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  • 30th October 2006

    Comment: A baldness cure for men who aren’t bald yet

    LibDem MP Mark Oaten even claimed that his hair loss was so shattering to his confidence, he needed a rent boy to make him feel better

    12:00 AM — Am I going to go bald? Most men worry about it at some stage. When will it start? What causes it? Will I look good as a slaphead? Old clichés about baldness running though your mother's family or hats being responsible for causing it are out of place in our 21st century world. Why can't the scientists do something? Well, they have been scratching their heads about it, as Tony Grew reports.For most men, the morning they wake up and find they are moulting hair all over their pillow is a crisis moment. LibDem MP Mark Oaten even claimed that his hair loss was so shattering to his confidence, he needed a rent boy to make him feel better.

  • 27th October 2006

    Gay activist criticises Barker “witch-hunt” 10

    Gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell has accused the British press of being “sensationalist” in its treatment of Tory Environment spokesman Gregory Barker's marriage break up

    12:00 AM — Gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell has accused the British press of being "sensationalist" in its treatment of Tory Environment spokesman Gregory Barker's marriage break up after reports that he had a gay affair.Newspapers have been full of accusations over the last week that the Bexhill MP's marriage to Celeste broke down because he had an affair with a man, a claim which he denies.

  • Madonna’s £3100 charity boots

    Doctor Martin boots designed by Madonna raised £3100 on auction site eBay

    12:00 AM — A pair of Doctor Martin boots designed by Madonna have raised £3100 for the National AIDS Trust (NAT).The customised designs, which were donated as part of National Giving Week, were sold to the highest bidder on internet auction site eBay."Celebrity support can be instrumental both in raising awareness about HIV and vital funds to continue our work," said Deborah Jack, Chief Executive of NAT.

  • Canadian postmen stand up to gay-hate mail 1

    12:00 AM — Postmen in Vancouver, Canada have been threatened with disciplinary actions after refusing to deliver a pamphlet that stated "The Plague of this 21st Century: The Consequences of the sin of Homosexuality (AIDS)" writes the Toronto Star.The homophobic propaganda was produced by the Fundamentalist Baptist Mission in Waterford, Ontario and was called the "Prophetic Word".

  • Human rights blogger sacked after posting Foley messages 3

    Mark Foley resigned from the US Congress earlier this month amid reports that he sent inappropriate sexually explicit messages to teenage interns

    12:00 AM — A gay lobby group employee has been sacked after it was revealed that he was the first to publish email messages between disgraced ex-Florida Congressman Mark Foley and work experience interns.Mark Foley resigned from the US Congress earlier this month amid reports that he sent inappropriate sexually explicit messages to teenage interns, and now it has emerged that a Human Rights Campaign (HRC) employee was the source of the computer messages and posted them onto his blog using a work computer .

  • Bush attacks gay unions

    US President George W Bush used a fund raising speech this week to express opposition to same sex marriage

    12:00 AM — US President George W Bush used a fund raising speech this week to express opposition to same sex marriage.It comes after the New jersey Supreme Court called for the state to give fairer rights to gays and lesbians.Justice Barry Albin, who authored the 66 page majority ruling said unequal rights can no longer be tolerated, "[The] unequal dispensation of rights and benefits to committed same-sex partners can no longer be tolerated under our State Constitution.

  • Israeli gays fear incitement 23

    A protest was held by religious Jews last week who threatened to use biblical punishments against those attending the parade, these include stoning participants to death

    12:00 AM — Israeli gay campaigners have complained to police about homophobic incitement as opposition to the upcoming WorldPride march grows.Religious groups and right wing conservative politicians have expressed their 'disgust' towards the gay pride march since the Jerusalem police, State Prosecution, the Jerusalem Municipality, the high court and gay rights groups agreed that it could take place on November 10.

  • Gay wedding planner opposes “lazy equality” 1

    Pink Weddings is seeking over 3,000 signatures to take a petition to Downing Street in December to show opposition to “lazy equality”

    12:00 AM — A gay wedding planner is calling for support of a campaign to make sure the new Equality Act doesn't allow any exemptions which would allow venues to refuse providing a location for civil partnerships.Pink Weddings is seeking over 3,000 signatures to take a petition to Downing Street in December to show opposition to "lazy equality."The government has faced criticism of a delay in implementing new guidelines protecting gays and lesbians from discrimination in the provision of goods and services.

  • NYC public transport removes Trans discrimination 1

    According to the New York Daily News, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) has agreed to allow riders to use MTA rest rooms “consistent with their gender expression“

    12:00 AM — Transgender people now have the right to use any restroom they choose in New York City's public transit system under an unprecedented deal revealed this week.According to the New York Daily News, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) has agreed to allow riders to use MTA rest rooms "consistent with their gender expression," the Transgender Legal Defence and Education Fund announced.

  • Does beer + football + girls = a man?

    The 'passionate and proud' posters aim to challenge issues such as aggression and homophobia.

    12:00 AM — A poster campaign asking 'What does it mean to be a man?' has been launched by Somerset County Council.The new 'passionate and proud' posters aim to challenge stereotypical views of men and issues such as aggression and homophobia. Launching this month, the posters form part of an ongoing drive to educate young men that regardless of their background or culture, understanding what it means to be a man can be a minefield.

