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  • 5th July 2007

    Mayor demands robotic toilets to stop cruising 1

    . Mayor Jim Naugle believes that robotic toilets will scare off gay cruisers.

    12:01 PM — The mayor of the Florida city of Fort Lauderdale wants a robotic toilet that could prevent homosexual activity that he says haunts public restrooms on beach.Mayor Jim Naugle believes that robotic toilets will scare off gay cruisers.Mr Naugle told Sun-Sentinel: "We're trying to provide a family environment where people can take their children who need to use the bathroom."

  • 4th July 2007

    Who exactly is the minister for gay rights? 1

    In Tony Blair's administration, junior DCLG minister Meg Munn had responsibility for equality issues.

    5:00 PM — There is confusion as to which member of the Brown government will be taking responsibility for women and equality issues.The appointment of Harriet Harman as Minister for Women last week seemed to indicate that she would be in charge of gay rights and other issues that fall under the remit of the Women and Equality Unit.However, the unit is part of the Department of Communities and Local Government, headed by Hazel Blears.

  • Lib Dems appoint new equality spokesperson

    Ms Swinson, 27, is the youngest MP in the Commons.

    12:55 PM — Liberal Democrat leader Ming Campbell has appointed Jo Swinson as the party's spokesperson on women and equality issues.Ms Swinson, 27, is the youngest MP in the Commons, referred to as the Baby of the House. She was previously the party's Scotland spokesperson.The party's former spokesperson on women and equality issues, which includes gay rights, was Lorely Burt.

  • Gay hedonist found dead from a suspected overdose

    Police are investigating the Count's death and a post-mortem will be held today.

    10:40 AM — A German aristocrat famed for his libertine lifestyle has been found dead in his apartment in London.Count Gottfried von Bismarck, who was 44, was discovered by paramedics over the weekend. It is thought he died of a drug overdose.The Count was first thrust into the tabloid limelight as a student at Oxford in 1986, when the 22-year-old daughter of Tory Cabinet minister Paul Channon died at one of his notorious parties.

  • Baseball team’s gay night annoys Christians

    On July 8th the San Diego Padres have designated the game as “Pride Night,“ where San Diego Gay Pride supporters can attend the baseball game at a discounted price.

    10:24 AM — For some reason whenever you get a group of gay people in a place outside of a club or a pride parade everyone seems to get up in arms.That is enhanced when the group is stepping on sacred ground where only "straight" people are allowed to go, and a sports arena is perceived to be as straight as you can get.This month Petco Park in San Diego is holding an event that has already gotten people riled up over what seemed like a simple idea.

  • Assault on trans woman not a hate crime 3

    In June 2006, the then 17-year old had beaten a 39-year old trans-woman, according to his attorney out of self-defence.

    10:11 AM — A teenager has been found guilty of aggravated battery, but not of hate crime by a juvenile judge in Palm Beach Country, Florida, today.In June 2006, the then 17-year old beat a 39-year old trans-woman, according to his attorney out of self-defence.The woman claims that the teen was sexually aggressive towards her, although she had told him that she was not a biological woman.

  • 3rd July 2007

    Woman too ‘masculine’ for the women’s bathroom

    photo: iaruth@flickr.com

    1:05 PM — Has anyone ever double-checked the door sign when they saw you standing in the bathroom?Then you are familiar with the bathroom issue many people who do not match certain stereotypical gender norms have to deal with.The reaction of a bouncer in New York City, who evicted a woman from the bathroom of a Mexican restaurant in Greenwich Village, still seems outrageous.

  • MEP receives award for moral courage

    She is the only female MEP to have had a same-sex civil partnership.

    12:54 PM — The Pride Parade in Berlin took place last week and for the seventh time, the organisers recognised moral courage of individuals and organisations with the "Zivilcourage-Preis" (the Civil Courage Award.)Among those honoured was a German member of the European Parliament, Lissy Gröner.The Social Democrat is a vocal advocate for gay, lesbian and female rights and was first elected into the EU Parliament in 1989.

  • Gay candidate for Mayor of London withdraws from race

    Mr Boles, who is openly gay, was a parliamentary candidate in the 2005 election. He came within 500 votes of winning Hove.

    12:21 PM — Nick Boles, a Conservative seeking his party's nomination to run against Ken Livingstone in next year's election for Mayor of London has withdrawn from the race.The 42-year-old has been diagnosed with cancer and is pulling out to undergo treatment.Mr Boles, who is openly gay, was a parliamentary candidate in the 2005 election. He came within 500 votes of winning Hove.

  • Homophobia on the rise in Scottish schools

    They also introduced the NO Big Deal campaign in May 2007, using posters to challenge homophobic attitudes.

    11:20 AM — 70% of young gays and lesbians in Scottish schools have also revealed their feelings towards they unsafe environment they have to endure on a daily basis.Scottish schools are realising that bullying is a issue among young people and represents a living hell for most.Homophobia can be directed towards its victim in many ways and can be extremely damaging whether it is physical, emotional or verbal, between young people.

  • 2nd July 2007

    Cameron appoints two gay men to shadow Cabinet 3

    Mr Herbert only became an MP in 2005 and is seen as a rising star.

