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  • 4th June 2007

    Christian groups fight gay equality laws 57

    A recent YouGov poll  found that 85% of Britons support the 2007 Sexual Orientation Regulations.

    12:02 PM — Churches go to the High Court in Belfast today to argue that the Sexual Orientation Regulations restrict their human rights.If they are successful, the regulations that protect gay rights could be declared unlawful.The case, which has been brought by The Christian Institute along with other Christian groups, is scheduled to last three days.

  • Californian gay prisoners get conjugal visits 57

    Overnight visits from family can help reduce the stress of prison life

    11:00 AM — Gay and lesbian prisoners in California are to be allowed conjugal visits from their partners, under a new prison policy revealed on Friday.The change in policy came after gay and civil rights groups threatened to sue the prisons under equality laws.The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) sent a letter threatening legal action on behalf of Vernon Foeller, 40, a gay inmate incarcerated for attempted burglary.

  • 3rd June 2007

    Interview: Harriet Harman warns gay youth off dangerous Dave 3

    Harriet Harman warns against jumping ship to Cameron's Conservatives

    11:30 AM — Justice Minister Harriet Harman has something she wants to say to the gay community, particularly those who grew up during the Blair years."Young people, remember! Remember! Be afraid!"Hoodies, perhaps? Terrorism? The threat of a nude Keith Chegwin returning to our television screens?No - the resurgent Conservative party.

  • 2nd June 2007

    Bush asks for $30bn to fight AIDS worldwide

    Current US law dictates that one-third of prevention funding through PEPFAR must teach exclusively abstinence-only until marriage.

    10:00 PM — President Bush has called on the United States Congress to double U.S. funding towards fighting the global AIDS pandemic.He requested $30 billion through the President's Emergency Programme for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) for the first five years after he leaves office.The President first announced his plans to create PEPFAR, a five year, $15 billion dollar initiative to combat AIDS worldwide, during his 2003 State of the Union Address.

  • American dating service, eHarmony accused of discrimination

    No room for gay searches?

    11:52 AM — An online dating service is being sued for allegedly discriminating against lesbians, gays and bisexuals.Linda Carlson from North Carolina tried to use the eHarmony website, widely advertised in America, to find a partner of the same sex. She found that she could only register as a "woman seeking a man" or a "man seeking a woman." She wrote to the company to complain but was told that the website would not change it's policy.

  • 1st June 2007

    Gays gather in London to learn about their legal rights

    Pink Law - Know Your Rights At Home, At Work  At Play was a free event.

    5:00 PM — Around 70 people attended a special free event in London last night designed to inform gay, lesbian and bisexual people of their rights.Pink Law - Know Your Rights At Home, At Work At Play was organised by award-winning solicitors Russell Jones Walker and sponsored by PinkNews.co.ukBen Summerskill, chief executive of gay equality organisation Stonewall, opened proceedings.

  • Interview: Mrs Pritchard aims for the Deputy Leadership 3

    If they ever make a movie about Hazel Blears, Jane Horrocks would be perfect casting.

    4:15 PM — Hazel Blears is a Marmite politician. Many are impressed and enthused by the indomitable energy of the Labour Party Chair. Others find her drive and organisational zeal irritating.She provokes love or hate from members of her party, but never apathy.For my money, it is always good to see an enthusiastic politician - but boy has she got high hopes.

  • Livingstone: Latvia must allow pride to go on peacefully 5

    Ken Livingstone argues that the Latvian government and the Mayor of Riga should allow their gay pride march to go ahead without hindrance.

    10:39 AM — The Mayor of London, Ken Livingstone argues that the Latvian government and the Mayor of Riga should allow their gay pride march to go ahead without hindrance.In the past year, there have been attacks on the rights of lesbians and gay men in Eastern Europe with violence at, and/or bans on, Gay Pride events in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Russia, Moldova and Romania. I have already, and continue, to condemn all these.

  • Montreal gay bar under fire for sexual discrimination 57

    “I didn't say a word until I'd left. I was too shocked.“

    10:39 AM — A woman turned away from a gay bar on the grounds of her gender has lodged a human rights complaint.Audrey Vachon, a 20 year old college student, was refused service and asked to leave Le Stud, a gay bar in Montreal's village, last Tuesday.Ms. Vachon has since made a complaint to Quebec's human rights commission, based on Article 10 of the Quebec Charter, which prevents sexual discrimination.

  • 31st May 2007

    Hollywood actor confirms Presidential bid 1

    Mr Thomson represented Tennessee in the Senate from 1994 to 2003.

    4:00 PM — The veteran film and TV actor Fred Thompson has said he intends to seek the Republican party's nomination for President of the United States in 2008."I can't remember exactly the point that I said, 'I'm going to do this,'" Thompson told USA Today."But when I did, the thing that occurred to me: 'I'm going to tell people that I am thinking about it and see what kind of reaction I get to it.'"

  • New Hampshire legalises civil unions

    The Episcopalian Bishop of New Hampshire, Gene Robinson, who is openly gay, gave evidence to the state legislature supporting same-sex unions.

