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  • 19th June 2007

    Congresswoman to lead ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ repeal

    The US army have a don't ask, don't tell policy towards gay soliders

    11:37 AM — Congresswoman Ellen Tauscher will succeed Congressman Marty Meehan (D-MA) as the lead sponsor of the Military Readiness Enhancement when Meehan leaves the House of Representatives later this summer.The legislation, originally introduced in 2005, would repeal the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" ban on lesbian, gay and bisexual personnel.Tauscher was an original co-sponsor of the legislation that is currently supported by a bi-partisan coalition of 127 lawmakers.

  • 18th June 2007

    Gay cop to tell all in autobiography

    Last year Mr Paddick refused to rule out standing as a candidate for Mayor of London.

    11:53 AM — The UK's most senior gay police officer has signed a six-figure deal with publisher Simon Schuster to write his story about life at the highest levels of the Met.Deputy Assistant Commissioner Brian Paddick, who recently retired from the force, claims that his boss Commissioner Ian Blair, knew within hours that officers had shot an innocent man at Stockwell tube station in July 2005.

  • Swedish gay church weddings approved

    Opinion polls show that 46% of Swedes are in favour of gay marriage, with 31% opposed.

    11:31 AM — The largest party in the Swedish coalition government has committed to new legislation to allow gay couples to marry.Fredrik Reinfeldt's conservative Moderate party's board has voted to support further rights for gay people, after eight MPs, including one Cabinet minister, threatened to resign over the issue.Swedish gay and lesbian couples have had the right to civil partnerships since 1995.

  • Moscow gay park patrols end in violence

    Nationalist and religious groups had claimed that gay men use the space, in the shadow of the Kremlin, as a meeting spot.

    1:07 AM — Several members of a religious group in Moscow patrolling a small park in the city that they claim is used by gay men as a meeting place have been beaten up.Earlier this week around 50 people gathered to "reclaim" the park and launch their campaign.The activists said they would ask people they suspect are gay to leave the park during their nightly patrols.

  • Catholic and Orthodox emphasise shared anti-gay views 1

    Other church officials have called homosexuality a “sin, which destroys human beings and condemns them to a spiritual death.“

    1:07 AM — The Pope has spoken of his hopes that shared moral opposition to gay rights and other social progress may help smooth a reunion of the Roman Catholic and Orthodox religions.On a visit to eastern Church leaders in Cyprus, Pope Benedict XVI said he had a "firm hope" that the schism of 1054 could be healed.Orthodox leader Archbishop Chrysostomos II of Cyprus offered to arrange a meeting with the leader of the Russian church.

  • Rights groups condemn Russia’s Pride attacks 4

    Dozens of anti-gay protesters, including skinheads, nationalists, and Orthodox adherents, attacked peaceful participants.

    1:07 AM — The violent attacks on peaceful gay pride demonstrators in Moscow in late May show the rollback of respect for human rights in Russia, say Human Rights Watch and the European Region of the International Lesbian and Gay Association (ILGA-Europe).Instead of protecting human rights and gay advocates who tried to assemble, Moscow police colluded with skinheads to break up the Gay Pride demonstration.

  • Gays, Roman and Proud, demand citizen’s rights 2

    Couples will be able to formally register with their local authority, and will have rights over property and inheritance.

    1:07 AM — The LGBT community in the ancient city of Rome gathered in the streets on Saturday to dance, party, and demand their rights.Ten of thousands of people, among them leading politicians, marched from Rome's Saint Paul's Gate to the Basilica of Saint John Lateran, the site of last month's Roman Catholic church-sanctioned anti-gay "family" rally."We are heteros, gays, lesbians and bisexual and we want Romano Prodi to give the same rights to all," a drag queen told AP.

  • Obama closes in on Clinton’s lead 3

    This survey included 1,196 adults who expect to vote in a Democratic primary or caucus.

    12:55 AM — While 13 points separated Senator Hillary Clinton and Senator Barack Obama just one month ago in the race for the Democratic nomination for President, the gap between them has narrowed considerably to just four points.Just over one-third (36 percent) of adults who would vote in a Democratic primary or caucus would vote for Senator Clinton, while 32 percent would vote for Senator Obama.Last month, 40 percent would vote for Senator Clinton.

  • Gay candidate loses race to become Dallas mayor

    Wolfe praised the Victory Fund's partnership with local groups who worked to turn out Oakley supporters on Election Day.

    12:55 AM — The Gay Lesbian Victory Fund commended Dallas City Councilman Ed Oakley Saturday on his historic run to become the city's next mayor.Oakley lost a runoff election Saturday to retired business executive Tom Leppert, who loaned himself hundreds of thousands of dollars to help fund his campaign.The Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund exists to help gay men and lesbians get elected to office in the United States.

  • 16th June 2007

    Colombia set to introduce national gay rights 1

    President Uribe supports the law

    2:01 PM — Colombia's conservative President Alvaro Uribe has given his backing to the country becoming the first in Latin America to nationally give gay couples full rights to health insurance, inheritance and benefits. The plan was passed by Congress this week.The proposed changes that are opposed by the Catholic Church will give gay couples many of the same rights as heterosexual couples."This makes Colombia a more democratic, more open place."

