31st August 2006
El Salvador gay group threatened
12:00 AM — Members of the Between Friends Association (Asociación Entre Amigos) have dealt with a succession of threats to their lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender organisation in recent months.Over the past year they have been lobbying the El Salvadorian government not to sign an amendment to the national constitution that would make it illegal for lesbian and gay couples to marry and adopt children in the Central American country.
Gay groups urge Met to drop GPA investigation 9
12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveHuman rights activists have urged the Metropolitan Police Commissioner to drop a faith crime investigation regarding the Gay Police Association (GPA).Outrage! and the Gay and Lesbian Humanist Association (GALHA) have each sent a letter to Sir Ian Blair in support of the GPA after Scotland Yard began an investigation last month following complaints regarding an advert in the Independent coinciding with last month's EuroPride event.
COMMENT: Gay adults must challenge homophobic teachers 5
12:00 AM — A report from the NSPCC this week revealed a rise in the number of LGBT teens calling Childline to ask for help with homophobic bullying.The details of the report make for grim reading, most shocking of all being the hostile attitude of teachers.Tony Grew examines the report and what gay adults can do to help.
New Orleans gay community returns
12:00 AM — New Orleans is set to host its annual party the "Southern Decadence," one year after the southern United States city was wrecked by hurricane Katrina.The lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) party was held to blame by conservative Christian leaders for the disaster that emptied the city's population into surrounding states, and has left the city requiring billions of dollars in aid.
Muslims oppose celebrating Mercury’s gay lifestyle
12:00 AM — Zanzibar Muslims have objected to a party honouring the late Queen lead singer Freddie Mercury's 60th birthday, claiming his gay lifestyle is offensive to the community.The island's Association for Islamic Mobilisation and Propagation, who want the semi autonomous part of Tanzania to be ruled by the Qu'ran, claim that a celebration scheduled for next month should be cancelled because it is an offensive violation of their religion.
Pledges rush to become members of gay fraternity 2
12:00 AM — Joining a fraternity is a key part of the college experience for many Americans.Brothers pick the best and brightest to join, and the pledges then go through a process of selection to become a member of the exclusive club.For many gay and bisexual men, the term 'frat boy' conjures up images of a homophobic jock, a sports-obsessed alpha-male whose priorities are beer, girls and parties, with some casual fag-bashing thrown in.
Paddick denies Commissioner ambition 7
12:00 AM — The most senior gay police officer in the UK has denied he wants to succeed Sir Ian Blair as Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police. PinkNews.co.uk reported earlier this month on comments Deputy Assistant Commissioner Brian Paddick allegedly made at a recruitment event for gay and lesbian teenagers.At the sparsely-attended event Mr Paddick made a speech, in which he discussed his future in the police force.
Firemen disciplined after no show at gay pride 5
12:00 AM — Nine firemen from Glasgow have been ordered to undergo an intensive course in "diversity training" as a punishment for refusing to carry out their jobs at the gay Pride Scotia in June.The decision from fire chiefs at Strathclyde Fire and Rescue (SFR) came after days of deliberation over what their response to the case should be.
Taiwan to host first-ever gay flag ceremony
12:00 AM — On the morning of the 17th September, a rainbow flag will be raised above the City Hall in Taipei, Taiwan.It will be the first such ceremony in Asia, and a powerful symbol of the embryonic gay rights movements across the continent.The flag ceremony will signal the start of the seventh "LGBT Civil Rights Movement - Queer-friendly Taipei" festival to be held in the city.
Homophobia a myth, says Polish PM 4
12:00 AM — The prime minister of Poland has claimed his country is being misrepresented by the press, and hit out at the Western media.Speaking to reporters after a meeting in Brussels with EU Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso, Jaroslaw Kaczynski said: "Please do not believe in the myth of anti-Semitic, homophobic and xenophobic Poland this is a media thing - it is not real."
US military-aligned university elects gay student president 5
12:00 AM — Lesbian and gay advocates have applauded the Department of Defence's university after it elected an openly gay man to the post of student council president.The Uniformed Services University, a Department of Defence military medical, nursing and graduate school, elected Patrick High to lead its student government, in what campaigners are calling a step forward in the fight to repeal the military's controversial "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy.the policy bars openly gay and lesbian people from serving in the armed forces.
Washington residents demand gay marriage backtrack
12:00 AM — Gay and lesbian couples in Washington have asked the state Supreme Court to reconsider its recent 5-4 decision that upheld a ban on gay marriage.The Supreme Court's decision, issued last month, ruled that state lawmakers were justified in restricting marriage to unions between a man and woman.
Gay conversion groups encouraging “child abuse” 2
12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveGay pressure groups have accused an "ex-gay" organisation of "inviting child abuse" after claiming children with gender identity issues should be exposed to bullying.A coalition of organisations monitoring groups claiming to convert gay people back to heterosexuality, have criticised the National Association for Research and Therapy of Homosexuals (NARTH) after a member advocated teasing transgender children to "re-establish that necessary boundary."