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  • 27th March 2007

    Israel urged to secure gay Palestinian meeting

    IGLHRC has asked Israeli leaders to speak out for freedom of expression, but none have done so yet.

    3:49 PM — The International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) has called on political and religious leaders in Israel to ensure safety for participants in the ASWAT conference in Haifa.ASWAT is the only lesbian Palestinian organisation in Israel, and tomorrow it plans to celebrate its 5th anniversary in Haifa.The event, named "Home and Exile," will include a book launch to call attention to the needs of the lesbian, bisexual and transgender community.

  • Gay separatist leader bombs at election

    Boisclair was Parti Québécois' youngest leader and was elected as a member of the legislature at the age of 23.

    3:35 PM — The Parti Québécois disappointed their voters with a low result in the state elections on Monday, and many blame their leader, Andre Boisclair.The PQ won just 36 of the province's 125 seats to finish in third place, one of the worst defeats in history for the party.There is now little chance of a referendum on the sovereignty of Quebec, a key electoral issue for the party.

  • Study claims a third of US lesbians have had a baby

    In the US, various state policies regarding LGB adoption and fostering vary.

    2:50 PM — A major research project in the United States has revealed that more than 35% of lesbians aged between 18 and 44 have given birth, and 16% of gay men have a child.The Williams Institute and the Urban Institute today released a major study on adoption and foster care by lesbian and gay parents.Nearly 52,000 lesbian and gay households include an adopted child under the age of 18.

  • Gay groups welcome bullying report 2

    Stonewall has been campaigning on homophobic bullying for several years through their Education for All campaign.

    1:12 PM — Gay equality organisation Stonewall has welcomed the report by a committee of MPs on bullying in schools.The report highlights the prevalence of homophobic bullying and the lack of specific policies to protect LGBT pupils.MPs also highlighted the way in which children who are the victims of bullying are sometimes encouraged to stay at home or even leave the school.

  • Conservative Rabbi school allows gay admission 2

    Gay men and women can become rabbis in both the Reform Jewish movement and the smaller Reconstructionist wing of the faith.

    12:39 PM — A prestigious Conservative Jewish seminary in New York has taken a step towards equality by opening its doors to gay students.The Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) announced on Monday that it would begin to accept applications from LGBT students, but that the decision was not taken lightly.The change in policy comes three months after the Committee on Jewish Law and Standards voted to allow the ordination of gays and lesbians.

  • MPs say Catholic schools fail to tackle gay bullying 2

    The Department for Education and Skills will now formally respond to the recommendations of the report.

    12:01 PM — A committee of MPs has attacked Roman Catholic church-run schools for refusing to implement government guidelines on setting up anti-homophobic bullying policies.The investigation into all bullying in schools was instigated by Liberal Democrat MP and education spokesman Stephen Williams."Bullying is a matter of child welfare, not one of theology," Mr Williams told PinkNews.co.uk

  • 26th March 2007

    Police warned to act straight on duty

    The Philippines has a reputation for tolerance toward homosexuality.

    4:22 PM — The Philippine National Police warned its gay officers not to sway their hips or demonstrate provocative behaviour while on duty or they risk losing their jobs."If they sway their hips while marching, or if they engage in lustful conduct, I think that will be ground for separation" from the service, Chief Supt. Samuel Pagdilao told the Philippine Star. 

  • Gay Democrat wins election despite porn allegations

    Buckley thanked party members who had been “incredibly strong and supportive“ during the last three months.

    3:35 PM — Ray Buckley was elected the first openly gay party chairman in the US on Saturday.New Hampshire's Democratic Party voted for him despite an ugly campaign in which he was accused, then cleared, of possessing child pornography.Buckley weathered the pornography accusations from state Representative Steve Vaillancourt, his former friend and roommate.

  • Yogyakarta Principles a milestone for LGBT rights

    The Yogyakarta Principles, named after the city whey they were adopted, were launched today.

    3:07 PM — Human rights groups have launched a groundbreaking set of principles on sexual orientation and international law in a bid combat gender inequality and promote human rights across the globe.The Yogyakarta Principles, named after the city whey they were adopted, were launched today by 29 international human rights experts at a UN Human Rights Council session in Geneva.Scott Long, director of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Rights Programme at Human Rights Watch welcomed the strategy.

  • UK gay men flout anti-surrogacy laws 2

    So far, around three-quarters of couples have opted for male babies.

    1:25 PM — Dozens of gay men are turning to an American IVF programme for two-father families to get around British laws that prevent surrogacy.As reported by PinkNews.co.uk earlier this month, The Fertility Institute, a clinic in Los Angeles, has started running a programme where male couples pay for eggs from a university student to be implanted in another woman, often from a working-class background, who carries the child.

  • Lesbian custody battle exposes legal ambiguity

    Georgia law doesn't explicitly say whether gay parents can adopt a child.

