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February 2006

  • 23rd February 2006

    HIV groups say sexual health services are failing

    Out of the 66 PCTs and 88 clinicians surveyed from all English regions, 73% felt sexual health was not sufficiently prioritised despite government targets

    12:00 AM — A report published today suggests that local sexual health services are still in a bad state despite additional funding.The British Association of Sexual Health and HIV (BASHH), the British HIV Association (BHIVA), Providers of AIDS Care and Treatment (PACT) and Terrence Higgins Trust (THT)paints an unhealthy picture of the state of local sexual health say funds are not getting through to local services and sexual health isn't being seen as priority.

  • Research supports gay genetics debate

    Scientists have been debating the issue of genetics and sexual orientation for more than a decade as a few scientists have tried to find genes that might make people gay or straight

    12:00 AM — New research reported in Forbes magazine has added a twist to the debate on the origins of sexual orientation, suggesting that the genetics of mothers with multiple gay sons act differently than those of other women.Scientists have reported that in nearly one-fourth of mothers with more than one gay son, X chromosomes were processed in their bodies in the same way. Normally, women randomly process the chromosomes in one of two ways -- half go one way, half go the other.

  • Alderney man accuses island of anti gay persecution 1

    He believes Alderney Tourism didn't want gay people coming to the island and wrote to him saying that he could not renew his advert in the island's brochure

    12:00 AM — A businessman has accused the island of Alderney of persecuting him because he is gay.Adrian Leopard, a chartered accountant and entrepreneur, ran the Longis View Hotel in Alderney, which he said welcomed everybody, including homosexuals. He claims false rumours were spread about him and he was targeted because of his sexuality.

  • 6 men arrested over lesbian murder

    This week the Cape Town Pride Festival kicks off in South Africa, culminating in the Pride March through the city streets

    12:00 AM — South African police have arrested 6 men in connection with the murder of a lesbian teenager.Zoliswa Nkonyana, 19, was reportedly stabbed and stoned to death by a mob of young people in the township of Khayelitsha.The local lesbian soccer team member was taunted and threatened by a woman who later came back with a group of young men who began beating her. Police said the victim was stabbed repeatedly and stoned with bricks until she died.

  • Brokeback stars chased for Will Grace roles

    Sources say the stars of Brokeback Mountain are being asked to play gay cowboys on Will  Grace

    12:00 AM — Brokeback Mountain stars Jake Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger are being chased by the producers of Will Grace to re enact their on screen kiss for the hit gay comedy.Sources say the actors are being asked to play gay cowboys on the show. They have yet to say yes.American magazine In Touch reported that the pair are interested, but are currently concentrating on next week's Oscar ceremony.

  • 22nd February 2006

    Three and a half thousand English gay couples tie the knot

    Men are twice as likely to form civil partnerships

    12:00 AM — Figures released by the General Register Office show that over three and half thousand couples formed civil partnerships in England and Wales in the first five weeks since the change in the law.3,648 couples formed civil partnerships in England and Wales between 21st December 2005 and 31st January 2006.

  • Teen given Asbo for homophobic hate campaign

    Aaron Bissmire, 18, led a gang which tormented and abused residents from the Cardigan Estate in Bush Hill Park

    12:00 AM — A teenager who subjected a gay man to a homophobic hate campaign has been given an anti-social behaviour order.Aaron Bissmire, 18, led a gang which tormented and abused residents from the Cardigan Estate in Bush Hill Park. Enfield Magistrates Court issued him with a three-year behaviour order banning him from misbehaving in the neighbourhood.

  • 3 men deny murdering gay student

    Darren Johnson, 27, Mohammed Choudhury, 24, and Muhammed Nduka, 24, all entered not guilty pleas to the charges at the Old Bailey yesterday

    12:00 AM — Three men are denying the murder of a gay student in London last year.Darren Johnson, 27, Mohammed Choudhury, 24, and Muhammed Nduka, 24, all entered not guilty pleas to the charges at the Old Bailey yesterday.A fourth man, Thomas Girmay, 22, joined the three to plead not guilty to robbery and causing grievous bodily harm with intent.

  • Lib Dem MSP to have first civil partnership

    According to sources Margaret Smith, 45, MSP for Edinburgh West, will register her relationship with Suzanne Main next month

    12:00 AM — A Liberal Democrat will be the first MSP to have a civil partnership after announcing her plans for a ceremony today.According to sources Margaret Smith, 45, MSP for Edinburgh West, will register her relationship with Suzanne Main next month.The couple said in a statement: "The ceremony will take place in Edinburgh in the presence of family and friends."

  • Scotland tackles workplace homophobia

    A scheme to help tackle homophobia in the workplace and improve employers' attitudes to lesbian and gay issues has received backing from the Scottish Executive

    12:00 AM — The Scottish Executive is set to back a scheme to tackle homophobia in the workplace.The Diversity Champions project, launched this month by Stonewall Scotland after success in England and Wales, has received supported from the Scottish government.Supporters hope the scheme will help end bullying based on sexuality in Scotland's workplace and improve Scottish employer's positions in the Work Equality Index, a list of top places to work for gays and lesbians.

