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  • 2nd January 2007

    RAF sign up with Stonewall

    Officers will receive training in ways to encourage an inclusive environment.

    1:59 PM — The Royal Air Force has become the second of the Armed Forces to join the Stonewall Diversity Programme.The Royal Navy is already a member of the scheme, which is designed to help organisations and businesses recruit and retain LGBT staff and promote equality in the workplace.Stonewall chief executive Ben Summerskill described the decision as"courageous."

  • At least 50 gay and lesbian priests are in civil partnerships 57

    Church Society accused some gay and lesbian priests

    10:30 AM — 2007 looks set to be another turbulent year in the Anglican church, with reports that more than 50 gay and lesbian priests have entered into civil partnerships since December 2005 likely to re-ignite debate over homosexuality.The General Synod of the Church of England will hold the first of its twice-yearly meetings in February. Evangelicals will press for an open debate on the issue of homosexual clergy, Christian Today  reports.

  • Christians ask the Queen to block gay protection 6

    It is highly unlikely that the Queen will involve herself in any protest against government legislation.

    10:01 AM — A group of Christian lawyers is to petition the Queen over new regulations that will outlaw discrimination against gay and lesbian people.The Christian Concern for Our Nation is affiliated with The Lawyers' Christian Fellowship, who claim to have over 2,000 members.The Queen is Supreme Governor of the Church of England as well as Head of State.

  • Anti-discrimination rules come into force in N Ireland 1

    “People have already brought to our attention instances where they have been turned away from hotels, bars and clubs, or denied access to transport, simply because of their sexual orientation.“

    9:18 AM — New regulations that outlaw discrimination in the provision of goods and services on the grounds of sexual orientation came into force in Northern Ireland yesterday.The province is the first part of the UK to introduce new protections for the LGBT community.The measures were controversial, with churches on both sides of the religious divide arguing that the regulations will discriminate against people with religious views.

  • George Michael charged by police 2

    2006 was a bad year for the former Wham! front man, who came out of the closet in 1998 after being arrested in Los Angeles for cottaging.

    9:18 AM — Troubled pop icon George Michael has been formally charged following an incident last year when he was found by police in his car in Cricklewood, north London, allegedly passed out.Members of the public had called the police in the early hours of October 1st to deal with a Mercedes Benz S-Class car which was obstructing traffic lights.Michael was found at the wheel semi-conscious, taken to hospital and then arrested for suspected possession of drugs.

  • 29th December 2006

    A fond farewell 2

    Benjamin Cohen and Marc Shoffman launching The Pink News last Summer

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk's Marc Shoffman bids farewell to the siteI am not afraid to admit that I came to PinkNews.co.uk as a novice. To me Section 28 sounded more like a military base than an example of discrimination and intolerance, however, it did not take long for me to realise that the gay community's plight is not just about getting society to realise that it is ok to sleep with a person of the same sex, but rather just because a person falls in love with a person of the same sex, that does not give others the right to discriminate against them.

  • Home Office targets homophobic crime 3

    The guidance features previously effective examples of tackling hate crime through raising awareness, encouraging victims to report crimes and tools

    12:00 AM — New ways to tackle homophobic hate crime and help make gay, lesbian, bisexual and transsexual people (LGBT) feel safer has been published by the Home Office today."Tackling Homophobic Hate Crime" highlights good practice from around England and Wales, and stresses the best way for crime reduction agencies, including the police, to do more to crackdown on crime motivated by prejudice or hate.

  • “Home” HIV testing kits less reliable

    Customers who are found to have positive antibodies will have access to DrThom's telephone counselling.

    12:00 AM — A UK company has launched a new HIV testing service, but AIDS charities have warned customers that they are not as reliable as going to a clinic.For £25, DrThom will analyse a sample of saliva for HIV antibodies. Customers take the sample themselves and sent it through the post to the company's laboratory.If antibodies, which indicate the presence of the HIV virus, are present the customer is contacted by phone.

  • Chat room teenager stabs 43-year-old lover 3

    Holden's bowel and colon were penetrated in the attack, though he has subsequently made a full recovery.

    12:00 AM — An intergenerational relationship that started on the internet ended with a near-fatal stabbing, Carlisle Crown Court has heard.19-year-old Artan Fana was sentenced to two years in jail for stabbing 43-year-old Mark Holden in February this year.The Essex teenager had met Holden in an internet chat room and they spent many hours getting to know each other online.

  • Home Office defends anti-homophobia campaign 3

    Minister for Police and Security Tony McNulty has hit out at critics of new guidance on tackling homophobic hate

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveMinister for Police and Security Tony McNulty has hit out at critics of new guidance on tackling homophobic hate crime.The Home Office today launched a campaign promoting effective ways of reporting and stopping homophobic crime which includes using schools to teach against homophobia.

