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  • 24th September 2007

    Hillary Clinton tackles lesbian rumours 2

    Clinton tells Sean Kennedy, news editor at The Advocate, she would admit if she were quietly a supporter of marriage equality.

    10:35 AM — Next week's issue of US gay magazine The Advocate includes a juicy interview with presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton.Although much of the discussion surrounding the article has centred on the New York Democrat's assertion that she isn't gay, more interesting to the GLBT community may be the confirmation that she's not a closet supporter of gay marriage.According to those who have seen the article, Clinton supposedly tells Sean Kennedy, news editor at The Advocate, she would admit if she were quietly a supporter of marriage equality.

  • Praise for Mayor’s u-turn on same-sex marriage

    Gay rights groups quickly lauded Sanders for his about-face, including Matt Foreman, executive director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force.

    10:20 AM — San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders made headlines around the world last week when he announced during a press conference that he would sign a City Council resolution directing the city attorney to file a brief in support of same-sex marriage with the California Supreme Court.Sanders previously said he would veto the resolution. Gay rights groups quickly lauded Sanders for his about-face.

  • 23rd September 2007

    EXCLUSIVE: Boris Johnson courts gay vote 14

    A lot has been written about Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson's background.

    9:40 PM — When I meet Boris Johnson in a Westminster cafe for his PinkNews.co.uk interview, it becomes apparent, immediately after he shambles in and launches himself into a chair, that 10am is not optimum Boris time.As he puts it in his diary of the 2001 election campaign, Friends, Voters, Countrymen, it is "a pretty ungodly hour for someone accustomed to journalism."The interview had been in the pipeline well before Labour activists started taking swipes at him over his views.

  • Archbishop of Canterbury: Homosexuality is not a disease 6

    Rowan Williams: “I do not assume that homosexual inclination is a disease“

    12:02 PM — "I do not assume that homosexual inclination is a disease," the Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, told bishops of the American branch of the Anglican Communion.He warned that "violence against gay and lesbian people is inexcusable," adding: "Gay and lesbian people have a place in the Church as do all the baptised."

  • 22nd September 2007

    Councillor guilty of paedophile slurs against opponent 130

    Ms Grell was found guilty of two charges of “making a false statement of fact about Mr Smith's personal character or conduct,“ contrary to election law.

    1:15 PM — A Labour party councillor has been barred from public office for three years and fined £1000 for making false allegations of paedophilia against her gay opponent.Miranda Grell, who works as a researcher for London's Deputy Mayor Nicky Gavron, wept as District Judge John Woollard passed sentence.Ms Grell, 29, was also ordered to pay £3000 towards prosecution costs.

  • 21st September 2007

    Costa Rica considers law to prevent gay adoption 1

    The proposed amendment to Costa Rica's Family Code was agreed by all 57 elected members of the Legislative Assembly.

    5:50 PM — A bill has reached the first stages of becoming law in the central American country of Costa Rica that would prevent gays, lesbians and bisexuals from adopting children.The proposed amendment to Costa Rica's Family Code, the law regarding marriage, divorce, paternity and adoption, was agreed by all 57 elected members of the Legislative Assembly.The bill bans adoption by individuals or gay and lesbian couples. It will now be debated.

  • Trans bus driver’s appeal dismissed

    The court ruled that transsexuals are not included in Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act.

    4:50 PM — A transsexual bus driver who was fired for using the women's toilets had her appeal dismissed by a federal appeals court in Denver last week.In 2002, in preparation for gender reassignment surgery, Krystal Etsitty was taking hormone therapy and living as a woman.She had officially changed her birth name Michael to Krystal and had changed this detail on her driver's licence.

  • Nominees for Stonewall politics award “honoured” 52

    Two Cabinet ministers, a member of the Scottish Parliament, a Tory frontbench spokesperson, a junior Treasury minister and the only openly gay peer in the House of Lords are in contention for the coveted Politician of the Year award.

    4:40 PM — Senior politicians from across the political divide have spoken to PinkNews.co.uk about their nominations for a Stonewall Award.Two Cabinet ministers, a member of the Scottish Parliament, a Tory frontbench spokesperson, a junior Treasury minister and the only openly gay peer in the House of Lords are in contention for the coveted Politician of the Year award.Alan Johnson, the Secretary of State for Health, was instrumental in getting the Sexual Orientation Regulations onto the statute books.

  • Politicians welcome homophobic bullying guidance 9

    Michael Gove, Conservative Shadow Secretary of State for Children, Young People and Families committed his party to helping the government beat bullying.

    1:15 PM — The three main political parties in the UK have welcomed today's publication by the Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF) of groundbreaking new guidance for teachers on homophobic bullying in schools.The pioneering guidance, commissioned from gay equality organisation Stonewall by the DCSF, provides school governors, heads, teachers and other staff with practical information about how to prevent and respond to homophobic bullying.

  • Guidance on gay bullying issued to schools 8

    A survey of more than 1,100 young people found that only 23% of all UK schools explicitly condemn homophobic bullying.

    11:50 AM — The Department for Children, Families and Schools has issued guidance to schools in England and Wales on how to tackle homophobic bullying.The new guidance from the government gives teachers, head teachers, school governors and support staff practical advice on how to recognise, prevent and respond to homophobic language and physical abuse.It follows on from Stonewall's wide-ranging study into homophobic bullying published in June this year, entitled "The School Report."

