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  • 1st September 2006

    Charities welcome HIV prosecution review

    Despite the epidemic being around for 25 years, the first prosecution took place in 2003 and since then there has been much controversy over prosecutions, which has prompted the CPS to seek views from a wide range of people

    12:00 AM — AIDS groups have welcomed a move by the Crown Prosecution Service today seeking opinions for a consultation to review criminal prosecutions for HIV transmission.The National AIDS Trust (NAT) and Terrence Higgins Trust (THT) have published guidance, encouraging organisations and people living with HIV to respond to the CPS consultation.

  • Gay pride confronts Middle East shame 23

    It's been a tough month for Middle East politics with Israel trying to secure its borders and stop Hezbollah rocket attacks while thousands of  Lebanese citizens have been displaced

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveIt's been a tough month for Middle East politics with Israel trying to secure its borders and stop Hezbollah rocket attacks while thousands of Lebanese citizens have been displaced, but beyond the diplomatic, democratic and ideological consequences of the current saga, the international gay community has also felt the brunt of the conflict.It was hailed as an event to celebrate "Love without borders," to unite the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community in dialogue and tolerance, but last month's World Pride in Jerusalem was just one of many gay events across the globe effected by fighting.

  • Gay community going online for outdoor pursuits 3

    Cruising and its indoor partner cottaging have been brought back to the table for debate

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk InvestigationCruising and its indoor partner cottaging have been brought back to the table for debate this month.George Michael started the discussion when, following a News of the World allegation that he had been cruising on Hampstead Heath, he called it "the best cruising ground in London."

  • Cruising at the British Library 2

    The British Library has been exposed as an ideal cottaging ground

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveThe British Library has been exposed as an ideal cottaging ground, according to a popular website dedicated to the hobby.A [i PinkNews.co.uk [/i] investigation revealed that the library, which holds around 25 million books and thousand-year-old historical items has been included in a list of top gay cruising and cottaging venues on squirt.org.

  • Ghanaians ban gay conference

    Ghanaians consider homosexuality a sin

    12:00 AM — The government of Ghana issued a ban yesterday on a gay and lesbian conference that was due to be held in the capital Accra later this month.Kwame Bartels, Minister of Information and National Orientation, told the Ghana News Agency "the government would like to make it absolutely clear that it shall not permit the proposed conference of International Gays and Lesbians to take place anywhere in Ghana."

  • Lebanese gay group helping refugee relief

    There were only two sources of potable water, which were two large, gray tanks from UNICEF, and lines could form rapidly

    12:00 AM — Matthew Streib, foreign correspondent for The Pink News meets the Arab world's first gay group which has spent the last month opening up its community activities to both gay and straight refugees displaced by the conflict between Israel and Lebanon.The Sanayeh Public Gardens, one of the few green spaces in the highly-developed city of Beirut, is usually a haven of relaxation.

  • When my parents were young it was illegal to be gay 1

    Meg Hillier is Labour MP for Hackney South and Shoreditch and Parliamentary Private Secretary to Ruth Kelly

    12:00 AM — Meg Hillier, Labour MP and Parliamentary Private Secretary to Ruth Kelly in the Department for Communities and Local Government, analyses how much the government has changed gay rights in Britain.As my children grow up it is unremarked that MPs, cabinet ministers and other public figures are gay and we now see couples celebrating civil partnerships thanks to the Labour Government.

  • AIDS activists were trailblazers 2

    Margot James is Conservative Party Vice Chairman

    12:00 AM — Margot James praises the input of gay AIDS sufferers in gaining treatment for the disease and campaigning for support in other medical areas.Last month's 16th International Aids Conference in Toronto is worth reflecting on in light of the last two decades.When I started my healthcare PR business in the mid-eighties few of us had heard of HIV and Aids.

  • No gay pride at protest 2

    There were no protesters present to highlight gay issues last night

    12:00 AM — Around 200 people protested outside Parliament last night against restrictive laws placed on the right of people in this country to protest.There were dozens of banners, demanding everything from an end to racial profiling to free chocolate and tampons, but a common theme running through the protesters was against government control over their lives and rights.

  • Homophobic archbishop questions gay snub punishment 5

    Mario Conti questioned the Strathclyde Fire and Rescue (SFR) service's decision

    12:00 AM — The Archbishop of Glasgow has expressed dismay over the treatment of nine fire-fighters who will undergo diversity training as punishment for refusing to hand out safety leaflets at a Scotia gay pride event last June.Mario Conti questioned the Strathclyde Fire and Rescue (SFR) service's decision claiming "the duty to obey one's conscience is a higher duty than that of obeying orders."

