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  • 25th April 2007

    Church of Scotland “sinfully” intolerant of gays 3

    The Presbyterians are the largest Protestant denomination in Scotland, with 520,000 members.

    10:10 AM — A report by prominent members of the Church of Scotland concludes that it is institutionally homophobic and they must embrace lesbian and gay Christians.The Presbyterians are the largest Protestant denomination in Scotland, with 520,000 members.The report into same-sex partnerships from the working group of the Mission and Discipleship Council will be presented to the General Assembly next month.

  • 24th April 2007

    Gays find more acceptance in the City

    The government estimates that 6% of the UK population is lesbian or gay, but London's gay population is thought to be nearer to 10%.

    5:13 PM — London's financial heart is moving away from its homophobic reputation and becoming more gay friendly, according to new research.The number of gay people employed in City careers such as banking, finance or insurance has risen significantly since new initiatives designed to promote diversity were put in place.Two years ago, 5.9% of City employees anonymously identified themselves as gay or lesbian.

  • Pensioner set alight after gay claim

    Murray, of Bethwin Road, Walworth, admitted one count of arson with intent to endanger life.

    4:57 PM — A man has been jailed for setting fire to a pensioner because he spread rumours that they were in a gay relationship.David Murray, 55, set fire to 80-year-old Richard Clark and his home, after the OAP told Murray's daughter that they were having an affair.Murray denied that such a relationship ever existed.

  • Moldovan gay activists call for protest at London embassy

    LGBT activist group GenderDoc-M has decided to take to the streets of Chisinau in defiance of the ban.

    4:45 PM — For the third year in a row, Moldovan authorities have banned the gay Pride march in the capital of Chisinau.Now activists in the country are asking for a show of support for the gay community here to protest outside the London embassy this Friday as a show of solidarity.LGBT activist group GenderDoc-M has decided to take to the streets of Chisinau in defiance of the ban.

  • New York moves towards gay marriage

    Massachusetts is currently the only state where same-sex marriage is legal.

    1:15 PM — The Governor of New York is expected to introduce a bill to legalise gay marriage in the next few weeks.Gov. Eliot Spitzer has been a proponent for gay marriage for years, but did not mention the controversial issue in his State of the State speech in January.Nor did he voice his intentions last week, during a speech which outlined his priorities for the legislative session.

  • Unlimited legal advice for only £89 a year 1

    This £89 per year, flat-fee for legal service is thought to be the first of its kind launched by a high street financial service provider.

    12:13 PM — Lawyers may not be the most loved profession in the world, but at various points in our lives most of us will need one to advise us on everyday things.The costs of those little trips to a solicitor can be excessive, but now a new service provided by Halifax will cut the cost of everyday legal services.

  • Australian state to register same-sex partners

    Mr Bracks, who has been Premier since 1999, has previously blocked gay marriage legislation.

    12:03 PM — The Premier of Victoria has announced that his government will institute a register for gay and lesbian couples by the end of 2007.The proposed register will also be used by unmarried heterosexual couples and two people in a long-term "care-giving" relationship.Steve Bracks announced that the state government will introduce legislation similar to that already in place in Tasmania.

  • Vatican official launches another anti-gay rant

    The hardline Catholic attitude, which they claim is in defence of marriage, is rejected by the majority of Italians.

    11:13 AM — A senior Roman Catholic official has launched a wide-ranging attack on modern life in what many see as yet another attempt by the church to influence Italian domestic politics.Speaking to an audience of priests, Archbishop Angelo Amato said that the media are responsible for presenting abortion and gay rights are signs of progress in human society.The church is planning a rally in Rome next month.

  • Peter Tatchell to run for Westminster 2

    In 1990 Mr Tatchell sought the Labour nomination in the Hampstead and Highgate constituency.

    10:22 AM — The Green party in the constituency of Oxford East has chosen gay rights activist Peter Tatchell to contest the seat at the next general election.The seat has been held by Labour MP Andrew Smith since 1987.At the 2005 general election he retained Oxford East but saw his majority cut by 90% in a swing to the Liberal Democrats.

  • 23rd April 2007

    Russian gays pay tribute to Boris Yeltsin

    It was during his tenure in office that homosexuality was decriminalised in Russia. photo: wikipedia.com

    6:56 PM — The first President of Russia, Boris Yeltsin, has died aged 76. He became the country's first elected leader in June 1991 and will be remembered as a man who stood up for democracy.It was during his tenure in office that homosexuality was decriminalised in Russia.In his eight years as ruler of Russia he defied a Communist coup.

  • DVLA accused of political correctness over H8 GAY ban

    It has been decided that MO57 EMM and MU57 UM will not be issued, as they appear to spell out the word 'Muslim.'

