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  • 18th July 2007

    MEPs to attend Pride in Estonia 1

    The Intergroup on Gay and Lesbian Rights in the European Parliament has called on the Estonian authorities to facilitate the organisation of Tallinn Pride 2007.

    12:23 PM — A year after violent homophobic attacks against Tallinn Pride, organisers have revealed that politicians from across Europe will be turning up this year to show their support.Last year LGBT marchers were attacked with sticks and stones by a group of young Estonian nationalists while celebrating the country's gay third pride event.This year's event, on August 11th, has been beset by problems with policing.

  • 17th July 2007

    Ireland to get civil partnerships 13

    Bertie Ahern was once again sworn in as Taoiseach, or Prime Minister of the Republic of Ireland, on June 14th.

    12:47 PM — The Irish Prime Minister yesterday pledged to bring in new laws to legalise civil partnerships for gay and lesbian couples.Bertie Ahern, opening a gay community centre in Dublin, said that he wanted to move as quickly as possible on the issue.He told the assembled crowd: "This Government is committed to providing a more supportive and secure legal environment for same-sex couples."

  • Exclusive: Prime Minister Gordon Brown answers your questions 19

    “I am very pleased to have this opportunity to put on record my support for civil partnerships.“

    12:15 PM — Last month we asked readers to submit questions to the Prime Minister.Well, let it not be said that Gordon Brown has had a quiet introduction to life in Downing St.Among the CORBA meetings, inspecting flood damage, trips to meet our European partners and setting out Britain's future direction, Mr Brown found time this week to address some of the questions PinkNews.co.uk readers sent in.

  • Australian government to consider new rights for gays 1

    Prime Minister John Howard said that despite a new opinion poll showing 71% of Australians favouring equal rights for gay people, he is still opposed.

    11:48 AM — The Attorney General of Australia, Philip Ruddock has told gay activists that he is working on proposals to bring before the country's Cabinet a response to a Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission report into discrimination against gay people.Rodney Croome, of the Australian Coalition for Equality, was confident that the matter would be considered before the federal elections later this year.The new Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission (HREOC) report was presented to the federal parliament in June.

  • 16th July 2007

    Row over White House security clearance for gays

    White House spokesperson Scott McClellan has denied that the move implies any express change in policy, insisting that the new rules are similar to the old ones.

    5:18 PM — The White House has altered the phraseology of a policy which describes the grounds for granting security clearances to gays and lesbians.'Security clearance' is a formal check required in the US for handling confidential data or documents.It is often requested by US employers as a compulsory verification for employees.

  • Gay candidate welcomes Boris to Mayoral race 7

    Mr Boff, who is gay, was one of the first Tories to put himself forward for the job of taking on Ken Livingstone.

    4:44 PM — PinkNews.co.uk exclusive Andrew Boff, a candidate for the Conservative candidate Mayor of London, has welcomed MP Boris Johnson to the contest.Nominations closed at noon today. Mr Boff, who is gay, was one of the first Tories to put himself forward for the job of taking on Ken Livingstone.The 49-year-old is former leader of Hillingdon council but failed to be elected Mayor of Hackney. He is up against a range of candidates.

  • Disinformation campaign against Matthew Shepard law

    “The Matthew Shepard Act sends a strong message to America, that hate and the violent crimes committed in its wake are not acceptable in our society, commented Judy Shepard.

    11:30 AM — With a US Senate vote on the Matthew Shepard Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act expected soon, the Gay Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) has urged journalists to scrutinise the myths and misleading claims being made by those seeking to block the proposed law.GLAAD also want to highlight the impact of hate-motivated violence against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Americans. In May, the bill passed in the House of Representatives on a historic 237-180 bipartisan vote.

  • Presidential candidate’s wife meets with gays

    Mrs Edwards announced that her husband would help repeal more than a thousand laws that discriminate against same-sex couples.

    11:10 AM — Elizabeth Edwards slammed President Bush for not being tougher on crimes against gays and lesbians during a speech on Saturday for the Human Rights Campaign in San Francisco.During her address to the gay rights group, the Associated Press reports that Edwards cited the story of 26-year-old Satendar Singh.He died recently after being beaten to death at Sacramento's Lake Natomas by men hurling explicit gay slurs. She said the killing demanded renewed condemnations of hate speech.

  • 15th July 2007

    Brian Paddick may be Lib Dem candidate for Mayor 1

    Any tips? Ken Livingstone and Brian Paddick have a quiet word at the launch of EuroPride 2006

    3:43 PM — Fresh rumours appearing to be emanating from spin doctors at the Liberal Democrats imply that Brian Paddick, until his retirement, the most senior openly gay British police officer, may stand as a candidate for Mayor of London.PinkNews.co.uk first reported the suggestions last May when the then Metropolitan Police Deputy Assistant Commissioner, casually mentioned the possibility of standing for the post at the launch of the Way We Are Now, a collection of essays from gay community members.

  • 13th July 2007

    Gay MEP accuses David Cameron of ignoring homophobia 2

    The Leader of the Opposition did not respond to Mr Cashman's letters.

