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  • 18th July 2006

    London Mayor backs Brits at Gay Games 3

    Ken Livingstone took part inthe  EuroPride rally in London holding a Venezuelan flag as well as a flag of his hero, Cuban revolutionary Che Guevara

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveThe Mayor of London has sent good luck wishes to the athletes taking part in this week's Gay Games in Chicago and the upcoming Outgames in Montreal.The weeklong Chicago event, expected to draw nearly 12,000 athletes from 65 countries, started last weekend and will be staged in 33 venues across Chicago and the suburbs.

  • Gay asylum group push for Iranian protection

    The UK Lesbian  Gay Immigration Group has written to Liam Byrne, the Home Office Minister responsible for immigration, requesting the suspension of removals to Iran

    12:00 AM — The UK Lesbian Gay Immigration Group has written to Liam Byrne, the Home Office Minister responsible for immigration, requesting the suspension of removals to Iran of lesbian and gay asylum seekers.The Group has urged the Minister to ensure that no Iranian lesbian or gay asylum seeker be removed from the UK whilst there are genuine concerns that those suspected of having gay sexual relationships are at risk of persecution.

  • Darren Hayes celebrates gay union 4

    Darren Hayes came out publicly yesterday (Photo: Steve and Tanja)

    12:00 AM — Former Savage Garden frontman, Darren Hayes, has ended speculation over his sexuality after he came out yesterday and revealed he has had a civil partnership.The solo singer has often remained silent on his private life, but yesterday afternoon he published a statement on his website celebrating his civil ceremony with his partner of two years, Richard.

  • Guernsey may lower gay age of consent 3

    The Guernesey flag

    12:00 AM — Guernsey Chief Minister Laurie Morgan has signalled that the island may follow neighbouring Jersey's lead in lowering the gay age of consent.His remarks came after the issue was raised at a meeting of the Crown Dependencies of Guernsey, Jersey, and the Isle of Man, after the fellow Channel Island of Jersey lowered the age of gay consent from 18 to 16 recently.

  • Police appeal for help after homophobic assault

    At approx 1640 the female victim was walking with her girlfriend in Dean Street W1, near to the junction with Bateman Street when an unknown man approached them, attacked the victim and made a homophobic remark

    12:00 AM — Officers from the Westminster Community Safety Unit are appealing for information following a homophobic assault during the Euro Pride event on Saturday 1 July.At approx 1640 the female victim was walking with her girlfriend in Dean Street W1, near to the junction with Bateman Street when an unknown man approached them, attacked the victim and made a homophobic remark.

  • Gay community to remember hanged teenagers

    Labour MP Chris Bryant will be hosting a meeting at the House of Commons tomorrow evening to mark the first anniversary of Iran's hanging of two gay teenagers

    12:00 AM — Labour MP Chris Bryant will be hosting a meeting at the House of Commons tomorrow evening to mark the first anniversary of Iran's hanging of two gay teenagers.Mahmoud Asgari and Ayaz Marhoni were publicly executed in Iran last year, because according to the regime they were rapists, however gay campaigners insist the boys were killed under Sharia law for the crime of homosexuality.

  • 15th July 2006

    Ashley Cole to marry in “wedding of the year” 1

    Ashley Cole is to marry on Saturday

    12:00 AM — England footballer Ashley Cole is to marry Girls Aloud star, Cheryl Tweedy on Saturday in what is being dubbed, "the celebrity magazine wedding of the year."Cole and Tweedy are to tie the knot at Highclere Castle, Berkshire, the venue for singer Peter Andre and model Jordan's marriage last September.

  • 14th July 2006

    Brighton venue issues apology over homophobic performer 7

    Buju Banton's hit 'Boom Bye Bye'  incites the burning, shooting in the head of gay people and pouring acid over their faces

    12:00 AM — A music venue in Brighton has apologised to the LGBT community for booking a notoriously homophobic Jamaican rap artist.The Concorde 2 live music venue, which is situated near the 'gay village' in Brighton's Kemp Town area, cancelled the gig by Buju Banton on 5th July. Initially, the club was unrepentant and admitted only cancelling the concert after pressure from Brighton and Hove Council and the LGBT community.

  • Up to 20 per cent of gay men have tried crystal meth 7

    Up to 20 per cent of gay men may have tried crystal meth

    12:00 AM — Research published today by City University, London has found that up to twenty ten per cent of gay men in London have tried the clubbing drug crystal methamphetamine (crystal meth). Of these men, most use it only infrequently.Crystal meth is a very strong stimulant which brings on an intense feeling of euphoria and lowers the user's inhibitions.

  • 13th July 2006

    Government promises IVF for lesbians 1

    Dr Evan Harris, Liberal Democrat member of the committee, who has led the calls to drop the need for the father provisions, said: “I'm pleased that after 16 years of licensed discrimination against solo mothers and lesbian couples there are signs that it will come to an end“

    12:00 AM — Lesbians are to gain the right to fertility treatment without the stipulation of a father being present, according to new government proposals.Public Health Minister, Caroline Flint, told the Science and Technology Committee that the Government recognises the need for reform to the "need for a father" requirement which has been deemed "offensive" to unconventional families.

  • Senior clergyman attacks “witch hunt”of gays

    Dr John Moses said that nobody “should be shown the door by the Church”

    12:00 AM — A senior Church of England clergyman has attacked evangelical Christians for conducting what he calls a "witch hunt" against gay people."The thought that anybody should be shown the door by the Church, I just find deeply offensive," the Very Reverend Dr John Moses said prior to his final service as Dean of St Paul's Cathedral.

