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  • 5th September 2006

    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 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."

  • 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."

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 4th September 2006

    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."

  • Pupils urged to report homophobic bullying

    So far around 700 people have filled in the questionnaire and Alan Wardle, Stonewall's parliamentary and public affairs spokesman is confident they can get 1000 responses by October when the research ends

    12:00 AM — The summer holidays draw to a close this week and we can soon expect to see our streets adorned in gangs of grey v-necks, untucked shirts and poorly constructed ties, but for some pupils the end of the summer means a return to playgrounds full of homophobic taunts and bullying.Since May, gay charity Stonewall has been hosting an online survey to find out about young gay, lesbian and bisexual people's experiences of homophobic bullying in British schools.

  • Ugandan Prime Minister backs anti-gay church view 2

    Apolo Nsibambi at the International Conference on Sustainable Food Security for All by 2020 in September 2001.

    12:00 AM — Uganda's Prime Minister has backed the Anglican church's negative view of homosexuality claiming it is "inimical" to resist Western values being brought into Africa.Speaking at the start of the 18th Provincial Assembly of the Church of the Province of Uganda , Apolo Nsibambi, expressed support for the church's stand against homosexuality.

  • 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.

  • Anti gay protester held after Mardi Gras 7

    Mr Green was arrested over a Public Order offence for handing out leaflets at the Cardiff Mardi Gras

    12:00 AM — Stephen Green, director of Christian Voice, was arrested at the Cardiff Mardi Gras for leafleting on Saturday.Mr Green was approached by officers who asked him to stop leafleting people, but he was arrested when he continued to distribute leaflets with extracts taken from the Gospel.

  • 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.

  • 1st September 2006

    Homophobic archbishop questions gay snub punishment 5

    Mario Conti questioned the Strathclyde Fire and Rescue (SFR) service's decision

    12:00 AM — The Archbishop of Glasgow has expressed dismay over the treatment of nine fire-fighters who will undergo diversity training as punishment for refusing to hand out safety leaflets at a Scotia gay pride event last June.Mario Conti questioned the Strathclyde Fire and Rescue (SFR) service's decision claiming "the duty to obey one's conscience is a higher duty than that of obeying orders."

  • Bishop attacks Nigerian church’s gay view 5

    Bishop Robinson raises the issue in Going to Heaven: The Life and Election of Bishop Gene Robinson, a biography based on interviews with the clergyman and friends and family

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveThe Episcopal Church should be wary of its relationship with Nigerian Anglicans, the denomination's first gay bishop has warned.Gene Robinson, the Bishop of New Hampshire, questioned the wisdom of the US church aligning itself with Peter Akinola, the Anglican Primate of Nigeria, who has openly spoken out against homosexuality and labelled gay people as inferior.

  • Gay pride confronts Middle East shame 23

    It's been a tough month for Middle East politics with Israel trying to secure its borders and stop Hezbollah rocket attacks while thousands of  Lebanese citizens have been displaced

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveIt's been a tough month for Middle East politics with Israel trying to secure its borders and stop Hezbollah rocket attacks while thousands of Lebanese citizens have been displaced, but beyond the diplomatic, democratic and ideological consequences of the current saga, the international gay community has also felt the brunt of the conflict.It was hailed as an event to celebrate "Love without borders," to unite the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community in dialogue and tolerance, but last month's World Pride in Jerusalem was just one of many gay events across the globe effected by fighting.

  • Gay bishop’s daughter defends parents’ split 5

    Bishop Robinson and his wife Isabella McDaniel, known as Boo, separated in 1986 after 14 years of marriage

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveThe daughter of the Anglican Church's first gay bishop has criticised the British press for reporting that her father had abandoned his family to live with a man.Ella Robinson, the daughter of Gene Robinson who was controversially elected as Bishop of New Hampshire in 2003, aims to dispel rumours surrounding her parent's relationship in an interview for a new book on the clergyman's life.

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