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  • 19th January 2007

    Homophobic Muslim preacher faces police probe 2

    The controversial preacher was caught on camera at Green Lane Mosque in Birmingham.

    11:21 AM — The Birmingham mosque exposed in a Channel 4 documentary as a Mecca for extremist Muslims is being investigated by police after calls from an MP for police to intervene.The Dispatches programme, broadcast on Monday, showed undercover footage of preacher Abu Usamah calling for gay people to be executed.The controversial preacher was caught on camera at Green Lane Mosque in Birmingham.

  • Alleged rapist and serial killer in court

    The defendant was wheeled into court, and is reported to suffer from a heart condition.

    10:47 AM — A 42-year-old man has appeared in court in Louisiana charged with nine counts of first degree murder.Ronald Dominique pleaded not guilty to the charges, which relate to the rape and murder of nine men in Terrebonne County between 2002 and 2005.The accused was arrested by police at a homeless shelter last month.

  • 18th January 2007

    Nigerian anti-gay laws about to pass

    The president, Olusegun Obasanjo, controls the Executive Council and his Nigerian People's Party has a majority in the both the Senate and House of Representatives.

    5:55 PM — New legislation currently being debated by politicians in Nigeria could be the most serious crackdown on the rights of gay and lesbian people since the Iranian revolution.The proposed laws are presented as a defence of marriage, but gay activist Peter Tatchell argues they seek to remove the few rights sexual minorities have in the troubled African state.

  • Controversial gay ex-MP demands pension

    Olexander claimed his expulsion was as a result of homophobia within the party.

    4:45 PM — The Australian former Liberal party MP Andrew Olexander is in the limelight once again.He is applying for an exemption to allow him to access a pension paid for by the taxpayer.Mr Olexander was a controversial figure in the Liberal party, roughly equivalent to the Conservatives in the UK.

  • Education Secretary stands up for gay song 1

    Alan Johnson, a candidate for the deputy leader of the Labour party once John Prescott stands down, stood up for gay rights during the recent Cabinet row over the Sexual Orientation Regulations.

    12:11 PM — Alan Johnson, Secretary of State for Education and Skills, has told BBC Radio 4 listeners that he would be happy if the song (Sing If You're) Glad To Be Gay is included in a book for schoolchildren.The Daily Express reports that the comments have "sparked a major row."

  • Gay homeless charity gets new chief

    16 year old Albert Kennedy fell to his death from the top of a car park in Manchester whilst trying to escape a car load of queerbashers.

    11:30 AM — The Albert Kennedy Trust (AKT), a charity that works with and supports homeless LGBT teenagers, has a new chief executive.Tim Sigsworth has joined AKT from the Lesbian and Gay Foundation in Manchester.Mr Sigsworth replaces Richard McKendrick, who left AKT at the end of 2006 to take up a new role as Director of Operations at Addaction.

  • Crystal meth users now face seven years in jail

    Gay men who use crystal meth were between two and three times more likely to have unsafe sex as those who do not use the drug. photo: DEA

    10:05 AM — People who take and deal in methamphetamine, commonly known as crystal meth, face the severest penalties possible from today when it is reclassified from a Class B to a Class A substance.The Home Office decided to reclassify last year, after an explosion in the use of the drug amongst gay men who attend nightclubs.

  • 17th January 2007

    THT get £1.5m Lottery grant for youth project 2

    THT plans to establish boards of young people aged 13 to 18 in seven regions in England.

    5:56 PM — HIV and sexual health charity Terrence Higgins Trust has been awarded close to £1.5m by the Big Lottery Fund.The grant will be used to establish a sex and relationships education (SRE) project for young people across England.The three-year project will be launched in April with the title "Young Leaders," and will be directed entirely by the young people involved.

  • Moscow Gay Pride row moves to Euro court 1

    Over 120 people including a German MP were arrested during the chaotic scenes at Moscow Pride as gay campaigners from all over the world converged in the Russian capital.

    1:53 PM — The ongoing dispute between gay activists in Russia and the Moscow city authorities will now move to the European Court of Human Rights.As reported on PinkNews.co.uk, in May 2006 the city's mayor, Yuri Luzhkov, refused to issue a permit for the Pride march.Gay activists pressed on with Moscow Pride on 27th May, despite the ban, police arrests, and violence from neo-fascists.

  • Top Manhattan firm in gay lawsuit

    Mr Charney wants a jury trial and is asking for undisclosed damages.

    11:11 AM — One of New York's most prestigious law firms is being sued for discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation by one of their own lawyers.28-year-old associate Aaron B Charney says in his suit that senior colleagues subjected him to "lewd and illegal conduct," The New York Times reports.Sullivan Cromwell, founded in 1879, is one of America's best known - and profitable - law firms.

