18th July 2007
Gay groups, MPs and unions welcome bishop tribunal decision 8
6:16 PM — A range of organisations have praised an employment tribunal that found the Bishop of Hereford had discriminated against a gay man who applied for a job as a Church of England youth worker.Dr Evan Harris, Liberal Democrat MP and Parliamentary campaigner for equality, commented:"This is a damning judgment for the Church, which directly discriminated unfairly against an innocent person."
Sir Ian stands up for Singapore’s gays 3
5:46 PM — Veteran actor Sir Ian McKellen has once again used his international celebrity to further the cause of gay equality.Speaking in Singapore, the Lord of the Rings star urged the country's government to ditch draconian colonial-era laws still in place which criminalise homosexuality among consenting adults.Homosexuals face a maximum of two years in prison for gay sex in Singapore.
EXCLUSIVE: The man who took a bishop to a tribunal and won 8
4:51 PM — Landmark is one of those words that inevitably loses its value due to over-use, but there is no other way to describe today's ruling by an employment tribunal against the Bishop of Hereford.The tribunal agreed with youth worker John Reaney that he had been discriminated against on the grounds of his sexual orientation.The 2003 law that protects gay, bisexual and lesbian people in employment contains an exemption for religious organisations.
Doctor Who creator praises gay Coronation St character
2:00 PM — Russell T Davies, the writer of Queer As Folk and Doctor Who, has said that the representation of gay people on television is the best it has ever been.He cited the arrival of a gay character on ITV soap Coronation St as evidence that times have changed.Mr Davies, who included a bisexual character in Doctor Who, also praised teen soap Hollyoaks for its handing of a storyline where one of the characters deals with his sexuality.
MEPs to attend Pride in Estonia 1
12:23 PM — A year after violent homophobic attacks against Tallinn Pride, organisers have revealed that politicians from across Europe will be turning up this year to show their support.Last year LGBT marchers were attacked with sticks and stones by a group of young Estonian nationalists while celebrating the country's gay third pride event.This year's event, on August 11th, has been beset by problems with policing.
Pacific Games gay sex embargo lifted
12:07 PM — The organisers of a major sporting event in Samoa have said they will change guidance that banned gay and lesbian competitors from having sex.The rules, published by Samoa team managers yesterday, apply only to Samoan athletes competing in the Pacific Games, a multi-sport event held later this year.The organising committee moved quickly to reject the rules and order changes.
Woman sues tax authorities over reassignment surgery 3
11:50 AM — A trans person is suing the Internal Revenue Service in the US for not allowing her to write off her gender reassignment operation as a legitimate medical expense.Trans activists are watching the case closely, as a defeat for the IRS would open the way for thousands of people to avoid paying tax on reassignment surgeries.The IRS contend that such surgery is not "essential" and therefore cannot be claimed against.
Bournemouth shows its Pride
11:21 AM — The Bourne Free Pride Festival attracted thousands of people from across the UK on Saturday 14th July with the event reaching its highest ever numbers.The sun came out just in time for the nautical themed Beachfront Parade, which included lots of sexy sailors, colourful drag queens and even mermaids on electric wheelchairs.Spectators along the promenade watched as local groups and a huge 30 metre rainbow flag travelled past to the sounds of classic camp pop.
Hong Kong court ruling a victory for gay rights 1
11:12 AM — The highest court in Hong Kong decriminalised gay public sodomy on Tuesday in a ruling that advocates are calling a victory for China's gay rights movement.A panel of five top judges unanimously ruled that two men, who acknowledged engaging in anal sex in a parked car, should not be subject to the country's maximum penalty of five years in prison.According to AP, Chief Justice Andrew Li said in the ruling that the law targets homosexuals.
Porn actors face murder charges
11:00 AM — Two gay porn actors are facing murder charges over the killing of Cobra Video producer Bryan Charles Kocis in January.Harlow Cuadra, 25, and Joseph Kerekes, 33, are being processed at a Pennsylvania State Police barracks.CourtTVnews.com reports that Cuadra and Kerekes arve believed to have gone to Kocis' Dallas, Pennsylvania home on January 24th and slashed his throat.
Bishop guilty of gay discrimination 8
9:40 AM — An employment tribunal has ruled in favour of John Reaney, the gay man who brought a claim of discrimination claim against the Bishop of Hereford.The case was supported and funded by Stonewall.John Reaney was interviewed by a panel of eight people for the post of Youth Officer in the Diocese of Hereford last summer.