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  • 1st September 2006

    Lebanese gay group helping refugee relief

    There were only two sources of potable water, which were two large, gray tanks from UNICEF, and lines could form rapidly

    12:00 AM — Matthew Streib, foreign correspondent for The Pink News meets the Arab world's first gay group which has spent the last month opening up its community activities to both gay and straight refugees displaced by the conflict between Israel and Lebanon.The Sanayeh Public Gardens, one of the few green spaces in the highly-developed city of Beirut, is usually a haven of relaxation.

  • When my parents were young it was illegal to be gay 1

    Meg Hillier is Labour MP for Hackney South and Shoreditch and Parliamentary Private Secretary to Ruth Kelly

    12:00 AM — Meg Hillier, Labour MP and Parliamentary Private Secretary to Ruth Kelly in the Department for Communities and Local Government, analyses how much the government has changed gay rights in Britain.As my children grow up it is unremarked that MPs, cabinet ministers and other public figures are gay and we now see couples celebrating civil partnerships thanks to the Labour Government.

  • AIDS activists were trailblazers 2

    Margot James is Conservative Party Vice Chairman

    12:00 AM — Margot James praises the input of gay AIDS sufferers in gaining treatment for the disease and campaigning for support in other medical areas.Last month's 16th International Aids Conference in Toronto is worth reflecting on in light of the last two decades.When I started my healthcare PR business in the mid-eighties few of us had heard of HIV and Aids.

  • No gay pride at protest 2

    There were no protesters present to highlight gay issues last night

    12:00 AM — Around 200 people protested outside Parliament last night against restrictive laws placed on the right of people in this country to protest.There were dozens of banners, demanding everything from an end to racial profiling to free chocolate and tampons, but a common theme running through the protesters was against government control over their lives and rights.

  • Comment: Double standards? 23

    Few came out to protest at such atrocities where lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) teenagers are hanged simply for falling in love with someone of the same sex (Photo Tom*A)

    12:00 AM — World Pride was hampered not by boycotts from anti-gay groups but by the conflict between Israel and Lebanon based Hezbollah.The blame for the conflict lies on both sides whose actions caused the deaths of many hundreds of civilians.But the reaction from some sections of British society was interesting.

  • Argentina to repeal gay military ban 1

    Argentina joins a growing list of at least 25 nations that no longer exclude openly gay service personnel. American military allies, including Great Britain, Canada and Australia, have lifted their bans on open service

    12:00 AM — The government of Argentina has announced plans to repeal its ban on gay military personnel, according to recent news reports, making it the second country in South America, following Colombia, to prohibit discrimination in its armed forces.Argentina's government intends to modernise its code of military justice which, among other changes, will no longer prohibit same-sex relationships among personnel in its armed forces.

  • Gay activists go Green

    The Green party's annual conference is set to be dominated by gay issues after human rights activist Peter Tatchell and Polish Green's LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) spokesperson Bartek Lech, have agreed to speak

    12:00 AM — The Green party's annual conference is set to be dominated by gay issues after human rights activist Peter Tatchell and Polish Green's LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) spokesperson Bartek Lech, have agreed to speak.Mr Lech, who has campaigned against nationalism and intolerance in Poland, will be speaking about personal and press freedoms in the country.

  • 31st August 2006

    Muslims oppose celebrating Mercury’s gay lifestyle

    A memorial to Freddie Mercury in Montreux, Switzerland

    12:00 AM — Zanzibar Muslims have objected to a party honouring the late Queen lead singer Freddie Mercury's 60th birthday, claiming his gay lifestyle is offensive to the community.The island's Association for Islamic Mobilisation and Propagation, who want the semi autonomous part of Tanzania to be ruled by the Qu'ran, claim that a celebration scheduled for next month should be cancelled because it is an offensive violation of their religion.

  • New Orleans gay community returns

    Picture courtesy of carpe icthus

    12:00 AM — New Orleans is set to host its annual party the "Southern Decadence," one year after the southern United States city was wrecked by hurricane Katrina.The lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) party was held to blame by conservative Christian leaders for the disaster that emptied the city's population into surrounding states, and has left the city requiring billions of dollars in aid.

  • COMMENT: Gay adults must challenge homophobic teachers 5

    Childline received nearly 2,800 calls in the last year about sexual orientation or homophobia.

    12:00 AM — A report from the NSPCC this week revealed a rise in the number of LGBT teens calling Childline to ask for help with homophobic bullying.The details of the report make for grim reading, most shocking of all being the hostile attitude of teachers.Tony Grew examines the report and what gay adults can do to help. 

  • Gay groups urge Met to drop GPA investigation 9

    The Gay Police Association at the EuroPride parade

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveHuman rights activists have urged the Metropolitan Police Commissioner to drop a faith crime investigation regarding the Gay Police Association (GPA).Outrage! and the Gay and Lesbian Humanist Association (GALHA) have each sent a letter to Sir Ian Blair in support of the GPA after Scotland Yard began an investigation last month following complaints regarding an advert in the Independent coinciding with last month's EuroPride event.

