4th February 2008
Minister questioned at LGBT education conference 8
5:35 PM — A junior education minister defended the government's new guidance on homophobic bullying at last weekend's Schools OUT conference.Kevin Brennan, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, told an audience of around 100 who packed into London's Drill Hall that the new guidance was a major step forward."While we cannot force a positive attitude through law or through a policy, however robust, you have to have an environment, and schools must promote an environment, based on respect," he said.
Speaker calls for transparency on MPs allowances 31
4:40 PM — The Speaker of the House of Commons has urged MPs from all sides to move quickly to reform of the allowances system.A meeting of the Members' Estimates Committee is to consider new rules, including a ban on employing relatives with public funds.Speaker Michael Martin, a member of the committee, made a statement to MPs this afernoon. "We must take fully into account the public interest in transparency," he said.
Human rights group condemns Jamaica violence 28
2:40 PM — A leading US-based rights organisation has said that the latest incident of homophobic mob violence in Jamaica shows that the police in the Caribbean nation are failing in their duties.Scott Long, director of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Rights Programme at Human Rights Watch, said: "Gays and lesbians in Jamaica face violence at home, in public, even in a house of worship, and official silence encourages the spread of hate."The Jamaica Forum for Lesbians All-Sexuals and Gays, JFLAG, brought the most recent attack to wider attention.
Super Tuesday could decide the 2008 Presidential race 7
2:20 PM — Tomorrow Democrats, Republicans and Independents in 24 US states will take part in the biggest vote before the Presidential election in November.At a series of caucuses and primaries across America, 41% of the pledged delegates for the Republican convention and 52% of the votes at the Democratic convention will fall behind one of the candidates still in the race.No wonder they call it Super Tuesday.
Boles donates money to Boris campaign 7
1:45 PM — A leading gay Tory has donated £20,000 to the campaign to elect Boris Johnson as Mayor of London.Nick Boles was the frontrunner to be his party's candidate for Mayor until he withdrew from the race after being diagnosed with a form of cancer.Now it has emerged that he is among a list of donors to Boris' campaign, alongside property developers, hedge fund managers, lobbyists and art dealers.
Florida will vote on same-sex marriage ban
1:00 PM — An initiative to ask Florida's citizens to ban gay marriage in the state will be voted on in November. It was the only one of more than fifty proposed ballots to get the required 611,009 signatures.A state constitutional amendment requires the approval of 8 percent of Florida voters who cast ballots in the last Presidential election.All signatures must be presented to state officials on February 1st at 5pm. The gay marriage ban ballot was certified with 649,346 signatures.
Ambassador complains to Vatican about election statement 13
12:35 PM — Spain's ambassador to the Vatican met with Church officials over the weekend to protest about interference in the country's elections by the country's bishops.Foreign Minister Miguel Angel Moratinos revealed on Saturday that Ambassador Francisco Vazquez expressed his "perplexity and surprise" at statement issued last week by the Spanish Bishop's Conference.The Zapatero government introduced full gay marriage in Spain in 2005.
3rd February 2008
Suspended MP accuses newspapers of homophobia 32
1:20 AM — The Conservative MP suspended from the House of Commons after it emerged that he his son and his friend were given public funds in breach of Parliamentary rules has publically defended his gay son and accused the media of homophobia.Derrick Conway has paid his son out of Parliamentary expenses whilst he was a full time student in Newcastle. A number of tabloid newspapers have focused on Henry Conway's sexuality.
1st February 2008
Catholic Church tries to influence Spanish elections 13
4:20 PM — Socialist politicians in Spain have expressed anger at a statement from the country's Roman Catholic bishops that tells the faithful not to vote for parties that support gay marriage.The Spanish Bishop's Conference issued a statement earlier this week: "Catholics may support and join different parties it is also true that not all (electoral) programmes are equally compatible with the faith and Christian demands in life."Socialist spokesman Jose Blanco said that many Catholics would feel ashamed at attempts by religious leaders to influence March's election.
Comment: Keep Huckabee out of the White House
11:30 AM — It has been 15 years since Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee suggested to the Associated Press that steps should be taken to "isolate the carriers of this plague" with regards to the AIDS epidemic.But time and awareness haven't changed the presidential hopeful's tune.Just months ago, he told Fox News: "I had simply made the point, and I still believe this today, that in the late 80s and early 90s, when we didn't know as much."
