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  • 10th April 2007

    Gays take part in White House Easter tradition

    First Lady Bush defended the participation of gay families.

    12:05 PM — Lesbian and gay families took part in the historic Easter Egg Roll at the White House yesterday.At a time when issues such as gay marriage and adoption rights are being contested all over America, the Family Pride Coalition encouraged hundreds of LGBT families to attend the annual Easter egg roll outside the Presidential residence.The tradition began in 1878 and is a day of fun and games for children of all ages.

  • Lesbian chainsaw murder trial excites press interest 1

    Wright, 43, is accused of murdering in Darlene VanderGiesen and cutting up her body with a chainsaw.

    11:47 AM — A small rural community in the United States is at the centre of media attention as more details of a gruesome murder emerge.A deaf, black lesbian woman is on trail for the murder of an alleged rival.Commentators are already discussing the possibility that Daphne Wright might become the first woman ever sentenced to death in the state of South Dakota.

  • Homophobic voice message leads to court case

    Cheshire was arrested five days later after a complaint was made to police.

    11:11 AM — A 42-year-old man has been given a 12-month conditional discharge for leaving abusive messages on a gay man's phone.Anthony Cheshire, of Nunfield, Chipperfield, attends Alcoholics Anonymous and Watford Magistrates Court heard that he had been drinking at the time of the incident.Cheshire was trying to contact the chairman of his AA group, John, reports the Edgware Times. 

  • Church discriminates against gay people says Archbishop 2

    The Rt. Rev. Dr. Barry Morgan said that gays in the church are feeling isolated. photo: copyright © :The Royal School of Church Music

    10:22 AM — The head of the Anglican church in Wales has called for an end to discrimination against gays and lesbians.In his Easter sermon, the Rt. Rev. Dr. Barry Morgan said that gays in the church are feeling isolated and women are not treated as equals.His comments came at the end of a week when a bishop of the Church of England faced an employment tribunal in Cardiff over allegations he discriminated against a gay man seeking employment.

  • Anti-gay Army recruiter suspended

    According to reports, the recruiter wrote in one reply, “If you are gay, we don't take you. We consider you unqualified.“

    10:05 AM — The Human Rights Campaign is commending the decision by the U.S. Army to suspend a recruiter and engage in an investigation into reports of recent anti-gay, racist remarks.The insulting comments were made to Corey Andrew, a gay, African-American man who was in talks with the recruiter about serving as an openly gay man."The announcement by the U.S. Army to suspend this recruiter until a complete investigation has taken place is a positive step."

  • 9th April 2007

    Archbishop of York claims Church is distracted by homosexuality 5

    Dr John Sentamu, the Archbishop of York said the “endless debate“ on gay issues such as the ordination of openly gay priests was causing the Church of England to fail to spread God's word

    12:00 AM — The second most senior clergy man in the Church of England has warned that his church has become distracted by homosexuality.Dr John Sentamu, the Archbishop of York said the "endless debate" on gay issues such as the ordination of openly gay priests was causing the Church of England to fail to spread God's word.Dr Sentamu said: "The Church has not been very good at clearly spelling out what the message of Jesus is about."

  • 6th April 2007

    Swede donates TV fee to Riga Pride

    Sverker Åström, 88, is a former Swedish diplomat

    12:00 AM — One of Sweden's most distinguished diplomats has donated his fee from presenting a gay TV series to Riga Pride.Sverker Åström, 88, is a former Swedish diplomat, ambassador and State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.Four years ago he came out in a newspaper interview.

  • London Sexual Health charity wins £20,000 award

    The Metro Centre, the Greenwich-based HIV prevention and sexual health charity, has been awarded a prestigious GlaxoSmithKline IMPACT Award

    12:00 AM — The Metro Centre, the Greenwich-based HIV prevention and sexual health charity, has been awarded a prestigious GlaxoSmithKline IMPACT Award worth £20,000 for its work with lesbian, gay and bisexual people.The Metro Centre has been providing advice, support, information, events, education and training to LGB people, since 1983.It runs a range of drop-in centres providing support and peer advice and a dedicated group for people 50 years of age and over.

  • 5th April 2007

    Vice President’s lesbian daughter expecting a boy 1

    Mr Cheney has often spoken publicly of his love, admiration and respect for his lesbian daughter.

    4:29 PM — US Vice-President Dick Cheney has revealed that his daughter Mary is expecting a baby boy. In an interview with ABC radio Mr Cheney said he was looking forward to the birth of his grandson.Ms Cheney, 37, announced in December 2006 that she is pregnant. She has been with her partner Heather Poe for 15 years. She is due to give birth next month.The Vice President has always been publicly supportive and protective of his younger child.

  • Bishop’s sex questions embarrassed me, tribunal told 11

    Mr Reaney was previously employed as a youth officer for the Norwich and Chester Church of England diocese.

