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  • 5th October 2006

    Email scandal grows after Foley comes out 3

    A republican email sex scandal has taken a new turn after Mark Foley who resigned from the US Congress last week amid reports that he sent inappropriate messages to teenage congressional pages revealed he is gay

    12:00 AM — A republican email sex scandal has taken a new turn after Mark Foley who resigned from the US Congress last week amid reports that he sent inappropriate messages to teenage congressional pages revealed he is gay.His revelation has brought House Republican leaders into the spotlight amid claims that some knew about his sexual orientation but refused to investigate so not to sound bigoted.

  • Mayor’s gay party slur suspension quashed

    London Mayor Ken Livingstone leading this year's EuroPride march

    12:00 AM — London Mayor Ken Livingstone has had his four-week suspension from office overturned after appealing the decision this week.Mr Livingstone had been suspended from office for a month last February after comparing a Jewish journalist to a concentration camp guard, but the mayor has today successfully challenged the decision of the Standards Board for England arguing he was not on official duty when the comments were made.

  • 4th October 2006

    Gay Indonesians facing oppression

    Several local governments have passed laws making homosexuality illegal.

    12:00 AM — A decision by the Indonesian government to allow regions semi-autonomous power has led to the gay community being persecuted and victimised, reports the Jakarta post.Indonesian local authorities have been granted the right to use Islamic law, the result being a strict conservative attitude to homosexuality often leading to the prosecution of gays, despite a federal constitution supposed to protect LGBT civil rights.

  • Philippines under pressure to end gay discrimination 1

    Amnesty reveal that “masculinity tests“ or other arbitrary tests have been used to separate possible LGBT students during the admissions process to some schools.

    12:00 AM — Amnesty International has launched a global campaign calling upon the Philippine government to pass legislation prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation.The campaign sees amnesty members from around the world joining forces with the lesbian and gay legislative advocacy network Philippines (LAGABLAB-Pilipinas).

  • Activists criticise ‘gay spin’ in Foley scandal 3

    Gay rights groups expressed outrage this week over the 'gay spin' they say the Republican leadership has put on the Mark Foley email scandal

    12:00 AM — Gay rights groups expressed outrage this week over the 'gay spin' they say the Republican leadership has put on the Mark Foley email scandal involving underage Congressional pages, emphasising that the ex-congressman's actions had nothing to do with sexual orientation."It is completely unacceptable, regardless of party or sexual orientation, for an adult to engage in this kind of behaviour with a minor," said Joe Solomonese, president of the Human Rights Campaign, the nation's largest gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender political organisation.

  • Atlanta becomes first southern city to oppose ‘Don’t Ask’ policy

    The resolution, which calls for passage of the Military Readiness Enhancement Act, a Congressional bill to repeal the law, was introduced by City Council member Anne Fauver and was supported by both Georgia Equality and the Georgia chapter of American Veterans for Equal Rights

    12:00 AM — In an 11-2 vote, the Atlanta City Council passed a resolution this week calling on Congress to repeal the federal "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" ban on lesbian, gay and bisexual service members, making it the first Southern city to join the fight against the controversial policy.The resolution, which calls for passage of the Military Readiness Enhancement Act, a Congressional bill to repeal the law, was introduced by City Council member Anne Fauver and was supported by both Georgia Equality and the Georgia chapter of American Veterans for Equal Rights.

  • Escaped anti-gay murderer found hanged in his cell after recapture

    Murderer Lee Dewhurst was found hanged in his cell on Sunday 1st October.

    12:00 AM — A murderer who absconded from an open prison has been found dead in his cell after being recaptured.Lee Dewhurst, who was convicted of killing a gay man in 1992, was found hanged in his cell on Sunday 1st October. He was discovered by staff at Bristol Prison at 2pm, who tried to resuscitate him.

  • Shelter seeks to end bad housing for next generation

    Shelter is looking to stamp out homelessness for the next generation

    12:00 AM — Homeless awareness charity Shelter has launched a campaign to help children affected by poor housing.The million children campaign aims to end bad housing for the next generation under the slogan 'Not all evictees get to meet Davina,' highlighting the fact that real life eviction is not entertaining.

  • Mercosur countries fighting homophobia

    The Spanish version of the “Brazil without Homophobia” Programme was also launched at the meeting.

