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  • 5th April 2007

    MP presses for gay census question 5

    Mr Williams, the MP for Bristol West, said that is important to know how many gay people there are in the UK.

    3:07 PM — PinkNews.co.uk exclusive A frontbench spokesman for the Liberal Democrats has said he is disappointed that the government has decided not to include a question on sexual orientation in the next census.The next national survey will take place in 2011.It is conducted every 10 years by the Office of National Statistics.

  • Presidential candidate favours civil unions and tolerance 1

    Mr Dodd is a United States Senator representing Connecticut.

    11:49 AM — One of the less-well known potential candidates in the race for the President of the United States asked an audience of teenagers to consider how they would feel if their child grew up gay.Chris Dodd was addressing high school students in Concord, New Hampshire.The state's 400-member House of Representatives yesterday approved a civil unions bill.

  • No 10 petition on homosexuality laws

    GLITA want the Prime Minister to campaign at the United Nations for a UN resolution for decriminalisation of homosexuality.

    10:50 AM — The rights activists have placed a petition on the website of No 10 Downing St, and are hoping to emulate the success of other petitions on the site.The Gay Liberal Independent Thinkers Association (GLITA) want the Prime Minister to campaign at the United Nations for a UN resolution for decriminalisation of homosexuality.

  • 4th April 2007

    Green MSP targeted by “So Macho” Christians 1

    Mr Harvie was a leading voice in the successful campaign to abolish Section 28 in Scotland.

    3:52 PM — The man who wrote gay anthem "So Macho" is attempting to oust one of the few LGB members of the Scottish Parliament from his seat.The elections for the parliament will be held on 3rd May. Top of the list for the Green party in the Glasgow region is Patrick Harvie.He has been an MSP since 2003 and is widely expected to be re-elected.

  • Bush not saying if homosexuality is immoral 2

    President Bush, a born-again Christian, answered with his trademark erudition.

    11:47 AM — The President of the United States has declined to follow his most senior military commander in stating his view on the morality of gay people.Last month, Marine General Peter Pace caused a media storm by describing homosexual acts as "immoral" in the Chicago Tribune newspaper, likening them to adultery.General Pace is the chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff.

  • 3rd April 2007

    Gays continue to be targeted amid Iraq carnage 1

    The targeting of gay people is just another example of the chaos of daily life in Iraq.

    3:22 PM — "Iraqi lesbians and gays continue to be subjected a systematic reign of terror by Shia death squads."The government of Iraq refuses to crack down on the killers or to take any action to protect its gay citizens," according to Ali Hili, the coordinator of the human rights group Iraqi LGBT.Mr Hili, an Iraqi living in London, told PinkNews.co.uk that death squads are responsible for the murders of a range of people thought to be "unIslamic."

  • Australian state considers same sex partner register

    It is not yet known what exact rights the register in Victoria will allow for.

    12:35 PM — The Premier of Victoria in Australia has called for more rights for gay couples.Labour Premier Steve Bracks has asked Attorney-General Rob Hulls to advise the government on whether a gay relationship register could be established in Victoria.The register would be similar to a model already at work in Tasmania.

  • American gay teens lobby for their rights

    Gay youth make a difference because their tales might remind politicians of how it felt to be picked on in high school.

    11:34 AM — A group of gay youth lobbied California assemblyman Curren Price on Saturday, asking him to co-sponsor a bill that would protect young people from discrimination in schools.The lobbyists included Maria Ramos, 18; Andrew Konke, 21; and Ignacio Pitalua, 19. Pitalua told the congressman that being picked on by other kids was "a big obstacle to learning," the AP reported.These young people are not alone in their activism. Others like them are protesting for gay rights across the country.

  • 2nd April 2007

    Ex-wife not aware Governor had gay lovers 1

    Stone told the  Star-Ledger  that she, too, doubts McGreevey is gay.

    2:58 PM — The estranged wife of gay ex-New Jersey governor James McGreevey did not know her husband was carrying on a relationship with a man, says the ghostwriter for her upcoming memoir.Elizabeth Stone, the uncredited co-author of Silent Partner, due out May 1st, spoke about writing Dina Matos McGreevey's book Saturday.She spoke during a Fordham University panel discussion on memoir writing for students and alumni.

  • Gay Big Brother star faces political opposition

    Graham, a farmer and former model, famously “outed“ himself on the reality show last year.

    2:52 PM — Openly gay Big Brother contestant David Graham is the target of Australian National Party MPs who have vowed to stop his efforts at breaking into politics.Graham, a farmer and former model, famously "outed" himself on the reality show last year.He is a long-time member of the National Party, but his homosexuality has proved too much for some in the party.

  • Comment: Why I am keeping faith with Labour 1

    I was seduced by New Labour's idealism, its optimism and its apparent desire to make Britain a better and fairer place.

