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November 2006

  • 3rd November 2006

    Borat – Parody or Prejudice? 3

    The comedy revolves around the US adventures of Kazakh documentary-maker, Borat. It has been accused of being racist, homophobic, anti-Semitic and misogynist

    12:00 AM — Gay campaigner Peter Tatchell asks if controversial film Borat Cultural Learnings of America For Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan, is parodying prejudice or pandering to it?The comedy revolves around the US adventures of Kazakh documentary-maker, Borat. It has been accused of being racist, homophobic, anti-Semitic and misogynist.

  • BBC backs gay Bully of the Year 3

    Chris Moyles with Sir Elton John

    12:00 AM — Friends of Radio1 DJ Chris Moyles have leapt to the presenter's defence after he was named Bully of the Year at the Stonewall Awards last night.Stonewall supporters chose Moyles out of a list of public figures including former Muslim Council of Britain head Sir Iqbal Sacranie and the Archbishop of Westminster, who are seen to have caused distress in the gay community recently.

  • China approves first gay group

    Although homosexuality in China is no longer considered a mental illness, it is still taboo

    12:00 AM — Mainland China has approved its first gay and lesbian organisation, according to reports.Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou has backed a group called Happy Together, which arranges lectures, excursions and events of interest to the gay community.Its membership includes professors, teachers and students, China Daily reports.

  • 2nd November 2006

    Rugby can help tackle homophobia

    RFU chief Bob Rogers admires the new poster campaign

    12:00 AM — Rugby can lead the fight against homophobia, the sport's chief said last night.Unveiling a new poster campaign against homophobia, Bob Rogers, the president of the Rugby Football Union (RFU) said the pastime's values of respect can help create an impact on wider society.

  • Campaigners question gay marriage poll 1

    A free vote on reopening the debate on same sex marriage will be held later this month

    12:00 AM — Gay campaigners are questioning a nationwide poll in Canada which shows that citizens believe marriage commissioners should be allowed to refuse same sex unions if it violates their religious beliefs.The poll conducted by COMPAS Inc for the Institute for Canadian Values and National Post shows that a large majority of Canadians want Parliament to act to protect freedom of religion in the light of legislation redefining marriage to include same-sex couples.

  • Students call for end to “archaic” gay blood ban 5

    Students say that the current National Blood Service policy, which bans gay and bisexual men from giving blood for life is archaic

    12:00 AM — Students from all over the UK will converge on blood donation centres in their town today campaigning for the National Union of Students Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans (NUS LGBT) day of action.Students say that the current National Blood Service policy, which bans gay and bisexual men from giving blood for life is archaic and they are calling for a review of the policy.

  • Gay artists Think Pink for World AIDS Day 1

    The gay doll museum

    12:00 AM — Hastings, home of the saucy postcard, will be raising eyebrows once more this December with the launch of a major new art exhibition, Think Pink, bringing together a bevy of the UK's leading gay artists.Opening on World Aids Day, December 1st, the show challenges near-neighbour Brighton's seaside gay monopoly by combining art with key messages on safer sex and modern gay life.

  • Gay Germany snappers can go a long way

    MyGayGermany is a new promotion by the German National Tourist Office designed especially for UK and Irish residents

    12:00 AM — A new online promotion lets you choose your favourite image of Germany and enter to win free Air Berlin tickets to Germany.MyGayGermany is a new promotion by the German National Tourist Office designed especially for UK and Irish residents.Once a person selects their favourite photo, they are entered into a prize draw to win one of four prizes of two return airline tickets flying Air Berlin to any of Air Berlin's German destinations from the UK.

  • Archbishop holding meetings over gay rift 3

    Dr Williams has angered conservative leaders by not formally condemning homosexuality but instead encouraging dialogue

    12:00 AM — Conservative Anglican leaders will meet with the Archbishop of Canterbury to discuss a split from the communion amid disagreement over the ordination of gay clergy in the denomination.The Daily Telegraph reports that a secret meeting has been planned between Dr Rowan Williams and disheartened bishops from Africa.

  • Stonewall prepares for first gay awards 2

    The awards, to be presented by Sir Ian McKellen, celebrate the positive contributions being made by individuals and organisations to the lives of gay people in Britain

    12:00 AM — Stonewall will tonight host its first annual awards ceremony at London's Royal Academy of Arts.The awards, to be presented by Sir Ian McKellen, celebrate the positive contributions being made by individuals and organisations to the lives of gay people in Britain.

