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  • 6th September 2006

    Stonewall not impressed with new equality head 1

    “There is no overbearing evidence that Trevor has a commitment to gay equality“

    12:00 AM — Leading gay rights organisation Stonewall has expressed concern over press reports that the current chairman of the Commission for Racial Equality is set to take control of the new 'super-commission' for human rights and equality.Trevor Phillips has had a controversial tenure at the CRE, criticising the concept of multi-culturalism and warning against the dangers of de-facto segregation in schools.

  • Greenwich councillors experiment with gay surgeries

    (from left to right) Conservative Councillors Andy Jennings, Nigel Fletcher and Chris Taylor

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveA trio of Tory councillors are trying to reach out to people in their Greenwich borough by offering a surgery: "that specifically works for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community."The councillors are holding monthly meetings at local LGBT bar The Woolwich Infant to help "younger people who, politically, are not so switched on, and don't know who to get in contact with us," according to one of three Greenwich Conservative councillor who devised the surgeries.

  • BNP back anti-gay preacher 4

    The BNP have spoken out in support of Stephen Green

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveThe British National Party has come out in support of anti-gay protester Stephen Green, who was arrested at the Cardiff Mardi Gras for handing out leaflets condemning same sex relationships.On their website the BNP has questioned the grounds for Mr Green's arrest, and have noted how the BNP and Christian Voice share the same aims: "the Christian Voice Web site broadly echoes the BNP's national outlook."

  • Gay equality department hit by resignations

    Chris Mole resigned from DCLG unhappy at the Prime Minister's leadership and his silence regarding a departure date, following junior defence minister Tom Watson this afternoon

    12:00 AM — A minister and six Parliamentary Private Secretaries (PPS) including one from the Department for Communities and Local Government, which represents the gay community as part of its portfolio, have resigned today, heaping more pressure on Tony Blair to announce a departure date.Chris Mole resigned from DCLG unhappy at the Prime Minister's leadership and his silence regarding a departure date, following junior defence minister Tom Watson this afternoon.

  • Transsexual recognition increasing in South Korea

    South Korea has seen an increasing amount of transsexuals applying for gender reassignment

    12:00 AM — South Korea has seen an increasing amount of transsexuals applying for gender reassignment since a landmark case allowed a transgender male to be legally recognised earlier this year.The Supreme Court announced that 17 transsexuals have applied to have their gender registered on legal records since the ruling last June.

  • Preacher denies Cardiff Mardi Gras charges 2

    Stephen Green was charged at the Cardiff Mardi Gras on saturday

    12:00 AM — Stephen Green, director of Christian Voice, has appeared in magistrates court following his arrest last weekend at Cardiff Mardi Gras.He denied charges that he had used threatening words and behaviour whilst handing out leaflets entitled "Same-sex love - same-sex sex: What does the Bible say?" at the entrance to the Cardiff festival on Saturday, reports BBC News Online.

  • 5th September 2006

    AIDS infection rise in North West

    There has been a 4% rise in the number of HIV/AIDS infections in the North West

    12:00 AM — There was a 23% increase in the rate of HIV and AIDS infection rates in the North West between 2003 and 2005 according to university researchers.Liverpool's John Moores University has released a report that highlights the jump in gay infections from 300 men in 2003 to 359 in 2004 to 373 in 2005, and representing 44% of the total number of new cases in 2004.

  • Gay humanists cause a stir in “Cathedral City” 1

    GALHA recently criticised the Archbishop of Canterbury for his “spineless“ abandonment of gay people in the Anglican Church after he came under pressure from right-wing evangelicals

    12:00 AM — Members of the Gay and Lesbian Humanist Association (GALHA), which has chosen Canterbury for its annual residential gathering next week, are bracing themselves for a protest from a Christian group calling itself Christian Family Youth Concern Fellowship.In a letter to the hotel where the event is being held, the Christian group said that they had been tipped off that it was "hosting a rather unsavoury conference" and described GALHA as "promoting sexual deviancy and paganism."

  • Family Pride to host US conference

    Family Pride is speaking out against legislation aimed at the LGBT community

    12:00 AM — Family Pride in the United States is attempting to buck the trend towards anti-gay and anti-homosexual family legislation.American gay group Family Pride will be hosting Act OUT: the National Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Family Conference in Dallas this October to help LGBT-headed families and their allies.

  • Gay MP to Blair – time to go 1

    Gay MP Chris Bryant has been leading calls for Tony Blair to step down as Prime Minister.

    12:00 AM — Gay MP Chris Bryant has been leading calls for Tony Blair to step down as Prime Minister.Mr Blair has recently faced increased demands to name a departure date as party members and politicians become more split over the direction of Labour and goverment policy.It was revealed this morning that at least two letters have been drafted to Mr Blair requesting his departure.

