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  • 27th September 2006

    African official jeopardises South African gay marriage. 1

    He told the crowd of thousands that he was speaking not as ANC leader but in his personal capacity “as a man“.

    12:00 AM — Deputy president of the African National Congress (ANC) Jacob Zuma has outraged the gay community by calling same sex marriage a ''disgrace to the Nation and to God'', reports The SowetanANC is the majority party in South African government controlling the presidency and more than two-thirds of parliament's seats.

  • PinkNews Apology

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk would like to apologise to Mark Latham and Melbourne University Press for claiming his book "A Conga Line Of Suckholes" made homophobic statements.This was reported in error and Mr Latham's publication makes no such statement, we are sorry for any distress caused to any parties.

  • Gay Welsh youth vulnerable

    In 2004 there were over 2,000 new cases of chlamydia diagnosed within Wales, whilst HIV/AIDS infection rates are increasing nationwide.

    12:00 AM — There are 3,500 lesbian, gay and bisexual youths aged 15 to 25 living in and around Cardiff currently suffering from inadequate services, warns the Terrence Higgins Trust (THT).The warning comes from a report entitled 'Starting Out' published today by the THT which is concerned Welsh gay people are putting their sexual health at risk due to a lack of support.

  • 26th September 2006

    Miss Piggee off to Supreme Court over homophobic pamphlets.

    Cosmetics teacher Martha Louise Piggee from Carl Sandburg College, Galesburg, Illinois, handed out pamphlets condemning homosexuality to her pupils.

    12:00 AM — A US Federal Appeals Court has dismissed a teacher's lawsuit, who claimed that not being allowed to circulate homophobic pamphlets broke her constitutional right to free speech.Cosmetics teacher Martha Louise Piggee from Carl Sandburg College, Galesburg, Illinois, handed out pamphlets condemning homosexuality to her pupils.

  • Peter Tatchell attacks ”double standards from Labour”

    “The government recently enacted a new law against incitement to religious hatred, but it refuses to pass a law prohibiting incitement to homophobic hatred. More double standards from Labour.''

    12:00 AM — Peter Tatchell used the Green Party annual conference LGBT fringe meeting last week to launch a fierce attack on what he calls Labour's 'double standards,' calling on the public to complain to their MPs, the Equalities Minister and Tony Blair.Mr Tatchell, OutRage! activist, speaking at Hove Town Hall on Saturday 23rd September described Labour as blowing hot and cold over gay rights.

  • London to host gay hip hop festival 4

    Europe's only gay hip-hop festival is organised and presented by Pac-Man and gayhiphop.com crew (QBoy, Mistermaker, NineBob  Gideon).

    12:00 AM — Gay culture and hip-hop have always had what can best be described as an icy relationship, yet it is hoped the hosting of a gay hip hop festival may go some way in helping to thaw this notoriously difficult relationship.US stars Mary J. Blige, Kanye West and L'il Kim have all campaigned on gay issues and tried to in part heal rifts between hip hop culture and gay lifestyle.

  • 25th September 2006

    India divided over Anti-Gay law.

    With an Indian population of over 1 billion, the law prohibiting same sex relations is estimated to be affecting hundreds of millions of people.

    12:00 AM — There is more evidence in India of the growing acceptance of homosexuality.A new survey by The Hindustan Times, shows that only about a third of Indian youth are in favour of keeping the country's anti-homosexual laws.

  • GPA decision ‘victory for common sense’ 9

    A CPS spokesman told PinkNews.co.uk: “We decided there was no realistic prospect of a conviction in this case.“

    12:00 AM — Gay campaigners have welcomed the decision by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) today that the Gay Police Association (GPA) will not be prosecuted for a controversial advert linking religious statements to homophobia.The decision relates to an advert placed by the GPA in the diversity supplement of the Independent in July 2006 which said: "In the last 12 months, the GPA has recorded a 74% increase in homophobic incidents, where the sole or primary motivating factor was the religious belief of the perpetrator."

  • Carnival queen is a boy.

    Carnival chairman Robin Goodfellow, 66, said: “Whilst some people might be offended but we would rather be inclusive than exclusive.

    12:00 AM — A 15 year old boy named David Bridge has stunned locals in the village of Axbridge by being elected 'alternative carnival queen'.The annual Blackberry Carnival in Somerset held last weekend has been going for centuries, the only requirements for the role of carnival queen being enthusiasm and a big smile.

  • Gay father’s childcare criticised

    The inclusion of the pictures has been criticised by child welfare agencies who argue the childrens safety is being risked.

    12:00 AM — Britain's first gay surrogate fathers have attracted criticism from child welfare agencies after posting pictures of their children on the popular LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) website Gaydar.The millionaire couple Barrie Drewitt, 39, and Tony Barlow, 42, have been criticised for posting pictures of their children on a website used by many in the LGBT community as a way of networking and seeking casual sex.

