2nd October 2006
Changes to South African gay blood donation ban 5
12:00 AM — South Africa has overturned its ban on gay men giving blood, with one condition - celibacy.Gay men who have been celibate for over six months will be allowed to donate, reports the South African Independent online.
29th September 2006
Gays banned from church leadership roles in New Zealand 4
12:00 AM — Leaders of New Zealand's Presbyterian Church today voted to bar gays and people having sex outside of marriage from having leadership roles within the church.The General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa, New Zealand 's top decision-making body reaffirmed its 2004 rule that those involved in sexual relations outside of marriage cannot become ministers or elders.
Young Liberal Democrats launch ‘homophobia is gay’ campaign 10
12:00 AM — Young Liberal Democrats have launched a 'crucial' campaign to stop homophobic bullying in schools.The Liberal Democrat Youth and Students (LDYS) chose the Liberal Democrat Conference, which was held in Brighton last week, to launch the initiative.The lynchpin of the campaign is hundreds of pink badges bearing the satirical slogan "Homophobia is Gay". Bundles of the badges are being distributed to freshers fairs across the country and are available to new students via 150 dedicated LDYS stalls.
Matthew Shepard Foundation urge greater LGBT voter registration
12:00 AM — The Matthew Shepard Foundation has launched a 'Get Out The Vote' campaign urging the US LGBT community to utilise their voting privilege.Writing in this month's issue of The Advocate Judy Shepard, mother of murdered gay hate victim Matthew Shepard, , called the low levels of LGBT voting ''totally unacceptable''.
Web game sparks gay debate 17
12:00 AM — An internet gamer who complained after being told he could not use the word "gay" in his online identity has been criticised by fellow users for deliberately breaking the rules.This month's issue of The Pink News reports that online role playing game City of Heroes (CoH) told subscriber Shane O'Neill that his use of the word gay in character names was too "vulgar" and "offensive."
DfT seeks gay passenger views
12:00 AM — The Department for Transport (DfT) today launched a consultation on how best to put into practice the principles of a strategy plan earlier this year which will affect travellers using train lines to and from the popular gay area of Brighton.The strategy aims to improve journeys for the majority of users on the line and address crowding issues.
Gordon, gays and goodbyes- A Labour conference summary 1
12:00 AM — Oh dear. Didn't have time to watch the Labour party conference? PinkNews.co.uk's Tony Grew provides a short blagger's guide to the week in Manchester.The whole conference was dominated by the leadership issue. Tony was forced into admitting that this will be his last conference as party leader earlier this month. Gay MP Chris Bryant was a leading conspirator, which is odd as he is top mates with Cherie.
28th September 2006
“Raping me won’t make me straight” lesbian “mini pride” makes its voice heard
12:00 AM — More than 40 South African women took to the streets of Soweto in a "mini pride" march promoted by the Forum for the Empowerment of Women, a gay human rights group based in the township.Holding placards reading "A lesbian with HIV/Aids is still my sister" and "Raping me won't make me straight" the group marched through the Johannesburg suburb, then listened to a series of speeches. Though a minority of residents objected to the event, it progressed without any serious hindrances.
Gay slur stirs debate 3
12:00 AM — The Paul Scholes debate continued on our message boards last night."Of course the use of "Poofter" against someone who has done you wrong is a slur to the gay community. Any time a word is used with negative connotations it impacts badly."
Gay and Lesbian History Month met with protest in US
12:00 AM — Over 120 complaints have been made to The Philadelphia School District over the recognition of Gay and Lesbian History Month on their school calendar.Cecilia Cummings, Philadelphia's senior vice-president for communications and community relations said the month was added for the first time this year in an effort to be more inclusive and follow the districts policy requiring equity for all minority groups.
October’s The Pink News is out now!
12:00 AM — October's The Pink News is dominated by religion and politics. From Christain's attacking the NSPCC for supporting gay children to the rising gay stars at the heart of British politics."A charity claiming to protect the interests of children has launched a bizarre attack on the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) and its Childline service...." You can download the latest edition of The Pink News online.
Christian cleared over gay pride protest
12:00 AM — The head of an anti-gay Christian lobby group has been cleared of public order charges after handing out anti-gay leaflets, but now plans to take civil action against the police for infringing on his freedom of speech.Stephen Green, director of Christian Voice, appeared before magistrates earlier this month after being arrested for handing out leaflets at Cardiff Mardi Gras which included quotes saying homosexuality is wrong.
Web bans gay characters 18
12:00 AM — A gay gamer has been forced to change his online screen identity after being told his username is too "vulgar" and "offensive" for internet role playing game City of Heroes.The game, run by international software developer NC Soft, refuses to allow the use of the word gay, changing it to symbols like swear words.
Iran’s “grisly human rights record” is a key issue 2
12:00 AM — Labour MP Chris Bryant argues that Iran's treatment of gays and lesbians is as much of a concern as their nuclear ambitions.It's all too easy for Europeans to take our rights as gays and lesbians for granted.Yet in my lifetime homosexuality was illegal in Britain and in countries as diverse as Spain, Greece and Poland there were dictatorships that punished any sex between men with imprisonment or hard labour.
Liberals still lead the way on gay rights
12:00 AM — Liberal Democrat equality spokesperson Lorely Burt argues that her party has led the way in gay rights.Everyone knows that during last 10 years the fight for LGBT rights has made unprecedented advances.Less known is the fact that the Liberal Democrats have been the principal driving force behind these changes.
Out and proud party people 1
12:00 AM — With the party conference season in full swing Tony Grew, political correspondent for The Pink News, speaks to gay party activists from the Tories, the Greens, the LibDems and Labour to find out what being gay and being political actually means in 2006.For those of us old enough to remember the passage of Section 28 and lesbian avengers storming the BBC news and abseiling into the House of Lords, back then it seemed the only way to fight homophobia was to rally behind the red flag.
Evangelical pursues gay police 11
12:00 AM — The Gay Lesbian Humanist Association has learned that an evangelical Christian politician will be seeking a private prosecution of members of the Gay Police Association following the Crown Prosecution Service's determination this week that the group would not be prosecuted.Rev George Hargreaves, the leader of Operation Christian Vote, a fundamentalist Christian political party that unsuccessfully contested seats in the 2004 election, informed Ken Macdonald QC, Director of Public Prosecutions, that he was seeking "request for leave to enter into a private prosecution in the matter of the GPA's advertisement."
Sunshine attracts increased civil ceremonies
12:00 AM — The number of gay civil ceremonies in Scotland increased by 20% compared to the beginning of the year.The figures released today from the Registrar General for Scotland show that many gay and lesbian couples used the warm summer months to register for civil partnerships
27th September 2006
Puppini Sisters release first single 57
12:00 AM — The fabulously camp Puppini Sisters release their single Wuthering Heights today. Here at PinkNews we are totally in love with their quirky 1940's style, rock chick attitude and closer than Tom and Katie harmonies.Their update of the Kate Bush classic is witty and winkingly knowing. Arranged by band member Marcella, and owing something to the Supremes, the track is produced by Benoit Charest, the composer of Belle Ville Rendezvous. The track bubbles along like musical champagne - guaranteed to make you smile.
Gay community safer after killer is caught
12:00 AM — A convicted murderer who absconded from a South Wales open prison in July has been found in the Channel Islands, Paul Hunt writes.Lee Dewhurst, 35, from Rochdale, Greater Manchester was found in Jersey and arrested by police after escaping from Prescoed prison where he was serving a life sentence for the murder of a gay man in 1992.