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  • 1st September 2006

    Gay bishop’s daughter defends parents’ split 5

    Bishop Robinson and his wife Isabella McDaniel, known as Boo, separated in 1986 after 14 years of marriage

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveThe daughter of the Anglican Church's first gay bishop has criticised the British press for reporting that her father had abandoned his family to live with a man.Ella Robinson, the daughter of Gene Robinson who was controversially elected as Bishop of New Hampshire in 2003, aims to dispel rumours surrounding her parent's relationship in an interview for a new book on the clergyman's life.

  • NUS campaigns for estranged gay teenagers

    The NUS is leading a  campaign for an end to means testing for student funding

    12:00 AM — The NUS is leading a campaign for an end to means testing for student funding and grants for estranged students who have been forced from their homes, the committees LGBT officer revealed today.NUS officer Scott Cuthbertson told PinkNews.co.uk of their forthcoming campaigns for gay rights across the UK's universities and colleges, including an increase in funding for students who have been cut off by their families because of their sexuality.

  • Rabbi ‘cures’ lesbians with sand

    Sand: A lesbian no-go zone?

    12:00 AM — An Israeli rabbi swears by a novel way of getting lesbians to return to their husbands, special sand that will have the estranged wife running back.The unnamed rabbi swore that his "special sand" would bring the wife of a local man in Bnei Brak, Isreal, back to him, with the sand lifting the curse that his wife was under.

  • NSPCC attacked for helping gay kids 2

    The NSPCC was founded in 1884, and was responsible for getting Parliament to pass the first legislation to protect children. It spends £60m a year on services for children and young people.

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk Exclusive A charity claiming to protect the interests of children has launched a bizarre attack on Childline and the NSPCC.Despite advertising Childline on their website, the National Society for Children and Family Contact claim the well-respected charity is abandoning the religious views of its founders.

  • Woman dies in fire at gay sauna

    Police told  PinkNews.co.uk  that the fire is being treated as suspicious. (photo: Michael Wilson)

    12:00 AM — West Yorkshire police are appealing for witnesses to come forward after a woman died in a 'suspicious' fire in Leeds.The Spartan Mantalk Sauna, which formed part of an end-terrace house in the Harehills area of the city, was gutted in the blaze.A woman was rescued by fire crews at around 4am this morning, but she did not survive.

  • Gay marriage ban proposed on November ballot

    The Arizona Supreme court has decided to allow a controversial initiative that bans gay marriage

    12:00 AM — The Arizona Supreme court has decided to allow a controversial initiative that bans gay marriage and denies domestic partnership benefits throughout the state to remain on the November ballot.According to the Arizona Republic newspaper, opponents of the Proposition 107 had asked the court to block it from the ballot, arguing that it violated state law.

  • Charities welcome HIV prosecution review

    Despite the epidemic being around for 25 years, the first prosecution took place in 2003 and since then there has been much controversy over prosecutions, which has prompted the CPS to seek views from a wide range of people

    12:00 AM — AIDS groups have welcomed a move by the Crown Prosecution Service today seeking opinions for a consultation to review criminal prosecutions for HIV transmission.The National AIDS Trust (NAT) and Terrence Higgins Trust (THT) have published guidance, encouraging organisations and people living with HIV to respond to the CPS consultation.

  • Gay pride confronts Middle East shame 23

    It's been a tough month for Middle East politics with Israel trying to secure its borders and stop Hezbollah rocket attacks while thousands of  Lebanese citizens have been displaced

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveIt's been a tough month for Middle East politics with Israel trying to secure its borders and stop Hezbollah rocket attacks while thousands of Lebanese citizens have been displaced, but beyond the diplomatic, democratic and ideological consequences of the current saga, the international gay community has also felt the brunt of the conflict.It was hailed as an event to celebrate "Love without borders," to unite the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community in dialogue and tolerance, but last month's World Pride in Jerusalem was just one of many gay events across the globe effected by fighting.

  • 31st August 2006

    Gay conversion groups encouraging “child abuse” 2

    A coalition of organisations monitoring groups claiming to convert gay people back to heterosexuality, have criticised the National Association for Research and Therapy of Homosexuals (NARTH) after a member advocated teasing transgender children to “re-establish that necessary boundary“

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveGay pressure groups have accused an "ex-gay" organisation of "inviting child abuse" after claiming children with gender identity issues should be exposed to bullying.A coalition of organisations monitoring groups claiming to convert gay people back to heterosexuality, have criticised the National Association for Research and Therapy of Homosexuals (NARTH) after a member advocated teasing transgender children to "re-establish that necessary boundary."

  • US military-aligned university elects gay student president 5

    The Uniformed Services University, a Department of Defence military medical, nursing and graduate school, elected Patrick High to lead its student government

    12:00 AM — Lesbian and gay advocates have applauded the Department of Defence's university after it elected an openly gay man to the post of student council president.The Uniformed Services University, a Department of Defence military medical, nursing and graduate school, elected Patrick High to lead its student government, in what campaigners are calling a step forward in the fight to repeal the military's controversial "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy.the policy bars openly gay and lesbian people from serving in the armed forces.

