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  • 4th April 2007

    Bishop to give evidence in gay discrimination tribunal 11

    John Reaney, is claiming that he was discriminated against on the grounds of his sexuality.

    11:53 AM — A bishop of the Church of England is spending Holy Wednesday at an employment tribunal.The Bishop of Hereford will defend allegations that he illegally discriminated against a youth worker because he is gay.The case will be a test of the 2003 law that protects gay, bisexual and lesbian people in employment.

  • Bush not saying if homosexuality is immoral 2

    President Bush, a born-again Christian, answered with his trademark erudition.

    11:47 AM — The President of the United States has declined to follow his most senior military commander in stating his view on the morality of gay people.Last month, Marine General Peter Pace caused a media storm by describing homosexual acts as "immoral" in the Chicago Tribune newspaper, likening them to adultery.General Pace is the chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff.

  • Crucifixion teaching repulsive and insane says gay priest

    Mr John argues that too many Christians live their lives without realising that God is about “love and truth.“ photo: Diocese of Southwark

    11:25 AM — A Church of England Dean will tell a BBC Radio 4 audience this evening that traditional teaching of Christ's crucifixion is both "repulsive" and "insane."The Very Rev Jeffrey John is an openly gay Dean who was forced to step down as a candidate for bishop after a row about his sexuality.Traditionally, Christian theology has taught that because humans have sinned, God sent Christ to suffer and die in our place.

  • Employers challenged over trans policies 2

    And the review suggests that harassment does not stop with colleagues: 18% of respondents experienced it from suppliers, customers or clients.

    11:13 AM — A leading gender charity has criticised employers for rarely giving much thought to how difficult a gender transition can be for their employees.Not long before the Gender Equality duty (GED) comes into force, the Gender Trust has said that employers are often surprised what a turbulent process changing gender can be.The GED will place a duty on public authorities to eliminate unlawful discrimination and harassment.

  • 3rd April 2007

    Workplace discrimination not robust enough, claims campaigner

    70% of claims were against private sector employers, and two-thirds of the claims were brought by men.

    5:41 PM — Research into discrimination at work has found that there have been few claims on the basis of sexual orientation against health and education employers.The Sexual Orientation and Religion and Belief regulations came into force in December 2003.The study by Acas, the employment relations service, into how they are working in practice was launched yesterday.

  • Gays continue to be targeted amid Iraq carnage 1

    The targeting of gay people is just another example of the chaos of daily life in Iraq.

    3:22 PM — "Iraqi lesbians and gays continue to be subjected a systematic reign of terror by Shia death squads."The government of Iraq refuses to crack down on the killers or to take any action to protect its gay citizens," according to Ali Hili, the coordinator of the human rights group Iraqi LGBT.Mr Hili, an Iraqi living in London, told PinkNews.co.uk that death squads are responsible for the murders of a range of people thought to be "unIslamic."

  • Challenge to gay marriage ban in California

    The Supreme Court will schedule oral arguments on whether the ban on same-sex marriage discriminates against gay men and women.

    2:41 PM — The constitutional ban on same-sex marriage in California was challenged yesterday, as advocates filed their opening briefs with the state's highest court.Briefs have been filed by the city and county of San Francisco, 15 same-sex couples, Equality California and Our Family Coalition.Anyone who supports the same-sex marriage ban must answer by June 1st.

  • Australian state considers same sex partner register

    It is not yet known what exact rights the register in Victoria will allow for.

    12:35 PM — The Premier of Victoria in Australia has called for more rights for gay couples.Labour Premier Steve Bracks has asked Attorney-General Rob Hulls to advise the government on whether a gay relationship register could be established in Victoria.The register would be similar to a model already at work in Tasmania.

  • Trans employment project launches in LA

    A new programme launched this month is helping transgender women and men, especially those engaged in sex work.

    11:45 AM — Few people find it more difficult to find steady and rewarding jobs than transgender men and women.Facing a complex and daunting combination of transgender phobia, homophobia and gender discrimination in the workplace, many transgender adults accept low-level and low-paying jobs or—worse yet—turn to sex work to survive.

  • American gay teens lobby for their rights

    Gay youth make a difference because their tales might remind politicians of how it felt to be picked on in high school.

