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  • 2nd March 2006

    US gays denied lower tax rates 1

    Gay families pay on average higher taxes and get fewer benefits

    12:00 AM — Gay couples in America who are married have no right to lower tax rates as the US government only recognises straight marriage, according to the Internal Revenue Service.The IRS has sent out warnings that same sex couples legally married in Massachusetts or registered as domestic partners in states such as California and New Jersey still have to file separate income tax forms, rather than joint ones which straight couples who divide their incomes do.

  • Pro gay Campbell prepares to lead Lib Dems 2

    The MP for North East Fife had been acting leader since Charles Kennedy resigned in January

    12:00 AM — Sir Menzies Campbell has raced Britain at the Olympics and Commonwealth Games and has previously held the British 100m record, but nothing could have prepared him for this closely fought Liberal Democrat leadership election..He was appointed the party leader today defeating defeating Chris Huhne 57% to 43% after a six week campaign between him, Chris Huhne and Simon Hughes.

  • Transgendered fire-fighter claims discrimination 4

    Fire Chief Carlos Perez is named in the complaint

    12:00 AM — An American fire-fighter claims that she's being discriminated against because she used to be a man.Fire Captain Jamie Faucon, has filed a complaint against the Knoxville Fire Chief Carlos Perez and her supervisor, Mark Foulkes.Ms Faucon claims that she was denied a car and overtime because she is a trangendered woman.

  • Bisexual politician fails in attempt to lead party

    Simon Hughes failed in his second attempt to lead his party

    12:00 AM — Simon Hughes has failed in his second attempt to secure the leadership of the Liberal Democrats, Britain's third largest political party.Mr Hughes, the 54 year old MP for North Southwark and Bermondsey previously came second to Charles Kennedy in the 1999 leadership election, following the retirement of Paddy Ashdown.

  • Cameron invites gay community to vote Conservative

    This statement echoes his vision of modern compassionate Conservatism which he spelt out earlier this week as part of  a plan for general election success

    12:00 AM — The gay community should seriously consider supporting the Conservative Party, according to David Cameron.Mr Cameron, leader of The Conservatives told PinkNews.co.uk: "We want the gay community to look at us and hear what we have to say so that they can decide if we look and sound like their kind of party."We are an open and inclusive party and we are passionate about acting to ensure that at every level, we are representative of modern Britain."

  • International protests against gay pride ban

    The Moscow Gay Pride parade is scheduled to take place on 27 May, the anniversary of the 1993 abolition of Soviet era laws against male homosexuality

    12:00 AM — Demonstrators picketed the Russian Embassy in London today in protest at the ban on the Moscow Gay Pride parade by the city's mayor. They also condemned the threats of violence against the Pride marchers by Russian religious leaders.Today's London protest coincided with simultaneous protests Paris, Stockholm, Vienna and Warsaw.

  • 1st March 2006

    Popular gay clubbing drug becoming global issue

    Also known as 'tina', 'krank' or 'ice', the ease of production due to poor restrictions on manufacturing the chemicals, and euphoric effects have ensured dramatic escalation of the drug's distribution worldwide

    12:00 AM — The use of crystal meth is becoming a global problem, according to the United Nations.Crystal meth, or methamphetamine is already rife amongst the gay dance scene and doctors predict it will spiral out of control into the UK's mainstream culture.Also known as 'tina', 'krank' or 'ice', the ease of production due to poor restrictions on manufacturing the chemicals, and euphoric effects have ensured dramatic escalation of the drug's distribution worldwide.

  • Comment: The small gay pride march with a lion’s roar 2

    South Africa's gay community celebrated Cape Town Pride last week

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk's Nikki Sinclair reports on South Africa's 5th gay pride celebrations in Cape Town. Imagine how delighted my girlfriend and I were last Thursday to find out that, through sheer serendipity, we had managed to arrive in Cape Town just in time for 'Pride' weekend, during our brief trip to South Africa. We had spent a very interesting ten days already, visiting the rather more conservative Durban and Pretoria, and were now staying very close to the gay village in Cape Town. We couldn't wait to take part in the festivities, and hopefully make some new friends along the way.

  • Clare Short under fire for meeting with anti-gay Muslims 2

    Clare Short invited Hizb ut-Tahrir to speak to MPs

    12:00 AM — Former cabinet minister Clare Short has angered fellow Labour MPs for meeting today with an anti-gay radical Muslim group.The former international development secretary invited Hizb ut-Tahrir, a group which the Prime Minister, Tony Blair, wishes to ban from Britain, to speak to MPs.The former international development secretary invited Hizb ut-Tahrir, a group which the Prime Minister, Tony Blair, wishes to ban from Britain, to speak to MPs.

  • Warship to host gay wedding 1

    The Warrior is known as the pride of Queen Victoria, launched in the 1860s, it revolutionaries warship construction. It was fuelled by steam and sail

    12:00 AM — One of the 19th Century's fastest and largest battleships is set to make more waves when she hosts her first civil partnership.Lieutenant Commander Jim Phillips, 31, will become the second Royal Navy officer to have a same sex ceremony when he registers his partnership to Marcus Rutter on HMS Warrior this weekend.

