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  • 27th May 2007

    Peter Tatchell speaks out after his violent Moscow assault 62

    Peter Tatchell shortly after the attack

    9:31 PM — PinkNews.co.uk Exclusive"I'm not deterred one iota from coming back to protest in Moscow," Peter Tatchell told PinkNews.co.uk from Moscow, just hours after he was attacked by suspected neo-Nazis and then arrested by the Russian riot police the OMON. "Gay Russians need overseas support to protect them against state and neo-Nazi violence."Mr Tatchell told PinkNews.co.uk: "I urge people to protest to the Russian Ambassador and to ask their local MP to send a letter of protest to the Russian embassy."

  • Tatchell calls for gay freedom in Russia 61

    Peter Tatchell made the speech before his attack and arrest

    3:44 PM — Gay human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell gave the opening keynote speech at the Moscow Pride conference in the Swissotel, Moscow:I bring you a message of comradeship and solidarity from the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex [LGBTI] human rights organizations OutRage! in London.Your struggle is our struggle.

  • Please help us, says Moscow Pride organiser 61

    Peter Tatchell and Nikolai Alexeyev (right) at a pre-Moscow pride protest outside City Hall, London

    3:08 PM — Nicolas Alexeyev, the organiser of Moscow Pride, is being held by police with other gay activists, among them Peter Tatchell. Mr Alexeyev has released the following statement:"We ask the western democraties to put a maximum pressure on the Russian authorities to release us immediately."The protocol written by the police is completely falsified and all the Western MEPs and MPs who were with us could confirm it.

  • Moscow authorities defend gay march arrests 61

    “The city's police will cut short any attempts at provocations in every legitimate way,“

    3:06 PM — Most of the team members of the Pride Committee have been arrested in Moscow. Nikolai Alekseev, Alexey Davidov, Nikolai Khramov are being detained by police.A spokesman for the Moscow City Interior Department, Viktor Biryukov, told Itar-Tass news agency:"Organisers of the pride march had an opportunity to appeal the authorities' decision in court but they failed to provide sufficient legal grounds."

  • Peter Tatchell attacked at Moscow Pride 63

    Mr Tatchell was punched in the face by a young man, and police have said they are investigating the assault. (Credit: Flickr/ AFP)

    3:00 PM — Gay rights activist Peter Tatchell has been attacked by anti-gay protesters in Moscow. Right Said Fred singer Richard Fairbrass was also punched in the face while giving a TV interview.Both were there to support today's banned gay rights march in the city. The BBC reports Mr Tatchell has been arrested.

  • 26th May 2007

    Gay groups condemn blood donation ban 6

    The blood ban is claimed to be unwarranted

    9:34 AM — This week the Food and Drug Administration announced on their website that the current lifetime ban on donating blood will remain in effect for gay and bisexual men.In March of 2006, the American Association of Blood Banks (AABB), America's Blood Centers (ABC) and the American Red Cross (ARC) testified before the FDA that the lifetime ban for men who have sex with men "is medically and scientifically unwarranted."

  • 25th May 2007

    Gay MPs unite to condemn Pride ban

    Earlier this week members of the European Parliament wrote to Mayor Luzhkov urging him to respect human rights

    3:13 PM — Gay MPs from the three main political parties have written to the Mayor of Moscow to protest at the banning of this year's Pride march.Chris Bryant, Labour Member of Parliament for the Rhondda, has sent a joint letter with Conservative Nick Herbert and Liberal Democrat Stephen Williams calling on the mayor to repeal the ban on the Pride event, which is due to take place this weekend.

  • Gender reassignment doctor still allowed to practice 57

    Reid can now only continue to practice under strict supervision in NHS hospitals or GMC-approved clinics.

    3:13 PM — The UK's leading gender identity psychiatrist has had charges of serious professional misconduct against him upheld.The General Medical Council found 63-year-old consultant Dr. Russell Reid guilty, but chose not to bar him from the medical profession.The GMC disciplinary panel declared on Monday that Reid had rushed transsexual patients into treatment inappropriately.

  • Stonewall launches guide to new gay protections 57

    “These protections will make a practical difference to the lives of millions of gay people.“

    2:29 PM — Stonewall today launched a guide to the new goods and services protections for LGB people.Sponsored by Lloyds TSB, the gay equality organisation has published 300,000 postcard-sized 'image-heavy text-light' guides.The 12-page booklets advise lesbian, gay and bisexual people that "If something is offered, you can have it, whatever the colour of your money."

  • Kirk still unclear on gay couples 57

    A call for more clarity on the exact attitude of the Church to gay couples came from Rev Louis Kinsey.

    2:29 PM — The Church of Scotland report on homosexuality was discussed in the Church General Assembly on Wednesday.The aim of the meeting was to reach a consensus within the Church on attitudes to gay Christians.The 800 members of the Assembly met in Edinburgh to watch video clips from the report's working party.

