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  • 22nd September 2006

    Zimbabwe Government legislates against LGBT community

    Ngirande called the exclusion of GALZ “an abrogation of their rights“ .

    12:00 AM — The Gay and Lesbian Association of Zimbabwe (GALZ) has been banned by the Zimbabwean government from attending a United Nations (UN) human rights workshop.The workshop which started in Kariba on Thursday is expected to lay the groundwork for the creation of the Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission.

  • Gay rail passengers risk ‘colluding with homophobia’ 4

    South West trains is now owned by an businessman who once tried to limit gay rights Photo: (Chris McKenna)

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveThe gay community may risk funding its own persecution after a company owned by an anti-gay activist took over one of the country's biggest rail franchises, campaigners warned today.Bus and train operator Stagecoach was this morning awarded the franchise to run South Western trains, which operates from gay hotspots such as Brighton and London Waterloo, but gay rail passengers have expressed concern regarding the company's chief exectuive Brian Souter, who previously funded a campaign against repealing Section 28.

  • 21st September 2006

    British students protest for LGBT rights in Uganda. 2

    Peter Tatchell said “Ugandans should be judged by the quality of their character, not by their sexual orientation”.

    12:00 AM — The National Union of Students (NUS) is organising an emergency demonstration outside the Ugandan embassy this week over continued persecution of the LGBT community within the country.The NUS LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) led campaign will be handing a letter of protest to the Ugandan embassy calling on the country to respect equality and freedom.

  • LibDems urged to encourage gay MPs 19

    Stonewall's Ben Summerskll says representative policies should also include the gay community

    12:00 AM — The Liberal Democrats must include lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) MPs in their commitment to equality and making the party more representative, campaigners have warned.Speaking at the party's annual conference in Brighton this week, Ben Summerskill, chief executive of gay charity Stonewall told a fringe meeting of DELGA, the LibDem's LGBT lobby group, that a motion passed by members to improve the representation of women, ethnic minorities and people with disabilities, should also cover the gay community.

  • Conference to address “hidden” HIV poverty link

    Director of policy at NAT Yusef Azad,  said:  “Extreme poverty for people living with HIV is one of the UK's hidden problems.

    12:00 AM — Links between extreme poverty and HIV will be addressed today at a conference aimed at combating what campaigners are calling a "hidden problem''.The conference will bring together social workers, welfare workers, and staff from the HIV sector.

  • Scotland less equal for LGBT 1

    Scotland is currently the only part of the UK which does not have legislation against gay hate crime. Photo by Odolophie

    12:00 AM — The Scottish Executive has backtracked on gay hate crime legislation , according to Scottish LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) group Equality NetworkEquality Network highlights that in October 2004 the Scottish Executive's Working Group on Hate Crime recommended to the Executive that they should introduce a 'statutory aggravation' so that a crime motivated by hate on grounds of sexual orientation, would be treated as an aggravated crime, and sentenced accordingly.

  • 20th September 2006

    Charismatic Clegg wows LibDems

    Clegg recently conceded even he is bored of constantly being talked up as a successor to Ming Campbell

    12:00 AM — At the Liberal Democrat conference in Brighton this week, the party's Home Affairs spokesman Nick Clegg made an impassioned speech in defence of liberal values, PinkNews.co.uk's political correspondent Tony Grew interviewed Clegg earlier in the summer, and explains why many pundits see him as a future leader.Charismatic. Articulate. Passionate. Crowd-pleasing. Funny. Not the usual qualities one expects in Liberal Democrats.

  • Launch of LGBT Youth Council

    Co-ordinator of the project Gary Rowland said the service “offers a great opportunity for young LGBT people to have their say on issues across the capital.

    12:00 AM — A new LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) youth council has been launched to give young people the chance to influence key decision makers across the capital.The London LGBT Youth Council, a project funded by Comic Relief and managed by the Consortium of LGBT Voluntary Community Organisations, is set to open its doors to all LGBT people, aged 13 to 25 who live, work or study in London this week.

  • Minister for Police pledges support for anti-gay hatred law 7

    Home office minister Tony McNulty is promising to review the lack of a law to stop the incitement of anti-gay hatred

    12:00 AM — Home office minister Tony McNulty is promising to review the lack of a law to stop the incitement of anti-gay hatred.The Minister for Police, Security and Community Safety made his pledge on a visit to the offices of PinkNews.co.uk's media partners 3SIXTY in Brighton.

  • Bisexual MP encourages community links 19

    Simon Hughes, the bisexual politician expressed a desire to see politicians engaging with people at a local level

    12:00 AM — Liberal Democrat politicians must re-engage with local communities to have a chance of overtaking Labour in the polls, the party President warned today.Speaking at the party's annual conference in Brighton, Simon Hughes, the bisexual politician, discussed the Liberal Democrat electoral successes over the last twelve months in local and by-elections and expressed a desire to see politicians engaging with people at a local level and dealing with issues that affect their everyday lives.

