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  • 3rd October 2006

    Gay Tories surprised at Cameron’s history 6

    Around 100 people attended the event at the Bournemouth International Centre and discussed issues such as homophobic bullying, gay rights in foreign countries and violent crime in general

    12:00 AM — Two of the Conservative's most high profile representatives expressed surprise today that Tory leader David Cameron had previously voted against some aspects of gay rights, but said it shows how far the party has now moved.Speaking at a fringe meeting of the party's annual conference in Bournemouth arranged by gay charity Stonewall, Conservative Vice-Chairman Margot James and Arundel and South Downs MP Nick Herbert appeared unaware that Mr Cameron had once voted against allowing gay couples to adopt and repealing Section 28.

  • 2nd October 2006

    Archbishop disciplined over lesbian marriage 4

    One of the lesbians has known Finlay since she was a child, her father having been Finlay's theology professor.

    12:00 AM — A retired Anglican archbishop has been disciplined and had his licence to officiate marriages revoked after admitting he had blessed a lesbian marriage last summer, reports the BBC.The fact that bishop Finlay officiated the marriage comes as a particular surprise as it was he who dismissed a priest back in the 1992 for having a homosexual relationship.

  • “For couples planning a Civil Partnership, it’s so important to have a solicitor who is supportive”, says Kahn Priestley 7

    Kahn Priestley and her partner Amanda Oswald at their Civil Partnership ceremony

    12:00 AM — The family department within Healys solicitors, a firm who are this month advertising their services in the print edition of The Pink News, are offering legal services tailored to the lesbian and gay community in response to the Civil Partnership legislation.In order to do this, Healys have taken on a new lawyer, Kahn Priestley, who herself recently celebrated a civil partnership, to head up the Brighton wing of Healys family law department.

  • Changes to South African gay blood donation ban 5

    The decision comes as a result of a number of changes designed to create a more streamlined questionnaire, said SANBS.

    12:00 AM — South Africa has overturned its ban on gay men giving blood, with one condition - celibacy.Gay men who have been celibate for over six months will be allowed to donate, reports the South African Independent online.

  • ”HIV is a gay disease. Own It. End It” 4

    Despite the controversy, the group insist that their campaign is supported by fact.  L.A public health officials note three out of four HIV cases are the result of gay sex.

    12:00 AM — These are the words at the front of a new controversial advertisement campaign dividing opinion within the gay community.The L.A Gay and Lesbian Center has launched an extensive campaign to provoke debate within the gay community. The controversial advert hopes to highlight what they see as a vast complacency within the gay community surrounding the issue of HIV/AIDS.

  • Copper crowned Mr Gay UK 3

    Mr Gay UK winner PC Mark Carter

    12:00 AM — Yorkshire Policeman Mark Carter 23 has been crowned Britain's Mr Gay UK.PC Carter who lives in Bradford but works in Huddersfield beat 25 other regional winners to claim a years work of personal appearances, photo shoots and £5,000 worth of prizes.

  • 29th September 2006

    American Airlines discipline gay couple 3

    When the couple were called to meet the captain, they were told to stop complaining or the flight would be diverted.

    12:00 AM — A gay US couple travelling from Paris to New York were astonished when they were told by an American Airlines stewardess to stop ''the touching and kissing,'' reports the New Yorker Magazine.Journalist George Tsikhiseli and his boyfriend Stephan Varnier, were told by a stewardess just after departure to stop their ''inappropriate behaviour.''

  • California legislates for trans protections 1

    Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger passed the country's first law addressing the use of gay and transgender panic defences

    12:00 AM — Transgender groups are hailing California as "the most protective" US state after Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger passed the country's first law addressing the use of gay and transgender panic defences.The bill, signed into law yesterday, makes it more difficult for a defendant accused of homophobic or transphobic violence to use the controversial gay panic defence which has previously been used to argue that a murderer or attacker had a temporary moment of insanity when discovering their victim was gay.

  • Presidential hopeful apologises to South Africa’s gay community 3

    Zuma explained that his remarks were made in the context of the traditional way of raising children

    12:00 AM — South Africa's former Deputy President Jacob Zuma has apologise for offending the gay community and explained that his comments describing same sex marriage as "a disgrace" were misinterpreted.Zuma, who is fighting for his political life after being fired over a corruption scandal last year, angered activists after a local newspaper quoted him calling plans to legalise same-sex marriages a "disgrace to the nation and to God."

  • Gays banned from church leadership roles in New Zealand 4

    2006 national census figures reveal 11% of New Zealand's 4 million population identity as Presbyterian making the church the third-largest in New Zealand.

    12:00 AM — Leaders of New Zealand's Presbyterian Church today voted to bar gays and people having sex outside of marriage from having leadership roles within the church.The General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa, New Zealand 's top decision-making body reaffirmed its 2004 rule that those involved in sexual relations outside of marriage cannot become ministers or elders.

