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  • 26th February 2007

    Net police investigate gay hate website 19

    The site has been hosted on Google's blogger.com service since March 2006.

    2:45 PM — The Internet Watch Foundation has said that images on a homophobic blog site could be illegal.The killbattyman site, hosted by blogger.com, which is owned by Google, is thought to originate in Jamaica.The latest post features a doctored image of Peter Tatchell holding a placard with a sexually explicit picture of a child on it.

  • Gay gamers targets for homophobia

    Gay people are slightly more likely to buy games that include sexually attractive avatars.

    11:22 AM — Online gamers face a homophobic culture, a survey has found.The "Gaymer Survey," conducted at the University of Illinois and involving over 10,000 respondents, found that gay gamers experienced a high level of homophobic attitudes and language.As reported by Next Generation, 88% of respondents said that they had heard the phrase "that's so gay."

  • Scottish Executive seek Catholic opt-out on adoption

    Last month, the Prime Minister announced that there would be no exemption from the new regulations for adoption agencies.

    11:06 AM — The row over Roman Catholic-run adoption agencies and the Sexual Orientation Regulations has flared up again following reports of secret negotiations between the UK government and the Scottish Executive. The Scotsman reports that Scottish education minister Hugh Henry is in talks with London-based government departments to try and ensure that an informal agreement that would allow Catholic adoption agencies to flout gay rights legislation is honoured.

  • 24th February 2007

    Google places warning on homophobic site it hosts 19

    The website now features a warning to visitors

    12:09 AM — Google has placed a warning on a homophobic blog that allegedly incites the murder of gay people as a result of an investigation by PinkNews.co.uk.The weblog, called killbattyman, originates in Jamaica. The site carries numerous homophobic statements and also calls for all gay people to be killed.

  • 23rd February 2007

    UK police action on gay hate website 19

    It is unclear whether an offence under British law has been committed by the blog's authors.

    5:30 PM — The Association of Chief Police Officers has condemned a homophobic website hosted by blogger.comThe weblog, called killbattyman, originates in Jamaica.DCI Simon Taylor, who works for ACPO's crime committee, told PinkNews.co.uk that they have informed the Internet Watch Foundation about the site.

  • Posh dog offered as best man for gay weddings

    Stories of Sir Benjamin's escapades are legion.  photo: www.mansuelhouse.co.uk

    12:28 PM — Eccentric Somerset baronet Sir Benjamin Slade has offered the services of his dog as a best man for gay weddings at his historic country home.Jasper, a labrador-doberman crossbreed, is very suited to civil ceremonies according to his master.Sir Benjamin told The Western Daily Press : "Jasper is absolutely perfect for the role. For one thing, he is gay himself."

  • Website calling for gay executions hosted by Google 19

    The weblog, called killbattyman, originates in Jamaica.

    12:01 PM — The internet company Google is hosting a blog that calls for gay people to be killed.The weblog, called killbattyman, originates in Jamaica.The site carries images of last week's incident in Kingston when mob surrounded a shop where three allegedly gay men had taken refuge, under the headline: "Bring Out The Gays."

  • Anglican church could “divorce” admits Williams 4

    His comments follow a five-day crisis meeting in Tanzania last week, where Anglican leaders met to discuss gay rights within the church.

    10:57 AM — The Archbishop of Canterbury has said that the Anglican Church may split over the acceptance of gay priests.Last night, Dr. Rowan Williams revealed that the liberal and conservative branches of the church may not be able to reach agreement over gay and lesbian Christians.The disagreement could lead to the fragmentation of the Anglican communion.

  • 22nd February 2007

    Gay men using cervical cancer vaccine 1

    The BBC reports that clinics in London have been charging gay men £450 for a three-dose cource of Gardsil.

    4:56 PM — Private clinics in London have been injecting gay men with a vaccine designed to reduce the risk of cervical cancer.The Gardsil vaccine provides protection from human papillomavirus (HPV) which causes the cancer as well as anal warts and cancer of the penis and anus.The vaccine was developed to be given to children of both sexes before they start having sex.

  • Party for Scotland’s gay-friendly employers

    22 major Scottish employers totalling nearly 100,000 staff now work with Stonewall Scotland to build workplaces free of discrimination.

    4:05 PM — Stonewall Scotland celebrates the first anniversary of its Diversity Champions Scotland programme today with and event in Edinburgh.The anniversary reception, sponsored and hosted by Halifax Bank of Scotland (HBOS), marks a successful first year for the Diversity Champions Scotland programme.22 major Scottish employers totalling nearly 100,000 staff now work with Stonewall Scotland.

  • Catholics join in gay court protest

    The Sexual Orientation Regulations were introduced in Northern Ireland in January.

