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September 2006

  • 29th September 2006

    American Airlines discipline gay couple 3

    When the couple were called to meet the captain, they were told to stop complaining or the flight would be diverted.

    12:00 AM — A gay US couple travelling from Paris to New York were astonished when they were told by an American Airlines stewardess to stop ''the touching and kissing,'' reports the New Yorker Magazine.Journalist George Tsikhiseli and his boyfriend Stephan Varnier, were told by a stewardess just after departure to stop their ''inappropriate behaviour.''

  • Gordon, gays and goodbyes- A Labour conference summary 1

    The week started with a very good speech by Gordon Brown, which was totally a bid for the leadership

    12:00 AM — Oh dear. Didn't have time to watch the Labour party conference? PinkNews.co.uk's Tony Grew provides a short blagger's guide to the week in Manchester.The whole conference was dominated by the leadership issue. Tony was forced into admitting that this will be his last conference as party leader earlier this month. Gay MP Chris Bryant was a leading conspirator, which is odd as he is top mates with Cherie.

  • DfT seeks gay passenger views

    Following publication of the Strategy in February, DfT has worked with rail and aviation industries on how best to achieve these aims (Photo: Chris McKenna)

    12:00 AM — The Department for Transport (DfT) today launched a consultation on how best to put into practice the principles of a strategy plan earlier this year which will affect travellers using train lines to and from the popular gay area of Brighton.The strategy aims to improve journeys for the majority of users on the line and address crowding issues.

  • Web game sparks gay debate 17

    This month's issue of The Pink News reports that online role playing game City of Heroes (CoH) told subscriber Shane O'Neill that his use of the word gay in character names was too “vulgar” and “offensive”

    12:00 AM — An internet gamer who complained after being told he could not use the word "gay" in his online identity has been criticised by fellow users for deliberately breaking the rules.This month's issue of The Pink News reports that online role playing game City of Heroes (CoH) told subscriber Shane O'Neill that his use of the word gay in character names was too "vulgar" and "offensive."

  • Matthew Shepard Foundation urge greater LGBT voter registration

    If Matthew was alive today he would ''beg you to let your voice be heard and to use your precious right to vote.''

    12:00 AM — The Matthew Shepard Foundation has launched a 'Get Out The Vote' campaign urging the US LGBT community to utilise their voting privilege.Writing in this month's issue of The Advocate Judy Shepard, mother of murdered gay hate victim Matthew Shepard, , called the low levels of LGBT voting ''totally unacceptable''.

  • Young Liberal Democrats launch ‘homophobia is gay’ campaign 10

    The lynchpin of the campaign is hundreds of pink badges bearing the satirical slogan “Homophobia is Gay”

    12:00 AM — Young Liberal Democrats have launched a 'crucial' campaign to stop homophobic bullying in schools.The Liberal Democrat Youth and Students (LDYS) chose the Liberal Democrat Conference, which was held in Brighton last week, to launch the initiative.The lynchpin of the campaign is hundreds of pink badges bearing the satirical slogan "Homophobia is Gay". Bundles of the badges are being distributed to freshers fairs across the country and are available to new students via 150 dedicated LDYS stalls.

  • Gays banned from church leadership roles in New Zealand 4

    2006 national census figures reveal 11% of New Zealand's 4 million population identity as Presbyterian making the church the third-largest in New Zealand.

    12:00 AM — Leaders of New Zealand's Presbyterian Church today voted to bar gays and people having sex outside of marriage from having leadership roles within the church.The General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa, New Zealand 's top decision-making body reaffirmed its 2004 rule that those involved in sexual relations outside of marriage cannot become ministers or elders.

  • California legislates for trans protections 1

    Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger passed the country's first law addressing the use of gay and transgender panic defences

    12:00 AM — Transgender groups are hailing California as "the most protective" US state after Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger passed the country's first law addressing the use of gay and transgender panic defences.The bill, signed into law yesterday, makes it more difficult for a defendant accused of homophobic or transphobic violence to use the controversial gay panic defence which has previously been used to argue that a murderer or attacker had a temporary moment of insanity when discovering their victim was gay.

  • Presidential hopeful apologises to South Africa’s gay community 3

    Zuma explained that his remarks were made in the context of the traditional way of raising children

    12:00 AM — South Africa's former Deputy President Jacob Zuma has apologise for offending the gay community and explained that his comments describing same sex marriage as "a disgrace" were misinterpreted.Zuma, who is fighting for his political life after being fired over a corruption scandal last year, angered activists after a local newspaper quoted him calling plans to legalise same-sex marriages a "disgrace to the nation and to God."

  • 28th September 2006

    “Raping me won’t make me straight” lesbian “mini pride” makes its voice heard

    “Raping me won't make me straight” lesbian “mini pride” makes its voice heard

    12:00 AM — More than 40 South African women took to the streets of Soweto in a "mini pride" march promoted by the Forum for the Empowerment of Women, a gay human rights group based in the township.Holding placards reading "A lesbian with HIV/Aids is still my sister" and "Raping me won't make me straight" the group marched through the Johannesburg suburb, then listened to a series of speeches. Though a minority of residents objected to the event, it progressed without any serious hindrances.

