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  • 28th September 2006

    Lesbian teens face worse treatment in New York prisons claims report 1

    Lesbian teens face worse treatment in New York prisons claims report

    12:00 AM — A report by the Human Rights Watch and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) suggests that conditions facing gay teenagers in prisons are worse than those for straight teenagers.Mie Lewis, who wrote the report said; "New York wants to hide the fate of the girls it incarcerates. Abuses have continued because the public has been kept in the dark".

  • Out and proud party people 1

    It is an exciting time for anyone interested in politics

    12:00 AM — With the party conference season in full swing Tony Grew, political correspondent for The Pink News, speaks to gay party activists from the Tories, the Greens, the LibDems and Labour to find out what being gay and being political actually means in 2006.For those of us old enough to remember the passage of Section 28 and lesbian avengers storming the BBC news and abseiling into the House of Lords, back then it seemed the only way to fight homophobia was to rally behind the red flag.

  • Sunshine attracts increased civil ceremonies

    The total number of gay ceremonies by the end of June 2006 now stands at 658 (388 male and 270 female).

    12:00 AM — The number of gay civil ceremonies in Scotland increased by 20% compared to the beginning of the year.The figures released today from the Registrar General for Scotland show that many gay and lesbian couples used the warm summer months to register for civil partnerships

  • “Raping me won’t make me straight” lesbian “mini pride” makes its voice heard

    “Raping me won't make me straight” lesbian “mini pride” makes its voice heard

    12:00 AM — More than 40 South African women took to the streets of Soweto in a "mini pride" march promoted by the Forum for the Empowerment of Women, a gay human rights group based in the township.Holding placards reading "A lesbian with HIV/Aids is still my sister" and "Raping me won't make me straight" the group marched through the Johannesburg suburb, then listened to a series of speeches. Though a minority of residents objected to the event, it progressed without any serious hindrances.

  • 27th September 2006

    Who will be Mr Gay USA? 57

    Who will be Mr Gay USA?

    12:00 AM — With the Miss World finals taking place in Poland on the 30th September, you might think that that would be enough slightly politically incorrect high camp for one week.But you would be wrong.Competition in "Mr World" is hotting up as the USA competes to find the "boy next door" to challenge other "Mr Gay's" from around the World.

  • Gay campaigners seek universal equality 1

    The LCLGR urged government ministers to keep equality act exemptions to a minimal

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveThe government must make as few exemptions as possible in its new equality laws, gay campaigners have warned.Speaking at the Labour Party annual conference last night in Manchester, a fringe meeting of the Labour Campaign for Lesbian and Gay Rights (LCLGR) and Stonewall, urged the government to ensure any concessions in the incoming Equality Act are minimal.

  • Gay Welsh youth vulnerable

    In 2004 there were over 2,000 new cases of chlamydia diagnosed within Wales, whilst HIV/AIDS infection rates are increasing nationwide.

    12:00 AM — There are 3,500 lesbian, gay and bisexual youths aged 15 to 25 living in and around Cardiff currently suffering from inadequate services, warns the Terrence Higgins Trust (THT).The warning comes from a report entitled 'Starting Out' published today by the THT which is concerned Welsh gay people are putting their sexual health at risk due to a lack of support.

  • Prescott escapes homophobic pal probe

    John Prescott has escaped a criminal probe

    12:00 AM — John Prescott has escaped a criminal investigation into his association with US homophobe Philip Anschutz.Scotland Yard has cleared the Deputy Prime Minister over claims he broke anti corruption laws after staying at the US tycoon's ranch this summer.

  • PinkNews Apology

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk would like to apologise to Mark Latham and Melbourne University Press for claiming his book "A Conga Line Of Suckholes" made homophobic statements.This was reported in error and Mr Latham's publication makes no such statement, we are sorry for any distress caused to any parties.

  • Gay community safer after killer is caught

    Lee Dewhurst has been found after escaping from an open prison

    12:00 AM — A convicted murderer who absconded from a South Wales open prison in July has been found in the Channel Islands, Paul Hunt writes.Lee Dewhurst, 35, from Rochdale, Greater Manchester was found in Jersey and arrested by police after escaping from Prescoed prison where he was serving a life sentence for the murder of a gay man in 1992.

  • Entertainers outraged after another gay murder 1

    Malcolm was a cabaret act booker (Photo: Chris Kift)

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveCabaret stars are planning to make a Band Aid style protest song against homophobia after another shocking gay murder - this time a pensioner on his way home from the pub.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 last week.

