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  • 20th June 2007

    Death of 82-year-old MP means a test for Brown

    Mr Kharba defied the party whips in 2005 to run for a fourth Parliament, and was duly re-elected.

    1:46 PM — Tributes have been paid to the oldest MP in the House of Commons who has died in a London hospital.Piara Khabra had been the Labour MP for Ealing Southall since 1992. The seat, in west London, is solidly Labour. At the 2005 election Mr Khabra had a majority of 11,440.His death means a by election will be held weeks into the new Gordon Brown administration.

  • Gay soldiers speak out from the front line

    Under the Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy a gay soldier cannot list his or her partner as next of kin.

    1:00 PM — The Advocate, an award-winning gay magazine, features groundbreaking interviews in its latest issue with gay, active service members, inside a war-zone, speaking on record for the first time under the military's Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy.In these interviews soldiers discuss the challenges of living under the policy, while fully acknowledging the enormous risk speaking out could bring to their military careers.In the article soldiers refute the most commonly used argument to support Don't Ask, Don't Tell.

  • New York lawmakers approve gay marriage 1

    Gay marriage has enjoyed support in Manhattan Assembly districts for years.

    12:20 PM — Gay rights advocates in New York celebrated what they called a watershed victory Tuesday as the state Assembly approved legislation to legalise same-sex marriage with an 85-61 vote.Sponsored by the openly gay brother of entertainer Rosie O'Donnell and supported by Governor Eliot Spitzer, the approval came after an often emotional three-hour debate.According to the Associated Press the bill is not expected to be acted on any time soon in the Republican-led state Senate.

  • 19th June 2007

    Government rejects compulsory recording of homophobic bullying 5

    Mr Johnson highlighted new powers for teachers he has introduced such as the right to confiscate mobile phones.

    4:51 PM — The Department for Education and Skills has rejected a call from MPs to make all schools record bullying incidents.At present only racist incidents must be recorded.The House of Commons Select Committee also called for more action on bullying focused at children with special educational needs and cyber-bullying.

  • Exclusive: Gordon Brown will answer gay questions 1

    If you have a question for the Chancellor, email it to news@pinknews.co.uk and mark your email “Gordon.”

    4:30 PM — Do you have a question for the next Prime Minister? Gordon Brown will take office on 27th June, and he has agreed to answer questions submitted by our readers.If you have a question for the Chancellor, email it to news@pinknews.co.uk and mark your email 'Gordon.'Many thanks to readers who sent in questions. Look out for Mr Brown's answers here on PinkNews.co.uk

  • Majority of Tory MPs reject gay rights 2

    54% of the Conservatives did not think that gay people should have equal rights with heterosexual people.

    2:30 PM — A survey of attitudes of MPs has found that many Conservative members have a markedly different social outlook from leader David Cameron.The poll, carried out by Populus, spoke to 128 MPs overall, 39 of whom were Tories.54% of the Conservatives did not think that gay people should have equal rights with heterosexual people.

  • Gay councillor rejected for Fire role 2

    The London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority (LFEPA) is responsible for the London Fire Brigade.

    1:55 PM — The Mayor of London has rejected nine men for appointment to the London Fire Authority because they are all white.Ken Livingstone says he wants the authority to accurately reflect London's racial makeup and the appointments, "failed to tackle the under-representation of women and black, Asian and ethnic minority Londoners."The London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority (LFEPA) is responsible for the London Fire Brigade.

  • Churches try to overturn gay discrimination laws 1

    The Christian Institute has led calls to rescind the Sexual Orientation Regulations, claiming they were rushed through and constitute an attack on freedom of conscience.

    1:23 PM — The High Court in Belfast has reserved judgement on a legal challenge to new laws protecting gay people from discrimination.A coalition of Christian groups had been granted permission to seek a judicial review regarding new gay equality laws in Northern Ireland.After six days, Mr Justice Weatherup said it would take him 'some time' to come to a judgement.

  • Stonewall: Lliw Eich Arian

    The new 12-page guide will be distributed across Wales through hundreds of outlets including libraries, lesbian and gay venues, Citizens Advice offices and community groups.

    12:55 PM — Stonewall Cymru has launching a bilingual guide to the new goods and services protections for lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) people.Sponsored by Lloyds TSB, 'The Colour of your Money' guide explains to lesbians and gays across Wales all they need to know about the new regulations.The Sexual Orientation Regulations, which came into force on 30 April, outlaw discrimination in the provision of goods and services.

