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November 2006

  • 16th November 2006

    Gay presenter quits “vulgar” Swedish show

    Sverker Åström, 90, a former Swedish Ambassador to the UN, has quit the show, entitled Boglobbyn (The Gay Lobby,) after just two episodes

    12:00 AM — A gay TV presenter has quit a Swedish television programme about LGBT lifestyles describing the show as "vulgar and tasteless."Sverker Åström, 90, a former Swedish Ambassador to the UN, has quit the show, entitled Boglobbyn (The Gay Lobby,) after just two episodes.The first broadcast was criticised after a report on cruising was described as shallow.

  • Man bailed after gay murder 1

    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

    12:00 AM — A 50-year-old man arrested following a death at a block of flats in Portsmouth has been bailed.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 block of flats in Portsmouth after midnight on September 21.His death is the third gay murder in less than a year. In July Michael Fardon, 45, from Northampton was murdered after a night out at his local the Boston Clipper.

  • Transsexual prepares for discrimination claim 1

    She said she was demoted after facial and breast surgery in March 2005

    12:00 AM — A transsexual will take her former employer to tribunal next week seeking half a million pounds in compensation under the Sex Discrimination (Gender Reassignment) Regulations 1999.It is believed to be the biggest discrimination case involving a transsexual.Jessica Bussert, formerly Josh, is seeking £500,000 compensation from Hitachi Data Systems claiming she was demoted after surgery to "feminise" her face and breasts, since moving from the US state of Indiana to work in here.

  • Gay channel captures Bad Girls

    A spokesperson for the programme makers, Shed Productions, said all eight series have been sold to Logo

    12:00 AM — US LGBT channel Logo has snapped up prison drama Bad Girls, according to reports.The series, which is has a big lesbian following, was sentenced to mediocrity recently when ITV dropped it from their schedule.A spokesperson for the programme makers, Shed Productions, said all eight series have been sold to Logo.

  • PM criticised over ‘disgraceful’ Iran offer 1

    Mr Blair offered Iran a way out of “isolation“ in a speech earlier this week

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveTony Blair is ignoring human rights abuses in Iran, a gay campaigner has warned.Gay activist Peter Tatchell has accused the Prime Minister of "cosying up to Tehran" for his own political aims while ignoring "gross human rights abuses" against gay people, women, students, trade unionists and ethnic minorities.

  • Anti-gay Christians ‘out of touch’

    Earlier this week, the US Catholic Church approved controversial guidelines on ways of welcoming gay people into the church, one suggestion being therapy

    12:00 AM — Gay campaigners have criticised the "religious bigotry" of church groups in the US this week after Catholic bishops approved controversial guidelines on the treatment of gays and lesbians while other denominations have vowed to punish those acting too 'gay-friendly.'Human Rights Campaign President Joe Solmonese said the actions of several church groups undermines the work being done in some areas of Christianity to welcome gays and lesbians.

  • No straight answers for LGBT homeless

    The brochure entitled 'No straight answers: homelessness and sexuality,' is produced in association with gay charity the Albert Kennedy Trust

    12:00 AM — A national agency representing charities campaigning against homelessness has released a new guide on the unique issues of LGBT homelessness.Released today, the brochure entitled 'No straight answers: homelessness and sexuality,' is produced in association with gay charity the Albert Kennedy Trust.

  • Gay campaigners launch California marriage appeal

    It comes after Colorado, Idaho, South Carolina, Tennessee, South Dakota and Virginia all passed gay marriage bans in a ballot earlier this month

    12:00 AM — Lawyers in San Francisco along with Californian gay groups have this week asked the state Supreme Court to decide whether barring same-sex couples from marriage violates the California Constitution.It comes after Colorado, Idaho, South Carolina, Tennessee, South Dakota and Virginia all passed gay marriage bans in a ballot earlier this month.

  • 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.

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