6th November 2006
Which issue will swing the US mid-terms? 3
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
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.
Petition combats Iraqi homophobia
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.
3rd November 2006
Clergyman quits amid gay sex claims
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.
Stonewall Hero praises “courageous” gay community 2
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
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
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
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.
2nd November 2006
Campaigners question gay marriage poll 1
12:00 AM — Gay campaigners are questioning a nationwide poll in Canada which shows that citizens believe marriage commissioners should be allowed to refuse same sex unions if it violates their religious beliefs.The poll conducted by COMPAS Inc for the Institute for Canadian Values and National Post shows that a large majority of Canadians want Parliament to act to protect freedom of religion in the light of legislation redefining marriage to include same-sex couples.
THT hits Scotland
12:00 AM — HIV and sexual health charity Terrence Higgins Trust is today officially launching 'Terrence Higgins Trust Scotland', with offices in Glasgow, Aberdeen and Inverness.The launch follows the finalisation of a merger with PHACE Scotland, Scotland's leading HIV and sexual health charity and a successful bid to provide services in the Highlands.
Archbishop holding meetings over gay rift 3
12:00 AM — Conservative Anglican leaders will meet with the Archbishop of Canterbury to discuss a split from the communion amid disagreement over the ordination of gay clergy in the denomination.The Daily Telegraph reports that a secret meeting has been planned between Dr Rowan Williams and disheartened bishops from Africa.
McCain bites back
12:00 AM — Chips have had a lot of bad press of late.French fries always find themselves lumbered with a bad name as they are often mistakenly associated with a bad diet, but now chip manufacturer McCain is biting back.McCain is offering chips off the old block the chance to win an Ultimate McCain Moment by entering their prize draw and special rewards for vouchers collected from packets of the oven chips.
Rugby can help tackle homophobia
12:00 AM — Rugby can lead the fight against homophobia, the sport's chief said last night.Unveiling a new poster campaign against homophobia, Bob Rogers, the president of the Rugby Football Union (RFU) said the pastime's values of respect can help create an impact on wider society.
Students call for end to “archaic” gay blood ban 5
12:00 AM — Students from all over the UK will converge on blood donation centres in their town today campaigning for the National Union of Students Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans (NUS LGBT) day of action.Students say that the current National Blood Service policy, which bans gay and bisexual men from giving blood for life is archaic and they are calling for a review of the policy.
Gay Germany snappers can go a long way
12:00 AM — A new online promotion lets you choose your favourite image of Germany and enter to win free Air Berlin tickets to Germany.MyGayGermany is a new promotion by the German National Tourist Office designed especially for UK and Irish residents.Once a person selects their favourite photo, they are entered into a prize draw to win one of four prizes of two return airline tickets flying Air Berlin to any of Air Berlin's German destinations from the UK.
WorldPride tension spreads across Israel 23
12:00 AM — Tension is mounting between ultra-orthodox Jews and Israel's gay community over next week's WorldPride march as conflict spread into Tel Aviv with a synagogue being smashed in protest against opposition to the event.The synagogue was sprayed with the words, "If we can't march in Jerusalem, you won't walk in Tel Aviv," , police told the Jerusalem Post, in an attack thought to be against the religious outbursts towards gays and lesbians planning to march next Friday.
1st November 2006
Gay pride row fireman reinstated 5
12:00 AM — A fire-fighter who was demoted for refusing to distribute leaflets at a gay pride event has been reinstated after an appeal.Brian Herbert was reprimanded along with eight colleagues who abstained from Pride Scotia in June where they were supposed to be distributing fire safety leaflets.All the officers were ordered to undergo diversity training and Mr Herbert initially had his salary cut.
Campaigners to protest ‘ex-gay’ therapy group
12:00 AM — Gay rights group Truth Wins Out will join a coalition of spiritual and civil rights groups in Orlando to protest the National Association for Research and Therapy of Homosexuality's (NARTH) annual conference this month.The theme of the demonstration and on-site press conference will be "Countering the Quacks" and will feature large inflatable ducks, duck whistles and a Donald Duck character.
Jerusalem gay march tension grows 23
12:00 AM — Jerusalem police are considering cancelling the WorldPride gay march as protest grows, according to reports.Ultra-Orthodox Jews have threatened "holy-war" against the march and have called on all Jewish people to oppose the parade using biblical punishments, prompting police to deploy extra officers to protect marchers.But Israeli paper Arutz Sheva reports that this is a sign that they may cancel the parade if it proves too hard to police.
Sexual health fears after fake condom discovery
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.