2nd August 2007
Time to speak up for gays, Presidential candidates told
6:05 PM — An influential US campaigning group has spoken out against the silence Democratic presidential candidates have kept over gay rights issues.Matt Foreman, executive director of the Gay and Lesbian Task Force, says that despite their laudable support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues, no candidate has vocally completely supported the rights of LGBT Americans.Exit poll data estimates that the LGBT community in the United States makes up approximately four percent of the voting population.
Liverpool homophobia report suppressed says councillor 2
5:53 PM — PinkNews.co.uk exclusiveA Liverpool city councillor claimed today that council authorities tried to bury a report which found that thousands of gay, lesbian and bisexual people were leaving the city because of the scale of homophobic violence.Openly gay Liberal councillor Steve Radford said he had to appeal to the data protection information commissioner before he was given a copy of the damning report.
Japanese political leader to join Pride parade
2:21 PM — Japan's Social Democratic Party leader, Mizuho Fukushima, will march with LGBT people and their supporters on 11th August in the Tokyo Pride Parade calling for equality and rights.The event, "Let's go march with Mizuho Hukushima!" will allow gay Japanese people the chance to talk with the left-leaning politician over lunch and then march with her.The SDP were the main opposition party in Japan in the 1990s, but lost support to the Democratic Party of Japan in recent years.
Senate quizzes Bush nominee about military gay ban
12:59 PM — Admiral Michael Mullen, President Bush's nominee to succeed General Peter Pace as Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, was questioned about the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" ban on lesbian, gay and bisexual personnel during a Senate hearing on Tuesday.He called for a national debate about the current law, which allows gay, bisexual and lesbian people to serve in the US military as long as they do not disclose their sexuality.
Gays on probation allowed to stay together
12:31 PM — A Philadelphia judge has ruled that a gay couple banned from contacting each other while on probation have the same rights as a married couple.Daniel Mangini and Stephen Roberts, who have been together for 20 years, owned property, shared bank accounts and helped raise Roberts' young niece.They later became addicted to methamphetamine, and in 2004 were convicted of dealing 100 grams of the drug.
Trans protection in goods and services moves forward 2
12:23 PM — The Northern Ireland government intends to make it illegal to discriminate against transsexual people trying to access goods and services, according to a consultation document.At present it is not against the law to refuse to serve a transsexual person in a pub or restaurant, or refuse to rent property based on the tenant's gender identity.While the 2006 Equality Act protects people from discrimination on the grounds of gender, including that of transsexual people, this is limited to jobs and training.
MPs worried about new equality commission
12:04 PM — A committee of MPs has expressed concern that the new Commission for Equality and Human Rights will not be ready to take on its new role when it starts work in October.The Communities and Local Government Select Committee also said that equality issues, which includes gay rights, "have slipped down the Government's agenda."The MPs called on the government to bring forward a new Single Equality Act without delay.
Gay rights activist faces charges for outing politician 1
11:35 AM — Nicolas Alexeyev, the gay rights activist and organiser of Moscow Pride, was charged with slander by Russian authorities yesterday and faces a criminal investigation.The charges arise from comments he made on live TV in June, when he outed Russian MP Alexander Cheuv as a homosexual.To prove that he is guilty of slander, Russian investigating authorities will have to demonstrate that calling Mr Chuev 'gay' spoilt his reputation or dignity.
Deputy First Minister’s strong support for gay rights
11:05 AM — One of the most senior members of the Northern Ireland government has expressed his strong support for equality in the province.Sinn Fein's Martin McGuinness, the former terrorist turned statesman, visited his home city of Derry yesterday to launch a week-long gay festival."In years gone by and when I was growing up in Derry, people often made derogatory remarks against gays," said Mr McGuinness, according to the Irish Times.
1st August 2007
Gays keep the church open, says Bishop Robinson 2
5:23 PM — The openly gay Anglican bishop whose ordination sparked the crisis in the worldwide Communion has claimed that without gay members the Church of England, "would be close to shutting down."The Right Reverend Gene Robinson, Bishop of New Hampshire, who lives openly with his male partner, said the church's denial over the number of gay and lesbian Anglicans was 'terrible.'He added that he found it 'mystifying' that the Anglican Communion could not be honest about it.
