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  • 15th November 2006

    Home Office listening to lesbians gays

    UKLGIG will now input directly into the process of information gathering as it relates to human rights abuses of sexual minorities globally

    12:00 AM — The UK Lesbian Gay Immigration Group's (UKLGIG) fight to put the human rights abuses of LGBT people from around the world onto the agenda, has taken a big step forward with it's appointment as an observer to the Advisory Panel on Country Information, APCI.The APCI was set up to consider and make recommendations to the Home Secretary about the content of country information, which is produced by the Country of Origin Information Service, (COIS), at the Home Office.

  • Security dominates Queen’s speech 1

    The Queen, sitting on the throne in the House of Lords, told peers and MPs summoned from the House of Commons that the government intended to take “further action to provide strong, secure and stable communities and address the threat of terrorism”

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk's Tony Grew analyses the final Queen's speech under Tony Blair's ruleThe last Queen's Speech of Tony Blair's premiership has been dominated by security measures aimed at cutting crime, curbing anti-social behaviour and combating terrorism.

  • Ghana visit should address gay rights 1

    The problems facing the gay community in Ghana were revealed in September when sections of the country's media made up a story about a gay conference being held

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveGay campaigner Peter Tatchell has called on the government to raise the issue of human rights with the Ghanaian President when he visits the UK in the next parliamentary session.The Queen's speech at the state opening of parliament this morning revealed government plans to host a visit with Ghanaian President John Agyekum Kufuor.

  • African continent reacts to gay unions 10

    It makes South Africa the only part of the continent to allow gay marriage, amongst many gay hostile countries

    12:00 AM — The African continent is split after South Africa became the first country in the region to allow gay marriage.Religious leaders and homophobes have expressed disgust at the law, describing it as a sign of the end of the world, while gay groups have described the Civil Unions Act as a sign of progress.

  • Gay activists oppose Martinez role

    The Florida Senator was appointment as head of the Republican National Committee this week

    12:00 AM — Gay campaigners have reacted angrily to the appointment of Mel Martinez as leader of the Republican Party.The Florida Senator was appointment as head of the Republican National Committee this week, but activists fear this will cause another rift in the relationship between the Republicans and the gay community.

  • Gay soldiers appeal US military ban 5

    The case is against former US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld's department

    12:00 AM — Twelve lesbian and gay veterans of the war on terror have filed a brief in the First Circuit Court of Appeals, in Massachusetts, challenging the constitutionality of the federal "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" ban on lesbian, gay and bisexual service personnel.The case, Cook v Rumsfeld, was filed on behalf of the plaintiffs by Servicemembers Legal Defence Network (SLDN) and the law firm of Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP.

  • Jerusalem gays to continue equality fight 23

    Rabbi Sharon Klienbaum holds sign: “We are all created in God'simage.“  Ultra-Orthodox protesters in background. (Photo: Syd Peterson)

    12:00 AM — Israeli gay campaigners have vowed to continue fighting for equality in Jerusalem after a gay pride rally in the capital city last week.A Hebrew University of Jerusalem stadium hosted 9000 people for a rally last Friday, despite weeks of anti-gay protests and threats of violence from ultra-Orthodox Jews in the area.

  • Gay community not alone in fight for health insurance

    Millions of Americans currently are living without health insurance coverage

    12:00 AM — Health insurance is a hot topic within the US gay and lesbian community these days, especially within the ongoing and progressively improving discussions surrounding domestic partnerships, civil unions and marriage for gay folk.The LGBT community isn't alone in its interest in the topic. In fact, according to "Insurance, Poverty, and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2005," recently released by the US Census Bureau, millions of Americans currently are living without health insurance coverage.

  • Speak Out about homophobic bullying

    Young people will be able to chat with trained advisers from ChildLine and the LGBT Helpline Cymru about their experiences, and receive advice about dealing with anti-gay bullying

    12:00 AM — Stonewall Cymru is hosting a live web chat during Anti-Bullying Week for young lesbian, gay and bisexual people who are experiencing homophobic bullying in school.Young people will be able to chat with trained advisers from ChildLine and the LGBT Helpline Cymru about their experiences, and receive advice about dealing with anti-gay bullying.

  • 14th November 2006

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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."

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