  • Fears over anti gay pact. 57

    Peter Akinola in a message to the country said: ''The Church affirms our commitment to the total rejection of the evil of homosexuality''

    12:00 AM — Anglican bishops from developing countries are expected to agree on a pact this week condemning the ordination of gay clergy, according to Nigeria's Archbishop.The church of Nigeria's standing committee led by Peter Akinola in a message to the country said: ''The Church affirms our commitment to the total rejection of the evil of homosexuality which is a perversion of human dignity''.

  • 19th September 2006

    Moscow Gay Pride Ban goes to European Court

    Gay Pride organisers first went to court in May when Moscow officials refused to grant a parade license

    12:00 AM — An appeals court in Moscow upholds a lower court ruling today, stating that banning May's gay pride parade was not illegal.However, Dmitry Bartenev, a lawyer representing the groups, told the Russian news agency Novosti, "We intend to appeal shortly with the European Human Rights Court in Strasbourg to vindicate our rights, and also to lodge a complaint with the presidium of the Moscow City Court. We believe the decision it has handed down is against the law,"

  • Jerusalem gets gay pride march amid “holy war” threat 23

    Jerusalem Open House were one of the main groups petitioning the High Court

    12:00 AM — After months of struggles and a High Court petition, an agreement has been reached to allow a gay pride parade to be held in Jerusalem on November 10, prompting ultra orthodox groups to threaten "holy war."According to YNet News, the Jerusalem police, State Prosecution, the Jerusalem Municipality and gay rights groups reached an agreement on the issue yesterday during a three-hour talk in a Jerusalem compound.

  • Calls for UN to end homophobic persecution.

    ''hangover from medievalism which has no place in any country in the twenty first century''

    12:00 AM — Gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell has called on the United Nations (UN) to initiate a global campaign to end the criminalisation of same sex relationships.The proposal comes on the day that world leaders descended upon New York for the opening of the UN General Assembly, and coincides with the warning by UN General Secretary Kofi Annan that ''if current patterns of alienation and violence persist much longer, there is a grave danger that the Iraqi state will break down, possibly in the midst of a full-scale civil war."

  • South African Christians march against gay marriage 10

    If enacted, the bill would place South Africa amongst a handful of countries allowing gay marriage

    12:00 AM — Thousands of Christians marched through South African cities last weekend protesting a bill that would make the nation the first on the continent to legalise gay marriage.The protests, spearheaded by the conservative African Christian Democratic Party (ACDP), came before a parliamentary committee holds hearings on a bill today that would accord same-sex couples the same rights as heterosexual ones.

  • Poland’s president says his views on gays are misunderstood 2

    Mr Kaczynski banned 2005's gay pride celebrations in Warsaw. He says his views of gay people are 'misunderstood'.

    12:00 AM — Staunch Roman Catholic Polish President Lech Kaczynski says his views on issues such as gay people are misunderstood.Kaczynski, of the social conservative Law and Justice Party, made pledges upon taking office in December including making sure that Poland's traditional Roman Catholic values were not overwhelmed by the general European liberal viewpoint.

  • Secret gay sex in the city

    Marital status isn't necessarily an indicator of sexual behaviour,“

    12:00 AM — Nearly one in ten straight New Yorkers are having same sex relations, according to New York city health officials.The survey was carried out in 2003 with the results published in today's Annals of Internal Medicine.

  • 18th September 2006

    Berlin’s gay mayor re-elected while Nazis rise in North

    Berlin's gay mayor the Social Democrat Klaus Wowereit, has been re-elected with 31.5% of the vote, but worryingly there also occurred a resurgence of Neo Nazi voting in the north of the country

    12:00 AM — Last weekend's regional elections in Germany provided both positive and negative results for the country's Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community.Berlin's gay mayor the Social Democrat Klaus Wowereit, has been re-elected with 31.5% of the vote, but worryingly there also occurred a resurgence of Neo Nazi voting in the north of the country.

  • Jailed newlywed lesbian stands by her woman 1

    Mother-of-three Ms Smith, 34, received a 14 month sentence at Newcastle Crown Court

    12:00 AM — A lesbian woman is standing by her abusive partner who was jailed for battering her black and blue in a jealous attack.Sarah Smith is starting her 14-month prison sentence after lashing out at Tracy McVeigh only days after their civil partnership ceremony.

  • Indian academics condemn anti-gay law.

    The legislation, which came into effect during British rule in India, bans “carnal intercourse against the order of nature with any man, woman or animal“

    12:00 AM — More than 100 leading figures of literature, film and academia in India rallied this weekend against a colonial-era law which makes homosexuality a criminal offence.Included in amongst the 100 influential signatories were the Nobel laureate economist Amartya Sen, and the Booker prizewinner Arundhati Roy.

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