6th February 2006
Students protest gay donor ban 5
12:00 AM — British students have launched a protest against The National Blood Service's ban on homosexual donors.Student Unions have started campaigns at Leeds Metropolitan University, while universities including Nottingham, Aberystwyth, Lancaster, Salford and Bangor have mounted "gay blood is good" demonstrations.
IDAHO off to good start 2
12:00 AM — The International Day Against Homophobia campaign has got off to a positive start this year, according to gay group, IDAHO.Last year the first International Day Against Homophobia was marked in over 40 countries throughout the world, including the first gay and lesbian rally in China, and an internet campaign by MAHA, a group of LGBT militants in Iran.
Royal Navy searching for gay recruits 2
12:00 AM — The Royal Navy is looking to increase its gay personnel, despite fears that the move could anger traditionalists within the service.Navy chiefs have been working to build bridges with the gay community for some time since the service's ban on gay and lesbian recruits was lifted five years ago.
5th February 2006
Lib Dem voters back Simon Hughes 19
12:00 AM — Newspaper reports have suggested that Liberal Democrat leadership candidate Simon Hughes is now favourite amongst voters to lead the party.A survey put him on 34 per cent, ahead of Sir Menzies Campbell and Chris Huhne. Bookies put Hughes in third. He was initially seen as an outsider after being accused of lying about his sexuality.
4th February 2006
Gay flamingos celebrate fifth anniversary with their children 24
12:00 AM — Britain's only gay flamingos Carlos and Fernando, are celebrating their fifth anniversary together with their adopted children at Slimbridge Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust in Gloucestershire.The pair surprised staff at the wildlife park after they came out five years ago and began to engage in a series of complex mating rituals. The pink birds have been inseparable ever since and have even raised chicks together after they stole eggs from neighbouring straight couples.
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Who do the LGBT community think should lead the Lib Dems? 19
12:00 AM — The Liberal Democrats have hardly been out of the news of late as they build up to the election of a new leader. Sexuality has never been a more important issue in politics since Simon Hughes, the former front-runner for the leadership came out as bisexual.Today, we are asking for your choice as leader of the Liberal Democrats.The Liberal Democrats do not stand in Northern Ireland so for this reason we are only inviting votes from readers residing either in England, Wales or Scotland.
3rd February 2006
Tennis ace to open Gay Games 3
12:00 AM — Tennis star Martina Navratilova will open this year's Outgames in Montreal.The world-renowned tennis champion will present the Declaration of Montréal, the resolution of a conference on gay rights, with Olympic medallist and Outgames Co-President Mark Tewksbury at the Opening Ceremony on July 29, 2006.
Comment: Playing it Straight 1
12:00 AM — The recent popularity of the Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender genre as seen in award winning films such as Brokeback Mountain and Transamerica, has helped bring gay issues to the fore and raise the profile of many of the actors involved.PinkNews.co.uk's Marc Shoffman asks why none of these stars are actually gay.
Simon Hughes- Media can’t get its head around bisexuality 2
12:00 AM — The coverage of Simon Hughes's outing as bisexual demonstrates the media's confusion of bisexuality according to research by gay news provider, PinkNews.co.ukPinkNews.co.uk, the largest news service for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered (lgbt) outside of North America has found that out of 116 reports of Simon Hughes's sexuality, only ten articles correctly defined his sexuality as bisexual. 87% of PinkNews.co.uk readers believe that the British media as a whole does not understand what bisexuality is.
THT launch gay drug alcohol support
12:00 AM — The Terrence Higgins Trust has launched a new drug and alcohol support service for young lesbian, gay and bi-sexual (LGB) people in Lambeth. The scheme, called High NRG, is being run in Waterloo and will support under 25's who need advice and information on drugs and alcohol.The service offers one to one counselling and group work and is funded by Lambeth Council's Young People's Substance Misuse Grant.
Pink plaques for gay Brighton
12:00 AM — A Brighton Hove Councillor has suggested erecting pink plaques to celebrate the gay contribution to the city.Green Party cllr Bill Randall welcomed blue plaques to commemorate significant people or buildings, and feels that the 'gay capital' of England should also recognise the significance of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) population.
War game makes peace over gay protests
12:00 AM — Online computer game, World of Warcraft has changed its policy on gay teams following player's protests.Game makers, Blizzard Entertainment, was accused of being heavy-handed by threatening to expel a player for trying to set up a gay-friendly team or guild. The company officially apologised to the guild recruiter, saying the warning should never have been issued.
Bond director arrested over transexual prostitution 3
12:00 AM — The director of James Bond film, Die Another Day, was arrested for allegedly offering oral sex whilst dressing as a woman, according to officials in America.Lee Tamahori was arrested in January when he approached an undercover Los Angeles police officer and offered to "orally copulate him for money."
Government asks how many gays are in the village 5
12:00 AM — The Department of Trade and Industry is to start asking about sexual orientation as part of an attempt to count the number of gay people in Britain.According to reports in The Economist, people may be asked about their sexuality when they register at a doctors surgery or fill in a crime survey, and a sexuality section may appear on the 2011 census.
Bishop opposes gay blessings 30
12:00 AM — The Bishop of Lichfield has expressed concern at plans for a gay and bisexual church serviceAccording to the BBC, he said he wished an event publicised in the diocese newspaper to devise services for gay and bisexual people was not happening. The newspaper said the Lichfield branch of Changing Attitude, who campaign for lesbian and gay affirmation in the Anglican Church, is holding an event called Liturgies for Love.
2nd February 2006
Making homophobia history
12:00 AM — A survey of top lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender historical figures will be compiled over the next few weeks as part of this year's LGBT History Month.The month of events in February, backed by Schools Out, who aim to provide a support network for all lesbians, gay men, bisexuals and transpersons in education, will provide a comprehensive history of homosexuality in the UK.
First gay marriage in British Army
12:00 AM — A lesbian couple have become the first gay army recruits to have a civil partnership.The Sun revealed that Privates Sonya Gould, 19, and Vanessa Haydock, 18, got married under new civil laws.Vanessa, based at Hullavington, Wilts, told the Sun said: "It was wonderful to get married and being the first was the icing on the cake. We want to be together forever."
Couple plan gay rights protest
12:00 AM — A gay couple in North Carolina are refusing to pay their taxes in protest at not being allowed to get married.Charles Merrill and his partner Kevin Boyle, have announced they will not pay Federal or North Carolina Income Tax on over two million dollars worth of stock sales and income for 2004, because of unfair discrimination in the Federal and State Tax Income Codes.
Canada may backtrack on gay marriages
12:00 AM — Gay people in Canada may have the right to marry taken away just a year after the nation granted it.A new Conservative government, that campaigned on the promise that it would allow Parliament to vote on whether to reopen the issue, takes power next week .If Parliament approves the motion, the government, led by Stephen Harper, would then change the definition of marriage back to that of a union between a man and a woman. The gay marriage law was brought in by the outgoing Liberals.