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  • 26th July 2010

    Best of PinkNews: The “ethical” banks that snubbed civil partnerships 8

    Joe and Neville Temple recently tried to persuade Smile, an offshoot of the Co-op Bank, to add an option for the legal status of Civil Partner to its application forms.

    9:15 AM — As PinkNews.co.uk celebrates its fifth birthday, we take a look back at some of the most important exclusive stories we've broken. Two years after the Civil Partnership Act was introduced, a PinkNews.co.uk investigation found that a number of banks including the "ethical" Co-Operative Bank and its internet arm Smile, failed to add the option of Civil Partner to their application forms.

  • 17th November 2008

    HIV vaccine trial did not prevent infections

    The trials did not lower HIV risk

    11:06 AM — The clinical trial of a HIV vaccine in the US has found that it does not lower the risk of acquiring HIV, and in some cases may actually increase the risk of contracting the infection.

  • 10th March 2008

    Hidden lives: self-harm and the LGBT community 16

    People who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) seem to be far more likely to self-harm.  photo: MimiLimi@flickr.com

    2:03 PM — It is interesting what sort of psychological problems our society chooses to accept as tangible and important.Our "Prozac Nation" understands and sympathises with depression in its various forms. We understand stress and anxiety, and few weeks pass without the mention of eating disorders.Even suicide is discussed intelligently and empathetically and recognised as something that desperately needs to be dealt with. However, if you mention 'self-harm', many people will shake their heads or shrug it off.

  • 26th February 2008

    Petition calls for repeal of repressive gay sex law 2

    The International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), which Morocco has ratified, bars interference with the right to privacy.

    2:40 PM — A human rights movement has called on the Moroccan government to repeal a law that demands prison terms for consensual homosexual acts.The petition, launched by Human Rights Watch and the Moroccan Human Rights Association, also asks for the release of six men currently imprisoned under this article of the penal code, and demands that the government protect the rights to privacy and a fair trial.Police arrested the six men in November 2007, after a video was circulated on the internet.

  • Mayoral candidates to speak at anti-homophobia day launch 57

    A message of support for the IDAHO campaign will be read on behalf of incumbent Mayor Ken Livingstone.

    12:50 PM — Mayoral candidates, government ministers, students and academics and national and international LGBT campaigners are all gearing up for the launch of International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO-UK 2008), which take place at the London College of Fashion on March 13th.A message of support for the IDAHO campaign will be read on behalf of incumbent Mayor Ken Livingstone. Mayor of London. Richard Barnes the Conservative Leader on the London Assembly, Brian Paddick, Liberal Democrat candidate for Mayor, and Sian Berry, the Green candidate will also be speaking.

  • Man stabbed to death in gay village 1

    Officers have now launched a murder inquiry to establish the circumstances surrounding this incident.

    12:30 PM — Police are investigating the murder of a 25-year-old man who was stabbed to death in Manchester's gay village.At about 7.30pm on Monday 25 February 2008 the victim was on Canal Street when he was approached by two other men.One of these men approached the victim and stabbed him in the neck. He suffered a serious stab wound in the incident and was taken to Manchester Royal Infirmary.

  • Gay rights group makes progress with government

    Malta, a British colony until 1964, has around 400,000 inhabitants and is the smallest EU state in terms of both size and population.

    12:01 PM — A gay rights group in Malta on Monday presented a petition to the country's ruling party asking for formal recognition of the rights of same sex couples.The petition presented to Malta's 'Partit Nazzjonalista' (Nationalist Party) by the Malta Gay Rights Movement (MGRM) was backed by 1,084 signatures.It also requested the inclusion of an article in the Criminal Code regarding homophobic and transphobic violence, and a clear strategy addressing homophobic and transphobic bullying in schools.

  • Anti-gay harassment project attacked by pro-family group 1

    The 24-page pamphlet has been sent to all public school superintendents in a coalition led by the National Education Association (NEA) and American Psychological Association (APA).

    10:40 AM — A pamphlet has been sent out to 16,000 schools across the United States in an effort to protect the well-being of students "at higher risk" because of their sexual orientation.The 24-page pamphlet has been sent to all public school superintendents in a coalition led by the National Education Association (NEA) and American Psychological Association (APA).The initiative has drawn criticism from national pro-family group the Family Research Council, who have said it is a "promotion of homosexuality" in schools.

  • 19th February 2008

    Gay Iranian teen faces deportation 23

    It is feared that if Mehdi is ordered to be deported back to Iran he may face execution for being gay.

    2:30 PM — A gay teenager from Iran who fled the UK for the Netherlands last year after his appeal for asylum was refused by the Home Office has been arrested by Dutch authorities.He is reported to be due to be returned to the UK next week, where he may face deportation back to Iran.19-year-old Mehdi Kazemi is currently being held by police in Rotterdam pending his return to the UK.

  • Will Grace creators to produce new gay-themed comedy

    2:30 PM — American TV network ABC has ordered a pilot of a gay-themed comedy from the creators of Will Grace.It is one of the first major TV deals to take place since the Hollywood writer's strike came to an end last Tuesday.According to Hollywood Reporter, the untitled project revolves around two men, one straight, one gay, who are lifelong best friends and business partners.

  • Victim of homophobic thug still haunted by attack 2

    On Friday, Lockwood he was jailed for ten years for the “murderous“ attack.

    2:00 PM — A gay man whose home was torched by a prolific young thug as he and his partner slept inside has said he is still haunted by the attack.Nick Hughes battled the fire which started when Sonny Lockwood poured petrol through the letter box his home in New Addington, Croydon before igniting it with a parachute flare.While he fought the flames naked, he ordered his partner Peter Cameron to remain in their bedroom with the door closed, thinking he would have a better chance of survival.

