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  • 23rd May 2006

    Gay asylum group push for Iraqi protection

    Liam Byrne was appointed immigration minister at the Home Office today

    12:00 AM — The UK Lesbian Gay Immigration Group (UKLGIG) has reacted immediately to the replacement of immigration minister, Tony McNulty with Liam Byrne, by requesting an urgent review of the plight of lesbian and gay asylum seekers from Iraq.The UKLGIG wrote to Mr Byrne, MP for Hodge Hill in Birmingham, asking him ensure that no Iraqi lesbian or gay asylum seeker be removed from the UK whilst the current situation persists and that the guidance it gives to its decision makers (known as Operational Guidance Notes) is updated to include details of the risks faced in Iraq by lesbians and gay men.

  • Bishop denies gay lobby links 2

    Reverend John Gladwin denied reports in a local paper that he was in the area to promote homosexuality

    12:00 AM — A British Anglican bishop faced a hostile reception on a visit to a Kenyan diocese in East Africa yesterday after being accused of representing a gay rights lobby in the country.Reverend John Gladwin, visiting St Thomas Cathedral in Kerugoya, denied reports in a local paper that he was in the area to promote homosexuality.

  • National Lottery supports deaf gay men

    The Gay Men's Health Charity (GMFA) has been awarded funding to provide signers for deaf gay men

    12:00 AM — The Gay Men's Health Charity (GMFA) has been awarded funding to provide signers for deaf gay men, from the National Lottery.The money has come from Awards for All, and will mean that for the first time deaf gay men will be able to access any of GMFA's range of courses.

  • 22nd May 2006

    Moscow Mayor stands by gay pride ban

    Yuri Luzhkov said months ago he would be banning the parade to protect gays and lesbians from potential violent protests

    12:00 AM — Moscow Mayor Yuri Luzhkov kept the promise he's been making for months last week when he made an official announcement that the city's first pride parade, scheduled for Saturday May 27 2006 would be cancelled.Mr Luzhkov said months ago he would be banning the parade to protect gays and lesbians from potential violent protests, but the gay community responded that the notoriously conservative government simply wasn't ready to embrace such an event.

  • Tory chairman defends gay inclusive list

    Francis Maude condemned people who were spreading “ridiculous caricatures” of the new list

    12:00 AM — Conservative chairman Francis Maude has defended the party's "A list" of parliamentary candidates which includes particular figures such as gay people who receive priority treatment in the selection process to represent winnable seats to guarantee General Election success.Mr Maude insisted the list of parliamentary candidates was not aimed at imposing "mincing metrosexuals" on local constituencies.

  • Gay church prays for gay marriage 4

    The General Assembly will be asked to decide whether Church of Scotland Ministers will be permitted to offer blessings to couples on the occasion of their Civil Partnership and whether ministers themselves will be able to enter into a Civil Partnership

    12:00 AM — A gay affirming Edinburgh church is calling for a day of prayer in support of civil partnerships as the Church of Scotland General Assembly debates the issue this week.Civil Partnerships were introduced into law in December 2005 and allow for the relationships of same-sex couples to be recognised in law, conferring many of the same rights and responsibilities as marriage.

  • Lesbian wins estate agent discrimination case

    Corrina Slow said after the hearing, “This is an important case that will extend the rights of gays and lesbians in the workplace“

    12:00 AM — Britain's first lesbian and gay estate agency has been found guilty of sexual discrimination after a former employee proved she was sacked because she was pregnant.Corrina Slow will be paid £13,000 compensation from the gay friendly 2Let estate agency in Brighton after being dismissed when her boss discovered she was 16 weeks pregnant.

  • Catholic Church say gay sex lessons are “outrageous”

    Teachers can now talk freely about gay sex, sexually transmitted diseases and condoms for safe gay sex

    12:00 AM — The Catholic Church in Scotland have condemned the inclusion of gay sex within the syllabus of sex education lessons in Scotland.Following the abolition of section 28 in Scotland six years ago, teachers can now talk freely about gay sex, sexually transmitted diseases and condoms for safe gay sex."Teachers felt they didn't know what to say to pupils about same-sex relationships."

  • Gay carers found guilty of abuse 3

    Both men denied the accusations throughout the trial

    12:00 AM — A gay couple have been found guilty of abusing four boys between the ages of eight and 14 in their care.Ian Wathey, 40, and Craig Faunch, 32, were convicted of taking advantage of children put in their care by Wakefield Council in West Yorkshire, and molesting children.

  • 20th May 2006

    Councillor makes ‘humiliating’ apology after gay outburst 14

    Political analysts told PinkNews.co.uk: that his apology must have been a “humiliating climb down” for Peter Willows

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveA Brighton and Hove Conservative councillor has apologised today for making allegedly homophobic and offensive comments towards the lesbian. gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community.Peter Willows a Hangleton and Knoll ward councillor, faced expulsion from the Tory Party over remarks labelling gay people as paedophiles, which he was reported to have made at an annual Brighton and Hove City Council party last week.

