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  • 5th July 2006

    Prescott under fire for anti-gay link 1

    John Prescott is now under fire for his host's anti-gay links

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveThe Deputy Prime Minister, John Prescott has come under fire from the gay community for his decision to stay with an American billionaire who is not only bidding to run a government licensed casino, but is also a well known for his anti-gay views.This is just the latest in a long lines of scandals to have engulfed Mr Prescott in recent months and centres on his undeclared stay with senior civil servants on Philip Anschutz's ranch in July of last year.

  • 4th July 2006

    Rise in sexual health diagnosis in UK

    2005 saw an increase of nine per cent in visits to sexual health clinics

    12:00 AM — Figures released today by the Health Protection Agency show that the number of sexually transmitted infections (STI) diagnosed in the UK increased by three per cent between 2004 and 2005. However, in relation to gonorrhoea, new diagnoses fell by 13 per cent, a decrease for the second successive year.The figures for the country as a whole (straight and LGBT) last year show that there were 790,387 diagnoses of STI and an overall increase of nine per cent to 1,839,241 visits to sexual health clinics.

  • Pink News editor becomes youngest TV correspondent

    Benjamin Cohen at the launch of The Pink News

    12:00 AM — Channel 4 News has appointed PinkNews.co.uk editor and internet entrepreneur Benjamin Cohen as its first ever Technology Correspondent.Mr Cohen, 23, started PinkNews.co.uk last year and has overseen a team in breaking major news stories such as questioning the appointment of Women and Equality Minister Ruth Kelly.

  • Anglican gay row escalates amid Archbishop’s plan 3

    The proposals come in reaction to the head of the Anglican Church, Dr Rowan William's idea of splitting churches between “associated” and “covenant” provinces

    12:00 AM — The row of gay bishops in the Anglican Communion has reached a new level this week after liberal clergy in the UK suggested teaming up with ideologically similar US churches, while the denomination's most traditional church called for pro-gay congregations to be "excised."The proposals come in reaction to the head of the Anglican Church, Dr Rowan William's idea of splitting churches between "associated" and "covenant" provinces.

  • Northern Ireland proposes adoption rights for gay partners 1

    The number of adoptions in Northern Ireland has fallen significantly from a peak in 1970 of 554 to an average of around 150 per year

    12:00 AM — Same sex couples in Northern Ireland may get adoption rights, under a new law plan by the government to put children's needs first in the country.Junior Health Minister at the Northern Ireland Office, Paul Goggins, unveiled the proposed new approach to adoption in Northern Ireland today which will put children's needs at the heart of the process.

  • Lesbian couple receive anti-gay sperm

    Sperm clinics have the final say on whether they accept the requests

    12:00 AM — Sperm clinics are facing criticism over the way they use donations after one fertility organisation was reprimanded for breaking the terms of a donor's consent by giving his seed to a lesbian couple, despite his stipulation that it not be given to same sex partners.The London Women's Clinic on Harley Street admitted the error after the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) discovered the blunder, they were then suspended for three months.

  • MPs back lesbian IVF access

    Liberal Democrat MP for Oxford West and Abingdon Evan Harris, a committee member branded the stance as “indirect discrimination”

    12:00 AM — Over 50 MPs have signed a Commons motion calling for single women and lesbians to have access to fertility treatment without the need of a father being present.The cross section of politicians from Labour, the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats oppose laws which require "the need for a father" to be considered as a basis for IVF.

  • Mayor looks back to school days to launch anti-homophobia campaign

    Mayor of London, Ken Livinstone and Stonewall's Ben Summerskill at the launch of 'Spell it Out'

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveThe Mayor of London, Ken Livingstone joined with teachers andeducationalists to launch an anti-homophobic bullying campaign spearheaded by the gay rights charity Stonewall.He drew on his own "behind the bike sheds" experiences to illustrate the change in educational needs relating to homophobia since the 1950s.

  • Venue cancels Buju Banton gig after protests 7

    Buju Banton's hit 'Boom Bye Bye'  incites the burning, shooting in the head of gay people and pouring acid over their faces

    12:00 AM — A Brighton music venue has caved into pressure from the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered) community, Brighton and Hove City Council and Police by cancelling a performance tomorrow by singer Buju Banton, who is known for his homophobic lyrics.In a statement, Concorde 2 said: "We sincerely apologise to ticket holders for any inconvenience this may cause, but we are concerned that we will have our licence revoked and that our premises could be closed down."

  • Stonewall spells out opposition to homophobic bullying

    Stonewall members marched at last weekend's EuroPride calling for the sacking of Radio 1 DJ Chris Moyles

    12:00 AM — Gay charity Stonewall and the Mayor of London will team up today to launch an anti-homophobic bullying campaign.A DVD entitled Spell It Out, has been produced for distribution to teachers in all London's secondary schools, and will be presented at Stonewall's "Tackling homophobia in our schools" conference this afternoon.

