22nd May 2007
Homophobic bullying not an issue for MEPs 57
5:05 PM — Only 239 out of 785 members of the European Parliament have signed a declaration against homophobic bullying.Liberal Democrat MEP Baroness Sarah Ludford, a member of the European Parliament's intergroup on gay and lesbian rights, said:"While this result clearly signifies that combating homophobic bullying is more than a marginal issue for MEPs, we must work harder to make a majority understand the degree of misery and exclusion it can cause."
Lithuanians protest against diversity 2
3:28 PM — Anti-gay feeling has reached new heights in Lithuania after a Swedish ambassador called for tolerance towards LGBT people.Ambassador Malin Karre delivered a speech to the Lithuanian Parliament on Wednesday May 16th to commemorate the International Day of Fighting Homophobia.She told the Lithuanian parliament that the Swedish government was "opposed to any goals to trample human rights, including the rights of people with non-traditional sexual orientation."
Republican presidential candidates want gay marriage ban 57
1:29 PM — Republican presidential candidates Sam Brownback and Mike Huckabee have both announced their support for a ban on gay marriage across America.Speaking at a Florida Family Policy Council dinner on Saturday night, the outsiders stuck to a strong message on family values.Kansas Senator Brownback said: "You need to redefine the definition of marriage as a union of a man and a woman. It's critical."
Gay bishop excluded from Anglican conference 17
1:20 PM — The controversial Bishop of New Hampshire has not been invited to the Lambeth Conference next year, Lambeth Palace revealed today.Conservative and liberal branches of the worldwide Anglican communion have been at loggerheads over the issues of homosexuality and same-sex unions ever since a Gene Robinson, an openly gay man, was ordained as a bishop in the US in 2003.
Euro MPs speak up for Moscow Pride 4
12:57 PM — Members of the European Parliament have written to the Mayor of Moscow urging him to respect human rights and allow a gay Pride parade this weekend to go ahead.Marco Cappato, an Italian MEP and Dutch parliamentarian Sophie In't Veld's open letter to Yuri Luzhkov asks him to authorise Sunday's "March in support for tolerance and respect for the rights and freedoms of homosexual people in Russia."Organisers of the Pride event in Moscow have applied to the city for permission to march.
Trans man jailed in Pakistan over marriage
11:45 AM — A couple have been jailed after doctors concluded the groom was actually a woman, despite gender reassignment surgery.A court in Lahore, Pakistan said that Shumain Raj, 31, and Shahzina Tariq, 26, married last year, in defiance of Islamic law.Mr Raj initially brought the marriage to the attention of the court, when he complained about threats from his wife's relatives.
Church report into homophobia advocates “ex-gay” counselling
11:45 AM — Northern Ireland's largest Protestant church has produced a report on homophobia which has been accused of being homophobic.The Presbyterian Church in Ireland has over 300,000 members and 560 congregations in Ireland.Its controversial report by the Social Issues and Resources Panel will not be published until June, but was leaked to the BBC.
Girl reunited with lesbian carer 1
10:12 AM — After almost three months, a seven-year-old girl has been reunited with the woman in whose care she'd thrived for almost a year before being sent to live in a crowded foster home.The child had been held in foster care since Feb. 20th, when a judge took her away from her home after he learned that she was being raised by a lesbian.Elizabeth Hadaway she first took in the little girl when the child's biological mother asked her to raise and adopt Emma.
21st May 2007
Opposition parties differ on homophobic incitement law 2
5:39 PM — The Conservative and Liberal Democrat parties have responded to the discussion of an offence of homophobic incitement.Candidates for the Deputy Leader of the Labour party have given their support to such a law.Peter Hain, Harriet Harman and Alan Johnson all backed calls for a new law to outlaw anti-gay hatred. Hazel Blears said it was one way forward alongside other measures such as better support for victims.
Interview: Peter Hain sets out his stall
3:00 PM — PinkNews.co.uk exclusiveWith the "battle" for the leadership of the Labour party over before it even started, all eyes are now on the deputy role. A lack of choice is hardly an issue in this race, with six MPs jockeying to fill John Prescott's shoes.Tony Grew met with contender Peter Hain to discuss gay rights in the UK and in Europe and to find out why the former anti-apartheid campaigner believes he is the best person to become deputy leader of a party desperate for a fourth term of office.
