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04/19/2007


Conservatives to Gay Britons: Are You Being Served By Labour?

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Ahead of this past weekend's Pride march in London, a political war of words. First, the Labour Party's Culture Secretary Ben Bradshaw observed that "a deep strain of homophobia" still exists in the rival Tories. Foreign Office Minister Chris Bryant backed him up, stating, "If gays vote Tory, they will rue the day very soon."David-cameron
These remarks followed an official apology by the Conservatives for implementing the anti-gay Section 28 in the 1980s. "I am sorry for Section 28. We got it wrong. It was an emotional issue. I hope you can forgive us," said Conservative leader David Cameron (pictured), who voted to keep the measure as recently as 2003. But his words were deemed "25 years too late" by Leader of the Commons Harriet Harman.

Apparently, apology not accepted.

Striking back, Alan Duncan, a gay Tory Cabinet Minister accused Bradshaw and Bryant of "stirring up hatred and division."

More from the Times: "[T]he next generation of Tory MPs will be more socially liberal. In a survey of 133 prospective parliamentary candidates in winnable seats for the ConservativeHome website, 62 per cent said that same-sex couples should be given the same benefits as married couples, while 31 per cent disagreed."

"Cameron's apology on Section 28 is HUGE news," according to Boyz Magazine Managing Director David Bridle. "Gay people I know were delighted. This is a fantastic way for him to start rebuilding relations with the gay community."

With a large number of gay respondents saying they would vote Conservative in a recent poll, it would SafariScreenSnapz001 seem the current state of the Conservatives is one possible future for the Republican party in the U.S.—jettison the religious right, become more socially liberal and attract a broader spectrum of moderates, including quite a few gay people with short memories or whose priorities never included gay causes in the first place...or whose only liberal position is gay rights.

In related news, PM Gordon Brown (Labour) didn't attend the London march, instead sending his wife (pictured).


PM Brown Snubs UK's Most Famous Activist from Gay Pride Event

Well-known British activist Peter Tatchell says he was scratched from a list of invitees to a gay event at Downing Street at Prime Minister Gordon Brown's request.

Tatchell Said Tatchell "I have been campaigning for LGBT human rights for 40 years. I was one of the group of people who helped organise Britain's first gay pride parade in 1972. An insider tipped me off that my name had been removed from the invite list, at Gordon Brown's personal request. He was apparently still angry that I had heckled him over his government's erosion of civil liberties, when he opened the Taking Liberties exhibition at the British Library late last year...He [Brown] claims to support gay equality but his government actually endorses some aspects of homophobic discrimination. It supports the ban on same-sex marriage. Civil partnerships are not equality. They are a form of sexual apartheid, with different laws for gay and straight couples. I don't do my human rights work to win awards, honours or invites. It doesn't matter to me that I haven't been invited. What angers me is the principle - the way the Prime Minister invites and fetes mostly tame pro-Labour loyalists in the LGBT community. It is a manipulative tactic by an insecure government that knows its record on LGBT human rights is not as glorious as it claims."

Downing Street denies the claim: "It's not a reception, it's a very small meeting. The prime minister and Sarah Brown will meet organisers of Pride and others who have contributed to the event. You could fill number 10 with people who have been involved in gay rights."


David Beckham Visits Downing Street for Malaria Campaign

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David Beckham paid a visit to Downing Street and Prime Minister Gordon Brown to launch the Malaria No More campaign. Andy Murray and Olympic gold medal-winning heptathlete Denise Lewis were also on hand.

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Said Becks: "It's truly incredible to think we can stop this killer disease forever and it's such a simple thing to do. For less than the cost of a football you can protect a family from dying. I urge the UK public to get behind the Malaria No More UK campaign to save a life and make malaria no more."

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Towleroad Guide to the Tube #458

ANAL POISONING: Rush Limbaugh says British Prime Minister Gordon Brown will get "anal poisoning" from his admiration of Obama.

KEITH OLBERMANN: Jane Velez Mitchell and Hannah Storm present Keith Olbermann with GLAAD's award for "Outstanding Journalism Segment" in New York for his special comment on Proposition 8.

