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  • 14th June 2007

    London Assembly urge Moscow to respect human rights

    The Assembly motion points to the role that Pride parades and events play in the life of London and other cities.

    4:53 PM — Representatives of the people of London from all political parties have joined forces to urge the Mayor of Moscow to lift the ban on the city's Gay Pride parade.A motion proposed by openly gay Green Assembly member Darren Johnson was passed unanimously.Last month Russian activists and supporters from other European countries were attacked by a homophobic mob as they attempted to deliver a letter to the Moscow Mayor protesting at his ban on gay Pride events.

  • Green coalition will bring progress on gay marriage

    Last year Mr Ahern explained his views on homosexuality and said he wanted to attract more gay candidates to his Fianna Fail party.

    4:32 PM — Bertie Ahern will be sworn in as Taoiseach, or Prime Minister of the Republic of Ireland, today after the Green Party agreed to join a coalition government under his leadership.The formation of a new administration follows weeks of negotiations among the country's political parties.The Taoiseach is committed to bringing forward legislation to recognise same-sex relationships.

  • Gay couple adoption splits Australian opinion 3

    Church groups, such as the Australian Christian Lobby, accused the state authorities of treating children like commodities.

    12:15 PM — The news that a gay male couple have adopted a baby has been welcomed by lawmakers in the state of Western Australia.Neither the couple or the mother of the child have been named, though it is understood the mother was consulted and approved of the adoption of her child by two gay men.It is the first same-sex couple adoption in Australia.

  • D-Day for gay marriage in Massachusetts

    Governor Deval Patrick, who marched in Boston's Gay Pride parade last weekend, is trying to persuade members of the legislature to vote down the proposed referendum.

    11:22 AM — Today lawmakers in the only US state to allow gay marriage will consider whether to call a referendum on changing the state constitutuion to ban it.Activists from both sides of the argument spent most of yesterday engaged in furious lobbying of members of the state legislature.A referendum of all Massachusetts voters on a change to the state's constitution needs the backing of a quarter of state lawmakers, in two successive sittings.

  • 13th June 2007

    Russian activists target “gay” park

    The Mayor of Moscow, Yuri Luzhkov, is being asked to confirm that the patrols are legal.

    6:03 PM — Religious and nationalist groups in Moscow have said they will patrol a small park in the city that they claim is used by gay men as a meeting place.Intelfax news agency reports that around 50 people gathered yesterday to "reclaim" the park and launch their campaign.The activists said they will ask people they suspect are gay to leave the park during their nightly patrols.

  • Congress celebrates Americans’ right to marriage

    Currently only one US state, Massachusetts, allows same-sex couples to marry.

    5:38 PM — The only openly lesbian member of the US Congress has highlighted the change in American attitudes towards marriage and asked that gay couples be given the same rights as straight citizens.A resolution authored by Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin passed the House of Representatives yesterday by unanimous consent commemorating the fortieth anniversary of the Loving v. Virginia decision.It ended the ban on interracial marriage in the United States and recognised that marriage is one of the "basic civil rights of man."

  • New equality proposals “oblivious” to needs of trans people 2

    The government proposes extending protection against discrimination when accessing goods and services to trans people.

    2:22 PM — PinkNews.co.uk exclusive The government has published its long-awaited Discrimination Law Review, and is asking the public for their views on a proposed new Equality Act.The purpose of the new legislation is to simplify the current piecemeal discrimination laws and to strengthen the new Commission for Equality and Human Rights, which comes into being this autumn.

  • Presidential candidates give support to equal rights

    All of the announced Democratic candidates stated their support for extending federal benefits and equal tax treatment

    11:31 AM — The Human Rights Campaign have released their 2008 Democratic candidate questionnaire outlining where the announced candidates for President stand on issues important to the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community.The Human Rights Campaign, the largest gay civil rights organisation in the US, released the questionnaires along with a report card based upon the candidates' responses in order to assist pro-equality voters in determining the public policy positions of the candidates.

  • 12th June 2007

    Swedish government falls out over gay marriage 1

    The Prime Minister has said that his party will make a decision on the issue at their autumn party conference.

    12:25 PM — The Swedish Prime Minister is facing a revolt from his own party because he will not commit to new legislation to allow gay couples to marry.The country's coalition government is split on the issue.Fredrik Reinfeldt's conservative Moderate party have so far not decided to support further rights for gay people, but eight MPs, including one Cabinet minister, are threatening to resign over the issue.

  • Openly gay sailor could serve a third time 1

    Knight has now served openly during two tours with the Navy, with the support of his command and colleagues.

    11:15 AM — The United States Navy has again assigned an openly gay sailor to duty in the Individual Ready Reserves (IRR).Former Petty Officer 2nd Class Jason Knight, a Hebrew linguist recently deployed to Kuwait, has been placed on IRR duty until April 2009, despite publicly "coming out" in national media outlets and being told he would receive a "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" dismissal.Knight's dismissal form, also called a DD-214, again lists his reason for dismissal as 'Completion of Service,' and places him in the IRR.

