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  • 1st November 2006

    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.

  • 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.

  • 31st October 2006

    Spanish students to learn gay respect

    Primary and secondary school student in Spain are to be given lessons on homophobic behaviour and gay families

    12:00 AM — Primary and secondary school student in Spain are to be given lessons on homophobic behaviour and gay families amid increased attacks and discrimination against the LGBT community.It comes a year after Spain implemented gay marriage laws, and now the Education Ministry wants to teach pupils that discrimination based on sexual orientation is wrong.

  • 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.

  • Dr Starkey’s last word on Popes, Queens and Tony Blair 2

    Despite his reputation as the rudest man in Britain, Dr David Starkey is on good form when I speak to him. I approach the interview cautiously, aware that a badly phrased question might bring a volley of his trade- mark abuse down upon me

    12:00 AM — Dr David Starkey, Britain's best-known TV historian, has led a rich academic life and is a prominent gay intellectual. Here he tells Tony Grew about why Tony Blair is like Henry VIII, why the Pope is right about Islam and what chance the monarchy has of surviving into the next centuryDespite his reputation as the rudest man in Britain, Dr David Starkey is on good form when I speak to him. I approach the interview cautiously, aware that a badly phrased question might bring a volley of his trade- mark abuse down upon me.

  • Civil partnerships aren’t the end of gay struggle

    Labour peer Chris Smith argues that there is still a continuing struggle for gay rights

    12:00 AM — Labour peer Chris Smith argues that there is still a continuing struggle for gay rights.My partner Dorian and I registered our civil partnership in July, in a very quiet ceremony at Islington Town Hall.There were just the two of us, and our two friends who were witnesses; we'd deliberately decided that we wanted the ceremony itself to be private.

  • Israeli Rabbis cannot promise gay pride peace 23

    WorldPride is scheduled for November 10

    12:00 AM — Ultra-Orthodox Jews in Jerusalem are threatening to strike a gay pride parade scheduled to take place in Jerusalem in two weeks, prompting police to re-evaluate the permit issued to parade organisers.Ynet News reports that most recently, Jerusalem Police Chief Ilan Franko met with orthodox leader Yitzhak Tuvia Weiss.

  • Banker caught in gay web murder

    Reid, had been wanted on an aggravated-assault arrest warrant. The charge was upgraded to first-degree murder on Friday

    12:00 AM — Police in Toronto, Canada have arrested a former investment banker and charged him with first-degree murder and the disappearance of a man he met on a gay website.After eluding police, David Kenton Reid, 46, was arrested by Ontario Provincial Police officers at a cottage last weekend, not far from where he crashed his car and fled on foot one week earlier.

  • No child should fear homophobic bullying 3

    Ken Livingstone is the Mayor of London

    12:00 AM — London Mayor Ken Livingstone spells out his opposition to homophobic bullying.There is evidence that despite significant progress for lesbian and gay people in recent years, homophobic bullying in schools is on the increase.Many of our schools, supported by hardworking teachers and governors, offer hundreds of thousands of London children the opportunity to maximise their life chances.

  • Green is not the only Christian voice 1

    Gay organisations and mainstream Christian groups of all denominations are singing from the same hymn sheet against Mr Green

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveCondemnation for Stephen Green and his religious sect The Christian Voice is widespread.Gay organisations and mainstream Christian groups of all denominations are singing from the same hymn sheet against Mr Green.Gay and Lesbian Humanist Association Secretary George Broadhead described Mr Green as worse than 1960s family values moral campaigner Mary Whitehouse.

  • Paedophile regrets sex change 1

    Dr Reid denies the charge of misconduct. He claims to have given full consideration to the industry guidelines as part of a thorough assessment of each patient's needs, but that inflexible guidelines were not in the best interest of some patients

    12:00 AM — A convicted paedophile treated by the UK's top transsexual therapist has expressed regret after undergoing gender reassignment.The former patient, is one of five complainants at a General Medical Council hearing accusing Dr Russell Reid behaved inappropriately towards five transgender patients by recommending sex change treatments too quickly between 1984 and 2003.

  • A hell of a gay Halloween

    No clowning around: Hell Houses have been set up to scare “sinners“ into being good

    12:00 AM — Here at PinkNews.co.uk we are constantly trying to put a gay spin on the national agenda. Aside from dressing up as a camp witch or wizard (not that we need an excuse for this,) it looked near impossible to find a gay angle on Halloween, until this gem crept up on us.The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force (NGLTF) has scarily unveiled an anti-gay programme which includes "Hell Houses," a religious alternatives to traditional haunted houses that are designed to scare people into a "sin-free life."

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