6th March 2008
National newspaper takes up gay Iranian story 6
4:40 PM — A concerted campaign by gay rights activists on behalf of a gay teenager facing deportation to Iran and possible execution has pushed his plight into the national press.This morning The Independent newspaper devoted its front page to 19-year-old Medhi Kazemi, who fled to the Netherlands last year after his appeal for asylum in the UK was refused.His story was first reported on PinkNews.co.uk on February 19th. He appeared in a Dutch court yesterday asking to be allowed to remain in the Netherlands.
London Mayor candidates will attend gay hustings 1
3:25 PM — The three leading candidates for Mayor of London have confirmed they will take part in hustings organised by gay equality organisation Stonewall.Ken Livingstone, Boris Johnson and Brian Paddick will answer questions from the gay community on Saturday 19th April.PinkNews.co.uk is proud to be Stonewall's media partner for the hustings, which will be held at the BFI Southbank between 11am and 12.30pm.
Ukrainian MPs attack “popularisation” of homosexuality 1
11:44 AM — A parliamentary committee in the Ukraine has recommended that the state take steps to repress "homosexualism, lesbianism, other sexual perversions, which do not correspond to moral principles of the society."The Committee on the Issues of Freedom of Speech and Information's stance follows letters from MPs claiming that gay and lesbian people threaten national security and contradict the national interest.
Good news for Obama in Texas 1
10:35 AM — Though Hillary Clinton took Texas with the popular vote in the primaries, Barack Obama regained some lost ground by winning the state's caucus, which accounts for one-third of the state's delegates.But the win is bittersweet, with the Clinton campaign crying foul, saying it might mount a legal challenge to the state's caucus results.Clinton's camp is citing what it says are "hundreds of complaints" they received accusing the Obama campaign of mischief.
5th March 2008
McCain is the Republican choice as Huckabee withdraws
10:51 AM — He took all four, and with Mitt Romney out of the way and Mike Huckabee officially bowing out gracefully, John McCain has locked up the GOP presidential nomination with wins in Texas, Rhode Island, Vermont and Ohio. His victory tonight was somewhat anti-climactic.McCain has emerged as a clear frontrunner for the Republican nomination on Super Tuesday, shortly after which Romney bowed out and offered his endorsement.
Hillary stays in the race with three wins
10:50 AM — Senator Hillary Clinton's firewall against the momentum of the Barack Obama campaign held on Tuesday night, as Clinton scored major victories in Texas, Ohio and Rhode Island.Most important for the Clinton campaign was a decisive win in the Ohio primary which has historically been a bellwether for how candidates perform in a general election. No candidate in the last five or so decades, Democrat or Republican, has lost the Ohio primary and gone on to win in November.
4th March 2008
Northern Ireland First Minister to resign 7
6:20 PM — The homophobic First Minister of Northern Ireland, the Reverend Ian Paisley, is to stand down in May and quit his post as leader of the Democratic Unionist Party.The 81-year-old will retain his seats in the House of Commons and Northern Ireland Assembly. Rev Paisley said: "I came to this decision a few weeks ago."He will depart after an economic conference in May, which is also the first anniversary of the power-sharing executive taking office.
Mayor backs Christian challenge over fostering
2:45 PM — The Mayor of Derby is backing a Christian couple who are appealing against a decision that they were not suitable foster parents.Eunice and Owen Johns approached the council about providing weekend respite care for children under 10.They were rejected by an adoption panel after it emerged that Mrs Johns, a Sunday school teacher, wanted any children in their care to go to church on Sundays.The Johns also refused to teach children that gay and lesbian relationships are normal, as required by gay equality laws.
Dutch stand up for gays at UN Human Rights council 1
11:40 AM — The Foreign Minister of the Netherlands today told an international meeting that gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans people deserve equal rights.Maxime Verhagen made his remarks at the opening session of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva.In a wide-ranging speech he highlighted the rights of "children in Uzbekistan picking cotton for long hours for little or no wages" and proposed the EU move to ban on the sale of goods that have been produced "using any form of slavery."
3rd March 2008
Obama uses Bible to defend civil unions 3
12:55 PM — Presidential candidate Barack Obama has defended his support of civil unions by referring to the Sermon on the Mount.The famous sermon given by Jesus, which includes the Beatitudes, the instruction to 'turn the other cheek' and the Lord's Prayer, is found in the book of Matthew in the New Testament.Senator Obama is thought to have been referring to Jesus' instruction to: "Do to others what you would have them do to you."
