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  • 19th February 2007

    Homophobia conference told of Iraq “sexual cleansing”

    One of the most notable contributions to the conference came from Ali Hilli, leader of the gay rights group Iraqi LGBT.

    4:26 PM — Delegates attending a human rights conference in London have been told that gay and lesbian people in Iraq are being systematically targeted.At a conference on Faith, Homophobia and Human Rights, 250 people from over fifty organisations have signed a statement condemning homophobia within religious institutions that fail to confront prejudice and hate.

  • Catholics win right to perform gay Mass

    The diocese of Westminster pointed out in a statement that the decision did not contradict Church teaching which argues that homosexual practice is a sin.

    3:23 PM — A London Catholic organisation has been granted the right to provide Mass for LGBT parishioners following discussions with the Head of the Catholic church in England and Wales.The Soho Masses Pastoral Council is an elected group of Catholics responsible for organising masses in the Soho area.It has gained permission from Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor, Catholic Archbishop of Westminster, to hold Masses and give pastoral care to LGBT Catholics.

  • HIV privacy threatened by NHS database 7

    Cambridge University Professor Ross Anderson revealed how during the 1990s the NHS secretly created a national register of everyone being treated for HIV.

    1:55 PM — People with HIV will have details of their names, treatments and status placed on a central national register if government plans for a new medical database go ahead.Sensitive personal information could be handed over without the consent of patients or doctors, a top computer scientist has warned.Cambridge University Professor Ross Anderson revealed how during the 1990s the NHS secretly created a national register of everyone being treated for HIV.

  • Comment: The everlasting appeal of Kylie’s pants

    But I never quite worked out why some people go absolutely berserk for her, or how she attained the gay iconic status.

    12:45 PM — Put your hand on your heart and tell me - is the Kylie exhibition at London's Victoria and Albert Museum worth going to see?The most opinionated man in the PinkNews universe, Ben Leung, casts his critical eye over an exhibition that has got the Radio 4 crowd in a tizz over whether or not la Minogue is worthy of a retrospective at the age of 38. There's an old saying in Hollywood that if there's a nuclear holocaust, only two things would survive - cockroaches and Cher.

  • China’s first gay marriage protest

    “Love has no boundaries; it is nothing to do with gender.

    12:20 PM — On Valentine's Day, Beijing's gay population protested for same-sex marriage to be legalised. This was the first protest for that cause in China.The protest took place during lunch hour in a well-populated business area.As part of the protest, flyers were given out, and these flyers were used to cover red carnations.

  • Mayor pleads innocent to heterosexism 1

    Hipkin contended that “family homes can be built for gay people with children.“

    12:12 PM — A former Cambridge mayor has been accused of "heterosexism" after he asked for more family homes to be built.Liberal Democrat Councillor John Hipkin, who has a gay brother, told the BBC that he took "deep exception" to a complaint made to Cambridge Council over his demand for more family housing.Hipkin currently represents Cambridge's Castle ward and was first elected in May 1992.

  • Balding’s big walk for cancer charity

    Balding is openly gay and in 2006 formed a civil partnership with her long-term partner and Radio 4 broadcaster Alice Arnold.

    11:18 AM — Ramblers across the UK are gearing up for this spring's Macmillan "Walk Wonder" fundraiser. The event is being backed by BBC presenter Clare Balding.In May thousands of people will be donning their walking boots and taking to some of Britain's most breathtaking scenery in a bid to raise £1 million pounds for Macmillan Cancer Support.Broadcaster and Macmillan advocate Clare Balding is buoyant about the fundraising event.

  • Anglican gay arguments influenced by Rome merger 1

    Fr Reynolds argues that the backdrop of a rapprochement with the Vatican is a key factor driving the hardline position of many primates.

    11:08 AM — The ongoing row over gays in the Anglican church took a new turn today with the revelation that senior church figures are considering submitting to the authority of the Pope.A commission set up in 2000 to consider ways of re-uniting the Anglican and Roman Catholic churches is due to report later this year. The Times newspaper published extracts of the report today, and it includes the proposal that the Anglican church should work towards recognising the Pope as head of the church.

  • 16th February 2007

    Miss GayUK wants to change lesbian stereotype 1

    Inspired by the new image of lesbians presented in popular media such as  The L Word.

    3:45 PM — The race is on to find Miss GayUK, thanks to a lesbian couple from Leicester who have revived the idea for the competition that has not run since 2001.Inspired by the new image of lesbians presented in popular media such as The L Word, the organisers have launched a search for women with "strength, beauty and ambition".They feel the need to publicise that: "Lesbian and bisexual women are not all dungaree-wearing, armpit hair-growing, short haired women who favour the smell of their own body odour."

  • Lesbian couple lose pub court case 1

    The couple's alleged heavy petting caused two regular customers to complain.

    3:24 PM — A Hertfordshire landlady accused of excluding two lesbian police officers from her pub on homophobic grounds was cleared of a public order offence on Tuesday.Magistrates in St. Albans ruled that due to "significant inconsistencies" in the evidence given by prosecution witnesses, Nicola Hackett, 38, would not be prosecuted.Ms. Hackett told The Sun : "I'm over the moon. It has been very, very traumatic for me."

