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  • 30th May 2007

    Teletubbies safe from Polish probe 2

    Teletubbies  was produced in the UK between 1997 and 2001, and won a BAFTA in 1998.

    2:38 PM — Poland's ombudsman for children's rights has said she will not be asking state psychologists to examine the BBC children's programme Teletubbies for a gay subtext.Ewa Sowinska has been widely mocked since she said in a magazine interview that the popular show might not be suitable for public television because one of the ostensibly male characters, Tinky Winky, carries a handbag.Ms Sowinska is a member of the League of Polish Families, a political party which is part of the country's coalition government.

  • US lesbians take on mortgage lenders 1

    One of the claims in this case is under the federal Equal Credit Opportunity Act.

    10:55 AM — A lawsuit has been filed in a New York federal court on behalf of a same-sex couple after the self-described "America's number one home loan lender" refused to add one partner to the other's existing mortgage and then threatened to foreclose on their home.Adola DeWolf, 49, a teacher for juveniles in the justice system, and Laura Watts, 42, a college administrator, have been in a relationship since 2004.

  • Wedding shop for gay men opens in Barcelona

    Same-sex marriages were approved by the Spanish parliament in 2005.

    10:40 AM — Gay men planning to get married in Spain now can pamper themselves before the big day thanks to a luxury bridal shop recently opened just for them.The shop, called By, offers made-to-measure suits, some of which are inlaid with 22-carat gold.They also sell rings and other accessories created by a collection of Spanish designers.

  • 29th May 2007

    Moscow gays will march again in 2008 vows activist 61

    The four MPs and MEPs who attended this year are to invite their colleagues to make the trip to Moscow in 2008.

    4:31 PM — The organisers of the banned Moscow Pride have announced they are already planning next year's event.For the past two years a gay march on 27th May has been banned by the city's mayor.On Sunday Moscow Pride organisers, MEPs and prominent British gay activists were among 31 people arrested as they attempted to deliver a letter of protest about the ban to the mayor's office.

  • Tutu tells Church to stop obsessing about gays 57

    Dr Tutu says church leaders should be focusing on problems in Zimbabwe, HIV/AIDS, and Darfur.

    3:49 PM — Desmond Tutu has called for the Anglican Church in Africa to stop "obsessing" with gay priests and same-sex marriages.The Nobel Peace Prize winner and former Archbishop of Cape Town said that church leaders in Africa were not paying enough attention to problems in Zimbabwe, HIV/AIDs, or the crisis in Darfur.He told ABC News: "There are so many issues crying out for concern and application by the church of its resources, and here we are, I mean, with this kind of extraordinary obsession."

  • British pianist banned from Vietnam 57

    Vietnamese officials say that they cannot guarantee the safety of the award-winning pianist.

    2:52 PM — A famous British concert pianist has been banned from performing in Vietnam because officials are worried about his sexuality.Vietnamese authorities refused to grant Stephen Hough a license to play because they thought he would be a security risk, according to The Telegraph. The company who invited him to play in Vietnam, Hennessy, promptly withdrew their invitation to the award-winning musician.

  • Australian gay bar wins right to ban lesbians and straight men 58

    The historic case is believed to be the first of its kind in Australia.

    12:03 PM — The Scottish owner of a gay bar in Australia has won the right to ban lesbians and heterosexual men from its premises.A tribunal made the historic ruling after hotelier Tom McFeely argued that women and straight men posed a physical threat to his guests in Peel Hotel, Melbourne.The Victoria tribunal said: "Sometimes heterosexual groups and lesbian groups insult and deride and are even physically violent towards the gay male patrons."

  • Gay teletubby probe by Polish government 57

    Picture copyright BBC publicity

    11:05 AM — The Polish government is currently investigating the Teletubbies over claims of homosexuality.The popular children's television show, and especially the character of Tinky Winky, has been accused of promoting gay propaganda by the conservative government.Teletubbies features four brightly coloured alien characters which are loved by young children.

  • 28th May 2007

    Cabinet minister Peter Hain condemns violent attacks in Moscow againt Peter Tatchell 61

    Peter Hain is a candidate for Deputy Leader of the Labour Party

    2:52 PM — Labour deputy leadership candidate, Northern Ireland Secretary and former Europe Minister Peter Hain has expressed to PinkNews.co.uk his grave concern about the treatment of gay rights protesters in Moscow.Gay rights activist Peter Tatchell was violently attacked by anti-gay protesters in Moscow. Right Said Fred singer Richard Fairbrass was also punched in the face while giving a TV interview. Both were there to support today's banned gay rights march in the city. Mr Tatchell was later arrested.

  • 27th May 2007

    Peter Tatchell speaks out after his violent Moscow assault 62

    Peter Tatchell shortly after the attack

    9:31 PM — PinkNews.co.uk Exclusive"I'm not deterred one iota from coming back to protest in Moscow," Peter Tatchell told PinkNews.co.uk from Moscow, just hours after he was attacked by suspected neo-Nazis and then arrested by the Russian riot police the OMON. "Gay Russians need overseas support to protect them against state and neo-Nazi violence."Mr Tatchell told PinkNews.co.uk: "I urge people to protest to the Russian Ambassador and to ask their local MP to send a letter of protest to the Russian embassy."

