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August 2006

  • 21st August 2006

    Gay partnerships face serious opposition in Ireland 1

    Gay rights in Ireland have advanced significantly since the decriminalisation of homosexuality in 1993.

    12:00 AM — The Irish Department of Justice has revealed that of the 4,000 submissions to their working group on domestic partnership, most are opposed to changing the law.The group was established by the Justice Minister, Michael McDowell, to examine the issue of how a partnership would be defined and which benefits will be extended to gay and lesbian couples. It is due to report in October.

  • 18th August 2006

    Comment – Bible bashing homophobes 7

    A list has been compiled and sent to top US radio talk show therapist in response to her claims against homosexuality

    12:00 AM — Dave McElhill takes a look at emails doing the rounds and investigates the background to this great analysis of Biblical views on the people populating God's green earth.Are you tired of having to deal with all those dull old arguments concerning the Bible's view of homosexuality? Bored of hearing the same old rants?

  • The local band challenging national anti-gay laws

    “People don't like (the name) because they think of the word 'whore' in purely sexual terms, not in the way that we are using it.“

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveOn Monday Pink News brought you the story of Paparazzi Whore cancelling a gig in Pacha Marrakech over problems with Moroccan law regarding homosexuality, Dave McElhill meets a band challenging African attitudes.Speaking to lead singer Micci leaves you in no doubt that Paparazzi Whore are a band on the rise, with their strong lyrics and fun take on life.

  • “No excuses” for Gay Pride violence 1

    Michael Cashman, Labour MEP and President of the European Parliament's Intergroup on Gay and Lesbian Rights has said there are “simply no excuses“ for the wave of recent cancellations

    12:00 AM — Michael Cashman, Labour MEP and President of the European Parliament's Intergroup on Gay and Lesbian Rights has said there are "simply no excuses" for the wave of recent cancellations, bans and violence at Pride marches in several European cities.The former EastEnder blamed authorities and police for not providing enough protection to gay events in countries such as Turkey, Russia, and Latvia.

  • Gay teens find refuge at summer camp

    The Camping-OUT programme which finishes today in Northern Michigan, is one of six scattered across the USA.  (photo: ninahale)

    12:00 AM — It is an American rite-of-passage familiar anyone who watches The Simpsons - summer camp. There are fat camps, Jewish camps, girls-only camps, NASA space camps.Now gay and lesbian teens are being offered the opportunity to spend the summer by a lake with like-minded peers.As well as the usual activities such as crafts, campfires and kayaking, LGBT teens have sessions discussing the problems that face them back in the real world.

  • Joan Rivers searches NYC for perfect gay sidekick

    Entertainment fixture Joan Rivers has been scouring New York for the perfect gay man to co-host her new TV series.

    12:00 AM — Entertainment legend Joan Rivers has been scouring New York for the perfect gay man to co-host her new TV series.The untitled project for Bravo has generated gossip among the better-off gay residents of Manhattan.One of those who auditioned for the coveted role told the New York Observer: "It was as if they took all the notable gays in the city and brought them in."

  • Jewish gay porn actor to entertain Israeli troops 15

    “I am very proud to be going to my home away from home and entertain gay Israelis in a time of war.”

    12:00 AM — It's not quite Bob Hope being helicoptered into Siagon to entertain the boys in khaki.An American-based porn actor has announced on his website that he will be performing for the troops during a trip to Israel later this month.

  • Martina urges gay N-Sync star to become role model 1

    “Coming out to your family and friends is hard enough; to do so to the world is a lot harder. I know, as I took this step more than 25 years ago“.

    12:00 AM — Tennis legend Martina Navratilova has written to People magazine praising N-Sync star Lance Bass for coming out.Bass revealed his sexuality in a cover story for the popular US magazine last month, and also spoke about his relationship with his boyfriend, TV presenter and model Reichen Lehmkuhl.Martina's letter, published in the most recent edition of People, reads: "Lance Bass is a courageous young man."

  • Lesbian lover responds to verdict

    Alison Lewis has responded  to “thug“ David Morris's guilty verdict

    12:00 AM — Alison Lewis, the lesbian lover of murdered mother Mandy Power, has responded with relief to the guilty verdict of David Morris, telling BBC reporters that "I want him to rot in jail for the rest of his life.""He will spend the rest of his life being punished for what he did," she told the BBC, adding "there has been justice for Mandy, Katie, Emily and Doris."

  • Glastonbury to host pink picnic

    Organisers hope the al-fresco event will highlight the problems for gay people living in rural areas.

    12:00 AM — Better known for its almost annual music festival, the sleepy Somerset town of Glastonbury is going pink.A community LGBT picnic will be held on September 9th in Abbey Park.Organisers hope the al-fresco event will highlight the problems for gay people living in rural areas.

