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  • 1st March 2007

    Tatchell demands an apology from Livingstone 4

    Mr Tatchell pointed out that he has supported Mr Livingstone for over 30 years.

    12:07 PM — PinkNews.co.uk exclusive Gay rights activist Peter Tatchell says that the Mayor of London's assertion that he conducted an Islamophobic campaign is nonsense - and he wants him to apologise.In a press statement released earlier today, Ken Livingstone accused Mr Tatchell of focusing on the homophobia of the grand Mufti, a Russian Islamic cleric.

  • 28th February 2007

    Ken’s a hypocrite, says Moscow pride organiser 1

    After the press conference, he attempted to unfurl his Moscow Pride flag.

    6:27 PM — PinkNews.co.uk exclusive Nicolas Alexeyev has blasted the Mayor of London, calling him a hypocrite over his behaviour at the press conference for the meeting of four European mayors in the city this afternoon.Mr Alexeyev, who is an acreditted journalist, claims that Ken Livingstone ignored his repeated attempts to ask a question of Moscow Mayor Yuri Luzhkov.He also says that after the conference he was pushed and threatened by Mr Luzhkov's press officer.

  • Bucks Fizz Tory’s off-colour comments upset gay voters 29

    Last December Tory councillor Peter Willows was found guilty of public order offences after he likened gay people to paedophiles at a civic reception in the city.

    6:27 PM — PinkNews.co.uk exclusive A former Bucks Fizz star turned Brighton politician is facing calls to step down as a Tory candidate for the city council after allegedly making homophobic comments.Gay campaigners want David Van Day to withdraw from standing in the East Brighton ward after comments he made at a Valentine's charity fundraising dinner hosted by the Conservative Mayor of Brighton and Hove upset some of those in attendance.

  • Congress may revisit gays in the military

    Belkin noted that repealing the gay ban is not just the priority of a liberal or Democratic agenda, but is now supported by majorities of Republicans, conservatives and regular church-goers.

    4:27 PM — In the wake of announcements that Congressman Marty Meehan will re-introduce legislation to repeal "don't ask, don't tell" this week, observers are debating the future of the gays-in-the-military issue in Congress.Last year, Representative Meehan, a Democrat from Massachusetts, garnered the support of 122 representatives for the Military Readiness Enhancement Act.

  • Harassment not covered by discrimination regulations 1

    Equality and anti-discrimination law has been built up in a patchy way and with differing levels of protection.

    3:52 PM — The Sexual Orientation Regulations for England, Wales and Scotland will not provide a protection against harassment included in the Northern Ireland regulations.The Christian Institute, who are opposed to the new rules outlawing discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation when accessing goods and services, reported the lack of a harassment regulation in their magazine.

  • Mayor Ken defends rights of Russian gays 1

    Mr Livingstone condemned his attitude at a press conference this afternoon.

    2:11 PM — The Mayor of London has condemned any ban on gay rights marches, and said the matter will be raised with the Mayor of Moscow.The mayors of the four largest cities in Europe are meeting in London today, with the openly gay Mayors of Paris and Berlin also joining Mr Livingstone.The London Mayor said the matter of "municipal policies to combat discrimination" is on the agenda.

  • Clarke and Milburn deny “stop Gordon” campaign 1

    Many Blairites are anxious about Mr Brown succeeding as Prime Minister.

    12:13 PM — Two former senior members of the Blair government have denied that they are trying to undermine Chancellor Gordon Brown's chances of becoming Prime Minister.However, both Charles Clarke and Alan Milburn refused to say they would not stand against Mr Brown.The pair have been accused of troublemaking after they jointly launched a website, The 2020 Vision.

  • Lithuanian MPs think homosexuality a perversion 4

    Homosexual sex was legalised in Lithuania in 1993.

    11:11 AM — A poll of members of the Lithuanian parliament has revealed that over half of them agree that homosexuality is a perversion.The survey reflected a deeply ingrained homophobia in Lithuanian society. Homosexual sex was legalised in Lithuania in 1993.In 2004 the age of consent for homosexual sex was lowered from 18 to 14 to bring it in line with the age of consent for heterosexual sex.

  • 27th February 2007

    Williams revelation about sexual orientation regulations 57

    Dr Williams also revealed that the Church of England have received assurances from the government. photo: lambeth palace

    2:16 PM — A written answer from the Archbishop of Canterbury at the Church of England's General Synod has revealed that new laws to protect LGB people from discrimination may be under threat.Dr Rowan Williams said that the Sexual Orientation Regulations for Great Britain will differ from those already in force in Northern Ireland.Dr Williams' answer implies that there will be more exemptions for faith-based service providers.

  • Analysis: Irish government accused over gay unions defeat 3

    Members of the public in Ireland were overwhelming disappointed that the Bill  did not pass.

    11:53 AM — Legislation proposed by the Irish Labour Party designed to recognise, amongst other things gay marriages, failed in country's Parliament due to a lack of Government support.Celine Casey, a former Parliamentary researcher at the Dáil Éireann, explores the background to the defeat and the future for gay rights laws in Ireland. 

