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  • 22nd February 2007

    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.

  • Cameron’s poll surge ahead of Brown 1

    40% is the magic number for the Tories, as this is the share of the vote they will need to wrest power from Labour.

    10:10 AM — The Conservative party leader is thirteen percentage points ahead of expected Prime Minister Gordon Brown, according to the latest opinion polls.David Cameron polled 42% in an ICM poll for The Guardian yesterday to 29% for Brown.The government's gay rights record has been under scrutiny in the last month.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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