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  • 21st September 2006

    Scotland less equal for LGBT 1

    Scotland is currently the only part of the UK which does not have legislation against gay hate crime. Photo by Odolophie

    12:00 AM — The Scottish Executive has backtracked on gay hate crime legislation , according to Scottish LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) group Equality NetworkEquality Network highlights that in October 2004 the Scottish Executive's Working Group on Hate Crime recommended to the Executive that they should introduce a 'statutory aggravation' so that a crime motivated by hate on grounds of sexual orientation, would be treated as an aggravated crime, and sentenced accordingly.

  • 20th September 2006

    Minister for Police pledges support for anti-gay hatred law 7

    Home office minister Tony McNulty is promising to review the lack of a law to stop the incitement of anti-gay hatred

    12:00 AM — Home office minister Tony McNulty is promising to review the lack of a law to stop the incitement of anti-gay hatred.The Minister for Police, Security and Community Safety made his pledge on a visit to the offices of PinkNews.co.uk's media partners 3SIXTY in Brighton.

  • Gay age of consent unfair in Hong Kong 1

    Chief High Court Judge Geoffrey Ma said “I fail to see on any basis the justification of this age limit,“

    12:00 AM — A court of Appeal has deemed the higher age of sexual consent for homosexuals in Hong Kong unconstitutional and discriminatory.Hong Kong law states that homosexuals must be 21 before consenting to sex, whilst the age for heterosexuals is five years lower at 16.Gay men who risk having sex before 21 face potential life imprisonment.

  • Bisexual MP encourages community links 19

    Simon Hughes, the bisexual politician expressed a desire to see politicians engaging with people at a local level

    12:00 AM — Liberal Democrat politicians must re-engage with local communities to have a chance of overtaking Labour in the polls, the party President warned today.Speaking at the party's annual conference in Brighton, Simon Hughes, the bisexual politician, discussed the Liberal Democrat electoral successes over the last twelve months in local and by-elections and expressed a desire to see politicians engaging with people at a local level and dealing with issues that affect their everyday lives.

  • US big banks recognised for LGBT achievements

    LGBT employees and straight allies, along with human resources and diversity professionals, representing some of the nation's most prominent companies -- a majority from the Fortune 500-participated in this year's Summit

    12:00 AM — JPMorgan Chase and PriceWaterhouseCoopers both received a prestigious 'Outie' Award last week from Out Equal Workplace Advocates for advancing a safe and equitable workplace for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) professionals.This year's Out and Equal Workplace Awards were presented during the 16th Annual Out Equal Workplace Summit, where a record-setting 1,723 attendees gathered to share best practices on how to achieve workplace equality for LGBT employees.

  • Fears over anti gay pact. 57

    Peter Akinola in a message to the country said: ''The Church affirms our commitment to the total rejection of the evil of homosexuality''

    12:00 AM — Anglican bishops from developing countries are expected to agree on a pact this week condemning the ordination of gay clergy, according to Nigeria's Archbishop.The church of Nigeria's standing committee led by Peter Akinola in a message to the country said: ''The Church affirms our commitment to the total rejection of the evil of homosexuality which is a perversion of human dignity''.

  • Charismatic Clegg wows LibDems

    Clegg recently conceded even he is bored of constantly being talked up as a successor to Ming Campbell

    12:00 AM — At the Liberal Democrat conference in Brighton this week, the party's Home Affairs spokesman Nick Clegg made an impassioned speech in defence of liberal values, PinkNews.co.uk's political correspondent Tony Grew interviewed Clegg earlier in the summer, and explains why many pundits see him as a future leader.Charismatic. Articulate. Passionate. Crowd-pleasing. Funny. Not the usual qualities one expects in Liberal Democrats.

  • Launch of LGBT Youth Council

    Co-ordinator of the project Gary Rowland said the service “offers a great opportunity for young LGBT people to have their say on issues across the capital.

    12:00 AM — A new LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) youth council has been launched to give young people the chance to influence key decision makers across the capital.The London LGBT Youth Council, a project funded by Comic Relief and managed by the Consortium of LGBT Voluntary Community Organisations, is set to open its doors to all LGBT people, aged 13 to 25 who live, work or study in London this week.

  • 19th September 2006

    US companies battle to become LGBT friendly

    Joe Solmonese said: “I am incredibly encouraged and optimistic about the findings in this report. Companies are not only working to improve their scores, they are actively competing to be ranked the most inclusive and fair-minded in their industry.”

    12:00 AM — A record number of the largest US companies are increasingly competing to expand benefits and protections for their lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) employees and consumers, according to the Human Rights Campaign (HRC).The HRC's Corporate Equality Index covers 446 companies and shows an unprecedented 138 major US organisations earned the top rating of 100 percent, an increase of 37 in one year and a tenfold growth in four years.

