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  • 16th February 2007

    Clock ticking on gay discrimination regulations 1

    Ironically, Christian objections to the bill may well have ensured they will get a smooth passage through Parliament.

    11:54 AM — The controversial Sexual Orientation Regulations, the source of a battle with the Roman Catholic church over adoption and a Cabinet row, should be published next week.A spokeswoman for the Department of Communities and Local Government confirmed to PinkNews.co.uk that they expect the regulations will become law by April as promised.The new rules protect gay, lesbian and bisexual people from discrimination when accessing goods, services and facilities.

  • Gay Christians march against Church homophobia 1

    Organisers also hope to influence the current row about Canterbury Christchurch University.

    11:43 AM — LGBT History Month will be marked in Canterbury this weekend with a protest against homophobia in the church.The "End Christian Homophobia" demo will take place in Longmarket in the city centre on Saturday 17th February, 10am-12pm.The protestors will demand that the Archbishop of Canterbury provide equality for gay and lesbian Anglican Christians worldwid

  • Sugar and Spice to find out what women want

    Sugar and Spice will also provide a marketplace selling a variety of toys, as well as the most recent useful information for lesbians and bisexual women.

    11:06 AM — The Lesbian and Gay Foundation are planning to mark this year's International Women's Week with a free conference in Manchester.The conference is the centre of Sugar and Spice, an event providing live music, lesbian films, speakers and informal discussions.The event focuses on the question of what lesbian and bisexual women want in the modern world.

  • 15th February 2007

    Gaydar founder to be honoured at party

    Mr Frisch, originally from South Africa, established Gaydar with his business partner and then-boyfriend Henry Badenhorst in 1999.

    6:30 PM — The late Gary Frisch, the man who co-created the Gaydar phenomenon, will be honoured tonight at a birthday party for GaydarRadio.QSoft, the company that owns the Gaydar brand, decided to go ahead with the event in spite of 38-year-old Mr Frisch's death from multiple injuries on Saturday afternoon.In a statement on Monday, the company said: "GaydarRadio was one of Gary's proudest achievements to date and that is what he would have wanted."

  • US bishop refuses to apologise for gay stance 3

    In any case, conservatives seem in no mood for a middle-way.

    4:55 PM — The meeting of Anglican primates taking place in Tanzania looks likely to result in a stalemate over gay issues.Today the churchmen were considering their options over the US Anglicans'ordination of a gay bishop and seeming acceptance of gay marriage.The head of the American church, presiding bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori, has made it clear she will not give in to demands from African churches.

  • Local NHS trusts failing on sexual health services

    Local PCT's actions contradict the national policy of prioritising sexual health services.

    1:39 PM — An annual survey of medical professionals working in sexual health services has revealed they are not being prioritised despite rising infection rates.The research shows that prescribing restrictions are becoming more common, with over a third of clinicians reporting that restrictions for HIV drugs were either already in place or had been discussed.

  • Channel 4 uses gays to court yet more controversy 4

    The channel is expecting controversy over their explicit Clapham Common piece, and the PR offensive has already begun.

    12:09 PM — Channel 4 will mark the 40th anniversary of the decriminalisation of homosexuality this summer with a series of films and documentaries.Clapham Junction, a film by Kevin Elyot, is expected to generate more headlines for the channel.It charts the lives of seven gay men over a 36-hour period as they visit Clapham Common in search of sex.

  • Gang of teenagers sentenced for gay abuse 1

    Bromley Youth Court heard how the youths shouted words like “batty boy“ and “queers“ at the men.

    11:18 AM — Four teenage boys who subjected a gay couple to a sustained harassment and abuse have pleaded guilty to public order offences.The children, aged between 14 and 16, followed the two men around a branch of Marks Spencer in Beckenham, Kent, hurling abuse at them and threatening them with physical violence.A magistrate has given one of the boys a conditional discharge and another a referral order. Two await sentencing.

  • Walk with Stonewall to beat the homophobic bullies

    Registration this year is only £10 for which participants will receive a Stonewall Equality Walk t-shirt and goodies on the day.

    10:48 AM — Gay and lesbian stars are to join hundreds of others on a gay walk in Brighton to help kids who face homophobia at school.The 4th Annual Equality walk is a demonstration of solidarity against homophobic crime, a nice day out, a good bit of exercise and an opportunity to do a bit of star-spotting.The event, organised by Stonewall, will take place on Sunday 6th May, which is the Bank Holiday weekend.

  • Gay rights row influences Labour deputy race

    Seven ministers have now declared they back Mr Johnson to succeed John Prescott as deputy leader.

    10:04 AM — The Education Secretary, Alan Johnson, has had his candidacy for the deputy leadership of the Labour party endorsed by a string of ministers.Many of the middle-ranking MPs had warm praise for the tenacious way Johnson stood up to the Prime Minister in defence of gay equality laws.Last month Mr Blair and the Communities Secretary Ruth Kelly were at the centre of a cabinet row over anti-discrimination legislation.

