7th November 2006
Castro’s niece encourages Cuba’s first gay soap character 4
12:00 AM — Cuba is airing the communist island's first TV programme featuring openly gay characters.The Hidden Side of the Moon broke macho telenovela tradition this spring with a story line about a married man who falls in love with another man and becomes HIV-positive.
6th November 2006
Evangelist admits to gay massage 1
12:00 AM — Evangelist Ted Haggard has admitted that he bought crystal-meth and received a massage from the gay prostitute who claims that the outspoken gay-marriage opponent was his sex client for the past three years.Reverend Ted Haggard, Senior Pastor of the New Life Church in Colorado, resigned as president of the National Association of Evangelicals last week and stepped down as leader of his Colorado mega-church while the two groups investigate the allegations.
Alternative route set for Jerusalem gay pride 23
12:00 AM — WorldPride organisers have reached an agreement on an alternative route for the gay pride parade as the countdown to the event begins amid rising tensions.The march will now take place away from central and religious areas of Jerusalem and instead will converge around the government office complex in Kiryat Haleom.
Which issue will swing the US mid-terms? 3
12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk's Ben Leung analyses the key issues affecting tomorrow's mid term elections in America.Compare and contrast the mid-term elections with the 2004 Presidential campaign. Back then, issues such as gay-marriage and stem-cell research were all-the-rage as the Republican Party sought to give the President a second term in office.
Commentator suspended for gay slur
12:00 AM — An American football commentator has apologised after being suspended for using the word "gay" to describe a poor pass.ESPN commentator Brian Kinchen was reprimanded after he allegedly made a homophobic comment when commenting on a college game between Iowa and Northern Illinois.
French football tackles homophobia
12:00 AM — French football is showing the red card to homophobia in a new campaign launched at one of the country's top clubs.The Carton Rouge a l'Homophobie campaign kicked off inside the Parc de Prince stadium at a match between Paris Saint Germain and RC Lens in the French capital last night.
Clare Balding to present Melbourne Cup 1
12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk's Ben Leung looks back on a great year for BBC sports presenter Clare Balding including a civil partnership and now expert punditry status.As the American public get ready for a biennial event that is an election, on the same day - though 24 hours earlier - and on the other side of the world, another nation is gearing up for something which is equally unavoidable - the annual betting bonanza that is the Melbourne Cup.
Gay rights Episcopal Bishop begins reign
12:00 AM — Katharine Jefferts Schori was officially consecrated as the 26th Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church last weekend.She is known to support gay rights and has already ruffled a few conservative feathers as she is the 2.3 million member denomination's first female leader.
3rd November 2006
China approves first gay group
12:00 AM — Mainland China has approved its first gay and lesbian organisation, according to reports.Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou has backed a group called Happy Together, which arranges lectures, excursions and events of interest to the gay community.Its membership includes professors, teachers and students, China Daily reports.
Countdown to US mid-terms 3
12:00 AM — Next week's Congressional elections in America could prove to be a turning point in the presidency of George W Bush.Tony Grew looks back at months of nasty campaigning, advises which seats will change hands, and considers what a Democratic capture of the House and Senate could mean for the President's last two years.
Tennis ace joins “gay sheep” protests 1
12:00 AM — Animal rights campaigners have praised lesbian tennis icon Martina Navratilova after she criticised experiments taking place on sheep perceived to be gay.Navratilova spoke out against Oregon State University (OSU) and Oregon Health Science University (OHSU) this week after it emerged that the institutions are conducting hormone-altering experiments on "gay sheep" to manipulate their "sexual preferences."
Clergyman quits amid gay sex claims
12:00 AM — The head of America's National Association of Evangelicals and prominent same sex marriage opponent has resigned after allegedly paying for sex with a man.Reverend Ted Haggard, Senior Pastor of the New Life Church in Colorado, who is married with five children denies the allegations but has stepped down while an investigation is conducted.
2nd November 2006
Campaigners question gay marriage poll 1
12:00 AM — Gay campaigners are questioning a nationwide poll in Canada which shows that citizens believe marriage commissioners should be allowed to refuse same sex unions if it violates their religious beliefs.The poll conducted by COMPAS Inc for the Institute for Canadian Values and National Post shows that a large majority of Canadians want Parliament to act to protect freedom of religion in the light of legislation redefining marriage to include same-sex couples.
WorldPride tension spreads across Israel 23
12:00 AM — Tension is mounting between ultra-orthodox Jews and Israel's gay community over next week's WorldPride march as conflict spread into Tel Aviv with a synagogue being smashed in protest against opposition to the event.The synagogue was sprayed with the words, "If we can't march in Jerusalem, you won't walk in Tel Aviv," , police told the Jerusalem Post, in an attack thought to be against the religious outbursts towards gays and lesbians planning to march next Friday.
1st November 2006
Campaigners to protest ‘ex-gay’ therapy group
12:00 AM — Gay rights group Truth Wins Out will join a coalition of spiritual and civil rights groups in Orlando to protest the National Association for Research and Therapy of Homosexuality's (NARTH) annual conference this month.The theme of the demonstration and on-site press conference will be "Countering the Quacks" and will feature large inflatable ducks, duck whistles and a Donald Duck character.
Jerusalem gay march tension grows 23
12:00 AM — Jerusalem police are considering cancelling the WorldPride gay march as protest grows, according to reports.Ultra-Orthodox Jews have threatened "holy-war" against the march and have called on all Jewish people to oppose the parade using biblical punishments, prompting police to deploy extra officers to protect marchers.But Israeli paper Arutz Sheva reports that this is a sign that they may cancel the parade if it proves too hard to police.
31st October 2006
Israeli Rabbis cannot promise gay pride peace 23
12:00 AM — Ultra-Orthodox Jews in Jerusalem are threatening to strike a gay pride parade scheduled to take place in Jerusalem in two weeks, prompting police to re-evaluate the permit issued to parade organisers.Ynet News reports that most recently, Jerusalem Police Chief Ilan Franko met with orthodox leader Yitzhak Tuvia Weiss.
Elton John funds gay marriage campaign 1
12:00 AM — Music legend Elton John has donated $20,000 to defeat a gay marriage ban due to be voted on in Wisconsin.The gay artist has pledged his support as debate surrounding the issue mounts amid Congress elections and a vote on gay marriage next week.His money will help gay campaign group Fair Wisconsin counter an anti-gay advertising campaign from the family Research Institute of Wisconsin.
Gay Asians less likely to come out
12:00 AM — Asian lesbians, gays and bisexuals in New Zealand are less open about their sexuality compared to Western counterparts, a new report claims.A study from Auckland's Massey University found that differing cultural attitudes inhibit Asian people in the LGBT community from coming out.
A hell of a gay Halloween
12:00 AM — Here at PinkNews.co.uk we are constantly trying to put a gay spin on the national agenda. Aside from dressing up as a camp witch or wizard (not that we need an excuse for this,) it looked near impossible to find a gay angle on Halloween, until this gem crept up on us.The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force (NGLTF) has scarily unveiled an anti-gay programme which includes "Hell Houses," a religious alternatives to traditional haunted houses that are designed to scare people into a "sin-free life."