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  • 23rd January 2007

    Cardinal asks politicians for adoption opt-out

    “Marital love involves an essential complementarity (sic) of male and female.“ photo: archdiocese of westminster

    10:22 AM — The row over a possible exemption for the Catholic Church from new laws to protect gay people from discrimination intensified yesterday as a senior cleric weighed into the debate.Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor has chosen the high risk strategy of openly threatening to close adoption agencies in England and Wales rather than let gay or lesbian people make use of them.

  • Charities query proposed Brighton AIDS memorial

    Councillor Paul Elgood, the Mayor of Brighton, with James Ledward at the launch of the planned AIDS memorial.

    10:22 AM — The UK's largest HIV health organisation is questioning plans for a permanent AIDS memorial in Brighton.Terrence Higgins Trust (THT) South says that the community has not been consulted properly and that the £20,000 bill for the memorial - currently being raised by local businesses and customers - could be better spent."There needs to be much greater community discussion," says Perry French from THT South.

  • Gay man wins orientation discrimination case 1

    Mr Gaman told the tribunal of the homoophobic abuse he was subjected to while working at the Bristol County Sports Club.

    10:22 AM — A Bristol man has won a claim of discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation and been awarded thousands of pounds in damages.An employment tribunal also found that Tony Gaman had been unfairly dismissed by Bristol County Sports Club."After about eight-and-a-half years I got tired of living a lie and told them that I was gay.

  • Catholic leadership “sordid” say Lib Dems

    The only person who seems to be getting even more abuse than the Cardinal is the cabinet minister at the centre of the media storm, Communities Secretary Ruth Kelly.

    10:22 AM — The war of words over whether or not the Roman Catholic Church should be allowed to refuse adoption services to gay and lesbian people reached a new fever pitch today.A LibDem MP has called the leadership of the Church sordid and accused them of blackmail.On Sunday it was reported that Communities Secretary Ruth Kelly wanted to grant the Church an exemption to the Sexual Orientation Regulations.

  • CPS hits back at “jail for STI” reports 1

    The CPS statement echoes the call from HIV health charity Terrence Higgins Trust for decisions to prosecute to be consistent.

    10:22 AM — The Crown Prosecution Service has said that reports that more people might be jailed for passing on sexually transmitted infections are inaccurate.In a statement to PinkNews.co.uk, the service revealed that a policy consultation process with medical and voluntary sector experts has only just finished and that no policy directions have been finalised.

  • Oscar nominations for a very British Queen

    The film follows the aftermath of the death of Diana, Princess of Wales, from the perspective of Queen Elizabeth II.

    10:22 AM — Dames Helen Mirren and Judi Dench have been nominated for Best Actress at this year's Oscars.The 79th Academy Awards ceremony in February will be hosted by Ellen Degeneres, the first time an out gay performer has presented the most prestigious movie event in the Hollywood calendar.Mirren is honoured for her performance in The Queen. 

  • Labour MEP-led organisation calls for Kelly resignation 18

    Ruth Kelly should resign say GALHA

    10:22 AM — The Gay and Lesbian Humanist Association, (GALHA) whose Vice President is the former EastEnders star turned Labour MEP Michael Cashman, has called on the Communities Secretary Ruth Kelly to resign.Ms Kelly, who is a devout Catholic and a member of Opus Dei, has yet to clarify if she will allow the Catholic Church to opt out of adoption of children by gay couples.

  • 22nd January 2007

    Brokeback Mountain star Heath Ledger found dead

    Heath Ledger may have died as a reuslt of drugs found on the scene

    10:00 PM — The Oscar nominated star of Brokeback Mountain Heath Ledger was found dead in his Manhattan apartment just hours ago, New York City police said."He was found unconscious at the apartment and pronounced dead," a police spokesperson said.Paul Browne, added that police "are investigating the possibility of an overdose."

  • Gay helplines attacked by hoaxers

    In March 2006 the National lottery donated £120,000 to Gay-Glos, from a fund allocated to help the minority groups living in the UK.

    6:17 PM — The Gloucestershire gay helpline has been the victim of a text message scam that is reducing its ability to respond to genuine calls.Text messages are being sent to random phones asking the recipient to call the free helpline number urgently. During one day in December over 30 calls were made in one hour.The Gay and Lesbian Switchboard has also been the victim of similar scam texts.

  • Eagle speaks out against the “very, very few”

    Ms Eagle refused to comment on reports that there was a row between Prime Minister Tony Blair and MPs at a meeting of the Parliamentary Labour Party last Wednesday.

    1:39 PM — PinkNews.co.uk exclusive The vice-chair of the Parliamentary Labour Party has said that "very, very few" of the party's MPs want a change to the Sexual Orientation Regulations.Angela Eagle, the MP for Wallasey, spoke out after the Independent on Sunday reported that Communities Secretary Ruth Kelly wants to allow adoption agencies controlled by the Roman Catholic Church to turn away gay or lesbian couples.

