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  • 3rd April 2008

    Livingstone: I’m not gay but have 5 children with 3 women

    Ken Livingstone is fighting for his political future

    6:45 PM — Ken Livingstone says he's not gay but has fathered five children with three different womenAs well as his two young children with his current partner Emma Beale, Mr Livingstone has three children from previous relationships. He fathered two daughters by one woman and a son with another. He told the BBC: "I don't talk about my private life; it seems like only yesterday the press was trying to imply I was gay."

  • PinkNews.co.uk editor to chair Stonewall hustings 1

    Five candidates for Mayor of London will be attending the Stonewall hustings on 19th April.

    5:10 PM — The editor of PinkNews.co.uk has said he is excited about the upcoming gay hustings with the Mayor of London candidates after it was announced he will chair the event.The incumbent Mayor and Labour candidate Ken Livingstone, Tory candidate Boris Johnson, the Lib Dem's Brian Paddick, Green party candidate Sian Berry and Lindsey German, the Respect - The Left List's candidate, have all confirmed their attendance.Hundreds of people have already contacted Stonewall to indicate they will be attending.

  • MPs amused by the Harriet and William show

    Harriet Harman made history yesterday when she became the first woman from the Labour party to answer Prime Minister's Questions.

    4:40 PM — Secretary of State for Equality Harriet Harman made history yesterday when she became the first woman from the Labour party to answer Prime Minister's Questions.Ms Harman, who is responsible for gay rights issues, is also Leader of the House of Commons and Deputy Leader of the Labour party.Yesterday she was faced with former Tory leader William Hague, filling in for David Cameron. The Prime Minister was at a NATO summit in Bucharest.

  • COMMENT: Straight male machismo underpins all tyranny 3

    Peter Tatchell is the Green Party parliamentary candidate for Oxford East.

    1:30 PM — In a speech to the European Feminist Summit in London last month, activist and human rights advocate Peter Tatchell argued that by challenging traditional heterosexual masculinity, the queer emancipation movement can contribute to the liberation of all of humanity.Queer liberation is not a mere minority issue, nor purely a questionof personal lifestyle, civil rights or sexual freedom. It is, or canbe, socially transformative, with the potential to aid allemancipation struggles everywhere.Queers deviate from traditional masculinity. We reject the orthodoxmodel of what it is to be a man.

  • Booze ban on the tube is latest campaign pledge

    Londoners go to the polls on May 1st to elect a Mayor and the 25-member London Assembly.

    1:05 PM — The leading contenders in the Mayor of London election have unveiled more eye-catching promises as the campaign moves into a more active stage.With four weeks to go, Tory candidate Boris Johnson has said that if elected he will ban the consumption of alcohol on the Tube to further crack down on anti-social behaviour and public disorder.Londoners go to the polls on May 1st to elect a Mayor and the 25-member London Assembly.

  • Finland appoints gay rights campaigner as Foreign Minister 1

    Mr Stubb was appointed on Tuesday, his 40th birthday.

    12:40 PM — Members of the European Parliament have welcomed the appointment of Alexander Stubb as Finland's Minister of Foreign Affairs.He has been one of the Parliament's leading gay and lesbian rights campaigners and Vice President of the LGBT Intergroup."The Intergroup is thrilled for Alexander and sends him our warmest greetings," said British MEP Michael Cashman, President of the Intergroup. "It has been a great pleasure working with Alexander."

  • Gay people not getting a fair deal says Paddick 2

    A former Metropolitan police deputy assistant commissioner and out gay man, Mr Paddick did not face prejudice when considering running for office.

    10:01 AM — The Liberal Democrat candidate for Mayor of London has welcomed a report into perceived homophobia in British society.The Stonewall report is based on responses to a YouGov poll of more than 1,600 gay, lesbian and bisexual people across Britain.It found that respondents thought they would get worse treatment on the grounds of their sexuality in employment, political representation, housing, health, education, the police and the criminal justice system.

  • Rally in support of politician who thinks gays worse than terrorists 10

    Kern stated once again that she is not going to apologise for her comments about homosexuality.

    9:35 AM — More than 1,000 people gathered in the Oklahoma capital on Wednesday to show their support for state representative Sally Kern.Kern came under fire last month after an audio recording was leaked of her comparing gays to terrorists and saying the "homosexual agenda is destroying this nation."The YouTube video posted last month by the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund featured Kern speaking out.

  • 2nd April 2008

    Gay rights advocate resigns as Irish Prime Minister 17

    Mr Ahern said that he was confident that he would be vindicated in the inquiry.

    6:30 PM — The Prime Minister of the Republic of Ireland has announced his resignation following an investigation into corruption.Bertie Ahern, 56, has been Taoiseach since June 1997 and has been a strong supporter of gay rights in Ireland. In 2006 he told the Gay and Lesbian Equality Network (GLEN):"Our sexual orientation is not an incidental attribute. It is an essential part of who and what we are. All citizens, regardless of sexual orientation, stand equal in the eyes of our laws."

  • Boris Johnson rejects BNP support 13

    Mr Johnson, who is leading incumbent Mayor and Labour candidate Ken Livingstone in the polls, has been criticised by prominent black Londoners.

    3:50 PM — The Conservative candidate for Mayor of London has slammed the British National Party after they told their supporters to choose him as their second preference candidate on May 1st."I utterly and unreservedly condemn the BNP and have no desire whatsoever to receive a single second preference vote from a BNP supporter," said Boris Johnson.Brian Paddick, the Liberal Democrat candidate for Mayor of London, told PinkNews.co.uk: "The BNP obviously recognise Boris' reputation for causing offence and creating division."

