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  • 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.

  • Crucifixion teaching repulsive and insane says gay priest

    Mr John argues that too many Christians live their lives without realising that God is about “love and truth.“ photo: Diocese of Southwark

    11:25 AM — A Church of England Dean will tell a BBC Radio 4 audience this evening that traditional teaching of Christ's crucifixion is both "repulsive" and "insane."The Very Rev Jeffrey John is an openly gay Dean who was forced to step down as a candidate for bishop after a row about his sexuality.Traditionally, Christian theology has taught that because humans have sinned, God sent Christ to suffer and die in our place.

  • Employers challenged over trans policies 2

    And the review suggests that harassment does not stop with colleagues: 18% of respondents experienced it from suppliers, customers or clients.

    11:13 AM — A leading gender charity has criticised employers for rarely giving much thought to how difficult a gender transition can be for their employees.Not long before the Gender Equality duty (GED) comes into force, the Gender Trust has said that employers are often surprised what a turbulent process changing gender can be.The GED will place a duty on public authorities to eliminate unlawful discrimination and harassment.

  • 3rd April 2007

    Workplace discrimination not robust enough, claims campaigner

    70% of claims were against private sector employers, and two-thirds of the claims were brought by men.

    5:41 PM — Research into discrimination at work has found that there have been few claims on the basis of sexual orientation against health and education employers.The Sexual Orientation and Religion and Belief regulations came into force in December 2003.The study by Acas, the employment relations service, into how they are working in practice was launched yesterday.

  • Gays continue to be targeted amid Iraq carnage 1

    The targeting of gay people is just another example of the chaos of daily life in Iraq.

    3:22 PM — "Iraqi lesbians and gays continue to be subjected a systematic reign of terror by Shia death squads."The government of Iraq refuses to crack down on the killers or to take any action to protect its gay citizens," according to Ali Hili, the coordinator of the human rights group Iraqi LGBT.Mr Hili, an Iraqi living in London, told PinkNews.co.uk that death squads are responsible for the murders of a range of people thought to be "unIslamic."

  • Challenge to gay marriage ban in California

    The Supreme Court will schedule oral arguments on whether the ban on same-sex marriage discriminates against gay men and women.

    2:41 PM — The constitutional ban on same-sex marriage in California was challenged yesterday, as advocates filed their opening briefs with the state's highest court.Briefs have been filed by the city and county of San Francisco, 15 same-sex couples, Equality California and Our Family Coalition.Anyone who supports the same-sex marriage ban must answer by June 1st.

  • Australian state considers same sex partner register

    It is not yet known what exact rights the register in Victoria will allow for.

    12:35 PM — The Premier of Victoria in Australia has called for more rights for gay couples.Labour Premier Steve Bracks has asked Attorney-General Rob Hulls to advise the government on whether a gay relationship register could be established in Victoria.The register would be similar to a model already at work in Tasmania.

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