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  • 26th October 2006

    Gay-friendly Labour MPs to stand down 1

    Brighton based MPs Des Turner and David Lepper, who have consistently supported gay rights in Parliament for their high density of lesbian and gay constituents, both announced they would not run for re-election

    12:00 AM — The Labour Party is set to lose two of its longest serving supporters of gay rights after two Brighton MPs announced they would be standing down at the next General Election.Brighton based MPs Des Turner and David Lepper, who have consistently supported gay rights in Parliament for their high density of lesbian and gay constituents, both announced they would not run for re-election, citing their age as a reason, as well as discontent with the direction of the government.

  • 25th October 2006

    Foley targeted ‘hot boys’ 3

    Disgraced Florida Republican Representative Mark Foley made friends with a wide circle of teenaged House of Representatives pages

    12:00 AM — Disgraced Florida Republican Representative Mark Foley made friends with a wide circle of teenaged House of Representatives pages, then singled out "hot" boys to write to, according to reports.The Washington Post claims to have identified four more former pages who said they were sexually solicited by Mr Foley, who has resigned since the scandal broke last month.

  • Homophobes boycott Wal-Mart 3

    An anti-gay group is calling for a boycott of worldwide retailer Wal-Mart after accusing  the store of promoting homosexuality

    12:00 AM — An anti-gay group is calling for a boycott of worldwide retailer Wal-Mart after accusing the store of promoting homosexuality.Self proclaimed family values group the American Family Association (AFA) has targeted the chain ever since it joined the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce in August, but now the AFA has launched a petition against the company claiming it deliberately stocks over a thousand items promoting gay values such as same sex marriage.

  • New Jersey ponders gay marriage 46

    The New Jersey Supreme Court is expected to rule on the issue of same sex marriage later today

    12:00 AM — The New Jersey Supreme Court is expected to rule on the issue of same sex marriage later today.In a press conference scheduled for 1700 EST (2200 GMT), the court will announce its decision, sealing the fate of seven lesbian and gay couples and possibly opening up possibilities for others.The case has been led through the courts by gay law equality group Lambda Legal since 2002.

  • Pentagon urged to curb homophobic harassment 5

    It comes after gay model Reichen Lehmkuhl revealed that he was bullied in the US Air Force when colleagues questioned his sexuality

    12:00 AM — A gay military support group has criticised the Pentagon for not adequately protecting its officers from homophobic abuse after former army specialist Justin Fisher, who was convicted of conspiracy in the murder of Private First Class Barry Winchell was released from prison after serving seven years of an original 12 ½ year sentence.Winchell was attacked by Calvin Glover, a former soldier based at Fort Campbell, in July 1999, in what was later revealed as a homophobic crime.

  • Doctor ‘rushed’ transsexual into surgery 3

    The patient, told a General Medical Council (GMC) hearing in London, that she regretted the change and is now restricted from having a relationship after Dr Russell Reid allegedly diagnosed that she had gender identity disorder too early

    12:00 AM — A woman has accused a transgender psychiatrist of being "too nice" in encouraging her to undergo gender reassignment.The patient, told a General Medical Council (GMC) hearing in London, that she regretted the change and is now restricted from having a relationship after Dr Russell Reid allegedly diagnosed that she had gender identity disorder too early.

  • Gay campaigner criticises Muslim ‘double standards’ 2

    Peter Tatchell claims there is a whiff of hypocrisy among some Muslims who, in the name of being spared offence, want to censor other people's opinions

    12:00 AM — Peter Tatchell claims there is a whiff of hypocrisy among some Muslims who, in the name of being spared offence, want to censor other people's opinions.Monday night's Channel Four studio debate, Muslims and Free Speech, exemplified the double-standards of some Muslim leaders. They object to people offending their religious sensibilities, but happily cause offence to others whenever it suits them.

  • Lesbian jibes smear New York contest

    The race for the Senate vote in New York is entering “swampy territory” after Republican candidate John Spencer reportedly called Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton a lesbian

    12:00 AM — The race for the Senate vote in New York is entering "swampy territory" after Republican candidate John Spencer reportedly called Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton a lesbian.Mr Spencer has been criticised by women's groups after allegedly commenting about the former First Lady's appearance, accusing her of having plastic surgery and questioning Mrs Clinton's sexuality.

  • Gay priest seeks Pope’s nod

    Pope Benedict XVI is known for his strict conservative attitude towards homosexuality

    12:00 AM — A male prostitute turned gay priest is awaiting approval from the Vatican to be allowed to stand as a candidate for Bloc Quebecois in a by election next month.Raymond Gravel has been criticised by the Pope before over his support of gay priests, same sex marriage and abortion, but now needs the Holy See's approval through his boss, the Bishop of Joliette, to run for election.

