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  • 1st September 2006

    Lebanese gay group helping refugee relief

    There were only two sources of potable water, which were two large, gray tanks from UNICEF, and lines could form rapidly

    12:00 AM — Matthew Streib, foreign correspondent for The Pink News meets the Arab world's first gay group which has spent the last month opening up its community activities to both gay and straight refugees displaced by the conflict between Israel and Lebanon.The Sanayeh Public Gardens, one of the few green spaces in the highly-developed city of Beirut, is usually a haven of relaxation.

  • When my parents were young it was illegal to be gay 1

    Meg Hillier is Labour MP for Hackney South and Shoreditch and Parliamentary Private Secretary to Ruth Kelly

    12:00 AM — Meg Hillier, Labour MP and Parliamentary Private Secretary to Ruth Kelly in the Department for Communities and Local Government, analyses how much the government has changed gay rights in Britain.As my children grow up it is unremarked that MPs, cabinet ministers and other public figures are gay and we now see couples celebrating civil partnerships thanks to the Labour Government.

  • AIDS activists were trailblazers 2

    Margot James is Conservative Party Vice Chairman

    12:00 AM — Margot James praises the input of gay AIDS sufferers in gaining treatment for the disease and campaigning for support in other medical areas.Last month's 16th International Aids Conference in Toronto is worth reflecting on in light of the last two decades.When I started my healthcare PR business in the mid-eighties few of us had heard of HIV and Aids.

  • No gay pride at protest 2

    There were no protesters present to highlight gay issues last night

    12:00 AM — Around 200 people protested outside Parliament last night against restrictive laws placed on the right of people in this country to protest.There were dozens of banners, demanding everything from an end to racial profiling to free chocolate and tampons, but a common theme running through the protesters was against government control over their lives and rights.

  • Homophobic archbishop questions gay snub punishment 5

    Mario Conti questioned the Strathclyde Fire and Rescue (SFR) service's decision

    12:00 AM — The Archbishop of Glasgow has expressed dismay over the treatment of nine fire-fighters who will undergo diversity training as punishment for refusing to hand out safety leaflets at a Scotia gay pride event last June.Mario Conti questioned the Strathclyde Fire and Rescue (SFR) service's decision claiming "the duty to obey one's conscience is a higher duty than that of obeying orders."

  • 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.

  • Comment: Double standards? 23

    Few came out to protest at such atrocities where lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) teenagers are hanged simply for falling in love with someone of the same sex (Photo Tom*A)

    12:00 AM — World Pride was hampered not by boycotts from anti-gay groups but by the conflict between Israel and Lebanon based Hezbollah.The blame for the conflict lies on both sides whose actions caused the deaths of many hundreds of civilians.But the reaction from some sections of British society was interesting.

  • Bishop attacks Nigerian church’s gay view 5

    Bishop Robinson raises the issue in Going to Heaven: The Life and Election of Bishop Gene Robinson, a biography based on interviews with the clergyman and friends and family

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveThe Episcopal Church should be wary of its relationship with Nigerian Anglicans, the denomination's first gay bishop has warned.Gene Robinson, the Bishop of New Hampshire, questioned the wisdom of the US church aligning itself with Peter Akinola, the Anglican Primate of Nigeria, who has openly spoken out against homosexuality and labelled gay people as inferior.

  • 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.

  • Argentina to repeal gay military ban 1

    Argentina joins a growing list of at least 25 nations that no longer exclude openly gay service personnel. American military allies, including Great Britain, Canada and Australia, have lifted their bans on open service

    12:00 AM — The government of Argentina has announced plans to repeal its ban on gay military personnel, according to recent news reports, making it the second country in South America, following Colombia, to prohibit discrimination in its armed forces.Argentina's government intends to modernise its code of military justice which, among other changes, will no longer prohibit same-sex relationships among personnel in its armed forces.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Gay activists go Green

    The Green party's annual conference is set to be dominated by gay issues after human rights activist Peter Tatchell and Polish Green's LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) spokesperson Bartek Lech, have agreed to speak

    12:00 AM — The Green party's annual conference is set to be dominated by gay issues after human rights activist Peter Tatchell and Polish Green's LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) spokesperson Bartek Lech, have agreed to speak.Mr Lech, who has campaigned against nationalism and intolerance in Poland, will be speaking about personal and press freedoms in the country.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 31st August 2006

    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.

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