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June 2006

  • 29th June 2006

    Simon Hughes: Coming out is a burden lifted 2

    Simon Hughes: happy to be out

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveSimon Hughes found himself at the centre of a media storm earlier this year when he unsuccessfully ran for the leadership of the Liberal Democrats following revelations that he was bisexual.In his first interview on his private life since the leadership election, he tells PinkNews.co.uk's Benjamin Cohen how he came to the decision to come out, his role in the Bermonsey by-election and why he's proud of his records on gay rights.

  • The Pink News launches new gay era 6

    The PinkNews launched at the Law Society on the 28th June 2006

    12:00 AM — Politicians from across the political spectrum mingled with leaders from the gay community, and key figures from the world of business, arts and a select gathering of PinkNews.co.uk readers, to officially launch The Pink News.The Law Society event was addressed by 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, PinkNews.co.uk and The Pink News editor Benjamin Cohen and David Harvey, editor of 3Sixty magazine, media partners with the new outlet.

  • 28th June 2006

    Howard accused of failing gay community

    John Howard's government recently overturned an Australian Capital Territory law allowing civil unions for same sex couples, but has previously promised to address financial discrimination against gay couples

    12:00 AM — Australian Prime Minister John Howard has been accused of failing to protect same sex couples after the Federal Government was recently instructed not to make submissions into an inquiry by the federal Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission.The accusation came from Chief Minister of the Australian Capital Territory (ACT), Jon Stanhope, whose state recently had a civil union law quashed by the country.

  • Chris Eubank corners gay cruisers

    Chris Eubank complained to Brighton and Hove Council claiming men were meeting at the spot for casual sex

    12:00 AM — A seafront shelter in Brighton is being watched by police after former boxer Chris Eubank complained that it is being used for gay cruising.Eubank complained to Brighton and Hove Council claiming men were meeting at the spot for casual sex, after a friend alerted him to the issue, police said.

  • Spanish military hosts first gay wedding 1

    Spain was the third country to allow gay marriages just a week before Canada introduced the legislation, which had already been implemented in the Netherlands and Belgium

    12:00 AM — A male couple in the Spanish air force have become the country's first gay military recruits to marry.The men, who live in Seville, and are both named Alberto, said they are not worried about what others may think.One of the men told the Cadena Ser radio station, "We know we are in the armed forces and this is touchy because we are not gardeners but rather soldiers. I know there are superior officers who will make life difficult for me, and they are already doing so.

  • London Mayor fulfilling ‘gay dream’ 6

    Gay campaigners praised the London Mayor's record on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights last night as around 250 dignitaries gathered at City Hall  for the annual pride reception

    12:00 AM — Gay campaigners praised the London Mayor's record on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights last night as around 250 dignitaries gathered at City Hall for the annual pride reception.The event celebrated this weekend's EuroPride parade in London and was addressed by gay campaigners, celebrities and sponsors.

  • 27th June 2006

    Archbishop poses gay row solution

    Dr Rowan Williams proposed provinces whereby those happy to sign up to a formal covenant would be “constituents” and those who held different views would become “associated”

    12:00 AM — The Anglican Communion's gay row could be resolved by creating two levels of church. the Archbishop of Canterbury suggested today.Dr Rowan Williams proposed provinces whereby those happy to sign up to a formal covenant would be "constituents" and those who held different views would become "associated."

  • MPs’ attack BBC’s “casual homophobia” 6

    Sir Elton John with radio presenter Chris Moyles

    12:00 AM — MPs are calling on the BBC to make its staff more aware of "casual homophobia" after Radio1 DJ Chris Moyles called a mobile phone ring tone "gay" on his breakfast show.The demand is made in a House of Commons motion seeking a debate on the issue, led by Liberal Democrat MP and spokesperson for Women and Equality Lorely Burt, and currently supported by four others from the Lib Dems, Conservatives and Labour.

  • Accountancy giant sponsors Gay Games 3

    The Gay Games, which run from 15- 22 July 2006, will feature 12,000 participants from more than 70 countries

    12:00 AM — The Chicago organisers of the 2006 Gay Games announced today that Ernst Young LLP, one of America's largest professional services firms, has joined as a global bronze sponsor.Ernst Young's sponsorship includes providing ticketing and collection services for 10 venues at the events, equal to more than 1,000 hours of professional services.

  • National HIV Testing Day

    Across the country, thousands of HIV counselling and testing sites, state and local health departments, and community-based HIV/AIDS service providers will participate in NHTD events

    12:00 AM — The US is holding a National HIV Testing Day (NHTD) today as part of an annual campaign produced by the National Association of People with AIDS (NAPWA-US) to encourage at-risk individuals to receive voluntary HIV counselling and testing.The Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 180,000 to 280,000 people nationwide are HIV-positive but are unaware of their status.

  • Lesbian couple argue for Massachusetts marriage 1

    Massachusetts has allowed gay marriages since 2004

    12:00 AM — A lesbian couple from Rhode Island are hoping to marry in Massachusetts by arguing that their state does not directly ban gay marriage.Massachusetts, the only US State which allows same sex couples to marry, bans non residents from taking advantage of the law.

