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  • 26th April 2006

    Crystal meth use still low amongst UK gay men 5

    The initial findings from the survey show that fewer than 3% of gay men had used crystal met

    12:00 AM — New data from the annual National Gay Men's Sex Survey 2005 shows that only a small minority of gay men in the UK had used the drug crystal meth in the last year.The annual survey, undertaken by Sigma Research and funded by Terrence Higgins Trust, asked over 16,000 gay and bisexual men questions about their recreational drug use, during the summer of 2005.

  • Students go silent for gay rights

    The Day of Silence is organised by the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN), and is being supported by Gay-Straight Alliances (GSAs) and other co-curricular student clubs

    12:00 AM — Half a million students in the US will stop talking today to protest the bullying and harassment felt by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) students.The Day of Silence is organised by the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN), and is being supported by Gay-Straight Alliances (GSAs) and other co-curricular student clubs with an anticipated 500,000 students in 4,000 schools across the country.

  • Gay group looks to be top of Australian politics

    The new state parliament, which was elected last month giving the Australian Labour Party a landslide majority, is being asked to start from where it left off

    12:00 AM — A South Australian gay group has called on the new parliament to put same sex couple recognition on the political agenda when it reconvenes tomorrow.The new state parliament, which was elected last month giving the Australian Labour Party a landslide majority, is being asked to start from where it left off after a Same Sex Relationships Bill was the last debate in the previous sitting.

  • Gay community joins Israeli holocaust remembrance

    People lay memorial wreaths at Yad Vashem

    12:00 AM — The gay community in Israel took part in the country's holocaust commemorations for the first time.Holocaust Remembrance day was commemorated over the last two days with wreath laying ceremonies and talks from Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and President Moshe Katsav, at the Yad Vashem memorial museum.

  • 25th April 2006

    Activist fights for Nigeria’s gay community

    US President at a recent meeting with Nigerian leader Olusegun Obasanjo, who recently declared homosexual practice is “unBiblical, unnatural and definitely unAfrican“

    12:00 AM — A Nigerian human rights activist is standing up for the country's gay community in the face of his government's negative laws on gay rights.With the blessing of the Nigerian Anglican Church and its leader, Archbishop Peter Akinola, the government of Nigeria has tabled in parliament one of the world's most comprehensive and "oppressive piece of anti-gay legislation."

  • 24th April 2006

    Wolverhampton HIV and hepatitis testing expanded

    The aim of the service is to provide an alternative testing environment for people who are not able to access services during the normal working day

    12:00 AM — Due to increasing demand Terrence Higgins Trust has just expanded its sexual health testing services in Wolverhampton.Tests for HIV and hepatitis are available and the public can also drop in for condoms and advice.Testing normally takes place on a Saturday at the Terrence Higgins Trust offices in Bond Street, Wolverhampton every fortnight from 10.30am -1pm.

  • Lord Chancellor bans use of word “homosexual”

    Lord Falconer has ordered for the word to be removed on the grounds that it “may be considered offensive”

    12:00 AM — The Lord Chancellor is facing accusations of political correctness after banning the word "homosexual" from official documents in his department.Lord Falconer has ordered for the word to be removed on the grounds that it "may be considered offensive."

  • 23rd April 2006

    Gay policy sparks Muslim council dispute 14

    PinkNews.co.uk last week revealed informal MCB talks regarding gay rights in reaction to Sir Iqbal Sacranie's Radio 4 comments

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk Exclusive InvestigationA dispute appears to be emerging within the board of the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) and its advisors in regards to their policy on gay issues.Last week PinkNews.co.uk revealed an informal 5 year MCB plan to combat homophobia amongst Muslims and Islamophobia in the gay community, after talking to the group's policy consultant, Muhammed Aziz.

  • 22nd April 2006

    Spain still supports gay marriage a year on

    61% support gay and lesbian weddings

    12:00 AM — Despite it being a predominantly Catholic country, most in Spain believe that introducing gay marriage was right.A survey by the Instituto Opina polling organisation found that 61 per cent of those questioned agreed with the statement: "Do you agree or disagree with the government's decision to legalize same-sex marriage."On June 30th 2004, Spanish minister of justice Juan Fernando López Aguilar announced legislation to extend the right to marriage to same-sex couples.

  • 21st April 2006

    80 years of the Queen 2

    The Queen is 80 today

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveTo celebrate the 80th birthday of Her Majesty the Queen, PinkNews.co.uk looks back at the tremendous changes to the rights of gay people during her lifetime and in particular her illustrious 54 year reign.At her birth on the 21st April 1926 , the then Princess Elizabeth of York would have found a country with a completely different view of homosexuality than we see today, homosexual activities between consenting males was still a serious criminal offence punishable by a spell in prison.