  • Homophobia a myth, says Polish PM 4

    There continues to be deep concern about Mr Kaczynski's Justice and Law party, and the ultra-nationalist parties who make up the governing coalition.

    12:00 AM — The prime minister of Poland has claimed his country is being misrepresented by the press, and hit out at the Western media.Speaking to reporters after a meeting in Brussels with EU Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso, Jaroslaw Kaczynski said: "Please do not believe in the myth of anti-Semitic, homophobic and xenophobic Poland this is a media thing - it is not real."

  • Firemen disciplined after no show at gay pride 5

    Firefighters at Euro Pride in London

    12:00 AM — Nine firemen from Glasgow have been ordered to undergo an intensive course in "diversity training" as a punishment for refusing to carry out their jobs at the gay Pride Scotia in June.The decision from fire chiefs at Strathclyde Fire and Rescue (SFR) came after days of deliberation over what their response to the case should be.

  • Paddick denies Commissioner ambition 7

    In the course of his conversation with Cohen, Dep. Asst. Commissioner Paddick also refused to confirm or deny if he was interested in running for Mayor of London.

    12:00 AM — The most senior gay police officer in the UK has denied he wants to succeed Sir Ian Blair as Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police. PinkNews.co.uk reported earlier this month on comments Deputy Assistant Commissioner Brian Paddick allegedly made at a recruitment event for gay and lesbian teenagers.At the sparsely-attended event Mr Paddick made a speech, in which he discussed his future in the police force.

  • Muslims oppose celebrating Mercury’s gay lifestyle

    A memorial to Freddie Mercury in Montreux, Switzerland

    12:00 AM — Zanzibar Muslims have objected to a party honouring the late Queen lead singer Freddie Mercury's 60th birthday, claiming his gay lifestyle is offensive to the community.The island's Association for Islamic Mobilisation and Propagation, who want the semi autonomous part of Tanzania to be ruled by the Qu'ran, claim that a celebration scheduled for next month should be cancelled because it is an offensive violation of their religion.

  • Washington residents demand gay marriage backtrack

    The Supreme Court's decision, issued last month, ruled that state lawmakers were justified in restricting marriage to unions between a man and woman

    12:00 AM — Gay and lesbian couples in Washington have asked the state Supreme Court to reconsider its recent 5-4 decision that upheld a ban on gay marriage.The Supreme Court's decision, issued last month, ruled that state lawmakers were justified in restricting marriage to unions between a man and woman.

  • New Orleans gay community returns

    Picture courtesy of carpe icthus

    12:00 AM — New Orleans is set to host its annual party the "Southern Decadence," one year after the southern United States city was wrecked by hurricane Katrina.The lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) party was held to blame by conservative Christian leaders for the disaster that emptied the city's population into surrounding states, and has left the city requiring billions of dollars in aid.

  • COMMENT: Gay adults must challenge homophobic teachers 5

    Childline received nearly 2,800 calls in the last year about sexual orientation or homophobia.

    12:00 AM — A report from the NSPCC this week revealed a rise in the number of LGBT teens calling Childline to ask for help with homophobic bullying.The details of the report make for grim reading, most shocking of all being the hostile attitude of teachers.Tony Grew examines the report and what gay adults can do to help. 

  • Gay groups urge Met to drop GPA investigation 9

    The Gay Police Association at the EuroPride parade

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveHuman rights activists have urged the Metropolitan Police Commissioner to drop a faith crime investigation regarding the Gay Police Association (GPA).Outrage! and the Gay and Lesbian Humanist Association (GALHA) have each sent a letter to Sir Ian Blair in support of the GPA after Scotland Yard began an investigation last month following complaints regarding an advert in the Independent coinciding with last month's EuroPride event.

  • El Salvador gay group threatened

    The BFA work in El Salvador both aiming to educate the population about gay issues and highlight problems of homophobic abuse in the country

    12:00 AM — Members of the Between Friends Association (Asociación Entre Amigos) have dealt with a succession of threats to their lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender organisation in recent months.Over the past year they have been lobbying the El Salvadorian government not to sign an amendment to the national constitution that would make it illegal for lesbian and gay couples to marry and adopt children in the Central American country.

  • 30th August 2006

    India’s gay prince plans to adopt

    Homosexuality is banned in India and punishable by up to 10 years in jail

    12:00 AM — The Indian prince, disowned two months ago by his family for being gay, announced this week that he will adopt a child.The 40-year-old Prince Manvendra Singh Gohil, said to be the first member of any royal family in the country to publicly reveal that he is gay, was stripped of his title and right over the royal properties in Gujarat, Maharashtra and elsewhere in the country in June for making his homosexuality public, reports The New Indian Express.

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