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  • 4th October 2006

    Philippines under pressure to end gay discrimination 1

    Amnesty reveal that “masculinity tests“ or other arbitrary tests have been used to separate possible LGBT students during the admissions process to some schools.

    12:00 AM — Amnesty International has launched a global campaign calling upon the Philippine government to pass legislation prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation.The campaign sees amnesty members from around the world joining forces with the lesbian and gay legislative advocacy network Philippines (LAGABLAB-Pilipinas).

  • 3rd October 2006

    Reflections on Yom Kippur 8

    Benjamin Cohen is the founder of PinkNews.co.uk and a correspondent for Channel4 News

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk founder and Channel 4 news correspondent Benjamin Cohen considers the Jewish calendar's holiest day from a gay perspective.As I sat in Synagogue yesterday during Yom Kippur for a moment I regretted that I'm still a member of the United Synagogue.

  • Should a gay person support ‘traditional faith?’ 8

    Is it possible to balance homosexuality with traditional religion?

    12:00 AM — Following Channel 4 correspondent Benjamin Cohen's analysis of being a gay Jew in the United Synagogue earlier today, PinkNews.co.uk reader Markus-Hayden Sutherland suggests boycotting anti-gay aspects of faithIt is sad to me that a person of faith supports, even indirectly, a movement that vilifies him.

  • 28th September 2006

    Evangelical pursues gay police 11

    It is expected that the Christian Lawyers Association - which also condemned the GPA advert - will be supporting Hargreaves in his effort to pursue a private prosecution

    12:00 AM — The Gay Lesbian Humanist Association has learned that an evangelical Christian politician will be seeking a private prosecution of members of the Gay Police Association following the Crown Prosecution Service's determination this week that the group would not be prosecuted.Rev George Hargreaves, the leader of Operation Christian Vote, a fundamentalist Christian political party that unsuccessfully contested seats in the 2004 election, informed Ken Macdonald QC, Director of Public Prosecutions, that he was seeking "request for leave to enter into a private prosecution in the matter of the GPA's advertisement."

  • 26th September 2006

    Diocese avoids gay bishop

    A dispute broke out in the Anglican community in 2003, after the Episcopal Church consecrated its first gay bishop, Gene Robinson

    12:00 AM — In an attempt to avoid further controversy in the worldwide Anglican church, the Episcopal Diocese of Newark has chosen a Massachusetts priest as its new bishop, rather than a gay candidate on the ballot.Reverend Mark Beckwith, 54, of Worcester won on the third ballot, taking 253 of the 477 ballots cast by clergy and lay representatives.

  • 25th September 2006

    Newark Diocese ponders gay bishop 3

    Episcopalians and Anglicans on all sides of the issue will be watching, the Reverend J Robert Wright, professor of church history at General Theological Seminary in New York

    12:00 AM — An openly gay priest from San Francisco is among six candidates for bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Newark at a time when a divide over sexuality is threatening the solidarity of the worldwide Anglican church.But a win by Canon Michael Barlowe, 51, would put the diocese at the centre of a crisis over whether Anglicans who disagree about ordaining gays can stay in the same fellowship.

  • Comment: Where is the gay community’s apology? 12

    So while Benedict sits clean shaven, prawn sandwich in one hand, and pointing fingers with the other, why should anyone else have to put up with his misinformed personal insults?

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk's Marc Shoffman asks whether the Pope should follow up his apology to Muslims with a retraction to every other community he has hurt.So the Pope has met Muslim groups today offering his "total and profound respect" for their community.His apology comes after referring to a historical quote claiming the prophet Muhammad brought only evil to the world. Ok maybe a bit extreme but Benedict didn't say it himself, yet a few burning effigies later and he is on his knees to the Muslim world, begging for forgiveness.

  • 22nd September 2006

    Tutu criticises church’s gay opposition 2

    An authorised biography on Nobel peace prize winner Archbishop Desmond Tutu, reveals the church leader was shocked by the Episcopal denomination's reaction to the appointment of gay bishop Gene Robinson in 2003

    12:00 AM — One of Christianity's most high profile figures has criticised the Anglican Church for its conservative attitude towards the ordination of gay clergy.An authorised biography on Nobel peace prize winner Archbishop Desmond Tutu, reveals the church leader was shocked by the Episcopal denomination's reaction to the appointment of gay bishop Gene Robinson in 2003.

  • 19th September 2006

    Gay Jews celebrate High Holy days

    The LGBT Jewish community will be celebrating the upcoming Jewish new year

    12:00 AM — Gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Jews on both sides of the Atlantic are gearing up to celebrate the upcoming Jewish new year in LGBT Synagogue services.In London, the LGBT Jewish community are invited to celebrate the festivals of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur at the Beit Klal Yisrael Synagogue, Notting Hill Gate, W10, which is liberal affiliated and a member of the World Congress of Gay and Lesbian Jews organisations.

  • 14th September 2006

    Archbishop demands diverse gay view

    Archbishop Njongonkulu Ndungane, who is in charge of 24 bishops in the Province of Southern Africa said it was importance for the church to embrace diversity and find solutions to their differences

    12:00 AM — The Archbishop of Cape Town has given his backing to pro gay laws ahead of a conference in Rwanda next week on the controversial relationship between the church and homosexuality.Archbishop Njongonkulu Ndungane, who is in charge of 24 bishops in the Province of Southern Africa said it was importance for the church to embrace diversity and find solutions to their differences.

