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  • 2nd July 2007

    Swedes accuse Finnish army of ‘anti-gay bias’

    The President of HOF told Swedish radio he wants the Swedish Defence Minister Mikael Odenberg to raise the issue of “discriminatory and insulting behaviour“ with the Finns.

    12:08 PM — A gay rights organisation has accused the Finnish Defence Forces of acting in a discrimatory and insulting way towards Swedish gay soldiers.HOF, which promotes the rights of gays, bisexuals, and transsexuals in the Swedish military, says that the attitude of the Finns makes it difficult for LGBT soldiers to take part in joint operations.Sweden still practices conscription and there has been debate in the country over the rights of gay people in the military.

  • Australia urged to stop gay discrimination

    HRW has written to Prime Minister John Howard and opposition leader Kevin Rudd asking him to take action on the HREOC report.

    11:15 AM — New York based advocacy group Human Rights Watch have urged the Australian government to amend legal provisions that exclude same-sex partners from the definition of 'spouse.'HRC also called for an end all discrimination against lesbian and gay people's children and families.Australia's Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission report was presented to the federal parliament listing the 58 laws that need to be changed to grant gay, bisexual and lesbian Australians equal rights.

  • 1st July 2007

    Gay police to don rubber gear 2

    The 'Pink in Blue' are set to wear leather and rubber gear

    5:10 PM — Amsterdam's special homosexual police unit is set to don frocks, leather and rubber gear in the fight against homophobic attacks, it has been revealed.Lesbian officers will be sent undercover to infiltrate anti-gay gangs and gay activists are calling for judges to ban known gay-bashers from gay areas and pick-up spots.The plans are part of a concerted effort by the authorities to retain Amsterdam's image as the gay capital of the world following a spate of homophobic attacks and widespread concern in the gay community of increased violence.

  • US bishops join Kenyan church in gay protest 2

    William Murdoch of Massachusetts and Bill Atwood of Texas were consecrated at All Saints Cathedral in Nairobu by Kenya's Archbishop Benjamin Nzimbi.

    5:10 PM — A pair of American bishops have joined Kenya's conservative Anglican Church after the U.S. Episcopal Church consecrated an openly gay bishop.William Murdoch of Massachusetts and Bill Atwood of Texas were consecrated at All Saints Cathedral in Nairobu by Kenya's Archbishop Benjamin Nzimbi.Although they will answer to the Kenyan Church, they will continue to serve in the U.S.

  • Irish president warns of link between anti-gay bullying and suicide 2

    Irish President Mary McAleese said the link between sexual identity and suicide had to be addressed.

    5:10 PM — Irish President Mary McAleese today called for a national change in attitudes to end the bullying of gay people in Ireland.Addressing world experts at the International Association of Suicide Prevention Conference in Killarney, the President said the link between sexual identity and suicide had to be addressed.She also warned gay people encounter a hurtful undercurrent of bias and hostility.

  • Evening Standard refuses to put critique of Boris Johnson dossier online 4

    The Compass dossier reported that in April 2000 Johnson attacked, “Labour's appalling agenda, encouraging the teaching of homosexuality in schools, and all the rest of it,“ a theme he returned to on several occasions.

    5:10 PM — Compass have today issued a statement regarding the Evening Standard's coverage of their report about London mayoral candidate Boris Johnson.The organisation, which campaigns for a "democratic left", published a dossier earlier this month based on his past statements as an MP and journalist, which concluded that Mr Johnson is the most rightwing candidate ever presented by a major party to stand as mayor of London.

  • Senator Craig may resign over toilet scandal, say party officials 4

    Craig pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct on Aug. 1, and while he has since said he did nothing wrong, the episode has roiled the Republican party and produced numerous calls for him to step down.

    5:10 PM — Senior Republican Senator, Larry Craig, is considering resigning, party officials said Friday, the Associated Press has reported.The rumours of Craig's resignation came after days of public and private pressure stemming from his arrest in June in a police undercover operation at an airport men's room.

  • Larry Craig to resign from Senate over toilet scandal 7

    Larry Craig has resigned from the Senate

    5:10 PM — The Republican US Senator who pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct in a men's toile has announced that he will resign from the Senate.Idaho Senator Larry Craig, 62, told a news conference:"I apologise for what I have caused... I am deeply sorry."Craig said his resignation would be effective as on the 30th September 2007.Craig pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct on the 1st August 2007, and while he has since said he did nothing wrong, the episode has roiled the Republican party and produced numerous calls for him to step down.

  • Brian Paddick finally admits he will be candidate for London Mayor 4

    Brian Paddick (right) will be a challenger to the incumbant Mayor, Ken Livingstone (left)

    5:10 PM — As PinkNews.co.uk has speculated since May 2006, Brian Paddick, who was until his retirement, Britain's most senior openly gay police officer, will this week finally announce that he wishes to be the Liberal Democrats candidate for the Mayor of London."Ken [Livingstone] will choke on his breakfast when he sees my ideas. Nobody else putting themselves forward as Mayor knows more about the issue of law and order than I do."