  • Ireland’s population is 6% gay, survey finds 1

    The Out Now 2007 GCN Ireland Gay Community Market Report is being released later this month.

    11:00 AM — An estimated 6% of Irish adults are believed to be lesbian or gay, and results from the first ever market research measurement of the lifestyles and spending power of Ireland's 200,000 lesbians and gay men are about to be released.The new research will shed new light on gay community lifestyle and marketing issues. A new gay market research report is about to uncover Ireland's gay and lesbian communities.

  • 11th June 2007

    Paisley confused over homophobic son 27

    Northern Ireland's Lord Chief Justice, Sir Brian Kerr, rejected an attempt to overturn the current law banning adoption by unmarried couples of any sexual orientation.

    5:42 PM — The First Minister of Northern Ireland has faced questions in the province's Assembly about the anti-gay views of his son, who is a junior minister in the devolved government.Ian Paisley Snr told Assembly members that he is opposed to any sort of discrimination, but would not give an assurance that Ian Jnr would be kept away from equality duties.Paisley Jnr angered political opponents when he said he finds gay and lesbian people repulsive.

  • More death threats for anti-gay bishop

    The Archbishop's comments have resulted in some of the heaviest criticism of the church in an ongoing row over the place of religion in the Italian state.

    4:17 PM — An Italian bishop who compared moves to give gay couples some rights to incest and child abuse has received three bullets and a threat against his life in the post.Archbishop Angelo Bagnasco's cathedral was attacked by vandals in April.He was placed under police guard after he was sent a bullet in the post later that month, accompanied by a picture of the Archbishop defaced with a swastika.

  • Americans more tolerant of gays

    Last year, the number of Americans who said gay relationships should be legal increased once again to 56 percent.

    3:40 PM — A recent survey conducted by Gallup has found that US public "tolerance" toward gay rights has made a bit of a comeback.When Americans were first asked in 1977 whether gay relations should be legal, just 43 percent of respondents answered in the affirmative.By the middle of 2003, the number had jumped to 60 percent, only to plummet (to 50 percent) after the Supreme Court struck down a Texas sodomy law in June of that same year.

  • New York counts the cost of gay nuptials

    The Comptroller's Office adopted a conservative approach to produce the estimates in the report.

    2:45 PM — New York City Comptroller William C. Thompson, Jr. has issued a study finding that the legalisation of marriage for same-sex partners could yield $142 million in economic benefits to New York City.The report, Love Counts: The Economic Benefits of Marriage Equality for New York, concluded that the revenue would be largely generated in the three years immediately following enactment of legislation and would be derived from the spending of residents and visitors on their weddings, along with the spending of their out-of-town guests.

  • General who opposed gays in the military leaves top job

    SLDN demanded that General Pace apologise for his remarks, igniting a firestorm of controversy in the media.

    2:15 PM — CNN Pentagon correspondent Barbara Starr has reported that Chairman of the Joint Chiefs General Peter Pace's departure from that post may be linked to his recent comments regarding lesbian and gay military personnel.According to Starr's report, Pace's comments, along with his role in planning the war in Iraq and his support for convicted Vice Presidential advisor I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, played key roles in Congressional opposition to Pace's re-nomination.His recent statements that he believed homosexual statements are immoral presented a "significant problem" for Pace.

  • Violence casts a shadow over gay Pride

    The march was organised by Accept, a Romanian gay-rights advocacy group.

    2:00 PM — Romania's gay pride celebration on Saturday was marred as police used tear gas against protesters who hurled stones at marchers in the capital city Bucharest, officials said.According to the Associated Press, about 100 people were detained for throwing stones and fireworks at police and about 400 participants in the gay rights march, said Christian Ciocan, a police spokesman.Police responded with tear gas. Nobody was injured, he said.

  • 8th June 2007

    Fired trans manager changes name 1

    Miss Stanton has lobbied Washington for better understanding of transgender issues.

    2:37 PM — A Florida city manager who was fired just days after her gender reassignment surgery has officially changed her name, from Steve Stanton to Susan Stanton, after a two-minute court hearing yesterday.Susan Ashley Stanton told reporters: "I didn't anticipate this being the emotional experience it was. It's a critical step."

  • Outed police officer should have received apology 1

    The constable, who cannot be named, was outed without his permission in February 2005

    12:42 PM — A gay police officer who was outed at work by his sergeant should have received an apology, Cleveland Police admitted yesterday.The constable, who cannot be named except for legal reasons has been off work with stress since April last year.He claimed in an employment tribunal that he was treated less favourably because of his sexuality.

  • Brit murder suspect identified as drug addict GP

    The judge will now hold interviews with any witnesses, including the owners of local bars on the popular Playa del Ingles resort.

    12:35 PM — The British man arrested over the murder of a gay German in Gran Canaria is a former GP who was banned from practicing after developing a drug addiction, it was revealed today.The man has been identified by Spanish officials as Colin Brown, 39, who was arrested after for the murder he was found to have overdosed on drugs in a suicide attempt.

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