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London in Pictures. Five pages of photographs from this
afternoon's Pride London parade - a total of 50 pictures. (Note:
pages might be slow to download on dial-up)
Gay Ban on Novotel, Accor Hotels Urged By Thai Group. It
was a total shock to hear yesterday, through a Reuters agency report, that a
transvestite had been refused entry to the Novotel Hotel in Bangkok.
Stage a Mock Eurovision Song Contest at Gay Pride in London.
A mock Eurovision song contest will be staged tomorrow afternoon though the
streets of central London as part of the Pride London gay parade.
Politician Calls for Criminal Investigation Against Moscow Gay Pride Organiser Following
Outing. Alexander Chuev from the Fair Russia party and deputy in the Russian
State Duma, said last night that he had complained to the General Prosecutor
about his ‘outing’ as a gay politician on live television last week.
Boss Pledges to Continue Fight for Gay Equality in UK and Worldwide.
Sometimes it’s easy to forget just
how far we’ve come in the past decade, Brendan Barber, the general secretary
of the Trades Union Congress said today. (18:00)
Friendly Women in Brown’s Cabinet. Two ‘gay-friendly’ women
MPs have been appointed to top jobs in Prime Minister Gordon Brown’s
cabinet. They are Jacqui Smith and Hazel Blears, who have both held
junior ministerial posts.
Minister Gordon Brown: Friend or Foe of Gay
Community? Commentary by Peter
Tatchell. Gordon Brown has missed more gay equality votes in
parliament than any other MP. In 13 out of 14 votes in the House of
Commons, Mr Brown has not bothered to turn up and vote. While
I doubt he is homophobic, he has failed to make any serious effort to vote
in favour of gay law reform.
Issues Revised Statement about Gay Service Personnel and Don’t Ask, Don’t
The Department of Defense has issued a newly worded
statement regarding the Pentagon’s position on ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’, the
federal ban on lesbian, gay and bisexual service personnel.
Descends Into Clericalism and Barbarism. Commentary by Ali
Hili. Saddam was a tyrant. It is good that he is gone.
But since the American and
British-led invasion in 2003, a once prosperous nation has been reduced to
chaos, impoverishment and terror.
“All This Torture Just For Being a
An interview with an Iranian
lesbian who fled to Europe:
"I am a lesbian. For this reason I
was arrested countless times. I went to prison and ultimately sentenced to
death [by hanging]. I remember the first time I was arrested; I was 21 and
a student in Esfahan."
Shock Report Says More Than 150,000
Victims of Gay Bashing in UK Schools. A major survey
of Britain’s secondary schools has revealed that almost two thirds of
lesbian and gay pupils (156,000 children) have been victims of homophobic
‘On three occasions I’ve
been assaulted and had to go to hospital to be examined and get the police
involved.’ Ali, 17, secondary school (Greater London)
Russian Activists to Demand EU Travel Ban On Anti-Gay Moscow Mayor.
City authorities have given
official blessing to a demonstration by human rights activists outside the
European Commission’s office in Moscow on Wednesday. The demonstration
will call for an EU-wide travel ban on the
Mayor of Moscow, Yuri Luzhkov.
Are Gay Pride Football Champs. Village Manchester FC were
at the weekend
crowned champions at the first Ford Pride Football Tournament,
organised as part of the Pride London festival.
Lincoln Gay Pride Festival
Lincolnshire Pride Festival is
only a month away and the weekend has in store includes live
bands, cabaret, comedy, films, art, authors, market stalls, dancing, dog
show, club nights and more.
Doctor Who Takes Over Trafalgar Square at
London’s Gay Pride.
loyalty to Pride London – but don’t want to miss Doctor Who? The Pride
London team and the Doctor Who producers have solved this dilemma by
announcing that the last gripping episode in the current series will be
shown on the big daylight screen in Trafalgar Square at 7.10pm on Pride Day,
Saturday June 30.
Groner Receives Award for Moral Courage Against Homophobia and
Discrimination. The German MEP Lissy Gröner (SPD) was
awarded the “Zivilcouragepreis” (a prize for moral courage against
homophobia and discrimination) today in Berlin for her gay-lesbian and
Court: Moscow Gay Pride Ban Lawful. Russia’s Supreme Court
has ruled that the ban imposed by Moscow Mayor Yuri Luzhkov on last year’s
Moscow Gay Pride was lawful.
Canada: Nurses Call
for End to Homophobia and Heterosexism in Health Care. As
Toronto’s Pride Week marks a series of events across the province to
celebrate diverse sexual and gender identities, the Registered Nurses'
Association of Ontario (RNAO) is calling on nurses and health-care
organizations to eliminate discriminatory attitudes and practices which
create barriers to inclusive and appropriate health care.
Politician Speaks with Foreign Journalists. Kanako Otsuji, Japan’s first openly lesbian politician, who is running in
the upcoming Upper House election, has spoken about the motivation to decide
to run – and the process of getting an official party endorsement.
Gay Pride Defies Fundamentalist Threats. “We applaud the
decision of the Israeli Supreme Court to reject an application to ban the
Jerusalem Gay Pride parade,” said Brett Lock, spokesperson for the
London-based LGBTI human rights group, OutRage! said last night.
Farnam: A Gay Couple Who Have Been Tortured for Being Gay.
Arsham Parsi writes on another documented case from Iran. "I ask you, should we keep silent?
Should we paint a false picture of their daily life situation? Certainly silence is not an option.
Probably we should even be louder..."