  • San Diego Gay Pride attackers in court

    One of the victims is expected to leave the hospital next week after facial reconstruction surgery

    12:00 AM — The six men accused of attacking six men leaving San Diego's Gay Pride festival in July may be agreeing to plea bargains in court today, their prosecutors and lawyers said yesterday.The case yesterday was to be presented to a San Diego Superior Court judge to decide whether there is enough evidence against them for a trial. However, the judge was busiy dealing with another case and in the late afternoon, rescheduled the case to this morning.

  • Jerusalem gets gay pride march amid “holy war” threat 23

    Jerusalem Open House were one of the main groups petitioning the High Court

    12:00 AM — After months of struggles and a High Court petition, an agreement has been reached to allow a gay pride parade to be held in Jerusalem on November 10, prompting ultra orthodox groups to threaten "holy war."According to YNet News, the Jerusalem police, State Prosecution, the Jerusalem Municipality and gay rights groups reached an agreement on the issue yesterday during a three-hour talk in a Jerusalem compound.

  • Gay Jews celebrate High Holy days

    The LGBT Jewish community will be celebrating the upcoming Jewish new year

    12:00 AM — Gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Jews on both sides of the Atlantic are gearing up to celebrate the upcoming Jewish new year in LGBT Synagogue services.In London, the LGBT Jewish community are invited to celebrate the festivals of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur at the Beit Klal Yisrael Synagogue, Notting Hill Gate, W10, which is liberal affiliated and a member of the World Congress of Gay and Lesbian Jews organisations.

  • Calls for UN to end homophobic persecution.

    ''hangover from medievalism which has no place in any country in the twenty first century''

    12:00 AM — Gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell has called on the United Nations (UN) to initiate a global campaign to end the criminalisation of same sex relationships.The proposal comes on the day that world leaders descended upon New York for the opening of the UN General Assembly, and coincides with the warning by UN General Secretary Kofi Annan that ''if current patterns of alienation and violence persist much longer, there is a grave danger that the Iraqi state will break down, possibly in the midst of a full-scale civil war."

  • South African Christians march against gay marriage 10

    If enacted, the bill would place South Africa amongst a handful of countries allowing gay marriage

    12:00 AM — Thousands of Christians marched through South African cities last weekend protesting a bill that would make the nation the first on the continent to legalise gay marriage.The protests, spearheaded by the conservative African Christian Democratic Party (ACDP), came before a parliamentary committee holds hearings on a bill today that would accord same-sex couples the same rights as heterosexual ones.

  • Poland’s president says his views on gays are misunderstood 2

    Mr Kaczynski banned 2005's gay pride celebrations in Warsaw. He says his views of gay people are 'misunderstood'.

    12:00 AM — Staunch Roman Catholic Polish President Lech Kaczynski says his views on issues such as gay people are misunderstood.Kaczynski, of the social conservative Law and Justice Party, made pledges upon taking office in December including making sure that Poland's traditional Roman Catholic values were not overwhelmed by the general European liberal viewpoint.

  • Secret gay sex in the city

    Marital status isn't necessarily an indicator of sexual behaviour,“

    12:00 AM — Nearly one in ten straight New Yorkers are having same sex relations, according to New York city health officials.The survey was carried out in 2003 with the results published in today's Annals of Internal Medicine.

  • Gay father gains custody of his ‘neglected’ sons

    The doctor claimed his ex-wife considered his gay lifestyle unsuitable

    12:00 AM — A gay doctor in South Africa has been in court trying to obtain custody of his two sons so that they could live with him and his gay partner.The doctor, who cannot be named to protect the identity of the children, has been granted temporary custody of his children by the Johannesburg High Court last week. Judge Mohammed Jajbhay ordered that the doctor get temporary custody pending investigations by a family advocate.

  • Moscow Gay Pride Ban goes to European Court

    Gay Pride organisers first went to court in May when Moscow officials refused to grant a parade license

    12:00 AM — An appeals court in Moscow upholds a lower court ruling today, stating that banning May's gay pride parade was not illegal.However, Dmitry Bartenev, a lawyer representing the groups, told the Russian news agency Novosti, "We intend to appeal shortly with the European Human Rights Court in Strasbourg to vindicate our rights, and also to lodge a complaint with the presidium of the Moscow City Court. We believe the decision it has handed down is against the law,"

  • Teen Pleads Guilty to San Diego Gay Pride Attacks

    A 15 year old has pleaded guilty to attacking six men leavign San Diego's gay pride festival in July

    12:00 AM — A 15-year old suspect pleaded guilty yesterday to attacking several men leaving San Diego's gay pride Festival on July 29th.According to prosecutor Oscar Garcia, the 15-year old and two other men targeted six victims leaving the gay pride festival, attacking them with knives and baseball bats.

  • Ex-lover kills newly-out lesbian girlfriend

    Mr Seaton refused to believe his relationship was over when Miss Queen came out as a lesbian.

    12:00 AM — A man killed and almost decapitated his newly-out girlfriend, a court heard today.James Seaton, 46, killed Jacqueline Queen at his flat and then enlisted the help of his brother John, 37, to dispose of her body.

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