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  • 18th June 2007

    Moscow gay park patrols end in violence

    Nationalist and religious groups had claimed that gay men use the space, in the shadow of the Kremlin, as a meeting spot.

    1:07 AM — Several members of a religious group in Moscow patrolling a small park in the city that they claim is used by gay men as a meeting place have been beaten up.Earlier this week around 50 people gathered to "reclaim" the park and launch their campaign.The activists said they would ask people they suspect are gay to leave the park during their nightly patrols.

  • Obama closes in on Clinton’s lead 3

    This survey included 1,196 adults who expect to vote in a Democratic primary or caucus.

    12:55 AM — While 13 points separated Senator Hillary Clinton and Senator Barack Obama just one month ago in the race for the Democratic nomination for President, the gap between them has narrowed considerably to just four points.Just over one-third (36 percent) of adults who would vote in a Democratic primary or caucus would vote for Senator Clinton, while 32 percent would vote for Senator Obama.Last month, 40 percent would vote for Senator Clinton.

  • Gay candidate loses race to become Dallas mayor

    Wolfe praised the Victory Fund's partnership with local groups who worked to turn out Oakley supporters on Election Day.

    12:55 AM — The Gay Lesbian Victory Fund commended Dallas City Councilman Ed Oakley Saturday on his historic run to become the city's next mayor.Oakley lost a runoff election Saturday to retired business executive Tom Leppert, who loaned himself hundreds of thousands of dollars to help fund his campaign.The Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund exists to help gay men and lesbians get elected to office in the United States.

  • 16th June 2007

    Colombia set to introduce national gay rights 1

    President Uribe supports the law

    2:01 PM — Colombia's conservative President Alvaro Uribe has given his backing to the country becoming the first in Latin America to nationally give gay couples full rights to health insurance, inheritance and benefits. The plan was passed by Congress this week.The proposed changes that are opposed by the Catholic Church will give gay couples many of the same rights as heterosexual couples."This makes Colombia a more democratic, more open place."

  • Michael Barrymore released on bail without charge

    Stuart Lubbock died in 2001

    12:01 AM — Gay comic Michael Barrymore who was arrested with two other men over the death of Stuart Lubbock has been released without charge.Meat factory worker Stuart Lubbock was found dead in Barrymore's swimming pool after a party in March 2001.In June 2001 Barrymore and two other men were arrested and bailed in connection with the incident.

  • Survey: the LGBT vote on Deputy Labour Leader 3

    Who will get the pink vote?

    12:01 AM — By now you will have read interviews on PinkNews.co.uk, seen them on television debates and read through their policies in the newspapers.Four men and two women are vying to become Deputy Leader of the Labour Party and depending on the mood of Gordon Brown, Deputy Prime Minister.Hilary Benn, Hazel Blears, Jon Cruddas, Peter Hain, Harriet Harman and Alan Johnson have laid out their pro gay and LGBT credientials so PinkNews.co.uk wishes to find out whose actually won round the gay community.

  • 15th June 2007

    Acclaimed disabled gay actor fights eviction

    Mr Kanga has been fighting for the past 12 months to keep his home, which is specially adapted to his needs as a wheelchair user.

    2:38 PM — Firdaus Kanga, a gay, disabled writer and actor, who wrote and starred in the semi-autobiographical film Sixth Happiness, is bringing a legal action to halt his eviction from disabled-adapted housing in Islington, north London.Peter Tatchell and LGBTI human rights group OutRage! is backing Mr Firdaus's battle to keep his flat."This case is about the housing rights and security of disabled people, and about the universality of the laws protecting disabled people against discrimination," said Mr Tatchell.

  • US politicians raise plight of gay Iraqis

    Baldwin and Frank asked Secretary Rice to raise the issue and express her concerns to Prime Minister Nuri Al-Maliki.

    1:00 PM — Two openly gay members of the US Congress have written to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice urging the State Department to investigate reports of violent persecution of LGBT people in Iraq.Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin and Congressman Barney Frank wrote in the letter that they were very concerned by reports that "Iraqi homosexuals have been systematically persecuted in Iraq under a violent campaign led by Islamic groups and militias."

  • Gay military ban campaigners target key election states

    Former Marine Staff Sgt. Eric Alva, the first U.S. service member wounded in Iraq.

    10:50 AM — With an eye toward the Iowa caucuses in January that will officially mark the start of the 2008 presidential elections, the Human Rights Campaign began its national "A Legacy of Service" tour against the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy in Des Moines, Iowa, this week.The tour will feature former Marine Staff Sgt. Eric Alva, the first U.S. service member wounded in Iraq, along with many other American heroes.

  • Massachusetts gay marriage referendum defeated

    Same-sex couples have married in Massachusetts since it became legal in May 2004.

    10:33 AM — The Massachusetts legislature yesterday voted down a discriminatory constitutional amendment that would have halted marriage equality in the state.The vote came amid heavy pressure to kill the measure from Gov. Deval Patrick and legislative leaders.It was a devastating blow to efforts to reverse a historic 2003 court ruling legalising same-sex marriage.

