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Politics

  • 17th July 2006

    Living outside of society: Palestinian refugee rentboys in the Lebanon

    The  Bourj el-Barajneh refugee camp

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveAs the conflict between Israel and terrorists and others within the Lebanon and the Palestinian Territories worsens, PinkNews.co.uk's Matthew Streib examines what the plight of Palestinian refugee rentboys living within the Lebanon. "I'M NOT GAY. Don't write that I'm gay," implored Tarek, a 22-yearold resident of Chatila, a Palestinian refugee camp of more than 12,000 inhabitants just south of Beirut.

  • Australian commission listens to opposing voices in gay rights consultation

    John Howard: the Australian government, with its poor track record on gay rights legislation, might be put in a precarious position after the findings of the HREOC.

    12:00 AM — From the 26 July the Australian Human Rights and Equal Opportunities Commission (HREOC) will be holding hearings and public forums across Australia to identity any problems in the access same-sex couples have to financial and work related benefits.The commission's report generated a lot of controversy in June when it was revealed that John Howard's federal government had issued a ban on federal departments issuing submissions themselves, a decision which led to him being criticised by many in the gay community.

  • 14th July 2006

    American teachers’ union votes to support gay marriage

    The NEA now support gay marriage

    12:00 AM — The American National Education Association (NEA), the nation's largest teachers' union, has voted strongly in favour of supporting legal same-sex "marriages" and civil unions.NEA delegates approved a resolution that would amend Section B-10 of their handbook, "Racism, Sexism, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identification Discrimination" to explicitly include homosexual "marriage".

  • Russia lifts gay blood ban 5

    Gay people were initially forbidden from being donors and were viewed as high risk groups along with drug addicts and prostitutes

    12:00 AM — Gay Russians are to be allowed to donate blood, the country's Ministry of Health has revealed.The department reacted to campaigning from GayRussia activists Nikolai Alexeseev and Nikolai Baev.Mr Alexeseev said: "The General Prosecutor recognised that there is nothing in the law which prevent gays to donate their blood. As a result, his office has asked the Ministry of Heath to cancel its instruction made in 2001 which forbid gays to give their blood."

  • 13th July 2006

    Chicago welcomes Gay Games amid protests 3

    Gay Games VII Sports and Cultural Festival will take place 15-22 July 2006

    12:00 AM — Chicago's mayor, reiterating his support for gay marriage at the city's Roosevelt University this week, welcomed the Gay Games to the Midwest metropolis and said gay people are key parts of the city's economic and social engines."We're very proud of the gay community in our city," Mayor Richard Daley said in an article appearing in the Chicago Tribune. "Every quality-of-life issue, the gay community has stepped forward as great leaders, and this is another example."

  • Foreign Office pays for homophobic cleric’s stay in luxury hotel

    The luxury hotel that the Governement has put cleric Yusef al-Quaradawi up in, has been described as having “breathtaking views over the bosphorus.“

    12:00 AM — Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi, the spiritual leader of the Islamicist fundamentalist organisation, the Muslim Brotherhood, was put up in the five star Ceylan InterContinental Hotel for a two day conference paid for by the Governemnt.The controversial cleric made headlines in 2004 when he came to London as a guest of Ken Livingstone, who was then heavily criticised by gay rights campaigners and Jewish organisations for inviting him.

  • Cameron rejects alliance with Polish homophobes

    David Cameron will sign an agreement with the ODS today

    12:00 AM — Conservative Leader, David Cameron is due to sign a joint declaration of intent with the Czech Civic Democrats (ODS) at 4pm today, announcing their intention to leave the EPP (European Peoples Party) after the next European elections. However, he has avoided consternation within the gay community by rejecting for now an alliance with the homophobic Polish Law and Justice Party (LJP).Conservative MEPs stood for the 2004 European elections as British candidates for the EPP, the right of centre alliance of like minded parties.

  • Massachusetts delays gay marriage debate 1

    Massachusetts has allowed gay marriages since 2004

    12:00 AM — Massachusetts' lawmakers voted yesterday to delay a debate on gay marriage until after the state's general election in November.The decision to postpone the vote came after lawmakers debated for four hours on other agenda items at the Constitutional Convention.The Boston Globe reports that the delay is likely to cheer advocates of gay marriage, who believe that the more time they have to lobby lawmakers the better chance they have to defeat the proposed constitutional amendment to ban same-sex weddings.

  • Cameron rejects homophobic alliance for “friendly neighbours”

    Conservative leader David Cameron has today signed a joint declaration with the Czech Civic Democratic Party to form a new European parliamentary group

    12:00 AM — Conservative leader David Cameron has today signed a joint declaration with the Czech Civic Democratic Party to form a new European parliamentary group, ending speculation that he may collude with Poland's homophobic Law and Justice Party.Mr Cameron joined with Mirek Topolanek, the leader of the Czech Civic Democratic Party and the Prime Minister designate of the Czech Republic, to announce the creation of a new parliamentary group in the European Parliament to argue the case for reform in the EU.