  • Michael Barrymore released on bail without charge

    Stuart Lubbock died in 2001

    12:01 AM — Gay comic Michael Barrymore who was arrested with two other men over the death of Stuart Lubbock has been released without charge.Meat factory worker Stuart Lubbock was found dead in Barrymore's swimming pool after a party in March 2001.In June 2001 Barrymore and two other men were arrested and bailed in connection with the incident.

  • Survey: the LGBT vote on Deputy Labour Leader 3

    Who will get the pink vote?

    12:01 AM — By now you will have read interviews on PinkNews.co.uk, seen them on television debates and read through their policies in the newspapers.Four men and two women are vying to become Deputy Leader of the Labour Party and depending on the mood of Gordon Brown, Deputy Prime Minister.Hilary Benn, Hazel Blears, Jon Cruddas, Peter Hain, Harriet Harman and Alan Johnson have laid out their pro gay and LGBT credientials so PinkNews.co.uk wishes to find out whose actually won round the gay community.

  • 15th June 2007

    Acclaimed disabled gay actor fights eviction

    Mr Kanga has been fighting for the past 12 months to keep his home, which is specially adapted to his needs as a wheelchair user.

    2:38 PM — Firdaus Kanga, a gay, disabled writer and actor, who wrote and starred in the semi-autobiographical film Sixth Happiness, is bringing a legal action to halt his eviction from disabled-adapted housing in Islington, north London.Peter Tatchell and LGBTI human rights group OutRage! is backing Mr Firdaus's battle to keep his flat."This case is about the housing rights and security of disabled people, and about the universality of the laws protecting disabled people against discrimination," said Mr Tatchell.

  • US politicians raise plight of gay Iraqis

    Baldwin and Frank asked Secretary Rice to raise the issue and express her concerns to Prime Minister Nuri Al-Maliki.

    1:00 PM — Two openly gay members of the US Congress have written to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice urging the State Department to investigate reports of violent persecution of LGBT people in Iraq.Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin and Congressman Barney Frank wrote in the letter that they were very concerned by reports that "Iraqi homosexuals have been systematically persecuted in Iraq under a violent campaign led by Islamic groups and militias."

  • Gay military ban campaigners target key election states

    Former Marine Staff Sgt. Eric Alva, the first U.S. service member wounded in Iraq.

    10:50 AM — With an eye toward the Iowa caucuses in January that will officially mark the start of the 2008 presidential elections, the Human Rights Campaign began its national "A Legacy of Service" tour against the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy in Des Moines, Iowa, this week.The tour will feature former Marine Staff Sgt. Eric Alva, the first U.S. service member wounded in Iraq, along with many other American heroes.

  • Massachusetts gay marriage referendum defeated

    Same-sex couples have married in Massachusetts since it became legal in May 2004.

    10:33 AM — The Massachusetts legislature yesterday voted down a discriminatory constitutional amendment that would have halted marriage equality in the state.The vote came amid heavy pressure to kill the measure from Gov. Deval Patrick and legislative leaders.It was a devastating blow to efforts to reverse a historic 2003 court ruling legalising same-sex marriage.

  • 14th June 2007

    Comment: Look how far we have come 3

    Under Margaret Thatcher gay people were actively scapegoated, ghettoised and discriminated against by the state.

    6:15 PM — As Tony Blair prepares to leave office, Labour party activist Gavin Hayes argues that gay people should not forget the triumphs of the past ten years, but there is still much to be achieved under Gordon Brown. The Labour government has made huge progress on gay equality in the last 10 years.There is much to be proud of with respect to the government's record on delivering equal rights and social justice to gay people across the country.

  • Dead man’s father questions police actions in Barrymore case 5

    Essex police have confirmed that they seized some tapes from Mr Cowell's house but would not comment on their contents.

    5:22 PM — The father of the young man found dead at Michael Barrymore's house six years ago has spoken of his disappointment over the way the case has been handled by Essex police.Meat factory worker Stuart Lubbock was found dead in Barrymore's swimming pool after a party in March 2001.In June 2001 Barrymore and two other men were arrested and bailed in connection with the incident.

  • London Assembly urge Moscow to respect human rights

    The Assembly motion points to the role that Pride parades and events play in the life of London and other cities.

    4:53 PM — Representatives of the people of London from all political parties have joined forces to urge the Mayor of Moscow to lift the ban on the city's Gay Pride parade.A motion proposed by openly gay Green Assembly member Darren Johnson was passed unanimously.Last month Russian activists and supporters from other European countries were attacked by a homophobic mob as they attempted to deliver a letter to the Moscow Mayor protesting at his ban on gay Pride events.

  • Green coalition will bring progress on gay marriage

    Last year Mr Ahern explained his views on homosexuality and said he wanted to attract more gay candidates to his Fianna Fail party.

    4:32 PM — Bertie Ahern will be sworn in as Taoiseach, or Prime Minister of the Republic of Ireland, today after the Green Party agreed to join a coalition government under his leadership.The formation of a new administration follows weeks of negotiations among the country's political parties.The Taoiseach is committed to bringing forward legislation to recognise same-sex relationships.

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