human Rights Commission.Speaking on BBC Radio 4's Today programme this morning Ken Livingstone also defended grants from the London Development Agency to organisations that subsequently ceased operating without leaving proper accounts.He admitted that City Hall staff had undertaken a campaign to stop Trevor Phillips being appointed to the EHRC.

  • Former US Vice President backs gay marriage 3

    Same-sex marriage is legal in only one US state, Massachusetts.

    10:50 AM — Al Gore has spoken in favour of marriage for gay and lesbian couples.The former Vice President of the United States, who was narrowly and controversially defeated by George W Bush in the 2000 Presidential election, came out in favour of equal rights in a video clip posted on current TV, a cable and online station he co-founded."I think it's wrong for the government to discriminate against people because of a person's sexual orientation," he said.

  • 23rd January 2008

    Mayoral candidate Brian Paddick answers your questions

    Until his retirement from the force in May 2007, Mr Paddick was the most senior out gay officer in the UK.

    8:30 PM — Next week PinkNews.co.uk will be interviewing the Liberal Democrat candidate for Mayor of London, Brian Paddick.We are inviting readers to contact us by email with questions you would like us to ask the former Metropolitan police Deputy Assistant Commissioner.Until his retirement from the force in May 2007, Mr Paddick was the most senior out gay officer in the UK.

  • Charges considered over teen water polo photos 11

    Parents, coaches and politicians in southern California have condemned sexually explicit gay websites that feature photos of teenage boys playing water polo.

    8:30 PM — Prosecutors in Orange County, California are investigating whether they can bring any charges against a university employee who took pictures of teenage water polo players and then posted them on gay porn sites.The man, reported to be a police dispatcher at the University of California Irvine, is not under formal investigation.As the photos were taken at public sporting events, he may be protected by the First Amendment of the US Constitution.

  • Huckabee campaign in financial trouble

    Last week Huckabee said that if elected he wants to change the US Constitution to ban abortion.

    8:15 PM — US Presidential candidate Mike Huckabee has admitted that his campaign is running out of money, with some staff members leaving and others working without pay.Despite his strong showing in some of the initial primary races for the Republican nomination, the former Baptist minister has spoken frankly about his rapidly diminishing funds.Ahead of the key Florida primary next week, the candidate told an audience yesterday that he is running a "frugal" campaign.

  • Poland defiant over gay adoptions 6

    93% of Poles are against adoption by homosexuals according to a recent opinion poll.

    2:40 PM — Following yesterday's ruling by the European Court of Human Rights that gay people are entitled to adopt, a leading member of the governing political party in Poland has said they will defy the ruling.The deputy speaker of the Parliament, Stefan Niesiolowski, is a member of the Citizen's Platform (PO)."The Court can go on and make a ruling, it still won't be enforced in Poland," he said.

  • Prosecutors to review hate crimes procedures 5

    It will review how CPS Direct advises the police on domestic violence, disability, homophobic, racist and religiously aggravated crime.

    2:40 PM — The Crown Prosecution Service is to examine the way in which hate crimes are dealt with.CPS Direct, the department responsible for charging suspects out of hours, has initiated a Hate Crime Scrutiny.It will review how CPS Direct advises the police on domestic violence, disability, homophobic, racist and religiously aggravated crime.

  • Italian government faces confidence vote

    Church-state relations remain frosty following Pope Benedict XVI's repeated attacks on the proposed legislation to recognise gay couples.

    1:01 PM — The fate of Romano Prodi's administration rests on the votes of Senators after one of the nine parties that form the coalition government withdrew.Yesterday he called on Parliament to back him after the Christian Democrats pulled out on Monday, leaving him two votes short of a Senate majority. He has been in government less than two years.The House of Deputies, where he retains a majority, will vote on a motion of no confidence today.

  • Lawyers win compensation for bereaved gay man

    The case was eventually settled in November 2007, more than four years later, with Mr Burke receiving in excess of £30,000.

    12:40 PM — A law firm that specialises in cases involving motorcycles has won a £30,000 settlement for the same-sex partner of a man killed in an accident.White Dalton Motorcycle solicitors successfully argued in court that the Civil Partnership Act meant that David Burke was entitled to a dependency claim and the statutory bereavement claim after the death of his partner.Nick Routh, a partner at White Dalton Motorcycle Solicitors, said: "The general elements of the claim were not large."

  • Trans truck driver begins legal action against employers 2

    Gaynor claims that the discrimination began after she told her bosses, who were ostensibly supportive, about her transition.

    12:15 PM — A transsexual who claims she was hounded out of her job as a trucker after she began her transition from her former male gender is seeking thousands of pounds in damages from her former employer.Vikki-Marie Gaynor, 37, from Wallasey in Wirral, is bringing a sexual discrimination claim against Exel Europe, part of delivery giant DHL, and recruitment agency Blue Arrow.An employment tribunal in Liverpool is hearing the case.

  • 22nd January 2008

    Actor withdraws from White House race

    Mr Thompson represented Tennessee in the Senate from 1994 to 2003.