  • WorldPride tension spreads across Israel 23

    WorldPride organisers are still determined that the event will go ahead after having to cancel it this summer because of the Lebanon conflict and the year before due to the Gaza disengagement

    12:00 AM — Tension is mounting between ultra-orthodox Jews and Israel's gay community over next week's WorldPride march as conflict spread into Tel Aviv with a synagogue being smashed in protest against opposition to the event.The synagogue was sprayed with the words, "If we can't march in Jerusalem, you won't walk in Tel Aviv," , police told the Jerusalem Post, in an attack thought to be against the religious outbursts towards gays and lesbians planning to march next Friday.

  • Kick homophobia up the Arsenal 2

    Arsenal's new Emirates Stadium

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk's Marc Shoffman questions the effectiveness of anti-homophobia campaigns in sport.Kick It Out, a campaign group against discrimination in sport just finished a week long awareness extravaganza. Although there were not many events against homophobia, sports fans have been warned all week that discrimination is wrong and to show others' respect.So I couldn't help but smile as I sat in Arsenal Football Club's plush new Emirates' Stadium last night when the host announced that all fans should respect the travelling supporters for CSKA Moscow "because discrimination is wrong."

  • THT hits Scotland

    Terrence Higgins Trust Scotland promises to protect and enhance the much-needed HIV and sexual health services for local people

    12:00 AM — HIV and sexual health charity Terrence Higgins Trust is today officially launching 'Terrence Higgins Trust Scotland', with offices in Glasgow, Aberdeen and Inverness.The launch follows the finalisation of a merger with PHACE Scotland, Scotland's leading HIV and sexual health charity and a successful bid to provide services in the Highlands.

  • McCain bites back

    French fries always find themselves lumbered with a bad name as they are often mistakenly associated with a bad diet

    12:00 AM — Chips have had a lot of bad press of late.French fries always find themselves lumbered with a bad name as they are often mistakenly associated with a bad diet, but now chip manufacturer McCain is biting back.McCain is offering chips off the old block the chance to win an Ultimate McCain Moment by entering their prize draw and special rewards for vouchers collected from packets of the oven chips.

  • Stonewall celebrates gay friendly Britain 2

    The awards are held tonight at the Royal Academy of Arts, hosted by Sir Ian McKellen

    12:00 AM — Writers, broadcasters, politicians, campaigners, actors and actresses will gather at the Royal Academy of Arts tonight to celebrate the contribution of gay and lesbian personalities as well as gay friendly public figures.The event marks gay charity Stonewall's first award's ceremony, PinkNews.co.uk assesses this year's nominees.

  • Corrie star launches LGBT category in Best Bar None awards

    Coronation Street actress Beverley Callard has officially launched Manchester's Best Bar None awards, which for this year includes an LGBT category for the first time

    12:00 AM — Coronation Street actress Beverley Callard has officially launched Manchester's Best Bar None awards, which for this year includes an LGBT category for the first time.Ms Callard, who plays Liz McDonald in the popular soap, encouraged responsible venues to get involved with the initiative, that rewards well managed venues who take their customers' safety seriously.

  • November’s The Pink News out now! 6

    The latest edition of The Pink News is out now!

    12:00 AM — November's The Pink News is dominated by questions over anti-gay preacher Stephen Green's contribution to the Christian faith.There is also an exclusive interview with historian David Starkey.Download a pdf version of the magazine by clicking here.

  • 1st November 2006

    Jerusalem gay march tension grows 23

    worldPride is scheduled for November 10

    12:00 AM — Jerusalem police are considering cancelling the WorldPride gay march as protest grows, according to reports.Ultra-Orthodox Jews have threatened "holy-war" against the march and have called on all Jewish people to oppose the parade using biblical punishments, prompting police to deploy extra officers to protect marchers.But Israeli paper Arutz Sheva reports that this is a sign that they may cancel the parade if it proves too hard to police.

  • Gay and lesbian jobseekers welcome Stonewall guide

    Stephen Frost, director of Stonewall's workplace programmes, hailed the event a success

    12:00 AM — Students and employers welcomed Stonewall's lesbian and gay recruitment guide last night.Representatives from large organisations such as Goldman Sachs, the Metropolitan Police and the Royal Navy helped make up a 135 strong crowd of employers who eagerly took questions from around 50 lesbian and gay students keen to know about gay friendly workplaces.

  • Gay rugby stars pose to tackle sport homophobia 57

    The Kings Cross Steelers will be poster boys, bearing the slogan “help is kick hate crime into touch'.

    12:00 AM — The Metropolitan Police are to launch a poster campaign in a bid to encourage homophobic hate crime reporting.The posters, which will be distributed to gay venues as well as sports centres, will be run in partnership with the Rugby Football Union and bear the slogan "help is kick hate crime into touch'.

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