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  • 27th September 2007

    Police need your help to catch killer of gay man

    David is captured on CCTV leaving the club alone just before 2.30am.

    1:25 PM — Manchester police are appealing to the city's gay community to help them with their investigation into the murder of 24-year-old David Brown in Hulme.They have released CCTV footage of the last time he was seen alive and are appealing to witnesses to help them catch his killer.David had been on a date in Manchester City Centre on Thursday 20 September 2007, exactly a week ago today.

  • New equality commission begins work on Monday

    The new commission will report to Harriet Harman.

    12:40 PM — The Commission for Equality and Human Rights (CEHR), Britain's first new full spectrum equalities and human rights organisation, will open its doors next week.The existing commissions - Disability Rights Commission, Commission for Racial Equality and Equal Opportunities Commission - will handover their responsibilities to the CEHR, which is chaired by Trevor Phillips.Stonewall chief executive Ben Summerskill is a Commissioner of the new body.

  • Boris wins nomination in a landslide 3

    Despite the vote being opened up to all of London's registered voters, less than 20,000 people voted.

    11:25 AM — Boris Johnson has won the Conservative party nomination for Mayor of London with 79% of the vote, it has been announced.The Henley MP, seen as the front runner since he announced his candidacy in July, will now face incumbent Ken Livingstone in the May 2008 election.The three other Tory hopefuls did not manage to get more than 10% of the vote each. IT consultant and publisher Andrew Boff, who is openly gay, polled 8.4%.

  • Civil unions not as good as marriage claim activists

    Some of the night's most compelling evidence, however, came from Jodi Weiner, a New Jersey resident.

    11:15 AM — Last night, during the first public hearing of the New Jersey Civil Union Review Commission, Garden State Equality presented evidence it believed shows "the failure of New Jersey's civil union law to provide equality as real marriage would."Thirty civil-unioned couples from across the state presented a joint letter to state leaders at the hearing.The couples were chosen to represent more than 300 couples who have complained to Garden State Equality.

  • Republicans “betrayed” by mayor’s gay marriage u-turn

    Sanders has been mum on the subject ever since last week's press conference.

    11:05 AM — An editorial in Tuesday's Los Angeles Times congratulated San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders for showing "impressive courage last week when he embraced the right of same-sex couples to marry."Gay rights groups were similarly effusive in their praise of the Republican ex-cop who sent shockwaves through the city and nation when he signed a City Council resolution supporting a challenge to California's gay marriage ban.

  • Trans youth to undergo surgery in Latin America

    This will be the first gender reassignment surgery performed on a minor in Argentina and in Latin America.

    10:55 AM — A 17-year-old transsexual boy has been granted gender reassignment surgery in Argentina.The Consulting Bioethics Committee of the Córdoba Judiciary decided that the child, known as Nati, can now go ahead with surgery and can also have the gender changed on her official documents including her birth certificate.The landmark decision to allow Nati to receive the surgery follows three years of petitioning.

  • 26th September 2007

    Harman: Equality is at the heart of Labour

    “Barbara (Follett, minister for equality) and I will pledge to be every bit as much champions of all strands of equality. “

    5:45 PM — The Prime Minister made a ten-minute appearance at an event organised by Stonewall last night.It was the first time that Gordon Brown had mixed and mingled with so many LGBT activists from his own party, and he seemed relaxed during his time at the function.Absolutely Equal, supported by Barclays, was a joint event between Stonewall, the Commission for Racial Equality, the Disability Rights Commission, the Equal Opportunities Commission and Equal Rights on Age.

  • Study finds suicide more likely in those unsure of sexuality

    Murphy believes that the number of attempted suicides and suicidal thoughts reported can be largely attributed to homophobic bullying.

    5:30 PM — Young people confused about their sexuality are most vulnerable to suicide, a study of university students has revealed.The University of Washington research found that while gay, lesbian and bisexual participants are twice as likely as heterosexuals to have attempted suicide, those who still have issues with defining their sexuality are six times as likely.Of the 528 participants, 79 of these identified themselves as same sex attracted heterosexuals.

  • Ministers answer gay questions at Stonewall event 2

    Ms Eagle is the only openly lesbian MP and was appointed as a junior Treasury minister by Gordon Brown in June.

    4:50 PM — The recently-appointed minister for equality and two leading gay Labour politicians faced questions from their own party activists at a conference fringe event last night.The panel discussion, entitled Equality for the next decade, was organised by the LGBT Labour group and gay equality organisation Stonewall.Chaired by out gay MEP Michael Cashman, equality minister Barbara Follett, Labour LGBT co-chair Alon Or-bach and Stonewall chief executive Ben Summerskill were joined by Angela Eagle.

  • US hate crimes law faces key vote in Senate 7

    Veteran Senator Ted Kennedy, who sponsored the bill, spoke on the floor of the Senate yesterday and urged his fellow legislators to support it.

    1:25 PM — Attempts by Republican Senator and Presidential hopeful John McCain to block new legislation that would extent hate crimes to cover LGBT people will come to a head tomorrow with a crucial vote.Democratic Senator Harry Reid has filed a cloture motion on the hate crimes bill, a procedural move to overcome Senator McCain's objection to bringing the amendment to the floor.60 Senators will need to vote in favour of the cloture motion for passages of the hate crimes bill to be added as an amendment to the Department of Defence (DoD) authorisation bill.

