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  • 6th October 2006

    Transsexual jailed for assaulting mother

    Prosecutor Michael Kadakoff claims this was not the first incident between the pair and Ms Cheney has a restraining order against her child

    12:00 AM — A transsexual has been jailed for 60 days after being convicted of assaulting her 84-year-old mother.Diane Wells, 52, was convicted of misdemeanour assault on her mother last May at Manhattan Criminal Court and is also subject to a civil lawsuit from her siblings who claim she bullied her parent.

  • Police treating pensioner murder as homophobic 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 (Photo: Chris Kift)

    12:00 AM — Detectives investigating the death of pensioner Malcolm Bryan have today confirmed it is being treated as a homophobic incident.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 after midnight on September 21.

  • Homophobic bullies drive schoolboy out

    One classmate has been fined after making sexually explicit prank phone calls to the boy as part of a bullying campaign

    12:00 AM — A young schoolboy has been forced to leave his school after becoming the victim of an anti-gay campaign.One classmate has been fined after making sexually explicit prank phone calls to the boy as part of a bullying campaign.The 15-year-old was taken to court by his victim after setting up a website claiming he is gay and posting pictures of him with pink fluffy handcuffs, as well as leaving notes in his bag saying he is gay.

  • Gay rights denial ’causes mental illness’

    Giving evidence at the Dublin High Court case being taken by Drs Katherine Zappone and Ann Louise Gilligan,  Dr  Harry Kennedy, a consultant forensic psychiatrist, said that discriminating against homosexuality can lead to clinical depression

    12:00 AM — The stigma of homosexuality can cause mental illness and depression, a medical expert told the High Court this week as an Irish lesbian couple attempted to get their Canadian marriage recognised in Ireland.Giving evidence at the Dublin High Court case being taken by Drs Katherine Zappone and Ann Louise Gilligan, Dr Harry Kennedy, a consultant forensic psychiatrist, said that discriminating against homosexuality can lead to clinical depression.

  • Edinburgh church backs gay unions

    Last May The Church of Scotland's General Assembly considered the issue of civil partnerships

    12:00 AM — The Edinburgh Presbytery of the Church of Scotland has given its backing to civil partnerships, making it the first part of a major British denomination to support gay unions.Last May The Church of Scotland's General Assembly considered the issue of civil partnerships and in a controversial vote, which many ministers had threatened to resign over, 372 votes to 240 supported giving individual laymen the freedom to bless civil partnerships.

  • Activists urge action against homophobia amid school violence

    Bullying reportedly contributed to at least one of the recent school attacks and has played a part in many of the nation's most tragic episodes of school violence

    12:00 AM — White House officials participating in a conference on school violence next week must address bullying and name-calling, a gay rights organisation has warned.The Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) applauded the White House yesterday for recognising that a summit is needed to address the recent rash of school attacks and says it hopes next week's conference will place an emphasis on preventing school violence through programmes that reduce bullying and harassment, which statistics show are a serious problem in schools.

  • London clubs support Hep C Trust 1

    London club night 'fiction' this weekend supported greater awareness of Hep C within the gay community

    12:00 AM — Popular Friday club night 'Fiction' along with a host of other clubs are lending their support to the Hepatitis C Trust by supporting its new campaign 'what not to share'.The campaign was launched by the Hep C trust to coincide with 'World Hepatitis Awareness Day' on October 1st.

  • 5th October 2006

    Trans doctor investigated 3

    Dr Russell Reid, a consultant psychiatrist at Charing Cross gender identity clinic specialising in transgender and gender reassignment issues is accused of prescribing sex-change treatment for some transgender patients too quickly

    12:00 AM — A transgender activist has voiced support for a sex change doctor being investigated by the General Medical Council over allegations of professional misconduct.Dr Russell Reid, a consultant psychiatrist at Charing Cross gender identity clinic specialising in transgender and gender reassignment issues is accused of prescribing sex-change treatment for some transgender patients too quickly between 1984 and 2003.

  • Email scandal grows after Foley comes out 3

    A republican email sex scandal has taken a new turn after Mark Foley who resigned from the US Congress last week amid reports that he sent inappropriate messages to teenage congressional pages revealed he is gay

    12:00 AM — A republican email sex scandal has taken a new turn after Mark Foley who resigned from the US Congress last week amid reports that he sent inappropriate messages to teenage congressional pages revealed he is gay.His revelation has brought House Republican leaders into the spotlight amid claims that some knew about his sexual orientation but refused to investigate so not to sound bigoted.

  • Mayor’s gay party slur suspension quashed

    London Mayor Ken Livingstone leading this year's EuroPride march

    12:00 AM — London Mayor Ken Livingstone has had his four-week suspension from office overturned after appealing the decision this week.Mr Livingstone had been suspended from office for a month last February after comparing a Jewish journalist to a concentration camp guard, but the mayor has today successfully challenged the decision of the Standards Board for England arguing he was not on official duty when the comments were made.

