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  • 7th November 2006

    Gay humanists fostering Pride in hostile areas

    The Gay and Lesbian Humanist Association (GALHA) is hosting a panel discussion meeting and film presentation focusing on homophobia at Moscow Pride in May this year

    12:00 AM — The Gay and Lesbian Humanist Association (GALHA) is hosting a panel discussion meeting and film presentation focusing on homophobia at Moscow Pride in May this year, and in other Eastern European countries.GALHA has lined up five panellists for the event including Russian gay activist, Nicolai Alekseev

  • Americans encouraged to choose equality in Senate vote 3

    The polls have now opened for the US Congress

    12:00 AM — The polls have now opened for the US Congress and campaigners are calling on Americans to vote for equality by selecting gay friendly politicians.The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) has created a scorecard of Senate representatives who have previously supported gay rights legislation and has also highlighted several areas where it will be a close race between gay friendly and anti-gay candidates.

  • Gay campaigners looking to score equality in polls 3

    As Americans go to the polls for the mid-term elections today, the Human Rights Campaign has selected  candidates for the House of Representatives which it would like to see in power

    12:00 AM — As Americans go to the polls for the mid-term elections today, the Human Rights Campaign has selected candidates for the House of Representatives which it would like to see in power because of their commitment to gay rights.The campaign group has called on gay and lesbian voters to stand up for equality especially in states of Illinois, New Mexico, and Florida.

  • Voters to decide on gay state amendments 3

    Voters in Idaho, Colorado, South Dakota South Carolina, Wisconsin, Tennessee and Virginia will have the opportunity to improve or limit gay rights in votes taking place today

    12:00 AM — It is an important day for gay rights in the USA as along with the mid-term elections, referendums are also being held on important LGBT matters such as same sex marriage and legal protections.Voters in Idaho, Colorado, South Dakota South Carolina, Wisconsin, Tennessee and Virginia will have the opportunity to improve or limit gay rights in votes taking place today.

  • Stonewall Awards boost homophobia battle 2

    Sir Ian McKellen and Ben Summerskill present the awards

    12:00 AM — Stonewall's inaugural awards last week helped the charity raise£25,000 which will now go towards their Education for All programme aimed at combating homophobia in schools.Sponsored by Barclays, the awards at the Royal Academy of Arts, celebrated the positive contributions made by individuals and organisations, both gay and straight, to the lives of gay people in Britain.

  • Chris Smith to head advertising watchdog 1

    Chris Smith will now head the Advertising Standards Authority

    12:00 AM — The first openly gay MP, former cabinet minister, Chris Smith has been appointed the new chairman of the Advertising Standards Authority.Chris Smith who sits in the House of Lords as Lord Smith of Finsbury will take over from the current chairman, Lord Borrie QC, on the 1st July 2007.Lord Smith was Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport and a member of the Cabinet between 1997-2001.

  • Polish President warns against “gay culture” 3

    Lech Kaczyński has spoken out against “gay culture,“

    12:00 AM — Whilst on a visit to Britain, The President of Poland, Lech Kaczyński has spoken out against "gay culture," warning that it may cause the death of heterosexuality within Europe.stration whose main objective was an incitement to hate and intolerance toward LGBT people.Mr Kaczyński who had talks with the Prime Minister, Tony Blair spoke to the BBC's News Night programme earlier tonight.

  • 6th November 2006

    Gay councillor attacks The Sun’s gay report

    Northampton councillor Peter Evans, complained to the PCC after the paper printed a story about London applying to host the 2008 World Cup and featured a “fantasy gay football team“

    12:00 AM — A gay councillor is to lobby the government after the Press Complaints Commission rejected his claims that The Sun newspaper had broken editorial guidelines over a story about the Gay World Cup.Northampton councillor Peter Evans, complained to the PCC after the paper printed a story about London applying to host the 2008 World Cup and featured a "fantasy gay football team" allegedly ridiculing the names of existing players such as Ivan Campo and Darren Bent.

  • Christians and Muslims unite against Scottish gays 4

    The Scottish branch of radical religious party the Christian Peoples' Alliance has turned to the Muslim community for help in battling “secular values” and pro-gay laws

    12:00 AM — The Scottish branch of radical religious party the Christian Peoples' Alliance has turned to the Muslim community for help in battling "secular values" and pro-gay laws.The party has garnered over 1,000 signatures from Muslims who are against incoming laws which would allow gay couples to adopt.

