19th February 2007
Pioneering lesbian activist Gittings dies
3:53 PM — An iconic figure in the American gay rights movement, Barbara Gittings, has died aged 74.Gittings helped found the New York chapter of lesbian rights organisation Daughters of Bilitis in 1958, and was one of the first openly gay women to gain media attention.She was also instrumental in persuading the American Psychiatric Association to stop viewing homosexuality as a mental disorder in the 1970s.
China’s first gay marriage protest
12:20 PM — On Valentine's Day, Beijing's gay population protested for same-sex marriage to be legalised. This was the first protest for that cause in China.The protest took place during lunch hour in a well-populated business area.As part of the protest, flyers were given out, and these flyers were used to cover red carnations.
Mayor pleads innocent to heterosexism 1
12:12 PM — A former Cambridge mayor has been accused of "heterosexism" after he asked for more family homes to be built.Liberal Democrat Councillor John Hipkin, who has a gay brother, told the BBC that he took "deep exception" to a complaint made to Cambridge Council over his demand for more family housing.Hipkin currently represents Cambridge's Castle ward and was first elected in May 1992.
Report shows grim gay existence in Nigeria
12:06 PM — Nigerian LGBT people opposed to a new anti-gay law in the country have spoken about their experiences in a report for the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC).Voices from Nigeria details homophobic attacks, arbitrary arrests and detentions, and increased levels of homophobia that have already begun as a result of the introduction of the legislation, referred to as the Same-Sex Marriage Prohibition Act.The Act launches a vigorous attack on freedom of expression.
New Jersey grants civil unions from today
11:28 AM — The American state of New Jersey has become the fifth state in the nation to grant marriage rights to same-sex couples.A new law, which was enforced across the state today, allows gay and lesbian couples to apply for a civil union and benefit from the same legal protection that heterosexual couples enjoy.However, the new unions are not identified as a marriage.
16th February 2007
Gay Iraqis face continued persecution 1
3:02 PM — The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has promised to crack down on the persecution of gay people in Iraq.The slaughter of gay Iraqis by Islamist death squads is yet another tragic consequence of the chaos and carnage in this beleaguered country.It would seem that no-one is safe from fundamentalist militias, who target Iraqis for "crimes against Islam," which might include drinking alcohol, having a Sunni name, or not being veiled if you are a woman.
Clock ticking on gay discrimination regulations 1
11:54 AM — The controversial Sexual Orientation Regulations, the source of a battle with the Roman Catholic church over adoption and a Cabinet row, should be published next week.A spokeswoman for the Department of Communities and Local Government confirmed to PinkNews.co.uk that they expect the regulations will become law by April as promised.The new rules protect gay, lesbian and bisexual people from discrimination when accessing goods, services and facilities.
15th February 2007
80% of Italians defy Vatican over partnership rights 4
5:24 PM — A poll has revealed that an overwhelming majority of Italians approve of the government's proposed legislation that will grant some rights to unmarried couples.Last week the Cabinet unanimously approved the new legislation, which also grants rights to unmarried heterosexual couples.Now a survey for newspaper La Repubblica has found strong support for the measures.
Gays and alcoholics the same, says Moscow
12:45 PM — A high-ranking official in Moscow has joined in the growing debate over the city's refusal to allow a gay rights parade this year.Georgy Muradov, head of the city's international relations department, yesterday likened homosexuality to alcoholism and argued that both are "bad for one's health."His remarks came as he tried to fend off criticisms from the Swedish ambassador of the city's decision to ban a Pride march.
Gay rights row influences Labour deputy race
10:04 AM — The Education Secretary, Alan Johnson, has had his candidacy for the deputy leadership of the Labour party endorsed by a string of ministers.Many of the middle-ranking MPs had warm praise for the tenacious way Johnson stood up to the Prime Minister in defence of gay equality laws.Last month Mr Blair and the Communities Secretary Ruth Kelly were at the centre of a cabinet row over anti-discrimination legislation.