  • 14th February 2007

    Brokeback kiss is voted number one

    Lovefilm marketing manager Fliss White said: “We never expected the results to be so varied.“

    12:50 PM — A online poll of people who rent DVDs has revealed that their favourite movie kiss of all time was between two men.Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal's passionate kiss in Brokeback Mountain topped the online survey by DVD rental firm Lovefilm, beating classic movie moments from Gone With The Wind and Breakfast at Tiffany's. Lesbians are not left out either: the Selma Blair/Sarah Michelle Gellar encounter in Cruel Intentions came in at number five.

  • Body Shop founder has Hepatitis C 1

    There is no preventative vaccine for Hepatitis C infection, but some treatments can be effective in around 50% of cases.

    12:50 PM — Dame Anita Roddick, who built a retail empire while taking an ethical approach to business, has revealed she contracted the Hepatitis C virus and is now suffering liver damage.A blood transfusion she received in 1971 while giving birth to her youngest child was the source of the infection.Roddick founded The Body Shop in 1976 and sold her stake in the 2000-store chain to cosmetics giant L'Oreal for £652m last year.

  • Transgender summit a first for Ireland 2

    The conference was organised by the Belfast Butterfly Club, a support network for transgendered people and their families.

    12:28 PM — An event being held in Belfast today aims to increase awareness of the existence of transgender and transsexual people in Ireland.The Transgender Symmetry conference is the first time such a gathering has been seen on either side of the Irish border.Richard O'Brien, presenter of TV show The Crystal Maze and star and writer of musical The Rocky Horror Picture Show, is attending the event.

  • Kisses charity offers ethical Valentines

    Kisses That Count has already attracted support from high-profile individuals including Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Actor Kevin Bacon and Supermodel Iman.

    11:36 AM — A charitable institution established by a lesbian couple from Cornwall is offering a range of Valentine's Day services with a unique twist.The Kisses That Count website provides facilities for delivering 'Kiss' e-cards to someone you love, choosing from a wide range of animations or uploading your own photos, and including a loving message.Each Kiss costs £1 and is a donation to one of the charity projects that the website features.

  • Gaydar founder died of multiple injuries

    Mr Frisch, originally from South Africa, established Gaydar with his business partner and then-boyfriend Henry Badenhorst in 1999.

    11:00 AM — An autopsy was carried out yesterday on Gary Frisch, the co-founder of gay dating website Gaydar.Mr Frisch was discovered in the street on Saturday afternoon outside his eighth floor Battersea apartment. It is thought he either fell or jumped from the balcony.The autopsy found that the cause of death was multiple injuries.

  • 13th February 2007

    THT target East End girls and boys

    In order to support projects like these and raise money for the Terrence Higgins Trust, six men from Bristol are having their chest hair waxed off.

    4:43 PM — Rising rates of sexually transmitted diseases among young people, gay and straight, have prompted the establishment of a new young people's sexual health service in South Islington.It is run by the Terrence Higgins Trust, the UK's leading HIV and sexual health charity, and the City YMCA.The service offers testing for sexually transmitted infections (STIs), advice on contraception, and managing relationships to 16 to 24-year-olds.

  • Gay tourists turned off by sexy advertising

    VisitBritain's new ad campaigns may include traditional British images such Buckingham Palace guards. photo: landysonofrobert@flickr.com

    4:36 PM — Recently gay holidaymakers have been lured to Britain using posters of half-dressed men, Kylie Minogue and drag queens.But now VisitBritain, the country's official tourism agency, is having to tone down its advertising approach.Research using focus groups in the USA, France and Germany found that potential visitors were being turned off by its cheesy, stereotypical and overtly sexual campaigns, the Daily Telegraph  reports.

  • Wife Swap want gay or lesbian family

    One at least one occasion the show has descended into violence.

    1:40 PM — Controversial television series Wife Swap is looking for their first same-sex family to take part in the eighth series.The BAFTA-winning Channel 4 programme, which first aired in 2003, takes two families, usually with vastly different lifestyles.The families swap wives for two weeks. In the first week the women try to fill their counterpart's role, and in the second week they impose their own routine on their hosts.

  • Robbie Williams’ birthday drug rehab 1

    In December 2005 Williams successfully sued the  People  and the  Daily Star  and over allegations he was secretly gay.

    11:54 AM — The singer Robbie Williams has checked into rehab on his 33rd birthday.The former Take That star's spokeswoman, Bryony Watts, confirmed that he has been admitted to a clinic to deal with an addiction to prescription medications.In December 2005 Williams successfully sued the People and the Daily Star over allegations he was secretly gay.

  • James Bond actor attacks gay journalist 4

    Craig is the sixth actor to portray the spy character.

    10:44 AM — It has emerged that Bond star Daniel Craig verbally abused a leading gay journalist at a BAFTA party on Sunday night.Johann Hari, best known for his rigorously intellectual comment and investigative writing for The Independent, revealed that Craig called him a "fucking fool" at the event.It seems Hari had made the mistake of complimenting the new James Bond on his physical appearance.

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