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  • 1st March 2007

    Dublin teen sex ring exposes lack of LGBT support 1

    A 21-year-old trainee police officer has admitted sending the child sexually explicit text messages.

    4:35 PM — Reports from Dublin concerning a 14-year-old boy being sexually abused by a ring of middle-aged men have exposed the lack of support for LGBT teenagers in the country.The child was groomed on the internet and then taken to a range of addresses in Dublin where the abuse took place. Irish police (Gardai) have arrested two men already.A 21-year-old trainee police officer has admitted sending the child sexually explicit text messages.

  • Barrymore death investigation to be probed 2

    Last December, Essex police said they were re-opening the investigation.

    4:02 PM — The Independent Police Complaints Commission has announced it will examine the police inquiry into the death of Stuart Lubbock, six years after his death at the home of entertainer Michael Barrymore.Lubbock was found dead in March 2002, and the new inquiry will examine the information Essex Police gave to the coroner about his death.During the inquest that followed, an open verdict was reached and to date no-one has been charged in connection with Mr Lubbock's death.

  • Comment: The politics of religion and gay adoption

    The main Jewish adoption agency, Norwood, on the other hand, said that it was happy to consider gay couples as parents.

    3:00 PM — By Ben Cohen The debate over exemption for religious groups from the Equality Act exposed a division within the government and the country.While we don't know exactly what happened behind closed doors, it appears that Ruth Kelly, the Communities Secretary and Minister for Women and Equality, was persuaded by her friends within the Catholic Church to exempt their adoption agencies from being forced to treat gay and lesbian couples in the same way that they would a straight couple.

  • MPs and peers say regulations should cover schools 1

    The regulations will need an affirmative vote in committee and then on the floor of both Houses.

    12:31 PM — The parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights has produced a report on the Sexual Orientation Regulations that says there can be no exemptions for church-run agencies.The committee, which is made up of peers and MPs, also said that the regulations should be extended to cover schools, even ones run by religious groups.The committee praised the SORs as a significant human rights enhancing measure.

  • Tatchell demands an apology from Livingstone 4

    Mr Tatchell pointed out that he has supported Mr Livingstone for over 30 years.

    12:07 PM — PinkNews.co.uk exclusive Gay rights activist Peter Tatchell says that the Mayor of London's assertion that he conducted an Islamophobic campaign is nonsense - and he wants him to apologise.In a press statement released earlier today, Ken Livingstone accused Mr Tatchell of focusing on the homophobia of the grand Mufti, a Russian Islamic cleric.

  • Gay playground jibe ends up in court

    In the UK, research by the National Union of Teachers last year revealed that the vast majority of their members hear the word gay used pejoratively on a regular basis.

    10:56 AM — An American judge will have to balance Constitutional rights with the protection of gay kids at school in a lawsuit about the phrase "that's so gay" that has come before the courts.A Mormon high school student in the United States used the phrase, was given a warning for doing so by school authorities, and now her parents are suing.They claim the word is youth slang meaning stupid, silly or dumb.

  • Synod falls out over civil partnerships for gay priests 1

    Earlier yesterday the Synod passed a compromise resolution on gays in the church.

    10:35 AM — Conservative and liberal Anglicans joined forces yesterday evening to defeat the bishops at the Church of England Synod over gay priests.The hierarchy wanted their view that gay and lesbian clergy can have civil partnerships as long as they stay celibate, ratified.However, the Synod did reject an evangelical motion saying that civil partnerships undermine marriage.

  • 28th February 2007

    Ken’s a hypocrite, says Moscow pride organiser 1

    After the press conference, he attempted to unfurl his Moscow Pride flag.

    6:27 PM — PinkNews.co.uk exclusive Nicolas Alexeyev has blasted the Mayor of London, calling him a hypocrite over his behaviour at the press conference for the meeting of four European mayors in the city this afternoon.Mr Alexeyev, who is an acreditted journalist, claims that Ken Livingstone ignored his repeated attempts to ask a question of Moscow Mayor Yuri Luzhkov.He also says that after the conference he was pushed and threatened by Mr Luzhkov's press officer.

  • Bucks Fizz Tory’s off-colour comments upset gay voters 29

    Last December Tory councillor Peter Willows was found guilty of public order offences after he likened gay people to paedophiles at a civic reception in the city.

    6:27 PM — PinkNews.co.uk exclusive A former Bucks Fizz star turned Brighton politician is facing calls to step down as a Tory candidate for the city council after allegedly making homophobic comments.Gay campaigners want David Van Day to withdraw from standing in the East Brighton ward after comments he made at a Valentine's charity fundraising dinner hosted by the Conservative Mayor of Brighton and Hove upset some of those in attendance.

  • Synod takes a middle way in gay debate 1

    The divisions over gay priests and the Church's attitude to same-sex partnerships was highlighted last week at the primates meeting in Tanzania.

    5:42 PM — The General Synod of the Church of England has passed a compromise resolution on gays in the church.Some delegates were wary of re-opening the debate about the place of lesbian, gay and bisexual people in the church just a week after a meeting of Anglican primates exposed the division in the worldwide communion.The Bishop of Gloucester, Rt Rev Michael Perham, said it was the wrong time to talk about gay priests.

