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  • 25th September 2006

    GPA decision ‘victory for common sense’ 9

    A CPS spokesman told PinkNews.co.uk: “We decided there was no realistic prospect of a conviction in this case.“

    12:00 AM — Gay campaigners have welcomed the decision by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) today that the Gay Police Association (GPA) will not be prosecuted for a controversial advert linking religious statements to homophobia.The decision relates to an advert placed by the GPA in the diversity supplement of the Independent in July 2006 which said: "In the last 12 months, the GPA has recorded a 74% increase in homophobic incidents, where the sole or primary motivating factor was the religious belief of the perpetrator."

  • Newark Diocese ponders gay bishop 3

    Episcopalians and Anglicans on all sides of the issue will be watching, the Reverend J Robert Wright, professor of church history at General Theological Seminary in New York

    12:00 AM — An openly gay priest from San Francisco is among six candidates for bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Newark at a time when a divide over sexuality is threatening the solidarity of the worldwide Anglican church.But a win by Canon Michael Barlowe, 51, would put the diocese at the centre of a crisis over whether Anglicans who disagree about ordaining gays can stay in the same fellowship.

  • Comment: Gordon Brown outlines leadership credentials 1

    Gordon Brown has staked his claim on the premiership with an outstanding speech to the Labour party conference in Manchester

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk's Tony Grew analyses how much Gordon Brown's Labour Party conference speech signifies his leadership credentials.Gordon Brown has staked his claim on the premiership with an outstanding speech to the Labour party conference in Manchester.His address was overshadowed by Blairites telling anyone who would listen that Brown cannot win the next election. In his speech the Chancellor showed delegates why he is the only real successor to Tony Blair.

  • Comment: Where is the gay community’s apology? 12

    So while Benedict sits clean shaven, prawn sandwich in one hand, and pointing fingers with the other, why should anyone else have to put up with his misinformed personal insults?

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk's Marc Shoffman asks whether the Pope should follow up his apology to Muslims with a retraction to every other community he has hurt.So the Pope has met Muslim groups today offering his "total and profound respect" for their community.His apology comes after referring to a historical quote claiming the prophet Muhammad brought only evil to the world. Ok maybe a bit extreme but Benedict didn't say it himself, yet a few burning effigies later and he is on his knees to the Muslim world, begging for forgiveness.

  • Tears expected as Blair’s last party conference begins 1

    The Labour conference was kicked off yesterday by rival TV interviews from Tony Blair and Gordon Brown

    12:00 AM — Don't have time to sit at home and watch the party conferences live? Tony Grew gives us a quick guide to the week ahead at the Labour party conference in Manchester, with some tips on the key speeches and some analysis of the New Labour way of holding a conference.The Labour conference was kicked off yesterday by rival TV interviews from Tony Blair and Gordon Brown.

  • India divided over Anti-Gay law.

    With an Indian population of over 1 billion, the law prohibiting same sex relations is estimated to be affecting hundreds of millions of people.

    12:00 AM — There is more evidence in India of the growing acceptance of homosexuality.A new survey by The Hindustan Times, shows that only about a third of Indian youth are in favour of keeping the country's anti-homosexual laws.

  • Gay father’s childcare criticised

    The inclusion of the pictures has been criticised by child welfare agencies who argue the childrens safety is being risked.

    12:00 AM — Britain's first gay surrogate fathers have attracted criticism from child welfare agencies after posting pictures of their children on the popular LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) website Gaydar.The millionaire couple Barrie Drewitt, 39, and Tony Barlow, 42, have been criticised for posting pictures of their children on a website used by many in the LGBT community as a way of networking and seeking casual sex.

  • 22nd September 2006

    Tutu criticises church’s gay opposition 2

    An authorised biography on Nobel peace prize winner Archbishop Desmond Tutu, reveals the church leader was shocked by the Episcopal denomination's reaction to the appointment of gay bishop Gene Robinson in 2003

    12:00 AM — One of Christianity's most high profile figures has criticised the Anglican Church for its conservative attitude towards the ordination of gay clergy.An authorised biography on Nobel peace prize winner Archbishop Desmond Tutu, reveals the church leader was shocked by the Episcopal denomination's reaction to the appointment of gay bishop Gene Robinson in 2003.

  • ”Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ students prevented from enlisting

    Members of the military must abide by the U.S. Code. This includes “Don't Ask, Don't Tell.“

    12:00 AM — Nine people were charged with trespassing yesterday after staging a sit-in protest when four openly gay college students weren't allowed to enlist in the U.S. Army.The four students -- Jessica Arvidson, Stacey Booe, Matt Hill Comer and Alex Nini -- were participating in the Right to Serve campaign, a national effort by the group Soulforce protesting the federal "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy.

  • USA: compulsory AIDS tests for teenagers and adults

    the USA federal government recommended yesterday that all teenagers and most adults have H.I.V. tests as part of routine medical care

    12:00 AM — In a major shift of policy, the USA federal government recommended yesterday that all teenagers and most adults have H.I.V. tests as part of routine medical care because too many Americans infected with the AIDS virus don't know it, reports the New York Times today.The recommendation, by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, urges testing at least once for everyone aged 13 to 64 and annual tests for those with high-risk behaviour.

