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  • 27th July 2006

    C of E “indirectly” backs gay unions 1

    Dr Rowan Williams said: “I can envisage, though I don't in the least want to see, a situation in which there may be more divisions than at present“

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveThe Church of England has inadvertently proposed handing civil partners greater rights, legal experts claim.In a motion agreed at the denomination's national assembly, the General Synod, members reaffirmed, "the importance of marriage as central to the stability and health of society and the best context in which to bring up children."

  • August edition of The Pink News out now

    Gordon Brown and more

    12:00 AM — The August edition of The Pink News is out now.Read why Gordon Brown may not be able to secure the gay vote if he runs for leader of the Labour party.-and-Should Ken Livingstone be really known as Pink Ken?Read why the Chairman of the Conservative party thinks politicians are playing catch-up with society.

  • Warrant issued for gay man charged with passing on HIV 1

    Judge Jonathan Lowen at Isleworth Crown Court said that sentence would be passed down for the florist in his absence if he was not caught soon

    12:00 AM — A warrant has been issued for a man who recently became the first gay person to be prosecuted for recklessly passing on the HIV virus.Mark James of West Sussex admitted to the charges last April but yesterday failed to turn up for sentencing.Judge Jonathan Lowen at Isleworth Crown Court said that sentence would be passed down for the florist in his absence if he was not caught soon.

  • MPs target homophobic bullies

    Homophobic bullying is to be targeted on a par with other types in school (Photo: Creap)

    12:00 AM — Gay charity Stonewall welcomed a motion by the Liberal Democrats to combat homophobic bullying in schools this month, which has already been signed by a cross section of MPs from the main political parties.Lib Dem Shadow Education Secretary Sarah Teather put forward an Early Day Motion to Parliament pushing for "anti-bullying policies in all schools to include measures specifically to deal with homophobic bullying, and training for at least one member of staff in how to tackle homophobic bullying."

  • Homophobia can only be ended through school

    Ben Summerskill is chief executive of Stonewall

    12:00 AM — Ben Summerskill, chief executive of gay charity Stonewall outlines the importance of schools in the fight against homophobiaAt Stonewall we've just launched a major national survey to find out exactly what's happening to young gay people in our schools.Hundreds of pupils have already visited www.speakoutonline.org.uk to reveal their experiences of anti-gay bullying.

  • Political and social change don’t always march in lock step together

    Conservative Party Chairman Francis Maude outlines the importance of pro gay politics

    12:00 AM — Conservative Party Chairman Francis Maude outlines the importance of pro gay politics.Sometimes social change walks faster than political change and sometimes the parties and if I may say, the Conservatives in particular have to move faster to catch up with the social change.

  • 26th July 2006

    Fire boss criticises “bigots” who shafted gay pride 5

    Gay fire-fighters took part in this month's EuroPride parade in London

    12:00 AM — Brian Coleman, openly gay Deputy Chairman of the London Fire Authority, has branded the 10 Scottish fire-fighters who refused to distribute leaflets at gay pride "bigots".The officers face disciplinary action after they refused to hand out standard fire safety leaflets at the Pride Scotia march in Glasgow last month.

  • Law Lords overturn landmark lesbian mum ruling 3

    Five Law Lords today reversed the decision and ruled in favour of the natural mother

    12:00 AM — A landmark ruling which gave custody of two children to their biological mother's ex lesbian partner has been overturned by the Law Lords.The woman, who cannot be named for the children's protection, had been granted shared contact of her ex girlfriend's seven and four year old daughters, until the mother broke the order by moving away, prompting the High Court and the Court of Appeal to grant primary care to the former partner.

  • Reformed gangster urged to condemn homophobic crime

    Nicky Cruz a former gangster turned preacher was last week told that he could not conduct his Truce organisation's outreach event at the Ocean scheduled for tomorrow and Friday night after outcry from local campaigners

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveLabour MP Meg Hillier has called on a controversial reformed gangster to use his visit to her constituency as a platform for stopping homophobic crime.Nicky Cruz a former gangster turned preacher was last week told that he could not conduct his Truce organisation's outreach event at the Ocean scheduled for tomorrow and Friday night after outcry from local campaigners highlighting previous anti-gay comments.

  • Lawyer reprimanded for rejecting gay client

    Lawyers can refuse cases if they are threatened with violence or if their client admits guilt privately but pleads not guilty

    12:00 AM — A Christian barrister behaved unprofessionally after refusing to represent a gay client, a disciplinary tribunal has ruled.Mark Mullins was brought before the Bar Council after turning down a case of a refugee trying to use a homosexual relationship as grounds for remaining in the UK, because of his beliefs.

