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  • 15th November 2006

    Gay couple accuses British Airways of homophobia 1

    Garrit Brown and Cecil Pickard, boarded a flight from Johannesburg to London in March and were told they could not be guaranteed a seat together and alone in economy class

    12:00 AM — A South African gay couple are demanding 80, 000 rand in damages and an apology from British Airways after claiming they were deliberately stopped from sitting together and alone because of their sexuality.Garrit Brown and Cecil Pickard, boarded a flight from Johannesburg to London in March and were told they could not be guaranteed a seat together and alone in economy class.

  • Queen’s speech unveils gay interest laws 1

    It outlines the government's proposed policies and  legislation for the next parliamentary session

    12:00 AM — The next session of Parliament was officially opened today with the Queen unveiling a whole host of bills which will have an impact on the gay community in areas of crime, travel, health and the environment.Gay charity Stonewall's campaign to have homophobic incitement will be buoyed by a new Criminal Justice Bill and disabled people in the community will be pleased to receive free bus travel in England.

  • Disabled gays welcome bus concessions 1

    These old style buses were a peril for disabled people

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveA group representing gay and disabled people has welcomed a commitment to free bus travel for elderly and disabled communities, but warns that more needs to be done.Elderly and disabled people will be able to take advantage of the Concessionary Bus Travel Bill which will provide free travel in England at off-peak times from April 2008.

  • Stonewall to propose anti-gay incitement law 1

    It comes after a spate of murders in the gay community in the last year including Jody Dobrowski on Clapham Common

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveGay charity Stonewall has vowed to keep a close eye on the new Criminal Justice Bill announced today as the campaigners aim to have homophobic incitement added to the law.The Queen's speech at the state opening of Parliament today promised a Criminal Justice Bill with new powers to put victims at the centre of the law and order system.

  • 14th November 2006

    Gay activists lobby UN over Iran hangings

    Gay activist Peter Tatchell is urging EU Foreign Minister Javier Solana and British Foreign Secretary Margaret Beckett to petition the capital Tehran to stop the hangings

    12:00 AM — Gay campaigners are calling on the community to lobby the United Nations and European Union amid reports that ten Ahwazi Arab rights activists are scheduled to be hanged in IranThe men, accused of bombing oil installations, will by hanged from cranes in public, using the slow strangulation method, which is deliberately designed to maximise and prolong their suffering, according to reports in the Iranian media.

  • Police appeal for help after rape

    Camden Police are releasing an e-fit and appealing for information in identifying a man sought in connection with a rape

    12:00 AM — Camden Police are releasing an e-fit and appealing for information in identifying a man sought in connection with a rape of a man in the Euston area in September 2006.At approximately 0300 on 04/09/2006 a 34-year-old male victim left GAY Late bar in Goslett Yard WC2 after a night out.

  • AIDS charity raising HIV awareness in schools 1

    The pack is designed for use throughout the school year, but has been launched ahead of World AIDS Day, so that teachers can plan lessons and activities for this international day of awareness

    12:00 AM — The National AIDS Trust (NAT) today launches its Schools Pack in the lead up to World AIDS Day 1 December, a practical resource for teachers providing ideas on integrating HIV into the national curriculum for Key Stages 3 and 4.The pack is designed for use throughout the school year, but has been launched ahead of World AIDS Day, so that teachers can plan lessons and activities for this international day of awareness.

  • Gay bar stops two men kissing 24

    Scott Blockley, 39, was shocked when the General Manager of the Rose and Crown pub told  him to stop kissing his partner Marc Finbow

    12:00 AM — A gay pub has been accused of being "unprincipled" and "disingenuous" after a customer was told to stop kissing his boyfriend because it is "inappropriate."Scott Blockley, 39, was shocked when the General Manager of the Rose and Crown pub in Greenwich told him to stop kissing his partner Marc Finbow, 24, because other customers may find it offensive.

  • UN urged to outlaw anti-gay legislation

    Dr Lucas, who represents South-East England, has signed up to a letter demanding the UN Human Rights Council adopts a resolution requiring the worldwide decriminalisation of homosexuality

    12:00 AM — Green Party MEP Caroline Lucas has added her name to calls for the United Nations to outlaw anti-gay laws around the world.Dr Lucas, who represents South-East England, has signed up to a letter demanding the UN Human Rights Council adopts a resolution requiring the worldwide decriminalisation of homosexuality.

  • South Africa set to back gay unions 10

    All members of the ruling African National Council have been ordered to vote for the Civil Unions Bill

    12:00 AM — South Africa is set to back a controversial gay partnerships bill which is opposed by religious groups and seen as a disappointment by some gay campaigners.All members of the ruling African National Council have been ordered to vote for the Civil Unions Bill which allows the "voluntary union of two persons, which is solemnised and registered by either a marriage or civil union."

