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  • 13th September 2007

    Witnesses claim Labour activist called Lib Dem a paedophile 130

    Miranda Grell, 29, won a formerly safe Lib Dem seat on Waltham Forest council in last May's elections.

    1:50 PM — A London court has heard evidence from a member of the public who says a Labour council candidate make allegations of paedophilia against her Lib Dem opponent.Miranda Grell, 29, won a formerly safe Lib Dem seat on Waltham Forest council in last May's elections. Her opponent Barry Smith is now at the centre of a prosecution being brought against Ms Grell.She has been charged with "making a false statement of fact about Mr Smith's personal character or conduct," contrary to election law. Ms Grell denies all the allegations against her.

  • Lithuania considers ban on “propagation of homosexuality” 5

    In February a poll of members of the Lithuanian parliament revealed that over half of them agree that homosexuality is a perversion.

    12:18 PM — A new law currently before the Lithuanian parliament could be amended to ban the "promotion" of gay, lesbian or bisexual relationships to children.The Protection of Minors against the Detrimental Effects of Public Information Bill will be debated by MPs later this autumn.Parliamentarians claim "propagation" of relationships outside of heterosexual marriage has "negative consequences for the physical, mental and, first and foremost, moral development of minors."

  • 12th September 2007

    Iranian lesbian released from UK immigration detention centre 3

    In an email the Friends of Pegah Campaign revealed she had been released from custody.

    5:01 PM — A lesbian woman due to be deported from the UK to her come country of Iran will have her case heard by The Court of Appeal.Pegah Emambakhsh has been released on bail by British officials. She was scheduled for repatriation last month.Her sexual orientation and her past life in Iran may lead to her being executed.Even if she is not sentenced to death, she is likely to be prosecuted and tortured by Iran's religious officials.

  • Cashman nominated for MEP of the Year

    Earlier this year Mr Cashman was awarded an honorary degree by Staffordshire University.

    4:40 PM — European Parliament member Michael Cashman has been nominated for an award in recognition of his work for human rights.An MEP for the West Midlands, he has been a strong defender of the rights of LGBT across Europe. He is president of the European Parliament Intergroup on Gay and Lesbian Rights.

  • PinkNews.co.uk writer to challenge Tory MP 3

    Alex is currently parliamentary assistant to Dr Ashok Kumar MP and lives in London with his long-standing boyfriend.

    3:20 PM — A veteran Conservative MP is to challenged for his seat by Alex Bryce, a Labour party activist who writes comment pieces for PinkNews.co.ukThe 24-year-old has been contributing to PinkNews.co.uk since April on a range of topics including homophobia in sport and the future of the gay rights movement.He has been selected as the Labour Parliamentary candidate for Macclesfield. The seat is held by right-wing Tory MP Sir Nicholas Winterton.

  • Time out for a guest writer on crystal meth

    Crystal meth has a 94 percent chance of relapse in the first year of sobriety compared to the 82 percent relapse rate for crack cocaine.

    11:33 AM — About 40 men sit on fold-up chairs arranged in a circle in the upstairs room of Metropolitan Community Church.They're all crystal methamphetamine addicts in recovery. Some have been sober for two weeks, some two years.It's a Crystal Meth Anonymous meeting, based on the 12-step Alcoholics Anonymous programme. This meeting is geared toward remembering the sixth step: the promises.

  • Evangelicals respond to gay equality judgment 20

    Christians who provide goods and services will not be prosecuted for saying they are unwilling to provide them to LGB people.

    11:20 AM — The Evangelical Alliance called on Christian evangelicals in the UK to "think about their responsibilities to other people created in the image of God" following yesterday's court decision on the Sexual Orientation Regulations.The High Court in Northern Ireland ruled that a provision of the Sexual Orientation Regulations must be removed.Mr Justice Weatherup said that a provision that protects LGB people from harassment when accessing goods and services should be set aside.

  • 11th September 2007

    Larry Craig tries to withdraw guilty plea for toilet ‘misdemeanour’ 4

    According to the Associated Press (AP), Craig had denied to editors at the Idaho Statesman that he was gay just weeks before his June 11 arrest in the bathroom of the Minneapolis airport.

    3:23 PM — Senator Larry Craig has sought to undo his guilty plea in an airport sex sting by claiming that he admitted to the charge in a panic to avoid triggering a story about his sexuality in his hometown newspaper.According to the Associated Press (AP), Craig had denied to editors at the Idaho Statesman that he was gay just weeks before his arrest on 11 June in the bathroom of the Minneapolis airport.

  • Anglican bishop calls LGBT people inhuman 26

    The Bishop noted that the Anglican Church in Nigeria had continued to lead the fight against the practice especially in the US where it led the opposition to same sex marriages.

    3:23 PM — A bishop of the Anglican Church in Nigeria has condemned has condemned the activities of homosexuals and lesbians, and described those engaged in them as "insane people".In an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria earlier this month the Anglican Bishop of Uyo, Rt. Rev. Isaac Orama, said: "Homosexuality and lesbianism are inhuman. Those who practice them are insane, satanic and are not fit to live because they are rebels to God's purpose for man."

  • Trans woman on remand in male prison for petrol station robbery

    Chloe Bradley, 23, a pre-operation male to female transsexual, admitted holding up the Texaco garage, in Kingston Road, on two separate occasions and stealing more than £100.

    3:23 PM — A transsexual wearing a mini skirt and women's knickers on their head robbed a petrol station in New Malden twice in three weeks, brandishing a large knife.Chloe Bradley, 23, a pre-operation male to female transsexual, admitted holding up the Texaco garage, in Kingston Road, on two separate occasions and stealing more than £100, the Wimbledon Guardian reported.Kingston Crown Court heard how Bradley walked into the Texaco garage at 4.45am on December 12 last year.

