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  • 17th May 2007

    Gay groups to be banned from Polish schools 3

    Plans to ban discussions on homosexuality in schools and educational institutions came from Poland's education minister Roman Giertych.

    6:11 PM — The minister for education in Poland has defied a European Parliament censure and plans to go ahead with new legislation banning the "promotion" of homosexuality in schools.The confirmation of plans to ban discussions on homosexuality in schools and educational institutions came from Poland's education minister Roman Giertych, the leader of the League of Polish Families party.Last month the European Parliament called for a fact-finding mission to Poland in light of the proposed homophobic measures in schools.

  • St Petersburg Pride banned

    A range of celebrations are planned for May 26th

    5:02 PM — City authorities in the Russian city of St Petersburg have banned a gay parade from taking place later this month.Organisers of the Pride event said they will defy the ban and go ahead with a parade down the city's main street, Nevsky Prospekt on May 26th. Around 2,000 people are expected to take part.A range of celebrations are already planned for May 26th, which is also an important date in the Russian Orthodox church, who objected to the parade.

  • Dawn raids target gay bashers

    The Metropolitan Police said the operation, which involved over 200 officers, might encourage victims of such crimes to report them.

    3:02 PM — A series of raids by police across London has led to the arrest of 32 people suspected of a range of hate crimes.The Metropolitan Police said the operation, which involved over 200 officers, might encourage victims of such crimes to report them.On Tuesday a report found that police detectives investigating murders and violent crimes in the gay community influenced by institutional homophobia.

  • International day of action brings hope 1

    In Mexico, Mexico City and the northeastern state of Coahuila passed civil-union laws opening recognition to same-sex couples.

    12:28 PM — While the Hall of Shame unveiled today Human Rights Watch shows that there is a long way to go to achieve gay equality.However, there are also large and small gains that give reason for hope on the International Day Against Homophobia.In Nepal the authorities in February gave a meti (transgender person) in February an official citizenship ID with a gender listed as neither male nor female.

  • Pope tops anti-gay list 5

    Human Rights Watch named them today in its annual “hall of shame” to mark the International Day Against Homophobia.

    12:08 PM — Pope Benedict XVI, US President George W. Bush and Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad have undermined human rights by actively promoting prejudice against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.Human Rights Watch named them today in its annual "hall of shame" to mark the International Day Against Homophobia.On May 17th, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender groups in more than 50 countries will commemorate the International Day Against Homophobia.

  • Gay prisoners granted visitation rights 4

    The ACLU told the officials that it was not legal under California law for the prison to keep domestic parteners from seeing each other.

    11:23 AM — The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation says that it will now let gay and lesbian prisoners have overnight family visitation with registered domestic partners.The American Civil Liberties Union announced this proposed policy change on Monday, the same day the Department held a public hearing regarding the policy.The Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation requested this change as a result of the ACLU's efforts.

  • UK government commits to gay rights across the world 1

    The UK government is developing a strategy for promoting and protecting the human rights of LGBT people overseas.

    11:21 AM — Foreign Office Minister Ian McCartney today affirmed Britain's commitment to the universal decriminalisation of homosexuality.He announced the development of a new UK strategy on international LGBT rights on the International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO)There are 85 countries in the world where homosexuality is illegal, and in nine countries the death penalty is used as a punishment.

  • 16th May 2007

    Gordon Brown wins leadership by default 25

    Gordon Brown will be the next Prime Minister

    8:12 PM — Gordon Brown is Prime Minister elect. After securing so many nominations that a leadership contest is not necessary, the Chancellor now needs only to wait before he takes over from Tony Blair.Andrew MacKinlay said he will give Mr Brown the final nomination needed to avoid a contest with left winger John McDonnell.

  • MP resigns from homophobic party

    photo: blog.delfi.lt

    5:55 PM — A liberal democrat politician in Lithuania has taken a stand against homophobia in the country by resigning from her party.MP Marija Aušrine Povilioniene announced at a press conference in Vilnius today that she is leaving the Order Justice party, formerly the Liberal Democratic party."The Liberal democrat group in the Parliament and party itself are homophobic, this is the reason I resign from it," she said.

  • Moscow city officials accused of lying over Pride ban 4

    Mayor Luzhkov banned the Moscow Pride event planned for May last year.

    5:25 PM — The organiser of a controversial gay event in Moscow has branded city officials liars, while Orthodox Christians have been accused of planning violence against gay people.Official notification of the proposed march in the city centre was delivered on Monday morning to the office of Moscow Mayor Yuri Luzhkov.The mayor previously said he would never allow LGBT people to march in his city, and called gays "Satanic."

