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May 2006

  • 30th May 2006

    LA hosts gay wedding as Senate marriage vote nears 4

    This ceremony on June 2 2006 comes just days before the US Senate votes on the Federal Marriage Amendment on June 6 2006, which would define marriage as the union between a man and a woman

    12:00 AM — The UCLA Student Coalition for Marriage Equality (SCME) will host a public same-sex wedding in Los Angeles this week, days before the US Senate votes on banning gay marriage.Dr Patricia Alford-Keating, a counsellor for UCLA Student Psychological Services, and her partner Shannon Lea Keating will reaffirm their original wedding vows made 22 years ago in front of students, faculty, and staff. The ceremony will be real in every way, except for the lack of a marriage license issued by the state.

  • London Mayor criticises Moscow Gay Pride violence 4

    Ken Livingstone said: 'The Russian people suffered greater casualties than any other country from Nazism - whose targets were not only Jews and Soviet citizens but also homosexuals“

    12:00 AM — The Mayor of London has condemned the violence and religious and nationalist protests that marred gay pride celebrations in Moscow last weekend.Gay activists who chose to defy a gay pride ban in the Russian capital were met with violence from religious and nationalist protesters chanting anti gay slogans and 1000 riot police aiming to stop demonstrations in the Red Square.

  • Transvestite joins Big Brother 15

    So far the housemates seem to assume that Sam is a woman

    12:00 AM — A transvestite has joined the Big Brother house long with a model, to replace gay Muslim Shahbaz, and Dawn who was told to leave after breaking the rules of the reality show last week.The two new housemates were won last night in a Meal or No Meal task, when Aisleyne, a 27 year old promotions girl, and Sam, an 18 year old Indonesian transvestite, were revealed as the prizes.

  • A ‘moral and political victory’ for gay pride 5

    Moscow Pride, 27 May 2006 - Outside Mayor Yuri Luzhkov's office in City Hall. Human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell with Louis-Georges Tin, coordinator of the International Gay Against Homophobia. Russian text: Rights for gays [Photo: Andy Harley/UK Gay News]

    12:00 AM — Peter Tatchell of gay rights group Outrage looks back on a weekend where shame was brought on the Mayor of Moscow as activists celebrated Moscow Pride.Russian gays have won an important moral and political victory. Yuri Luzhkov said a gay pride parade would never happen while he was Mayor of Moscow. But Moscow Pride did happen, on 27 May, despite the Mayor's ban, police arrests, and violence from neo-fascists, right-wing nationalists and Orthodox Christian fundamentalists.

  • Transsexual files £500,000 discrimination claim 1

    The claim is expected to go to an employment tribunal in the next three months

    12:00 AM — A transsexual who moved to the UK fearing persecution in the US state of Indiana, is suing her former British employers for sex discrimination.Jessica Bussert, formerly Josh, is seeking £500,000 compensation from Hitachi Data Systems claiming she was demoted after surgery to "feminise" her face and breasts.

  • Activists demand religion respects gay rights 4

    Gay activists were met by religious and nationalist protesters chanting anti gay slogans and 1000 riot police aiming to stop demonstrations in the Red Square last weekend (Photo: lazyoldsun)

    12:00 AM — A secular pressure group is calling on the European Union to stop religious leaders inciting violence against the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community, after a weekend of violence between religious and gay groups in Moscow.Sophie in 't Veld, an honorary associate of the UK National Secular Society, has written to Jose Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission, requesting that religious leaders attending a meeting with him today should condemn the violence.

  • Bush backs bill limiting anti gay funeral protests 2

    US President George W Bush has given his backing to a law prohibiting anti gay protests

    12:00 AM — US President George W Bush has given his backing to a law prohibiting anti gay protests at military funerals.His signature follows bills in Kentucky and Ohio regulating funeral protests in response to the Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka, after they said American military deaths are God's retribution for tolerance of gay people.

  • 28th May 2006

    Moscow pride- an eye witness account 5

    Volker Beck was punched in the face whilst he was giving a television interview

    12:00 AM — The human rights campaigner, Peter Tatchell of gay rights group OutRage! offers his own personal account of the Moscow gay pride march.The Mayor of Moscow said gay pride would never happen while he was alive. He mobilised a quarter of the Moscow police, over 1,000 officers, to prevent the gay parade. Despite all his efforts, lesbian and gay Russians — and their international supporters — gathered by the Kremlin in Manezhnaya Square.

  • 27th May 2006

    Arrests made as activists defy gay pride ban 4

    Campaigners were met with religious and nationalist protesters chanting anti gay slogans and 1000 riot police aiming to stop demonstrations (Photo by Lazyoldsun)

    12:00 AM — Over 120 people including a German MP have been arrested in Moscow after campaigners attempted to hold the capital's first gay rights rally.Moscow's mayor, Yuri Luzhkov, and a Russian court, had rejected applications for the event claiming it would cause violent protests, but gay campaigners from all over the world converged in the Russian capital this afternoon.