  • Elton John’s birthday venue closing

    It was the scene of one of the campest and most extravagant moments of the 1990s when Sir Elton turned up to his party dressed in the style of an 18th Century Versailles character

    12:00 AM — A venue which has played host to gay stars such as Elton John is facing closure, according to reports.The Hammersmith Palais is to be demolished after 90 years and turned into offices and a restaurant, a far cry from the days where it would hold wartime tea parties or Sir Elton's 50th birthday bash.

  • Camper than Christmas?

    It's Now Or Never  is an example of the sort of high-concept TV format that seems to have dominated the schedules in recent years.

    12:00 AM — For some it was the most exquisite realisation of their gay daydreams - what if real life was just like a musical?For others it was car crash television, a jaw-dropping, buttock-clenching disaster and yet another sign that ITV have lost not just the plot but the whole damn novel.Viewers will have a chance to judge for themselves as the programme that divided the critics returns to our screens tomorrow night.

  • NHS to cut transgender operations 11

    It is hoped that the change will mean a reduction in hospital waiting times

    12:00 AM — An NHS Trust is to cut funding to gender transition as part of a move to limit non-essential operations in the area.Hounslow Primary Care Trust has announced that from April 2007, anyone seeking NHS support for medical services such as gender reassignment, tattoo removal, or breast enhancements will have to pay for it.

  • COMMENT: An annus horribilis for all faiths 1

    The Catholic Church is still troubled by the continuing child-abuse scandal, with the situation in Ireland looking particularly costly.

    12:00 AM — It has been a grim year for all the major religions. PinkNews.co.uk's Ben Leung calls for a change in attitude from the leaders of all faiths. For as long as I can remember, New Year's Day feels like Groundhog Day: exhausted and hung over, the first thing I hear on the radio is always what the Pope has been saying, and the first thing I see on the television is the New Year's Day concert from Vienna on BBC2.

  • A year for gay legislation

    If 2006 was the year of legislation then 2007 should be the year of implementation

    12:00 AM — Departing PinkNews.co.uk online editor Marc Shoffman sifts through the stories that made 2006.It's been a great year for gay rights. Legislation wise the gay community can take advantage of civil partnerships and soon the Sexual Orientation Regulations, LGBT people have had the last 52 weeks to thank for that, but it hasn't all been a smooth ride.

  • Gay Lib Dem defects to the Tories 2

    12:00 AM — A prominent gay Liberal Democrat has defected to the Conservative party, launching a bitter attack on the leadership of Ming Campbell.Richard Porter, a former London Borough of Southwark councillor, is reported to be one of two current LibDem prospective parliamentary candidates to have switched their allegiance to David Cameron's party.Mr Porter was contacted by PinkNews.co.uk and confirmed his defection. The Liberal Democrats press office had no comment on reports of defections at this time.

  • 28th December 2006

    Barrowman celebrates gay partnership 1

    Barrowman plays bisexual character Captain Jack Harkness in the Doctor Who spin off Torchwood

    12:00 AM — Gay actor John Barrowman celebrated his civil partnership this week.The Torchwood star had a civil ceremony with his partner of 16 years Scott Gill in Cardiff.The star took time out of his filming schedule as well as appearing in panto to have his relationship recognised.

  • Honey, are we there yet? 1

    The journey to gay equality is not yet over

    12:00 AM — So, gay people can legally have sex at the same age as their straight counterparts and can register their partnerships. Section 28 is a thing of the past and making it illegal to refuse services on the grounds of sexual orientation is on the agenda. Some might think that equality has finally arrived. But has it?PinkNews.co.uk's Torsten Hojer asks key gay groups what 2007 holds for them.

  • 27th December 2006

    Comment: Labour must not ruin record in new equality law

    12:00 AM — Labour MEP Michael Cashman calls on the party to uphold its record on gay rights with the new Sexual Orientation Regulations.I am celebrating an anniversary, and not my own.I am in fact referring to the Civil Partnerships Act which came into force just over a year ago, permitting same-sex unions and providing entitlements equal to those of heterosexual couples.

  • All countries should decriminalise homosexuality 1

    Gay activist Louis-Georges Tin outlines the importance of a worldwide decriminalisation of homosexuality

    12:00 AM — Gay activist Louis-Georges Tin outlines the importance of a worldwide decriminalisation of homosexualityOn January 1st 2003, to start the new year in a gentle way, 3 young men were beheaded in Saudi Arabia. Why?They were presumed to be gay.

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