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  • 29th September 2006

    Gordon, gays and goodbyes- A Labour conference summary 1

    The week started with a very good speech by Gordon Brown, which was totally a bid for the leadership

    12:00 AM — Oh dear. Didn't have time to watch the Labour party conference? PinkNews.co.uk's Tony Grew provides a short blagger's guide to the week in Manchester.The whole conference was dominated by the leadership issue. Tony was forced into admitting that this will be his last conference as party leader earlier this month. Gay MP Chris Bryant was a leading conspirator, which is odd as he is top mates with Cherie.

  • American Airlines discipline gay couple 3

    When the couple were called to meet the captain, they were told to stop complaining or the flight would be diverted.

    12:00 AM — A gay US couple travelling from Paris to New York were astonished when they were told by an American Airlines stewardess to stop ''the touching and kissing,'' reports the New Yorker Magazine.Journalist George Tsikhiseli and his boyfriend Stephan Varnier, were told by a stewardess just after departure to stop their ''inappropriate behaviour.''

  • 28th September 2006

    ANCYL distances itself from Zuma 1

    Youth League President Fikile Mbalula said Zuma was speaking for himself when he said same-sex marriage should not be tolerated in any normal society.

    12:00 AM — The Africa National Council Youth League (ANCYL) has distanced itself from Jacob Zuma's homophobic comments made last Sunday at the Heritage Day celebrations in KwaDukza.The ANCYL has said the statement from Zuma represented his personal view and not that of the Africa National Council.

  • Gay Christian dating website launched today 1

    Gay Christian dating website launched today

    12:00 AM — A new gay Christian matchmaking site has been officially launched today by truthsetsfree web site owner and preacher Justin R. Cannon.The site enables gay Christians to upload a personal profile and search for other people in their area who might like to meet for Bible study, friendship or to form relationships."Most GLBTQ Christians are excluded from joining Christian personals sites" said Mr Cannon.

  • Taiwanese Gay Festival comes to an end

    Yet underneath this public face of acceptance and tolerance, Taipei's gay community have been angered by what many are seeing as underhand attempts to ruin the event.

    12:00 AM — This Saturday is the date for Taipei's annual gay pride march, rounding off two weeks of gay public events within the Taiwanese capital.Taiwan has over the last two weeks shown the world why it is considered one of the most gay friendly nations in Asia.

  • Gay conversion group backtracks on bully policy 2

    Last month PinkNews.co.uk reported that a member of the National Association for Research and the Therapy of Homosexuals (NARTH) had suggested exposing “gender variant“ children to bullying to re-establish a “normal boundary“

    12:00 AM — A group which claims to convert gay people back to heterosexuality tried to hide its embarrassment last month after a PinkNews.co.uk investigation revealed that one of its affiliates advocated bullying children with gender identity issues.Last month PinkNews.co.uk reported that a member of the National Association for Research and the Therapy of Homosexuals (NARTH) had suggested exposing "gender variant" children to bullying to re-establish a "normal boundary."

  • Iran’s “grisly human rights record” is a key issue 2

    Labour MP Chris Bryant argues that Iran's treatment of gays and lesbians is as much of a concern as their nuclear ambitions

    12:00 AM — Labour MP Chris Bryant argues that Iran's treatment of gays and lesbians is as much of a concern as their nuclear ambitions.It's all too easy for Europeans to take our rights as gays and lesbians for granted.Yet in my lifetime homosexuality was illegal in Britain and in countries as diverse as Spain, Greece and Poland there were dictatorships that punished any sex between men with imprisonment or hard labour.

  • 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

  • Evangelical pursues gay police 11

    It is expected that the Christian Lawyers Association - which also condemned the GPA advert - will be supporting Hargreaves in his effort to pursue a private prosecution

    12:00 AM — The Gay Lesbian Humanist Association has learned that an evangelical Christian politician will be seeking a private prosecution of members of the Gay Police Association following the Crown Prosecution Service's determination this week that the group would not be prosecuted.Rev George Hargreaves, the leader of Operation Christian Vote, a fundamentalist Christian political party that unsuccessfully contested seats in the 2004 election, informed Ken Macdonald QC, Director of Public Prosecutions, that he was seeking "request for leave to enter into a private prosecution in the matter of the GPA's advertisement."

  • “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.

  • Christian cleared over gay pride protest

    Stephen Green has been cleared of Public Order charges

    12:00 AM — The head of an anti-gay Christian lobby group has been cleared of public order charges after handing out anti-gay leaflets, but now plans to take civil action against the police for infringing on his freedom of speech.Stephen Green, director of Christian Voice, appeared before magistrates earlier this month after being arrested for handing out leaflets at Cardiff Mardi Gras which included quotes saying homosexuality is wrong.

  • LA gay centre sues IRS for past discrimination

    The LA lesbian and gay centre is suing the IRS

    12:00 AM — The LA Gay Lesbian Centre sued the Internal Revenue Service in US District Court this week to force the IRS to obey the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) by releasing documents related to its discriminatory rejection of the centre's application for non-profit status in the early 1970s.More than a year after filing for federal 501(c)(3) non-profit status in 1971, the IRS denied the application from the "Gay Community Services Centre" (as it was known then) on the unsubstantiated grounds that it was not "organised and operated exclusively for charitable and educational purposes."

  • Liberals still lead the way on gay rights

    Lorely Burt is MP for Solihull and Lib Dem spokesperson for Women and Equality

    12:00 AM — Liberal Democrat equality spokesperson Lorely Burt argues that her party has led the way in gay rights.Everyone knows that during last 10 years the fight for LGBT rights has made unprecedented advances.Less known is the fact that the Liberal Democrats have been the principal driving force behind these changes.

  • Gay and Lesbian History Month met with protest in US

    200,000 calendars have been sent to parents, and there had been praise from some of the districts residents for the recognition of the month.

    12:00 AM — Over 120 complaints have been made to The Philadelphia School District over the recognition of Gay and Lesbian History Month on their school calendar.Cecilia Cummings, Philadelphia's senior vice-president for communications and community relations said the month was added for the first time this year in an effort to be more inclusive and follow the districts policy requiring equity for all minority groups.

  • 27th September 2006

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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