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  • 1st June 2007

    Gays gather in London to learn about their legal rights

    Pink Law - Know Your Rights At Home, At Work  At Play was a free event.

    5:00 PM — Around 70 people attended a special free event in London last night designed to inform gay, lesbian and bisexual people of their rights.Pink Law - Know Your Rights At Home, At Work At Play was organised by award-winning solicitors Russell Jones Walker and sponsored by PinkNews.co.ukBen Summerskill, chief executive of gay equality organisation Stonewall, opened proceedings.

  • Interview: Mrs Pritchard aims for the Deputy Leadership 3

    If they ever make a movie about Hazel Blears, Jane Horrocks would be perfect casting.

    4:15 PM — Hazel Blears is a Marmite politician. Many are impressed and enthused by the indomitable energy of the Labour Party Chair. Others find her drive and organisational zeal irritating.She provokes love or hate from members of her party, but never apathy.For my money, it is always good to see an enthusiastic politician - but boy has she got high hopes.

  • Livingstone: Latvia must allow pride to go on peacefully 5

    Ken Livingstone argues that the Latvian government and the Mayor of Riga should allow their gay pride march to go ahead without hindrance.

    10:39 AM — The Mayor of London, Ken Livingstone argues that the Latvian government and the Mayor of Riga should allow their gay pride march to go ahead without hindrance.In the past year, there have been attacks on the rights of lesbians and gay men in Eastern Europe with violence at, and/or bans on, Gay Pride events in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Russia, Moldova and Romania. I have already, and continue, to condemn all these.

  • Montreal gay bar under fire for sexual discrimination 57

    “I didn't say a word until I'd left. I was too shocked.“

    10:39 AM — A woman turned away from a gay bar on the grounds of her gender has lodged a human rights complaint.Audrey Vachon, a 20 year old college student, was refused service and asked to leave Le Stud, a gay bar in Montreal's village, last Tuesday.Ms. Vachon has since made a complaint to Quebec's human rights commission, based on Article 10 of the Quebec Charter, which prevents sexual discrimination.

  • 31st May 2007

    Hollywood actor confirms Presidential bid 1

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

    4:00 PM — The veteran film and TV actor Fred Thompson has said he intends to seek the Republican party's nomination for President of the United States in 2008."I can't remember exactly the point that I said, 'I'm going to do this,'" Thompson told USA Today."But when I did, the thing that occurred to me: 'I'm going to tell people that I am thinking about it and see what kind of reaction I get to it.'"

  • New Hampshire legalises civil unions

    The Episcopalian Bishop of New Hampshire, Gene Robinson, who is openly gay, gave evidence to the state legislature supporting same-sex unions.

    3:32 PM — The Governor of New Hampshire signed a civil unions bill into law today. It will come into force on January 1st 2008.The bill previously passed the state's House of Representatives by a margin of 2 to 1.In April the state Senate approved the bill by 14 votes to 10."We in New Hampshire have had a long and proud tradition taking the lead and opposing discrimination," Governor John Lynch said according to AP.

  • New guidance on bullying in schools to be unveiled 2

    Mr Johnson revealed that he has never been invited to the Prime Minister's country home, Chequers.

    2:20 PM — PinkNews.co.uk exclusive Education Secretary Alan Johnson has revealed that the government is working on new guidelines for schools to protect children from bullying.In an interview with PinkNews.co.uk he said he hoped to be able to make an announcement at the Stonewall Education for All conference in July.Mr Johnson is one of six candidates for Deputy Leader of the Labour party.

  • Homophobic Paisley is his father’s problem says Sinn Fein 27

    Mr Paisley Jnr is a member of the DUP representing Antrim North in the Northern Ireland Assembly.

    1:45 PM — The Deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland has assured gay and lesbian people that their rights will be upheld despite the hostile comments of a junior minister.Martin McGuinness said that Ian Paisley Jnr was not speaking on behalf of the devolved administration when he said that he found homosexuals repulsive.The Sinn Fein politician told listeners to The Nolan Show: "Gay rights are enshrined in legislation and we as first and deputy first minister have a duty to uphold that."

  • Analysis: The dirt will not stick to the Teflon Taoiseach

    Over the past year the Taoiseach defended his acceptance of large sums of cash in the 1990's during the separation of his marriage.

    10:16 AM — Ireland's Prime Minister Bertie Ahern has worked his magic for a third time.The Irish elections held on 24th May 2007 saw Fianna Fail returning as the largest party. They will be lead yet again by Bertie Ahern - his third consecutive five year term.The electorate focused on the two traditional parties, Fianna Fail and Fine Gael, with Bertie winning the trust of the masses, who appeared to be unwilling to stray too far from what they have enjoyed so far under his leadership.

  • 30th May 2007

    Surrogate mother left off birth certificate 1

    Dorrance Dickens, the lawyer for the father and surrogate, was pleased with the outcome

    10:52 PM — Surrogate mothers no longer have to be named as the child's mother on the birth certificate, according to a recent US court decision.The ruling came about as a result of a case involving a surrogate and father from the Washington suburban area.The woman who carried the twins for a father used an egg donor and had no genetic relationship to them. Both she and the father did not want her listed as the mother, the Associated Press reported.

