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September 2006

  • 28th September 2006

    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.

  • 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.

  • “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.

  • 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."

  • 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.

  • 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."

  • 27th September 2006

    Puppini Sisters release first single 57

    Puppini Sisters release first single

    12:00 AM — The fabulously camp Puppini Sisters release their single Wuthering Heights today. Here at PinkNews we are totally in love with their quirky 1940's style, rock chick attitude and closer than Tom and Katie harmonies.Their update of the Kate Bush classic is witty and winkingly knowing. Arranged by band member Marcella, and owing something to the Supremes, the track is produced by Benoit Charest, the composer of Belle Ville Rendezvous. The track bubbles along like musical champagne - guaranteed to make you smile.

  • Gay community safer after killer is caught

    Lee Dewhurst has been found after escaping from an open prison

    12:00 AM — A convicted murderer who absconded from a South Wales open prison in July has been found in the Channel Islands, Paul Hunt writes.Lee Dewhurst, 35, from Rochdale, Greater Manchester was found in Jersey and arrested by police after escaping from Prescoed prison where he was serving a life sentence for the murder of a gay man in 1992.

  • PinkNews Apology

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk would like to apologise to Mark Latham and Melbourne University Press for claiming his book "A Conga Line Of Suckholes" made homophobic statements.This was reported in error and Mr Latham's publication makes no such statement, we are sorry for any distress caused to any parties.

  • Gay Welsh youth vulnerable

    In 2004 there were over 2,000 new cases of chlamydia diagnosed within Wales, whilst HIV/AIDS infection rates are increasing nationwide.

    12:00 AM — There are 3,500 lesbian, gay and bisexual youths aged 15 to 25 living in and around Cardiff currently suffering from inadequate services, warns the Terrence Higgins Trust (THT).The warning comes from a report entitled 'Starting Out' published today by the THT which is concerned Welsh gay people are putting their sexual health at risk due to a lack of support.

  • How offensive is “poofter” – football comment opens debate 9

    How offensive is “poofter” - football comment opens debate

    12:00 AM — Paul Scholes, apparently used a homophobic insult last night after he received a yellow card during Manchester United's Champion's League victory against Portuguese side Benfica.But in the context of being carded and angry, is the insult "poofter" really wilfully anti gay, or just a throw away swear word? Is there a difference, and should this difference be important to us? PinkNews.co.uk took to the streets of Kings Cross to find out.

  • Who will be Mr Gay USA?

    Who will be Mr Gay USA?

    12:00 AM — With the Miss World finals taking place in Poland on the 30th September, you might think that that would be enough slightly politically incorrect high camp for one week.But you would be wrong.

  • Entertainers outraged after another gay murder 1

    Malcolm was a cabaret act booker (Photo: Chris Kift)

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveCabaret stars are planning to make a Band Aid style protest song against homophobia after another shocking gay murder - this time a pensioner on his way home from the pub.67-year-old Malcolm Bryan, who worked in the entertainment industry booking cabaret artists, was found dead at the bottom of a stairwell in a bock of flats in Portsmouth last week.

  • Indian gay law ‘hateful’.

    The United Nations (UN) predicts India has 5.7 million people living with HIV/AIDS, the highest figure in the world.

    12:00 AM — Sujatha Rao, chief of Indian AIDS Control Organisation (NACO) has joined growing protests in India calling the law banning homosexuality ''hateful and not acceptable" reports Reuters.Ms Rao said scrapping the law is "fundamental" to the fight against AIDS.

  • Who will be Mr Gay USA? 57

    Who will be Mr Gay USA?

    12:00 AM — With the Miss World finals taking place in Poland on the 30th September, you might think that that would be enough slightly politically incorrect high camp for one week.But you would be wrong.Competition in "Mr World" is hotting up as the USA competes to find the "boy next door" to challenge other "Mr Gay's" from around the World.

  • Three’s a family? Lesbian couple fight groundbreaking case 57

    groundbreaking case could allow a child to legally have three parents

    12:00 AM — Judges in Canada are deliberating the outcome of a case which could redefine the term "Family".A lesbian couple are fighting for both of them to be recognised as the legal parents of their five-year-old son, along with his biological father.

  • African official jeopardises South African gay marriage. 1

    He told the crowd of thousands that he was speaking not as ANC leader but in his personal capacity “as a man“.

    12:00 AM — Deputy president of the African National Congress (ANC) Jacob Zuma has outraged the gay community by calling same sex marriage a ''disgrace to the Nation and to God'', reports The SowetanANC is the majority party in South African government controlling the presidency and more than two-thirds of parliament's seats.

  • Prescott escapes homophobic pal probe

    John Prescott has escaped a criminal probe

    12:00 AM — John Prescott has escaped a criminal investigation into his association with US homophobe Philip Anschutz.Scotland Yard has cleared the Deputy Prime Minister over claims he broke anti corruption laws after staying at the US tycoon's ranch this summer.

  • Gay campaigners seek universal equality 1

    The LCLGR urged government ministers to keep equality act exemptions to a minimal

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveThe government must make as few exemptions as possible in its new equality laws, gay campaigners have warned.Speaking at the Labour Party annual conference last night in Manchester, a fringe meeting of the Labour Campaign for Lesbian and Gay Rights (LCLGR) and Stonewall, urged the government to ensure any concessions in the incoming Equality Act are minimal.

  • Pink wine for Pinknews 57

    Pink wine for Pinknews

    12:00 AM — Is it Autumn or is it still Summer? Who can tell.But as the sun breaks through the clouds over London, here at PinkNews we'll be drinking to the warm weather with a glass of wine the very essence of pink.Wine taster (nice work if you can get it) Sarah Knowles shares her top picks.

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