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  • 10th October 2006

    Bermuda church denies “gay bashing” plans

    Churches in Bermuda were planning to boycott a multi denominational service on human rights because they fear it may unfairly target homosexuality

    12:00 AM — A church conference in Bermuda has promised to steer clear of "gay bashing."Churches in Bermuda were planning to boycott a multi denominational service on human rights because they fear it may unfairly target homosexuality.

  • 9th October 2006

    Gay marriage good for the economy

    The research entitled Effect of Marriage Equality and Domestic Partnership On Business and the Economy from the University of California, Los Angeles documents gains to businesses from happier and healthier workers

    12:00 AM — Giving same-sex couples marriage rights will be good for the economy, according to a new study.The research entitled Effect of Marriage Equality and Domestic Partnership On Business and the Economy from the University of California, Los Angeles documents gains to businesses from happier and healthier workers that would outweigh new costs for benefits.

  • Comment: Gay dogs have rights too 6

    Humphrey lives off the Brighton and Hove seafront with his owners Jamie and Grahame

    12:00 AM — While the Americans shake their heads about sexually explicit emails between a Congressman and an intern, the UK has developed its own British style internet saga with a Conservative councillor resigning after jokingly suggesting that gay animals would have to be included on a modern day's Noah's Ark.PinkNews.co.uk's Marc Shoffman meets a gay dog who has been driven barking mad by the issue.

  • Gay UK designer to select EU logo

    A gay designer has been invited to help choose a new logo for the European Union

    12:00 AM — A gay designer has been invited to help choose a new logo for the European Union.Tony Malone, partner in the UK design agency, Design for Diversity, is one of eleven EU experts chosen to advise on the winning design for a competition launched earlier this year by the European Union to create a logo for the 50th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome.

  • Anti-gay schoolgirl fails homework assignment 1

    Evangelicals and conservative politicians are reportedly outraged that the 13-year-old was failed for expressing her religious beliefs at the Brisbane school

    12:00 AM — An Australian schoolgirl has failed an assignment after refusing to write about homosexuality,Evangelicals and conservative politicians are reportedly outraged that the 13-year-old was failed for expressing her religious beliefs at the Brisbane school.

  • Taiwan to promote gay equality

    The Taiwanese Ministry of Education is offering courses to promote gender equality

    12:00 AM — The Taiwanese Ministry of Education is offering courses to promote gender equality after a survey revealed that gay students are three times more likely to attempt suicide than their heterosexual counterparts.The research conducted by the education department found that almost 13 percent of homosexual college students are suffering from severe depression and are three times more likely to attempt suicide than their heterosexual counterparts.

  • Gay marriage advocates vow to appeal California judgement

    Only one jurisdiction in the United States, the state of Massachusetts, allows same-sex couples to marry

    12:00 AM — Advocates for gay rights in California plan to appeal a state appeals court decision to uphold a ban on same-sex marriage, the latest in a string of recent setbacks for same-sex marriage campaigners.In a 2-to-1 decision last week, a panel of the 1st District Court of Appeals overturned a 2005 ruling by a lower court judge in San Francisco that denying same-sex couples the right to marry was unconstitutional.

  • Scottish gay laws “jeopardising family life” 5

    Bishop Tartaglia said gay marriage advocates had lost sight of God's will

    12:00 AM — The Scottish Executive is "jeopardising family life" by allowing civil partnerships, a Catholic bishop has warned.The Bishop Of Paisley, Philip Tartaglia, used a speech to legal figures in Edinburgh yesterday to attack the concept of gay unions.He accused lawmakers of going against "God's purpose," he said: "A raft of legislative measures have jeopardised, recklessly I think, family life as intended by God's purpose for human beings.

  • Prince Charles joins gay church debate 1

    The British public usually expects controversial gaffes to come from Prince Philip, but now like father like son, the Prince of Wales looks set to anger the Church of England

    12:00 AM — The British public usually expects controversial gaffes to come from Prince Philip, but now like father like son, the Prince of Wales looks set to anger the Church of England after backing the denomination's first openly gay clergyman.Prince Charles praised the openness of the late Harry Williams, who used his autobiography in 1982 to come out.

  • Bermuda churches boycott ‘anti-gay’ service

    The Bermuda coat of arms

    12:00 AM — Churches in Bermuda are planning to boycott a multi denominational service on human rights because they fear it may unfairly target homosexuality.A third of churches believe the service, organised by United By Faith, will preach that the Human Rights Act should not protect sexual orientation.

  • Foley sex scandal dates back to 2000 3

    Mark Foley, a six-term state representative and chairman of the House caucus on missing and exploited children resigned earlier this month

    12:00 AM — As the US Congressional elections draw nearer yet another embarrassment has emerged for the Republicans as it has emerged an Arizona representative knew about disgraced former Florida politician Mark Foley's controversial email exchanges back in 2000.It has now been revealed that Republican of Arizona, Jim Kolbe, previously confronted Mr Foley over his relationship with a page after the intern showed him internet messages.

