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  • 10th May 2007

    Analysis: Blair steps down – what happens next? 7

    Gordon Brown is likely to be elected outright with more than 50% of the vote in the first ballot.

    6:15 PM — The Prime Minister's announcement this afternoon that he intends to stand down triggers a complex election procedure to replace him and his deputy leader John Prescott, who is also retiring.The first thing to note is that Tony Blair is still PM and will remain so until he goes to see the Queen on June 27th and resigns.Her Majesty will then ask whoever has been elected by the Labour party as their leader to form a government.

  • Prescott: “an honour to serve”

    The 69-year-old Deputy Prime Minister wrote to his local constituency party in Hull East revealing his intention to stand down.

    4:00 PM — John Prescott quietly stood down from his role of deputy leader of the Labour party today as the media focus was on Tony Blair.Mr Prescott, despite a notoriously bad relationship with Peter Mandelson, was vocal in his support for gay rights.The Deputy Prime Minister wrote to his local constituency party in Hull East revealing his intention to stand down. He also gave them a detailed defence of his controversial time in office.

  • City aims to shed homophobic image 1

    At one time Colorado Springs was the national headquarters for 81 different religious organisations.

    3:41 PM — It seems some of Colorado Springs' residents have had enough of the city's anti-gay reputation.The city of nearly 2 million people is the second-largest in Colorado and home to several airforce bases and the home of NORAD, the North American Aerospace Defence Command.It is also noted for the concentration of religious groups such as Focus On The Family.

  • US state alters partner name-change rules

    As the law stands now, domestic partners - there is no same-sex marriage in California - are allowed to request a new last name.

    3:00 PM — Domestic partners in California may soon find it easier to change their last names, or make up a new family name.On Monday the state Assembly passed a measure that would ease the process of name-changing for same-sex couples.However, the measure must first be adopted by the state Senate, and also signed by California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, before it is made legal.

  • Gay advert tops complaints list

    The Gay Police Association (GPA) expressed outrage at the ASA decision.

    2:00 PM — An advert that displayed a pool of blood next to a Bible attracted the biggest number of complaints to the Advertising Standards Authority last year.553 complaints from Christian groups such as the Evangelical Alliance and Christian Voice claimed that the Gay Police Association advert promoted religious hatred.12,800 adverts drew complaints last year, a record high. The ASA has seen a rise in concerns about online advertising.

  • Analysis: Big changes expected in a Brown cabinet 7

    Rumours that Mr Brown's protege Ed Balls might be promoted into the Chancellor role seem a little far-fetched.

    1:11 PM — When Tony Blair told his Cabinet of his intention to resign this morning, many of them must have been wondering if they would still be a minister by the time the next PM takes office.Picking his own Cabinet will give Mr Blair's expected successor, Gordon Brown, a chance to revitalise the government.As many as eight Cabinet ministers could go after a change of leader on June 27th.

  • Britain is a blessed nation says Blair 7

    Mr Blair finally revealed when he will be leaving office.

    12:32 PM — In an emotional address to supporters, friends and family in his own constituency, Tony Blair acknowledged his shortcoming as Prime Minister and justified his controversial decisions.He apologised directly for mistakes but urged voters to believe he had genuine motives:"Hand on heart i did what i thought was right," he said.

  • Tony Blair to stand down as PM on June 27 7

    Tony Blair told his Cabinet of his intention this morning.

    12:16 PM — The Prime Minister has announced that he is resigning as leader of the Labour party and will hand over power once a successor has been elected.Tony Blair told his Cabinet of his intention this morning and then travelled to his constituency in Sedgfield in county Durham to make his announcement.In Trimdon Labour Club, he told supporters he is proud of achieving equality for gay people.

  • Gay reactions to Blair’s announcement 7

    Veteran Labour politician Tony Benn said Mr Blair had presided over a “rich man's Government“.

    11:40 AM — Prominent politicians, commentators and gay activists have spoken in praise of Tony Blair, who announced today that he is to retire as soon as the Labour party select his successor.Ben Summerskill, chief executive of gay equality organisation Stonewall, told PinkNews.co.uk:"Without a doubt, one of New Labour's lasting legacies will be the contribution that Tony Blair has made to equality for lesbian and gay people."

  • John Prescott to step down

    There was mild amusement in January when Mr Prescott revealed his exposure to gay men while working on a cruise ship in the 1950s.

    11:13 AM — The Deputy Prime Minister has announced his departure from office in an open letter to his constituents.John Prescott, 68, has been the most colourful member of the Blair government. He also had a long track record of speaking up for gay rights.In May 2006 he had the last of his departmental powers taken away.

  • 9th May 2007

    Gay top cop tipped for Mayor 3

    Mr Paddick, pictured with current Mayor, Ken Livingstone, has previously addressed the Lib Dem Party conference.

