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June 2006

  • 30th June 2006

    Ian McKellen praises local gay group

    Patron, Sir Ian McKellen, was unable to be present but sent the group his warmest wishes

    12:00 AM — GAY-GLOS, the organisation formerly known as Gay and Lesbian Friend Helpline, launched its new name and promotional materials at the Guildhall Arts Centre, Gloucester at a lunchtime event today.Celebrating 16 years of supporting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in Gloucestershire, the new name was chosen to reflect that the organisation is no longer just a Helpline.

  • Gay community awaiting EuroPride 6

    Half a million people are expected at the rally tomorrow (Photo: PrideLondon)

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk's Marc Shoffman looks ahead to this weekend's EuroPride rally.It's been a revolutionary year for the UK gay community, unlike the last gay pride in London, same sex couples will be attending this weekend's EuroPride rally as civil partners, confident that they are protected by law in the workplace and eventually in the supply of goods and services.

  • Less gay men seeking HIV tests

    Gay men under 20 were found to be least likely to have been tested for HIV, especially if they had lower educational qualifications

    12:00 AM — A gay health group is calling for more sexual health campaigns after a survey revealed that significantly less gay men are seeking HIV tests.The number of gay men in Ireland seeking HIV tests has dropped by 33% over the last four years, according to the Gay Men's Health Project.The organisation conducted a survey called Representation, Empowerment, Assessment and Location (REAL) for the fourth All-Ireland Gay Health Forum, to highlight the realities of the lives of gay and bisexual men in Ireland

  • 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.

  • Schwarzenegger addresses gay groups amid controversy

    Arnold Schwarzenegger told the crowd: “In politics, I believe we need to address problems rather than attacking people“

    12:00 AM — California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger delivered his first speech to the gay community last night since promising to veto teaching gay history in the State's schools.He addressed a fundraising dinner for gay political group, the Log Cabin Republicans, at the Renaissance Hotel where he promised to "have an open mind" about the gay community.

  • Transgender justice Bill advances

    The Gwen Araujo Justice for Victims Act, authored by Assembly member Sally Lieber and sponsored by Equality California, passed through the Senate Public Safety Committee

    12:00 AM — California moves toward becoming the first state to meaningfully respond to strategies that blame transgender people for their own murders.The Gwen Araujo Justice for Victims Act, authored by Assembly member Sally Lieber and sponsored by Equality California, passed through the Senate Public Safety Committee with a 4-2 vote.

  • Conservative Episcopal bishops leaving over gay row

    Gene Robinson was the first openly gay Anglican Bishop

    12:00 AM — Three US dioceses have requested their own removal from the rule of the Episcopal Church's new leader.Conservative bishops from San Joaquin, California, South Carolina and Pittsburgh expressed dismay at the "painful complication" created at the denomination's general convention when the church called for "restraint" in the ordination of gay clergy and appointed Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori, a supporter of gay rights, as its first female head.

  • Arkansas deems gay foster ban unconstitutional 1

    The ruling, which upholds a 2004 lower court decision against the ban, said the ban was “an attempt to legislate for the General Assembly with respect to public morality“

    12:00 AM — The Arkansas Supreme Court unanimously ruled yesterday that there is no connection between a child's well-being and the sexual orientation of a parent, deeming discrimination against gay households in foster care unconstitutional.The ruling, which upholds a 2004 lower court decision against the ban, said the ban was "an attempt to legislate for the General Assembly with respect to public morality."

  • 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.

  • Rice acting ‘suspect’ after rejecting HIV+ man for job 1

    Judge Arthur Raymond Randolph shed some blame on US Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice

    12:00 AM — The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia decided this week that the HIV positive man who was denied employment as a Foreign Service Officer has "more than enough" evidence to take his case against the State Department to trial.Judge Arthur Raymond Randolph shed some blame on US Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice when he said: "The Secretary's claim that granting Taylor Class 2 clearance is unreasonable and would impose undue hardship is suspect" because the State Department sometimes hires candidates with medical conditions other than HIV.

  • 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.

  • 29th June 2006

    Bromley campaign riddled with gay questions 4

    John Hemming-Clark, resident of the late Conservative MP Eric Forth's constituency

    12:00 AM — Voters in the constituencies of Bromley and Chiselhurst and Blaenau Gwent have been choosing a new representative today after their politicians died recently.The campaign in the former Conservative stronghold of Bromley has had some elements of homophobia after Independent candidate John Hemming-Clark pledged to stop the BBC broadcasting homosexual activity, and questioned Conservative candidate's Bob Neill's sexuality.