  • Foreign Office pays for homophobic cleric’s stay in luxury hotel

    The luxury hotel that the Governement has put cleric Yusef al-Quaradawi up in, has been described as having “breathtaking views over the bosphorus.“

    12:00 AM — Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi, the spiritual leader of the Islamicist fundamentalist organisation, the Muslim Brotherhood, was put up in the five star Ceylan InterContinental Hotel for a two day conference paid for by the Governemnt.The controversial cleric made headlines in 2004 when he came to London as a guest of Ken Livingstone, who was then heavily criticised by gay rights campaigners and Jewish organisations for inviting him.

  • Cameron rejects alliance with Polish homophobes

    David Cameron will sign an agreement with the ODS today

    12:00 AM — Conservative Leader, David Cameron is due to sign a joint declaration of intent with the Czech Civic Democrats (ODS) at 4pm today, announcing their intention to leave the EPP (European Peoples Party) after the next European elections. However, he has avoided consternation within the gay community by rejecting for now an alliance with the homophobic Polish Law and Justice Party (LJP).Conservative MEPs stood for the 2004 European elections as British candidates for the EPP, the right of centre alliance of like minded parties.

  • Cameron rejects homophobic alliance for “friendly neighbours”

    Conservative leader David Cameron has today signed a joint declaration with the Czech Civic Democratic Party to form a new European parliamentary group

    12:00 AM — Conservative leader David Cameron has today signed a joint declaration with the Czech Civic Democratic Party to form a new European parliamentary group, ending speculation that he may collude with Poland's homophobic Law and Justice Party.Mr Cameron joined with Mirek Topolanek, the leader of the Czech Civic Democratic Party and the Prime Minister designate of the Czech Republic, to announce the creation of a new parliamentary group in the European Parliament to argue the case for reform in the EU.

  • 12th July 2006

    Brighton Conservatives’ “shallow” gay pride pledge 14

    Peter Willows a Hangleton and Knoll ward councillor, faced widespread condemnation over comments labelling gay people as paedophiles

    12:00 AM — A motion by the local Brighton and Hove Conservative Party to fly a rainbow flag from council buildings has been met with scepticism in the local authority.The proposal comes as suspended Tory councillor, Peter Willows, a Hangleton and Knoll ward councillor, is currently being investigated by police over alleged comments labelling gay people as paedophiles, and opposing flying the rainbow flag, a symbol of the gay community, asking "why should any country have to fly a flag because of men sleeping together to have sex?"

  • Archbishop clarifies gay row proposal

    Dr Rowan Williams used his address to the Church of England's national assembly, the General Synod, to call interpretations of the idea of “associated” and “covenant” congregations “nonsense”

    12:00 AM — The Archbishop of Canterbury has criticised reports of a proposal to divide the Anglican Church.Dr Rowan Williams used his address to the Church of England's national assembly, the General Synod, to call interpretations of the idea of "associated" and "covenant" congregations "nonsense."

  • “Harassed” gay employee allowed to seek damages

    Employers declared liable in homophobic harassment case

    12:00 AM — William Majrowski, an alleged victim of workplace harassment by his manager, was today granted the right by the Law Lords to pursue a case of "vicarious harassment" against the employers of his manager.In a landmark ruling, Lord Nicholls of Birkenhead explained how Mr Majrowski's boss, Sandra Freeman, allegedly "bullied and intimidated him" because he is homosexual and she is homophobic.

  • Bloggers protest at homophobic line-up

    A Brighton music venue last week caved into pressure from the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered) community, Brighton and Hove City Council and Police by cancelling a performance by singer Buju Banton, who has refused to apologise personally for his notorious 1990s hit 'Boom Bye Bye' which appears to incite the burning, shooting in the head of gay people and pouring acid over their faces.

    12:00 AM — A group of black gay and lesbian campaigners have launched a campaign against a concert organiser's decision to allow reggae artists whose songs include homophobic lyrics to perform at an upcoming HIV/AIDs awareness concert.Bloggers from the US black gay community are protesting against scheduled performances by Beenie Man and TOK, calling on the HIV awareness group, LIFEbeat, organisers of the event on July 18 2006 in New York, to change the line-up.

  • “Bullied” gay man secures landmark workplace ruling

    Court of Appeal decision leaves responsibility to create a safe place at work in the hands of the employers.

    12:00 AM — In a landmark Court of Appeal ruling William Majrowski, an alleged victim of homophobic workplace harassment by his manager, was granted the right by the Law Lords to pursue a case of "vicarious harassment" against the employers of his manager.Lord Nicholls of Birkenhead explained how Mr Majrowski's boss, Sandra Freeman, allegedly "bullied and intimidated him" because he is homosexual and she is homophobic.

  • Gay MPs accused of snubbing LGBT charity 5

    Shadow Secretary of State for Trade and Industry and the most senior gay Tory MP, Alan Duncan, told PinkNews.co.uk: “I applaud the work of the AKT and thank PinkNews.co.uk for pointing it out to me”

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveGay MPs have been accused of snubbing an Early Day Motion tabled by Labour MP for Hackney North and Stoke Newington Diane Abbot in support of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) teenager's support service The Albert Kennedy Trust.The Chief Executive of the Trust, Richard McKendrick said, "It is really shocking that more openly gay MP's haven't signed this motion in support of the work that we do."

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