  • 19th May 2006

    Church adding to school homophobia, report claims 4

    The authors of the study, funded by the Department for Education, attributed anti gay attitudes to the church owning most schools in Ireland

    12:00 AM — The church makes a significant contribution to homophobia and bullying in Irish schools, according to a study.A report from Dublin City University's Centre for Education Evaluation concluded that Catholic Church theology is "very influential" on teaching about sexuality in schools.

  • Conservative councillor investigated over gay paedophile slur 14

    Conservative councillor Andrew Willows has been known for speaking out against the gay community

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveThe Brighton and Hove Conservative Party has started disciplinary proceedings against a Conservative councillor who allegedly called gay people paedophiles.Peter Willows, a Hangleton and Knoll ward councillor, faces expulsion from the Tory Party over remarks labelling gay people as paedophiles, which he is reported to have made at an annual Brighton and Hove City Council party last night.

  • South Korea considers transsexual identity laws

    Lawyers for the man trying to bring a change in the law claim his social and work life were affected by still being recorded as a female

    12:00 AM — South Korea's Supreme Court is to consider whether a 50 year old transsexual will be allowed to official change his gender.The Supreme Court met today to consider changing the law regarding the Family Register.Lawyers for the man trying to bring a change in the law claim his social and work life were affected by still being recorded as a female.

  • Lesbian sacked for ‘poor performance’

    Corrina Slow claims she was dismissed from her managerial role at the gay friendly 2Let estate agency in Brighton after her boss discovered she was 16 weeks pregnant

    12:00 AM — A lesbian estate agent was sacked because she was not making her company any money and not because she was pregnant, a tribunal heard yesterday.Corrina Slow claims she was dismissed from her managerial role at the gay friendly 2Let estate agency in Brighton after her boss discovered she was 16 weeks pregnant.

  • Gay couples given parental leave

    The Irish law previously allowed time off for workers to tend to close blood relatives in times of an accident or an illness, it now includes “persons in a close relationship of domestic dependency, including same-sex couples“ (photo: spcoon)

    12:00 AM — Gay couples in Ireland are to be given an entitlement to emergency leave for a family crises.The amendment to the Parental Leave Act, means gay employees can take three days paid leave in an emergency regarding their partner.The law previously allowed time off for workers to tend to close blood relatives in times of an accident or an illness, it now includes "persons in a close relationship of domestic dependency, including same-sex couples."

  • Lesbian’s family murdered after rejecting ‘sexual advances’

    Morris's of Craigh-cefn-parc, South Wales, had his previous murder conviction quashed over a conflict of interest in the legal procedure

    12:00 AM — A lesbian's family was murdered after she spurned a "violent thug's" sexual advances, a court was told yesterday.David Morris, 44, is being retried for the killing of four family members across three generations in 1999.He smashed the faces of Mandy Power, 34, her mother, Doris Dawson, 80 and her children, Katie, 10 and Emily, 18, Swansea Crown Court was told.

  • Gay orgy planner jailed

    The unidentified 33-year-old, known only as Zou, started the website in 2005, promoting sex parties in Beijing, China, at between £2 or £3 per person

    12:00 AM — A Chinese salesman has been jailed for a year after organising gay orgies over the internet.The unidentified 33-year-old, known only as Zou, started the website in 2005, promoting sex parties in Beijing, China, at between £2 or £3 per person, he was charged for promoting promiscuity.

  • 18th May 2006

    Sacked soldier to research lesbian army role

    The law was changed in 2000, and Ms Heggiue, a research fellow at the University of Teesside, Middlesbrough, now wants to talk to lesbians who served before and after the ban

    12:00 AM — A lesbian soldier who was dismissed from the army for being gay more than 20 years ago, is to research the role of lesbian recruits.Dr Joan Heggiue, 46, was thrown out of the armed forces in 1984, after serving for eight years, when gay recruits were not allowed to serve.

  • Moscow Mayor enters homophobic ‘hall of shame’

    Moscow Mayor Yuri Luzhkov has been named in a homophobia hall of shame

    12:00 AM — Moscow Mayor Yuri Luzhkov has been named in a homophobia hall of shame, as he stands firmly behind a gay pride ban, a week before the event is due to take place.Human Rights Watch compiled a list of public officials who the groups claims is actively promoting prejudice, for the International Day Against Homophobia yesterday.

  • Gay Asylum – a pressing issue 2

    Outrage's Iraqi LGBT officer Ali Hili does alot of work for gay asylum seekers

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveOutrage's Brett Lock tells PinkNews.co.uk the issues facing gay asylum seekersYesterday was the International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO). Today, six countries still impose the death penalty for homosexuality, and more than ten times that many criminalise us and persecute us. In many more countries, homophobia is so institutionalised that the police and authorities do very little - if anything at all - to defend gay people from abuse and discrimination.

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