    3:32 PM — The Governor of New Hampshire signed a civil unions bill into law today. It will come into force on January 1st 2008.The bill previously passed the state's House of Representatives by a margin of 2 to 1.In April the state Senate approved the bill by 14 votes to 10."We in New Hampshire have had a long and proud tradition taking the lead and opposing discrimination," Governor John Lynch said according to AP.

  • New guidance on bullying in schools to be unveiled 2

    Mr Johnson revealed that he has never been invited to the Prime Minister's country home, Chequers.

    2:20 PM — PinkNews.co.uk exclusive Education Secretary Alan Johnson has revealed that the government is working on new guidelines for schools to protect children from bullying.In an interview with PinkNews.co.uk he said he hoped to be able to make an announcement at the Stonewall Education for All conference in July.Mr Johnson is one of six candidates for Deputy Leader of the Labour party.

  • Homophobic Paisley is his father’s problem says Sinn Fein 27

    Mr Paisley Jnr is a member of the DUP representing Antrim North in the Northern Ireland Assembly.

    1:45 PM — The Deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland has assured gay and lesbian people that their rights will be upheld despite the hostile comments of a junior minister.Martin McGuinness said that Ian Paisley Jnr was not speaking on behalf of the devolved administration when he said that he found homosexuals repulsive.The Sinn Fein politician told listeners to The Nolan Show: "Gay rights are enshrined in legislation and we as first and deputy first minister have a duty to uphold that."

  • Analysis: The dirt will not stick to the Teflon Taoiseach

    Over the past year the Taoiseach defended his acceptance of large sums of cash in the 1990's during the separation of his marriage.

    10:16 AM — Ireland's Prime Minister Bertie Ahern has worked his magic for a third time.The Irish elections held on 24th May 2007 saw Fianna Fail returning as the largest party. They will be lead yet again by Bertie Ahern - his third consecutive five year term.The electorate focused on the two traditional parties, Fianna Fail and Fine Gael, with Bertie winning the trust of the masses, who appeared to be unwilling to stray too far from what they have enjoyed so far under his leadership.

  • 30th May 2007

    Surrogate mother left off birth certificate 1

    Dorrance Dickens, the lawyer for the father and surrogate, was pleased with the outcome

    10:52 PM — Surrogate mothers no longer have to be named as the child's mother on the birth certificate, according to a recent US court decision.The ruling came about as a result of a case involving a surrogate and father from the Washington suburban area.The woman who carried the twins for a father used an egg donor and had no genetic relationship to them. Both she and the father did not want her listed as the mother, the Associated Press reported.

  • Openly gay sailor to campaign against ban 1

    Many of Knight's colleagues spoke out in support of him.

    10:52 PM — Former Naval Petty Officer 2nd Class Jason Knight, a linguist who served openly during two enlistments in the US Navy, is to join forces with pressure group the Servicemembers Legal Defence Network.SLDN are working for repeal of the American military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" ban on lesbian, gay and bisexual personnel.Petty Officer Knight came out to his command and was subsequently discharged from the Navy in 2005.

  • Men accused of injecting HIV+ blood into rape victims

    Dutch police also seized a large quantity of ecstasy tablets and photographs.

    5:40 PM — Dutch police have confirmed they are holding three men who they suspect of using so-called "sex parties" to rape men and inject them with HIV infected blood.Reuters reports that AIDS groups in the city of Groningen approached police about the parties after receiving tipoffs.Two of the accused are reported to have confessed to injecting their victims against their will with their blood. Both tested positive for the virus.

  • Northern Ireland minister Ian Paisley Jr calls gay people repulsive 27

    Mr Paisley was appointed a junior minister in the Office of First Minister and Deputy First Minister by his father only three weeks ago.

    2:00 PM — A minister in the government of Northern Ireland has caused outrage with homophobic comments made in a magazine interview.Ian Paisley Jnr, who is the son of the Democratic Unionist First Minister, told Hotpress magazine that lesbians and gay men harm society.Mr Paisley, who was once dubbed the "baby dinosaur of the 21st century," has been criticised by gay equality organisation Stonewall.

  • US lesbians take on mortgage lenders 1

    One of the claims in this case is under the federal Equal Credit Opportunity Act.

    10:55 AM — A lawsuit has been filed in a New York federal court on behalf of a same-sex couple after the self-described "America's number one home loan lender" refused to add one partner to the other's existing mortgage and then threatened to foreclose on their home.Adola DeWolf, 49, a teacher for juveniles in the justice system, and Laura Watts, 42, a college administrator, have been in a relationship since 2004.

  • CPS to consider charges over homophobic sign

    Gay equality group Stonewall said the sign could breach new equality laws which came into force on April 30.

    10:30 AM — Police have sent a file to the Crown Prosecution Service after investigating a homophobic sign that was put up outside a Wiltshire pub.The new landlord of the Anchor and Hope in Trowbridge was questioned over the sign, which appeared three weeks ago promoting the pub's reopening.The pub's former landlords John Williams, and his 26-year-old partner Lee, believe the sign, which read 'faggots and mince not on the menu', refers to them and have made a formal complaint to police.

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