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  • 3rd November 2006

    Clergyman quits amid gay sex claims

    It comes as the Christian Right attempts to persuade US citizens to vote for “family values” at next weeks mid-term elections

    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.

  • 2nd November 2006

    Rugby can help tackle homophobia

    RFU chief Bob Rogers admires the new poster campaign

    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

    Students say that the current National Blood Service policy, which bans gay and bisexual men from giving blood for life is archaic

    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

    MyGayGermany is a new promotion by the German National Tourist Office designed especially for UK and Irish residents

    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

    WorldPride organisers are still determined that the event will go ahead after having to cancel it this summer because of the Lebanon conflict and the year before due to the Gaza disengagement

    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.

  • THT hits Scotland

    Terrence Higgins Trust Scotland promises to protect and enhance the much-needed HIV and sexual health services for local people

    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.

  • McCain bites back

    French fries always find themselves lumbered with a bad name as they are often mistakenly associated with a bad diet

    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.

  • Campaigners question gay marriage poll 1

    A free vote on reopening the debate on same sex marriage will be held later this month

    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.

  • Archbishop holding meetings over gay rift 3

    Dr Williams has angered conservative leaders by not formally condemning homosexuality but instead encouraging dialogue

    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.

  • 1st November 2006

    Gay pride row fireman reinstated 5

    Fire-fighters at Euro Pride in London this year

    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

    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

    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

    worldPride is scheduled for November 10

    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

    Will Nutland, from HIV charity the Terrence Higgins Trust, told the South London Press that the fakes are dangerous

    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.

  • Gay and lesbian jobseekers welcome Stonewall guide

    Stephen Frost, director of Stonewall's workplace programmes, hailed the event a success

    12:00 AM — Students and employers welcomed Stonewall's lesbian and gay recruitment guide last night.Representatives from large organisations such as Goldman Sachs, the Metropolitan Police and the Royal Navy helped make up a 135 strong crowd of employers who eagerly took questions from around 50 lesbian and gay students keen to know about gay friendly workplaces.

  • MoD defends gay attitudes report

    Navy recruits march in uniform at this year's EuroPride

    12:00 AM — The Ministry of Defence (MoD) has been quick to defend a survey which reveals discomfort is still felt towards gay and lesbian recruits served in the Royal Navy, particularly the Marines.A survey from the MoD on attitudes in the forces found that almost half of sergeants, corporals and lower ranked personnel in the Royal Navy and the Marines feel uncomfortable serving alongside gays and lesbians.

  • 31st October 2006

    Elton John funds gay marriage campaign 1

    Sir Elton was one of the first British couples to take advantage of civil partnership laws when they were implemented in the UK last year

    12:00 AM — Music legend Elton John has donated $20,000 to defeat a gay marriage ban due to be voted on in Wisconsin.The gay artist has pledged his support as debate surrounding the issue mounts amid Congress elections and a vote on gay marriage next week.His money will help gay campaign group Fair Wisconsin counter an anti-gay advertising campaign from the family Research Institute of Wisconsin.

  • London school children to be taught HIV awareness

    HIV awareness packs will tackle the subject of HIV and AIDS as part of regular GCSE coursework

    12:00 AM — The first mainstream HIV and AIDS GCSE teaching module aimed at school children is being launched in 2007.Crusaid, which supports people affected by HIV in the UK and Africa, will roll out 1,500 media kits to schools across London.The packs are designed to encourage students to devise their own AIDS awareness campaigns and will be the first time that an HIV/AIDS awareness module has been created for the mainstream English curriculum.

  • Gay Asians less likely to come out

    A study from Auckland's Massey University found that differing cultural attitudes inhibit Asian people in the LGBT community from coming out

    12:00 AM — Asian lesbians, gays and bisexuals in New Zealand are less open about their sexuality compared to Western counterparts, a new report claims.A study from Auckland's Massey University found that differing cultural attitudes inhibit Asian people in the LGBT community from coming out.

  • Stonewall launches job guide for gay and lesbian students

    This edition of Starting Out and the launch event have both been sponsored by Credit Suisse

    12:00 AM — Gay charity Stonewall today launched the second edition of Starting Out, Britain's only national lesbian and gay recruitment guide, designed for graduates and job-seekers.The guide, sponsored by investment bank Credit Suisse and being launched at the University of London Union (ULU), is targeted at the 150,000 lesbian and gay students in Britain and includes 174 major employers.

  • Police react to “malicious” campaign 1

    In the last six months almost all of the 43 forces in the country have been targeted by Mr Green

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveAnti-gay preacher and religious sect leader Stephen Green has been blacklisted by police forces across the country.The move comes after a sustained campaign by the Christian Voice National Director against gay people in the police, which officers say is escalating to unacceptable levels.The Freedom of Information Act Unit, which monitors all police requests, has ordered all chief constables to avoid replying to the "malicious" and "discriminatory" requests from Mr Green.

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