    3:38 PM — A bishop of the Church of England asked a gay man a series of highly personal questions about his sex life as part of a job interview, an employment tribunal in Cardiff was told today.John Reaney is bringing the Hereford Diocesan Board of Finance to the tribunal, claiming that he was discriminated against on the grounds of his sexuality.At a meeting with the Bishop of Hereford in July last year, he was asked about his sexual relationships, he said.

  • MP presses for gay census question 5

    Mr Williams, the MP for Bristol West, said that is important to know how many gay people there are in the UK.

    3:07 PM — PinkNews.co.uk exclusive A frontbench spokesman for the Liberal Democrats has said he is disappointed that the government has decided not to include a question on sexual orientation in the next census.The next national survey will take place in 2011.It is conducted every 10 years by the Office of National Statistics.

  • Presidential candidate favours civil unions and tolerance 1

    Mr Dodd is a United States Senator representing Connecticut.

    11:49 AM — One of the less-well known potential candidates in the race for the President of the United States asked an audience of teenagers to consider how they would feel if their child grew up gay.Chris Dodd was addressing high school students in Concord, New Hampshire.The state's 400-member House of Representatives yesterday approved a civil unions bill.

  • Cardinal in gay April Fool furore

    A story in the fake March 28th edition featured an admission by Cardinal Justin Rigali, archbishop of Philadelphia, that he is gay. photo: vatican website

    11:22 AM — Students at a Roman Catholic university in the United States have apologised for an April Fools edition of the campus newspaper that said the Archbishop of Philadephia is gay.However, the journalists at Saint Joseph's University in the city received praise from one teacher, a priest, who said in a letter to the newspaper, The Hawk, that he "laughed his head off."

  • No 10 petition on homosexuality laws

    GLITA want the Prime Minister to campaign at the United Nations for a UN resolution for decriminalisation of homosexuality.

    10:50 AM — The rights activists have placed a petition on the website of No 10 Downing St, and are hoping to emulate the success of other petitions on the site.The Gay Liberal Independent Thinkers Association (GLITA) want the Prime Minister to campaign at the United Nations for a UN resolution for decriminalisation of homosexuality.

  • Priests in favour of civil unions accused of being gay 10

    The three priests have been met with adversity since their statements.

    10:35 AM — Against a background of continuing Roman Catholic opposition to a new law to recognise unmarried couples, three Catholic priests in Italy have spoken out in defence of civil partnerships.Fathers Vittorio Cristelli, Aldo Antonelli of Aquila and Beppe Scapino of Ivrea showed their support in an article entitled "We are Catholics in favour of homosexual civil unions" in the Turin newspaper La Stampa .

  • 4th April 2007

    ‘Incest’ bishop under police guard after catherdral attack 10

    Bagnasco has been under police guard since yesterday, due to fears for his personal safety resulting from the appearance of the graffiti.

    4:54 PM — An Italian bishop who compared moves to give gay couples some rights to incest and child abuse is under police guard after his cathedral was attacked by vandals.Archbishop Angelo Bagnasco is being accompanied by an escort after the slogan "Bagnasco shame" was painted on the entrance to the cathedral of St. Lawrence in Genoa.

  • Sexual activity grounds for denying employment claims bishop 11

    The bishop admitted that he had asked Mr Reaney a series of questions about his sex life.

    4:13 PM — A bishop of the Church of England has explained to an employment tribunal that he decided not to hire an openly gay man as he felt he would not be able to remain celibate.John Reaney brought the Hereford Diocesan Board of Finance to the tribunal, claiming that he was discriminated against on the grounds of his sexuality.

  • Green MSP targeted by “So Macho” Christians 1

    Mr Harvie was a leading voice in the successful campaign to abolish Section 28 in Scotland.

    3:52 PM — The man who wrote gay anthem "So Macho" is attempting to oust one of the few LGB members of the Scottish Parliament from his seat.The elections for the parliament will be held on 3rd May. Top of the list for the Green party in the Glasgow region is Patrick Harvie.He has been an MSP since 2003 and is widely expected to be re-elected.

  • Bishop to give evidence in gay discrimination tribunal 11

    John Reaney, is claiming that he was discriminated against on the grounds of his sexuality.

    11:53 AM — A bishop of the Church of England is spending Holy Wednesday at an employment tribunal.The Bishop of Hereford will defend allegations that he illegally discriminated against a youth worker because he is gay.The case will be a test of the 2003 law that protects gay, bisexual and lesbian people in employment.

  • Bush not saying if homosexuality is immoral 2

    President Bush, a born-again Christian, answered with his trademark erudition.

    11:47 AM — The President of the United States has declined to follow his most senior military commander in stating his view on the morality of gay people.Last month, Marine General Peter Pace caused a media storm by describing homosexual acts as "immoral" in the Chicago Tribune newspaper, likening them to adultery.General Pace is the chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff.

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