  • Polish Ministry will ”not support cooperation of homosexuals organisations” 1

    The policy of the Polish ministry ''is not to support cooperation of homosexuals organisations.“

    12:00 AM — The Polish Ministry has rejected a youth proposal from Polish LGBT organisation Campaign Against Homophobia with the words ''the Ministry does not support actions that aim to propagate homosexual behaviour and such attitude among young people.''This decision violates article 13 of the Amsterdam treaty, which explicitly forbids the discrimination of sexual minorities in the European Union.

  • Tory councillor in hot water over gay animal jibe 6

    David Clutterbuck a 72-year old Conservative councillor at Bournemouth Borough Council has infuriated local political opponents by suggesting that a modern day Noah's Ark would have to allow gay animals on board

    12:00 AM — While the Conservative Party conference in Bournemouth applauded leader David Cameron for backing gay unions it seems further down the road one Tory councillor missed the message.David Clutterbuck a 72-year old Conservative councillor at Bournemouth Borough Council has infuriated local political opponents by suggesting that a modern day Noah's Ark would have to allow gay animals on board.

  • Campaigners ponder ways to stop homophobia 1

    Last month the Boston Clipper held a memorial event under the name Kiss Goodbye to Homophobia to remember Mr Fardon, the success of that event and recent murder of Mr Bryan has spurred campaigners on to launch this new scheme

    12:00 AM — Gay campaigners are considering setting up a charity to campaign against homophobia through encouraging law changes, staff training and fundraising concerts.The organisation, Kiss Goodbye to Homophobia, is being set up in reaction to a spate of murders in the gay community in the last year including Jody Dobrowski on Clapham Common, Michael Fardon in Northampton and most recently 67-year-old Malcolm Bryan, who was found dead at the bottom of a stairwell in a block of flats in Portsmouth last month.

  • Bournemouth, Boris and Tory bumbling 6

    The new Conservative logo, but does represent a different party?

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk has spent the last three weeks eagerly following political party conferences. The season finished off this week with the Conservatives swarming on Bournemouth beach and even attempting to talk about policy. Tony Grew reports on the Tory gathering.Too busy to spend hours watching the Tory party conference? Don't worry, you didn't miss much. The conference was quite boring compared to the LibDem and Labour conference fights about leadership.

  • Cameron criticised for lack of gay action 6

    David Cameron has aimed to modernise his party since becoming leader, this has included targeting more gay and lesbian candidates and shedding its previously homophobic image

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveLabour MEP Michael Cashman has warned the gay community against immediately trusting the Conservative's pro-gay image.Tory leader David Cameron used this week's party conference in Bournemouth to praise civil partnerships and stopping homophobic lyrics in music, but Mr Cashman claims Mr Cameron should be judged on his actions rather than his words.

  • 4th October 2006

    Activists criticise ‘gay spin’ in Foley scandal 3

    Gay rights groups expressed outrage this week over the 'gay spin' they say the Republican leadership has put on the Mark Foley email scandal

    12:00 AM — Gay rights groups expressed outrage this week over the 'gay spin' they say the Republican leadership has put on the Mark Foley email scandal involving underage Congressional pages, emphasising that the ex-congressman's actions had nothing to do with sexual orientation."It is completely unacceptable, regardless of party or sexual orientation, for an adult to engage in this kind of behaviour with a minor," said Joe Solomonese, president of the Human Rights Campaign, the nation's largest gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender political organisation.

  • Atlanta becomes first southern city to oppose ‘Don’t Ask’ policy

    The resolution, which calls for passage of the Military Readiness Enhancement Act, a Congressional bill to repeal the law, was introduced by City Council member Anne Fauver and was supported by both Georgia Equality and the Georgia chapter of American Veterans for Equal Rights

    12:00 AM — In an 11-2 vote, the Atlanta City Council passed a resolution this week calling on Congress to repeal the federal "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" ban on lesbian, gay and bisexual service members, making it the first Southern city to join the fight against the controversial policy.The resolution, which calls for passage of the Military Readiness Enhancement Act, a Congressional bill to repeal the law, was introduced by City Council member Anne Fauver and was supported by both Georgia Equality and the Georgia chapter of American Veterans for Equal Rights.

  • Escaped anti-gay murderer found hanged in his cell after recapture

    Murderer Lee Dewhurst was found hanged in his cell on Sunday 1st October.

    12:00 AM — A murderer who absconded from an open prison has been found dead in his cell after being recaptured.Lee Dewhurst, who was convicted of killing a gay man in 1992, was found hanged in his cell on Sunday 1st October. He was discovered by staff at Bristol Prison at 2pm, who tried to resuscitate him.

  • Shelter seeks to end bad housing for next generation

    Shelter is looking to stamp out homelessness for the next generation

    12:00 AM — Homeless awareness charity Shelter has launched a campaign to help children affected by poor housing.The million children campaign aims to end bad housing for the next generation under the slogan 'Not all evictees get to meet Davina,' highlighting the fact that real life eviction is not entertaining.

  • Mercosur countries fighting homophobia

    The Spanish version of the “Brazil without Homophobia” Programme was also launched at the meeting.

    12:00 AM — Ten South American Nations have expressed approval and agreed to action with regards to sexual orientation and gender identity being included within the human rights agenda.The sexual orientation acknowledgment was part of a Mercosur meeting held in Brasilia at the end of August.

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