  • El Salvador gay group threatened

    The BFA work in El Salvador both aiming to educate the population about gay issues and highlight problems of homophobic abuse in the country

    12:00 AM — Members of the Between Friends Association (Asociación Entre Amigos) have dealt with a succession of threats to their lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender organisation in recent months.Over the past year they have been lobbying the El Salvadorian government not to sign an amendment to the national constitution that would make it illegal for lesbian and gay couples to marry and adopt children in the Central American country.

  • Gay conversion groups encouraging “child abuse” 2

    A coalition of organisations monitoring groups claiming to convert gay people back to heterosexuality, have criticised the National Association for Research and Therapy of Homosexuals (NARTH) after a member advocated teasing transgender children to “re-establish that necessary boundary“

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveGay pressure groups have accused an "ex-gay" organisation of "inviting child abuse" after claiming children with gender identity issues should be exposed to bullying.A coalition of organisations monitoring groups claiming to convert gay people back to heterosexuality, have criticised the National Association for Research and Therapy of Homosexuals (NARTH) after a member advocated teasing transgender children to "re-establish that necessary boundary."

  • US military-aligned university elects gay student president 5

    The Uniformed Services University, a Department of Defence military medical, nursing and graduate school, elected Patrick High to lead its student government

    12:00 AM — Lesbian and gay advocates have applauded the Department of Defence's university after it elected an openly gay man to the post of student council president.The Uniformed Services University, a Department of Defence military medical, nursing and graduate school, elected Patrick High to lead its student government, in what campaigners are calling a step forward in the fight to repeal the military's controversial "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy.the policy bars openly gay and lesbian people from serving in the armed forces.

  • Homophobia a myth, says Polish PM 4

    There continues to be deep concern about Mr Kaczynski's Justice and Law party, and the ultra-nationalist parties who make up the governing coalition.

    12:00 AM — The prime minister of Poland has claimed his country is being misrepresented by the press, and hit out at the Western media.Speaking to reporters after a meeting in Brussels with EU Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso, Jaroslaw Kaczynski said: "Please do not believe in the myth of anti-Semitic, homophobic and xenophobic Poland this is a media thing - it is not real."

  • Firemen disciplined after no show at gay pride 5

    Firefighters at Euro Pride in London

    12:00 AM — Nine firemen from Glasgow have been ordered to undergo an intensive course in "diversity training" as a punishment for refusing to carry out their jobs at the gay Pride Scotia in June.The decision from fire chiefs at Strathclyde Fire and Rescue (SFR) came after days of deliberation over what their response to the case should be.

  • Paddick denies Commissioner ambition 7

    In the course of his conversation with Cohen, Dep. Asst. Commissioner Paddick also refused to confirm or deny if he was interested in running for Mayor of London.

    12:00 AM — The most senior gay police officer in the UK has denied he wants to succeed Sir Ian Blair as Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police. PinkNews.co.uk reported earlier this month on comments Deputy Assistant Commissioner Brian Paddick allegedly made at a recruitment event for gay and lesbian teenagers.At the sparsely-attended event Mr Paddick made a speech, in which he discussed his future in the police force.

  • 30th August 2006

    Fertility group backs lesbian IVF access

    The BFS surveyed fertility clinics in England to establish how Primary Care Trusts (PCT's) are implementing guidance from the National Institute for Clinical Excellence on access to help and the best forms of treatment

    12:00 AM — Lesbians and single women should be treated the same way as heterosexual couples in access to NHS funded fertility treatment, medical experts recommended today.The British Fertility Society (BFS), the organisation representing professionals working with assisted conception, has issued a series of recommendations on social criteria for access to NHS-funded fertility treatment amid speculation of a postcode lottery in gaining support.

  • India’s gay prince plans to adopt

    Homosexuality is banned in India and punishable by up to 10 years in jail

    12:00 AM — The Indian prince, disowned two months ago by his family for being gay, announced this week that he will adopt a child.The 40-year-old Prince Manvendra Singh Gohil, said to be the first member of any royal family in the country to publicly reveal that he is gay, was stripped of his title and right over the royal properties in Gujarat, Maharashtra and elsewhere in the country in June for making his homosexuality public, reports The New Indian Express.

  • Local party stops modernising Tories

    Tory party member Mr Laws can stand for the Falmouth seat

    12:00 AM — Controversial Tory Ian Laws has moved back into the fold in his local Conservative party by being allowed to stand as a nominee for the Falmouth Camborne seat, according to The Times.Conservative party member Mr Laws was suspended following his public appeal for openly gay Ashley Crossely to be dumped as the local party candidate for the parliamentary seat at the last election.

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