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  • 7th November 2007

    Police investigating Stagecoach bus incident 21

    A spokesperson for Grampian police told PinkNews.co.uk that an investigation was ongoing after a member of the public complained.

    3:45 PM — Grampian police have told PinkNews.co.uk that they are investigating an incident on a bus involving a gay couple.It was reported on Sunday that two gay teenagers were threatened with ejection from a bus and then made to sit separately after a fellow passenger complained about their behaviour.Steven Black, 16, and Mark Craig, 19, were travelling on the bus from Aberdeen to Old-meldrum, Aberdeenshire. The route is operated by Stagecoach.

  • British man in prison for gay sex in Ghana 1

    Internet sites such as Gaydar host Ghanaian profiles, suggesting enforcement is less that strict.

    2:24 PM — The Foreign Office has confirmed that a 63-year-old British national has been remanded in custody in the African country of Ghana charged with having sex with another man.John Ross Mcleod appeared in court at Accra on Monday. A photographer, he was arrested at an airport.Officials searched him and allegedly found a CD containing images of Mcleod having sex with a 19-year-old.

  • NY politician wants gays at St Patrick’s Day parade 1

    Ms Quinn also suggested inviting the First Minister and Deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland, Ian Paisley and Martin McGuinness, to take part in the parade.

    1:01 PM — New York City Council speaker Christine Quinn, who is openly gay, has said that the city's St. Patrick's Day parade next year should include gay people and representatives from Northern Ireland.The New York City parade is organised by the Ancient Order of Hibernians, an Irish-Catholic fraternal organisation.They have refused to allow gay and lesbian groups to march in the parade since 1991.

  • Gay MP questions David Cameron over incitement law

    Chris Bryant, the MP for Rhonnda, tackled David Cameron during yesterday's debate on the Queen's Speech.

    12:45 PM — The Leader of the Conservative party has been challenged on his position on a proposed new law to make incitement on the grounds of sexual orientation an offence.Yesterday the government announced that the proposal would extend to trans and disabled people.Chris Bryant, the MP for Rhonnda, tackled David Cameron during yesterday's debate on the Queen's Speech.

  • South Korea drops proposed orientation discrimination

    Human Rights Watch called on South Korea to ensure that the law would extend to discrimination based on gender identity.

    11:21 AM — When South Korea's Ministry of Justice proposed in early October a federal law that would prohibit certain forms of discrimination, sexual orientation and a wide range of other categories were included.According to Democratic Labour Party officials and news reports, however, the current version of the law has been changed to exclude protection from discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, military status, nationality, language, appearance, family type, ideology, criminal or detention record and educational status.

  • Lesbian couple push for full marriage rights in Ireland

    Last week the Irish Government voted down a Labour Party Bill on civil unions but proposed an alternative by the end of next March.

    11:01 AM — A lesbian couple from the Republic of Ireland who married in Canada yesterday renewed calls to have the same legal rights as those in heterosexual marriages.Dr Katherine Zappone and Dr Ann Louise Gilligan took part in the first expert meeting on the recognition of married same-sex couples at the European Parliament in Brussels.They joined couples from across Europe who are seeking recognition of their marriage.

  • Dutch politician calls for ban on gays holding office 1

    The Netherlands has in recent years experienced a series of violent attacks on gay people.

    10:50 AM — A leading member of the ChristenUnie party, the third group in the Dutch ruling coalition, has demanded that practising homosexuals should be expelled from administrative positions in the party.Yvette Lont, councillor for Amsterdam South-East, announced that she would be proposing a motion for the exclusion of practising homosexuals from senior party and government posts at the forthcoming party congress on November 17, according to Dutch newspaper Trouw.

  • 6th November 2007

    Homophobic Prime Minister of Poland leaves office

    In August 2006, when quizzed by the EU over his gay rights record, Jaroslaw Kaczynski said he was not a homophobe.

    7:01 PM — Jaroslaw Kaczynski has handed in the resignation of his cabinet, officially bringing an end to the Law and Justice-led government who had been in power in Poland since autumn 2005.Prime Minister Mr Kaczynski handed his resignation documents to his twin brother President Lech Kaczynski, during a ceremony at the Presidential Palace in Warsaw yesterday.His resignation follows his party's defeat in elections held last month.

  • Lib Dems accuse government over equality legislation

    Jo Swinson claimed that discrimination law is in a mess and that the proposed Single Equality Bill is “long overdue.“

    5:25 PM — A Liberal Democrat spokesperson has accused the government of dragging its heels over equality issues.Jo Swinson claimed that discrimination law is in a mess and that the proposed Single Equality Bill is "long overdue."A spokesperson for the Government Equalities Office said that work on the bill has not fallen behind and that it will be introduced in this parliament as promised.

  • Interview: New equality commissioner on gays as sinners 39

    “Homoerotic practices are inconsistent with the Bible, sex belongs in marriage.“

    4:41 PM — This interview was first published in June 2006"Why is anything which is not from the gay position defined as homophobic," asks Joel Edwards, general director of the Evangelical Alliance, a Christian charity and lobby group in its 160th year of using a commitment to Christ and the Bible to engage with society.My view of evangelicalism has often been megaphone-wielding preachers in Oxford Street telling shoppers to accept Jesus, or having leaflets shoved into your hand telling you homosexuality is a one way route to hell.

