7th April 2006
Anti homophobia event to be launched 2
12:00 AM — The International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO) will be formally launched this evening, amongst cross party support.IDAHO was inaugurated last May to commemorate the World Health Organisation's removal of homosexuality from its list of mental disorders.
Fall in public HIV awareness
12:00 AM — The public's knowledge of HIV has fallen despite growing numbers of infections, according to the Nationals AIDs Trust (NAT.)The National AIDS Trust, launched the results of an Ipsos MORI poll today revealing that, despite growing numbers of people infected with HIV, people are often less aware of how HIV is transmitted than they were five years ago.
New calls for anti-gay Ford boycott 2
12:00 AM — An anti gay group is leading a new protest against the Ford motor company because of the manufacturers support for homosexuality.The founder of the American Family Association, along with 28 other pro-family groups, has announced a one-year boycott of Ford over the automaker's support of homosexual-rights groups that promote gay marriage.
Police gay census not “political correctness”
12:00 AM — The Metropolitan Police Authority's equality chairperson has hit back at claims that plans to ask officers to declare their sexuality are about "political correctness."Metropolitan Police chief, Sir Ian Blair presented the policy this week setting out plans to gain an accurate quota of gay and lesbian officers in the police force.
Muslim group reveals plan for gay consensus
12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusivePinkNews.co.uk has been told of a five year plan to combat homophobia in the British Muslim community.Muhammed Aziz, policy advisor to the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB), told PinkNews.co.uk that significant progress is expected following internal discussions after a productive All Party Parliamentary Group meeting earlier this year, which included the Muslim organisation and gay charity Stonewall.
6th April 2006
Superheroes fighting for gay sexual health
12:00 AM — A group of sexual health superheroes have donned their capes to fight hepatitis in the gay community, in reaction to figures which show half of London's gay men are not vaccinated against the disease.'The Vaccinators', dressed in their superhero outfits and arriving in their superhero bus, launched the start of the Sorted campaign to encourage gay men to vaccinate against Hepatitis A and B.
Dying gay man weds partner in hospital
12:00 AM — A gay man who has been given a month to live, had a civil partnership ceremony with his boyfriend in hospital today.Peter Howard, 57, was diagnosed with skin cancer five years ago and doctors warned the condition had got extremely serious, prompting him to arrange his civil union to partner, Chris Wells, 32, at short notice.
Community threatened by “gay liaisons”
12:00 AM — Picturesque areas of Stockport are being turned into destinations for "dogging" and sexual activity for the gay community, according to local residents.The Tame Valley Defence Group claims that the Reddish Vale Country Park has become a hotspot for sexual liaisons and voyeurism.
Gay “proposition” sparks Jamaican riot 1
12:00 AM — Jamaican students rioted against a gay pupil who had been accused of propositioning a classmate, according to reports.Police attempted to protect and escort the gay man off the University of West Indies campus after he was chased by an angry mob.
Lesbian Tory vice chairman tipped for London Mayor campaign 2
12:00 AM — Lesbian Conservative Party vice chairman Margot James has emerged as a potential applicant for the selection of a Tory London mayoral candidate.The Conservatives are holding an open primary which allows anyone to apply to be nominated to contest the position for the 2008 London mayoral election.
Gay friendly policies vital in work choices
12:00 AM — A US lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) legal organisation has announced the results of the largest nationwide survey of the gay community.Lambda Legal conducted a workplace fairness survey of the LGBT community in the first ever attempt to ask how important gay-friendly policies are to where gay people decide to work.
5th April 2006
Potential president backs gay marriage
12:00 AM — A potential candidate for the 2008 US presidency has stated his support for gay marriage.Senator Russ Feingold, who is seen as a left wing choice if he stands for the 2008 elections, gave his backing to gay and lesbian marriage rights in reaction to amendments in several states looking to overturn such laws.
Scotland Yard to produce gay census
12:00 AM — Police officers will be asked to declare their sexuality, according to a new paper to be produced by Metropolitan Police Commissioner, Sir Ian Blair.The policy, which will be presented to the equality committee of the Metropolitan Police Authority, is expected to set out plans to gain an accurate quota of gay and lesbian officers in the police force.
Gay candidate running for Hackney Mayor 5
12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveA gay candidate has been unveiled as the Conservative Party's representative for the Hackney mayoral elections in May.Andrew Boff, a runner up in the 2002 local election, will campaign for a council closer to the people and better services.
4th April 2006
Gay adoption “promising” for children 2
12:00 AM — The Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute has released a report that finds there is no child-centred reason to prevent gays and lesbians from becoming adoptive parents.It recommends that they be utilised more extensively to provide permanent, loving homes for children living in state care across the country.
Fear of arrest results in Egyptian gays not having HIV tests 5
12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk InvestigationThe lack of gay and bisexual men in Egypt requesting tests for HIV has been blamed on police raids based on medical records kept at hospitals.In 2001, a number of men were arrested by police following a raid of a Cairo gay meeting point and information recorded from gay websites have resulted in numerous raids in recent years.
Exclusive: Christian party may seek to overturn pro-gay laws 5
12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveThe Christian People's Alliance (CPA) would not necessarily uphold the laws on gay adoption and marriage if the party comes into power at the upcoming local elections, according to their federal president.Peter Flower told PinkNews.co.uk today that the CPA would only support policies relating to supporting the family and areas where the group feels there is a proper need for funding such as council tax and pensions.
Peruvian presidential candidate’s anti-gay support
12:00 AM — The family of a Peruvian presidential candidate is involved in issuing homophobic death threats, according to an openly bisexual talk show host in the South American country.Jaime Bayly claims he is being accused of "spreading immorality to the four winds and harming youth" by the parents of Ollanta Humala, the favourite to win this weekend's presidential elections in Lima.
3rd April 2006
Gay Muslim claims Islamophobia denied him post as student leader 1
12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveAn openly gay and Muslim candidate for president of the National Union of Students (NUS) has claimed that both Islamophobia and homophobia played a part in him losing the election by 28 votes.Pav Akhtar who is currently the NUS black students' officer and formerly the president of the Cambridge University students union, was widely expected to be elected president of NUS at the national conference held last week.
Academics launch national homophobia debate
12:00 AM — A national debate into how to tackle homophobia in schools will be used as part of a three year research project being carried out by the University of Sunderland.The General Teaching Council for England (GTC) has launched a three month online discussion forum as part of the research, which aims to find out teachers' views on how best to challenge homophobia and promote sexualities equality in schools.