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.
2nd November 2006
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Gay and lesbian jobseekers welcome Stonewall guide
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.