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  • 28th February 2007

    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.

  • 26th February 2007

    BA airline sorry to gay couple for blanket incident 1

    The couple have received an apology and the airline said they regard the matter as closed.

    6:21 PM — A gay couple who were covered with a blanket by an airline stewardess because they were hugging have received an apology.South African carrier Comair run British Airways services in that country and is an affiliate member of the Oneworld airline.They had been threatened with legal action by the couple.

  • Homophobic mayor faces lawsuit and London protest

    In addition to demanding a retraction, parade organisers are also seeking 1,000 roubles (£19) each in compensation for moral damage.

    6:21 PM — The organisers of Moscow's gay pride parade are suing Yuri Luzhkov, the mayor that banned the event last year, for likening the parade to a "satanic act."Organisers of the parade, led by Nicholas Alexeyev, are calling on Luzhkov to retract his comments, DPA news has reported."Both in the secular and religious context, the term 'satanic' is offensive and carries a negative colouring," Alexeyev said.

  • Gay hate blog removed by Google 19

    The latest post featured a doctored image of Peter Tatchell holding a placard with a sexually explicit picture of a child on it.

    4:58 PM — A blog that called for the execution of gay people has been removed by its host company blogger.com, which is owned by Google.The internet company have yet to release a statement.However, the blog is now listed as unavailable.Google came under pressure from gay activists furious that a blog inciting violence against gay people was being hosted by them.

  • Help for gays in debt – and it’s free

    Rosiland Pearson, a spokeswoman for the National Citizens Advice Bureau, told PinkNews.co.uk that debt can happen to anyone.

    3:53 PM — The Citizens Advice Bureau is targeting LGBT debt sufferers as part of a wider campaign to reduce the number of people in debt.The charity has revealed that they dealt with 1.4 million new debt problems last year and indications show that this will rise even further in the 2006/2007 financial year.Teresa Perchard, Director of Policy for Citizens Advice expressed concern about the rising numbers.

  • Homophobic preacher claims his gay sex rights

    His lawyer, Mack Martin, has issued a motion that would remove the charge.

    3:14 PM — A former Southern Baptist church leader who had publicly condemned homosexuality has been charged for offering to engage in an act of lewdness after soliciting sex from an undercover policeman in Oklahoma.The Reverend Lonnie Latham was arrested on January 3rd 2006 outside the Habana Inn in Oklahoma City after asking an undercover policeman to come up to his hotel room for oral sex.

  • Net police investigate gay hate website 19

    The site has been hosted on Google's blogger.com service since March 2006.

    2:45 PM — The Internet Watch Foundation has said that images on a homophobic blog site could be illegal.The killbattyman site, hosted by blogger.com, which is owned by Google, is thought to originate in Jamaica.The latest post features a doctored image of Peter Tatchell holding a placard with a sexually explicit picture of a child on it.

  • Congress prepares for gay rights bills

    Now that the Democrats have control of Congress, the hate-crimes and workplace bills are generally expected to pass the Senate.

    12:52 PM — Gay rights activists and opponents are preparing themselves for the likely passage of America's first major gay rights bills.It is widely expected that at least two gay-rights measures will gain approval in Congress this year.These include a hate-crimes bill that would cover homophobic offences and a workplace bill that would include sexual orientation in anti-discrimination policy.

  • New York ordered to pay for gender surgery 1

    The Manhattan Family Court was told that Ms Lopez's surgery would cost $15,000 to $20,000.

    12:25 PM — A court has ruled that the city of New York must pay for gender re-assignment surgery for a 21-year-old.Mariah Lopez was in the care of the city when she began her legal fight to get treatment. The Manhattan Family Court was told that Ms Lopez's surgery would cost $15,000 to $20,000.The city is planning to appeal. It is the second time that the city has been ordered to pay for Ms Lopez's surgery.

  • Scottish Executive seek Catholic opt-out on adoption

    Last month, the Prime Minister announced that there would be no exemption from the new regulations for adoption agencies.

    11:06 AM — The row over Roman Catholic-run adoption agencies and the Sexual Orientation Regulations has flared up again following reports of secret negotiations between the UK government and the Scottish Executive. The Scotsman reports that Scottish education minister Hugh Henry is in talks with London-based government departments to try and ensure that an informal agreement that would allow Catholic adoption agencies to flout gay rights legislation is honoured.

  • 24th February 2007

    Google places warning on homophobic site it hosts 19

    The website now features a warning to visitors

    12:09 AM — Google has placed a warning on a homophobic blog that allegedly incites the murder of gay people as a result of an investigation by PinkNews.co.uk.The weblog, called killbattyman, originates in Jamaica. The site carries numerous homophobic statements and also calls for all gay people to be killed.

  • 23rd February 2007

    Gambian president claims he can cure AIDS 4

    According to President Jammeh, (left), AIDS sufferers will be cured within “three to thirty days.“ photo: www.statehouse.gm

    5:21 PM — The President of Gambia has horrified scientists by announcing that he has developed a "miracle cure" for HIV/AIDS.Hundreds of Gambians have lined up to be "cured" by President Yahya Jammeh, who treats his patients by rubbing a mysterious herbal paste into their ribcages and then instructing them to swallow a bitter yellow drink, followed by two bananas.The therapy is administered repeatedly over several weeks.

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