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  • 21st February 2006

    “What was the right answer for the question?” George Galloway and gay rights 2

    George Galloway “manages a slight, knowing, smirk as he posed for a photograph“

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveGeorge Galloway is a giant figure in British politics yet at just five foot and six inches he has difficulties towering over even me, someone famed for their short stature.The first thing that I notice apart from his height is that Galloway is nothing like his television persona. I've always thought of him as a thoroughly unlikeable man, someone I couldn't imagine having a pleasant conversation with. But his warmth won me over, he seemed genuinely pleased to communicate with the gay community.

  • Increase in US ballots trying to ban gay adoption 1

    Julie Brueggemann of gay rights group PROMO (Personal Rights of Missourians) said the aim is to replicate 2004. She said marriage initiatives mobilised conservative voters in 2004 and helped President Bush win in closely contested states such as Ohio

    12:00 AM — A wave of ballots to ban gays and lesbians from adopting have hit at least 16 states in the USA.Efforts to pass laws are underway in Ohio, Georgia and Kentucky where gay marriage has already been banned."Now that we've defined what marriage is, we need to take that further and say children deserve to be in that relationship," Greg Quinlan of Ohio's Pro-Family Network, a conservative Christian group, told USA Today.

  • Galloway: Britain in no position to condemn anti gay Middle East 1

    Mr Galloway insisted that gay Muslims should have the right to asylum in this country from regimes where their way of life is persecuted

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveBritain is in no position to blame the Middle East for the harsh treatment of homosexuals, according to George Galloway.Speaking exclusively to PinkNews.co.uk, the Bethnal Green and Bow MP claimed that years of military intervention and interference in Arab countries by Britain and the West meant they couldn't complain about homophobic attitudes in the Middle East and said anti gay laws could be justified by the Koran.

  • Senate to debate gay club ban 1

    The bill would change state law regarding student clubs at public schools

    12:00 AM — The Senate will debate a bill proposing a ban on gay school clubs after its education committee voted in favour for the law yesterday.The amended bill was endorsed by the Senate Education Committee on a 4-2 vote Monday, and will now get a debate by the full Senate. Some fear the original language would ban gay-straight alliance clubs (GSAs) from Utah's public high schools, but the Utah attorney general said it would run afoul of federal equal access laws.

  • Galloway: Respect candidates can be anti gay 1

    George Galloway told PinkNews.co.uk that no candidate would ever be forced to agree on opposing issues.  Picture courtesy of Matthew Emirzian

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveRespect Party MPs are not expected to adhere to a unified policy on gay rights, says George Galloway.The senior party figure told PinkNews.co.uk that no candidate would ever be forced to agree on opposing issues, he said: "Because we're a coalition we don't bind a Muslim candidate in Yorkshire to the explicitly socialist parts of our programme."

  • Malaysian charged with murder of gay professor 3

    Associate Professor Mr Cheong, 54, former head of the English Language Proficiency Unit at the National University of Singapore, was  found strangled and stabbed to death at his home in December 1993

    12:00 AM — A Malaysian man has been charged with the murder of a gay Singaporean professor after 13 years on the run.Lee Chez Kee, 36, who appeared at a special sitting of the Subordinate Courts, had been avoiding police since the murder of National University of Singapore (NUS) don Lee Kok Cheong between Dec 12 and 14, 1993.

  • Gay sex scandal MP reunites with wife 5

    Mr Oaten has bombarded her with phone calls since the scandal ended his political ambitions

    12:00 AM — The Liberal Democrat MP involved in an alleged gay sex scandal looks likely to be reunited with his wife, according to reportsThe Daily Mirror claimed that the wife of MP Mark Oaten has taken him back just weeks after newspaper revelations that he had a relationship with a male prostitute.They were pictured together at their Hampshire home after friends of wife Belinda, 37, said she was prepared to give their marriage "another go".

  • Calls for protection to ministers who bless gay marriage 1

    According to current Church of Scotland rules, disciplinary action could be taken against an official attending a civil partnership ceremony, which may even lead to them being censured

    12:00 AM — Ministers who bless civil partnerships will avoid disciplinary action under proposals to be suggested at the Church of Scotland's General Assembly.A report by the Kirk's legal questions committee will propose that individual ministers should be allowed to decide whether they want to attend the events.

  • Irish support gay marriages- poll claims

    51% of the public would welcome the introduction of civil marriages for gay couples

    12:00 AM — A poll commissioned by a national newspaper has found that over half of Irish adults support the introduction of gay marriages in the predominantly Catholic country.The Irish Examiner/Red C survey claims that 51% of the public would welcome the introduction of civil marriages for gay couples and allowing gay couples the same rights of adoption as straight couples.

  • Vatican to combat gay marriage laws 3

    Theologians and jurists are taking part in the five-day seminar at the Vatican-administered Lateran university in Rome, organised by the John Paul II institute for Studies of Marriage and the Family

    12:00 AM — Gay rights groups are criticising the Vatican this week over a debate on how to block the spread of laws in traditionally Roman Catholic countries granting legal status to homosexual marriages.Theologians and jurists are taking part in the five-day seminar at the Vatican-administered Lateran university in Rome, organised by the John Paul II institute for Studies of Marriage and the Family.