  • PinkEnergy lightening gay community’s burden

    PinkEnergy

    12:00 AM — UK energy bill payers are yet again set to become victims of gas prices rises with Powergen announcing an 18.5% increase in gas bills yesterday following British Gas's recent spike.But there is no need for consumers to be kept in the dark over prices and watchdogs are highlighting the importance of shopping around for the best value, which is where PinkEnergy.co.uk switches into gear.

  • Australian judge urges everyone out of the closet

    Justice Kirby said a fear of difference was behind prejudice against the LGBT community. (photo: Dave Roberts)

    12:00 AM — The most high-profile gay judge in Australia has called on all homosexual people to come out of the cloest and fight homophobia.Michael Kirby, a Justice of the High Court, has lived openly with his partner for the last 37 years.In a speech in Sydney last night he said he did not believe that prejudice would be eradicated in his lifetime.

  • Gay jibes tied to Missouri school shooting

    Amanda Minks, who began speaking publicly about the incident late last week claimed that her 17-year-old son Joshua endured homophobic slurs from classmates at his Farmington, Missouri high school

    12:00 AM — The mother of a Missouri teen who pleaded guilty to an October 2005 school shooting says that her son's violent actions resulted from his being taunted by classmates for his "unmanly" appearance.Amanda Minks, who began speaking publicly about the incident late last week claimed that her 17-year-old son Joshua endured homophobic slurs from classmates at his Farmington, Missouri high school.

  • Pension law extends protection to gay couples

    Two provisions that extend financial protections to same-sex couples were cemented into law yesterday when President George W Bush signed The Federal Pension Protection Act

    12:00 AM — Two provisions that extend financial protections to same-sex couples were cemented into law yesterday when President George W Bush signed The Federal Pension Protection Act, eliminating obstacles and penalties that non-traditional families face when the need to withdraw from pension funds arises."For gay couples and all Americans with non-spouse beneficiaries, death and taxes weren't only certain, but also times of great and unequal financial difficulty," said Human Rights Campaign President Joe Solmonese.

  • Legal group launch gay foster care guide

    Lambda Legal says that “Out of the Margins” builds upon the organisation's 2001 publication, “Youth in the Margins,” a tool aimed at providing child welfare administrators with recommendations on policies, training, and services to better meet the needs of LGBT youth

    12:00 AM — Gay legal group Lambda Legal and the Child Welfare League of America launched a new publication this week to help the child welfare system better meet the needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth in foster care."We found that the needs of LGBT youth in care are by and large the same no matter where they live," said Rudy Estrada, staff attorney for Lambda Legal's foster care project.

  • Conservative group admit faking anti-gay petition

    Fidel Castro was one of the fake names on the list

    12:00 AM — Ultra-conservative Cincinnati activists have withdrawn a petition to place an anti-gay initiative on the ballot in November.They admitted this week that some of the signatures they submitted were fraudulent and they did not have the required number of supporters.The initiative, orchestrated by Cincinnati group Equal Rights Not Special Rights, would nullify an addition to the city's Human Rights Ordinance.

  • 17th August 2006

    Builder guilty of lesbian family murder

    Morris of Craigh-cefn-parc, South Wales, had his previous murder conviction quashed over a conflict of interest in the legal procedure

    12:00 AM — A former builder who murdered a lesbian and her family after having his sexual advances rejected has been jailed for life today.David Morris, 44, was found guilty of murder at Newport Crown Court today in a retrial relating to the killing of four family members across three generations in 1999.

  • Graham Norton set for another three years with Auntie

    Norton, who joined the BBC in 2004, has been the face of a string of hits for BBC1, including  How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria?  and  Strictly Dance Fever.

    12:00 AM — The BBC today announced that comedian Graham Norton has renewed his exclusive contract with the corporation for another three years.Norton, who joined the BBC in 2004, has been the face of a string of hits for BBC1, including How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria? and Strictly Dance Fever. 

  • Mayor attacked for Pride support 4

    AM Coleman has attacked the Mayor of London over support of Tallinn march

    12:00 AM — London Assembly Member Brian Coleman has attacked London Mayor Ken Livingstone for caring "more about Estonian Gay Pride than he does about Londoners" after last week's terror attacks.The attack came in the wake of the announcement of Mayor Ken's support for the Tallinn march yesterday following violence at the event, as reported by the Pink News.

  • Paddick: I want boss’s job – and Ken’s 7

    Deputy Assistant Commissioner Brian Paddick said he was confident he has the experience to take on the job of Britain's most senior officer.

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveThe highest ranking gay police officer in the UK today revealed he has his sights set on the top job in policing - and possibly even the mayor's office.Deputy Assistant Commissioner Brian Paddick said he was confident he has the experience to take on the job of Britain's most senior officer.

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