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  • 18th May 2007

    Friend to LGBT community Yolanda King dies 57

    President Bush and the First Lady have expressed their sadness at King's death and offered condolences to her family.

    4:20 PM — Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King's eldest daughter Yolanda King died on Tuesday.The actress and motivational speaker collapsed and died whilst visiting her brother Dexter at his home in Santa Monica, California. She was 51.Steve Klein, a spokesman for the memorial King Centre in Atlanta, said that relatives suspect she died of a heart problem.

  • Euro gays launch “a homepage for the freaks”

    They want to hear about how homophobia affect young LGBT people in everyday life and how they deal with the problem.

    4:12 PM — LGBT young people from four EU countries have unveiled a new internet platform to deal with homophobia.The page is a joint project of the organisations RFSL Ungdom from Sweden, the Lithuanian Gay League, the Kampania Przeciw Homofobii from Poland and the youth network Lambda Berlin-Brandenburg e. V. from Germany.The four groups present their organisation and their work on the homepage alongside an insight in the work against homophobia.

  • Americans support LGBT hate crimes law 7

    69% of independents and 75% of Democrats said they supported the hate-crimes bill.

    3:55 PM — A poll conducted this month has found that nearly 70% of Americans are in favour of new legislation to extend hate crimes to cover LGBT people.Support for the new protections extends across religious and political groups. 60% of Republicans and 64% of regular church goers supported the proposed new law.The new law will extend protections on the grounds of race or religion extended to cover LGBT people.

  • Warsaw allows gay Pride march

    A gay Pride event was permitted by the city authorities last year.

    3:30 PM — The Mayor of Warsaw has rejected calls from the youth wing of a government party to ban a gay Pride parade in the city tomorrow.The Catholic Youth Movement, who are affiliated with the Polish League of Families, had demanded that she stop the gay event, claiming it posed a threat to morality.Hanna Gronkiewicz Walz told Polish radio that any ban would contradict the rulings of the European Court of Human Rights.

  • Gay rights record threatens Nigerian bid for Commonwealth Games 58

    Nigerian law states that anyone who has “carnal knowledge of any person against order of nature“ can be imprisoned.

    1:17 PM — Debate is taking place over whether or not Nigeria should host the 2014 Commonwealth Games.The Nigerian city of Abuja is in direct competition with Glasgow to host the international sporting competition.Nigeria's poor gay rights record, however, has thrown its application for the games into question.

  • Comment: Farewell to Falwell, saying goodbye to hate 7

    I am happy he is gone, but am weary and scared because I know that there are others just like him out there

    12:18 PM — It was June 2004 and I was covering Tulsa, Oklahoma's Pride Festival.I stood watching the parade of proud members of our GLBTI community march through the streets.As the parade came to an end the parade watchers were invited to follow the parade down the route and into the park that was holding the festival, our festival, a safe haven for our community to be free.

  • Mormon student loses gay jibe lawsuit

    The Rice family has not commented since the ruling has been handed down.

    11:30 AM — A judge has ruled against Rebekah Rice, the famed 18-year-old student who sued her school because she was punished by the administration and bullied by other kids for saying "That's so gay."Rice and her parents originally first sued the school in 2003. The case put a spotlight on the phrase and its derogatory meaning.Rice made the remark after students teased her about her Mormon upbringing, asking if she had 10 moms.

  • New York gays told marriages are legal 57

    Adams and Davie had been waiting since their wedding to find out if their marriage was valid in New York.

    11:30 AM — A gay New York couple have been told that their Massachusetts marriage is legal.On 10th May, Suffolk Superior Court Judge Thomas Connolly found that gay weddings that took place in other states before they became "prohibited" in New York in July last year are legally valid.Michael Adams and Fred Davie were wed in Lowell, Massachusetts in 2004 after the state became the first in the U.S. to allow gay marriage.

  • Man charged over gay murders

    The police believe that Race travelled through New Brunswick and Quebec to the U.S. in Brewster's car.

    11:15 AM — A Nova Scotia man has been charged with the murder of two gay men.Glen Douglas Race was arrested in Texas on Tuesday by the U.S. Border Patrol. Race stands accused of murder in the first degree of Trevor Brewster and in the second degree of Michael Knott.He is also wanted in New York State for the murder of caretaker Darcy Manor. Attempts to extradite Race to New York state are underway.

  • 17th May 2007

    Anglican crisis deepens as diocese opts out 3

    45 US parishes have broken away and placed themselves under the jurisdiction of African bishops.

    7:28 PM — The diocese of Fort Worth, Texas, has decided to reject the spiritual authority of the US Episcopalian church and seek alternative oversight.The announcement marks a further disintegration in the unity of the Anglican communion and the authority of US Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori.Bishop Jack Iker, bishop of the diocese, is a leading traditionalist who opposes women priests as well as gay ones.

