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  • 6th December 2006

    SNP maverick attempts to derail gay adoptions

    The SNP, while a marginal force in Westminster politics, are the second-largest party in the Scottish Parliament.

    12:00 AM — A major shake-up of adoption law in Scotland, which would see gay and lesbian couples able to adopt children for the first time, is under attack from a Scottish Nationalist.Roseanna Cunningham, an SNP member of the Scottish Parliament, has tabled a motion which would prevent gay couples from adopting. The new legislation will be debated at Holyrood today.Under the new arrangements proposed by the Scottish Executive, gay and lesbian couples, as well as unmarried straight couples, who be eligible to jointly adopt children.

  • 5th December 2006

    Anniversary protest against Ruth Kelly at No10

    Gino and Mike Meriano spent the first part of their anniversary at Downing St, handing in a petition to the Prime Minister calling on Ruth Kelly to resign.

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveIt was certainly a novel way to spend your first anniversary. Most gay couples would choose dinner, or maybe drinks with friends. Perhaps a nice cruise - on a ship, obviously.Gino and Mike Meriano instead spent the first part of their special day at Downing St, handing in a petition to the Prime Minister calling on Ruth Kelly to resign.

  • Retro Bar first to help tackle homophobic bullying

    The charity was recently awarded a government tender to produce educational materials on combating homophobic bullying for schools. photo: fancyapint.com

    12:00 AM — The Retro Bar has become the first to join Stonewall's new Bar and Club Partnership scheme to raise money to tackle homophobic bullying in schools.The central London venue has committed itself to raise a minimum of £1,500 throughout the year for Stonewall campaigns including Education for All, which tackles homophobia and homophobic bullying in schools.

  • US eases travel restrictions on HIV+ people

    President Bush will use an executive order to allow HIV+ people a “categorical waiver,“ similar to the 60 day automatic visas that UK business and tourist visitors receive.

    12:00 AM — The White House used World Aids Day last week to announce a change in the rules relating to people with HIV travelling into the USA.President Bush made no mention of travel restrictions during his remarks to the press on Friday, focusing instead on the problems AIDS poses in Africa.He pledged $15bn to continue programmes to make retroviral drugs available to people in developing nations.

  • NYPD loses gay discrimination case 57

    Manhattan Supreme Court  has ordered the department to pay $1.5m in compensation to the three.

    12:00 AM — The New York Police Department has said it will appeal a court ruling that found a senior officer guilty of homophobic discrimination.Assistant Chief James Hall blocked the appointment of a gay police sergeant to the Youth Services section, then harassed two other officers who stood by their colleague.


    After years of hard campaigning the Civil Partnership Act 2004 took effect and at 11am on 5th December 2005

    12:00 AM — Civil Partnerships are one year old today!Who would have thought, ten or even five years ago, that gay couples in their thousands would be legally tying the knot across this dear nation of ours?Today marks the one-year anniversary of civil partnership legislation that has finally made honest men and women of an incredible amount of us gays.

  • Fight against Pentagon gay ban continues

    Overall 726 soldiers were dismissed in 2005 for being gay, these include recruits in vital roles such as Arabic translators

    12:00 AM — Activists campaigning against the US military's ban on openly gay or lesbian recruits have begun a blog counting down the Top 10 Don't Ask Don't Tell stories of 2006.Frontlines, the official blog of the SLDN, will re-visit a significant story from the past year each day, counting down to the most important event related to the military's gay ban on Friday, December 15th.

  • Human rights boss: Gays don’t deserve rights 2

    As a European Union member state, Latvia is expected to protect its LGBT citizens from discrimination

    12:00 AM — His appointment was controversial, and now gay groups seem to have been proven right after the head of Latvia's human rights committee told a press conference that the gay community should not be given equal rights to heterosexuals.Janis Smits told a press conference this week that gay people are not a legitimate minority and should "recover normal sexual orientation."

  • Gay nativity scene not all it seems 4

    The group chose Lenin, Marx and Stalin as the Three Wise Men.

    12:00 AM — Rightwing students at the University of Texas have created a novel Nativity scene, with a gay couple called Gary and Joseph standing in for the Holy Family.The Young Conservatives group at the university's Austin campus have created the alternative scene to protest at what they perceive to be anti-Christian bias.The focus of their anger is the American Civil Liberties Union, long a bogey man of the American right.

  • Gay groups combat hate crime in Hackney

    In the last year there were 99 reported homophobic attacks in Hackney between October 2005 and October 2006

    12:00 AM — Gay campaigners have joined with other local community groups to tackle domestic violence and hate crime in the London Borough of Hackney.Galop, an LGBT community safety group, the East London Out Project, and Polari, an organisation which works for better services for the elderly gay community, have contributed to two policy documents on the issues.