    12:28 PM — The bishops of the Roman Catholic church in Ireland have joined with Protestant churches in supporting a court challenge to discrimination legislation.The Sexual Orientation Regulations were introduced in Northern Ireland in January, despite the objections of the main political party in the province, the DUP.Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Peter Hain used his powers to impose the legislation on Northern Ireland.

  • Former minister to challenge Gordon Brown 57

    Mr Meacher, an MP since 1970, was a shadow cabinet member and prominent Labour figure during the party's wilderness years.

    12:01 PM — Michael Meacher has announced that he will run for leader of the Labour party when Tony Blair stands down.Mr Meacher, the MP for Oldham West and Royton, was a minister from 1997 to 2003, and is from the left of the party.He has consistently voted for gay rights legislation. Mr Meacher has been a vocal dissenter over the government's determination to renew the Trident nuclear weapons system.

  • 21st February 2007

    Mayor supports Euro gay bullying campaign

    Last year Mr Livingstone joined Stonewall to launch a free DVD,  Spell It Out,  for distribution to teachers in all London's secondary schools.

    4:16 PM — The Mayor of London, Ken Livingstone, has given his backing to the European Parliament's call for action on homophobic bullying.Research by gay rights group ILGA Europe and their youth wing last year examined social exclusion among lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) kids in Europe.They spoke to over 750 young LGBT people from 37 countries and found that over half (53%) had experienced bullying in school.

  • Gay health charity moves onto MySpace 1

    Their new site on MySpace will allow people to view upcoming campaigns before they appear in the press.

    3:49 PM — Gay Men Fighting Aids is using an internet community resource to ask for feedback on their new advertising campaigns.The charity, which was founded in 1992, is responsible for HIV and STI prevention strategy and delivery in the London area.They produce three new mass media campaigns a year, which run in the gay press.

  • Scottish Parliament hosts equality review

    LGBT Youth Scotland are to attend the conference this Friday at the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh.

    11:19 AM — The chairman of the new Commission for Equality and Human Rights (CEHR) is to speak at a conference on equality in Scotland.Trevor Philips, who is currently head of the Commission for Racial Equality, will address the gathering of more than 80 different age, disability, gender, race, religion and sexual orientation groups.LGBT Youth Scotland are to attend the conference this Friday at the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh.

  • Gay MP backs Out At Work campaign 1

    Ms Eagle has been a strong opponent to any exemptions or changes in the Sexual Orientation Regulations.

    10:00 AM — Angela Eagle, the only openly lesbian member of parliament, has joined with trade union leaders to call for action on LGBT people's rights at work.Unionlearn and TUC Education launched Out At Work, a new workbook which makes legal rights within the workplace clear, yesterday.It is designed to promote equality and inclusion among the UK's workforce.

  • 20th February 2007

    Glad To Be Gay singer marks history month

    He is now best known for presenting programmes on the BBC's national radio stations. photo: BBC

    3:32 PM — BBC Radio 6 presenter Tom Robinson will be speaking at the University of Manchester on Friday as part of a national celebration of gay history.Robinson is expected to talk about his years as a musician and gay activist as part of LGBT History Month.The overtly political Robinson Band had a hit with (Sing if you're) Glad to be Gay in 1977.

  • Gender surgery in Hounslow saved from axe

    In a extraordinary U-turn, Hounslow PCT have now claimed that the surgery was put on a list of operations losing funding as a mistake.

    12:25 PM — Plans to remove funding for sex change operations by Hounslow primary care trust have been abandoned after protests from a charity representing British transsexuals.The PCT planned to scrap funding on the grounds that the operations are "non-essential." In comparison, other operations denied funding on the same grounds included tattoo removals and stomach stapling.The Gender Trust, a charity which supports transgender people, slammed the PCT on their website

  • Analysis: What now for the Anglicans? 4

    Archbishop Rowan Williams has avoided schism, but has also allowed a parallel “organisation“ for conservative Anglicans to be set up in the American church.

    12:19 PM — The final communique from the leaders of the Anglican church seems on the surface to provide a simple way forward.The primates demand that the American church stop ordaining gay bishops and give a commitment not to bless same sex partnerships.The Americans have been given until 30th September to make a statement pledging they will comply with these instructions.

  • Anglicans threat over gay issues 4

    Senior church leaders have also agreed to allow conservative American Anglicans to form their own organisation.

    10:10 AM — The conference of Anglican primates meeting in Tanzania has demanded that the American church stop ordaining gay bishops and give a commitment not to bless same sex partnerships.Senior church leaders have also agreed to allow conservative American Anglicans to form their own organisation.The five-day meeting exposed the divisions within the Anglican communion over gay issues.

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