  • Japanese city amends pro-gay law despite protests

    The new version of the law deletes the reference to gender or sexual orientation.

    12:00 AM — A Japanese city has amended a rare local law protecting homosexuals from discrimination, despite protests from activists who said the law was being watered down to exclude the gay community.The step coincides with efforts by conservative lawmakers, including the next prime minister, Shinzo Abe, to revive respect for traditional family values they fear are being eroded in modern society.

  • LA LGBT victory over Buju Banton 7

    Adam Manacker general manger of the club telling Santa Barbara News: 'We felt it was the right thing to do after doing some research on the matter''.

    12:00 AM — The LGBT community has again ensured the cancellation of a gig by murder music advocate Buju Banton.Following reports earlier this week on PinkNews that pressure was growing to cancel Buju Banton's gig in Boulder Colorado, a Los Angeles nightclub has now led the way by scrapping a scheduled performance by the Jamaican reggae star.

  • Latvia legislates in favour of gays and lesbians at work 1

    Latvian legislators will be endorsing a ban on sexual discrimination against gay men and lesbians in the workplace

    12:00 AM — Latvian legislators have endorsed a ban on sexual discrimination against gay men and lesbians in the workplace, reversing an earlier decision that earned them sharp criticism at home and abroad, Agence France-Presse reports.This decision reverses a failed vote to ban discrimination in the workplace against Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered people (LGBT) in June. the failure to implement the ban drew strong criticism from human rights and gay and lesbian groups but also from Prime Minister Aigars Kalvitis and President Vaira Vike-Freiberga.

  • Zimbabwe Government legislates against LGBT community

    Ngirande called the exclusion of GALZ “an abrogation of their rights“ .

    12:00 AM — The Gay and Lesbian Association of Zimbabwe (GALZ) has been banned by the Zimbabwean government from attending a United Nations (UN) human rights workshop.The workshop which started in Kariba on Thursday is expected to lay the groundwork for the creation of the Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission.

  • Ex-lover ‘saws through neck’ of newly-out girlfriend 1

    A man who killed and almost decapitated his newly-out girlfriend did so by sawing through her neck, a court heard today.

    12:00 AM — A man who killed and almost decapitated his newly-out girlfriend did so by sawing through her neck, a court heard today.Pathologist Dr Vesna Djurovic said Jacqueline Queen suffered dozens of injuries before she died and may have been unconscious as her ex-boyfriend James Seaton, 46, battered her to death.

  • Gay rail passengers risk ‘colluding with homophobia’ 4

    South West trains is now owned by an businessman who once tried to limit gay rights Photo: (Chris McKenna)

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveThe gay community may risk funding its own persecution after a company owned by an anti-gay activist took over one of the country's biggest rail franchises, campaigners warned today.Bus and train operator Stagecoach was this morning awarded the franchise to run South Western trains, which operates from gay hotspots such as Brighton and London Waterloo, but gay rail passengers have expressed concern regarding the company's chief exectuive Brian Souter, who previously funded a campaign against repealing Section 28.

  • Rainbow Project volunteer indecently assaults man

    Londonderry Crown Court heard Mr McGinley's victim awoke to discover Mr McGinley assaulting him.

    12:00 AM — A northern-Ireland gay-support group worker has been given three years probation for indecent assualt.William McGinley, 45, a Rainbow Project volunteer, indecently assaulted a man, 22, at his home on 3 March 2005.Londonderry Crown Court heard Mr McGinley's victim awoke to discover Mr McGinley assaulting him.

  • 21st September 2006

    British students protest for LGBT rights in Uganda. 2

    Peter Tatchell said “Ugandans should be judged by the quality of their character, not by their sexual orientation”.

    12:00 AM — The National Union of Students (NUS) is organising an emergency demonstration outside the Ugandan embassy this week over continued persecution of the LGBT community within the country.The NUS LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) led campaign will be handing a letter of protest to the Ugandan embassy calling on the country to respect equality and freedom.

  • Japan pushed to uphold gay rights

    Gay rights in Japan vary in different cities

    12:00 AM — A move to eliminate "sexual orientation" from a Japanese city's groundbreaking antidiscrimination ordinance would be a damaging blow to the cause of full equality, gay activists at Human Rights Watch (HRW) said in a letter to the city's mayor this week.The city assembly of Miyakonojo has begun debating the proposed changes week but Scott Long, director of HRW's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights programme warned that equality should never be taken away.

  • LibDems urged to encourage gay MPs 19

    Stonewall's Ben Summerskll says representative policies should also include the gay community

    12:00 AM — The Liberal Democrats must include lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) MPs in their commitment to equality and making the party more representative, campaigners have warned.Speaking at the party's annual conference in Brighton this week, Ben Summerskill, chief executive of gay charity Stonewall told a fringe meeting of DELGA, the LibDem's LGBT lobby group, that a motion passed by members to improve the representation of women, ethnic minorities and people with disabilities, should also cover the gay community.

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