Sir Ian supports Singapore Pride as gay exhibition banned 58
3:47 PM — Singapore's gay community began its Pride festival today with a message from Sir Ian McKellen, while censors have banned an exhibition featuring pictures of same-sex couples kissing.In a video message, Lord of the Rings star McKellen said:"It's very important that gay people, wherever they are, should identify themselves, stick up for themselves, represent themselves, modestly and positively, so the rest of the world knows that we're here and we're not going to go away."
Quebec gay couple win payout for teen harassment 2
3:27 PM — The first gay couple to get a civil union in Quebec, Canada, have been awarded $10,000 (£4,640) after they were harassed by teenagers in their suburban neighbourhood.Since publicly denouncing threats and harassment from their neighbours with a 1,500 strong anti-homophobia march through their suburban neighbourhood, Theo Wouters and Rodger Thibault say they have been targeted."This is happening because we're an open gay couple," said Wouters, speaking to the Canadian Globe and Mail.
Gay mayor’s consort resigns over press release row 4
12:12 PM — An investigation has started into allegations that a local council tried to play down the mayor's sexuality.The partner of the first openly gay mayor of Richmond upon Thames has resigned as consort in protest at the council's behaviour.Mario Cardu was appointed consort to mayor Marc Cranfield-Adams in May. The consort, usually the mayor's partner, escorts the mayor on official occasions.
Gay illegal immigrant can stay in Italy
10:12 AM — Italy's Supreme Court has refused to overrule a judge's decision to revoke the deportation order of an illegal Senegalese migrant on the grounds of his sexual orientation.Italy's highest criminal court stated that "homosexuality is a condition of he human being deserving legal protection."The court announced that gay people who seek refuge from persecution in Italy would not be sent back to their countries of origin.
31st July 2007
Trans prisoner must be given hormone treatment, court rules
4:45 PM — A prison inmate who performed a self-castration with a razor blade after being refused treatment for gender identity disorder should have female hormone therapy paid for by the state, a federal judge has said.Jenniffer Spencer, born Randall Gammett, sued the Department of Corrections in the US state of Idaho for violation of her constitutional rights and for the punishment she was subjected to when doctors failed to diagnose gender identity disorder and treat her with female hormones.
Interview: From gay rights warrior to establishment figure
3:47 PM — Angela Mason leaves her job as head of the government's Women Equality Unit today after four years in the role.The unit has been instrumental in pushing forward gay rights legislation such as civil partnerships and protection from discrimination for gay, bisexual and lesbian people when accessing goods and services.A government job was not what Angela had envisaged when she became a founder member of gay equality organisation Stonewall in 1989.
Cohabiting gay couples could get new rights 1
1:23 PM — New proposals from the Law Commission would see gay and lesbian couples who have not formed a civil partnership gain some financial rights similar to those of married couples.The Commission, who advise parliament on reform to the law, said that many couples of both orientations are missing out because the law at the moment is complicated and unclear.There are over two million co-habiting couples in England and Wales.
Police finally authorise Estonian Pride
11:40 AM — After gay rights advocates protested to Estonia's President and Prime Minister, police in the capital Tallinn have finally ruled that a Pride march can go ahead.The event, on August 11th, has been beset by problems with policing.Officials wanted to change the route of the march through the Old Town, claiming that it would infringe the rights of other Tallinn residents to go about their business.
UPS gives marriage benefits to civil partners 1
10:50 AM — Delivery company UPS has announced it will offer health care benefits to all civil union partners of employees in New Jersey, including those in the Teamsters union.Gay rights groups had criticised the company for denying some employees in same-sex partnerships the same rights as married workers."Based on an initial legal review when New Jersey's law was enacted, it did not appear that a 'civil union' and 'marriage' were equivalent," noted UPS's senior vice president for human resources.
30th July 2007
Comment: How PinkNews.co.uk changed the gay media 2
6:33 PM — PinkNews.co.uk founder Benjamin Cohen reflects on the first two years of this unique publication.PinkNews.co.uk was born minutes before the 38th anniversary of the Royal Assent of the Sexual Offences Act - the legislation that partially decriminalised male homosexuality in England and Wales.This weekend we have been celebrating four decades of laws making the lives of British LGBT people better, while I was also celebrating two years of this website.