    11:34 AM — A group of gay youth lobbied California assemblyman Curren Price on Saturday, asking him to co-sponsor a bill that would protect young people from discrimination in schools.The lobbyists included Maria Ramos, 18; Andrew Konke, 21; and Ignacio Pitalua, 19. Pitalua told the congressman that being picked on by other kids was "a big obstacle to learning," the AP reported.These young people are not alone in their activism. Others like them are protesting for gay rights across the country.

  • Internet abuse by child triggers police investigation 2

    Mr Rawlinson said his son was terrified when the police arrived at their home, and thought that he would be locked up in a prison cell.

    11:21 AM — An 11-year-old boy has been the subject of a homophobic hate crime investigation after he labelled a classmate a "gay boy" in an e-mail.The parents of the 10-year-old victim complained to police after seeing the e-mail, which they viewed as homophobic bullying.Two policemen from Widnes in Cheshire then visited the boys' primary school to speak to the head teacher.

  • 2nd April 2007

    Court rejects Moscow Pride appeal 1

    Mayor Luzhkov said earlier this year that he will never allow a gay parade to take place in Moscow, and called gay people “Satanic.“

    5:23 PM — Moscow City Court has upheld a ban on a gay rights march in the city last year.Organisers have vowed to fight on and are taking their case to the Russian Supreme Court, where they hope to receive a more "objective" ruling.Today's decision is the latest in a string of court actions regarding last year's events.

  • Homophobic preacher harassing Swedish royal family 2

    The Westboro Baptist church has protested at over 100 funerals of soldiers killed in the line of duty in Iraq.

    4:29 PM — A spokesman for Sweden's royals has confirmed that American preacher Rev Fred Phelps has been faxing hate messages to them.Phelps and his Westboro Baptist church are best known for their "God Hates Fags" campaigns in the United States.They were the subject of a BBC2 documentary by Louis Theroux broadcast last night.

  • Ex-wife not aware Governor had gay lovers 1

    Stone told the  Star-Ledger  that she, too, doubts McGreevey is gay.

    2:58 PM — The estranged wife of gay ex-New Jersey governor James McGreevey did not know her husband was carrying on a relationship with a man, says the ghostwriter for her upcoming memoir.Elizabeth Stone, the uncredited co-author of Silent Partner, due out May 1st, spoke about writing Dina Matos McGreevey's book Saturday.She spoke during a Fordham University panel discussion on memoir writing for students and alumni.

  • Gay Big Brother star faces political opposition

    Graham, a farmer and former model, famously “outed“ himself on the reality show last year.

    2:52 PM — Openly gay Big Brother contestant David Graham is the target of Australian National Party MPs who have vowed to stop his efforts at breaking into politics.Graham, a farmer and former model, famously "outed" himself on the reality show last year.He is a long-time member of the National Party, but his homosexuality has proved too much for some in the party.

  • Tribunal set for landmark ruling 11

    Mr Reaney was previously employed as a youth officer for the Norwich and Chester Church of England diocese.

    2:37 PM — This week's employment tribunal involving the Bishop of Hereford could set an important precedent for gay people.A gay man, John Reaney, is claiming that he was discriminated against on the grounds of his sexuality.The case will be a test of the 2003 law that protects gay, bisexual and lesbian people in employment.

  • Riga Pride attacker to be prosecuted

    14 people were arrested, but magistrates imposed non-custodial sentences on the Pride attackers.

    12:01 PM — A right-wing nationalist who allegedly orchestrated last year's attack on a gay Pride march in Latvia is to be prosecuted for inciting public disorder.Viktors Birze, who heads the National Force Union, is to face charges in relation to events last July.Gay men and lesbians were refused permission to march in Riga on 22nd July by city officials.

  • Bishop compares gay rights to incest 11

    A newspaper article later said the Archbishop was merely using incest and paedophilia as examples of changing morality.

    11:03 AM — The new head of the Italian Bishops Conference has been heavily criticised by politicians for comparing moves to give gay couples some rights to incest and child abuse.Archbishop Angelo Bagnasco, who was appointed last month, is in charge of the Roman Catholic church campaign to block a new law that would allow unmarried couples, gay and straight, some legal protection.

  • 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.

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