  • 22nd September 2006

    LA LGBT victory over Buju Banton 7

    Adam Manacker general manger of the club telling Santa Barbara News: 'We felt it was the right thing to do after doing some research on the matter''.

    12:00 AM — The LGBT community has again ensured the cancellation of a gig by murder music advocate Buju Banton.Following reports earlier this week on PinkNews that pressure was growing to cancel Buju Banton's gig in Boulder Colorado, a Los Angeles nightclub has now led the way by scrapping a scheduled performance by the Jamaican reggae star.

  • Zimbabwe Government legislates against LGBT community

    Ngirande called the exclusion of GALZ “an abrogation of their rights“ .

    12:00 AM — The Gay and Lesbian Association of Zimbabwe (GALZ) has been banned by the Zimbabwean government from attending a United Nations (UN) human rights workshop.The workshop which started in Kariba on Thursday is expected to lay the groundwork for the creation of the Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission.

  • Gay comedian saves life in pier drama

    “We got there and there was a man clinging on,“ Carr told the BBC.

    12:00 AM — Gay comedian Alan Carr, star of the Friday Night Project yesterday helped to save a man's life after he was about to jump from Blackpool Pier.Alan Carr along with tap dancing legend Lionel Blair had been filming an End-of-the Pier show in the North Pier's Sun Lounge when they heard the commotion before rushing to the scene to help.

  • 21st September 2006

    British students protest for LGBT rights in Uganda. 2

    Peter Tatchell said “Ugandans should be judged by the quality of their character, not by their sexual orientation”.

    12:00 AM — The National Union of Students (NUS) is organising an emergency demonstration outside the Ugandan embassy this week over continued persecution of the LGBT community within the country.The NUS LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) led campaign will be handing a letter of protest to the Ugandan embassy calling on the country to respect equality and freedom.

  • Conference to address “hidden” HIV poverty link

    Director of policy at NAT Yusef Azad,  said:  “Extreme poverty for people living with HIV is one of the UK's hidden problems.

    12:00 AM — Links between extreme poverty and HIV will be addressed today at a conference aimed at combating what campaigners are calling a "hidden problem''.The conference will bring together social workers, welfare workers, and staff from the HIV sector.

  • Scotland less equal for LGBT 1

    Scotland is currently the only part of the UK which does not have legislation against gay hate crime. Photo by Odolophie

    12:00 AM — The Scottish Executive has backtracked on gay hate crime legislation , according to Scottish LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) group Equality NetworkEquality Network highlights that in October 2004 the Scottish Executive's Working Group on Hate Crime recommended to the Executive that they should introduce a 'statutory aggravation' so that a crime motivated by hate on grounds of sexual orientation, would be treated as an aggravated crime, and sentenced accordingly.

  • 20th September 2006

    Fears over anti gay pact. 57

    Peter Akinola in a message to the country said: ''The Church affirms our commitment to the total rejection of the evil of homosexuality''

    12:00 AM — Anglican bishops from developing countries are expected to agree on a pact this week condemning the ordination of gay clergy, according to Nigeria's Archbishop.The church of Nigeria's standing committee led by Peter Akinola in a message to the country said: ''The Church affirms our commitment to the total rejection of the evil of homosexuality which is a perversion of human dignity''.

  • Launch of LGBT Youth Council

    Co-ordinator of the project Gary Rowland said the service “offers a great opportunity for young LGBT people to have their say on issues across the capital.

    12:00 AM — A new LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) youth council has been launched to give young people the chance to influence key decision makers across the capital.The London LGBT Youth Council, a project funded by Comic Relief and managed by the Consortium of LGBT Voluntary Community Organisations, is set to open its doors to all LGBT people, aged 13 to 25 who live, work or study in London this week.

  • Gay age of consent unfair in Hong Kong 1

    Chief High Court Judge Geoffrey Ma said “I fail to see on any basis the justification of this age limit,“

    12:00 AM — A court of Appeal has deemed the higher age of sexual consent for homosexuals in Hong Kong unconstitutional and discriminatory.Hong Kong law states that homosexuals must be 21 before consenting to sex, whilst the age for heterosexuals is five years lower at 16.Gay men who risk having sex before 21 face potential life imprisonment.

  • 19th September 2006

    Pressure to cancel US Buju Banton gig 7

    “This is not a case of freedom of speech. It's the case of a nightclub giving a forum to this violent hate speech“.

    12:00 AM — LGBT campaigners have again demanded the cancellation of a concert due to be held this Wednesday at the Fox Theatre in Boulder, Colorado.Activists say the Jamaican reggae star Buju Banton hasn't repudiated a 1992 song that calls for violence against gays and lesbians, reports Rocky Mountain News.

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