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September 2006

  • 29th September 2006

    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.

  • 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''.

  • 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.

  • 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."

  • 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.

  • 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."

  • 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.''

  • 28th September 2006

    LA gay centre sues IRS for past discrimination

    The LA lesbian and gay centre is suing the IRS

    12:00 AM — The LA Gay Lesbian Centre sued the Internal Revenue Service in US District Court this week to force the IRS to obey the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) by releasing documents related to its discriminatory rejection of the centre's application for non-profit status in the early 1970s.More than a year after filing for federal 501(c)(3) non-profit status in 1971, the IRS denied the application from the "Gay Community Services Centre" (as it was known then) on the unsubstantiated grounds that it was not "organised and operated exclusively for charitable and educational purposes."

  • Christian cleared over gay pride protest

    Stephen Green has been cleared of Public Order charges

    12:00 AM — The head of an anti-gay Christian lobby group has been cleared of public order charges after handing out anti-gay leaflets, but now plans to take civil action against the police for infringing on his freedom of speech.Stephen Green, director of Christian Voice, appeared before magistrates earlier this month after being arrested for handing out leaflets at Cardiff Mardi Gras which included quotes saying homosexuality is wrong.

  • 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."

  • 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

  • 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".

  • October’s The Pink News is out now!

    You can download The Pink News online

    12:00 AM — October's The Pink News is dominated by religion and politics. From Christain's attacking the NSPCC for supporting gay children to the rising gay stars at the heart of British politics."A charity claiming to protect the interests of children has launched a bizarre attack on the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) and its Childline service...." You can download the latest edition of The Pink News online.

  • 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.

  • 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."

  • Gay and Lesbian History Month met with protest in US

    200,000 calendars have been sent to parents, and there had been praise from some of the districts residents for the recognition of the month.

    12:00 AM — Over 120 complaints have been made to The Philadelphia School District over the recognition of Gay and Lesbian History Month on their school calendar.Cecilia Cummings, Philadelphia's senior vice-president for communications and community relations said the month was added for the first time this year in an effort to be more inclusive and follow the districts policy requiring equity for all minority groups.

  • ANCYL distances itself from Zuma 1

    Youth League President Fikile Mbalula said Zuma was speaking for himself when he said same-sex marriage should not be tolerated in any normal society.

    12:00 AM — The Africa National Council Youth League (ANCYL) has distanced itself from Jacob Zuma's homophobic comments made last Sunday at the Heritage Day celebrations in KwaDukza.The ANCYL has said the statement from Zuma represented his personal view and not that of the Africa National Council.

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