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Politics

  • 28th March 2007

    Anti-gay Christian’s White House scam

    White House officials contacted by Deutsche Presse-Agentur denied Hutcherson had any link with the office.

    4:20 PM — A row has erupted in Latvia after the US government denied links with an anti-gay preacher who travelled to the country claiming to be an official White House envoy.Kenneth Hutcherson, founder of the Antioch Bible Church, is an outspoken opponent of gay rights.He travelled to Latvia in earlier this month at the invitation of the New Generational Church.

  • Hacker turns US presidential candidate’s site pro-gay 1

    McCain, a Republican Senator and presidential hopeful, has a record of “U-turns“ on gay issues.

    2:27 PM — The MySpace site of John McCain has been manipulated to make it appear as if he supports lesbian marriage.Mike Davidson, a web publisher and writer, has claimed responsibility for the prank.A message was placed on the website supporting gay marriage.

  • Polish official wants to ban gays from range of jobs 4

    Poland is currently one of the most intolerant countries in Europe regarding gay rights.

    12:32 PM — The Polish ombudsman for children's rights has drawn up a list of professions for which homosexuals are considered unsuitable.Eva Sovinyska has asked the government to impose a ban on gay and lesbian people doing jobs on the list.Gay teachers, or sport and art instructors in schools, would no longer be able to apply for work in their profession.

  • 27th March 2007

    Schools activist: bullying recommendations not good enough

    Sue Sanders (R) with Sir Ian McKellen and rapper Mz Fontaine at the launch of LGBT History Month in February.

    5:20 PM — PinkNews.co.uk exclusive A gay rights activist who has been working for LGBT equality in education since 1974 has said that defeating homophobic bullying in schools will not be achieved by the recommendations of today's report from MPs.Sue Sanders, who is co-founder of Schools OUT, told PinkNews.co.uk that while she welcomed the focus on harassment in schools, without changes to the entire culture of education little would be achieved.

  • Israel urged to secure gay Palestinian meeting

    IGLHRC has asked Israeli leaders to speak out for freedom of expression, but none have done so yet.

    3:49 PM — The International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) has called on political and religious leaders in Israel to ensure safety for participants in the ASWAT conference in Haifa.ASWAT is the only lesbian Palestinian organisation in Israel, and tomorrow it plans to celebrate its 5th anniversary in Haifa.The event, named "Home and Exile," will include a book launch to call attention to the needs of the lesbian, bisexual and transgender community.

  • Gay separatist leader bombs at election

    Boisclair was Parti Québécois' youngest leader and was elected as a member of the legislature at the age of 23.

    3:35 PM — The Parti Québécois disappointed their voters with a low result in the state elections on Monday, and many blame their leader, Andre Boisclair.The PQ won just 36 of the province's 125 seats to finish in third place, one of the worst defeats in history for the party.There is now little chance of a referendum on the sovereignty of Quebec, a key electoral issue for the party.

  • Study claims a third of US lesbians have had a baby

    In the US, various state policies regarding LGB adoption and fostering vary.

    2:50 PM — A major research project in the United States has revealed that more than 35% of lesbians aged between 18 and 44 have given birth, and 16% of gay men have a child.The Williams Institute and the Urban Institute today released a major study on adoption and foster care by lesbian and gay parents.Nearly 52,000 lesbian and gay households include an adopted child under the age of 18.

  • Gay groups welcome bullying report 2

    Stonewall has been campaigning on homophobic bullying for several years through their Education for All campaign.

    1:12 PM — Gay equality organisation Stonewall has welcomed the report by a committee of MPs on bullying in schools.The report highlights the prevalence of homophobic bullying and the lack of specific policies to protect LGBT pupils.MPs also highlighted the way in which children who are the victims of bullying are sometimes encouraged to stay at home or even leave the school.

  • MPs say Catholic schools fail to tackle gay bullying 2

    The Department for Education and Skills will now formally respond to the recommendations of the report.

    12:01 PM — A committee of MPs has attacked Roman Catholic church-run schools for refusing to implement government guidelines on setting up anti-homophobic bullying policies.The investigation into all bullying in schools was instigated by Liberal Democrat MP and education spokesman Stephen Williams."Bullying is a matter of child welfare, not one of theology," Mr Williams told PinkNews.co.uk

  • 26th March 2007

    Gay Democrat wins election despite porn allegations

    Buckley thanked party members who had been “incredibly strong and supportive“ during the last three months.

    3:35 PM — Ray Buckley was elected the first openly gay party chairman in the US on Saturday.New Hampshire's Democratic Party voted for him despite an ugly campaign in which he was accused, then cleared, of possessing child pornography.Buckley weathered the pornography accusations from state Representative Steve Vaillancourt, his former friend and roommate.

  • Ruth Kelly loses privacy case

    Ms Kelly complained to the Press Complaints Commission, saying her son's privacy had been breached.

