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  • 8th June 2007

    Simon Hughes protests against Russian treatment of Peter Tatchell 2

    Peter Tatchell shortly after his attack

    11:38 AM — Liberal Democrat Simon Hughes MP requested a meeting with the Russian ambassador to the UK yesterday, to protest about the treatment Peter Tatchell received at Moscow Pride.Mr Tatchell, who is one of Mr Hughes' constituents, was attacked and then arrested by riot police when he joined protestors supporting the right of freedom of expression of lesbian and gay people in Moscow and Russia.

  • Dutch gay gang spreads HIV through rape and injecting contaminated blood

    Police say two of the suspects have already confessed, saying that it “excited“ them

    11:07 AM — A gay gang that allegedly lured victims on the Internet, drugged them and raped them, infecting them with the HIV virus has shocked the Netherlands.Police say they have arrested three gay men after four victims, aged 25 to 50, accused them of rape and premeditated bodily harm.In some cases, the victims were raped and then injected with HIV positive blood.

  • George Michael appears in court for sentencing 2

    Michael had a mix of drugs in his system at the time of arrest.

    10:24 AM — Singer George Michael has arrived at court this morning to be sentenced for driving while unfit.He has admitted the offence but claims he was guilty due to "tiredness and prescribed drugs."Michael, 43, arrived at Brent Magistrates Court in north London, to hear his sentence.

  • 7th June 2007

    Blears comments ‘deeply disturbing’ say Tories 21

    David Cameron has aimed to modernise his party since becoming leader, this has included targeting more gay and lesbian candidates and shedding its previously homophobic image

    6:12 PM — The Conservative Party have hit back at claims made by Labour deputy leader candidate Hazel Blears that they are a party "riddled with homophobia."Ms Blears made the comments following a survey by Conservatives Home, the unofficial Conservative grassroots website.The survey claimed that a third of all Conservative activists would not attend a Civil Partnership ceremony - even if invited by a friend.

  • Scot arrested for murdering German too ill to go to court

    Karl Heinz Thonningen was stabbed to death on Saturday after returning home from gay clubs in the popular Playa Del Ingles holiday resort.

    4:22 PM — The British man arrested over the murder of a gay German in Gran Canaria is too ill to appear in court today.The 39-year old man identified only as EB by police was arrested after he was found to have overdosed on drugs in a suicide attempt.Karl Heinz Thonningen, 44, was stabbed to death at 0500 on Saturday after returning home from gay clubs in the popular Playa Del Ingles holiday resort.

  • Gay rights groups criticise surgeon general nominee

    Dr Holsinger's nomination must be confirmed by a majority vote in the United States Senate before he is appointed.

    3:51 PM — Gay rights groups have slammed President Bush's nominee for surgeon general, Kentucky cardiologist Dr. James Holsinger, for writing in 1991 that gay sex is unnatural and unhealthy.In his paper for the United Methodist Church, Holsinger said that gay sex was dangerous because "When the complementarity of the sexes is breached, injuries and diseases may occur."

  • Lib Dems call for computing genius to be remembered

    Turing killed himself by eating an apple laced with cyanide on 8th June 1954.

    3:05 PM — The Liberal Democrats are calling for the House of Commons to remember cryptographer Alan Turing tomorrow, on the 53rd anniversary of his death.Turing famously invented the Turing machine and cracked the German Enigma code during World War Two, but sadly committed suicide after being convicted of having a sexual relationship with another man.

  • Lesbian use of IVF increasing

    The average cost of a cycle of IVF treatment ranges from £4,000 to £8,000.

    2:03 PM — The number of lesbians using IVF is increasing, new figures show.Between 1999 and 2006, the number of treatment cycles for lesbian couples tripled from 300 per year to almost 1,000.During the same time period, the number of treatment cycles undergone by single women only doubled.

  • Iranian partygoers released

    The maximum punishment for adultery and gay sex is death, and teenage boys as young as 15 are eligible for the death penalty.

    12:43 PM — Nearly all of the young men arrested at a party in Iran earlier this month under suspicion of being gay have now been released.Eighty-seven young men were originally arrested, and seventeen were held for "homosexual conduct" and drinking alcohol in a crackdown by Iranian police.

  • Survey finds rise in hate crimes

    The growing public presence of the LGBT community has resulted in a violent backlash

    12:06 PM — A new survey on hate crimes in Europe has found that the level of hate crimes based on sexual orientation is rising, and that governments are failing to report the crimes.The 2007 Hate Crime Survey was released today by Human Right First, a leading human rights organisation, and also covers hate crimes based on race, faith and disability.

  • Jack Straw to chair Cabinet while Prescott is ill

    Mr Prescott was taken ill on a journey between his Hull constituency and London.

