27th June 2007
German politicians criticise gay roleplay at school
10:10 AM — In an effort to combat playground homophobia, a school in Berlin has introduced a series controversial exercises that role-play picking up a gay partner.The Regional Institute for School and Media, which teaches children of 14 and over, hopes they will help to change their attitudes towards gay people.Some German politicians have been outraged by the plans.
26th June 2007
Blair to step down as an MP
6:15 PM — The Prime Minister will resign as MP for Sedgefield within hours of leaving Downing St, it has been reported.He is expected to take up a new peace-keeping role in the Middle East on behalf of the international community almost immediately.It was expected that Mr Blair, who has introduced a wide range of gay rights in his ten years in power, would not remain in the House of Commons after the next general election.
Putin backs gay-baiting Moscow mayor’s reappointment
5:03 PM — Yuri Luzhkov, Moscow's gay-hating, bee-keeping mayor, looks set for another 4 years in office after receiving the official backing of President Putin.The City Duma holds a special meeting tomorrow to approve his nomination.The 71-year-old Mayor is well-known to Western activists for his trenchant opposition to gay rights.
School says sorry for gay kiss censorship
3:53 PM — Officials from the Newark City School District have issued an apology after a male student's year book picture was ordered to be blacked out with marker pen because it contained a gay kiss.The 4.5-by-5-inch photo showed pupil Andre Jackson, 18, turning round to kiss boyfriend, David Escobales, 19, over his right shoulder.The picture, which he had paid $150 to include on a special tribute page, was accompanied by similar poses from heterosexual couples.
Labour gays voted Cruddas for deputy
3:36 PM — A breakdown of the votes cast by the members of the Labour Campaign for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Rights (LGBT Labour) has revealed that backbench candidate Jon Cruddas was their choice for Deputy Leader.Justice Minister Harriet Harman won the contest to succeed John Prescott on Sunday, after five rounds of voting.She eventually took the lead with 50.43% to Education Secretary Alan Johnson's 49.56%
Anti-gay Tory defects to Labour 10
3:15 PM — An MP with a hostile voting record on gay issues has defected from the Conservatives to the Labour party.Quentin Davies, a former Tory Shadow Cabinet member, has been an MP for 20 years and represents Grantham, the home town of former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.He announced his defection the day before Tony Blair is to leave office, and attacked Tory leader David Cameron in his resignation letter.
Welsh gay community’s silent victims of abuse
1:45 PM — A new BBC Wales investigation has revealed that as many as 80% of the gay community suffer verbal or physical abuse in their lifetime.Yet according to Home Office figures only one in ten of these incidents will be reported.The investigation comes in response to news that recorded crimes against gay and lesbian people in Wales are on the increase.
Gay activists welcome New York marriage proposal
11:30 AM — Last week the New York State Assembly passed a bill, by a vote of 85 to 61, to extend to same-sex couples the freedom to marry.Only two other legislative chambers, both houses of the California Legislature, have passed similar legislation in the past.The bill now moves to the state Senate, where Republicans hold a narrow majority.
75% of gay kids in faith schools suffer homophobic bullying
12:01 AM — Homophobic bullying plagues the majority of UK schools and shocking levels of bullying are meted out to school pupils and teachers who either are gay or perceived to be gay.That is the conclusion of a wide-ranging study carried by gay equality organisation Stonewall.Nearly two thirds of LGB students reported instances of such harassment.
25th June 2007
Top Tory gives away gay friend at partnership ceremony 2
3:30 PM — David Davis, the Shadow Home Secretary, has revealed that he recently attended a civil partnership ceremony.The MP for Haltemprice and Howden is seen as more right-wing than David Cameron, who defeated him in the contest for Conservative leader in 2005.In an interview with the Daily Telegraph Mr Davis claims to be a social liberal.
