4th May 2006
Gay candidates await local council results 4
12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveGay councillors from across the political spectrum are feeling confident as the local elections reach the halfway stage this afternoon.Local elections are taking place today in 144 English authorities and all 32 of London's boroughs.
3rd May 2006
Homophobia prevalent in US schools
12:00 AM — Homophobic bullying is still common in American schools, according to a new study from the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN).The group's 2005 National School Climate Survey (NSCS), the only national survey to document the experiences of students who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) in America's schools found that three quarters of respondents heard derogatory remarks such as "faggot" or "dyke" frequently, and nearly nine out of ten (89.2%) reported hearing "that's so gay" or "you're so gay," meaning stupid or worthless, often.
Most gay Americans are out, study claims 1
12:00 AM — A new census conducted annually by the School of Public Communications at Syracuse University in New York suggests that 97% of gay Americans are out to their families, friends and at work.That statistic, which some activists are suggesting seems unreasonably high, is partnered with several other percentages in the Gay/Lesbian Consumer Census Online, conducted in partnership with the media relations group OpusComm.
Human rights group claims immigration law discriminates gay couples
12:00 AM — Thousands of US citizens and their foreign same-sex partners face enormous hardships, separation and even exile because discriminatory US immigration policies deprive these couples of the basic right to be together, according to a report.Human Rights Watch and Immigration Equality said in a document released today as Congress debates immigration reforms, that it must end the discrimination that lesbian and gay Americans and their foreign partners endure under US immigration law.
Lesbianism combats PMS, scientists claim
12:00 AM — Women suffer from Premenstrual Syndrome because of men and will find more compassion if in a lesbian relationship, according to a study.Scientists have analysed the difference between straight relationships and lesbian relationships, and discovered that women are more compassionate compared to men who can be unsympathetic about symptoms.
EU grants gay couples “facilitation”
12:00 AM — Same sex couples will have their relationships "facilitated" across the European Union, according to new laws.The reforms of residency requirements came into effect yesterday and state that gay couples can live anywhere in the European Union and have their rights legally protected, even in countries where there are no same sex partner laws.
Lesbian mum opposes “illegitimate homosexuality” leaflet
12:00 AM — A lesbian mum has expressed anger after her daughter brought home a school sex education pamphlet which branded homosexuality as "contrary to the laws of nature."Angela Williams was shocked when her 12-year old showed her a pamphlet, The Top 10 Questions Teenagers Ask about Sex, which was given to her at Honeysuckle Middle School in Montgomery.
Gay couple hope to be elected as councillors together
12:00 AM — The first gay couple to marry in a civil partnership in Birmingham, England are hoping to be the first gay couple to be jointly elected as local councillors.James and Brynn Tudor became the first gay couple in Birmingham to marry last year and they are now both standing as Liberal Democrat candidates in the elections that take place tomorrow. The former is standing for the Chelmsley Wood and later for the Kingshurst and Fordbridge ward.
2nd May 2006
Local Labour group accused of “using homophobia to win votes” 3
12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveTension is mounting in the upcoming local elections, particularly in Lambeth where a conflict has arisen between the local Labour group and the ruling Liberal Democrats.Lambeth Labour posted an article written by the South London Press on their website last month which claimed gay Lib Dem councillor Charles Anglin was posting naked pictures of himself on the internet.
Comment: What ever you do, vote for gay rights on Thursday 3
12:00 AM — There will be local elections in many parts of England this Thursday and our advice to our readers is that who ever you support, make sure that you vote!In 2006, we the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered) community are able to support candidates of any of the three major political parties (and the Greens) in 90 per cent of cases.
Students join global fight for gay equality
12:00 AM — Students will hear about the discrimination faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people across Europe at a special event tomorrow organised by the National Union of Students UK (NUS UK).The One World event, supported by Amnesty International, will take place at the University of Manchester Students' Union. Speakers from various European countries will discuss their own personal experiences of prejudice and discrimination and the steps they are taking to combat this. Students will also view footage of Pride events that have taken place in Serbia, Croatia and Slovenia.
Human rights group protest Russian gay abuse
12:00 AM — The attack by neo-fascists and religionists on a gay gathering at a Moscow nightclub has been condemned by the Gay and Lesbian Humanist Association (GALHA).GALHA has written to the Russian Ambassador in London, Yury Fedotov, to complain about this incident and the increasing persecution of gay people in Russia.
Jamaica hits back at critics of homophobia 7
12:00 AM — Jamaican academics have hit back at claims that rap and reggae music have incited violence and homophobia towards gay people in the Caribbean.International Development Minister, Gareth Thomas, blamed the music genre for sparking homophobic abuse, on a visit to the country last week, but some Jamaicans are suggesting the cause is from Britain.
Anti-gay boycott hurts Ford sales 2
12:00 AM — Sales of Ford cars have been hurt by on off protests by a Christian group, according to dealers.In its latest campaign, the American Family Association (AFA) is calling for a boycott of the carmaker because of its support of a gay pride event in Detroit.
29th April 2006
Police forced to intervene in Polish gay rights march
12:00 AM — Riot police have been forced to intervene in a march for gay tolerance held in the Polish city of Krakow after counter demonstrations from members of far-right youth groups.Police officers reported that several arrests have taken place after members of the rightwing All Poland Youth Group threw stones and eggs at the participants of march for tolerance.
28th April 2006
Half a century of gay progress 1
12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveToday marks 52 years since the process of decriminalising homosexuality began. PinkNews.co.uk takes a look back at over half a century of struggle, despair and adversity.The Times newspaper reported on April 28 1954 a committee would be set up "to examine the subject of homosexual offences and the parallel problem of the law relying to prostitution and solicitation."
HIV diagnoses on the rise
12:00 AM — New quarterly figures from the Health Protection Agency (HPA) have confirmed that the number of reported HIV diagnoses in 2005 currently stands at 6727, and the final figure is expected to rise and exceed that of 2004.Lisa Power, Head of Policy at Terrence Higgins Trust said "From this data it seems the number of people newly diagnosed in 2005 is likely to be higher than the previous year, yet again.
27th April 2006
Drug offences on the rise
12:00 AM — Offences known to affect the gay community have risen , despite overall crime remaining stable, according to Home Office Figures.Although the report does not publish whether incidents were homophobic or gay related, violent crime which may include homophobia rose by one per cent and drug offences by 21 per cent.
26th April 2006
Senator gets death threats over gay marriage support
12:00 AM — Police are investigating claims that a Senator has been receiving death threats over his support for gay marriage.Minnesota state Senator Satveer Chaudhary revealed he has been sent a picture of himself with a bullet hole drawn on it, attached to a newspaper advert supporting a law to ban gay marriage.
Gay group protest “homophobic funding”
12:00 AM — A lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender group in Kentucky has launched a lawsuit against Governor Ernie Fletcher after he supported funding for a university which expelled a gay student last week.The governor approved an $11 million budget for the University of Cumberlands, despite claims from the group that it broke discrimination laws by expelling Jason Johnson after he revealed his sexuality on a website.