  • The politics of a personal life 11

    Greg Barker with Tory leader David Cameron

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk's Tony Grew asks if Tory spokesman Gregory Barker's privacy pleas amid reports of a gay affair are warranted..The free paper LondonLite made much of yesterday's revelation that a leading Tory MP has left his wife and three children and embarked on an affair.Given that the paper often talks about sexual liaisons in a knockabout fashion, runs speed dating competitions and sex tips, it seems strange that it took such a straight-laced tone when reporting what would appear to be a marriage breakdown. After all, the majority of marriages end in divorce.

  • 26th October 2006

    Ireland schools fight homophobic bullying 4

    12:00 AM — A major nationwide campaign against homophobic bullying was launched this week by Ireland's Minister of State at the Department of Education and Science.Síle de Valera opened the initiative which was conceived of by the Equality Authority and a youth group for the LGBT community called BeLonG To.The campaign aims to distribute posters to every post primary school in the Republic and attempts to reiterate a commitment by schools to stamp out homophobic bullying.

  • Foley offered ‘sexual reorientation’ 3

    Ex-Congressman Mark Foley has hit the headlines over the last month for his alleged solicitation of young congress aides that has shocked many Americans

    12:00 AM — Ex-Congressman Mark Foley has hit the headlines over the last month for his alleged solicitation of young congress aides that has shocked many Americans.To add to the mystery of the saga, a group calling themselves Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays Gays (PFOX) has offered to effectively change his sexuality.

  • Trans group pick up award

    The a;gender network is a group which aims to “provide confidential and mutual support” whilst offering advice and work towards eradicating Transphobia in the government and civil service

    12:00 AM — The support network for transgender people in the civil service has picked up a diversity award.It is the second award ceremony for diversity, which the cabinet office champion as a demonstration of "successes in policy, employment and service delivery across Government".The a;gender network is a group which aims to "provide confidential and mutual support" whilst offering advice and work towards eradicating Transphobia in the government and civil service.

  • New Jersey backs same sex unions 46

    Mark Lewis and Dennis Winslow, two Episcopalian pastors from Union City, Hudson County

    12:00 AM — New Jersey's lesbian and gay community is waking up to the potential of fairer and equal rights this morning after the state's Supreme Court agreed that blocking same sex marriage is unconstitutional.In a move universally welcomed by gay groups across the US, the court agreed by a 4-3 split vote decision that the state legislature should allow same sex marriage and equalise gay rights.

  • Chief Rabbi: Gay pride threat to Israel’s existence 23

    Last month, the Jerusalem police, State Prosecution, the Jerusalem Municipality and gay rights groups agreed that a gay pride march could take place on November 10, it has been widely opposed by religious groups and right wing conservative politicians

    12:00 AM — Israel's Chief Rabbi has joined protests against the scheduled gay pride march in Jerusalem.Shlomo Amar called on all Jewish people to opposed the WorldPride parade which is scheduled to take place next month.Rabbi Amar claimed that the parade is a threat to Israel's survival.

  • Conman caught after gay prank 1

    Conman Peter Foster has been detained by police in Fiji after trying to escape capture by jumping off a bridge

    12:00 AM — Conman Peter Foster has been detained by police in Fiji after trying to escape capture by jumping off a bridge.Mr Foster, who sparked controversy in 2002 over his involvement with Prime Minister Tony Blair's wife Cherie's purchase of two flats in Bristol, caused a media frenzy in Fiji after starting rumours that a hotel was being opened offering rent boys.

  • Election support for Trans voters

    The upcoming US Congress elections on November 7th are poised to tip the balance of LGBT-supportive policymakers in office, activists have warned

    12:00 AM — The upcoming US Congress elections on November 7th are poised to tip the balance of LGBT-supportive policymakers in office, activists have warned.To increase the number of LGBT-supportive policymakers, the National Centre for Transgender Equality (NCTE) has released a new Voter Guide to educate and empower transgender voters about their rights to access the polls.

  • Tory spokesman seeks privacy after alleged gay affair 10

    Tory Environment spokesman Greg Barker, has split from his wife of 14 years Celeste, after having a year long gay affair, according to reports

    12:00 AM — A Conservative shadow minister has appealed for privacy after it was reported that he has left his wife for a man.Tory Environment spokesman Greg Barker, has split from his wife of 14 years Celeste, after having a year long gay affair, according to reports.The MP for Bexhill and Battle, a close ally of Tory leader David Cameron, has since confirmed that he has separated from Celeste but says the rest is a private matter, a statement backed by his party.

  • Stonewall encourages gay leadership

    Stonewall is holding its second leadership programme, providing personal development for lesbian and gay professionals

    12:00 AM — Stonewall is holding its second leadership programme, providing personal development for lesbian and gay professionals who have the capacity to be senior decision-makers within five years.The two-day programme, held from 26 -27 October and hosted by Henley Management College, is designed in collaboration with the Cambridge Leadership programme at Harvard University.

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