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June 2006

  • 15th June 2006

    EU votes to combat homophobia 1

    The European Union has passed a resolution to combat homophobia on the continent

    12:00 AM — The European Union has passed a resolution to combat homophobia on the continent which would see sentences handed down for homophobic, anti Semitic, and Islamophobic offences.The European Parliament debated the increase in racist and homophobic incidents yesterday, with many MEPs pointing to the increase of violence in some member states such as Poland and Latvia.

  • Gay bishop addresses hostile church conference 7

    Comments made by over 70 speakers at the Standing Committee showed how much of a rift the issue has caused since the appointment of gay bishop Gene Robinson in 2003

    12:00 AM — Attention was turned to homosexuality at the General Convention of the Episcopal Church yesterday as delegates considered resolutions on the election of gay bishops, same sex blessings and an apology for the appointment of gay clergy.Comments made by over 70 speakers at the Standing Committee showed how much of a rift the issue has caused since the appointment of gay bishop Gene Robinson in 2003.

  • Australian Senate rejects gay unions 1

    The ACT's local assembly approved the bill last month giving same sex couple's the right to a civil union

    12:00 AM — Australian Capital Territory (ACT)leader John Stanhope has accused coalition senators of "shamefully and explicitly" endorsing second-class citizenship after failing to protect the Civil Unions Bill in the Senate, the remaining hope for the legislation to be passed.The ACT's local assembly approved the bill last month giving same sex couple's the right to a civil union after watering down the law to ensure it did not represent marriage, but the Federal Government quashed the law last week.

  • Gay clubbing drug to be reclassified 5

    Crystal meth is a popular clubbing drug with the gay community

    12:00 AM — Home Office Minister Vernon Coaker confirmed the rumours at a meeting of the Commons Science and Technology Select Committee after the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD) recommended the move last week.Mr Coaker said: ""Countries have to decide how to respond to a drug when it has no significant prevalence but potential for serious social problems. Methylamphetamine is a very substantial problem in many countries outside the European Union (EU) but not within it. Reports that the United Kingdom (UK) is on the verge of a crystal meth explosion have been repeated for some years but to date there has been no reliable evidence to support this.

  • 14th June 2006

    Teachers must “challenge homophobia” in class

    He highlighted the importance of school logbooks of homophobic incidents currently being used in some local authorities

    12:00 AM — Teachers must include the gay community when teaching about issues such as equality, families and the media to help challenge homophobic bullying in schools, an education consultant advised today.Mark Jennett, an expert in teaching on sexuality, told a conference of the NASUWT teaching union that the classroom is a place where sexuality can easily be talked about.

  • Caribbean homophobic attack suspect gives himself up 5

    CBS news producer Dick Jefferson and his friend Ryan Smith, also a producer, were beaten unconscious by a homophobic gang on the Caribbean Island

    12:00 AM — A man thought to be the main attacker in a homophobic assault in St Marteen has been arrested.The man, known only as Duracell, is reported to have given himself up to police in relation to an attack on CBS news producer Dick Jefferson and his friend Ryan Smith, also a producer, who were beaten unconscious by a homophobic gang on the Caribbean Island at the beginning of April outside a bar.

  • EU urged to address homophobia 1

    Michael Cashman, the Labour MEP for the West Midlands, urged the EU to pass a resolution to combat homophobia

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveHomophobia must be targeted by members of the European Union (EU) or "anarchy" will prevail, the president of the EU's Intergroup on Gay and Lesbian Rights warned today.European politicians are currently debating a joint draft resolution addressing an increase in racist and homophobic violence on the continent, to be voted on tomorrow.

  • Australian gay couples waiting on Senate vote 1

    The ACT's local assembly approved the bill last month giving same sex couple's the right to a civil union

    12:00 AM — Same sex couples are awaiting action from the Australian Senate which may be the last area where supporters of the Australian Capital Territory's (ACT) Civil Unions Bill can ensure it passes.The ACT's local assembly approved the bill last month giving same sex couple's the right to a civil union after watering down the law to ensure it did not represent marriage.

  • Legal group defend gay school club

    Last February, the ACLU sued White County School District officials for violating the students' rights under the federal Equal Access Act and the US Constitution

    12:00 AM — Trial was held on Monday in an American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) federal lawsuit asking for a permanent injunction requiring officials at White County High School in Cleveland, Georgia to recognise a gay-straight alliance club (GSA).Administrators at White County High School in Cleveland, Georgia have been blocking the GSA from meeting since the beginning of the 2005-2006 school year while allowing other clubs to meet, a clear violation of the Federal Equal Access Act.

  • EU resolution to condemn homophobia 1

    European politicians will vote on a joint draft resolution addressing an increase in racist and homophobic violence

    12:00 AM — European politicians will vote on a joint draft resolution addressing an increase in racist and homophobic violence on the continent.The House will call on the members to reinforce criminal law measures aimed at the approximation of the penalties for such offences throughout the EU.

