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  • 17th May 2007

    UK government commits to gay rights across the world 1

    The UK government is developing a strategy for promoting and protecting the human rights of LGBT people overseas.

    11:21 AM — Foreign Office Minister Ian McCartney today affirmed Britain's commitment to the universal decriminalisation of homosexuality.He announced the development of a new UK strategy on international LGBT rights on the International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO)There are 85 countries in the world where homosexuality is illegal, and in nine countries the death penalty is used as a punishment.

  • 16th May 2007

    Gordon Brown wins leadership by default 25

    Gordon Brown will be the next Prime Minister

    8:12 PM — Gordon Brown is Prime Minister elect. After securing so many nominations that a leadership contest is not necessary, the Chancellor now needs only to wait before he takes over from Tony Blair.Andrew MacKinlay said he will give Mr Brown the final nomination needed to avoid a contest with left winger John McDonnell.

  • Activists focus on HIV+ fears, expectations and needs

    The Unite Advisory Panel will convene again in July to decide how to take the Consensus Statement forward.

    4:57 PM — The long-term needs of people with HIV are the focus of a statement from a new collaborative group.Unite came together for the first time recently to put together a "Consensus Statement" that defines the considerations and actions that needed now to manage the health of men who have sex with men and are living with HIV.This is the first time a group like this has come together to discuss the long-term issues.

  • Take a break to Barcelona and fight gay hate

    The funds raised from the 2007 Barcelona Equality Walk will go towards Stonewall's Education for All campaign. photo: vonlomann@flickr.com

    4:31 PM — Gay rights organisation Stonewall is inviting gay people and their friends to an event that is certain to put the fun back into fundraising.The Barcelona Equality Walk, from July 13th to 15th, is a weekend full of sightseeing, meeting new people and raising money for Stonewall's vital work fighting homophobia in schools.Last year's walk in Barcelona raised over £20,000 and Stonewall hope that this year's event will be as popular.

  • Bi MSP swings Scots First Minister vote

    A Green MSP will be appointed as the convenor of one of the Parliament's select committees.

    1:12 PM — Alex Salmond has become the first ever nationalist to lead Scotland's devolved government after out Green MSP Patrick Harvie and party colleague Robin Harper voted him into office.The Scottish National Party beat Labour to first place in the last week's elections for the Scottish Parliament, but with 47 seats do not have an outright majority in the 129-member parliament.A possible coalition between the Lib Dems, who have 16 seats, and the SNP foundered over the issue of a referendum on independence.

  • Lesbian nurses win discrimination case

    The nurses were supported in their appeal by the Royal College of Nursing.

    12:30 PM — Two women who were sacked because of their sexuality, a tribunal has found. Margaret Durman and Penny Smith from Cornwall won a record, but undisclosed, payout.They both worked as nurses in a care centre run by Barchester Healthcare.The company dismissed them in September 2005 for gross misconduct after allegations of physical and sexual abuse of patients.

  • IDAHO goes to Westminster

    “Homophobia and transphobia ruin the lives of LGBT people in the UK and around the world. “

    12:25 PM — MPs will be supporting the International Day Against Homophobia with a reception in Parliament this evening.The meeting will be hosted by Stephen Williams, Lib Dem MP for Bristol West, who has tabled an Early Day Motion in support of IDAHO for the second year running.He will be speaking alongside Jason Pollock, Executive Director of London Pride who will explain the links with Riga Pride.

  • VIP bus at Oxford Pride

    The Pride festival will feature a VIP area in an open top bus with views of the main stage.

    12:00 PM — With less than nine weeks to go until Oxford Pride on July 14th, the finishing touches are being put in place.Oxford Pride 2007 coincides with the Oxfordshire Milliennium, so Pride will be a key feature in a summer of spectacular celebrations.Lord Waheed Ali and Peter Tatchell are the patrons of the regional party.

  • 15th May 2007

    First gay mayor of Richmond 57

    Cllr Cranfield-Adams is the first openly gay mayor of Richmond Upon Thames

    5:32 PM — The first openly gay Mayor of Richmond upon Thames, Cllr Marc Cranfield-Adams, will be formally elected tonight.His election takes place at the Council's Annual Meeting in York House, Twickenham at 7pm.The mayor has pledged that his twin themes will be "diversity and inclusiveness."

