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  • 15th June 2006

    Gay clubbing drug to be reclassified 5

    Crystal meth is a popular clubbing drug with the gay community

    12:00 AM — Home Office Minister Vernon Coaker confirmed the rumours at a meeting of the Commons Science and Technology Select Committee after the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD) recommended the move last week.Mr Coaker said: ""Countries have to decide how to respond to a drug when it has no significant prevalence but potential for serious social problems. Methylamphetamine is a very substantial problem in many countries outside the European Union (EU) but not within it. Reports that the United Kingdom (UK) is on the verge of a crystal meth explosion have been repeated for some years but to date there has been no reliable evidence to support this.

  • Australian Senate rejects gay unions 1

    The ACT's local assembly approved the bill last month giving same sex couple's the right to a civil union

    12:00 AM — Australian Capital Territory (ACT)leader John Stanhope has accused coalition senators of "shamefully and explicitly" endorsing second-class citizenship after failing to protect the Civil Unions Bill in the Senate, the remaining hope for the legislation to be passed.The ACT's local assembly approved the bill last month giving same sex couple's the right to a civil union after watering down the law to ensure it did not represent marriage, but the Federal Government quashed the law last week.

  • University professor dismissed over gay marriage support 2

    A professor has been sacked from a Christian University after publicly supporting gay marriage

    12:00 AM — A professor has been sacked from a Christian University after publicly supporting gay marriage.Jeffrey Nielsen, part time philosophy lecturer at Brigham Young University, voiced opposition to the US Senate vote on banning gay marriage, before it was rejected.

  • EU votes to combat homophobia 1

    The European Union has passed a resolution to combat homophobia on the continent

    12:00 AM — The European Union has passed a resolution to combat homophobia on the continent which would see sentences handed down for homophobic, anti Semitic, and Islamophobic offences.The European Parliament debated the increase in racist and homophobic incidents yesterday, with many MEPs pointing to the increase of violence in some member states such as Poland and Latvia.

  • Ford defends gay advertising 2

    Ford constantly faces boycotts and condemnation from the American Family Association, an anti gay group, for its support of gay issues

    12:00 AM — Ford Motor Company's Vice President has defended the carmakers' advertising policy.Al Giombetti reacted to calls from the American Family Association for a boycott because the manufacturer advertised in gay publications.He said in an email to dealers that the organisation advertises to all groups including gay, religious and ethnic communities, "We buy advertising to put Ford's message in front of as many customers as possible."

  • Irish politician calls for crackdown on gay cruising

    SDLP MLA John Dallat said this shows more needs to be done to tackle the issue

    12:00 AM — An Irish newspaper has exposed a website offering gay cruising areas in Ulster.The Belfast Telegraph found the internet site contained 76 recommended listings including public railway station toilets, and invites feedback from users.

  • Gay man denied partner’s NHS pension rights

    A gay man whose partner unexpectedly died of heart failure weeks before their 15th anniversary last March has voiced disapproval at the NHS Pensions Agency after it has emerged he will not be entitled to pensions or death gratuity

    12:00 AM — A gay man whose partner unexpectedly died of heart failure weeks before their 15th anniversary last March has voiced disapproval at the NHS Pensions Agency after it has emerged he will not be entitled to pensions or death gratuity.Nigel Holland-Williams, 46, claimed Mark Holland, 48, a former NHS worker, expressed a wish that the benefits would go to him, but as the couple were not in a civil partnership, it may instead be transferred to Mr Holland's ex wife.

  • Gay bishop addresses hostile church conference 7

    Comments made by over 70 speakers at the Standing Committee showed how much of a rift the issue has caused since the appointment of gay bishop Gene Robinson in 2003

    12:00 AM — Attention was turned to homosexuality at the General Convention of the Episcopal Church yesterday as delegates considered resolutions on the election of gay bishops, same sex blessings and an apology for the appointment of gay clergy.Comments made by over 70 speakers at the Standing Committee showed how much of a rift the issue has caused since the appointment of gay bishop Gene Robinson in 2003.

  • Canadian gay marriage campaigns begin 1

    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 — Protest groups have today begun their campaigns on the issue of gay marriage.Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced a free vote on the law last week scheduled for this Autumn.Anti gay marriage group Man and Woman Union gathered today to raise awareness of the vote, Warren Booth, organiser of the organisation, told the CanWest news agency, "I know MPs make their break soon for a couple of months, but we want to leave them with a thought before they take off for their vacation."

  • Volunteer head sacked over gay remark

    The chairman of the Scottish Council of Voluntary Organisations (SCVO) has been forced to resign

    12:00 AM — The chairman of the Scottish Council of Voluntary Organisations (SCVO) has been forced to resign after publicly disapproving of teaching about homosexuality in schools.Bashir Maan, Scottish Chairman of the Muslim Council of Britain, made the remarks in a letter to the Herald disproving of gay sex education in Scotland.

  • Rice calls for gay marriage “respect” 4

    Condoleeza Rice's statement comes after the US Senate rejected a proposal to ban gay marriage

    12:00 AM — The US Secretary of State has urged "respect" and "sensitivity" in the debate over gay marriage.Condoleeza Rice's statement comes after the US Senate rejected a proposal to ban gay marriage in the constitution last week.She told The News Record, "This is an issue that can be debated and can be discussed in our country with respect for every human being.

