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  • 29th December 2006

    A year for gay legislation

    If 2006 was the year of legislation then 2007 should be the year of implementation

    12:00 AM — Departing PinkNews.co.uk online editor Marc Shoffman sifts through the stories that made 2006.It's been a great year for gay rights. Legislation wise the gay community can take advantage of civil partnerships and soon the Sexual Orientation Regulations, LGBT people have had the last 52 weeks to thank for that, but it hasn't all been a smooth ride.

  • Gay Lib Dem defects to the Tories 2

    12:00 AM — A prominent gay Liberal Democrat has defected to the Conservative party, launching a bitter attack on the leadership of Ming Campbell.Richard Porter, a former London Borough of Southwark councillor, is reported to be one of two current LibDem prospective parliamentary candidates to have switched their allegiance to David Cameron's party.Mr Porter was contacted by PinkNews.co.uk and confirmed his defection. The Liberal Democrats press office had no comment on reports of defections at this time.

  • A fond farewell 2

    Benjamin Cohen and Marc Shoffman launching The Pink News last Summer

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk's Marc Shoffman bids farewell to the siteI am not afraid to admit that I came to PinkNews.co.uk as a novice. To me Section 28 sounded more like a military base than an example of discrimination and intolerance, however, it did not take long for me to realise that the gay community's plight is not just about getting society to realise that it is ok to sleep with a person of the same sex, but rather just because a person falls in love with a person of the same sex, that does not give others the right to discriminate against them.

  • COMMENT: An annus horribilis for all faiths 1

    The Catholic Church is still troubled by the continuing child-abuse scandal, with the situation in Ireland looking particularly costly.

    12:00 AM — It has been a grim year for all the major religions. PinkNews.co.uk's Ben Leung calls for a change in attitude from the leaders of all faiths. For as long as I can remember, New Year's Day feels like Groundhog Day: exhausted and hung over, the first thing I hear on the radio is always what the Pope has been saying, and the first thing I see on the television is the New Year's Day concert from Vienna on BBC2.

  • “Home” HIV testing kits less reliable

    Customers who are found to have positive antibodies will have access to DrThom's telephone counselling.

    12:00 AM — A UK company has launched a new HIV testing service, but AIDS charities have warned customers that they are not as reliable as going to a clinic.For £25, DrThom will analyse a sample of saliva for HIV antibodies. Customers take the sample themselves and sent it through the post to the company's laboratory.If antibodies, which indicate the presence of the HIV virus, are present the customer is contacted by phone.

  • Chat room teenager stabs 43-year-old lover 3

    Holden's bowel and colon were penetrated in the attack, though he has subsequently made a full recovery.

    12:00 AM — An intergenerational relationship that started on the internet ended with a near-fatal stabbing, Carlisle Crown Court has heard.19-year-old Artan Fana was sentenced to two years in jail for stabbing 43-year-old Mark Holden in February this year.The Essex teenager had met Holden in an internet chat room and they spent many hours getting to know each other online.

  • Home Office targets homophobic crime 3

    The guidance features previously effective examples of tackling hate crime through raising awareness, encouraging victims to report crimes and tools

    12:00 AM — New ways to tackle homophobic hate crime and help make gay, lesbian, bisexual and transsexual people (LGBT) feel safer has been published by the Home Office today."Tackling Homophobic Hate Crime" highlights good practice from around England and Wales, and stresses the best way for crime reduction agencies, including the police, to do more to crackdown on crime motivated by prejudice or hate.

  • Gay teens reluctant to reveal sexuality to GPs

    Only a third had told their family doctor they were gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender.

    12:00 AM — A study among out LGBT teenagers in the US has found that only 35% of them have revealed their sexuality to their doctor.131 teenagers attending the Models of Pride Youth Conference, which met in Oregon to discuss empowerment for LGBT people, took part in the survey.The fact that all of the young people who participated in the study were attending such an event means they are more open about their sexual orientation than most other gay teenagers.

  • Home Office defends anti-homophobia campaign 3

    Minister for Police and Security Tony McNulty has hit out at critics of new guidance on tackling homophobic hate

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveMinister for Police and Security Tony McNulty has hit out at critics of new guidance on tackling homophobic hate crime.The Home Office today launched a campaign promoting effective ways of reporting and stopping homophobic crime which includes using schools to teach against homophobia.

  • NHS to cut transgender operations 11

    It is hoped that the change will mean a reduction in hospital waiting times

    12:00 AM — An NHS Trust is to cut funding to gender transition as part of a move to limit non-essential operations in the area.Hounslow Primary Care Trust has announced that from April 2007, anyone seeking NHS support for medical services such as gender reassignment, tattoo removal, or breast enhancements will have to pay for it.

