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28 September 2007

  • 28th September 2007

    Games company defends homophobic Scrabble

    Ubisoft, the French company that made the game, said the programme was based on words listed in the Chambers Official Scrabble Dictionary. photo: tim parkinson@flickr.com

    6:25 PM — A concerned Irish dad contacted computer software manufacturers after discovering a homophobic term in Junior Scrabble 2007, a game on Nintendo DS.Zachary McAdam, from Holywood, Co Down, was playing the game with his seven-year-old daughter, when he was offered the word 'lesbo' as the solution to a five-letter anagram reports the Belfast Telegraph."The term 'lesbo' is a slang name intentionally meant to cause offence," Mr McAdam said.

  • Congress may split workplace protection bill 21

    The two bill proposal from Congressman Barney Frank would rescue the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) from defeat in the House of Representatives.

    6:20 PM — Efforts by American lawmakers to protect LGBT people from employment discrimination are under threat from Congressmen not convinced of the need for gender identity protection.In a compromise, it has been proposed that two bills be introduced - one extending civil rights based on sexual orientation and another for gender identity.The upshot of this would be the defeat of the trans protections that are not supported by some Democratic lawmakers but the likely success of workplace protections for gay, lesbian and bisexual Americans.

  • Three months in prison for homophobic abuse 1

    Despite denying charges, Mr Makemson was convicted of common assault and threatening behaviour.

    5:21 PM — An Essex businessman has been sentenced to three months in prison after drunkenly threatening and shouting homophobic abuse at his neighbours.43-year-old asbestos contractor Stuart Makemson of Twelve Acres, Braintree, brandished a snooker cue at Andrew Morrison saying: "I'm going to take that nose off your face with this."Mr Morrison and his wife had been woken earlier by Mr Makemson verbally abusing their gay son and his boyfriend, reported the Essex Chronicle. 

  • Tory leader’s wife spoke up for gays 2

    A close friend of David and Sarah Cameron has revealed that the party leader's wife persuaded her husband to support the abolition of Section 28.

    5:05 PM — An out gay Conservative who is a close friend of David and Sarah Cameron has revealed that the party leader's wife persuaded her husband to support the abolition of Section 28.Speaking to The Guardian Nick Boles, founder of the Policy Exchange thinktank, said that David Cameron's change of heart on gay issues was in part due to Sarah.Referring to Mr Cameron's previous support for Section 28, Mr Boles said: "I think she had a much stronger sense of how unacceptable that piece of legislation was."

  • Lord Browne bounces back with board appointment

    Lord Browne is to join the board of Foster + Partners as a non-executive director.

    4:30 PM — The former chief executive of BP who was forced to resign after allegations made by his ex-boyfriend became public is to join the board of a leading architects firm.The Mail on Sunday newspaper was responsible for exposing that Lord John Browne lied in court documents about where he met his former lover, Jeff Chevalier.Lord Browne is to join the board of Foster + Partners as a non-executive director.

  • Harman’s attack on Tories fuels election fever

    Ms Harman's crowd-pleasing closing address did nothing to quell election fever.

    4:15 PM — Secretary of State for Equality Harriet Harman attacked Tory attitudes to gay couples in her closing speech to the Labour party conference yesterday.In an address to the party faithful that set the tone for a general election widely tipped to be called next week, she called the Conservatives the "nasty party," a phrase first used by Tory frontbencher Theresa May.Ms Harman attacked the opposition party's plans for a tax system that rewards married couples and civil partners above single or unmarried parents.

  • Archbishop claims condoms are infected with HIV 7

    AIDS campaigners called the Archbishops comments 'nonsense' and defended the use of contraception.

    3:45 PM — The head of the Roman Catholic Church in Mozambique has claimed that some European-made condoms and anti-retroviral drugs are deliberately infected with HIV.Maputo Archbishop Francisco Chimoio's remarks, made at celebrations to mark 33 years of Mozambique's independence, have angered the country's many AIDS campaigners.Talking to a BBC reporter, the Archbishop Chimoio said: "Condoms are not sure because I know that there are two countries in Europe, they are making condoms with the virus on purpose."

