11th July 2007
Presidential hopefuls to participate in gay TV debate 3
11:15 AM — Human rights activist Joe Solomnese and gay performer Melissa Etheridge will question Democratic candidates for President of the United States in the first televised debate for the gay community.The hour-long event will take place on August 9th and broadcast live on gay network LOGO and through live streaming at LOGOonline.comFront runners Hilary Clinton, Barack Obama and John Edwards have confirmed they will participate.
Pride organisers demand investigation into violence
10:56 AM — Gay rights activists in Hungary have accused the police of not doing enough to protect Pride marchers from attacks by homophobic protesters.Last Saturday's Pride march in the capital, Budapest, was marred by violence against gay participants.Skinheads and fascists massed along the 7km (4.3 mile) route of the march. They threw eggs and bottles filled with sand at the marchers.
Castro’s niece pushes for gay rights in Cuba 3
10:30 AM — Almost a year after Cuba's president Fidel Castro temporarily resigned from power due to his ill health, human rights are still under threat on the island.At the same time improvements of LGBT rights are in sight.There is a change in attitude towards LGBT people in the Caribbean dictatorship under Fidel's brother Raul Castro, who holds the position of interim head of state.
10th July 2007
Cameron’s families speech doesn’t mention civil partnerships 12
4:45 PM — David Cameron's big speech on social policy today ran to nearly 1,800 words, but several phrases were missing, among them 'civil partnerships.'The Tory leader set out proposals to encourage marriage through the tax system, which might introduce a married couples tax allowance, worth around £20 a week, aimed at making it easier for one parent to stay at home.Mr Cameron was responding to a report from former Tory leader Iain Duncan Smith.
Budapest mayor defiant over Pride violence
3:56 PM — Extremist elements who attacked gay Pride participants in the Hungarian capital over the weekend have been roundly condemned as "intolerant, primitive and cowardly."Budapest Mayor Gabor Demszky said yesterday that he and his political party, The Alliance of Free Democrats (SZDSZ), totally condemn the violence at last weekend's Gay Parade in Budapest.On Saturday skinheads and fascists massed along the route of the march for gay rights.
Blair laughed then worried about minister’s cruising 1
3:05 PM — It has emerged that Prime Minister Tony Blair laughed when first told that Welsh Secretary Ron Davies had been mugged while cruising on Clapham Common in 1998.However, after another gay revelation he started to worry that his government's image might be damaged.Alistair Campbell, the former Prime Minister's communications chief, published a bowdlerised version of his diaries yesterday, called The Blair Years.
Homophobic government faces election test
12:37 PM — The conservative Polish coalition government, known for its nationalistic and homophobic views, is at risk of falling apart.Twins Jaroslaw and Lech Kaczynski, the Prime Minister and President respectively, run one of the largest countries in the EU with a population of 38 million people.Yesterday Prime Minister Kaczynski fired his coalition partner, deputy and head of the main coalition party, Andrzej Lepper, for suspected involvement in corruption.
Cherie Blair persuaded Tory to defect over Section 28
11:40 AM — The much-anticipated diaries of spin doctor Alistair Campbell may have disappointed politics junkies with their lack of information about the decade-long feud between No 10 and No 11 Downing St, but his reminiscences still contain some interesting insights into the Blair years.One such nugget is the revelation that the Prime Minister's wife and a former gay Radio 1 DJ helped persuade a senior Tory MP defect to the Labour party because he was about to be sacked for supporting gay rights.
9th July 2007
Senate approves judge who attended gay ‘wedding’
5:23 PM — An attempt by a conservative Republican to block the appointment of a federal judge because she had attended a same-sex commitment ceremony was defeated in the US Senate yesterday.Senator Sam Brownback of Kansas is one of the less prominent politicians vying for the Republican party's nomination for President.Last year he blocked the nomination of Michigan Court of Appeals Judge Janet Neff to the federal court.
Blair to recommend Peter Mandelson for House of Lords
3:11 PM — Former Prime Minister Tony Blair is to recommend his close political ally Peter Mandelson for a peerage.Traditionally a departing PM draws up a resignation honours list, though for the first time the names put forward for the House of Lords will be scrutinised by the appointments commission.It is thought Mr Blair will only nominate a few people to the Lords because of the ongoing 'cash for peerages' criminal investigation.