    10:37 AM — I joined the Labour party in 1999 at the age of 16 with the desire to make my own small contribution to building a better Britain.I've always felt that having strong beliefs and values and being courageous in expressing them is a crucial part of playing a role in society.Some people choose religion and God, but for me, an atheist, the choice was politics and the Labour party.

  • Comment: Why I left the Lib Dems for the Tories 16

    I am reassured that David Cameron will ensure we don't go back to the dark days of Section 28 and inequality.

    10:20 AM — They say a leopard never changes it's spots, but it's clear over the last twelve months that David Cameron and the Conservative party have set about changing the way they think, act and formulate policy to respond to the needs of a modern Britain.For years, I was a member of the Liberal Democrats, and represented them both locally as a councillor, and nationally when I stood as a candidate in the general election.

  • 30th March 2007

    Hollywood actor considers White House run

    His Southern drawl and bulky frame makes him an ideal candidate for what Americans imagine the leader of the free world should look like.

    3:28 PM — The veteran actor Fred Thompson, best known for his work on TV show Law and Order, is considering running for the Republican nomination for President of the United States.Thompson, 65, is a former Senator from Tennessee and starred opposite Harrison Ford in The Hunt for Red October. He has combined entertainment work with law and politics throughout his adult life.

  • Radical AIDS activists take to the streets of New York

    The protest concluded at the “Wall Street Bull“ statue, as the fervent group observed those engaging in civil disobedience.

    3:05 PM — 27 people were arrested yesterday during a protest demanding health care for all in the United States.The event commemorated the 20th anniversary of ACT UP's AIDS activism and direct action.The activists were demanding also demanding single-payer national health insurance and drug price controls.

  • Charging for HIV treatment is danger to public health say MPs

    MPs and peers found that the government was in breach of its human rights obligations by charging pregnant women for treatment.

    11:57 AM — A committee of MPs and peers has called on the government to stop the NHS charging migrants for HIV and maternity treatment.The report from the Joint Committee on Human Rights has been welcomed by HIV charities.In a wide-ranging examination into the treatment of asylum seekers, the committee examined the decision in 2004 to introduce charges for NHS care for failed asylum seekers.

  • Nigeria anti-gay law stalls 1

    “Corruption remains widespread at every level of Nigerian society“ Changing Attitude in Nigeria said in a statement.

    11:13 AM — The impending elections in the African state of Nigeria could mean that a draconian law banning gay lifestyles may not become law.The federal polls are due to be held on 21st Arpil. Nigerians will vote for a new President and elect both houses of the National Assembly.The Same Sex Marriage (Prohibition) Bill was debated on the 22nd March but as the Assembly is now out of session, it is hoped the bill will die.

  • Gay support from wife of Moscow homophobe

    Pop-singer Anita Tsoi told a newspaper that she enjoys playing gigs in gay clubs.

    10:24 AM — The wife of Moscow Mayor's spokesman Sergei Tsoi has surprised gay activists in Russia by saying she might attend the Pride event her husband's boss has banned.Pop-singer Anita Tsoi told a newspaper that she enjoys playing gigs in gay clubs, and defended gay people against the Mayor's accusation that they are "satanic."At the beginning of this month the mayors of London, Paris, Berlin and Moscow held their annual meeting.

  • 29th March 2007

    Guernsey’s second shot at an equal age of consent 2

    If Guernsey's gay age of consent is accepted it would put the isolated island more in step with the rest of Europe.

    3:07 PM — The Channel Island of Guernsey plans to follow Jersey later in the year by reducing their gay age of consent from 18 to 16.In 1999, the island lowered the age from 21 to 18.Politicians in Guernsey approved an equalisation amendment as part of a "requete," the equivalent of a Private Member's Bill, from Conseiller Carol Steere, which would have seen an equal age of consent of 16.

  • Gay Governor’s wife tells her side of the story 1

    Now his wife Dina Matos McGreevey will speak for the first time about her experiences on  Oprah on May 1st.

    12:34 PM — The wife of former governor Jim McGreevey is to talk about her ex-husband's gay life on the The Oprah Winfrey Show.He became the first openly gay state governor in American history following his dramatic public confession of an affair with his former homeland security advisor, Golan Cipel.He left office two months later, in November 2004

  • Belgium at centre of “gay” Turkish hero row 3

    Turks are devoted to the memory of Ataturk, and slandering his name is punishable by imprisonment.

    11:46 AM — The education minister of Belgium's French-speaking community is trying to quell a row over a school textbook that identifies the founder of the modern Turkish state as gay.Marie Arena is seeking a meeting with Turkey's ambassador to Belgium, and her spokesman has said that Ataturk's inclusion on a list of famous gay and bisexual people from history was a "mistake."The Walloon region of the country is autonomous in matters of education.

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