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  • 11th January 2007

    Leicester bar attacked in hate crime

    The Amber opened last year, and for the last three months has been a focus for vandals, and replacing smashed windows has cost £6,000.

    11:29 AM — Police in Leicester are treating a series of attacks on a bar popular with gay people as hate crimes.The Leicester Mercury reports that a gang of young men armed with hammers and baseball bats smashed windows and verbally abused customers at the Amber bar in Northampton Street last Friday night.The bar is popular with gay and lesbian people.

  • Suspect arrested in trans murder case 1

    The Washington Metropolitan Police Department's Gay and Lesbian Unit said that Person was a male-to-female transsexual.

    10:48 AM — A 43-year-old man has been charged with murder after police in Washington DC found the body of a transsexual woman in an apartment in the city.The victim has been identified as Grafton Lee Person, 42.Police arrested the suspect, Preston Logan, after he was caught shoplifting at a 7-Eleven at 8:30am last Saturday.

  • Lesbian loses rape charity tribunal

    At the tribunal in Glasgow, the chairman, Roderick MacKenzie, found that Ms Phillips had not been victimised or dismissed from her job because of her sexuality.

    10:35 AM — A 40-year-old Glasgow woman has lost an employment tribunal against Scottish Rape Crisis Network.Claire Phillips had claimed that she was fired after complaining that she had been outed as a lesbian by a fellow employee.She did not want her colleagues to know she is gay, she told the tribunal.

  • Orkney composer cancels ceremony plans 5

    The Sanday registrar, a friend of Sir Peter, Charlie Ridley, has resigned his post in protest at being told he could not perform the civil partnership ceremony.

    10:05 AM — Composer Sir Peter Maxwell-Davies has decided to shelve plans to marry his partner on the Orkney Islands.Sir Peter, the Master of the Queen's Music, was at the centre of a media storm earlier in the week when he accused council officials on the islands of homophobia.Orkney Island Council had told Sir Peter, 72, that the registrar on the island of Sanday, where the composer lives, is not legally able to carry out civil partnerships ceremonies.

  • 10th January 2007

    COMMENT: A gay old time in their Lordships’ House

    Lord Tebbit rejected the comparison between discrimination against an ethnic minority and discrimination on the grounds of sexuality

    5:52 PM — Call him a freak if you want, but PinkNews.co.uk's Tony Grew actually enjoys Parliamentary debates. He sits at home and watches BBC Parliament as if it were Celebrity Big Brother.Last night's House of Lords debate on the Sexual Orientation Regulations was like a double eviction for Tony, and for the elucidation of PinkNews.co.uk's busy readers, he gives us the best, and worst, bits. 

  • Gay groups welcome Lords decision 15

    The House of Lords debate coincided with a protest of around 1,000 evangelical Christians and Muslims.

    3:04 PM — Gay and lesbian groups have welcomed the vote in the House of Lords last night which confirmed the introduction of the Sexual Orientation Regulations in Northern Ireland.The Gay and Lesbian Humanist Association expressed their pleasure that a campaign of campaign of "distortion and exaggeration" had been defeated.

  • COMMENT: Eye-witness report from last night’s protest 15

    Outside the House of Lords, where I found myself tonight, there were “hundreds of people“ (I would say about 2000) demonstrating in support of the motion.

    2:23 PM — It was not just protesters out in Parliament Square last night. Blogger Nicolas Chinardet went along to meet the enemy, and was surprised to find some of them confused about the actual nature of the Sexual Orientation Regulations. Here is his account of events outside the House of Lords. I am still a little cold almost an hour after I got home. But looking back it was all worth it.

  • Rebel Labour MPs attempt to weaken gay hate law 100

    Gay equality organisation Stonewall welcomed last night's vote on the new offence of homophobic incitement.

    1:58 PM — Twelve Labour MPs defied the government last night to vote in favour of an amendment to the proposed offence of incitement to hatred on the grounds of sexual orientation.The amendment sought to allow "discussion of, criticism of, or expression of antipathy towards conduct relating to a particular sexual orientation, or urging persons of a particular sexual orientation to refrain from or modify conduct according to that orientation."It was defeated by 338 to 169. Five Tory MPs voted against the amendment.

  • Stonewall reveals top employers for gay people

    Any organisation can take part free of charge.

    1:49 PM — The third annual Stonewall Workplace Equality Index, which lists the top employers for gay people, has revealed that companies and organisations across the country are making progress in encouraging and supporting their gay staff.To qualify as one of the 100 best UK employers in 2007, bosses had to demonstrate significantly higher standards of good practice in a wide range of areas.

  • Malaysian politician sues over gay smears

    Now he has challenged Mathahir to appear in court and defend his persistent allegationa that former deputy PM Anwar is gay.

    11:40 AM — Anwar Ibrahim, the former deputy prime minister of Malaysia, has hit back at charges that he is gay.Anwar was imprisoned on charges of sodomy and corruption in 1998, but after six years behind bars the sodomy charge was overturned.He claims that his former boss Mathahir Mohammad, prime minister from 1981 to 2003, is trying to wreck his reputation and that the allegation of homosexuality is false.