    5:59 PM — The most senior out gay police officer in the UK is being courted by two major parties as mayoral candidate for London, it has been reported.Brian Paddick, who is currently a Deputy Assistant Commissioner in London's Metropolitan Police, has asked to be allowed to stand down before the end of his current contract.He is to leave the force at the end of May.

  • Cardinal: homosexuality a form of prostitution 3

    An open letter from Cardinal Janis Pujats calls on crowds of people to take to the streets of Riga to oppose the Pride march on June 3rd.

    5:27 PM — The opposition of the Roman Catholic church to gay Pride parades reached a new low today when the Archbishop of Riga called homosexuality "total corruption in the sexual arena" and "an unnatural form of prostitution."An open letter from Cardinal Janis Pujats demands a referendum on the issue of same-sex marriage and calls on crowds of people to take to the streets of Riga to oppose the Pride march on June 3rd.The Cardinal calls gay Pride a "foreign-inspired action."

  • Only bi because of jail time, tribunal rules

    Mr Humayun claims that as a Christian and bisexual he would be persecuted by his Muslim family if he was returned to Pakistan.

    2:30 PM — A Pakistani man has been refused asylum in Australia and told that he was only bisexual because he was in a detention centre.Mr Humayun claims that as a Christian and bisexual he would be persecuted by his Muslim family if he was returned to Pakistan."I'm worried for my life if I am deported home," he said.

  • Quebec gay leader resigns aged 41

    Boisclair was elected as the sixth leader of the PQ in November 2005.

    1:26 PM — When the Parti Québécois disappointed their supporters with a low result in the state elections in March, many blamed their leader, Andre Boisclair.Now Mr Bosclair, the first ever out gay man to lead a political party in North America, has resigned after only two years in the job.The PQ won just 36 of the province's 125 seats to finish in third place.

  • US Anglican churches defy Williams 9

    Archbishop Peter Akinola of Nigeria accused the Anglican leadership of being “insulting and condescending“

    12:46 PM — A controversial African primate has defied the Archbishop of Canterbury and established a breakaway branch of the church opposed to gay priests.Archbishop Peter Akinola of Nigeria accused the Anglican leadership of being "insulting and condescending" to the rest of the church.He performed a ceremony to establish American bishop Martyn Minns as head of a new church branch under his control in Nigeria.

  • Judge proves he is down with the youth

    In 2002, homophobic senator Bill Heffernan used parliamentary privilege to accuse Kirby of “trawling for rent boys.“

    12:15 PM — One of Australia's most prominent out gay people has shown an unexpected talent for rapping.Michael Kirby, a Justice of the High Court, has lived openly with his partner for the last 37 years.Earlier this week he took to the state in Melbourne and rapped a dust with Elf Tranzporter.

  • Jews and Muslims back Pope over gay rights 5

    Pope Benedict XVI and the Italian Bishop's Conference (CEI) have repeatedly dismissed civil unions.

    11:32 AM — The Chief Rabbi of Rome has weighed into the controversy surrounding gay rights.Riccardo Di Segni has said people of the Jewish faith must oppose moves to grant limited recognition to same-sex and unmarried couples.The main Islamic group in Italy has also backed the stance of the Roman Catholic church.

  • LGBT Americans seek immigration rights 1

    Binational same-sex couples face prosecution, hefty fines and deportations by the Immigration and Naturalisation Service.

    11:10 AM — Gay activists have hailed the reintroduction yesterday of the Uniting American Families Act.The bill will allow US citizens and legal residents in same-sex relationships to sponsor their partners for immigration purposes.One of the fundamental principles of U.S. immigration law is the notion of family unification.

  • Airport employee sacked for intercom homophobia

    Monestime's employer, Superior Aircraft Services, fired him after he confessed.

    10:55 AM — A Florida airport employee got the axe Monday for playing an anti-gay message on a terminal intercom, offending a travelling gay couple.The South Florida Sun-Sentinal reports that Broward County officials said Jefhro Monestime, an employee at Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport, admitted to playing the offensive verse through the intercom last week as a joke.The verse from Leviticus 20:13 was broadcast last Tuesday throughout the airport.

  • 8th May 2007

    Analysis: Miliband’s appeal shows he should have run 3

    27% wanted Mr Miliband as next Prime Minister - only 13% wanted Gordon Brown.

    7:40 PM — It could go down in history as one of the worst political decisions ever made - if gay votes are anything to go by.A poll of PinkNews.co.uk readers shows that if David Miliband had got up the courage to tackle Gordon Brown for the leadership, Labour might have had a stronger chance of winning an historic fourth term in office.27% wanted Mr Miliband as next Prime Minister.

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