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  • 1st December 2006

    Gay activist reveals Harmondsworth homophobia

    The Chief Inspector of Prisons, Anne Owers, issued a damning report on Tuesday, describing conditions in Harmondsworth as the worst she has ever seen in an immigration and asylum detention centre

    12:00 AM — Harmondsworth and all Britain's asylum detention centres are inhuman hell-holes that should be closed down, gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell said today.He spoke after a riot at Harmondsworth asylum detention centre over conditions this week.The Chief Inspector of Prisons, Anne Owers, issued a damning report on Tuesday, describing conditions in Harmondsworth as the worst she has ever seen in an immigration and asylum detention centre.

  • ‘My Grandpa fought fascism, now the gay community must’

    Peter Tatchell and Nikolai at EuroPride this year

    12:00 AM — The death of ex-KGB spy Alexander Litvinenko has raised questions about the state of Russian society, but gay rights campaigner, Nikolai Alekseev, has also uncovered hostile elements of homophobia simmering under the facade of democracy. Cliff James reports.Nikolai Alekseev, the Russian gay rights activist who organised Moscow Pride 2006, was presented with an award "for his courage in challenging homophobia in Russia and beyond" by the Gay and Lesbian Humanist Association (GALHA) in London last month.

  • Gay venues smoke free by July 2007 5

    Smoking will be outlawed in 124,000 pubs and clubs across England

    12:00 AM — All enclosed public places and workplaces in the UK will become smokefree from 1st July 2007, Health Secretary Patricia Hewitt announced today.Gay venues have already told PinkNews.co.uk that they feel they can cope with a ban, which will be introduced in Wales and Northern Ireland in April 2007 and in England in July 2007.

  • 30th November 2006

    European Parliament rejects gay discrimination claims

    The European Parliament's Bureau has rejected accusations that it has ignored anti-discrimination policies

    12:00 AM — The European Parliament's Bureau has rejected accusations that it has ignored anti-discrimination policies regarding sexual orientation.The department was criticised by the International Lesbian and Gay Association after a draft resolution of the European Parliament's Secretariat, the administrative arm of the political body, had initially included sexual orientation, but was later amended.

  • US Jews to discuss gay behaviour 3

    It comes in reaction to rabbinical students pushing for “ordination regardless of orientation”

    12:00 AM — The Jewish Conservative Movement in the US is preparing for a vote on the issue of gay rabbis and same sex marriage next week with members of the community predicting that ordination and unions will be given the nod.It comes in reaction to rabbinical students pushing for "ordination regardless of orientation" and many rabbis coming out or performing same sex ceremonies despite a ban.

  • PinkNews leads opposition to Christian ad 18

    The advert claims that the legislation will “force” a bed and breakfast to supply a room to a transsexual and will make schools promote civil partnerships

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveAn anti-gay advert from Christian groups in the Times on Tuesday has already prompted an influx of complaints to the advertising watchdog as a result of a campaign launched by PinkNews.co.uk.The gay community reacted with outrage earlier this week after a group of Christian leaders calling themselves Coherent and Cohesive Voice, placed an advert in the newspaper accusing the government of taking away "freedom of conscience" through the new Sexual Orientation Regulations.

  • India gay ban raises HIV cases 1

    Denis Broun's remarks come on the eve of World AIDS Day, and echoes calls from Indian activists, celebrities and scholars to abandon the colonial era law

    12:00 AM — Calls for a repeal of India's ban on homosexuality have increased after a UNAIDS representative claimed the prohibition is contributing to an increase of HIV.Denis Broun's remarks come on the eve of World AIDS Day, and echoes calls from Indian activists, celebrities and scholars to abandon the colonial era law.

  • Gay men take risks despite HIV knowledge

    The study of 526 gay men in Beijing by the Chinese Centre for Disease Control and Prevention revealed that while knowing about the risks of unprotected sex, only 20 percent of homosexual men use condoms

    12:00 AM — AIDS awareness programmes will be specifically targeted at China's gay community after a report released this week revealed that gay men are deliberately having unsafe sex.China's Ministry of Health has now launched a Give Year Plan to fight AIDS in the gay community, including prevention volunteers and special funding.

  • Jeweller to accessorise first South African gay wedding 10

    The law was approved earlier this month by 230 votes to 41, making South Africa the only part of the continent to allow gay marriage, amongst many gay hostile countries

    12:00 AM — A South African jeweller is offering 20,000 RAND (£1435) worth of accessories to the first same sex couple to marry in the country.It comes after the government approved the Civil Unions Bill this morning, allowing the "voluntary union of two persons, which is solemnised and registered by either a marriage or civil union."

  • An end to primate HIV research? 57

    Crucial breakthroughs in AIDS research have come from studies that did not involve laboratory animals

    12:00 AM — A British campaign group opposed to using animals for medical testing is calling for a revolution in the way AIDS research is carried out.The British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection (BUAV) has published a new report criticising the use of primates in ongoing AIDS research.

