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  • 27th March 2006

    Homophobic lecturer suspended

    12:00 AM — The university lecturer at the centre of racist, homophobic and misogynistic comments, has been suspended pending disciplinary action.Dr Frank Ellis, an academic at the University of Leeds, was blasted by students and minority groups last week after telling the student magazine that homosexuality is wrong and should be "weeded out of theological seminaries and that "there is a persistent gap in average black and white average IQ."

  • Diverse US support for openly gay army members

    The survey follows similar findings from other organisations. A recent CNN/USA Today/Gallup poll found 79% of Americans favour allowing gays to serve openly

    12:00 AM — Americans of all ages and numerous religions support the idea of openly gay army recruits, according to a poll.The survey, released by the Pew Research Centre, shows that a majority of Americans in every age group, geographic region of the country and throughout numerous religious denominations support allowing lesbian and gay Americans to serve openly in the armed forces.

  • Norwegian bishop suggests gays seek therapy

    Bishop Kvarme defended his remarks on television and insisted he wasn't suggesting counselling for gay people

    12:00 AM — A Norwegian bishop has been condemned by public figures after suggesting gay people change their sexual orientation by visiting a psychiatrist.Norway's top actress slammed Oslo Bishop Ole Christian Kvarme, and was joined in opposition to his remarks by senior politicians and government officials.

  • ACLU defends blogger’s right to parody “ex-gay” group

    He reacted to a billboard, sponsored by “ex-gay“ ministry Exodus International

    12:00 AM — The American Civil Liberties Union has come to the defence of a Californian man who received a cease-and-desist letter after posting a parody of a billboard advertisement for so-called "reparative therapy" on his website."The moment I saw the billboards last September, I was deeply offended. The inspiration for the parody I created came to me instantly. How would straight people feel if their very being, their sense of self was being so overtly disparaged?" said Justin Watt, a blogger from Santa Rosa, California.

  • Freedom march organiser looking to build on success 1

    He expressed hope that problems between Muslim and non Muslim communities had been reduced

    12:00 AM — The organiser of last weekend's March for Free Expression, Peter Risdon, has openly praised the Muslim Action Committee's Ismaeel-Haneef, for helping to ensure peaceful rallies in London and Birmingham.He thanked him in an open letter in which he expressed hope that problems between Muslim and non Muslim communities had been reduced and invited him to a further debate on the controversial Danish cartoons satirising the Islamic Prophet Muhammed.

  • Pope’s gay views “in line with Hitler” 4

    He referred to the Pope's former membership of the Hitler Youth Movement in Germany in the 1940s

    12:00 AM — Pope Benedict XVI's gay stance is as bad as prejudices of "Hitler and Himmler" in Nazi Germany, according to an Irish Senator.Senator David Norris criticise the pontiff over his constant condemnation of homosexuality and refused to take "moral instructions from a man with a swastika on his arms."

  • Scottish gay bars ready as smoking ban ignites 5

    From now on it will be invisible cigarettes only as a smoking ban comes into force across Scotland, smokers will have to go outside if they wish to light up

    12:00 AM — Smoking has now been stubbed out across bars and pubs in Scotland.The ban, which came into force yesterday to a mixed reception, applies to public places including restaurants, bars and clubs.A spokesman from gay establishment, the Claremont Bar in Edinburgh told PinkNews.co.uk, "We have been ready since the end of January, it is no big shock to us."

  • Homophobia hits Hungarian elections 2

    The Hungarian elections take place from April 9 to 23

    12:00 AM — Members of Hungary's ruling coalition party have been accused of destroying traditional values in an anti gay tirade from opposition group, the Christian Democrat People's Party (KDNP.)The KNDP, which is allied to the main conservative opposition, Fidesz, increased its anti gay standing in the run up to elections, when it accused the liberal party of corroding the country's values by supporting schemes such as gay pride.

  • Gay groups voice concern over Bulger killer’s outing 6

    The Daily Mail and The Sun reported this week that Thompson, now 23, has been given permission by his probation service minders to live with his homosexual lover

    12:00 AM — Gay groups have expressed dismay at a media frenzy over allegations that one of Jamie Bulger's killers, Robert Thompson, is gay.Thomson, who abducted and murdered toddler Jamie Bulger, with his friend Jon Venables when they were ten years old in 1993, is now believed to be living with a gay lover.

  • Coach dismissed after gay porn revelations 3

    He had been using the school gym to train 40 boys and girls in tumbling at Mater Dei Catholic High School in Illinois for three years

    12:00 AM — A gym coach has been banned from working with children at a Catholic school after it was discovered that he was a former porn star.School principal, Dennis Litteken, dismissed the athlete after he found out that the 22 year old gymnast, Josh Weast, had once starred in gay porn videos.He had been using the school gym to train 40 boys and girls in tumbling at Mater Dei Catholic High School in Illinois for three years.

