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  • 29th May 2007

    Carer forced to leave job because of homophobic abuse claims 57

    The employment tribunal heard how Mr Reid was offered his job back, but felt he could not accept.

    3:23 PM — A carer at an old people's home said yesterday that he was forced to leave his job because he was gay.Kevin Reid, 43, told an employment tribunal that he was accused of performing an indecent act in front of patients, touching patients inappropriately and not wearing gloves while bathing patients.He was suspended over the allegations, then cleared by the home bosses and offered his job back.

  • British pianist banned from Vietnam 57

    Vietnamese officials say that they cannot guarantee the safety of the award-winning pianist.

    2:52 PM — A famous British concert pianist has been banned from performing in Vietnam because officials are worried about his sexuality.Vietnamese authorities refused to grant Stephen Hough a license to play because they thought he would be a security risk, according to The Telegraph. The company who invited him to play in Vietnam, Hennessy, promptly withdrew their invitation to the award-winning musician.

  • Gay couple guilty of setting fire to club 57

    Newcastle Crown Court heard how the crime could have easily ended in tragedy

    1:34 PM — A gay couple have been found guilty of torching a club with more than 50 people still inside.Stephen Bingham, 40, set fire to the Switch Spot in Newcastle an hour after he was removed from the club for punching the owner.Bingham was jailed for four and a half years. He told door staff that they should clear the club because he would torch it.

  • Australian gay bar wins right to ban lesbians and straight men 58

    The historic case is believed to be the first of its kind in Australia.

    12:03 PM — The Scottish owner of a gay bar in Australia has won the right to ban lesbians and heterosexual men from its premises.A tribunal made the historic ruling after hotelier Tom McFeely argued that women and straight men posed a physical threat to his guests in Peel Hotel, Melbourne.The Victoria tribunal said: "Sometimes heterosexual groups and lesbian groups insult and deride and are even physically violent towards the gay male patrons."

  • Gay teletubby probe by Polish government 57

    Picture copyright BBC publicity

    11:05 AM — The Polish government is currently investigating the Teletubbies over claims of homosexuality.The popular children's television show, and especially the character of Tinky Winky, has been accused of promoting gay propaganda by the conservative government.Teletubbies features four brightly coloured alien characters which are loved by young children.

  • 28th May 2007

    Cabinet minister Peter Hain condemns violent attacks in Moscow againt Peter Tatchell 61

    Peter Hain is a candidate for Deputy Leader of the Labour Party

    2:52 PM — Labour deputy leadership candidate, Northern Ireland Secretary and former Europe Minister Peter Hain has expressed to PinkNews.co.uk his grave concern about the treatment of gay rights protesters in Moscow.Gay rights activist Peter Tatchell was violently attacked by anti-gay protesters in Moscow. Right Said Fred singer Richard Fairbrass was also punched in the face while giving a TV interview. Both were there to support today's banned gay rights march in the city. Mr Tatchell was later arrested.

  • Mayor of London writes to Moscow mayor to support Tatchell 61

    Peter Tatchell shortly after the attack holding a gay rights poster

    2:12 PM — Ken Livingstone, the Mayor of London has written to Yuri Luzhkov, the Mayor of Moscow to call for an end to the official ban on gay pride marches. He also expresses his solidarity with Peter Tatchell who was violently assaulted and then arrested at yesterday's march."I am writing to convey my deep concern at the reported physical violence against, and arrest of, Peter Tatchell, a Parliamentary candidate for the Green Party in Britain, and other supporters of lesbian and gay rights."

  • 27th May 2007

    Peter Tatchell speaks out after his violent Moscow assault 62

    Peter Tatchell shortly after the attack

    9:31 PM — PinkNews.co.uk Exclusive"I'm not deterred one iota from coming back to protest in Moscow," Peter Tatchell told PinkNews.co.uk from Moscow, just hours after he was attacked by suspected neo-Nazis and then arrested by the Russian riot police the OMON. "Gay Russians need overseas support to protect them against state and neo-Nazi violence."Mr Tatchell told PinkNews.co.uk: "I urge people to protest to the Russian Ambassador and to ask their local MP to send a letter of protest to the Russian embassy."

  • Tatchell calls for gay freedom in Russia 61

    Peter Tatchell made the speech before his attack and arrest

    3:44 PM — Gay human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell gave the opening keynote speech at the Moscow Pride conference in the Swissotel, Moscow:I bring you a message of comradeship and solidarity from the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex [LGBTI] human rights organizations OutRage! in London.Your struggle is our struggle.

  • Please help us, says Moscow Pride organiser 61

    Peter Tatchell and Nikolai Alexeyev (right) at a pre-Moscow pride protest outside City Hall, London

    3:08 PM — Nicolas Alexeyev, the organiser of Moscow Pride, is being held by police with other gay activists, among them Peter Tatchell. Mr Alexeyev has released the following statement:"We ask the western democraties to put a maximum pressure on the Russian authorities to release us immediately."The protocol written by the police is completely falsified and all the Western MEPs and MPs who were with us could confirm it.

