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  • 6th June 2007

    Blears: Tories riddled with homophobia 21

    Hazel Blears has accused the Conservative Party of being “riddled with homophobia.“

    2:52 PM — Hazel Blears has accused the Conservative Party of being "riddled with homophobia."The candidate for Deputy Leader of the Labour Party slammed Tory homophobes after a survey revealed that one third of Conservative Party activists would not attend a Civil Partnership ceremony - even if invited by a friend.Ms Blears said: "This is astonishing. One third of Conservatives would snub a friend's invitation to a Civil Partnership, and the only possible explanation is homophobia."

  • Gay victims of domestic violence urged to seek help 58

    Two women a week and 30 men a year die in England and Wales as a result of domestic abuse.

    11:17 AM — Victims of domestic abuse in same-sex relationships are being urged to seek help from the police and victim support organisations.Research suggests that domestic abuse is as common, and as severe, in same-sex couples as among heterosexual couples.Two women a week and 30 men a year die in England and Wales as a result of domestic abuse.

  • 5th June 2007

    George Bush’s backyard, Dallas looks set to elect gay mayor 1

    Ed Oakley on the campaign trail

    9:32 PM — George Bush's heartland of Dallas looks set to become the largest city in the United States to elect an openly gay mayor.Ed Oakley is considered the leading candidate in the city. Dallas, in Texas, where George Bush was governor, already has a number of elected gay people including the local lesbian sheriff, Lupe Valdez.Mr Oakley has been backed by the Democrats over a former construction company CEO, Tom Leppert.

  • PinkNews beats internet rival 1

    PinkNews.co.uk receives 370,000 visits from unique users per month

    5:32 PM — New statistics show that gay news website PinkNews.co.uk receives 50 times more internet traffic than its rival, PinkPaper.com.Figures from independent company Compete found that PinkNews.co.uk receives 370,000 visits from unique users per month, while PinkPaper.com receives 7,200.Ben Summerskill, chief executive of Stonewall, believes that the figures are encouraging for the gay press.

  • British authors won’t create gay villains 57

    Authors can no longer create disabled villains such as Long John Silver for fear of breaking politically correct legislation.

    4:43 PM — Authors cannot create a modern villain because of political correctness, according to a best-selling British spy author.Anthony Horowitz has complained that writers who attempt to create a truly evil character such as Captain Hook or Long John Silver are having to self-censor.Horowitz, 52, is the successful author of the Alex Rider spy books, the seventh volume of which is due to be published in November.

  • John Edwards says no to gay marriage 57

    Previously Edwards had said he would not take a position on same-sex marriage as he “was just not there yet.“

    3:55 PM — Democrat Presidential hopeful John Edwards announced yesterday that he will not support same-sex marriage, but neither will he support a constitutional amendment to ban it.Senator Edwards, who ran for vice-president with John Kerry in 2004, is one of the fore-runners in the Democrat race to win back the White House.

  • Lesbian politician in Japan gets hitched 58

    Photo:  Kakejiku

    12:17 PM — Japan's first openly lesbian politician celebrated her same-sex partnership on Sunday, a month before elections for Japan's upper house.Kanako Otsuji, 32, is a candidate for the Democratic Party of Japan in next month's election for the House of Councillors.She tied the knot with her partner of four years, Maki Kimura, 32.

  • Interview: Mr Johnson goes to Dorneywood 57

    Alan Johnson has a reputation for supporting gay rights

    10:31 AM — It's the kind of thing journalists have nightmares about. There you are, in the 7th floor office of Her Majesty's Secretary of State for Education and Skills.Stunning views of Westminster Abbey. Classy cream leather sofas. A senior minister ready to give you his undivided attention.You turn on your Dictaphone. It doesn't work. The batteries are dead.

  • PinkNews.co.uk is looking for a Managing Director

    Would you like to help run PinkNews.co.uk?

    10:25 AM — We're looking for someone quite exceptional for a very senior position.Reading this, you should already be familiar with PinkNews.co.uk and know that we're the most visited work safe gay website in Europe and the third most visited in the USA.PinkNews.co.uk is going to expand over the coming months and we're looking for someone to lead the expansion by managing the team and spearheading the next round of investment.

  • 4th June 2007

    Berlin memorial to persecuted gays 57

    The new memorial will echo the design of Eisenman's tribute to the Nazi's Jewish victims, a field of more than 2,700 concrete slabs.

    4:55 PM — A memorial to gay people persecuted and murdered by the Nazis will be complete later this year, the German government announced today.The tribute to forgotten victims will be situated on the edge of Tiergarten park, near to a memorial for the six million Jews who died in the Holocaust.The memorial will take the form of a gray concrete slab, with a window to allow visitors to view a video.

