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  • 1st November 2006

    Sexual health fears after fake condom discovery

    Will Nutland, from HIV charity the Terrence Higgins Trust, told the South London Press that the fakes are dangerous

    12:00 AM — Medical watchdog the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has seized 17 packets of counterfeit condoms in Hounslow, prompting a warning about fake condom use in London.SSL International plc, the legitimate manufacturer of the Durex Extra Safe condoms is now cooperating with the MHRA to remove the counterfeit products from the market.

  • 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.

  • MoD defends gay attitudes report

    Navy recruits march in uniform at this year's EuroPride

    12:00 AM — The Ministry of Defence (MoD) has been quick to defend a survey which reveals discomfort is still felt towards gay and lesbian recruits served in the Royal Navy, particularly the Marines.A survey from the MoD on attitudes in the forces found that almost half of sergeants, corporals and lower ranked personnel in the Royal Navy and the Marines feel uncomfortable serving alongside gays and lesbians.

  • 31st October 2006

    A hell of a gay Halloween

    No clowning around: Hell Houses have been set up to scare “sinners“ into being good

    12:00 AM — Here at PinkNews.co.uk we are constantly trying to put a gay spin on the national agenda. Aside from dressing up as a camp witch or wizard (not that we need an excuse for this,) it looked near impossible to find a gay angle on Halloween, until this gem crept up on us.The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force (NGLTF) has scarily unveiled an anti-gay programme which includes "Hell Houses," a religious alternatives to traditional haunted houses that are designed to scare people into a "sin-free life."

  • Gay campaigners outraged after Khatami avoids arrest 2

    Gay campaigners are outraged after the Metropolitan Police decided not to question former Iranian President Mohammad Khatami on human rights abuses

    12:00 AM — Gay campaigners are outraged after the Metropolitan Police decided not to question former Iranian President Mohammad Khatami on human rights abuses as he arrives in the UK to collect an honorary doctorate from St Andrews University tonight.Gay rights group Outrage joined calls from politicians and former Iran residents to have Mr Khatami arrested on charges of torture and unjust imprisonment, but the police last night decided there was "insufficient evidence" to arrest the former leader.

  • Banker caught in gay web murder

    Reid, had been wanted on an aggravated-assault arrest warrant. The charge was upgraded to first-degree murder on Friday

    12:00 AM — Police in Toronto, Canada have arrested a former investment banker and charged him with first-degree murder and the disappearance of a man he met on a gay website.After eluding police, David Kenton Reid, 46, was arrested by Ontario Provincial Police officers at a cottage last weekend, not far from where he crashed his car and fled on foot one week earlier.

  • Paedophile regrets sex change 1

    Dr Reid denies the charge of misconduct. He claims to have given full consideration to the industry guidelines as part of a thorough assessment of each patient's needs, but that inflexible guidelines were not in the best interest of some patients

    12:00 AM — A convicted paedophile treated by the UK's top transsexual therapist has expressed regret after undergoing gender reassignment.The former patient, is one of five complainants at a General Medical Council hearing accusing Dr Russell Reid behaved inappropriately towards five transgender patients by recommending sex change treatments too quickly between 1984 and 2003.

  • Israeli Rabbis cannot promise gay pride peace 23

    WorldPride is scheduled for November 10

    12:00 AM — Ultra-Orthodox Jews in Jerusalem are threatening to strike a gay pride parade scheduled to take place in Jerusalem in two weeks, prompting police to re-evaluate the permit issued to parade organisers.Ynet News reports that most recently, Jerusalem Police Chief Ilan Franko met with orthodox leader Yitzhak Tuvia Weiss.

  • Green is not the only Christian voice 1

    Gay organisations and mainstream Christian groups of all denominations are singing from the same hymn sheet against Mr Green

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveCondemnation for Stephen Green and his religious sect The Christian Voice is widespread.Gay organisations and mainstream Christian groups of all denominations are singing from the same hymn sheet against Mr Green.Gay and Lesbian Humanist Association Secretary George Broadhead described Mr Green as worse than 1960s family values moral campaigner Mary Whitehouse.

  • Green with envy? 1

    Stephen Green has been to more gay pride events than many gay people

    12:00 AM — Kids get them for throwing bricks through windows and the elderly have been known to receive them for attacking the 'misguided' youth.A person can be given an ASBO if they are repeatedly perceived to be causing harassment in a public space. Stephen Green, director of the Christian Voice, proudly expresses his opposition to gay police officers and gay people.

  • Spanish students to learn gay respect

    Primary and secondary school student in Spain are to be given lessons on homophobic behaviour and gay families

    12:00 AM — Primary and secondary school student in Spain are to be given lessons on homophobic behaviour and gay families amid increased attacks and discrimination against the LGBT community.It comes a year after Spain implemented gay marriage laws, and now the Education Ministry wants to teach pupils that discrimination based on sexual orientation is wrong.