14th February 2007
Nigeria elections could swing new anti-gay law 1
6:40 PM — A committee of the Nigerian parliament met today to conduct a public hearing into the proposed new legislation that will imprison people for being gay or having gay or lesbian sex.With elections for the Presidency, Senate and House of Representatives in April, gay rights activists fear that politicians will put populism above human rights.
Proposal to outlaw homosexuality in Russia has “no support” 4
12:11 PM — The organiser of Moscow Pride has said that an attempt by a maverick deputy in the Russian parliament to re-instate Soviet-era sexuality laws is certain to fail.Nikolai Alexeyev, who was arrested by police at last year's banned Pride march, spoke to PinkNews.co.uk from Berlin, where a documentary about the event is being premiered.Alexeyev, a lawyer, dismissed concerns that Russia may return to the situation where homosexuality was illegal
13th February 2007
Former Mormon missionary runs for President
6:23 PM — Mitt Romney, ex-Governor of Massachusetts and staunch opponent of gay marriage, has today officially announced a bid for the Republican party's candidacy for President of the United States.Speculation about his intentions has been rife since he first resigned from the post of Governor in 2005.Massachusetts is the only state in America to have legalised gay marriage.
MEPs highlight homophobic bullying in school
6:23 PM — Members of the European Parliament from across the EU are to present a written declaration on combating homophobic bullying as new research shows that kids across the continent are being victimised.The MEPs have chosen Valentines Day to highlight the extent to which LGBT teens in all EU countries experience abuse and intimidation at school.Research by gay rights group ILGA Europe and their youth wing examined social exclusion among LGBT kids in Europe.
Ukranian gays face fight with parliament 1
3:52 PM — The leader of Committee on Human Rights of the Ukrainian Parliament has called homosexual people "perverts" and said that a fight against them is needed.Mr. Leonid Grach, a Communist, said last week that the state must protect society from evils, and then listed homosexuality and lesbianism.Ukraine is seeking membership of the EU.
Presidential hopeful’s pledge on gay rights
11:28 AM — Segolene Royal took the race to succeed Jacques Chirac as President of France in a fresh direction yesterday, launching a 100 point manifesto for France under her rule.The 53-year-old socialist party candidate for the presidency would become France's first woman president if elected.She pitched her reform programme to a 15,000-strong rally just outside Paris yesterday.
12th February 2007
Obama says he is running for the White House 2
6:35 PM — Senator Barack Obama has officially declared that he is running for President.The charismatic American politician said that he does not think either race or religion will be defining factors in the choice of the next leader of the free world.In an interview with PA the junior senator from Illinois, who has been publicly supportive of gay rights, said that being mixed race was not a disadvantage.
Berlusconi attacks gay rights legislation
1:37 PM — Italian opposition leader Silvio Berlusconi slammed legislation to give legal rights to same-sex couples yesterday.The former Prime Minister, who is still leader of Forza Italia, accused the Romano Prodi-led Italian coalition government of devaluing the institution of the family.Last week the Italian Cabinet voted unanimously to bring forward legislation bestowing some legal protection to unmarried couples.
9th February 2007
Italian government approves same-sex couple recognition 4
10:35 AM — The Italian government yesterday agreed to bring forward legislation that will grant legal recognition for gay and lesbian couples for the first time.The decision was criticised on all sides. Gay campaigners complained that the proposed new "civil pacts of solidarity" are a watered down version of what the coalition government had promised at last year's election.Catholic MPs denounced the new bill as an attack on marriage.
Britain a better country under Labour, claims Blair
12:28 AM — Tony Blair has described himself as "pro-gay rights and tough on law and order" in a podcast interview with actor Stephen Fry.The internet broadcast, which is available on the No 10 website, touched on a range of issues to do with identity and the perceived fracturing of British society.Echoing many of the soundbites that have defined his decade in office, the Prime Minister said that he differed from previous Labour leaders.