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2006

  • 30th December 2006

    Was life easier for gays under Saddam? 2

    Al Iraqiya Television broadcasts part of the execution

    12:00 AM — The former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein has been executed but questions remain over his attitude towards homosexuality.While it is true at during the 1990s Saddam's representatives at the United Nations opposed discussions of international gay rights or welcoming gay groups as observers to the UN, the actual position of gay people within the country remains sketchy at best.

  • 29th December 2006

    A fond farewell 2

    Benjamin Cohen and Marc Shoffman launching The Pink News last Summer

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk's Marc Shoffman bids farewell to the siteI am not afraid to admit that I came to PinkNews.co.uk as a novice. To me Section 28 sounded more like a military base than an example of discrimination and intolerance, however, it did not take long for me to realise that the gay community's plight is not just about getting society to realise that it is ok to sleep with a person of the same sex, but rather just because a person falls in love with a person of the same sex, that does not give others the right to discriminate against them.

  • Gay Lib Dem defects to the Tories 2

    12:00 AM — A prominent gay Liberal Democrat has defected to the Conservative party, launching a bitter attack on the leadership of Ming Campbell.Richard Porter, a former London Borough of Southwark councillor, is reported to be one of two current LibDem prospective parliamentary candidates to have switched their allegiance to David Cameron's party.Mr Porter was contacted by PinkNews.co.uk and confirmed his defection. The Liberal Democrats press office had no comment on reports of defections at this time.

  • A year for gay legislation

    If 2006 was the year of legislation then 2007 should be the year of implementation

    12:00 AM — Departing PinkNews.co.uk online editor Marc Shoffman sifts through the stories that made 2006.It's been a great year for gay rights. Legislation wise the gay community can take advantage of civil partnerships and soon the Sexual Orientation Regulations, LGBT people have had the last 52 weeks to thank for that, but it hasn't all been a smooth ride.

  • COMMENT: An annus horribilis for all faiths 1

    The Catholic Church is still troubled by the continuing child-abuse scandal, with the situation in Ireland looking particularly costly.

    12:00 AM — It has been a grim year for all the major religions. PinkNews.co.uk's Ben Leung calls for a change in attitude from the leaders of all faiths. For as long as I can remember, New Year's Day feels like Groundhog Day: exhausted and hung over, the first thing I hear on the radio is always what the Pope has been saying, and the first thing I see on the television is the New Year's Day concert from Vienna on BBC2.

  • NHS to cut transgender operations 11

    It is hoped that the change will mean a reduction in hospital waiting times

    12:00 AM — An NHS Trust is to cut funding to gender transition as part of a move to limit non-essential operations in the area.Hounslow Primary Care Trust has announced that from April 2007, anyone seeking NHS support for medical services such as gender reassignment, tattoo removal, or breast enhancements will have to pay for it.

  • Camper than Christmas?

    It's Now Or Never  is an example of the sort of high-concept TV format that seems to have dominated the schedules in recent years.

    12:00 AM — For some it was the most exquisite realisation of their gay daydreams - what if real life was just like a musical?For others it was car crash television, a jaw-dropping, buttock-clenching disaster and yet another sign that ITV have lost not just the plot but the whole damn novel.Viewers will have a chance to judge for themselves as the programme that divided the critics returns to our screens tomorrow night.

  • Elton John’s birthday venue closing

    It was the scene of one of the campest and most extravagant moments of the 1990s when Sir Elton turned up to his party dressed in the style of an 18th Century Versailles character

    12:00 AM — A venue which has played host to gay stars such as Elton John is facing closure, according to reports.The Hammersmith Palais is to be demolished after 90 years and turned into offices and a restaurant, a far cry from the days where it would hold wartime tea parties or Sir Elton's 50th birthday bash.

  • Home Office defends anti-homophobia campaign 3

    Minister for Police and Security Tony McNulty has hit out at critics of new guidance on tackling homophobic hate

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveMinister for Police and Security Tony McNulty has hit out at critics of new guidance on tackling homophobic hate crime.The Home Office today launched a campaign promoting effective ways of reporting and stopping homophobic crime which includes using schools to teach against homophobia.

  • Chat room teenager stabs 43-year-old lover 3

    Holden's bowel and colon were penetrated in the attack, though he has subsequently made a full recovery.

    12:00 AM — An intergenerational relationship that started on the internet ended with a near-fatal stabbing, Carlisle Crown Court has heard.19-year-old Artan Fana was sentenced to two years in jail for stabbing 43-year-old Mark Holden in February this year.The Essex teenager had met Holden in an internet chat room and they spent many hours getting to know each other online.

