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January 2008

  • 10th January 2008

    Spanish government defiant over Church attacks 40

    The Socialists and PP are only a few percentage points apart in opinion polls.

    12:30 PM — The rift between church and state in Spain showed no signs of healing today after the country's government said it would not accept "moral guardianship" from anyone.Deputy Prime Minister Maria Teresa Fernandez de la Vega said that the Church could no longer impose its morality on the country.Last week the Prime Minister of Spain responded to Roman Catholic leaders after they criticised government policy supporting gay marriage, easier divorces and abortion.

  • Student apologises for legal challenge to gay law question 1

    A question came up in Mr Dunne's bar exam last year concerning the rights of two married lesbians, their children and their property.

    12:02 PM — A man who failed Massachusetts' bar exam and then brought a lawsuit claiming that he failed because he refused to answer a question related to same-sex marriage has apologised to the gay community.In a letter to Boston paper Bay Windows Stephen Dunne called his legal action misguided."I have regrettably perpetuated intolerance and animosity towards my fellow Americans," he wrote. "My religiously-based discrimination of gay people was callous and diametrically opposed to America's core principles of freedom and equality."

  • US group reveals gay-friendly employers list

    A total of 195 US companies can now use the 2008 “Best Places to Work for GLBT Equality“ seal to distinguish their company as a fair-minded employer.

    11:55 AM — Human Rights Campaign, America's largest gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender civil rights organisation, today released its annual list of the "Best Places to Work for GLBT Equality."A total of 195 US companies can now use the 2008 "Best Places to Work for GLBT Equality" seal to distinguish their company as a fair-minded employer.The seal is given to companies who score a perfect 100% on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation's Corporate Equality Index

  • Portsmouth unveils LGBT History Month events

    Organisers hope that the civil offices will fly the rainbow flag to mark the event.

    11:10 AM — A gay ghost hunt, Judy Garland, Mr Humphries and gay life on the ocean waves are due to be the highlights of LGBT History Month in Portsmouth next month.Organisers hope that the civil offices will fly the rainbow flag to mark the event. The council will make a final decision this month.History Month celebrations begin with a church service at John Pounds Memorial Church, High Street, Old Portsmouth on 3rd February.

  • Candidate withdraws from White House race

    A Democratic strategist told CNN on Wednesday Richardson plans to formally withdraw from the Presidential race this week.

    10:30 AM — New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson has decided to drop out of the Democratic Presidential candidate race after a disappointing fourth place finishes in the Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire primaries.A source close to Richardson told CNN he will make an official announcement of his resignation of the race on Thursday.Elected as Governor of New Mexico in 2002, he previously served as a US Representative, an Ambassador to the United Nations and as US Secretary of Energy.

  • 9th January 2008

    Government may back abolition of blasphemy laws 100

    Justice minister Maria Eagle has told MPs that the government may support the removal of blasphemy from the statute books.

    11:30 PM — Justice minister Maria Eagle has told MPs that the government may support the removal of blasphemy from the statute books.She was speaking in the House of Commons during the debate on the Criminal Justice and Immigration Bill.MPs from all sides criticised the government for pushing the legislation forward with just over eight hours of debate.

  • 42-year-old builder guilty of harassing gay teenager 13

    Douglas Inskip, a 42-year-old builder, of The Gables, Brynford, near Holywell, was bailed by Flintshire magistrates awaiting a pre-sentence report.

    4:15 PM — A man who waged a campaign of abuse against a 17-year-old boy has been convicted by a court in Wales of harassment.Douglas Inskip, a 42-year-old builder, of The Gables, Brynford, near Holywell, was bailed by Flintshire magistrates awaiting a pre-sentence report.The father of four tried to claim to police that he did not know the word 'faggot' was an abusive term and claimed in court that the 17-year-old made the whole thing up.

  • Newcastle councillors approve branch of Clone Zone

    Clone Zone has eight branches in major English cities and one in Glasgow.

    3:40 PM — Efforts by fundamentalist Christians to block a shop that sells sex toys and gay DVDs opening in Newcastle have failed.Earlier this week members of the city council regulatory committee approved a licence for a branch of Clone Zone to open in the Scottswood Road.The location, described by the Newcastle Chronicle as in the "gay village," is close to St Mary's Cathedral and another shop that sells R18 DVDs, aimed at the straight community.

  • Irish gay groups join forces to push equality agenda

    The Irish government is expected to bring forward proposals for a form of civil partnerships in the EU nation at the end of March.

    2:45 PM — Lesbian and gay rights activists in Ireland are to come together on a short-term campaigning platform entitled "100 Days for Equality."The Irish government is expected to bring forward proposals for a form of civil partnerships in the EU nation at the end of March.The Gay and Lesbian Equality Network (GLEN) and the National Lesbian Gay Federation (NLGF) are to join forces with new direct action group LGBT Noise and MarriagEquality.

  • Gay Christians question evangelical’s employment tribunal

    Revd Kirker said it was “interesting, if not a little paradoxical,“ that Dr Storkey is claiming religious discrimination in this case.

    2:35 PM — The Lesbian and Gay Christian Movement has highlighted the employment practices of a development agency whose UK President has taken the Bishop of Liverpool to an employment tribunal.Dr Elaine Storkey, an academic and contributor to BBC Radio 4's Thought for the Day, claims she was dismissed from her at an Oxford theological college, Wycliffe Hall, because she was "the wrong type of Christian Evangelical."The LGCM described the principal of the college, Reverend Richard Turnbull, as an "ultra-conservative fundamentalist evangelical."