  • Elton John funds gay marriage campaign 1

    Sir Elton was one of the first British couples to take advantage of civil partnership laws when they were implemented in the UK last year

    12:00 AM — Music legend Elton John has donated $20,000 to defeat a gay marriage ban due to be voted on in Wisconsin.The gay artist has pledged his support as debate surrounding the issue mounts amid Congress elections and a vote on gay marriage next week.His money will help gay campaign group Fair Wisconsin counter an anti-gay advertising campaign from the family Research Institute of Wisconsin.

  • London school children to be taught HIV awareness

    HIV awareness packs will tackle the subject of HIV and AIDS as part of regular GCSE coursework

    12:00 AM — The first mainstream HIV and AIDS GCSE teaching module aimed at school children is being launched in 2007.Crusaid, which supports people affected by HIV in the UK and Africa, will roll out 1,500 media kits to schools across London.The packs are designed to encourage students to devise their own AIDS awareness campaigns and will be the first time that an HIV/AIDS awareness module has been created for the mainstream English curriculum.

  • Gay Asians less likely to come out

    A study from Auckland's Massey University found that differing cultural attitudes inhibit Asian people in the LGBT community from coming out

    12:00 AM — Asian lesbians, gays and bisexuals in New Zealand are less open about their sexuality compared to Western counterparts, a new report claims.A study from Auckland's Massey University found that differing cultural attitudes inhibit Asian people in the LGBT community from coming out.

  • Stonewall launches job guide for gay and lesbian students

    This edition of Starting Out and the launch event have both been sponsored by Credit Suisse

    12:00 AM — Gay charity Stonewall today launched the second edition of Starting Out, Britain's only national lesbian and gay recruitment guide, designed for graduates and job-seekers.The guide, sponsored by investment bank Credit Suisse and being launched at the University of London Union (ULU), is targeted at the 150,000 lesbian and gay students in Britain and includes 174 major employers.

  • Police react to “malicious” campaign 1

    In the last six months almost all of the 43 forces in the country have been targeted by Mr Green

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveAnti-gay preacher and religious sect leader Stephen Green has been blacklisted by police forces across the country.The move comes after a sustained campaign by the Christian Voice National Director against gay people in the police, which officers say is escalating to unacceptable levels.The Freedom of Information Act Unit, which monitors all police requests, has ordered all chief constables to avoid replying to the "malicious" and "discriminatory" requests from Mr Green.

  • Dr Starkey’s last word on Popes, Queens and Tony Blair 2

    Despite his reputation as the rudest man in Britain, Dr David Starkey is on good form when I speak to him. I approach the interview cautiously, aware that a badly phrased question might bring a volley of his trade- mark abuse down upon me

    12:00 AM — Dr David Starkey, Britain's best-known TV historian, has led a rich academic life and is a prominent gay intellectual. Here he tells Tony Grew about why Tony Blair is like Henry VIII, why the Pope is right about Islam and what chance the monarchy has of surviving into the next centuryDespite his reputation as the rudest man in Britain, Dr David Starkey is on good form when I speak to him. I approach the interview cautiously, aware that a badly phrased question might bring a volley of his trade- mark abuse down upon me.

  • Civil partnerships aren’t the end of gay struggle

    Labour peer Chris Smith argues that there is still a continuing struggle for gay rights

    12:00 AM — Labour peer Chris Smith argues that there is still a continuing struggle for gay rights.My partner Dorian and I registered our civil partnership in July, in a very quiet ceremony at Islington Town Hall.There were just the two of us, and our two friends who were witnesses; we'd deliberately decided that we wanted the ceremony itself to be private.

  • No child should fear homophobic bullying 3

    Ken Livingstone is the Mayor of London

    12:00 AM — London Mayor Ken Livingstone spells out his opposition to homophobic bullying.There is evidence that despite significant progress for lesbian and gay people in recent years, homophobic bullying in schools is on the increase.Many of our schools, supported by hardworking teachers and governors, offer hundreds of thousands of London children the opportunity to maximise their life chances.

  • 30th October 2006

    Trans MP in toilet row 1

    Ms Luxuria, born Wladimiro Guadagno, considers herself neither male nor female but dresses as a woman and prefers to be called a 'she'

    12:00 AM — Europe's first transsexual MP may be given her own private bathroom after leaving other female toilet users feeling flushed.Vladimir Luxuria, a member Communist Refoundation Party, who was elected in Italy's recent polls, has caused outrage amongst politicians as they argue over which toilet she should be allowed to use.

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