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  • 7th February 2007

    Disgraced preacher “discovers” he is straight 1

    Haggard has revealed he and his wife plan to move away from Colorado and study for a degree in psychology.

    3:35 PM — Ted Haggard, the former pastor of an evangelical super church who was forced to resign after revelations of a three-year affair with a male prostitute, has said he was "acting out" and is still a heterosexual.The revelation came in an interview in the Denver Post with one of the four pastors who have been giving Haggard an intensive course of counselling.

  • £17,000 payout in discrimination case

    The tribunal found that the company did not deal with the complaints of homophobia correctly.

    2:10 PM — A gay man who was suspended for complaining about anti-gay graffiti has been awarded over £17,000 compensation by an employment tribunal.Chris Martin won his case against Parkam Foods last September. The West Yorkshire company supply pre-packaged meats to many of the major UK supermarkets.Since the introduction of the Employment Equality (Sexual Orientation) Regulations in December 2003 only a small number of cases have been brought to a tribunal.

  • Scots Cardinal attacks “hedonistic society” 1

    Catholic leaders in Scotland are hoping the influx of Polish migrants to the country will affect the outcome of the upcoming elections for the country's parliament.

    11:55 AM — The leader of Scotland's Roman Catholics has attacked modern Britain for allowing gay and lesbian couples the right to adopt children.Cardinal Keith O'Brien said that equal rights were a sign of a "deeply hedonistic society" and complained that morals were being trumped by freedom of choice and lifestyle.The church in Scotland has been vocal in its opposition to gay adoption.

  • Be confident to avoid attacks, advises charity 1

    If you feel at all threatened by someone, take evasive action. Move away, cross the road etc. and move towards somewhere where there are other people.

    11:23 AM — The Suzy Lamplugh Trust, a leading authority on personal safety issues, has said that LGBT people should develop techniques that help them to appear more confident and assertive in public.The trust says that confidence is a key weapon in avoiding hate crimes."Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people often rely upon 'being invisible' to remain safe," says the trust's chief executive Julie Bentley.

  • Man denied asylum for not having teenage sex 2

    Mr Orozco's lawyer argues that as his client is alone, uneducated and the victim of abuse he should be treated as a vulnerable person.

    10:58 AM — A refugee from Nicaragua has been denied asylum in Canada because he could not prove he is gay.The Immigration and Refugee Board said that as Alvaro Antonio Orozco was not sexually active as a teenager, it was impossible to verify his sexuality.Mr Oroxco's lawyer accused the IRB of stereotyping gay teenagers as more sexually active than their heterosexual counterparts.

  • Gay marriage banned again by Australian government 4

    In June 2006 the ACT government brought forward legislation to allow gay and lesbian couples the right to civil unions.

    10:29 AM — The attorney-general of Australia has confirmed that the federal government will block plans by one of the country's territories to legalise same-sex civil partnerships.Philip Ruddock said that the traditional marriage ceremony would be threatened by granting marital rights to gay people, an argument used repeatedly by Liberal party politicians.He also said that the Australian Capital Territory law would be a threat to minors.

  • Catholic schools comment on gay bullying 4

    Ms Keats said that a fifth of pupils reported that they had been subject to homophobic bullying.

    10:01 AM — The head of the Catholic Education Service has denied that educational institutions run by the church do not tackle homophobic bullying.Oona Stannard, chief executive of the service, was responding to criticism from one of the UK's major teaching unions.Ministers have urged all schools to develop a policy on homophobic bullying.

  • 6th February 2007

    Anglican synod to discuss embracing gays 1

    The General Synod will be held at Church House in London from February 26th until the 1st of March.

    4:01 PM — The General Synod of the Church of England will return to the controversial topic of homosexuality when it meets at the end of this month.The synod meets twice a year to discuss the business of the church, and is made up of bishops, priests and lay people.There are two motions up for discussion about gay people.

  • Blair offers solution to Catholic adoption 1

    Mr Blair told the committee of MPs that he thought it would be a tragedy if the Catholic adoption agencies had to close.

    1:38 PM — The Prime Minister has told a committee of senior MPs that Roman Catholic-run adoption agencies can find a way through the row over gay adoption.Speaking to the Commons liaison committee, Mr Blair said he hoped that the religious agencies would form "consortiums" with secular agencies to provide a "gateway" for all potential adoptive parents to access adoption services.

  • Fetishists at risk of detention say MPs

    The MPs also propose extra safeguards to protect patients who are force-fed. photo: fortune cookie@flickr

    12:22 PM — A new Mental Health Bill is facing mounting criticism from a group of MPs over its definition of mental disorder, which they say is putting those not regarded as mentally ill at risk.By broadening the definition of disorder, the bill would target individuals on grounds of sexual orientations or sexual identities.This effectively means people with unusual fetishes or wanting gender reassignment surgery are likely to face discrimination and possible detention in a mental institution.

