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  • 15th February 2008

    Lib Dems win Grell council seat

    Winnie Smith took back the seat for the Lib Dems yesterday in a by-election in Leyton.

    10:41 AM — The Liberal Democrats have won a seat on the London Borough of Waltham Forest council vacated by a Labour politician convicted of smearing one of her gay opponents.Winnie Smith took back the seat for the Lib Dems yesterday in a by-election in Leyton.She won 1360 votes. Khevyn Limbajee for Labour won 695. In September former councillor Miranda Grell, 29, was barred from public office for three years, fined £1,000 and ordered to pay £3,000 costs by Waltham Forest Magistrates Court.

  • Irish judge sets resolution deadline in landmark trans case

    Dr Foy will now be able to claim compensation. She has been awarded costs.

    10:30 AM — The High Court in Dublin declared yesterday that birth registration laws in Ireland are in breach of the European Convention on Human Rights.Mr Justice Liam McKechnie has given the Irish government two months to decide how to resolve the issue.His ruling follows the case of Dr Lydia Foy, a dentist who underwent gender reassignment surgery.

  • Obama leads Clinton and McCain in national polls

    An Associated Press/Ipsos poll released on Monday showed Obama with a 46 percent to 41 percent lead over Hillary Clinton among likely voters.

    10:15 AM — Illinois Senator Barack Obama's impressive sweep of victories over the past week has put him ahead of rival New York Senator Hillary Clinton in delegates, making him the frontrunner for the first time in the Democratic Presidential race.Obama also now leads Clinton in several national voter polls.Among the 21 LGBT super delegates, over half of them still support Clinton, according to the Washington Blade. 

  • 14th February 2008

    ONS explains thinking on gay census question 5

    There will be an option to record civil partnership alongside marriage on the 2011 census.

    6:15 PM — The Office for National Statistics has spoken to PinkNews.co.uk about why it does not propose to ask a question about sexual orientation in the 2011 Census.Earlier this week gay equality organisation Stonewall joined forces with the Trades Union Congress to press for the inclusion of such a question.A spokesman for the ONS told PinkNews.co.uk that they do not propose to ask a question in 2011 as they consider that there are better ways to collect "timely and reliable" sexual identity information.

  • London mayor candidate backs Page 3 girls 1

    Until he left the police last May,  Mr Paddick was the most senior out gay officer in the country.

    5:30 PM — The Liberal Democrat candidate for Mayor of London has told The Sun that the pictures of topless women on published on page three of the paper "shows that you don't need to be stick-thin to be attractive."Brian Paddick also said that if elected he may withdraw millions of pounds worth of funding from London Fashion Week in protest at the use of "size zero" models.He told the paper: "Sun girls are proof you can be curvy and gorgeous, unlike the stick-insects you see on the catwalk."

  • Australian government objects to same-sex ceremonies

    Mr McClelland yesterday said the ceremonial aspects of the ACT model are “inappropriate.“

    4:25 PM — Gay rights advocates in Australia have asked the country's Attorney-General, Robert McClelland, explain why same-sex couples in the ACT (Australia Capital Territory) should not be allowed to officially solemnise their unions.Responding to the ACT government's renewed commitment to its civil partnership law, Mr McClelland yesterday said the ceremonial aspects of the ACT model are "inappropriate."ACT Liberal party Senator Gary Humphries attacked the Labour government's position on the issue.

  • Jamaican activist seeks asylum in Canada 3

    International human rights organisations have described Jamaica as one of the most homophobic places in the world.

    3:40 PM — A prominent member of gay rights group J-FLAG, Jamaica's Forum for Lesbians, All-Sexuals and Gays, is claiming refugee status in Canada.Gareth Henry, who spoke at Pride London last year about the plight of lesbian and gay people in his country, told CBC News that 13 of his friends have been killed in the last four years.On this day last year Mr Henry was one of three gay men stoned by a huge mob in a homophobic attack.

  • Crackdown on gays proposed in Bahrain 8

    Mr Fairooz said that homosexuals were a “threat to our society and Islamic values.“ photo: fractal00@flickr.com

    2:31 PM — MPs in the Gulf state of Bahrain are calling for a range of measures to be taken against gay people in the country, including deporting foreigners suspected of being gay.The foreign affairs, defence and national security committee has backed proposals to tighten immigration checks to stop foreign gay people entering the country."The Interior Ministry has told us that it already bans suspected homosexuals as they try entering the country from Bahrain International Airport," committee secretary Jalal Fairooz told Gulf Daily News. 

  • Ugandan bishops will boycott Lambeth conference

    The 14th Lambeth Conference will take place in Canterbury between 16th July and 4th August 2008.

    1:40 PM — The Archbishop of Uganda said today that bishops from the country will not be attending the Lambeth conference later this year.The conference of Anglican church leaders from across the world is held once a decade.The 2008 gathering has been dominated by fights about the place of gay and lesbian people in the Anglican church. The Archbishop of Canterbury said that 70% of bishops had already accepted invitations to attend.

  • Sex sting Senator “acted improperly” 4

    Senator Craig announced that despite the court decision against him he will remain in the Senate until the end of his term.

