31st October 2006
No child should fear homophobic bullying 3
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
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.
Pop tycoon funds gay pride fire appeal 1
12:00 AM — A former pop mogul turned politician has promised to back an appeal from nine fire-fighters disciplined for refusing to distributing fire safety leaflets at a gay pride event.George Hargreaves, who launched gay icons such as Sinitta, is donating £50,000 to an appeal, vowing to take the case all the way to the House of Lords.
Gay campaigners criticise paper’s “repugnant” cartoon 2
12:00 AM — Gay campaigners have criticised the New York Post for publishing an anti-gay cartoon in reaction to last week's New Jersey ruling on same sex unions.New Jersey's Supreme Court ruled that gay couples should be equal before the law last week, prompting the Post's cartoonist to draw a man carrying a sheep wearing a bridal ceil to get married in the US state.
Scottish bishops row over gay “appeasement” 4
12:00 AM — A row has emerged between senior bishops of Scotland's Catholic Church over the denomination's stance on homosexuality.The debate centres around comments from outspoken Bishop of Motherwell Joseph Devine, who has accused the Church of a "policy of appeasement" after he claims it does not speak out enough against homosexuality.
Comment: A baldness cure for men who aren’t bald yet
12:00 AM — Am I going to go bald? Most men worry about it at some stage. When will it start? What causes it? Will I look good as a slaphead? Old clichés about baldness running though your mother's family or hats being responsible for causing it are out of place in our 21st century world. Why can't the scientists do something? Well, they have been scratching their heads about it, as Tony Grew reports.For most men, the morning they wake up and find they are moulting hair all over their pillow is a crisis moment. LibDem MP Mark Oaten even claimed that his hair loss was so shattering to his confidence, he needed a rent boy to make him feel better.
Ex-Iran leader faces human rights questions 2
12:00 AM — Former Iranian President Mohammad Khatami could face police questioning when he enters the UK this week to accept an honorary degree from St. Andrews University.The visit has already been criticised by gay campaigners in Outrage along with senior politicians and peers who cite his negative attitudes towards human rights and reports of torture and false imprisonment.
Gay historian backs Pope’s Islam remarks 2
12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveHistorian David Starkey has backed the Pope's recent controversial comments over Islam, describing it as a 'religion of conquest.'The outspoken gay intellectual described Islam as a conquering religion with a "clear doctrine of holy war."On a recent visit to his German homeland, Pope Benedict quoted from a 14th Century philosopher that the prophet Muhammad only brought the world violence.
Gay recruits warned over military blogs
12:00 AM — Amidst new reports that the armed forces are increasing their surveillance of online usage by military personnel, Servicemembers Legal Defence Network (SLDN) has warned gay recruits to be careful when using the internet or posting information online.According to the Associated Press, military officials are now monitoring "official and unofficialblogs and other websites" and looking at areas military personnel may visit.
27th October 2006
Israeli gays fear incitement 23
12:00 AM — Israeli gay campaigners have complained to police about homophobic incitement as opposition to the upcoming WorldPride march grows.Religious groups and right wing conservative politicians have expressed their 'disgust' towards the gay pride march since the Jerusalem police, State Prosecution, the Jerusalem Municipality, the high court and gay rights groups agreed that it could take place on November 10.
Gay activist criticises Barker “witch-hunt” 10
12:00 AM — Gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell has accused the British press of being "sensationalist" in its treatment of Tory Environment spokesman Gregory Barker's marriage break up after reports that he had a gay affair.Newspapers have been full of accusations over the last week that the Bexhill MP's marriage to Celeste broke down because he had an affair with a man, a claim which he denies.
Madonna’s £3100 charity boots
12:00 AM — A pair of Doctor Martin boots designed by Madonna have raised £3100 for the National AIDS Trust (NAT).The customised designs, which were donated as part of National Giving Week, were sold to the highest bidder on internet auction site eBay."Celebrity support can be instrumental both in raising awareness about HIV and vital funds to continue our work," said Deborah Jack, Chief Executive of NAT.
Canadian postmen stand up to gay-hate mail 1
12:00 AM — Postmen in Vancouver, Canada have been threatened with disciplinary actions after refusing to deliver a pamphlet that stated "The Plague of this 21st Century: The Consequences of the sin of Homosexuality (AIDS)" writes the Toronto Star.The homophobic propaganda was produced by the Fundamentalist Baptist Mission in Waterford, Ontario and was called the "Prophetic Word".
Human rights blogger sacked after posting Foley messages 3
12:00 AM — A gay lobby group employee has been sacked after it was revealed that he was the first to publish email messages between disgraced ex-Florida Congressman Mark Foley and work experience interns.Mark Foley resigned from the US Congress earlier this month amid reports that he sent inappropriate sexually explicit messages to teenage interns, and now it has emerged that a Human Rights Campaign (HRC) employee was the source of the computer messages and posted them onto his blog using a work computer .
Bush attacks gay unions
12:00 AM — US President George W Bush used a fund raising speech this week to express opposition to same sex marriage.It comes after the New jersey Supreme Court called for the state to give fairer rights to gays and lesbians.Justice Barry Albin, who authored the 66 page majority ruling said unequal rights can no longer be tolerated, "[The] unequal dispensation of rights and benefits to committed same-sex partners can no longer be tolerated under our State Constitution.
Gay wedding planner opposes “lazy equality” 1
12:00 AM — A gay wedding planner is calling for support of a campaign to make sure the new Equality Act doesn't allow any exemptions which would allow venues to refuse providing a location for civil partnerships.Pink Weddings is seeking over 3,000 signatures to take a petition to Downing Street in December to show opposition to "lazy equality."The government has faced criticism of a delay in implementing new guidelines protecting gays and lesbians from discrimination in the provision of goods and services.
NYC public transport removes Trans discrimination 1
12:00 AM — Transgender people now have the right to use any restroom they choose in New York City's public transit system under an unprecedented deal revealed this week.According to the New York Daily News, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) has agreed to allow riders to use MTA rest rooms "consistent with their gender expression," the Transgender Legal Defence and Education Fund announced.
Does beer + football + girls = a man?
12:00 AM — A poster campaign asking 'What does it mean to be a man?' has been launched by Somerset County Council.The new 'passionate and proud' posters aim to challenge stereotypical views of men and issues such as aggression and homophobia. Launching this month, the posters form part of an ongoing drive to educate young men that regardless of their background or culture, understanding what it means to be a man can be a minefield.
The politics of a personal life 11
12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk's Tony Grew asks if Tory spokesman Gregory Barker's privacy pleas amid reports of a gay affair are warranted..The free paper LondonLite made much of yesterday's revelation that a leading Tory MP has left his wife and three children and embarked on an affair.Given that the paper often talks about sexual liaisons in a knockabout fashion, runs speed dating competitions and sex tips, it seems strange that it took such a straight-laced tone when reporting what would appear to be a marriage breakdown. After all, the majority of marriages end in divorce.
26th October 2006
Conman caught after gay prank 1
12:00 AM — Conman Peter Foster has been detained by police in Fiji after trying to escape capture by jumping off a bridge.Mr Foster, who sparked controversy in 2002 over his involvement with Prime Minister Tony Blair's wife Cherie's purchase of two flats in Bristol, caused a media frenzy in Fiji after starting rumours that a hotel was being opened offering rent boys.