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  • 13th December 2006

    Gay community called to choose favourite Germany image

    Director, UK and Ireland for the German National Tourist Office, Udo Grebe, said that the GNTO were excited to see what most appeals about Germany to the gay community

    12:00 AM — For the past month, lesbians and gay men have been nominating their favourite images of gay travel and Germany in the MyGayGermany online promotion.The moment of truth has arrived in the campaign - as gay and lesbian travellers from across Ireland and the UK must now decide which of the nominated images are truly the most popular.

  • Gay support urged for porn petitions 5

    The controversial law has been put through consultation by the Home Office after a campaign from family and friends of Jane Longhurst who was murdered in 2003 by a violent porn addict

    12:00 AM — Different factions of the gay community are being urged to support one of two differing petitions on a new law regarding "violent pornography."The Criminal Justice Bill, unveiled in last month's Queen's Speech, would ban the possession of online and printed porn depicting "scenes of extreme sexual violence," a move opposed by some activists who claim the law is too vague and could lead to innocent people being prosecuted despite consenting to activities.

  • Debate rages over councillor’s gay slur ruling 14

    Willows, a member of Brighton and Hove City Council for 12 years, was sentenced to a one-year conditional discharge and ordered to pay £250 in court costs

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveDebate is raging in Brighton and amongst the wider gay community regarding yesterday's conviction of Tory Councillor Peter Willows over remarks he made linking gay people with paedophilia.Willows, a member of Brighton and Hove City Council for 12 years, was sentenced to a one-year conditional discharge and ordered to pay £250 in court costs by Brighton Magistrates yesterday in a ruling welcomed by some councillors and members of the gay community, but seen as an attack on freedom of speech by others.

  • Anti-gay church fined for funeral protests

    The church believes that disasters such as Hurricane Katrina, AIDS, September 11th and military deaths in Iraq are due to the US's tolerance of homosexuality

    12:00 AM — Westboro Baptist Church has been ordered to pay $3000 of compensation in court costs and fines after a soldier's father complained about the group protesting outside his son's funeral.The Kansas church, led by Reverend Fred Phelps, is known for its protests at military funerals where its members attribute America's problems to its liberal stance towards homosexuality.

  • 12th December 2006

    Gay activists welcome HIV lifeline

    Joe Solmonese, president of the Human Rights Campaign, described the initiative as an important lifeline for low-income Americans living with HIV/AIDS

    12:00 AM — Gay activists have welcomed the reauthorisation of the Ryan White Care Act by the US House of Representatives.The Act provides medical and psychosocial services to people living with HIV/AIDS, it is named after a boy who was expelled from school for having AIDS, and dedicated his life to helping sufferers and proving that it is not a 'gay disease.'

  • Turkish gay magazine owner face prison

    It comes after the July issue of the magazine was confiscated by Turkish authorities

    12:00 AM — A criminal case has been filed in Ankara against the chief editor and owner of Turkey's only gay magazine, Kaos GL.Umut Guner, owner of the magazine and vice president of the Kaos GL Association, is being accused of publishing pornographic issues based on Turkish Penal Code, Article 226.If convicted, he will face up to three years of jail sentence.

  • ACT awakens gay union debate 1

    The ACT Attorney General Simon Corbell presented the Civil Partnerships Bill 2006 into the Legislative Assembly this week

    12:00 AM — The Australian Capital Territory (ACT) has proposed a new gay unions law after the Federal Government overruled legislation it introduced earlier this year.The ACT Attorney General Simon Corbell presented the Civil Partnerships Bill 2006 into the Legislative Assembly this week.

  • Tory councillor gay slur trial begins 14

    Cllr Peter Willows, 75, of Brighton and Hove City Council allegedly likened homosexuals to paedophiles

    12:00 AM — A Tory councillor is to go on trial today after pleading not guilty at Brighton Magistrates to public order charges after allegedly making homophobic remarks.Cllr Peter Willows, 75, of Brighton and Hove City Council allegedly likened homosexuals to paedophiles.

  • Tory Councillor: ‘I said guys not gays’ 14

    Peter Willows, a member of Brighton and Hove City Council for 12 years , is charged with Public Order Offences

    12:00 AM — A Conservative Councillor has gone on trial for allegedly calling gay people paedophiles.Peter Willows, a member of Brighton and Hove City Council for 12 years , is charged with Public Order Offences, after making the comments at a civil reception at Brighton Pavilion held in honour of the new Mayor.

  • Tory councillor guilty of homophobic slur 14

    Peter Willows, a member of Brighton and Hove City Council for 12 years, was charged with Public Order Offences

    12:00 AM — A Conservative Councillor has been found guilty of Public Order Offences after calling gay people paedophiles at a council reception.Peter Willows, a member of Brighton and Hove City Council for 12 years, was charged with Public Order Offences, after making the comments at a civil reception at Brighton Pavilion held in honour of the new Mayor.