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  • Turin gay pride looks to takeover city

    The mayor, the president of the province of Turin and the president of the Piedmont region welcomed the gay pride event

    12:00 AM — Whilst the 2006 Winter Olympics plough on in Turin, a gay pride event is looking to also take the city by storm.The Italian city is currently hosting a series of events under the umbrella of Turin Pride 2006 which will culminate in a national lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender event in June.A gay sports competition is set to start next month and several lectures and musical programmes are scheduled. A gay film festival will be held April 20-27.

  • California may elect gay bishop 1

    The Very Rev Robert Taylor, the dean of St Mark's Cathedral in Seattle, is one of the shortlisted gay candidates

    12:00 AM — A new controversy hit the Anglican Church yesterday after the diocese of California include a gay man and a lesbian in a shortlist for its next bishop.The Daily Telegraph reported that the move will please liberals but trouble the Archbishop Of Canterbury who has previously supported calls for a suspension of the appointment of gay bishops.

  • Gay men face high bulimia risk 1

    Figures show about 10 per cent of people being treated for eating disorders in the UK are male but experts believe the true figure is closer 25 per cent

    12:00 AM — Gay men are at a high risk from eating disorders according to figures from the Scottish Executive.The report shows a seven fold increase in the number of men in Scotland suffering from the eating disorder bulimia nervosa over the past five years. Gay men are highlighted as a group under particular risk.

  • Hillary Clinton criticised over gay marriage stance 1

    Mrs Clinton's advisers said her support within the gay community runs deep, noting that a fund-raising event planned for next month will have prominent gay politicians and activists as hosts

    12:00 AM — A gay rights group in New York is telling gays and lesbians to oppose Senator Hillary Clinton's re-election because of her position on same sex marriageAlan Van Capelle, executive director of the group, the Empire State Pride Agenda, said Mrs Clinton was "a complete disappointment" over her opposition to same-sex marriage and her support for a proposed constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage.

  • Club ridiculed over Brokeback Mountain calendar 4

    The souvenir shows players dressed in western cowboy clothing to demonstrate the “young guns” nickname given to academy players

    12:00 AM — A football club is being ridiculed by opposing fans over a calendar which features its players dressed like gay cowboys from hit film Brokeback MountainLeague One side Huddersfield Town were forced to reduce the price of the item from £5.99 to £1 this week after discovering that supporters were too embarrassed to buy it.However sales have increased in the last few days as fans do their best to stop other supporters buying them.

  • Washington campaign against gay discrimination 5

    the Washington Won't Discriminate campaign began in response to two ballot measures seeking to challenge the new law, signed into law by Gov. Christine Gregoire last month

    12:00 AM — Washington campaigners seeking to overturn a new gay civil rights law have met a strong group of opponents fighting to keep the recently approved ban on discrimination in housing, employment and insurance.According to the Associated Press, the Washington Won't Discriminate campaign began in response to two ballot measures seeking to challenge the new law, signed into law by Gov. Christine Gregoire last month.

  • Nationwide tour to repeal “don’t ask, don’t tell”

    “Don't Ask, Don't Tell” dates back to 1993, when President Bill Clinton suspended a Department of Defence policy banning gays and lesbians from the military

    12:00 AM — A group of gay and lesbian veterans have launched a nationwide campaign to push for a repeal of the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy.According to the Boston Herald, the seven-week speaking tour will feature seven former service members who argue that the discriminatory law keeps able-bodied Americans from serving in the military at a time when the war in Iraq makes America desperate for troops.

  • 21st February 2006

    London mayor backs Russian gay pride

    Ken Livingstone called upon his Russian counterpart to allow Moscow's gay pride event to go ahead

    12:00 AM — Ken Livingstone, the mayor of London has called upon his Russian counterpart to allow Moscow's gay pride event to go ahead.Mr Livingstone was responding to a statement made by the mayor of Moscow, Yury Luzhkov who said: "all attempts to organise a gay parade, in any form, open or disguised, will be resolutely quashed"."I believe that equality for lesbians and gay men is a fundamental human right." Mr Livingstone told PinkNews.co.uk.

  • Malaysian charged with murder of gay professor 3

    Associate Professor Mr Cheong, 54, former head of the English Language Proficiency Unit at the National University of Singapore, was  found strangled and stabbed to death at his home in December 1993

    12:00 AM — A Malaysian man has been charged with the murder of a gay Singaporean professor after 13 years on the run.Lee Chez Kee, 36, who appeared at a special sitting of the Subordinate Courts, had been avoiding police since the murder of National University of Singapore (NUS) don Lee Kok Cheong between Dec 12 and 14, 1993.

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