  • Young Liberal Democrats launch ‘homophobia is gay’ campaign 10

    The lynchpin of the campaign is hundreds of pink badges bearing the satirical slogan “Homophobia is Gay”

    12:00 AM — Young Liberal Democrats have launched a 'crucial' campaign to stop homophobic bullying in schools.The Liberal Democrat Youth and Students (LDYS) chose the Liberal Democrat Conference, which was held in Brighton last week, to launch the initiative.The lynchpin of the campaign is hundreds of pink badges bearing the satirical slogan "Homophobia is Gay". Bundles of the badges are being distributed to freshers fairs across the country and are available to new students via 150 dedicated LDYS stalls.

  • Matthew Shepard Foundation urge greater LGBT voter registration

    If Matthew was alive today he would ''beg you to let your voice be heard and to use your precious right to vote.''

    12:00 AM — The Matthew Shepard Foundation has launched a 'Get Out The Vote' campaign urging the US LGBT community to utilise their voting privilege.Writing in this month's issue of The Advocate Judy Shepard, mother of murdered gay hate victim Matthew Shepard, , called the low levels of LGBT voting ''totally unacceptable''.

  • DfT seeks gay passenger views

    Following publication of the Strategy in February, DfT has worked with rail and aviation industries on how best to achieve these aims (Photo: Chris McKenna)

    12:00 AM — The Department for Transport (DfT) today launched a consultation on how best to put into practice the principles of a strategy plan earlier this year which will affect travellers using train lines to and from the popular gay area of Brighton.The strategy aims to improve journeys for the majority of users on the line and address crowding issues.

  • Gordon, gays and goodbyes- A Labour conference summary 1

    The week started with a very good speech by Gordon Brown, which was totally a bid for the leadership

    12:00 AM — Oh dear. Didn't have time to watch the Labour party conference? PinkNews.co.uk's Tony Grew provides a short blagger's guide to the week in Manchester.The whole conference was dominated by the leadership issue. Tony was forced into admitting that this will be his last conference as party leader earlier this month. Gay MP Chris Bryant was a leading conspirator, which is odd as he is top mates with Cherie.

  • 28th September 2006

    Liberals still lead the way on gay rights

    Lorely Burt is MP for Solihull and Lib Dem spokesperson for Women and Equality

    12:00 AM — Liberal Democrat equality spokesperson Lorely Burt argues that her party has led the way in gay rights.Everyone knows that during last 10 years the fight for LGBT rights has made unprecedented advances.Less known is the fact that the Liberal Democrats have been the principal driving force behind these changes.

  • Gay and Lesbian History Month met with protest in US

    200,000 calendars have been sent to parents, and there had been praise from some of the districts residents for the recognition of the month.

    12:00 AM — Over 120 complaints have been made to The Philadelphia School District over the recognition of Gay and Lesbian History Month on their school calendar.Cecilia Cummings, Philadelphia's senior vice-president for communications and community relations said the month was added for the first time this year in an effort to be more inclusive and follow the districts policy requiring equity for all minority groups.

  • ANCYL distances itself from Zuma 1

    Youth League President Fikile Mbalula said Zuma was speaking for himself when he said same-sex marriage should not be tolerated in any normal society.

    12:00 AM — The Africa National Council Youth League (ANCYL) has distanced itself from Jacob Zuma's homophobic comments made last Sunday at the Heritage Day celebrations in KwaDukza.The ANCYL has said the statement from Zuma represented his personal view and not that of the Africa National Council.

  • Gay Christian dating website launched today 1

    Gay Christian dating website launched today

    12:00 AM — A new gay Christian matchmaking site has been officially launched today by truthsetsfree web site owner and preacher Justin R. Cannon.The site enables gay Christians to upload a personal profile and search for other people in their area who might like to meet for Bible study, friendship or to form relationships."Most GLBTQ Christians are excluded from joining Christian personals sites" said Mr Cannon.

  • Taiwanese Gay Festival comes to an end

    Yet underneath this public face of acceptance and tolerance, Taipei's gay community have been angered by what many are seeing as underhand attempts to ruin the event.

    12:00 AM — This Saturday is the date for Taipei's annual gay pride march, rounding off two weeks of gay public events within the Taiwanese capital.Taiwan has over the last two weeks shown the world why it is considered one of the most gay friendly nations in Asia.

  • Gay conversion group backtracks on bully policy 2

    Last month PinkNews.co.uk reported that a member of the National Association for Research and the Therapy of Homosexuals (NARTH) had suggested exposing “gender variant“ children to bullying to re-establish a “normal boundary“

    12:00 AM — A group which claims to convert gay people back to heterosexuality tried to hide its embarrassment last month after a PinkNews.co.uk investigation revealed that one of its affiliates advocated bullying children with gender identity issues.Last month PinkNews.co.uk reported that a member of the National Association for Research and the Therapy of Homosexuals (NARTH) had suggested exposing "gender variant" children to bullying to re-establish a "normal boundary."

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