12th September 2007
Cashman nominated for MEP of the Year
4:40 PM — European Parliament member Michael Cashman has been nominated for an award in recognition of his work for human rights.An MEP for the West Midlands, he has been a strong defender of the rights of LGBT across Europe. He is president of the European Parliament Intergroup on Gay and Lesbian Rights.
PinkNews.co.uk writer to challenge Tory MP 3
3:20 PM — A veteran Conservative MP is to challenged for his seat by Alex Bryce, a Labour party activist who writes comment pieces for PinkNews.co.ukThe 24-year-old has been contributing to PinkNews.co.uk since April on a range of topics including homophobia in sport and the future of the gay rights movement.He has been selected as the Labour Parliamentary candidate for Macclesfield. The seat is held by right-wing Tory MP Sir Nicholas Winterton.
11th September 2007
Larry Craig tries to withdraw guilty plea for toilet ‘misdemeanour’ 4
3:23 PM — Senator Larry Craig has sought to undo his guilty plea in an airport sex sting by claiming that he admitted to the charge in a panic to avoid triggering a story about his sexuality in his hometown newspaper.According to the Associated Press (AP), Craig had denied to editors at the Idaho Statesman that he was gay just weeks before his arrest on 11 June in the bathroom of the Minneapolis airport.
Ken attacks Boris over support for Section 28 2
12:44 PM — The hustings for the contest for the Conservative party nomination for Mayor of London opened yesterday with an attack from the present incumbent on the Tory front runner.Ken Livingstone, who has been in office since 2000, accused Henley MP Boris Johnson of inconsistency on a range of issues, including gay rights.Four Tories are contesting the primary. All Londoners who are registered to vote can take part either by phone or postal ballot.
Sri Lankan newspaper calls for action against homosexuality 1
12:44 PM — A local Sri Lankan newspaper, Divaina last week published a feature about homosexuality and effeminate men in Sri Lanka and the problems they face as they get older.The article goes on to make claims about the number of homosexuals in Sri Lanka who become involved in commercial sex work to make a living.The Sinhala newspaper is a sister title of the English-language newspaper The Island.
Schwarzenegger urged to back gay marriage
10:20 AM — Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger should ensure basic human rights to all Californians by signing The Religious Freedom and Civil Marriage Protection Act, granting full marriage equalityfor same-sex couples, Human Rights Watch urged today in a letter to the former action hero.Last Friday, by a vote of 22-15, the California State Senate approved AB 43, The Religious Freedom and Civil Marriage Protection Act, extending civil marriage to lesbian and gay couples.
10th September 2007
Lib Dems reveal London Mayor candidates 7
5:05 PM — The Liberal Democrats have announced a shortlist of three names to go forward to a members' ballot to decide their candidate for London Mayor.Liberal Democrat members in London will vote on the candidates next month, with the successful Mayoral candidate being announced in early November.There are three candidates on the shortlist. Chamali Fernando, a barrister from Finchley, is running for the party's nomination against Fiyaz Mughal, a Haringey councillor, and Brian Paddick.
Paisley resigns as church leader 3
11:06 AM — Ian Paisley, the First Minister of Northern Ireland, is to step down from the leadership of a church he founded 56 years ago.The veteran politician has come under pressure from members of the Free Presbyterian church over gay rights issues.The fundamentalist Christian sect have been outraged that Mr Paisley and other members of his Democratic Unionist Party have ignored their objections to government financial support for Pride marches.
8th September 2007
Schwarzenegger set to veto gay marriage again 5
4:30 PM — Action hero actor turned Republican Californian Governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger, is expected to veto a bill allowing gay marriages for the second time in two years.The Californian Senate voted 22 to 15 to support the bill (AB43) that would allow gay marriage based on a "a civil contract between two persons," that would allow religious insitutions to refuse to officiate gay marriages. Democrat Senator Sheila Kuehl said: "Our love is a good love, and the same as others."
7th September 2007
Church ‘missing the point’ of equality legislation 9
5:20 PM — Gay rights group Stonewall has responded to the Church of England's assertion that proposed new laws on discrimination will mean that "religion and belief seemed to be treated as subordinate to other rights."The Church's Archbishop's Council, which formulates policy, made its views known in a response to the Discrimination Law Review.The public consultation on the review ended on Tuesday.