  • Canada bans organ donation from gay men 1

    An estimated 4,000 Canadians are on the waiting list for organ transplants.

    12:50 PM — Men who have sex with men in the last five years of their life will no longer be accepted as organ donors under new rules from Health Canada.Families will also be interviewed about potential donors' exposure in increased risk, such as travel or time spent in jail, under new rules that came into force in December.Gary Levy, head of Toronto University's transplant programme, told CBC News that he had not been informed about the new rules.

  • MP aims to strike down blasphemy laws 3

    Dr Harris' attempt to remove blashphemy from the statute books has support from some religious groups.

    12:20 PM — A Liberal Democrat MP has attached an amendment to the Criminal Justice and Immigration Bill that would abolish the offences of blasphemy and blasphemous libel.Dr Evan Harris' proposal is backed by 27 MPs will be debated today. It is supported by civil rights groups, Humanists and some Christian organisations.Last year Christian Voice attempted to bring a private prosecution for blasphemy against the director general of the BBC after Jerry Springer: The Opera was screened.

  • Gay sex scandal Senator blames arresting officer 4

    In the wake of the bathroom scandal Senator Craig has faced tough questions about his sexuality.

    11:40 AM — His actions in an airport bathroom led to a new word - toe-tapping - entering the lexicon of euphemisms for gay.Now lawyers for embattled US Senator Larry Craig are asking for his conviction for cruising offences to be struck down because the undercover police officer who arrested him initiated the now-infamous foot signal.Senator Craig was arrested on June 11th by an undercover police officer in a Minneapolis airport men's room.

  • Police top gay employers list in Scotland and Wales 1

    South Wales Police was named the most gay-friendly employer in the principality.

    11:20 AM — Lothian and Borders police has been named the most gay-friendly employer in Scotland.The force came 11th in the UK list, up from 80th in 2007.Stonewall published its 2008 Workplace Equality Index (WEI) today.It showcases Britain's top 100 employers for lesbian, gay and bisexual people.

  • Hillary comes back to win New Hampshire poll

    With 96 percent of precincts reporting in, Clinton currently leads Obama 39 percent to 37 percent with Clinton projected as the overall winner.

    10:05 AM — As the last of the votes roll in, Republican Presidential candidate John McCain and Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton have been predicted as the winners in the New Hampshire primary results.Clinton prevailed over Iowa caucus winner Barack Obama by a small margin, while McCain is the projected winner with a significant lead over former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney.With 96 percent of precincts reporting in, Clinton currently leads Obama 39 percent to 37 percent with Clinton projected as the overall winner.

  • Stonewall reveals best employers for LGB people 1

    Stonewall has published its 2008 Workplace Equality Index, showcasing Britain's top 100 employers for gay people.

    1:16 AM — Stonewall has published its 2008 Workplace Equality Index, showcasing Britain's top 100 employers for gay people.Top employer for 2008 is Nacro, the national crime reduction charity. The Greater London Authority comes second.Hampshire and Staffordshire police forces are joint third in the Index, which is based on a range of key indicators.

  • 8th January 2008

    Christian pastor plans Microsoft takeover 3

    “I consider myself a warrior for Christ. Microsoft don't scare me. I got God with me.“

    11:20 PM — An evangelical Christian pastor plans to launch a high-profile campaign on Tuesday urging religious followers to load up on Microsoft Corporation stock, in an attempt to halt the organisation's gay rights efforts.The Reverend Ken Hutcherson, a former Dallas Cowboys American football player and outspoken opponent of gay rights, is the self-proclaimed head of the Antioch Bible Church, based in Redmond, the home of Microsoft's headquarters.

  • Documentary explores lesbian beauty 2

    Tat Grey visited the Miss Gay UK pageant, met the editor of  Diva  magazine and hit the lesbian clubs and bars on the street of Soho.

    4:40 PM — A TV programme in which a bisexual woman goes on a mission to see if lesbians view the female body the same way as heterosexual men has been showing this week.Current TV is showing Lesbian Beauty as part of a week-long season it is currently hosting named Skin Deep, which is airing until January 12th.In a bid to go beyond the usual lesbian beauty stereotypes of 'butch' or 'lipstick lesbians,' Tat Grey visited the Miss Gay UK pageant, met the editor of Diva magazine and hit the lesbian clubs and bars on the street of Soho.

  • Church refused property insurance over gay-friendly stance 1

    United Church of Christ, formed in 1957 by a merger of the New England Congregationalist churches and the Evangelical and Reformed Church, is known for its history of social activism.

    4:12 PM — A Protestant church in the US state of Michigan has been deemed too risky for property insurance because of its denomination's support for gay rights.The West Adrian United Church of Christ, a small church in Adrian, Michigan which has weathered controversies since it was established in 1836.It was turned down by Brotherhood Mutual Insurance Co. of Fort Wayne, Indiana, because of its national governing body's approval of gay marriage and the ordination of homosexuals, The Wall Street Journal has reported.

  • Gay holiday companies merge to form largest in Europe 1

    Existing and new customers for the newly-merged company can continue to book their Respect or Sensations holidays online.

    4:12 PM — Respect Holidays and Sensations Holidays, the UK's largest tour operators specialising in gay and lesbian travel, have merged.Now Europe's largest specialist tour operator, Respect will continue to trade as Respect Holidays, and Sensations will trade as Sensations Holidays.The parent company that both holiday brands will trade under, Lidana Limited, is the current umbrella company of Respect Holidays.

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