  • Find out about your new rights

    Pink Law - Know Your Rights At Home, At Work  At Play is totally free, but registration is required.

    5:05 PM — A special free event designed to inform gay, lesbian and bisexual people of their rights has been organised by award-winning solicitors Russell Jones WalkerPink Law - Know Your Rights At Home, At Work At Play is sponsored by PinkNews.co.ukMembers of the gay community will be able to get free access to information about the range of new laws affecting their lives.

  • Gay customer considers legal action over BT survey 5

    He is considering suing BT over how he has been treated perhaps making use of recent discrimination legislation.

    4:57 PM — When a you are upset by a homophobic online survey do you: a) ignore it or b) try to contact the offending organisation to express your distaste.BT's recent online customer survey, despite being only two questions long, managed to offend twice with possible answers: "pronounced husband and wife" to the first question and "scoring a date with the opposite sex" for the second, with no gay equivalent.

  • Record compensation after sacked for being gay 57

    Ms Durman said that as a result of the allegations both of them have suffered panic attacks and needed counselling.

    4:44 PM — A lesbian couple won a record six-figure compensation claim after they were sacked because of their sexuality have still not received their compensation.The two were wrongfully accused of allowing the physical and sexual abuse of residents at a care centre.An employment tribunal later found them innocent of any wrongdoing.

  • IDAHO preparations well under way 57

    One of the main themes of this year's IDAHO campaign is “No to homophobia, yes to education.“

    1:08 PM — With the International Day Against Homophobia fast approaching on May 17th, preparations have been taking place for 80 events in Britain.Four students have won a competition after designing posters to celebrate LGBT History Month and the International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO.)Tracy Smith, Jillian Burr, Patricia Ofuno and Annel Christopher, all from the University of the Arts, designed four posters which won the acclaim of judges.

  • Police institutionally homophobic, says report 57

    Although the situation at Scotland Yard has improved since the 1990s, more still needs to be done.

    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

    The beauty of the gay community's success at securing equal rights in Britain is that we now have the choice - we can either get married or be promiscuous, adopt children or stay childless.

    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?

  • Theatre director says critics are hostile to gay women

    Mr Hytner has overseen a renaissance at the publicly-funded NT. photo: polly cracker@flickr.com

    4:42 PM — A senior figure in the UK arts scene has accused theatre critics of sexism and homophobia.Nicholas Hytner, the director of the National Theatre, said that established critics "snigger" at lesbian directors and dubbed them "dead white men."Mr Hytner has overseen a renaissance at the publicly-funded NT, with many seats on offer for £10 and high-profile plays such as The History Boys and Jerry Springer: The Opera generating positive news coverage and big box office.

  • Paisley faces gay rights challenge 7

    Ian Paisley addressed the crowd, asking them, “Are we really Christians and will we stand up for Jesus?“

    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.

  • 11th May 2007

    Soap creator gave housewives gay dialogue

    When the show first began in 1960 it would have been unthinkable to have a gay character. photo: stormydog@flickr.com

    5:15 PM — The creator of the most watched soap opera in Britain has spoken out about homophobia at TV studios in the Sixties.Tony Warren is the original writer of Coronation Street, one of the nations best loved soaps.He revealed that the gay voices he heard on the streets made their way into the sharp-tounged female dialogue for which the soap is famed.

  • Ruth Kelly attends Stonewall event

    It seems that Ms Kelly continues to be the main point of contention when it comes to recent Labour relations with gays.

    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.

  • London Pride podcasts seek young contributors

    The Pride festival will climax with a parade through central London on 30th June 2007, expected to attract over 500,000 visitors.

    4:20 PM — Podcasts are being used in the build up to Pride London to give more young people a voice.Recorded and produced by young people as part of the youth section of Pride London, the podcasts aim to help others understand their identity.The podcast Straight Talking: another perspective has been produced and presented by Ryan Haynes, and Bindya Solanki.

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