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  • 16th October 2006

    Congress’ first openly gay man dies

    Studds was the first member of Congress to acknowledge he was gay

    12:00 AM — The country's first Congressman to publicly acknowledge that he was gay has died age 69.Gerry Studds passed away last weekend at a Boston hospital after collapsing earlier this month.His doctors at Boston Medical Centrr determined that he suffered from a blood clot in his lung, Studds' husband Dean Hara told the Associated Press.

  • Gay Congressman under fire over camping trip

    Federal prosecutors in Arizona have opened an investigation into a camping trip taken by Representative Jim Kolbe with two former pages

    12:00 AM — Federal prosecutors in Arizona have opened an investigation into a camping trip taken by Representative Jim Kolbe with two former pages and others in 1996, according to a law-enforcement official.According to the Associated Press, Republican Congressman Mr Kolbe took the former pages as well as staffers and National Park Service officials on a raft trip in the Grand Canyon in 1996, his spokeswoman said.

  • Government defends gay equality delay 18

    Demands for Communities Secretary Ruth Kelly to quit because of a delay in the new Sexual Orientation Regulations have been dismissed

    12:00 AM — Demands for Communities Secretary Ruth Kelly to quit because of a delay in the new Sexual Orientation Regulations have been dismissed.The Liberal Democrat's Women and Equality spokesperson Lorely Burt has been leading calls for the minister to step down after reports that the new Equality Act may be amended to allay fears of Christian groups, her demands were echoed by the Gay and Lesbian Humanist Association.

  • Foley scandal fails to spoil public gay support 3

    Attempts by anti-gay right-wing leaders and anti-gay groups to brand the Mark Foley scandal as a gay issue have failed to impact voters' support of GLBT issues

    12:00 AM — Attempts by anti-gay right-wing leaders and anti-gay groups to brand the Mark Foley scandal as a gay issue have failed to impact voters' support of GLBT issues, a survey has revealed.Gay advocacy organisation, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), says it's been monitoring what it calls a coordinated effort to place blame on the gay community and equate Mark Foley's behaviour to the fact that he is gay.

  • Comment: Public or Papal duty? 18

    While gay campaigners fluster over the reasons behind a delay in the new Sexual Orientation Regulations, PinkNews.co.uk's Tony Grew asks where Communities Secretary Ruth Kelly is taking her cue from

    12:00 AM — While gay campaigners question the reasons behind a delay in introducing the new Sexual Orientation Regulations, PinkNews.co.uk's Tony Grew asks who Communities Secretary Ruth Kelly is really representing.When Alastair Campbell, Director of Communications at Number 10, was asked about Tony Blair's religious faith, he famously replied, "We don't do God."

  • Gay charity calls for housing support 3

    A major cause of housing problems for LGB people is physical assault.

    12:00 AM — A major new report into housing needs of lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) people in Wales has revealed a shocking link between the gay housing crisis and homophobic harassment.The study, carried out by Stonewall Cymru and Triangle Wales, found that a major cause of housing problems for LGB people is arson, burglary, graffiti and physical assault.

  • Gay bashing victim dies

    The suspects allegedly met Sandy in an Internet chat room for gay men and lured him to the cruise spot Plumb Beach on the pretence of having sex

    12:00 AM — The gay man who was brutally beaten and then hit by a car near a popular New York gay cruise spot has died.Michael Sandy died on Friday after his family removed him from life support, after being attacked in Brooklyn last week,According to Newsday, the 29-year-old's family decided to remove him from the respirator after observing his birthday last Thursday at the hospital.

  • Pole designs EU birthday logo

    Mr Skrzypczak aimed to symbolise political union by using different typefaces and letters from a variety of European languages to spell out the word “together“

    12:00 AM — A Polish submission has been chosen as the logo for the European Union's 50th anniversary.Szymon Skrzypczak's design was chosen by a panel including gay designer Tony Malone, out of over a thousand applicants.The year 2007 marks the 50th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome. Signed on 25th March 1957, the treaty laid the foundations for today's peaceful and prosperous European Union.

  • 13th October 2006

    Gay benefits excitement drops

    Government ministers are warning gay campaigners not to get too excited after to a landmark decision yesterday saw the Irish government agree to compensate a gay man for taking unpaid leave from his job to care for his partner

    12:00 AM — Government ministers are warning gay campaigners not to get too excited after to a landmark decision yesterday saw the Irish government agree to compensate a gay man for taking unpaid leave from his job to care for his partner.Equality campaigners hailed it as "important recognition" for same sex couples but the Minister for Social and Family Affairs Seamus Brennan insisted that the case would not set a precedent.

  • Three men charged with hate crimes after gay attack

    John Fox, 19; Ilya Shurov, 20, and Gary Timmins, 16, were charged with assault and robbery—all as hate crimes—in Sunday's attack on Michael Sandy, a gay man from Brooklyn who was clinging to life last night

    12:00 AM — Three young men were charged with vicious hate crimes yesterday after they confessed to luring a gay man to a parking lot to rob him —and then chasing him into traffic on the Belt Parkway.John Fox, 19; Ilya Shurov, 20, and Gary Timmins, 16, were charged with assault and robbery—all as hate crimes—in Sunday's attack on Michael Sandy, a gay man from Brooklyn who was clinging to life last night, police said.