  • Study of employment tribunals reveals emotional cost 3

    Employees who have tried to resolve disputes over discrimination under new equality regulations have ended up facing demotion.

    11:27 AM — The first study of the impact of the employment equality regulations, which grant protection for LGB people in the workplace, has found that many employees who go to a tribunal suffer financially and emotionally.The regulations on sexual orientation and religion or belief were introduced in 2003.Employees who have tried to resolve disputes over discrimination under new equality regulations have ended up facing demotion.

  • History event to mark decriminalisation of homosexuality 57

    The HoHoC describes the event as 'an afternoon of personal testimony, musical memories, film clips, fashion and performance.'

    11:27 AM — The House of Homosexual Culture will host a twentieth-century history event this weekend.57/67 celebrates and examines the publication of the Wolfenden Report in 1957, and the passing of the Sexual Offences Act ten years later.Historians, authors and members of the public will come together to discuss the effects of the two events on LGBT people both then and now.

  • Presidential hopeful rejects anti-gay image 2

    A poll in February found that only 72% of Americans would vote for a Mormon.

    11:05 AM — Former Governor of Massachusetts Mitt Romney has denied he is homophobic, but failed to clarify his own views on whether homosexuality is immoral.Mr Romney is hoping to capture the nomination of the Republican party for President.In a short interview yesterday, he pointed out that he had appointed gay people to serve in his administration in Massachusetts.

  • Isolation tactic towards gay bishop attacked

    While acknowledging that Bishop Robinson is a duly-elected and consecrated bishop in the Anglican Communion, Archbishop Williams decided not to invite him.

    10:10 AM — The Episcopal bishop of California, Marc Andrus, has declared his support for Bishop Gene Robinson.It was announced earlier this week that openly gay bishop Robinson would not be invited to attend an important conference of Anglican bishops next year."I will be seeking to learn how I can best be in solidarity with Bishop Robinson, through prayerful action," says the Rt. Rev. Marc Andrus, Episcopal bishop of California.

  • 24th May 2007

    “European Commission now knows what it’s like to be gay” 1

    Mr Cashman is president of the European parliament's Intergroup on Gay and Lesbian Rights.

    6:23 PM — West Midlands MEP Michael Cashman has said that the decision of the mayor of the Lithuanian capital Vilnius to ban the visit of a bus promoting the EU's "For Diversity; against discrimination" campaign should give Brussels bureaucrats some insight into LGBT experiences.The 30-tonne vehicle is designed to inform citizens of their rights under EU and national anti-discrimination legislation as part of the European Year of Equal Opportunities for All.

  • Irish election could bring same-sex partnerships

    In April 2006 Mr Ahern insisted his government is committed to legislation by the next election

    2:05 PM — The people of the Republic of Ireland are voting today in the country's general election.Irish Prime Minister Bertie Ahern asked the President to dissolve Parliament at the end of April.The result of today's poll is expected to be very close.Gay marriage has been an issue in the elections for the 166-seat Dáil Éireann.

  • Dismissal of gay linguists riles US Congress 5

    A Pentagon spokesman said the military is enforcing the law.

    1:50 PM — Members of the US House of Representatives have requested an investigation into Arabic speakers dismissed from the Army for being gay.Around 40 Congressmen and women signed a letter to the chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, that the continued loss of such "capable, highly skilled Arabic linguists continues to compromise our national security during time of war."

  • Trans mayor and mayoress take office in Cambridge

    Ms Bailey is the first transgender mayor in the UK. She took up office today.

    1:00 PM — A woman who has transitioned sex has been elected to the largely ceremonial role of Mayor of Cambridge. Jenny Bailey, 45, is a Liberal Democrat councillor.She chose her partner Jennifer Liddle, 49, who also underwent gender reassignment surgery, to serve as Mayoress. The couple have both served as councillors on Cambridge City Council.Ms Bailey is the first transgender mayor in the UK. She took up office today.

  • Mary Cheney gives birth to a baby boy

    Presidential candidate John Kerry raised Mary Cheney's sexual orientation during the 2004 campaign for the White House.

    11:18 AM — The daughter of US Vice President Dick Cheney has given birth to a baby boy. Samuel David Cheney weighted a healthy 8lbs 6oz.While the birth of a grandchild for Mr Cheney would not at first seem a matter of public controversy, Mary Cheney is gay.Conservative and Christian groups have questioned whether Ms Cheney and her partner of 15 years, Heather Poe, will make suitable parents.

  • Gay couple settle adoption lawsuit

    As part of the settlement, the site's owners agreed to stop doing business with California residents.

    10:40 AM — A Californian couple has settled a lawsuit against Adoption.com, an Arizona-based website that refused to let them post a profile in the hopes of finding a birth mother.As part of the settlement, the site's owners agreed to stop doing business with California residents.According to the Associated Press, the company could have kept doing business in the state if they had been willing to let same-sex couples participate, but they were not.

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