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  • 13th June 2007

    Lesbian woman shot dead by police

    The Independent Police Complaints Commission is investigating her death.

    5:08 PM — A 37-year-old woman who was killed by a police marksman in the early hours of yesterday morning was a lesbian, it has emerged.Friends and work colleagues have described Ann Sanderson as a gentle, loyal and helpful person who suffered from mental illness.Police in the suburban town of Sevenoaks are investigating her death. She was brandishing a firearm at officers, which she refused to put down when confronted.

  • New equality proposals “oblivious” to needs of trans people 2

    The government proposes extending protection against discrimination when accessing goods and services to trans people.

    2:22 PM — PinkNews.co.uk exclusive The government has published its long-awaited Discrimination Law Review, and is asking the public for their views on a proposed new Equality Act.The purpose of the new legislation is to simplify the current piecemeal discrimination laws and to strengthen the new Commission for Equality and Human Rights, which comes into being this autumn.

  • Anglican dissidents plan ‘parallel’ church

    The revelation of new plans to defy Archbishop Williams adds to the fears that the whole Anglican church could schism over gay issues.

    1:50 PM — Powerful conservative primates in the worldwide Anglican church plan to consecrate their own bishop to oversee American churches who oppose gay ordination.The move is in direct defiance of the Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, who wants to try to reconcile the differences in the feuding Anglican communion.Last month Archbishop Williams took the symbolic step of excluding Gene Robinson, the openly gay Bishop of New Hampshire, from the Lambeth conference.

  • Teenage lesbians upset after bus ejection

    The city of Portland's transit system has a policy that bars drivers from ejecting underage people from buses.

    11:55 AM — Two 14-year-old girls were kicked of a bus in Oregon for kissing have gone public about the humiliating incident.Maika Rich and Jocelyn O'Neal told KATU-TV that they were on a bus headed to the Sexual Minority Youth Recreation Centre last Friday.A passenger complained to the driver that they had been kissing. He ordered them to stop, calling them "sickos." When the girls then hugged he told them to get off.

  • Gay gun enthusiast ejected from Pride 1

    Nelson's ejection and consequent complaint have received the attention of Second Amendment advocates.

    11:40 AM — Pro-gun activist David Nelson was ejected from last week's Utah Pride festival by its organisers, security and law-enforcement officers for possessing an unconcealed firearm.Nelson, who owns the gay group Stonewall Shooting Sports of Utah, has filed a complaint with city Police Chief Chris Burbank against Lt. Rusty Isakson for what Nelson described as "grossly and specifically violative of state weapons laws.""As a state Concealed Firearm Permit holder, I possessed and carried my firearm unconcealed, but holstered, at the event," Nelson said.

  • Presidential candidates give support to equal rights

    All of the announced Democratic candidates stated their support for extending federal benefits and equal tax treatment

    11:31 AM — The Human Rights Campaign have released their 2008 Democratic candidate questionnaire outlining where the announced candidates for President stand on issues important to the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community.The Human Rights Campaign, the largest gay civil rights organisation in the US, released the questionnaires along with a report card based upon the candidates' responses in order to assist pro-equality voters in determining the public policy positions of the candidates.

  • 12th June 2007

    Swedish government falls out over gay marriage 1

    The Prime Minister has said that his party will make a decision on the issue at their autumn party conference.

    12:25 PM — The Swedish Prime Minister is facing a revolt from his own party because he will not commit to new legislation to allow gay couples to marry.The country's coalition government is split on the issue.Fredrik Reinfeldt's conservative Moderate party have so far not decided to support further rights for gay people, but eight MPs, including one Cabinet minister, are threatening to resign over the issue.

  • Openly gay sailor could serve a third time 1

    Knight has now served openly during two tours with the Navy, with the support of his command and colleagues.

    11:15 AM — The United States Navy has again assigned an openly gay sailor to duty in the Individual Ready Reserves (IRR).Former Petty Officer 2nd Class Jason Knight, a Hebrew linguist recently deployed to Kuwait, has been placed on IRR duty until April 2009, despite publicly "coming out" in national media outlets and being told he would receive a "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" dismissal.Knight's dismissal form, also called a DD-214, again lists his reason for dismissal as 'Completion of Service,' and places him in the IRR.

  • Ireland’s population is 6% gay, survey finds 1

    The Out Now 2007 GCN Ireland Gay Community Market Report is being released later this month.

    11:00 AM — An estimated 6% of Irish adults are believed to be lesbian or gay, and results from the first ever market research measurement of the lifestyles and spending power of Ireland's 200,000 lesbians and gay men are about to be released.The new research will shed new light on gay community lifestyle and marketing issues. A new gay market research report is about to uncover Ireland's gay and lesbian communities.

  • 11th June 2007

    Paisley confused over homophobic son 27

    Northern Ireland's Lord Chief Justice, Sir Brian Kerr, rejected an attempt to overturn the current law banning adoption by unmarried couples of any sexual orientation.

    5:42 PM — The First Minister of Northern Ireland has faced questions in the province's Assembly about the anti-gay views of his son, who is a junior minister in the devolved government.Ian Paisley Snr told Assembly members that he is opposed to any sort of discrimination, but would not give an assurance that Ian Jnr would be kept away from equality duties.Paisley Jnr angered political opponents when he said he finds gay and lesbian people repulsive.