    6:56 PM — The agency that controls the issuing of licence plates for cars in the UK has been criticised by a Conservative politician for banning offensive letter and number combinations.Papers released to the Mail On Sunday under the Freedom of Information Act show that the Minister for Transport, Dr Stephen Ladyman, has already withdrawn the plate 'H8 GAY' from use.

  • Gay gun enthusiasts go to queer prom armed 1

    A similar weapons ban was promoted in 2005 by Utah Pride festival planners.

    6:00 PM — A planned gay and lesbian Queer Prom on was the unlikely thread that unravelled a little known weapons ban at the Salt Palace Convention Centre in Utah, USA.Planners promoted the event as having a "zero tolerance policy for... weapons" and said that venue policies "allow only police officers to carry concealed weapons."Several Second Amendment groups including the gay and lesbian Stonewall Shooting Sports of Utah lobbied county-government leaders.

  • Call for gay tolerance may cost teacher her job

    School officials in this community of 1,600 residents, 10 miles east of Fort Wayne, say the issue isn't First Amendment rights but a teacher's failure to live up to her responsibilities.

    5:38 PM — A school teacher is fighting for her job after being suspended for allowing a column promoting acceptance of homosexuals to run in the student newspaper.Student Megan Chase's pro-gay comments appeared a January edition of The Tomahawk, the newspaper at Woodlan Junior-Senior High School in the American state of Indiana.At issue is whether Chase's opinion column advocating tolerance of homosexuals was suitable for a student newspaper.

  • Gay-friendly candidate in final vote for French President 5

    Sunday's vote saw a massive 85% turnout, the highest since 1965.

    5:13 PM — The first round of the elections for President of France has narrowed the field down to gay-friendly Segolene Royal and frontrunner Nicolas Sarkozy.Sunday's vote saw a massive 85% turnout, the highest since 1965.Mr Sarkozy took 31.2% of the 37.6 million votes cast and Ms Royal took 25.9%. The centrist candidate Francois Bayrou came a close third with 18.6%.

  • Transsexual Army officer to take legal action 4

    Ms Hamilton served in Iraq and Afghanistan as a captain in the Parachute Regiment and is now a member of the Territorial Army.

    4:32 PM — A 42-year-old officer is to take the Army to an employment tribunal.Jan Hamilton claims she is the victim of sexual discrimination.She had been appointed as head of media operations for the Army in Gibraltar but a dispute over a formal medical exam has led to the job offer being withdrawn.

  • Bermuda stresses its gay-friendly credentials 6

    Bermuda is one of fourteen British overseas territories.  photo: Bermuda Ministry of Tourism  Transport

    1:51 PM — The Premier of Bermuda has said gay people are welcome on the island after a cruise for gay families cancelled plans to visit later this year.The cruise, hosted by lesbian comedian Rosie O'Donnell, was the focus of faith-based protests when it visited the Bahamas in 2004.Bermudan church groups had promised action against the visiting gay families.

  • Clinton backs gays in the military

    Some gay activists have criticised her for backing gay rights in private but not in public.

    1:21 PM — Senator Hillary Clinton has told an small-town audience in Iowa that she supports same-sex unions and the removal of Don't Ask Don't Tell.The policy bars openly gay, bisexual or lesbian people from serving in the US Armed Forces. It was introduced in 1993.She also told a crowd of around a thousand people in Decorah, northern Iowa, that she supports the rights of gay people to form civil unions.

  • Singapore’s gay ban questioned by former PM

    In an interview with the  Straits Times,  Mr Lee talked about the theory that homosexuality is genetic.

    12:36 PM — One of the most influential politicians in Singapore has spoken out against laws in the country that bans sex between men.Lee Kuan Yew was Prime Minister of Singapore from 1959 to 1990, and remains a powerful figure in the country.He has remained in the cabinet since stepping down from the Prime Ministerial role, and carries the title "Minister Mentor."

  • Gay ex-governor’s custody battle turns ugly 1

    Matos McGreevey also alleges that during their marriage, McGreevey was notably absent at crucial times in the child's life.

    12:13 PM — Former New Jersey governor Jim McGreevey exposed his five-year old daughter to nude photographs, according to his estranged wife Dina Matos McGreevey.According to Associated Content, Matos McGreevey is seeking legal and primary residential custody of the couple's daughter Jaqueline.This would mean that the child would live with Matos McGreevey.

  • Election website focuses on gay rights in Ireland

    The site will be updated as candidates and parties set out their views and policy positions with regards to gay rights.

    10:00 AM — A website has been launched in the Republic of Ireland that aims to raise awareness among the gay community of the forthcoming general election.Elections for the 166-seat Dáil Éireann will take place this summer, and gay marriage is set to be an issue in the contest.Earlier this year an attempt by the opposition Labour party to bring forward legislation was blocked by the government.

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