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  • 29th June 2006

    Evangelical Alliance: ‘Gays are not superior sinners’ 6

    Joel Edwards, head of the Evangelical Alliance, tells PinkNews.co.uk's Marc Shoffman it's time for positive dialogue with the gay community

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveThe relationship between religion and homosexuality has become strained recently, barely a week passes without the Pope criticising gay marriages or the Anglican Church imploding over gay bishops, but Joel Edwards, head of the Evangelical Alliance, tells PinkNews.co.uk's Marc Shoffman it's time for positive dialogue. "Why is anything which is not from the gay position defined as homophobic," asks Joel Edwards, general director of the Evangelical Alliance, a Christian charity and lobby group in its 160th year of using a commitment to Christ and the Bible to engage with society.

  • Union seeks change in societal homophobia 1

    Jody Dobrowski, 24, assistant manager at Bar Risa Jongleurs, in Camden, was found unconscious in south London last year and died in hospital with head, neck and facial injuries

    12:00 AM — Recent changes in the law mean that lesbians and gay men can now tackle any prejudice they encounter in work or in their everyday lives, but until the UK witnesses a real shift in social attitudes, homophobia and discrimination will continue to make life tough for many, the TUC warned today.Addressing the TUC's annual lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender conference later today, TUC General Secretary Brendan Barber will remind delegates that the past 12 months have seen several important advances which have brought gay equality a step closer. He will highlight the introduction of civil partnerships and changes giving same sex partners similar access to pensions as that enjoyed by married couples.

  • MSPs back gay couples adoption rights

    Members of the Scottish Executive's Education Committee fully backed the Adoption and Children Bill which aims to address a shortage of carers in Scotland by allowing gay and unmarried couples to adopt

    12:00 AM — MSPs have unanimously supported adoption rights for gay couples in Scotland.Members of the Scottish Executive's Education Committee fully backed the Adoption and Children Bill which aims to address a shortage of carers in Scotland by allowing gay and unmarried couples to adopt.

  • Gay civil servants join EuroPride 6

    This is the first time that CSRA will be represented at EuroPride

    12:00 AM — The Civil Service's gay network will join this weekend's EuroPride for the first time.The Civil Service Rainbow Alliance (CSRA) announced its participation this week in EuroPride 2006, Europe's largest and most vibrant gay and lesbian cultural festival.

  • MEP urges gay community to ‘come out and speak up’ 6

    Jean Lambert, who is a member of the European Parliament's Intergroup on Gay and Lesbian Rights, said she was pleased to see EuroPride taking place in a variety of countries

    12:00 AM — As London hosts EuroPride 2006 this weekend, thirty-five years since Pride first began in the capital, Green Euro MP Jean Lambert pledged her support for the events tackling issues of bullying, discrimination and homophobic abuse.Ms Lambert, who is a member of the European Parliament's Intergroup on Gay and Lesbian Rights, said she was pleased to see EuroPride taking place in a variety of countries this month following the recent set backs in Moscow.

  • HIV research on brain dead is immoral

    Peter Singer claimed that HIV research should be conducted on brain damaged humans

    12:00 AM — A British academic has criticised the Australian ethicist Peter Singer for claiming that HIV research should be conducted on brain damaged humans.Peter Singer, professor of bioethics at Princeton University in the USA is best known for his controversial views on bestiality, euthanasia and disability. In June he suggested that HIV research should be conducted on people in a persistent vegetative state as they are will not suffer because they are "beyond consciousness."

  • 28th June 2006

    London Mayor fulfilling ‘gay dream’ 6

    Gay campaigners praised the London Mayor's record on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights last night as around 250 dignitaries gathered at City Hall  for the annual pride reception

    12:00 AM — Gay campaigners praised the London Mayor's record on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights last night as around 250 dignitaries gathered at City Hall for the annual pride reception.The event celebrated this weekend's EuroPride parade in London and was addressed by gay campaigners, celebrities and sponsors.

  • Chris Eubank corners gay cruisers

    Chris Eubank complained to Brighton and Hove Council claiming men were meeting at the spot for casual sex

    12:00 AM — A seafront shelter in Brighton is being watched by police after former boxer Chris Eubank complained that it is being used for gay cruising.Eubank complained to Brighton and Hove Council claiming men were meeting at the spot for casual sex, after a friend alerted him to the issue, police said.

  • 27th June 2006

    Report highlights homeless gay community’s needs

    Additional funding and support was provided by the Community University Partnership Project, Albert Kennedy Trust, Sir Halley Stewart Trust, Brighton  Hove City PCT, City Council and Pride in Brighton  Hove

    12:00 AM — Around 20% of Brighton and Hove's homeless people are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT), a report claims.The research suggests the LGBT community is over-represented in the homeless population and has negative experiences of local authority homelessness applications.

  • London Mayor welcomes gay community to EuroPride 6

    Ken Livingstone, who is hosting his annual Pride reception at City Hall this week, as well as speaking at the EuroPride rally in Trafalgar Square on Saturday, said: “I want to give a very strong London welcome to Europride“

    12:00 AM — With up to half a million people expected to join this weekend's EuroPride 06 parade and festival, the Mayor of London has restated his commitment to the capital as a gay friendly destination and city to live and work in.Ken Livingstone, who is hosting his annual Pride reception at City Hall this week, as well as speaking at the EuroPride rally in Trafalgar Square on Saturday, said: "I want to give a very strong London welcome to Europride. With a huge range of bars, clubs and restaurants across the capital, from Soho, to Vauxhall, to Shoreditch, London is one of the best cities to visit for lesbian and gay travellers and I am very pleased to welcome everyone coming to join us this Saturday for EuroPride.

