26th September 2006
EU gay group welcomes Bulgaria and Romania
12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveBulgaria and Romania's accession into the European Union has been hailed as a good way of ensuring they come into line with the rest of Europe's standards, members of the European Parliament's Intergroup on Gay and Lesbian Rights (IGLR) said today.The Eastern European countries are believed to have fulfilled the political body's requirements to gain entry in January 2007, on the basis that immigration is controlled and that Sofia and Bucharest curb problems of organised crime.
Cashman praises “brilliant” Blair conference speech 1
12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveGay Labour MEP Michael Cashman has heaped praise on Tony Blair's final conference speech this afternoon.The former EastEnder turned West Midlands MEP said it was "brilliant" that the Prime Minister mentioned the gay and lesbian community in his address and also included himself and partner Paul Cottingham in the pre-speech video talking about the repeal of Section 28.
Search for gay HIV man who infected partner goes abroad 2
12:00 AM — The hunt for a man convicted of "recklessly" infecting his lover with HIV has gone international.Mark James absconded before he was sentenced last month, and police are now considering that he may be abroad, possibly in France.Launching a nationwide search last month, Acting Detective Inspector Mike Sunman, of Hounslow Police, described James as a danger to public health, and appealed for help in tracing him.
Gay rights highlight for Blair career 1
12:00 AM — Tony Blair has listed greater equal rights for the gay community as a highlight of his tenure as Prime Minister.Speaking at his last Labour Party conference, he referred to "changes for gay people denied equal rights," pointing out the way his party has changed Britain since coming to power in 1997.
London to host gay hip hop festival 4
12:00 AM — Gay culture and hip-hop have always had what can best be described as an icy relationship, yet it is hoped the hosting of a gay hip hop festival may go some way in helping to thaw this notoriously difficult relationship.US stars Mary J. Blige, Kanye West and L'il Kim have all campaigned on gay issues and tried to in part heal rifts between hip hop culture and gay lifestyle.
Peter Tatchell attacks ”double standards from Labour”
12:00 AM — Peter Tatchell used the Green Party annual conference LGBT fringe meeting last week to launch a fierce attack on what he calls Labour's 'double standards,' calling on the public to complain to their MPs, the Equalities Minister and Tony Blair.Mr Tatchell, OutRage! activist, speaking at Hove Town Hall on Saturday 23rd September described Labour as blowing hot and cold over gay rights.
Northampton gives “Kiss Goodbye to Homophobia” 1
12:00 AM — Northampton's gay community along with LGBT supporters across the country overcame homophobic threats to hold an anti-homophobia event last weekend, PinkNews.co.uk reports on the evening.At 2.30 am on July 15th 2006, Michael Fardon finished his drink at the Boston Clipper in Northampton and set off home. That was the last time he was seen alive. His body was found one week later just 200yds away from the venue. He had been brutally attacked and murdered and then his body had been dumped in a rubbish container.
Diocese avoids gay bishop
12:00 AM — In an attempt to avoid further controversy in the worldwide Anglican church, the Episcopal Diocese of Newark has chosen a Massachusetts priest as its new bishop, rather than a gay candidate on the ballot.Reverend Mark Beckwith, 54, of Worcester won on the third ballot, taking 253 of the 477 ballots cast by clergy and lay representatives.
Miss Piggee off to Supreme Court over homophobic pamphlets.
12:00 AM — A US Federal Appeals Court has dismissed a teacher's lawsuit, who claimed that not being allowed to circulate homophobic pamphlets broke her constitutional right to free speech.Cosmetics teacher Martha Louise Piggee from Carl Sandburg College, Galesburg, Illinois, handed out pamphlets condemning homosexuality to her pupils.
Black gay group “troubled” by slavery defence
12:00 AM — An African-American gay group has called on an organisation claiming to convert gay people back to heterosexuality to justify its beliefs after one of its members launched a controversial defence of the slave trade.The National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC) was outraged by Gerald Schoenewolf, a member of the National Association of Research Therapy of Homosexuality (NARTH), after he posted comments about political correctness on the "ex-gay" group's website appearing to justify slavery.