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  • 22nd August 2006

    Comment: Is newspaper backlash aid to homophobia?

    The right wing press's xenophobic reporting tones towards EU enlargement are detrimental to the LGBT community in Bulgaria and Romania as we see them as “others” rather than groups needing support

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk's Dave McElhill ponders press reporting regarding EU enlargement and asks if the tones are helping the international gay community.The recent headlines have been full of commentary regarding the likely influx of new immigrants when Bulgaria and Romania join the EU.

  • 21st August 2006

    Lesbian stabs unwanted male admirer 1

    The woman, reported to be under 5ft tall, then produced a large steak knife. (copyright: flickr)

    12:00 AM — An incident in New York involving a DVD hawker and a gang of lesbians has left a 28-year-old man hospitalised with stab wounds.The man, Dwayne Buckle, is alleged to have approached a group what the New York Daily News described as "a gang of petite but ornery lesbians."Buckle singled out a 19-year-old woman, telling her she was pretty.

  • America obssessed with “transsexual murderer” 1

    America's media has gone into a frenzy to place guilt

    12:00 AM — On Christmas Day 1996 the dead body of JonBenét Ramsey was found by her father in the family basement, eight hours after she had been reported missing.A number of suspects have been put before the cameras, from the Ramsey family (both parents) to locally registered sex offenders, although the media's obsession for the killer has found no guilty party yet.

  • Gay partnerships face serious opposition in Ireland 1

    Gay rights in Ireland have advanced significantly since the decriminalisation of homosexuality in 1993.

    12:00 AM — The Irish Department of Justice has revealed that of the 4,000 submissions to their working group on domestic partnership, most are opposed to changing the law.The group was established by the Justice Minister, Michael McDowell, to examine the issue of how a partnership would be defined and which benefits will be extended to gay and lesbian couples. It is due to report in October.

  • Australia runs low, but still won’t accept gay blood 5

    Currently the Red Cross Blood Service will not accept donations from sexually active gay or bisexual men.

    12:00 AM — Yesterday the Australian blood service pleaded with people to donate, saying that it only has 36 hours worth of supplies left.Today, the Tasmanian Anti-Discrimination Tribunal will hear why the Australian Red Cross thinks gay blood isn't safe enough.23-year-old Michael Cain is bringing the action against the Red Cross.

  • AIDS 2006 conference closes with “challenge”

    The AIDS 2006 conference in Toronto attracted over 25,000 delegates and global press attention

    12:00 AM — The XVI International AIDS Conference closed late Friday, with Dr. Vincent Idemyor commenting that the challenge is "to translate the information that we've gathered into action on the ground."Dr Idemyor told the radio station Voice of America that the conference "should have (been) delivered five years ago. But I guess we can still do something to ensure that we deliver now."

  • ‘Gay’ issues cause Anglican split? 4

    Dr Rowan Williams will hold a meeting to avoid a schism within the Anglican church

    12:00 AM — The Archbishop of Canterbury is to host a summit next month between to two sides of the American Anglican church to deal with potential problems over homosexuality.This is to avoid the "nightmare" scenario of a church split due to a decision in 2003 to allow a gay priest to become a bishop in America.

  • Gloucester celebrates first Mardi Gras

    Gloucesters first ever gay pride march went off without a hitch

    12:00 AM — Hundreds turned out in Gloucester last Saturday, 12 August, for its first Gay Pride March, held in memory of Jody Dobrowski, who was murdered last year in London for being gay.Bristol meanwhile held its Mardi Gras and FRINGE events despite the cancellation of the Bristol Pride March several weeks ago following a problem planning the event between organisers, police and the local council.

  • 18th August 2006

    Gay jibes tied to Missouri school shooting

    Amanda Minks, who began speaking publicly about the incident late last week claimed that her 17-year-old son Joshua endured homophobic slurs from classmates at his Farmington, Missouri high school

    12:00 AM — The mother of a Missouri teen who pleaded guilty to an October 2005 school shooting says that her son's violent actions resulted from his being taunted by classmates for his "unmanly" appearance.Amanda Minks, who began speaking publicly about the incident late last week claimed that her 17-year-old son Joshua endured homophobic slurs from classmates at his Farmington, Missouri high school.

  • Lesbian lover responds to verdict

    Alison Lewis has responded  to “thug“ David Morris's guilty verdict

    12:00 AM — Alison Lewis, the lesbian lover of murdered mother Mandy Power, has responded with relief to the guilty verdict of David Morris, telling BBC reporters that "I want him to rot in jail for the rest of his life.""He will spend the rest of his life being punished for what he did," she told the BBC, adding "there has been justice for Mandy, Katie, Emily and Doris."

