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  • 28th February 2006

    Senior Bishop backs gay support group

    Changing Attitude has branches in more than half the dioceses of the Church of England and has sister organisations in Scotland and New Zealand

    12:00 AM — A senior Suffolk bishop has sparked controversy amongst worshippers after helping to launch a gay Christian support groupThe Rt Rev Richard Lewis, Bishop of the St Edmundsbury and Ipswich Diocese, will launch the Gay Christian Support Group which will recognise the contributions that gay and lesbian Christians make.Rev Lewis is a patron of Changing Attitude, a worldwide Anglican group which works for gay and lesbian affirmation within the community

  • Sheffield gay bar ransacked

    Sheffield gay bar, Club X-es was trashed by a gang of five early on Sunday morning

    12:00 AM — Gay clubbers were attacked on the weekend in a suspected homophobic attack on a Sheffield night club.Sheffield gay bar, Club X-es was trashed by a gang of five early on Sunday morning. Three patrons who tried to intervene were injured and many others were hurt in the crossfire of smashed windows and optics.South Yorkshire Police confirmed they are treating it as "a homophobic incident".

  • Gang leader gets Asbo for gay abuse

    The gang abused and threw stones at tormented residents in Lancaster and raced high speed cars with music at loud volumes

    12:00 AM — A gang ringleader has been given an Asbo after a hate campaign against a gay man and transgender female.The gang abused and threw stones at tormented residents in Lancaster and raced high speed cars with music at loud volumes.Carl Carter, 27, was handed an ASBO before city magistrates on Friday

  • Gay pride ban against human rights, group says

    Protests against the ban are planned outside Russian embassies in London, Paris, Warsaw and Stockholm on Thursday

    12:00 AM — The mayor of Moscow's plans to ban the city's gay pride march are a threat to civil liberties and civil society, according to a human rights group.Human Rights Watch has written a letter to the mayor, Yuri Luzhkov calling on him to let the parade go ahead on the scheduled date of May 27. The document accuses him of inhibting freedom of expression and promoting prejudice.

  • Group files lawsuit against school gay club ban

    The ACLU sued White County School District officials for violating the students' rights under the federal Equal Access Act

    12:00 AM — The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a lawsuit in federal court against officials at White County High School in Cleveland, Georgia for illegally banning a gay-straight alliance club (GSA)."I've been assaulted at school twice and called names more times than I can remember, and I know gay students who have had to drop out of our school because the harassment was so bad.

  • Anti racist gay group dismiss Outrage claims 1

    The group says Sir Iqbal had another engagement on the day of the conference and another MCB representative was sent instead

    12:00 AM — The Lesbian and Gay Coalition Against Racism this week reacted to Outrage's outburst against the Muslim Council of Britain and allegations that he was dropped from the Unite Against Fascism conference last weekend.PinkNews.co.uk is publishing this letter from the LAGCAR as part of our right to reply policy. We would welcome a response from Sir Iqbal Sacranie if he would like to talk directly to the gay community.

  • Group push for gay emergency pack 1

    The group wants an emergency pack for gay people affected by disasters

    12:00 AM — A gay council group in West Hollywood is suggesting an lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender specific emergency pack in the event of a terrorist attack or natural disaster.The Lesbian and Gay Advisory Board of the city of West Hollywood believes the LGBT community needs its own pack and is hoping the City Council will review and consider its proposal.

  • Army cadets dismissed for “gay acts” 1

    Fifteen officer cadets in the Nigerian army were  expelled

    12:00 AM — Fifteen army cadets have been dismissed from Nigeria's military academy for alleged homosexual acts.An academy spokesman said action was taken after complaints of molestation. Homosexuality comes under indecency laws in the country.Maj. Timothy Atigha told the Associated Press a board of inquiry had been set up to look into the allegations, and medical examinations were conducted on all the 1,000 or so cadets at the Nigeria Defence Academy.

  • Trans teacher returns to school

    Several parents said their young children wouldn't understand the change of gender and would be confused

    12:00 AM — A Virginia school has caused controversy amongst parents after allowing a teacher to return to work after a sex change.Lily Mcbeth is a substitute teacher at Eagleswood Elementary School, she had a sex change last year to become a woman and re applied for her job under her new name.The school board allowed the 71 year old to work earlier this week amongst anger from parents to ban her from the school she had taught at as a man for five years.

  • 27th February 2006

    Gay sex attacker convicted

    The court was told that he kept “trophies“  such as wallets and clothes from his victims in the £300,000 house he shares with his parents

    12:00 AM — A gay sex attacker who kidnapped, drugged, abused and robbed his victims has been convicted in Scotland.The High Court in Glasgow found former DIY store worker, Cyrus Winton, 26, guilty of three attacks and three thefts.The court was told that he kept "trophies" such as wallets and clothes from his victims in the £300,000 house he shares with his parents. Winton abducted straight men and performed sex acts on them in remote spots just two miles from his home.

