25th June 2007
Pope criticises Tony Blair over civil partnerships 9
12:00 PM — Pope Benedict XVI used a personal audience with outgoing Prime Minister Tony Blair to express his displeasure at the advancement in gay rights in the UK.During his 25-minute private meeting with Tony Blair on Saturday, the Pope questioned the use of stem cells in research, the availability of abortion, civil partnerships and adoption by gay couples, as well as the war in Iraq.Downing St said that the gay issues were raised by Vatican officials but not the Pope.
24th June 2007
Labour LGBT welcome Brown and Harman 3
9:46 PM — The Labour Campaign for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Rights (LGBT Labour) has welcomed the confirmation of the Gordon Brown as the new leader of the Labour Party and the election of Harriet Harman as deputy leader.In a statement released to PinkNews.co.uk, the camapign group said that both Gordon Brown and Harriet Harman have a strong commitment to supporting equality.
Gordon Brown’s acceptance speech focuses on families 3
6:46 PM — Gordon Brown today took over the leadership of the governing Labour party from Tony Blair. His speech focused heavily on families but did say that the progress in gay rights has changed Britain for the better."In the last ten years, from make poverty history to campaigns on disability, gay rights and the environment, Britain has changed for the better, not just because of government, but because of movements that have gone beyond traditional parties, captured people's imaginations and transformed people's lives."
Harman wins by a tiny majority after five rounds
3:10 PM — Today's election for a new Deputy Leader of the Labour party was the closest since 1981.In the fifth and final round of voting, Ms Harman took the lead with 50.43% to Alan Johnson's 49.56%She was overtaken by Alan Johnson until the last round, and it is thought many Jon Cruddas voters gave support to her.
Exclusive: Harriet Harman’s message to the gay community 1
2:46 PM — Justice Minister Harriet Harman has something she wants to say to the gay community, particularly those who grew up during the Blair years."Young people, remember! Remember! Be afraid!"Hoodies, perhaps? Terrorism? The threat of a nude Keith Chegwin returning to our television screens?No - the resurgent Conservative party.
Harriet Harman elected Labour Deputy Leader 1
2:40 PM — Harriet Harman, the Justice minister, has been elected to the Deputy leadership of the Labour party.Gordon Brown was also declared as Leader of the Labour party at a special conference in Manchester.Tony Blair remains Prime Minister until Wednesday. He will give a farewell performance at Prime Minister's Questions before going to see the Queen and resign.
Gordon Brown to be named Labour leader, deputy leader votes being counted
1:22 PM — Gordon Brown is to be named leader of the Labour party today. He faced no challengers so won the election by default.The result of the deputy leadership contest will also be announced today. But a poll by PinkNews.co.uk readers has revealed which candidates LGBT Labour party members voted for in the election of a Deputy Leader of the Labour party. Northern Ireland Secretary Peter Hain was the first choice of 25% of gay party members.
Exclusive: Peter Hain tops votes of gay Labour members
12:22 AM — A poll of PinkNews.co.uk readers has revealed which candidates LGBT Labour party members voted for in the election of a Deputy Leader of the Labour party.Northern Ireland Secretary Peter Hain was the first choice of 25% of gay party members. The positive showing for Hain was despite a large number of multiple votes being automatically disqualified by PinkNews.co.uk's polling software after his campaign team promoted the poll using the social networking site Facebook.
23rd June 2007
Interview: The dark horse who became front runner
4:07 PM — "This is going to be a really, really closely fought contest and I genuinely have no idea what the outcome is going to be," Hilary Benn tells me when we meet.The terrace of the House of Commons is the location for this typically relaxed Benn comment.He is unique among the candidates for Deputy Leader I have spoken to, in that he arrived with no entourage.
22nd June 2007
Paisley refuses to apologise for gay remarks 27
3:00 PM — A junior minister in the government of Northern Ireland has stood by his comments that gay people are repulsive.Ian Paisley Jnr rejected calls for him to apologise. He is a junior minister in the Northern Ireland Executive, headed by his father Rev Ian Paisley."What is done is done, I've said those comments why should I try and hide what I've done," Mr Paisley told the local politics programme Let's Talk last night.