  • Dawn raids target homophobia

    For 2005/06 there were 11,322 race hate crimes, and 1294 homophobic crimes, according to Scotland Yard figures

    12:00 AM — Five hundred police officers raided addresses and arrested perpetrators of domestic, race hate and homophobic crimes across the capital this morning.The dawn raids are one part of a two-week initiative to put the fear back onto the offenders, and encourage victims to report crimes.The number of domestic violence incidents reported to police in 2005/06 was over 108, 000, with 24% of incidents accounting for all reported violence and 20% of all murders.

  • Military veterans appeal Pentagon’s gay ban

    Fourteen senior retired military leaders have filed a brief urging the First Circuit Court of Appeals to reverse a lower court ruling regarding the federal “Don't Ask, Don't Tell” ban on lesbian, gay and bisexual service members

    12:00 AM — Fourteen senior retired military leaders have filed a brief urging the First Circuit Court of Appeals to reverse a lower court ruling regarding the federal "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" ban on lesbian, gay and bisexual service members.The brief was filed on November 22 2006 in support of the plaintiffs in Cook v. Rumsfeld, a constitutional challenge to the law.

  • Deputy PM defends gay rights laws 18

    Mr Prescott backed the incoming Sexual Orientation Regulations amid criticism from a Northern Ireland MP

    12:00 AM — Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott is often accused of not having much relevance in government, but yesterday he took a stand for gay rights.Representing Tony Blair at Prime Minister's questions, Mr Prescott backed the incoming Sexual Orientation Regulations amid criticism from a Northern Ireland MP.

  • Gay MEP attacks ‘un-Christian’ Church equality reaction 18

    Michael Cashman accused the leaders of blackmailing the government

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveLabour MEP Michael Cashman has joined government condemnation of remarks made by Christian leaders regarding the new Sexual Orientation Regulations.Former EastEnder turned politician, Mr Cashman, the head of the European Parliament's Intergroup on Lesbian and Gay Rights, described comments by the Catholic Archbishop of Birmingham, Vincent Nichols, and the Bishop of Rochester, Michael Nazir-Ali, as well as a controversial advert in the Times, as "totally un-Christian."

  • Thai military amends gay view but upholds ban

    Gay and transgender people will now instead  be listed as “suffering from sexual identity problems“ by the service

    12:00 AM — The gay and transgender community will no longer be viewed as mentally ill by the Thai military, but are still unfit for service, a court has ruled.The country's Central Administration Court made the decision after transsexual Samart Meecharoen complained about the policy claiming it incites discrimination and hatred.

  • Gay marriage laws sealed in South Africa 10

    In a low key process, reflecting the controversial nature of the law, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka signed the bill

    12:00 AM — South Africa's gay marriage laws have been given the final seal of approval after the country's Vice-President signed off on the bill.In a low key process, reflecting the controversial nature of the law, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka signed the bill while President Thabo Mbeki was away in Nigeria.

  • 29th November 2006

    Gay community attacks “deplorable” Christian ad 19

    Yesterday's Times newspaper featured an advert from a group of Christian leaders calling themselves Coherent and Cohesive Voice

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveA newspaper advert taken out by Christian groups against the Sexual Orientation Regulations has been described as "ludicrous" and "deplorable" by gay campaigners.Yesterday's Times newspaper featured an advert from a group of Christian leaders calling themselves Coherent and Cohesive Voice, urging followers to write to Communities Secretary Ruth Kelly and equality minister Meg Munn to oppose the new equality laws and seek religious exemptions.

  • South Africa’s gay union laws await President’s nod 10

    South Africa's gay marriage legislation is now just awaiting the signature of President Thabo Mbeki

    12:00 AM — South Africa's gay marriage legislation is now just awaiting the signature of President Thabo Mbeki before it can become law.The Civil Union Bill was approved by the National Council of Provinces this week and faces one final hurdle before it is passed allowing the "voluntary union of two persons, which is solemnised and registered by either a marriage or civil union."

  • Equality laws may ‘disregard’ disabled gays

    Gay disabled groups have expressed concerns that the new Commission for Equality and Human Rights (CEHR) will not adequately support those who experience multiple discrimination (Photo: londonpride.org)

    12:00 AM — Gay disabled groups have expressed concerns that the new Commission for Equality and Human Rights (CEHR) will not adequately support those who experience multiple discrimination.The CEHR, due in October 2007, will provide protection for minority groups such as gay people, the disabled and the elderly, but campaigners from gay disability group Regard are worried that the new equality laws will not correctly represent their views and will also be ignored by the wider gay community.

  • Positively promoting the L-Word

    The October sun trickled gently off the River Thames with a wave of expectation as 36 men and women from the business world gathered at the internationally renowned  Henley Management College

    12:00 AM — Gay charity Stonewall is attempting to foster a new generation of confident and open business leaders in the workplace. The Pink News went along to the organisation's latest programme to discover what leadership is.In 2003 the Employment Equality (Sexual Orientation) Regulations were introduced, banning discrimination on the grounds of sexuality in the workplace.

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