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  • 20th March 2008

    No investigation into MP’s payments to family

    Mr Conway accused the media of homophobia over the way his son's personal life was reported.

    6:45 PM — The Metropolitan police will investigate former Tory MP Derek Conway about payments he made to two of his children for "working" for him.Scotland Yard announced this evening that it did not believe it was "appropriate."Mr Conway was suspended from the House of Commons for ten days and ordered to repay more than £13,000 after the Commons Standards and Privileges Committee decided he had effectively defrauded the taxpayer.

  • Two EU cities refuse to sign gay rights appeal 9

    Gay campaigners were attacked with eggs and bags of excrement as they aimed to quietly celebrate Riga Pride in 2006.

    6:15 PM — The Mayors of Riga in Latvia and Tallinn in Estonia have declined to take part in a campaign affirming freedom of assembly and expression for LGBT people in Europe.The Europe branch of the International Gay and Lesbian Association wanted the leaders of those cities to join 19 others in Europe and declare their support for their initiative.Gay campaigners were attacked with eggs and bags of excrement as they aimed to quietly celebrate Riga Pride in 2006.

  • Mayor defends project that dooms Astoria 2

    The Astoria will be torn down as part of the redevelopment of Tottenham Court Road station.  photo: antmoose@flickr.com

    5:10 PM — Ken Livingstone has claimed there would be "thirty per cent increases in fares and doubling of supplementary business rates" in the capital unless the Crossrail project goes ahead.The £5.5 billion scheme will see a new cross-London rail connection built. However, one of London's best-known gay venues will be demolished.The Astoria will be torn down as part of the redevelopment of Tottenham Court Road station.

  • Paddick questions whether homophobia hurt his career 1

    Brian Paddick's autobiography, Line of Fire,  was launched in London last night and goes on sale next week.

    3:20 PM — The Liberal Democrat candidate for Mayor of London has said if he were straight his career in the Metropolitan police "would have progressed differently."Brian Paddick left the force in May 2007, after 30 years service, at the rank of Deputy Assistant Commissioner. He was the most senior out gay police officer in the country.His autobiography, Line of Fire, was launched in London last night and goes on sale next week.

  • Greek bloggers fight for gay partnership equality 2

    200 weblogs have joined an initiative called Greek Bloggers Against Discrimination.

    2:10 PM — More than 200 weblogs have joined an initiative called Greek Bloggers Against Discrimination to campaign against proposed new legislation on domestic partnerships that excludes same-sex couples."This discriminatory project has been widely denounced not just by the LGBT community, but also Greek citizens from all walks of life who believe that it violates the Equality clause enshrined in our constitution, as well as the country's European commitments," the group said.

  • City law firms form LGBT Forum

    InterLaw hopes that LGBT networks in City firms will collaborate on a range of joint activities.

    1:25 PM — The inaugural meeting of the InterLaw forum for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Networks has been hailed as a "resounding success."24 City law firms were represented at the meeting on Tuesday, which was hosted by Simmons Simmons.InterLaw describes itself as "an inter-organisational forum that was established for LGBT networks in top London law firms to work together to enhance LGBT equality and diversity in the legal sector."

  • US Presidential candidate visits Downing St

    Americans will vote for a new President on November 4th.

    12:45 PM — John McCain, the presumptive Republican party nominee for President of the United States, is visiting London today.The Senator from Arizona met with Prime Minister Gordon Brown at Downing St this morning and later had discussions with Conservative leader David Cameron.McCain, 71, is visiting France, Israel, Iraq and Jordan as part of a "fact-finding" mission ahead of the campaign for President.

  • Gay man complains about Polish wedding propaganda 19

    Mr Moulton and Mr Fay married in Ontario, Canada, in 2003. The couple also had a religious marriage ceremony in a New York Episcopal Church.

    12:02 PM — An American gay man has spoken of his dismay that video of his same-sex wedding was used in a TV address by the President of Poland attacking gay rights.President Lech Kaczynski's speech to the nation on Monday night used heavy-handed tactics to warn of the dangers of the Lisbon treaty.Over footage of Brendan Fay's wedding with his partner Tom Moulton the President, a notorious homophobe, claimed the Lisbon treaty would "affect the accepted moral order in Poland."

  • Ken Livingstone invited to Moscow Pride

    In an interview with PinkNews.co.uk last year, London Mayor Ken Livingstone said he may attend Moscow Pride.

    11:30 AM — The organisers of Moscow Pride have invited the Mayors of London, Paris and Berlin to attend this year.Last year's event was banned and gay protesters, including Peter Tatchell and Right Said Fred singer Richard Fairbrass, were physically attacked by a homophobic mob.In an interview with PinkNews.co.uk last year, London Mayor Ken Livingstone said he may attend Moscow Pride.

  • Washington grants new rights to same-sex couples

    In all nine US states have gay and lesbian spousal rights in some form.

    11:10 AM — The US state of Washington has signed into law a Domestic Partnership Expansion bill that will provide more than 160 new rights and responsibilities to registered domestic partners.The bill passed the state Senate on March 4th and the House last month. Governor Chris Gregoire signed the bill into law yesterday.It builds on a 2007 law, which created a domestic partner registry and provided specific rights and responsibilities for both same-sex and opposite sex couples.

  • 19th March 2008

    Gay poet will stay on Ireland’s school curriculum 2

    Allegations about the poet's relationship with the young boys surfaced after the screening of Fairytale of Kathmandu.

