24th September 2007
NI politician praises police cruising sting operation
5:30 PM — A controversial operation against men looking for sex in public toilets in the Northern Ireland town of Coleraine has been praised by a local SDLP representative.Twelve men have been brought before the courts after the Police Service of Northern Ireland launched a surveillance operation at public toilets in the town after complaints from local residents.A 46-year-old man from Londonderry and a 44-year-old from Coleraine were fined £250 by North Antrim Magistrates Court after being convicted of "intentionally engaging in sexual activity."
Gordon Brown conference address – no election date
3:31 PM — Gordon Brown has addressed the Labour party conference for the first time as Prime Minister.While not giving any indication about the date of the next general election, his speech clearly puts the government and the party on an election footing.The Prime Minister made strong statements on support for Britain's membership of the EU and taking the lead on climate change.
COMMENT: Bullying guidance useless if not enforced 8
2:47 PM — We at Schools OUT should be jumping up and down with joy.In our 33 years of existence we have asked no more than that schools be made proper and safe places for the LGBT people that attend them, that they speak the truth of LGBT people's lives and achievements and thereby counter the prejudice and stereotyping that is rife in our society.At the end of last week the Department for Children, Schools and Families published such guidance that, if followed, would accomplish all the above for lesbian, gay and bisexual people at least.
Global trade union gathering warns on homophobia
1:30 PM — An international LGBT Workers' Forum has been told that neo-liberal and conservative forces are increasingly exploiting anti-gay prejudice to undermine trade union and community activists' campaigns.The second international LGBT forum, held jointly by Public Services International (PSI) and Education International (EI), is the only event of its kind to be facilitated by global trade union federations.The two federations represent over 50 million workers in 950 trade unions around the world.
Gay allegations against minister blamed on “dirty tactics” 1
12:30 PM — The two main political parties in Australia are accusing each other of dirty tricks and smear campaigns in the run-up to a federal general election later this year.The governing Liberal party has accused their Labour rivals of producing a "fact sheet" about a married minister that claims he has sexually harassed male staff and regularly visits gay bath houses in Sydney.The Labour leader Kevin Rudd rejected allegations that his party was behind the "fact sheet" and claimed the government is running a dirty tricks campaign against him.
Hillary Clinton tackles lesbian rumours 2
10:35 AM — Next week's issue of US gay magazine The Advocate includes a juicy interview with presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton.Although much of the discussion surrounding the article has centred on the New York Democrat's assertion that she isn't gay, more interesting to the GLBT community may be the confirmation that she's not a closet supporter of gay marriage.According to those who have seen the article, Clinton supposedly tells Sean Kennedy, news editor at The Advocate, she would admit if she were quietly a supporter of marriage equality.
Praise for Mayor’s u-turn on same-sex marriage
10:20 AM — San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders made headlines around the world last week when he announced during a press conference that he would sign a City Council resolution directing the city attorney to file a brief in support of same-sex marriage with the California Supreme Court.Sanders previously said he would veto the resolution. Gay rights groups quickly lauded Sanders for his about-face.
23rd September 2007
EXCLUSIVE: Boris Johnson courts gay vote 14
9:40 PM — When I meet Boris Johnson in a Westminster cafe for his PinkNews.co.uk interview, it becomes apparent, immediately after he shambles in and launches himself into a chair, that 10am is not optimum Boris time.As he puts it in his diary of the 2001 election campaign, Friends, Voters, Countrymen, it is "a pretty ungodly hour for someone accustomed to journalism."The interview had been in the pipeline well before Labour activists started taking swipes at him over his views.
Archbishop of Canterbury: Homosexuality is not a disease 6
12:02 PM — "I do not assume that homosexual inclination is a disease," the Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, told bishops of the American branch of the Anglican Communion.He warned that "violence against gay and lesbian people is inexcusable," adding: "Gay and lesbian people have a place in the Church as do all the baptised."
22nd September 2007
Councillor guilty of paedophile slurs against opponent 130
1:15 PM — A Labour party councillor has been barred from public office for three years and fined £1000 for making false allegations of paedophilia against her gay opponent.Miranda Grell, who works as a researcher for London's Deputy Mayor Nicky Gavron, wept as District Judge John Woollard passed sentence.Ms Grell, 29, was also ordered to pay £3000 towards prosecution costs.
