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  • 22nd February 2006

    Scotland tackles workplace homophobia

    A scheme to help tackle homophobia in the workplace and improve employers' attitudes to lesbian and gay issues has received backing from the Scottish Executive

    12:00 AM — The Scottish Executive is set to back a scheme to tackle homophobia in the workplace.The Diversity Champions project, launched this month by Stonewall Scotland after success in England and Wales, has received supported from the Scottish government.Supporters hope the scheme will help end bullying based on sexuality in Scotland's workplace and improve Scottish employer's positions in the Work Equality Index, a list of top places to work for gays and lesbians.

  • Lib Dem MSP to have first civil partnership

    According to sources Margaret Smith, 45, MSP for Edinburgh West, will register her relationship with Suzanne Main next month

    12:00 AM — A Liberal Democrat will be the first MSP to have a civil partnership after announcing her plans for a ceremony today.According to sources Margaret Smith, 45, MSP for Edinburgh West, will register her relationship with Suzanne Main next month.The couple said in a statement: "The ceremony will take place in Edinburgh in the presence of family and friends."

  • 3 men deny murdering gay student

    Darren Johnson, 27, Mohammed Choudhury, 24, and Muhammed Nduka, 24, all entered not guilty pleas to the charges at the Old Bailey yesterday

    12:00 AM — Three men are denying the murder of a gay student in London last year.Darren Johnson, 27, Mohammed Choudhury, 24, and Muhammed Nduka, 24, all entered not guilty pleas to the charges at the Old Bailey yesterday.A fourth man, Thomas Girmay, 22, joined the three to plead not guilty to robbery and causing grievous bodily harm with intent.

  • Teen given Asbo for homophobic hate campaign

    Aaron Bissmire, 18, led a gang which tormented and abused residents from the Cardigan Estate in Bush Hill Park

    12:00 AM — A teenager who subjected a gay man to a homophobic hate campaign has been given an anti-social behaviour order.Aaron Bissmire, 18, led a gang which tormented and abused residents from the Cardigan Estate in Bush Hill Park. Enfield Magistrates Court issued him with a three-year behaviour order banning him from misbehaving in the neighbourhood.

  • Three and a half thousand English gay couples tie the knot

    Men are twice as likely to form civil partnerships

    12:00 AM — Figures released by the General Register Office show that over three and half thousand couples formed civil partnerships in England and Wales in the first five weeks since the change in the law.3,648 couples formed civil partnerships in England and Wales between 21st December 2005 and 31st January 2006.

  • Club ridiculed over Brokeback Mountain calendar 4

    The souvenir shows players dressed in western cowboy clothing to demonstrate the “young guns” nickname given to academy players

    12:00 AM — A football club is being ridiculed by opposing fans over a calendar which features its players dressed like gay cowboys from hit film Brokeback MountainLeague One side Huddersfield Town were forced to reduce the price of the item from £5.99 to £1 this week after discovering that supporters were too embarrassed to buy it.However sales have increased in the last few days as fans do their best to stop other supporters buying them.

  • Gay men face high bulimia risk 1

    Figures show about 10 per cent of people being treated for eating disorders in the UK are male but experts believe the true figure is closer 25 per cent

    12:00 AM — Gay men are at a high risk from eating disorders according to figures from the Scottish Executive.The report shows a seven fold increase in the number of men in Scotland suffering from the eating disorder bulimia nervosa over the past five years. Gay men are highlighted as a group under particular risk.

  • 21st February 2006

    “What was the right answer for the question?” George Galloway and gay rights 2

    George Galloway “manages a slight, knowing, smirk as he posed for a photograph“

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveGeorge Galloway is a giant figure in British politics yet at just five foot and six inches he has difficulties towering over even me, someone famed for their short stature.The first thing that I notice apart from his height is that Galloway is nothing like his television persona. I've always thought of him as a thoroughly unlikeable man, someone I couldn't imagine having a pleasant conversation with. But his warmth won me over, he seemed genuinely pleased to communicate with the gay community.

  • Boy George ridicules gay marriage 9

    Boy George predicted many gay 'marriages' are destined for the divorce courts

    12:00 AM — Former Culture Club front man Boy George has slammed same-sex 'weddings', insisting marriage is outdated and has no place in modern or gay culture.The singer, who wrote hit song Karma Chameleon, ridiculed Elton John and David Furnish's decision to have a civil ceremony on December 21 last year - the first day British laws permitted the unions.

  • Galloway: Britain in no position to condemn anti gay Middle East 1

    Mr Galloway insisted that gay Muslims should have the right to asylum in this country from regimes where their way of life is persecuted

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveBritain is in no position to blame the Middle East for the harsh treatment of homosexuals, according to George Galloway.Speaking exclusively to PinkNews.co.uk, the Bethnal Green and Bow MP claimed that years of military intervention and interference in Arab countries by Britain and the West meant they couldn't complain about homophobic attitudes in the Middle East and said anti gay laws could be justified by the Koran.