  • Congress may revisit gays in the military

    Belkin noted that repealing the gay ban is not just the priority of a liberal or Democratic agenda, but is now supported by majorities of Republicans, conservatives and regular church-goers.

    4:27 PM — In the wake of announcements that Congressman Marty Meehan will re-introduce legislation to repeal "don't ask, don't tell" this week, observers are debating the future of the gays-in-the-military issue in Congress.Last year, Representative Meehan, a Democrat from Massachusetts, garnered the support of 122 representatives for the Military Readiness Enhancement Act.

  • Harassment not covered by discrimination regulations 1

    Equality and anti-discrimination law has been built up in a patchy way and with differing levels of protection.

    3:52 PM — The Sexual Orientation Regulations for England, Wales and Scotland will not provide a protection against harassment included in the Northern Ireland regulations.The Christian Institute, who are opposed to the new rules outlawing discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation when accessing goods and services, reported the lack of a harassment regulation in their magazine.

  • Mayor Ken defends rights of Russian gays 1

    Mr Livingstone condemned his attitude at a press conference this afternoon.

    2:11 PM — The Mayor of London has condemned any ban on gay rights marches, and said the matter will be raised with the Mayor of Moscow.The mayors of the four largest cities in Europe are meeting in London today, with the openly gay Mayors of Paris and Berlin also joining Mr Livingstone.The London Mayor said the matter of "municipal policies to combat discrimination" is on the agenda.

  • Clarke and Milburn deny “stop Gordon” campaign 1

    Many Blairites are anxious about Mr Brown succeeding as Prime Minister.

    12:13 PM — Two former senior members of the Blair government have denied that they are trying to undermine Chancellor Gordon Brown's chances of becoming Prime Minister.However, both Charles Clarke and Alan Milburn refused to say they would not stand against Mr Brown.The pair have been accused of troublemaking after they jointly launched a website, The 2020 Vision.

  • Lithuanian MPs think homosexuality a perversion 4

    Homosexual sex was legalised in Lithuania in 1993.

    11:11 AM — A poll of members of the Lithuanian parliament has revealed that over half of them agree that homosexuality is a perversion.The survey reflected a deeply ingrained homophobia in Lithuanian society. Homosexual sex was legalised in Lithuania in 1993.In 2004 the age of consent for homosexual sex was lowered from 18 to 14 to bring it in line with the age of consent for heterosexual sex.

  • 27th February 2007

    Williams revelation about sexual orientation regulations 57

    Dr Williams also revealed that the Church of England have received assurances from the government. photo: lambeth palace

    2:16 PM — A written answer from the Archbishop of Canterbury at the Church of England's General Synod has revealed that new laws to protect LGB people from discrimination may be under threat.Dr Rowan Williams said that the Sexual Orientation Regulations for Great Britain will differ from those already in force in Northern Ireland.Dr Williams' answer implies that there will be more exemptions for faith-based service providers.

  • Analysis: Irish government accused over gay unions defeat 3

    Members of the public in Ireland were overwhelming disappointed that the Bill  did not pass.

    11:53 AM — Legislation proposed by the Irish Labour Party designed to recognise, amongst other things gay marriages, failed in country's Parliament due to a lack of Government support.Celine Casey, a former Parliamentary researcher at the Dáil Éireann, explores the background to the defeat and the future for gay rights laws in Ireland. 

  • The case of a lesbian adoption and the IBM fortune

    According to court documents, at the time the adoption took place Ms Watson was worth $10m.

    11:30 AM — When Olive Watson and Patricia Spado discovered they could not legally marry in Maine in 1991, they decided to take a less conventional route to cement their rights.Ms Watson adopted Ms Spado, naming her as the sole beneficiary of her will and cementing her rights of inheritance.The couple split in 1992, but Ms Spado is claiming her share of inheritance as an official "grandchild" of Ms Watson's family.

  • Stonewall tackle Welsh hate crime

    The conference takes place on Saturday 31 March at the Dylan Thomas Centre, Swansea.

    11:22 AM — Tackling Homophobic Hate Crime in Wales is the theme of Stonewall Cymru's annual conference in Swansea next month.Speakers will include representatives from the South Wales Police and the Crown Prosecution Service, who will highlight the positive work that is being done to challenge homophobic hate crime in the principality.Jenny Porter, Stonewall Cymru Community Liaison Officer, said, "Homophobic hate crime needs to be taken seriously in Wales."

  • Anglicans appear sex obsessed admits Williams 1

    There are two motions up for discussion about gay people tomorrow.

    10:00 AM — The Archbishop of Canterbury yesterday told the General Synod of the Church of England that the public view of their congregation is of one obsessed with carnal matters.The synod meets twice a year to discuss the business of the church, and is made up of bishops, priests and lay people.Dr Williams, opening the four-day meeting, told delegates about the outcome of the primates meeting last week in Tanzania.

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