13th June 2006
Episcopal conference dominated by gay row 7
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.