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Politics

  • 17th November 2006

    Wedding planner seeks gay support 1

    Gino is seeking over 3,000 signatures in support of the campaign to show opposition to “lazy equality”

    12:00 AM — A gay wedding planner is calling for support for an equality campaign he is taking to Downing Street on December 5th.Gino Meriano from Pink Weddings is asking gay and lesbians to sign a petition to ensure the new Equality Act doesn't allow any exemptions which would allow venues to refuse providing a location for civil partnerships.

  • 16th November 2006

    Gay campaigners launch California marriage appeal

    It comes after Colorado, Idaho, South Carolina, Tennessee, South Dakota and Virginia all passed gay marriage bans in a ballot earlier this month

    12:00 AM — Lawyers in San Francisco along with Californian gay groups have this week asked the state Supreme Court to decide whether barring same-sex couples from marriage violates the California Constitution.It comes after Colorado, Idaho, South Carolina, Tennessee, South Dakota and Virginia all passed gay marriage bans in a ballot earlier this month.

  • No straight answers for LGBT homeless

    The brochure entitled 'No straight answers: homelessness and sexuality,' is produced in association with gay charity the Albert Kennedy Trust

    12:00 AM — A national agency representing charities campaigning against homelessness has released a new guide on the unique issues of LGBT homelessness.Released today, the brochure entitled 'No straight answers: homelessness and sexuality,' is produced in association with gay charity the Albert Kennedy Trust.

  • PM criticised over ‘disgraceful’ Iran offer 1

    Mr Blair offered Iran a way out of “isolation“ in a speech earlier this week

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveTony Blair is ignoring human rights abuses in Iran, a gay campaigner has warned.Gay activist Peter Tatchell has accused the Prime Minister of "cosying up to Tehran" for his own political aims while ignoring "gross human rights abuses" against gay people, women, students, trade unionists and ethnic minorities.

  • 15th November 2006

    Gay soldiers appeal US military ban 5

    The case is against former US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld's department

    12:00 AM — Twelve lesbian and gay veterans of the war on terror have filed a brief in the First Circuit Court of Appeals, in Massachusetts, challenging the constitutionality of the federal "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" ban on lesbian, gay and bisexual service personnel.The case, Cook v Rumsfeld, was filed on behalf of the plaintiffs by Servicemembers Legal Defence Network (SLDN) and the law firm of Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP.

  • Jerusalem gays to continue equality fight 23

    Rabbi Sharon Klienbaum holds sign: “We are all created in God'simage.“  Ultra-Orthodox protesters in background. (Photo: Syd Peterson)

    12:00 AM — Israeli gay campaigners have vowed to continue fighting for equality in Jerusalem after a gay pride rally in the capital city last week.A Hebrew University of Jerusalem stadium hosted 9000 people for a rally last Friday, despite weeks of anti-gay protests and threats of violence from ultra-Orthodox Jews in the area.

  • Gay community not alone in fight for health insurance

    Millions of Americans currently are living without health insurance coverage

    12:00 AM — Health insurance is a hot topic within the US gay and lesbian community these days, especially within the ongoing and progressively improving discussions surrounding domestic partnerships, civil unions and marriage for gay folk.The LGBT community isn't alone in its interest in the topic. In fact, according to "Insurance, Poverty, and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2005," recently released by the US Census Bureau, millions of Americans currently are living without health insurance coverage.

  • Speak Out about homophobic bullying

    Young people will be able to chat with trained advisers from ChildLine and the LGBT Helpline Cymru about their experiences, and receive advice about dealing with anti-gay bullying

    12:00 AM — Stonewall Cymru is hosting a live web chat during Anti-Bullying Week for young lesbian, gay and bisexual people who are experiencing homophobic bullying in school.Young people will be able to chat with trained advisers from ChildLine and the LGBT Helpline Cymru about their experiences, and receive advice about dealing with anti-gay bullying.

  • Gay couple accuses British Airways of homophobia 1

    Garrit Brown and Cecil Pickard, boarded a flight from Johannesburg to London in March and were told they could not be guaranteed a seat together and alone in economy class

    12:00 AM — A South African gay couple are demanding 80, 000 rand in damages and an apology from British Airways after claiming they were deliberately stopped from sitting together and alone because of their sexuality.Garrit Brown and Cecil Pickard, boarded a flight from Johannesburg to London in March and were told they could not be guaranteed a seat together and alone in economy class.