  • Petition combats Iraqi homophobia

    It draws attention to allegations that the Badr death squads in Iraq are attacking and murdering gay people as part of a definite policy, as reported by campaign groups such as Outrage recently

    12:00 AM — A Brighton MP has presented the House of Commons with a petition signed by around 250 local residents calling on the government act against the reported targeting of gays and lesbians in Iraq.David Lepper forwarded the document organised by The Pink News media partner 3SIXTY Magazine, to Commons Speaker Michael Martin.

  • Evangelist admits to gay massage 1

    Reverend Ted Haggard, Senior Pastor of the New Life Church in Colorado, resigned as president of the National Association of Evangelicals last week

    12:00 AM — Evangelist Ted Haggard has admitted that he bought crystal-meth and received a massage from the gay prostitute who claims that the outspoken gay-marriage opponent was his sex client for the past three years.Reverend Ted Haggard, Senior Pastor of the New Life Church in Colorado, resigned as president of the National Association of Evangelicals last week and stepped down as leader of his Colorado mega-church while the two groups investigate the allegations.

  • Gay rights Episcopal Bishop begins reign

    Speaking after her appointment earlier this year, Bishop Schori told reporters that she felt homosexuals were created by God to love people of the same sex

    12:00 AM — Katharine Jefferts Schori was officially consecrated as the 26th Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church last weekend.She is known to support gay rights and has already ruffled a few conservative feathers as she is the 2.3 million member denomination's first female leader.

  • Alternative route set for Jerusalem gay pride 23

    Participants at a WorldPride demo earlier this year

    12:00 AM — WorldPride organisers have reached an agreement on an alternative route for the gay pride parade as the countdown to the event begins amid rising tensions.The march will now take place away from central and religious areas of Jerusalem and instead will converge around the government office complex in Kiryat Haleom.

  • Gay star backs World AIDS Day 1

    Everett, one of Hollywood's first openly gay actors, will visit the city's gay village on November 22nd as part of a promotional tour

    12:00 AM — Hollywood actor Rupert Everett will show his support for World AIDS Day later this month in Manchester.Everett, one of Hollywood's first openly gay actors, will visit the city's gay village on November 22nd as part of a promotional tour for his autobiography Red Carpets and Other Banana Skins.

  • Which issue will swing the US mid-terms? 3

    George Bush, War in Iraq, the Foley scandal: Which issues will tip voters?

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk's Ben Leung analyses the key issues affecting tomorrow's mid term elections in America.Compare and contrast the mid-term elections with the 2004 Presidential campaign. Back then, issues such as gay-marriage and stem-cell research were all-the-rage as the Republican Party sought to give the President a second term in office.

  • 3rd November 2006

    Stonewall Hero praises “courageous” gay community 2

    Sheri Dobrowski picked up the award at the Royal Academy of Arts

    12:00 AM — The mother of murdered gay barman Jody Dobrowski praised 'courageous' and 'unashamed' openly gay and lesbian people after being named Stonewall Hero of the Year at the charity's inaugural awards ceremony last night.Sheri Dobrowski picked up the award at the Royal Academy of Arts after being singled out for her bravery and the way she has spoken out against homophobia since her son's killers were sentenced to 28 years in prison last June.

  • Countdown to US mid-terms 3

    Tony Grew looks back at months of nasty campaigning, advises which seats will change hands, and considers what a Democratic capture of the House and Senate could mean for the President's last two years

    12:00 AM — Next week's Congressional elections in America could prove to be a turning point in the presidency of George W Bush.Tony Grew looks back at months of nasty campaigning, advises which seats will change hands, and considers what a Democratic capture of the House and Senate could mean for the President's last two years.

  • Tennis ace joins “gay sheep” protests 1

    The tennis star has been backed by the PETA (People For The Ethical Treatment Of Animals) after she wrote to the presidents of both universities demanding they stop the experiments and spend the money on a worthy cause

    12:00 AM — Animal rights campaigners have praised lesbian tennis icon Martina Navratilova after she criticised experiments taking place on sheep perceived to be gay.Navratilova spoke out against Oregon State University (OSU) and Oregon Health Science University (OHSU) this week after it emerged that the institutions are conducting hormone-altering experiments on "gay sheep" to manipulate their "sexual preferences."

  • 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.

  • Clergyman quits amid gay sex claims

    It comes as the Christian Right attempts to persuade US citizens to vote for “family values” at next weeks mid-term elections

    12:00 AM — The head of America's National Association of Evangelicals and prominent same sex marriage opponent has resigned after allegedly paying for sex with a man.Reverend Ted Haggard, Senior Pastor of the New Life Church in Colorado, who is married with five children denies the allegations but has stepped down while an investigation is conducted.

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