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  • 15th May 2007

    Partygoers arrested and tortured in Iran 57

    The maximum punishment for gay sex is death, and teenage boys as young as 15 are eligible for the death penalty.

    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

    One of the main themes of this year's IDAHO campaign is “No to homophobia, yes to education.“

    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

    The students claim “Secret Minds“ wanted to portray the reality that gay people exist in Indian society.

    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

    Although the situation at Scotland Yard has improved since the 1990s, more still needs to be done.

    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

    The beauty of the gay community's success at securing equal rights in Britain is that we now have the choice - we can either get married or be promiscuous, adopt children or stay childless.

    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

    Many opposition leaders, including former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, attended the pro-family rally.

    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

    Poland is being targeted because of attitudes within the country

    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

    Mayor Luzhkov banned the Moscow Pride event planned for May last year.

    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

    Ian Paisley addressed the crowd, asking them, “Are we really Christians and will we stand up for Jesus?“

    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

    A man collecting recyclables discovered Brewster's body on Wednesday under a boardwalk next to Frenchman Lake in Dartmouth.

    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

    A mobilised force can move mountains and change policy and effect global history unchallenged.

    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

    It seems that Ms Kelly continues to be the main point of contention when it comes to recent Labour relations with gays.

    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

    Mr Bryant, the MP for Rhonnda, defended the Chancellor's voting 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

    Raj had told the medics he went to a doctor 16 years ago after noticing his voice had changed and he had started growing facial hair.

    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

    Sometimes the only way you conquer the pull of power is to set it down.

    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

    Proposition H was a city initiative that passed in the Autumn 2003 election.

    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

    Dyfed-Powys police would like to appeal to anyone who has been the victim of homophobia to get in touch with them.

    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

    Moscow Pride 2007 will take place on Sunday May 27th, marking the day in 1993 when homosexuality was decriminalised in Russia.

    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

    Gordon Brown is likely to be elected outright with more than 50% of the vote in the first ballot.

    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.

  • Prescott: “an honour to serve”

    The 69-year-old Deputy Prime Minister wrote to his local constituency party in Hull East revealing his intention to stand down.

    4:00 PM — John Prescott quietly stood down from his role of deputy leader of the Labour party today as the media focus was on Tony Blair.Mr Prescott, despite a notoriously bad relationship with Peter Mandelson, was vocal in his support for gay rights.The Deputy Prime Minister wrote to his local constituency party in Hull East revealing his intention to stand down. He also gave them a detailed defence of his controversial time in office.

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