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September 2006

  • 8th September 2006

    Interview: Stonewall’s Diversity Champion

    “No longer can a business or an organisation claim that it is a leader and a good corporate and community citizen if it has got a problem with gay people.“

    12:00 AM — The news that Manchester City have become the first Premiership football club to sign up for Stonewall's Diversity Champions programme is another coup for the UK's premier gay rights organisation.Tony Grew spoke to Stonewall's director of workplace programmes about football, life in the Royal Navy and the smart multi-national companies who understand that workers who can be open about their sexuality are more productive. 

  • Gay Christians granted approval 1

    Members of the student-led movement, which brings together students from many denominations and even other faiths, expressed their excitement about the $100,000 grant

    12:00 AM — The controversial divide between religion and sexuality may shrink, but certainly not the dreams of students who have launched a major campaign supporting gay Christian youth and young adults in Canada.The Student Christian Movement of Canada (SCM), a national ecumenical network of campus groups, is launching a "Queer and Christian Without Contradiction" campaign after winning a major grant this summer.

  • Pope calls gay rights an “ephemeral social trend” 6

    The Pope mocked the concept of tolerance in his address to the bishops and called the idea of gay marriage a folly. (photo: Chris Coyote, Flickr)

    12:00 AM — On the eve of his homecoming visit to Germany, Pope Benedict XVI has launched a full-frontal attack on the rights of gay people.Speaking to a delegation of visiting Canadian bishops, Benedict once again showed his determination to interfere in the secular political process.The Pope castigated the Canadian government for legalising gay marriage and abortion, saying that they are ignoring the "Creator's divine plan."

  • Gay bar criticises hate crime response 1

    A publican has criticised local police for not doing enough to stop hate crime in Northampton

    12:00 AM — A publican has criticised local police for not doing enough to stop hate crime in Northampton.Matt Morris, landlord for the Boston Clipper gay bar, is arranging a memorial event for a customer who was murdered last July after leaving the venue.Michael Fardon was found 200 yards from the venue behind a dumpster with broken ribs and head and facial injuries, his family were unaware that the 45 year old was gay.

  • Thug gets four years for glassing gay man

    12:00 AM — Colin Black and his boyfriend Paul were enjoying a Boxing Day drink with family members in the City Arms pub in Saltney, Cheshire.The couple were excited - they had planned to have a civil partnership ceremony a few days after Christmas.As Black returned from the toilet, he was verbally abused. When he turned to see who had called him a queer, a bottle was smashed in his face by Anthony Close.

  • 7th September 2006

    Gordon Brown: Homophobic or too busy? 25

    The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Gordon Brown, has consistently failed to support gay rights in Parliament since the Labour party was elected in 1997

    12:00 AM — As Tony Blair is expected to outline his resignation plans later today, PinkNews.co.uk analyses the Prime Minister's likely successor.The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Gordon Brown, has consistently failed to support gay rights in Parliament since the Labour party was elected in 1997.

  • Matt Lucas gay ‘marriage’ rumours 1

    As reported on  PinkNews.co.uk,  Lucas and his comedy partner David Walliams are working on an American version of their hit series for cable channel HBO.

    12:00 AM — Little Britain star Matt Lucas is planning to contract a civil partnership with his boyfriend, according to The Sun .The 32-year-old comedian is reported to have proposed last May, and reveals in a new book about the hit series, Inside Little Britain, that he feels that he feels he and his boyfriend are "destined to be together."

  • Schwarzenegger vetoes gay school bill

    Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoed a bill prohibiting public schools from portraying gays, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people negatively

    12:00 AM — Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger yesterday vetoed a bill prohibiting Californian public schools from portraying gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people negatively."I am vetoing Senate Bill 1437 because this bill attempts to offer vague protection when current law already provides clear protection against discrimination in our schools based on sexual orientation," the governor wrote in his veto letter to the Senate.

  • Gay community protests violent porn bill 6

    Under the government proposals, it would become an offence to possess pornographic images depicting scenes of extreme sexual violence and other obscene material punishable by up to three years in prison

    12:00 AM — Sections of the gay community have joined protests against proposed legislation which would make possession of violent and extreme pornographic material a crime.The controversial law has been put through consultation by the Home Office after a campaign from family and friends of Jane Longhurst who was murdered in 2003 by a violent porn addict.

  • Ghanaian gay leader attacks media

    GLAG President P K McDonalds claims that the media have printed false statements attributed to him

    12:00 AM — The President of the Gay and Lesbian Association Ghana (GLAG) has claimed that the media has made up its coverage of an event that was due to be held in Accra.Patrick McDonalds told The Crusading Guide newspaper that GLAG members were unaware of any international conference that was due to take place, and that the media had aggravated public hatred towards those with a same sex preference.

