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  • 23rd October 2006

    Police appeal for help after gay attack

    A group of ten youths followed the friends on to the bridge. After a verbal altercation, the victim was beaten about the head and then asked if he was gay

    12:00 AM — Westminster police are making a fresh appeal for information one month after a 28-year old man was subjected to a vicious assault.At approx. 0315 on September 23 2006, the victim and two friends approached the footbridge at Hungerford Bridge from the direction of Northumberland Avenue, WC2.A group of ten youths followed the friends on to the bridge. After a verbal altercation, the victim was beaten about the head and then asked if he was gay.

  • Gay activists criticise “Catholic Taleban” 3

    On the website, Catholic Truth claims that naming suspected gay clergy is “a great work of charity“ and promises to investigate allegations made against priests by the public

    12:00 AM — A Catholic activist in Scotland has been condemned as a "modern-day witch hunter" by the Gay and Lesbian Humanist Association (GALHA) after she harassed a priest over allegations of homosexuality.According to this week's Catholic publication The Tablet, Patricia McKeever, of radical Christian group Catholic Truth, has been "harassing and intimidating" Fr Ed Hone, a Redemptorist at St Patrick's in Edinburgh.

  • Support for Irish gay unions grows

    As one Irish couple aim to get their Canadian marriage recognised by Irish courts, it appears that two-thirds of the country's electorate have sympathy for their plight.

    12:00 AM — As one Irish couple aim to get their Canadian marriage recognised by Irish courts, it appears that two-thirds of the country's electorate have sympathy for their plight.Katherine Zappone and Ann Louise Gilligan are currently awaiting a High Court decision on the status of their marriage in Ireland, and a survey by the Sunday Tribune and Millward Brown will bring great comfort to the couple after it showed increasing support for gay and lesbian couples having the same legal and financial rights as married couples.

  • Campaigners push for Oz gay union law 2

    The ACT Attorney-General Simon Corbell has told the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission's 'Same-Sex: Same Entitlements' inquiry that there are “no grounds“ not to formally recognise same-sex relationships

    12:00 AM — The Victorian human rights group, Civil Union Action! (CUA), has praised the Australian Capital Territory Government's commitment to reintroduce a slightly modified version of the recently overturned Civil Unions Act 2006, and has urged the state's Premier Steve Bracks to follow their lead.The ACT Attorney-General Simon Corbell has told the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission's 'Same-Sex: Same Entitlements' inquiry that there are "no grounds" not to formally recognise same-sex relationships.

  • Polish media outs homophobic PM

    It is often said that most homophobes are themselves closet cases, so it should come as no surprise that leaked secret service documents in Poland have suggested that Prime Minister Jaroslaw Kaczynski is gay

    12:00 AM — It is often said that most homophobes are themselves closet cases, so it should come as no surprise that leaked secret service documents in Poland have suggested that Prime Minister Jaroslaw Kaczynski may be gay.Mr Kaczynski, who is known for his opposition to gay rights since attacking same sex marriage earlier this year, was investigated in 1992 as officials aimed to establish his sexual orientation, the documents reveal.

  • Activists protest Menzies Campbell Iran support 2

    Leader of the Lib Dems; Menzies Campbell

    12:00 AM — Gay activists are criticising Menzies Campbell, leader of the Liberal Democrats, who is set to award an St Andrews University honorary doctorate to the former Iranian president Mohamed Khatami at the end of October.Campaigners are out raged at the move by the Lib Dem leader. Khatami is known to be a supporter of Sharia law, which is by nature homophobic and has been known to have condemned thousands to persecution and many to death in Iran during his regime.

  • Build up to US mid-term elections 3

    Discraged former congressman Mark Foley

    12:00 AM — Along with the ever inflammatory issue of the US occupation of Iraq this years election will also be campaigned around the Foley scandal that has rocked Capitol Hill in recent weeks."Foley's departure in disgrace has added a sexual dimension to an ethics cloud hovering over the Republican majority less than five weeks before Election Day" the Associated Press reports.

  • Gay charity refutes Beeb’s ‘gay workplace’

    The report alleges that BBC officials and presenters agreed that the broadcaster has a left-leaning and admitted that there is a lot of political correctness at the corporation, citing a large number of homosexual staff as an example

    12:00 AM — Gay charity Stonewall has cast doubts on reports that the BBC's commitment to diversity has seen it overrun with lesbian and gay employees.It comes after the Mail on Sunday reported that the channel recently had an "impartiality summit" where issues of bias and representation were discussed.

  • British Embassy hosting gay unions 1

    The Irish government, as yet does not recognise same sex unions

    12:00 AM — The British Embassy in Dublin is controversially hosting civil partnerships.The unions are illegal under Irish law but the embassy is legally British territory.At least one partner has to be a British citizen. The move comes as growing pressure, both public and institutional mounts for the Republic to follow the lead of the UK and permit gay unions.

  • African leader backs gay marriage

    African National Congress Deputy Leader Jacob Zuma appears to be mending his fledgling relationship with the country's gay community after backing same sex marriage

    12:00 AM — African National Congress Deputy Leader Jacob Zuma appears to be mending his fledgling relationship with the country's gay community after backing same sex marriage.Mr Zuma, who was criticised last month for calling the unions offensive to God, has now pledged his support for the law ahead of a vote in the South African Parliament.

