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  • 13th June 2006

    Episcopal conference dominated by gay row 7

    Another resolution to be looked at by the House of Deputies, seeks an apology for causing rifts in the denomination over the appointment of gay bishops

    12:00 AM — Bishops, priests and laymen from over 100 dioceses will gather in Ohio this week to decide on policy regarding governance and worship, with homosexuality remaining a top issue amid reports that ministers plan to apologise for the appointment of openly gay New Hampshire bishop Gene Robinson.The Episcopal Church's 75th General Convention, which starts today, is scheduled to debate "Human rights for homosexual persons."

  • Scottish schools failing to confront homophobic bullying

    The Scottish Executive study found a “long list of damaging and distressing“ homophobic incidents in schools

    12:00 AM — Scottish schools must do more to combat homophobic bullying, a report claims.The Scottish Executive study found a "long list of damaging and distressing" homophobic incidents and concluded that "anti-homophobia is not seen as a priority by many schools."

  • 12th June 2006

    British business told to embrace gay community

    The PinkNews is an example of the latest delve into the gay market, it will be produced by PinkNews.co.uk in association with 3SIXTY

    12:00 AM — Companies must begin to consider the gay community in their marketing or risk prosecution by impending regulation, business advisors warned today.The 2006 Equality Act, which comes into force later this year, guarantees access to goods and services regardless of sexual orientation.

  • Lady McCartney denies lesbian prostitute claims

    Animal rights campaigner Lady McCartney looks set to receive around £200 million from her divorce settlement

    12:00 AM — Heather Mills McCartney has denied tabloid reports that she once worked as a £5,000-a-time lesbian prostitute.The former model, who is soon to be divorced from former Beatle Sir Paul McCartney, denied the allegations claiming it was old news.A statement from her lawyers said: "Heather Mills McCartney strongly denies the allegations. These are not new stories."

  • Government advisors push to reclassify gay clubbing drug

    Crystal meth is a popular clubbing drug with the gay community, also known as 'tina', 'krank' or 'ice'

    12:00 AM — Popular clubbing drug crystal meth should be reclassified as a Class A drug, according to government drug advisors.The Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs has recommended to Home Secretary John Reid that the currently Class B drug should be moved to Class A, giving police the right to crackdown on it.

  • Stonewall targets homophobic bullying

    The results will be used in a report to help schools understand the extent of homophobic bullying

    12:00 AM — Stonewall has launched its Speak Out survey to find out about young gay, lesbian and bisexual people's experiences of homophobic bullying in British schools.This important research, in collaboration with the Schools Health Education Unit, is part of Stonewall's ongoing work to tackle homophobia and homophobic bullying in schools through its Education for All campaign.

  • Gay plantsman loses discrimination case 1

    Victor MacKenzie told a Dundee tribunal that he was dismissed by Cupar Garden Centre because of his sexuality

    12:00 AM — A judge has rejected a complaint from a garden centre worker who claimed he was sacked because he is gay.Victor MacKenzie told a Dundee tribunal that he was dismissed by Cupar Garden Centre because of his sexuality.However, his bosses denied this and claimed they knew he was gay when he started the job as a plantsman.

  • Archbishop warns against gay marriage definitions 1

    Dr Rowan Williams said civil partnerships were being too closely associated with marriage

    12:00 AM — The Archbishop of Canterbury has called Britain's marriage laws a "social muddle" in regards to civil partnerships and a recent Law Commission report pushing for unmarried couple's legal rights.Dr Rowan Williams said civil partnerships were being too closely associated with marriage and are contributing to an erosion of the institution.

  • Gay policemen gain protection

    His role will be to settle disputes between gay and straight officers

    12:00 AM — Gay policemen in Scotland have been designated an officer to protect them from homophobia and to promote equality in the force.Inspector David Lyle has been made the Scottish coordinator of the Gay Police Association, the first such position in the UK.His role will be to settle disputes between gay and straight officers and to ensure gay and lesbian recruits feel comfortable at work.

  • Gay community made “scapegoats” for Anglican Church

    Bishop Colton said all ministers should be invited to the next Lambeth conference in 2008 whatever their sexuality

    12:00 AM — The gay community is being made a "scapegoat" for the problems in the Anglican Church, an Irish bishop claims.The Right Reverend Paul Colton, Bishop of Cork, told a meeting of the diocesan synod of Cork, Cloyne and Ross, last weekend, that rows over homosexuality are covering up a "constitutional crisis" which is hurting the inclusiveness of the Anglican Church.

  • Warsaw gay activists march with pride

    Religious protesters hit last month's Moscow Gay Pride

    12:00 AM — Thousands of people marched in the polish capital of Warsaw last weekend in an Equality Parade to protest against increased homophobia in the country.A counter parade by far-right groups was cancelled after pressure from politicians, meaning compared to the neighbouring cities of Moscow and Bucharest, activists marched relatively peacefully.

