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  • 27th September 2006

    PinkNews Apology

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk would like to apologise to Mark Latham and Melbourne University Press for claiming his book "A Conga Line Of Suckholes" made homophobic statements.This was reported in error and Mr Latham's publication makes no such statement, we are sorry for any distress caused to any parties.

  • 26th September 2006

    Black gay group “troubled” by slavery defence

    In a letter to NARTH the NBJC said it is “deeply troubled” by the article

    12:00 AM — An African-American gay group has called on an organisation claiming to convert gay people back to heterosexuality to justify its beliefs after one of its members launched a controversial defence of the slave trade.The National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC) was outraged by Gerald Schoenewolf, a member of the National Association of Research Therapy of Homosexuality (NARTH), after he posted comments about political correctness on the "ex-gay" group's website appearing to justify slavery.

  • Northampton gives “Kiss Goodbye to Homophobia” 1

    The evening came to a close with the entire cast of performers on stage singing I Am What I Am

    12:00 AM — Northampton's gay community along with LGBT supporters across the country overcame homophobic threats to hold an anti-homophobia event last weekend, PinkNews.co.uk reports on the evening.At 2.30 am on July 15th 2006, Michael Fardon finished his drink at the Boston Clipper in Northampton and set off home. That was the last time he was seen alive. His body was found one week later just 200yds away from the venue. He had been brutally attacked and murdered and then his body had been dumped in a rubbish container.

  • Peter Tatchell attacks ”double standards from Labour”

    “The government recently enacted a new law against incitement to religious hatred, but it refuses to pass a law prohibiting incitement to homophobic hatred. More double standards from Labour.''

    12:00 AM — Peter Tatchell used the Green Party annual conference LGBT fringe meeting last week to launch a fierce attack on what he calls Labour's 'double standards,' calling on the public to complain to their MPs, the Equalities Minister and Tony Blair.Mr Tatchell, OutRage! activist, speaking at Hove Town Hall on Saturday 23rd September described Labour as blowing hot and cold over gay rights.

  • Gay rights highlight for Blair career 1

    Tony Blair has listed greater equal rights for the gay community as a highlight of his tenure

    12:00 AM — Tony Blair has listed greater equal rights for the gay community as a highlight of his tenure as Prime Minister.Speaking at his last Labour Party conference, he referred to "changes for gay people denied equal rights," pointing out the way his party has changed Britain since coming to power in 1997.

  • Search for gay HIV man who infected partner goes abroad 2

    Mark James absconded before he was sentenced last month, and police are now considering that he may be abroad, possibly in France

    12:00 AM — The hunt for a man convicted of "recklessly" infecting his lover with HIV has gone international.Mark James absconded before he was sentenced last month, and police are now considering that he may be abroad, possibly in France.Launching a nationwide search last month, Acting Detective Inspector Mike Sunman, of Hounslow Police, described James as a danger to public health, and appealed for help in tracing him.

  • Cashman praises “brilliant” Blair conference speech 1

    Gay Labour MEP Michael Cashman has heaped praise on Tony Blair's final conference speech this afternoon

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveGay Labour MEP Michael Cashman has heaped praise on Tony Blair's final conference speech this afternoon.The former EastEnder turned West Midlands MEP said it was "brilliant" that the Prime Minister mentioned the gay and lesbian community in his address and also included himself and partner Paul Cottingham in the pre-speech video talking about the repeal of Section 28.

  • Diocese avoids gay bishop

    A dispute broke out in the Anglican community in 2003, after the Episcopal Church consecrated its first gay bishop, Gene Robinson

    12:00 AM — In an attempt to avoid further controversy in the worldwide Anglican church, the Episcopal Diocese of Newark has chosen a Massachusetts priest as its new bishop, rather than a gay candidate on the ballot.Reverend Mark Beckwith, 54, of Worcester won on the third ballot, taking 253 of the 477 ballots cast by clergy and lay representatives.

  • EU gay group welcomes Bulgaria and Romania

    Bulgaria and Romania's accession into the European Union has been hailed as a good way of ensuring they come into line with the rest of Europe's standards

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveBulgaria and Romania's accession into the European Union has been hailed as a good way of ensuring they come into line with the rest of Europe's standards, members of the European Parliament's Intergroup on Gay and Lesbian Rights (IGLR) said today.The Eastern European countries are believed to have fulfilled the political body's requirements to gain entry in January 2007, on the basis that immigration is controlled and that Sofia and Bucharest curb problems of organised crime.

  • Miss Piggee off to Supreme Court over homophobic pamphlets.

    Cosmetics teacher Martha Louise Piggee from Carl Sandburg College, Galesburg, Illinois, handed out pamphlets condemning homosexuality to her pupils.

    12:00 AM — A US Federal Appeals Court has dismissed a teacher's lawsuit, who claimed that not being allowed to circulate homophobic pamphlets broke her constitutional right to free speech.Cosmetics teacher Martha Louise Piggee from Carl Sandburg College, Galesburg, Illinois, handed out pamphlets condemning homosexuality to her pupils.