  • 3rd July 2006

    Protesters fail to mar gay pride in London 6

    A protest organised by Christian Voice was shafted by the gay community

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveChristian groups staged an anti-gay protest against EuroPride last weekend only to be cordoned off by police at the corner of Pall Mall and ridiculed by the 750,000 lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) participants.A demonstration organised by Christian Voice assembled at the bottom of Regents Street near the end of the parade holding placards and quoting verses of the Bible, claming homosexuality is sinful.

  • Ian McKellen ranked most influential gay man 8

    Sir Ian McKellen's film career spans five decades, and has appeared in over 35 feature films

    12:00 AM — Gay acting legend Sir Ian McKellen has topped the annual Pink List of influential gay and lesbian people in Britain.The highly acclaimed thespian, star of Lord of the Rings, and the Da Vinci Code, who was an integral part of last weekend's EuroPride rally as its patron and organiser of its finale, came first, ahead of signer Sir Elton John in second place.

  • Gay minister criticises church’s civil partnership stance 1

    Ben Bradshaw spoke at last weekend's EuroPride rally

    12:00 AM — Ben Bradshaw, the first government minister to have a civil partnership, has criticised the Church of England's stance on same-sex unions.The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Local Environment, Marine and Animal Welfare at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs warned that the Church could become sidelined over its gay stance.

  • Gay carers in the community

    Roger Newman taking part in last weekend's EuroPride parade

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveThis week the Alzheimer's Society is launching a campaign to raise awareness of dementia, PinkNews.co.uk's Marc Shoffman discovers the effect of the disease on the gay community.The phrase "gay community" is often thrown into the ring when talking about same-sex issues such as HIV, discrimination, marriage, and homophobia, but under the rainbow flags and civil partnership certificates, an increasing section of the group appear to be overlooked, despite having unique needs.

  • A “gorgeous” picture of gay pride 6

    The crowd celebrated the freedoms gained over the last year in the UK for the gay community such as civil partnerships and the Equality Act, but many pointed out that homophobia still remains in some areas in the UK and across the world

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveOver half a million people gathered in London last weekend to celebrate EuroPride.Gay politicians, campaigners and supporters including London Mayor Ken Livingstone, actor Sir Ian McKellen, Labour MEP Michael Cashman, Shadow Trade and Industry Secretary Alan Duncan, and Outrage's Peter Tatchell were just a few of the names leading the parade.

  • Sacked gays and lesbians still awaiting MoD payouts 6

    Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) members of The Royal Navy were allowed to march in their uniforms for the first time at EuroPride last weekend

    12:00 AM — Lesbian and gay military recruits who were dismissed from the forces when their sexuality became known are still awaiting compensation, a newspaper investigation claims.The RAF, army and navy members who were told to leave prior to January 2000 when the UK's ban on lesbian and gay personnel was lifted, have not received payment from the Ministry of Defence, despite the government accepting the actions taken were illegal.

  • 1st July 2006

    “Gorgeous” gay community fills London with EuroPride 6

    Ken Livingstone thanked a delegation attending from Venezuela and applauded the country's president, Hugo Chávez's record on gay rights

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveAround half a million people gathered in London this afternoon to celebrate EuroPride.Gay politicians, campaigners and supporters including London Mayor Ken Livingstone, actor Sir Ian McKellen, Labour MEP Michael Cashman, Conservative MP Alan Duncan, and Outrage's Peter Tatchell were just a few of the names leading the parade.

  • 30th June 2006

    Conservatives hold Bromley from anti-gay candidate 3

    Bob Neill used his acceptance speech to criticise his rivals campaign tactics

    12:00 AM — The Conservative Party narrowly held onto its Bromley and Chiselhurst seat yesterday in a by-election which has been riddled with homophobia and personal abuse.Bob Neill won the seat which was vacant after the death of Eric Forth in May, beating Liberal Democrat candidate Ben Abbotts by 633 votes, reducing the party's majority in the area from 13,342 to 700.

  • Diocese stands up for gay rights in bishop nominations 7

    Canon Barlow's nomination follows a bitterly contested resolution passed by the national Episcopal Church's General Convention last week urging diocesan committees to exercise “restraint“ concerning election of LGBT clergy as bishop

    12:00 AM — The Diocese of Newark defied the Episcopalian church's recent decision to prevent LGBT clergy from becoming bishops by nominating a gay priest from San Francisco as a bishop candidate."By nominating an openly gay priest from San Francisco as one of four candidates to become their 10th Bishop, the Diocese of Newark has reaffirmed that our church does not discriminate against LGBT people," Oasis President Reverend John Kirkley said.

  • An alternative night out after EuroPride

    Celebrate the diversity of Europe at EuroShame

    12:00 AM — Bar and club owners have been criticised in the past for hiking up prices for Pride weekend and this weekend's Europride will be no exception. However, one promoter is offering an alternative to the hiked up prices if you journey South of the River Thames.Running for the eleventh year in a row, South London performance and club night Duckie is running their Gay Shame special. This year, the event will have a European theme and has been renamed EuroShame.

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