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June 2006

  • 23rd June 2006

    John Howard “pigheaded” over gay rights

    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 labelled "pigheaded" and "unreasonable" after reportedly forbidding the Federal Government's departments from cooperating with the country's Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission's (HREOC) inquiry on discrimination against gay and lesbian couples.The Australian Financial Review reported that the Government has issued a directive to all departments forbidding them from co-operating with the investigation, instead opting for looking at cases on an individual basis.

  • Anglican gay row reignited 7

    Bishop Gene Robinson's approval for consecration by the denomination's 2003 general convention led to disarray among American Episcopalians

    12:00 AM — Rows seem to be re-emerging within the Anglican communion just days after the Episcopal Church refused to ban gay clergy at its general convention.The US Episcopal Church agreed on a watered down version of a proposal last week which would have banned the appointment of gay clergy.

  • 22nd June 2006

    Tory MEPs accused of failing to stop homophobia 1

    Former EastEnder turned West Midlands MEP, Mr Cashman, told PinkNews.co.uk, “This vote was a real opportunity for the Tories to prove that they have  changed, and they failed. Abstaining on vital issues like these is inexcusable“

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveLabour MEP Michael Cashman has accused the Conservative Party of failing to condemn violence against the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community in Europe.Mr Cashman,president of the European Parliament's Intergroup for Gay and Lesbian Rights' remarks come after Tory MEPs abstained in an EU vote last week that condemned racist and homophobic violence.

  • Elton John headlines EuroPride 6

    Sir Elton John will perform at this summer's EuroPride Show

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveSir Elton John will perform at this summer's EuroPride Show in the Royal Albert Hall.The chairperson of Pride London, Steven Cootes, confirmed the rumour to PinkNews.co.uk amid speculation of whom the events' mystery guest would be at the gay pride's 2006 climax show on July 2 2006.

  • Gay campaigner condemns Bromley candidate’s “gutter politics” 3

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

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveGay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell has accused an Independent candidate for next week's Bromley and Chislehurst by-election of using "gutter politics" after his team raised questions regarding the sexuality of Conservative candidate Bob Neill.The candidate, John Hemming-Clark said on his website, "Leaflets are dropping aplenty through the letter boxes of Bromley and Chislehurst with the main candidates extolling their married with children credentials.

  • Gay group joins police to address community concerns

    Launched by Minister of Justice Michael McDowell this morning, at the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community centre Outhouse, the strategy will be piloted for a year

    12:00 AM — Irish police have responded to lesbian and gay concerns about safety issues and developed a new community safety strategy for the Dublin region.Launched by Minister of Justice Michael McDowell this morning, at the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community centre Outhouse, the strategy will be piloted for a year before being rolled out nationally.

  • Scotland records first gay civil union statistics

    A total of 343 partnerships have been recorded since the Civil Partnership Act came into force

    12:00 AM — Almost 350 same sex couples in Scotland have had civil partnerships, it has been revealed today in the first official statistics of the ceremony in the country.A total of 343 partnerships have been recorded since the Civil Partnership Act came into force in December last year.

  • Gay favourite Kylie returns

    Kylie Minogue had to cancel the Australian leg of her world tour last May after being diagnosed with cancer (Photo: benidorme)

    12:00 AM — Gay icon Kylie Minogue will relaunch her Australian Showgirl tour this November after recovering from breast cancer surgery, it was announced today.Minogue had to cancel the Australian leg of her world tour last May after being diagnosed with cancer, but concert promoter, and long term friend, Michael Gudinski told reporters today that she is "fit as a fiddle."

  • Gays are most ‘unfairly treated’ group in Northern Ireland 3

    Opinion was divided on the issue of gay, lesbian and bisexual couples having the same rights as married heterosexual couples, with the majority of the public supporting this

    12:00 AM — Most people in Northern Ireland have no problem with working or living near a gay person despite a consensus that lesbian, gay, and bisexual people are amongst the most unfairly treated in the country, a survey shows.The findings are part of an Equality Awareness Survey commissioned by the Equality Commission which assesses awareness of equality issues amongst the general public in Northern Ireland.

  • THT campaign alerts gay men to HIV

    Terrence Higgins Trust is launching a new campaign today to raise gay men's awareness of their proximity to HIV

    12:00 AM — HIV and sexual health charity Terrence Higgins Trust is launching a new campaign today to raise gay men's awareness of their proximity to HIV.The number of gay men living with HIV has doubled in the last ten years and the campaign aims to make men think about how close they are to HIV.

