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October 2006

  • 17th October 2006

    Gay rights concern for Nepal talks

    Nepal is still in deadlock talks over a new constitution

    12:00 AM — Gay rights in Nepal may become isolated as talks between the Seven Party Alliance (SPA - government) and the Maoists in Nepal continue, a local LGBT group has warned.The Blue Diamond Society has expressed concern that gay rights will be forgotten while the country discusses more controversial issues of the future of the monarchy and arms management.

  • Texas rounding up gay families

    It may sound crazy, but a study in The Gay and Lesbian Atlas concludes that San Antonio, a major Texas city, has the largest amount of queer couples with kids in America

    12:00 AM — Gay and looking for a good place to raise your kids? You might want to consider Texas.It may sound crazy, but a study in The Gay and Lesbian Atlas concludes that San Antonio, a major Texas city, has the largest amount of queer couples with kids in America.

  • Gay group promotes family life

    Officials at the meeting will discuss issues of social and legal acceptance of diverse families and gay family models and will push for acceptance of gay families throughout Europe

    12:00 AM — Over 200 European delegates are expected to gather in Bulgaria next week to promote the diversity of families.The meeting being held in Sofia is entitle "We are Family - Our families in Europe and the European family," it is organised by the European branch of the International Lesbian and Gay Association (ILGA) and Bulgarian gay group Gemini.

  • Massachusetts Governor rallies against gay marriage 2

    Governor Mitt Romney called upon evangelicals to condemn gay marriage

    12:00 AM — Governor Mitt Romney is facing criticism after calling upon evangelicals to condemn gay marriage and to fight what they see as a threat to Christian values in a nationwide broadcast last weekend.In a cavernous, gilded room festooned with American flags, Romney and a slew of leading conservative speakers described how a "homosexual agenda" was interfering with the constitutional rights of same-sex marriage opponents to express their dissent and religious freedom.

  • Brokeback director joins Olympics team

    China banned screenings of Brokeback Mountain because of its “sensitive” content

    12:00 AM — Gay cowboy movie director Ang Lee has been named as a consultant for the Beijing 2008 Olympics.The Brokeback Mountain Oscar winner was named this week along with honorary president of the Chinese Olympic Committee and International Olympic Committee member He Zhenliang, and composer Wu Zuqiang, to be culture and art consultants for the creation of the opening and closing ceremonies of the event.

  • Geeling murder shows ‘school homophobia’ 7

    Ms Sanders said the way the media reports on cases which have elements of homosexuality panders to homophobia, she highlights an example that many reports omit the fact that the boys were at a Roman Catholic school where they were likely to have learned that homosexuality is a sin

    12:00 AM — PinkNews ExclusiveA gay school equality group has accused the media of pandering to homophobia over the reporting of the murder of 11-year-old Joe Geeling.Sue Sanders, co-chair of Schools Out, who campaign for LGBT equality in education, said this case shows the problems of homophobia between schoolchildren.Michael Hamer was sentenced to life imprisonment yesterday for the murder of Joe Geeling in a case which appears to centre around a letter luring the boy to the killer's home.

  • City Council blocks gay masseuse 1

    An application by a gay massage therapist for a home-business permit in Manassas, Virginia. has been opposed by members of the community and stalled in the City Council

    12:00 AM — An application by a gay massage therapist for a home-business permit in Manassas, Virginia. has been opposed by members of the community and stalled in the City Council, though the council had approved similar applications in the past.According to the Associated Press, Howard Daniel has given massages in hospitals and at his patients' homes.

  • Gay football fans tackle homophobia

    In Germany gay fans of Hertha Berlin will be wearing anti homophobia scarves and holding a poster at their side's game against Borussia Mönchengladbach

    12:00 AM — Gay fans in Europe are joining an international campaign to kick discrimination out of football starting today.LGBT supporters in Germany and Poland are participating in the Football Against Racism in Europe Action Week, which will see a series of events throughout the continent dedicated to promoting equality including anti-homophobia schemes.

  • 16th October 2006

    Pole designs EU birthday logo

    Mr Skrzypczak aimed to symbolise political union by using different typefaces and letters from a variety of European languages to spell out the word “together“

    12:00 AM — A Polish submission has been chosen as the logo for the European Union's 50th anniversary.Szymon Skrzypczak's design was chosen by a panel including gay designer Tony Malone, out of over a thousand applicants.The year 2007 marks the 50th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome. Signed on 25th March 1957, the treaty laid the foundations for today's peaceful and prosperous European Union.

  • Gay bashing victim dies

    The suspects allegedly met Sandy in an Internet chat room for gay men and lured him to the cruise spot Plumb Beach on the pretence of having sex

    12:00 AM — The gay man who was brutally beaten and then hit by a car near a popular New York gay cruise spot has died.Michael Sandy died on Friday after his family removed him from life support, after being attacked in Brooklyn last week,According to Newsday, the 29-year-old's family decided to remove him from the respirator after observing his birthday last Thursday at the hospital.