  • Gay clubbing drug reclassified 5

    Crystal meth is a popular clubbing drug with the gay community, also known as 'tina', 'krank' or 'ice', the ease of production and euphoric effects have ensured dramatic escalation of the drug's distribution worldwide

    12:00 AM — The Government has moved to reclassify the highly-addictive popular gay clubbing drug crystal meth.An order was tabled in both Houses of Parliament yesterday to reclassify crystal methylamphetamine from Class B to Class A, following advice from the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD) earlier this year.

  • Scotland supports gay campaigns against bullying

    The Scottish Executive is backing the scheme and has provided funding worth £350,000 for three years to help develop effective anti-bullying policies

    12:00 AM — A gay youth group is helping lead a new anti bullying service in Scotland.LGBT Youth Scotland along with the Scottish Association for Mental Health have today launched a new awareness programme called Better Futures, aimed at tackling bullying wherever it occurs.

  • Northern Cyprus decriminalises homosexuality 1

    Current laws in the Turkish Cypriot controlled part of the country regard homosexuality as “a crime against nature”

    12:00 AM — Northern Cyprus is set to decriminalise homosexuality, bringing it in line with European Union (EU) laws and human rights in the rest of the country.Current laws in the Turkish Cypriot controlled part of the country regard homosexuality as "a crime against nature," but all is about to change after analysts said it is vital to make the change to bring the country into modern society.

  • Gay rights for Mozambique

    Mozambique has held its first ever seminar on gay rights.

    12:00 AM — Mozambique has held its first ever seminar on gay rights.Yesterday, Mozambican Human Rights League (LDH) chairperson Alice Mabota urged Mozambique's gay and lesbian citizens to organise and fight for their rights.She said that, while the LDH will support gay rights, it is not campaigning specific issues such as the legalisation of gay marriage, and that it would be up to the gay community to raise such a demand.

  • Activists push for conscience clause in gay equality law 12

    The law, due next April, protects gays and lesbians from discrimination in the provision of goods and services, but critics have warned that the proposals infringe on religious beliefs

    12:00 AM — Religious leaders, academics and legal advisors have joined together to urge the government to protect freedom of conscience in the upcoming Sexual Orientation Regulations in the new Equality Act.The law, due next April, protects gays and lesbians from discrimination in the provision of goods and services, but critics have warned that the proposals infringe on religious beliefs.

  • Midwest gets gay

    The number of same-sex couples in Iowa has risen 58% in the past 5 years, a new report found today.

    12:00 AM — The number of same-sex couples in Iowa has risen 58% in the past 5 years, a new report found today.The University of California's Williams Institute used the figures of the 2000 Census to estimate that the numbers of same-sex households in Iowa jumped from 3,700 in 2000, to 5,800 in 2005.

  • Judge considering lesbian marriage rights

    Over the last  fortnight the court has heard arguments from Katherine Zappone and Ann Louise Gilligan claiming discriminating against homosexuality can lead to clinical depression and that the current concept of marriage is outdated

    12:00 AM — The High Court in Dublin has reserved judgement today on a decision regarding whether a lesbian couple who married in Canada should have their rights recognised in Ireland.Over the last fortnight the court has heard arguments from Katherine Zappone and Ann Louise Gilligan claiming discriminating against homosexuality can lead to clinical depression and that the current concept of marriage is outdated.

  • Lesbian use of IVF increasing 2

    Single women and lesbian couples across the UK are being urged to make their voice heard on the fertility services they receive

    12:00 AM — The last five years have seen a 2.5 fold increase in numbers of single women having IVF and a 4 fold increase in lesbian couples having IVF, the UK's fertility regulator has revealed.Single women and lesbian couples across the UK are being urged to make their voice heard on the fertility services they receive by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority - the UK's Fertility regulator - as new figures showing that a growing number of these women are coming forward for fertility treatment.

  • 12th October 2006

    Gay vote vital for Congress 3

    Gay voters will have a huge impact on the outcome of next month's Congressional elections after research has revealed that the lesbian, gay and bisexual electorate is above the national average

    12:00 AM — Gay voters will have a huge impact on the outcome of next month's Congressional elections after research has revealed that the lesbian, gay and bisexual electorate is above the national average in closely fought states.The Williams Institute for Sexual Orientation Law and Public Policy released a report on gay demographics today discovering a 30 percent increase in the number of same sex couples in the US over the last five years.

  • Killer sentenced to life for gay murder 2

    The conviction comes as gay campaigners are considering setting up a charity to campaign against homophobia through encouraging law changes, staff training and fundraising concerts

    12:00 AM — A homophobic killer has been jailed for life after hacking a gay man to death with a meat cleaver.Clive Wood was found guilty by Stafford Crown Court of murder yesterday.Wood met his victim Francis Ryan at his flat in July last year and hit him round the head with a meat cleaver around 30 times, the jury heard.

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