  • Pope in trouble for anti-Muslim remarks 12

    Just before his visit to Germany, Benedict castigated a delegation of Canadian bishops visiting the Vatican.

    12:00 AM — The leader of the world's largest Christian denomination has followed up his homophobic comments last week with alleged anti-Muslim remarks.Speaking during a trip to his German homeland, Pope Benedict XVI quoted a 14th century Christian ruler's view that the Prophet Mohammad had brought only evil to the world.

  • 13th September 2006

    Church condemns gay hate campaign

    Representatives from across the church, including more conservative groups, have criticised the offensive actions of the anonymous sender

    12:00 AM — New Zealand's Presbyterian Church has criticised a gay hate campaign amid a ruling by the denomination on homosexual clergy.Stickers have been sent to members of the Presbyterian Assembly with the phrase "gays are a cancer in our church, let's keep them out of leadership," as they prepare to vote later this month on whether to allow gay ministers in the church.

  • Anti-gay pastor “promoting hatred” 11

    Ake Green  delivered a fiery anti-gay sermon that triggered a legal battle testing the limits of Sweden's freedom of speech

    12:00 AM — Gay groups have expressed concern at a controversial Christian pastor who is currently touring the country holding debates on Christianity and sexual ethics.Pentecost Ake Green was convicted of hate crimes in 2004 after referring to gay people as a tumour on society in a sermon in Kalmar, Sweden, he was later acquitted but is now drawing criticism for a series of talks with Evangelical charity The Christian Institute.

  • 11th September 2006

    Anglican bishops attempt gay truce

    US conservatives and liberals are rumoured to be meeting under the direction of Dr Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury, to agree on a truce until the denomination's Lambeth Conference in 2008

    12:00 AM — Senior church leaders will meet in New York this week to draw up a temporary agreement to amend the Anglican Church's rift over homosexuality, according to reports.US conservatives and liberals are rumoured to be meeting under the direction of Dr Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury, to agree on a truce until the denomination's Lambeth Conference in 2008.

  • 8th September 2006

    Germany asks gays to tolerate the Pope 4

    Pope Benedict XVI, referred to as Papa Ratzi in Germany, begins a six day tour of his native Bavaria on Saturday where he will visit the state capital of Munich and the village of Marktl am Inn where he was born in 1927

    12:00 AM — Germany's gay community has been urged to show "tolerance" to the Pope as he begins a tour of his country of birth tomorrow.Pope Benedict XVI, referred to as Papa Ratzi in Germany, begins a six day tour of his native Bavaria on Saturday where he will visit the state capital of Munich and the village of Marktl am Inn where he was born in 1927.

  • US synagogues preparing for gay rabbis 3

    In 1992, the last time the movement discussed the issue of homosexuality, it decreed that gays and lesbians would be welcome in its synagogues but that it would not condone gay behaviour, ordination or marriages

    12:00 AM — US synagogues are preparing for a policy shift of biblical proportions after a Conservative Jewish leader this week accepted that the movement may lift its ban on openly gay rabbis.Rabbi Jerome Epstein, executive vice president of the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism, is reported to be visiting synagogues to sound out opinions on ordaining openly gay clergy.

  • Gay Christians granted approval 1

    Members of the student-led movement, which brings together students from many denominations and even other faiths, expressed their excitement about the $100,000 grant

    12:00 AM — The controversial divide between religion and sexuality may shrink, but certainly not the dreams of students who have launched a major campaign supporting gay Christian youth and young adults in Canada.The Student Christian Movement of Canada (SCM), a national ecumenical network of campus groups, is launching a "Queer and Christian Without Contradiction" campaign after winning a major grant this summer.

  • Pope calls gay rights an “ephemeral social trend” 6

    The Pope mocked the concept of tolerance in his address to the bishops and called the idea of gay marriage a folly. (photo: Chris Coyote, Flickr)

    12:00 AM — On the eve of his homecoming visit to Germany, Pope Benedict XVI has launched a full-frontal attack on the rights of gay people.Speaking to a delegation of visiting Canadian bishops, Benedict once again showed his determination to interfere in the secular political process.The Pope castigated the Canadian government for legalising gay marriage and abortion, saying that they are ignoring the "Creator's divine plan."

  • 6th September 2006

    Anti gay groups courting minority churches

    Conservative groups pushing for the passage of a constitutional ban on gay marriage in Virginia are asking leaders of the state's minority churches for their support

    12:00 AM — Conservative groups pushing for the passage of a constitutional ban on gay marriage in Virginia are asking leaders of the state's minority churches for their support."African-American churches and social conservatives have more in common in our belief system than anyone could imagine," Chris Freund, of the Family Foundation, told a group of mostly black and Latino ministers last month at Pat Robertson's Regent University, reports The Associated Press.

  • 5th September 2006

    Gay humanists cause a stir in “Cathedral City” 1

    GALHA recently criticised the Archbishop of Canterbury for his “spineless“ abandonment of gay people in the Anglican Church after he came under pressure from right-wing evangelicals

    12:00 AM — Members of the Gay and Lesbian Humanist Association (GALHA), which has chosen Canterbury for its annual residential gathering next week, are bracing themselves for a protest from a Christian group calling itself Christian Family Youth Concern Fellowship.In a letter to the hotel where the event is being held, the Christian group said that they had been tipped off that it was "hosting a rather unsavoury conference" and described GALHA as "promoting sexual deviancy and paganism."

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