    6:05 PM — Nick Herbert, the MP for Arundel and South Downs and one of only a handful of openly gay Tory MPs, has been promoted to the shadow Cabinet by David Cameron as part of a reshuffle.Mr Herbert only became an MP in 2005 and is seen as a rising star. He was the first ever out gay man elected as a Tory MP. Fellow openly gay MP, Alan Duncan was reappointed to the shadow Cabinet.Francis Maude, who spoke exclusively to PinkNews.co.uk about the death of his brother from AIDS, has been moved from the key role of Party Chairman.

  • Moscow Pride 2008 organisers invite Mayor of London

    Mr Alexeyev said that if Mr Livingstone does come to Moscow it will be a huge boost to gay rights activists in Russia.

    5:37 PM — Nicolas Alexeyev has welcomed comments from Mayor of London Ken Livingstone indicating he might be willing to attend next year's Moscow Pride.The Russian gay rights activist was one of the principal organisers of this year's banned gay rights march in Moscow.In an exclusive interview with PinkNews.co.uk to mark London Pride, Mr Livingstone said he would consider attending Moscow Pride in 2008, if it does not clash with his campaign to for re-election.

  • Anglicans tell Paisley to apologise or resign over gay comments 27

    The normally mild-mannered Church of Ireland newspaper,  The Gazette,  launched a scathing attack on Mr Paisley's comments.

    5:05 PM — The newspaper of the Anglican Church in Ireland has launched a scathing attack on Ian Paisley Jnr over his recent homophobic outburst.The junior minister in the Northern Ireland government and member of the DUP has been under attack for accusing gay and lesbian people of harming society with their "repulsive" sexuality.Mr Paisley has refused to back down from his comments.

  • London Pride plays host to new Labour Deputy Leader 6

    Ms Harman appeared on stage with Angela Eagle MP.

    3:18 PM — Harriet Harman rounded off the most exceptional month of her political career with a powerful address to London's gay community on Saturday.Speaking in Trafalgar Square to a crowd of tens of thousands of LGBT people and their supporters, the newly-elected Deputy Leader of the Labour Party welcomed the appointment of an openly lesbian MP to a ministerial role and pledged herself to continuing the fight for equality.

  • Two words and a comma would enshrine gay rights 2

    Two Words and a Comma is supported by an advertising campaign.

    12:40 PM — Human rights activists in Bermuda have launched a campaign to add sexual orientation as a protected grounds of discrimination under the country's Human Rights Act.They want to insert an amendment to the Act, which advocates say amounts to not much more than two words and a comma.A group describing themselves as 'concerned citizens' has now launched a campaign to include sexual orientation in the legislation.

  • Swedes accuse Finnish army of ‘anti-gay bias’

    The President of HOF told Swedish radio he wants the Swedish Defence Minister Mikael Odenberg to raise the issue of “discriminatory and insulting behaviour“ with the Finns.

    12:08 PM — A gay rights organisation has accused the Finnish Defence Forces of acting in a discrimatory and insulting way towards Swedish gay soldiers.HOF, which promotes the rights of gays, bisexuals, and transsexuals in the Swedish military, says that the attitude of the Finns makes it difficult for LGBT soldiers to take part in joint operations.Sweden still practices conscription and there has been debate in the country over the rights of gay people in the military.

  • Australia urged to stop gay discrimination

    HRW has written to Prime Minister John Howard and opposition leader Kevin Rudd asking him to take action on the HREOC report.

    11:15 AM — New York based advocacy group Human Rights Watch have urged the Australian government to amend legal provisions that exclude same-sex partners from the definition of 'spouse.'HRC also called for an end all discrimination against lesbian and gay people's children and families.Australia's Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission report was presented to the federal parliament listing the 58 laws that need to be changed to grant gay, bisexual and lesbian Australians equal rights.

  • 1st July 2007

    Larry Craig to resign from Senate over toilet scandal 7

    Larry Craig has resigned from the Senate

    5:10 PM — The Republican US Senator who pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct in a men's toile has announced that he will resign from the Senate.Idaho Senator Larry Craig, 62, told a news conference:"I apologise for what I have caused... I am deeply sorry."Craig said his resignation would be effective as on the 30th September 2007.Craig pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct on the 1st August 2007, and while he has since said he did nothing wrong, the episode has roiled the Republican party and produced numerous calls for him to step down.

  • Brian Paddick finally admits he will be candidate for London Mayor 4

    Brian Paddick (right) will be a challenger to the incumbant Mayor, Ken Livingstone (left)

    5:10 PM — As PinkNews.co.uk has speculated since May 2006, Brian Paddick, who was until his retirement, Britain's most senior openly gay police officer, will this week finally announce that he wishes to be the Liberal Democrats candidate for the Mayor of London."Ken [Livingstone] will choke on his breakfast when he sees my ideas. Nobody else putting themselves forward as Mayor knows more about the issue of law and order than I do."

  • Chicago Anglican church branch nominates lesbian for bishop 26

    The Episcopal Diocese of Chicago has included Rev. Lind as one of five nominees for bishop, as fellow Anglicans demand that the church bar gay bishops.

    5:10 PM — A branch of the Anglican church in Chicago has nominated an openly lesbian priest, Rev, Tracey Lind, as a candidate to replace current Chicago Bishop William Persell.The Episcopal Diocese of Chicago has included Rev. Lind as one of five nominees for bishop, as fellow Anglicans demand that the church bar gay bishops.

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