  • Gay lynching continuing in Iran, report claims 1

    These documents claim to expose the state-sanctioned torture and murder of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people by the Iranian clerical regime

    12:00 AM — The Iranian government is executing gay and bisexual men under the cover of rape and kidnapping charges, according to a major new investigation by Simon Forbes of the UK-based gay and lesbian human rights group OutRage!Mr Forbes's nine-month investigation, published this week by OutRage!, is based on information gathered from sources inside Iran.

  • Rights group calls on US to protect gay Iraqis

    The  International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) has written to the Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and called on the Bush Administration to take all appropriate measures to publicly condemn the escalation of violence against gay men and lesbians

    12:00 AM — A gay human rights group has reacted to a United Nations report that gay Iraqis are increasingly targeted for violent threats, kidnappings, attacks, and murder, by calling on the government to take action.The International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) has written to the Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and called on the Bush Administration to take all appropriate measures to publicly condemn the escalation of violence against gay men and lesbians in Iraq and take all possible measures to ensure their protection.

  • 20th April 2006

    Libraries remain open to gay publications

    There have been over 400 complaints about gay material in libraries this year

    12:00 AM — Attempts by conservative groups to remove gay publications from a public library have failed.Trustee Bryce Kurfees from the Upper Arlington Public Library Board attempted to stop the "garbage" of Outlook Weekly and Gay People's Chronicle from being provided in public libraries.

  • Parent claims gay school book is ‘indoctrinating’ son 1

    The Lexington Superintendent of Schools Paul Ash said the school has no legal obligation to tell parents about the book

    12:00 AM — A 7-year-old's parents are complaining after his school provided a storybook about gay marriage without warning them.The book, "King King," where a prince marries a fellow prince instead of a princess, was used in a lesson teaching different types of weddings.

  • Anti-homophobia lessons for schools

    Lifelong learning select committee chairman Councillor Susan Ridney welcomed the idea and admitted there have been reports of homophobic name calling in local schools

    12:00 AM — Dudley primary school children will be given anti-homophobia lessons, according to local authority plans.Education officers at Dudley Council are reported to be worried about the effects of bullying on young children and look set to push through anti bullying legislation this week.

  • Analysts predict former New York mayor “gay rights” backtrack 1

    Rudolph Giuliani has previously told interviewers that he is “pro gay rights”

    12:00 AM — Former New York City mayor, Rudolph Giuliani may renege on his support for gay rights, according to political analysts.Mr Giuliani has previously told interviewers that he is "pro gay rights," but now as he attempts to stand as the Republican presidential nomination in 2008, he appears to be backtracking on that promise.

  • 19th April 2006

    Pro gay Prodi officially announced as Italian PM 2

    Romano Prodi's appointment was confirmed by the SkyTG24 news channel

    12:00 AM — Romano Prodi's centre left coalition, has been officially declared the winner in the Italian elections by the Supreme Court, despite doubts being cast by outgoing Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi.The results are good news for the gay community as Signor Prodi has promised to change Italy including introducing a civil partnership law.

  • Dave the Chameleon? 2

    The Labour Party has named the Tory leader “Dave the Chameleon“

    12:00 AM — The Labour party have warned the gay community that Conservative leader David Cameron would "move stealthily" against the gay community if the Tories return to power.Katie Hanson, co-chair of the Labour committee for Lesbian and Gay Rights told PinkNews.co.uk, "David Cameron might appear to be fresher in his thinking but we believe he is out of kilter with the bulk of his Party. As we know, one day David the Chameleon is blue, the next pink, the next green."

  • Italy elects Europe’s first transgender MP 1

    Born Wladimiro Guadagno,  Vladimir Luxuria considers herself neither male nor female but dresses as a woman and prefers to be called a 'she.'

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveThe official announcement of Romano Prodi's election success in Italy today now means that the gay community can look forward to a possible increase in rights and representation.Signor Prodi has previously promised a civil partnership law and five LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) community members have also been elected to Parliament.

  • Transsexual tattoo removal causes dispute 5

    Laser tattoo removal is an expensive procedure

    12:00 AM — A transsexual has been criticised for wasting taxpayer's money after being approved NHS treatment for the removal of her tattoos.Cancer sufferer, Claire McDonnel, 33, slammed Tanya Bainbridge, who will receive the £2,500 procedure, while she has been refused the "wonder drug" Herceptin by her Primary Care Trust (PCT.)

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