  • Competition: The natural way to change your hair colour 3

    25 lucky PinkNews.co.uk readers can each win a Naturtint Natural Men hair colourant of their choice.

    2:10 PM — The male grooming market is absolutely booming, with men spending more and more of their hard earned cash on making sure they stay looking fabulous!With celebrity icons like David Beckham and Cristiano Ronaldo dying their hair regularly, changing your hair colour to update your look is becoming more and more popular amongst men - oh, and a lot cheaper than buying a whole new wardrobe!Naturtint Natural Men hair colourant gel is a more natural alternative to conventional hair dyes.

  • Candidates OK with gay-themed children’s books 3

    The frontrunners for the Democratic party nomination for President in the 2008 election were speaking at an MSNBC candidates debate.

    1:50 PM — Presidential hopefuls John Edwards and Barack Obama have said they would be happy for their children to read stories featuring same-sex couples.Hillary Clinton was less enthusiastic, calling it a matter for "parental discretion."The frontrunners for the Democratic party nomination for President in the 2008 election were speaking at an MSNBC candidates debate.

  • Trans protection may be dropped from ENDA

    Gay rights groups have reacted with fury at the suggestion that gender identity protections may be dropped.

    1:19 PM — New laws designed to protect LGBT workers in the United States may be watered down because leading Democrats are split over the inclusion of gender identity.The Employment Non-Discrimination Act, currently before Congress, would extend federal employment discrimination protections to cover sexual orientation and gender identity.However, at a meeting on Wednesday of House of Representative Democrats, it became clear that ENDA would not be supported by many of them in its present form.

  • Chuck star open to working with gay groups 3

    The film's co-star Kevin James defended the movie againt accusations of homophobia.

    12:32 PM — Actor Adam Sandler has said that his latest gay-themed movie I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry is not meant to offend anyone and said he would be happy to work with gay rights advocates.The film, which is on release in the UK, is concerned with two semi-homophobic firefighters who pretend to be gay and a couple to receive partnership benefits.It was a massive hit in the US, knocking Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix from the number one slot at the box office.

  • Catholics call for boycott over SM apostles 1

    The Catholic League is asking a group of over 200 religious organisations, including Buddhists, Hindus, Muslims, Jews and Protestants to boycott the Miller brand.

    12:05 PM — A Roman Catholic pressure group is calling for a boycott of a brewing company's products after their logo appeared on a gay advert.Bill Donaghue, president of the Catholic League For Religious and Civil Rights, called for the boycott of Miller on US breakfast show Fox and Friends this morning.The move follows Miller's sponsorship of the Folsom Street Fair, which takes place on September 30th, during San Francisco's Leather Pride Week.

  • Civil rights groups join calls for same-sex marriage

    The Charles R. Williams Institute on Sexual Orientation Law and Public Policy at the UCLA School of Law filed a brief describing the diversity of same-sex couples in California.

    10:26 AM — Scores of religious, civil rights and child advocacy organisations — along with numerous municipal governments, bar associations and leading legal scholars — urged the California Supreme Court to put an end to state laws that deny same-sex couples the protections of marriage by submitting 30 amicus briefs earlier this week."We are not treating all Californians equally if some can marry and others cannot," said Alice Huffman, president of the California Conference of the National Association for the Advancement of Coloured People.

  • Homophobic sports star reaches out to suicidal gay teens 1

    Former NBA player Tim Hardaway, who made waves when he gave his now infamous “I hate gay people“ speech last winter, may be turning over a new leaf.

    10:03 AM — In a somewhat remarkable turn of events, former NBA player Tim Hardaway, who made waves when he gave his now infamous "I hate gay people" speech last winter, may be turning over a new leaf.The former Miami Heat guard has become an active part of a children's advocacy group, which caters to the gay community.Hardaway, who spent most of his time with the Heat during his professional career, retired in 2003.

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