  • Study reveals homophobic abuse on LGBT teachers

    The study, which marks this month's LGBT History Month, also claims that 71% of respondents experienced discrimination or harassment by their pupils, 46 % by colleagues, 37% experienced it from their managers and 16% from pupils' parents

    12:00 AM — A strict code of conduct is needed in schools to combat homophobic abuse, a teaching survey has revealed.The research, conducted by the Teacher Support Network, a charity providing practical and emotional support to UK teachers and lecturers, claims two thirds of respondents from the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender teaching community have felt discriminated against in the workplace because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.

  • Scottish bishop attacks gay adoption

    Senior Bishops are seeking a “conscience clause” giving the church and other faith-based groups the right to reject applicants to their adoption agencies on the basis of gender

    12:00 AM — A senior Roman Catholic bishop has joined the row on allowing gay couples to adopt in Scotland.The Rt Rev Joseph Devine, Bishop of Motherwell said he would not support "politically correct zealots" and would not "stand by and watch the destruction of Christian values and truth".In a letter to First Minister of Scotland, Jack McConnell, he stressed that traditional heterosexual family units were the best prospect for the emotional and psychological well-being of a child.

  • Israel offers gay national service 3

    Gays and lesbians will be able to complete their service through the Association of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexuals and Transgenders in Israel (Aguda)

    12:00 AM — Teenage conscripts in Israel will now have the option to volunteer for a gay national service scheme instead of military service.The initiative will be available to anyone granted exemption from the Israeli Defense Forces. They will be able to complete their service through the Association of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexuals and Transgenders in Israel (Aguda).

  • Christian t-shirt slams Brokeback Mountain

    Second Coming Clothing Co. encourages believers to “Wear the Mission” of preaching the gospel message

    12:00 AM — An American Christian clothing company is courting controversy after satirising gay cowboy movie Brokeback Mountain with a t-shirt alluding the film to sinners at the giving of the Ten Commandments.The T-shirt states, "The Original 10 Commandments, BrokeBack on the Mountain." It features ancient Israelites and gay people dancing around a Golden Calf whilst Moses watches angrily from Mount Sinai.

  • Sexual health clinic opens for Leeds students

    The THT reports that gay men account for 48% of all HIV cases and 59% of all AIDS cases in the UK

    12:00 AM — Terrence Higgins Trust is to launch a clinic which will test and treat university students in Leeds for sexually transmitted infections (STIs).The three hour service, which opens in May, will run one day a week and will be located conveniently for students at the University of Leeds and Leeds Metropolitan University.

  • Priests publicly oppose Vatican gay stance

    Rev Raymond Gravel said the Vatican's invocation of “natural law“ to support its antigay position was not legitimate, because the Church has been wrong on issues related to “the mysteries of life“ before

    12:00 AM — A group of Canadian priests have publicly criticised the Vatican's ban on gay clergy.In the largest internal opposition to the Catholic stance on homosexuality, 19 priests condemned the church's view on being gay and requested a new dialogue on the issue.They wrote a letter published in Montreal newspaper La Presse opposing the Catholic view that being gay is a "disorder"

  • Irish youth oppose gay blood donor ban

    The Yong Fine Gael conference in Co. Tipperary, Ireland, passed a motion opposing the Irish Blood Transfusion Service's stance on banning sexually active homosexual men from donating blood

    12:00 AM — An influential Irish youth organisation is calling on the country's blood service to reverse its policy excluding male gay donors.The Yong Fine Gael conference in Co. Tipperary, Ireland, passed a motion opposing the Irish Blood Transfusion Service's stance on banning sexually active homosexual men from donating blood.

  • Government tells gay bars to let in straights

    Gay bars may no longer be allowed to turn away straight people

    12:00 AM — As predicted on PinkNews.co.uk in November of last year, gay bars and clubs will be unable to turn away straight revellers on the basis of their sexuality or gender when the Equality Bill comes into force, according to a leaked Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) memo."If customers were turned away only because their answers to these questions indicated that they were straight, this could be discrimination," the memorandum states.

  • London Mayor appeals against suspension in court 3

    The remaks were said outside a party to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Chris Smith coming out as gay

    12:00 AM — London Mayor, Ken Livingstone who was suspended from office for a month after comparing a Jewish journalist to a concentration camp guard has launched a High Court appeal to his suspension.The adjudication panel of the Standards Board for England ruled that the Mayor of London brought his office into disrepute when he acted in an "unnecessarily insensitive" manner following a reception held commemorating 20th anniversary of Chris Smith being the first MP to reveal he was gay.

  • 26th February 2006

    Mugabe attacks gays and threatens pro-gay clergy with prison 5

    Mr Mugabe, previously described gay people as worse than “dogs and pigs“

    12:00 AM — President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe has launched a blistering attackon homosexuality in a speech to mark his birthday.Mr Mugabe, who has previously described gay people as worse than"dogs and pigs" used an hour long speech to warn Zimbabweans of thedangers of homosexuality and threatened pro-gay clergy with prisonsentences.

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