  • Russian politician backs Pride ban 4

    Mr Chuyev said homosexuality should be confined indoors and in private, and the parade would have sent out the wrong signal to the “many young people and children.“

    11:49 AM — A senior figure in Russian President Vladimir Putin's government has openly backed the Moscow mayor's recent decision to ban the gay parade in the capital city for the second year in a row.Alexander Chuyev, deputy chairman of the State Duma Committee for Public Associations and Religious Organisations, made his remarks on a television show, insisting that he could see nothing wrong in banning a parade which he regarded as "propaganda" and "dangerous".

  • Clerk’s Valentines protest at gay inequality

    The constitutionality of California's current law banning gay marriage is currently before the state Supreme Court.

    10:48 AM — A county clerk-recorder in California is to hand out "certificates of inequality" to gay couples on Valentine's Day.United Press International reports that Freddie Oakley designed the certificates herself.She said she believes she should be able to give gay couples marriage licences.

  • Now GP wants adoption opt-out 4

    Dr Lockley is asking the Health Secretary, Patricia Hewitt, to grant exemptions to the regulations similar to the provisions in the 1967 Abortion Act.

    10:01 AM — A doctor employed by the National Health Service is to lobby the government for an opt-out from assessing gay couples as adoptive parents.Bedfordshire GP Dr John Lockley argues that his "Christian conscience" would stop him from giving a positive recommendation for gay patients to an adoption agency.Dr Lockley says that he faces being struck off if he refuses go give references under the terms of the new Sexual Orientation Regulations, due to become law in April.

  • 5th February 2007

    American public want gays in the military

    Since 1993, 11,082 members of the Marines, Navy, Army, Coast Guard and Air Force have been discharged.

    2:55 PM — A new poll of Americans has revealed that nearly half do not support the current US military policy of barring openly gay people from serving.The Harris Interactive survey, conducted last month, found that 55% of the 2,337 people questioned felt openly gay, bisexual or lesbian personnel should be allowed to serve, reports the Wall Street Journal. Only 18% of respondents felt that gay people should not be allowed to serve at all.

  • Gay policeman speaks out for LGBT History Month 2

    When Insp. Moore first became a police officer he did not feel confident enough to come out.

    2:05 PM — A gay police officer has given a newspaper interview about his sexuality in an effort to make the force more accessible to Bexley's gay community.40-year-old Phil Moore is an inspector responsible for 20 neighbourhood officers in the Bexley area of London.Moore joined the Metropolitan Police as constable in 1988 but did not tell his colleagues that he was gay until 10 years later.

  • Woman injured by letter bomb

    An area stretching from Westminster Abbey to Scotland Yard remains closed to the public.

    11:43 AM — Part of central London has been cordoned off after an explosion in an office building.What is thought to be a letter bomb detonated in the Capita building near well-known gay venue The Stag in Victoria.London Ambulance confirmed they had taken one person to hospital.

  • Evangelicals embrace Haggard’s rentboy

    Haggard resigned last year as president of the National Association of Evangelicals.

    11:11 AM — The former prostitute whose outing of New Life Church founder Ted Haggard led to his dismissal paid a visit last Sunday to the megachurch.The Christian Broadcasting Network reports that Mike Jones was warmly greeted by members of the congregation."A couple of ladies cried when they were touching me," Jones said.

  • Priests could be locked up, fears Catholic commentator 10

    Pope Benedict has denounced civil partnerships and gay marriage as an affront to Catholic ideas about marriage.

    10:50 AM — A leading Roman Catholic journalist has said he is concerned that laws protecting gay and lesbian people from discrimination could lead to prison for some clergy.John L Allen is an expert commentator on Vatican affairs for CNN and is known for his objectivity.He has published two books about the current Pope.

  • Trans rapist complains of jail prejudice

    Prison officers told Jessica to make a formal complaint.

    10:02 AM — A prisoner at the high security Whitemoor prison has complained that she is the victim of harassment by staff and inmates because he is transsexual.Jessica Winfield, formerly known as Martin, is serving a sentence for rape.Whitemoor prison, near March in Cambridgeshire, houses around 500 of the UK's most dangerous prisoners.

  • Nepal grants dual gender citizenship

    Sexual identity is complex in Nepal.

    9:40 AM — A 40-year-old in Nepal has been granted citizenship as both a man and a woman. It is thought up to 400 other Nepalese are seeking the same dual recognition.Chanda Rani received the official government document last week, where Rani's gender is listed as both male and female, announced the Blue Diamond Society, a gay rights group in Nepal."This is a landmark victory in our struggle," said Sunil Panta, president of the society.

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