  • THT calls for gay support for sex education 1

    The charity is calling on lesbians, gay men and bisexuals to join in an online petition

    12:00 AM — HIV charity Terrence Higgins Trust is asking LGBT communities to sign a petition on improving sex relationships education in schools.The charity is calling on lesbians, gay men and bisexuals to join in an online petition urging the Prime Minister to make Personal, Social and Health Education (PHSE) compulsory in schools.

  • Tory councillor found guilty of anti-gay slur 14

    Under oath, Willows had diverted from his police statement, now refusing to accept he had said “it's all the other gays”, insisting he had been misheard and had actually said “it's all the other GUYS”

    12:00 AM — A Tory councillor has been found guilty of public order offences after making homophobic comments with intent to cause offence.Peter Willows, a member of Brighton and Hove City Council for 12 years, was sentenced to a one-year conditional discharge at Brighton Magistrates Court today after magistrates were "satisfied beyond reasonable doubt" that he had made intentionally offensive remarks.

  • Manchester’s Gay Village raises HIV funds

    Under the banner Red  Wild, volunteers worked tirelessly over the two-week period either side of World Aids Day to raise more than £20,000

    12:00 AM — Manchester's Biggest Ever World AIDS Festival raised over £20,000 for HIV related charities.Events took place between 24th November and 7th December across Manchester city centre to raise funds for local HIV good causes.Under the banner Red Wild, volunteers worked tirelessly over the two-week period either side of World Aids Day to raise more than £20,000 for HIV/AIDS related charities and organisations across Manchester.

  • Cheney puts lesbian daughter first

    US Vice-President Dick Cheney has been applauded by gay campaigners for his attitude towards his lesbian daughter's pregnancy

    12:00 AM — US Vice-President Dick Cheney has been applauded by gay campaigners for his attitude towards his lesbian daughter's pregnancy.Mr Cheney's office released a statement last week describing him and his wife as "looking forward with eager anticipation to the arrival of their sixth grandchild" amid reports that their daughter Mary is having a baby with her partner of 15 years Heather Poe.

  • Nigeria debates gay ban law 1

    The Same Sex Marriage (Prohibition) Bill now in the National Assembly, was introduced by Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo

    12:00 AM — Nigerian lawmakers are currently debating a bill that would ban same sex marriage as well as any gay organisations or meetings.The Same Sex Marriage (Prohibition) Bill now in the National Assembly, was introduced by Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo.It would even ban sharing a meal with a gay person.

  • Gay community fear ageing 1

    In the UK, the Age Concern charity recently launched a pack to help those working in care homes and extra-care housing support for older lesbians, gay men and bisexuals

    12:00 AM — LGBT baby boomers have more distinct concerns about ageing with regard to financial stability, personal support and end-of-life legal issues than those in the general population, according to a new survey."Out and ageing: The MetLife Study of Lesbian and Gay Baby Boomers," the first national survey of its kind, found both men and women fear outliving their income in retirement.

  • Archbishop ignores homophobic bullying 4

    Archbishop Nichols told the committee of MPs that specific issues of bullying should not be singled out

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveA gay MP has expressed concern over how faith schools address sexuality after the Archbishop of Birmingham told the Commons education committee that there is no need for policies on addressing homophobic bullying.Liberal Democrat MP Stephen Williams, a member of the Select Committee, yesterday asked Vincent Nichols, head of the Catholic Education Service, what faith schools are doing to address anti-gay bullying, but the archbishop retorted that there is no need for such policies.

  • DUP ‘whipping up homophobia’ 12

    Mr Ford accused the DUP of stirring up homophobia

    12:00 AM — Alliance Party Leader David Ford has backed proposed equality protections laws in Northern Ireland and has hit out at the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) for whipping up unfounded fears to discriminate against gay people.DUP MP Jeffrey Donaldson had called for a debate asking for the law to be delayed by the Northern Ireland Secretary Peter Hain, as in the rest of the UK, for further consultation, claiming the regulations will inhibit religious rights.

  • South Oz introduces gay community officers

    The move, welcomed by the gay community, will see 16 trained police officers as a point of call for LGBT people

    12:00 AM — Southern Australia is looking to combat hate crimes in the state by introducting Gay and Lesbian Liaison Officers.The move, welcomed by the gay community, will see 16 trained police officers as a point of call for LGBT people who are victims or are worried about hate crimes.Chief Inspector Martin Jeffrey Bruhn, said it would build trust with the gay community.

  • 11th December 2006

    Lifting gay military ban will create ‘safe nation’

    The Iraq Study Group panel said the Pentagon and CIA have too few people with the language skills to operate effectively in Iraq

    12:00 AM — Gay campaigners are calling on the US to repeal its ban on openly gay military recruits after a report on the Iraq War highlighted the importance of language experts, some of whom have been sacked for being gay.Warning that "all of our efforts in Iraq, military and civilian, are handicapped by Americans' lack of language and cultural understanding," the Iraq Study Group, a panel of ten bi-partisan experts convened to examine military strategy in the war in Iraq, emphasised in a report last week the importance of recruiting and retaining language experts.

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