  • Bromley candidate criticised over ‘anti-gay’ election pledge 3

    John Hemming-Clark, resident of the late Conservative MP Eric Forth's constituency, known locally as Son of Eric for his trenchant and non-PC opinions, is campaigning to ensure the BBC remains a “family channel.”

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveAn Independent candidate for the Bromley and Chislehurst by-election has been criticised after pledging to bring the BBC to account for broadcasting homosexuality on television.The resident of the late Conservative MP Eric Forth's constituency, who claims to be known locally as Son of Eric for his trenchant and non-politically correct opinions, is campaigning to ensure the BBC remains a "family channel."

  • Canada invites US gay couples to get married 1

    Canada is one of the few countries in the world to extend full marriage equality to all people

    12:00 AM — The Canadian Tourism Commission has launched a new gay and lesbian advertising campaign with a wedding invitation for US same-sex couples.The country is one of few in the world to extend full marriage equality to all people.

  • 9th June 2006

    Lesbian couple face wait for marriage decision 10

    Celia Kitzinger, 49, and Sue Wilkinson, 52, are seeking recognition in the UK of their marriage made in Canada in 2003

    12:00 AM — The High Court judge who will decide whether a lesbian couple can have their Canadian marriage recognised in the UK has delayed his decision, meaning the outcome may not be known until next month.Celia Kitzinger, 49, and Sue Wilkinson, 52, are seeking recognition in the UK of their marriage made in Canada in 2003, using the Human Rights Act which guarantees the right to respect for privacy and family life, the right to marry and prohibits discrimination.

  • Church rejects civil unions but vows to stop homophobia

    The Presbyterian Church in Ireland has rejected calls to allow ministers to bless civil partnerships

    12:00 AM — The Presbyterian Church in Ireland has rejected calls to allow ministers to bless civil partnerships.A resolution at the Church's General Assembly in Belfast asked for a re-emphasis of the church's view on marriage while another seeked moves to address homophobia.

  • Vatican questions transsexual priorities

    Earlier this week, the Vatican condemned contraception, abortion and artificial insemination

    12:00 AM — The Vatican has criticised the government of Tuscany for allowing free sex change operations for transsexuals.The Roman catholic Church's newspaper, L'Osservatore Romano, called the Italian region's law "incredible."It said, "Faced with problems that afflict health care in Tuscany, waiting lists for operations, insufficient funds for chemotherapy and inadequate numbers of medical staff, perhaps it would have been better not to give precedence to hormonal treatment for sex changes," Reuters news agency reported.

  • Gay groups condemn World Pride boycott calls 23

    Jerusalem WorldPride runs from August 6-12 2006

    12:00 AM — An anti Israel group is calling on the British lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community to boycott this summer's WorldPride in Jerusalem, prompting outrage from campaigners and local charities.The Coalition to Boycott World Pride Jerusalem claims the LGBT community should not attend the international gay parade in protest of the way Israel has "illegally occupied Jerusalem for decades, and has functionally annexed the city."

  • ACLU pushes for HIV confidentiality

    The ACLU is demanding that the Department of Public Health not report the names of those deceived

    12:00 AM — The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) sent a letter to the San Francisco Department of Public Health this week demanding that the San Francisco City Clinic stop misleading people being tested for HIV.A new state law that went into effect on April 17 2006 requires all health care providers and laboratories to report names of individuals with HIV to the local health department, yet the City Clinic run by the San Francisco Department of Public Health has been telling people taking the HIV test that their names would not be reported to the state if they test positive.

  • Petition demands end to government HIV discrimination

    Gay legal group Lambda Legal delivered a petition today signed by 5,000 people urging Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice, to repeal the federal government's 'discriminatory' hiring policies

    12:00 AM — Gay legal group Lambda Legal delivered a petition today signed by 5,000 people urging Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice, to repeal the federal government's 'discriminatory' hiring policies and allow a qualified man living with HIV to work as a Foreign Service Officer."Employers, as well as the general public, look to the federal government to set the standard in workers' rights," said Hector Vargas, deputy director of education and public affairs at Lambda Legal.

  • 8th June 2006

    US will ‘neither confirm nor deny’ gay surveillance

    “2006 is the new 1984,“ said SLDN executive director C Dixon Osburn

    12:00 AM — In a June 5 letter to lawyers for the Servicemembers Legal Defence Network (SLDN), the National Security Agency (NSA) says it will "neither confirm nor deny the existence or non-existence" of information that may have been obtained through agency surveillance of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.SLDN sought information, through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, after media reports indicated the agency may have been monitoring groups and individuals opposed to the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" ban on lesbian, gay and bisexual personnel.

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