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13 April 2007

  • 13th April 2007

    Scrap faith schools, teachers conference told

    Last month MPs on the Commons education committee singled out the Roman Catholic church for criticism.

    5:35 PM — A radical proposal to remove all state funding from religious schools was defeated at the NASUWT conference in Belfast yesterday.However, teachers at the annual union conference did vote to call on the government to stop building new faith schools. The government is committed to increasing the number of faith-run schools.The union, the National Association of Schoolmasters and Union of Women Teachers, has 200,000 members across the UK.

  • Christianophobia peddled by gay press says “So Macho” preacher 10

    Mr Hargreaves has funded the SCP with royalties he continues to receive for co-writing and producing the 1980s anthem  So Macho

    3:42 PM — The songwriter-cum born-again preacher George Hargreaves has accused the "pink press" of peddling hatred of Christians.Mr Hargreaves is standing as a candidate for his Scottish Christian Party in the Scottish parliamentary elections on May 3rd."This is not about gay rights, it's about gay wrongs," he told The Times. 

  • Gay political icon to get big screen treatment – twice

    “If a bullet should enter my brain, let that bullet destroy every closet door.“ Harvey Milk (R) with friend Jerry Pritikin in 1978.

    3:05 PM — Two Hollywood directors are to make biopics of one of America's first out gay politicians.Harvey Milk's story of gay liberation and electoral success, followed by a tragic death at the hands of a jealous gunman, is likely to make a compelling movie, but Gus Van Sant and Bryan Singer are set to make very different versions of his life.

  • Female sperm might bring an end to turkey baster conception 2

    A ban is supported by the BMA amid fears that sub-standard sperm or eggs might produce children with serious health problems.

    2:44 PM — Researchers at the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne have discovered how to grow human sperm cells from bone marrow.The scientists have already cultivated sperm cells from a male's bone marrow and are now seeking permission to replicate their experiment with female marrow.If successful, the breakthrough could lead to a female couple being able to impregnate eggs with sperm grown from the other's bone marrow.

  • Pride organiser will not be prosecuted for flower protest

    The Moscow mayor is facing a lawsuit from Mr Alexeyev for calling gay people “satanic.“

    2:19 PM — One of the leaders of the Moscow Pride movement has been told he will not now be prosecuted for his actions at the banned event last year.Nicolas Alexeyev was arrested on 27th May 2006 after a group of activists attempted to lay flowers at The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, a war memorial, equating the struggle for gay rights with fighting fascism.In May 2006 the city's mayor, Yuri Luzhkov, refused to issue a permit for the Pride march.

  • Councillor denies smearing gay Lib Dem 130

    Ms Grell is to appear at Waltham Forest Magistrates Court on Tuesday to answer charges under the Representation of the People Act 1983.

    2:05 PM — A Labour councillor has said she totally refutes charges that she made false statements about the personal life of her gay opponent.Miranda Grell, 28, won a formerly safe Lib Dem seat in last May's council elections.Her opponent Barry Smith is now at the centre of a prosecution being brought against Ms Grell.

  • Hate crimes legislation named for Matthew Shepard

    Matthew's parents were both present when The Matthew Shepard Act was introduced as bipartisan legislation at Congress yesterday.

    11:09 AM — A new federal law that will grant protections based on sexual orientation or gender identity in the United States is to be named after the murdered gay teenager who brought the issue of hate crimes into the American consciousness.Matthew Shepard was beaten and left for dead, tied to a fence in freezing Wyoming in 1998.He was the victim of a hate crime, targeted because he was gay.

  • Hate group funeral protests banned 2

    The church was the subject of a BBC2 documentary by Louis Theroux broadcast earlier this month.

    10:49 AM — The Governor of Kansas has signed into law a bill aimed at stopping a homophobic church group from protesting at the funerals of soldiers killed in Iraq.The Westboro Baptist Church, based in Topeka, Kansas, first gained notoriety for their noisy picket at the funeral of Matthew Shepard.Their extreme homophobia has led them to protest at the funerals of servicemen and women killed in action.

  • Australian PM – keep HIV people out 1

    His comments were in response to reports that 70 of the 334 new HIV infection cases reported in the state of Victoria in 2006 were among immigrants.

    10:30 AM — John Howard, the Prime Minister of Australia, has said that people with HIV should not be allowed to migrate into the country.Interviewed on radio, the outspoken Liberal leader said that HIV+ people who came to Australia either as migrants or refugees, should not be allowed in the country.

  • Riga Pride ban overturned

    Last year gay campaigners were attacked with eggs and bags of excrement and left feeling under siege by protesters when they quietly celebrated Riga Pride.

    10:10 AM — Gay activists in Latvia were celebrating yesterday after a court ruled that the decision to ban a gay Pride march in 2006 was illegal."The right of the LGBT community to organise a march has been evaluated as having more importance than the desire of some other people to push a certain community out of the public arena by means of threats and violence."

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