  • Anti-gay Christian appointed to equality body 39

    The EHRC incorporates three new human rights strands - age, sexual orientation and religion and belief.

    4:31 PM — The general director of the Evangelical Alliance has spoken of the "huge challenge for Christians" living in a liberal democracy after his appointment as a commissioner to the Equality and Human Rights Commission.Joel Edwards was a controversial choice for some gay rights groups.The Evangelical Alliance are one of the most strident voices against gay rights in the UK. Just last month they gave evidence against a new crime of incitement to violence on the grounds of sexual orientation.

  • Incitement law will extend to trans people 5

    While Labour are very supportive of the proposed new incitement laws, the opposition parties are questioning the need for new legislation.

    2:35 PM — The government will introduce a new offence of incitement to violence on the grounds of sexual orientation in the new Criminal Justice and immigration Bill, it has emerged.The Queen made no mention of the proposed new law in her Speech this morning, but a Ministry of Justice briefing document said that that they would be in the bill.Transgender and disabled people are to be included in the new law.

  • US Congress to vote on workplace protection law

    In 1996 similar legislation failed in the Senate by one vote.

    2:11 PM — After weeks of delay, the Employment Non-Discrimination Act will be voted on today by the US House of Representatives.It is unclear if an amendment to re-introduce protections to trans people along with lesbians, bisexuals and gay men will be considered by lawmakers.The decision to remove trans people from the scope of the legislation caused anger among the LGBT community in the US, with many demanding an "all or nothing" stance on ENDA.

  • Rising gay populations in America’s “red states”

    Three of America's 50 largest cities showed decreases in same-sex couples from 2000 to 2006: Atlanta, Philadelphia and Detroit.

    1:40 PM — An American sexual orientation think-tank has released a report that reveals a "gay demographic explosion" in some of America's most conservative regions.The Williams Institute for Sexual Orientation Law and Public Policy at UCLA released the report yesterday.The report used data from the 1990 and 2000 censuses and the US Census Bureau's American Community Survey (ACS) from 2002 to 2006.

  • Top law firm establishes LGBT staff network

    Last month gay rights group Stonewall asked to meet representatives of the law firm following the case brought against them by Mr Bryceland.

    1:21 PM — One of the best-known names in the 'magic circle' of law firms has decided to set up a network for gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans staff just months after settling a claim of sexual orientation discrimination.A former partner at Clifford Chance made his claim in November last year and the firm settled the case for an undisclosed amount of money.Michael Bryceland's claim involved direct and indirect discrimination on the grounds of his sexual orientation.

  • Scottish Parliament considers gay hate crime law

    Recent Scottish studies revealed that violence against the gay community is reaching a devastating level.

    1:10 PM — Scotland's lawmakers will today discuss new laws making violence towards gay and disabled groups be treated as seriously as violence incited on religious or ethnic grounds.The Sentencing of Offences Aggravated by Prejudice (Scotland) Bill, proposed by Patrick Harvie, a Scottish Green MSP, would bring Scotland into line with England and Wales, where courts have been able to impose tougher sentences for offences committed due to the victims disability or sexual orientation since April 2003.

  • The Queen’s Speech in full

    My Lords and Members of the House of Commons: I pray that the blessing of Almighty God may rest upon your counsels.

    12:39 PM — My Lords and Members of the House of CommonsMy Government will take forward policies to respond to the rising aspirations of the people of the United Kingdom; to ensure security for all; and to entrust more power to Parliament and the people.My Government's programme will meet people's aspirations for better education, housing, healthcare and children's services, and for a cleaner environment.

  • British man arrested at Malaysian orgy 2

    Homosexuality is not specified as a crime in Malaysia, but there is a law prohibiting sodomy.

    12:30 PM — Police in Malaysia, where sodomy is a crime, have raided a gay sex party and arrested 37 men, including a Briton.According to AP, police chief Azam Abdul Hamid said officers acting on a public tip-off had raided a fitness centre in northern Penang island on Sunday while a sex party was in progress. The men arrested were aged between 20 and 45.Apart from the Briton and a Chinese national, all the men were ethnic Chinese Malaysians, including three who worked at the centre.

  • Legal recognition for same-sex parents in Queen’s Speech

    The new Human Tissues and Embryos Bill has angered “family values“ campaigners.

    12:23 PM — The government has announced in the Queen's Speech a major change in the status of gay and lesbian couples who have a child through donated sperm, eggs or embryos.Her Majesty opened Gordon Brown's first session as Prime Minister this morning, and also revealed plans for a draft bill on citizenship and the establishment of a new agency to increase the number of affordable homes.The new Human Tissues and Embryos Bill, one of 28 bills announced today, has angered "family values" campaigners.

  • Los Angeles LGBT workers to get protections after cop test case

    The settlement provides a vast array of protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) employees and job applicants in Los Angeles, as well as those living with HIV.

    10:54 AM — In what has been called a "momentous" decision, the Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously last week to approve settlement of the non-damages portion of a lawsuit brought by former Sergeant Mitchell Grobeson, the LAPD's first openly gay officer.The settlement provides a vast array of protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) employees and job applicants in Los Angeles, as well as those living with HIV.It mandates recruitment from the LGBT community.

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