  • Gay community invited to north of Cyprus 4

    Hillcrest agents highlight the restaurants, attractive beaches and modest prices plus an 18-hole golf course as ideal factors making it a top destination

    12:00 AM — Amid reports that the Turkish owned region of Cyprus will legalise homosexuality, property experts are predicting there has never been a better time to visit for homebuyers and holidaymakers.The region, only recognised as a state by Turkey, is known for its hot balmy summers, mild winters and natural unspoiled landscapes, leading Hillcrest Estates, the only agent in the area to belong to the UK trade body, the Guild of Professional Estate Agents, to recommend it as a top destination.

  • Activists seeks UN transgender support 2

    Juliet Victor Mukasa, chairperson of Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG), revealed her experiences as a transgender in Africa when addressing the United Nations Commission on Human Rights this week

    12:00 AM — A Ugandan gay activist has called on the United Nations to protect transgender people in Africa.Juliet Victor Mukasa, chairperson of Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG), revealed her experiences as a transgender in Africa when addressing the United Nations Commission on Human Rights in Geneva this week.

  • Gay community should B Aware of Hepatitis B 1

    In the UK there are an estimated 180,000 chronically infected individuals and each year about 7,700 new cases develop, more than the estimated 7,000 new cases of HIV

    12:00 AM — "If one was to announce that an HIV preventative immunisation was available there would undoubtedly be pandemonium, unprecedented demand," a Hepatitis B sufferer announced on the launch of a campaign to raise awareness of the virus.It is therefore of particular consternation, according to the Hepatitis B Foundation, then that people are reluctant to or don't even know that there is a vaccination for a far more infectious and widespread disease: Hepatitis B.

  • Action urged on behalf of LGBT rights in India 1

    Homosexuality is illegal in India and has been since colonial days

    12:00 AM — Activists have launched an urgent plea for action for human rights in India.The women's organisation Sangini has presented a statement to the United Nations Human Rights Commission (UNHRC) about the plight of gay people in the country.Homosexuality is illegal in India and has been since colonial days.

  • 24th October 2006

    EU expansion rules risk more rough sleeping

    Prior to today's announcement Westminster Councils rough sleeping unit estimated 300 Romanians and Bulgarians a year would have ended up sleeping rough in its borough alone

    12:00 AM — Westminster City Council has warned that new government rules on workers from Bulgaria and Romania could lead to an explosion of rough sleeping on London's streets, impacting on popular gay areas such as Soho and the West End.The council fears that new rules will not discourage thousands from arriving in the UK in the hope of securing a visa, and ending up destitute when they fail.

  • Sacramento Slavic hate churches 1

    Governor of California Arnold Schwarzenegger

    12:00 AM — Hostile demonstrations and actions have recently been initiated by Slavic churches at gay pride events.Sacramento is said to have one of the largest former Soviet Union communities and these ultra religious groups are being blamed for a growth in anti homosexual actions.The Russian speaking demonstrators are said to "far outnumber representatives from all other anti-gay groups combined" according to the Seattle Times .

  • Gay row spreads to Australian Anglicans 3

    Factions of the Anglican Church have been rowing ever since the appointment of gay bishop of New Hampshire Gene Robinson in 2003

    12:00 AM — The Anglican row over homosexuality appears to be spreading from the US and Europe all the way to Australia after the Archbishop of Sydney reportedly received an "anguished letter" from another country pleading to become part of the more conservative church.It comes after the leader of the Episcopal Diocese of Connecticut, Bishop Andrew Smith, backed same sex blessings in the state where civil unions are allowed, but now conservative factions of the church have had enough.

  • Shirley West: ‘Irreplaceable’ community figure dies

    To say that she will be terribly missed doesn't even begin to describe the loss of this remarkable woman - Al Brookes

    12:00 AM — Shirley West, treasurer of Brighton Women's Centre, Pride volunteer and all-round treasure, died suddenly on Thursday 19th October at the age of 56.PinkNews.co.uk's Torsten Hojer documents some of the touching tributes to the inspirational lady.

  • Bavarian conservatives move away from homophobia

    12:00 AM — The conservative Christian Social Union (CSU), the dominant party in Bavarian politics for years has for the first time acknowledged the validity of same sex relationships.The position is not whole hearted however with the party still not supporting same sex marriages or adoption.

  • Callous hoax targets help line

    The text message purports to be a friend whose mobile phone has run out of battery

    12:00 AM — A hoaxer has sent mass texts to thousands of people requesting they ring the number for the London Lesbian and Gay Switchboard.The text message purports to be a friend whose mobile phone has run out of battery.Many of the 150 plus volunteers were subjected to abuse by their co victims who mistakenly believed that the help-line was responsible for the rogue texts.

  • Model documents gay army abuse 1

    Lehmkuhl told ABC News that it was always his dream to serve his country but was exposed to homophobic bullying which included a sexual assault, leaving feeling suicidal

    12:00 AM — Gay model Reichen Lehmkuhl has revealed the perils of the US military's Don't Ask Don't Tell policy after documenting the bullying and homophobic remarks he had to deal with while hiding is sexuality in the US Air Force.The boyfriend of N'Sync's Lance Bass, was a captain in the Air Force, but had to keep his sexuality secret amongst an 'institutionalised acceptance of homophobia.'

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