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  • 16th January 2006

    EU debates homophobia 1

    Gay rights groups are hoping the European Union will deliver fairer laws throughout Europe (photo credit: Ian Britton/ freefoto.com)

    12:00 AM — The European Parliament is this evening debating a resolution on homophobia in Europe.The resolution strongly condemns homophobia and discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation in EU member states and calls on European institutions to promote and protect the human rights of all persons regardless of their sexuality.

  • 14th January 2006

    “Gay horse” case dropped

    Thames Valley Police claim the comments were homophobic

    12:00 AM — A student from Oxford University who labelled a police horse as "gay" will not be prosecuted.Sam Brown, originally from Belfast, approached a mounted police officer during a night out with friends in Oxford and said: "Excuse me, do you realise your horse is gay?"Following the comments, police backup arrived in two squad cars and arrested Mr Brown under the Public Order Act.

  • 13th January 2006

    Gay Doctor Who star was too straight for Will and Grace 7

    Mr Barrowman claimes he was “too straight“ for Will and Grace

    12:00 AM — John Barrowman, the gay star of Doctor Who was told he was "too straight" to play the part of Will in the hit US comedy Will and Grace.The 38 year old actor who is well known across the world as Doctor Who's bisexual sidekick Captain Jack Harkness claimed that offering the led role in the gay sitcom to a straight actor, Eric McCormack was typical of "homophobic" Hollywood.

  • 12th January 2006

    South Africa bans gays from giving blood

    South Africa has followed many other countries in banning sexually active gay men from donating blood

    12:00 AM — South Africa has followed many other countries in banning sexually active gay men from donating blood"A man who has had sex with another man within the last five years, whether oral or anal sex, with or without a condom ... is not permitted to donate blood and must please not do so," Dr. Robert Crookes, head of the national blood service said today.South Africa has the world's highest number of HIV cases with more than 5 million people infected.

  • 10th January 2006

    Sony launches gay music label

    The label hopes to cash in on the growing gay music market

    12:00 AM — Sony Music has launched the first major music label dedicated to nurturing lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans-gendered artists.The label, to be known as 'Music with a Twist', is a joint venture with a new gay media company, Wilderness, led by Matt Farber, the founder of MTV's gay entertainment channel, LOGO, which reaches 20 million homes across the USA.'Music With a Twist' will collaborate with Sony's other labels to cross promote gay artists with mainstream appeal.

  • 9th January 2006

    Tatchell savages Christian protesters 15

    The veteran campaigner pointed out that religious groups were given protection by law and now want to deny extending that right to LGBT people.

    4:57 PM — Gay activist Peter Tatchell has launched a stinging attack on Christians planning to protest about gay discrimination legislation outside Parliament later today.Evangelical Christian groups are due to be joined by Muslim activists on the torchlight protest, timed to coincide with a debate in the House of Lords on the new Sexual Orientation Regulations.

  • Shameless gay characters return to Channel 4

    The show was notable for its portrayal of an intergenerational, inter-racial gay love affair in its first series.

    3:52 PM — To the uninitiated, it might not sound like very appealing television. A family of scallies, living off their wits in a run down council estate in the North. As comedy goes, it is not exactly The Good Life. Tonight will see a triumphant return to our screens for the Gallagher family, among them a well-adjusted gay teenager and his maladjusted lesbian mother.

  • COMMENT: Who is Lord Morrow? 15

    DUP peer Lord Morrow secured today's debate in the House of Lords, calling on the Queen to rescind the Sexual Orientation Regulations.

    2:43 PM — PinkNews.co.uk's Tony Grew provides some background on today's debate in the House of Lords on the Sexual Orientation Regulations. Northern Ireland is a religious place, probably the most devout part of the UK. Church attendance is high, for both Protestants and Catholics. It is also a place used to bigotry.Those two aspects of Northern Irish society have come together over the new regulations that outlaw discrimination against LGBT people when trying to access services.

  • NY court rules gay post-nup is legal but wedding is not

    New York law does not recognise same-sex marriages, and therefore Judge Phyllis Gangel-Jacob threw out Gonzalez's divorce petition.

    11:36 AM — A legal agreement made between two gay men is still valid, despite the fact that that their wedding is not legal, a New York court has ruled.Steven Green, 41, and David Gonzalez, 29, travelled to Massachusetts on Valentines Day 2005 to get married.Seven months later, when the relationship broke down, lawyers for Mr Green drew up a separation agreement.

  • Mormon cinema owner bans Brokeback Mountain

    Brokeback Mountain's distributor, Focus Features claims that Mr Miller “reneged on their licensing agreement” by not showing the critically acclaimed film

    12:00 AM — A cinema in Utah has pulled out of screening the gay cowboy movie Brokeback Mountain.The Jordan Commons Megaplex cinema in Salt Lake City is owner Larry Miller, a member of the anti-gay Mormon movement.Brokeback Mountain's distributor, Focus Features claims that Mr Miller "reneged on their licensing agreement" by not showing the critically acclaimed film.

