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  • 6th October 2006

    Gay rights denial ’causes mental illness’

    Giving evidence at the Dublin High Court case being taken by Drs Katherine Zappone and Ann Louise Gilligan,  Dr  Harry Kennedy, a consultant forensic psychiatrist, said that discriminating against homosexuality can lead to clinical depression

    12:00 AM — The stigma of homosexuality can cause mental illness and depression, a medical expert told the High Court this week as an Irish lesbian couple attempted to get their Canadian marriage recognised in Ireland.Giving evidence at the Dublin High Court case being taken by Drs Katherine Zappone and Ann Louise Gilligan, Dr Harry Kennedy, a consultant forensic psychiatrist, said that discriminating against homosexuality can lead to clinical depression.

  • Activists urge action against homophobia amid school violence

    Bullying reportedly contributed to at least one of the recent school attacks and has played a part in many of the nation's most tragic episodes of school violence

    12:00 AM — White House officials participating in a conference on school violence next week must address bullying and name-calling, a gay rights organisation has warned.The Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) applauded the White House yesterday for recognising that a summit is needed to address the recent rash of school attacks and says it hopes next week's conference will place an emphasis on preventing school violence through programmes that reduce bullying and harassment, which statistics show are a serious problem in schools.

  • London clubs support Hep C Trust 1

    London club night 'fiction' this weekend supported greater awareness of Hep C within the gay community

    12:00 AM — Popular Friday club night 'Fiction' along with a host of other clubs are lending their support to the Hepatitis C Trust by supporting its new campaign 'what not to share'.The campaign was launched by the Hep C trust to coincide with 'World Hepatitis Awareness Day' on October 1st.

  • First Slovenian gay partnership branded ‘awful’ 4

    “It looked more like a car registration, not a wedding ceremony,“ Blazic told Serbia's FoNet news agency,.

    12:00 AM — A gay couple this Friday became the first to enter into a civil partnership within the Balkan country of Slovenia.Unfortunately for Mitja Blazic and Niki Kern the partnership hasn't got off to a great start after the couple branded the ceremony "humiliating" and ''awful''.

  • Harper denies church gay exemption

    Both supporters and opponents say any vote would be very tight, especially since he does not control a majority of the 308 seats in the House of Commons

    12:00 AM — Canada's gay community cannot be blamed for being sceptical about their Prime Minister, he recently proposed abandoning same sex marriage and was this week reported to have backed laws to defend public officials and religions from dealing with homosexuals.But Stephen Harper has denied reports of a Defence of Religions Act after the Globe Mail quoted the country's Justice Minister Vic Toews as saying the law would be put forward as an alternative if the motion to ban gay marriages fails.

  • Edinburgh church backs gay unions

    Last May The Church of Scotland's General Assembly considered the issue of civil partnerships

    12:00 AM — The Edinburgh Presbytery of the Church of Scotland has given its backing to civil partnerships, making it the first part of a major British denomination to support gay unions.Last May The Church of Scotland's General Assembly considered the issue of civil partnerships and in a controversial vote, which many ministers had threatened to resign over, 372 votes to 240 supported giving individual laymen the freedom to bless civil partnerships.

  • Gay animal jibe is Noah joke 6

    David Clutterbuck a 72-year old Conservative councillor at Bournemouth Borough Council has infuriated local political opponents by suggesting that a modern day Noah's Ark would have to allow gay animals on board

    12:00 AM — It started as a joke but has now become a farce after a Tory councillor was today suspended from an equality panel and has vowed to resign as a Conservative representative after joking that a modern day Noah's Ark would have to admit gay animals.David Clutterbuck a 72-year old Conservative councillor at Bournemouth Borough Council infuriated local political opponents this week after replying to an email about the bureaucracy that the biblical tale of Noah's Ark would encounter nowadays.

  • Promiscuous robbers leave you less than satisfied

    The promiscuous robbers have been known to take phones and men's cars.

    12:00 AM — Gay cruising grounds in Croydon are being targeted by criminals who have sex with you before robbing you at knifepoint, police have warned.Croydon Police are warning gay men to be extra vigilant after it emerged the attackers lure their victims into a false sense of security by engaging in sexual acts and then threatening men at knifepoint.

  • BNP join gay animal debate 6

    The BNP has joined the debate on gay animals

    12:00 AM — The British National Party (BNP) know a bandwagon when they see one, and they have been quick to jump onto the political correctness debate regarding Conservative councillor David Clutterbuck's comments about gay animals on Noah's Ark.Their valuable input can be found on their website, but not wanting to miss the internet traffic bandwagon, PinkNews.co.ukhas featured it here...

  • California rejects gay marriage

    This latest defeat, following similar rulings in New York and Washington, supports California's 1977 law defining marriage as a union between a man and a woman

    12:00 AM — A California appeals court has dealt gay marriage supporters a severe blow after upholding the state's ban on same-sex marriages with a 2-1 vote.This latest defeat, following similar rulings in New York and Washington, supports California's 1977 law defining marriage as a union between a man and a woman.