  • Charity welcomes landmark cyberbullying conviction 6

    The cyberbully, who cannot be named, pleaded guilty last month to harassment, and apologised in court on Monday to the victim. He was given a 12-month referral order and told to pay his victim £250. The court also confiscated the his laptop.

    12:20 PM — An anti-bullying charity has welcomed a landmark ruling on cyberbullying handed down by a court in Brighton.A 17-year-old was convicted of harassment after creating a fake profile on the social networking site Bebo and driving his former friend to attempt suicide by luring him into an online relationship and then telling friends and teachers intimate details of their online conversations.The 16-year-old victim, from Brighton, East Sussex, swallowed 60 painkillers. Brighton Youth Court was told the victim's life was saved by his mother, who took him to hospital.

  • Russia to hold anti-homophobia week

    Events are due to be held in Saint-Petersburg, Voronezh, Krasnodar, Omsk, Petrozavodsk, Rostov-na-Donu, Samara, Tumen and Cheylabinsk. There will also be events held in the capital city Moscow, where Mayor Yuri Luzhkov banned two gay pride parades in 2006 and 2007 and seems likely to ban the third pride on 31 May this year.

    11:30 AM — Major cities across Russia are to hold events in support of Russian Week against Homophobia next month, as a reaction to the homophobic attitudes which still prevail within the country.It has been 15 years since criminal prosecution of male homosexuality was repealed in Russia.Russian Week against Homophobia is an attempt to attract public attention to the problem of homophobia in Russian society.

  • Tribunal told about homophobia at BMW showroom 2

    The employment tribunal in Southampton, Hants, continues.

    12:40 AM — A gay salesman was forced to leave his job at a luxury car dealership after colleagues repeatedly made homophobic comments towards him, a tribunal heard yesterday.Ben Hamilton, 26, claims his workmates at a BMW showroom branded him "the nice poof", "faggot" and "bender Ben."He told the hearing he was also banned from wearing pink clothing to work.

  • 30th January 2008

    Farrell to be best man on gay brother’s big day 6

    The younger Farrell brother is best-known for his versatile performances in a string of hit films such as Phone Booth  and Alexander.

    1:10 PM — Actor Colin Farrell is to be best man at his brother's civil partnership ceremony.Eamon Farrell, 35, is planning to marry his 23-year-old boyfriend Steven Mannion after a proposing to him in New York last year.According to the Mirror: "Eamon proposed before Christmas. The pair share a love of art and this is what brought them together."Eamon is a respected dance teacher who set up the National Performing Arts School in Dublin more than 10 years ago."

  • 29th January 2008

    Politician’s son creates controversial prison-themed game 1

    Corcoran said John Sebelius sought legal advice to be sure he followed proper requirements, and even took out a loan on his own to pay for the production of his work.

    3:45 PM — The son of Kathleen Sebelius, the Governor of Kansas, is currently selling a board game called Don't Drop the Soap, a prison-themed game he created as part of a class project at the Rhode Island School of Design.John Sebelius, 23, has the backing of his mother and father, U.S. Magistrate Judge Gary Sebelius.Sebelius spokeswoman Nicole Corcoran told AP both parents '"are very proud of their son John's creativity and talent."

  • UK prepares to celebrate LGBT History Month

    LGBT History Month was started by LGBT campaigning organisation Schools Out.

    3:00 PM — Hundreds of individual events are scheduled to take place throughout the UK to celebrate the fourth annual LGBT History Month, which begins on Friday and continues throughout February.LGBT History Month was started by LGBT campaigning organisation Schools Out.Founded and run by volunteers, it first took place in February 2005, in the wake of the abolition of Section 28 and has grown each year.

  • Activists to protest against Moscow’s homophobic Mayor 3

    Plans to stage marches in the previous two Gay Prides have been blocked by Mayor Luzhkov.

    2:30 PM — Gay rights activists in Russia are planning to stage a protest against the Mayor of Moscow's opposition to LGBT Pride events when he visits Paris next month.Moscow Mayor Yuri Luzhkov, who banned two gay pride parades in 2006 and 2007 and seems likely to ban the third pride on 31 May this year, is going to be in Paris to take part in the M4 meeting (a summit of Paris, Berlin, London and Moscow Mayors) which will take place on 18-19 February in Paris City Hall.

  • 28th January 2008

    Bryant reveals new teen pregnancy strategy 2

    Mr Bryant represents the south Wales working class constituency of the Rhondda, where there is a particularly striking rate of teen pregnancies.

    6:05 PM — Gay Labour MP Chris Bryant today launched a new report with dramatic newly compiled figures on teenage pregnancies in every constituency in England and Wales.Mr Bryant represents the south Wales working class constituency of the Rhondda, where there is a particularly striking rate of teen pregnancies.The report takes the form of an interactive web site, www.teenagemums.org.uk.

  • Brazil to distribute millions of condoms to prevent AIDS spread 1

    Church officials in Brazil, which is home to the world's largest Roman Catholic population, have opposed the condom program.

    6:05 PM — Brazilian health officials on Sunday began distributing millions of condoms to fight the spread of AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases during Brazil's five-day Carnival 2008.The government expects to hand out 19.5 million condoms by the end of the Carnival on February 6, state news service Agencia Brasil reported, under the program first launched several years ago.Church officials in Brazil, which is home to the world's largest Roman Catholic population, have opposed the condom programme.

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