  • Legal group launch gay foster care guide

    Lambda Legal says that “Out of the Margins” builds upon the organisation's 2001 publication, “Youth in the Margins,” a tool aimed at providing child welfare administrators with recommendations on policies, training, and services to better meet the needs of LGBT youth

    12:00 AM — Gay legal group Lambda Legal and the Child Welfare League of America launched a new publication this week to help the child welfare system better meet the needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth in foster care."We found that the needs of LGBT youth in care are by and large the same no matter where they live," said Rudy Estrada, staff attorney for Lambda Legal's foster care project.

  • Australian judge urges everyone out of the closet

    Justice Kirby said a fear of difference was behind prejudice against the LGBT community. (photo: Dave Roberts)

    12:00 AM — The most high-profile gay judge in Australia has called on all homosexual people to come out of the cloest and fight homophobia.Michael Kirby, a Justice of the High Court, has lived openly with his partner for the last 37 years.In a speech in Sydney last night he said he did not believe that prejudice would be eradicated in his lifetime.

  • PinkEnergy lightening gay community’s burden

    PinkEnergy

    12:00 AM — UK energy bill payers are yet again set to become victims of gas prices rises with Powergen announcing an 18.5% increase in gas bills yesterday following British Gas's recent spike.But there is no need for consumers to be kept in the dark over prices and watchdogs are highlighting the importance of shopping around for the best value, which is where PinkEnergy.co.uk switches into gear.

  • Glastonbury to host pink picnic

    Organisers hope the al-fresco event will highlight the problems for gay people living in rural areas.

    12:00 AM — Better known for its almost annual music festival, the sleepy Somerset town of Glastonbury is going pink.A community LGBT picnic will be held on September 9th in Abbey Park.Organisers hope the al-fresco event will highlight the problems for gay people living in rural areas.

  • Conservative group admit faking anti-gay petition

    Fidel Castro was one of the fake names on the list

    12:00 AM — Ultra-conservative Cincinnati activists have withdrawn a petition to place an anti-gay initiative on the ballot in November.They admitted this week that some of the signatures they submitted were fraudulent and they did not have the required number of supporters.The initiative, orchestrated by Cincinnati group Equal Rights Not Special Rights, would nullify an addition to the city's Human Rights Ordinance.

  • Gay teens find refuge at summer camp

    The Camping-OUT programme which finishes today in Northern Michigan, is one of six scattered across the USA.  (photo: ninahale)

    12:00 AM — It is an American rite-of-passage familiar anyone who watches The Simpsons - summer camp. There are fat camps, Jewish camps, girls-only camps, NASA space camps.Now gay and lesbian teens are being offered the opportunity to spend the summer by a lake with like-minded peers.As well as the usual activities such as crafts, campfires and kayaking, LGBT teens have sessions discussing the problems that face them back in the real world.

  • “No excuses” for Gay Pride violence 1

    Michael Cashman, Labour MEP and President of the European Parliament's Intergroup on Gay and Lesbian Rights has said there are “simply no excuses“ for the wave of recent cancellations

    12:00 AM — Michael Cashman, Labour MEP and President of the European Parliament's Intergroup on Gay and Lesbian Rights has said there are "simply no excuses" for the wave of recent cancellations, bans and violence at Pride marches in several European cities.The former EastEnder blamed authorities and police for not providing enough protection to gay events in countries such as Turkey, Russia, and Latvia.

  • Pension law extends protection to gay couples

    Two provisions that extend financial protections to same-sex couples were cemented into law yesterday when President George W Bush signed The Federal Pension Protection Act

    12:00 AM — Two provisions that extend financial protections to same-sex couples were cemented into law yesterday when President George W Bush signed The Federal Pension Protection Act, eliminating obstacles and penalties that non-traditional families face when the need to withdraw from pension funds arises."For gay couples and all Americans with non-spouse beneficiaries, death and taxes weren't only certain, but also times of great and unequal financial difficulty," said Human Rights Campaign President Joe Solmonese.

  • 17th August 2006

    20 arrested at gay ‘wedding’ in Saudi Arabia 57

    Some 250 people were detained but later released. The remaining 20 will be charged, and could face jail and being lashed.

    12:00 AM — Police have arrested 20 men after raiding what was described as the wedding party of two men in the town of Jizan, in the south of the Gulf kingdom. Al Watan newspaper reports that some 400 men were attending an underground gay event in the town when the authorities struck.

  • ‘Noxious substance’ causes evacuation of Comptons 1

    “ At around 7pm last night, staff and customers noticed a strong smell of something similar to gas.“

    12:00 AM — Famous London venue Comptons of Soho was evacuated last night after what police describe as a 'noxious substance' was released.A statement from Comptons said: " At around 7pm last night, staff and customers noticed a strong smell of something similar to gas. As a precautionary measure, the bar was evacuated and the police were called."

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