  • Gay pride in Riga goes ahead peacefully 57

    Five hundred people gathered in the Latvian capital, in a fenced park with security provided by the police.

    3:45 PM — Gay men and women held the first gay pride with no sign of violence in Riga yesterday.Five hundred people gathered in the Latvian capital, in a fenced park with tight security provided by the police.Small groups of anti-gay protestors hurled insults, but no violence took place, and two people were arrested for the verbal abuse.

  • Christian groups fight gay equality laws 57

    A recent YouGov poll  found that 85% of Britons support the 2007 Sexual Orientation Regulations.

    12:02 PM — Churches go to the High Court in Belfast today to argue that the Sexual Orientation Regulations restrict their human rights.If they are successful, the regulations that protect gay rights could be declared unlawful.The case, which has been brought by The Christian Institute along with other Christian groups, is scheduled to last three days.

  • 3rd June 2007

    Interview: Harriet Harman warns gay youth off dangerous Dave 3

    Harriet Harman warns against jumping ship to Cameron's Conservatives

    11:30 AM — 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.

  • 2nd June 2007

    Bush asks for $30bn to fight AIDS worldwide

    Current US law dictates that one-third of prevention funding through PEPFAR must teach exclusively abstinence-only until marriage.

    10:00 PM — President Bush has called on the United States Congress to double U.S. funding towards fighting the global AIDS pandemic.He requested $30 billion through the President's Emergency Programme for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) for the first five years after he leaves office.The President first announced his plans to create PEPFAR, a five year, $15 billion dollar initiative to combat AIDS worldwide, during his 2003 State of the Union Address.

  • 1st June 2007

    Interview: Mrs Pritchard aims for the Deputy Leadership 3

    If they ever make a movie about Hazel Blears, Jane Horrocks would be perfect casting.

    4:15 PM — Hazel Blears is a Marmite politician. Many are impressed and enthused by the indomitable energy of the Labour Party Chair. Others find her drive and organisational zeal irritating.She provokes love or hate from members of her party, but never apathy.For my money, it is always good to see an enthusiastic politician - but boy has she got high hopes.

  • Livingstone: Latvia must allow pride to go on peacefully 5

    Ken Livingstone argues that the Latvian government and the Mayor of Riga should allow their gay pride march to go ahead without hindrance.

    10:39 AM — The Mayor of London, Ken Livingstone argues that the Latvian government and the Mayor of Riga should allow their gay pride march to go ahead without hindrance.In the past year, there have been attacks on the rights of lesbians and gay men in Eastern Europe with violence at, and/or bans on, Gay Pride events in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Russia, Moldova and Romania. I have already, and continue, to condemn all these.

  • 31st May 2007

    Hollywood actor confirms Presidential bid 1

    Mr Thomson represented Tennessee in the Senate from 1994 to 2003.

    4:00 PM — The veteran film and TV actor Fred Thompson has said he intends to seek the Republican party's nomination for President of the United States in 2008."I can't remember exactly the point that I said, 'I'm going to do this,'" Thompson told USA Today."But when I did, the thing that occurred to me: 'I'm going to tell people that I am thinking about it and see what kind of reaction I get to it.'"

  • New Hampshire legalises civil unions

    The Episcopalian Bishop of New Hampshire, Gene Robinson, who is openly gay, gave evidence to the state legislature supporting same-sex unions.

    3:32 PM — The Governor of New Hampshire signed a civil unions bill into law today. It will come into force on January 1st 2008.The bill previously passed the state's House of Representatives by a margin of 2 to 1.In April the state Senate approved the bill by 14 votes to 10."We in New Hampshire have had a long and proud tradition taking the lead and opposing discrimination," Governor John Lynch said according to AP.

  • New guidance on bullying in schools to be unveiled 2

    Mr Johnson revealed that he has never been invited to the Prime Minister's country home, Chequers.

    2:20 PM — PinkNews.co.uk exclusive Education Secretary Alan Johnson has revealed that the government is working on new guidelines for schools to protect children from bullying.In an interview with PinkNews.co.uk he said he hoped to be able to make an announcement at the Stonewall Education for All conference in July.Mr Johnson is one of six candidates for Deputy Leader of the Labour party.

  • Homophobic Paisley is his father’s problem says Sinn Fein 27

    Mr Paisley Jnr is a member of the DUP representing Antrim North in the Northern Ireland Assembly.

    1:45 PM — The Deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland has assured gay and lesbian people that their rights will be upheld despite the hostile comments of a junior minister.Martin McGuinness said that Ian Paisley Jnr was not speaking on behalf of the devolved administration when he said that he found homosexuals repulsive.The Sinn Fein politician told listeners to The Nolan Show: "Gay rights are enshrined in legislation and we as first and deputy first minister have a duty to uphold that."

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