1st October 2007
UK Peer challenges Russian Patriarch over gay rights 1
5:37 PM — Lib Dem peer Lord Russell-Johnston fought back today when Russian Patriarch Alexy II called homosexuality an "illness" at an international human rights conference.Addressing international MPs at well-respected human rights watchdog the Council of Europe, the Patriarch said: "This [homosexuality] is an illness, a change, a distortion of a human person."
Gay activists hold back controversial bill 2
5:37 PM — Gay American activists have succeeded in stalling the progress of an equality bill which excluded trans people.The landmark civil rights bill, which would protect the American LGBT community from workplace discrimination, provoked outrage in the gay community when its leading proponents - Nancy Pelosi and Barney Frank - opted to exclude transsexuals from its remit in a bid to ensure its success in the House.
Massive march for lesbian rights hits South Africa
5:05 PM — A massive march calling for greater protection for South African gays has erupted on the streets of Soweto following the murder of two lesbians last July.The women, 34 year old Sizakele Sigasa and 23 year old Salome Masooa were raped, tortured and killed in Meadowlands, Soweto.Their hands were tied up using their underwear and their tied ankles using their shoelaces. Both had been shot several times.
Ken: UK anti-discrimination law ‘not working’ 3
4:43 PM — London's Mayor, Ken Livingstone, has launched an attack against Britain's anti-discrimination law on the day the new Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) is established.The Commission brings together a number of anti-discrimination commissions into one equality body designed to enforced anti-discrimination legislation and offer employers, public sector bodies and individuals practical advice.But the mayor claims that the current level of legal protection is inadequate.
Child welfare unaffected by lesbian parents, study finds
3:22 PM — The children of lesbian parents have similar levels of well being and child adjustment as those of heterosexual parents, a Dutch study has confirmed.Researchers from Amsterdam University looked at a hundred heterosexual couples and a hundred lesbian couples with children between the ages of four and eight who had been raised by couple since birth.While the child's well being remained identical in lesbian or heterosexual couples, the researchers discovered that several other factors were surprisingly different.
Irish government criticised by own Equality Authority over gay teachers
2:13 PM — The Irish Equality Authority has accused the Irish Government of hypocrisy over its commitment to gay rights after claims it is refusing to change laws that discriminate against gay teachers.The 1998 Employment Equality Act gives religious schools an exemption over discrimination law if employing someone will in it's view undermine the school's religious ethos. More than ninety per cent of teachers are employed by Catholic and other religious schools.
Killer Huntley on hunger strike over “gay lover” 1
1:13 PM — The murderer of 10-year olds Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman, Ian Huntley, has gone on hunger-strike after prison authorities denied him access to his gay lover, a convicted killer by the name of Dean Wood.Wakefield prison authorities have so far denied four of the pair's requests for a visit, and the 33 year old has now decided to raise the stakes."I have not eaten and I will not," Mr Huntley said.
Top Tory: BNP voters ‘legitimate views’ 10
12:10 PM — The Conservative shadow secretary for community cohesion has caused outrage in political circles by claiming that BNP voters hold some "very legitimate views."Baroness Sayeeda Warsi, a Muslim, was one of David Cameron's most celebrated appointments to the front bench earlier this year, but her comments have reopened accusations of a drift to the right on the eve of Mr Cameron's vital leader's speech at the party conference.In an interview with the Independent, Baroness Warsi said: "There are a lot of people out there who are voting for the British National Party and it's those people that we mustn't just write off and say 'well, we won't bother because they are voting BNP or we won't engage with them'.
Nearly half of Brits face discrimination
10:49 AM — Research conducted for the new Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) indicates that 46 percent of Brits believe they have faced some form of discrimination.The new commission, which incorporates the Commission for Racial Equality, the Disability Rights Commission and the Equal Opportunities Commission, is being launched today.Its Chair, Trevor Phillips, said: "We live in an age of difference where most of us believe that people must be judged on their abilities, not their age, what they look like, their disability or their families and private lives."
30th September 2007
Will Cameron make it three in a row for Stonewall? 3
6:40 PM — As the Conservative party conference began in Blackpool today, speculation about whether or not Prime Minister Gordon Brown will ask the Queen to dissolve Parliament and call a general election continues to mount.While election fever grips the press, PinkNews.co.uk is just as interested in whether Mr Cameron will find time to attend the "gay disco" in Blackpool tomorrow night, more formally known as the Absolutely Equal reception.
