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  • 7th August 2007

    Gay flirting and homophobic abuse upset fire fighters 1

    The men claim their battalion chief ordered them to ride in the July 21st parade through San Diego's Hillcrest neighbourhood.

    3:52 PM — Four firefighters have filed sexual harassment charges against the San Diego fire department after they were taunted while driving a fire engine in a gay Pride parade last month.The men claim their battalion chief ordered them to ride in the July 21st parade through San Diego's Hillcrest neighbourhood, according to their attorney, Stephen Stirling.The fire fighters said they had objected to driving a city firetruck in the parade while on duty, but did so to avoid disciplinary action.

  • White House confirms plans to block gay hate crime law 7

    White House spokesman Tony Fratto told reporters yesterday that President Bush will not sign, even if it means sending the defence bill back to Congress.

    3:34 PM — A White House spokesman has reiterated that President Bush will veto Congressional efforts to extend federal hate crimes legislation to cover gender identity and sexual orientation.Senator Ted Kennedy has attached the new crime measure to a defence authorisation bill, in an effort to persuade the President to accept new protections for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Americans.

  • ‘Lesbian’ soldiers dismissed from Nepalese army

    This is a critical time in the fight for LGBT rights in Nepal.

    12:13 PM — Two female personnel have been kicked out of the army of Nepal on suspicion of being lesbians. The Kathmandu Post reports that the pair were court-martialled after being found in bed with eachother. They said that nothing sexual had occurred, but that charges of lesbianism were brought against them by their superiors.The position of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people in the Himalayan country has considerably worsened in recent months.

  • US court overturns homophobic adoption law

    The ruling is important not only in Oklahoma, but also to families across the United States.

    11:09 AM — In a 35-page decision, a panel of the U. S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit rejected the Oklahoma Department of Health's challenge to a lower court decision striking down an Oklahoma law so extreme that it threatened to make children adopted by same-sex couples in other states legal orphans when the families are in Oklahoma.The ruling is important not only in Oklahoma, but also to families across the United States, including in Seattle and Houston, home to two of the families who joined in the suit.

  • Ex-gays win right to leaflet schoolchildren

    PFOX has campaigned against sex education in schools, and says it wants to leaflet children with information about ex-gays and contact  details for 'questioning youth.'

    11:00 AM — A group who advocate 'conversion therapy' for gay people will be allowed to distribute literature to children promoting their beliefs.Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays and Gays (PFOX) took a local school board in the US state of Virginia to court for refusing to distribute their leaflets to high school students.An agreement was reached last week which allows PFOX the same access as other groups to children as young as five.

  • 6th August 2007

    Black man scared me says cruising politician 4

    Mr Allen told police that he was not loitering in the public toilet looking for sex, according to documents seen by the  Orlando Sentinel.

    5:35 PM — A senior Florida Republican has presented a novel defence for his actions after his arrest on charges of solicitation last month.Bob Allen, co-chairman of the campaign to select Senator John McCain as the Republican US Presidential candidate, was spotted by police in Titusville, Florida on July 11th acting suspiciously at the men's toilets in a park.Officers decided to send a policeman undercover to investigate, and within minutes Mr Allen allegedly agreed to pay him $20 (£10) to allow him to perform oral sex.

  • Suspended sentence for married woman in civil partnership 2

    Ms Mitchell, a mother of three children, had denied the charges at an earlier magistrates hearing in March.

    4:18 PM — A mother of five children was today spared jail by a judge sentencing her for entering into a civil partnership with another woman while still married to a man.Last month Suzanne Mitchell appeared at Shrewsbury Crown Court before Judge Robin Onions and pleaded guilty to breaching the Civil Partnership Act.The judge today decided that in the interests of her children he would not send her to jail.

  • Archives reveal Churchill’s Cabinet discussed gays

    Prime Minister Winston Churchill bluntly replied that the Tory party were not going to accept responsibility for making the law more lenient towards gay men.

    3:45 PM — New documents released by the National Archives give an enlightening account of the views of Prime Minister Winston Churchill and other Cabinet ministers on homosexual men in 1950s Britain.The notebooks kept by the Cabinet Secretaries contain short handwritten accounts of the conversations of ministers on a range of issues, and have just been released to the public.On the 24th February 1954 the Cabinet discussed the issues of prostitution and homosexuality.

  • Home Office grants will support hate crime victims 1

    A total of £500,000 is being awarded to hate crime and homicide support groups across the country in this round of funding.

    2:25 PM — More than £100,000 of government funding has been awarded to groups working with LGBT communities across the UK to support victims of homophobia and other forms of hate crime.The funding from the Home Office has been given to a range of community and campaign groups.The Intercom Trust was given the largest grant, £28,290, to fund their work in rural south west England.

  • Congress considers HIV treatment bill 3

    Providing treatment for those who are HIV-positive early in the progression of the disease is cost-effective.

    10:50 AM — Congressman Eliot Engel, Speaker of the US House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi and Republican Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen have reintroduced the Early Treatment for HIV Act, a bipartisan bill that will save lives by allowing states to provide Medicaid coverage to low-income, HIV-positive Americans.The legislation addresses a cruel irony in healthcare coverage for low-income people living with HIV/AIDS.