  • Slave owners responsible for Jamaican homophobia

    Jamaica's gay rights movement, J-Flag, is forced to operate underground and anonymously.

    12:45 PM — A church minister has claimed that the hatred of gay people endemic on the island of Jamaica is directly related to the rape of male slaves by white English masters.In an article in the Jamaica Observer John Hardy, of the New Testament Church of God in Kingston, said he thinks it will be hundreds of years before gay people are accepted on the island.Homosexuality is illegal in Jamaica, a former British colony, and the culture is deeply homophobic.

  • Teacher’s sentence for sex with pupil “too lenient”

    Mr Le Brocq was a deputy head teacher

    12:17 PM — Charities have criticised what they call the "lenient" prison sentence given yesterday to a teacher who had a gay relationship with a pupil.David Le Brocq, 30, is expected to only serve part of his one year sentence.He was found guilty of conducting a six-month sexual relationship with Karl Donaldson, then aged 15.

  • Congresswoman to lead ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ repeal

    The US army have a don't ask, don't tell policy towards gay soliders

    11:37 AM — Congresswoman Ellen Tauscher will succeed Congressman Marty Meehan (D-MA) as the lead sponsor of the Military Readiness Enhancement when Meehan leaves the House of Representatives later this summer.The legislation, originally introduced in 2005, would repeal the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" ban on lesbian, gay and bisexual personnel.Tauscher was an original co-sponsor of the legislation that is currently supported by a bi-partisan coalition of 127 lawmakers.

  • 18th June 2007

    Gay cop to tell all in autobiography

    Last year Mr Paddick refused to rule out standing as a candidate for Mayor of London.

    11:53 AM — The UK's most senior gay police officer has signed a six-figure deal with publisher Simon Schuster to write his story about life at the highest levels of the Met.Deputy Assistant Commissioner Brian Paddick, who recently retired from the force, claims that his boss Commissioner Ian Blair, knew within hours that officers had shot an innocent man at Stockwell tube station in July 2005.

  • Swedish gay church weddings approved

    Opinion polls show that 46% of Swedes are in favour of gay marriage, with 31% opposed.

    11:31 AM — The largest party in the Swedish coalition government has committed to new legislation to allow gay couples to marry.Fredrik Reinfeldt's conservative Moderate party's board has voted to support further rights for gay people, after eight MPs, including one Cabinet minister, threatened to resign over the issue.Swedish gay and lesbian couples have had the right to civil partnerships since 1995.

  • 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.

  • Rights groups condemn Russia’s Pride attacks 4

    Dozens of anti-gay protesters, including skinheads, nationalists, and Orthodox adherents, attacked peaceful participants.

    1:07 AM — The violent attacks on peaceful gay pride demonstrators in Moscow in late May show the rollback of respect for human rights in Russia, say Human Rights Watch and the European Region of the International Lesbian and Gay Association (ILGA-Europe).Instead of protecting human rights and gay advocates who tried to assemble, Moscow police colluded with skinheads to break up the Gay Pride demonstration.

  • Catholic and Orthodox emphasise shared anti-gay views 1

    Other church officials have called homosexuality a “sin, which destroys human beings and condemns them to a spiritual death.“

    1:07 AM — The Pope has spoken of his hopes that shared moral opposition to gay rights and other social progress may help smooth a reunion of the Roman Catholic and Orthodox religions.On a visit to eastern Church leaders in Cyprus, Pope Benedict XVI said he had a "firm hope" that the schism of 1054 could be healed.Orthodox leader Archbishop Chrysostomos II of Cyprus offered to arrange a meeting with the leader of the Russian church.

  • Gays, Roman and Proud, demand citizen’s rights 2

    Couples will be able to formally register with their local authority, and will have rights over property and inheritance.

    1:07 AM — The LGBT community in the ancient city of Rome gathered in the streets on Saturday to dance, party, and demand their rights.Ten of thousands of people, among them leading politicians, marched from Rome's Saint Paul's Gate to the Basilica of Saint John Lateran, the site of last month's Roman Catholic church-sanctioned anti-gay "family" rally."We are heteros, gays, lesbians and bisexual and we want Romano Prodi to give the same rights to all," a drag queen told AP.

  • 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.

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