7th February 2006
UN conference to beat AIDS 2
12:00 AM — A United Nations backed international conference is set to tackle HIV and AIDS issues in May.The first European and Central Asian AIDS Conference will take place in Moscow. The conference is expected to gather 500 participants, and provide a unique opportunity for policy makers, researchers, civil society representatives and people living with HIV from Eastern Europe and Central Asia to share experiences and establish new partnerships to address the particular characteristics of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the region.
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Islamic preacher who targeted gays is jailed
12:00 AM — Muslim cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri has been convicted and jailed for seven years on charges of inciting murder and race hate.The preacher claimed that Zionists kept homosexual files on how gay politicians were in order to bribe them, and said he disapproved of homosexuality. He said Aids had been sent as a curse on homosexuals, "They have a common punishment amongst them and they have the virus to run after them wherever they go."
Durham Bishop to decide future of gay vicar 5
12:00 AM — The Church of England has left the final decision on the future of a gay vicar after he married his partner, to the Bishop of Durham.Rt Rev Tom Wright will decide how to handle Rev Christopher Wardale, vicar of the Holy Trinity Church in Darlington who married Malcolm Macourt in a civil partnership ceremony last December.
Westlife singer: Coming out makes life better 13
12:00 AM — Westlife singer Mark Feehily has heaped praise on the Civil Partnership Act in the UK, but the gay band member, who came out at the end of last year, insisted he had no plans to get married.In an exclusive web chat on the Sun website, he revealed it was not too difficult to come out, "When you get to the point of feeling OK about doing it, it's just a case of finding a few minutes to actually say the words. Getting to that place was hard, but once I got there I had absolutely no problem."
Will Young: I’m not a gay pop star
12:00 AM — Pop Idol winner turned Brit nominee, Will Young, this week said he was open about being gay but did not want to be defined by his sexuality.In a frank and open hearted interview to the Evening Standard he told how he came out to his parents through a friend and said he didn't want to be stereotyped as a gay pop star, "I don't want to be defined as a gay pop star, much the same as I don't want to be defined as a public-school one."
Students encouraged to give blood because gays and bisexuals can’t 5
12:00 AM — The National Union of Students (NUS UK) today criticised a national newspaper article, which blamed student campaigns for a shortage of blood donors in the UK.The Mail on Sunday article "Crisis as students boycott blood donor sessions in protest over ban on gays" attempted to link low blood donations with a student led campaign highlighting the current National Blood Service (NBS) policy of not allowing any gay or bisexual men to donate blood.
Chlamydia epidemic targets US gays 1
12:00 AM — A rare strain of chlamydia is spreading among gay and bisexual men in America causing an increase in risks of HIV, according to US health officials.The Associated Press reported that the infection can increase chances of getting or spreading the AIDS virus.Called LGV chlamydia, this sexually transmitted disease has already troubled Europe.
South Africa debating gay marriage 1
12:00 AM — The South African Council of Churches is expected to develop a stance on gay marriage to present to Parliament later this year.Reports on the ISI Emerging Markets Africawire, suggest the SACC will use a two day conference which began yesterday, to formulate a view on civil partnerships.Deputy Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke told the seminar that everyone has the constitutional right to be different,