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15 November 2006

  • 15th November 2006

    Gay activists oppose Martinez role

    The Florida Senator was appointment as head of the Republican National Committee this week

    12:00 AM — Gay campaigners have reacted angrily to the appointment of Mel Martinez as leader of the Republican Party.The Florida Senator was appointment as head of the Republican National Committee this week, but activists fear this will cause another rift in the relationship between the Republicans and the gay community.

  • African continent reacts to gay unions 10

    It makes South Africa the only part of the continent to allow gay marriage, amongst many gay hostile countries

    12:00 AM — The African continent is split after South Africa became the first country in the region to allow gay marriage.Religious leaders and homophobes have expressed disgust at the law, describing it as a sign of the end of the world, while gay groups have described the Civil Unions Act as a sign of progress.

  • Ghana visit should address gay rights 1

    The problems facing the gay community in Ghana were revealed in September when sections of the country's media made up a story about a gay conference being held

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveGay campaigner Peter Tatchell has called on the government to raise the issue of human rights with the Ghanaian President when he visits the UK in the next parliamentary session.The Queen's speech at the state opening of parliament this morning revealed government plans to host a visit with Ghanaian President John Agyekum Kufuor.

  • George Michael to sing for nurses 4

    George Michael described the nurses as “incredible people”

    12:00 AM — Gay star George Michael is to play an exclusive free show for NHS staff to mark the end of his European tour as a thank you for the way nurses cared for his dying mother ten years ago.The gig will be at the Roundhouse in December and fulfils a promise by the singer to provide a free show to the profession if he ever performed again.

  • Police alert gay community after Manchester rape

    The man took the victim to an unknown location where he locked the victim in the car, threatened him that he had a knife and forced him to take off his clothes

    12:00 AM — Police are appealing for information and warning the gay community to be vigilant after a man was raped after a night out with friends in Manchester's Gay Village.At about 430am on Monday 6 November 2006 the 27-year-old victim got into a car with a man in Port Street in the city centre after the night out on Canal Street.Port Street is in a gay cruising area close to the Basement Sauna.

  • Security dominates Queen’s speech 1

    The Queen, sitting on the throne in the House of Lords, told peers and MPs summoned from the House of Commons that the government intended to take “further action to provide strong, secure and stable communities and address the threat of terrorism”

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk's Tony Grew analyses the final Queen's speech under Tony Blair's ruleThe last Queen's Speech of Tony Blair's premiership has been dominated by security measures aimed at cutting crime, curbing anti-social behaviour and combating terrorism.

  • Home Office listening to lesbians gays

    UKLGIG will now input directly into the process of information gathering as it relates to human rights abuses of sexual minorities globally

    12:00 AM — The UK Lesbian Gay Immigration Group's (UKLGIG) fight to put the human rights abuses of LGBT people from around the world onto the agenda, has taken a big step forward with it's appointment as an observer to the Advisory Panel on Country Information, APCI.The APCI was set up to consider and make recommendations to the Home Secretary about the content of country information, which is produced by the Country of Origin Information Service, (COIS), at the Home Office.

  • Stonewall to propose anti-gay incitement law 1

    It comes after a spate of murders in the gay community in the last year including Jody Dobrowski on Clapham Common

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveGay charity Stonewall has vowed to keep a close eye on the new Criminal Justice Bill announced today as the campaigners aim to have homophobic incitement added to the law.The Queen's speech at the state opening of Parliament today promised a Criminal Justice Bill with new powers to put victims at the centre of the law and order system.

  • Disabled gays welcome bus concessions 1

    These old style buses were a peril for disabled people

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveA group representing gay and disabled people has welcomed a commitment to free bus travel for elderly and disabled communities, but warns that more needs to be done.Elderly and disabled people will be able to take advantage of the Concessionary Bus Travel Bill which will provide free travel in England at off-peak times from April 2008.

  • Queen’s speech unveils gay interest laws 1

    It outlines the government's proposed policies and  legislation for the next parliamentary session

    12:00 AM — The next session of Parliament was officially opened today with the Queen unveiling a whole host of bills which will have an impact on the gay community in areas of crime, travel, health and the environment.Gay charity Stonewall's campaign to have homophobic incitement will be buoyed by a new Criminal Justice Bill and disabled people in the community will be pleased to receive free bus travel in England.

  • Gay couple accuses British Airways of homophobia 1

    Garrit Brown and Cecil Pickard, boarded a flight from Johannesburg to London in March and were told they could not be guaranteed a seat together and alone in economy class

    12:00 AM — A South African gay couple are demanding 80, 000 rand in damages and an apology from British Airways after claiming they were deliberately stopped from sitting together and alone because of their sexuality.Garrit Brown and Cecil Pickard, boarded a flight from Johannesburg to London in March and were told they could not be guaranteed a seat together and alone in economy class.

  • Speak Out about homophobic bullying

    Young people will be able to chat with trained advisers from ChildLine and the LGBT Helpline Cymru about their experiences, and receive advice about dealing with anti-gay bullying

    12:00 AM — Stonewall Cymru is hosting a live web chat during Anti-Bullying Week for young lesbian, gay and bisexual people who are experiencing homophobic bullying in school.Young people will be able to chat with trained advisers from ChildLine and the LGBT Helpline Cymru about their experiences, and receive advice about dealing with anti-gay bullying.

  • Gay community not alone in fight for health insurance

    Millions of Americans currently are living without health insurance coverage

    12:00 AM — Health insurance is a hot topic within the US gay and lesbian community these days, especially within the ongoing and progressively improving discussions surrounding domestic partnerships, civil unions and marriage for gay folk.The LGBT community isn't alone in its interest in the topic. In fact, according to "Insurance, Poverty, and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2005," recently released by the US Census Bureau, millions of Americans currently are living without health insurance coverage.

  • Jerusalem gays to continue equality fight 23

    Rabbi Sharon Klienbaum holds sign: “We are all created in God'simage.“  Ultra-Orthodox protesters in background. (Photo: Syd Peterson)

    12:00 AM — Israeli gay campaigners have vowed to continue fighting for equality in Jerusalem after a gay pride rally in the capital city last week.A Hebrew University of Jerusalem stadium hosted 9000 people for a rally last Friday, despite weeks of anti-gay protests and threats of violence from ultra-Orthodox Jews in the area.

  • Gay soldiers appeal US military ban 5

    The case is against former US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld's department

    12:00 AM — Twelve lesbian and gay veterans of the war on terror have filed a brief in the First Circuit Court of Appeals, in Massachusetts, challenging the constitutionality of the federal "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" ban on lesbian, gay and bisexual service personnel.The case, Cook v Rumsfeld, was filed on behalf of the plaintiffs by Servicemembers Legal Defence Network (SLDN) and the law firm of Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP.

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