    12:00 AM — Ten South American Nations have expressed approval and agreed to action with regards to sexual orientation and gender identity being included within the human rights agenda.The sexual orientation acknowledgment was part of a Mercosur meeting held in Brasilia at the end of August.

  • Gaydar set to be ‘official’ method of hate crime reporting for Brighton Police. 2

    PCSO Sarah Stanbridge, LGBT Community Police Liaison Offier who masterminded the Brighton Gaydar scheme

    12:00 AM — Sussex Police are considering making Gaydar another official line of communication between themselves and the LGBT community.The move comes as officers report that the Gaydar initiative, a pilot scheme aiming to make it easy for people to report hate crime online, has been a success.

  • Debate over controversial gay police ad. 9

    The advert, which everyone appears to have an opinion on, was displayed earlier this summer in the Independent at the time of  London Europride.

    12:00 AM — The Gay Lesbian Humanist Association (GALHA) is hosting a panel discussion entitled 'Religious rights vs Gay rights: Should the Gay Police Association (GPA) be prosecuted for inciting religious hatred?'Last week the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) decided not to prosecute the GPA following their advert which linked religious belief to homophobic incidents.

  • 3rd October 2006

    Reflections on Yom Kippur 8

    Benjamin Cohen is the founder of PinkNews.co.uk and a correspondent for Channel4 News

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk founder and Channel 4 news correspondent Benjamin Cohen considers the Jewish calendar's holiest day from a gay perspective.As I sat in Synagogue yesterday during Yom Kippur for a moment I regretted that I'm still a member of the United Synagogue.

  • Should a gay person support ‘traditional faith?’ 8

    Is it possible to balance homosexuality with traditional religion?

    12:00 AM — Following Channel 4 correspondent Benjamin Cohen's analysis of being a gay Jew in the United Synagogue earlier today, PinkNews.co.uk reader Markus-Hayden Sutherland suggests boycotting anti-gay aspects of faithIt is sad to me that a person of faith supports, even indirectly, a movement that vilifies him.

  • Cameron attacks homophobic record profits 6

    Although Mr Cameron was vocal in his criticism of record companies, he did not offer any solutions to preventing homophobic music from being sold or distributed

    12:00 AM — Conservative leader David Cameron has strongly attacked record companies profiting from homophobia.In his first speech to his party's autumn party conference as leader, Mr Cameron set out his vision for a Britain free from state interference. He called on citizens to take responsibility from central government, saying "state responsibility has failed."

  • Disgraced Republican blame alcoholism for problems 3

    Foley has now reportedly entered an alcohol rehab centre

    12:00 AM — The fallout continues over the resignation of Florida Republican Representative Mark Foley from the US Congress on Friday after reports that he sent inappropriate e-mails to teenage congressional pages.Foley has now reportedly entered an alcohol rehab centre, according to a statement released by his lawyer.

  • Irish lesbian couple seek marriage recognition

    Katherine Zappone and Ann Louise Gilligan were married in Canada in 2003 but want their union to be recognised  by the Irish government too

    12:00 AM — An Irish couple will begin a legal battle for the recognition of their marriage today.Katherine Zappone and Ann Louise Gilligan were married in Canada in 2003 but want their union to be recognised by the Irish government too.The High Court in Dublin will hear arguments today in the case being taken by Dr Katherine Zappone and Ann Louise Gilligan against the Revenue Commissioners and the State for recognition of their legal Canadian marriage in Ireland.

  • MEP praised for gay rights work

    Gay rights campaigner Sophie In't Veld has been nominated as MEP of the Year

    12:00 AM — Gay rights campaigner Sophie In't Veld has been nominated as MEP of the Year.The vice-president of the European Parliament's Intergroup on Gay and Lesbian rights has been recognised for her civil liberties campaigning particularly in regards to the gay community where she has pushed for greater LGBT rights throughout the continent.

  • UK “ignorant” about HIV

    Paul Ward, deputy chief executive of Terrence Higgins Trust said more education is needed

    12:00 AM — The United Kingdom has one of the worst attitudes towards HIV in Europe, according to a survey by the European Union.The Eurobarometer survey for the European Commission asked 25,000 people across the continent how much they had changed their sexual behaviour in response to AIDS since 2002.

  • 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.

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