  • Gay scandal MP to quit 5

    Mark Oaten, former home affairs spokesperson, resigned from the Shadow Cabinet role and  dropped out of the Lib Dem leadership election last January

    12:00 AM — The Liberal Democrat MP accused of having an affair with a rent boy earlier this year is to quit Parliament.Mark Oaten, former home affairs spokesperson, resigned from the Shadow Cabinet role and dropped out of the Lib Dem leadership election last January after newspaper allegations of a gay relationship with a male prostitute.

  • Gay Christians oppose homophobic church funding 3

    The reaction from the Lesbian and Gay Christian Movement comes after demonstrators protested outside Parliament last week seeking a review of the incoming Equality Act claiming it discriminates against Christianity

    12:00 AM — A gay Christian group is calling for the government to stop funding homophobic churches through public funds.The reaction from the Lesbian and Gay Christian Movement comes after demonstrators protested outside Parliament last week seeking a review of the incoming Equality Act claiming it discriminates against Christianity in the provision of goods and services.

  • Council boss fined for gay sex in toilets 1

    Ian McGarry, 33, of East Ayrshire Council, was caught by police last December in the area known for cottaging

    12:00 AM — A council manager in charge of cracking down on anti social behaviour was fined £300 yesterday for soliciting gay sex in a public toilet.Ian McGarry, 33, of East Ayrshire Council, was caught by police last December in the area known for cottaging.Another man, Andrew Hind, 20, was fined the same amount.

  • Tribunal finds gay carer was sacked because of sexuality

    Sean Williams was awarded £3,725 in total

    12:00 AM — An employment tribunal has ruled in favour of a former care assistant who claims he was unfairly sacked from caring for the elderly because he is gay.Sean Williams sought damages from the Woodhaven residential home where he worked caring for those suffering from Alzheimer's disease and dementia.

  • George Michael denies civil partnership is off 4

    Gay singer George Michael has denied rumours that his partner Kenny Goss has called off their civil partnership

    12:00 AM — Gay singer George Michael has denied rumours that his partner Kenny Goss has called off their civil partnership after reports that the artist was caught cruising on Hampstead Heath last week.A source told the Daily Mail yesterday that the couple were "reassessing" their relationship," but the star denied the claims on Channel 4's Richard and Judy Show.

  • Gay hotel is top London hotspot

    Griffin House Holiday Apartments have only been opened for 6 months and top the list ahead of London institutions like Claridges

    12:00 AM — A gay hotel has become the number one place to stay in London, according to traveller review website trip advisor.com.Griffin House Holiday Apartments have only been opened for 6 months and top the list ahead of London institutions like Claridges and The Lanesborough.

  • 25th July 2006

    Ex-Cabinet minister becomes first peer to have civil partnership

    Lord Smith has been with his partner Dorian for the past 18 years, he was awarded a life Peerage in May 2005

    12:00 AM — Labour peer Chris Smith has become the first member of the House of Lords to have a civil partnership.The former Culture Secretary, had a private ceremony with long term partner Dorian Jabri last Friday at Islington Town Hall.The announcement was made in front of 200 guests, who turned up at the Serpentine Gallery on Saturday night assuming they were celebrating Lord Smith of Finsbury's 55th birthday.

  • Pre-school gay education receives mixed reaction 1

    The issue was raised last week by the NUT in its submission to The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) consultation from the Department for Education and Skills on policies regarding pre-school children up to 5 years old

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveA proposal by the National Union of Teachers (NUT) to make pre-school children more aware of gay relationships has received a mixed reaction in the gay community.The issue was raised last week by the NUT in its submission to The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) consultation from the Department for Education and Skills on policies regarding pre-school children up to 5 years old.

  • Researchers launch tenth Gay Men’s Sex Survey 1

    Will Nutland, head of gay men's health promotion at THT said: “The survey is vital as it helps us develop and target our HIV prevention and sexual health promotion work“

    12:00 AM — Terrence Higgins Trust and Sigma Research launched the tenth annual National Gay Men's Sex Survey yesterday.Last year 16,000 men in the UK took part and this year they hope to get an even better response.The Survey is carried out by Sigma Research (University of Portsmouth) in collaboration with over 150 organisations as part of the CHAPS Partnership's health promotion work with gay men.

  • Anti gay group accused of “hypocrisy” 9

    Christian Voice protested at the EuroPride parade earlier this month

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveAn anti-gay Christian group has been accused of the "ultimate hypocrisy" after celebrating recent reports that the Gay Police Association (GPA) may face investigation over an advert which attributed homophobic attacks to religious statements.Scotland Yard is considering an investigation into the group after it placed an advertisement in The Independent's diversity supplement which coincided with the EuroPride rally, displaying a pool of blood next to a Bible.

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