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  • 29th August 2006

    Stonewall welcomes legal industry homophobia report

    Stonewall today welcomed a Law Society report highlighting the homophobia faced by lesbians and gay men working in large City law firms

    12:00 AM — Gay charity Stonewall today welcomed a Law Society report highlighting the homophobia faced by lesbians and gay men working in large City law firms.The report into the working experiences of lesbian and gay lawyers in the workplace found that the dominant macho culture in many of the firms made it difficult for gay staff to come out.

  • Nationwide search for gay man who infected partner 57

    James, a 47-year-old florist, became the first gay man to be convicted for knowingly transmitting HIV.

    12:00 AM — Police have asked for help in tracing a gay man who was convicted earlier this month of recklessly infecting his lover with HIV.Mark James absconded before he was sentenced, and is currently on the run.Acting Detective Inspector Mike Sunman, of Hounslow Police, described James as a danger to public health, and appealed for help in tracing him.

  • Gay humanists criticise “spineless” Archbishop 5

    The Archbishop of Canterbury has  been labelled “spineless” after telling gay they are not welcome in his Church unless they “change their ways“

    12:00 AM — The Archbishop of Canterbury has been labelled "spineless" after telling gay they are not welcome in his Church unless they "change their ways."The Gay and Lesbian Humanist Association (GALHA) criticised remarks made by Dr Rowan Williams in Dutch newspaper Nederlands Dagblad.

  • Human rights group provide gay Bible insights 3

    The debut of the site marks the first and only major online preaching resource devoted to assisting clergy in planning their sermons and spiritual discussion groups

    12:00 AM — The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) has announced the launch of Out In Scripture, a free weekly online resource for clergy and lay people.The website will provide distinct insights into the Bible, week after week, from a lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) and straight-supportive perspective.

  • Ministry bats against baseball team’s gay promotions

    The Philadelphia Phillies held their fourth annual “Gay Community Night“ at Citizens Bank Park as religious group Repent America (RA) greeted the attendees with their conservative message concerning homosexuality (Photo: Anthony DiPierro)

    12:00 AM — A Christian ministry in Philadelphia has accused the Philadelphia Phillies baseball team of "helping to advance the homosexual agenda" by prohibiting the display of banners with anti-gay messages on them.The Philadelphia Phillies held their fourth annual "Gay Community Night" at Citizens Bank Park as religious group Repent America (RA) greeted the attendees with their conservative message concerning homosexuality.

  • Homophobic bullying targeted in Manchester

    Homophobic bullying is to be targeted on a par with other types in school (Photo: Creap)

    12:00 AM — The Liberal Democrats launched their Stop Homophobic Bullying Petition in the North West last weekend to coincide with Manchester Gay Pride.John Leech, Lib Dem MP for Manchester Withington, brought the initiative to Manchester, aiming to clamp down on homophobic bullying, encourage anti-bullying policies and training teachers how to deal with it.

  • ‘Gay friendly’ potential President to address Tories

    Senator McCain is viewed as a leading candidate to stand as the Republican President in 2008

    12:00 AM — A US politician tipped as the next US President and known to favour state power to define gay marriage laws will address the Conservative Party Conference in Bournemouth next month, according to reports.John McCain, the senior Senator from Arizona, who voted against the Federal Marriage Amendment in 2004 and has been praised by gay lobby group the Log Cabin Republicans, will speak at the opening evening of the Tory annual gathering.

  • 25th August 2006

    Homophobic bully named and shamed by local paper 2

    After sentencing, representatives of  The South Shields Gazette  successfully argued that Murray should not be protected from identification.

    12:00 AM — A local paper has won the right to name a homophobic bully who assaulted a gay 15-year-old boy. The South Shields Gazette appealed to magistrates at South Tyneside Youth Court to lift the automatic anonymity the law grants to offenders under 18, in order to publicise the hate crime.16-year-old Darren Murphy, of Kirkstone Avenue, Jarrow, led a gang of six teenagers who set upon the 15-year-old as he walked along the A19 in Jarrow on May 9th.

  • Wal-Mart criticised for pro-gay attitude

    Wal-Mart has been criticised by the AFA for its pro-gay stance

    12:00 AM — Wal-Mart has risked the wrath of its bible belt roots in the United States after joining the a gay commerce group.The Arkansas based company has faced opposition in its changing attitude to gay and lesbian people in the US by groups such as the American Family Association (AFA).AFA says that by joining the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) Wal-Mart has abandoned its "pro family stance."

  • Badgering for LGF

    Ruth Badger will be helping the Lesbian  Gay foundaion for this weekend's Manchester Pride

    12:00 AM — The Apprentice finalist Ruth Badger will be helping out with the Lesbian Gay Foundation (LGF) at the forthcoming Manchester Pride's Big Weekend, August 26-28.Ms Badger has apparently been putting her entrepreneurial skills to the test by helping out to organise and develop the LGF's campaign for the weekend which is aimed at people in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community.