  • Three’s a family? Lesbian couple fight groundbreaking case 57

    groundbreaking case could allow a child to legally have three parents

    12:00 AM — Judges in Canada are deliberating the outcome of a case which could redefine the term "Family".A lesbian couple are fighting for both of them to be recognised as the legal parents of their five-year-old son, along with his biological father.

  • African official jeopardises South African gay marriage. 1

    He told the crowd of thousands that he was speaking not as ANC leader but in his personal capacity “as a man“.

    12:00 AM — Deputy president of the African National Congress (ANC) Jacob Zuma has outraged the gay community by calling same sex marriage a ''disgrace to the Nation and to God'', reports The SowetanANC is the majority party in South African government controlling the presidency and more than two-thirds of parliament's seats.

  • Indian gay law ‘hateful’.

    The United Nations (UN) predicts India has 5.7 million people living with HIV/AIDS, the highest figure in the world.

    12:00 AM — Sujatha Rao, chief of Indian AIDS Control Organisation (NACO) has joined growing protests in India calling the law banning homosexuality ''hateful and not acceptable" reports Reuters.Ms Rao said scrapping the law is "fundamental" to the fight against AIDS.

  • 26th September 2006

    Miss Piggee off to Supreme Court over homophobic pamphlets.

    Cosmetics teacher Martha Louise Piggee from Carl Sandburg College, Galesburg, Illinois, handed out pamphlets condemning homosexuality to her pupils.

    12:00 AM — A US Federal Appeals Court has dismissed a teacher's lawsuit, who claimed that not being allowed to circulate homophobic pamphlets broke her constitutional right to free speech.Cosmetics teacher Martha Louise Piggee from Carl Sandburg College, Galesburg, Illinois, handed out pamphlets condemning homosexuality to her pupils.

  • Black gay group “troubled” by slavery defence

    In a letter to NARTH the NBJC said it is “deeply troubled” by the article

    12:00 AM — An African-American gay group has called on an organisation claiming to convert gay people back to heterosexuality to justify its beliefs after one of its members launched a controversial defence of the slave trade.The National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC) was outraged by Gerald Schoenewolf, a member of the National Association of Research Therapy of Homosexuality (NARTH), after he posted comments about political correctness on the "ex-gay" group's website appearing to justify slavery.

  • Diocese avoids gay bishop

    A dispute broke out in the Anglican community in 2003, after the Episcopal Church consecrated its first gay bishop, Gene Robinson

    12:00 AM — In an attempt to avoid further controversy in the worldwide Anglican church, the Episcopal Diocese of Newark has chosen a Massachusetts priest as its new bishop, rather than a gay candidate on the ballot.Reverend Mark Beckwith, 54, of Worcester won on the third ballot, taking 253 of the 477 ballots cast by clergy and lay representatives.

  • Northampton gives “Kiss Goodbye to Homophobia” 1

    The evening came to a close with the entire cast of performers on stage singing I Am What I Am

    12:00 AM — Northampton's gay community along with LGBT supporters across the country overcame homophobic threats to hold an anti-homophobia event last weekend, PinkNews.co.uk reports on the evening.At 2.30 am on July 15th 2006, Michael Fardon finished his drink at the Boston Clipper in Northampton and set off home. That was the last time he was seen alive. His body was found one week later just 200yds away from the venue. He had been brutally attacked and murdered and then his body had been dumped in a rubbish container.

  • Peter Tatchell attacks ”double standards from Labour”

    “The government recently enacted a new law against incitement to religious hatred, but it refuses to pass a law prohibiting incitement to homophobic hatred. More double standards from Labour.''

    12:00 AM — Peter Tatchell used the Green Party annual conference LGBT fringe meeting last week to launch a fierce attack on what he calls Labour's 'double standards,' calling on the public to complain to their MPs, the Equalities Minister and Tony Blair.Mr Tatchell, OutRage! activist, speaking at Hove Town Hall on Saturday 23rd September described Labour as blowing hot and cold over gay rights.

  • Gay rights highlight for Blair career 1

    Tony Blair has listed greater equal rights for the gay community as a highlight of his tenure

    12:00 AM — Tony Blair has listed greater equal rights for the gay community as a highlight of his tenure as Prime Minister.Speaking at his last Labour Party conference, he referred to "changes for gay people denied equal rights," pointing out the way his party has changed Britain since coming to power in 1997.

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