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19 February 2007

  • 19th February 2007

    Prodi conciliatory as Pope attacks again 2

    Church-state relations remain frosty following Pope Benedict XVI's latest attack on the proposed legislation to recognise gay couples.

    5:13 PM — The Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi has promised to repair the relationship between his government and the Vatican after a fall-out over proposals to afford legal rights to same-sex partners.Prodi will meet today with Cardinal Tarcisio, Pope Benedict XVI's chief aide, and Cardinal Camillio Ruini, head of the Italian Bishops conference, to discuss church-state relations, the International Herald Tribune has reported.Church-state relations remain frosty following Pope Benedict XVI's latest attack on the proposed legislation to recognise gay couples.

  • Homophobia conference told of Iraq “sexual cleansing”

    One of the most notable contributions to the conference came from Ali Hilli, leader of the gay rights group Iraqi LGBT.

    4:26 PM — Delegates attending a human rights conference in London have been told that gay and lesbian people in Iraq are being systematically targeted.At a conference on Faith, Homophobia and Human Rights, 250 people from over fifty organisations have signed a statement condemning homophobia within religious institutions that fail to confront prejudice and hate.

  • Pioneering lesbian activist Gittings dies

    Gittings was a familiar activist in the early days of the gay rights movement in America photo: www.glbthistorymonth.com

    3:53 PM — An iconic figure in the American gay rights movement, Barbara Gittings, has died aged 74.Gittings helped found the New York chapter of lesbian rights organisation Daughters of Bilitis in 1958, and was one of the first openly gay women to gain media attention.She was also instrumental in persuading the American Psychiatric Association to stop viewing homosexuality as a mental disorder in the 1970s.

  • Catholics win right to perform gay Mass

    The diocese of Westminster pointed out in a statement that the decision did not contradict Church teaching which argues that homosexual practice is a sin.

    3:23 PM — A London Catholic organisation has been granted the right to provide Mass for LGBT parishioners following discussions with the Head of the Catholic church in England and Wales.The Soho Masses Pastoral Council is an elected group of Catholics responsible for organising masses in the Soho area.It has gained permission from Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor, Catholic Archbishop of Westminster, to hold Masses and give pastoral care to LGBT Catholics.

  • Trans tennis star looks back at life in public eye 3

    Prior to her sex-change, Renne, then Richard Raskind, went to Yale University and played tennis, captaining the men's team in 1954.

    2:44 PM — Renne Richards, a former tennis player and one of the world's most famous transsexual athletes, has admitted that she regrets the fame that she attracted.Richards made a life-changing decision in 1975 to undergo gender reassignment surgery.Talking to Reuters, she said it was the events that followed her operation that had the biggest impact on her lifestyle.

  • HIV privacy threatened by NHS database 7

    Cambridge University Professor Ross Anderson revealed how during the 1990s the NHS secretly created a national register of everyone being treated for HIV.

    1:55 PM — People with HIV will have details of their names, treatments and status placed on a central national register if government plans for a new medical database go ahead.Sensitive personal information could be handed over without the consent of patients or doctors, a top computer scientist has warned.Cambridge University Professor Ross Anderson revealed how during the 1990s the NHS secretly created a national register of everyone being treated for HIV.

  • Comment: The everlasting appeal of Kylie’s pants

    But I never quite worked out why some people go absolutely berserk for her, or how she attained the gay iconic status.

    12:45 PM — Put your hand on your heart and tell me - is the Kylie exhibition at London's Victoria and Albert Museum worth going to see?The most opinionated man in the PinkNews universe, Ben Leung, casts his critical eye over an exhibition that has got the Radio 4 crowd in a tizz over whether or not la Minogue is worthy of a retrospective at the age of 38. There's an old saying in Hollywood that if there's a nuclear holocaust, only two things would survive - cockroaches and Cher.

  • China’s first gay marriage protest

    “Love has no boundaries; it is nothing to do with gender.

    12:20 PM — On Valentine's Day, Beijing's gay population protested for same-sex marriage to be legalised. This was the first protest for that cause in China.The protest took place during lunch hour in a well-populated business area.As part of the protest, flyers were given out, and these flyers were used to cover red carnations.

  • Mayor pleads innocent to heterosexism 1

    Hipkin contended that “family homes can be built for gay people with children.“

    12:12 PM — A former Cambridge mayor has been accused of "heterosexism" after he asked for more family homes to be built.Liberal Democrat Councillor John Hipkin, who has a gay brother, told the BBC that he took "deep exception" to a complaint made to Cambridge Council over his demand for more family housing.Hipkin currently represents Cambridge's Castle ward and was first elected in May 1992.

  • Report shows grim gay existence in Nigeria

    Simply taking part in a gay or lesbian club or support group would be illegal. photo: zouzouwizman@flickr.com

    12:06 PM — Nigerian LGBT people opposed to a new anti-gay law in the country have spoken about their experiences in a report for the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC).Voices from Nigeria details homophobic attacks, arbitrary arrests and detentions, and increased levels of homophobia that have already begun as a result of the introduction of the legislation, referred to as the Same-Sex Marriage Prohibition Act.The Act launches a vigorous attack on freedom of expression.

  • New Jersey grants civil unions from today

    Currently Massachusetts is the only US state to marry same-sex couples but civil unions are legal in Vermont and Connecticut.

    11:28 AM — The American state of New Jersey has become the fifth state in the nation to grant marriage rights to same-sex couples.A new law, which was enforced across the state today, allows gay and lesbian couples to apply for a civil union and benefit from the same legal protection that heterosexual couples enjoy.However, the new unions are not identified as a marriage.

  • Balding’s big walk for cancer charity

    Balding is openly gay and in 2006 formed a civil partnership with her long-term partner and Radio 4 broadcaster Alice Arnold.

    11:18 AM — Ramblers across the UK are gearing up for this spring's Macmillan "Walk Wonder" fundraiser. The event is being backed by BBC presenter Clare Balding.In May thousands of people will be donning their walking boots and taking to some of Britain's most breathtaking scenery in a bid to raise £1 million pounds for Macmillan Cancer Support.Broadcaster and Macmillan advocate Clare Balding is buoyant about the fundraising event.

  • Anglican gay arguments influenced by Rome merger 1

    Fr Reynolds argues that the backdrop of a rapprochement with the Vatican is a key factor driving the hardline position of many primates.

    11:08 AM — The ongoing row over gays in the Anglican church took a new turn today with the revelation that senior church figures are considering submitting to the authority of the Pope.A commission set up in 2000 to consider ways of re-uniting the Anglican and Roman Catholic churches is due to report later this year. The Times newspaper published extracts of the report today, and it includes the proposal that the Anglican church should work towards recognising the Pope as head of the church.

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