  • Russian politicians back gay pride ban 4

    Lyubov Sliska, the First Vice-Speaker of the State Duma said people shouldn't equate 'human rights' with 'permissiveness'

    12:00 AM — Russian politicians have spoken out in favour of the Mayor of Moscow's decision to ban a gay pride parade in the capital amid protest plans in the UK by gay groups.Ekaterina Lahova, who chairs the Duma's committee on women, family and youth issues, entered the debate by saying it was not "safe for the state to propagate homosexuality" and the action by the Moscow authorities in banning a gay parade was a "perfectly correct decision".

  • Blood service to study gay population

    Gay and lesbians organisations were outraged last month when the SANBS issued a statement  asking gay people not to donate blood

    12:00 AM — The South African National Blood Service (SANBS) is standing by its policy of not allowing gay people to donate blood, despite agreeing to a study of the South African gay population this week."Until such data is available which can enable SANBS to review its policy, the status quo will remain," an SANBS statement said today.

  • 20th February 2006

    Paedophile raped boy he met in gay chatroom 2

    The boy's mother warned of the dangers of internet chatrooms

    12:00 AM — A 27 year old paedophile posed as a teenager in a gay chat room to rape a 14 year old boy.Luton Crown Court was told that John Lloyd indecently assaulted the boy in his own bed after grooming him on the internet and convincing the parents he was 15. He was jailed for eight years.

  • Gay icon Laurel Hester dies

    Laurel Hester's pension benefits were extended to her partner a month before her death

    12:00 AM — A gay rights icon who spent her last years campaigning to have her pension benefits extended to her partner has died of cancer.Laurel Hester was a member of the Ocean County Prosecutor's Office. She died at the Point Pleasant home she shared with her partner, Stacie Andree. The couple had been together for six years and were registered as domestic partners in 2004.

  • South Korean soldiers discharged for being gay 1

    All South Korean men are required to serve in the military and officers strongly investigate claims of homosexuality by asking doctors and friends to find out if it is just an excuse to evade serviceAll South Korean men are required to serve in the military and officers strongly investigate claims of homosexuality by asking doctors and friends to find out if it is just an excuse to evade service

    12:00 AM — Eight soldiers were thrown out of South Korea's military in 2005 for homosexuality, according to army statistics revealed for the first time.South Korean military regulations bar gay men from serving in the force. The figure of those who were discharged was reported by local media, and the army confirmed it when asked.

  • Teachers find it hard to stop homophobic bullying 4

    Simon Blake pointed out that homophobic bullying, when children use the word 'gay' as a term of abuse, causes particular problems for teachers

    12:00 AM — Teachers are cracking down on bullying in schools but still find it hard to deal with homophobic abuse according to the Anti Bullying Alliance.Data obtained by the Evening Standard showed school exclusions rose in 17 boroughs and went down in only five. There were wide variations between authorities. Children were suspended or expelled for bullying on 860 occasions in London schools last year, up 52 per cent from 567 in the previous 12 months.

  • Immigrant jailed for gay pride rape

    The woman had no ticket for the festival but Mailat offered to get her one from an acquaintance

    12:00 AM — An illegal immigrant who raped a lesbian at London's Gay Pride festival has been jailed for life.Dominic Mailat, 42, who had already served two prison terms for rape in his native Romania in the 1980s, launched a savage attack on his 24-year-old Spanish victim at the event in July 2000 before going on the run for five years.

  • Fake gay marriages could get immigrants British passports

    12:00 AM — Immigrants could be encouraged to have a gay marriage in order to get a passport, according to reports.Undercover reporters from the Sunday Times discovered that lawyers are prepared to advise potential immigrants to sign up for gay marriages in order to get British Citizenship, even if they are heterosexual.

  • Town toilets attract gay sex

    Foyleside centre manager, Des Farrell told the Irish News the toilets were checked regularly and public safety was not being compromised

    12:00 AM — Public toilets in a Northern Ireland city are being promoted as meeting places on the internet for gay men wishing to have sex.Messages are being left on an online board describing Derry's Foyleside centre toilets as a place to meet potential partners. Specific messages recommend Saturday afternoons, a time when the centre is packed with young people and families.

  • Australian school orders lesbian to remove pro gay t-shirt

    An example of the “offensive“ t-shirt

    12:00 AM — School officials at a high-school in Melbourne have caused a stir by asking a student to remove a t-shirt with a gay slogan.More than 30 students at Strathmore Secondary College rallied behind a 17-year-old senior named Stephanie after teachers at the school told her to change out of the t-shirt for class pictures.Stephanie, who requested that her last name not be published, said she had worn the t-shirt with the slogan "Nobody knows I'm a lesbian" printed across the front to school on several occasions without concerns being raised by staff or fellow students.

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