21st September 2007
Costa Rica considers law to prevent gay adoption 1
5:50 PM — A bill has reached the first stages of becoming law in the central American country of Costa Rica that would prevent gays, lesbians and bisexuals from adopting children.The proposed amendment to Costa Rica's Family Code, the law regarding marriage, divorce, paternity and adoption, was agreed by all 57 elected members of the Legislative Assembly.The bill bans adoption by individuals or gay and lesbian couples. It will now be debated.
Trans bus driver’s appeal dismissed
4:50 PM — A transsexual bus driver who was fired for using the women's toilets had her appeal dismissed by a federal appeals court in Denver last week.In 2002, in preparation for gender reassignment surgery, Krystal Etsitty was taking hormone therapy and living as a woman.She had officially changed her birth name Michael to Krystal and had changed this detail on her driver's licence.
Nominees for Stonewall politics award “honoured” 52
4:40 PM — Senior politicians from across the political divide have spoken to PinkNews.co.uk about their nominations for a Stonewall Award.Two Cabinet ministers, a member of the Scottish Parliament, a Tory frontbench spokesperson, a junior Treasury minister and the only openly gay peer in the House of Lords are in contention for the coveted Politician of the Year award.Alan Johnson, the Secretary of State for Health, was instrumental in getting the Sexual Orientation Regulations onto the statute books.
Politicians welcome homophobic bullying guidance 9
1:15 PM — The three main political parties in the UK have welcomed today's publication by the Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF) of groundbreaking new guidance for teachers on homophobic bullying in schools.The pioneering guidance, commissioned from gay equality organisation Stonewall by the DCSF, provides school governors, heads, teachers and other staff with practical information about how to prevent and respond to homophobic bullying.
Guidance on gay bullying issued to schools 8
11:50 AM — The Department for Children, Families and Schools has issued guidance to schools in England and Wales on how to tackle homophobic bullying.The new guidance from the government gives teachers, head teachers, school governors and support staff practical advice on how to recognise, prevent and respond to homophobic language and physical abuse.It follows on from Stonewall's wide-ranging study into homophobic bullying published in June this year, entitled "The School Report."
Brian Paddick was an undercover Lib Dem 1
11:45 AM — Mayor of London candidate Brian Paddick has revealed he has always been a Liberal Democrat at heart, even in his former role as Deputy Assistant Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police.Mr Paddick, who spoke a conference event in Brighton yesterday said:"Yes, I've been an undercover Liberal Democrat."Under that blue uniform there was a gold one. I'll leave that to your imagination."
Postcards to US Congress ask for workplace protection
11:15 AM — On Monday the national staff of Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) will hand-deliver more than 12,000 pro-equality postcards from constituents across the country to both the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate.The individually written cards were collected from 40 states across the country as part of PFLAG's campaign, "People Don't Get Fired for Being Straight" to support the passage of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA).
Gay marriage activists picket Schwarzenegger’s star 3
10:45 AM — Chanting, "Sign AB 43, equal rights for you and me," more than 200 activists marched to California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Tuesday, where they left pens and urged him to sign legislation ending discrimination against gay and lesbian couples who wish to marry their partners.The California legislature has again passed a bill (AB 43) that would give the state's gay and lesbian couples the right to marry, but all signs point to the governor, who is set to get the legislation this week, vetoing it, just as he did a similar bill in 2005.
COMMENT: Schools must clamp down on homophobic bullying 8
10:44 AM — Today is a watershed moment for education, as we unveil new guidance that will give schools detailed practical advice on how to deal with homophobic bullying for the first time.This is something teachers have frequently called for and will help schools get to grips with an issue that has blighted too many young people's lives.Every pupil in our schools has the right to be protected from bullying.
20th September 2007
Iraqi gays win asylum in UK 1
5:07 PM — Two gay men from Iraq persecuted because of their sexuality have been granted asylum in the UK following an appeal.Fleeing from militia death squads, which have been targeting the LGBT community in their home counrty, Ibaa, 30, and Haider, 29, were initially refused asylum by the Home Office on the grounds that fear of persecution because of sexual orientation was not recognised by the 1951 Refugee Convention.The two men received help from gay rights organisation OutRage! and the exiled LGBT Iraq group.