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  • 11th September 2007

    Stonewall dismisses “Pyrrhic victory” for Christians 20

    Stonewall told PinkNews.co.uk that they took legal advice on harassment over the regulations in the rest of the UK and decided they were not necessary.

    3:05 PM — Gay equality organisation Stonewall said today that the ruling of the High Court in Belfast on the Sexual Orientation Regulations would not diminish the protections for LGB people in the UK.Chief executive Ben Summerskill told PinkNews.co.uk:"We are delighted that the court has upheld the regulations as they currently exist across the rest of Britain."Mr Justice Weatherup said that a provision which protects LGB people from harassment when accessing goods and services should be set aside.

  • Judge strikes down Sexual Orientation Regulations provision 20

    The SORs have proved controversial in Northern Ireland.

    1:11 PM — The High Court in Northern Ireland has ruled that parts of the Sexual Orientation Regulations must be removed.In a victory for Evangelical Christian activists, Mr Justice Weatherup said that a provision that protects LGB people from harassment when accessing goods and services should be set aside.Christians who provide goods and services will not be prosectuted for saying they are unwilling to provide them to LGB people.

  • Ken attacks Boris over support for Section 28 2

    Ken Livingstone, who has been in office since 2000, accused Henley MP Boris Johnson of inconsistency on a range of issues.

    12:44 PM — The hustings for the contest for the Conservative party nomination for Mayor of London opened yesterday with an attack from the present incumbent on the Tory front runner.Ken Livingstone, who has been in office since 2000, accused Henley MP Boris Johnson of inconsistency on a range of issues, including gay rights.Four Tories are contesting the primary. All Londoners who are registered to vote can take part either by phone or postal ballot.

  • Armed Forces to hold gay conference 2

    The Royal Navy allowed sailors to march in uniform at Pride and used it as a recruitment opportunity.

    11:15 AM — The Royal Air Force is to host the third Joint Service conference on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Matters in November.All three services have approved the two day event, at which service personnel will be updated on developments in diversity training, participate in presentations and workshops, and take advantage of a social networking opportunity.In 2000, the government removed the ban on gay, lesbian and bisexual people serving openly in the Armed Forces.

  • Channel 4 to show ad for anti-gay Christianity crash-course 21

    The advertisement forms part of a major campaign by the Alpha UK group, which is renowned for its conservative approach.

    11:15 AM — Channel 4 is to broadcast an advertisement for the Alpha Course, an evangelical programme run by Alpha UK, who promote the idea that homosexuality is a sin.The Alpha Course is a ten-week programme designed to introduce students to Christianity.The advertisement forms part of a major campaign by the Alpha UK group, which is renowned for its conservative approach.

  • Jim Davidson quits Hells Kitchen after gay row 11

    Jim Davidson has quit Hells Kitchen

    9:20 AM — Controversial Comedian Jim Davidson has walked out of ITV1's Hell's Kitchen after a row with fellow contestant, the gay television presenter Brian Dowling."Why do shirt-lifters pull that same face?" Davidson asked Dowling and another contestant about some customers in the restaurant."Please don't say shirt-lifters," Brian replied. "It's really rude."

  • 10th September 2007

    Barrymore will not be charged over Lubbock death

    Stuart Lubbock died in 2001

    7:30 PM — Gay entertainer Michael Barrymore will not face charges over the death of Stuart Lubbock at then home in 2001Mr Barrymore was questioned at Harlow police station in Essex today Monday, along with Justin Merritt and Jonathan Kenny all of whom had been arrested in June 2007 over Mr Lubbock's death.The Crown Prosecution Service advised that no one should face criminal charges following the investigation but that the case should remain open.

  • Hep C sufferer Anita Roddick dies of brain haemorrhage

    Anita Roddick died today

    7:30 PM — The founder of Body Shop, Dame Anita Roddick, has died as a result of "a major brain haemorrhage" at the age of 64.She died at St Richard's Hospital in Chichester, West Sussex where here husband, Gordon, and daughters Sam and Justine were all with her. Roddick, who built a retail empire while taking an ethical approach to business, revealed she contracted the Hepatitis C virus and suffered from liver damage in February 2007.

  • Lib Dems reveal London Mayor candidates 7

    Mr Paddick is currently a Visiting Fellow of Ashridge Business School.

    5:05 PM — The Liberal Democrats have announced a shortlist of three names to go forward to a members' ballot to decide their candidate for London Mayor.Liberal Democrat members in London will vote on the candidates next month, with the successful Mayoral candidate being announced in early November.There are three candidates on the shortlist. Chamali Fernando, a barrister from Finchley, is running for the party's nomination against Fiyaz Mughal, a Haringey councillor, and Brian Paddick.

  • Footballer names Premier League homophobes 1

    Le Saux, who is married with children, confessed that the comments about his sexuality were difficult for him to handle.

    4:45 PM — Former Chelsea player Graeme Le Saux, who was dogged with rumours about his sexuality throughout his career, has said that homophobic taunts nearly drove him out of the game altogether.In his autobiography Left Field, to be published next week, the footballer names players who taunted with anti-gay comments.Le Saux accuses former England captain David Beckham of calling him a 'poof' although he also says he does not believe Beckham is a homophobe.

