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  • 31st October 2006

    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."

  • Gay campaigners outraged after Khatami avoids arrest 2

    Gay campaigners are outraged after the Metropolitan Police decided not to question former Iranian President Mohammad Khatami on human rights abuses

    12:00 AM — Gay campaigners are outraged after the Metropolitan Police decided not to question former Iranian President Mohammad Khatami on human rights abuses as he arrives in the UK to collect an honorary doctorate from St Andrews University tonight.Gay rights group Outrage joined calls from politicians and former Iran residents to have Mr Khatami arrested on charges of torture and unjust imprisonment, but the police last night decided there was "insufficient evidence" to arrest the former leader.

  • 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.

  • 30th October 2006

    Trans MP in toilet row 1

    Ms Luxuria, born Wladimiro Guadagno, considers herself neither male nor female but dresses as a woman and prefers to be called a 'she'

    12:00 AM — Europe's first transsexual MP may be given her own private bathroom after leaving other female toilet users feeling flushed.Vladimir Luxuria, a member Communist Refoundation Party, who was elected in Italy's recent polls, has caused outrage amongst politicians as they argue over which toilet she should be allowed to use.

  • Pop tycoon funds gay pride fire appeal 1

    Firefighters at Euro Pride in London

    12:00 AM — A former pop mogul turned politician has promised to back an appeal from nine fire-fighters disciplined for refusing to distributing fire safety leaflets at a gay pride event.George Hargreaves, who launched gay icons such as Sinitta, is donating £50,000 to an appeal, vowing to take the case all the way to the House of Lords.

  • Gay campaigners criticise paper’s “repugnant” cartoon 2

    The controversial New York Post cartoon by Sean Delonas

    12:00 AM — Gay campaigners have criticised the New York Post for publishing an anti-gay cartoon in reaction to last week's New Jersey ruling on same sex unions.New Jersey's Supreme Court ruled that gay couples should be equal before the law last week, prompting the Post's cartoonist to draw a man carrying a sheep wearing a bridal ceil to get married in the US state.

  • 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.

  • Ex-Iran leader faces human rights questions 2

    Former Iranian President Mohammad Khatami could face police questioning when he enters the UK this week

    12:00 AM — Former Iranian President Mohammad Khatami could face police questioning when he enters the UK this week to accept an honorary degree from St. Andrews University.The visit has already been criticised by gay campaigners in Outrage along with senior politicians and peers who cite his negative attitudes towards human rights and reports of torture and false imprisonment.

  • Gay historian backs Pope’s Islam remarks 2

    The full interview with David Starkey can be read in the November issue of The Pink News which is out tomorrow

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveHistorian David Starkey has backed the Pope's recent controversial comments over Islam, describing it as a 'religion of conquest.'The outspoken gay intellectual described Islam as a conquering religion with a "clear doctrine of holy war."On a recent visit to his German homeland, Pope Benedict quoted from a 14th Century philosopher that the prophet Muhammad only brought the world violence.

  • Gay recruits warned over military blogs

    SLDN has posted guidelines for LGBT military personnel using online communities on its website

    12:00 AM — Amidst new reports that the armed forces are increasing their surveillance of online usage by military personnel, Servicemembers Legal Defence Network (SLDN) has warned gay recruits to be careful when using the internet or posting information online.According to the Associated Press, military officials are now monitoring "official and unofficialblogs and other websites" and looking at areas military personnel may visit.

  • 27th October 2006

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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