  • Campaigners seek to stop homophobic incitement 1

    The BNP has also voiced support for Christian Voice leader Stephen Green, who regularly appears with his group at gay events chanting anti gay slogans and avoided prosecution last week for using threatening behaviour at a recent Cardiff pride event

    12:00 AM — Gay charity Stonewall has received around £10,000 of donations towards plans for a campaign to stop incitement of anti gay hatred.The lobby group want homophobic incitement to be included in the next Criminal Justice Bill, which would make it illegal for anti gay statements to be made on public platforms such as in musical lyrics or political campaigns.

  • Transsexual jailed for assaulting mother

    Prosecutor Michael Kadakoff claims this was not the first incident between the pair and Ms Cheney has a restraining order against her child

    12:00 AM — A transsexual has been jailed for 60 days after being convicted of assaulting her 84-year-old mother.Diane Wells, 52, was convicted of misdemeanour assault on her mother last May at Manhattan Criminal Court and is also subject to a civil lawsuit from her siblings who claim she bullied her parent.

  • Police treating pensioner murder as homophobic 1

    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 (Photo: Chris Kift)

    12:00 AM — Detectives investigating the death of pensioner Malcolm Bryan have today confirmed it is being treated as a homophobic incident.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 after midnight on September 21.

  • Homophobic bullies drive schoolboy out

    One classmate has been fined after making sexually explicit prank phone calls to the boy as part of a bullying campaign

    12:00 AM — A young schoolboy has been forced to leave his school after becoming the victim of an anti-gay campaign.One classmate has been fined after making sexually explicit prank phone calls to the boy as part of a bullying campaign.The 15-year-old was taken to court by his victim after setting up a website claiming he is gay and posting pictures of him with pink fluffy handcuffs, as well as leaving notes in his bag saying he is gay.

  • 5th October 2006

    Campaigners ponder ways to stop homophobia 1

    Last month the Boston Clipper held a memorial event under the name Kiss Goodbye to Homophobia to remember Mr Fardon, the success of that event and recent murder of Mr Bryan has spurred campaigners on to launch this new scheme

    12:00 AM — Gay campaigners are considering setting up a charity to campaign against homophobia through encouraging law changes, staff training and fundraising concerts.The organisation, Kiss Goodbye to Homophobia, is being set up in reaction to a spate of murders in the gay community in the last year including Jody Dobrowski on Clapham Common, Michael Fardon in Northampton and most recently 67-year-old Malcolm Bryan, who was found dead at the bottom of a stairwell in a block of flats in Portsmouth last month.

  • Bournemouth, Boris and Tory bumbling 6

    The new Conservative logo, but does represent a different party?

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk has spent the last three weeks eagerly following political party conferences. The season finished off this week with the Conservatives swarming on Bournemouth beach and even attempting to talk about policy. Tony Grew reports on the Tory gathering.Too busy to spend hours watching the Tory party conference? Don't worry, you didn't miss much. The conference was quite boring compared to the LibDem and Labour conference fights about leadership.

  • Cameron criticised for lack of gay action 6

    David Cameron has aimed to modernise his party since becoming leader, this has included targeting more gay and lesbian candidates and shedding its previously homophobic image

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveLabour MEP Michael Cashman has warned the gay community against immediately trusting the Conservative's pro-gay image.Tory leader David Cameron used this week's party conference in Bournemouth to praise civil partnerships and stopping homophobic lyrics in music, but Mr Cashman claims Mr Cameron should be judged on his actions rather than his words.

  • Trans doctor investigated 3

    Dr Russell Reid, a consultant psychiatrist at Charing Cross gender identity clinic specialising in transgender and gender reassignment issues is accused of prescribing sex-change treatment for some transgender patients too quickly

    12:00 AM — A transgender activist has voiced support for a sex change doctor being investigated by the General Medical Council over allegations of professional misconduct.Dr Russell Reid, a consultant psychiatrist at Charing Cross gender identity clinic specialising in transgender and gender reassignment issues is accused of prescribing sex-change treatment for some transgender patients too quickly between 1984 and 2003.

  • Email scandal grows after Foley comes out 3

    A republican email sex scandal has taken a new turn after Mark Foley who resigned from the US Congress last week amid reports that he sent inappropriate messages to teenage congressional pages revealed he is gay

    12:00 AM — A republican email sex scandal has taken a new turn after Mark Foley who resigned from the US Congress last week amid reports that he sent inappropriate messages to teenage congressional pages revealed he is gay.His revelation has brought House Republican leaders into the spotlight amid claims that some knew about his sexual orientation but refused to investigate so not to sound bigoted.

  • Mayor’s gay party slur suspension quashed

    London Mayor Ken Livingstone leading this year's EuroPride march

    12:00 AM — London Mayor Ken Livingstone has had his four-week suspension from office overturned after appealing the decision this week.Mr Livingstone had been suspended from office for a month last February after comparing a Jewish journalist to a concentration camp guard, but the mayor has today successfully challenged the decision of the Standards Board for England arguing he was not on official duty when the comments were made.

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