  • French presidential hopeful rules out gay marriage 1

    Same sex couples should not be able to marry or adopt, the leader of France's Union for a Popular Movement ((Union pour un Mouvement Populaire) and potential presidential candidate Nicolas Sarzoky has announced

    12:00 AM — Same sex couples should not be able to marry or adopt, the French interior minister and presidential hopeful Nicolas Sarzoky has announced.Mr Sarzoky outlined his policies and campaigning strategy in a French magazine interview this month gearing up for the country's 2007 presidential elections.

  • Gay rebel MP unhappy with Blair’s timing 1

    Gay MP Chris Bryant, who earlier in the week signed a letter calling on Tony Blair to go, has told  PinkNews.co.uk  that he is not happy with Mr Blair's announcement

    12:00 AM — Gay MP Chris Bryant, who earlier in the week signed a letter calling on Tony Blair to go, has told PinkNews.co.uk that he is not happy with Mr Blair's announcement this afternoon that he will stand down before the 2007 party conference.When asked if he was pleased that the Prime Minister has agreed to what Mr Bryant and others had demanded, he replied: "Well he hasn't."

  • 6th September 2006

    US military gay policy deteriorating female presence 5

    Last month, former Army Major Tammy Duckworth, the Democratic candidate for Illinois's 6th Congressional District, expressed strong support for repealing the military's “Don't Ask, Don't Tell“ policy

    12:00 AM — Women continue to be discharged at twice the rate of their presence in the armed forces under the federal "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" law banning openly lesbian, gay, and bisexual service members, according to new data obtained by Servicemembers Legal Defence Network.While women account for approximately 15 percent of the armed forces, they totalled 30 percent of those dismissed under the gay ban in fiscal year 2005.

  • Transsexual recognition increasing in South Korea

    South Korea has seen an increasing amount of transsexuals applying for gender reassignment

    12:00 AM — South Korea has seen an increasing amount of transsexuals applying for gender reassignment since a landmark case allowed a transgender male to be legally recognised earlier this year.The Supreme Court announced that 17 transsexuals have applied to have their gender registered on legal records since the ruling last June.

  • Stonewall not impressed with new equality head 1

    “There is no overbearing evidence that Trevor has a commitment to gay equality“

    12:00 AM — Leading gay rights organisation Stonewall has expressed concern over press reports that the current chairman of the Commission for Racial Equality is set to take control of the new 'super-commission' for human rights and equality.Trevor Phillips has had a controversial tenure at the CRE, criticising the concept of multi-culturalism and warning against the dangers of de-facto segregation in schools.

  • Cheggers plays homophobe in Extras

    Ricky Gervais called his appearance, “the most excruciating cameo we've done, including Les Dennis“

    12:00 AM — Gay icon Keith Chegwin is to star as a foul-mouthed gay basher in the upcoming series of Ricky Gervais-scripted comedy Extras. Cheggers, known to millions as the lovable face of 1980's kids TV, wowed gay audiences with his chiselled body in the experimental Channel Five show Naked Jungle in 2000.All the contestants in the gameshow were naked - as was Cheggers. Inexplicably, only one episode of the show was ever made.

  • Greenwich councillors experiment with gay surgeries

    (from left to right) Conservative Councillors Andy Jennings, Nigel Fletcher and Chris Taylor

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveA trio of Tory councillors are trying to reach out to people in their Greenwich borough by offering a surgery: "that specifically works for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community."The councillors are holding monthly meetings at local LGBT bar The Woolwich Infant to help "younger people who, politically, are not so switched on, and don't know who to get in contact with us," according to one of three Greenwich Conservative councillor who devised the surgeries.

  • Preacher denies Cardiff Mardi Gras charges 2

    Stephen Green was charged at the Cardiff Mardi Gras on saturday

    12:00 AM — Stephen Green, director of Christian Voice, has appeared in magistrates court following his arrest last weekend at Cardiff Mardi Gras.He denied charges that he had used threatening words and behaviour whilst handing out leaflets entitled "Same-sex love - same-sex sex: What does the Bible say?" at the entrance to the Cardiff festival on Saturday, reports BBC News Online.

  • Sharon O vs. Paul O’G – let battle commence

    Now ITV have revamped their teatime schedule with their new chatshow format presented by X Factor judge Sharon Osbourne.

    12:00 AM — She secured her place in the hearts of many a gay man through her camp performances on X Factor. His drag performances made him an icon back in the bad old days of the 1980s.Now Sharon Osbourne and Paul O'Grady are the latest tools in the deadly battle between the UK's two major commercial broadcasters for the lucrative teatime audience.

  • BNP back anti-gay preacher 4

    The BNP have spoken out in support of Stephen Green

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveThe British National Party has come out in support of anti-gay protester Stephen Green, who was arrested at the Cardiff Mardi Gras for handing out leaflets condemning same sex relationships.On their website the BNP has questioned the grounds for Mr Green's arrest, and have noted how the BNP and Christian Voice share the same aims: "the Christian Voice Web site broadly echoes the BNP's national outlook."

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