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  • 3rd April 2007

    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

    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.

  • 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.

  • 1st April 2007

    Stonewall backs gay youth worker in case against bishop 11

    Mr Reaney was told the job was his if the bishop approved.

    10:38 AM — The Rt Rev Anthony Priddis, the Bishop of Hereford is accused of blocking the application of a gay man to work within his diocese.John Reaney, 42, was previously employed as a youth officer for the Norwich and Chester Church of England diocese.Within the application form for a similar job in Hereford, Mr Reaney admitted that he was gay. Following a successful interview, he was told that subject the consent of the Bishop, he would be appointed.

  • 30th March 2007

    Oxford to hold 5th Pride event in July

    Anyone wishing to get involved with this years celebrations can do so by visiting the website www.oxfordpride.org

    11:57 AM — Following last year's successful day, Saturday 14th July 2007 will see Oxford's LGBT community celebrate Pride.This years event also coincides with the Oxfordshire Milliennium, so Pride will be fitted neatly into a summer of spectacular celebrations.Lord Waheed Alli and Peter Tatchell remain patrons of Oxford Pride.

  • Charging for HIV treatment is danger to public health say MPs

    MPs and peers found that the government was in breach of its human rights obligations by charging pregnant women for treatment.

    11:57 AM — A committee of MPs and peers has called on the government to stop the NHS charging migrants for HIV and maternity treatment.The report from the Joint Committee on Human Rights has been welcomed by HIV charities.In a wide-ranging examination into the treatment of asylum seekers, the committee examined the decision in 2004 to introduce charges for NHS care for failed asylum seekers.

  • Weekend conference to tackle homophobic crime

    The number of homophobic hate crime cases that make it to court is very low because witnesses and victims fear repercussions from the perpetrator.

    11:41 AM — Stonewall Cymru will be calling for greater partnership work between the policeand the lesbian, gay and bisexual community at their annual conference on tomorrow.The gay equality organisation will be highlighting the need to reassure the LGB community that homophobic hate crime is being tackled as a priority.

  • Church must be safe haven for gays says Williams 3

    Archbishop Williams has conceded in the past that the church could split over gay issues.

    11:13 AM — The Archbishop of Canterbury has said that the Anglican church must listen to gay and lesbian people and provide a safe place for them.He was responding to an internal church report into the progress of dialogue within the Anglican communion.At a conference in Lambeth in 1998 the church promised to listen to the experience of gay and lesbian people.

  • Save NHS money through legal prostitution says BMA 1

    Regulation of the industry would make prostitutes safer

    10:35 AM — Legalising prostitution would save the NHS £330 million every year, and halve the spread of sexual diseases according to one medical expert.The chair of the BMA public health committee, told the BMA's annual conference on public health and medicine that around 70% of all STIs occurred among prostitutes and their clients.

  • 29th March 2007

    Guernsey’s second shot at an equal age of consent 2

    If Guernsey's gay age of consent is accepted it would put the isolated island more in step with the rest of Europe.

    3:07 PM — The Channel Island of Guernsey plans to follow Jersey later in the year by reducing their gay age of consent from 18 to 16.In 1999, the island lowered the age from 21 to 18.Politicians in Guernsey approved an equalisation amendment as part of a "requete," the equivalent of a Private Member's Bill, from Conseiller Carol Steere, which would have seen an equal age of consent of 16.

  • Married woman in court over civil partnership

    It is thought to be the first case of its kind since civil partnerships became legal in December 2005.

    2:01 PM — A married woman has appeared in court on charges of making a false statement to a registrar, after she allegedly illegally entered into a civil partnership.Suzanne Mitchell appeared before Shrewsbury magistrates today and was bailed to appear before the crown court at a later date.The 29-year-old lives in Wingfield Gardens in the town.

  • Homophobia allegations at employment tribunal

    Mr Cohen will not be giving evidence at the tribunal, which he says is a dispute between PITO and Mr Jackson.

    11:22 AM — An employment tribunal heard allegations yesterday that the brother of former MP Edwina Currie used anti-gay language in the workplace.Former policeman Mike Jackson is taking the Police Information Technology Organisation (PITO) to the tribunal.Giving evidence, Mr Jackson, 57, said that while working as a manager at PITO in London he was exposed to sexist, racist and homophobic behaviour on a regular basis.

  • 18-year-old revealed trans experience in TV documentary 9

    Lucy, 18, explained the common truamatic experience that many trans people feel when they reach puberty. photo: BBC

    11:01 AM — One of the UK's youngest transsexuals has appeared in a documentary to explain to a wider audience the reality of her experiences.Lucy Parker featured in the BBC3 programme Lucy: Britain's Youngest Teen Transsexual last Sunday. The documentary was part of the channel's Body Image series.Lucy spoke frankly about her unhappiness and depression as Richard Parker, her birth identity.

  • Cardinal questions loyalty of Catholic church to Britain 8

    In a lecture in London, the Cardinal said that Roman Catholics and other Christians and faith groups were going to demand their rights.

    10:30 AM — The head of the Roman Catholic Church in England and Wales has claimed that religion is under attack in this country.In his strongest condemnation yet of legislation designed to protect gay, lesbian and bisexual people from discrimination, Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor last night became the first Catholic leader in nearly 200 years to question whether the policy of the government is at odds with practising the Roman faith.

  • 28th March 2007

    Scottish Christian Party face fines for illegal posters 10

    Scottish electoral law says no candidates may put up posters until the election has been declared, and the SCP could be fined up to £1,000 per poster.

    5:54 PM — A minority party standing in the Scottish elections could face huge fines for illegally displaying election posters.On Friday areas of Glasgow were festooned with the distinctive purple notices of the Scottish Christian Party.The party - slogan Proclaiming Christ's Lordship - is funded by born-again Christian Rev George Hargreaves.

  • Shirley Bassey dresses to be auctioned for gay kids 1

    From rare Chanel and Christian LaCroix dresses to a signed jewellery case, the 70-year-old singer has more than enough to give away.

    4:30 PM — The flamboyant wardrobe of Dame Shirley Bassey will be auctioned off this Friday by Barnados to raise money for young LGBT people.From rare Chanel and Christian LaCroix dresses to a signed jewellery case, the 70-year-old singer has more than enough to give away.The event, called "Hey Big Spender," will be hosted at Café de Paris in London's Leicester Square

  • Anglican university backs down on gay weddings

    The university is a teacher training college for the Church of England, and its Chancellor is the Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams.  photo: jay galvin@flickr

    3:41 PM — Canterbury Christ Church University has decided not to ban gay weddings on its grounds.The university is a teacher training college for the Church of England, and its Chancellor is the Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams.It has a licence for marriages and civil partnerships to take place at its Tunbridge Wells and Canterbury premises.

  • Day against homophobia gets support up North

    One minute noise events are also planned Londonderry, Northampton and Brighton.

    12:03 PM — The north of England will be the most active part of the country during the International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO), event organisers say.A Manchester initiative to end homophobia through education is coinciding the launch of its third newsletter with IDAHO.The three-year programme, "Exceeding Expectations," aims to reach 12,000 adults working in secondary schools.

  • NUS take online action on university bullying 1

    Research suggested that most anti-bullying initiatives bypassed colleges and universities across the country.

    11:44 AM — Students who experience homophobic bullying at college or university will now have the support of an online action pack.The project, which is a collaboration between the National Union of Students (NUS) and the Royal Bank of Scotland, went live yesterday.

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