    12:33 PM — A lesbian mother from the American state of Georgia caused outrage when she campaigned against the state's gay adoption laws in order to seek custody of her son.36-year old Sara Wheeler arguing that Georgia's ambiguous position on gay adoption should reverse a decision which enabled her then partner, Missy Wheeler, to become the child's second parent.Wheeler gave birth to her son Gavin by artificial insemination in 2000.

  • Ruth Kelly loses privacy case

    Ms Kelly complained to the Press Complaints Commission, saying her son's privacy had been breached.

    11:37 AM — The cabinet minister responsible for gay rights has had a complaint about the Daily Mirror's coverage of her child's education rejected.Ruth Kelly, the Communities Secretary, decided to send one of her sons to a private school because he has learning difficulties.The 38-year-old, who has four children, was heavily criticised for the decision.

  • MPs to demand action on bullying in schools 2

    Mr Williams, the MP for Bristol West and an out gay man, has consistently brought attention to homophobic bullying in schools since being elected to Parliament in 2005.

    11:10 AM — The House of Commons education and skills committee will publish a report tomorrow about the extent of bullying in schools.Lib Dem MP and committee member Stephen Williams suggested they investigate victimisation of children based on race, sexuality or other factors."I hope this investigation will make a difference to the welfare of kids up and down Britain," he told PinkNews.co.uk

  • 23rd March 2007

    MP’s researcher sends rude email to anti-gay activist

    Mr Simpson, the MP for Nottingham South, said that it was wrong for Mr May to be abusive in his response to the anti-gay email, which he said should have gone in the bin.

    5:32 PM — A Nottingham MP has said one of his staff was wrong to send an abusive response to an email from a Christian activist.Dries De Coster, a 19-year-old theology student, had group e-mailed every MP calling on them to oppose the Sexual Orientation Regulations.Paul May, a researcher for Nottingham MP Alan Simpson, responded to Mr De Coster's email.

  • Stonewall raise £230,000 at Blair dinner

    Later in the evening, an auction was held and a considerable sum was raised from lots such as an evening out with  Torchwood star John Barrowman and a book reading with award-winning author Sarah Waters.

    5:15 PM — Gay equality organisation Stonewall said they were delighted that last night's Equality dinner raised nearly a quarter of a million pounds.The money raised will help Stonewall's ongoing campaigns, such as Education for All, which tackles homophobia and homophobic bullying in schools.

  • Student lawsuit over school’s ban on homophobic T-shirts

    On last year's Day of Silence event, Zamecnik was ordered by a teacher to remove her t-shirt that read “DAY OF SILENCE: STRAIGHT ALLIANCE“.

    12:50 PM — Two Chicago students have filed a lawsuit claiming that being forbidden to wear anti-gay t-shirts is a violation of their civil rights.The Nequa Valley High School pupils, Heidi Zamecnik, 17, and Alexander Nuxoll, 14, are seeking permission from the district court to wear t-shirts bearing homophobic slogans on this year's Day of Silence on 18th April.After a discussion between Zamecnik's parents and school officials the family and Nuxoll decided to take legal action.

  • Lesbian fights asylum case in US

    The 8th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the Board of Immigration Appeals had misapplied the law, and ordered the BIA to revisit the case.

    11:13 AM — A Ugandan lesbian has won her appeal to have her deportation from the United States reconsidered.Olivia Nabulwala, who fled Uganda in 2001 after enduring homophobic violence from her family and others, was at risk of deportation for remaining in the US after her visa had run out.The 8th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the Board of Immigration Appeals had misapplied the law.

  • Author sues ‘fag’ ex-husband

    The book was also made into a 1998 film starring Angela Bassett and Taye Diggs.

    11:13 AM — Novelist Terry McMillan is suing Jonathan Plummer for $40,000 over claims that he attempted to smear her reputation during their divorce.McMillan's lawsuit claims that her Plummer and his lawyer, Dolores Sargent: "conspired and formed a plan to threaten, humiliate and embarrass Terry McMillan."The couple divorced when Plummer revealed to McMillan that he is gay.

  • Gay EU Commissioner defiant over sacking rumours

    He was appointed to the Cabinet twice, but had to resign both times.

    10:51 AM — Peter Mandelson has told the BBC that he will be staying in his post as EU Trade Commissioner until 2009.The imminent change of British Prime Minister had raised the possibility that Mr Mandelson might be sacked as the UK's Commissioner.There is an EU Commissioner from every member state. Mr Mandelson has been the UK's man in Brussels since November 2004.

  • 22nd March 2007

    Tony Blair’s gay speech in full 3

    He has done so much more than that for gay people in this country. He has been a good friend, a good friend to Stonewall, a good friend to gay people across Britain.

    10:42 PM — The Prime Minister was speaking at the Stonewall Equality dinner at the Dorchester Hotel, central London, this evening.He was introduced by Stonewall's chief executive, Ben Summerskill. Ben Summerskill: I would like to welcome all of you here tonight. I am delighted to introduce our opening speaker. I first met him 14 years ago, when my job was to show him round Harrow Rd police station in west London - don't ask.

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