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  • 1st July 2007

    Irish president warns of link between anti-gay bullying and suicide 2

    Irish President Mary McAleese said the link between sexual identity and suicide had to be addressed.

    5:10 PM — Irish President Mary McAleese today called for a national change in attitudes to end the bullying of gay people in Ireland.Addressing world experts at the International Association of Suicide Prevention Conference in Killarney, the President said the link between sexual identity and suicide had to be addressed.She also warned gay people encounter a hurtful undercurrent of bias and hostility.

  • “Lady boy” war erupts in Thailand – two arrested 1

    Lady boys on Thailand Streets (un-related to this story) (photo by burgermac)

    5:10 PM — Scores of teenage "lady boys"and male prostitutes have been involved in a three day "gay war" on the Thailand resort of Pattaya.The resort is popular with British tourists where teenage rent boys and so transvestite "lady boys" are available for as little as £12. Although prostitution is illegal, police are often paid to turn a blind eye to the prostitution.It's understood that police arrested two young men.

  • Evening Standard refuses to put critique of Boris Johnson dossier online 4

    The Compass dossier reported that in April 2000 Johnson attacked, “Labour's appalling agenda, encouraging the teaching of homosexuality in schools, and all the rest of it,“ a theme he returned to on several occasions.

    5:10 PM — Compass have today issued a statement regarding the Evening Standard's coverage of their report about London mayoral candidate Boris Johnson.The organisation, which campaigns for a "democratic left", published a dossier earlier this month based on his past statements as an MP and journalist, which concluded that Mr Johnson is the most rightwing candidate ever presented by a major party to stand as mayor of London.

  • Gay police to don rubber gear 2

    The 'Pink in Blue' are set to wear leather and rubber gear

    5:10 PM — Amsterdam's special homosexual police unit is set to don frocks, leather and rubber gear in the fight against homophobic attacks, it has been revealed.Lesbian officers will be sent undercover to infiltrate anti-gay gangs and gay activists are calling for judges to ban known gay-bashers from gay areas and pick-up spots.The plans are part of a concerted effort by the authorities to retain Amsterdam's image as the gay capital of the world following a spate of homophobic attacks and widespread concern in the gay community of increased violence.

  • Senator Craig may resign over toilet scandal, say party officials 4

    Craig pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct on Aug. 1, and while he has since said he did nothing wrong, the episode has roiled the Republican party and produced numerous calls for him to step down.

    5:10 PM — Senior Republican Senator, Larry Craig, is considering resigning, party officials said Friday, the Associated Press has reported.The rumours of Craig's resignation came after days of public and private pressure stemming from his arrest in June in a police undercover operation at an airport men's room.

  • Larry Craig to resign from Senate over toilet scandal 7

    Larry Craig has resigned from the Senate

    5:10 PM — The Republican US Senator who pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct in a men's toile has announced that he will resign from the Senate.Idaho Senator Larry Craig, 62, told a news conference:"I apologise for what I have caused... I am deeply sorry."Craig said his resignation would be effective as on the 30th September 2007.Craig pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct on the 1st August 2007, and while he has since said he did nothing wrong, the episode has roiled the Republican party and produced numerous calls for him to step down.

  • Brian Paddick finally admits he will be candidate for London Mayor 4

    Brian Paddick (right) will be a challenger to the incumbant Mayor, Ken Livingstone (left)

    5:10 PM — As PinkNews.co.uk has speculated since May 2006, Brian Paddick, who was until his retirement, Britain's most senior openly gay police officer, will this week finally announce that he wishes to be the Liberal Democrats candidate for the Mayor of London."Ken [Livingstone] will choke on his breakfast when he sees my ideas. Nobody else putting themselves forward as Mayor knows more about the issue of law and order than I do."

  • Chicago Anglican church branch nominates lesbian for bishop 26

    The Episcopal Diocese of Chicago has included Rev. Lind as one of five nominees for bishop, as fellow Anglicans demand that the church bar gay bishops.

    5:10 PM — A branch of the Anglican church in Chicago has nominated an openly lesbian priest, Rev, Tracey Lind, as a candidate to replace current Chicago Bishop William Persell.The Episcopal Diocese of Chicago has included Rev. Lind as one of five nominees for bishop, as fellow Anglicans demand that the church bar gay bishops.

  • US bishops join Kenyan church in gay protest 2

    William Murdoch of Massachusetts and Bill Atwood of Texas were consecrated at All Saints Cathedral in Nairobu by Kenya's Archbishop Benjamin Nzimbi.

    5:10 PM — A pair of American bishops have joined Kenya's conservative Anglican Church after the U.S. Episcopal Church consecrated an openly gay bishop.William Murdoch of Massachusetts and Bill Atwood of Texas were consecrated at All Saints Cathedral in Nairobu by Kenya's Archbishop Benjamin Nzimbi.Although they will answer to the Kenyan Church, they will continue to serve in the U.S.

  • Bishop claims floods are punishment for gay rights 6

    Are the floods a message from God?

