15th May 2007
Lithuanian bus drivers angered by gay ads 57
2:20 PM — Drivers of trolley buses in Lithuania are protesting against advertisements promoting tolerance towards gay men and women.Drivers refused to drive the trolley bus bearing the adverts. The ads have now been removed.Conservative attitudes are common in Lithuania, as homosexuality was illegal in the Soviet Union until 1993. In 2004, the age of consent was equalised to 14 years of age.
Partygoers arrested and tortured in Iran 57
1:47 PM — Eighty young men have been arrested at a birthday party in Iran under suspicion of being gay.Last Thursday, security forces in Isfahan stormed a birthday party and arrested every person there. The partygoers were beaten with batons before they were taken into custody.As yet there is no evidence to support the idea of the men being gay. The men are being held for participating in a party with alcoholic drinks, music and dancing.
IDAHO preparations well under way 57
1:08 PM — With the International Day Against Homophobia fast approaching on May 17th, preparations have been taking place for 80 events in Britain.Four students have won a competition after designing posters to celebrate LGBT History Month and the International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO.)Tracy Smith, Jillian Burr, Patricia Ofuno and Annel Christopher, all from the University of the Arts, designed four posters which won the acclaim of judges.
Students suspended for gay film 57
12:39 PM — Four students have been suspended from their college in India for making a short film on homosexuality.The director, producer and actors in the five minute film have all been suspended from St Joseph's College of Communication in the state of Kerala.The students claim that this disciplinary action is an infringement of their rights of free expression.
Police institutionally homophobic, says report 57
12:38 PM — Police detectives investigating murders and violent crimes in the gay community are influenced by institutional homophobia, a report claims.The report by the independent Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Advisory Group (LGBT IAG) looked at 10 homophobic murders between 1990 and 2002, including five murders by serial killer Colin Ireland.Four of the cases investigated remain unsolved.
14th May 2007
Comment: Gay rights – the next ten years 9
7:05 PM — How will Tony Blair be remembered? That is the question on the lips of almost everyone in politics since he announced that he is to leave office on June 27th.Will he be remembered for bringing peace to Northern Ireland, introducing the minimum wage or getting record numbers of people in work?Or will he be remembered as George Bush's poodle, with the bloody conflict in Iraq his only lasting legacy?
Huge crowds in Rome protest gay rights 1
1:10 PM — Hundreds of thousands of people, including many families with children, came out to protest in Rome on Saturday about a government bill that included legal rights for homosexual couples.The "Family Day" rally in St John Lateran piazza drew people from across Italy.The protest was organised by lay Catholic groups and family associations but not formally backed by the Vatican.
Polish embassy protest planned for IDAHO
1:00 PM — LGBT activists will be demonstrating outside the Polish embassy in London on Thursday as one of many protests worldwide for International Day Against Homophobia.The event will be part of events in over 50 countries to show a united international stand against gay hate.Poland is being targeted because of both attitudes within the country and also new legislation the government there is trying to bring in which is likely to encourage homophobia in schools.
Moscow Pride organisers unveil plans 4
12:45 PM — Moscow Gay Pride organisers handed in the official documents this morning relating to the march scheduled for May 27th.Last week State Duma Deputy Alexey Mitrofanov said the event should be allowed to go ahead.To show his support Mitrofanov will be attending a press conference tomorrow, where Pride organisers will give details of the event.
Paisley faces gay rights challenge 7
11:10 AM — A former member of the DUP has challenged party leader and First Minister of Northern Ireland Ian Paisley over the Sexual Orientation Regulations.The regulations outlaw discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation when accessing goods and services.The UK government imposed them on Northern Ireland in January, before the new DUP/Sinn Fein-led local administration took office.
Serial killer fear as two gay men murdered
10:25 AM — Police in Halifax, Nova Scotia issued a public warning on Friday for the city's gay community to protect themselves after two gay men were found murdered."Both victims were gay men who were known to frequent cruising areas in Halifax regional municipality," Deputy Chief Chris McNeil of Halifax Regional Police said in a statement to the media."We do not know if their sexual orientation or the cruising areas played a factor in their deaths."
Comment: The race divide splits the gay community 5
10:05 AM — There are places in America where segregation still exists.Blacks only associate with blacks, whites only associate with whites and neither the two shall meet.Racism still permeates the fabric of our very society. As the recent attacks on Barack Obama illustrate, no one is safe from scrutiny.
11th May 2007
Ruth Kelly attends Stonewall event
4:58 PM — Gay rights organisation Stonewall held a parliamentary reception on Wednesday evening to thank dozens of politicians from all the major political parties who were involved in securing new protections for gay people.The Sexual Orientation Regulations outlaw discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation when accessing goods and services and became law on 30th April.More than 50 MPs and peers attended the event, among them Communities Secretary Ruth Kelly.
MP defends Gordon Brown’s gay rights record
4:03 PM — PinkNews.co.uk exclusiveA prominent gay MP has laughed off suggestions that Gordon Brown is homophobic.Chris Byant told PinkNews.co.uk that the Chancellor, who today launched his campaign to become leader of the Labour party and the UK's next Prime Minister, is totally committed to gay rights.Mr Brown launched his bid for power at the Imagination Gallery in London today.
Pakistan gripped by trans marriage case
3:11 PM — A couple in Pakistan are facing arrest after doctors concluded the groom was actually a woman, despite a sex change operation.Shumain Raj, 31, and Shahzina Tariq, 26, married last year, however last week Raj appeared in court to complain about threats from his wife's relatives, according to a judge Mohammed Sharif.A warrant was issued on Wednesday by the Lahore High Court after the medics charged with examining Raj submitted their report.
Blair resignation speech in full 7
2:30 PM — I have come back here, to Sedgefield, to my constituency, where my political journey began and where it is fitting it should end.Today I announce my decision to stand down from the leadership of the Labour party.The party will now select a new leader. On 27 June I will tender my resignation from the office of prime minister to the Queen.
Trans activist takes up San Francisco police role
1:20 PM — The city where the modern political LGBT movement took root has elected an transgender woman as head of the police commission.Theresa Sparks will be the new President of the San Francisco Police Commission.Ms Sparks, who joined the commission in 2004, has a long history of advocating for the transgender community.
IDAHO highlights police action on hate crime
12:26 PM — With International Day Against Homophobia approaching Dyfed-Powys police are keen to tackle homophobia in their area.They are currently running a pilot scheme using Hate Crime Support Officers (HCSO) to support victims of hate crime in the Powys area.This will hopefully be extended in the future to the other counties they police; Carmarthenshire, Cerdigion and Pembrokeshire.
Russian MPs speak in favour of Moscow Pride 1
11:30 AM — A senior member of the Duma, the parliament of the Russian Federation, has condemned the ban on a gay Pride march in Moscow later this month.Alexei Mitrofanov, who represents the Liberal Democratic party, said the ban leads to very negative consequences for Russia.The homophobic mayor of Moscow has pledged he will never allow a gay march in his city, calling gay people "Satanic."
10th May 2007
Analysis: Blair steps down – what happens next? 7
6:15 PM — The Prime Minister's announcement this afternoon that he intends to stand down triggers a complex election procedure to replace him and his deputy leader John Prescott, who is also retiring.The first thing to note is that Tony Blair is still PM and will remain so until he goes to see the Queen on June 27th and resigns.Her Majesty will then ask whoever has been elected by the Labour party as their leader to form a government.