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  • 18th May 2006

    Gay media companies join forces to revolutionise the gay market 1

    The cover of a dummy version of The PinkNews

    12:00 AM — Two gay media companies are combining forces to produce a strong traditional news content publication currently lacking in the gay market place.The PinkNews will be produced byPinkNews.co.uk in association with 3SIXTY. Both companies are relatively new in the market place but both have already made their mark.

  • Call for end to AIDs vaccine ‘delay’

    The organisation claims more money is needed to provide a chance of halting the HIV pandemic

    12:00 AM — The National AIDS Trust is using World AIDS Vaccine Day, which takes place today, to call for a global AIDS vaccine spending to be doubled.The organisation claims more money is needed to provide a chance of halting the HIV pandemic in the future.

  • Lesbian couple plan first civil partnership divorce

    The break up came after Ms King told her partner she no longer loved her

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveA lesbian couple who are planning a divorce just two months after having a civil partnership face tough times ahead, a legal expert has warned.Liz King, 40, and Daphne Ligthart, 36, registered their partnership in Kent last February, they then shared a romantic honeymoon in Amsterdam, but will now become the first female same sex couple to have a divorce since the legislation began in December 2005.

  • Sacked soldier to research lesbian army role

    The law was changed in 2000, and Ms Heggiue, a research fellow at the University of Teesside, Middlesbrough, now wants to talk to lesbians who served before and after the ban

    12:00 AM — A lesbian soldier who was dismissed from the army for being gay more than 20 years ago, is to research the role of lesbian recruits.Dr Joan Heggiue, 46, was thrown out of the armed forces in 1984, after serving for eight years, when gay recruits were not allowed to serve.

  • Gay Asylum – a pressing issue 2

    Outrage's Iraqi LGBT officer Ali Hili does alot of work for gay asylum seekers

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveOutrage's Brett Lock tells PinkNews.co.uk the issues facing gay asylum seekersYesterday was the International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO). Today, six countries still impose the death penalty for homosexuality, and more than ten times that many criminalise us and persecute us. In many more countries, homophobia is so institutionalised that the police and authorities do very little - if anything at all - to defend gay people from abuse and discrimination.

  • Family values MP dies 1

    Eric Forth, MP for Bromley  Chislehurst, was known for his strange dress sense and campaigns to limit gay rights

    12:00 AM — Right wing Conservative MP, Eric Forth, died at the age of 61 last night after battling with cancer.The MP for Bromley Chislehurst was known for his strange dress sense and campaigns to limit gay rights and keep fox hunting.Mr Forth, born in Glasgow in 1944, was first elected as an MP in Mid Worcestershire in 1983, and switched to Bromley and Chislehurst, which he held until 1997.

  • 17th May 2006

    Homophobic stigma – A community cause 2

    Today's worldwide IDAHO demonstrations will show the homophobia that remains and will push for progress

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveIn accordance with international demonstrations marking the International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO), PinkNews.co.uk's Marc Shoffman examines how much stigma and prejudice has been eliminated.Today marks 16 years since the World Health Organisation (WHO) removed homosexuality from the International Classification of Diseases (ICD) as a mental disorder, on May 17 1990, the World Health Organisation endorsed an intention to remove homosexuality from a list of mental disorders.

  • Gay groups aim to silence homophobia 2

    Activists are hoping the UK will join a silences taking place in France, Peru, Uganda, Ivory Coast, Sri Lanka, Hong Kong and Brazil

    12:00 AM — Supporters of the International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO) are asking LGBT groups and their supporters to observe a minute's silence to mark the second International Day Against Homophobia today.Activists are hoping the UK will join a silences taking place in France, Peru, Uganda, Ivory Coast, Sri Lanka, Hong Kong and Brazil.

  • Star Trek actor backs gay rights battle

    George Takei came out last year

    12:00 AM — Sci-fi legend, George Takei, also known as Star Trek's Mr Sulu, has revealed the importance of fighting for gay rights.The actor, who steered the USS enterprise for 40 years, came out last year after becoming despondent with slow gay legislation in his home State of California.

  • Poor education making gay men ‘more vulnerable’ to HIV

    The group claims many schools fail to address sexual orientation

    12:00 AM — Young gay men are made more vulnerable to HIV due to the failure of schools to address homophobia and provide relevant sexual health information, according to the National AIDs Trust (NAT).To mark the second International Day against Homophobia, today, the NAT is highlighting the failure of many schools to either tackle homophobia or provide sex and relationships education (SRE) that addresses sexual orientation and HIV risk.

  • Ex officer accused of ‘underage gay relationships’

    Ben Stokes is claiming the Sergeant Hart waged a homophobic campaign against him

    12:00 AM — A police officers' flat was searched after he was suspected of having underage gay relationships, a tribunal heard yesterday.Ben Stokes, 23, a former member of the Nottingham Police claims he was discriminated against by his force after his sexuality was revealed when he started a relationship with a male teenager.

