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  • 5th October 2006

    Bournemouth, Boris and Tory bumbling 6

    The new Conservative logo, but does represent a different party?

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk has spent the last three weeks eagerly following political party conferences. The season finished off this week with the Conservatives swarming on Bournemouth beach and even attempting to talk about policy. Tony Grew reports on the Tory gathering.Too busy to spend hours watching the Tory party conference? Don't worry, you didn't miss much. The conference was quite boring compared to the LibDem and Labour conference fights about leadership.

  • Cameron criticised for lack of gay action 6

    David Cameron has aimed to modernise his party since becoming leader, this has included targeting more gay and lesbian candidates and shedding its previously homophobic image

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveLabour MEP Michael Cashman has warned the gay community against immediately trusting the Conservative's pro-gay image.Tory leader David Cameron used this week's party conference in Bournemouth to praise civil partnerships and stopping homophobic lyrics in music, but Mr Cashman claims Mr Cameron should be judged on his actions rather than his words.

  • Mayor’s gay party slur suspension quashed

    London Mayor Ken Livingstone leading this year's EuroPride march

    12:00 AM — London Mayor Ken Livingstone has had his four-week suspension from office overturned after appealing the decision this week.Mr Livingstone had been suspended from office for a month last February after comparing a Jewish journalist to a concentration camp guard, but the mayor has today successfully challenged the decision of the Standards Board for England arguing he was not on official duty when the comments were made.

  • 4th October 2006

    Shelter seeks to end bad housing for next generation

    Shelter is looking to stamp out homelessness for the next generation

    12:00 AM — Homeless awareness charity Shelter has launched a campaign to help children affected by poor housing.The million children campaign aims to end bad housing for the next generation under the slogan 'Not all evictees get to meet Davina,' highlighting the fact that real life eviction is not entertaining.

  • A gay old time 1

    Last weekend was gay day at Alton Towers

    12:00 AM — Last September Gaydar and the Tussauds Group teamed up to launch gay days at Thorpe Park and Alton Towers, PinkNews.co.uk's Marc Shoffman discovered why events like this are vital."F**king freaks" was the endorsement one visitor to Alton Towers gave last weekend as we sat in the monorail carriage with a family who wouldn't look out of place on Neighbours from Hell, returning to our hotel after a day of roller coasters, chocolate factories, ghost trains and farm yard animals.

  • Gaydar set to be ‘official’ method of hate crime reporting for Brighton Police. 2

    PCSO Sarah Stanbridge, LGBT Community Police Liaison Offier who masterminded the Brighton Gaydar scheme

    12:00 AM — Sussex Police are considering making Gaydar another official line of communication between themselves and the LGBT community.The move comes as officers report that the Gaydar initiative, a pilot scheme aiming to make it easy for people to report hate crime online, has been a success.

  • Debate over controversial gay police ad. 9

    The advert, which everyone appears to have an opinion on, was displayed earlier this summer in the Independent at the time of  London Europride.

    12:00 AM — The Gay Lesbian Humanist Association (GALHA) is hosting a panel discussion entitled 'Religious rights vs Gay rights: Should the Gay Police Association (GPA) be prosecuted for inciting religious hatred?'Last week the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) decided not to prosecute the GPA following their advert which linked religious belief to homophobic incidents.

  • Gay radio station wins top award 2

    In the summer, GaydarRadio also received a nominated for the CRCA Arqiva Commercial Digital Radio Station of the Year Award.

    12:00 AM — GaydarRadio was voted Best Radio Station of the Year at the BT Digital Music Awards 2006 at London's Roundhouse Theatre, Camden last night.The London based digital radio station beat off stiff competition from last year's winner BBC 6 Music, Ministry of Sound, Pulse Rated and Yahoo's LAUNCHcast to take top prize at the awards ceremony before an audience of more than 1,000 guests and music artistes.

  • Escaped anti-gay murderer found hanged in his cell after recapture

    Murderer Lee Dewhurst was found hanged in his cell on Sunday 1st October.

    12:00 AM — A murderer who absconded from an open prison has been found dead in his cell after being recaptured.Lee Dewhurst, who was convicted of killing a gay man in 1992, was found hanged in his cell on Sunday 1st October. He was discovered by staff at Bristol Prison at 2pm, who tried to resuscitate him.

  • Brighton celebrates 600th Civil Parnership

    Bruce Gibson, 52 and Nas Badshah, 45, became the 600th couple to register their partnership in Brighton

    12:00 AM — Brighton and Hove is officially the most popular place in the country to host civil partnership ceremonies after the 600th ceremony was conducted over the weekend.On Saturday, 30th September Bruce Gibson, 52 and Nas Badshah, 45 became the 600th couple to register their partnership.