  • Gay charity aims to end workplace discrimination

    Available in English and Welsh, the guide gives employees the basic information they need about the regulations protecting them at work, informs them of their rights and advises what to do if they experience problems

    12:00 AM — The Welsh branch of gay charity Stonewall has launched an updated version of its "Discrimination at work- it's so over" employee guide regarding sexual orientation in the workplace, in reaction to a recent survey claiming one in five gay employees are discriminated against in Wales because of their sexuality.Available in English and Welsh, the guide gives employees the basic information they need about the regulations protecting them at work, informs them of their rights and advises what to do if they experience problems.

  • Gay community receives 80,000 condoms for EuroPride

    The EuroPride parade takes place this Saturday

    12:00 AM — Terrence Higgins Trust will be distributing 80,000 condoms to revellers at EuroPride this weekend.The condoms will come in packs of two along with some water based lube, in a pack supported by Confident Condoms and Ford, carrying messages about safer sex, sexually transmitted infections and how to use a condom properly.

  • MPs’ attack BBC’s “casual homophobia” 6

    Sir Elton John with radio presenter Chris Moyles

    12:00 AM — MPs are calling on the BBC to make its staff more aware of "casual homophobia" after Radio1 DJ Chris Moyles called a mobile phone ring tone "gay" on his breakfast show.The demand is made in a House of Commons motion seeking a debate on the issue, led by Liberal Democrat MP and spokesperson for Women and Equality Lorely Burt, and currently supported by four others from the Lib Dems, Conservatives and Labour.

  • Archbishop poses gay row solution

    Dr Rowan Williams proposed provinces whereby those happy to sign up to a formal covenant would be “constituents” and those who held different views would become “associated”

    12:00 AM — The Anglican Communion's gay row could be resolved by creating two levels of church. the Archbishop of Canterbury suggested today.Dr Rowan Williams proposed provinces whereby those happy to sign up to a formal covenant would be "constituents" and those who held different views would become "associated."

  • Gay friendly Venezuelan capital joins EuroPride 6

    They will speak at the Mayor of London's Europride reception, which takes place at City Hall

    12:00 AM — Representatives of Juan Barreto, Mayor of Venezuelan capital, Caracas, will address a EuroPride conference this evening.The delegation includes Fabiola González, director of the Citizen's Attention Office of the Metropolitan District Mayor's Office, Yislaine Guzmán, member of the Citizen's Attention Office and Hailer Vaamonde, coordinator of GLBT (Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transvestite) Affairs.

  • 26th June 2006

    The Sun apologises for Ashley Cole “gay orgy” stories

    After publication of the photographs on PinkNews.co.uk, Ashley Cole began legal action against the News of the World and the Sun

    12:00 AM — A second newspaper has apologised regarding reports wrongly claiming England and Arsenal defender Ashley Cole and Choice FM's DJ Mastertepz were involved in a gay orgy.The Sun echoed its sister paper, The News of the World, with a retraction today after publishing a series of articles between the 12th and 19th of February 2006 accompanied with pixelated photographs of Mr Cole and the radio DJ Masterstepz (Ian Thompson) although neither party was named.

  • Gay MP becomes first minister to have a civil partnership 1

    Ben Bradshaw, 45, is a former BBC correspondent and has worked in the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs since 2004, firstly as Minister for Nature Conservation and Fisheries

    12:00 AM — Ben Bradshaw became the first government minister to have a civil partnership last weekend.The Minister for Local Environment, Marine and Animal Welfare had a ceremony with Newsnight journalist Neal Dalgleish on Saturday in Herefordshire.

  • Gay community sceptical about Cameron’s Bill of Rights 1

    David Cameron told the Centre for Policy Studies in London that the current Human Rights Act did not adequately help fight terrorism or crime

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveThe gay community has reacted with scepticism towards David Cameron's idea of a British Bill of Rights.The leader of the Conservative Party said in a speech at the Centre for Policy Studies, that the current Human Rights Act did not adequately help fight terrorism or crime.He claimed a British Bill of Rights would better reflect rights and responsibilities of UK citizens.

  • Cameron proposes British Bill of Rights 4

    David Cameron set out plans today to introduce a British Bill of Rights

    12:00 AM — Conservative leader David Cameron set out plans today to introduce a British Bill of Rights which would make up for what he describes as the negative consequences of the Human Rights Act on terrorism and crime.The full text of his speech, which was quashed by the Attorney General last night, can be read here.

  • Where does the gay community fit into a Bill of Rights? 2

    David Cameron wants to introduce a British Bill of Rights

    12:00 AM — Conservative leader David Cameron wants to introduce a British Bill of Rights which would make up for what he describes as the negative consequences of the Human Rights Act on terrorism and crime, PinkNews.co.uk's Marc Shoffman warns that the gay community must not be left out.David Cameron's latest policy would mean introducing a codified document setting out principles of law which must be abided by, similar to the US Constitution, which as regular PinkNews.co.uk readers will know, can often dangerously be used against the gay community.

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