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  • 2nd November 2006

    Corrie star launches LGBT category in Best Bar None awards

    Coronation Street actress Beverley Callard has officially launched Manchester's Best Bar None awards, which for this year includes an LGBT category for the first time

    12:00 AM — Coronation Street actress Beverley Callard has officially launched Manchester's Best Bar None awards, which for this year includes an LGBT category for the first time.Ms Callard, who plays Liz McDonald in the popular soap, encouraged responsible venues to get involved with the initiative, that rewards well managed venues who take their customers' safety seriously.

  • November’s The Pink News out now! 6

    The latest edition of The Pink News is out now!

    12:00 AM — November's The Pink News is dominated by questions over anti-gay preacher Stephen Green's contribution to the Christian faith.There is also an exclusive interview with historian David Starkey.Download a pdf version of the magazine by clicking here.

  • Rugby can help tackle homophobia

    RFU chief Bob Rogers admires the new poster campaign

    12:00 AM — Rugby can lead the fight against homophobia, the sport's chief said last night.Unveiling a new poster campaign against homophobia, Bob Rogers, the president of the Rugby Football Union (RFU) said the pastime's values of respect can help create an impact on wider society.

  • Students call for end to “archaic” gay blood ban 5

    Students say that the current National Blood Service policy, which bans gay and bisexual men from giving blood for life is archaic

    12:00 AM — Students from all over the UK will converge on blood donation centres in their town today campaigning for the National Union of Students Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans (NUS LGBT) day of action.Students say that the current National Blood Service policy, which bans gay and bisexual men from giving blood for life is archaic and they are calling for a review of the policy.

  • Gay artists Think Pink for World AIDS Day 1

    The gay doll museum

    12:00 AM — Hastings, home of the saucy postcard, will be raising eyebrows once more this December with the launch of a major new art exhibition, Think Pink, bringing together a bevy of the UK's leading gay artists.Opening on World Aids Day, December 1st, the show challenges near-neighbour Brighton's seaside gay monopoly by combining art with key messages on safer sex and modern gay life.

  • Gay Germany snappers can go a long way

    MyGayGermany is a new promotion by the German National Tourist Office designed especially for UK and Irish residents

    12:00 AM — A new online promotion lets you choose your favourite image of Germany and enter to win free Air Berlin tickets to Germany.MyGayGermany is a new promotion by the German National Tourist Office designed especially for UK and Irish residents.Once a person selects their favourite photo, they are entered into a prize draw to win one of four prizes of two return airline tickets flying Air Berlin to any of Air Berlin's German destinations from the UK.

  • Archbishop holding meetings over gay rift 3

    Dr Williams has angered conservative leaders by not formally condemning homosexuality but instead encouraging dialogue

    12:00 AM — Conservative Anglican leaders will meet with the Archbishop of Canterbury to discuss a split from the communion amid disagreement over the ordination of gay clergy in the denomination.The Daily Telegraph reports that a secret meeting has been planned between Dr Rowan Williams and disheartened bishops from Africa.

  • Stonewall prepares for first gay awards 2

    The awards, to be presented by Sir Ian McKellen, celebrate the positive contributions being made by individuals and organisations to the lives of gay people in Britain

    12:00 AM — Stonewall will tonight host its first annual awards ceremony at London's Royal Academy of Arts.The awards, to be presented by Sir Ian McKellen, celebrate the positive contributions being made by individuals and organisations to the lives of gay people in Britain.

  • 1st November 2006

    Gay pride row fireman reinstated 5

    Fire-fighters at Euro Pride in London this year

    12:00 AM — A fire-fighter who was demoted for refusing to distribute leaflets at a gay pride event has been reinstated after an appeal.Brian Herbert was reprimanded along with eight colleagues who abstained from Pride Scotia in June where they were supposed to be distributing fire safety leaflets.All the officers were ordered to undergo diversity training and Mr Herbert initially had his salary cut.

