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  • 30th March 2007

    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.

  • Anglican university backs down on gay weddings

    The university is a teacher training college for the Church of England, and its Chancellor is the Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams.  photo: jay galvin@flickr

    3:41 PM — Canterbury Christ Church University has decided not to ban gay weddings on its grounds.The university is a teacher training college for the Church of England, and its Chancellor is the Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams.It has a licence for marriages and civil partnerships to take place at its Tunbridge Wells and Canterbury premises.

  • Ex-husband challenges alimony payments to trans wife

    The judge noted that appeals courts have declined to legally recognise a sex change in Florida when it comes to marriage.

    2:42 PM — Lawyers representing a man from Florida have argued that he should not have to continue paying alimony to his ex-wife because she has become a man.They said that he agreed to pay alimony to the woman he divorced, not the man she became after sex reassignment surgery.Lawrence Roach divorced his wife Julia in 2004, after 18 years of marriage.

  • Hacker turns US presidential candidate’s site pro-gay 1

    McCain, a Republican Senator and presidential hopeful, has a record of “U-turns“ on gay issues.

    2:27 PM — The MySpace site of John McCain has been manipulated to make it appear as if he supports lesbian marriage.Mike Davidson, a web publisher and writer, has claimed responsibility for the prank.A message was placed on the website supporting gay marriage.

  • Polish official wants to ban gays from range of jobs 4

    Poland is currently one of the most intolerant countries in Europe regarding gay rights.

    12:32 PM — The Polish ombudsman for children's rights has drawn up a list of professions for which homosexuals are considered unsuitable.Eva Sovinyska has asked the government to impose a ban on gay and lesbian people doing jobs on the list.Gay teachers, or sport and art instructors in schools, would no longer be able to apply for work in their profession.

  • Gay Humanist retires after 25 years activism

    Mr Broadhead co-founded GALHA in 1979.

    11:32 AM — Veteran gay activist George Broadhead has resigned as secretary of the Gay and Lesbian Humanist Association (GALHA) after 25 years service.Mr Broadhead co-founded GALHA in 1979 and took on the role of itsadministrative secretary and principle spokesperson two years later.He had previously been involved with the Campaign for Homosexual Equality.

  • 27th March 2007

    Schools activist: bullying recommendations not good enough

    Sue Sanders (R) with Sir Ian McKellen and rapper Mz Fontaine at the launch of LGBT History Month in February.

    5:20 PM — PinkNews.co.uk exclusive A gay rights activist who has been working for LGBT equality in education since 1974 has said that defeating homophobic bullying in schools will not be achieved by the recommendations of today's report from MPs.Sue Sanders, who is co-founder of Schools OUT, told PinkNews.co.uk that while she welcomed the focus on harassment in schools, without changes to the entire culture of education little would be achieved.

  • Israel urged to secure gay Palestinian meeting

    IGLHRC has asked Israeli leaders to speak out for freedom of expression, but none have done so yet.

    3:49 PM — The International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) has called on political and religious leaders in Israel to ensure safety for participants in the ASWAT conference in Haifa.ASWAT is the only lesbian Palestinian organisation in Israel, and tomorrow it plans to celebrate its 5th anniversary in Haifa.The event, named "Home and Exile," will include a book launch to call attention to the needs of the lesbian, bisexual and transgender community.

  • Gay separatist leader bombs at election

    Boisclair was Parti Québécois' youngest leader and was elected as a member of the legislature at the age of 23.

    3:35 PM — The Parti Québécois disappointed their voters with a low result in the state elections on Monday, and many blame their leader, Andre Boisclair.The PQ won just 36 of the province's 125 seats to finish in third place, one of the worst defeats in history for the party.There is now little chance of a referendum on the sovereignty of Quebec, a key electoral issue for the party.

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