  • 26th March 2006

    Diverse crowd join in London to attend rally in support of free speech 2

    Around 1000 people braved the rain in London yesterday

    12:00 AM — Over a thousand people braved the pouring rain to listen to a diverse range of speakers enthusing over the rights of freedom of speech in Trafalgar Square on Saturday afternoon.The human rights campaigner, Peter Tatchell of the gay rights group, OutRage!, was reserved the key note speaker position to address a largely peaceful crowd.

  • 25th March 2006

    Jackpot for gay group in Gloucestershire.

    Jackpot for gay group in Gloucestershire.

    12:00 AM — The national lottery has agreed to donate £120, 000 to Gay-Glos, a charity which runs gay friendship groups in Gloucestershire.The money comes from an amount allocated to help the minority groups living in the UK, and will be used to create a gay friendship group for the over 60s, and a mobile group for young people between the ages of 18 and 25. The groups will offer advice and help to gay people living in the more remote areas of the rural county.

  • 24th March 2006

    White House policy reform called “covert war” on gay people 3

    White House policy reform called “covert war” on gay people

    12:00 AM — Changes to government employment policy were and attack on gay people, Henry Waxman, the representative for California, and member of The Government Reform Committee, asserted. "The Bush administration is waging a covert war on loyal federal employees who happen to be gay," he said.The changes in wording are part of the revised policy which grants or denies security clearance for government employees. Though officials maintain that the change is to the wording alone, not to the policy, the matter is causing a stir in Washington.

  • Patients won’t tell doctors “I am Gay” 1

    Patients won't tell doctors “I am Gay”

    12:00 AM — An online survey conducted by Rainbow Network has revealed a worrying statistic - many gay people do not come out to their doctor and other healthcare professionals.The survey might be a uncontrolled internet poll, but the trends that it exposes have a widespread significance. 33% of people who answered the survey said that they had not come out to their doctor and further 11% worried that they would be discriminated against if they did.

  • Homophobic law might hamper AIDS effort, Human Rights group fears. 2

    Homophobic law might hamper AIDS effort, Human Rights group fears.

    12:00 AM — Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo's outlawing of homosexuality looks set to become law. The ex military dictator was elected in 1999, but his government is offering little resistance to his legislative desires.Justice Minister Bayo Ojo said that the new bill which makes homosexuality a criminal offence had been approved during a cabinet meeting chaired by president Obasanjo, and would be forwarded immediately to lawmakers to be written into the constitution.

  • Nigerian President heads to America amid homophobic law debate

    Obasanjo hopes to meet Bush on his visit to America

    12:00 AM — As more than 20 human rights groups voice concerns about the new homophobic laws in Nigeria, it's President prepares to take a holiday.Olusegun Obasanjo, the now president, ex dictator of Nigeria will be visiting America, where he hopes to hob nob with George Bush.

  • Gay sex attacker sentenced to five years 1

    Cyrus Winton was found guilty of three attacks and three thefts

    12:00 AM — A gay sex attacker who kidnapped, drugged, abused and robbed his victims has been jailed for five years.The High Court in Glasgow found former DIY store worker, Cyrus Winton, 26, guilty of three attacks and three thefts. Sentencing Winton, the judge described him as a very dangerous man. He was also placed under a five-year supervision order on release.

  • Coming out for Mothers Day

    Coming out for Mothers Day

    12:00 AM — A Big Up survey ahead of mother's day has revealed that Black mothers are more supportive when their sons come out than people think.A Sigma Research Poll taken in 2002 revealed that 11% of gay black men had been discriminated against by their own families, where as half as many white men received the same sort of treatment. But things appear to be changing.

  • Banks must review discrimination policy lawyers say 5

    Employees may be personally liable for discrimination, as well as firms.

    12:00 AM — As the unfair dismissal for being gay trail continues, lawyers urge city banks to address implicit homophobic attitudes.Speaking to Reuters, Michelle Mendelsson head of European diversity and inclusion at Credit Suisse said that: "One of our challenges ... is how we engage this group."Lawyers are warning bamks that they need to take diversity training seriously, as new legislation tightens up discrimination employment laws.

  • Lesbian who poured boiling bleach on lover is jailed

    “Help you? I wouldn't spit on you“

    12:00 AM — "Help you? I wouldn't spit on you," said Juliet Wilson as she poured boiling bleach over her girlfriend in a jealous rage.In her trial at Wood Green Crown Court, prosecutor Mark Kimsey explained that Ms Wilson has become upset when her girlfriend Ms Grizzle had arranged to meet an ex lover and returned late back to the house that she shared with Ms Wilson's children, aged 8 and 11.

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