  • Military u-turn over lesbian Congresswoman’s partner

    Ms Baldwin, who has been a member of the House of Representatives since 1999, has declined to comment on the story.

    1:45 PM — The US Secretary of Defence has intervened after a lesbian Congresswoman's partner was barred from accompanying her on a military aircraft during an official trip.It is reported that the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, phoned Defence Secretary Robert Gates to ask him to intervene.Tammy Baldwin, who represents Wisconsin's second district, is the only openly gay woman in Congress.

  • Irish civil partnerships to exclude parental rights 3

    In December Ireland's Justice Minister Brian Lenihan rejected the possibility of a referendum to allow gay marriage.

    1:05 PM — Gay rights groups in Ireland have expressed disappointment that the government may not extend parental rights to same-sex couples as part of new legislation to legally recognise lesbian and gay relationships.On Monday MarriagEquality, a group formed to campaign for full civil marriage, released the details of a poll it commissioned which shows the number of Irish people who support partnerships only has fallen from 33% to 26%.Overall 84% of those polled support either gay marriage or civil partnerships.

  • Greeks consider recognising same-sex couples 1

    The government of Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis is opposed to same-sex marriage.

    12:45 PM — Greek authorities are considering adopting a law that would allow same-sex couples to be recognised by a civil ceremony, the country's NET TV said on Monday.The Greek Justice Ministry pledged to establish a working group on the rights of gay couples living together, which would "analyse all aspects of the issue, international practice and the existing domestic legal and social framework."The New Democracy-led government is expected to introduce legislation later in the year that will offer several rights to unmarried couples.

  • Gay MEP worried about EU discrimination directive 2

    Mr Cashman is a Labour MEP. He leads the European Parliament's LGBT Inter-Group.

    12:01 PM — A British Member of the European Parliament has spoken of his concerns that there is a lack of commitment to gay rights from the European Commission President Jose Manuel Borroso.Michael Cashman, who represents the West Midlands, has voiced his concern over reports that the Commission is backtracking on its commitment to tackle discrimination."Barroso gave the Parliament assurances that it would bring forward a Directive to combat discrimination on the remaining grounds of Article 13," said Mr Cashman.

  • Dutch MP questions deportation of gay teenager to UK 2

    Boris van der Ham of the D66 party is unhappy at the lack of assurances from the British government.

    11:30 AM — A social-liberal MP in Holland has secured a debate in the country's parliament about Mehdi Kazemi, a gay Iranian teenager who is due for deportation back to the UK.Boris van der Ham of the D66 party is unhappy at the lack of assurances from the British government that Mr Kazemi will be allowed to remain in the UK.If he is returned to Iran he claims he faces execution.

  • 1st April 2008

    Obama’s £1,000 a head gay fundraiser

    The event was significant because former First Lady Clinton has more support in the gay community than Senator Obama.

    5:30 PM — US Presidential hopeful Barack Obama raised funds for his campaign at an LGBT event last week, where the price of admission was $2,300 (£1,160).The fundraiser was held at the New York apartment of gay activist Kevin Jennings and his partner and 125 people attended, The Advocate reports.More than $170,000 was raised and the candidate spoke for around half an hour and then answered questions.

  • More gays need to put themselves forward says Tory 28

    Ms James was number 17 in the PinkNews.co.uk list of the 50 most influential LGBT people in British politics.

    5:00 PM — Margot James, the Conservative candidate for the constituency of Stourbridge, has responded to a survey from Stonewall about perceived prejudice in the party against gay, lesbian and bisexuals who want to run for Parliament.Ms James said that in her experience as a lesbian, she has experienced no prejudice from party members, but quite a lot from the press."Gay people have to move on a bit," she told PinkNews.co.uk.

  • Gay hate church gets taste of own medicine 2

    Kansas joined 16 other states in introducing local legislation to bar the hate group's activities.

    2:15 PM — More than 400 people converged on the small town of Topeka, Kansas on Sunday to protest outside the Westboro Baptist Church.Straight, gay and trans protesters drew support from locals as they staged The Million Fag March outside the church, which is notorious for picketing the funerals of US soldiers killed in action."It's about time we did something like this again," local woman Hope Prescott told The Topeka Capital-Journal. "We feel somewhat responsible for the Phelps and Westboro Baptist Church."

  • LGBT Labour defend party’s record on gay candidates 28

    Labour MP Angela Eagle, a junior minister, is the only openly lesbian woman in the UK Parliament.

    1:50 PM — A group within the Labour party that pushes for equality for lesbian, gay bisexual and trans people has responded to a survey from Stonewall.A poll of more than 1,600 LGB people found that 61% think they would face barriers from the party because of their sexual orientation if they wanted to be selected to run for parliament.89% said the same about the Conservatives and 47% about the Liberal Democrats. 46% of Labour supporter thought they would face barriers if they wanted to stand for Parliament.

  • Pension victory for same-sex partners at Euro court 5

    The court ruled that a German gay man is entitled to a payment from the pension of his dead partner.

    12:03 PM — Gay and lesbian activists today welcomed a ruling by the European Court of Justice (ECJ) in Luxembourg on the rights of same-sex partners to 'survivor pensions.'The court ruled that a German gay man is entitled to a payment from the pension of his dead partner.The insurer had rejected his claim to the allowance of €6,400 (£4,330) on the grounds they only make such payments to spouses and not registered partners.

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