THE QUEEN: Some British offended that Michelle Obama touched her shoulder.

TURTLE ATTACK: A pigeon has a bad day.

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British PM Gordon Brown Calls Proposition 8 'Unacceptable'

British Prime Minister Gordon Brown spoke to a group of gay and lesbian leaders assembled at Downing Street in London at a reception for LGBT History Month and referenced California's Proposition 8 battle as a reason to be wary and battle discrimination at all costs:

Obama_brown "I was in America yesterday and I know you will be sorry I didn't bring Barack Obama back. He is coming soon. But what I saw in America told me what we have to do. This Proposition 8, this attempt to undo the good that has been done. This attempt to create divorces among 18,000 people who were perfectly legally brought together in partnerships, this is unacceptable and shows me why we always have to be vigilant, why we have always got to fight homophobic behaviour and any form of discrimination."

It was the first such reception held at 10 Downing Street according to gay activists: "The Prime Minister spoke passionately about the fight for LGBT rights and paid tribute to the work of Schools Out. Harriet Harman, a long standing supporter of the LGBT community, said it was the best reception she had ever been to. Amy Lamé was celebrating her hen night, as she will be having her Civil Partnership ceremony tomorrow. Other guests included LGBT politicians, civil servants, campaigners, entertainers, teachers and clergy."


News: Mitt Romney, Gordon Brown, Sweden, Big Brother, Morrissey

road.jpg New British Prime Minister Gordon Brown appoints openly gay man, Spencer Livermore, director of political strategy at 10 Downing Street: "The 31-year-old has unrivalled access to the new Prime Minister and will play a key role in shaping the direction of the Brown government. Mr Livermore was ranked seven in this year's Independent Pink List, making him the most powerful gay person in UK politics."

Holliday_hudsonroad.jpg They're not going: Jennifer Holliday and Jennifer Hudson are BFFs.

road.jpg Al Gore takes lead over other Democratic candidates in hypothetical New Hampshire poll.

road.jpg Sweden may soon adopt "gender neutral" marriage legislation, allowing same-sex couples to not only marry legally but to do so within a major church. Pastor Arne Wikstroem of the Oscars parish: "If today we are blessing homosexuals, I see no reason not to celebrate gay marriages. I think all people are equal before God. And no man is unholy or unblessed. We are all equal and all need God's blessings in our lives. If God has created people as homosexuals, we must accept them and we must bless them."

Morrisseyroad.jpg Still ill: Morrissey down with throat infection, cancels tour dates.

road.jpg Britney Spears was expected to join the True Colors tour at its stop in Los Angeles but canceled when she found out a small but important detail — she would actually have to sing.

road.jpg On 1983, vacation, Mitt Romney scared the shit out of his dog...literally: "The incident: dog excrement found on the roof and windows of the Romney station wagon. How it got there: Romney strapped a dog carrier — with the family dog Seamus, an Irish Setter, in it — to the roof of the family station wagon for a twelve hour drive from Boston to Ontario, which the family apparently completed, despite Seamus's rather visceral protest."

Jacobskissroad.jpg 20-year-old receives a designer kiss.

road.jpg Andre Jackson the East Side High School student at the center of the gay yearbook kiss controversy, graduates.

road.jpg Elton John planning massive Las Vegas charity bash...in England: "Elton is hoping that his friends will enjoy tonight and remember it as their best invite of the year. He wants it to be an enjoyable night for all of his closest friends, so he thought came up with the idea of Las Vegas. He has invested in getting roulette wheels, croupiers, slot machines and generally re-enacting the atmosphere of Las Vegas, and he has got his entire celebrity guest list waiting to turn up."

road.jpg Bangkok nightclub faces boycott after refusing entry to a transvestite. Management: "What happened on Saturday night was regrettable but was most definitely not part of the CM2 nightclub entry policy, nor was it supported by its management."

road.jpg CBS announces Big Brother 8 cast, reveals photos of new house.


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