  • 7th January 2006

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  • 6th January 2006

    Barbie turns you transsexual- US Christian group 8

    The dolls of both Barbie and her boyfriend Ken lack gender defining sexual organs.

    12:00 AM — A right wing fundamentalist Christian group has warned that Barbie is not just a child's toy, but also a tool for the "homosexual agenda."The Concerned Women for America, a conservative group that "promotes Biblical values," made the claim based on a survey on the doll's website, which asked users whether they were "A Boy," "A Girl" or "I Don't Know."The group claims that the toy's manufacturer, Mattel, has "overstepped a line" and accused it of joining forces with the "transgender movement."

  • 5th January 2006

    New York elects first gay speaker

    Ms Quinn wept several times, thanking her father and her partner, Kim Catullo who were sitting in the public gallery

    12:00 AM — New York City Council yesterday elected its first woman and first openly gay speaker.Christine Quinn, a 39-year-old Democrat, becomes the second highest-ranking official in the city after the mayor, Michael Bloomberg.The role of the speaker is to act as a check and balance to the executive authority of the mayor. It is, in effect, a similar position to the chairman of the London Assembly.

  • 4th January 2006

    Comment: Can we tolerate homophobia for much longer? 12

    Perhaps Sir Iqbal should consider what the inclusion of “Britain” in the name of his organisation means

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk's Benjamin Cohen takes a personal look at the controversy concerning the comments made by Sir Iqbal Sacranie on the radio.It used to be the case that libertarians and liberals could argue with some justification that tolerance is a necessary part of a liberal society. As a liberal, I could say to Sir Iqbal: "I disagree with you but I tolerate the right for you to be intolerant." But can we still continue be tolerant of those who show so little respect for our liberal way of life.

  • 29th December 2005

    Sir Elton and David Furnish’s marriage certificate released

    Sir Elton was described as a 'musician' whilst Mr Furnish's occupation was listed as 'film maker'

    12:00 AM — The civil partnership certificate documenting the marriage of Sir Elton John and his partner David Furnish, has been released to the media.The couple married in a civil ceremony on December 21st at Windsor Guildhall followed by an extravagant party at their nearby home attended by a crowd of A-list celebrities.

  • 28th December 2005

    Ireland to consider gay marriages 2

    Irish Justice Minister Michael McDowell announced the creation of a government committee to examine the case for gay marriages

    12:00 AM — Ireland may follow the UK in changing the law to allow gay marriages.Irish Justice Minister Michael McDowell met with gay rights campaigners in Dublin following the first marriages in Britain and announced the creation of a government committee to examine the case for gay marriages."Our view is that the centre of gravity in Ireland has shifted," Mr McDowell told the gathering.

  • Gay clubbing drug Special K to be re-classified 4

    “Special K“ is currently classified only as a controlled substance (Picture posed by models)

    12:00 AM — An anaesthetic used by vets to tranquilise horses, which has been increasingly popular on the gay clubbing scene, is to be re-classified to make it a serious crime to possess it.Ketamine, nicknamed "Special K", is currently classed as a controlled substance, but is not a classified drug. This means that the drug users caught by the police can only be charged with possessing a controlled substance.

  • 27th December 2005

    Lithuania looks towards banning gay marriages 2

    Mr  Sabatauskas said: “the Civil Code gives a comprehensible definition of marriage with a person of the opposite sex.

    12:00 AM — Lithuania looks set to follow Latvia in banning gay marriages after the Chairman of the country's legal committee labelled them as unconstitutional.Julius Sabatauskas, a Social Democrat MP and chairman of the parliamentary legal committee made the declaration that gay marriages will be unconstitutional.Earlier this month, Latvia passed a constitutional amendment banning gay marriages from occurring.

  • 26th December 2005

    Former teenage dot.com millionaire comes out for web revival 1

    Mr Cohen said starting the business was “a bit of a fluke“

    12:00 AM — Benjamin Cohen, one of the stars of the late 1990s dot.com boom has returned to the industry with a new business set to revolutionise the gay media world as Britain heads for a dot.com revival in 2006.Cohen as a teenager created the soJewish/JewishNet websites in the height of the internet mania of the late 90s. He was dubbed 'Britain's first teenage dot.com millionaire' and was the focus of a BBC fly on the wall documentary.

  • 25th December 2005

    Revolution in British gay media about to begin 1

    It's still secret, but our new product will take the gay community by storm

    12:00 AM — In the early part of 2006, PinkUnlimited.co.uk will be launching our largest and most exciting product.It's still under wraps so we can't say exactly what it will be but rest assured that it will take our community by storm.Here are a few words to describe our secret product: interesting, exciting, quality, direct, overdue. Plus here's one more: FREE.

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