  • Mayor backs drivers over gay adverts

    Earlier this year, PinkNews.co.uk reported how over half of Lithuanian MPs believe homosexuality to be a perversion. photo: seansie@flickr.com

    2:38 PM — The mayor of the Lithuanian capital has come out in support of trolley bus drivers protesting against advertisements promoting tolerance towards gay men and women.Drivers refused to drive the trolley buses bearing the adverts, which have now been removed.Yesterday the mayor of Vilnius Juozas Imbrasas backed the driver.

  • Bi MSP swings Scots First Minister vote

    A Green MSP will be appointed as the convenor of one of the Parliament's select committees.

    1:12 PM — Alex Salmond has become the first ever nationalist to lead Scotland's devolved government after out Green MSP Patrick Harvie and party colleague Robin Harper voted him into office.The Scottish National Party beat Labour to first place in the last week's elections for the Scottish Parliament, but with 47 seats do not have an outright majority in the 129-member parliament.A possible coalition between the Lib Dems, who have 16 seats, and the SNP foundered over the issue of a referendum on independence.

  • Lesbian nurses win discrimination case

    The nurses were supported in their appeal by the Royal College of Nursing.

    12:30 PM — Two women who were sacked because of their sexuality, a tribunal has found. Margaret Durman and Penny Smith from Cornwall won a record, but undisclosed, payout.They both worked as nurses in a care centre run by Barchester Healthcare.The company dismissed them in September 2005 for gross misconduct after allegations of physical and sexual abuse of patients.

  • IDAHO goes to Westminster

    “Homophobia and transphobia ruin the lives of LGBT people in the UK and around the world. “

    12:25 PM — MPs will be supporting the International Day Against Homophobia with a reception in Parliament this evening.The meeting will be hosted by Stephen Williams, Lib Dem MP for Bristol West, who has tabled an Early Day Motion in support of IDAHO for the second year running.He will be speaking alongside Jason Pollock, Executive Director of London Pride who will explain the links with Riga Pride.

  • Homophobic preacher Jerry Falwell dies 6

    Falwell had a long-time history of taking the LGBT community to task.

    11:33 AM — He blamed gays and lesbians for the 9/11 terrorist attacks and made himself a household name by claiming Teletubbie Tinky Winky was gay.Now the founder of the Moral Majority, the Reverend Jerry Falwell, is dead at 73.Ron Godwin, Liberty University's executive vice president, told Associated Press Falwell had been found unresponsive in his office.

  • Jimmy Carter questions ban on gays in the military

    In 1982, he founded The Carter Centre, which addresses national and international issues of public policy.

    11:22 AM — Former US President Jimmy Carter, recipient of the 2002 Nobel Peace Prize, has called on Congress to revisit the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" ban on lesbian, gay and bisexual personnel.In an exclusive statement to Servicemembers Legal Defence Network (SLDN), Carter said: "It is my long-held belief that every human being deserves dignity and respect."Carter served as president from 1977 to 1981.

  • 15th May 2007

    First gay mayor of Richmond 57

    Cllr Cranfield-Adams is the first openly gay mayor of Richmond Upon Thames

    5:32 PM — The first openly gay Mayor of Richmond upon Thames, Cllr Marc Cranfield-Adams, will be formally elected tonight.His election takes place at the Council's Annual Meeting in York House, Twickenham at 7pm.The mayor has pledged that his twin themes will be "diversity and inclusiveness."

  • South Africa Pride coming to Johannesburg 57

    5:31 PM — The largest gay pride festival on the African continent will be held on October 6th on the streets of Johannesburg, it was revealed today.A street parade, with the theme "Coming of Age", will be followed by a Mardi Gras at the Zoo Lake Sports Club on Rosebank.It will be a week of celebrations, with the days before the parade including an art exhibition, a cabaret show and fund-raising.

  • Find out about your new rights

    Pink Law - Know Your Rights At Home, At Work  At Play is totally free, but registration is required.

    5:05 PM — A special free event designed to inform gay, lesbian and bisexual people of their rights has been organised by award-winning solicitors Russell Jones WalkerPink Law - Know Your Rights At Home, At Work At Play is sponsored by PinkNews.co.ukMembers of the gay community will be able to get free access to information about the range of new laws affecting their lives.

  • Gay customer considers legal action over BT survey 5

    He is considering suing BT over how he has been treated perhaps making use of recent discrimination legislation.

    4:57 PM — When a you are upset by a homophobic online survey do you: a) ignore it or b) try to contact the offending organisation to express your distaste.BT's recent online customer survey, despite being only two questions long, managed to offend twice with possible answers: "pronounced husband and wife" to the first question and "scoring a date with the opposite sex" for the second, with no gay equivalent.

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