  • 14th June 2007

    Comment: Look how far we have come 3

    Under Margaret Thatcher gay people were actively scapegoated, ghettoised and discriminated against by the state.

    6:15 PM — As Tony Blair prepares to leave office, Labour party activist Gavin Hayes argues that gay people should not forget the triumphs of the past ten years, but there is still much to be achieved under Gordon Brown. The Labour government has made huge progress on gay equality in the last 10 years.There is much to be proud of with respect to the government's record on delivering equal rights and social justice to gay people across the country.

  • Dead man’s father questions police actions in Barrymore case 5

    Essex police have confirmed that they seized some tapes from Mr Cowell's house but would not comment on their contents.

    5:22 PM — The father of the young man found dead at Michael Barrymore's house six years ago has spoken of his disappointment over the way the case has been handled by Essex police.Meat factory worker Stuart Lubbock was found dead in Barrymore's swimming pool after a party in March 2001.In June 2001 Barrymore and two other men were arrested and bailed in connection with the incident.

  • London Assembly urge Moscow to respect human rights

    The Assembly motion points to the role that Pride parades and events play in the life of London and other cities.

    4:53 PM — Representatives of the people of London from all political parties have joined forces to urge the Mayor of Moscow to lift the ban on the city's Gay Pride parade.A motion proposed by openly gay Green Assembly member Darren Johnson was passed unanimously.Last month Russian activists and supporters from other European countries were attacked by a homophobic mob as they attempted to deliver a letter to the Moscow Mayor protesting at his ban on gay Pride events.

  • Green coalition will bring progress on gay marriage

    Last year Mr Ahern explained his views on homosexuality and said he wanted to attract more gay candidates to his Fianna Fail party.

    4:32 PM — Bertie Ahern will be sworn in as Taoiseach, or Prime Minister of the Republic of Ireland, today after the Green Party agreed to join a coalition government under his leadership.The formation of a new administration follows weeks of negotiations among the country's political parties.The Taoiseach is committed to bringing forward legislation to recognise same-sex relationships.

  • 75% of Brighton gays have suffered abuse

    900 of the estimated 35,000 LGBT residents of Brighton and Hove took part in the Count Me In Too report.

    2:32 PM — Research into the levels of homophobia on the streets of the UK's gayest city has revealed that three-quarters of gay, lesbian, bisexual or trans residents have been on the receiving end of physical or verbal abuse in the last five years.900 of the estimated 35,000 LGBT residents of Brighton and Hove took part in the Count Me In Too report by the University of Brighton and Spectrum LGBT forum.

  • Michael Barrymore arrested on suspicion of murder 5

    In 2006, a former solicitor attempted to initiate a private prosecution against Mr Barrymore alleging drug misuse.

    12:32 PM — Three men have been arrested by police investigating the death of Stuart Lubbock at the house of former TV star Michael Barrymore in 2001.The Daily Mail reports that Mr Barrymore is one of men being held by police. Two other men, aged 32 and 37, have also been arrested.Mr Lubbock's suspicious death ruined the career of Barrymore, who came out as a gay man in 1995.

  • Gay couple adoption splits Australian opinion 3

    Church groups, such as the Australian Christian Lobby, accused the state authorities of treating children like commodities.

    12:15 PM — The news that a gay male couple have adopted a baby has been welcomed by lawmakers in the state of Western Australia.Neither the couple or the mother of the child have been named, though it is understood the mother was consulted and approved of the adoption of her child by two gay men.It is the first same-sex couple adoption in Australia.

  • D-Day for gay marriage in Massachusetts

    Governor Deval Patrick, who marched in Boston's Gay Pride parade last weekend, is trying to persuade members of the legislature to vote down the proposed referendum.

    11:22 AM — Today lawmakers in the only US state to allow gay marriage will consider whether to call a referendum on changing the state constitutuion to ban it.Activists from both sides of the argument spent most of yesterday engaged in furious lobbying of members of the state legislature.A referendum of all Massachusetts voters on a change to the state's constitution needs the backing of a quarter of state lawmakers, in two successive sittings.

  • 13th June 2007

    Russian activists target “gay” park

    The Mayor of Moscow, Yuri Luzhkov, is being asked to confirm that the patrols are legal.

    6:03 PM — Religious and nationalist groups in Moscow have said they will patrol a small park in the city that they claim is used by gay men as a meeting place.Intelfax news agency reports that around 50 people gathered yesterday to "reclaim" the park and launch their campaign.The activists said they will ask people they suspect are gay to leave the park during their nightly patrols.

  • Congress celebrates Americans’ right to marriage

    Currently only one US state, Massachusetts, allows same-sex couples to marry.

    5:38 PM — The only openly lesbian member of the US Congress has highlighted the change in American attitudes towards marriage and asked that gay couples be given the same rights as straight citizens.A resolution authored by Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin passed the House of Representatives yesterday by unanimous consent commemorating the fortieth anniversary of the Loving v. Virginia decision.It ended the ban on interracial marriage in the United States and recognised that marriage is one of the "basic civil rights of man."

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