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April 2007

  • 17th April 2007

    Gay marriage stunned Canadian PM 1

    Same-sex marriage was cemented in law throughout Canada in 2005 by the Civil Marriage Act.

    11:12 AM — The former Prime Minister of Canada, Jean Chretien, has admitted that he was "stunned" by court rulings legalising gay marriage.In 2003, the last year of Chretien's premiership, eight out of ten Canadian provinces legalised gay marriage through a series of court rulings.Gay couples have had access to most rights associated with marriage since 1999.

  • 16th April 2007

    BB homophobe’s posters targeted

    Before the start of the election campaign, SCP posters were put up in parts of Glasgow, only to be ripped down again.

    5:41 PM — A candidate for a Christian party in the Scottish elections has complained that he is the victim of vandalism and theft.Tom Forrest gained press attention three years ago when he refused to take a booking for two gay men at his Bed Breakfast establishment.He is standing as a candidate for the Scottish Christian Party in the elections on May 3rd.

  • Church of England gay policy incoherent, tribunal told 11

    Bishop Priddis told the tribunal that he decided not to hire Mr Reaney as he felt he would not be able to remain celibate.

    4:55 PM — An employment tribunal in Cardiff heard today that the attitude of the Church of England towards gay people is inconsistent.Youth worker John Reaney is bringing the Hereford Diocesan Board of Finance to the tribunal, claiming that he was discriminated against on the grounds of his sexuality.Mr Reaney was previously employed as a youth officer for the Norwich and Chester Church of England diocese.

  • Gay teachers too afraid to come out

    Other teachers bemoaned the use of the word “gay“ as a term of playground abuse.

    4:07 PM — A conference in Ireland heard yesterday that many gay and lesbian teachers do not come out for fear that schools would be able to discriminate legally.The country's equality laws allow schools to make judgements about whether the personal lives of a teacher might clash with the "ethos" of the institution.The annual conference of the Irish National Teachers Organisation heard other evidence about the extent of routine bulling and intimidation educators face from pupils and parents.

  • Anti-cruising councillor victim of hate campaign 2

    Local residents and allotment users had complained about gangs of men using areas of the park for sex during the day.

    3:51 PM — A Lib Dem candidate for Birmingham City Council is being targeted by a hate campaign after complaining about gay men using a local park for sex.Michael Mullaney is standing for re-election in the Moseley and Kings Heath ward.He used YouTube to highlight anti-social behaviour by gay cruisers. It has now been decided to cut back the bushes in Highbury Park.

  • F-word show wins gay award

    T.R. Knight opened last night's GLAAD awards show.

    2:40 PM — A hit US TV drama which was at the centre of media attention earlier this year over a homophobic on-set argument has won an award at a gay ceremony.The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation Awards were held in Los Angeles yesterday.ABC hit show Grey's Anatomy won the category of Outstanding Individual Episode (in a series without a gay character).

  • Rural life still grim for many gays 3

    The manager of the local pub spoke to the researcher about being gay. photo: gluemoon @flickr.com

    12:22 PM — Despite the recent visibility of gay men and civil partnerships on country soap opera The Archers, new academic research reveals that the reality is very different.Professor Ann Jacoby of Liverpool University says her research shows small villages are awash with homophobia and sexist attitudes.Professor Jacoby, a social scientist, said: "The rural idyll is very nice so long as you fit into certain categories, but problematic if you don't."

  • Changing Czechs embrace gays and rich people 1

    In 2005, 16% of citizens did not want to live next to the rich, while now one in ten does not want rich neighbours.

    11:51 AM — A survey into attitudes of Czechs towards a range of groups of people shows increasing tolerance of gay people.1046 people over 15 responded to the poll. In 1997, 29% of people said they "tolerated" homosexuals: the figure has doubled by 2007.The other group who have found more acceptance in the former Communist country are the rich.

  • Slow passage of gay adoption in Colorado

    The bill does not allow a gay couple to adopt a child that is un-related to either partner, leaving intact Colorado's law prohibiting such adoptions.

    11:35 AM — Same-sex couples can adopt each other's children in Colorado thanks to a bill given preliminary approval Wednesday by the state Senate.The bill passed on a party line voice vote over the objections of critics who accused majority Democrats of trying to override the voters' will."This bill is about the homosexual agenda, and it's not about what's best for children," said state Senator Scott Renfroe.

  • Premiership star supports gay footballers 3

    Stonewall, the gay rights organisation, welcomed Mr James' words of support.

    11:10 AM — A leading English footballer has slammed the lack of support for gay players and questioned why football should be one of the only industries where people cannot be out and proud.David James, the Portsmouth goalkeeper, wrote in his fortnightly column in The Observer that he has gay friends, but did not reveal if any are other footballers."If one in 10 people are gay, where are all the gay Premiership stars?" asked James, who has played for England 34 times.

  • 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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