18th August 2006
“No excuses” for Gay Pride violence 1
12:00 AM — Michael Cashman, Labour MEP and President of the European Parliament's Intergroup on Gay and Lesbian Rights has said there are "simply no excuses" for the wave of recent cancellations, bans and violence at Pride marches in several European cities.The former EastEnder blamed authorities and police for not providing enough protection to gay events in countries such as Turkey, Russia, and Latvia.
Legal group launch gay foster care guide
12:00 AM — Gay legal group Lambda Legal and the Child Welfare League of America launched a new publication this week to help the child welfare system better meet the needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth in foster care."We found that the needs of LGBT youth in care are by and large the same no matter where they live," said Rudy Estrada, staff attorney for Lambda Legal's foster care project.
17th August 2006
20 arrested at gay ‘wedding’ in Saudi Arabia 57
12:00 AM — Police have arrested 20 men after raiding what was described as the wedding party of two men in the town of Jizan, in the south of the Gulf kingdom. Al Watan newspaper reports that some 400 men were attending an underground gay event in the town when the authorities struck.
‘Noxious substance’ causes evacuation of Comptons 1
12:00 AM — Famous London venue Comptons of Soho was evacuated last night after what police describe as a 'noxious substance' was released.A statement from Comptons said: " At around 7pm last night, staff and customers noticed a strong smell of something similar to gas. As a precautionary measure, the bar was evacuated and the police were called."
Paddick: I want boss’s job – and Ken’s 7
12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveThe highest ranking gay police officer in the UK today revealed he has his sights set on the top job in policing - and possibly even the mayor's office.Deputy Assistant Commissioner Brian Paddick said he was confident he has the experience to take on the job of Britain's most senior officer.
Mayor attacked for Pride support 4
12:00 AM — London Assembly Member Brian Coleman has attacked London Mayor Ken Livingstone for caring "more about Estonian Gay Pride than he does about Londoners" after last week's terror attacks.The attack came in the wake of the announcement of Mayor Ken's support for the Tallinn march yesterday following violence at the event, as reported by the Pink News.
16th August 2006
Gay community still wary of reporting hate crimes 2
12:00 AM — An in-depth study by charity Victim Support has concluded that many victims of hate crimes are unwilling to report them to the police.Only one in five victims that did report incidents to the police were happy with the way they were treated.
Race for Governor marred by bestiality comparisons 57
12:00 AM — The contest to become Governor of Colorado has been rocked by comments from a Republican candidate comparing gay marriage to bestiality.Bob Beaurprez caused outrage by picking maverick right-winger Janet Rowland as his running mate in the gubernatorial contest.Rowland was a controversial choice, especially since a radio interview in March where she said:
Pink bar turns heads in Stoke 57
12:00 AM — The sleepy city of Stoke-on-Trent is getting its second gay bar, and the bright pink exterior is causing some residents to see red.The Pink Lounge and Bar will open next Thursday in the city's Piccadilly area.Nearby traders told the The Sentinel newspaper that they do not feel the paint job is in keeping with the ambience of the area.
AIDS 2006 argues plight of prisoners
12:00 AM — Delegates in Toronto have heard how HIV transmission has been overlooked by the world's authorities and media according to activists at AIDS 2006.The 16th annual conference has heard a number of encouraging lectures on improving responses and drug treatments, but has also heard of the continuing problem of infection for prisoners globally.
Sligo hosts first ever pride celebration 57
12:00 AM — The picturesque Irish town of Sligo will be transformed into a queer paradise this weekend, as part of the Pride Northwest festival.Lesbians, gay men, bisexuals and transsexuals will be joined by heterosexual people parading under the banner 'Straight But Not Narrow - Heterosexuals Supporting LGBT Rights.'The parade will move through the town this Saturday.
Canadian MP takes on religious right over gay marriage 57
12:00 AM — A maverick Tory MP in the Canadian Federal Parliament has said he is bullish about attempts by fundamentalist Christians to unseat him.Garth Turner has defied his party in support of gay marriage. His Christian opponents held meetings last night to explore their options - including challenging him at an upcoming nomination meeting for the riding of Halton.
Ken condemns police failures at Estonia gay pride march
12:00 AM — The Mayor of London has added his voice to the criticism of police and politicians who failed to protect gay and lesbians from attack during a gay rights parade in Estonia.Ken Livingstone slammed the authorities in the capital, Tallinn, calling their lack of action inexcusable.
MP questions homophobic preacher lecture
12:00 AM — An Islamic Preacher who branded all single men in New York as "gay sodomites" has faced a furore over his planned speech in Cardiff.Questions have been asked over the suitability of Dr Zakir Naik's lecture to 'Educating the Educators' conference the St Davids Hall, Cardiff.
Comment: Why gays should be embracing David Cameron 7
12:00 AM — With the launch of the 'new' Tory party's mini-manifesto, Tony Grew explains why the gay community should be embracing the aspirations of David Cameron. Stung by constant criticism that he is all sound bite and no substance, David Cameron today launched a 'mini manifesto.' The purpose of the document is to outline the aims and values of the Conservative Party.
“Gay soldiers” lose war 3
12:00 AM — A leader in the Palestine based Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigade has hailed the Israeli army "full of gay soldiers."The homophobe claimed that Israel was ripe for attack following its failure to defeat Hezbollah.Abu Oudai, a rocket coordinator for the West Bank based group, said that Hezbollah's "tremendous victory" had emboldened Palestinian groups to follow their example in the fight against Israel.
15th August 2006
Prince Albert pride for Canadian gay teens
12:00 AM — A group of gay teenagers who live in a small city in the heart of the Canadian prairies have asked their local council for permission to stage their very own pride festival.Prince Albert is in the far north of the Canadian province of Saskatchewan and has 40,000 inhabitants. It is most famous as the home of Anne of Green Gables author Lucy Laud Montgomery.
California lawmakers heckle N-Sync star’s boyfriend 57
12:00 AM — It was meant to be a celebration of the achievements of six Californians, role models to the millions of LGBT people who make the Golden State their home.Instead the ceremony at the State Capitol in Sacramento was reduced to the level of a farce. Republican Assembly members, instead of boycotting the event, turned up to heckle the honourees.
Gay rights group launch marriage appeal 10
12:00 AM — Gay rights group Outrage has launched an appeal seeking support for a lesbian couple whose Canadian marriage was deemed invalid by the UK High Court last month.The High Court in London ruled that Sue Wilkinson and Celia Kitzinger's legal Canadian marriage is not valid in the UK, and claimed any discrimination was ruled out by the Civil Partnership Act.
Sikh policeman suspended over gay escort allegations 2
12:00 AM — A police officer has been suspended by the Strathclyde force after The Sunday Mail exposed his alleged double life as a male prostitute.Constable Suckbir Mann, a 34-year-old married officer, is Sikh, and has been used by the force in the past as a symbol of their multi-culturalism.