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  • 9th November 2006

    Comment: Is a gay pride rally as good as a march? 23

    Once again external political circumstances shape the agenda of the LGBT community in Israel, or any internal Israeli agenda for that matter

    12:00 AM — Israeli gay campaigner, Yoav Sivan, reflects on yet another cancelled gay pride march.Once again external political circumstances shape the agenda of the LGBT community in Israel, or any internal Israeli agenda for that matter.

  • 8th November 2006

    Israel Tourism Minister backs gay pride debate 23

    Isaac Herzog was unveiling a campaign for  ThinkIsrael.com at Arsenal's Emirates Stadium last night, encouraging people to visit the “Holy land”

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveGays and lesbians are welcome in Israel but the issue of WorldPride should be left open to debate, the country's Tourism Minister announced last night.Isaac Herzog was unveiling a campaign for ThinkIsrael.com at Arsenal's Emirates Stadium last night, encouraging people to visit the "Holy land" of Israel.

  • Gay group offers compassion to Haggard 1

    Evangelical Reverend Ted Haggard has received sympathy from the most unlikely of sources, a gay rights group

    12:00 AM — He has spent much of his career attacking homosexuality, but disgraced Evangelical Reverend Ted Haggard has received sympathy from the most unlikely of sources, a gay rights group.Soulforce has urged compassion towards the preacher after he was dismissed by the New Life Church and resigned as President of the National Association of Evangelicals (NAE) amid allegations of gay sex with a rent boy.

  • THT Supper Club raises over £60,000

    June Sarpong at the THT event

    12:00 AM — Celebrity guests including Tracey Emin, Isabella Blow, Julien MacDonald, Martine McCutcheon and June Sarpong took part in last night's Supper Club event in aid of sexual health charity Terrence Higgins Trust.40 individual dinner parties were held simultaneously in London's best restaurants and private homes.

  • Gay campaigners welcome pro-equality candidates 3

    Anti-gay Mitt Romney was ousted

    12:00 AM — Massachusetts voters turned out in large numbers and overwhelmingly elected pro-equality candidates for legislative and constitutional offices in last nights mid-terms.With Deval Patrick's victory, Massachusetts voters are sending to the corner office for the first time a governor who fully supports marriage equality for same-sex couples.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 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.

  • “Incredible night” for gay equality 3

    The Human Rights Campaign (HRC), which has been following the results overnight says there is now  a “fair minded majority” in the US House of Representatives

    12:00 AM — Gay campaigners are hailing an "incredible night" for gay equality in the US as over 200 pro-gay candidates were elected for seats in Congress and as Governors in the US mid-terms and many anti-gay figures were ousted.The Democrat Party now dominates the House of Representatives, with Nancy Pelosi representing the party as the first female speaker, while the Senate is neck and neck, signalling a possible change in direction regarding America's foreign policy and perhaps even some state's attitude towards gay rights.

  • Community remains upbeat despite gay union bans 3

    Colorado, Idaho, South Carolina, Tennessee, South Dakota and Virginia all passed gay marriage bans, while Arizona was the only state out of the seven to reject a constitutional ban

    12:00 AM — The jubilation surrounding the election of many gay friendly candidates to Congress has been slightly overshadowed by the success of gay marriage votes across some US states, but campaigners say the margins suggest some progress.Colorado, Idaho, South Carolina, Tennessee, South Dakota and Virginia all passed gay marriage bans, while Arizona was the only state out of the seven to reject a constitutional ban, a first in the US.

  • 7th November 2006

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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 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.

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