  • Police force transgendered woman forced to urinate in a cup

    Helena Stone claims that she is now forced by the authorities to urinate in a cup in her office.

    12:00 AM — A transgendered telephone engineer from New York has claimed that she was arrested three times in the past six months by transport police for using the women's toilets. She claims she is now forced to urniate in a plastic cup.Helena Stone, 70, who is undergoing treatment for a gender chance from male to female said that a police officer called her: "a freak, a weirdo and the ugliest woman in the world." She was told: "If I ever see you in the women's bathroom, I'm going to arrest you."

  • London Mayor wins first stage of appeal 3

    The High Court has delayed a four-week suspension of London's Mayor Ken Livingstone

    12:00 AM — The High Court has delayed a four-week suspension of London's Mayor Ken Livingstone imposed for comparing a Jewish reporter to a concentration camp guard outside a party to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the first openly gay MP.Mr Livingstone was ordered suspended for a month beginning March 1 by a tribunal last week for bringing his office into disrepute during an exchange with the reporter outside a party.

  • Gay marriage bans cause stress, study says 4

    The research claims that bans increases depression and isolation

    12:00 AM — Same sex marriage bans cause mental stress for gays and lesbians, according to a US study.The research, "I do, but I can't," at the National Sexuality Resource Centre, in San Francisco, found that denying same-sex couples the same marriage rights as heterosexuals created "the mental distress of second-class citizenship." They claim bans increases depression and isolation.

  • Size matters to gay men, research shows

    The team questioned over 250 gay men in their twenties about their self esteem and how they saw their own bodies

    12:00 AM — Dutch researchers have found that genitalia size is of prime importance to how gay men see themselves.A study at Utrecht University, in the Netherlands concluded that gay men believe a larger penis contributes to a better life and lovemaking.The team questioned over 250 gay men in their twenties about their self esteem and how they saw their own bodies.

  • 28th February 2006

    Sheffield gay bar ransacked

    Sheffield gay bar, Club X-es was trashed by a gang of five early on Sunday morning

    12:00 AM — Gay clubbers were attacked on the weekend in a suspected homophobic attack on a Sheffield night club.Sheffield gay bar, Club X-es was trashed by a gang of five early on Sunday morning. Three patrons who tried to intervene were injured and many others were hurt in the crossfire of smashed windows and optics.South Yorkshire Police confirmed they are treating it as "a homophobic incident".

  • Gang leader gets Asbo for gay abuse

    The gang abused and threw stones at tormented residents in Lancaster and raced high speed cars with music at loud volumes

    12:00 AM — A gang ringleader has been given an Asbo after a hate campaign against a gay man and transgender female.The gang abused and threw stones at tormented residents in Lancaster and raced high speed cars with music at loud volumes.Carl Carter, 27, was handed an ASBO before city magistrates on Friday

  • Group files lawsuit against school gay club ban

    The ACLU sued White County School District officials for violating the students' rights under the federal Equal Access Act

    12:00 AM — The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a lawsuit in federal court against officials at White County High School in Cleveland, Georgia for illegally banning a gay-straight alliance club (GSA)."I've been assaulted at school twice and called names more times than I can remember, and I know gay students who have had to drop out of our school because the harassment was so bad.

  • Senior Bishop backs gay support group

    Changing Attitude has branches in more than half the dioceses of the Church of England and has sister organisations in Scotland and New Zealand

    12:00 AM — A senior Suffolk bishop has sparked controversy amongst worshippers after helping to launch a gay Christian support groupThe Rt Rev Richard Lewis, Bishop of the St Edmundsbury and Ipswich Diocese, will launch the Gay Christian Support Group which will recognise the contributions that gay and lesbian Christians make.Rev Lewis is a patron of Changing Attitude, a worldwide Anglican group which works for gay and lesbian affirmation within the community

  • Gay pride ban against human rights, group says

    Protests against the ban are planned outside Russian embassies in London, Paris, Warsaw and Stockholm on Thursday

    12:00 AM — The mayor of Moscow's plans to ban the city's gay pride march are a threat to civil liberties and civil society, according to a human rights group.Human Rights Watch has written a letter to the mayor, Yuri Luzhkov calling on him to let the parade go ahead on the scheduled date of May 27. The document accuses him of inhibting freedom of expression and promoting prejudice.

  • Anti racist gay group dismiss Outrage claims 1

    The group says Sir Iqbal had another engagement on the day of the conference and another MCB representative was sent instead

    12:00 AM — The Lesbian and Gay Coalition Against Racism this week reacted to Outrage's outburst against the Muslim Council of Britain and allegations that he was dropped from the Unite Against Fascism conference last weekend.PinkNews.co.uk is publishing this letter from the LAGCAR as part of our right to reply policy. We would welcome a response from Sir Iqbal Sacranie if he would like to talk directly to the gay community.

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