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  • 25th September 2007

    Appeal over lesbian denied child custody

    Wilkinson County Judge John Lee Parrott ordered that a seven-year-old be removed from the home of Elizabeth Hadaway after discovering Hadaway is gay.

    10:04 AM — A custody case involving a lesbian mother has taken a strange turn in Georgia, where officials from the American Civil Liberties Union have stepped in to urge court officials to dismiss a county judge's contempt order and jail sentence against the woman.Earlier this year, Wilkinson County Judge John Lee Parrott ordered that a seven-year-old be removed from the home of Elizabeth Hadaway after discovering Hadaway is gay.The 28-year-old paramedic assumed custody of the girl more than a year ago at the request of her biological mother.

  • 24th September 2007

    Ahmadinejad claims Iran has no gays 7

    Mahmoud Ahmadinejad: “we don't have homosexuals“

    11:00 PM — Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has denied that any gays live in his country to an audience at Columbia University in New York."In Iran we don't have homosexuals like in your country," he said. "In Iran we do not have this phenomenon, I don't know who has told you that we have it." Mr Ahmadinejad was challenged by audience members that Amnesty International figures showed that among the 200 people executed in Iran so far this year, some were gay.

  • European Commission approves HIV drug

    Maraviroc, discovered and developed by Pfizer in Sandwich, Kent, blocks viral entry of the HIV virus into white blood cells.

    11:00 PM — Only days after news of the failure of a major Merck HIV vaccine research trial, rival pharmaceutical company Pfizer Inc. has announced the European Commission (EC) approval of the company's AIDS drug, Celsentri, known generically as maraviroc. The drug is the first in a new class of oral HIV medicines in more than a decade.Maraviroc, discovered and developed by Pfizer in Sandwich, Kent, blocks viral entry of the HIV virus into white blood cells.

  • Out athletes discuss life as a gay footballer

    NYC city council speaker Christine Quinn will welcome athletes to Gay Superbowl 7.

    11:00 PM — American football has long been considered one of the manliest of activities.While baseball is America's national pastime, it is football which has captivated audiences for nearly 150 years and become the most popular of American sports.Since it's inception, surprisingly, only a few athletes have come out publicly as gay players.

  • NI politician praises police cruising sting operation

    Twelve men have been brought before the courts after the Police Service of Northern Ireland launched a surveillance operation at public toilets.

    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

    Mr Brown also took a tough stance on immigrants, confirming ID cards for foreign workers by next year

    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

    The lives and success of LGBT students and educators is dependent on their follow up to this document.

    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

    The workplace can be a particularly harsh environment for transgendered workers, especially during and after the process of transition.

    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

    Prime Minister John Howard rejected the allegation that his government is running a dirty tricks campaign.

    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

    Clinton tells Sean Kennedy, news editor at The Advocate, she would admit if she were quietly a supporter of marriage equality.

    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

    Gay rights groups quickly lauded Sanders for his about-face, including Matt Foreman, executive director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force.

    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

    A lot has been written about Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson's background.

    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

    Rowan Williams: “I do not assume that homosexual inclination is a disease“

    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

    Ms Grell was found guilty of two charges of “making a false statement of fact about Mr Smith's personal character or conduct,“ contrary to election law.

    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

    The proposed amendment to Costa Rica's Family Code was agreed by all 57 elected members of the Legislative Assembly.

    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

    The court ruled that transsexuals are not included in Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act.

    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

    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.

    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

    Michael Gove, Conservative Shadow Secretary of State for Children, Young People and Families committed his party to helping the government beat bullying.

    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

    A survey of more than 1,100 young people found that only 23% of all UK schools explicitly condemn homophobic bullying.

    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

    Mr Paddick was the UK's most senior out gay policeman until his retirement in May this year.

    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."

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