  • Police warn of internet dangers

    The victim was subjected to humiliation and some nasty comments from some neighbours.

    1:03 PM — The Metropolitan Police have issued a warning to gay men to be more cautious when sending pictures online after a London man was humiliated by an internet sneak.The two men met on an internet dating site and the victim sent the other man a sexually explicit picture of himself.When they stopped chatting online, the other man reprinted the image on a poster with libellous text.

  • Gay MPs lambast Kelly opt-out

    Mr Bryant, a former Anglican priest, said that although other churches and faith groups run adpotion agencies, “I have not heard of any other religions are asking for an exemption.“

    11:15 AM — Labour politicians and gay rights activists have responded to press reports that Communities Secretary Ruth Kelly wants to grant exemptions to the new Equality Act.The Independent on Sunday reported that Kelly wants to give Roman Catholic adoption agencies an opt-out from the Sexual Orientation Regulations, which outlaw discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation when accessing goods and services.

  • Online suicide bid highlights trans isolation

    Several NHS trusts in England have announced they are cutting gender reassignment surgery in an effort to balance their books.

    10:50 AM — A Welsh transsexual woman took an overdose of pills, then sent emails to health groups and media outlets, protesting at the way in which gender reassignment surgery is regarded.The unnamed woman, from Llanelli, swallowed a large quantity of painkilling medication and then sent the email suicide note.A friend of the woman called the police when he read the contents of her email.

  • Ruth Kelly in new row over gay adoption

    It is thought that Tony Blair supports Ms Kelly over the exemptions from the SOR for Catholic adoption agencies.

    10:10 AM — Communities Secretary Ruth Kelly has ignited another cabinet row over the Sexual Orientation Regulations.The new rules, which protect gay, bisexual and lesbian people in England and Wales from discrimination when accessing goods and services, are due to come into force in April.It emerged over the weekend that Kelly and Prime Minister Tony Blair want to exempt Roman Catholic adoption agencies from the regulations.

  • 19th January 2007

    Robbie Williams to strip for Elton? 57

    The paper reports that Elton John has already asked Williams to perform at his birthday gig.

    4:56 PM — Elton John's upcoming 60th birthday celebrations have been a source of endless speculation, with the latest report claiming that former Take That! singer Robbie Williams is going to perform a striptease on the night.What is certain is that John will be celebrating the landmark birthday on 25th March with a performance for friends and celebrities at New York's Madison Square Garden.

  • Prescott reveals a fear of gays 2

    Ben Summerskill, chief executive of gay rights lobby Stonewall, was clear that he for one does not think Mr Prescott was being anti-gay.

    4:36 PM — Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott has spoken to BBC Radio 4 about his days as a merchant seaman, and revealed that he was uncomfortable sharing a cabin with gay crew.The 68-year-old, who is due to stand down as Labour party deputy leader later this year, worked as a steward on the Cunard Line in the 1950's.A documentary about his time at sea, called Prescott At Your Service, has been made by the BBC radio station.

  • Homophobic Muslim preacher faces police probe 2

    The controversial preacher was caught on camera at Green Lane Mosque in Birmingham.

    11:21 AM — The Birmingham mosque exposed in a Channel 4 documentary as a Mecca for extremist Muslims is being investigated by police after calls from an MP for police to intervene.The Dispatches programme, broadcast on Monday, showed undercover footage of preacher Abu Usamah calling for gay people to be executed.The controversial preacher was caught on camera at Green Lane Mosque in Birmingham.

  • 18th January 2007

    Bristol ready for LGBT History Month 1

    The full list of events can be found online at: www.bristol.gov.uk/lgbthistorymonth

    3:43 PM — The important contribution that LGBT Bristolians make to the city's economy and cultural scene is to be celebrated through a range of events.They will take place under the banner of LGBT History Month, and begin with a film double bill at the Arnolfini cinema on Saturday 29th January.There are two further LGBT film double bills at the Arnolfini on Sundays 4th and 11th of February.

  • Brighton Pride mourn their “true champion” 9

    The Pride Board will now consider a suitable and fitting tribute to Mr Wilde at this year's Preston Park event on Saturday 4th August.

    2:18 PM — The organisers of Brighton Pride have spoken of their sadness at the news that Paul Wilde has died aged 51.As reported by PinkNews.co.uk, Mr Wilde died in his sleep and yesterday was found in his flat above his venue South Central, in Vauxhall, London.He was the mastermind behind the most successful Pride events in the country.

  • Education Secretary stands up for gay song 1

    Alan Johnson, a candidate for the deputy leader of the Labour party once John Prescott stands down, stood up for gay rights during the recent Cabinet row over the Sexual Orientation Regulations.

    12:11 PM — Alan Johnson, Secretary of State for Education and Skills, has told BBC Radio 4 listeners that he would be happy if the song (Sing If You're) Glad To Be Gay is included in a book for schoolchildren.The Daily Express reports that the comments have "sparked a major row."

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