  • Ahmadinejad’s gay comments lost in translation 1

    The Persian transcript has excised both the question about treatment of lesbians and gay men in Iran and President Ahmadinejad's response.

    12:54 PM — The International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) has discovered that Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's official website does not provide a Persian version of his recent comments on homosexuality in the country.The site provides a full and complete transcript of his speech to students at Colombia University in New York and the question and answer session afterwards in which he claimed that there are no gay people in Iran and homosexuality does not exist in the country.

  • Elton photo removed over child porn allegations 5

    Elton John is one of the world's foremost collectors of photographic art.

    12:40 PM — Police have seized a photograph owned by singer songwriter Sir Elton John as they believe it breaches child pornography laws.The image taken by renowned American photographer Nan Goldin was due to go on display as part of her Thanksgiving series at the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art in Gateshead when a concerned member of gallery staff contacted police yesterday.The photograph Klara and Edda Belly Dancing features two semi naked young girls playing.

  • Lesbian couple arrested in same-sex marriage protest

    In November 2006 Colorado voted to ban same sex marriages.

    12:30 PM — A lesbian couple was arrested in Denver yesterday following their protest of Colorado's ban on same-sex marriages.Sheila Schroeder, 43 and Kate Burns, 44, staged the sit-in protest in the Wellington E.Webb Municipal Building, when they were refused an application for a marriage licence from the Denver Clerk and Recorder Office.The couple, who have been together for five years, took Rev. Mike Morran, their local minister from Denver's First Unitarian Church with them.

  • Russian activists fined over blood demonstration

    Russia prevents gay men from donating much needed blood as they are considered to be most at risk of sexually transmitted diseases.

    12:25 PM — Six gay rights protesters have been convicted of public order offences and fined by a Moscow court for protesting against Russia's ban on gay men donating blood.Activist Alexei Davydov, who organised the picket outside the Russian Health Ministry on 14th September, was fined 1,000 roubles (£20) while five other arrested participants were each fined 500 roubles.Although all donations are screened, Russia prevents gay men from donating much needed blood.

  • Politician defends son accused of homophobia

    Mr English has responded by calling the article a “disgusting and sick attack,“ according to the New Zealand Herald.

    12:04 PM — A leading New Zealand official is fighting back after a gay website published a story about his son earlier this week.The article, which appeared yesterday on GayNZ.com, alleges the son of New Zealand National Party deputy leader Bill English has been posting homophobic comments to a popular social networking website over the past few months.A sample comment from the site, made in reference to a recent soccer match, mentioned in the GayNZ.com article: "Some college fags are gonna to get stabbed with katanas."

  • US Presidential hopeful reveals AIDS plan

    Mr Edwards' proposal came during an appearance at the Families USA/Kaiser Foundation Health Care Forum on Monday in Washington.

    11:55 AM — Senator Hillary Clinton may be leading the Democratic Party for the Presidential candidacy, but John Edwards is not ready to give up the fight.This week, the former Vice Presidential candidate unveiled a health care package which would help fight against the HIV/AIDS epidemic, and stated he would enforce legislation that would take away health care for the President and Congress members unless a universal health care plan was enacted.

  • US Anglicans to stop ordaining gay bishops 29

    The Episcopal Church's conflicting views on homosexuality has received global attention.

    11:50 AM — In a bid to stop the Anglican Church from splitting, the American Episcopal Church has agreed not to ordain any more openly gay bishops and will not introduce a formal blessing ceremony for same sex civil partnerships.The compromise between the liberal and conservative branches of the Episcopal Church, as the Anglican Church is known in the US, was agreed late last night as a vote was taken at crisis talks in New Orleans.The church has agreed to "exercise restraint" when selecting bishops.

  • 25th September 2007

    Exclusive: Gordon Brown attends gay equality event 4

    He partied at the Absolutely Equal fringe party being hosted by the gay rights charity Stonewall and Barclays at the Labour party conference.

    10:01 PM — The Prime Minister has attended an gay-sponsored event for the first time, PinkNews.co.uk can reveal.Gordon Brown partied at the Absolutely Equal fringe party being hosted by the gay rights charity Stonewall and Barclays at the Labour party conference in Bournemouth minutes ago.Absolutely Equal, supported by Barclays, was a joint event between Stonewall, the Commission for Racial Equality, the Disability Rights Commission, the Equal Opportunities Commission and Equal Rights on Age.

  • Exclusive: Gordon Brown parties at gay disco 3

    Mr Brown was accompanied by the Deputy Leader of the Labour Party (and Equality Secretary), Harriet Harman and the Minister for Equality Barbara Follett.

    9:10 PM — The Prime Minister Gordon Brown is about to address an LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered) event for the first time, PinkNews.co.uk has been told.He is due to speak at the Absolutely Disco fridge party being hosted by the gay rights charity Stonewall at the Labour party conference in Bournemouth.At the event he will talk about his commitment to gay rights.

  • Seven Straight Nights for Equal Rights

    Seven Straight Nights for Equal Rights takes place from 7-13 October and is the first event of its kind

    1:00 PM — Straight Americans will be making a stand for gay rights next month by holding candlelit vigils to show public support of the LGBT community.Seven Straight Nights for Equal Rights takes place from 7-13 October and is the first event of its kind.The event is hosted by gay-friendly members of each participating state. Jeaneane Hill is hosting Seattle's vigil.

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