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  • 28th October 2007

    Co-op Bank change civil partner policy after PinkNews.co.uk expose 96

    Smile, part of the Co-op will now include “civil partner“ option on forms

    12:12 AM — Following an investigation by PinkNews.co.uk, the Co-operative Bank have announced that they will include a "civil partnership" option on its banking application forms.PinkNews.co.uk readers Joe and Neville Temple, who have cohabited for 42 years tried and failed to persuade Smile, the internet subsidiary of the Co-Op Bank to add an option for the legal status of Civil Partner to its application forms.

  • Scottish schools reject play on homophobia

    Rikki Beadle-Blair is angry after schools rejected his play Fit

    12:01 AM — One of Britain's most celebrated gay writers has accused Scotland of failing to tackle homophobic bullying after 50 schools have rejected his play on the subject.Rikki Beadle-Blair, who wrote the Channel 4 comedy drama Metrosexuality and presented the award BBC Radio 4 documentary, Roots of Homophobia believed that his play Fit would encourage young people to understand sexuality better.

  • 27th October 2007

    Discrimination case settled with top New York law firm

    The case has been settled

    4:30 PM — An openly gay lawyer has settled a discrimination case with one of the world's most prestigious law firms, Sullivan Cromwell in New York.28-year-old Aaron Charney had accused the firm of systematic discrimination against him due to his sexual orientation.On Friday, Sullivan Cromwell confirmed that they had "resolved" differences between the firm and their former employee.

  • 26th October 2007

    Gay baby campaign is “strange” says Vatican 2

    Gay activist group Arcigay congratulated the Tuscany region on being at the “forefront“ but another activist was unhappy.

    4:45 PM — A senior Roman Catholic Cardinal has criticised an anti-discrimination poster that features a baby wearing a wristband with "homosexual" written on it.The government of the Italian region of Tuscany is poised to display thousands of copies of the poster in public places and municipal offices as part of a campaign against discrimination.The tagline on the posters - Sexual Orientation Is Not A Choice - has divided gay people, while conservative politicians are outraged that public money has been spent on it at all.

  • Gay magazine helps bring paedophile to justice

    But some months later the boyfriend found that that he had been viewing more images, and wrote to Gay Times  for advice.

    2:00 PM — A 22-year-old man has pleaded guilty at Swansea Crown Court to 15 counts of making indecent images of children and possessing 332 indecent photographs.Daniel Byrne was arrested after his boyfriend became worried about his behaviour and contacted magazine Gay Times, now known as GT. Staff at the publication told him to go to the police, who obtained a search warrant and went to the Heol-y-Graig, Clydach home of Byrne.

  • Comment: Obama can’t have it both ways 15

    How the Senator handles this situation is likely to indicate how he will handle similar trials in the future.

    1:16 PM — If you are a gay or lesbian American, you no longer need to wait for the first Democratic primary to test Barack Obama's mettle as a Presidential candidate, because his campaign is presently faced with a definitive test that should determine his commitment to the LGBT community and the LGBT community's support of him.At issue is the question of whether or not Mr. Obama will go forward with plans to have a gospel singer by the name of Donnie McClurkin, who has written about being an 'ex-gay' and openly condemned homosexuality, perform at a series of fundraising concerts scheduled to be held in South Carolina this weekend.

  • Elton John photo not indecent says CPS 3

    Sir Elton is one of the world's foremost collectors of photographic art.

    11:34 AM — A photograph owned by singer songwriter Sir Elton John seized by police is not indecent, the Crown Prosecution Service has announced.The image, taken by renowned American photographer Nan Goldin, was due to go on display as part of her Thanksgiving series at the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art in Gateshead when a concerned member of gallery staff contacted police.The photograph, Klara and Edda Belly Dancing, features two semi naked young girls playing.

  • City council race turns ugly for gay candidate

    Sitting councilman Chuck Silcox urged those attending a Fort Worth Republican Women's Club meeting to vote for Chris Turner

    10:31 AM — The gloves finally came off in a supposedly non-partisan city council race underway in Fort Worth, Texas.Although six candidates are vying for an up-for-grabs seat that will be voted on November 6th, the spotlight turned to just two of them earlier this week.Sitting councilman Chuck Silcox urged those attending a Fort Worth Republican Women's Club meeting to vote for Chris Turner, a Republican political consultant, instead of Joel Burns, a city zoning commissioner.

  • 25th October 2007

    Civil unions on the agenda in Ireland 3

    Homosexuality was only decriminalised in the Republic of Ireland in 1993, but since then the country has embraced gay rights.

    2:50 PM — The Irish Labour party is to reintroduce a private member's bill in the country's Parliament next week in an attempt to legalise civil unions for gay and lesbian couples.LGBT activists in Ireland are urging people to contact their members of Parliament and lobby for the legislation.In February an earlier attempt by the opposition Labour party to legalise same sex unions in the Republic was defeated.

  • LGBT discrimination in Europe’s margins 1

    In Georgia a high level of hostility towards same-sex relationships and diverse gender identities prevails in virtually every aspect of society.

    2:40 PM — Two leading gay rights groups have compiled a report into the serious situation gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people face in two countries aspiring to join the EU.The ILGA-Europe and COC Netherlands study of the position of LGBT People in Georgia and Azerbaijan concludes that the South Caucasian nations must stop discrimination and incitement to hatred.They are also urged to put in place an inclusive anti-discrimination law in line with Council of Europe and EU standards.

