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October 2006

  • 4th October 2006

    Gay Indonesians facing oppression

    Several local governments have passed laws making homosexuality illegal.

    12:00 AM — A decision by the Indonesian government to allow regions semi-autonomous power has led to the gay community being persecuted and victimised, reports the Jakarta post.Indonesian local authorities have been granted the right to use Islamic law, the result being a strict conservative attitude to homosexuality often leading to the prosecution of gays, despite a federal constitution supposed to protect LGBT civil rights.

  • Gay radio station wins top award 2

    In the summer, GaydarRadio also received a nominated for the CRCA Arqiva Commercial Digital Radio Station of the Year Award.

    12:00 AM — GaydarRadio was voted Best Radio Station of the Year at the BT Digital Music Awards 2006 at London's Roundhouse Theatre, Camden last night.The London based digital radio station beat off stiff competition from last year's winner BBC 6 Music, Ministry of Sound, Pulse Rated and Yahoo's LAUNCHcast to take top prize at the awards ceremony before an audience of more than 1,000 guests and music artistes.

  • Atlanta becomes first southern city to oppose ‘Don’t Ask’ policy

    The resolution, which calls for passage of the Military Readiness Enhancement Act, a Congressional bill to repeal the law, was introduced by City Council member Anne Fauver and was supported by both Georgia Equality and the Georgia chapter of American Veterans for Equal Rights

    12:00 AM — In an 11-2 vote, the Atlanta City Council passed a resolution this week calling on Congress to repeal the federal "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" ban on lesbian, gay and bisexual service members, making it the first Southern city to join the fight against the controversial policy.The resolution, which calls for passage of the Military Readiness Enhancement Act, a Congressional bill to repeal the law, was introduced by City Council member Anne Fauver and was supported by both Georgia Equality and the Georgia chapter of American Veterans for Equal Rights.

  • Activists criticise ‘gay spin’ in Foley scandal 3

    Gay rights groups expressed outrage this week over the 'gay spin' they say the Republican leadership has put on the Mark Foley email scandal

    12:00 AM — Gay rights groups expressed outrage this week over the 'gay spin' they say the Republican leadership has put on the Mark Foley email scandal involving underage Congressional pages, emphasising that the ex-congressman's actions had nothing to do with sexual orientation."It is completely unacceptable, regardless of party or sexual orientation, for an adult to engage in this kind of behaviour with a minor," said Joe Solomonese, president of the Human Rights Campaign, the nation's largest gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender political organisation.

  • 3rd October 2006

    Should a gay person support ‘traditional faith?’ 8

    Is it possible to balance homosexuality with traditional religion?

    12:00 AM — Following Channel 4 correspondent Benjamin Cohen's analysis of being a gay Jew in the United Synagogue earlier today, PinkNews.co.uk reader Markus-Hayden Sutherland suggests boycotting anti-gay aspects of faithIt is sad to me that a person of faith supports, even indirectly, a movement that vilifies him.

  • Gay Tories surprised at Cameron’s history 6

    Around 100 people attended the event at the Bournemouth International Centre and discussed issues such as homophobic bullying, gay rights in foreign countries and violent crime in general

    12:00 AM — Two of the Conservative's most high profile representatives expressed surprise today that Tory leader David Cameron had previously voted against some aspects of gay rights, but said it shows how far the party has now moved.Speaking at a fringe meeting of the party's annual conference in Bournemouth arranged by gay charity Stonewall, Conservative Vice-Chairman Margot James and Arundel and South Downs MP Nick Herbert appeared unaware that Mr Cameron had once voted against allowing gay couples to adopt and repealing Section 28.

  • UK “ignorant” about HIV

    Paul Ward, deputy chief executive of Terrence Higgins Trust said more education is needed

    12:00 AM — The United Kingdom has one of the worst attitudes towards HIV in Europe, according to a survey by the European Union.The Eurobarometer survey for the European Commission asked 25,000 people across the continent how much they had changed their sexual behaviour in response to AIDS since 2002.

  • MEP praised for gay rights work

    Gay rights campaigner Sophie In't Veld has been nominated as MEP of the Year

    12:00 AM — Gay rights campaigner Sophie In't Veld has been nominated as MEP of the Year.The vice-president of the European Parliament's Intergroup on Gay and Lesbian rights has been recognised for her civil liberties campaigning particularly in regards to the gay community where she has pushed for greater LGBT rights throughout the continent.

  • Reflections on Yom Kippur 8

    Benjamin Cohen is the founder of PinkNews.co.uk and a correspondent for Channel4 News

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk founder and Channel 4 news correspondent Benjamin Cohen considers the Jewish calendar's holiest day from a gay perspective.As I sat in Synagogue yesterday during Yom Kippur for a moment I regretted that I'm still a member of the United Synagogue.

