15th November 2006
Disabled gays welcome bus concessions 1
12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveA group representing gay and disabled people has welcomed a commitment to free bus travel for elderly and disabled communities, but warns that more needs to be done.Elderly and disabled people will be able to take advantage of the Concessionary Bus Travel Bill which will provide free travel in England at off-peak times from April 2008.
Stonewall to propose anti-gay incitement law 1
12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveGay charity Stonewall has vowed to keep a close eye on the new Criminal Justice Bill announced today as the campaigners aim to have homophobic incitement added to the law.The Queen's speech at the state opening of Parliament today promised a Criminal Justice Bill with new powers to put victims at the centre of the law and order system.
Home Office listening to lesbians gays
12:00 AM — The UK Lesbian Gay Immigration Group's (UKLGIG) fight to put the human rights abuses of LGBT people from around the world onto the agenda, has taken a big step forward with it's appointment as an observer to the Advisory Panel on Country Information, APCI.The APCI was set up to consider and make recommendations to the Home Secretary about the content of country information, which is produced by the Country of Origin Information Service, (COIS), at the Home Office.
14th November 2006
AIDS charity raising HIV awareness in schools 1
12:00 AM — The National AIDS Trust (NAT) today launches its Schools Pack in the lead up to World AIDS Day 1 December, a practical resource for teachers providing ideas on integrating HIV into the national curriculum for Key Stages 3 and 4.The pack is designed for use throughout the school year, but has been launched ahead of World AIDS Day, so that teachers can plan lessons and activities for this international day of awareness.
Gay bar stops two men kissing 24
12:00 AM — A gay pub has been accused of being "unprincipled" and "disingenuous" after a customer was told to stop kissing his boyfriend because it is "inappropriate."Scott Blockley, 39, was shocked when the General Manager of the Rose and Crown pub in Greenwich told him to stop kissing his partner Marc Finbow, 24, because other customers may find it offensive.
UN urged to outlaw anti-gay legislation
12:00 AM — Green Party MEP Caroline Lucas has added her name to calls for the United Nations to outlaw anti-gay laws around the world.Dr Lucas, who represents South-East England, has signed up to a letter demanding the UN Human Rights Council adopts a resolution requiring the worldwide decriminalisation of homosexuality.
Gay choir helping youngsters find a voice
12:00 AM — The London Gay Men's Chorus, the UK's largest gay choir, is to launch a youth choir, aimed at 16-21 year olds.Following a successful pilot project last year, the first workshop for those interested in joining the choir, to be known as 'Sing It!' will take place this weekend.
Schoolboy sentence appealed 6
12:00 AM — The life sentence given to a schoolboy who killed a fellow pupil after he allegedly rejected his sexual advances has been referred for appeal.Michael Hamer was sentenced to life imprisonment last month for the murder of Joe Geeling in a case which appears to centre around a letter luring the boy to the killer's home.
Police appeal for help after rape
12:00 AM — Camden Police are releasing an e-fit and appealing for information in identifying a man sought in connection with a rape of a man in the Euston area in September 2006.At approximately 0300 on 04/09/2006 a 34-year-old male victim left GAY Late bar in Goslett Yard WC2 after a night out.
Gay charity reminds Ruth Kelly of ‘hidden homeless’ 1
12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveRuth Kelly appears to have forgotten about the gay community again, this time by failing to mention them in a speech about homelessness.The Albert Kennedy Trust, England's only charity supporting housing for members of the LGBT community, criticised Ms Kelly for not mentioning the "hidden homeless."
13th November 2006
Gay Christians welcome Mexican unions 1
12:00 AM — A gay Christian group has welcomed Mexico's introduction of civil union laws in its capital.Last week Mexico City backed civil union laws for gay and straight partners, joining the municipalities of Buenos Aires and Rio Grande de Sul (Brazil) in passing such legislation.The Metropolitan Community Churches congratulated the lawmakers on breaking down discrimination.
Campaigners seek Christmas cheer for El Salvador gays
12:00 AM — Amnesty International is encouraging people across the UK to send a message of solidarity to William Hernández - a gay activist in El Salvador who has received death threats apparently intended to deter him from campaigning - as the campaign group launches its annual Greetings Card Campaign.William Hernández is the director of Asociación Entre Amigos (Between Friends Association) and he and other members of the organisation have allegedly received death threats.
Young gay Londoners have their say 2
12:00 AM — Lesbian and gay Londoners are set to have a say on their city with the launch of a new LGBT Youth Council tonight.A conference, supported by the Metropolitan Police Service sees young LGBT people come together with service providers, funders and local decision makes to really have their say on matters important to them.
Ugandan lesbian faces deportation 2
12:00 AM — A Labour MP is supporting a Ugandan lesbian's plight after she is facing deportation despite fleeing her Muslim father after he threatened to kill her, according to reports.Faridah Kenyini, 20, came to Britain in 2004 and has been in a relationship with Sarah Garenette, a British security officer, however, a judge at her asylum hearing recently questioned her sexuality and ordered that she return home.
Gay humanists back Elton John’s religion attack 8
12:00 AM — The Gay and Lesbian Humanist Association (GALHA) has backed comments from Sir Elton John after he claimed that religion promotes the hatred of gays.The gay singing legend launched an attack on religion last weekend accusing it of promoting homophobia and suggested that it should be banned.
Pig-headed gay row over medieval marriage contest
12:00 AM — Committee members organising an ancient marriage event are debating whether to include civil partners in a 900 year old contest to find the happiest married couple.The Dunmow Flitch Trials are held every four years and require married couples to persuade a judge and jury of "6 maidens and 6 bachelors" that they would "not wisht themselves unmarried," but now a debate has emerged between the Essex organisers whether to include same sex couples.
Gay campaigners welcome Sir Elton’s support 1
12:00 AM — Activists have welcomed Sir Elton John's support for gay campaigns after he pledged his support for gay rights.In an interview with The Observer Music Monthly, the gay artist backed a gay pride concert in Moscow, where a gay rights meeting was plagued with violence earlier this year.Sir Elton said: "What we should be doing as musicians is trying to bring people together. The idea for a 'Gay Pride' concert in Moscow is a brilliant idea."
Trans stalker looking for Michael Jackson to Thrill-her
12:00 AM — An Australian drag queen is stalking pop legend Michael Jackson, according to reports.The star has enlisted extra security after receiving around 100 letters a day from the Sydney based transvestite.The note maker expresses a desire to marry Jackson, a source told the Daily Star ahead of the performer's appearance at this week's World Music Awards in London, "They are from a man who works as a drag queen in the seedy King's Cross area of Sydney.
10th November 2006
Comment: Death won’t bring repentance 2
12:00 AM — Gay campaigner Peter Tatchell claims that hanging former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein would not bring repentance.Hanging Saddam Hussein is easy. But is it morally right? Will it best serve the cause of justice? How will it help his victims and their loved ones? Is the Butcher of Baghdad beyond redemption?
Gay soldiers fought for freedom despite discrimination
12:00 AM — It's a shame that lesbian and gay personnel contributed so much to both World Wars but had to return to discrimination in Britain, gay campaigner Peter Tatchell said today on the eve of Remembrance Day.Remembrance day is held to mark the anniversary of the end of the First World War and also to remember the soldiers and civilians who died in other wars, which Mr Tatchell said statistically would have involved a lot of gay and lesbian personnel as well as other members of the community.