Homophobic poster campaign fails to swing Swiss voters
1:47 PM — An overwhelming majority of voters in Geneva have voted in favour of granting gay and lesbian couples equal inheritance rights and other benefits.In a referendum yesterday 83% voted in favour of the changes, which were supported by all political parties except the Swiss People's Party (UDC).The right-wing party caused outrage earlier this month with advertising posters opposing the changes calling gay couples infertile.
Deputy leadership candidates support gay hate law 2
1:12 PM — PinkNews.co.uk exclusive Peter Hain, the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland and Wales, has said he would personally support new legislation outlawing incitement to homophobia.In an interview with PinkNews.co.uk, Mr Hain said that the government must make sure there are no hate crimes against any group in the UK.In January Home Office minister Tony McNulty vowed to review homophobic incitement laws.
Two charged over murder of pornographer
12:00 PM — Two men have been arrested and charged with the killing of Bryan Charles Kosis, owner of gay pornographic movie company Cobra Video.According to the Associated Press, Harlow R. Cuadra, 25, and Joseph M. Kerekes, 33, were arrested in Virginia Beach, Virginia.The 44-year-old Kocis' body was found in late January by firefighters responding to a blaze at his home in Dallas Township.
Gay Poles march with Pride in Warsaw
11:51 AM — Despite the hostile attitude of the Polish government towards the LGBT community, thousands took to the streets in Saturday for an Equality march.Organisers estimate about 20,000 people took part."This was the largest parade we've held in Poland," parade organizer Tomasz Baczkowski said."Polish society has opened its eyes and they know what democracy, equality and diversity mean."
Rights groups condemn Iran’s campaign against ‘immorality’
11:01 AM — Iran's arbitrary arrests of thousands of men and women in recent weeks under the banner of "countering immoral behaviour" threaten basic rights to privacy, says Human Rights Watch.They have called for the immediate release of all those detained as part of this campaign, including more than 80 people seized in a raid on a private gathering in the city of Esfahan on May 10th, 2007.
Canadians turning to US surrogates
10:58 AM — Couples who participate in paid surrogacy in Canada can receive a $500,000 (£233,900) fine or a decade in jail.Yet these stiff punishments have not put an end to the practice. It has simply made people more secretive, CBC News reported.Canadian law says that a surrogate can only be paid for costs directly related to the surrogacy, but may not receive a fee otherwise.
19th May 2007
A guide to loan providers..
2:34 PM — PinkNews.co.uk has selected a number of personal loans providers.It's a list of where to get a loan, from lending companies we've checked out. We've reviewed their services and ensured that they do not discriminate against the LGBT community. If you find that they do, email firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll investigate the company.Before you visit any of the sites, think carefully before securing a loan or other debts against your home. Your home may be repossessed if you do not keep up repayments on your mortgage or any other loan that is secured on it.
18th May 2007
Insurance victory for Ohio transsexual 57
8:30 PM — An Ohio transsexual has won a court battle with her insurance company over the cost of her gender reassignment surgery.Jan Stacy, and electronics engineer, was told when she began gender realignment in 2006 that her self insured plan covered the surgery.When she submitted the bills for the surgery to company Highmark Blue Shield, she was refused.
Downing St defends ban on gay blood 6
6:01 PM — A statement on the Prime Minister's website claims some gay men flout blood donation guidelines and reveals that 40 donations a year are infected with HIV.A petition on the site calls for an end to discrimination against gay and bisexual men by the National Blood Service.HIV is now at its fast growing rate in the heterosexual community but the NBS regard all men who have sex with men as too high-risk to accept blood from.
Americans support LGBT hate crimes law 7
3:55 PM — A poll conducted this month has found that nearly 70% of Americans are in favour of new legislation to extend hate crimes to cover LGBT people.Support for the new protections extends across religious and political groups. 60% of Republicans and 64% of regular church goers supported the proposed new law.The new law will extend protections on the grounds of race or religion extended to cover LGBT people.