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  • 29th November 2006

    Comment: Gay and lesbian identity is doomed 3

    Gay activist Peter Tatchell calls for an end to the gay-straight divide

    12:00 AM — Gay activist Peter Tatchell calls for an end to the gay-straight divideThis month has been Queer Awareness Month at many universities across Britain, with four weeks of stalls, debates and films to promote queer human rights.

  • Government provides HIV cash boost to gay community 1

    The money will be used by the Terrence Higgins Trust and African HIV Policy Network on projects to strengthen HIV prevention

    12:00 AM — An extra £1m is to be invested in work to tackle the rise in HIV cases amongst gay men and African communities in this country, Public Health Minister Caroline Flint announced today.The money will be used by the Terrence Higgins Trust and African HIV Policy Network on projects to strengthen HIV prevention and reduce transmission rates amongst these most at risk groups.

  • Government slams “wild speculation” over gay laws 18

    Minister for Equality Meg Munn said it is a “complex” process

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveMinisters involved in drawing up the incoming Sexual Orientation Regulations have called for calm after a series of outburst by religious groups and leaders regarding the new laws.The legislation, due in the New Year for Northern Ireland, and April 2007 for the rest of the UK, guarantees equality in the provision of goods and services for all sexual orientations, prompting outrage from religious groups.

  • Pope uses gay translator for Turkish delight

    Police in Turkey have feared protests against the religious figure who courted controversy earlier this year after quoting a 13th Century Christian philosopher's  remarks about Islam being a religion of  “inhumane and evil”

    12:00 AM — The Pope will be preaching a message of tolerance, respect and peace as he travels around Turkey this week, but he may even find his own values tested when he meets his interpreter, an Italian gay icon.According to reports, actress Serra Yilmaz, has been drafted in to help the pontiff build bridges with Turkey's Muslim community.Yilmaz has appeared in gay-interest films such as His Secret Life and Harem Suare

  • Irish gays await civil partnerships 1

    The report of the Working Party on Domestic Partnerships, unveiled by Justice Minister Michael McDowell recommends a “presumptive scheme,” giving legal recognition to couples who have lived together for three years or if they have children

    12:00 AM — Gay and lesbian couples will be given the right to civil partnership style unions, according to a report unveiled by the government.Ireland's cabinet has been considering same sex unions this week and has come up with a registration system, but the State has refused to allow gay marriage.

  • Canada to debate gay marriage 1

    Marriage was opened up to same sex couples in Canada last year

    12:00 AM — Canada will revisit its laws on same sex marriage next week.A debate on same sex marriage will start on Monday in the country's Parliament after a manifesto pledge from Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper that a debate on banning gay marriage in Canada would be held.Mr Harper announced in his manifesto that there would be a free vote on the issue.

  • South Africa’s gay union laws await President’s nod 10

    South Africa's gay marriage legislation is now just awaiting the signature of President Thabo Mbeki

    12:00 AM — South Africa's gay marriage legislation is now just awaiting the signature of President Thabo Mbeki before it can become law.The Civil Union Bill was approved by the National Council of Provinces this week and faces one final hurdle before it is passed allowing the "voluntary union of two persons, which is solemnised and registered by either a marriage or civil union."

  • Gay community attacks “deplorable” Christian ad 19

    Yesterday's Times newspaper featured an advert from a group of Christian leaders calling themselves Coherent and Cohesive Voice

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveA newspaper advert taken out by Christian groups against the Sexual Orientation Regulations has been described as "ludicrous" and "deplorable" by gay campaigners.Yesterday's Times newspaper featured an advert from a group of Christian leaders calling themselves Coherent and Cohesive Voice, urging followers to write to Communities Secretary Ruth Kelly and equality minister Meg Munn to oppose the new equality laws and seek religious exemptions.

  • Equality laws may ‘disregard’ disabled gays

    Gay disabled groups have expressed concerns that the new Commission for Equality and Human Rights (CEHR) will not adequately support those who experience multiple discrimination (Photo: londonpride.org)

    12:00 AM — Gay disabled groups have expressed concerns that the new Commission for Equality and Human Rights (CEHR) will not adequately support those who experience multiple discrimination.The CEHR, due in October 2007, will provide protection for minority groups such as gay people, the disabled and the elderly, but campaigners from gay disability group Regard are worried that the new equality laws will not correctly represent their views and will also be ignored by the wider gay community.

  • Positively promoting the L-Word

    The October sun trickled gently off the River Thames with a wave of expectation as 36 men and women from the business world gathered at the internationally renowned  Henley Management College

    12:00 AM — Gay charity Stonewall is attempting to foster a new generation of confident and open business leaders in the workplace. The Pink News went along to the organisation's latest programme to discover what leadership is.In 2003 the Employment Equality (Sexual Orientation) Regulations were introduced, banning discrimination on the grounds of sexuality in the workplace.