31st January 2008
Brian Paddick on Elton, cruising and his partner 6
1:01 PM — The Lib Dem candidate for Mayor of London has spoken to PinkNews.co.uk about his friendship with Sir Elton John and David Furnish.Earlier today it was revealed that the international star and his film producer partner hosted a dinner where they introduced Brian Paddick to potential donors to his campaign."I have met David probably on twenty or more occasions, and we have had dinner together alone on a number of occasions," Mr Paddick told PinkNews.co.uk.
Disgraced Tory MP paid son’s friend 32
9:35 AM — A Conservative MP who will today be suspended from the Commons for ten days after revelations about payments to his family has been accused of making additional payments to his son's friend.The Sun reports that "disgraced Tory MP Derek Conway gave a job to a close pal of his gay son Henry."Earlier this week Mr Conway announced he would be stepping down from Parliament at the next election after being censured by the Commons Standards and Privileges Committee.
Defeated Giuiliani endorses McCain for President 2
8:10 AM — Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuiliani ended his campaign for the Republican 2008 Presidential nomination yesterday after losing by a significant margin to rivals John McCain and Mitt Romney in the Florida primary.Giuliani endorsed McCain in a speech from California yesterday afternoon.Once considered a strong frontrunner for the Republican Presidential nomination, Giuiliani has trailed largely behind candidates John McCain and Mitt Romney in national polls recently.
EXCLUSIVE: Elton John backs Paddick’s campaign for Mayor 6
7:45 AM — The Liberal Democrat candidate for Mayor of London received a boost last night when singer Sir Elton John and his partner David Furnish held a fundraising event for him.The celebrity couple held a dinner for friends in their London home to introduce them to Brian Paddick.Speaking to PinkNews.co.uk this morning, Mr Paddick said: "I have been friends with Elton and David for many years and I am so grateful to them for supporting me in this way."
30th January 2008
Candidates praise Edwards for “classy” campaign
8:03 PM — Former North Carolina Senator John Edwards has announced he will be dropping out of the race for the Democratic Presidential nomination.The decision comes after a consistent inability to compete strongly against rivals Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama and a disappointing third place finish in the Florida Democratic primary on Tuesday.Barack Obama said Edwards had left the presidential battle in a "classy" way.
Praise for Stonewall’s homophobic bullying work 4
4:50 PM — A senior member of the government paid tribute to the work of gay equality organisation Stonewall today.Speaking at the launch of the first ever national guidance from the government to help schools tackle homophobic bullying, Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families Ed Balls paid tribute to the group's work.Stonewall was commissioned to write the groundbreaking online guidance in partnership with EACH (Education Action Challenging Homophobia).
Right-wing attempts to weaken work protection in Chile
4:35 PM — Conservative politicians in Chile are working to water down new legislation that would protect gay people at work.The Chilean Movement for Homosexual Integration and Liberation (MOVILH), sais that some Senators are attempting to water down an anti-discrimination bill currently before the Senate."The right is waging a tremendous campaign against the bill, with the aim of removing the clause about sexual orientation from the text," Rolando Jimenez, the head of MOVILH, told IPS News.
Edwards drops out of race for White House
3:50 PM — Former US Senator John Edwards has announced he will end his campaign for Democratic party nomination for President of the United States.An official announcement is expected later today in New Orleans. Mr Edwards' decision means the Democratic nominee will now be either former US First Lady Hillary Clinton or Senator Barack Obama.Senator Edwards' campaign has focused on poverty in America. He had not won any of the Democratic caucuses and primaries held so far.
Bush greets gay Congressman’s boyfriend 3
2:40 PM — It was a moment of affection between two politicians, and in normal circumstances it would pass unnoticed.But when one is the only out gay man in Congress and the other a President who has revelled in his hostility to gay marriage, their closeness raises eyebrows.After his final State of the Union address to both Houses of Congress on Monday, President George W Bush greeted Congressman Barney Frank with a shoulder and head touch, as the two shared a personal moment.
Vets mark 15th anniversary of US gay military ban
2:10 PM — "I believe if we get a Democratic President we'll get rid of the ban. The younger generation doesn't care one bit."That is the hope Joan Darrah expressed to Time magazine this week - the retired Navy captain, and lesbian, served from 1972 to 2002.She is not alone. Millions of Americans are hoping that the next resident of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue will abolish a policy that stops openly gay people from serving in the US Army Forces.