  • Gay teens reluctant to reveal sexuality to GPs

    Only a third had told their family doctor they were gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender.

    12:00 AM — A study among out LGBT teenagers in the US has found that only 35% of them have revealed their sexuality to their doctor.131 teenagers attending the Models of Pride Youth Conference, which met in Oregon to discuss empowerment for LGBT people, took part in the survey.The fact that all of the young people who participated in the study were attending such an event means they are more open about their sexual orientation than most other gay teenagers.

  • “Home” HIV testing kits less reliable

    Customers who are found to have positive antibodies will have access to DrThom's telephone counselling.

    12:00 AM — A UK company has launched a new HIV testing service, but AIDS charities have warned customers that they are not as reliable as going to a clinic.For £25, DrThom will analyse a sample of saliva for HIV antibodies. Customers take the sample themselves and sent it through the post to the company's laboratory.If antibodies, which indicate the presence of the HIV virus, are present the customer is contacted by phone.

  • Home Office targets homophobic crime 3

    The guidance features previously effective examples of tackling hate crime through raising awareness, encouraging victims to report crimes and tools

    12:00 AM — New ways to tackle homophobic hate crime and help make gay, lesbian, bisexual and transsexual people (LGBT) feel safer has been published by the Home Office today."Tackling Homophobic Hate Crime" highlights good practice from around England and Wales, and stresses the best way for crime reduction agencies, including the police, to do more to crackdown on crime motivated by prejudice or hate.

  • 28th December 2006

    Honey, are we there yet? 1

    The journey to gay equality is not yet over

    12:00 AM — So, gay people can legally have sex at the same age as their straight counterparts and can register their partnerships. Section 28 is a thing of the past and making it illegal to refuse services on the grounds of sexual orientation is on the agenda. Some might think that equality has finally arrived. But has it?PinkNews.co.uk's Torsten Hojer asks key gay groups what 2007 holds for them.

  • Barrowman celebrates gay partnership 1

    Barrowman plays bisexual character Captain Jack Harkness in the Doctor Who spin off Torchwood

    12:00 AM — Gay actor John Barrowman celebrated his civil partnership this week.The Torchwood star had a civil ceremony with his partner of 16 years Scott Gill in Cardiff.The star took time out of his filming schedule as well as appearing in panto to have his relationship recognised.

  • Spanish gays may receive damages from Franco regime

    The Spanish government is considering offering damages to members of the gay community who were sent to mental hospitals, tortured or imprisoned  under the regime of General Francisco Franco

    12:00 AM — Spanish gays who were discriminated against under the Franco dictatorship may receive compensation, according to reports.The Spanish government is considering offering damages to members of the gay community who were sent to mental hospitals, tortured or imprisoned under the regime of General Francisco Franco between the 1930s and 1970s.

  • Gay community mourns Ford death 1

    In 2001, President Ford joined the advisory board of the Republican Unity Coalition, a gay-straight alliance

    12:00 AM — Gay activists have joined tributes to the late Gerald Ford who died aged 93 this week,Lobby group the Log Cabin Republicans, praised Ford's recognition of gay rights while the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force described the former President as an 'advocate for individual rights.'

  • 27th December 2006

    Massachusetts court defends gay marriage 1

    Outgoing Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney has previously called for a new debate on gay marriage laws

    12:00 AM — The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court has ruled that lawmakers cannot be forced to vote on the state's gay marriage laws.Outgoing Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney has previously called for a new debate on gay marriage laws in the state in the hope of rescinding the current law which makes it the part of America which allows same sex couples to marry.

  • Syphilis marketing campaign a success for San Francisco gays

    12:00 AM — A social marketing campaign urging gay and bisexual men in San Francisco to get checked for syphilis has been branded a success.Cartoons advocating the tests were placed in a gay newspaper, and poster-sized reproductions were posted on the streets, on bus shelters, on Webs sites and in gay bars.

  • USA mourns Gerald Ford 1

    Ford, the longest surviving US President, survived two attempted assassinations in his time at the Oval office, both in 1975

    12:00 AM — America is mourning the loss of Former US President Gerald Ford after the ex-leader died last night aged 93.He was the only un-elected US President after taking over from Richard Nixon in 1974 following the Watergate scandal, but it could have all been so different had Ford's life not been saved by a gay man.

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