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  • 2nd April 2007

    Comment: Why I am keeping faith with Labour 1

    I was seduced by New Labour's idealism, its optimism and its apparent desire to make Britain a better and fairer place.

    10:37 AM — I joined the Labour party in 1999 at the age of 16 with the desire to make my own small contribution to building a better Britain.I've always felt that having strong beliefs and values and being courageous in expressing them is a crucial part of playing a role in society.Some people choose religion and God, but for me, an atheist, the choice was politics and the Labour party.

  • Comment: Why I left the Lib Dems for the Tories 16

    I am reassured that David Cameron will ensure we don't go back to the dark days of Section 28 and inequality.

    10:20 AM — They say a leopard never changes it's spots, but it's clear over the last twelve months that David Cameron and the Conservative party have set about changing the way they think, act and formulate policy to respond to the needs of a modern Britain.For years, I was a member of the Liberal Democrats, and represented them both locally as a councillor, and nationally when I stood as a candidate in the general election.

  • 1st April 2007

    Stonewall backs gay youth worker in case against bishop 11

    Mr Reaney was told the job was his if the bishop approved.

    10:38 AM — The Rt Rev Anthony Priddis, the Bishop of Hereford is accused of blocking the application of a gay man to work within his diocese.John Reaney, 42, was previously employed as a youth officer for the Norwich and Chester Church of England diocese.Within the application form for a similar job in Hereford, Mr Reaney admitted that he was gay. Following a successful interview, he was told that subject the consent of the Bishop, he would be appointed.

  • 30th March 2007

    Hollywood actor considers White House run

    His Southern drawl and bulky frame makes him an ideal candidate for what Americans imagine the leader of the free world should look like.

    3:28 PM — The veteran actor Fred Thompson, best known for his work on TV show Law and Order, is considering running for the Republican nomination for President of the United States.Thompson, 65, is a former Senator from Tennessee and starred opposite Harrison Ford in The Hunt for Red October. He has combined entertainment work with law and politics throughout his adult life.

  • Radical AIDS activists take to the streets of New York

    The protest concluded at the “Wall Street Bull“ statue, as the fervent group observed those engaging in civil disobedience.

    3:05 PM — 27 people were arrested yesterday during a protest demanding health care for all in the United States.The event commemorated the 20th anniversary of ACT UP's AIDS activism and direct action.The activists were demanding also demanding single-payer national health insurance and drug price controls.

  • Charging for HIV treatment is danger to public health say MPs

    MPs and peers found that the government was in breach of its human rights obligations by charging pregnant women for treatment.

    11:57 AM — A committee of MPs and peers has called on the government to stop the NHS charging migrants for HIV and maternity treatment.The report from the Joint Committee on Human Rights has been welcomed by HIV charities.In a wide-ranging examination into the treatment of asylum seekers, the committee examined the decision in 2004 to introduce charges for NHS care for failed asylum seekers.

  • Weekend conference to tackle homophobic crime

    The number of homophobic hate crime cases that make it to court is very low because witnesses and victims fear repercussions from the perpetrator.

    11:41 AM — Stonewall Cymru will be calling for greater partnership work between the policeand the lesbian, gay and bisexual community at their annual conference on tomorrow.The gay equality organisation will be highlighting the need to reassure the LGB community that homophobic hate crime is being tackled as a priority.

  • Nigeria anti-gay law stalls 1

    “Corruption remains widespread at every level of Nigerian society“ Changing Attitude in Nigeria said in a statement.

    11:13 AM — The impending elections in the African state of Nigeria could mean that a draconian law banning gay lifestyles may not become law.The federal polls are due to be held on 21st Arpil. Nigerians will vote for a new President and elect both houses of the National Assembly.The Same Sex Marriage (Prohibition) Bill was debated on the 22nd March but as the Assembly is now out of session, it is hoped the bill will die.

  • Church must be safe haven for gays says Williams 3

    Archbishop Williams has conceded in the past that the church could split over gay issues.

    11:13 AM — The Archbishop of Canterbury has said that the Anglican church must listen to gay and lesbian people and provide a safe place for them.He was responding to an internal church report into the progress of dialogue within the Anglican communion.At a conference in Lambeth in 1998 the church promised to listen to the experience of gay and lesbian people.

  • Gay cruise falls foul of Australian police crackdown 1

    Sergeant John Cox from the Marine Area Command claimed his drug dog operation was launched based on risk assessment and intelligence.

    10:49 AM — Police in Sydney targeted the gay community for the second time in a month yesterday, with a drugs bust marring the start of an all-gay cruise holiday.2007 is an election year in Australia, and the Sydney force have been involved in a number of highly visible and publicised operations showing they are tough on drugs.

  • Gay support from wife of Moscow homophobe

    Pop-singer Anita Tsoi told a newspaper that she enjoys playing gigs in gay clubs.

