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  • 15th March 2006

    Gays may have limited access to information

    The group says changes circulated by national security adviser Stephen Hadley show that in December 2005  guidelines were changed

    12:00 AM — Human rights groups are questioning new guidelines on security clearance which may discriminate on the grounds of sexual orientation.Sexuality is referred to as a determining factor in access to classified information, according to a revision of the, Adjudicative Guidelines for Determining Eligibility for Access to Classified Information.

  • Councillor slams gay cruising website

    Cruising and sexual activity in public toilets has been illegal since the Sexual Offences Act 2003

    12:00 AM — Council officials in Swansea are worried after a website listed 19 public places it recommended for gay sex and "cruising" in the area.Castle Ward councillor David Phillips said he was concerned that many of the areas were in busy public places such as toilets in local supermarkets, park locations, bus stations and car parks.

  • Prisoner kept calm by gay porn 1

    The pornographic calendar caused jealousy amongst inmates at Broadmoor prison where pornography is banned

    12:00 AM — A convicted paedophile has been issued with gay porn by a psychologist at the top security Broadmoor prison hospital, a tabloid has claimed.John Leather, 47, was reported to have been given pictures of naked and aroused men in an attempt by medical experts to keep him calm in his room.

  • Health insurance for gay partners

    The domestic-partner policy from Blue Cross, which is available to big and small businesses, will be made accessible for gay and straight partners

    12:00 AM — Partners of gay employees in the US state of Montana will be offered health insurance, according to the area's largest health cover provider.The domestic-partner policy from Blue Cross, which is available to big and small businesses, will be made accessible for gay and straight partners of workers from July.

  • State promises protection to gays 1

    Council member Laketa Cole said: “Right now, currently as the law stands someone can be discriminated against because of their sexual orientation“

    12:00 AM — A new law could be set up in Cincinnati to protect American gay and transgender people at work and home, the city council has revealed.The Cincinnati City Council law committee met yesterday and heard examples of employee and property discrimination towards the gay community, a decision is expected to be made later today.

  • Indian gays overcoming taboos 2

    Some groups want Indian gays to be proud of their sexuality

    12:00 AM — Just days after the gay community in Pakistan proudly raised its voice, neighbouring India also appears to be coming out of the closet.SAPPHO, named after the legendary character of ancient Greek literature, is an Indian organisation set up to provide support for the gay community, they have revealed that an increasing number of gays and lesbians are approaching the service.

  • Gay marriage supporters protest new bill

    Gay marriage supporters feel that a new amendment would have take away rights for all couples

    12:00 AM — Protestors against an amendment that would reinforce a ban on gay marriage, picketed in Pennsylvania yesterday.Gay marriage supporters feel that a new amendment would have take away rights for all couples, gay and straight, because of bad wording.

  • Leeds students protest against homophobic lecturer

    Student groups have started a petition for his dismissal and there are calls to boycott his lectures since the article was published

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveStudents at the University of Leeds are raising concerns over a lecturer they claim made openly homophobic, racist and misogynistic remarks in a interview with the student union paper.Dr Frank Ellis, lecturer in Russian and Slavonic Studies said that homosexuality is wrong and should be "weeded out of theological seminaries."

  • Hearing didn’t listen to gay banker’s view, tribunal told 4

    Mr Lewis is seeking £5 million compensation

    12:00 AM — An HSBC manager didn't adequately probe claims of gross misconduct, a tribunal was told today.Lawyers for Peter Lewis, who claims he was sacked from the bank because he was gay, accused Mark Bucknall, HSBC's co-head of global investment banking, of being biased after not considering Mr Lewis's side of the story before dismissing him.

  • Poor healthcare for gays and lesbians 3

    The work revealed that many elderly citizens feared telling their doctors that they were gay and some said they were mistreated after their sexual orientation was discovered

    12:00 AM — Gay and lesbian seniors are being given unequal access to health services, according to researchers.A study by The McGill School of Social Work in Canada claims that elderly people in the gay and lesbian community are discriminated against by the very health care organisations and social services committed to supporting them.

