30th March 2006
Gonorrhoea hits black gay community 1
12:00 AM — An increasing number of young black gay Americans are becoming at risk from gonorrhoea, according to the San Francisco Department of Public Health.The Department published startling statistics which claimed there has been a 100 per cent increase in the sexually transmitted disease amongst teenagers in the gay black community since 2004.
Gay groups question Lambeth councillor revelation 3
12:00 AM — A local paper has exposed a Lambeth councillor who posed naked on a gay website, prompting a negative response from gay groups.The front page story of today's South London Press, revealed the openly gay Liberal Democrat councillor, Charles Anglin, posted nude pictures of himself and recounted sexual wrestling fantasies on the Gaydar internet site.
29th March 2006
Moscow mayor asked to “review” gay pride ban
12:00 AM — The Council of Europe has called on the mayor of Moscow to reinstate the city's gay pride parade.President of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities at the Council, Giovanni di Stasi asked Yuri Luzhkov to "review," his policy and allow the gay community to march in Russia in May as it is an entitlement according to human rights conventions of free expression and protection from discrimination.
Gay blood welcomed in Portugal
12:00 AM — The Portuguese gay community are now free to donate blood, after officials announced new blood screening tests last weekend.Officials have deemed a ban on gay blood donors as irrelevant after the introduction of new technology which will help detect HIV infected blood.
Handbook to promote gay health issues
12:00 AM — A research specialist is hoping to improve knowledge of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) issues amongst health providers in a recently published handbook.Michael Shankle a sexual orientation and health expert at the Pennsylvania Prevention Project edited The Handbook of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Public Health: A Practitioner's Guide to Service to prepare medical professionals for when they deal with the gay community.
Undeveloped HIV drug appears in gay community
12:00 AM — Scientists are pushing through a new AIDs treatment in reaction to fears that an immunity may be built up after reports of gay men already getting hold of the anti viral drug.Medical experts at the US Centre for Disease Control and Prevention believe they have developed a drug which could prevent the spread of HIV, since recently successful tests onmonkeys.
High suicide risk amongst gay men
12:00 AM — A mental health report will highlight a prevalence of self harm, suicide contemplation and poor mental health amongst gay and bisexual men in Northern Ireland, at a Belfast conference today.The three year study, Out on Your Own, conducted by the Rainbow Project, reveals a quarter of gay men have attempted suicide, two thirds have considered it and 30 per cent have self harmed.
Town rallies to support gay hostage 1
12:00 AM — Due to an influx of traffic regarding an earlier report on the return of hostage, James Loney, from Iraq, PinkNews.co.uk is delighted to acknowledge the overwhelming and heartfelt support from the peacemaker's hometown on our message boards.Residents of Sault Ste. Marie, are welcoming back James Loney, after his return from captivity since November 2005.
28th March 2006
“Gay couples only adopt to molest” says Republican politican 10
12:00 AM — As the gay adoption debate shows no signs of resolution in America, the Republican party's Representative for Hendersonville, Debra Maggart, says she believes gay couples may adopt children for the purpose of molesting them.In a public email correspondence with a master's student at Vanderbilt University she argued against gay adoption on moral and safely grounds."We also have seen evidence that homosexual couples prey on young males and have, in some instances, adopted them in order to have unfretted access to subject them to a life of molestation and sexual abuse," she claimed.
Civil partnership in Australian Capital Territory
12:00 AM — Debate in Canberra raged last night over a new civil partnership scheme. The Minister for the Australian Capital Territory (the region where Canberra is situated) Jon Stanhope said that the new Civil Union Act would "essentially create domestic relationships".Mr Stanhope said that discrimination against gay and lesbian couples was unacceptable, and that the region should follow the example of Tasmania in registering same sex relationships.