  • Gay marriage divides Church of Sweden 3

    Opinion polls show that 46% of Swedes are in favour of gay marriage, with 31% opposed.  photo: megan ann@flickr.com

    2:20 PM — A proposal by Sweden's three opposition parties in to legalise gay marriage has divided the Church of Sweden.Until 2000 the Church was established, meaning was is the official state religion. It now has autonomy from the government.However, it now faces being required to marry gay and lesbian couples or withdraw completely from performing the legal element of marriages.The Church governing body has voted 161 to 74 in favour of retaining the right to carry out legally-binding weddings.

  • Gay rights group urge Obama to drop “ex-gay” gospel singer 1

    Obama's campiagn has yet to cancel McClurkin's appearance but extended an invite to openly gay minister, Rev. Andy Sidden, to speak on the concert programme.

    11:32 AM — Senator Barack Obama claims he believes that gays and lesbians are our brothers and sisters, but according to the president of the nation's largest gay rights organisations, actions speak louder than words, and a scheduled concert this Sunday with a notoriously homophobic gospel singer sends the wrong message to the LGBT community.According to The New York Times, Human Rights Campiagn president Joe Solmonese urged Obama via phone today to cancel gospel singer Donnie McClurkin's appearance.

  • 24th October 2007

    MPs hear evidence on homophobic incitement law

    Justice minister Maria Eagle told the committee that the government will be sharing proposed drafts of the amendment to create an offence of homophobic hatred with interested parties in due course.

    6:00 PM — The House of Commons Public Bill Committee on the Criminal Justice and Immigration Bill heard from both sides of the debate surrounding government proposals to introduce a new offence of incitement to hatred on the grounds of sexual orientation last week..Representatives of gay equality organisation Stonewall, the Police Federation, Liberty and the Evangelical Alliance gave evidence before MPs.The alliance describe themselves on their website as "one of the most powerful groups of Christians in the UK."

  • Philippines rejects trans records case

    The court said there is no law regarding people who have undergone gender reassignment.

    5:23 PM — The Supreme Court of the Philippines has ruled that woman may not change her civil registry records.Born Rommel Jacinto Dantes Silverio, the woman underwent gender reassignment surgery in 2001 and wanted her records to reflect her transition.While recognising that trans people do not "fit neatly into the commonly recognised parameters of social convention," the court said there is no law regarding people who have undergone gender reassignment.

  • Austrian government plans registered gay partnerships 4

    Predominantly Roman Catholic, Austria has an equal age of consent and gay people are allowed to serve in the military.

    4:17 PM — Austria's Justice minister today released draft legislation that will grant lesbian and gay couples the right to register their relationships.The proposed "registered partnerships" will be put before the country's Parliament by the end of this year.The Social Democrats won the most seats in the January 2007 election but not enough to rule outright. They entered into a "grand coalition" with the conservative ÖVP, or People's Party.

  • Home Office loses gay Algerian deportation case 3

    The Home Office had argued the 27-year-old man, referred to as B, would be safe from persecution as long as he was “discreet” about his homosexuality.

    3:20 PM — The High Court in London has overturned an order that a gay man from Algeria seeking asylum in the UK should be deported.The Home Office had argued the 27-year-old man, referred to as B, would be safe from persecution as long as he was "discreet" about his homosexuality.However Mr Justice Collins disagreed, saying that B, who has been fighting to remain in the UK since 1996, was at risk of persecution.

  • Labour accused of entrenching gay discrimination 13

    “Labour is effectively saying same-sex couples can get on the bus, but we still have to sit at the back.“

    2:11 PM — As opinion polls in Australia indicate a clear victory for the Labour party in next month's general election, their leader has come under attack from gay activists and the Green party for rejecting same-sex marriage.Yesterday during a radio interview Kevin Rudd stood by his party line that marriage is between a man and woman, but admitted it was not a popular view in some circles.He faced immediate anger from a station employee who said he was making gay and lesbian Australians second-class citizens.

  • Iran police chief: gays destroy Western families 1

    Iranian police and militia known as basiji have launched a nationwide operation against people they accuse of deviating from official standards of dress or behaviour.

    1:35 PM — The head of Iran's police has attacked Western countries for giving gay people rights and criticised opponents of Sharia Law.Speaking at Friday prayer service in Tehran last week, General Ismail Ahmadi Moghadam said that nations that tolerate homosexuality "challenge God's law and deny spirituality."There has recently been crackdown on "moral crime" in the Islamic republic.

  • Harvie slams Scottish parties over election fiasco 1

    Mr Harvie was elected on the regional list for Glasgow, where 9,000 ballots, or 4.17% of votes cast, were rejected.

    11:14 AM — A leading Green politician in Scotland has said that the voters were "left out in the cold" in May's Parliamentary and council elections as a new report has heavily criticised the four main parties.Patrick Harvie MSP, who is bisexual, said that the conclusions are taken on board by the political parties and ministers in London and Edinburgh.Changes to ballot papers had caused confusion and 140,000 Scots voters were disenfranchised when their papers were declared invalid.

  • Campaign to clear councillor convicted of paedophile slur 130

    The “Justice for Leyton Ward“ campaign has been launched by Ms Grell's friends, family, constituents and political colleagues.

    10:44 AM — Friends and political colleagues of a London councillor convicted of making false allegations of paedophilia against her gay opponent have set up a campaign to support her appeal.Miranda Grell was barred from public office for three years and fined £1,000 and ordered to pay £3,000 costs by Waltham Forest Magistrates Court last month.She won a formerly safe Lib Dem seat on Waltham Forest council in last May's elections.

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