  • Gay rights chief named as equality commissioner 5

    Ben Summerskill at the Stonewall Awards with Sir Ian McKellen

    12:00 AM — The chief executive of gay charity Stonewall has been named as one of the commissioners for the new Commission for Equality and Human Rights.Ben Summerskill will provide guidance to the new body regarding his experience of campaigning for LGBT rights.Communities Secretary Ruth Kelly announced the names of nine new CEHR Commissioners this morning. The commission comes into being in Autumn 2007.

  • 4th December 2006

    Lesbian wins custody of ex-partner’s kids

    The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania let stand a lower court ruling awarding custody to a lesbian mother Patricia Jones because she would provide a better home than her ex-partner

    12:00 AM — The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania let stand a lower court ruling awarding custody to a lesbian mother Patricia Jones because she would provide a better home than her ex-partner, Ellen Boring, the children's biological parent)."By refusing to hear this case, the Court has effectively affirmed the lower court's decision that Patricia can provide the best home for her kids," said Alphonso David, Lambda Legal staff attorney who argued the case before the Pennsylvania Superior Court.

  • Maryland activists argue for gay marriage

    In advance of oral arguments before Maryland's high court, prominent state psychologists, social workers, and child welfare advocates have spoken out in support of same sex  marriage

    12:00 AM — In advance of oral arguments before Maryland's high court, prominent state psychologists, social workers, and child welfare advocates have spoken out in support of marriage for same-sex couples.The Maryland chapter of the National Association of Social Workers, representatives of these groups stressed extensive, consistent scientific evidence showing that children raised by lesbian and gay couples develop as well as children raised by heterosexual couples.

  • Study reveals problems of same sex domestic abuse

    The research recommends that awareness raising campaigns are conducted within LGBT communities

    12:00 AM — More work is needed to raise awareness of domestic abuse in same sex relationships, according to a new study due to be discussed in Bristol next week.The study by Professor Marianne Hester of the University of Bristol's School for Policy Studies and Dr Catherine Donovan of the University of Sunderland, reveals that most survivors of domestic abuse do not report it to organisations such as the police and domestic abuse agencies.

  • Gay couples leading housing market 2

    The study found that as many as 41 per cent of same sex couples and single people see their next purchase as a good way to make money on house price rises

    12:00 AM — Same sex couples are one of the main forces pushing the UK housing market, according to a new report.One in nine people (13%) are planning on buying a new home in the next 12 months, and it's twenty-something's (22%), same sex couples (21%) and singletons (17%) - not the traditional 2.4 child families that are driving the UK's housing market, according to new research from mortgage lender Birmingham Midshires 'Not so Average Joe' campaign.

  • Gay rights fear for next generation 1

    In London, only 36% of 313 young people asked backed same sex rights, 39% were against it

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveAlmost half of the next generation do not believe gay people deserve the same rights as heterosexuals, a global poll has revealed.A survey for the BBC World Service looked at the views of young people aged 15-17 in key cities on issues such as climate change, terrorism, and homosexuality.One question was, should homosexuals be given the same rights as heterosexuals?

  • Over 15,000 gays and lesbians are civil partners 8

    A total of 14,084 partnerships took place in England with 537 in Wales, 942 in Scotland and 109 in Northern Ireland

    12:00 AM — Over fifteen thousand same sex couples have taken part in civil partnerships in the last year, the Office of National Statistics revealed today.The figures, released on the eve of the first anniversary of the Civil Partnerships Act, states that there were 15,672 civil partnerships formed in the UK between December 2005 and the end of September 2006.

  • Minister welcomes gay partnership explosion 2

    Tens of thousands of gay men and women have shown their desire for legal recognition, and the government are keen to remind the gay community that it was Labour that delivered the required legislation.

    12:00 AM — A government minister has spoken of her delight at the number of gay and lesbians entering civil partnerships.Deputy Equality minister Meg Munn called the Civil Partnership Act, which came into force last December, one of the most significant pieces of legislation introduced by the Blair government.The Office of National Statistics revealed today that over 15,000 partnerships were registered up to September this year.

  • 1st December 2006

    Gay venues smoke free by July 2007 5

    Smoking will be outlawed in 124,000 pubs and clubs across England

    12:00 AM — All enclosed public places and workplaces in the UK will become smokefree from 1st July 2007, Health Secretary Patricia Hewitt announced today.Gay venues have already told PinkNews.co.uk that they feel they can cope with a ban, which will be introduced in Wales and Northern Ireland in April 2007 and in England in July 2007.

  • Americans urged to fight HIV 1

    On this anniversary, Joe Solmonese, President of the Human Rights Campaign, America's largest gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender civil rights organisation, has called on the country to fight complacency and recommit to fighting HIV/AIDS in their communities

    12:00 AM — Gay campaigners in the US are urging people to support local AIDS organisations and to make sure political representatives push for funding and support.Today is World AIDS Day, and 2006 marks the 25th anniversary of the very first report of an HIV/AIDS case in the US by the Centre for Disease Control.


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