    11:37 AM — The cabinet minister responsible for gay rights has had a complaint about the Daily Mirror's coverage of her child's education rejected.Ruth Kelly, the Communities Secretary, decided to send one of her sons to a private school because he has learning difficulties.The 38-year-old, who has four children, was heavily criticised for the decision.

  • MPs to demand action on bullying in schools 2

    Mr Williams, the MP for Bristol West and an out gay man, has consistently brought attention to homophobic bullying in schools since being elected to Parliament in 2005.

    11:10 AM — The House of Commons education and skills committee will publish a report tomorrow about the extent of bullying in schools.Lib Dem MP and committee member Stephen Williams suggested they investigate victimisation of children based on race, sexuality or other factors."I hope this investigation will make a difference to the welfare of kids up and down Britain," he told PinkNews.co.uk

  • 23rd March 2007

    MP’s researcher sends rude email to anti-gay activist

    Mr Simpson, the MP for Nottingham South, said that it was wrong for Mr May to be abusive in his response to the anti-gay email, which he said should have gone in the bin.

    5:32 PM — A Nottingham MP has said one of his staff was wrong to send an abusive response to an email from a Christian activist.Dries De Coster, a 19-year-old theology student, had group e-mailed every MP calling on them to oppose the Sexual Orientation Regulations.Paul May, a researcher for Nottingham MP Alan Simpson, responded to Mr De Coster's email.

  • Stonewall raise £230,000 at Blair dinner

    Later in the evening, an auction was held and a considerable sum was raised from lots such as an evening out with  Torchwood star John Barrowman and a book reading with award-winning author Sarah Waters.

    5:15 PM — Gay equality organisation Stonewall said they were delighted that last night's Equality dinner raised nearly a quarter of a million pounds.The money raised will help Stonewall's ongoing campaigns, such as Education for All, which tackles homophobia and homophobic bullying in schools.

  • Gay EU Commissioner defiant over sacking rumours

    He was appointed to the Cabinet twice, but had to resign both times.

    10:51 AM — Peter Mandelson has told the BBC that he will be staying in his post as EU Trade Commissioner until 2009.The imminent change of British Prime Minister had raised the possibility that Mr Mandelson might be sacked as the UK's Commissioner.There is an EU Commissioner from every member state. Mr Mandelson has been the UK's man in Brussels since November 2004.

  • 22nd March 2007

    Tony Blair’s gay speech in full 3

    He has done so much more than that for gay people in this country. He has been a good friend, a good friend to Stonewall, a good friend to gay people across Britain.

    10:42 PM — The Prime Minister was speaking at the Stonewall Equality dinner at the Dorchester Hotel, central London, this evening.He was introduced by Stonewall's chief executive, Ben Summerskill. Ben Summerskill: I would like to welcome all of you here tonight. I am delighted to introduce our opening speaker. I first met him 14 years ago, when my job was to show him round Harrow Rd police station in west London - don't ask.

  • Tony Blair: civil partnerships make me proud 2

    Mr Blair paid tribute to the way in which gay equality organisation Stonewall has consistently lobbied for many years for a range of rights that are now law.

    9:18 PM — The Prime Minister this evening told a gay audience that the fact that civil partnerships are legal in the UK makes him proud.Speaking at the Stonewall Equality dinner in the Dorchester Hotel in central London, Mr Blair said it was a positive development that every major party leader supports equality and he is hopeful that will not change in the future.

  • Activists and politicians welcome Lords pro-gay vote 5

    The Lords vote last night means the Sexual Orientation Regulations will become law in England, Scotland and Wales on 30th April.

    12:21 PM — The final passage of new rules to protect gay, lesbian and bisexual people has been welcomed by gay rights advocates.Ben Summerskill, chief executive of gay equality organisation Stonewall, said they were delighted with the Lords vote.The Sexual Orientation Regulations were approved by the House of Lords last night.

  • Congress revisits hate crimes legislation 7

    More than 100 other members of Congress joined Conyers and Kirk in introducing the bipartisan bill.

    12:16 PM — Two members of the US House of Representatives have re-introduced a critical piece of legislation providing local police and sheriff's departments with federal resources to combat hate violence.John Conyers, Democrat from Michigan, and Mark Kirk, a Republican from Illinois brought the Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act before the House on Tuesday night.Gay groups Human Rights Campaign and the Matthew Shepard Foundation hailed the bill's introduction.

  • Gay adoption rules approved by House of Lords 5

    Labour peers said the new protections were needed given the discrimination gay people face every day.

    10:20 AM — The Sexual Orientation Regulations have been approved by the House of Lords and will become law on April 30th.A motion by Tory peer Baroness O'Cathain seeking to strike down the regulations was defeated by 168 votes to 122.They outlaw discrimination against gay, lesbian and bisexual people when they access goods, services and facilities.

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