  • Gay community receives 80,000 condoms for EuroPride

    The EuroPride parade takes place this Saturday

    12:00 AM — Terrence Higgins Trust will be distributing 80,000 condoms to revellers at EuroPride this weekend.The condoms will come in packs of two along with some water based lube, in a pack supported by Confident Condoms and Ford, carrying messages about safer sex, sexually transmitted infections and how to use a condom properly.

  • Gay charity aims to end workplace discrimination

    Available in English and Welsh, the guide gives employees the basic information they need about the regulations protecting them at work, informs them of their rights and advises what to do if they experience problems

    12:00 AM — The Welsh branch of gay charity Stonewall has launched an updated version of its "Discrimination at work- it's so over" employee guide regarding sexual orientation in the workplace, in reaction to a recent survey claiming one in five gay employees are discriminated against in Wales because of their sexuality.Available in English and Welsh, the guide gives employees the basic information they need about the regulations protecting them at work, informs them of their rights and advises what to do if they experience problems.

  • London Mayor welcomes gay community to EuroPride 6

    Ken Livingstone, who is hosting his annual Pride reception at City Hall this week, as well as speaking at the EuroPride rally in Trafalgar Square on Saturday, said: “I want to give a very strong London welcome to Europride“

    12:00 AM — With up to half a million people expected to join this weekend's EuroPride 06 parade and festival, the Mayor of London has restated his commitment to the capital as a gay friendly destination and city to live and work in.Ken Livingstone, who is hosting his annual Pride reception at City Hall this week, as well as speaking at the EuroPride rally in Trafalgar Square on Saturday, said: "I want to give a very strong London welcome to Europride. With a huge range of bars, clubs and restaurants across the capital, from Soho, to Vauxhall, to Shoreditch, London is one of the best cities to visit for lesbian and gay travellers and I am very pleased to welcome everyone coming to join us this Saturday for EuroPride.

  • Report highlights homeless gay community’s needs

    Additional funding and support was provided by the Community University Partnership Project, Albert Kennedy Trust, Sir Halley Stewart Trust, Brighton  Hove City PCT, City Council and Pride in Brighton  Hove

    12:00 AM — Around 20% of Brighton and Hove's homeless people are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT), a report claims.The research suggests the LGBT community is over-represented in the homeless population and has negative experiences of local authority homelessness applications.

  • Gay friendly Venezuelan capital joins EuroPride 6

    They will speak at the Mayor of London's Europride reception, which takes place at City Hall

    12:00 AM — Representatives of Juan Barreto, Mayor of Venezuelan capital, Caracas, will address a EuroPride conference this evening.The delegation includes Fabiola González, director of the Citizen's Attention Office of the Metropolitan District Mayor's Office, Yislaine Guzmán, member of the Citizen's Attention Office and Hailer Vaamonde, coordinator of GLBT (Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transvestite) Affairs.

  • 26th June 2006

    Where does the gay community fit into a Bill of Rights? 2

    David Cameron wants to introduce a British Bill of Rights

    12:00 AM — Conservative leader David Cameron wants to introduce a British Bill of Rights which would make up for what he describes as the negative consequences of the Human Rights Act on terrorism and crime, PinkNews.co.uk's Marc Shoffman warns that the gay community must not be left out.David Cameron's latest policy would mean introducing a codified document setting out principles of law which must be abided by, similar to the US Constitution, which as regular PinkNews.co.uk readers will know, can often dangerously be used against the gay community.

  • Gay star avoids jail 8

    The Culture Club singer, real name, George O'Dowd, was warned that he must keep to the terms of his sentence, which also involved him pleading guilty to wasting police time and paying a fine

    12:00 AM — Gay singer Boy George has escaped a prison sentence after failing to complete community service stemming from a plea deal in which he avoided charges of cocaine possession by promising to enter a drug rehabilitation scheme.The Culture Club singer, real name, George O'Dowd, was warned that he must keep to the terms of his sentence, which also involved him pleading guilty to wasting police time and paying a fine.

  • Spain holds first gay divorce

    The split echoes an increase of divorce rates in Spain

    12:00 AM — Spain has had its first gay divorce just a year after marriage was opened up to same sex couples in the country.The unnamed men are currently arguing over custody of the marital home and their dogs.According to Spanish paper El Mundo, the complainant who has filed for divorce is complaining that he had to give up a modelling career and dog grooming business to follow his partner to France.

  • Homosexuality deemed at birth, study shows 6

    The findings came after the author, Professor Anthony Bogaert explored previous research which found being gay was linked to the number of older brothers in the family

    12:00 AM — A man's sexual orientation is determined before birth, according to research in a study which adds fuel to the gay genetics debate.Researchers at Brock University in Ontario, Canada discovered that conditions inside the womb have an impact on the baby's orientation rather than the way they are raised.

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