  • Sunshine attracts increased civil ceremonies

    The total number of gay ceremonies by the end of June 2006 now stands at 658 (388 male and 270 female).

    12:00 AM — The number of gay civil ceremonies in Scotland increased by 20% compared to the beginning of the year.The figures released today from the Registrar General for Scotland show that many gay and lesbian couples used the warm summer months to register for civil partnerships

  • Evangelical pursues gay police 11

    It is expected that the Christian Lawyers Association - which also condemned the GPA advert - will be supporting Hargreaves in his effort to pursue a private prosecution

    12:00 AM — The Gay Lesbian Humanist Association has learned that an evangelical Christian politician will be seeking a private prosecution of members of the Gay Police Association following the Crown Prosecution Service's determination this week that the group would not be prosecuted.Rev George Hargreaves, the leader of Operation Christian Vote, a fundamentalist Christian political party that unsuccessfully contested seats in the 2004 election, informed Ken Macdonald QC, Director of Public Prosecutions, that he was seeking "request for leave to enter into a private prosecution in the matter of the GPA's advertisement."

  • Out and proud party people 1

    It is an exciting time for anyone interested in politics

    12:00 AM — With the party conference season in full swing Tony Grew, political correspondent for The Pink News, speaks to gay party activists from the Tories, the Greens, the LibDems and Labour to find out what being gay and being political actually means in 2006.For those of us old enough to remember the passage of Section 28 and lesbian avengers storming the BBC news and abseiling into the House of Lords, back then it seemed the only way to fight homophobia was to rally behind the red flag.

  • Lesbian teens face worse treatment in New York prisons claims report 1

    Lesbian teens face worse treatment in New York prisons claims report

    12:00 AM — A report by the Human Rights Watch and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) suggests that conditions facing gay teenagers in prisons are worse than those for straight teenagers.Mie Lewis, who wrote the report said; "New York wants to hide the fate of the girls it incarcerates. Abuses have continued because the public has been kept in the dark".

  • Liberals still lead the way on gay rights

    Lorely Burt is MP for Solihull and Lib Dem spokesperson for Women and Equality

    12:00 AM — Liberal Democrat equality spokesperson Lorely Burt argues that her party has led the way in gay rights.Everyone knows that during last 10 years the fight for LGBT rights has made unprecedented advances.Less known is the fact that the Liberal Democrats have been the principal driving force behind these changes.

  • Iran’s “grisly human rights record” is a key issue 2

    Labour MP Chris Bryant argues that Iran's treatment of gays and lesbians is as much of a concern as their nuclear ambitions

    12:00 AM — Labour MP Chris Bryant argues that Iran's treatment of gays and lesbians is as much of a concern as their nuclear ambitions.It's all too easy for Europeans to take our rights as gays and lesbians for granted.Yet in my lifetime homosexuality was illegal in Britain and in countries as diverse as Spain, Greece and Poland there were dictatorships that punished any sex between men with imprisonment or hard labour.

  • Gay conversion group backtracks on bully policy 2

    Last month PinkNews.co.uk reported that a member of the National Association for Research and the Therapy of Homosexuals (NARTH) had suggested exposing “gender variant“ children to bullying to re-establish a “normal boundary“

    12:00 AM — A group which claims to convert gay people back to heterosexuality tried to hide its embarrassment last month after a PinkNews.co.uk investigation revealed that one of its affiliates advocated bullying children with gender identity issues.Last month PinkNews.co.uk reported that a member of the National Association for Research and the Therapy of Homosexuals (NARTH) had suggested exposing "gender variant" children to bullying to re-establish a "normal boundary."

  • Taiwanese Gay Festival comes to an end

    Yet underneath this public face of acceptance and tolerance, Taipei's gay community have been angered by what many are seeing as underhand attempts to ruin the event.

    12:00 AM — This Saturday is the date for Taipei's annual gay pride march, rounding off two weeks of gay public events within the Taiwanese capital.Taiwan has over the last two weeks shown the world why it is considered one of the most gay friendly nations in Asia.

  • Web bans gay characters 18

    The game, run by international software developer NC Soft, refuses to allow the use of the word gay, changing it to symbols like swear words

    12:00 AM — A gay gamer has been forced to change his online screen identity after being told his username is too "vulgar" and "offensive" for internet role playing game City of Heroes.The game, run by international software developer NC Soft, refuses to allow the use of the word gay, changing it to symbols like swear words.

  • Gay Christian dating website launched today 1

    Gay Christian dating website launched today

    12:00 AM — A new gay Christian matchmaking site has been officially launched today by truthsetsfree web site owner and preacher Justin R. Cannon.The site enables gay Christians to upload a personal profile and search for other people in their area who might like to meet for Bible study, friendship or to form relationships."Most GLBTQ Christians are excluded from joining Christian personals sites" said Mr Cannon.

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