  • 12th July 2006

    MEP calls on Poland to condemn homophobia

    Michael Cashman at the EuroPride London rally

    12:00 AM — The president of the European Union's Intergroup on Lesbian and Gay Rights has called on the President of Poland, Lech Kaczynski, to condemn homophobia and homophobic violence in his country.Michael Cashman, Labour MEP for the West Midlands, has written to the President urging protection for all minorities in the wake of a recent statement from the Polish leadership criticising anti Semitism in the country.

  • Brighton Conservatives’ “shallow” gay pride pledge 14

    Peter Willows a Hangleton and Knoll ward councillor, faced widespread condemnation over comments labelling gay people as paedophiles

    12:00 AM — A motion by the local Brighton and Hove Conservative Party to fly a rainbow flag from council buildings has been met with scepticism in the local authority.The proposal comes as suspended Tory councillor, Peter Willows, a Hangleton and Knoll ward councillor, is currently being investigated by police over alleged comments labelling gay people as paedophiles, and opposing flying the rainbow flag, a symbol of the gay community, asking "why should any country have to fly a flag because of men sleeping together to have sex?"

  • Gay MPs accused of snubbing LGBT charity 5

    Shadow Secretary of State for Trade and Industry and the most senior gay Tory MP, Alan Duncan, told PinkNews.co.uk: “I applaud the work of the AKT and thank PinkNews.co.uk for pointing it out to me”

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveGay MPs have been accused of snubbing an Early Day Motion tabled by Labour MP for Hackney North and Stoke Newington Diane Abbot in support of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) teenager's support service The Albert Kennedy Trust.The Chief Executive of the Trust, Richard McKendrick said, "It is really shocking that more openly gay MP's haven't signed this motion in support of the work that we do."

  • Gay Conservative tipped for Mayor of London challenge 1

    The Conservative Party are holding an open primary for Mayor of London

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveFollowing the decision of prominent lesbian businesswoman Margot James to declare that she will not be seeking the Conservative nomination for Mayor of London, a further gay candidate has emerged.PinkNews.co.uk has learnt that Nicholas Boles, Director of the Conservative party aligned think tank, the Policy Exchange is considering standing for the Conservative nomination in an open primary to be held later this year.

  • 11th July 2006

    Fijian High Commission confirms; no more arrests for consensual gay sex in Fiji 1

    photo:Bob the Cork Dwarf - paradise Island will be a safer place for gay men

    12:00 AM — The Fijian High Commissioner has confirmed previously unofficial policy changes that men engaging in consensual gay sex will no longer be arrested.The news was welcomed by the New Zealand AIDS foundation, who have long suspected a link between driving the gay community underground and increased levels of HIV infection.

  • Canada accused of refusing entry to gay athletes attending Outgames 1

    The Outgames will be held from 26 July to 5 August 2006

    12:00 AM — The Canadian government is denying gay and lesbian athletes visitor visas for the upcoming Outgames, according to opposition Mps.Liberal politicians claim the Conservative government is delaying and in some cases refusing entry to participants in the sporting events because they are gay.

  • New EU presidency urged to protect gay rights

    Last month, the European Union passed a resolution to combat homophobia and racism which would see sentences handed down for homophobic, anti Semitic, and Islamophobic offences

    12:00 AM — The International Lesbian and Gay Association (ILGA) has published a list of demands for the new presidency of the European Union.Finland will be in charge of the political body for the next six months after Austria's rule since January came to an end, and ILGA has immediately produced a memorandum on gay issues for the country to follow.

  • Anti-gay “prank” causes serious concerns

    $4,500 reward for killing a gay person, thankfully not true

    12:00 AM — Ahead of WorldPride in Jerusalem, a leaflet has been circulated offering a $4,500 reward to anyone who kills a gay person taking part in the pride march.The leaflet, which is signed by a collective calling themselves the "Red Arm of Salvation" has understandably caused consternation amongst the gay community, though it was later revealed to have been a prank.

  • 10th July 2006

    “Gay Gene” debate opened again by Latter Day Saints 3

    “re-orientation therapy” to turn gay people straight? Salt Lake City Tribune wonders

    12:00 AM — The Salt Lake City Tribune has published evidence that it says shows that people are not genetically born gay."When you assert that individuals are born gay and cannot change, people naturally jump to the conclusion that same-sex marriage is the only rational choice for same-sex attracted individuals," the paper admits.

  • “Don’t ask, don’t tell” for gay women in the city

    “It's different at work. People couldn't help judging me, and it would be too complicated“. Gay women reluctant to come out in the city

    12:00 AM — Gay women working in the city are three times less likely then gay man to come out, a new survey claims.The recruitment firm The Blomfield Group conducted the survey, which suggests that although the City of London had improved, it was still a challenging place for gay people to work in, especially gay women.

  • 8th July 2006

    Clinton disappoints gay community over marriage 3

    Hillary Clinton supports civil unions for gay couples

    12:00 AM — Presidential hopeful, Hillary Clinton has disappointed the New York gay community by specifically leaving out any pledges on gay marriage in her call for equality for gay people.Mrs Clinton, who is a New York Senator, was reacting to the judgement of the New York State Court of Appeals who ruled on Thursday that only a change in law would allow gay marriage and that banning gay marriage was therefore constitutional.

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