  • Hillary Clinton campaign getting most ‘gay’ donations

    All contributions to US election campaigns must be registered with the Federal Election Commission

    10:27 AM — A survey of US presidential campaign contributions from 'gay' areashas revealed that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual voters aremaking most of their donations to Senator Hillary Clinton.The democratic frontrunners received the most support, Senator Clinton received 48% of contributions from postcodes with large LGBT populations.Senator Barack Obama received 39% and former Senator John Edwards received just 13%.

  • 4th August 2007

    Gay former police chief to run for London Mayor 2

    Brian Paddick could become the most senior gay politican in Britain if he wins the race to become Mayor of London

    12:40 PM — As PinkNews.co.uk had previously speculated, Brian Paddick, who was until his retirement, Britain's most senior openly gay police officer, has been short-listed to run as the Liberal Democrats candidate for the Mayor of London.A Liberal Democrat source said: "We have been in talks with Brian Paddick and we hope and expect him to go forward for nomination as part of a full and open selection process."

  • 3rd August 2007

    Mass gay kiss-in protest in Rome

    Last night  Arcigay proclaimed a 500-metre section of Via San Giovani, near the Colosseum, 'Gay Street.'

    4:24 PM — Over a thousand same-sex couples took park in a mass 'kiss-in' last night, the second such protest after two men were arrested for 'public indecency' in front of the iconic Roman monument last week.The amorous demonstration was called by Italian gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender association Arcigay.The two men, identified only as Roberto L, 27 and Michele M, 28, were arrested by seven armed Carabinieri and held for 45 minutes last week.

  • Akinola to ordain dissident English bishop 15

    The Lambeth Conference has become the latest battleground in the ongoing war over the place of gay people in the Anglican church.

    3:40 PM — The gay-hostile Archbishop of Nigeria is planning to ordain his own 'flying bishop' in England, in a direct challenge to the authority of Rowan Williams.Archbishop Peter Akinola has already appointed a bishop to minister to Anglicans in America who object to gay people in the church, despite a plea from the Archbishop of Canterbury not to split the worldwide Communion.A source describing himself as a 'worker in the Nigerian diocese' said Archbishop Akinola's plans were common knowledge.

  • Australian PM moves against gay adoptions 3

    Prime Minister Howard has been very vocal about his opposition to gay rights.

    12:25 PM — The Prime Minister of Australia, John Howard, is introducing legislation to ban same-sex couples from adopting children from other countries.The Family Law (Same Sex Adoption) Bill could be introduced as early as next week.If it becomes law, children adopted in other countries by same-sexcouples will not be granted visas to enter Australia.

  • Italy raises issue of executions with Iran 11

    As part of a wide-ranging crackdown on 'indecent behaviour', police arrested over 1000 men in May in poor districts around Tehran.

    11:39 AM — Italy has urged Iran to stop executions, today, citing Rome's 'deepuneasiness' with a spate of executions of gay people in the IslamicRepublic.More than 140 people have been executed in Iran so far this year, many of them convicted of 'hooliganism,' which some reports say includes consensual gay sex.Islamic law states that all sexual acts outside of a heterosexualmarriage - referred to as sodomy - are forbidden.

  • Dutch use aid to push for gay rights

    Dutch embassies in those countries will urge governments to scrap anti-gay legislation.

    11:20 AM — The Netherlands is to step up pressure for gay rights in countrieswhere it has strong aid ties.Dutch embassy officials in the 36 countries where the Netherlandsdonates much of its aid will draw up an inventory of gay, lesbian and bisexual rights legislation, according to development cooperation minister Bert Koenders.

  • Gay bishop backs Obama for President 4

    Obama supports civil unions and rights for gay couples, but stops short of supporting gay marriage.

    11:15 AM — Openly gay Episcopalian Bishop Gene Robinson of New Hampshire endorsed Democratic Presidential hopeful Senator Barack Obama yesterday.Bishop Robinson says he was lured to Obama's campaign because of the Illinois Democrat's experience with racism and discrimination."Frankly, I don't think there's any major candidate that is where we in the gay community would hope they would be on our issues," the bishop told AP said.

  • 2nd August 2007

    Time to speak up for gays, Presidential candidates told

    Exit poll data estimates that the LGBT community in the United States makes up approximately four percent of the voting population.

    6:05 PM — An influential US campaigning group has spoken out against the silence Democratic presidential candidates have kept over gay rights issues.Matt Foreman, executive director of the Gay and Lesbian Task Force, says that despite their laudable support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues, no candidate has vocally completely supported the rights of LGBT Americans.Exit poll data estimates that the LGBT community in the United States makes up approximately four percent of the voting population.

  • Liverpool homophobia report suppressed says councillor 2

    Councillor Radford said that the survey, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Safety in Liverpool was hidden from Citysafe Liverpool

    5:53 PM — PinkNews.co.uk exclusiveA Liverpool city councillor claimed today that council authorities tried to bury a report which found that thousands of gay, lesbian and bisexual people were leaving the city because of the scale of homophobic violence.Openly gay Liberal councillor Steve Radford said he had to appeal to the data protection information commissioner before he was given a copy of the damning report.

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