Cameron defies critics over gay rights 71
1:30 PM — The leader of the Conservative party has attacked right-wing critics in his own party and committed himself to civil partnerships and gay rights.In a wide-ranging address to an audience of candidates and party workers in London, David Cameron spoke about "modern Conservatism," and made clear that recent critics of his leadership were out of touch.He presented a manifesto around the themes of change, family, responsibility, and "leadership for the internet generation."
Editorial: The Tories and PinkNews.co.uk 72
10:04 AM — The Conservative party is well-known for its ad campaigns.From the iconic 1979 "Labour isn't working" posters, to the "Demon Eyes" of Tony Blair in the 1997 election campaign, through to the "Five Pledges" of Michael "are you thinking what I am thinking" Howard in 2005, never let it be said that the Tory party were short of a strategy. Some, of course, more successful than others.Today marks a new stage in the party's attempts to disseminate its message to the voters.
Conservative Party advertises on PinkNews.co.uk 71
7:50 AM — The Conservative Party has taken further steps towards engaging with the gay community by today advertising with PinkNews.co.uk, the community's leading news provider.The advertisements feature party leader David Cameron alongside a series of messages on a variety of campaign issues.The advertisements on PinkNews.co.uk are believed to be the party's first political advertising campaign in the gay media.
6th September 2007
Law Order star to run for President 1
5:35 PM — Fred Thompson, the former US Senator, best known as the star of police procedural drama Law Order, chose his appearance last night on the Tonight Show With Jay Leno to announce his candidacy for the Republican nomination for President.The actor, lawyer and politician, who is a conservative, is in pole position to take the nomination.Many Republicans see former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani as too liberal on gay rights and abortion.
Congress considers protection for LGBT workers 21
4:01 PM — The only two openly gay members of the United States Congress testified yesterday about new legislation to protect gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people at work.Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin and Congressman Barney Frank appeared before the House Health, Employment, Labour and Pensions subcommittee and spoke in favour of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA).The proposed legislation seeks to extend federal employment discrimination protections to include sexual orientation and gender identity.
Paisley’s homophobia not a breach of code of conduct 27
3:15 PM — The Northern Ireland Assembly Ombudsman has ruled that a junior minister in the province's government did not break the code of conduct when he called gay people repulsive.Ian Paisley Jnr, who is the son and namesake of the Democratic Unionist First Minister, told Hotpress magazine in May that lesbians and gay men harm society.He was appointed a junior minister in the Office of First Minister and Deputy First Minister by his father.
Scots activists disappointed over hate crime bill 1
1:22 PM — Stonewall Scotland has criticised the Scottish government for failing to make progress on hate crimes legislation.The Scottish National Party-led administration has been in power since May.The nationalists, along with their coalition partners the Greens, made a manifesto commitment to introduce legislation that would punish crimes motivated by the victim's sexual orientation or gender identity.
Gay marches “assist homophobia” say Moscow authorities 4
12:23 PM — The deputy Mayor of Moscow responded to calls for a compromise over gay rights marches in the city by calling activists provocateurs and accusing Western governments of trying to "pull us into a new dimension on the discussion on human rights using the topic of sexual minorities."In January the secretary-general of the Council of Europe, Terry Davis, wrote to Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in an attempt to find a compromise that would allow Moscow Pride 2007 to take place. The event was banned in 2006.
5th September 2007
Craig controversy rumbles on
12:02 AM — Events surrounding anti-gay Republican senator Larry Craig, who resigned last Saturday following an arrest for lewd conduct in a public bathroom, continue to develop as Washington remains awash with rumour and speculation about the controversy.Media reports are suggesting he may reconsider his resignation if cleared of the charges, while his legal team simultaneously fight to cancel the guilty plea he made following the arrest.Meanwhile, a visit from two of his children last week led to an extended interview on ABC where they stressed their father was not gay and said he was disappointed at the lack of support shown by his Republican colleagues.
Labour hit back at Tory attack on civil unions 33
12:02 AM — Former Eastenders star and Labour MEP for the West Midlands, Michael Cashman, has hit back at Tory MP Michael Ancram for his comments on civil unions yesterday.Writing in the Telegraph, Mr Ancram said treating civil unions like normal marriages "insults the intelligence of the British people."He continued: "They are not the equivalent of marriage.