  • 6th October 2006

    California rejects gay marriage

    This latest defeat, following similar rulings in New York and Washington, supports California's 1977 law defining marriage as a union between a man and a woman

    12:00 AM — A California appeals court has dealt gay marriage supporters a severe blow after upholding the state's ban on same-sex marriages with a 2-1 vote.This latest defeat, following similar rulings in New York and Washington, supports California's 1977 law defining marriage as a union between a man and a woman.

  • Campaigners seek to stop homophobic incitement 1

    The BNP has also voiced support for Christian Voice leader Stephen Green, who regularly appears with his group at gay events chanting anti gay slogans and avoided prosecution last week for using threatening behaviour at a recent Cardiff pride event

    12:00 AM — Gay charity Stonewall has received around £10,000 of donations towards plans for a campaign to stop incitement of anti gay hatred.The lobby group want homophobic incitement to be included in the next Criminal Justice Bill, which would make it illegal for anti gay statements to be made on public platforms such as in musical lyrics or political campaigns.

  • Transsexual jailed for assaulting mother

    Prosecutor Michael Kadakoff claims this was not the first incident between the pair and Ms Cheney has a restraining order against her child

    12:00 AM — A transsexual has been jailed for 60 days after being convicted of assaulting her 84-year-old mother.Diane Wells, 52, was convicted of misdemeanour assault on her mother last May at Manhattan Criminal Court and is also subject to a civil lawsuit from her siblings who claim she bullied her parent.

  • Police treating pensioner murder as homophobic 1

    67-year-old Malcolm Bryan, who worked in the entertainment industry booking cabaret artists, was found dead at the bottom of a stairwell in a bock of flats in Portsmouth (Photo: Chris Kift)

    12:00 AM — Detectives investigating the death of pensioner Malcolm Bryan have today confirmed it is being treated as a homophobic incident.67-year-old Malcolm Bryan, who worked in the entertainment industry booking cabaret artists, was found dead at the bottom of a stairwell in a bock of flats in Portsmouth after midnight on September 21.

  • Homophobic bullies drive schoolboy out

    One classmate has been fined after making sexually explicit prank phone calls to the boy as part of a bullying campaign

    12:00 AM — A young schoolboy has been forced to leave his school after becoming the victim of an anti-gay campaign.One classmate has been fined after making sexually explicit prank phone calls to the boy as part of a bullying campaign.The 15-year-old was taken to court by his victim after setting up a website claiming he is gay and posting pictures of him with pink fluffy handcuffs, as well as leaving notes in his bag saying he is gay.

  • Gay rights denial ’causes mental illness’

    Giving evidence at the Dublin High Court case being taken by Drs Katherine Zappone and Ann Louise Gilligan,  Dr  Harry Kennedy, a consultant forensic psychiatrist, said that discriminating against homosexuality can lead to clinical depression

    12:00 AM — The stigma of homosexuality can cause mental illness and depression, a medical expert told the High Court this week as an Irish lesbian couple attempted to get their Canadian marriage recognised in Ireland.Giving evidence at the Dublin High Court case being taken by Drs Katherine Zappone and Ann Louise Gilligan, Dr Harry Kennedy, a consultant forensic psychiatrist, said that discriminating against homosexuality can lead to clinical depression.

  • Activists urge action against homophobia amid school violence

    Bullying reportedly contributed to at least one of the recent school attacks and has played a part in many of the nation's most tragic episodes of school violence

    12:00 AM — White House officials participating in a conference on school violence next week must address bullying and name-calling, a gay rights organisation has warned.The Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) applauded the White House yesterday for recognising that a summit is needed to address the recent rash of school attacks and says it hopes next week's conference will place an emphasis on preventing school violence through programmes that reduce bullying and harassment, which statistics show are a serious problem in schools.

  • Edinburgh church backs gay unions

    Last May The Church of Scotland's General Assembly considered the issue of civil partnerships

    12:00 AM — The Edinburgh Presbytery of the Church of Scotland has given its backing to civil partnerships, making it the first part of a major British denomination to support gay unions.Last May The Church of Scotland's General Assembly considered the issue of civil partnerships and in a controversial vote, which many ministers had threatened to resign over, 372 votes to 240 supported giving individual laymen the freedom to bless civil partnerships.

  • London clubs support Hep C Trust 1

    London club night 'fiction' this weekend supported greater awareness of Hep C within the gay community

    12:00 AM — Popular Friday club night 'Fiction' along with a host of other clubs are lending their support to the Hepatitis C Trust by supporting its new campaign 'what not to share'.The campaign was launched by the Hep C trust to coincide with 'World Hepatitis Awareness Day' on October 1st.

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