    11:06 AM — Jack Straw is chairing the Cabinet meeting today while Deputy Leader John Prescott remains ill in hospital with pneumonia.Yesterday the 69-year-old politician was moved to a high-dependency unit at University College Hospital.His office insist that this is not because his condition is deteriorating, but to allow closer monitoring.

  • John Prescott, suffering from pneumonia is moved to high dependency unit 1

    John Prescott in better health

    12:32 AM — Deputy Prime Minister, John Prescott, is suffering from pneumonia and has been moved to a high-dependency unit. But, his office insist that this is not because his condition is deteriorating but to allow closer monitoring.The 69-year-old has resigned as deputy leader of the Labour Party, sparking a contest with six candidates vying to replace him with gay rights firmly on the agenda. John Cruddas, Hazel Blears, Harriet Harman, Alan Johnson and Peter Hain have all given interviews to PinkNews.co.uk in recent weeks.

  • 6th June 2007

    California assembly passes gay marriage bill

    Gov Schwarzenegger has previously said that if the bill was passed by both legislative chambers, he would use his powers as to veto it.

    3:49 PM — The first legislative chamber in California voted to allow same-sex marriage today, in a public snub to conservative Republican Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.Gov Schwarzenegger has previously said that if the bill was passed by both legislative chambers, he would use his powers as Governor to veto it, as he believes that the measure should be passed either by the courts or by a referendum.

  • Lottery win for older gay people

    A study by the charity  found that older LGBT people can have more difficulty accessing community services.

    3:11 PM — Older citizens in the Preston area have been awarded a £131,000 lottery bonanza - but this time, the much-needed cash is going straight to the LGBT community.The Preston and South Ribble branch of Age Concern have been awarded the money by the Big Lottery Fund.They will use it to help reduce the social isolation felt by people over the age of 55.

  • Blears: Tories riddled with homophobia 21

    Hazel Blears has accused the Conservative Party of being “riddled with homophobia.“

    2:52 PM — Hazel Blears has accused the Conservative Party of being "riddled with homophobia."The candidate for Deputy Leader of the Labour Party slammed Tory homophobes after a survey revealed that one third of Conservative Party activists would not attend a Civil Partnership ceremony - even if invited by a friend.Ms Blears said: "This is astonishing. One third of Conservatives would snub a friend's invitation to a Civil Partnership, and the only possible explanation is homophobia."

  • Church adopts pro-gay guidelines 57

    The Presbyterian General Assembly in Belfast adopted the guidelines by 159 votes to 120.

    2:06 PM — Northern Ireland's largest Protestant church yesterday adopted guidelines to help clergy deal sensitively with gay church members.The Presbyterian General Assembly in Belfast adopted the pastoral guidelines by 159 votes to 120.The guidelines call on the church to repent for times when gay people have been treated in ways that lack "grace."

  • British man arrested over gay murder 57

    Karl Heinz Thonningen was stabbed to death  when returning home from gay clubs in the Playa Del Ingles beach resort.

    12:50 PM — A British man has been arrested over the murder of a gay German man in Gran Canaria.Police are treating the murder as a "crime of passion," as no money was taken from the victim.Karl Heinz Thonningen, 44, was stabbed to death at 0500 when returning home from gay clubs in the popular Playa Del Ingles holiday resort.

  • Conductor jailed for abusing boys can still teach 57

    Robert King was sentenced to three years and nine months in prison by Judge Hezlett Colgan.

    12:19 PM — A leading orchestra conductor has been jailed for sexually abusing talented young musicians, but will still be able to work with children.Robert King, 46, was convicted of 14 counts of indecent assault over an 11-year period yesterday at London's Isleworth Crown Court.He molested five boys, one of whom was just 12 years old.

  • Gay victims of domestic violence urged to seek help 58

    Two women a week and 30 men a year die in England and Wales as a result of domestic abuse.

    11:17 AM — Victims of domestic abuse in same-sex relationships are being urged to seek help from the police and victim support organisations.Research suggests that domestic abuse is as common, and as severe, in same-sex couples as among heterosexual couples.Two women a week and 30 men a year die in England and Wales as a result of domestic abuse.

  • 5th June 2007

    George Bush’s backyard, Dallas looks set to elect gay mayor 1

    Ed Oakley on the campaign trail

    9:32 PM — George Bush's heartland of Dallas looks set to become the largest city in the United States to elect an openly gay mayor.Ed Oakley is considered the leading candidate in the city. Dallas, in Texas, where George Bush was governor, already has a number of elected gay people including the local lesbian sheriff, Lupe Valdez.Mr Oakley has been backed by the Democrats over a former construction company CEO, Tom Leppert.

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