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02 November 2007

  • 2nd November 2007

    No comment from Bigot of the Year 6

    The bishop joins last year's “winner“ Chris Moyles in the Hall of Shame.

    5:59 PM — A bishop who asked a gay job applicant a series of humiliating questions and then rejected him for the post on the grounds of his sexuality was named Bigot of the Year at the Stonewall Awards last night.The gay equality organisation's chief executive Ben Summerskill told an audience of 400 gathered at the Victoria Albert museum in London that the Bishop of Hereford had been invited but claimed to be on holiday.

  • Royal “blackmail plot” man refused bail 17

    Buckingham Palace has refused to comment on the alleged blackmail plot, saying only that it is a matter for the police.

    5:35 PM — One of the two men charged with attempting to blackmail a minor member of the Royal Family was refused bail at a hearing at the Old Bailey today.Ian Strachan, 30, was arrested along with Sean McGuigan, 40, last month after police mounted a sting operation.They are alleged to have demanded £50,000 not to release a video showing an aide to a member of the Royal Family discussing engaging in oral sex with his employer.

  • Dead parents better than gay ones says Romney 134

    The Republican candidate will be announced at the party's convention at the start of September 2008.

    5:20 PM — A candidate for the Republican party nomination for President of the United States has said that he thinks a child would be better off with a dead parent rather than a gay one.Mitt Romney, a former Governor of Massachusetts, was speaking at a college in rural Iowa.Asked what he would say to a gay couple wanting to get married, he pointed out his support for a change to the US Constitution to bar gay and lesbian Americans from marriage.

  • Analysis: Martina defends her freedom of speech 1

    Her willingness to be open and speak her mind has helped other athletes who have come out of the closet to be met with more acceptance.

    2:25 PM — For 26 years Martina Navratilova has been a bright beckon of hope for gay athletes as she faced criticism, controversy and scrutiny over her decision to come out to the world.This month, the outspoken advocate voiced her opinions about the political climate in the United States in Tennis Magazine after a reporter jokingly said she should go back the Czech Republic.In her career, she has captured 18 Grand Slam Singles Titles, an all time record of 31 Grand Slam Doubles Titles.

  • Prison for tennis coach who had sex with 13-year-old 1

    Lyte was sentenced to two years and nine months in prison and is banned from working with children.

    1:45 PM — A former tennis protege turned coach has been sentenced to nearly three years in prison.Last month Claire Lyte, 29, was convicted of four counts of sexual activity with a child at Liverpool Crown Court.During her three week trial, the court heard testimony from the mother of a 13-year-old girl, who caught them in bed together in 2005.Lyte's worked as a coach at the Lawn Tennis Association academy in Loughborough, Leicestershire and the girl was one of her pupils.

  • Brighton club’s roof garden gets cross-party support 13

    The club will build a staircase to the roof, a wooden terrace and acoustically designed curved shelters to minimise noise for nearby residents.

    12:56 PM — A leading Brighton lesbian and gay nightclub unexpectedly won permission for a smoking terrace last night after intervention from a Green councillor on the council's planning committee.Green councillor Amy Kennedy argued for the safety of LGBT smokers who, since the smoking ban, have had to light up on the pavement.Gay smokers have been the target of homophobic abuse from passers-by in cars and on foot and have had objects hurled at them as they smoked outside the club.

  • Commonwealth meeting could promote homophobia 10

    CHOGMs are one of the most important events in the Commonwealth calendar and take place every two years in a different country.

    12:48 PM — Members of Parliament in Uganda have urged the country's government to speak out against gay rights at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) next month.One MP, demanding a "clamp down" against lesbian and gay Ugandans, said that the international event, to be held in the capital later this month, would be a good opportunity to "send a clear message that gays are not welcome in Uganda."Ishaa Otto, speaking at a press conference earlier this week, claimed that the gay community is growing.

  • History month to tackle small town homophobia 1

    Herefordshire's Equality Partnership is planning their contribution to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans History Month in February 2008.

    12:30 PM — A series of events for the LGBT community in a largely rural part of the UK will take place early next year.Police and local councils have lent their support to the month-long programme aimed at people living in Herefordshire, Worcerstershire, Shropshire and mid-Wales.Herefordshire's Equality Partnership is planning their contribution to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans History Month in February 2008, called Out In The Sticks, and already a list of events is taking shape.

  • Foster couple agree to council diversity policy

    The intention of the Equalities Promise is to ensure that foster carers are aware that they should not discriminate against children in their care.

    12:05 PM — A Christian couple have agreed to abide by the local council policy on diversity, despite previously resigning as foster carers over a row about homosexuality.65-year-old Vincent Matherick and his 61-year-old wife Pauline attracted the attention of the press when they stood down after six years of providing foster care, claiming that Somerset County Council was asking them to "promote" homosexuality.They have now issued a joint statement with the council and signed the Equalities Promise and may be allowed to continue fostering.

  • Hate church given taste of own medicine 2

    The message on the sign said, “God hates the Phelps,“ while the message on the fence read, “God hates intolerance.“

    11:03 AM — In what some may see as an example of karma, the family of Reverend Fred Phelps awoke this morning to a pair of messages spray painted to a sign and a fence on the grounds of their Kansas church.The message on the sign said, "God hates the Phelps," while the message on the fence read, "God hates intolerance," according to a report from the ABC television station in Topeka, Kansas.Topeka Police were called to the Phelps compound, which houses the family's Westboro Baptist Church, around 10 a.m. yesterday morning.

  • Newspapers triumph at Stonewall Awards 52

    Three awards - for Hero, Bully and Community Group of the Year - were voted for by 6,000 Stonewall supporters from across Britain.

    10:10 AM — The Guardian was named Newspaper of the Year at the second Stonewall Awards ceremony last night.Philip Hensher, who writes a column for The Independent, won Journalist of the Year.The awards ceremony, hosted by TV presenter Anthony Crank, took place at London's Victoria Albert Museum before an audience of 400 people.

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