  • British gay rapper hits America

    U.S. fans and friends have been pestering the up-and-coming artist to visit them soon.

    12:25 PM — QBoy's bid to make it big across the pond will begin with the USA's first major gay hip-hop tour this spring.The gay rap artist will be flying the flag for Britain on the HomoRevolution Tour, which will take in the south-western states of America.It has been organised by rapper DeadLee, who recently recorded a track with QBoy.

  • Faith and homophobia conference tomorrow 1

    The conference will focus on key issues relating to faith, homophobia and human rights.

    12:06 PM — A ground-breaking conference on "Faith, Homophobia and Human Rights" will take place tomorrow, Saturday 17th February, in London's East End.It comes as Anglican leaders meet in Tanzania to debate the church's position on gay people - a highly controversial issue for the Anglican communion.The Lesbian and Gay Christian Movement (LGCM), who are coordinating the conference, have secured sponsorship and support from over 50 prominent organisations.

  • Clock ticking on gay discrimination regulations 1

    Ironically, Christian objections to the bill may well have ensured they will get a smooth passage through Parliament.

    11:54 AM — The controversial Sexual Orientation Regulations, the source of a battle with the Roman Catholic church over adoption and a Cabinet row, should be published next week.A spokeswoman for the Department of Communities and Local Government confirmed to PinkNews.co.uk that they expect the regulations will become law by April as promised.The new rules protect gay, lesbian and bisexual people from discrimination when accessing goods, services and facilities.

  • Gay Christians march against Church homophobia 1

    Organisers also hope to influence the current row about Canterbury Christchurch University.

    11:43 AM — LGBT History Month will be marked in Canterbury this weekend with a protest against homophobia in the church.The "End Christian Homophobia" demo will take place in Longmarket in the city centre on Saturday 17th February, 10am-12pm.The protestors will demand that the Archbishop of Canterbury provide equality for gay and lesbian Anglican Christians worldwid

  • Sugar and Spice to find out what women want

    Sugar and Spice will also provide a marketplace selling a variety of toys, as well as the most recent useful information for lesbians and bisexual women.

    11:06 AM — The Lesbian and Gay Foundation are planning to mark this year's International Women's Week with a free conference in Manchester.The conference is the centre of Sugar and Spice, an event providing live music, lesbian films, speakers and informal discussions.The event focuses on the question of what lesbian and bisexual women want in the modern world.

  • 15th February 2007

    Gaydar founder to be honoured at party

    Mr Frisch, originally from South Africa, established Gaydar with his business partner and then-boyfriend Henry Badenhorst in 1999.

    6:30 PM — The late Gary Frisch, the man who co-created the Gaydar phenomenon, will be honoured tonight at a birthday party for GaydarRadio.QSoft, the company that owns the Gaydar brand, decided to go ahead with the event in spite of 38-year-old Mr Frisch's death from multiple injuries on Saturday afternoon.In a statement on Monday, the company said: "GaydarRadio was one of Gary's proudest achievements to date and that is what he would have wanted."

  • US bishop refuses to apologise for gay stance 3

    In any case, conservatives seem in no mood for a middle-way.

    4:55 PM — The meeting of Anglican primates taking place in Tanzania looks likely to result in a stalemate over gay issues.Today the churchmen were considering their options over the US Anglicans'ordination of a gay bishop and seeming acceptance of gay marriage.The head of the American church, presiding bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori, has made it clear she will not give in to demands from African churches.

  • Local NHS trusts failing on sexual health services

    Local PCT's actions contradict the national policy of prioritising sexual health services.

    1:39 PM — An annual survey of medical professionals working in sexual health services has revealed they are not being prioritised despite rising infection rates.The research shows that prescribing restrictions are becoming more common, with over a third of clinicians reporting that restrictions for HIV drugs were either already in place or had been discussed.

  • Channel 4 uses gays to court yet more controversy 4

    The channel is expecting controversy over their explicit Clapham Common piece, and the PR offensive has already begun.

    12:09 PM — Channel 4 will mark the 40th anniversary of the decriminalisation of homosexuality this summer with a series of films and documentaries.Clapham Junction, a film by Kevin Elyot, is expected to generate more headlines for the channel.It charts the lives of seven gay men over a 36-hour period as they visit Clapham Common in search of sex.

  • Gang of teenagers sentenced for gay abuse 1

    Bromley Youth Court heard how the youths shouted words like “batty boy“ and “queers“ at the men.

    11:18 AM — Four teenage boys who subjected a gay couple to a sustained harassment and abuse have pleaded guilty to public order offences.The children, aged between 14 and 16, followed the two men around a branch of Marks Spencer in Beckenham, Kent, hurling abuse at them and threatening them with physical violence.A magistrate has given one of the boys a conditional discharge and another a referral order. Two await sentencing.

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