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  • 29th November 2006

    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."

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 28th November 2006

    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.

  • Stone aimed to kill loyalist he thought was gay

    Stone, now facing charges for the attempted murder of Gerry Adams and Martin McGuiness at a Stormont meeting last week

    12:00 AM — Loyalist hitman Michael Stone has been described as a "lunatic" by one of his targets.Stone, now facing charges for the attempted murder of Gerry Adams and Martin McGuiness at a Stormont meeting last week, is reported to have warned a newspaper of the planned attack and also a desire to murder fellow Loyalist Johnny "Mad Dog" Adair.

  • Gay plight is ‘civil rights struggle’

    In their sit-down interviews on the subject, both Bond and Huerta talk about how, early in their lives, they first came to understand the importance of LGBT equality

    12:00 AM — The fight for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender equality is a crucial civil rights struggle that all Americans should support, two legendary civil rights heroes have announced.Dolores Huerta and Julian Bond made the statement in interviews in the latest issue of the Human Rights Campaign magazine, Equality.

  • Gay equality law’s ‘unacceptable’ 12

    Archbishop of Birmingham Vincent Nichols, seen as the man to takeover from Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor, used a sermon over the weekend to attack the incoming sexual orientation regulations

    12:00 AM — The church cannot be expected to cooperate with the government if gay equality laws are passed, a clergyman touted as the next leader of the English Roman Catholic Church has claimed.Archbishop of Birmingham Vincent Nichols, seen as the man to takeover from Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor, used a sermon over the weekend to attack the incoming sexual orientation regulations, accusing the government of 'imposing conditions' on the church.

  • Haggard’s excuses raise drugs questions for gay escort 1

    Reverend Ted Haggard, was dismissed as Senior Pastor of the New Life Church in Colorado and resigned as president of the National Association of Evangelicals  earlier this month amid claims that he had meetings with a gay rent boy

    12:00 AM — A gay escort who outed a senior church leader is now being sought by police on drugs charges.Reverend Ted Haggard, was dismissed as Senior Pastor of the New Life Church in Colorado and resigned as president of the National Association of Evangelicals earlier this month amid claims that he had meetings with a gay rent boy.

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