20th November 2006
Gay penguin book sends parents flapping 3
12:00 AM — A children's book about two male penguins raising a baby penguin has some St Louis area parents grumbling about the book's appropriateness for elementary students.Some have suggested And Tango Makes Three be moved from a general shelf in the school library to a restricted area where parental permission is needed in order for students to check out the books, the St Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
Police making gaydar a reliable force for community 2
12:00 AM — Seven police forces across the UK are now signing up with social networking site gaydar.co.uk in the ongoing fight against homophobic crime.Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community liaison police officers from the West Midlands, Staffordshire and South Wales forces are now considering profiles on gaydar.co.uk following successful trial partnerships with the Metropolitan Police in London and the Sussex police force.
Manchester educates against homophobia
12:00 AM — A new Manchester initiative aimed at ending homophobia through education has been launched today.The scheme, called 'Exceeding Expectations,' has launched a newsletter to be distributed to all adults working at secondary schools across the city.
Romney demands gay marriage vote 2
12:00 AM — Outgoing Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney is getting desperate in his attempt to leave an anti-gay legacy in the state.The Governor has previously called for a new debate on gay marriage laws in Massachusetts in the hope of rescinding the current law which makes it the only state to allow same sex couples to marry.
Gay singer gets frog in his throat
12:00 AM — An unlikely alliance of George Michael and the Crazy Frog is set to give X Factor a battle in the race for the Christmas Number 1 this year.To celebrate George Michael's 25th anniversary gig, the Crazy Frog has recorded his rendition of the Wham's 1984 hit single 'Last Christmas' as a tribute to the 1980s icon.
Campaigners back transgender rights
12:00 AM — Gay activists in the US are today commemorating the International Transgender Day of Remembrance by reflecting on the loss of members of the transgender community due to hate or prejudice."The Transgender Day of Remembrance is a solemn time to reflect on those who have been murdered because of their gender identity or expression," said Mara Keisling, executive director of the National Centre for Transgender Equality (NCTE).
Irish Labour faces revolt over gay marriage
12:00 AM — The leader of Ireland's Labour Party is facing a revolt amongst members over his stance on same sex marriage.Pat Rabbitte, who leads the Republic of Ireland's opposition party, has raised concern after telling a Labour Youth conference that he supported same sex marriage but doubted whether now is the right time to back it in a referendum.
Gay councillor questions Brighton’s HIV/AIDS cuts
12:00 AM — Gay Green Party Councillor Simon Williams is leading calls for Brighton and Hove City Council to investigate the impact of recent budget cuts on people living with HIV and AIDS in the city.NHS HIV/AIDS budgets in the city have been cut by a third in three years if inflation is included, the party claims.
Victorian gays welcome local union registry
12:00 AM — Victorian human rights group, Civil Union Action! (CUA), has welcomed Melbourne City Council's pledge to set up a relationship registry for same-sex couples, noting that the council acted because the State Government had failed to do so.CUA spokesman John Kloprogge said the council's scheme would provide evidence of a relationship, but could not fix discrimination at the state level.
George Michael considers Corrie cameo 4
12:00 AM — Gay singer George Michael begins his first British tour in 15 years this week, amid rumours that he is set to appear on the cobbles of Coronation Street.The artist, whose album, Twenty Five, reached number 1 over the weekend, is rumoured to have been offered a cameo role in a Christmas special of hit soap Coronation Street.
Gay venue owner given £20 million facelift
12:00 AM — London's biggest gay nightclub owner is to be given a restructure which will balue it at around £20 million.Soho Clubs and Bars, which owns many of the West End's most famous venues such as Bar Soho, Cheers and Candy Bar, is to be given a managerial facelift with 67-year old owner, Geoffrey Rose believed to be keen to wind down his involvement.
Christian Union’s ‘ex-gay’ course banned 4
12:00 AM — Edinburgh University's Christian Union is considering legal action against the academic institution after being banned from teaching a course which included literature on "curing" homosexuality.The Union's PURE course on abstinence was heavily criticised after recommending books on "ex-gay" groups, leading Edinburgh University to ban its teaching, describing it as inappropriate.
Barker faces party snub over alleged gay affair 10
12:00 AM — A Conservative spokesman who's marriage ended allegedly because of a gay affair may be deselected, according to reports.Environment spokesperson, Greg Barker, split from his wife Celeste earlier this year, telling his local party that there was no-one else involved, but reports recently claimed that he had been having an affair with an interior designer.