  • Review: Cumming’s triumphant Greek god

    Cumming stars as Dionysus, the playful, androgynous god of wine, dance, sex and good times.  photo: Richard Campbell.

    3:07 PM — Dressed in a slinky gold kilt, long curly wig and brash make-up, Alan Cumming wowed an expectant audience at the opening night of the London run of David Greig's new adaptation of the Greek classic, The Bacchae. Fresh from a run at the Edinburgh International Festival the production, staged by the National Theatre of Scotland, has transferred to the unassuming Lyric Hammersmith for a further two weeks.Cumming stars as Dionysus, the playful, androgynous god of wine, dance, sex and good times.

  • Sisters final appeal over inheritance tax 1

    They wrote to the European Court of Human Rights and were shocked when the court agreed to hear their case.

    2:04 PM — Two sisters in their eighties will argue in front of European judges this week that the law treats them less favourably than a lesbian couple.The siblings have been living together in Wiltshire since they were born, but Joyce, 88, and Sybil Burden, 80, fear that one of them will be left with a large inheritance tax bill when the other passes away.In 2005 the implementation of the Civil Partnership Act brought inheritance laws for gay couples in line with those of married couples.

  • Christians may be sued over Little Britain posters

    The Christian posters, which have now been removed from the CPO website, featured the catchphrases “Am I bovvered,“ “Yeah, I know,“ and “Yeah, but no, but yeah.“

    11:31 AM — An attempt by Christians to 'reach out' to young people has led to threats of legal action from lawyers representing the interests of gay comedian Matt Lucas and his fellow comics David Walliams and Catherine Tate.A major supplier of religious publicity materials, Christian Publishing and Outreach, used catchphrases from Little Britain and The Catherine Tate Show in a series of posters that also carried Bible quotations.

  • Paisley resigns as church leader 3

    The Free Presbyterian Church mounts a yearly counter-protest against Belfast Pride at the City Hall.

    11:06 AM — Ian Paisley, the First Minister of Northern Ireland, is to step down from the leadership of a church he founded 56 years ago.The veteran politician has come under pressure from members of the Free Presbyterian church over gay rights issues.The fundamentalist Christian sect have been outraged that Mr Paisley and other members of his Democratic Unionist Party have ignored their objections to government financial support for Pride marches.

  • 7th September 2007

    Church ‘missing the point’ of equality legislation 9

    Stonewall said that new discrimination laws are designed to protect people of faith and the LGB community.

    5:20 PM — Gay rights group Stonewall has responded to the Church of England's assertion that proposed new laws on discrimination will mean that "religion and belief seemed to be treated as subordinate to other rights."The Church's Archbishop's Council, which formulates policy, made its views known in a response to the Discrimination Law Review.The public consultation on the review ended on Tuesday.

  • Decision on Barrymore charges next week 5

    Meat factory worker Stuart Lubbock was found dead in Barrymore's swimming pool after a party in March 2001

    4:26 PM — Gay comic Michael Barrymore will find out next week if he is to face charges over the death of a man at his Essex home six years ago.Meat factory worker Stuart Lubbock was found dead in Barrymore's swimming pool after a party in March 2001.In June 2001 Barrymore and two other men were arrested and bailed in connection with the incident.

  • TURING: Yours shamefully 4

    It is the moral responsibility of every tolerant developed nation to grant asylum seekers the right to residence.

    2:45 PM — It is high time that the Home Office defined its policies for dealing with LGBT asylum seekers. Shame that it still refuses to do so.Iran is no place to be gay. Nor is it the best place for Westerners to campaign for the rights of sexual minorities.Even according to the most conservative of estimates, no fewer than 4000 people may have been executed in Iran for the 'crime of homosexuality' since the Islamic Revolution of 1979.

  • Cameron defies critics over gay rights 71

    The speech laid out Mr Cameron's “mood music“ for the next election amid speculation that the Prime Minister may decide to go to the country as early as next month.

    1:30 PM — The leader of the Conservative party has attacked right-wing critics in his own party and committed himself to civil partnerships and gay rights.In a wide-ranging address to an audience of candidates and party workers in London, David Cameron spoke about "modern Conservatism," and made clear that recent critics of his leadership were out of touch.He presented a manifesto around the themes of change, family, responsibility, and "leadership for the internet generation."

  • HSBC gay banker back at tribunal 1

    HSBC has consistently denied it discriminated against Mr Lewis on grounds of sexuality.

    12:15 PM — An employment tribunal in Stratford, east London, was told yesterday that homophobia is still a problem in the UK financial services industry.Peter Lewis, a former head of equity at HSBC bank, won a partial victory last year when a tribunal ruled that the bank had discriminated against him on four grounds because of his sexual orientation.However, he was unable to prove discrimination in relation to 12 other grounds, including his dismissal from the bank in 2004 for gross misconduct.

  • Church of England attacks equality legislation 9

    The Archbishops' Council said new laws were unnecessary and the Church could be forced to marry people who have undergone gender reassignment surgery.

    10:41 AM — An official document from the policy-making body of the Church of England has raised objections to the new Single Equality Bill.The new legislation, which is at consultation stage, aims to harmonise and simplify the law with regards to race, gender, disability, sexual orientation and other forms of discrimination.In its official submission to the consultation, the Archbishops' Council said new laws were unnecessary and the Church could be forced to marry people who have undergone gender reassignment surgery.

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