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February 2006

  • 21st February 2006

    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.

  • Senate to debate gay club ban 1

    The bill would change state law regarding student clubs at public schools

    12:00 AM — The Senate will debate a bill proposing a ban on gay school clubs after its education committee voted in favour for the law yesterday.The amended bill was endorsed by the Senate Education Committee on a 4-2 vote Monday, and will now get a debate by the full Senate. Some fear the original language would ban gay-straight alliance clubs (GSAs) from Utah's public high schools, but the Utah attorney general said it would run afoul of federal equal access laws.

  • Vatican to combat gay marriage laws 3

    Theologians and jurists are taking part in the five-day seminar at the Vatican-administered Lateran university in Rome, organised by the John Paul II institute for Studies of Marriage and the Family

    12:00 AM — Gay rights groups are criticising the Vatican this week over a debate on how to block the spread of laws in traditionally Roman Catholic countries granting legal status to homosexual marriages.Theologians and jurists are taking part in the five-day seminar at the Vatican-administered Lateran university in Rome, organised by the John Paul II institute for Studies of Marriage and the Family.

  • Malaysian charged with murder of gay professor 3

    Associate Professor Mr Cheong, 54, former head of the English Language Proficiency Unit at the National University of Singapore, was  found strangled and stabbed to death at his home in December 1993

    12:00 AM — A Malaysian man has been charged with the murder of a gay Singaporean professor after 13 years on the run.Lee Chez Kee, 36, who appeared at a special sitting of the Subordinate Courts, had been avoiding police since the murder of National University of Singapore (NUS) don Lee Kok Cheong between Dec 12 and 14, 1993.

  • Irish support gay marriages- poll claims

    51% of the public would welcome the introduction of civil marriages for gay couples

    12:00 AM — A poll commissioned by a national newspaper has found that over half of Irish adults support the introduction of gay marriages in the predominantly Catholic country.The Irish Examiner/Red C survey claims that 51% of the public would welcome the introduction of civil marriages for gay couples and allowing gay couples the same rights of adoption as straight couples.

  • Russian politicians back gay pride ban 4

    Lyubov Sliska, the First Vice-Speaker of the State Duma said people shouldn't equate 'human rights' with 'permissiveness'

    12:00 AM — Russian politicians have spoken out in favour of the Mayor of Moscow's decision to ban a gay pride parade in the capital amid protest plans in the UK by gay groups.Ekaterina Lahova, who chairs the Duma's committee on women, family and youth issues, entered the debate by saying it was not "safe for the state to propagate homosexuality" and the action by the Moscow authorities in banning a gay parade was a "perfectly correct decision".

  • Blood service to study gay population

    Gay and lesbians organisations were outraged last month when the SANBS issued a statement  asking gay people not to donate blood

    12:00 AM — The South African National Blood Service (SANBS) is standing by its policy of not allowing gay people to donate blood, despite agreeing to a study of the South African gay population this week."Until such data is available which can enable SANBS to review its policy, the status quo will remain," an SANBS statement said today.

  • Task force to end gay bullying 4

    More than 500 people from 75 cities are expected to attend a conference at Drake University in Iowa

    12:00 AM — A conference of students, politicians and gay groups is getting together to raise awareness about the bullying and harassment of gay and lesbian youth.More than 500 people from 75 cities are expected to attend a conference at Drake University in Iowa. The conference is being hosted by Gov. Tom Vilsack and Lt. Gov. Sally Pederson and the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Youth in Iowa Schools Task Force.

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  • 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.

  • Increase in US ballots trying to ban gay adoption 1

    Julie Brueggemann of gay rights group PROMO (Personal Rights of Missourians) said the aim is to replicate 2004. She said marriage initiatives mobilised conservative voters in 2004 and helped President Bush win in closely contested states such as Ohio

    12:00 AM — A wave of ballots to ban gays and lesbians from adopting have hit at least 16 states in the USA.Efforts to pass laws are underway in Ohio, Georgia and Kentucky where gay marriage has already been banned."Now that we've defined what marriage is, we need to take that further and say children deserve to be in that relationship," Greg Quinlan of Ohio's Pro-Family Network, a conservative Christian group, told USA Today.

  • 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

    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.

  • 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.

  • University offers gay studies

    Chicago's DePaul University is the largest Roman Catholic university in the US

    12:00 AM — An American University has courted mixed reactions after offering a minor in gay studies.Chicago's DePaul University, the largest Roman Catholic university in the US, has launched a course in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexualm Transgender and Queer studies.Courses in LGBTQ studies range from gender identity, same-sex desire and government reactions to homosexuals to literature and history of homosexuality in the United States.

  • 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.

  • Internet rumours “name” bisexual football star 39

    The News of the World's photograph of the “bisexual“ stars

    12:00 AM — The internet has today been rife with rumours surrounding the identity of two leading Premiership footballers, filmed in a gay orgy and viewed by a reporter at the News of the World.The tabloid newspaper said that the footballers, who can not be named for legal reasons, were caught on camera in an orgy with well a known music industry figure. The newspaper claimed that one player engaged in sexual acts using a mobile phone as a sex toy.

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