  • Politicians unite to launch gay publication 6

    Simon Hughes was one of the speakers at the event in the Law Society, the pink Union Jack was designed by artist David Gwinnutt

    12:00 AM — Senior representatives from Labour, the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats joined with the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community last night to launch The Pink News, a new gay magazine in conjunction with 3Sixty.Speakers at the event hosted by the Law Society included Minister for Women and Equality Meg Munn, Liberal Democrat Party President Simon Hughes, Labour MP for Hackney South and Shoreditch Meg Hillier, Conservative Party Chairman Francis Maude.

  • Activist criticises gay gene obsession 2

    Gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell hits out at the obsession with finding a gay gene

    12:00 AM — Gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell hits out at the obsession with finding a gay gene and suggests sexual orientation is deemed by a variety of factorsWhy are scientists so preoccupied with what causes homosexuality, to the near-total exclusion of the factors that lead to heterosexuality? I don't object to research into sexual orientation. It is the one-sided obsession that bugs me.

  • HIV research on brain dead is immoral

    Peter Singer claimed that HIV research should be conducted on brain damaged humans

    12:00 AM — A British academic has criticised the Australian ethicist Peter Singer for claiming that HIV research should be conducted on brain damaged humans.Peter Singer, professor of bioethics at Princeton University in the USA is best known for his controversial views on bestiality, euthanasia and disability. In June he suggested that HIV research should be conducted on people in a persistent vegetative state as they are will not suffer because they are "beyond consciousness."

  • MEP urges gay community to ‘come out and speak up’ 6

    Jean Lambert, who is a member of the European Parliament's Intergroup on Gay and Lesbian Rights, said she was pleased to see EuroPride taking place in a variety of countries

    12:00 AM — As London hosts EuroPride 2006 this weekend, thirty-five years since Pride first began in the capital, Green Euro MP Jean Lambert pledged her support for the events tackling issues of bullying, discrimination and homophobic abuse.Ms Lambert, who is a member of the European Parliament's Intergroup on Gay and Lesbian Rights, said she was pleased to see EuroPride taking place in a variety of countries this month following the recent set backs in Moscow.

  • Gay civil servants join EuroPride 6

    This is the first time that CSRA will be represented at EuroPride

    12:00 AM — The Civil Service's gay network will join this weekend's EuroPride for the first time.The Civil Service Rainbow Alliance (CSRA) announced its participation this week in EuroPride 2006, Europe's largest and most vibrant gay and lesbian cultural festival.

  • MSPs back gay couples adoption rights

    Members of the Scottish Executive's Education Committee fully backed the Adoption and Children Bill which aims to address a shortage of carers in Scotland by allowing gay and unmarried couples to adopt

    12:00 AM — MSPs have unanimously supported adoption rights for gay couples in Scotland.Members of the Scottish Executive's Education Committee fully backed the Adoption and Children Bill which aims to address a shortage of carers in Scotland by allowing gay and unmarried couples to adopt.

  • Union seeks change in societal homophobia 1

    Jody Dobrowski, 24, assistant manager at Bar Risa Jongleurs, in Camden, was found unconscious in south London last year and died in hospital with head, neck and facial injuries

    12:00 AM — Recent changes in the law mean that lesbians and gay men can now tackle any prejudice they encounter in work or in their everyday lives, but until the UK witnesses a real shift in social attitudes, homophobia and discrimination will continue to make life tough for many, the TUC warned today.Addressing the TUC's annual lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender conference later today, TUC General Secretary Brendan Barber will remind delegates that the past 12 months have seen several important advances which have brought gay equality a step closer. He will highlight the introduction of civil partnerships and changes giving same sex partners similar access to pensions as that enjoyed by married couples.

  • Evangelical Alliance: ‘Gays are not superior sinners’ 6

    Joel Edwards, head of the Evangelical Alliance, tells PinkNews.co.uk's Marc Shoffman it's time for positive dialogue with the gay community

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveThe relationship between religion and homosexuality has become strained recently, barely a week passes without the Pope criticising gay marriages or the Anglican Church imploding over gay bishops, but Joel Edwards, head of the Evangelical Alliance, tells PinkNews.co.uk's Marc Shoffman it's time for positive dialogue. "Why is anything which is not from the gay position defined as homophobic," asks Joel Edwards, general director of the Evangelical Alliance, a Christian charity and lobby group in its 160th year of using a commitment to Christ and the Bible to engage with society.

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