  • 20th October 2006

    Gay Tory row over Attitude photo shoot 2

    The storm in a teacup contrasts with the Conservative's effort to portray itself as a homo-friendly party.

    12:00 AM — A war of words has broken out in Wakefield over a topless photo. Former Tory council candidate Nathan Garbutt has resigned from the party after local activists allegedly tried to stop him posing for gay magazine Attitude .Members of the Conservative Group on Wakefield council have dismissed his claims, and told Wakefield Today that Mr Garbutt, 21, left the party over a disagreement about policy.

  • Gay priest denies Foley abuse allegations

    The Foley scandal has been a major embarrassment for the Republicans in the run-up to the November 7th elections.

    12:00 AM — A 72-year-old Roman Catholic priest has admitted to a series of sexual encounters with a teenage Mark Foley, but denied the relationship was abusive.The Daily Telegraph reports that Fr Anthony Mercieca became close to Foley while he was working as a priest at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Lake Worth, Florida, in the late 1960s.

  • Kelly faces Commons questions on gay rights

    At Communities questions yesterday, the Conservative MP for Buckingham, John Bercow, demanded that the government set out when the new rules would laid before Parliament.

    12:00 AM — Two MPs have challenged Communities Secretary Ruth Kelly about the delay in implementing new guidelines protecting gay people from discrimination.At Communities questions yesterday, the Conservative MP for Buckingham, John Bercow, demanded that the government set out when the new rules would be laid before Parliament.Kelly replied that the new regulations would be presented to the House of Commons in good time for them to be introduced by April 2007.

  • Maverick Clare Short resigns from Labour

    In her 23-year parliamentary career, the maverick MP has resigned from Labour's front bench on three occasions, twice over the Gulf Wars and once over prevention of terrorism legislation.

    12:00 AM — Former cabinet minister Clare Short has announced that she has resigned as a Labour MP. She will sit as an independent for the rest of this parliament and will not vote with the government.In a letter to the Chief Whip, Ms Short said she could no longer remain in the Parliamentary Labour Party. The 60-year-old political veteran had previously announced that she will not contest the next election.

  • Presidential hopeful confused over gay marriage 1

    On the divisive issue of gay marriage, the senior Senator for Arizona is clearly trying to please both sides of the argument.

    12:00 AM — With the mid-term elections only weeks away, a leading contender for the Republican nomination for President has spoken out in favour of gay marriages - and against them.Senator John McCain, seen by many gay and lesbians as the most acceptable Republican candidate for President in 2008, was answering questions at Iowa State University on Wednesday, as part of a tour of universities for MSNBC.

  • Pope attacks “weak and deviant” gay relationships 3

    Italian gay rights group Gayleft accused the Pope of having “offended the dignity of millions of Italian men and women.“

    12:00 AM — The leader of the world's largest Christian denomination has called upon Italians to oppose moves to grant a form of civil partnership to gay and lesbian couples.The centre-left coalition government of Prime Minister Romano Prodi, elected in May, has promised some limited form of partnership legislation.

  • Manchester Imam defends execution of gay people 3

    “Muslim and gay people know the pain of prejudice and discrimination. We should be working together to challenge homophobia and Islamophobia.“ photo: horizon @ flickr

    12:00 AM — A Manchester Imam has allegedly stated that the execution of sexually active gay men is justified.Mr. Arshad Misbahi, who is based at the Manchester Central Mosque, is said to have confirmed his views in a conversation to Dr John Casson, a local psychotherapist.Dr Casson told PinkNews "I asked if the execution of gay Muslims in Iran and Iraq was an acceptable punishment in Sharia law"

  • Iraqi gays fear for their lives 1

    Iraqi gays fear for their lives as militants hunt them down in Baghdad

    12:00 AM — Homosexuals across the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, are being targeted and murdered by Islamic militants and the police.Inhabitants of the Al-Amiriya and Al-Jamia'a neighbourhoods have told of how extremist groups have raped and beheaded gays in the street and also targeted their relatives.Under Saddam's regime, gays were imprisoned. However, the Iraqi constitution approved by referendum in December 2005, refers to Islam as being "the official religion of the state and a basic source of legislation".

  • 19th October 2006

    Gay equality delay bad for healthcare 18

    Care workers have expressed concern at the delay of the Sexual Orientation Regulations

    12:00 AM — Care workers have expressed concern at the delay of the Sexual Orientation Regulations after it was announced that the new laws will not come into force until April 2007 because of the huge number of responses to the legislation.The Liberal Democrat's Women and Equality spokesperson Lorely Burt has been leading calls for the minister to step down after reports that the new Equality Act may be amended to allay fears of Christian groups, her demands were echoed by the Gay and Lesbian Humanist Association.

  • Comment: Israeli ‘gay bashing’ bad for the country 23

    When Israel argues its case as the “only democracy in the Middle East” its attitude to gay rights in often quoted in contrast to the plight of gays and lesbians in Arabic cultures such as in nearby Iran

    12:00 AM — When Israel argues its case as the "only democracy in the Middle East" its attitude to gay rights in often quoted in contrast to the plight of gays and lesbians in Arabic cultures such as in nearby Iran, but Israeli gay campaigner Yoav Sivan says growing political opposition to the upcoming WorldPride march suggests the country still has a way to go.Writing for Ynet News the LGBT Coordinator of the International Union of Socialist Youth and Young Meretz calls for gay rights to be embraced in all parts of Israel.

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