  • Public schools to welcome gay rights 1

    The nonpartisan guidelines call on school officials to be “fair, honest brokers of a dialogue that involves all stakeholders and seeks the common good”

    12:00 AM — The first guidelines to help teachers, students and parents develop local policies and practices to address issues involving sexual orientation in public schools were announced this week by the First Amendment Centre (FAC.)"Americans are deeply divided over homosexuality in our society," said Charles Haynes, senior scholar at the FAC, "But if school officials and community members use the ground rules of the First Amendment, they can reach agreement on how public schools can guard the rights of all students in a safe learning environment."

  • 14th March 2006

    Gay issues have not harmed Australian church

    Debate on the ordination of homosexual ministers to the church reached a peak in Australia between 1996 and 2001

    12:00 AM — Arguments over gay ministers have not damaged the Uniting church in Australia, according to new figures on church membership.The National Church Life Survey, which conducts research on connecting the church and the wider community, revealed that church congregations reduced more from the death of elderly members than any other factor.

  • Anti gay groups urge Ford boycott

    has previously faced protest from the AFA but avoided a boycott after removing the adverts in question, although the company insisted the move was not due to the AFA threats

    12:00 AM — US conservatives groups are enforcing a boycott of car manufacturer Ford because of the company's support for gays and lesbians.The American Family Association, is encouraging car buyers to avoid buying Ford vehicles for a year because they believe the carmakers have not "remained neutral in the cultural battles."

  • Church thanks gay bishop for facing alcohol issues 5

    Mr Robinson is the Episcopal Church's first openly gay bishop, last month he revealed he was being treated for alcohol addiction

    12:00 AM — Portsmouth parishioners have thanked Episcopal Bishop V. Gene Robinson for publicly admitting to his alcohol problems.The bishop was praised after delivering a sermon at St. John's Episcopal Church in Portsmouth, on saving the soul.He told the Associated Press, "It feels like a homecoming, people are always friendly here, but they are unusually warm today."

  • Protests after school stops gays sharing rooms

    The university says it recognises gay issues and has a gay and lesbian group on campus

    12:00 AM — Staff and students at an American university are protesting a policy that stops unmarried couples staying together on school trips.The University of St. Thomas in Minnesota enforced the rule last year when a lesbian choir member wanted to bring her partner on a school trip to France, and later when a long term couple were asked to rent separate rooms on an excursion to Australia.

  • Gay son “murdered parents”

    It was originally believed the attack was a robbery gone wrong as cash and valuables were missing

    12:00 AM — A man accused of killing his parents had caused a fatal divide in his family because he is gay.Ryan Johnson, told police he was out drinking with friends when his parents, Terence and Josephine Johnson, were tied up, strangled and stabbed to death, he is currently being held in custody on preliminary charges.

  • Gay pride rising in Pakistan 2

    Gay groups say their communities are thriving with subtle acceptance from society

    12:00 AM — Young gay Pakistanis are determined to celebrate their sexuality despite prohibitions on homosexuality, it has been revealed.The historic Basant festival, which took place in Lahore last weekend, attracted revellers from a variety of communities and just days after President Pervez Musharraf boasted of empowering minorities, gay revellers proudly joined in with the celebrations.

  • Gay campaigner denies Zimbabwe coup

    The government claims that the ZFM is affiliated to opposition party, Movement for Democratic Change

    12:00 AM — The Zimbabwe government has accused British gay rights activist Peter Tatchell of an alleged coup in the country.Weapons were shown on Zimbabwean television claiming to have been seized at the home of one of the plotters from the Zimbabwean Freedom Movement, which Mr Tatchell has previously been linked with.

  • Trans woman blasts “homophobic” election campaign

    The claims come after Australia celebrated gay pride last week

    12:00 AM — An Australian transgender woman is seeking an injunction to stop election adverts which she believes encourage homophobia.Martine Delaney will file two complaints with the Tasmanian Anti-Discrimination Commission, asking for an end to a campaign by the Liberal Party that states sex changes and gay marriage are bad for society.

  • Kidney transplant shows positives of gay relationships

    Bill Mokeler donated his kidney to Paul Sagon on Valentines Day to help him come off a dialysis machine

    12:00 AM — The US has reportedly completed its first successful husband to husband organ transplant in Massachusetts, in what is seen as a blow to anti gay marriage views.Bill Mokeler donated his kidney to Paul Sagon on Valentines Day to help him come off a dialysis machine, it has now been revealed that he is recovering nicely.

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