  • 26th February 2007

    Homophobic mayor faces lawsuit and London protest

    In addition to demanding a retraction, parade organisers are also seeking 1,000 roubles (£19) each in compensation for moral damage.

    6:21 PM — The organisers of Moscow's gay pride parade are suing Yuri Luzhkov, the mayor that banned the event last year, for likening the parade to a "satanic act."Organisers of the parade, led by Nicholas Alexeyev, are calling on Luzhkov to retract his comments, DPA news has reported."Both in the secular and religious context, the term 'satanic' is offensive and carries a negative colouring," Alexeyev said.

  • Congress prepares for gay rights bills

    Now that the Democrats have control of Congress, the hate-crimes and workplace bills are generally expected to pass the Senate.

    12:52 PM — Gay rights activists and opponents are preparing themselves for the likely passage of America's first major gay rights bills.It is widely expected that at least two gay-rights measures will gain approval in Congress this year.These include a hate-crimes bill that would cover homophobic offences and a workplace bill that would include sexual orientation in anti-discrimination policy.

  • Scottish Executive seek Catholic opt-out on adoption

    Last month, the Prime Minister announced that there would be no exemption from the new regulations for adoption agencies.

    11:06 AM — The row over Roman Catholic-run adoption agencies and the Sexual Orientation Regulations has flared up again following reports of secret negotiations between the UK government and the Scottish Executive. The Scotsman reports that Scottish education minister Hugh Henry is in talks with London-based government departments to try and ensure that an informal agreement that would allow Catholic adoption agencies to flout gay rights legislation is honoured.

  • 23rd February 2007

    Gambian president claims he can cure AIDS 4

    According to President Jammeh, (left), AIDS sufferers will be cured within “three to thirty days.“ photo: www.statehouse.gm

    5:21 PM — The President of Gambia has horrified scientists by announcing that he has developed a "miracle cure" for HIV/AIDS.Hundreds of Gambians have lined up to be "cured" by President Yahya Jammeh, who treats his patients by rubbing a mysterious herbal paste into their ribcages and then instructing them to swallow a bitter yellow drink, followed by two bananas.The therapy is administered repeatedly over several weeks.

  • Majority in favour of a gay President 5

    Only 88% said they would vote for a woman President.

    10:28 AM — An opinion poll in the United States has found that 55% of Americans would vote for a gay person running for President.However, less than half would consider voting for someone who did not believe in God.The poll, conducted by Gallup, aimed to find out the voting prejudices of Americans ahead of the 2008 election.

  • 22nd February 2007

    Ireland delays gay partnership bill 3

    Mr McDowell promised that the government would be bringing forward legislation to protect the rights of all unmarried couples, gay or straight.

    3:45 PM — Legislation to legalise same sex unions in the Republic of Ireland was defeated in the country's parliament yesterday.The Irish government said that the bill proposed by the Labour party would not comply with the constitution, but said that they would introduce their own legislation later this year.Justice Minister Michael McDowell told Irish MPs that the state is constitutionally required to uphold the institution of marriage.

  • Catholics join in gay court protest

    The Sexual Orientation Regulations were introduced in Northern Ireland in January.

    12:28 PM — The bishops of the Roman Catholic church in Ireland have joined with Protestant churches in supporting a court challenge to discrimination legislation.The Sexual Orientation Regulations were introduced in Northern Ireland in January, despite the objections of the main political party in the province, the DUP.Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Peter Hain used his powers to impose the legislation on Northern Ireland.

  • Former minister to challenge Gordon Brown 57

    Mr Meacher, an MP since 1970, was a shadow cabinet member and prominent Labour figure during the party's wilderness years.

    12:01 PM — Michael Meacher has announced that he will run for leader of the Labour party when Tony Blair stands down.Mr Meacher, the MP for Oldham West and Royton, was a minister from 1997 to 2003, and is from the left of the party.He has consistently voted for gay rights legislation. Mr Meacher has been a vocal dissenter over the government's determination to renew the Trident nuclear weapons system.

  • Gay rights law threatened as Italian PM quits

    As well as concern over troops serving in Afghanistan, Senators opposed the expansion of a US military base in Vicenza.

    11:27 AM — Italy is without a leader after Romano Prodi resigned yesterday. He quit after left-wing members of his nine-party coalition voted against the government's foreign policy.Mr Prodi's decision leaves proposed new laws granting gay couples legal protection unresolved.The coalition lost a Senate motion backing the continued deployment of troops by two votes.

  • 21st February 2007

    Mayor supports Euro gay bullying campaign

    Last year Mr Livingstone joined Stonewall to launch a free DVD,  Spell It Out,  for distribution to teachers in all London's secondary schools.

    4:16 PM — The Mayor of London, Ken Livingstone, has given his backing to the European Parliament's call for action on homophobic bullying.Research by gay rights group ILGA Europe and their youth wing last year examined social exclusion among lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) kids in Europe.They spoke to over 750 young LGBT people from 37 countries and found that over half (53%) had experienced bullying in school.

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