  • Moscow authorities defend gay march arrests 61

    “The city's police will cut short any attempts at provocations in every legitimate way,“

    3:06 PM — Most of the team members of the Pride Committee have been arrested in Moscow. Nikolai Alekseev, Alexey Davidov, Nikolai Khramov are being detained by police.A spokesman for the Moscow City Interior Department, Viktor Biryukov, told Itar-Tass news agency:"Organisers of the pride march had an opportunity to appeal the authorities' decision in court but they failed to provide sufficient legal grounds."

  • Peter Tatchell attacked at Moscow Pride 63

    Mr Tatchell was punched in the face by a young man, and police have said they are investigating the assault. (Credit: Flickr/ AFP)

    3:00 PM — Gay rights activist Peter Tatchell has been attacked by anti-gay protesters in Moscow. Right Said Fred singer Richard Fairbrass was also punched in the face while giving a TV interview.Both were there to support today's banned gay rights march in the city. The BBC reports Mr Tatchell has been arrested.

  • 26th May 2007

    Gay groups condemn blood donation ban 6

    The blood ban is claimed to be unwarranted

    9:34 AM — This week the Food and Drug Administration announced on their website that the current lifetime ban on donating blood will remain in effect for gay and bisexual men.In March of 2006, the American Association of Blood Banks (AABB), America's Blood Centers (ABC) and the American Red Cross (ARC) testified before the FDA that the lifetime ban for men who have sex with men "is medically and scientifically unwarranted."

  • 25th May 2007

    Gender reassignment doctor still allowed to practice 57

    Reid can now only continue to practice under strict supervision in NHS hospitals or GMC-approved clinics.

    3:13 PM — The UK's leading gender identity psychiatrist has had charges of serious professional misconduct against him upheld.The General Medical Council found 63-year-old consultant Dr. Russell Reid guilty, but chose not to bar him from the medical profession.The GMC disciplinary panel declared on Monday that Reid had rushed transsexual patients into treatment inappropriately.

  • Gay MPs unite to condemn Pride ban

    Earlier this week members of the European Parliament wrote to Mayor Luzhkov urging him to respect human rights

    3:13 PM — Gay MPs from the three main political parties have written to the Mayor of Moscow to protest at the banning of this year's Pride march.Chris Bryant, Labour Member of Parliament for the Rhondda, has sent a joint letter with Conservative Nick Herbert and Liberal Democrat Stephen Williams calling on the mayor to repeal the ban on the Pride event, which is due to take place this weekend.

  • Kirk still unclear on gay couples 57

    A call for more clarity on the exact attitude of the Church to gay couples came from Rev Louis Kinsey.

    2:29 PM — The Church of Scotland report on homosexuality was discussed in the Church General Assembly on Wednesday.The aim of the meeting was to reach a consensus within the Church on attitudes to gay Christians.The 800 members of the Assembly met in Edinburgh to watch video clips from the report's working party.

  • Stonewall launches guide to new gay protections 57

    “These protections will make a practical difference to the lives of millions of gay people.“

    2:29 PM — Stonewall today launched a guide to the new goods and services protections for LGB people.Sponsored by Lloyds TSB, the gay equality organisation has published 300,000 postcard-sized 'image-heavy text-light' guides.The 12-page booklets advise lesbian, gay and bisexual people that "If something is offered, you can have it, whatever the colour of your money."

  • Study of employment tribunals reveals emotional cost 3

    Employees who have tried to resolve disputes over discrimination under new equality regulations have ended up facing demotion.

    11:27 AM — The first study of the impact of the employment equality regulations, which grant protection for LGB people in the workplace, has found that many employees who go to a tribunal suffer financially and emotionally.The regulations on sexual orientation and religion or belief were introduced in 2003.Employees who have tried to resolve disputes over discrimination under new equality regulations have ended up facing demotion.

  • History event to mark decriminalisation of homosexuality 57

    The HoHoC describes the event as 'an afternoon of personal testimony, musical memories, film clips, fashion and performance.'

    11:27 AM — The House of Homosexual Culture will host a twentieth-century history event this weekend.57/67 celebrates and examines the publication of the Wolfenden Report in 1957, and the passing of the Sexual Offences Act ten years later.Historians, authors and members of the public will come together to discuss the effects of the two events on LGBT people both then and now.

  • Presidential hopeful rejects anti-gay image 2

    A poll in February found that only 72% of Americans would vote for a Mormon.

    11:05 AM — Former Governor of Massachusetts Mitt Romney has denied he is homophobic, but failed to clarify his own views on whether homosexuality is immoral.Mr Romney is hoping to capture the nomination of the Republican party for President.In a short interview yesterday, he pointed out that he had appointed gay people to serve in his administration in Massachusetts.

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