  • Hollywood goes gay again. Well lesbian, in fact.

    Lohan is thrilled about working with Knightley on the lesbian movie project

    12:00 AM — After the success of Brokeback Mountain, Hollywood is going gay again - but this time with two female leads.Heart throb actresses Lindsay Lohan and Keira Knightley are gearing up to play women with who are sexually attracted to each other in a film about Welsh poet Dylan Thomas.Lohan is thrilled about working with Knightley on the project. "(Keira) is older than me, but she kind of has a mysterious relationship with my lover," Lohan told MTV News. "And there's somewhat of a lesbian undertone."

  • Gay star ponders parenting 1

    The Doctor Who star who is set to appear in a spinoff called Torchwood later this month

    12:00 AM — Gay actor John Barrowman is contemplating fatherhood.The Doctor Who star who is set to appear in a spinoff called Torchwood later this month, says he is discussing parenthood with long term boyfriend Scott Gill.The couple are having a civil partnership at Christmas after 16 years together, The Daily Mirror reports.

  • Gay charity calls for housing support 3

    A major cause of housing problems for LGB people is physical assault.

    12:00 AM — A major new report into housing needs of lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) people in Wales has revealed a shocking link between the gay housing crisis and homophobic harassment.The study, carried out by Stonewall Cymru and Triangle Wales, found that a major cause of housing problems for LGB people is arson, burglary, graffiti and physical assault.

  • Comment: Public or Papal duty? 18

    While gay campaigners fluster over the reasons behind a delay in the new Sexual Orientation Regulations, PinkNews.co.uk's Tony Grew asks where Communities Secretary Ruth Kelly is taking her cue from

    12:00 AM — While gay campaigners question the reasons behind a delay in introducing the new Sexual Orientation Regulations, PinkNews.co.uk's Tony Grew asks who Communities Secretary Ruth Kelly is really representing.When Alastair Campbell, Director of Communications at Number 10, was asked about Tony Blair's religious faith, he famously replied, "We don't do God."

  • Hong Kong lowers gay age of consent 1

    Hong Kong decriminalised homosexuality in 1991 and the government has been widely criticised for appealing against the original ruling

    12:00 AM — The Hong Kong government has agreed to lower the gay age of consent from 21 to 16.It comes after three judges at the Court of Appeal unanimously agreed last month that laws allowing a higher age of consent for homosexuals than for heterosexuals and lesbians were discriminatory and unconstitutional.

  • Zurich to host EuroPride 2009 6

    This year's EuroPride attracted over half a million people to London.

    12:00 AM — Zurich has been chosen as the host of EuroPride 2009.The Swiss city was chosen after a meeting of the European Pride Organisers Association in Madrid, the city of next year's hosts.Delegates discussed bids from Tel Aviv in Israel, and Mannheim in Germany, but chose Switzerland after the country recently approved civil partnership laws in a national referendum.

  • Foley scandal fails to spoil public gay support 3

    Attempts by anti-gay right-wing leaders and anti-gay groups to brand the Mark Foley scandal as a gay issue have failed to impact voters' support of GLBT issues

    12:00 AM — Attempts by anti-gay right-wing leaders and anti-gay groups to brand the Mark Foley scandal as a gay issue have failed to impact voters' support of GLBT issues, a survey has revealed.Gay advocacy organisation, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), says it's been monitoring what it calls a coordinated effort to place blame on the gay community and equate Mark Foley's behaviour to the fact that he is gay.

  • Government defends gay equality delay 18

    Demands for Communities Secretary Ruth Kelly to quit because of a delay in the new Sexual Orientation Regulations have been dismissed

    12:00 AM — Demands for Communities Secretary Ruth Kelly to quit because of a delay in the new Sexual Orientation Regulations have been dismissed.The Liberal Democrat's Women and Equality spokesperson Lorely Burt has been leading calls for the minister to step down after reports that the new Equality Act may be amended to allay fears of Christian groups, her demands were echoed by the Gay and Lesbian Humanist Association.

  • Gay Congressman under fire over camping trip

    Federal prosecutors in Arizona have opened an investigation into a camping trip taken by Representative Jim Kolbe with two former pages

    12:00 AM — Federal prosecutors in Arizona have opened an investigation into a camping trip taken by Representative Jim Kolbe with two former pages and others in 1996, according to a law-enforcement official.According to the Associated Press, Republican Congressman Mr Kolbe took the former pages as well as staffers and National Park Service officials on a raft trip in the Grand Canyon in 1996, his spokeswoman said.

  • Congress’ first openly gay man dies

    Studds was the first member of Congress to acknowledge he was gay

    12:00 AM — The country's first Congressman to publicly acknowledge that he was gay has died age 69.Gerry Studds passed away last weekend at a Boston hospital after collapsing earlier this month.His doctors at Boston Medical Centrr determined that he suffered from a blood clot in his lung, Studds' husband Dean Hara told the Associated Press.

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