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  • 7th April 2008

    Pope to face gay protests during US visit 26

    Pope Benedict XVI's pastoral visit to the United States takes place between April 15th to 20th.

    11:30 AM — DignityUSA will sponsor a series of public events and witnesses during Pope Benedict XVI's pastoral visit to the United States April 15th to 20th.Events will be held in both Washington, D.C. and New York City.The oldest and most progressive organisation of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Catholics, DignityUSA has fifty chapters and local contacts in every state.

  • 4th April 2008

    Court rules website cannot ask sexual orientation question

    Three judges disagreed with the ruling, stating that the court was creating a dangerous precedent and future confusion for internet firms.

    5:50 PM — A roommate-finding site is prohibited from asking users to disclose their sexual orientation, a US appeals court has ruled.Arizona-based website Roommates.com came under fire by The Fair Housing Council of San Fernando Valley and the Fair Housing Council of San Diego, who claimed the site violated the Fair Housing Act by demanding users list their sexual orientation as part of their application form.It is the latest dispute over whether anti-discrimination rules apply to the web.

  • Europe concerned about gays in Lithuania

    A Luxembourgian member of the CoE Parliamentary Assembly, Jean Huss, complained to the committee about the actions of the Vilnius Mayor, Juozas.

    5:15 PM — A leading European organisation has reminded the government of a new EU nation that rallies and public events cannot be banned just because some people are homophobic.The Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe expressed concern about the situation in Lithuania, where sexual minorities are barred from holding Pride marches by the authorities in the capital Vilnius.A Luxembourgian member of the CoE Parliamentary Assembly, Jean Huss, complained to the committee.

  • Kennedy pushes LGB but not T workplace protections 2

    Senator Kennedy commented that Senate approval of the bill could pave the way for extending protection to transgender workers.

    4:50 PM — A US Senator has caused outrage among the gay community by refusing to advocate a federal ban on job bias against transsexuals and cross-dressers, despite lending his support to homosexuals.Edward M Kennedy, who represents Massachusetts, is currently leading the push for a ban on employment bias against gays, lesbians and bisexuals, but will not extend the campaign to include others whose outward appearance does not match their gender at birth.Kennedy, who has previously campaigned for the gay community, has said it will be an "uphill struggle" to pass the bill.

  • Hillary Clinton will make gay rights US foreign policy 1

    Senator Hillary Clinton answered questions on gay marriage, immigration policy for same-sex couples and the ban on openly gay people serving in the US military.

    3:50 PM — One of two contenders for the Democratic Party nomination for President of the United States has said that if elected she will be "strongly outspoken" on the executions of gay people in countries such as Iran.In an interview with Philadelphia Gay News ahead of the Pennsylvania primary later this month, Senator Hillary Clinton answered questions on gay marriage, immigration policy for same-sex couples and the ban on openly gay people serving in the US military.

  • Gay chatline calls cost NHS Trust £1,000

    The bill was discovered by a telecoms consultant who was reviewing telecommunications at the Havering Primary Care Trust.

    3:30 PM — A health trust employee ran up a £1,000 calling a premium rate gay chat line from work.The bill was discovered by a telecoms consultant who was reviewing telecommunications at the Havering Primary Care Trust (PCT), which runs GP and dentist surgeries across the borough as well as St George's Hospital in Hornchurch.He estimated the employee had been calling the line for up to a year during 2006,.

  • Gay rights group pays tribute to Bertie Ahern 17

    Bertie Ahern at the opening of GLEN's new premises on 3rd April 2006. photo: GLEN.

    2:06 PM — Politicians from across Europe have spoken about the impact departing Irish Prime Minister Bertie Ahern had during his decade in office.His tireless work and legendary charm helped bring peace to Northern Ireland, and like his close friend Tony Blair he led his country through a period of economic growth and prosperity.But for some Irish people, his commitment to equality for his gay and lesbian fellow citizens marks him out as one of the most important of the country's political leaders.

  • EXCLUSIVE: Trans trucker wins at employment tribunal

    Employment judge Mr Homfray-Davies ruled that Blue Arrow did discriminate against Gaynor.

    12:50 PM — A transsexual who claimed she was hounded out of her job as a trucker after she began her transition from her former male gender has triumphed at her employment tribunal.Vikki-Marie Gaynor, 37, from Wallasey in Wirral, is waiting to hear the exact sum of compensation she will be rewarded following her successful claims of sexual discrimination against Exel Europe, part of delivery giant DHL, and recruitment agency Blue Arrow.The ex-soldier got her HGV licence through the Royal Corps of Transport.

  • Gay Iranian will be returned to UK as soon as today 6

    Mr Kazemi, 19, has reportedly told his lawyers he wants to remain in Holland.

    11:20 AM — The Dutch Minister of Justice has told the country's parliament that she completely trusts the UK asylum system.Nebahat Albayrak, speaking in a debate about the plight of gay Iranian teenager Mehdi Kazemi, said she would not be asking the British counterparts for any assurances about his case.Boris van der Ham of the D66 party secured the debate with support from the Green party, the social democrats and other opposition parties.

  • 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.

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