  • Comment: Double standards? 23

    Few came out to protest at such atrocities where lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) teenagers are hanged simply for falling in love with someone of the same sex (Photo Tom*A)

    12:00 AM — World Pride was hampered not by boycotts from anti-gay groups but by the conflict between Israel and Lebanon based Hezbollah.The blame for the conflict lies on both sides whose actions caused the deaths of many hundreds of civilians.But the reaction from some sections of British society was interesting.

  • Bishop attacks Nigerian church’s gay view 5

    Bishop Robinson raises the issue in Going to Heaven: The Life and Election of Bishop Gene Robinson, a biography based on interviews with the clergyman and friends and family

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveThe Episcopal Church should be wary of its relationship with Nigerian Anglicans, the denomination's first gay bishop has warned.Gene Robinson, the Bishop of New Hampshire, questioned the wisdom of the US church aligning itself with Peter Akinola, the Anglican Primate of Nigeria, who has openly spoken out against homosexuality and labelled gay people as inferior.

  • Argentina to repeal gay military ban 1

    Argentina joins a growing list of at least 25 nations that no longer exclude openly gay service personnel. American military allies, including Great Britain, Canada and Australia, have lifted their bans on open service

    12:00 AM — The government of Argentina has announced plans to repeal its ban on gay military personnel, according to recent news reports, making it the second country in South America, following Colombia, to prohibit discrimination in its armed forces.Argentina's government intends to modernise its code of military justice which, among other changes, will no longer prohibit same-sex relationships among personnel in its armed forces.

  • Gay bishop’s daughter defends parents’ split 5

    Bishop Robinson and his wife Isabella McDaniel, known as Boo, separated in 1986 after 14 years of marriage

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveThe daughter of the Anglican Church's first gay bishop has criticised the British press for reporting that her father had abandoned his family to live with a man.Ella Robinson, the daughter of Gene Robinson who was controversially elected as Bishop of New Hampshire in 2003, aims to dispel rumours surrounding her parent's relationship in an interview for a new book on the clergyman's life.

  • Gay activists go Green

    The Green party's annual conference is set to be dominated by gay issues after human rights activist Peter Tatchell and Polish Green's LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) spokesperson Bartek Lech, have agreed to speak

    12:00 AM — The Green party's annual conference is set to be dominated by gay issues after human rights activist Peter Tatchell and Polish Green's LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) spokesperson Bartek Lech, have agreed to speak.Mr Lech, who has campaigned against nationalism and intolerance in Poland, will be speaking about personal and press freedoms in the country.

  • Rabbi ‘cures’ lesbians with sand

    Sand: A lesbian no-go zone?

    12:00 AM — An Israeli rabbi swears by a novel way of getting lesbians to return to their husbands, special sand that will have the estranged wife running back.The unnamed rabbi swore that his "special sand" would bring the wife of a local man in Bnei Brak, Isreal, back to him, with the sand lifting the curse that his wife was under.

  • NUS campaigns for estranged gay teenagers

    The NUS is leading a  campaign for an end to means testing for student funding

    12:00 AM — The NUS is leading a campaign for an end to means testing for student funding and grants for estranged students who have been forced from their homes, the committees LGBT officer revealed today.NUS officer Scott Cuthbertson told PinkNews.co.uk of their forthcoming campaigns for gay rights across the UK's universities and colleges, including an increase in funding for students who have been cut off by their families because of their sexuality.

  • NSPCC attacked for helping gay kids 2

    The NSPCC was founded in 1884, and was responsible for getting Parliament to pass the first legislation to protect children. It spends £60m a year on services for children and young people.

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk Exclusive A charity claiming to protect the interests of children has launched a bizarre attack on Childline and the NSPCC.Despite advertising Childline on their website, the National Society for Children and Family Contact claim the well-respected charity is abandoning the religious views of its founders.

  • Woman dies in fire at gay sauna

    Police told  PinkNews.co.uk  that the fire is being treated as suspicious. (photo: Michael Wilson)

    12:00 AM — West Yorkshire police are appealing for witnesses to come forward after a woman died in a 'suspicious' fire in Leeds.The Spartan Mantalk Sauna, which formed part of an end-terrace house in the Harehills area of the city, was gutted in the blaze.A woman was rescued by fire crews at around 4am this morning, but she did not survive.

  • 31st August 2006

    Gay groups urge Met to drop GPA investigation 9

    The Gay Police Association at the EuroPride parade

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveHuman rights activists have urged the Metropolitan Police Commissioner to drop a faith crime investigation regarding the Gay Police Association (GPA).Outrage! and the Gay and Lesbian Humanist Association (GALHA) have each sent a letter to Sir Ian Blair in support of the GPA after Scotland Yard began an investigation last month following complaints regarding an advert in the Independent coinciding with last month's EuroPride event.

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