  • 25th September 2006

    Comment: Gordon Brown outlines leadership credentials 1

    Gordon Brown has staked his claim on the premiership with an outstanding speech to the Labour party conference in Manchester

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk's Tony Grew analyses how much Gordon Brown's Labour Party conference speech signifies his leadership credentials.Gordon Brown has staked his claim on the premiership with an outstanding speech to the Labour party conference in Manchester.His address was overshadowed by Blairites telling anyone who would listen that Brown cannot win the next election. In his speech the Chancellor showed delegates why he is the only real successor to Tony Blair.

  • Newark Diocese ponders gay bishop 3

    Episcopalians and Anglicans on all sides of the issue will be watching, the Reverend J Robert Wright, professor of church history at General Theological Seminary in New York

    12:00 AM — An openly gay priest from San Francisco is among six candidates for bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Newark at a time when a divide over sexuality is threatening the solidarity of the worldwide Anglican church.But a win by Canon Michael Barlowe, 51, would put the diocese at the centre of a crisis over whether Anglicans who disagree about ordaining gays can stay in the same fellowship.

  • Comment: Where is the gay community’s apology? 12

    So while Benedict sits clean shaven, prawn sandwich in one hand, and pointing fingers with the other, why should anyone else have to put up with his misinformed personal insults?

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk's Marc Shoffman asks whether the Pope should follow up his apology to Muslims with a retraction to every other community he has hurt.So the Pope has met Muslim groups today offering his "total and profound respect" for their community.His apology comes after referring to a historical quote claiming the prophet Muhammad brought only evil to the world. Ok maybe a bit extreme but Benedict didn't say it himself, yet a few burning effigies later and he is on his knees to the Muslim world, begging for forgiveness.

  • India divided over Anti-Gay law.

    With an Indian population of over 1 billion, the law prohibiting same sex relations is estimated to be affecting hundreds of millions of people.

    12:00 AM — There is more evidence in India of the growing acceptance of homosexuality.A new survey by The Hindustan Times, shows that only about a third of Indian youth are in favour of keeping the country's anti-homosexual laws.

  • Tears expected as Blair’s last party conference begins 1

    The Labour conference was kicked off yesterday by rival TV interviews from Tony Blair and Gordon Brown

    12:00 AM — Don't have time to sit at home and watch the party conferences live? Tony Grew gives us a quick guide to the week ahead at the Labour party conference in Manchester, with some tips on the key speeches and some analysis of the New Labour way of holding a conference.The Labour conference was kicked off yesterday by rival TV interviews from Tony Blair and Gordon Brown.

  • Gay father’s childcare criticised

    The inclusion of the pictures has been criticised by child welfare agencies who argue the childrens safety is being risked.

    12:00 AM — Britain's first gay surrogate fathers have attracted criticism from child welfare agencies after posting pictures of their children on the popular LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) website Gaydar.The millionaire couple Barrie Drewitt, 39, and Tony Barlow, 42, have been criticised for posting pictures of their children on a website used by many in the LGBT community as a way of networking and seeking casual sex.

  • Comment: Ming, Monkeys and Minorities 19

    Ming made a balls of a QA with members, he came across as an old man, he even said the Arctic Monkeys have sold more records than The Beatles! Which proves he was as out of touch in 1964 as he is now

    12:00 AM — Couldn't be bothered to watch the LibDem conference last week? Shame on you. Anyway here is what you need to know to get through a dinner party conversation.Ming made a balls of a QA with members, he came across as an old man, he even said the Arctic Monkeys have sold more records than The Beatles! Which proves he was as out of touch in 1964 as he is now.

  • Swedish Greens risk funding homophobia 1

    Sweden's gay community has expressed concern after a Green Party member affiliated to the country's Muslim Council was elected to the Swedish Parliament.

    12:00 AM — Sweden's gay community has expressed concern after a Green Party member affiliated to the country's Muslim Council was elected to the Swedish Parliament.Mehmet Kaplan gained a seat at last week's election but has been criticised for his connection to the Muslim Council where he is a press spokesman, after the group's chairman Helena Benaouda recently announced a desire to restrict marriage to man and woman.

  • GPA decision ‘victory for common sense’ 9

    A CPS spokesman told PinkNews.co.uk: “We decided there was no realistic prospect of a conviction in this case.“

    12:00 AM — Gay campaigners have welcomed the decision by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) today that the Gay Police Association (GPA) will not be prosecuted for a controversial advert linking religious statements to homophobia.The decision relates to an advert placed by the GPA in the diversity supplement of the Independent in July 2006 which said: "In the last 12 months, the GPA has recorded a 74% increase in homophobic incidents, where the sole or primary motivating factor was the religious belief of the perpetrator."

  • 22nd September 2006

    Tutu criticises church’s gay opposition 2

    An authorised biography on Nobel peace prize winner Archbishop Desmond Tutu, reveals the church leader was shocked by the Episcopal denomination's reaction to the appointment of gay bishop Gene Robinson in 2003

    12:00 AM — One of Christianity's most high profile figures has criticised the Anglican Church for its conservative attitude towards the ordination of gay clergy.An authorised biography on Nobel peace prize winner Archbishop Desmond Tutu, reveals the church leader was shocked by the Episcopal denomination's reaction to the appointment of gay bishop Gene Robinson in 2003.

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