  • Brian Paddick was an undercover Lib Dem 1

    Mr Paddick was the UK's most senior out gay policeman until his retirement in May this year.

    11:45 AM — Mayor of London candidate Brian Paddick has revealed he has always been a Liberal Democrat at heart, even in his former role as Deputy Assistant Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police.Mr Paddick, who spoke a conference event in Brighton yesterday said:"Yes, I've been an undercover Liberal Democrat."Under that blue uniform there was a gold one. I'll leave that to your imagination."

  • Postcards to US Congress ask for workplace protection

    The Employment Non Discrimination Act was introduced in the House by a bipartisan group of legislators.

    11:15 AM — On Monday the national staff of Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) will hand-deliver more than 12,000 pro-equality postcards from constituents across the country to both the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate.The individually written cards were collected from 40 states across the country as part of PFLAG's campaign, "People Don't Get Fired for Being Straight" to support the passage of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA).

  • Gay marriage activists picket Schwarzenegger’s star 3

    Although Schwarzenegger has yet to take an official stance on the bill, he has suggested on numerous occasions that he will not sign it.

    10:45 AM — Chanting, "Sign AB 43, equal rights for you and me," more than 200 activists marched to California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Tuesday, where they left pens and urged him to sign legislation ending discrimination against gay and lesbian couples who wish to marry their partners.The California legislature has again passed a bill (AB 43) that would give the state's gay and lesbian couples the right to marry, but all signs point to the governor, who is set to get the legislation this week, vetoing it, just as he did a similar bill in 2005.

  • COMMENT: Schools must clamp down on homophobic bullying 8

    “Schools have a clear, legal duty to establish measures to prevent all forms of bullying, including homophobic bullying. “

    10:44 AM — Today is a watershed moment for education, as we unveil new guidance that will give schools detailed practical advice on how to deal with homophobic bullying for the first time.This is something teachers have frequently called for and will help schools get to grips with an issue that has blighted too many young people's lives.Every pupil in our schools has the right to be protected from bullying.

  • 20th September 2007

    Iraqi gays win asylum in UK 1

    Ibaa, 30, and Haider, 29, were initially refused asylum by the Home Office.

    5:07 PM — Two gay men from Iraq persecuted because of their sexuality have been granted asylum in the UK following an appeal.Fleeing from militia death squads, which have been targeting the LGBT community in their home counrty, Ibaa, 30, and Haider, 29, were initially refused asylum by the Home Office on the grounds that fear of persecution because of sexual orientation was not recognised by the 1951 Refugee Convention.The two men received help from gay rights organisation OutRage! and the exiled LGBT Iraq group.

  • Gay daughter changes mayor’s mind on same-sex marriage

    “Today, Mayor Sanders and the City of San Diego have demonstrated that support for equality crosses party lines.“

    2:20 PM — Yesterday the Republican Mayor of San Diego decided to sign the resolution to overturn Proposition 22, which some claim bans same-sex marriage in the state of California.Jerry Sanders' last minute decision, which conflicts with his former campaign promises, reflects his "significant" change of opinion on the subject. Mr Sanders said:"I have close family members and friends who are members of the gay and lesbian community. These folks include my daughter Lisa and her partner, as well as members of my personal staff."

  • Ming sends Lib Dems home with rousing speech 1

    Sir Ming received a standing ovation from party activists clearly impressed by his strong performance.

    2:13 PM — Sir Menzies Campbell made a passionate defence of the values of liberalism in his leader's speech to the Liberal Democrat party conference in Brighton.Liberalism requires tolerance he told an audience of party members, councillors and MPs.He told them he has spent his entire life "speaking out against bigotry," and that intolerance and extremism threaten our freedom.

  • Australia refuses to recognise married transsexual 6

    Marriage in Australia remained undefined up until 2004, when a new law was passed to specify the union between a man and a woman.

    12:00 PM — A post-operative transsexual has been told by Australian authorities that in order to be registered as her correct sex she must divorce her wife.Completing her gender reassignment in 2002, the unnamed woman, who is happily married, has been unable to change her gender on her birth certificate in her current married status as same sex marriage is still banned in Australia.The couple took the case to court claiming discrimination on the grounds of gender and marital status but the case has been dismissed from both federal court and the appeal court.

  • “Robocop” mayor backs gay village in Middlesborough 1

    The mayor pointed to the gay village in Manchester and that city's Pride events as an example of what might be achieved in his town.

    10:58 AM — The elected mayor of Middlesborough has called for more events and even a nightclub for the gay community in the town.Ray Mallon, one of the most popular mayors in the UK, has even suggested a gay quarter, and plans to speak to local authorities in other cities about their success in creating a vibrant gay scene.Known as "Robocop" because of his zero tolerance approach to crime while a senior officer in Cleveland police, Mr Mallon told a meeting of the Middlesborough Council Executive that it is important to raise the issue.

  • 19th September 2007

    Former minister Twigg to return to Commons

    Stephen Twigg will almost certainly be elected at the next General Election

    11:30 PM — Stephen Twigg, then man who famously defeated Michael Portillo in the safe Tory seat of Enfield Southgate, in 1997 is set to return to the House of Commons.Mr Twigg, 40, who was the first MP to have been first elected as an openly gay man. He lost his Enfield seat in the 2005 general election.He has been selected for the safe Labour seat of West Derby.

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