RAF uniforms banned from London Pride
2:13 PM — The Royal Air Force has announced that personnel who wear uniform to march in the Pride parade in London will face disciplinary action.A letter from Air Chief Marshal Sir Glenn Torpy, the Chief of the Air Staff, to station commanders says that LGB airmen and women can attend Pride but not in uniform.Last week the Chief of the General Staff has issued orders banning LGB Army staff from marching in uniform at the event this Saturday.
Abu Hamza unhappy with gay nurse 6
12:54 PM — A jailed Islamic preacher has complained to the Prison Service about his homosexual personal care nurse.Abu Hamza was convicted in February 2006 of inciting racial hatred and murder. He has been held at Belmarsh high security prison since 2004.Hamza has a hook instead of a right hand, and requires help from a nurse to wash and dress. The Mirror reports that the hate preacher has discovered that his regular nurse for the last two years is a gay man.
Obama: religion has been hijacked by Right
12:24 PM — US Democratic presidential hopeful Senator Barack Obama told a church convention on Saturday that some right-wing evangelical leaders have exploited and politicised religious beliefs in an effort to sow division."Somehow, somewhere along the way, faith stopped being used to bring us together and faith started being used to drive us apart," the Illinois senator said in a 30-minute speech before the national meeting of the United Church of Christ.
Democrat husband and wife differ on gay rights
12:20 PM — Elizabeth Edwards came out in support of legalised gay marriage at yesterday's gay pride celebration in San Francisco, taking a position which she acknowledged is at odds with her husband, Democrat presidential candidate John Edwards."I don't know why somebody else's marriage has anything to do with me," the San Francisco Chronicle reports Edwards saying. "I'm completely comfortable with gay marriage."But that position differs markedly from her husband, the former North Carolina Senator.
Pope criticises Tony Blair over civil partnerships 9
12:00 PM — Pope Benedict XVI used a personal audience with outgoing Prime Minister Tony Blair to express his displeasure at the advancement in gay rights in the UK.During his 25-minute private meeting with Tony Blair on Saturday, the Pope questioned the use of stem cells in research, the availability of abortion, civil partnerships and adoption by gay couples, as well as the war in Iraq.Downing St said that the gay issues were raised by Vatican officials but not the Pope.
Canadians avoid split over gay blessings
10:38 AM — The Anglican church in Canada has narrowly voted against allowing individual dioceses to bless same-sex relationships.The decision will come as a relief to the Archbishop of Canterbury, spiritual leader of the Church worldwide, who is keen to avoid a schism over gay issues.However, at the General Synod in Winnipeg, the Canadians also decided that blessing same-sex relationships was not in breach of their "core doctrine."
24th June 2007
Labour LGBT welcome Brown and Harman 3
9:46 PM — The Labour Campaign for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Rights (LGBT Labour) has welcomed the confirmation of the Gordon Brown as the new leader of the Labour Party and the election of Harriet Harman as deputy leader.In a statement released to PinkNews.co.uk, the camapign group said that both Gordon Brown and Harriet Harman have a strong commitment to supporting equality.
Gordon Brown’s acceptance speech focuses on families 3
6:46 PM — Gordon Brown today took over the leadership of the governing Labour party from Tony Blair. His speech focused heavily on families but did say that the progress in gay rights has changed Britain for the better."In the last ten years, from make poverty history to campaigns on disability, gay rights and the environment, Britain has changed for the better, not just because of government, but because of movements that have gone beyond traditional parties, captured people's imaginations and transformed people's lives."
Harman wins by a tiny majority after five rounds
3:10 PM — Today's election for a new Deputy Leader of the Labour party was the closest since 1981.In the fifth and final round of voting, Ms Harman took the lead with 50.43% to Alan Johnson's 49.56%She was overtaken by Alan Johnson until the last round, and it is thought many Jon Cruddas voters gave support to her.
Exclusive: Harriet Harman’s message to the gay community 1
2:46 PM — Justice Minister Harriet Harman has something she wants to say to the gay community, particularly those who grew up during the Blair years."Young people, remember! Remember! Be afraid!"Hoodies, perhaps? Terrorism? The threat of a nude Keith Chegwin returning to our television screens?No - the resurgent Conservative party.