  • Queen’s speech unveils gay interest laws 1

    It outlines the government's proposed policies and  legislation for the next parliamentary session

    12:00 AM — The next session of Parliament was officially opened today with the Queen unveiling a whole host of bills which will have an impact on the gay community in areas of crime, travel, health and the environment.Gay charity Stonewall's campaign to have homophobic incitement will be buoyed by a new Criminal Justice Bill and disabled people in the community will be pleased to receive free bus travel in England.

  • Disabled gays welcome bus concessions 1

    These old style buses were a peril for disabled people

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveA group representing gay and disabled people has welcomed a commitment to free bus travel for elderly and disabled communities, but warns that more needs to be done.Elderly and disabled people will be able to take advantage of the Concessionary Bus Travel Bill which will provide free travel in England at off-peak times from April 2008.

  • Stonewall to propose anti-gay incitement law 1

    It comes after a spate of murders in the gay community in the last year including Jody Dobrowski on Clapham Common

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveGay charity Stonewall has vowed to keep a close eye on the new Criminal Justice Bill announced today as the campaigners aim to have homophobic incitement added to the law.The Queen's speech at the state opening of Parliament today promised a Criminal Justice Bill with new powers to put victims at the centre of the law and order system.

  • Home Office listening to lesbians gays

    UKLGIG will now input directly into the process of information gathering as it relates to human rights abuses of sexual minorities globally

    12:00 AM — The UK Lesbian Gay Immigration Group's (UKLGIG) fight to put the human rights abuses of LGBT people from around the world onto the agenda, has taken a big step forward with it's appointment as an observer to the Advisory Panel on Country Information, APCI.The APCI was set up to consider and make recommendations to the Home Secretary about the content of country information, which is produced by the Country of Origin Information Service, (COIS), at the Home Office.

  • Security dominates Queen’s speech 1

    The Queen, sitting on the throne in the House of Lords, told peers and MPs summoned from the House of Commons that the government intended to take “further action to provide strong, secure and stable communities and address the threat of terrorism”

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk's Tony Grew analyses the final Queen's speech under Tony Blair's ruleThe last Queen's Speech of Tony Blair's premiership has been dominated by security measures aimed at cutting crime, curbing anti-social behaviour and combating terrorism.

  • Ghana visit should address gay rights 1

    The problems facing the gay community in Ghana were revealed in September when sections of the country's media made up a story about a gay conference being held

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveGay campaigner Peter Tatchell has called on the government to raise the issue of human rights with the Ghanaian President when he visits the UK in the next parliamentary session.The Queen's speech at the state opening of parliament this morning revealed government plans to host a visit with Ghanaian President John Agyekum Kufuor.

  • African continent reacts to gay unions 10

    It makes South Africa the only part of the continent to allow gay marriage, amongst many gay hostile countries

    12:00 AM — The African continent is split after South Africa became the first country in the region to allow gay marriage.Religious leaders and homophobes have expressed disgust at the law, describing it as a sign of the end of the world, while gay groups have described the Civil Unions Act as a sign of progress.

  • Gay activists oppose Martinez role

    The Florida Senator was appointment as head of the Republican National Committee this week

    12:00 AM — Gay campaigners have reacted angrily to the appointment of Mel Martinez as leader of the Republican Party.The Florida Senator was appointment as head of the Republican National Committee this week, but activists fear this will cause another rift in the relationship between the Republicans and the gay community.

  • 14th November 2006

    Africa allows gay weddings 10

    Scenes from a gay pride parade in South Africa this year

    12:00 AM — The African continent is not known for gay rights, but South Africa has now created a landmark in the region after passing a law allowing same sex marriage.The Civil Unions Bill was passed today by 230 votes to 41, allowing the "voluntary union of two persons, which is solemnised and registered by either a marriage or civil union."

  • South African gays demand universal marriage law 10

    The Joint Working Group, a national network of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) organisations, welcomed the law but expressed disappointment at opt outs for religious groups and the creation of a separate law

    12:00 AM — South African gay groups have welcomed today's historic step taken by the country's Parliament in opening up unions to gays and lesbians, but are disappointed that it will run separately to existing marriage laws.The Civil Unions Bill was passed today by 230 votes to 41, allowing the "voluntary union of two persons, which is solemnised and registered by either a marriage or civil union."

  • Gay charity reminds Ruth Kelly of ‘hidden homeless’ 1

    Ms Kelly was criticised earlier this year after being given a role which includes representing the gay community, despite never voting for gay rights

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveRuth Kelly appears to have forgotten about the gay community again, this time by failing to mention them in a speech about homelessness.The Albert Kennedy Trust, England's only charity supporting housing for members of the LGBT community, criticised Ms Kelly for not mentioning the "hidden homeless."

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