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  • 8th November 2006

    Gay Republicans welcome Pennsylvania defeat 3

    Rick Santorum had been one of the architects of the Federal Marriage Amendment which would constitutionally ban same sex marriage

    12:00 AM — Gay Republicans have welcomed the defeat of Republican Senator Rick Santorum in Pennsylvania.He was ousted by Democrat Bob Casey, seen as gay-friendly, in a result welcomed by the Log Cabin Republicans.The Log Cabin Republicans described the result as a sign that Pennsylvania voters were overwhelmingly rejected the politics of division, intolerance, and fear.

  • Gay group offers compassion to Haggard 1

    Evangelical Reverend Ted Haggard has received sympathy from the most unlikely of sources, a gay rights group

    12:00 AM — He has spent much of his career attacking homosexuality, but disgraced Evangelical Reverend Ted Haggard has received sympathy from the most unlikely of sources, a gay rights group.Soulforce has urged compassion towards the preacher after he was dismissed by the New Life Church and resigned as President of the National Association of Evangelicals (NAE) amid allegations of gay sex with a rent boy.

  • 7th November 2006

    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.

  • Police appeal after homophobic assault

    After making homophobic comments, one of the men struck one victim in the face with a rubber or plastic axe-like object before punching him whilst another of the men attacked his partner. The suspects then fled in the direction of Goodge Street

    12:00 AM — Westminster police are appealing for witnesses following an assault in the early hours of last Wednesday morning.At approximately 0300 hrs on 01/11/06, two male victims in their early twenties were walking along Tottenham Court Road, near Hanway Street, when they were approached by three men.

  • New Jersey voters ponder gay union ruling 46

    The poll follows a New Jersey Supreme Court ruling last month that same-sex couples are entitled to the same rights as heterosexual couples

    12:00 AM — Half of the registered voters in New Jersey believe that same-sex couples are entitled to the same rights as heterosexuals, but prefer not to call it marriage, according to a Newark Star-Ledger poll.The poll follows a New Jersey Supreme Court ruling last month that same-sex couples are entitled to the same rights as heterosexual couples, but that state lawmakers should decide within six months whether those relationships could be called marriage.

  • Gay group attacks “progressive” South Australia 1

    Members of the Lets Get Equal Campaign will be marching at the Annual Gay  Lesbian Pride March on Saturday 11th November 2006

    12:00 AM — As Adelaide's gay, lesbian, bi-sexual and queer communities get ready for this weekends Pride March and the opening of the annual Feast Festival, a South Australian campaign group is warning same sex couples about the perils of not having their relationship recognised in the state.The Let's Get Equal Campaign has distributed a leaflet across Australia warning same sex couples of the possible consequences of the fact that their relationships are not legally recognised while they are visiting South Australia.

  • Anti-gay group ‘healing’ Haggard 1

    Regarding the allegations, Focus on the Family founder and Chairman James C Dobson, said it was a worrying situation

    12:00 AM — Disgraced Evangelical preacher is receiving counselling from an anti-gay group after allegations that he had gay sex with a male escort, according to reports.Reverend Ted Haggard, Senior Pastor of the New Life Church in Colorado, resigned as president of the National Association of Evangelicals last week amid claims that he had meetings with a gay rent boy, but now he has met with 'family values' group Focus on the Family to cure him of his "sexual sin."

  • Gay media group monitoring Haggard reports 1

    The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation claims that Haggard's comments are offensive to gay and lesbian Americans

    12:00 AM — A gay media watchdog has urged news outlets to be wary of their reporting of their coverage of the Ted Haggard scandal as it risks portraying the gay community in a negative light.Reverend Ted Haggard, Senior Pastor of the New Life Church in Colorado, resigned as president of the National Association of Evangelicals last week amid allegations that he had sex with a gay rent boy.

  • Gay unions “deep crisis” for society

    Addressing a Swiss delegation, there was nothing neutral about the pontiff's stance as he described marriage and the family structure as being in “deep crisis” because of divorce, abortion and the prospect of same sex unions

    12:00 AM — The Pope has yet again launched an attack on the gay community by claiming that moral values in society are fading away because of gay marriage, divorce and abortion.Addressing a Swiss delegation, there was nothing neutral about the pontiff's stance as he described marriage and the family structure as being in "deep crisis" because of divorce, abortion and the prospect of same sex unions.

  • 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

  • 6th November 2006

    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.

  • 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.

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