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  • 27th July 2006

    Political and social change don’t always march in lock step together

    Conservative Party Chairman Francis Maude outlines the importance of pro gay politics

    12:00 AM — Conservative Party Chairman Francis Maude outlines the importance of pro gay politics.Sometimes social change walks faster than political change and sometimes the parties and if I may say, the Conservatives in particular have to move faster to catch up with the social change.

  • 26th July 2006

    Gay Christians oppose homophobic church funding 3

    The reaction from the Lesbian and Gay Christian Movement comes after demonstrators protested outside Parliament last week seeking a review of the incoming Equality Act claiming it discriminates against Christianity

    12:00 AM — A gay Christian group is calling for the government to stop funding homophobic churches through public funds.The reaction from the Lesbian and Gay Christian Movement comes after demonstrators protested outside Parliament last week seeking a review of the incoming Equality Act claiming it discriminates against Christianity in the provision of goods and services.

  • Council boss fined for gay sex in toilets 1

    Ian McGarry, 33, of East Ayrshire Council, was caught by police last December in the area known for cottaging

    12:00 AM — A council manager in charge of cracking down on anti social behaviour was fined £300 yesterday for soliciting gay sex in a public toilet.Ian McGarry, 33, of East Ayrshire Council, was caught by police last December in the area known for cottaging.Another man, Andrew Hind, 20, was fined the same amount.

  • Tribunal finds gay carer was sacked because of sexuality

    Sean Williams was awarded £3,725 in total

    12:00 AM — An employment tribunal has ruled in favour of a former care assistant who claims he was unfairly sacked from caring for the elderly because he is gay.Sean Williams sought damages from the Woodhaven residential home where he worked caring for those suffering from Alzheimer's disease and dementia.

  • Gay scandal MP to quit 5

    Mark Oaten, former home affairs spokesperson, resigned from the Shadow Cabinet role and  dropped out of the Lib Dem leadership election last January

    12:00 AM — The Liberal Democrat MP accused of having an affair with a rent boy earlier this year is to quit Parliament.Mark Oaten, former home affairs spokesperson, resigned from the Shadow Cabinet role and dropped out of the Lib Dem leadership election last January after newspaper allegations of a gay relationship with a male prostitute.

  • Washington State to decide on gay marriage

    The case, Andersen vs King County, argues that the Defence of Marriage Act, limiting marriage to only between a man and a women violates Washington State's constitution

    12:00 AM — Washington could become the second state in the US to legalise same-sex marriages today as gay activists eagerly await the ruling of the state Supreme Court on the issue due out this morning.The ruling comes 16 months after a case involving 19 gay lesbian couples challenging the Washington's Defence of Marriage Act (DOMA) came under consideration by the Supreme Court.

  • Fire boss criticises “bigots” who shafted gay pride 5

    Gay fire-fighters took part in this month's EuroPride parade in London

    12:00 AM — Brian Coleman, openly gay Deputy Chairman of the London Fire Authority, has branded the 10 Scottish fire-fighters who refused to distribute leaflets at gay pride "bigots".The officers face disciplinary action after they refused to hand out standard fire safety leaflets at the Pride Scotia march in Glasgow last month.

  • Law Lords overturn landmark lesbian mum ruling 3

    Five Law Lords today reversed the decision and ruled in favour of the natural mother

    12:00 AM — A landmark ruling which gave custody of two children to their biological mother's ex lesbian partner has been overturned by the Law Lords.The woman, who cannot be named for the children's protection, had been granted shared contact of her ex girlfriend's seven and four year old daughters, until the mother broke the order by moving away, prompting the High Court and the Court of Appeal to grant primary care to the former partner.

  • Reformed gangster urged to condemn homophobic crime

    Nicky Cruz a former gangster turned preacher was last week told that he could not conduct his Truce organisation's outreach event at the Ocean scheduled for tomorrow and Friday night after outcry from local campaigners

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveLabour MP Meg Hillier has called on a controversial reformed gangster to use his visit to her constituency as a platform for stopping homophobic crime.Nicky Cruz a former gangster turned preacher was last week told that he could not conduct his Truce organisation's outreach event at the Ocean scheduled for tomorrow and Friday night after outcry from local campaigners highlighting previous anti-gay comments.

  • Washington rejects gay marriage

    Massachusetts remains the only US state to allow same sex marriage

    12:00 AM — Washington has rejected arguments for same sex marriage.The state's Supreme Court upheld the Defence of Marriage Act by a 5-4 vote today, arguing that it "preserves the institution of marriage and the healthy families and children it promotes."

  • Lawyer reprimanded for rejecting gay client

    Lawyers can refuse cases if they are threatened with violence or if their client admits guilt privately but pleads not guilty

    12:00 AM — A Christian barrister behaved unprofessionally after refusing to represent a gay client, a disciplinary tribunal has ruled.Mark Mullins was brought before the Bar Council after turning down a case of a refugee trying to use a homosexual relationship as grounds for remaining in the UK, because of his beliefs.

