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  • 16th July 2007

    Hate crime charge over petrol bombs at Pride

    Homosexuality was legalised in Croatia in 1977, and the age of consent was equalised in 1998.

    12:01 PM — One man has been charged with a hate crime after the attacks on a Pride march in Zagreb earlier this month.The 25-year-old, identified only as Josip S, is the first person accused of a hate crime in Croatia since they became an offence under the country's Penal Code in 2006.Police spotted him at the Pride event on 7th July with petrol bombs but he fled the scene.

  • Court rules Dykes on Bikes are not offensive

    photo: lil bear@flickr.com

    11:50 AM — A US federal appeals court has ruled that the name "Dykes on Bikes" is inoffensive and a legitimate trademark, tossing out a lawsuit from a man who claimed the name was "scandalous and immoral."According to the Associated Press, the Dykes on Bikes motorcycle club, which leads San Francisco's annual gay pride parade, had spent years sparring with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in hopes of protecting the phrase.They finally won a trademark in 2005.

  • Disinformation campaign against Matthew Shepard law

    “The Matthew Shepard Act sends a strong message to America, that hate and the violent crimes committed in its wake are not acceptable in our society, commented Judy Shepard.

    11:30 AM — With a US Senate vote on the Matthew Shepard Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act expected soon, the Gay Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) has urged journalists to scrutinise the myths and misleading claims being made by those seeking to block the proposed law.GLAAD also want to highlight the impact of hate-motivated violence against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Americans. In May, the bill passed in the House of Representatives on a historic 237-180 bipartisan vote.

  • Presidential candidate’s wife meets with gays

    Mrs Edwards announced that her husband would help repeal more than a thousand laws that discriminate against same-sex couples.

    11:10 AM — Elizabeth Edwards slammed President Bush for not being tougher on crimes against gays and lesbians during a speech on Saturday for the Human Rights Campaign in San Francisco.During her address to the gay rights group, the Associated Press reports that Edwards cited the story of 26-year-old Satendar Singh.He died recently after being beaten to death at Sacramento's Lake Natomas by men hurling explicit gay slurs. She said the killing demanded renewed condemnations of hate speech.

  • 15th July 2007

    Brian Paddick may be Lib Dem candidate for Mayor 1

    Any tips? Ken Livingstone and Brian Paddick have a quiet word at the launch of EuroPride 2006

    3:43 PM — Fresh rumours appearing to be emanating from spin doctors at the Liberal Democrats imply that Brian Paddick, until his retirement, the most senior openly gay British police officer, may stand as a candidate for Mayor of London.PinkNews.co.uk first reported the suggestions last May when the then Metropolitan Police Deputy Assistant Commissioner, casually mentioned the possibility of standing for the post at the launch of the Way We Are Now, a collection of essays from gay community members.

  • 13th July 2007

    Gay MEP accuses David Cameron of ignoring homophobia 2

    The Leader of the Opposition did not respond to Mr Cashman's letters.

    4:15 PM — Michael Cashman, a Member of the European Parliament for the West Midlands, has revealed he has written to David Cameron three times about the failure of Tory MEPs to vote against homophobia, but has not received a reply.On Wednesday we revealed that five Labour MPs wrote to Mr Cameron in 2006 asking him to distance himself from the homophobic campaign literature used by Sayeeda Warsi at the last election. The Leader of the Opposition did not respond to that letter either.

  • Surgeon General nominee denies he is homophobic 3

    If confirmed, Dr Holsinger wants to tackle issues of childhood obesity, improve emergency services and promote a tobacco-free country.

    2:45 PM — President Bush's nominee for Surgeon General told the US Senate yesterday he is not anti-gay.Dr. James Holsinger has been critcised by gay rights groups, physicians and politicians for writing in 1991 that gay sex is unnatural and unhealthy.In his paper for the United Methodist Church, Holsinger said that gay sex was dangerous because, "when the complementarity of the sexes is breached, injuries and diseases may occur."

  • Nixon aides considered using gay smears against opponents

    Eventually the scheming and plotting of Nixon's aides led to his resignation.

    11:25 AM — Newly released memos, recordings and other documents have revealed that US President Richard Nixon was keen to smear his opponents by associating them with the nascent gay rights movement.During the 1972 election campaign, Nixon aides also tried to link Democrat candidate John McGovern and his running mate Sargent Shriver to the mafia, slavery and left-wing activists.Meanwhile, the President himself was concerned that he was not seen as a nice person.

  • Australian government reject gay judge’s pension plan

    Mr Ruddock's rejection of calls for equality are in keeping with the overall attitude of the federal Australian government towards gay and lesbian citizens.

    10:43 AM — The Attorney General of Australia has said he will not change the pension arrangements of judges so that same-sex partners are given the same provision as spouses.The country's Parliament is considering changes to judge's pension, and opposition politicians have pointed out that this would be a good opportunity to change the law in favour of equality.One of Australia's most respected judges, Michael Kirby, is openly gay.

  • Homophobic politician arrested for cottaging 4

    Mr Allen resigned from the troubled campaign of Senator McCain yesterday but said he would plead not guilty.

    10:20 AM — The co-chairman of the campaign to select Senator John McCain as the Republican US Presidential candidate has resigned after offering an undercover police officer $20 (£10) for oral sex.Bob Allen, a Florida state representative who has voted against a range of gay rights measures, was spotted by police in Titusville, Florida on Wednesday acting suspiciously at the men's toilets in a park.

