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  • 7th June 2007

    Blears comments ‘deeply disturbing’ say Tories 21

    David Cameron has aimed to modernise his party since becoming leader, this has included targeting more gay and lesbian candidates and shedding its previously homophobic image

    6:12 PM — The Conservative Party have hit back at claims made by Labour deputy leader candidate Hazel Blears that they are a party "riddled with homophobia."Ms Blears made the comments following a survey by Conservatives Home, the unofficial Conservative grassroots website.The survey claimed that a third of all Conservative activists would not attend a Civil Partnership ceremony - even if invited by a friend.

  • Scot arrested for murdering German too ill to go to court

    Karl Heinz Thonningen was stabbed to death on Saturday after returning home from gay clubs in the popular Playa Del Ingles holiday resort.

    4:22 PM — The British man arrested over the murder of a gay German in Gran Canaria is too ill to appear in court today.The 39-year old man identified only as EB by police was arrested after he was found to have overdosed on drugs in a suicide attempt.Karl Heinz Thonningen, 44, was stabbed to death at 0500 on Saturday after returning home from gay clubs in the popular Playa Del Ingles holiday resort.

  • Gay rights groups criticise surgeon general nominee

    Dr Holsinger's nomination must be confirmed by a majority vote in the United States Senate before he is appointed.

    3:51 PM — Gay rights groups have slammed President Bush's nominee for surgeon general, Kentucky cardiologist Dr. James Holsinger, 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."

  • Lib Dems call for computing genius to be remembered

    Turing killed himself by eating an apple laced with cyanide on 8th June 1954.

    3:05 PM — The Liberal Democrats are calling for the House of Commons to remember cryptographer Alan Turing tomorrow, on the 53rd anniversary of his death.Turing famously invented the Turing machine and cracked the German Enigma code during World War Two, but sadly committed suicide after being convicted of having a sexual relationship with another man.

  • Lesbian use of IVF increasing

    The average cost of a cycle of IVF treatment ranges from £4,000 to £8,000.

    2:03 PM — The number of lesbians using IVF is increasing, new figures show.Between 1999 and 2006, the number of treatment cycles for lesbian couples tripled from 300 per year to almost 1,000.During the same time period, the number of treatment cycles undergone by single women only doubled.

  • Iranian partygoers released

    The maximum punishment for adultery and gay sex is death, and teenage boys as young as 15 are eligible for the death penalty.

    12:43 PM — Nearly all of the young men arrested at a party in Iran earlier this month under suspicion of being gay have now been released.Eighty-seven young men were originally arrested, and seventeen were held for "homosexual conduct" and drinking alcohol in a crackdown by Iranian police.

  • Survey finds rise in hate crimes

    The growing public presence of the LGBT community has resulted in a violent backlash

    12:06 PM — A new survey on hate crimes in Europe has found that the level of hate crimes based on sexual orientation is rising, and that governments are failing to report the crimes.The 2007 Hate Crime Survey was released today by Human Right First, a leading human rights organisation, and also covers hate crimes based on race, faith and disability.

  • Jack Straw to chair Cabinet while Prescott is ill

    Mr Prescott was taken ill on a journey between his Hull constituency and London.

    11:06 AM — Jack Straw is chairing the Cabinet meeting today while Deputy Leader John Prescott remains ill in hospital with pneumonia.Yesterday the 69-year-old politician was moved to a high-dependency unit at University College Hospital.His office insist that this is not because his condition is deteriorating, but to allow closer monitoring.

  • John Prescott, suffering from pneumonia is moved to high dependency unit 1

    John Prescott in better health

    12:32 AM — Deputy Prime Minister, John Prescott, is suffering from pneumonia and has been moved to a high-dependency unit. But, his office insist that this is not because his condition is deteriorating but to allow closer monitoring.The 69-year-old has resigned as deputy leader of the Labour Party, sparking a contest with six candidates vying to replace him with gay rights firmly on the agenda. John Cruddas, Hazel Blears, Harriet Harman, Alan Johnson and Peter Hain have all given interviews to PinkNews.co.uk in recent weeks.

  • 6th June 2007

    Lottery win for older gay people

    A study by the charity  found that older LGBT people can have more difficulty accessing community services.

    3:11 PM — Older citizens in the Preston area have been awarded a £131,000 lottery bonanza - but this time, the much-needed cash is going straight to the LGBT community.The Preston and South Ribble branch of Age Concern have been awarded the money by the Big Lottery Fund.They will use it to help reduce the social isolation felt by people over the age of 55.

  • 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.

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