  • Homophobic abuse spurs NHS Trust’s discrimination review

    Staff at a sexual health clinic are to undergo training in dealing with discrimination

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveStaff at a sexual health clinic are to undergo training in dealing with discrimination after a gay patient and his partner complained about homophobic abuse.Robert Brown attended the Caldecot Centre at King's College Hospital, an NHS Trust, earlier this year with his boyfriend and claims he was verbally abused by another visitor who repeatedly shouted homophobic taunts throughout a two hour wait where staff did nothing to help.

  • Stonewall surveys Welsh gay community

    The survey is a vital part of Stonewall Cymru's ongoing campaign work to “ensure fair treatment for lesbian and gay people in Wales” with survey findings presented to the Welsh Assembly

    12:00 AM — Stonewall made use of the Cardiff Mardi Gras to support its All Wales lesbian, gay, and bisexual Survey 2006 last weekend.The survey is a vital part of Stonewall Cymru's ongoing campaign work to "ensure fair treatment for lesbian and gay people in Wales" with survey findings presented to the Welsh Assembly to help towards delivering better services to LGB people across Wales.

  • Gay MP talks about Blair ‘plots’ 1

    The MP initially refused to make any comment when contacted by  PinkNews.co.uk.

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk Exclusive Gay MP Chris Bryant has spoken to PinkNews.co.uk about news reports that he is urging the Prime Minister to stand down.BBC Radio 4's Today programme reported that a letter from MPs including Bryant asking Blair to set a departure date has been drafted.The MP initially refused to make any comment when contacted by PinkNews.co.uk. 

  • Ghanaian Muslims back anti-gay government

    Ghana's Islamic community has supported the governments homophobic stance

    12:00 AM — The Ghana Office of the Revival of Islamic Heritage Society is supporting the Ghanaian governments decision to stop an international conference for gays and lesbians.In an open letter to Ghana's President John Agyekum Kufuor the society praised the governments stance saying "we do not have to re-enact the iniquities that led to the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah."

  • 4th September 2006

    Gay group criticises unholy alliance 6

    Fire-fighters at Euro Pride in London this year

    12:00 AM — A Scottish gay group has criticised an unholy alliance of critics towards the nine Glasgow fire-fighters who were reprimanded for snubbing a gay pride march last June, after the Archbishop of Glasgow and a BNP spokesperson defended the public servants.The Equality Network spoke out against Archbishop Mario Conti and Glasgow BNP organiser Walter Hamilton questioning their dignity in regards to the case.

  • Trevor Phillips tipped for equality role

    He is a controversial choice, given his very close relationship with new Labour.

    12:00 AM — The current chairman of the Commission for Racial Equality will be asked to run the 'super-commission' for human rights. The Guardian reports that Trevor Phillips will be appointed head of the new Commission for Equality Human Rights.He is a controversial choice, given his very close relationship with New Labour.

  • Cameron highlights importance of gay unions 6

    David Cameron has used his keynote speech to the Conservative party conference to affirm his support for civil partnerships

    12:00 AM — David Cameron has used his keynote speech to the Conservative party conference to affirm his support for civil partnerships.Towards the end of his hour-long address to delegates, the Tory leader covered familiar ground, saying the party should back marriage.He said that there was something special about marriage that is not about religion or morality, but also about "the two of us together, and that really matters."

  • Iraqi gay discrimination “symptomatic” of country’s fate 1

    OutRage is working to support its counterpart organisation in Baghdad, Iraqi LGBT

    12:00 AM — A gay rights group has accused the "Blair backed Iraqi government" of descending the country into an Iranian style religious dictatorship.An investigation by OutRage reveals that parts of Iraq, including some Baghdad neighbourhoods, are now under the de facto control of Taliban-style fundamentalist militias who are enforcing a savage interpretation of Sharia law.

  • World Pride organisers negotiate gay march date 23

    A new date of 21st September was scheduled for the march, but this was subsequently rejected by the police

    12:00 AM — The Jerusalem Open House (JOH) has responded to Israeli authorities with negotiation after government ministers thwarted plans for a lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender 'Pride and Tolerance' march in Jerusalem.Despite this setback Noa Sattah, the executive director of the JOH, issued a rallying call to Israel saying: "I call everyone who cares about the future of Jerusalem to come and take part in the march."

  • Spinster sisters challenge over gay tax rights

    The spinster Burden sisters Joyce, 88, and Sybil, 81, have written to the Chancellor before every Budget since 1976 asking for exemption for family members from inheritance tax.

    12:00 AM — Two octogenarian sisters are taking the British government to the European Court of Human Rights over a tax dispute..Since the introduction of civil partnerships earlier this year, gay and lesbian couples are now exempted from paying inheritance tax when their partner dies, the same exemption enjoyed by married couples.

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