15th May 2007
Students suspended for gay film 57
12:39 PM — Four students have been suspended from their college in India for making a short film on homosexuality.The director, producer and actors in the five minute film have all been suspended from St Joseph's College of Communication in the state of Kerala.The students claim that this disciplinary action is an infringement of their rights of free expression.
Police institutionally homophobic, says report 57
12:38 PM — Police detectives investigating murders and violent crimes in the gay community are influenced by institutional homophobia, a report claims.The report by the independent Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Advisory Group (LGBT IAG) looked at 10 homophobic murders between 1990 and 2002, including five murders by serial killer Colin Ireland.Four of the cases investigated remain unsolved.
14th May 2007
Comment: Gay rights – the next ten years 9
7:05 PM — How will Tony Blair be remembered? That is the question on the lips of almost everyone in politics since he announced that he is to leave office on June 27th.Will he be remembered for bringing peace to Northern Ireland, introducing the minimum wage or getting record numbers of people in work?Or will he be remembered as George Bush's poodle, with the bloody conflict in Iraq his only lasting legacy?
Huge crowds in Rome protest gay rights 1
1:10 PM — Hundreds of thousands of people, including many families with children, came out to protest in Rome on Saturday about a government bill that included legal rights for homosexual couples.The "Family Day" rally in St John Lateran piazza drew people from across Italy.The protest was organised by lay Catholic groups and family associations but not formally backed by the Vatican.
Polish embassy protest planned for IDAHO
1:00 PM — LGBT activists will be demonstrating outside the Polish embassy in London on Thursday as one of many protests worldwide for International Day Against Homophobia.The event will be part of events in over 50 countries to show a united international stand against gay hate.Poland is being targeted because of both attitudes within the country and also new legislation the government there is trying to bring in which is likely to encourage homophobia in schools.
Paisley faces gay rights challenge 7
11:10 AM — A former member of the DUP has challenged party leader and First Minister of Northern Ireland Ian Paisley over the Sexual Orientation Regulations.The regulations outlaw discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation when accessing goods and services.The UK government imposed them on Northern Ireland in January, before the new DUP/Sinn Fein-led local administration took office.
Comment: The race divide splits the gay community 5
10:05 AM — There are places in America where segregation still exists.Blacks only associate with blacks, whites only associate with whites and neither the two shall meet.Racism still permeates the fabric of our very society. As the recent attacks on Barack Obama illustrate, no one is safe from scrutiny.
11th May 2007
Ruth Kelly attends Stonewall event
4:58 PM — Gay rights organisation Stonewall held a parliamentary reception on Wednesday evening to thank dozens of politicians from all the major political parties who were involved in securing new protections for gay people.The Sexual Orientation Regulations outlaw discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation when accessing goods and services and became law on 30th April.More than 50 MPs and peers attended the event, among them Communities Secretary Ruth Kelly.
MP defends Gordon Brown’s gay rights record
4:03 PM — PinkNews.co.uk exclusiveA prominent gay MP has laughed off suggestions that Gordon Brown is homophobic.Chris Byant told PinkNews.co.uk that the Chancellor, who today launched his campaign to become leader of the Labour party and the UK's next Prime Minister, is totally committed to gay rights.Mr Brown launched his bid for power at the Imagination Gallery in London today.
Blair resignation speech in full 7
2:30 PM — I have come back here, to Sedgefield, to my constituency, where my political journey began and where it is fitting it should end.Today I announce my decision to stand down from the leadership of the Labour party.The party will now select a new leader. On 27 June I will tender my resignation from the office of prime minister to the Queen.
Russian MPs speak in favour of Moscow Pride 1
11:30 AM — A senior member of the Duma, the parliament of the Russian Federation, has condemned the ban on a gay Pride march in Moscow later this month.Alexei Mitrofanov, who represents the Liberal Democratic party, said the ban leads to very negative consequences for Russia.The homophobic mayor of Moscow has pledged he will never allow a gay march in his city, calling gay people "Satanic."
10th May 2007
Analysis: Blair steps down – what happens next? 7
6:15 PM — The Prime Minister's announcement this afternoon that he intends to stand down triggers a complex election procedure to replace him and his deputy leader John Prescott, who is also retiring.The first thing to note is that Tony Blair is still PM and will remain so until he goes to see the Queen on June 27th and resigns.Her Majesty will then ask whoever has been elected by the Labour party as their leader to form a government.
Prescott: “an honour to serve”
4:00 PM — John Prescott quietly stood down from his role of deputy leader of the Labour party today as the media focus was on Tony Blair.Mr Prescott, despite a notoriously bad relationship with Peter Mandelson, was vocal in his support for gay rights.The Deputy Prime Minister wrote to his local constituency party in Hull East revealing his intention to stand down. He also gave them a detailed defence of his controversial time in office.
US state alters partner name-change rules
3:00 PM — Domestic partners in California may soon find it easier to change their last names, or make up a new family name.On Monday the state Assembly passed a measure that would ease the process of name-changing for same-sex couples.However, the measure must first be adopted by the state Senate, and also signed by California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, before it is made legal.
Analysis: Big changes expected in a Brown cabinet 7
1:11 PM — When Tony Blair told his Cabinet of his intention to resign this morning, many of them must have been wondering if they would still be a minister by the time the next PM takes office.Picking his own Cabinet will give Mr Blair's expected successor, Gordon Brown, a chance to revitalise the government.As many as eight Cabinet ministers could go after a change of leader on June 27th.
Britain is a blessed nation says Blair 7
12:32 PM — In an emotional address to supporters, friends and family in his own constituency, Tony Blair acknowledged his shortcoming as Prime Minister and justified his controversial decisions.He apologised directly for mistakes but urged voters to believe he had genuine motives:"Hand on heart i did what i thought was right," he said.
Tony Blair to stand down as PM on June 27 7
12:16 PM — The Prime Minister has announced that he is resigning as leader of the Labour party and will hand over power once a successor has been elected.Tony Blair told his Cabinet of his intention this morning and then travelled to his constituency in Sedgfield in county Durham to make his announcement.In Trimdon Labour Club, he told supporters he is proud of achieving equality for gay people.
Gay reactions to Blair’s announcement 7
11:40 AM — Prominent politicians, commentators and gay activists have spoken in praise of Tony Blair, who announced today that he is to retire as soon as the Labour party select his successor.Ben Summerskill, chief executive of gay equality organisation Stonewall, told PinkNews.co.uk:"Without a doubt, one of New Labour's lasting legacies will be the contribution that Tony Blair has made to equality for lesbian and gay people."
John Prescott to step down
11:13 AM — The Deputy Prime Minister has announced his departure from office in an open letter to his constituents.John Prescott, 68, has been the most colourful member of the Blair government. He also had a long track record of speaking up for gay rights.In May 2006 he had the last of his departmental powers taken away.
9th May 2007
Gay top cop tipped for Mayor 3
5:59 PM — The most senior out gay police officer in the UK is being courted by two major parties as mayoral candidate for London, it has been reported.Brian Paddick, who is currently a Deputy Assistant Commissioner in London's Metropolitan Police, has asked to be allowed to stand down before the end of his current contract.He is to leave the force at the end of May.