  • Irish lesbian couple seek marriage recognition

    Katherine Zappone and Ann Louise Gilligan were married in Canada in 2003 but want their union to be recognised  by the Irish government too

    12:00 AM — An Irish couple will begin a legal battle for the recognition of their marriage today.Katherine Zappone and Ann Louise Gilligan were married in Canada in 2003 but want their union to be recognised by the Irish government too.The High Court in Dublin will hear arguments today in the case being taken by Dr Katherine Zappone and Ann Louise Gilligan against the Revenue Commissioners and the State for recognition of their legal Canadian marriage in Ireland.

  • Disgraced Republican blame alcoholism for problems 3

    Foley has now reportedly entered an alcohol rehab centre

    12:00 AM — The fallout continues over the resignation of Florida Republican Representative Mark Foley from the US Congress on Friday after reports that he sent inappropriate e-mails to teenage congressional pages.Foley has now reportedly entered an alcohol rehab centre, according to a statement released by his lawyer.

  • Gay star faces record label axe 4

    George Michael faces being dropped by his record label

    12:00 AM — George Michael faces being dropped by his record label after being found slumped at the wheel of his car for the second time this year.The gay singer was found asleep at the wheel of his BMW while stopping at a traffic light in a North London suburb on Sunday and was later arrested on suspicion of drug possession.

  • Cameron attacks homophobic record profits 6

    Although Mr Cameron was vocal in his criticism of record companies, he did not offer any solutions to preventing homophobic music from being sold or distributed

    12:00 AM — Conservative leader David Cameron has strongly attacked record companies profiting from homophobia.In his first speech to his party's autumn party conference as leader, Mr Cameron set out his vision for a Britain free from state interference. He called on citizens to take responsibility from central government, saying "state responsibility has failed."

  • 2nd October 2006

    Chris Moyles in more hot water over BBC ‘faggot’ comment.

    Rio responded by calling Chris Moyles “a faggot” live on air

    12:00 AM — BBC Radio 1 DJ Chris Moyles is facing another gay jibe row after the word 'faggot' was broadcast on his show.The derogatory term was used by Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand, who was a guest on the Chris Moyles show. During what the BBC describe as "friendly banter", the pair discussed the attractiveness of two of Manchester United's players, Alan Smith and Paul Scholes.After much provocation by Moyles, who insisted on asking which team-mate Rio would prefer to date, Rio responded by calling Moyles "a faggot".

  • Copper crowned Mr Gay UK 3

    Mr Gay UK winner PC Mark Carter

    12:00 AM — Yorkshire Policeman Mark Carter 23 has been crowned Britain's Mr Gay UK.PC Carter who lives in Bradford but works in Huddersfield beat 25 other regional winners to claim a years work of personal appearances, photo shoots and £5,000 worth of prizes.

  • Brighton breaks new ground with LGBT Best Bar None award winner. 1

    12:00 AM — A lesbian pub in Brighton has become the first gay venue in the UK to win a Best Bar None award.The Marlborough Pub was named 'best run bar' in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) category, sponsored by PinkNews.co.uk and media partners 3SIXTYLesbian and gay venues that entered were assessed on a variety of aspects of the business, including public safety, the prevention of crime and disorder and protecting children from harm.

  • ”HIV is a gay disease. Own It. End It” 4

    Despite the controversy, the group insist that their campaign is supported by fact.  L.A public health officials note three out of four HIV cases are the result of gay sex.

    12:00 AM — These are the words at the front of a new controversial advertisement campaign dividing opinion within the gay community.The L.A Gay and Lesbian Center has launched an extensive campaign to provoke debate within the gay community. The controversial advert hopes to highlight what they see as a vast complacency within the gay community surrounding the issue of HIV/AIDS.

  • Changes to South African gay blood donation ban 5

    The decision comes as a result of a number of changes designed to create a more streamlined questionnaire, said SANBS.

    12:00 AM — South Africa has overturned its ban on gay men giving blood, with one condition - celibacy.Gay men who have been celibate for over six months will be allowed to donate, reports the South African Independent online.

  • Archbishop disciplined over lesbian marriage 4

    One of the lesbians has known Finlay since she was a child, her father having been Finlay's theology professor.

    12:00 AM — A retired Anglican archbishop has been disciplined and had his licence to officiate marriages revoked after admitting he had blessed a lesbian marriage last summer, reports the BBC.The fact that bishop Finlay officiated the marriage comes as a particular surprise as it was he who dismissed a priest back in the 1992 for having a homosexual relationship.

  • “For couples planning a Civil Partnership, it’s so important to have a solicitor who is supportive”, says Kahn Priestley 7

    Kahn Priestley and her partner Amanda Oswald at their Civil Partnership ceremony

    12:00 AM — The family department within Healys solicitors, a firm who are this month advertising their services in the print edition of The Pink News, are offering legal services tailored to the lesbian and gay community in response to the Civil Partnership legislation.In order to do this, Healys have taken on a new lawyer, Kahn Priestley, who herself recently celebrated a civil partnership, to head up the Brighton wing of Healys family law department.

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