14th May 2007
Comment: The race divide splits the gay community 5
10:05 AM — There are places in America where segregation still exists.Blacks only associate with blacks, whites only associate with whites and neither the two shall meet.Racism still permeates the fabric of our very society. As the recent attacks on Barack Obama illustrate, no one is safe from scrutiny.
11th May 2007
Ruth Kelly attends Stonewall event
4:58 PM — Gay rights organisation Stonewall held a parliamentary reception on Wednesday evening to thank dozens of politicians from all the major political parties who were involved in securing new protections for gay people.The Sexual Orientation Regulations outlaw discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation when accessing goods and services and became law on 30th April.More than 50 MPs and peers attended the event, among them Communities Secretary Ruth Kelly.
MP defends Gordon Brown’s gay rights record
4:03 PM — PinkNews.co.uk exclusiveA prominent gay MP has laughed off suggestions that Gordon Brown is homophobic.Chris Byant told PinkNews.co.uk that the Chancellor, who today launched his campaign to become leader of the Labour party and the UK's next Prime Minister, is totally committed to gay rights.Mr Brown launched his bid for power at the Imagination Gallery in London today.
Pakistan gripped by trans marriage case
3:11 PM — A couple in Pakistan are facing arrest after doctors concluded the groom was actually a woman, despite a sex change operation.Shumain Raj, 31, and Shahzina Tariq, 26, married last year, however last week Raj appeared in court to complain about threats from his wife's relatives, according to a judge Mohammed Sharif.A warrant was issued on Wednesday by the Lahore High Court after the medics charged with examining Raj submitted their report.
Blair resignation speech in full 7
2:30 PM — I have come back here, to Sedgefield, to my constituency, where my political journey began and where it is fitting it should end.Today I announce my decision to stand down from the leadership of the Labour party.The party will now select a new leader. On 27 June I will tender my resignation from the office of prime minister to the Queen.
Trans activist takes up San Francisco police role
1:20 PM — The city where the modern political LGBT movement took root has elected an transgender woman as head of the police commission.Theresa Sparks will be the new President of the San Francisco Police Commission.Ms Sparks, who joined the commission in 2004, has a long history of advocating for the transgender community.
IDAHO highlights police action on hate crime
12:26 PM — With International Day Against Homophobia approaching Dyfed-Powys police are keen to tackle homophobia in their area.They are currently running a pilot scheme using Hate Crime Support Officers (HCSO) to support victims of hate crime in the Powys area.This will hopefully be extended in the future to the other counties they police; Carmarthenshire, Cerdigion and Pembrokeshire.
Russian MPs speak in favour of Moscow Pride 1
11:30 AM — A senior member of the Duma, the parliament of the Russian Federation, has condemned the ban on a gay Pride march in Moscow later this month.Alexei Mitrofanov, who represents the Liberal Democratic party, said the ban leads to very negative consequences for Russia.The homophobic mayor of Moscow has pledged he will never allow a gay march in his city, calling gay people "Satanic."
10th May 2007
Analysis: Blair steps down – what happens next? 7
6:15 PM — The Prime Minister's announcement this afternoon that he intends to stand down triggers a complex election procedure to replace him and his deputy leader John Prescott, who is also retiring.The first thing to note is that Tony Blair is still PM and will remain so until he goes to see the Queen on June 27th and resigns.Her Majesty will then ask whoever has been elected by the Labour party as their leader to form a government.
Prescott: “an honour to serve”
4:00 PM — John Prescott quietly stood down from his role of deputy leader of the Labour party today as the media focus was on Tony Blair.Mr Prescott, despite a notoriously bad relationship with Peter Mandelson, was vocal in his support for gay rights.The Deputy Prime Minister wrote to his local constituency party in Hull East revealing his intention to stand down. He also gave them a detailed defence of his controversial time in office.
City aims to shed homophobic image 1
3:41 PM — It seems some of Colorado Springs' residents have had enough of the city's anti-gay reputation.The city of nearly 2 million people is the second-largest in Colorado and home to several airforce bases and the home of NORAD, the North American Aerospace Defence Command.It is also noted for the concentration of religious groups such as Focus On The Family.
US state alters partner name-change rules
3:00 PM — Domestic partners in California may soon find it easier to change their last names, or make up a new family name.On Monday the state Assembly passed a measure that would ease the process of name-changing for same-sex couples.However, the measure must first be adopted by the state Senate, and also signed by California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, before it is made legal.
Gay advert tops complaints list
2:00 PM — An advert that displayed a pool of blood next to a Bible attracted the biggest number of complaints to the Advertising Standards Authority last year.553 complaints from Christian groups such as the Evangelical Alliance and Christian Voice claimed that the Gay Police Association advert promoted religious hatred.12,800 adverts drew complaints last year, a record high. The ASA has seen a rise in concerns about online advertising.
Analysis: Big changes expected in a Brown cabinet 7
1:11 PM — When Tony Blair told his Cabinet of his intention to resign this morning, many of them must have been wondering if they would still be a minister by the time the next PM takes office.Picking his own Cabinet will give Mr Blair's expected successor, Gordon Brown, a chance to revitalise the government.As many as eight Cabinet ministers could go after a change of leader on June 27th.
Britain is a blessed nation says Blair 7
12:32 PM — In an emotional address to supporters, friends and family in his own constituency, Tony Blair acknowledged his shortcoming as Prime Minister and justified his controversial decisions.He apologised directly for mistakes but urged voters to believe he had genuine motives:"Hand on heart i did what i thought was right," he said.
Tony Blair to stand down as PM on June 27 7
12:16 PM — The Prime Minister has announced that he is resigning as leader of the Labour party and will hand over power once a successor has been elected.Tony Blair told his Cabinet of his intention this morning and then travelled to his constituency in Sedgfield in county Durham to make his announcement.In Trimdon Labour Club, he told supporters he is proud of achieving equality for gay people.
Gay reactions to Blair’s announcement 7
11:40 AM — Prominent politicians, commentators and gay activists have spoken in praise of Tony Blair, who announced today that he is to retire as soon as the Labour party select his successor.Ben Summerskill, chief executive of gay equality organisation Stonewall, told PinkNews.co.uk:"Without a doubt, one of New Labour's lasting legacies will be the contribution that Tony Blair has made to equality for lesbian and gay people."
John Prescott to step down
11:13 AM — The Deputy Prime Minister has announced his departure from office in an open letter to his constituents.John Prescott, 68, has been the most colourful member of the Blair government. He also had a long track record of speaking up for gay rights.In May 2006 he had the last of his departmental powers taken away.
9th May 2007
Gay top cop tipped for Mayor 3
5:59 PM — The most senior out gay police officer in the UK is being courted by two major parties as mayoral candidate for London, it has been reported.Brian Paddick, who is currently a Deputy Assistant Commissioner in London's Metropolitan Police, has asked to be allowed to stand down before the end of his current contract.He is to leave the force at the end of May.
Cardinal: homosexuality a form of prostitution 3
5:27 PM — The opposition of the Roman Catholic church to gay Pride parades reached a new low today when the Archbishop of Riga called homosexuality "total corruption in the sexual arena" and "an unnatural form of prostitution."An open letter from Cardinal Janis Pujats demands a referendum on the issue of same-sex marriage and calls on crowds of people to take to the streets of Riga to oppose the Pride march on June 3rd.The Cardinal calls gay Pride a "foreign-inspired action."