7th February 2006
Students encouraged to give blood because gays and bisexuals can’t 5
12:00 AM — The National Union of Students (NUS UK) today criticised a national newspaper article, which blamed student campaigns for a shortage of blood donors in the UK.The Mail on Sunday article "Crisis as students boycott blood donor sessions in protest over ban on gays" attempted to link low blood donations with a student led campaign highlighting the current National Blood Service (NBS) policy of not allowing any gay or bisexual men to donate blood.
Durham Bishop to decide future of gay vicar 5
12:00 AM — The Church of England has left the final decision on the future of a gay vicar after he married his partner, to the Bishop of Durham.Rt Rev Tom Wright will decide how to handle Rev Christopher Wardale, vicar of the Holy Trinity Church in Darlington who married Malcolm Macourt in a civil partnership ceremony last December.
UN conference to beat AIDS 2
12:00 AM — A United Nations backed international conference is set to tackle HIV and AIDS issues in May.The first European and Central Asian AIDS Conference will take place in Moscow. The conference is expected to gather 500 participants, and provide a unique opportunity for policy makers, researchers, civil society representatives and people living with HIV from Eastern Europe and Central Asia to share experiences and establish new partnerships to address the particular characteristics of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the region.
Islamic preacher who targeted gays is jailed
12:00 AM — Muslim cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri has been convicted and jailed for seven years on charges of inciting murder and race hate.The preacher claimed that Zionists kept homosexual files on how gay politicians were in order to bribe them, and said he disapproved of homosexuality. He said Aids had been sent as a curse on homosexuals, "They have a common punishment amongst them and they have the virus to run after them wherever they go."
South Africa debating gay marriage 1
12:00 AM — The South African Council of Churches is expected to develop a stance on gay marriage to present to Parliament later this year.Reports on the ISI Emerging Markets Africawire, suggest the SACC will use a two day conference which began yesterday, to formulate a view on civil partnerships.Deputy Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke told the seminar that everyone has the constitutional right to be different,
Chlamydia epidemic targets US gays 1
12:00 AM — A rare strain of chlamydia is spreading among gay and bisexual men in America causing an increase in risks of HIV, according to US health officials.The Associated Press reported that the infection can increase chances of getting or spreading the AIDS virus.Called LGV chlamydia, this sexually transmitted disease has already troubled Europe.
6th February 2006
Doctor harasses lesbian patient over sexuality 1
12:00 AM — The Gay and Lesbian Medical Association this week condemned a surgery who allegedly harassed a lesbian patient in his surgery.They claim a Florida medical office gave a lesbian patient material describing homosexuality as "sinful" and "sexually impure" and advising her to change her sexuality.
Cameron makes gay MPs a priority 2
12:00 AM — Tory leader, David Cameron has put gay politicians on a list of priority targets whom the Conservative leadership want to see in Parliament.According to the Independent, the Conservative Party wrote to a number of openly gay figures last week, asking them to apply to join an elite list of "priority" candidates who would have "a much higher change of being selected for a winnable seat, and therefore, of becoming an MP after the next election".
Gay people told: Come to Britain
12:00 AM — Gay people worldwide are being urged to go to Britain, in an attempt to cash in on "the pink pound" of tourism.The national tourist agency VisitBritain is urging gay people, "Isn't it time you came out ... to Britain."Reuters' report that Gay tourism is now worth up to three billion pounds a year to the economy with London positioned to rival New York, Sydney and Amsterdam as a hot spot for gay visitors.
Gay witch-hunt hits Cameroon
12:00 AM — An anti-gay crusade has begun in Cameroon after newspapers accused more than 50 prominent figures of homosexuality.Homosexuality is illegal in Cameroon as in many African countries, with jail sentences of up to five years, and editors say they are on a campaign against "deviant behaviour".The Guardian revealed that lists have included names of government ministers, news readers, singers and sports stars.
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
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
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.
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.