Feature: The long road to decriminalisation 1
12:07 PM — 40 years ago this month, a campaiging Welsh Labour MP by the name of Leo Abse managed to guide a Bill through both Houses of Parliament.By a combination of smart tactics and appealing to politicians to pity those 'less fortunate' than themselves, he got them to agree to a partial decriminalisation of male homosexual relations.It brought an end to hundreds of years of legal persecution, as Alex Bryce explains.
Pride march attacked in Croatia
11:10 AM — Ten people were injured when violence broke out at a gay Pride march in Zagreb on Saturday.Police arrested eight people, some of whom were reported to be armed with petrol bombs. A gang of around 20 young men taunted and abused the Pride participants.Despite the Croatian government granting limited partnership rights for gay and lesbian couples, homophobia remains rife in the country, which is overwhelmingly Roman Catholic.
Hungary’s first gay minister comes out at film festival 1
10:31 AM — Hungarian Socialist Gábor Szetey became the first elected political official in Hungary to publicly come out as being gay when he opened the 12th Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered Film and Cultural Festival in Budapest last week.According to DPA, Mr Szetey's announcement came on the same day as junior coalition member the Alliance of Free Democrats (SZDSZ) announced that it would ask for same-sex unions to be legalised.
8th July 2007
David Cameron defends his appointment of anti-gay campaigner 21
3:01 PM — Conservative Leader, David Cameron today defended the appointment to his Shadow Cabinet of a Muslim who previous campaigned against gay rights.As she failed in her attempts to be democratically electesd to the House of Commons, Sayeeda Warsi, will be ennobled as a "working peer" to become David Cameron's Shadow Minister for Community Cohesion. On the 6th July, PinkNews.co.uk reported that Mrs Warsi conducted a homophobic campaign in a failed attempt to become elected in the constituency of Dewsbury.
6th July 2007
Presidential hopeful caught in porn row
4:17 PM — Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney is being questioned by social conservatives over on-demand pornography in Marriott hotel chain rooms.Mr Romney, a Marriott board member from 1992 to 2001, has publicly voiced his opinions on the perils of pornography.Now conservative activists have attacked the candidate and the Marriott for presenting themselves as family-orientated when pornography continues to be distributed in their hotels.
New Tory shadow minister’s previous opposition to gay equality 19
12:05 PM — The much-publicised appointment of a Muslim woman to the Tory Shadow Cabinet could harm relations between the party and the gay community.Sayeeda Warsi, the new Shadow Minister for Community Cohesion, hit the headlines during the 2005 election campaign for distributing campaign leaflets with a strongly hostile attitude to gay rights.
Campaigning MP welcomes government bullying commitment 1
11:31 AM — Stephen Williams MP, a Liberal Democrat who has campaigned against bullying in schools, has welcomed the commitment from the Minister of Children to stamp out the problem.The first Commons investigation into bullying by the Education Select Committee was instigated last year at the request of Mr Williams.The committee heard evidence from charity Anti-Bullying Alliance that between 30-50% of young people in secondary schools attracted to people of the same sex will have directly experienced homophobic bullying.
5th July 2007
Iraqi death squads use chat rooms to entrap gay men 3
5:32 PM — Two gay Iraqi men have survived kidnapping and beating by the violently homophobic Mahdi Army.The army is loyal to firebrand fundamentalist Shia cleric, Muqtada al-Sadr, who is fighting to establish an Islamist dictatorship in Iraq.Two months after their ordeal, traumatised Ahmed, 23, and Zaid, 24, both students in Baghdad University, have come forward to tell how they were lured into a trap by members of the Mahdi Army.
Boris Johnson might smash gay mayoral ambitions 7
4:41 PM — The race for the Conservative party nomination for Mayor of London became more interesting today with the revelation that the party's Higher Education spokesman Boris Johnson is seriously considering throwing his hat into the ring.If Mr Johnson, one of the most popular Tory MPs in the country, does decide to run it will end the ambitions of two gay prospective candidates.Earlier this week Nick Boles, an openly gay man, withdrew from the race to undergo treatment for cancer.
Analysis: Homophobia rampant in British schools 1
2:22 PM — 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. That figure jumps to 75% of young gay people attending faith schools.