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  • 14th June 2007

    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."

  • Lesbian woman shot dead by police

    The Independent Police Complaints Commission is investigating her death.

    5:08 PM — A 37-year-old woman who was killed by a police marksman in the early hours of yesterday morning was a lesbian, it has emerged.Friends and work colleagues have described Ann Sanderson as a gentle, loyal and helpful person who suffered from mental illness.Police in the suburban town of Sevenoaks are investigating her death. She was brandishing a firearm at officers, which she refused to put down when confronted.

  • New equality proposals “oblivious” to needs of trans people 2

    The government proposes extending protection against discrimination when accessing goods and services to trans people.

    2:22 PM — PinkNews.co.uk exclusive The government has published its long-awaited Discrimination Law Review, and is asking the public for their views on a proposed new Equality Act.The purpose of the new legislation is to simplify the current piecemeal discrimination laws and to strengthen the new Commission for Equality and Human Rights, which comes into being this autumn.

  • Anglican dissidents plan ‘parallel’ church

    The revelation of new plans to defy Archbishop Williams adds to the fears that the whole Anglican church could schism over gay issues.

    1:50 PM — Powerful conservative primates in the worldwide Anglican church plan to consecrate their own bishop to oversee American churches who oppose gay ordination.The move is in direct defiance of the Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, who wants to try to reconcile the differences in the feuding Anglican communion.Last month Archbishop Williams took the symbolic step of excluding Gene Robinson, the openly gay Bishop of New Hampshire, from the Lambeth conference.

  • Teenage lesbians upset after bus ejection

    The city of Portland's transit system has a policy that bars drivers from ejecting underage people from buses.

    11:55 AM — Two 14-year-old girls were kicked of a bus in Oregon for kissing have gone public about the humiliating incident.Maika Rich and Jocelyn O'Neal told KATU-TV that they were on a bus headed to the Sexual Minority Youth Recreation Centre last Friday.A passenger complained to the driver that they had been kissing. He ordered them to stop, calling them "sickos." When the girls then hugged he told them to get off.

  • Gay gun enthusiast ejected from Pride 1

    Nelson's ejection and consequent complaint have received the attention of Second Amendment advocates.

    11:40 AM — Pro-gun activist David Nelson was ejected from last week's Utah Pride festival by its organisers, security and law-enforcement officers for possessing an unconcealed firearm.Nelson, who owns the gay group Stonewall Shooting Sports of Utah, has filed a complaint with city Police Chief Chris Burbank against Lt. Rusty Isakson for what Nelson described as "grossly and specifically violative of state weapons laws.""As a state Concealed Firearm Permit holder, I possessed and carried my firearm unconcealed, but holstered, at the event," Nelson said.

  • Presidential candidates give support to equal rights

    All of the announced Democratic candidates stated their support for extending federal benefits and equal tax treatment

    11:31 AM — The Human Rights Campaign have released their 2008 Democratic candidate questionnaire outlining where the announced candidates for President stand on issues important to the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community.The Human Rights Campaign, the largest gay civil rights organisation in the US, released the questionnaires along with a report card based upon the candidates' responses in order to assist pro-equality voters in determining the public policy positions of the candidates.

  • 12th June 2007

    Swedish government falls out over gay marriage 1

    The Prime Minister has said that his party will make a decision on the issue at their autumn party conference.

    12:25 PM — The Swedish Prime Minister is facing a revolt from his own party because he will not commit to new legislation to allow gay couples to marry.The country's coalition government is split on the issue.Fredrik Reinfeldt's conservative Moderate party have so far not decided to support further rights for gay people, but eight MPs, including one Cabinet minister, are threatening to resign over the issue.

  • Openly gay sailor could serve a third time 1

    Knight has now served openly during two tours with the Navy, with the support of his command and colleagues.

    11:15 AM — The United States Navy has again assigned an openly gay sailor to duty in the Individual Ready Reserves (IRR).Former Petty Officer 2nd Class Jason Knight, a Hebrew linguist recently deployed to Kuwait, has been placed on IRR duty until April 2009, despite publicly "coming out" in national media outlets and being told he would receive a "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" dismissal.Knight's dismissal form, also called a DD-214, again lists his reason for dismissal as 'Completion of Service,' and places him in the IRR.

  • Ireland’s population is 6% gay, survey finds 1

    The Out Now 2007 GCN Ireland Gay Community Market Report is being released later this month.

    11:00 AM — An estimated 6% of Irish adults are believed to be lesbian or gay, and results from the first ever market research measurement of the lifestyles and spending power of Ireland's 200,000 lesbians and gay men are about to be released.The new research will shed new light on gay community lifestyle and marketing issues. A new gay market research report is about to uncover Ireland's gay and lesbian communities.

  • 11th June 2007

    Paisley confused over homophobic son 27

    Northern Ireland's Lord Chief Justice, Sir Brian Kerr, rejected an attempt to overturn the current law banning adoption by unmarried couples of any sexual orientation.

    5:42 PM — The First Minister of Northern Ireland has faced questions in the province's Assembly about the anti-gay views of his son, who is a junior minister in the devolved government.Ian Paisley Snr told Assembly members that he is opposed to any sort of discrimination, but would not give an assurance that Ian Jnr would be kept away from equality duties.Paisley Jnr angered political opponents when he said he finds gay and lesbian people repulsive.

  • Jewish holy men curse Jerusalem Pride 1

    The Jerusalem Post reports that three quarters of the city's residents oppose the Pride parade.

    4:39 PM — A group of orthodox rabbis have placed a curse on an upcoming gay parade in the Israeli capital, and vowed to hold a massive rally in protest next week.The rabbis, from the Eda Haredit sect, made a statement about the event yesterday. At the 2005 Pride event in Jerusalem a member of the sect stabbed three of the participants.Police will announce tomorrow if they will allow next week's gay event to go ahead.

  • More death threats for anti-gay bishop

    The Archbishop's comments have resulted in some of the heaviest criticism of the church in an ongoing row over the place of religion in the Italian state.

    4:17 PM — An Italian bishop who compared moves to give gay couples some rights to incest and child abuse has received three bullets and a threat against his life in the post.Archbishop Angelo Bagnasco's cathedral was attacked by vandals in April.He was placed under police guard after he was sent a bullet in the post later that month, accompanied by a picture of the Archbishop defaced with a swastika.

  • Americans more tolerant of gays

    Last year, the number of Americans who said gay relationships should be legal increased once again to 56 percent.

    3:40 PM — A recent survey conducted by Gallup has found that US public "tolerance" toward gay rights has made a bit of a comeback.When Americans were first asked in 1977 whether gay relations should be legal, just 43 percent of respondents answered in the affirmative.By the middle of 2003, the number had jumped to 60 percent, only to plummet (to 50 percent) after the Supreme Court struck down a Texas sodomy law in June of that same year.

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