  • 14th June 2006

    Mobster who inspired gay Sopranos’ star is jailed 2

    Gannascoli did the gay press circuit leading up to this season's killing, and told the press he felt the writers of the show treated his character with the respect he deserved

    12:00 AM — The real-life mobster who ordered a hit on a gay mob boss, and whose story inspired an entire season of suspense surrounding gay mobster Vito Spatafore (Joe Gannascoli) in TV series' The Sopranos, has been sentenced to life in prison.Stefano Vitabile, 71, was sentenced to life in prison for ordering the 1992 slaying of acting DeCavalcante crime boss John (Johnny Boy) D'Amato, who was killed when he was outed by his fellow mobsters, according to New York's Daily News.

  • Gay Cameroonians jailed on “sodomy” charges

    The West African nation has become famous this past year for detention of its citizens on “sodomy charges”

    12:00 AM — Seven gay Cameroonians who were on trial for "sodomy" have been jailed for 10 months, the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) claims.Since the men have already been detained in a Kondegui Prison in Yaoundé for more than one year, they are expected to be released shortly for time served.

  • Legal group defend gay school club

    Last February, the ACLU sued White County School District officials for violating the students' rights under the federal Equal Access Act and the US Constitution

    12:00 AM — Trial was held on Monday in an American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) federal lawsuit asking for a permanent injunction requiring officials at White County High School in Cleveland, Georgia to recognise a gay-straight alliance club (GSA).Administrators at White County High School in Cleveland, Georgia have been blocking the GSA from meeting since the beginning of the 2005-2006 school year while allowing other clubs to meet, a clear violation of the Federal Equal Access Act.

  • Panel requests gay policy officer for Brighton

    The Equalities and Review Panel at Brighton and Hove City Council tasked with reviewing the way the local authority treats its diverse groups concluded yesterday that a lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) policy officer should be appointed

    12:00 AM — Brighton and Hove's gay community should have a dedicated policy officer, the local council's review panel has recommended.The Equalities and Review Panel at Brighton and Hove City Council tasked with reviewing the way the local authority treats its diverse groups concluded yesterday that a lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) policy officer should be appointed along with an update of the LGBT community strategy.

  • Australian gay couples waiting on Senate vote 1

    The ACT's local assembly approved the bill last month giving same sex couple's the right to a civil union

    12:00 AM — Same sex couples are awaiting action from the Australian Senate which may be the last area where supporters of the Australian Capital Territory's (ACT) Civil Unions Bill can ensure it passes.The ACT's local assembly approved the bill last month giving same sex couple's the right to a civil union after watering down the law to ensure it did not represent marriage.

  • Polish education minister bans gay rights book

    Mr Gietych is a member of the League of Polish Families, ruling coalition partners with the Right wing Law and Justice Party

    12:00 AM — The head of teacher training in Poland has been sacked after distributing a human rights manual which describes the types of discrimination lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people may face.Polish Education Minister Roman Giertych said the publication titled Compass: a manual on human rights education with young people, is a "contradiction to the core curriculum for general education" and against his idea of "patriotic education" in schools.

  • EU urged to address homophobia 1

    Michael Cashman, the Labour MEP for the West Midlands, urged the EU to pass a resolution to combat homophobia

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveHomophobia must be targeted by members of the European Union (EU) or "anarchy" will prevail, the president of the EU's Intergroup on Gay and Lesbian Rights warned today.European politicians are currently debating a joint draft resolution addressing an increase in racist and homophobic violence on the continent, to be voted on tomorrow.

  • Gay groups push for UN recognition

    Over 2,700 NGOs have consultative status at the UN, which allows them to participate fully in global debates such as at the newly formed Human Rights Council

    12:00 AM — A campaign by the International Lesbian and Gay Association (ILGA) to encourage lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender groups to apply for recognition a Non Governmental Organisation (NGO) at the United Nations (UN) has been backed positively by organisations across the world.The groups that applied by the May 31 2006 deadline include the Associação Brasileira de Gays, Lésbicas e Transgêneros (ABGLT), COC Nederlands, the Federación Estatal de Lesbianas, Gays, Transexuales y Bisexuales (FELGT) of Spain, Gays and Lesbians of Zimbabwe (GALZ), Metropolitan Community Churches (MCC), and the Riksförbundet för sexuellt likaberättigande (RFSL) of Sweden.

  • Caribbean homophobic attack suspect gives himself up 5

    CBS news producer Dick Jefferson and his friend Ryan Smith, also a producer, were beaten unconscious by a homophobic gang on the Caribbean Island

    12:00 AM — A man thought to be the main attacker in a homophobic assault in St Marteen has been arrested.The man, known only as Duracell, is reported to have given himself up to police in relation to an attack on CBS news producer Dick Jefferson and his friend Ryan Smith, also a producer, who were beaten unconscious by a homophobic gang on the Caribbean Island at the beginning of April outside a bar.

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