29th September 2007
Will shamed Senator Larry Craig resign tomorrow? 7
9:30 AM — Tomorrow, is the day by which Senator Larry Craig said he would resign from office after he was arrested in an airport bathroom sex sting, but it appears the embattled Republican isn't necessarily going anywhere any time soon.Shortly after Craig pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct, the Idaho senator said he would try to clear his name before the proposed resignation date. If he could accomplish that task, he suggested at the time, he may reconsider that decision.
Gay NYPD officer suing for discrimination
9:22 AM — An gay police office has claimed that he was threatened with violence and verbally abused by fellow officers and was treated unfairly by supervisors at the New York Police Department (NYPD).Michael Harrington, 30, made the claims in a lawsuit filed with the Manhattan Supreme Court.Other officers called him a "faggot" and one said he would hurt Mr Harrington if confronted, he claims.
28th September 2007
Congress may split workplace protection bill 21
6:20 PM — Efforts by American lawmakers to protect LGBT people from employment discrimination are under threat from Congressmen not convinced of the need for gender identity protection.In a compromise, it has been proposed that two bills be introduced - one extending civil rights based on sexual orientation and another for gender identity.The upshot of this would be the defeat of the trans protections that are not supported by some Democratic lawmakers but the likely success of workplace protections for gay, lesbian and bisexual Americans.
Three months in prison for homophobic abuse 1
5:21 PM — An Essex businessman has been sentenced to three months in prison after drunkenly threatening and shouting homophobic abuse at his neighbours.43-year-old asbestos contractor Stuart Makemson of Twelve Acres, Braintree, brandished a snooker cue at Andrew Morrison saying: "I'm going to take that nose off your face with this."Mr Morrison and his wife had been woken earlier by Mr Makemson verbally abusing their gay son and his boyfriend, reported the Essex Chronicle.
Tory leader’s wife spoke up for gays 2
5:05 PM — An out gay Conservative who is a close friend of David and Sarah Cameron has revealed that the party leader's wife persuaded her husband to support the abolition of Section 28.Speaking to The Guardian Nick Boles, founder of the Policy Exchange thinktank, said that David Cameron's change of heart on gay issues was in part due to Sarah.Referring to Mr Cameron's previous support for Section 28, Mr Boles said: "I think she had a much stronger sense of how unacceptable that piece of legislation was."
Lord Browne bounces back with board appointment
4:30 PM — The former chief executive of BP who was forced to resign after allegations made by his ex-boyfriend became public is to join the board of a leading architects firm.The Mail on Sunday newspaper was responsible for exposing that Lord John Browne lied in court documents about where he met his former lover, Jeff Chevalier.Lord Browne is to join the board of Foster + Partners as a non-executive director.
Harman’s attack on Tories fuels election fever
4:15 PM — Secretary of State for Equality Harriet Harman attacked Tory attitudes to gay couples in her closing speech to the Labour party conference yesterday.In an address to the party faithful that set the tone for a general election widely tipped to be called next week, she called the Conservatives the "nasty party," a phrase first used by Tory frontbencher Theresa May.Ms Harman attacked the opposition party's plans for a tax system that rewards married couples and civil partners above single or unmarried parents.
Archbishop claims condoms are infected with HIV 7
3:45 PM — The head of the Roman Catholic Church in Mozambique has claimed that some European-made condoms and anti-retroviral drugs are deliberately infected with HIV.Maputo Archbishop Francisco Chimoio's remarks, made at celebrations to mark 33 years of Mozambique's independence, have angered the country's many AIDS campaigners.Talking to a BBC reporter, the Archbishop Chimoio said: "Condoms are not sure because I know that there are two countries in Europe, they are making condoms with the virus on purpose."
Candidates OK with gay-themed children’s books 3
1:50 PM — Presidential hopefuls John Edwards and Barack Obama have said they would be happy for their children to read stories featuring same-sex couples.Hillary Clinton was less enthusiastic, calling it a matter for "parental discretion."The frontrunners for the Democratic party nomination for President in the 2008 election were speaking at an MSNBC candidates debate.
Trans protection may be dropped from ENDA
1:19 PM — New laws designed to protect LGBT workers in the United States may be watered down because leading Democrats are split over the inclusion of gender identity.The Employment Non-Discrimination Act, currently before Congress, would extend federal employment discrimination protections to cover sexual orientation and gender identity.However, at a meeting on Wednesday of House of Representative Democrats, it became clear that ENDA would not be supported by many of them in its present form.