  • Sexual health fears after fake condom discovery

    Will Nutland, from HIV charity the Terrence Higgins Trust, told the South London Press that the fakes are dangerous

    12:00 AM — Medical watchdog the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has seized 17 packets of counterfeit condoms in Hounslow, prompting a warning about fake condom use in London.SSL International plc, the legitimate manufacturer of the Durex Extra Safe condoms is now cooperating with the MHRA to remove the counterfeit products from the market.

  • Gay and lesbian jobseekers welcome Stonewall guide

    Stephen Frost, director of Stonewall's workplace programmes, hailed the event a success

    12:00 AM — Students and employers welcomed Stonewall's lesbian and gay recruitment guide last night.Representatives from large organisations such as Goldman Sachs, the Metropolitan Police and the Royal Navy helped make up a 135 strong crowd of employers who eagerly took questions from around 50 lesbian and gay students keen to know about gay friendly workplaces.

  • Gay rugby stars pose to tackle sport homophobia 57

    The Kings Cross Steelers will be poster boys, bearing the slogan “help is kick hate crime into touch'.

    12:00 AM — The Metropolitan Police are to launch a poster campaign in a bid to encourage homophobic hate crime reporting.The posters, which will be distributed to gay venues as well as sports centres, will be run in partnership with the Rugby Football Union and bear the slogan "help is kick hate crime into touch'.

  • MoD defends gay attitudes report

    Navy recruits march in uniform at this year's EuroPride

    12:00 AM — The Ministry of Defence (MoD) has been quick to defend a survey which reveals discomfort is still felt towards gay and lesbian recruits served in the Royal Navy, particularly the Marines.A survey from the MoD on attitudes in the forces found that almost half of sergeants, corporals and lower ranked personnel in the Royal Navy and the Marines feel uncomfortable serving alongside gays and lesbians.

  • 31st October 2006

    Civil partnerships aren’t the end of gay struggle

    Labour peer Chris Smith argues that there is still a continuing struggle for gay rights

    12:00 AM — Labour peer Chris Smith argues that there is still a continuing struggle for gay rights.My partner Dorian and I registered our civil partnership in July, in a very quiet ceremony at Islington Town Hall.There were just the two of us, and our two friends who were witnesses; we'd deliberately decided that we wanted the ceremony itself to be private.

  • No child should fear homophobic bullying 3

    Ken Livingstone is the Mayor of London

    12:00 AM — London Mayor Ken Livingstone spells out his opposition to homophobic bullying.There is evidence that despite significant progress for lesbian and gay people in recent years, homophobic bullying in schools is on the increase.Many of our schools, supported by hardworking teachers and governors, offer hundreds of thousands of London children the opportunity to maximise their life chances.

  • Green with envy? 1

    Stephen Green has been to more gay pride events than many gay people

    12:00 AM — Kids get them for throwing bricks through windows and the elderly have been known to receive them for attacking the 'misguided' youth.A person can be given an ASBO if they are repeatedly perceived to be causing harassment in a public space. Stephen Green, director of the Christian Voice, proudly expresses his opposition to gay police officers and gay people.

  • 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.

  • Paedophile regrets sex change 1

    Dr Reid denies the charge of misconduct. He claims to have given full consideration to the industry guidelines as part of a thorough assessment of each patient's needs, but that inflexible guidelines were not in the best interest of some patients

    12:00 AM — A convicted paedophile treated by the UK's top transsexual therapist has expressed regret after undergoing gender reassignment.The former patient, is one of five complainants at a General Medical Council hearing accusing Dr Russell Reid behaved inappropriately towards five transgender patients by recommending sex change treatments too quickly between 1984 and 2003.

  • 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.

  • Stonewall launches job guide for gay and lesbian students

    This edition of Starting Out and the launch event have both been sponsored by Credit Suisse

    12:00 AM — Gay charity Stonewall today launched the second edition of Starting Out, Britain's only national lesbian and gay recruitment guide, designed for graduates and job-seekers.The guide, sponsored by investment bank Credit Suisse and being launched at the University of London Union (ULU), is targeted at the 150,000 lesbian and gay students in Britain and includes 174 major employers.

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