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  • 8th November 2006

    The anti-gay Democrat who didn’t make it 3

    Mr Ford, a Baptist, voiced his opposition to gay marriage after the New Jersey Supreme Court tentatively backed equal gay rights last month, he also pledged support for the Federal Marriage Act

    12:00 AM — While the gay community hails the increase of Democrat candidates elected to the US Congress as the possibility of a more gay friendly USA, they will be relieved that one party candidate didn't make it.Anti-gay Democrat Harold Ford Jr, who has spoken out against gay marriage failed to get elected in the mid-terms in the state of Tennessee.

  • Mid-terms ‘tipping point’ for gay candidates 3

    The Gay  Lesbian Victory Fund endorsed 67 victory-endorsed candidates for the federal, state and local offices, with some winning historic races that make them the first openly gay or lesbian candidates ever elected in their states

    12:00 AM — Gay campaigners have described the US mid-terms as a success after a record number of openly gay and lesbian candidates were elected.The Gay Lesbian Victory Fund endorsed 67 victory-endorsed candidates for the federal, state and local offices, with some winning historic races that make them the first openly gay or lesbian candidates ever elected in their states or legislative bodies.

  • Gay Republicans blame conservatives for loss 3

    The Foley scandal was one issue which may have alienated Republican voters

    12:00 AM — A gay Republican lobby group has blamed conservatives for alienating voters and determining their mid-term losses, while the National Stonewall Democrats have described the results as a backlash against failed politics.The Democrats now dominate the House of Representatives after yesterday's mid-terms with a record number of gay and lesbian and gay-friendly candidates being elected, mainly from the Democrat Party.

  • New York amends trans laws

    The initiative is being headed by New York City's Board of Health and would require support from a doctor and a mental health processional and a history of two years of  living as the desired gender

    12:00 AM — New York trans people will have their birth certificated amended to represent their true sex regardless of whether they have completed gender reassignment, new proposals in the city have revealed.The initiative is being headed by New York City's Board of Health and would require support from a doctor and a mental health processional and a history of two years of living as the desired gender.

  • Gay group congratulates Governor Arnie 3

    Since taking office in 2003, Governor Schwarzenegger has signed over 20 bills supportive of the gay and lesbian community

    12:00 AM — A gay group has congratulated California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger on his re-election in the mid-terms.Since taking office in 2003, Governor Schwarzenegger has signed over 20 bills supportive of the gay and lesbian community including expansion of domestic partnership rights, hate crimes protection, housing and employment non-discrimination laws, improving HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment strategies, and ending the Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy in the state militia.

  • 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.

  • Cabinet urged out of closet over peerages 1

    Ms Kelly is not a suspect and is willingly co-operating along with Chancellor Gordon Brown, Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott, and other senior cabinet figures such as Home Secretary John Reid and Foreign Secretary Patricia Hewitt.

    12:00 AM — Gay and lesbian fans of equality minister Ruth Kelly will be interested to hear that she has been asked to give evidence of what she knew about loans made to the Labour Party.Ms Kelly, Secretary of State for the Department for Communities and Local Government, which will oversee new equality regulations regarding the gay community, has been asked to provide in writing anything she knows in relation to the cash for peerages scandal rocking British politics.

  • Rumsfeld quits after poor mid-term results 3

    Mr Rumsfeld has been blamed for strategic blunders in Iraq and not equipping the military adequately and has also been attacked by gay groups

    12:00 AM — Donald Rumsfeld has resigned as US Defence Secretary after a disappointing mid term election for the Republican Party.Mr Rumsfeld has been blamed for strategic blunders in Iraq and not equipping the military adequately and has also been attacked by gay groups for upholding the Pentagon's ban on openly gay and lesbian recruits.His resignation comes after the Republican losses implied discontent with the US policy in Iraq.

  • 7th November 2006

    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 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 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.

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