    10:24 AM — The wife of Moscow Mayor's spokesman Sergei Tsoi has surprised gay activists in Russia by saying she might attend the Pride event her husband's boss has banned.Pop-singer Anita Tsoi told a newspaper that she enjoys playing gigs in gay clubs, and defended gay people against the Mayor's accusation that they are "satanic."At the beginning of this month the mayors of London, Paris, Berlin and Moscow held their annual meeting.

  • 29th March 2007

    Guernsey’s second shot at an equal age of consent 2

    If Guernsey's gay age of consent is accepted it would put the isolated island more in step with the rest of Europe.

    3:07 PM — The Channel Island of Guernsey plans to follow Jersey later in the year by reducing their gay age of consent from 18 to 16.In 1999, the island lowered the age from 21 to 18.Politicians in Guernsey approved an equalisation amendment as part of a "requete," the equivalent of a Private Member's Bill, from Conseiller Carol Steere, which would have seen an equal age of consent of 16.

  • Married woman in court over civil partnership

    It is thought to be the first case of its kind since civil partnerships became legal in December 2005.

    2:01 PM — A married woman has appeared in court on charges of making a false statement to a registrar, after she allegedly illegally entered into a civil partnership.Suzanne Mitchell appeared before Shrewsbury magistrates today and was bailed to appear before the crown court at a later date.The 29-year-old lives in Wingfield Gardens in the town.

  • Gay Governor’s wife tells her side of the story 1

    Now his wife Dina Matos McGreevey will speak for the first time about her experiences on  Oprah on May 1st.

    12:34 PM — The wife of former governor Jim McGreevey is to talk about her ex-husband's gay life on the The Oprah Winfrey Show.He became the first openly gay state governor in American history following his dramatic public confession of an affair with his former homeland security advisor, Golan Cipel.He left office two months later, in November 2004

  • Belgium at centre of “gay” Turkish hero row 3

    Turks are devoted to the memory of Ataturk, and slandering his name is punishable by imprisonment.

    11:46 AM — The education minister of Belgium's French-speaking community is trying to quell a row over a school textbook that identifies the founder of the modern Turkish state as gay.Marie Arena is seeking a meeting with Turkey's ambassador to Belgium, and her spokesman has said that Ataturk's inclusion on a list of famous gay and bisexual people from history was a "mistake."The Walloon region of the country is autonomous in matters of education.

  • Homophobia allegations at employment tribunal

    Mr Cohen will not be giving evidence at the tribunal, which he says is a dispute between PITO and Mr Jackson.

    11:22 AM — An employment tribunal heard allegations yesterday that the brother of former MP Edwina Currie used anti-gay language in the workplace.Former policeman Mike Jackson is taking the Police Information Technology Organisation (PITO) to the tribunal.Giving evidence, Mr Jackson, 57, said that while working as a manager at PITO in London he was exposed to sexist, racist and homophobic behaviour on a regular basis.

  • Cardinal questions loyalty of Catholic church to Britain 8

    In a lecture in London, the Cardinal said that Roman Catholics and other Christians and faith groups were going to demand their rights.

    10:30 AM — The head of the Roman Catholic Church in England and Wales has claimed that religion is under attack in this country.In his strongest condemnation yet of legislation designed to protect gay, lesbian and bisexual people from discrimination, Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor last night became the first Catholic leader in nearly 200 years to question whether the policy of the government is at odds with practising the Roman faith.

  • 28th March 2007

    Bishops warn MPs about civil rights for gay Italians

    Members of Parliament have been strongly lobbied by the Catholic Church.

    6:18 PM — The Italian bishop's conference has today released a statement saying that the government attempt to legally recognise civil unions is unacceptable.The bishops called the idea that Catholic politicians might vote in favour of the proposals "incomprehensible."Italy has been gripped by the conflict between traditionalists and progressives.

  • Scottish Christian Party face fines for illegal posters 10

    Scottish electoral law says no candidates may put up posters until the election has been declared, and the SCP could be fined up to £1,000 per poster.

    5:54 PM — A minority party standing in the Scottish elections could face huge fines for illegally displaying election posters.On Friday areas of Glasgow were festooned with the distinctive purple notices of the Scottish Christian Party.The party - slogan Proclaiming Christ's Lordship - is funded by born-again Christian Rev George Hargreaves.

  • Anti-gay Christian’s White House scam

    White House officials contacted by Deutsche Presse-Agentur denied Hutcherson had any link with the office.

    4:20 PM — A row has erupted in Latvia after the US government denied links with an anti-gay preacher who travelled to the country claiming to be an official White House envoy.Kenneth Hutcherson, founder of the Antioch Bible Church, is an outspoken opponent of gay rights.He travelled to Latvia in earlier this month at the invitation of the New Generational Church.

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