  • Labour favourite with gay voters

    A recent opinion poll found 84% in favour of some sort of recognition for lesbian and gay couples.

    6:37 PM — A poll of the Republic of Ireland's gay community has revealed their voting intentions.Irish Prime Minister Bertie Ahern asked the country's President to dissolve Parliament at the end of April and a general election will be held on May 24th. It is expected to be a close race.The survey of nearly 1,200 gay and lesbian people was carried out last year for scene magazine GCN.

  • Gay groups to be banned from Polish schools 3

    Plans to ban discussions on homosexuality in schools and educational institutions came from Poland's education minister Roman Giertych.

    6:11 PM — The minister for education in Poland has defied a European Parliament censure and plans to go ahead with new legislation banning the "promotion" of homosexuality in schools.The confirmation of plans to ban discussions on homosexuality in schools and educational institutions came from Poland's education minister Roman Giertych, the leader of the League of Polish Families party.Last month the European Parliament called for a fact-finding mission to Poland in light of the proposed homophobic measures in schools.

  • St Petersburg Pride banned

    A range of celebrations are planned for May 26th

    5:02 PM — City authorities in the Russian city of St Petersburg have banned a gay parade from taking place later this month.Organisers of the Pride event said they will defy the ban and go ahead with a parade down the city's main street, Nevsky Prospekt on May 26th. Around 2,000 people are expected to take part.A range of celebrations are already planned for May 26th, which is also an important date in the Russian Orthodox church, who objected to the parade.

  • Russian pop duo tATu support Moscow Pride 1

    t.A.T.u. became international stars in 2003 and are Russia's most successful international act.

    2:13 PM — Pop band t.A.T.u. have released a statement on their official website announcing they want to attend Moscow Pride.This year's event on 27th May is widely expected to be banned by the city authorities, though no official decision has been relayed to the organisers.Moscow Mayor Yuri Luzhkov has vowed never to allow a gay march in the city, and dubbed gay activists "Satanic."

  • International day of action brings hope 1

    In Mexico, Mexico City and the northeastern state of Coahuila passed civil-union laws opening recognition to same-sex couples.

    12:28 PM — While the Hall of Shame unveiled today Human Rights Watch shows that there is a long way to go to achieve gay equality.However, there are also large and small gains that give reason for hope on the International Day Against Homophobia.In Nepal the authorities in February gave a meti (transgender person) in February an official citizenship ID with a gender listed as neither male nor female.

  • Pope tops anti-gay list 5

    Human Rights Watch named them today in its annual “hall of shame” to mark the International Day Against Homophobia.

    12:08 PM — Pope Benedict XVI, US President George W. Bush and Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad have undermined human rights by actively promoting prejudice against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.Human Rights Watch named them today in its annual "hall of shame" to mark the International Day Against Homophobia.On May 17th, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender groups in more than 50 countries will commemorate the International Day Against Homophobia.

  • Gay prisoners granted visitation rights 4

    The ACLU told the officials that it was not legal under California law for the prison to keep domestic parteners from seeing each other.

    11:23 AM — The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation says that it will now let gay and lesbian prisoners have overnight family visitation with registered domestic partners.The American Civil Liberties Union announced this proposed policy change on Monday, the same day the Department held a public hearing regarding the policy.The Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation requested this change as a result of the ACLU's efforts.

  • 16th May 2007

    MP resigns from homophobic party

    photo: blog.delfi.lt

    5:55 PM — A liberal democrat politician in Lithuania has taken a stand against homophobia in the country by resigning from her party.MP Marija Aušrine Povilioniene announced at a press conference in Vilnius today that she is leaving the Order Justice party, formerly the Liberal Democratic party."The Liberal democrat group in the Parliament and party itself are homophobic, this is the reason I resign from it," she said.

  • Moscow city officials accused of lying over Pride ban 4

    Mayor Luzhkov banned the Moscow Pride event planned for May last year.

    5:25 PM — The organiser of a controversial gay event in Moscow has branded city officials liars, while Orthodox Christians have been accused of planning violence against gay people.Official notification of the proposed march in the city centre was delivered on Monday morning to the office of Moscow Mayor Yuri Luzhkov.The mayor previously said he would never allow LGBT people to march in his city, and called gays "Satanic."

  • Mayor backs drivers over gay adverts

    Earlier this year, PinkNews.co.uk reported how over half of Lithuanian MPs believe homosexuality to be a perversion. photo: seansie@flickr.com

    2:38 PM — The mayor of the Lithuanian capital has come out in support of trolley bus drivers protesting against advertisements promoting tolerance towards gay men and women.Drivers refused to drive the trolley buses bearing the adverts, which have now been removed.Yesterday the mayor of Vilnius Juozas Imbrasas backed the driver.

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