  • Iowa court rules that same-sex couples can marry

    According to Lambda Legal, a gay and lesbian legal organization representing the six couples, the case will be advanced onto the Iowa Supreme Court where the final decision will be made.

    5:10 PM — A district court in US state of Iowa has ruled in favour of same-sex marriage.In response to a lawsuit brought by six same-sex couples seeking to wed, Judge Robert Hanson wrote in the ruling:"Couples, such as plaintiffs, who are otherwise qualified to marry one another may not be denied licenses to marry or certificates of marriage or in any other way prevented from entering into a civil marriage pursuant to Iowa Code Chapter 595 by reason of the fact that both persons compromising such a couple are of the same sex."

  • New York gay bar closed by police- sources 5

    Mr. Black is a popular New York gay bar

    5:10 PM — A gay blog has reported that a popular New York bar has been closed by police in a drugs raid.Sources told GaySocialites.com that a number of staff who were working at Mr. Black yesterday morning were arrested after Saturday morning found themselves in handcuffs following an undercover operation by the NYPD.

  • 32 charged at New York gay bar after police drugs raid 5

    Mr. Black is a popular New York gay bar

    5:10 PM — A popular New York gay bar has been temporarily closed down following a drugs raid, police have confirmed.Mr. Black, a popular gay venue in the NoHo district of New York City is well known for hosting evenings with bare-bottomed waiters.32 people were arrested following the raid at 4:35 am on Saturday morning (9:45 am GMT).

  • “Lady boy” war erupts in Thailand – two arrested 1

    Lady boys on Thailand Streets (un-related to this story) (photo by burgermac)

    5:10 PM — Scores of teenage "lady boys"and male prostitutes have been involved in a three day "gay war" on the Thailand resort of Pattaya.The resort is popular with British tourists where teenage rent boys and so transvestite "lady boys" are available for as little as £12. Although prostitution is illegal, police are often paid to turn a blind eye to the prostitution.It's understood that police arrested two young men.

  • Chicago Anglican church branch nominates lesbian for bishop 26

    The Episcopal Diocese of Chicago has included Rev. Lind as one of five nominees for bishop, as fellow Anglicans demand that the church bar gay bishops.

    5:10 PM — A branch of the Anglican church in Chicago has nominated an openly lesbian priest, Rev, Tracey Lind, as a candidate to replace current Chicago Bishop William Persell.The Episcopal Diocese of Chicago has included Rev. Lind as one of five nominees for bishop, as fellow Anglicans demand that the church bar gay bishops.

  • Bishop claims floods are punishment for gay rights 6

    Are the floods a message from God?

    11:01 AM — The Rt Rev Graham Dow, the Bishop of Carlisle, has shocked the liberal wing of the Church of England by suggesting that the floods that have caused chaos and death across the UK were caused by God after he was provoked by the introduction of gay equality."This is a strong and definite judgment because the world has been arrogant in going its own way," he said. "We are reaping the consequences of our moral degradation, as well as the environmental damage that we have caused."

  • 30th June 2007

    Deputy Labour Leader called from Gay Pride to Cobra Meeting 5

    Police are investigating

    11:50 PM — The Prime Minister Gordon Brown has today held an emergency meeting of the Cobra cabinet committee as a result of the attacks on Glasgow Airport.Harriet Harman, Deputy Leader of the Labour Party and Leader of the House of Commons was summoned from London Pride to head towards Whitehall.

  • Pride QA: Ken Livingstone, Mayor of London 2

    “I grew up in a world where we were innocent, I didn't know sex existed until we were 11. “

    12:01 AM — Ken, tell us about your first Pride.The very first lesbian and gay march I did, it was in the late 1970s and Tom Robinson was the lead speaker at Trafalgar Square.It was the first time I spoke on the plinth at Trafalgar Square.It was miserable grey day, late winter, early autumn. A grim, grim day.

  • 29th June 2007

    PM reshuffles his gay rights team

    Meg Munn was well regarded for her work as Equalities Minister

    11:44 PM — Gordon Brown, the Prime Minister, has completed his government reshuffle, promoting the Junior Equalities Minister responsible for gay rights, Meg Munn to become Junior Minister at the Foreign Office.Her replacement has not yet been chosen from the new ministerial team at the Department of Communities and Local Government.Yesterday he moved Ruth Kelly to become Secretary of State for Transport.

  • Gay MP promoted to Health Minister 1

    Ben Bradshaw becomes Minister of State for Health

    11:44 PM — Ben Bradshaw, an openly gay MP, has been promoted to become Minister of State at the Department of Health.It is a step up the ministerial ladder from his previous role at the Department of the Environment.Mr Bradshaw was also appointed as Minister for the South West as part of the Prime Minister, Gordon Brown's focus on regions within England.

  • Brown appoints his first lesbian minister

    Ms Eagle is the first and so far only openly lesbian MP.

    11:32 PM — Angela Eagle has been appointed as a minister in the British government.New Prime Minister Gordon Brown has made her Exchequer Secretary, a junior Treasury position.Her twin sister Maria, already a minister under Tony Blair, moves from the Northern Ireland Office to the Ministry of Justice.

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