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02 June 2006

  • 2nd June 2006

    Canada to vote on gay marriage 1

    Both supporters and opponents say any vote would be very tight

    12:00 AM — Canada will hold a free vote in Parliament later to this year, the prime minister announced today.The Canadian Parliament will decide whether to scrap gay marriage laws which were adopted last year.Stephen Harper came to power last January campaigning to reopen the debate on laws governing same sex partnerships in the country.

  • Colorado Governor rejects gay anti-discrimination law

    Bill Owens vetoed the legislation for the second time claiming it would see an increase in lawsuits against local businesses

    12:00 AM — The Governor of Colorado has been called "out of step" with his State after rejecting a law which would have prohibited discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.Bill Owens vetoed the legislation for the second time claiming it would see an increase in lawsuits against local businesses and "had the potential to be costly for Colorado businesses due to an expansion of their tort liability."

  • Spanish government backs transsexual law 1

    The move by Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero's government, is being welcomed by transsexuals

    12:00 AM — Transsexuals in Spain are to be given the right to change their gender documents in civil registries without undergoing a sex change, according to new laws passed by the Spanish government today.The law is expected to be produced this summer and will allow doctors to certify that a person is living as the wrong sex after they have lived as the appropriate sex for a year and a half and been approved by a psychiatrist.

  • Grandpa accused of infecting gay men with HIV

    A UK HIV sufferer became the first gay man to be convicted of recklessly passing on the HIV virus to another person in April

    12:00 AM — An Australian grandfather deliberately made friends with gay men on the internet to infect them with HIV, a court was told today.Michael Neal, 48, appeared at Melbourne Magistrates Court charged with attempting to infect people with HIV and rape.He met victims including one who he allegedly drugged and raped, on the internet and persuaded them into unprotected sex, telling them he was HIV negative, the jury heard.

  • Kofi Annan: Gays must be recognised as AIDs risk group 3

    Kofi Annan told delegates at the UN General Assembly Special Session on HIV/AIDS that certain groups need protection and cannot be ignored

    12:00 AM — Homosexuals, prostitutes and drug users must been seen as risk groups in the battle against the AIDs epidemic, the United Nations (UN) secretary general said today.Kofi Annan told delegates at the UN General Assembly Special Session on HIV/AIDS that certain groups need protection and cannot be ignored in fighting the epidemic.

  • Danish lesbians gain artificial insemination rights

    A new law passed today by the Danish parliament gives lesbian couples the right to artificial insemination

    12:00 AM — A new law passed today by the Danish parliament gives lesbian couples the same rights to artificial insemination in public hospitals as straight couples.The legislation which also applies to single women, was passed by 86 politicians who voted for the amendment, against 82 politicians who either abstained or voted against.

  • Methodist Church backs gay marriage

    The result will be brought up at the Methodist Church's General Convention in 2008

    12:00 AM — The Methodist Church has backed gay clergy and same sex marriage.In a vote at the annual state convention of the church in Minneapolis yesterday, members approved a resolution supporting equal access to the faith for all sexualities and the removal of a prohibition on 'homosexual unions.'

  • HIV charity head is a ‘picture of health’ 1

    Nick Partridge OBE, Director of the Terrence Higgins Trust, shot in a treatment room, the Lighthouse, London, 9th February 2006 © Julia Fullerton-Batten / National Portrait Gallery, London

    12:00 AM — The chief executive of Terrence Higgins Trust, Nick Partridge, is appearing in 'A Picture of Health', a photographic exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery which runs from next week.The exhibition which runs from June 6 to September 10 2006 aims to profile some of the outstanding men and women who have shaped healthcare at the beginning of the 21st century and features NHS leaders, clinicians and Government policy advisors as well as campaigners from the voluntary sector.

  • Gay groups walk to protest Senate gay marriage vote 4

    The Federal Marriage Amendment, to be debated on June 6 2006, would define marriage as the union between a man and a woman, thereby making any same-sex marriage in the US illegal

    12:00 AM — A US gay group is hosting a coast to coast bridge walk in support of gay marriage tomorrow in response to the upcoming Senate vote deciding whether to ban same sex marriage.Marriage Equality USA (MEUSA) and Marriage Equality New York (MENY) are hosting simultaneous walks across the Brooklyn Bridge and Golden Gate Bridge in support of marriage equality for same-sex couples.

  • Calls for Moscow Gay Pride investigation 4

    Skinheads punched Volker Beck, a gay member of the German parliament

    12:00 AM — Russian authorities must launch a full investigation into the attacks on gay pride activists in Moscow last weekend, a human rights group demanded today.Human Rights Watch (HRW) said the investigation must also encompass the police response to the attacks and drop charges against participants in pride events for taking part in "an unsanctioned demonstration."

  • Gay groups show solidarity with marred Moscow pride 4

    Many campaigners who arrived at the intended venue of the march were assaulted by nationalists and religious groups

    12:00 AM — Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) groups and individuals will gather outside the Russian Consulate in Edinburgh today to protest the Mayor of Moscow's decision to ban a gay pride march in Russia.The Moscow mayor, Yuri Luzhkov, banned the march and subsequently failed to protect gay activists who were in the area last Saturday.

  • Gay Americans let down in AIDs epidemic 3

    The US is reported to be siding with Muslim and Latin American countries in opposing measures in the proposal regarding condom distribution, drugs and homosexuality

    12:00 AM — The USA is rejecting gay, black and poor communities in its response to AIDs, according to a health watchdog.The report, published by the Public Health Watch HIV/AIDS Monitoring Project of the Open Society Institute (OSI), provides the first comprehensive analysis of how the United States is responding to the domestic AIDS epidemic and calls on the US government to step up prevention and treatment efforts.

  • Evangelicals condemned after comparing gay marriage to ‘marrying a horse’ 1

    The Evangelical Alliance, which represents over a million Christians in the UK, is a vocal opponent of civil partnerships

    12:00 AM — A Christian lobby group has been criticised after one of its members was reported to have equated gay marriage with "people wanting to marry their horse."The remarks were printed in an Observer interview with Don Horrocks, head of public affairs at the Evangelical Alliance (EA), last weekend surrounding an upcoming legal challenge seeking UK gay marriage rights in the High Court.

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