  • Arrests made as activists defy gay pride ban 4

    (photo: lazyoldsun)

    12:00 AM — Over 70 activists have been arrested in Moscow after gay campaigners defied a gay pride ban today.Moscow's mayor, Yuri Luzhkov, and a Russian court, had rejected applications for the event claiming it would cause violent protests, but gay campaigners from all over the world converged in the Russian capital this afternoon.

  • Fundamentalists attack German MP on Moscow gay rights march 4

    Volker Beck was punched in the face whilst he was giving a television interview.

    12:00 AM — Over 120 people including a German MP have been arrested in Moscow after campaigners attempted to hold the capital's first gay rights rally.Volker Beck, a Green member of the German parliament was attacked by 20 religious protesters and punched in the face whilst he was giving a television interview.

  • 26th May 2006

    Inquiry launched into gay carers 3

    The review was called by Wakefield Council after Ian Wathey, 40, and Craig Faunch, 32, were convicted of taking advantage of children in their care

    12:00 AM — An inquiry is to be launched into how a gay couple managed to sexually abuse four children without being checkedThe review was called by Wakefield Council after Ian Wathey, 40, and Craig Faunch, 32, were convicted of taking advantage of children put in their care.

  • Thailand recognises transsexual beauty

    The pageant helps promote acceptance and tolerance of Thailand's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community

    12:00 AM — Thailand's annual Miss Tiffany's Universe pageant took place this week allowing 30 transsexuals to compete for the crown.The contestants were chosen from 60 candidates smiling, pouting and dressing up for a $2,6000 prize as well as a new car.The winner, Ratrawee Chirapraphakun, told the Dallas Voice, that she entered the competition "to tell society to give transsexuals career opportunities and to be fair to us in all career fields. We don't have to be just beauticians or beauty contestants. We are just as capable as the real men and women out there."

  • Church backs anti-gay apology 1

    The report will be produced at the meeting of the American Episcopal Church's General Convention next month

    12:00 AM — Clergy members of the Episcopal Church have signed a petition urging bishop's to repent appointing openly gay bishops and approving same sex marriage.The petition has been signed by 900 names in anticipation of the Worldwide Anglican Communion next month.It calls for the Episcopal Church to "fully endorse" regret over the appointment of gay bishop Gene Robinson in New Hampshire and to reject gay marriage and clergymen.

  • Charity offers gay pride Jerusalem tour 1

    It will be the second WorldPride, following the 2000 celebration in Rome

    12:00 AM — A human rights group is offering a gay tour of Israel to coincide with this year's WorldPride in Jerusalem.The expedition, organised by the New Israel Fund (NIF), will explore the "complexities, beauty and challenges of ancient and modern Israel."

  • Plymouth prepares for Gay Pride

    Pride events include a balloon race, film festivals and themed evening

    12:00 AM — The Plymouth Pride Event community team has announced the final details of events taking place as part of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Week 2006 across the city of Plymouth from Saturday 27th May through to Sunday 4th June.There will be an array of events taking place across the city from a Pink Picnic up on the Hoe, LGBT Film Festival at the Arts Centre to parties galore at some of Plymouth's gay venues.

  • Gay former mayors wed

    Jeff Tillett and Robin Wood, who had a civil partnership this week after being together for 35 years, were both Conservative councillors and mayors (photo: ananthy)

    12:00 AM — Two former Derby mayors have had a civil ceremony together.Jeff Tillett and Robin Wood, who had a civil partnership this week after being together for 35 years, were both Conservative councillors and mayors of the city.Mr Wood, 54, told the Sun: We lived together for so long it was not a spur-of-the moment thing to marry.

  • Anti gay protesters heckle Irish minister

    Last December, Michael McDowell met with gay rights campaigners in Dublin following the first civil partnerships in Britain

    12:00 AM — Anti gay protesters gatecrashed a talk by Irish Minister for Justice, Michael McDowell today, accusing him of perverting Irish children.The minister was speaking in Dublin on the subject of civil partnerships for same sex couples in Ireland.But his speech was cut short when six audience members began to throw water, cups and copies of the constitution at him.

  • Russia divided over gay pride 4

    Despite the Moscow mayor's threat of mass arrests, and the threat of violence from nationalist and religious leaders, Peter Tatchell and other international human rights activists will join the historic first Gay Pride march in Russian history

    12:00 AM — While international gay rights activists travel to Moscow to for Gay Pride, the local Russian community appears more divided over whether to defy the ban imposed by the city's mayor and local court.Moscow Mayor, Yuri Luzhkov insists the ban is vital to prevent violent protests, and religious groups and politicians have also spoken out against it, but now even the gay community in Russia is beginning to have its doubts.

  • HIV origin found in chimps

    Although researchers have long known that some chimpanzees are infected with the SIVcpz virus,  only a few captive apes had been found to harbour it

    12:00 AM — The HIV virus may have originated from wild chimpanzees living in South Cameroon, researchers claim.An international team, including scientists from the Universities of Nottingham, Montpellier and Alabama, has discovered a crucial missing link in the search for the origin of HIV, the virus responsible for human AIDs.

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