  • Galloway: Respect candidates can be anti gay 1

    George Galloway told PinkNews.co.uk that no candidate would ever be forced to agree on opposing issues.  Picture courtesy of Matthew Emirzian

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveRespect Party MPs are not expected to adhere to a unified policy on gay rights, says George Galloway.The senior party figure told PinkNews.co.uk that no candidate would ever be forced to agree on opposing issues, he said: "Because we're a coalition we don't bind a Muslim candidate in Yorkshire to the explicitly socialist parts of our programme."

  • Gay sex scandal MP reunites with wife 5

    Mr Oaten has bombarded her with phone calls since the scandal ended his political ambitions

    12:00 AM — The Liberal Democrat MP involved in an alleged gay sex scandal looks likely to be reunited with his wife, according to reportsThe Daily Mirror claimed that the wife of MP Mark Oaten has taken him back just weeks after newspaper revelations that he had a relationship with a male prostitute.They were pictured together at their Hampshire home after friends of wife Belinda, 37, said she was prepared to give their marriage "another go".

  • Calls for protection to ministers who bless gay marriage 1

    According to current Church of Scotland rules, disciplinary action could be taken against an official attending a civil partnership ceremony, which may even lead to them being censured

    12:00 AM — Ministers who bless civil partnerships will avoid disciplinary action under proposals to be suggested at the Church of Scotland's General Assembly.A report by the Kirk's legal questions committee will propose that individual ministers should be allowed to decide whether they want to attend the events.

  • Online gay archive to be launched

    Evening clothes worn by one of “Lady Austin's Camp Boys“ 1932

    12:00 AM — An online gay database has been set up at the national archives as part of the Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender history month.The portal includes documents, party invites and posters relevant to the history of the gay community. Among the artefacts are documents recording Oscar Wilde's internment into Wandsworth Prison following his 1895 conviction for gross indecency.

  • London mayor backs Russian gay pride

    Ken Livingstone called upon his Russian counterpart to allow Moscow's gay pride event to go ahead

    12:00 AM — Ken Livingstone, the mayor of London has called upon his Russian counterpart to allow Moscow's gay pride event to go ahead.Mr Livingstone was responding to a statement made by the mayor of Moscow, Yury Luzhkov who said: "all attempts to organise a gay parade, in any form, open or disguised, will be resolutely quashed"."I believe that equality for lesbians and gay men is a fundamental human right." Mr Livingstone told PinkNews.co.uk.

  • 20th February 2006

    Paedophile raped boy he met in gay chatroom 2

    The boy's mother warned of the dangers of internet chatrooms

    12:00 AM — A 27 year old paedophile posed as a teenager in a gay chat room to rape a 14 year old boy.Luton Crown Court was told that John Lloyd indecently assaulted the boy in his own bed after grooming him on the internet and convincing the parents he was 15. He was jailed for eight years.

  • Teachers find it hard to stop homophobic bullying 4

    Simon Blake pointed out that homophobic bullying, when children use the word 'gay' as a term of abuse, causes particular problems for teachers

    12:00 AM — Teachers are cracking down on bullying in schools but still find it hard to deal with homophobic abuse according to the Anti Bullying Alliance.Data obtained by the Evening Standard showed school exclusions rose in 17 boroughs and went down in only five. There were wide variations between authorities. Children were suspended or expelled for bullying on 860 occasions in London schools last year, up 52 per cent from 567 in the previous 12 months.

  • Immigrant jailed for gay pride rape

    The woman had no ticket for the festival but Mailat offered to get her one from an acquaintance

    12:00 AM — An illegal immigrant who raped a lesbian at London's Gay Pride festival has been jailed for life.Dominic Mailat, 42, who had already served two prison terms for rape in his native Romania in the 1980s, launched a savage attack on his 24-year-old Spanish victim at the event in July 2000 before going on the run for five years.

  • Fake gay marriages could get immigrants British passports

    12:00 AM — Immigrants could be encouraged to have a gay marriage in order to get a passport, according to reports.Undercover reporters from the Sunday Times discovered that lawyers are prepared to advise potential immigrants to sign up for gay marriages in order to get British Citizenship, even if they are heterosexual.

  • Town toilets attract gay sex

    Foyleside centre manager, Des Farrell told the Irish News the toilets were checked regularly and public safety was not being compromised

    12:00 AM — Public toilets in a Northern Ireland city are being promoted as meeting places on the internet for gay men wishing to have sex.Messages are being left on an online board describing Derry's Foyleside centre toilets as a place to meet potential partners. Specific messages recommend Saturday afternoons, a time when the centre is packed with young people and families.

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