  • Openly gay sailor to campaign against ban 1

    Many of Knight's colleagues spoke out in support of him.

    10:52 PM — Former Naval Petty Officer 2nd Class Jason Knight, a linguist who served openly during two enlistments in the US Navy, is to join forces with pressure group the Servicemembers Legal Defence Network.SLDN are working for repeal of the American military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" ban on lesbian, gay and bisexual personnel.Petty Officer Knight came out to his command and was subsequently discharged from the Navy in 2005.

  • Men accused of injecting HIV+ blood into rape victims

    Dutch police also seized a large quantity of ecstasy tablets and photographs.

    5:40 PM — Dutch police have confirmed they are holding three men who they suspect of using so-called "sex parties" to rape men and inject them with HIV infected blood.Reuters reports that AIDS groups in the city of Groningen approached police about the parties after receiving tipoffs.Two of the accused are reported to have confessed to injecting their victims against their will with their blood. Both tested positive for the virus.

  • Northern Ireland minister Ian Paisley Jr calls gay people repulsive 27

    Mr Paisley was appointed a junior minister in the Office of First Minister and Deputy First Minister by his father only three weeks ago.

    2:00 PM — A minister in the government of Northern Ireland has caused outrage with homophobic comments made in a magazine interview.Ian Paisley Jnr, who is the son of the Democratic Unionist First Minister, told Hotpress magazine that lesbians and gay men harm society.Mr Paisley, who was once dubbed the "baby dinosaur of the 21st century," has been criticised by gay equality organisation Stonewall.

  • US lesbians take on mortgage lenders 1

    One of the claims in this case is under the federal Equal Credit Opportunity Act.

    10:55 AM — A lawsuit has been filed in a New York federal court on behalf of a same-sex couple after the self-described "America's number one home loan lender" refused to add one partner to the other's existing mortgage and then threatened to foreclose on their home.Adola DeWolf, 49, a teacher for juveniles in the justice system, and Laura Watts, 42, a college administrator, have been in a relationship since 2004.

  • CPS to consider charges over homophobic sign

    Gay equality group Stonewall said the sign could breach new equality laws which came into force on April 30.

    10:30 AM — Police have sent a file to the Crown Prosecution Service after investigating a homophobic sign that was put up outside a Wiltshire pub.The new landlord of the Anchor and Hope in Trowbridge was questioned over the sign, which appeared three weeks ago promoting the pub's reopening.The pub's former landlords John Williams, and his 26-year-old partner Lee, believe the sign, which read 'faggots and mince not on the menu', refers to them and have made a formal complaint to police.

  • British police to monitor Riga Pride

    Detective Sergeant Sharon Stratton and Detective Constable Anthony Forsyth from London's Metropolitan Police will be monitoring the Friendship Days events.

    10:17 AM — Politicians from EU member states are attending Friendship Days this year to express their support for the LGBT community in Riga.The Friendship Days will champion all human rights, but especially the right of assembly and free speech in the Latvian capital.Detective Sergeant Sharon Stratton and Detective Constable Anthony Forsyth from London's Metropolitan Police will be monitoring the Friendship Days events.

  • 29th May 2007

    UK Pride events will feature legal advice stalls

    Citizens Advice will have stalls at London Pride on 30 June.

    4:50 PM — The Citizens Advice service will have stalls at Prides in London, Cardiff, Brighton and Manchester this year.They will be focusing on the Sexual Orientation Regulations, which now make it illegal to refuse goods and services on the basis of a person's sexual orientation.There will also be awareness-raising information on how civil partnerships can affect most benefits and on the regulations on discrimination and equality in employment law.

  • Moscow gays will march again in 2008 vows activist 61

    The four MPs and MEPs who attended this year are to invite their colleagues to make the trip to Moscow in 2008.

    4:31 PM — The organisers of the banned Moscow Pride have announced they are already planning next year's event.For the past two years a gay march on 27th May has been banned by the city's mayor.On Sunday Moscow Pride organisers, MEPs and prominent British gay activists were among 31 people arrested as they attempted to deliver a letter of protest about the ban to the mayor's office.

  • Tutu tells Church to stop obsessing about gays 57

    Dr Tutu says church leaders should be focusing on problems in Zimbabwe, HIV/AIDS, and Darfur.

    3:49 PM — Desmond Tutu has called for the Anglican Church in Africa to stop "obsessing" with gay priests and same-sex marriages.The Nobel Peace Prize winner and former Archbishop of Cape Town said that church leaders in Africa were not paying enough attention to problems in Zimbabwe, HIV/AIDs, or the crisis in Darfur.He told ABC News: "There are so many issues crying out for concern and application by the church of its resources, and here we are, I mean, with this kind of extraordinary obsession."

  • Carer forced to leave job because of homophobic abuse claims 57

    The employment tribunal heard how Mr Reid was offered his job back, but felt he could not accept.

    3:23 PM — A carer at an old people's home said yesterday that he was forced to leave his job because he was gay.Kevin Reid, 43, told an employment tribunal that he was accused of performing an indecent act in front of patients, touching patients inappropriately and not wearing gloves while bathing patients.He was suspended over the allegations, then cleared by the home bosses and offered his job back.

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