    10:40 PM — A former star of hit TV show Law and Order has pulled out of the race for the Republican candidate for President of the United States after a string of poor showing in the primaries.Fred Thompson announced his decision earlier today and it is not known if he will back any of his opponents for the nomination. In 2004 he backed Senator John McCain."I have withdrawn my candidacy. I hope that my country and my party have benefited from our having made this effort," he said.

  • Peer attacks Stonewall’s influence on government 3

    The Criminal Justice and Immigration Bill now moves into committee stage in the Lords.

    9:55 PM — In an outspoken speech decrying the proposed new offence of incitement to hatred on the grounds of sexual orientation, a member of the House of Lords has accused gay equality organisation Stonewall of having "undue influence" over the government.The Lords were debating the proposal, which is part of the Criminal Justice and Immigration Bill.Lord Stoddart of Swindon attacked Stonewall, claiming that it does not have the "full support" of the gay community.

  • Lesbian and gay parental rights approved by Lords 20

    The debate was well-attended, with more than fifteen peers speaking for and against the government.

    5:30 PM — Legislation that will grant new rights to gay and lesbian parents has been approved by the House of Lords.The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill proposes new recognition of same-sex couples as legal parents of children conceived through the use of donated sperm, eggs or embryos.A woman who gives birth and her civil partner will both be recognised as the parents of a child conceived through assisted reproduction.

  • Elton donates motorcycles for medical emergencies

    John had travelled to Lesotho during a tour of southern Africa with his partner David Furnish and decided to give away the bikes.

    11:50 AM — British pop star Elton John has donated 120 motorcycles to the government of Lesotho so that doctors and nurses can use them to treat medical emergencies in the mountains.John had travelled to Lesotho during a tour of southern Africa with his partner David Furnish and decided to give away the bikes.The donation was a part of the Riders for Health Programme that John funds through his organisation Elton John AIDS Foundation.

  • Nominate your LGBT community hero 4

    In this year's New Year's Honours List, more than 4 in 5 of all the

    11:50 AM — Prime Minister Gordon Brown is calling on communities across thecountry to identify the local heroes who they believe should be honoured by the nation.In this year's New Year's Honours List, more than 4 in 5 of all theOBEs and MBEs awarded went to people who have carried out valuablecharitable or voluntary work, either as a career or in their spare time.The government wants local communities to help identify the unsung heroes who have made the best contributions so that they can be put forward for consideration.

  • Researchers contrite over gay MRSA story 1

    The press release was picked up by the media throughout the world, with at one story in the London tabloid newspaper, Metro it as the “new HIV”, and others calling MRSA a “gay disease”.

    11:50 AM — Public affairs officials in San Francisco have apologised for the way in which a statement last Tuesday about gay men being more vulnerable to a new super-resistant strain of the MRSA superbug was handled.Parts of the tabloid press dubbed it a "new HIV."In a new statement on their website, the University of California at San Francisco's (UCSF) Department of Public Affairs states they "regret that our recent news report ... contained some information that could be interpreted as misleading."

  • Euro Court rules gay couples eligible to adopt 6

    ILGA-Europe (the European Region of the International Lesbian and Gay Association), FIDH (Fédération Internationale des Ligues des Droits de l'Homme), APGL (Association des Parents et futurs Parents Gays et Lesbiens) and the BAAF (British Association for Adoption and Fostering) were granted permission to take part in the proceedings as third parties.

    11:50 AM — The European Court of Human Rights has ruled refusing gay couples the right to adopt a child because of their sexual orientation is discriminatory and in breach of the European Convention of Human Rights.Today the Grand Chamber delivered its judgement on gay adoption in the case of E.B. v France.Ms. E.B. is a lesbian nursery school teacher who has been living with another woman since 1990. She applied for approval as a possible adoptive parent in February 1998.

  • Gay Argentine leaders will fight to have marriage recognised

    Only a few areas of Argentina recognise civil unions between same-sex couples: Buenos Aires itself, the province of Río Negro in Patagonia, and the city of Villa Carlos Paz in Córdoba province.

    11:50 AM — The leaders of the Comunidad Homosexual Argentina married in Madrid on Monday.The two leaders of the leading gay rights organisation in Argentina have married in Madrid, under the law which allows same-sex couples to marry in Spain. Same-sex couples cannot get married in Argentina.César Cigliutti and Marcelo Suntheim have a recognised civil union under legislation which was passed in the Argentine capital, Buenos Aires, in 2003, but are unable to marry in Argentina.

  • US evangelicals rate gays as top election issue 4

    23% of voters said the “political efforts of conservative Christians“ are a major problem facing the country.

    11:15 AM — A survey has revealed that for evangelical Christians in the United States homosexuality is one of the key issues in the 2008 election.The Barna Group's research found that in this important group of voters abortion was the most pressing problem their country faces for 94%.For 75% of evangelicals "homosexual lifestyles" or the "political efforts of homosexual activists" were a concern. Among the general population only 35% agreed.

  • European court to rule on gay adoption 6

    The ruling will have an impact on gay adoption laws throughout Europe.

    10:45 AM — The European Court of Human Rights will this week rule on whether the French authorities were right to refuse to allow a lesbian couple to adopt a child.The ruling will have an impact on gay adoption laws throughout Europe.A woman identified as EB, a 45-year-old French nursery school teacher, had been living with R, a psychologist, since 1990.

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