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07 June 2006

  • 7th June 2006

    HP joins gay friendly workplace scheme

    Stonewall's Diversity Champions programme, established in 2001, seeks good practice on sexual orientation

    12:00 AM — Stonewall has announced that membership of its Diversity Champions programme for employers has now reached 200, making it Britain's fastest growing workplace equality programme.International IT company Hewlett-Packard will be the 200th organisation to join and will be working with Stonewall to promote good working conditions and equal treatment for its lesbian, gay and bisexual employees.

  • Senate rejects gay marriage ban 4

    The Senate's rejection will add protection to married gay couples in Massachusetts, where same sex couples can marry, and could see increase calls for marriage to be opened up

    12:00 AM — The US Senate has rejected calls for a gay marriage ban.The law, supported by US President George W Bush, would have amended the Constitution to deny States the ability to define marriage themselves, mandating that marriage be only between one man and one woman, and would deny all benefits of marriage to all unmarried couples.

  • Consultation on gay adoption ends

    The bill aims to counter a significant reduction in families available for vulnerable children by allowing gay and unmarried couples to adopt

    12:00 AM — The Scottish Parliament's consultation into the Adoption and Children Bill which would give gay couples adoption rights, ends today.The Education Committee has heard views from a cross section of Scottish society since the bill was produced last March, and will begin to consider the submitted evidence in the coming months.

  • Campaign targets gay crystal meth epidemic

    Crystal Meth is a powerful mood-altering stimulant

    12:00 AM — As the discovery of AIDS reaches its 25th anniversary, the gay community is grappling with a new epidemic, an increase in the use of what many consider to be the most dangerous drug in the United States, Crystal Meth.In an effort to combat abuse of this highly addictive drug, New York City's Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual Transgender Community Centre has announced the launch of a new ad campaign with the message, "Silence=Meth."

  • Korean academics surprised at lifting of gay soldier ban

    The statement by the Defence Ministry followed a recommendation by a government human rights group that the military take steps to ensure the rights of its gay troops

    12:00 AM — In the wake of the recent announcement by South Korea that it plans to ease or end its ban on gay soldiers, researchers of gender, sexuality and military culture say the developments are surprising for a nation that is not known for tolerance of open homosexuality.According to the Associated Press, the statement by the Defence Ministry followed a recommendation by a government human rights group that the military take steps to ensure the rights of its gay troops. Before that, gays were discharged for "mental illness" and were sometimes the target of harassment.

  • Homophobia “threatening democracy” in Poland 1

    President Lech Kaczynski, the former leader of the ruling Law and Justice Party, has long opposed lesbian and gay people's rights to expression and assembly

    12:00 AM — Recent threats by Polish officials against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals and organisations threaten everyone's basic freedoms, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said today in a letter to Poland's Prime Minister Kasimierz Marcinkiewicz.Last week Poland's State Prosecutor instructed local prosecutors in five municipalities to launch sweeping investigations into the conduct of "homosexuals" on unspecified allegations of "paedophilia" and gay bars and organisations across the country have recently been closed down.

  • Canadian wives – British civil partners 10

    Sue and Celia want the High Court to recognise their marriage as a marriage, not as a civil partnership

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusivePinkNews.co.uk's Marc Shoffman meets a lesbian couple determined to be recognised as wives in the UK.Marriage is currently a big issue in Parliament's across the globe. UK High Court rulings have set precedents for bigger divorce settlements, and last week the Law Commission recommended rights for unmarried couples, including gays and lesbians, while the US senate is considering a constitutional gay marriage ban and Canada is contemplating repealing its gay marriage laws.

  • Vatican acting like ‘dictators’ 3

    Pope Benedict XVI haas been criticised for constantly speaking out against issues of gay marriage

    12:00 AM — The Vatican's comments on the rights of gay people are beginning to sound like the kind of propaganda used by the worst dictators, a gay group claims.The Gay and Lesbian Humanist Association (GALHA) described recent remarks as defamatory and authoritarian.

  • Gay activist to expose animal cruelty 1

    John Carmody is off  Spain to take part in the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) Running of the Nudes campaign

    12:00 AM — Gay animal activist John Carmody is off Spain to take part in the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) Running of the Nudes campaign, a human alternative to the Running of the Bulls event in the country.Mr Carmody is calling for members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community around the world to join him and the more than 1,000 others representing 40 countries who will converge on Pamplona on 5 July 2006, two days before the bull run, and race through the same course, wearing nothing but red scarves and plastic bullhorns.

  • Senate looks unlikely to ban gay marriage 4

    The Senate will vote on the issue this morning

    12:00 AM — An increasing number of religious, civil rights and political groups have spoken out against the Federal Marriage Amendment currently being debated in the US Senate, claiming it distracts attention from the real problems facing Americans.The law would amend the Constitution to deny States the ability to define marriage themselves, mandating that marriage be only between one man and one woman, and would deny all benefits of marriage to all unmarried couples.

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