  • Tatchell calls for gay freedom in Russia 61

    Peter Tatchell made the speech before his attack and arrest

    3:44 PM — Gay human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell gave the opening keynote speech at the Moscow Pride conference in the Swissotel, Moscow:I bring you a message of comradeship and solidarity from the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex [LGBTI] human rights organizations OutRage! in London.Your struggle is our struggle.

  • Please help us, says Moscow Pride organiser 61

    Peter Tatchell and Nikolai Alexeyev (right) at a pre-Moscow pride protest outside City Hall, London

    3:08 PM — Nicolas Alexeyev, the organiser of Moscow Pride, is being held by police with other gay activists, among them Peter Tatchell. Mr Alexeyev has released the following statement:"We ask the western democraties to put a maximum pressure on the Russian authorities to release us immediately."The protocol written by the police is completely falsified and all the Western MEPs and MPs who were with us could confirm it.

  • Moscow authorities defend gay march arrests 61

    “The city's police will cut short any attempts at provocations in every legitimate way,“

    3:06 PM — Most of the team members of the Pride Committee have been arrested in Moscow. Nikolai Alekseev, Alexey Davidov, Nikolai Khramov are being detained by police.A spokesman for the Moscow City Interior Department, Viktor Biryukov, told Itar-Tass news agency:"Organisers of the pride march had an opportunity to appeal the authorities' decision in court but they failed to provide sufficient legal grounds."

  • Peter Tatchell attacked at Moscow Pride 63

    Mr Tatchell was punched in the face by a young man, and police have said they are investigating the assault. (Credit: Flickr/ AFP)

    3:00 PM — Gay rights activist Peter Tatchell has been attacked by anti-gay protesters in Moscow. Right Said Fred singer Richard Fairbrass was also punched in the face while giving a TV interview.Both were there to support today's banned gay rights march in the city. The BBC reports Mr Tatchell has been arrested.

  • 26th May 2007

    Gay groups condemn blood donation ban 6

    The blood ban is claimed to be unwarranted

    9:34 AM — This week the Food and Drug Administration announced on their website that the current lifetime ban on donating blood will remain in effect for gay and bisexual men.In March of 2006, the American Association of Blood Banks (AABB), America's Blood Centers (ABC) and the American Red Cross (ARC) testified before the FDA that the lifetime ban for men who have sex with men "is medically and scientifically unwarranted."

  • 25th May 2007

    Presidential hopeful rejects anti-gay image 2

    A poll in February found that only 72% of Americans would vote for a Mormon.

    11:05 AM — Former Governor of Massachusetts Mitt Romney has denied he is homophobic, but failed to clarify his own views on whether homosexuality is immoral.Mr Romney is hoping to capture the nomination of the Republican party for President.In a short interview yesterday, he pointed out that he had appointed gay people to serve in his administration in Massachusetts.

  • Grey’s Anatomy star’s penance continues

    He referred to co-star TR Knight as a faggot during an on-set confrontation last October.

    10:40 AM — An actor who caused a storm by using the word 'faggot' during an on-set argument has made a public service announcement on behalf of two gay rights organisations.Isaiah Washington, star of medical drama Grey's Anatomy, recorded the message for the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation and Gay, Lesbian Straight Education Network.It was broadcast during a commercial break in the show on US television last night.

  • Isolation tactic towards gay bishop attacked

    While acknowledging that Bishop Robinson is a duly-elected and consecrated bishop in the Anglican Communion, Archbishop Williams decided not to invite him.

    10:10 AM — The Episcopal bishop of California, Marc Andrus, has declared his support for Bishop Gene Robinson.It was announced earlier this week that openly gay bishop Robinson would not be invited to attend an important conference of Anglican bishops next year."I will be seeking to learn how I can best be in solidarity with Bishop Robinson, through prayerful action," says the Rt. Rev. Marc Andrus, Episcopal bishop of California.

  • 24th May 2007

    “European Commission now knows what it’s like to be gay” 1

    Mr Cashman is president of the European parliament's Intergroup on Gay and Lesbian Rights.

    6:23 PM — West Midlands MEP Michael Cashman has said that the decision of the mayor of the Lithuanian capital Vilnius to ban the visit of a bus promoting the EU's "For Diversity; against discrimination" campaign should give Brussels bureaucrats some insight into LGBT experiences.The 30-tonne vehicle is designed to inform citizens of their rights under EU and national anti-discrimination legislation as part of the European Year of Equal Opportunities for All.

  • Riga Pride organisers feeling confident

    The new Mayor of the Latvian capital has publicly backed the 2007 gay rights march in the city.

    4:47 PM — The organiser's of this year's Riga Pride are preparing to welcome hundreds of supporters from all over Europe next weekend.Four days of events, beginning on May 31st, will culminate in the Pride march. There will also be concerts, film screenings and exhibitions.Representatives of London Pride, who signed a solidarity agreement with Riga Pride, will attend.

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