EU’s stand against gay executions 1
1:35 PM — The Intergroup on Gay and Lesbian Rights welcomed news that the European Commission intends to mark the 10th October of every year as the European Day Against the Death Penalty.Several nations retain the death sentence as punishment for homosexuality.In July 2005 two gay teenagers were publicly executed in Iran for the "crime of homosexuality."
Nationwide project for Irish gay youth
1:10 PM — The Irish government is working with gay community workers to establish a network of LGBT youth groups across the country.The Health Service Executive (HSE) is developing the programme with Belong To, a Dublin project that has been running for the past four years.The project's national co-ordinator said that numbers of young gay people between 14 and 23 attending the group has doubled every year.
Japanese lesbian candidate excites foreign attention
12:40 PM — Kanako Otsuji, Japan's first openly lesbian politician and candidate in the upcoming Upper House election, held a press conference at Foreign Correspondents' Club of Japan on 20 June.While the Japanese media has paid attention almost only to Otsuji's sexuality, foreign journalists are more interested in her campaign in itself.If elected she will be the first openly LGBT politician in parliament.
Bush poll ratings at record low
11:45 AM — In 19 months, George W. Bush will leave the White House for the last time.The latest Newsweek poll suggests that he faces a steep climb if he hopes to coax the country back to his side before he goes.In the new poll, conducted on Monday and Tuesday nights, the President's approval rating has reached a record low.
Homophobic politician outed on national TV 2
11:35 AM — Gay rights activist Nicolas Alexeyev told a live TV audience yesterday that a member of the Russian State Duma is gay.Speaking on the talk show K baryeru Mr Alexeyev outed the conservative MP Alexander Chuev.Mr Chuev is one of the most outspoken opponents of gay rights, and has introduced proposals to the Duma to outlaw the "promotion" of homosexuality and ban "gay propaganda."
21st June 2007
Army bans soldiers in uniform from London Pride 12
4:44 PM — A split has emerged in the Armed Forces over the issue of London's Pride march on the 30th June.The Chief of the General Staff has issued orders banning LGB Army staff from marching in unifom at the event or from wearing anything that would identify their Army role.General Sir Richard Dannatt's decision has caused controversy at the Ministry of Defence and among the gay community.
Push for gay equality in Australia blocked by PM
1:40 PM — John Howard has said that despite a new opinion poll showing 71% of Australians favouring equal rights for gay people, he is still opposed.His hardline stance came on the same day as a new Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission (HREOC) report was presented to the federal parliament listing the 58 laws that need to be changed to grant gay, bisexual and lesbian Australians equal rights.
Homophobic mayor set for fifth term in office 1
1:37 PM — The Mayor of Moscow looks set to be re-appointed to the role he has held since 1992.In Putin's Russia, local officials like Yuri Luzhkov are no longer elected, so the decision about his future is in the gift of President.It is thought that Mr Putin views the outspoken mayor as an important part of maintaining stability in Russia, and has hinted he will retain Luzhkov in the role until 2012.
Mayor defends rejection of gay councillor 3
1:00 PM — Mayor of London Ken Livingstone has rejected criticism of his decision to reject nine men for appointment to the London Fire Authority because they are all white.One of the men, gay Haringey borough councillor Ed Butcher was selected as the Lib Dem nominee following an election amongst all London Lib Dem councillors in May 2006.However the mayor took steps to refuse to appoint nine representatives on the grounds that they were unrepresentative.
US cuts funds for abstinence-based sex education
12:40 PM — A Senate Appropriations Subcommittee has cut next year's budget for controversial programmes that teach abstinence as the only way to practice safe sex.The programmes have been found to routinely teach medically inaccurate information about contraception and HIV/AIDS and mandate teaching that sex outside of a heterosexual marriage "is likely to have harmful psychological and physical effects."