    4:15 PM — The National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA) in Ireland has said that works by a poet accused of sexually exploiting young men in Nepal will continue to be taught in schools.Education Minister Mary Hanafin has been advised by the council: "On balance, the Council considered that its original position on the artistic merit and suitability for study of the work of Cathal O'Searcaigh should stand."The poet has been accused of the "sexual exploitation and grooming" of 16 year old Nepalese boys.

  • Greek Orthodox church slams rights for unmarried couples 2

    The Chruch's governing synod described moves by the Greek government to afford unmarried or defacto couples the same legal rights as their married counterparts as a “catastrophic bomb“.

    3:24 PM — The Greek Othordox Church has spoken out against proposals to allow unmarried heretosexual couples in the country to have their relationships registered.The BBC reports that the Chruch's governing synod described moves by the Greek government to afford unmarried or defacto couples the same legal rights as their married counterparts as a "catastrophic bomb" which threatened Greek society and compared the move to "prostitution."

  • Ken reveals election pact with Greens 5

    Ken Livingstone said his second preference vote would be going to Green candidate Sian Berry.

    12:30 PM — The incumbent Mayor of London's campaign for re-election has received a boost from the Green party, who today urged their supporters to cast their second preference votes for him.Ken Livingstone said his second preference vote would be going to Green candidate Sian Berry at the launch of their "Common Green Agenda" this morning.In every London Mayoral election so far second preferences decided the outcome.

  • Comment: Obama’s hit and miss speech on race 6

    In terms of telling his personal story and giving voters a view of the complexities of the richly diverse experience from which he has come, Barack Obama succeeded spectacularly.

    12:10 PM — In a speech prompted by extensive media coverage of the divisive, racially-tinged sermons of his pastor and 'spiritual mentor' of the last twenty years, Reverend Jeremiah Wright, Barack Obama today attempted to address concerns over his stance on issues, including race and patriotism, that have dogged his campaign for the last week.Speaking from the National Constitution Centre in Philadelphia, Senator Obama's words yesterday broadened the context of the debate beyond the firestorm surrounding Reverend Wright's comments alone and instead focused on the subject of race in America.

  • Polish President uses gays as EU treaty scare tactic 20

    President Kaczynski's address to the nation on Monday nights used heavy-handed tactics to warn of the danger's of the Lisbon treaty.

    11:40 AM — Poland's attempts to ratify the Lisbon Treaty have been thrown into disarray after President Lech Kaczynski made a controversial speech to the nation decrying German influence on the country and gay marriage.Prime Minister Donald Tusk accused the head of state of trying to scare Poles.Opposition leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski is the President's twin brother and leader of the homophobic Law and Justice party.

  • NY Governor reveals extra-marital affairs

    46-year-old Paterson is making headlines as both the first black Governor of New York and also the country's first blind Governor.

    11:20 AM — Hours after being sworn in as the new Governor of New York, David A. Paterson seemed intent to avoid himself an Eliot Spitzer-like media blitz and tossed his own skeletons out of the closet.Paterson told the New York Daily News that he and his wife both had affairs during a rough patch in their marriage.As he was sworn in, Paterson was hailed as a man of integrity, a word formerly used to describe his predecessor Eliot Spitzer.

  • Barack Obama on race in America 6

    Two hundred and twenty one years ago, in a hall that still stands across the street, a group of men gathered and, with these simple words, launched America's improbable experiment in democracy.

    1:10 AM — "We the people, in order to form a more perfect union."Two hundred and twenty one years ago, in a hall that still stands across the street, a group of men gathered and, with these simple words, launched America's improbable experiment in democracy. Farmers and scholars; statesmen and patriots who had traveled across an ocean to escape tyranny and persecution finally made real their declaration of independence at a Philadelphia convention that lasted through the spring of 1787.

  • 18th March 2008

    Egypt accused of undermining fight against AIDS 5

    Earlier this month Cairo prosecutors handed down indictments against five men on debauchery charges.

    4:05 PM — Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch have accused the Egyptian government of "official ignorance and prejudice about HIV" in the wake of more prosecutions for "habitual debauchery."The term is used under Egyptian law to prosecute consensual sexual acts between men.Earlier this month Cairo prosecutors handed down indictments against five men on debauchery charges. The lead prosecutor told a lawyer for the defendants that the men should not be allowed to "roam the streets freely."

  • Syrian claiming gay asylum faces deportation order 2

    Yakob applied for asylum and was granted extended leave by the Home Office, but was then arrested in Aberdeen last April.

    3:53 PM — A teenager from Syria who tried to claim asylum in the UK on the grounds of his sexual orientation has pleaded with the Home Office to reverse a deportation order.Jojo Jako Yakob claims he faces certain death if he is returned to his homeland.A deportation order was enacted against him after he was arrested for possession of a fake Belgian passport and placed in Polmont Young Offenders Institution in Scotland.

  • Gay adoption ruling may set precedent in Israel 1

    The landmark decision, made by the Ramat Gan Family Court in Tel Aviv, may well set a precedent for other gay couples.

    1:30 PM — An Israeli court has ruled that a gay couple can both register to be their adopted son's father.The landmark decision, made by the Ramat Gan Family Court in Tel Aviv, may well set a precedent for other gay couples.Giora Shavit and his long-time partner Avi Shadiv have now registered to jointly adopt their five-year-old son. The four year old boy, who comes from Georgia, has no registered biological parents.

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