  • Stonewall dismisses “Pyrrhic victory” for Christians 20

    Stonewall told PinkNews.co.uk that they took legal advice on harassment over the regulations in the rest of the UK and decided they were not necessary.

    3:05 PM — Gay equality organisation Stonewall said today that the ruling of the High Court in Belfast on the Sexual Orientation Regulations would not diminish the protections for LGB people in the UK.Chief executive Ben Summerskill told PinkNews.co.uk:"We are delighted that the court has upheld the regulations as they currently exist across the rest of Britain."Mr Justice Weatherup said that a provision which protects LGB people from harassment when accessing goods and services should be set aside.

  • Transsexual’s rights were violated by Lithuania

    The seven judges ruled that Lithuania must implement new legislation on gender reassignment within three months or pay damages.

    1:44 PM — A Lithuanian transsexual has won a case at the European Court of Human Rights over claims that he has been blocked from completing his gender transition.The seven judges also ruled that Lithuania must implement new legislation on gender reassignment within three months or pay damages.The 28-year-old has been undergoing gender reassignment since 1998 including hormone treatment and breast removal, but is now being blocked from more treatment because of the laws in Lithuania.

  • Judge strikes down Sexual Orientation Regulations provision 20

    The SORs have proved controversial in Northern Ireland.

    1:11 PM — The High Court in Northern Ireland has ruled that parts of the Sexual Orientation Regulations must be removed.In a victory for Evangelical Christian activists, Mr Justice Weatherup said that a provision that protects LGB people from harassment when accessing goods and services should be set aside.Christians who provide goods and services will not be prosectuted for saying they are unwilling to provide them to LGB people.

  • Ken attacks Boris over support for Section 28 2

    Ken Livingstone, who has been in office since 2000, accused Henley MP Boris Johnson of inconsistency on a range of issues.

    12:44 PM — The hustings for the contest for the Conservative party nomination for Mayor of London opened yesterday with an attack from the present incumbent on the Tory front runner.Ken Livingstone, who has been in office since 2000, accused Henley MP Boris Johnson of inconsistency on a range of issues, including gay rights.Four Tories are contesting the primary. All Londoners who are registered to vote can take part either by phone or postal ballot.

  • Sri Lankan newspaper calls for action against homosexuality 1

    The article makes claims about the number of homosexuals in Sri Lanka who become involved in commercial sex work to make a living. Photo sbaker@flickr.com

    12:44 PM — A local Sri Lankan newspaper, Divaina last week published a feature about homosexuality and effeminate men in Sri Lanka and the problems they face as they get older.The article goes on to make claims about the number of homosexuals in Sri Lanka who become involved in commercial sex work to make a living.The Sinhala newspaper is a sister title of the English-language newspaper The Island.

  • Americans support gay workplace protection 2

    64 percent of GLBT adults are comfortable introducing their spouse, partner or significant other to their co-workers, compared to 50 percent in 2002.

    12:25 PM — Nearly two-thirds of all American adults (64 percent) believe it is unfair that US federal law currently allows for an employer to fire someone because they are gay or lesbian.A similar majority (60 percent) of heterosexual adults were not even aware that federal law does not provide protections for employees on the basis of sexual orientation.In the UK, gay, lesbian and bisexual workers have had legal protection from discrimination since 2003.

  • Law student drops gay question lawsuit 1

    Mr Dunne had asked a federal court to back his argument that the test violated his rights and targets his religious beliefs.

    11:42 AM — A man who failed Massachusetts' bar exam has dropped a lawsuit in federal court claiming that he failed because he refused to answer a question related to gay marriage.A question came up concerning the rights of two married lesbians, their children and their property.Stephen Dunne claimed the question itself was "morally repugnant," because it legitimises same-sex marriage and parenting, which he opposes.

  • Schwarzenegger urged to back gay marriage

    The California bill would be an important step toward ending the discrimination and damaging burdens that the lack of access to marriage imposes.

    10:20 AM — Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger should ensure basic human rights to all Californians by signing The Religious Freedom and Civil Marriage Protection Act, granting full marriage equalityfor same-sex couples, Human Rights Watch urged today in a letter to the former action hero.Last Friday, by a vote of 22-15, the California State Senate approved AB 43, The Religious Freedom and Civil Marriage Protection Act, extending civil marriage to lesbian and gay couples.

  • 10th September 2007

    Barrymore will not be charged over Lubbock death

    Stuart Lubbock died in 2001

    7:30 PM — Gay entertainer Michael Barrymore will not face charges over the death of Stuart Lubbock at then home in 2001Mr Barrymore was questioned at Harlow police station in Essex today Monday, along with Justin Merritt and Jonathan Kenny all of whom had been arrested in June 2007 over Mr Lubbock's death.The Crown Prosecution Service advised that no one should face criminal charges following the investigation but that the case should remain open.

  • Lib Dems reveal London Mayor candidates 7

    Mr Paddick is currently a Visiting Fellow of Ashridge Business School.

    5:05 PM — The Liberal Democrats have announced a shortlist of three names to go forward to a members' ballot to decide their candidate for London Mayor.Liberal Democrat members in London will vote on the candidates next month, with the successful Mayoral candidate being announced in early November.There are three candidates on the shortlist. Chamali Fernando, a barrister from Finchley, is running for the party's nomination against Fiyaz Mughal, a Haringey councillor, and Brian Paddick.

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