  • Gay pride protesters detained 1

    Recent pride marches in Moscow, Bucharest and Warsaw have also been met with protest from similar groups

    12:00 AM — Latvian authorities have detained 14 people relating to the attacks on gay campaigners in the Latvian capital Riga on Saturday during the gay pride festival.National Police spokeswoman Sintija Kajina told the Baltic News Service that 13 of the detainees face administrative charges, while a criminal proceeding will be started against one person who was detained.

  • 25th July 2006

    Anti gay group accused of “hypocrisy” 9

    Christian Voice protested at the EuroPride parade earlier this month

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveAn anti-gay Christian group has been accused of the "ultimate hypocrisy" after celebrating recent reports that the Gay Police Association (GPA) may face investigation over an advert which attributed homophobic attacks to religious statements.Scotland Yard is considering an investigation into the group after it placed an advertisement in The Independent's diversity supplement which coincided with the EuroPride rally, displaying a pool of blood next to a Bible.

  • Ex-Cabinet minister becomes first peer to have civil partnership

    Lord Smith has been with his partner Dorian for the past 18 years, he was awarded a life Peerage in May 2005

    12:00 AM — Labour peer Chris Smith has become the first member of the House of Lords to have a civil partnership.The former Culture Secretary, had a private ceremony with long term partner Dorian Jabri last Friday at Islington Town Hall.The announcement was made in front of 200 guests, who turned up at the Serpentine Gallery on Saturday night assuming they were celebrating Lord Smith of Finsbury's 55th birthday.

  • Researchers launch tenth Gay Men’s Sex Survey 1

    Will Nutland, head of gay men's health promotion at THT said: “The survey is vital as it helps us develop and target our HIV prevention and sexual health promotion work“

    12:00 AM — Terrence Higgins Trust and Sigma Research launched the tenth annual National Gay Men's Sex Survey yesterday.Last year 16,000 men in the UK took part and this year they hope to get an even better response.The Survey is carried out by Sigma Research (University of Portsmouth) in collaboration with over 150 organisations as part of the CHAPS Partnership's health promotion work with gay men.

  • Pre-school gay education receives mixed reaction 1

    The issue was raised last week by the NUT in its submission to The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) consultation from the Department for Education and Skills on policies regarding pre-school children up to 5 years old

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveA proposal by the National Union of Teachers (NUT) to make pre-school children more aware of gay relationships has received a mixed reaction in the gay community.The issue was raised last week by the NUT in its submission to The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) consultation from the Department for Education and Skills on policies regarding pre-school children up to 5 years old.

  • McKellen breaks Pentagon gay policy

    Gay actor Sir Ian McKellen has managed to overrule the Pentagon's Don't Ask Don't Tell policy

    12:00 AM — Gay actor Sir Ian McKellen has managed to overrule the Pentagon's Don't Ask Don't Tell policy after being made am honorary lieutenant colonel of the national guard.US military policy dictates that lesbian and gay recruits must keep their sexuality hidden, but the openly gay star was recently given the honour on a trip to Atlanta, Georgia.

  • Gay families express pride

    One of the families taking part in the events (Photo: FamilyPride)

    12:00 AM — Hundreds of families from all over the world will gather in Provincetown for Family Pride's annual Family Week, a week-long conference and family adventure from July 29-August 5 2006.For the 11th consecutive year, Family Pride's Family Week will provide a safe, vibrant and engaging space for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) parents and their children to gather.

  • 24th July 2006

    London holds first gay employment fair

    Deputy Assistant Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Brian Paddick and representatives from the Trades Union Congress' (TUC) lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) committee will be among the guest speakers next month at London's first gay employment exposition

    12:00 AM — Deputy Assistant Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Brian Paddick and representatives from the Trades Union Congress' (TUC) lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) committee will be among the guest speakers next month at London's first gay employment exposition for youths between the ages of 16 and 25.PACE, an LGBT mental health group and the London Development Agency (LDA) will host Out Working: Youth LGBT Job Fair, which promises to offer unemployed and economically inactive gay, lesbian and bisexual youths hands-on advice from experts at The Resource Centre in Islington on Thursday, 17 August 2006.

  • Officials discuss ‘gay panic’ defence

    Several men convicted of gay bashing said they had previously been molested by a man or suffered guilt over participating in consensual gay sex

    12:00 AM — Prosecutors and law enforcement officials from across the nation gathered in San Francisco last week to discuss strategies to counter the "gay panic" or "transgender panic" defences used in courtrooms to gain acquittals or reduced punishments for violent crimes.According to The San Francisco Chronicle, the term "gay panic" had its origins in decades-old research suggesting that certain men are terrified by their own latent homosexual tendencies—prompting the theory that a gay advance might yank all those emotions out into the open and trigger an aggressive, even murderous, response.

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