  • 8th January 2007

    Orkney hits back at unfair press coverage 5

    Gay rights groups have been quick to criticise the local government staff on the islands, who serve a population less than 20,000 people.

    3:51 PM — PinkNews.co.uk exclusive Council staff on the islands of Orkney have spoken exclusively to PinkNews.co.uk about the media storm that has engulfed the remote Scottish outpost.A communications officer for the island group's local authority spoke to PinkNews.co.uk in an attempt to put right inaccurate reports in London newspapers.

  • Transsexual loses £500,000 unfair dismissal claim

    Jessica Bussert, formerly Josh, alleged she was demoted after surgery to “feminise“ her face and breasts.

    3:08 PM — A transsexual who claimed she was forced to leave her job at Hitachi Data Systems after changing sex has lost her claim for half a million pounds compensation.It was thought to be the largest claim ever made under the Sex Discrimination (Gender Reassignment) Regulations 1999.Jessica Bussert, formerly Josh, had claimed she was demoted after surgery to "feminise" her face and breasts.

  • Canadian lesbian couple tie the knot behind bars

    One is serving three years for breaking and entering, assault with a weapon and aggravated assault while her wife is doing six years for manslaughter. photo: s baker@flickr.com

    2:07 PM — Two Canadian inmates have become the first lesbian couple to get married while in prison.The Edmonton Sun reports that the pair, whose names have not been released by prison officials, exchanged vows over the weekend.As reported by PinkNews.co.uk, a lesbian couple in Belgium went through a civil ceremony last week while both still incarcerated.

  • Kidderminster man guilty of “grooming” teenage boy

    The defence claimed that the charges of sexual contact were a figment of the boy's imagination, and that Oakes merely wished to help the teenager.

    1:51 PM — A 41-year-old man has been found guilty of meeting a child following sexual grooming.A 14-year-old boy met the man, Vincent Oakes of Park Street, Kidderminster, on a gay internet site.The teenager claimed he was 18 and told Oakes that he could not be open about his sexuality with his parents.

  • Police in Peru accused of gay assaults

    The homosexual rights movement in Peru has been slow to take hold.

    1:26 PM — A gay rights group in Peru has accused police officers of carrying out systematic attacks on gay people in the country .The Lima Homosexual Movement claims that figures they have compiled show over 600 homophobic assaults in the country over the last year.A spokesman for the movement, Jorge Bracamonte, has accused the police of assaulting gay and transvestite prostitutes and other LGBT people.

  • Ruth Kelly attacked for hypocrisy over choice of school 1

    Ms Kelly is by no means the first Labour minister to decide that state provision was not adequate for their child.

    12:14 PM — Controversial Communities Secretary Ruth Kelly has been heavily criticised by Labour MPs after it was revealed that she has sent one of her children to a private school.The beleaguered cabinet member, who was Secretary of State for Education from 2004 until last year, has left fellow MPs fuming at yet another controversial decision.Ms Kelly has been widely criticised for delaying the introduction of new regulations that will protect LGBT people from discrimination when accessing goods and services.

  • Orkney Council moves to quell civil partnerships row 5

    The row had threatened to affect the vital tourist trade to the island, after gay rights organisation Stonewall Scotland accused Orkney Island Council of homophobia

    11:58 AM — Officials at Orkney Islands Council have moved to try and calm accusations of homophobia, after they refused a leading British composer permission to get married on his home island.Sir Peter Maxwell-Davies, the Master of the Queen's Music, had planned a glittering ceremony for himself and his partner Colin Parkinson on the remote island of Sanday.However, the council have told the composer that the registrar on the island is not authorised to perform civil partnerships.

  • Devon pensioner cleared of homophobic intimidation

    During the course of the trail Mr Whitburn broke down in tears as a defence barrister accused him of making a mountain out of a molehill.

    11:22 AM — A 67-year-old man who is the subject of a restraining order has been found not guilty of continuing to harass a gay couple after a four day trial at Exeter Crown Court.Dennis Scanes lived in a local authority property on the same street as Kevin Whitburn and Andrew Brown in Alphington, Devon.The couple live with Mr Whitburn's 80-year-old mother.

  • Williams fears Anglican church could split 3

    Williams, who is head of the Anglican communion worldwide, has been trying to hold the opposing wings of the church together.

    10:46 AM — The Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, has spoken about his fear that the Anglican church might not be able to remain united in the face of deepening rows over gay and lesbian clergy.Williams, who is head of the Anglican communion worldwide, has been trying to hold the opposing wings of the church together since taking up his post in 2002.

  • Analysis: From student radical to Presidential candidate

    When did she become that old, that Establishment, when her soul tells her she is still fighting for the same things she's always believed in?

    10:45 AM — It almost went unnoticed in the fevered pitch leading up to today's primary contest in freezing New Hampshire - but in a front page editorial in the Washington Post's Sunday edition, former 1972 Democratic presidential nominee George McGovern - the Barack Obama of his day - called for the impeachment of President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney."I have not been heavily involved in singing the praises of the Nixon administration," wrote the former Senator from South Dakota who was trounced by incumbent President Richard Nixon in a 'dirty-tricks' campaign that included the Watergate scandal.

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