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  • 29th December 2006

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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

    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.

  • Mystery gay reveller emerges in Barrymore pool death case 1

    Barrymore has also been questioned along with other guests (Photo: Joy Padmore)

    12:00 AM — A new name has emerged as the possible key to what went on at gay star Michael Barrymore's home after an inquiry into the death of Stuart Lubbock was reopened.Lubbock, 31, was found dead in the swimming pool of the openly gay television personality in March 2001 after a drug fuelled party.During the inquest that followed, an open verdict was reached and to date no-one has been charged in connection with Mr Lubbock's death.

  • 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.

  • Syphilis marketing campaign a success for San Francisco gays

    12:00 AM — A social marketing campaign urging gay and bisexual men in San Francisco to get checked for syphilis has been branded a success.Cartoons advocating the tests were placed in a gay newspaper, and poster-sized reproductions were posted on the streets, on bus shelters, on Webs sites and in gay bars.

  • Massachusetts court defends gay marriage 1

    Outgoing Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney has previously called for a new debate on gay marriage laws

    12:00 AM — The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court has ruled that lawmakers cannot be forced to vote on the state's gay marriage laws.Outgoing Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney has previously called for a new debate on gay marriage laws in the state in the hope of rescinding the current law which makes it the part of America which allows same sex couples to marry.

  • Lib Dems back gay teaching

    LGBT History Month is an annual event in February in the UK which celebrates achievements within the community

    12:00 AM — The Liberal Democrat spokesperson on equality has backed gay activist's criticism of the government for cutting funds for teaching about LGBT history.Lorely Burt accused the Department for Education and Skills of promoting LGBT rights as "secondary" after it was revealed that the government department had cut tens of thousands of pounds of funding for LGBT History Month.

  • Lib Dem site offers gay dating

    Assembly Member Peter May explained that it was all because the site had not yet been paid for

    12:00 AM — Welsh Liberal Democrats have narrowly avoided yet another political sex scandal after the Swansea party's website began linking to gay dating sites and porn.Visitors to the website were expecting information about councillors and events but immediately complained to the Ombudsman after instead being offered "casual dating and sex."

  • New Hampshire against gay marriage

    Out of the six hundred people polled, fifty-five percent said they were against gays marrying

    12:00 AM — The majority of New Hampshire is against same-sex marriage, according to a recent poll conducted by Research 2000 for the Concord Monitor.Out of the six hundred people polled, fifty-five percent said they were against gays marrying, while thirty-five percent were for it, and ten percent were not certain how they felt about it.

  • 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.

  • 25th December 2006

    Have a very lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered Christmas

    Regardless of religion have some great bank holidays!

    12:00 AM — Festive greetings from all at PinkNews.co.uk, The Pink News and our publishing partners 3Sixty.The team being a mixed bunch of sexualities, genders and religions, we know that everyone spends this time of year in a different way.For Christan readers we wish a Merry Christmas and wish for the New Year to dawn a new age within all the church's many denominations.

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