  • Episcopal Church to “exercise restraint” over gay bishops 8

    Bishop Gene Robinson's approval for consecration by the denomination's 2003 general convention led to disarray among American Episcopalians

    12:00 AM — The US Episcopal Church has agreed on a watered down version of a proposal rejected yesterday which would have banned the appointment of gay clergy.The denomination's General Convention instead last night agreed to "exercise restraint" in ordaining gay bishops, as part of an effort to amend rifts within the Anglican Church.

  • South Korea approves trans recognition 1

    The case reflects an increase in requests for official recognition from South Korea's transgender community

    12:00 AM — South Korea's Supreme Court has ruled that a transsexual can legally change his gender to male.The court decreed that the 51-year-old could have his gender recognised on official documents.The court heard opinions from religious leaders and medical professionals over the issue which would change the law regarding the Family Register.

  • Straight MP sues Putin for gay rights

    The organisers of last month's Moscow Gay Pride condemned the Russian authorities for causing the violence which resulted in over 120 arrests.

    12:00 AM — A gay rights campaigner in Russia is planning to sue President Vladimir Putin for failing to protect homosexuals.Edward Murzin, an MP in the country's Bashkortostan Republican, is urging Mr Putin to clamp down on homophobia in the country.Mr Murzin said in his case that all citizens should have constitutional rights protected including sexual minorities.

  • 21st June 2006

    China provides lesbian network

    Although homosexuality in China is no longer considered a mental illness, it is still taboo

    12:00 AM — China has started its first hotline for lesbians following the success of a similar gay service.The Shanghai based operation is run by the Chi Heng Foundation, which also organises AIDs related projects.Volunteer staff for the line will be lesbians, one of the members, Shen Yiwu, told the Shanghai Daily, "To have female counsellors at the centre will make the women callers feel more secure."

  • Gay youth socially excluded in Europe 2

    The report, Social Exclusion of Young Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender People (LGBT) in Europe, by the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer Youth and Student Organization (IGLYO) and ILGA-Europe claims LGBT youth experience estrangement from family, bullying and marginalisation at school

    12:00 AM — Young lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people across Europe face discrimination and exclusion in their everyday life, a report claims.The report, Social Exclusion of Young Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender People (LGBT) in Europe, by the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer Youth and Student Organization (IGLYO) and ILGA-Europe claims LGBT youth experience estrangement from family, bullying and marginalisation at school, which can lead to such problems as underachievement and school drop-out, low self-esteem and mental ill-health.

  • Protestant Church approves sexually active gay clergy

    The report states that “fidelity within the covenant of marriage between a man and a woman or chastity in singleness,“ is a basis for ordination, but allows groups to deduce whether the restriction is “essential”

    12:00 AM — A US Protestant denomination has approved a resolution allowing the ordination of non celibate gay and lesbian clergy.The Presbyterian Church's General Assembly in Birmingham, Alabama, this week welcomed a report on Peace, Unity and Purity of the Church, which addressed the divides in Protestant groups over sexuality.

  • Latvian President backs gay protection 2

    Vaira Vike Freiberga vetoed the decision and wrote to Parliament Speaker Ingrida Udre, saying she saw a “logical reason” to include gay people

    12:00 AM — The President of Latvia has called for the gay community to be included in anti discrimination laws, just a week after the country's Parliament rejected such legislation.Vaira Vike Freiberga vetoed the decision and wrote to Parliament Speaker Ingrida Udre, saying she saw a "logical reason" to include gay people in the law.

  • South Korea to decide on trans identity

    The case reflects an increase in requests for official recognition from South Korea's transgender community

    12:00 AM — South Korea's Supreme Court is set to decide if a 50 year old transsexual will be allowed to officially change his gender this week.The court heard opinions from religious leaders and medical professionals over the issue which would change the law regarding the Family Register.

  • EuroPride unveils gay parade route 6

    The EuroPride parade is expected to be one of the biggest London has ever seen

    12:00 AM — EuroPride 06 today unveiled the final route for the major parade taking place through the streets of London on Saturday 1 July.The EuroPride parade is expected to be one of the biggest London has ever seen, and will feature 40 floats, around 200 costumed groups and walking bands, and thousands of individual paraders.

  • Ex hostage claims Christian camp shut because he is gay

    Freed hostage, James Loney, pictured with  fellow Canadian Harmeet Sooden

    12:00 AM — A Catholic youth camp has been shut because one of its staff members is gay, according to former Iraq hostage James Loney.Mr Loney, whose sexuality was kept secret by his boyfriend while he was being held captive in Iraq for four months between November 2005 and March 2006, claims the Ontario Catholic youth camp, which he worked for, was closed because he is gay.

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