Parliament ‘Intergroup’ Supports Jerusalem Gay Pride. The
European Parliament’s ‘Intergroup’ on Gay and Lesbian Rights expressed this
morning its unwavering support for today’s Jerusalem Pride Parade in light
of increasing pressure from an orthodox minority viewpoint to have it
Gay Author’s Typewriter,Passport
Set for Auction in London. The
typewriter used by Quentin Crisp to write The Naked Civil Servant goes under
the auctioneer’s hammer at Bonhams in London on
Underway in Plymouth for Gay Pride 2008 after First Venture Success.
Devon and Cornwall’s first major Pride event, staged
earlier this months, was declared “a huge success” by organisers. The Pride
was attended by thousands of people from both the LGBT and the wider
High Street Banks Fail to Serve HIV/Aids Charity
High street banks keep charity, club and trustee interest
rates deliberately low, favouring strong returns to their own share holders,
rather than delivering high interest, quick access accounts to charities,
the social enterprise investment company CCLA
Disabled Writer Faces Eviction by Social Landlord. Firdaus
Kanga, the acclaimed gay, disabled writer and actor, who wrote and starred
in the semi-autobiographical film Sixth Happiness, is bringing a legal
action to halt his eviction from disabled-adapted housing in Islington,
Tears As Massachusetts Legislature Defeats
Anti Gay Marriage Amendment.
“We won we won we won.” These were
the first six words that Matt Foreman,
executive director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force (NGLTF),
punched into his BlackBerry as the result of the vote was announced at the
of US Congress Protest Persecution of Gay Iraqis.
Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Congressman
Barney Frank (D- MA) have written to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice
urging the State Department to investigate reports of violent persecution of
homosexual Iraqis by Islamic groups and militias.
Officer Recognised for ‘Pride Not Prejudice’ Work. A West
Yorkshire police officer has been recognised for her work with the Wakefield
Pride Not Prejudice Group, which organises the annual Gay Pride event.
Agreement to Stop Anti-Gay ‘Murder Music’. Three of the
world’s top reggae/dancehall singers have renounced homophobia and condemned
violence against lesbians and gay men.
Romanian Police Praised For
Security of Bucharest Gay Pride. The International Gay and
Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) has applauded
the Romanian authorities for ensuring the security of over 250 lesbian, gay,
bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people and their supporters at the annual
pride march in the nation’s capital of Bucharest on Saturday.
Principal Moscow Gay Pride
Organiser Alekseev Also Guilty. The main organiser of
Moscow Gay Pride was today found guilty of disobeying police officers while
breaching traffic rules on May 27 as he and other activists, including
European parliamentarians tried to deliver a petition to Moscow City Hall
signed by around 50 Members of the European Parliament.
Pride Organiser Khramov Found Guilty. One of the three
organisers of Moscow Pride has escaped a jail sentence and was fined when
found guilty this afternoon in a Moscow court which threw-out evidence,
given at a previous hearing by a number of MPs from Europe, as “frivolous”.
Violence on the Rise in Europe and North America. A new
survey of hate crimes in Europe by a leading human rights organization finds
a rising level of crimes committed against individuals on the basis of their
sexual orientation, even as governments generally fail to monitor or report
Pride: Mozaika Pleased at ‘March for Equality’ Success. Mozaīka,
the Latvian alliance of lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transsexuals (LGBT) and
their friends, is very pleased about the “March for Equality” which took
place in Vērmaņdārzs Park in Rīga on June 3, 2007, as
part of their “Friendship Days 2007” festival.
Conservative Party ‘Riddled With Homophobia’ – Blears.
The Conservative Party is “riddled with
homophobia” after a new survey of party activists shows that one third would
not attend a Civil Partnership ceremony, even if invited by a friend, Hazel
Blears MP, chair of the Labour Party, said this afternoon.
Politician Celebrates Her Same-Sex Partnership. Japan’s
first openly lesbian politician, who is running for the upcoming national
election, celebrated her same-sex partnership on Sunday in Nagoya, Japan.
Pride for London. One of the highlights of this year’s
Pride London festival will be the first-ever Ford Pride London Football
tournament to be staged on Saturday June 23 – a week before the Pride
Parade through the streets of the West End.
Presidential Candidates Endorse Repeal of ‘Don’t
Ask, Don’t Tell’. The entire field of eight
Democratic presidential candidates indicated their support for repealing the
military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” ban on lesbian, gay and bisexual
personnel during a televised debate on Sunday.
Peaceful Gay Pride Staged in Riga Amid Tight Security.
Around 1,200 people marched around the Vermanes Gardens at lunchtime as Riga
staged, after two previous attempts, its Gay Pride. But it was not
like most Prides around the world. Today was more of a walk around the park
with tight security. The main thing, as everyone agreed, was that it
happened and it was peaceful.
in Pictures. 28 photos from today's peaceful Riga Pride.
Ready for Gay Pride. The Riga city authorities are tonight
putting-in security measures around the downtown Vermanes Park in a bid to
prevent supporters of the No Pride group from disrupting tomorrow’s Gay
Have Better Rights of Assembly After Last Years Gay Pride Problems.
The effect of last year’s abandoned Riga Gay Pride,
when participants attending private indoor events had animal excrement
thrown over them from No Pride protestors, has had a positive effect for all
of Latvian society, Anhelita Kamenska of the Latvian Centre for Human Rights
said this afternoon.
UK and Sweden Show Official Support for Riga Gay Pride.
Support for Riga Friendship Days and Gay Pride has come
today from the British Ambassador, the Chief of Staff of the Swedish Navy
and an MEP — all hoping for a “celebration’ when the
main event, the parade, takes place in Vermanes Park on Sunday.
Pride: Tatchell’s Assailant Not Arrested,
Say Police. Moscow police confirm that they have opened a
criminal investigation into the assault on British gay human rights
campaigner, Peter Tatchell, at last Sunday's Moscow Gay Pride event.
But official police claims that they have arrested the right-wing extremist
who punched Mr Tatchell in the face are untrue, according to the