Jamaican gays reject tourist boycott over homophobia 2
12:35 PM — J-Flag, the Jamaican lesbian and gay rights group, has rejected calls for a tourist boycott in protest at homophobia on the island.Canadian newspapers have been focusing on the prejudice and violence gay people face in Jamaica since a leading activist sought asylum there, and some have called for Canadians to refuse to holiday in the popular destination.In a statement released yesterday, J-Flag, Jamaica's Forum for Lesbians, All-Sexuals and Gays, said it shared the frustration at the "slow progress towards transforming the social climate."
MP targeted by “Satan” after gay earthquake comments 14
12:02 PM — A member of Israel's parliament who generated headlines across the world when he linked earthquakes to gay rights has been receiving death threats.Shlomo Benizri, who is a member of the ultra-Orthodox Shas party, has been targeted by someone using the name "Satan."The Jerusalem Post reports: "It is unknown if those threats are connected to a suspicious envelope filled with white powder that the MK received last week."
Civil partnership for senior Tory 7
10:55 AM — After a whirlwind 14-month romance leading Conservative MP Alan Duncan has proposed to his boyfriend.He met 39-year-old James Dunseath at a dinner arranged by friends and proposed to him on Valentine's Day during a holiday in Oman. They are expected to hold a civil partnership ceremony later this year.Mr Duncan, 50, is the Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform and MP for Rutland and Melton.
Clinton does comedy on Saturday Night Live
10:20 AM — After plugging the show during her televised debate with rival Barack Obama last week, Hillary Clinton dropped by Saturday Night Live this weekend for a surprise guest appearance.After a parody skit of the debate, Clinton provided an "editorial response" and praised Amy Poehler's deft imitation of her on SNL.For the second week in a row, Saturday Night Live opened with a scene featuring a Democratic debate.
29th February 2008
McCain addresses birthplace questions
1:30 AM — Arizona Senator John McCain has finally spoken out about persistent rumours that he is not a 'natural born citizen' of the United States and therefore not eligible to become President.McCain was born in the Panama Canal Zone and some have argued that under the definition of 'natural born citizen', he is cannot be president according to the U.S. constitution.He was born August 29, 1936 at the Coco Solo Air Base in the American-controlled Panama Canal Zone.
Presidential candidate picks Green running mate
1:15 AM — Ralph Nader, who announced this week he will run again for President, has chosen former San Francisco Supervisor Matt Gonzalez as his running mate.Texas-born Gonzalez ran for mayor of San Francisco in 2003 as a Green Party candidate, but lost to Gavin Newsom."I want someone who shares my sense of justice and opposition to corporate state control over our society," Nader said of Gonzalez.
Analysis: Obama reaches out to LGBT community 2
1:03 AM — Illinois Senator Barack Obama is appealing directly to LGBT voters with new advertisements in Ohio and Texas gay newspapers.The Democratic Presidential contender also released a statement on Thursday targeted to the gay community, asking for support "so that together we can bring about real change for all LGBT Americans."In a statement from the Obama campaign released on Thursday, titled "Open Letter from Barack Obama to the LGBT community," the Senator detailed his history of activism on behalf of gay Americans.
28th February 2008
Gay groups present report at Edinburgh Castle reception
4:15 PM — The LGBT Hearts and Minds Agenda Group has presented a copy of their report into challenging prejudice at a special ministerial reception held yesterday evening at Edinburgh Castle.Communities and Sport Minister Stewart Maxwell hosted the event which also marked LGBT History Month.The group is facilitated by the Scottish Government Equality Unit and is made up of representatives from three national LGBT organisations.
Socialists question First Minister about gay rights 1
1:25 PM — The national convenor of the Scottish Socialist party has written to the First Minister of Scotland seeking an assurance that any future meetings with members of the Northern Ireland Assembly would raise the issue of attitudes towards lesbian and gay rights by its ministers.Two DUP members of the Northern Ireland Executive, which operates as a coalition government with Republican party Sinn Fein, have been accused of homophobia.
Obama adverts target gay community 1
12:40 PM — Presidential candidate Barack Obama has bought advertising in gay newspapers in four cities in the two key primary states of Texas and Ohio.The Advocate reports that full page adverts will appear in titles in Dallas, Houston, Cleveland and Columbus.Democratic primary and caucus participants in the two states vote next Tuesday, along with Rhode Island and Vermont. The delegate-rich Ohio and Texas contests are must-wins for Hillary Clinton.