  • Education group reveals gay teacher plight

    Four out of five gay teachers and lecturers experience homophobia at work, according to the Teachers Support Network

    12:00 AM — Four out of five gay teachers and lecturers experience homophobia at work, according to a report by the Teacher Support Network.The study comes in response to the International Day Against Homophobia, which takes place today, recognising the homophobia that remains in society.

  • Bisexual MP supports gay asylum seekers 2

    L-R: Outrage's Peter Tatchell, IDAHO UK co-ordinator Derek Lennard, and Lib Dem MP Simon Hughes at the International Day Against Homophobia, 17 May 2006, Home Office, London, UK. “Stop Deporting Gay Refugees - Gay asylum seekers are victims, not criminals“ - Protest against Home Office refusal to grant asylum to people fleeing homophobic persecution (Photo: outragelondon)

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveLiberal Democrat Party President, Simon Hughes, attended a demonstration outside the Home Office today to mark the second International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO), and raise awareness of the plight of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender asylum seekers.The bisexual politician briefly addressed the crowd of gay activists, looking to highlight the problems facing asylum seekers who have fled homophobic persecution in countries like Pakistan, Uganda, Sudan, Jamaica, Iran, Belarus, Algeria, Iraq, Nigeria and Egypt.

  • Girls school facing lesbian abuse investigation

    The Health Service Executive (HSE) West is looking into allegations of inappropriate sexual activity at Kylemore Abbey school in County Galway, in the West of Ireland

    12:00 AM — One of Ireland's most prestigious girls school is under investigation for lesbian sex abuse, according to reports.The Health Service Executive (HSE) West is looking into allegations of inappropriate sexual activity at Kylemore Abbey school in County Galway, in the West of Ireland.

  • 16th May 2006

    Simon Hughes supports gay refugee plight

    A spokesman for Simon Hughes told PinkNews.co.uk that the MP for North Southwark and Bermondsey is expected to attend the event at around 1pm

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveLiberal Democrat Party President Simon Hughes will address a rally raising awareness of gay asylum seekers tomorrow to mark the International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO).Mr Hughes, MP for North Southwark and Bermondsey will make an appearance at the event which aims to highlight the plight of LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) refugees.

  • ‘Bogus’ lesbian refugee avoids deportation

    Carol Ajoh claimed she was a lesbian to avoid being sent back to Jamaica in 2000,  claiming she would be persecuted over her sexuality

    12:00 AM — An asylum seeker who pretended to be a lesbian to ensure she could remain in the UK, has won the right to stay because the Home Office delayed over her appeal, a judge ruled today.Carol Ajoh claimed she was a lesbian to avoid being sent back to Jamaica in 2000, claiming she would be persecuted over her sexuality if she returned to her home country.

  • Lesbian couple seek UK marriage recognition 10

    The landmark case will be heard in the High Court on 6 June 2006

    12:00 AM — The Green Party has been invited to submit evidence to the High Court in support of a lesbian couple's bid to get their Canadian marriage recognised in the UK.Celia Kitzinger and Sue Wilkinson were married in Canada in 2003 and for the first two years, their marriage had no legal standing in the UK, instead being converted into a Civil Partnership, but the couple are now fighting for the status of marriage.

  • Reverend backs gay marriage

    The Reverend Bob Brown of Queen's Cross Church in Aberdeen voiced disapproval of a campaign by Christian group, Forward Together, who want ministers and deacons banned from conducting civil partnership ceremonies

    12:00 AM — A Scottish minister has given his backing to civil partnerships after calling on the General Assembly of Scotland to reject an evangelical group's protest against priests conducting the gay service.The Reverend Bob Brown of Queen's Cross Church in Aberdeen voiced disapproval of a campaign by Christian group, Forward Together, who want ministers and deacons banned from conducting the ceremonies because they believe it is against the Bible.

  • Channel 4 rapped over lesbian sex ad

    The E4 trailer for sister channel More4, featured topless women in thongs kissing and touching each other

    12:00 AM — Channel 4 has been criticised after broadcasting an advert showing lesbian sex and nudity.The E4 trailer for sister channel More4, featured topless women in thongs kissing and touching each other.Although it was shown after midnight, the Ofcom media watchdog said it should have carried a warning.

  • CCTV captures homophobic attackers, police claim

    If you are one of the men pictured, or you know who they are, please contact CID at Bootle Street police station on 0161 856 3240 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111

    12:00 AM — Detectives believe they have uncovered new evidence relating to a homophobic attack which left a man with serious head injuries this year.Greater Manchester Police are appealing for help in identifying four men from CCTV pictures believed to be responsible for a hate crime in which two men were seriously assaulted in Manchester City Centre in the early hours of March 18 2006.

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