  • Jewish holy men curse Jerusalem Pride 1

    The Jerusalem Post reports that three quarters of the city's residents oppose the Pride parade.

    4:39 PM — A group of orthodox rabbis have placed a curse on an upcoming gay parade in the Israeli capital, and vowed to hold a massive rally in protest next week.The rabbis, from the Eda Haredit sect, made a statement about the event yesterday. At the 2005 Pride event in Jerusalem a member of the sect stabbed three of the participants.Police will announce tomorrow if they will allow next week's gay event to go ahead.

  • More death threats for anti-gay bishop

    The Archbishop's comments have resulted in some of the heaviest criticism of the church in an ongoing row over the place of religion in the Italian state.

    4:17 PM — An Italian bishop who compared moves to give gay couples some rights to incest and child abuse has received three bullets and a threat against his life in the post.Archbishop Angelo Bagnasco's cathedral was attacked by vandals in April.He was placed under police guard after he was sent a bullet in the post later that month, accompanied by a picture of the Archbishop defaced with a swastika.

  • Americans more tolerant of gays

    Last year, the number of Americans who said gay relationships should be legal increased once again to 56 percent.

    3:40 PM — A recent survey conducted by Gallup has found that US public "tolerance" toward gay rights has made a bit of a comeback.When Americans were first asked in 1977 whether gay relations should be legal, just 43 percent of respondents answered in the affirmative.By the middle of 2003, the number had jumped to 60 percent, only to plummet (to 50 percent) after the Supreme Court struck down a Texas sodomy law in June of that same year.

  • Moscow Pride organiser convicted of disobeying police 1

    Moscow Pride organisers have vowed to hold the event in 2008.

    3:15 PM — Nicolas Alexeyev, the main organiser of last month's banned Moscow Pride event, has been found guilty by a Russian court of breaching traffic rules by not obeying orders from police.He was fined £20, but said he would not pay the fine, claiming the court had not accepted video evidence proving that he and other gay rights activists had not broken the law.Gay rights advocates had attempted to deliver a letter of protest to the office of the Mayor of Moscow on the day of the banned march, May 27th.

  • New York counts the cost of gay nuptials

    The Comptroller's Office adopted a conservative approach to produce the estimates in the report.

    2:45 PM — New York City Comptroller William C. Thompson, Jr. has issued a study finding that the legalisation of marriage for same-sex partners could yield $142 million in economic benefits to New York City.The report, Love Counts: The Economic Benefits of Marriage Equality for New York, concluded that the revenue would be largely generated in the three years immediately following enactment of legislation and would be derived from the spending of residents and visitors on their weddings, along with the spending of their out-of-town guests.

  • Energy drink blamed for painful priapism

    The 29-year-old said the complications were not over after a winter shunt implant was given to him. photo: jacobw.com@flickr.com

    2:30 PM — A New York man has filed a law suit against the makers of the health drink Boost Plus, claiming the vitamin-enriched beverage gave him an erection that would not go away.Christopher Woods said he bought the protein supplement beverage at a drugstore on June 5, 2004.He drank it, and the next day woke up with what he described in court papers as "an erection that would not subside."

  • General who opposed gays in the military leaves top job

    SLDN demanded that General Pace apologise for his remarks, igniting a firestorm of controversy in the media.

    2:15 PM — CNN Pentagon correspondent Barbara Starr has reported that Chairman of the Joint Chiefs General Peter Pace's departure from that post may be linked to his recent comments regarding lesbian and gay military personnel.According to Starr's report, Pace's comments, along with his role in planning the war in Iraq and his support for convicted Vice Presidential advisor I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, played key roles in Congressional opposition to Pace's re-nomination.His recent statements that he believed homosexual statements are immoral presented a "significant problem" for Pace.

  • Violence casts a shadow over gay Pride

    The march was organised by Accept, a Romanian gay-rights advocacy group.

    2:00 PM — Romania's gay pride celebration on Saturday was marred as police used tear gas against protesters who hurled stones at marchers in the capital city Bucharest, officials said.According to the Associated Press, about 100 people were detained for throwing stones and fireworks at police and about 400 participants in the gay rights march, said Christian Ciocan, a police spokesman.Police responded with tear gas. Nobody was injured, he said.

  • 8th June 2007

    Fired trans manager changes name 1

    Miss Stanton has lobbied Washington for better understanding of transgender issues.

    2:37 PM — A Florida city manager who was fired just days after her gender reassignment surgery has officially changed her name, from Steve Stanton to Susan Stanton, after a two-minute court hearing yesterday.Susan Ashley Stanton told reporters: "I didn't anticipate this being the emotional experience it was. It's a critical step."

  • George Michael will not go to jail

    The singer, who will not go to jail, said that he regretted endangering the lives of others.

    12:53 PM — George Michael will not be sent to jail after pleading guilty to driving while unfit.District Judge Katherine Marshall at Brent Magistrates Court ruled out a custodial sentence, instead giving Michael 100 hours community service and a two year driving ban.Today the singer said that he regretted endangering the lives of others.

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