No Queen and Queen at prom
12:00 AM — Laura Murphy, a church attending Catholic school girl has been forbidden by school authorities from bringing her partner to her high school prom.Though Ms Murphy had attended a school dance with Lindsey Shelton, a freshman at a local college, the school put its foot down over the all important prom in Cheektowaga, New York. A friend of Ms Murphy said: "We had a date dance at the beginning of the year, and they let her bring her girlfriend to that, so what's the difference between a date dance and the prom?"
Peter Tatchell on “Queen” Mugabe and the scary prospect of being an establishment figure
12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk's editor, Benjamin Cohen meets Peter Tatchell of the human rights group OutRage! to discuss gay rights, the progress made in Britain and whether Robert Mugabe could be considered a closet case.Climbing the steps of a slightly dingy south London housing estate, you have little sense that you are on route to the headquarters of one of Britain's foremost human rights campaign groups.
Jersey to reduce age of gay consent to 16
12:00 AM — A report delivered this morning by the Corporate Services Panel says there is "no alternative" to lowering the age of consent for homosexual consent.The Island's laws currently set the age of consent at 18 for homosexual couples, and 16 for heterosexual couples. This, the report claims, is in breech of Jersey's obligations under the European Convention of Human Rights.
Disney to scrap Elton movie
12:00 AM — Amid cries of "wherefore?" Elton John's animated movie "Gnomeo Juliet," has been scrapped by bosses at Disney.The retelling of Shakespeare's famous play was to have been the second Disney collaboration with Elton John, following the success of The Lion King, which saw Elton and lyricist Tim Rice collect an Oscar for the song "Can you hear the love tonight?"
Gay sex education in China discussed
12:00 AM — Liu Shujie, a member of the family planning association of Wuchang district of Wuhan, capital city of Central China's Hubei Province, encouraged family planning delegates to offer advice to gay people.She told delegates at the Shenzhen conference that she had decided to provide gay-friendly sex education in 2003, due to overwhelming demand. She described a boy who "broke into tears, saying the man he loved walked away from him after finding out he was gay. I was really puzzled and did not know what to do," she said.
27th March 2006
Gay groups slam Hillary Clinton’s “ambiguous” gay policy 1
12:00 AM — US Democrats have blocked progress on gay rights, according to activists.Eight Democratic senators, including Senator Hillary Clinton, former first lady and wife of President Bill Clinton, listened to complaints last week from gay groups that they and their party colleagues have hindered progress on gay rights.
Diverse US support for openly gay army members
12:00 AM — Americans of all ages and numerous religions support the idea of openly gay army recruits, according to a poll.The survey, released by the Pew Research Centre, shows that a majority of Americans in every age group, geographic region of the country and throughout numerous religious denominations support allowing lesbian and gay Americans to serve openly in the armed forces.
Freedom march organiser looking to build on success 1
12:00 AM — The organiser of last weekend's March for Free Expression, Peter Risdon, has openly praised the Muslim Action Committee's Ismaeel-Haneef, for helping to ensure peaceful rallies in London and Birmingham.He thanked him in an open letter in which he expressed hope that problems between Muslim and non Muslim communities had been reduced and invited him to a further debate on the controversial Danish cartoons satirising the Islamic Prophet Muhammed.
Homophobia hits Hungarian elections 2
12:00 AM — Members of Hungary's ruling coalition party have been accused of destroying traditional values in an anti gay tirade from opposition group, the Christian Democrat People's Party (KDNP.)The KNDP, which is allied to the main conservative opposition, Fidesz, increased its anti gay standing in the run up to elections, when it accused the liberal party of corroding the country's values by supporting schemes such as gay pride.
Coach dismissed after gay porn revelations 3
12:00 AM — A gym coach has been banned from working with children at a Catholic school after it was discovered that he was a former porn star.School principal, Dennis Litteken, dismissed the athlete after he found out that the 22 year old gymnast, Josh Weast, had once starred in gay porn videos.He had been using the school gym to train 40 boys and girls in tumbling at Mater Dei Catholic High School in Illinois for three years.