    12:40 PM — The US Senate Ethics Committee has criticised Senator Larry Craig over in incident in an airport bathroom which led to him being arrested for cruising, but has decided to take no further action against him.The Senator from Idaho, who married with three children, denies he is gay.He was arrested on June 11th by an undercover police officer in a Minneapolis airport toilet.

  • Irish gays picket parliament over marriage equality 5

    Homosexuality was decriminalised in the Republic of Ireland in 1993.

    12:20 PM — A recently former pressure group will protest at the Irish parliament today and present the Taoiseach (Prime Minister) with 1,000 messages demanding full civil marriages for gay people, something the Irish government has ruled out as contrary to the country's constitution.Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgendered (LGBT) Noise is highlighting the lack of rights gay couples have in relation to care of children, inheritance, pensions and wills.

  • Gay groups’ observer status at UN blocked 2

    ILGA has been facilitating the presence of LGBT activists at the United Nations Human Rights Council since 2004.

    12:02 PM — LGBT rights groups from Spain, the Netherlands and Brazil have been refused observer status that allows Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) to participate in United Nations business.The UN Committee on NGOs was tied, with Columbia, Dominica, Israel, Peru, Romania, UK and the USA voting yes and Burundi, China, Egypt, Pakistan, Qatar, Russia and Sudan voting no.Angola, Guinea, India and Turkey abstained while Cuba was not present. The UK representative on the committee said they were discriminating against LGBT NGO applicants.

  • Moscow Pride ban challenged in human rights court

    The mayors of Moscow and Paris both condemned the Moscow authorities for banning the gay march.

    11:20 AM — The organisers of the banned Moscow Pride have sent an application to the European Court of Human Rights claiming the ban breached their rights and seeking compensation of 1 million euros.Documents were sent to the court in Strasbourg today.Last year Moscow Pride organisers, MEPs and prominent British gay activists were among 31 people arrested as they attempted to deliver a letter of protest about the ban to the mayor's office.

  • 13th February 2008

    Same-sex couples to stage St Valentine’s Day protest

    Tyler is prepared for the possibility that the California Supreme Court may not decide in her favour.

    5:55 PM — Getting married has been a goal for long-time partners Robin Tyler and Diane Olson for each of the past six Valentine's Days, and this year will be no different.They'll be turned away, of course, since their home state of California doesn't allow same-sex marriages, but Tyler hardly seems heartbroken by that inevitability."It's all about raising awareness," says the Los Angeles-based activist, comedienne and producer.

  • Rainbow flag flies over police headquarters

    LGBT History Month is being celebrated with hundreds of events across the country throughout February.

    5:15 PM — A police force named as the best employer for gay, lesbian and bisexual people in Scotland is celebrating LGBT History Month by flying the rainbow flag.The public display of support at Lothian and Borders Police headquarters in Edinburgh has been welcomed by gay rights organisation Stonewall, who compile the list of top employers.However, not everyone was pleased.

  • Census question is about sexuality not sex 5

    Information about individuals collected from the census is secret for 100 years and only the aggregate statistics are published.

    4:50 PM — A proposal to include a question on sexuality in the next UK-wide census has been backed by trade unionists and the Green party, but caused confusion among some people.A senior researcher who is an expert on LGBT issues told PinkNews.co.uk that any question must focus on sexual identity and not orientation.The academic, who asked not to be named, explained: "Some have put forward the argument that such a question involved someone's private sexual behaviour.

  • Germany criticised by EU over gay discrimination 2

    The EU commissioner said that the partnership registration scheme available to German same-sex couples do not represent equal rights.

    2:25 PM — The European Union commissioner for employment, social affairs and equal opportunities has started an infringement procedures against Germany and eleven other member states for failing to implement EU equal opportunities legislation correctly.Vladimir Spidla said that the German government has failed to bring provisions on equal treatment of gay and lesbian partnerships in line with EU directives.He said that the partnership registration scheme available to German same-sex couples do not represent equal rights.

  • Spanish opposition leader targets gay adoption 2

    PP has promised to establish a new “family“ ministry if they win the elections next month.

    12:20 PM — The man who wants to be the next Prime Minister of Spain has said he will move to ban gay adoption in the country.Mariano Rajoy, who leads the conservative Partido Popular, said in an interview that he is ready to take away the right to adopt from gay couples.Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero has called a general election for March 9th.

  • Obama sweeps to victory in latest primaries 1

    In Washington DC Senator Obama took 75% of the vote, in Virginia 64%.

    11:35 AM — Presidential hopeful Senator Barack Obama won primaries in Virginia, Maryland and Washington DC yesterday, as his rival for the Democratic nomination faced serious questions about her campaign.Senator Hillary Clinton flew to Texas, a key state, as analysts pored over data that suggests her support among women, Hispanic and older voters may be weakening in the face of Obama's string of wins.

  • Lesbians sue in Colorado for right to marry

    The couple were arrested when the office closed for the day and issued with citations for trespassing.

    11:10 AM — A lesbian couple are asking a court to rule that an amendment to a US state constitution banning same-sex marriage is unconstitutional.Kate Burns and Shiela Schroeder argues that the voter-approved amendment is religious in nature.They are due to appear in court this week charged with trespassing. The couple were arrested in September last year.

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