  • 28th December 2006

    Gay community mourns Ford death 1

    In 2001, President Ford joined the advisory board of the Republican Unity Coalition, a gay-straight alliance

    12:00 AM — Gay activists have joined tributes to the late Gerald Ford who died aged 93 this week,Lobby group the Log Cabin Republicans, praised Ford's recognition of gay rights while the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force described the former President as an 'advocate for individual rights.'

  • Spanish gays may receive damages from Franco regime

    The Spanish government is considering offering damages to members of the gay community who were sent to mental hospitals, tortured or imprisoned  under the regime of General Francisco Franco

    12:00 AM — Spanish gays who were discriminated against under the Franco dictatorship may receive compensation, according to reports.The Spanish government is considering offering damages to members of the gay community who were sent to mental hospitals, tortured or imprisoned under the regime of General Francisco Franco between the 1930s and 1970s.

  • Honey, are we there yet? 1

    The journey to gay equality is not yet over

    12:00 AM — So, gay people can legally have sex at the same age as their straight counterparts and can register their partnerships. Section 28 is a thing of the past and making it illegal to refuse services on the grounds of sexual orientation is on the agenda. Some might think that equality has finally arrived. But has it?PinkNews.co.uk's Torsten Hojer asks key gay groups what 2007 holds for them.

  • 27th December 2006

    The future of New Labour?

    In an exclusive interview with The PinkNews, outsider candidate Jon Cruddas MP outlines his ambitious plans

    12:00 AM — One political drama will dominate 2007 - the fight for the soul of the Labour party. With Gordon Brown almost certain to succeed Tony Blair, the contest for deputy leader is the one to watch.In an exclusive interview with The PinkNews, outsider candidate Jon Cruddas MP outlines his ambitious plans for reform of the Labour party. New New Labour, in fact. 

  • Comment: Labour must not ruin record in new equality law

    12:00 AM — Labour MEP Michael Cashman calls on the party to uphold its record on gay rights with the new Sexual Orientation Regulations.I am celebrating an anniversary, and not my own.I am in fact referring to the Civil Partnerships Act which came into force just over a year ago, permitting same-sex unions and providing entitlements equal to those of heterosexual couples.

  • All countries should decriminalise homosexuality 1

    Gay activist Louis-Georges Tin outlines the importance of a worldwide decriminalisation of homosexuality

    12:00 AM — Gay activist Louis-Georges Tin outlines the importance of a worldwide decriminalisation of homosexualityOn January 1st 2003, to start the new year in a gentle way, 3 young men were beheaded in Saudi Arabia. Why?They were presumed to be gay.

  • Transsexual calls for gender education 3

    A transsexual is calling on schools to raise better awareness of gender and sexuality issues after claiming she was subjected to two weeks of “urban terrorism“

    12:00 AM — A transsexual is calling on schools to raise better awareness of gender and sexuality issues after claiming she was subjected to two weeks of "urban terrorism."Hull based Rikki Arundel says a gang of 10 youths are repeatedly targeting her with rocks and mud as well as jibes such as "tranny."She says the culprits, who wore balaclavas and only stopped when more police took to the streets, also caused hundreds of pounds of damage to her home.

  • Bush opponents call for impeachment over Iraq

    The American Green Party has expressed support for a motion to impeach US President George W Bush

    12:00 AM — The American Green Party has expressed support for a motion to impeach US President George W Bush, citing illegal spying on groups and lies over the Iraq war.Democratic Representative put forward the proposal Cynthia McKinney's, echoing calls from the Green Party in 2003.

  • Gay community faces ‘police liaison lottery’ 2

    Bernard McEldowney, a GPA spokesman told The Pink News the main reason for the difficulties is due to each force employing a different system

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveLocating an LGBT Liaison Officer if you're a victim of a gay hate crime can be a "lottery," the Gay Police Association (GPA) has warned.The statement comes as police take further steps to encourage the community to report homophobic crimes.The current situation has prompted calls for major improvements to facilities.

  • USA mourns Gerald Ford 1

    Ford, the longest surviving US President, survived two attempted assassinations in his time at the Oval office, both in 1975

    12:00 AM — America is mourning the loss of Former US President Gerald Ford after the ex-leader died last night aged 93.He was the only un-elected US President after taking over from Richard Nixon in 1974 following the Watergate scandal, but it could have all been so different had Ford's life not been saved by a gay man.

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