    4:15 PM — Michael Cashman, a Member of the European Parliament for the West Midlands, has revealed he has written to David Cameron three times about the failure of Tory MEPs to vote against homophobia, but has not received a reply.On Wednesday we revealed that five Labour MPs wrote to Mr Cameron in 2006 asking him to distance himself from the homophobic campaign literature used by Sayeeda Warsi at the last election. The Leader of the Opposition did not respond to that letter either.

  • Surgeon General nominee denies he is homophobic 3

    If confirmed, Dr Holsinger wants to tackle issues of childhood obesity, improve emergency services and promote a tobacco-free country.

    2:45 PM — President Bush's nominee for Surgeon General told the US Senate yesterday he is not anti-gay.Dr. James Holsinger has been critcised by gay rights groups, physicians and politicians for writing in 1991 that gay sex is unnatural and unhealthy.In his paper for the United Methodist Church, Holsinger said that gay sex was dangerous because, "when the complementarity of the sexes is breached, injuries and diseases may occur."

  • Nixon aides considered using gay smears against opponents

    Eventually the scheming and plotting of Nixon's aides led to his resignation.

    11:25 AM — Newly released memos, recordings and other documents have revealed that US President Richard Nixon was keen to smear his opponents by associating them with the nascent gay rights movement.During the 1972 election campaign, Nixon aides also tried to link Democrat candidate John McGovern and his running mate Sargent Shriver to the mafia, slavery and left-wing activists.Meanwhile, the President himself was concerned that he was not seen as a nice person.

  • Australian government reject gay judge’s pension plan

    Mr Ruddock's rejection of calls for equality are in keeping with the overall attitude of the federal Australian government towards gay and lesbian citizens.

    10:43 AM — The Attorney General of Australia has said he will not change the pension arrangements of judges so that same-sex partners are given the same provision as spouses.The country's Parliament is considering changes to judge's pension, and opposition politicians have pointed out that this would be a good opportunity to change the law in favour of equality.One of Australia's most respected judges, Michael Kirby, is openly gay.

  • Homophobic politician arrested for cottaging 4

    Mr Allen resigned from the troubled campaign of Senator McCain yesterday but said he would plead not guilty.

    10:20 AM — The co-chairman of the campaign to select Senator John McCain as the Republican US Presidential candidate has resigned after offering an undercover police officer $20 (£10) for oral sex.Bob Allen, a Florida state representative who has voted against a range of gay rights measures, was spotted by police in Titusville, Florida on Wednesday acting suspiciously at the men's toilets in a park.

  • 12th July 2007

    White House censorship of ‘doctor of the nation’ 3

    The accusations of political interference were supported by former Surgeons General C Everett Koop and David Satcher

    2:00 PM — Dr Richard Carmona, who served as US Surgeon General between 2002 - 2006 said yesterday that Bush's administration had censored his speeches and articles to agree with government policy.He was testifying at a hearing of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform in Washington.Dr Carmona testified that he clashed with the Bush administration over issues of sexuality and contraception.

  • Iran may execute more gays 10

    On July 19th, 2005 two Iranian teenagers, Mahmoud Asgari, 15 and Ayaz Marhoni, 17, from Khuzestan province, were witnessed engaging in homosexual activities in a semi-public area and were hanged for perverting Islamic law.

    1:30 PM — The Iranian government has confirmed that in the coming weeks more than 20 men will be executed on moral violations of rape, sodomy and assault and battery.Police arrested over 1000 men in May in poor neighbourhoods of Tehran and other cities as part of a moral 'crackdown' on indecent behaviour.Those arrested will face trial and possible death at a later date.

  • 11th July 2007

    ‘Homophobic’ leaflet used again by Tory candidate 28

    Mrs Warsi told  The Guardian   that the Conservative party's position on Section 28 has changed but that her personal view is that sex education should be removed from all schools.

    5:01 PM — PinkNews.co.uk Exclusive Sayeeda Warsi, who was appointed to the Conservative Shadow Cabinet last week by party leader David Cameron, has said she regrets the hostile language used in her 2005 election leaflets.It has now emerged that a Tory candidate at last year's council election used the same campaign literature.PinkNews.co.uk has obtained a letter sent to David Cameron last July by a group of Labour MPs representing the Kirklees District Council area complaining about homophobic campaigning.

  • Senator opposed to gay marriage favours paid-for sex 3

    Senator Vitter said in a statement today that God had forgiven him for his sins, along with his wife.

    4:00 PM — A major political scandal involving prostitution in Washington DC has claimed its first Congressional scalp.Republican Senator David Vitter has been forced to admit he used the escort services of Deborah Jane Palfrey, the "DC madam" who is accused of making nearly $2m (£1m) over thirteen years providing call girls to Washington's elite.Senator Vitter strongly opposes gay rights and is a 'family values' stalwart.

  • Presidential hopefuls to participate in gay TV debate 3

    Front runners Hilary Clinton, Barack Obama and John Edwards have confirmed they will participate.

    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

    Last Saturday's Pride march in the capital, Budapest, was marred by nationalist violence against gay participants.

    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.

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