    11:01 AM — The Rt Rev Graham Dow, the Bishop of Carlisle, has shocked the liberal wing of the Church of England by suggesting that the floods that have caused chaos and death across the UK were caused by God after he was provoked by the introduction of gay equality."This is a strong and definite judgment because the world has been arrogant in going its own way," he said. "We are reaping the consequences of our moral degradation, as well as the environmental damage that we have caused."

  • 30th June 2007

    Deputy Labour Leader called from Gay Pride to Cobra Meeting 5

    Police are investigating

    11:50 PM — The Prime Minister Gordon Brown has today held an emergency meeting of the Cobra cabinet committee as a result of the attacks on Glasgow Airport.Harriet Harman, Deputy Leader of the Labour Party and Leader of the House of Commons was summoned from London Pride to head towards Whitehall.

  • Pride QA: Ken Livingstone, Mayor of London 2

    “I grew up in a world where we were innocent, I didn't know sex existed until we were 11. “

    12:01 AM — Ken, tell us about your first Pride.The very first lesbian and gay march I did, it was in the late 1970s and Tom Robinson was the lead speaker at Trafalgar Square.It was the first time I spoke on the plinth at Trafalgar Square.It was miserable grey day, late winter, early autumn. A grim, grim day.

  • 29th June 2007

    PM reshuffles his gay rights team

    Meg Munn was well regarded for her work as Equalities Minister

    11:44 PM — Gordon Brown, the Prime Minister, has completed his government reshuffle, promoting the Junior Equalities Minister responsible for gay rights, Meg Munn to become Junior Minister at the Foreign Office.Her replacement has not yet been chosen from the new ministerial team at the Department of Communities and Local Government.Yesterday he moved Ruth Kelly to become Secretary of State for Transport.

  • Gay MP promoted to Health Minister 1

    Ben Bradshaw becomes Minister of State for Health

    11:44 PM — Ben Bradshaw, an openly gay MP, has been promoted to become Minister of State at the Department of Health.It is a step up the ministerial ladder from his previous role at the Department of the Environment.Mr Bradshaw was also appointed as Minister for the South West as part of the Prime Minister, Gordon Brown's focus on regions within England.

  • Brown appoints his first lesbian minister

    Ms Eagle is the first and so far only openly lesbian MP.

    11:32 PM — Angela Eagle has been appointed as a minister in the British government.New Prime Minister Gordon Brown has made her Exchequer Secretary, a junior Treasury position.Her twin sister Maria, already a minister under Tony Blair, moves from the Northern Ireland Office to the Ministry of Justice.

  • Comment: Time to be a green gay

    photo: nick russill@flickr.com

    6:06 PM — A couple of months ago, Roseanne - of former 'Barr' and 'Show' fame - upset some of the gays across the pond with something she said on her radio show.During a cosy chat with a lesbian activist one afternoon, Rosie suggested that considering the magnitude of the issues the planet now faces, maybe it was time for us all to put our individual causes temporarily to one side, and stand together against the unprecedented crises' that threaten to overwhelm us all.

  • “Minister for gays” sorry she can’t come to Pride

    The new minister overseeing equality and gay rights issues has a previous engagement.

    5:15 PM — Hazel Blears has said she is sorry she will not be able to attend tomorrow's Pride events in London this year after her appointment yesterday as Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government.The new minister overseeing equality and gay rights issues has a previous engagement.It has been confirmed that the Deputy Leader of the Labour Party and Minister for Women, Harriet Harman, will address revellers in Trafalgar Square.

  • Pride should go ahead as planned say police 5

    Pride organisers are working closely with the police.

    4:15 PM — The organisers of Pride London met with the Metropolitan police this afternoon and were reassured that as things stand the parade and other events will be going ahead tomorrow as planned.Early this morning a car bomb left outside a nightclub failed to detonate. The club, Tiger, Tiger, is on Haymarket, a street which is part of the route for tomorrow's parade.This afternoon the police have closed Hyde Park and Park Lane while they investigate another suspicious vehicle.

  • Ugandan minister upset by emails from gay people 1

    There have been a series of government-backed attacks on the Ugandan gay community in the last year.

    3:47 PM — A homophobic politician in Uganda has branded LGBT people who have sent him hate emails 'sick' and accused them of using 'foul language.'James Nsaba Buturo, the state minister of Ethics and Integrity, told the Daily Monitor that he gets at least twenty threatening emails a day, mostly from people in the US and UK.Gay sex is punishable in Uganda by life imprisonment, under laws originally introduced by the British.

  • Poll shows next generation relaxed about gay marriage 1

    62% support a government financed national health-care system, compared with 47% of the general public.

    3:09 PM — Young Americans are much more likely to support gay marriage than their parents, a new poll by The New York Times, CBS News, and MTV has shown.The survey asked participants questions on a wide range of cultural and political issues. 44% of the 17 to 29 year olds surveyed believed gay couples should be allowed to marry.This is compared with 28% of the public at large.

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