  • 24th August 2006

    Couple divorce over transsexual husband 1

    Stephanie, then Stephen, had begun gender reassignment while the couple were awaiting the arrival of their new child, and hadn't informed his wife of the procedure

    12:00 AM — A Surrey couple have been forced into a divorce after wife Catherine Everett claimed that her husband's behaviour resulted in the break down of their marriage.Ms Everett admitted feeling "used" when she discovered her husband had been a transsvestite prior to their relationship which began back in the 1990's and had not given upon his secret desire to be a woman.

  • Civil union pioneers split

    Vermont was the first US state to introduce a civil union law in 2000 and Carolyn Conrad and Kathleen Peterson, immediately jumped at the chance to register their partnership

    12:00 AM — The USA's first couple to have a civil union have split up, in what gay campaigners are calling a fine example of how the law works.Vermont was the first US state to introduce a civil union law in 2000 and Carolyn Conrad and Kathleen Peterson, immediately jumped at the chance to register their partnership.

  • South Africa set for gay unions 10

    The change in the law is part of an improving South African situation for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT)community

    12:00 AM — South Africa's cabinet has given the all clear for a change in the law regarding same sex unions in the country.The change in the law will come following a constitutional court decision that the definition of marriage in the 1961 Marriage Act was unconstitutional and as a result needed to be changed by Parliament.

  • Afternoon cruising in local park angers residents

    Gosford Park in Newcastle is said to be the third best cruising ground in Britain

    12:00 AM — A local community park in Newcastle is suffering because the numbers of cruising gays visiting the area.Exhibition park, refered to as "X park" on the internet, has become a popular venue for gay cruising with people visiting the area to meet others looking for carefree sex in the afternoon.People living in the area have given up going to the park at night, according to the Evening Chronicle.

  • Gay activists offer Marine Corps shortage solution 5

    As the Marine Corps' dismissal of lesbian and gay troops increases, President George W Bush has authorised an involuntary recall of Marine Corps Individual Ready Reservists

    12:00 AM — As the Marine Corps' dismissal of lesbian and gay troops increases, President George W Bush has authorised an involuntary recall of Marine Corps Individual Ready Reservists "because there are not enough volunteers returning for duty in Afghanistan and Iraq," according to a CNN report.Marine Colonel Guy Stratton, head of the manpower mobilisation section, estimated there is a shortfall of about 1,200 Marines needed to fill positions in upcoming deployments, The Associated Press reports.

  • Swedish gays may get church weddings 1

    Earlier this year, the church approved blessings of same-sex partnerships and actively welcomed LGBT clergy. (photo: megan ann@flickr)

    12:00 AM — We are told it is what every girl dreams of: the big church wedding.Proposals before the Swedish government could see that dream become a reality for the country's gay and lesbian couples.Until 2000 the Church of Sweden was established, meaning was is the official state religion. It now has autonomy from the government.

  • Christian lobby group warns Californians of “dangerous” gay law

    The head of a conservative lobbyist group in California warned the listeners of his daily radio show that America's children will be delivered “straight into the arms of the homosexual activist community“ unless California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoes a quartet of pro-gay bills

    12:00 AM — The head of a conservative lobbyist group in California warned the listeners of his daily radio show that America's children will be delivered "straight into the arms of the homosexual activist community" unless California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoes a quartet of pro-gay bills.Focus on the Family Action chairman James Dobson said that the four pieces of legislation, SB 1437, SB 1441, AB 1056 and AB 606, would all forbid critical or biblically based discussion of homosexuality in some part of the public sector.

  • Colorado gay marriage divides opinion

    The stunt is just one of many examples of how the sleepy Rockies state of Colorado is gripped by the new concept of gay marriage.(photo: Chris Patriarca)

    12:00 AM — In the red corner, the Mesa State College Young Republicans, who this week staged a mock wedding between a man and a fish.They wanted to highlight their opposition to gay partnership proposals, which will be the subject of a state-wide referendum in November.The stunt is just one of many examples of how the sleepy Rockies state of Colorado is gripped by the new concept of gay marriage.

  • Gay pride festival can’t find politician to take part

    This year's pride festival, the 27th, has been marred by homophobic hate mail sent to the organisers calling them paedophiles.

    12:00 AM — Gay pride in Galway is Ireland's oldest LGBT event, yet organisers have not been able to find a single politician to open the festivities.The city's Green party mayor was due to kick off proceedings tonight, but he was called away on other business.Organiser Darren Whelan was sceptical about their fruitless search for a replacement.

  • More gay problems for California’s lawmakers 1

    California banned gay marriage but has legalised civil unions, or domestic partnerships as they are known, for LGBT people. (photo: Bev Sykes)

    12:00 AM — It was a shame that Governor Terminator was not present to keep the peace, as California lawmakers once again descended into tantrums over gay issues.A bill to allow registered domestic partners to file joint tax returns seems to have been a little too much for some Republican Assembly members yesterday.

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