  • Lesbian drama star joins Manchester play

    L-R: Sally Crawshaw Anna Clayton, Eleanor Samson and Olivia Hallinan L-R: Sally Crawshaw, Anna Clayton, Eleanor Samson and Olivia Hallinan

    12:00 AM — The lead in a Channel Four hit adaptation of a lesbian teen novel is to star in a new play set in Manchester this week.Sugar Rush star and University of Manchester final year drama student Olivia Hallinan will join the cast of Wake Me Later, a new play by Nicola Schofield, to be premiered at the University.

  • Gay groups push for UN recognition

    Over 2,700 NGOs have consultative status at the UN, which allows them to participate fully in global debates such as at the newly formed Human Rights Council

    12:00 AM — A campaign by the International Lesbian and Gay Association (ILGA) to encourage lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender groups to apply for recognition a Non Governmental Organisation (NGO) at the United Nations (UN) has been backed positively by organisations across the world.The groups that applied by the May 31 2006 deadline include the Associação Brasileira de Gays, Lésbicas e Transgêneros (ABGLT), COC Nederlands, the Federación Estatal de Lesbianas, Gays, Transexuales y Bisexuales (FELGT) of Spain, Gays and Lesbians of Zimbabwe (GALZ), Metropolitan Community Churches (MCC), and the Riksförbundet för sexuellt likaberättigande (RFSL) of Sweden.

  • Gay Cameroonians jailed on “sodomy” charges

    The West African nation has become famous this past year for detention of its citizens on “sodomy charges”

    12:00 AM — Seven gay Cameroonians who were on trial for "sodomy" have been jailed for 10 months, the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) claims.Since the men have already been detained in a Kondegui Prison in Yaoundé for more than one year, they are expected to be released shortly for time served.

  • Straight Americans welcome gay advertising

    The PinkNews is an example of the latest delve into the gay market, it will be produced by PinkNews.co.uk in association with 3SIXTY

    12:00 AM — A majority of American adults are not put off by gay advertising or affiliations with gay causes, according to a new national survey.The results contradict campaigns by organisations such as the American Family Association who have attempted to create a boycott of the Ford Motor Company because of its advertisements in gay publications and sponsorship of pride events.

  • Polish education minister bans gay rights book

    Mr Gietych is a member of the League of Polish Families, ruling coalition partners with the Right wing Law and Justice Party

    12:00 AM — The head of teacher training in Poland has been sacked after distributing a human rights manual which describes the types of discrimination lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people may face.Polish Education Minister Roman Giertych said the publication titled Compass: a manual on human rights education with young people, is a "contradiction to the core curriculum for general education" and against his idea of "patriotic education" in schools.

  • Mobster who inspired gay Sopranos’ star is jailed 2

    Gannascoli did the gay press circuit leading up to this season's killing, and told the press he felt the writers of the show treated his character with the respect he deserved

    12:00 AM — The real-life mobster who ordered a hit on a gay mob boss, and whose story inspired an entire season of suspense surrounding gay mobster Vito Spatafore (Joe Gannascoli) in TV series' The Sopranos, has been sentenced to life in prison.Stefano Vitabile, 71, was sentenced to life in prison for ordering the 1992 slaying of acting DeCavalcante crime boss John (Johnny Boy) D'Amato, who was killed when he was outed by his fellow mobsters, according to New York's Daily News.

  • Panel requests gay policy officer for Brighton

    The Equalities and Review Panel at Brighton and Hove City Council tasked with reviewing the way the local authority treats its diverse groups concluded yesterday that a lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) policy officer should be appointed

    12:00 AM — Brighton and Hove's gay community should have a dedicated policy officer, the local council's review panel has recommended.The Equalities and Review Panel at Brighton and Hove City Council tasked with reviewing the way the local authority treats its diverse groups concluded yesterday that a lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) policy officer should be appointed along with an update of the LGBT community strategy.

  • 13th June 2006

    Scottish schools failing to confront homophobic bullying

    The Scottish Executive study found a “long list of damaging and distressing“ homophobic incidents in schools

    12:00 AM — Scottish schools must do more to combat homophobic bullying, a report claims.The Scottish Executive study found a "long list of damaging and distressing" homophobic incidents and concluded that "anti-homophobia is not seen as a priority by many schools."

  • Episcopal conference dominated by gay row 7

    Another resolution to be looked at by the House of Deputies, seeks an apology for causing rifts in the denomination over the appointment of gay bishops

    12:00 AM — Bishops, priests and laymen from over 100 dioceses will gather in Ohio this week to decide on policy regarding governance and worship, with homosexuality remaining a top issue amid reports that ministers plan to apologise for the appointment of openly gay New Hampshire bishop Gene Robinson.The Episcopal Church's 75th General Convention, which starts today, is scheduled to debate "Human rights for homosexual persons."

  • BBC targets homophobic remarks 6

    Sir Elton John with radio presenter Chris Moyles

    12:00 AM — The BBC has introduced disciplinary procedures for any radio presenters who swear or use offensive language on air in reaction to a report from communication watchdog Ofcom.The move comes after complaints regarding Radio1 DJ Chris Moyles claiming he used the word gay in a derogatory way to describe a ringtone.

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