  • Gay-friendly Obama to run for President 2

    As well as being anti-war, Obama is pro-choice, favours civil unions for lesbian and gay couples and supports universal health care.

    10:24 AM — Senator Barack Obama took the first step on the road to the White House yesterday.The 45-year-old junior Senator from Illinois announced that he is forming an exploratory committee, which allows him to raise funds and put together a campaign.Obama is the only African-American in the Senate, and his candidacy is already being compared to that of President John F Kennedy.

  • 16th January 2007

    Arnie faces pressure from gay Republicans 1

    The Austrian-American has a poor record on gay rights.

    6:09 PM — The Governor of California, Arnold Schwarzenegger, is under pressure from gay activists in his own party to approve a gay marriage bill.The former action star is seen as a moderate Republican who learned to work with the Democrat-controlled state legislature since he took office in 2003.Now members of the Log Cabin Republicans, an LGBT lobbying group, are calling on the governor to treat gay rights as a civil rights issue.

  • Ex-archbishop steps into Exeter student row 4

    Lord Carey has given a written statement to the High Court, supporting the ECU.

    3:37 PM — George Carey, the former Archbishop of Canterbury, has involved himself in the ongoing dispute between student groups at Exeter University.As previously reported on PinkNews.co.uk, a group of Christian students at Exeter University are going to court to try to set a legal precedent about acceptance of gay rights.

  • Gay judge hearing Tube bomb trial 1

    His appointment as a High Court judge in 2002 was the first time that an openly homosexual QC had been elevated to the court.

    12:14 PM — The first openly gay man to be appointed a High Court judge is presiding over the trial of six men accused of conspiracy to murder and conspiracy to cause explosions.The charges relate to an attempt to bomb the London underground system on July 21st 2005, two weeks after the devastating attacks of July 7th.Muktar Ibrahim, Manfo Asiedu, Hussein Osman, Yassin Omar, Ramzi Mohammed and Adel Yahya all deny the charges.

  • Czech gay man wins landmark discrimination case

    In court the centre's management said they had found a better qualified candidate for the job.

    11:51 AM — In yet another sign of positive change in the new EU states, a gay man has won damages after being denied a job as a masseur because of his sexuality.Lech Sydor, a 43-year-old Czech citizen, was awarded 70,000 koruna (£1,660) and received an apology for his treatment, AFP reports.The landmark ruling is the first time that a Czech court has ruled on an issue of work discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation.

  • Transsexual’s two passports request denied 1

    In the UK, the Gender Recognition Act came into effect in 2005 and granted legal recognition to transsexuals. photo: jcorrius@flickr

    10:51 AM — Norwegian police officials have turned down a request from a transsexual to be issued with two passports.The 63-year-old, reported to be a crime fiction author, accused the authorities of trans discrimination.The Aftenposten newspaper in Oslo reported yesterday that the Ministry of Justice had dismissed the accusation of discrimination.

  • Men and women involved in homophobic attack

    A gang  of men and women confronted them and hurled homophobic abuse the pair, then assaulted them.

    10:20 AM — Two brothers were set upon by a gang of men and women, punched, kicked and knocked to the ground in a homophobic attack in County Durham.The attack happened in the village of Spennymoor in the early house of Monday morning.The brothers, aged 26 and 21, were on their way home from a nightclub when they passed the Victoria Inn, the BBC  reports.

  • Sir Ian to launch LGBT History Month 3

    The History Month seeks to reclaim the position of LGBT people in the curriculum and in wider society.

    10:05 AM — Actor and activist Sir Ian McKellen will be the featured speaker at the launch of LGBT History Month next month.The launch will form part of the annual Schools Out conference, on Saturday 3rd February at the Drill Hall theatre in London.Schools Out is one of the oldest gay campaigning groups in the UK.

  • 15th January 2007

    ENDA on the agenda as Congress returns to work

    The White House has already indicated that the President will veto ENDA if it makes it through the Senate.

    3:20 PM — As US legislators return to work in Washington today, gay rights activists are hopeful that hate crimes and workplace protection legislation will move forward in the coming session.The Democrats are in control of both the House of Representatives and the Senate.While politics watchers are immersed in the Presidential campaigns, all of the House and a third of the Senate are also up for re-election in November.

  • Gay Democrats unhappy with Leadership choice 1

    In 2004, with his eye on his failed bit for the Senate, Harold Ford reversed his past opposition to an amendment to the United States Constitution.

    2:17 PM — The National Stonewall Democrats today spoke of their deep concern that former Congressman Harold Ford, Jr has been named as Chair of the Democratic Leadership Council (DLC).NSD said the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community should closely scrutinise the record of Congressman Ford in light of the development.In 2004, with his eye on his failed bit for the Senate, Harold Ford reversed his past opposition to an amendment to the United States Constitution.

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