  • Africa allows gay weddings 10

    Scenes from a gay pride parade in South Africa this year

    12:00 AM — The African continent is not known for gay rights, but South Africa has now created a landmark in the region after passing a law allowing same sex marriage.The Civil Unions Bill was passed today by 230 votes to 41, allowing the "voluntary union of two persons, which is solemnised and registered by either a marriage or civil union."

  • South African gays demand universal marriage law 10

    The Joint Working Group, a national network of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) organisations, welcomed the law but expressed disappointment at opt outs for religious groups and the creation of a separate law

    12:00 AM — South African gay groups have welcomed today's historic step taken by the country's Parliament in opening up unions to gays and lesbians, but are disappointed that it will run separately to existing marriage laws.The Civil Unions Bill was passed today by 230 votes to 41, allowing the "voluntary union of two persons, which is solemnised and registered by either a marriage or civil union."

  • Gay charity reminds Ruth Kelly of ‘hidden homeless’ 1

    Ms Kelly was criticised earlier this year after being given a role which includes representing the gay community, despite never voting for gay rights

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveRuth Kelly appears to have forgotten about the gay community again, this time by failing to mention them in a speech about homelessness.The Albert Kennedy Trust, England's only charity supporting housing for members of the LGBT community, criticised Ms Kelly for not mentioning the "hidden homeless."

  • Catholic gays oppose pastoral guidelines

    Gay Catholic group, Dignity USA, says the document will cause more discrimination

    12:00 AM — Christian gay groups have criticised guidelines approved by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) today on the attitude towards homosexuality.Officials at the gathering approved a document entitled Ministry to Persons with a Homosexual Inclination: Guidelines for Pastoral Care.The guidelines attempt to create a balance between welcoming gays and lesbians into the Church whilst upholding religious teachings.

  • Michigan store boycotted for gay support

    Unfortunately, unlike similar boycotts of big-name, gay-friendly corporations like Wal-Mart and Ford that end up being more bark than bite, Yale is having a hard time ignoring the wounds caused by the local effort

    12:00 AM — A few statistics pulled from the Human Rights Campaign's Corporate Equality Index is all the evidence usually needed to prove being gay-friendly in 2006 is good for business.That is, unless your business is in Mason, Michigan.Teri Yale, owner of Davey's Basement, an alternative record shop located in downtown Mason, found that out the hard way after supporting the local high school's gay-straight alliance.

  • Lesbian boss under fire again

    Bleskachek “adamantly” denied the allegations

    12:00 AM — A male fire-fighter is the latest person to sue the Minneapolis fire chief, a lesbian, claiming that she discriminated against him because he is a heterosexual man.According to the Chicago Sun-Times, Elondo Wright alleges that Bonnie Bleskachek, the city's first female fire chief, and her partner, a fire department captain, gave him bad reviews, harassed him and denied him advancement.

  • Gay domain name sold for $500,000

    German Internet entrepreneurs Julius and David Dreyer recently snapped it up for the bargain-basement price of $500,000

    12:00 AM — If you're looking to launch a new gay-focused website, you can cross Gays.com off your list of possible domain names.German Internet entrepreneurs Julius and David Dreyer recently snapped it up for the bargain-basement price of $500,000."We are extremely proud to have secured such a prestigious domain name in this exciting sector," Mr Dreyer said.

  • Schoolboy sentence appealed 6

    Judge Mr Justice Richard McCombe accused Hamer of killing the pupil to stop him telling others about the gay advance

    12:00 AM — The life sentence given to a schoolboy who killed a fellow pupil after he allegedly rejected his sexual advances has been referred for appeal.Michael Hamer was sentenced to life imprisonment last month for the murder of Joe Geeling in a case which appears to centre around a letter luring the boy to the killer's home.

  • 13th November 2006

    Gay humanists back Elton John’s religion attack 8

    Sir Elton pledged to continue supporting gay rights campaigns

    12:00 AM — The Gay and Lesbian Humanist Association (GALHA) has backed comments from Sir Elton John after he claimed that religion promotes the hatred of gays.The gay singing legend launched an attack on religion last weekend accusing it of promoting homophobia and suggested that it should be banned.

  • Billboard company rejects gay imagery

    The images, by Karolina Bregula, were part of the Real Art Ways' new exhibition of contemporary Polish art

    12:00 AM — A series of billboards by a Polish artist showing two men holding hands have been rejected in the US for being too controversial.The images, by Karolina Bregula, were part of the Real Art Ways' new exhibition of contemporary Polish art, and were supposed to be displayed on billboards, but Lamar Outdoor Advertising of Hartford is refusing to run the images.

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