  • 12th July 2007

    Lesbians take Gibraltar to court 24

    If the Rodriguez case is successful it will be a huge turning point for LGBT rights in Gibraltar.

    6:00 PM — A lesbian couple are taking legal action against Gibraltar's government for denying them joint control of their rented apartment.Nadine Rodriguez has applied to the High Court for a judicial review to reconsider the non-inclusion of her partner in the tenancy agreement.As things stand, should Ms Rodriguez die, her partner has no legal right to the apartment and could be forced onto the street.

  • Police’s bad attitude towards Pride in Estonia

    Pride spokeswomen Lisette Kampus said that freedom of assembly is a constitutional right.

    3:49 PM — A year after violent homophobic attacks against Tallinn Pride, organisers prepare for its return amid problems with uncooperative police officials.Last year LGBT marchers were attacked with sticks and stones by a group of young Estonian nationalists while celebrating the country's gay third pride event.Event organisers will be on alert to ensure that paraders will not disturb public order in the old town.

  • White House censorship of ‘doctor of the nation’ 3

    The accusations of political interference were supported by former Surgeons General C Everett Koop and David Satcher

    2:00 PM — Dr Richard Carmona, who served as US Surgeon General between 2002 - 2006 said yesterday that Bush's administration had censored his speeches and articles to agree with government policy.He was testifying at a hearing of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform in Washington.Dr Carmona testified that he clashed with the Bush administration over issues of sexuality and contraception.

  • Iran may execute more gays 10

    On July 19th, 2005 two Iranian teenagers, Mahmoud Asgari, 15 and Ayaz Marhoni, 17, from Khuzestan province, were witnessed engaging in homosexual activities in a semi-public area and were hanged for perverting Islamic law.

    1:30 PM — The Iranian government has confirmed that in the coming weeks more than 20 men will be executed on moral violations of rape, sodomy and assault and battery.Police arrested over 1000 men in May in poor neighbourhoods of Tehran and other cities as part of a moral 'crackdown' on indecent behaviour.Those arrested will face trial and possible death at a later date.

  • Homeless lesbian settles shelter dispute

    The Lawyers Committee for Better Housing, in cooperation with two other fair housing advocacy groups, will provide training for all current GNP employees.

    11:10 AM — A Chicago lesbian who was denied access to a City-funded homeless shelter agreed to resolve the dispute with Good News Partners (GNP).The organisation agreed to take a number of steps to ensure that its facilities are free from all discrimination.Michelle Wang filed charges of discrimination in April 2007 after she was denied shelter at the New Life Shelter, owned and operated by GNP, on November 1, 2006.

  • 11th July 2007

    Anglicans advertise for foster gay couples

    The Prime Minister of Australia, John Howard, is well-known for his hostility to gay parents.

    5:32 PM — A branch of the urban mission and welfare service of the Anglican Church in Australia has inadvertently become involved in the political row about gay parenting by taking an advert in a gay publication.Teenshare, part of Anglicare, has taken the ad in monthly gay paper OUT in Perth to encourage gay and lesbian couples to foster children aged 12 to 17.Last month the news that a gay male couple had adopted a baby was welcomed by lawmakers in the state of Western Australia.

  • ‘Homophobic’ leaflet used again by Tory candidate 28

    Mrs Warsi told  The Guardian   that the Conservative party's position on Section 28 has changed but that her personal view is that sex education should be removed from all schools.

    5:01 PM — PinkNews.co.uk Exclusive Sayeeda Warsi, who was appointed to the Conservative Shadow Cabinet last week by party leader David Cameron, has said she regrets the hostile language used in her 2005 election leaflets.It has now emerged that a Tory candidate at last year's council election used the same campaign literature.PinkNews.co.uk has obtained a letter sent to David Cameron last July by a group of Labour MPs representing the Kirklees District Council area complaining about homophobic campaigning.

  • Senator opposed to gay marriage favours paid-for sex 3

    Senator Vitter said in a statement today that God had forgiven him for his sins, along with his wife.

    4:00 PM — A major political scandal involving prostitution in Washington DC has claimed its first Congressional scalp.Republican Senator David Vitter has been forced to admit he used the escort services of Deborah Jane Palfrey, the "DC madam" who is accused of making nearly $2m (£1m) over thirteen years providing call girls to Washington's elite.Senator Vitter strongly opposes gay rights and is a 'family values' stalwart.

  • Homophobic bus driver brought to book by gay motorist 3

    “Is it because you are a dirty, f***ing batty boy,“ the irate driver of the No 200 bus screamed at him during a road rage incident.

    1:43 PM — Former Grenadier Guardsmen Lee Wardle caused traffic mayhem in south London last month after being subject to a bus driver's homophobic abuse."Is it because you are a dirty, f***ing batty boy," the irate driver of the No 200 bus screamed at him during a road rage incident.Mr Wardle called the police after blocking in the bus driver with his car when the driver refused to repeat his homophobic comments on June 26th.

  • Birmingham towpath rapists might get life

    Judge Peter Ross has delayed sentencing the pair until he has seen reports, but said they posed a serious risk to the public.

    11:38 AM — A judge at Birmingham Crown Court told two man convicted of robbing and then raping his male victim that they could be given a life sentence.Daniel Myers,20, of Barry Jackson Tower in Aston, was found guilty alongside Nikos Johnson, 26, of Rawling Street, Ladywood, of one charge of robbery and two of rape.The Birmingham Post reports that during the trial Myers revealed under cross-examination that he is HIV+

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