  • 3rd October 2006

    Cameron attacks homophobic record profits 6

    Although Mr Cameron was vocal in his criticism of record companies, he did not offer any solutions to preventing homophobic music from being sold or distributed

    12:00 AM — Conservative leader David Cameron has strongly attacked record companies profiting from homophobia.In his first speech to his party's autumn party conference as leader, Mr Cameron set out his vision for a Britain free from state interference. He called on citizens to take responsibility from central government, saying "state responsibility has failed."

  • Gay star faces record label axe 4

    George Michael faces being dropped by his record label

    12:00 AM — George Michael faces being dropped by his record label after being found slumped at the wheel of his car for the second time this year.The gay singer was found asleep at the wheel of his BMW while stopping at a traffic light in a North London suburb on Sunday and was later arrested on suspicion of drug possession.

  • Reflections on Yom Kippur 8

    Benjamin Cohen is the founder of PinkNews.co.uk and a correspondent for Channel4 News

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk founder and Channel 4 news correspondent Benjamin Cohen considers the Jewish calendar's holiest day from a gay perspective.As I sat in Synagogue yesterday during Yom Kippur for a moment I regretted that I'm still a member of the United Synagogue.

  • UK “ignorant” about HIV

    Paul Ward, deputy chief executive of Terrence Higgins Trust said more education is needed

    12:00 AM — The United Kingdom has one of the worst attitudes towards HIV in Europe, according to a survey by the European Union.The Eurobarometer survey for the European Commission asked 25,000 people across the continent how much they had changed their sexual behaviour in response to AIDS since 2002.

  • Gay Tories surprised at Cameron’s history 6

    Around 100 people attended the event at the Bournemouth International Centre and discussed issues such as homophobic bullying, gay rights in foreign countries and violent crime in general

    12:00 AM — Two of the Conservative's most high profile representatives expressed surprise today that Tory leader David Cameron had previously voted against some aspects of gay rights, but said it shows how far the party has now moved.Speaking at a fringe meeting of the party's annual conference in Bournemouth arranged by gay charity Stonewall, Conservative Vice-Chairman Margot James and Arundel and South Downs MP Nick Herbert appeared unaware that Mr Cameron had once voted against allowing gay couples to adopt and repealing Section 28.

  • Should a gay person support ‘traditional faith?’ 8

    Is it possible to balance homosexuality with traditional religion?

    12:00 AM — Following Channel 4 correspondent Benjamin Cohen's analysis of being a gay Jew in the United Synagogue earlier today, PinkNews.co.uk reader Markus-Hayden Sutherland suggests boycotting anti-gay aspects of faithIt is sad to me that a person of faith supports, even indirectly, a movement that vilifies him.

  • 2nd October 2006

    “For couples planning a Civil Partnership, it’s so important to have a solicitor who is supportive”, says Kahn Priestley 7

    Kahn Priestley and her partner Amanda Oswald at their Civil Partnership ceremony

    12:00 AM — The family department within Healys solicitors, a firm who are this month advertising their services in the print edition of The Pink News, are offering legal services tailored to the lesbian and gay community in response to the Civil Partnership legislation.In order to do this, Healys have taken on a new lawyer, Kahn Priestley, who herself recently celebrated a civil partnership, to head up the Brighton wing of Healys family law department.

  • Archbishop disciplined over lesbian marriage 4

    One of the lesbians has known Finlay since she was a child, her father having been Finlay's theology professor.

    12:00 AM — A retired Anglican archbishop has been disciplined and had his licence to officiate marriages revoked after admitting he had blessed a lesbian marriage last summer, reports the BBC.The fact that bishop Finlay officiated the marriage comes as a particular surprise as it was he who dismissed a priest back in the 1992 for having a homosexual relationship.

  • Changes to South African gay blood donation ban 5

    The decision comes as a result of a number of changes designed to create a more streamlined questionnaire, said SANBS.

    12:00 AM — South Africa has overturned its ban on gay men giving blood, with one condition - celibacy.Gay men who have been celibate for over six months will be allowed to donate, reports the South African Independent online.

  • ”HIV is a gay disease. Own It. End It” 4

    Despite the controversy, the group insist that their campaign is supported by fact.  L.A public health officials note three out of four HIV cases are the result of gay sex.

    12:00 AM — These are the words at the front of a new controversial advertisement campaign dividing opinion within the gay community.The L.A Gay and Lesbian Center has launched an extensive campaign to provoke debate within the gay community. The controversial advert hopes to highlight what they see as a vast complacency within the gay community surrounding the issue of HIV/AIDS.

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