17th May 2006
Homophobic stigma – A community cause 2
12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveIn accordance with international demonstrations marking the International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO), PinkNews.co.uk's Marc Shoffman examines how much stigma and prejudice has been eliminated.Today marks 16 years since the World Health Organisation (WHO) removed homosexuality from the International Classification of Diseases (ICD) as a mental disorder, on May 17 1990, the World Health Organisation endorsed an intention to remove homosexuality from a list of mental disorders.
Anti gay Polish minister blames “homos” for protests 2
12:00 AM — While gay activists in Poland commemorate the International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO), the country's minister of education, is seeking a police investigation against gay groups.Wojciech Wierzejski, a member of the Polish ruling coalition partner, Giertych's League of Polish Families, who govern along with the anti gay Law and Justice Party, has been the subject of student demonstrations and petitions against him.
Bisexual MP supports gay asylum seekers 2
12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveLiberal Democrat Party President, Simon Hughes, attended a demonstration outside the Home Office today to mark the second International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO), and raise awareness of the plight of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender asylum seekers.The bisexual politician briefly addressed the crowd of gay activists, looking to highlight the problems facing asylum seekers who have fled homophobic persecution in countries like Pakistan, Uganda, Sudan, Jamaica, Iran, Belarus, Algeria, Iraq, Nigeria and Egypt.
Ford upholds gay employee rights 2
12:00 AM — Ford Motor Company has fought back pressure form Christian groups and shareholders pushing for the car maker to abandon its sexual orientation anti discrimination policies.A vote at the manufacturer's annual meeting decided that sexuality should remain on its equal employment policies.
Education group reveals gay teacher plight
12:00 AM — Four out of five gay teachers and lecturers experience homophobia at work, according to a report by the Teacher Support Network.The study comes in response to the International Day Against Homophobia, which takes place today, recognising the homophobia that remains in society.
Ex officer accused of ‘underage gay relationships’
12:00 AM — A police officers' flat was searched after he was suspected of having underage gay relationships, a tribunal heard yesterday.Ben Stokes, 23, a former member of the Nottingham Police claims he was discriminated against by his force after his sexuality was revealed when he started a relationship with a male teenager.
Poor education making gay men ‘more vulnerable’ to HIV
12:00 AM — Young gay men are made more vulnerable to HIV due to the failure of schools to address homophobia and provide relevant sexual health information, according to the National AIDs Trust (NAT).To mark the second International Day against Homophobia, today, the NAT is highlighting the failure of many schools to either tackle homophobia or provide sex and relationships education (SRE) that addresses sexual orientation and HIV risk.
Georgia Judge rejects gay marriage ban
12:00 AM — Declaring a measure overwhelmingly approved by voters in 2004 violated a provision of the state constitution that limits ballot questions to a single subject, a Georgia judge struck down the state's gay marriage ban this week.Fulton County Superior Court Judge Constance Russell handed down the ruling that gay rights supporters who filed the court challenge in November 2004 had been eagerly awaiting, shortly after the constitutional ban was approved.
Fraternity allows transgender members 2
12:00 AM — Sigma Phi Beta Fraternity's national board of directors enacted a policy at a meeting this week to allow transgender students to join.The policy goes above and beyond any other known policy of a national social college fraternity by allowing individuals who self-identify as male to seek membership, regardless of their sex at birth and whether or not they have obtained legal recognition of their gender identity.
Star Trek actor backs gay rights battle
12:00 AM — Sci-fi legend, George Takei, also known as Star Trek's Mr Sulu, has revealed the importance of fighting for gay rights.The actor, who steered the USS enterprise for 40 years, came out last year after becoming despondent with slow gay legislation in his home State of California.
Gay MTV channel joins Gay Games 3
12:00 AM — Gay Games Chicago has announced that Logo, MTV Network's one-year-old cable television channel for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) audience, has become a Premium Global Sponsor of the 2006 Chicago Gay Games.Logo's sponsorship will include advertising, production, special event and online promotions, and support of the Gay Games by Logo talent.
Gay groups aim to silence homophobia 2
12:00 AM — Supporters of the International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO) are asking LGBT groups and their supporters to observe a minute's silence to mark the second International Day Against Homophobia today.Activists are hoping the UK will join a silences taking place in France, Peru, Uganda, Ivory Coast, Sri Lanka, Hong Kong and Brazil.
Girls school facing lesbian abuse investigation
12:00 AM — One of Ireland's most prestigious girls school is under investigation for lesbian sex abuse, according to reports.The Health Service Executive (HSE) West is looking into allegations of inappropriate sexual activity at Kylemore Abbey school in County Galway, in the West of Ireland.