  • Social care expert named HIV group Chair

    Dame Denise brings a wealth of experience to the role

    12:00 AM — The National AIDS Trust has announced the appointment of social care expert Dame Denise Platt as its new Chair.Dame Denise takes up her role as Chair at an important time for the National AIDS Trust (NAT) in the lead up to World AIDS Day 1 December.She will be succeeding Dame Ruth Runciman, who has served as Chair of the NAT for the past six years and will continue to support the organisation as an ambassador.

  • 28th November 2006

    Activists launch gay-friendly medical guide 1

    The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) and the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association (GLMA)  announced a first-of-its-kind relationship this week to rate the healthcare industry

    12:00 AM — A gay rights group and a gay medical organisation have teamed up for a landmark project.The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) and the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association (GLMA) announced a first-of-its-kind relationship this week to rate the healthcare industry on how it treats its gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender patients and to educate the community about what to expect from medical providers and facilities.

  • EU gay group tackles diversity error

    The decision has been criticised by LGBT activists working at the European level as a dangerous precedent

    12:00 AM — The European Parliament's Intergroup on Gay and Lesbian Rights has vowed to seek an amendment to a statement from the European Parliament Bureau on diversity after it was revealed that sexual orientation was removed from the document.The decision has been criticised by LGBT activists working at the European level as a dangerous precedent in the light of efforts to stop the creation of a so-called hierarchy of discriminations within the European Union.

  • Scholars fight gay military ban

    Gay  US military recruits must keep their sexuality hidden

    12:00 AM — A group of renowned constitutional scholars has filed a brief asking the First Circuit Court of Appeals to reverse a District Court ruling and allow a lawsuit to move forward in an appeal by twelve military veterans battling the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" law prohibiting military service by lesbian, gay and bisexual recruits.The nine recognised experts filed the amicus brief, in support of the service members in Cook v Rumsfeld, last week.

  • Irish cabinet considering gay marriage 1

    The cabinet is due to consider a report commissioned by Minister for Justice Michael McDowell

    12:00 AM — The Irish government will consider options for creating greater equality for same sex couples, according to reports.Irish gay group the Gay and Lesbian Equality network has welcomed the news and views it as a sign that the government may approve gay marriage laws.The cabinet is due to consider a report commissioned by Minister for Justice Michael McDowell today.

  • Ex gay rent boy elected to Canadian Parliament 1

    He beat Conservative candidate Stephane Bourgon, in what will be seen as a blow to Prime Minister Stephen Harper's government

    12:00 AM — A male prostitute turned gay priest has entered the Canadian Parliament after a shock by-election victory.Raymond Gravel, who was once criticised by the Pope for his pro-gay views, won the election in Repentigny, representing the Bloc Quebecois Party, which campaigns for sovereignty of the Quebec province.

  • Gay man targeted in homophobic arson attack

    Police are appealing for information and say that the attack could have had far greater consequences

    12:00 AM — Police are appealing for information after a gay man became the victim of a mindless homophobic arson attack at his home.The victim, who has requested not to be identified, was returning home when he heard a smashing sound.Arriving at his doorstep, he found a fire blazing on his doorstep. Subsequent forensic examination found the fire had been deliberately started using what appears to be a crude device with accelerant within a glass bottle and newspaper.

  • Ikea brings gay couples out of commercial closet 7

    Swedish home furnishing retailer Ikea made worldwide news in 1994 for its US commercial featuring a male couple buying furniture

    12:00 AM — Swedish home furnishing retailer Ikea made worldwide news in 1994 for its US commercial featuring a male couple buying furniture together, the company has returned to its roots with a new spot including another gay pair, this time with a child.Following a rainbow of families, the black and Asian male couple are joined by their Golden Retriever and daughter, snuggled in domestic bliss. An ending voiceover asks: "Why shouldn't sofas come in flavours, just like families?"

  • Minneapolis Mayor loses confidence in lesbian fire chief 1

    Earlier this month, a male fire-fighter sued Bleskachek and the city, alleging that he faced discrimination for being a heterosexual man in the department

    12:00 AM — Minneapolis Mayor R T Rybak has called for the removal of lesbian Fire Chief Bonnie Bleskachek, saying he no longer has confidence in her ability to lead the Fire Department.The Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports that Rybak's announcement comes on the eve of a meeting by the city's executive council to discuss the fire chief's possible firing.

  • Scotland ignores homophobic crime

    The groups are currently included in the law in the reset of the UK, but the Scottish legislation only considers sectarian and racist motives

    12:00 AM — Disabled and gay groups have criticised the Scottish Executive after Deputy Justice Minister Johann Lamont confirmed that their communities would not be included in new hate crime laws.In a written answer to Labour MSP Susan Deacon, Ms Lamont, appears to backtrack on recommendations from the Working Group on Hate Crime in October 2004, which push for an inclusion of the groups as a "statutory aggravation" when considering the motives of the crime.

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