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June 2006

  • 9th June 2006

    Macy’s removes ‘gay’ mannequins 1

    The anti group were offended by the use of a rainbow flag as a skirt

    12:00 AM — A Macy's department store has given into pressure from an anti gay group after it removed a gay pride display from its window this week.The Boston store featured two male mannequins standing next to eachother, with one of them wearing a rainbow flag, but removed them after MassResistance told followers to complain claiming the display promotes "raunchy homosexual behaviour."

  • Church rejects civil unions but vows to stop homophobia

    The Presbyterian Church in Ireland has rejected calls to allow ministers to bless civil partnerships

    12:00 AM — The Presbyterian Church in Ireland has rejected calls to allow ministers to bless civil partnerships.A resolution at the Church's General Assembly in Belfast asked for a re-emphasis of the church's view on marriage while another seeked moves to address homophobia.

  • Petition demands end to government HIV discrimination

    Gay legal group Lambda Legal delivered a petition today signed by 5,000 people urging Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice, to repeal the federal government's 'discriminatory' hiring policies

    12:00 AM — Gay legal group Lambda Legal delivered a petition today signed by 5,000 people urging Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice, to repeal the federal government's 'discriminatory' hiring policies and allow a qualified man living with HIV to work as a Foreign Service Officer."Employers, as well as the general public, look to the federal government to set the standard in workers' rights," said Hector Vargas, deputy director of education and public affairs at Lambda Legal.

  • ACLU pushes for HIV confidentiality

    The ACLU is demanding that the Department of Public Health not report the names of those deceived

    12:00 AM — The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) sent a letter to the San Francisco Department of Public Health this week demanding that the San Francisco City Clinic stop misleading people being tested for HIV.A new state law that went into effect on April 17 2006 requires all health care providers and laboratories to report names of individuals with HIV to the local health department, yet the City Clinic run by the San Francisco Department of Public Health has been telling people taking the HIV test that their names would not be reported to the state if they test positive.

  • Lesbian couple face wait for marriage decision 10

    Celia Kitzinger, 49, and Sue Wilkinson, 52, are seeking recognition in the UK of their marriage made in Canada in 2003

    12:00 AM — The High Court judge who will decide whether a lesbian couple can have their Canadian marriage recognised in the UK has delayed his decision, meaning the outcome may not be known until next month.Celia Kitzinger, 49, and Sue Wilkinson, 52, are seeking recognition in the UK of their marriage made in Canada in 2003, using the Human Rights Act which guarantees the right to respect for privacy and family life, the right to marry and prohibits discrimination.

  • Gay groups condemn World Pride boycott calls 23

    Jerusalem WorldPride runs from August 6-12 2006

    12:00 AM — An anti Israel group is calling on the British lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community to boycott this summer's WorldPride in Jerusalem, prompting outrage from campaigners and local charities.The Coalition to Boycott World Pride Jerusalem claims the LGBT community should not attend the international gay parade in protest of the way Israel has "illegally occupied Jerusalem for decades, and has functionally annexed the city."

  • The gay guide to World Cup avoidance 3

    Beat the crowds and take advantage of emtpy theatres, restaurants and museums

    12:00 AM — With blanket coverage on the television, media frenzy in the press and conversation down the pub becoming more and more obsessive, it's tempting to give in to apathy and pizza for the duration.But if you're not a slave to the Beautiful Game, why not go out and about and enjoy the deserted attractions of town? There's plenty to choose from and you probably won't have to queue!

  • Gay guide to the World Cup 3

    Today sees the start of the 2006 World Cup in Germany, but before you attach that St George flag to the car door, or get out the red and white face paints, check the PinkNews.co.uk World Cup Guide

    12:00 AM — The recent increase of England flags stuck to cars and draping from pub windows and houses across the country can mean one of two things, either British National Party support has increased or a certain football related tournament is beginning.Today sees the start of the 2006 World Cup in Germany, but before you attach that St George flag to the car door, or get out the red and white face paints, check the PinkNews.co.uk World Cup Guide to find out who the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community should be supporting.

  • 8th June 2006

    “Gay eye for the straight guy” World Cup style 3

    Lanson have a special edition World Cup bottle, with a fancy themed label

    12:00 AM — "The worst thing about the world cup is all the tat" said the woman next to me in the supermarket check-out queue, as we watched the man in front of us pile a motley assortment of plastic hats, throw away St George's flag table clothes, England blowers, logo-ed beer, logo-ed beer mugs, world cup crisps and a blow up hammer onto the conveyor belt.Of course, if your aesthetic taste runs to polyester shirts and nylon afro wigs, than you should wholeheartedly embrace your world cup fashion and lifestyle moment. But if you're looking for something a little more exclusive, here's the PinkNews.co.uk guide to World Cup luxury style.

  • US will ‘neither confirm nor deny’ gay surveillance

    “2006 is the new 1984,“ said SLDN executive director C Dixon Osburn

    12:00 AM — In a June 5 letter to lawyers for the Servicemembers Legal Defence Network (SLDN), the National Security Agency (NSA) says it will "neither confirm nor deny the existence or non-existence" of information that may have been obtained through agency surveillance of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.SLDN sought information, through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, after media reports indicated the agency may have been monitoring groups and individuals opposed to the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" ban on lesbian, gay and bisexual personnel.

  • Homophobia forces Dutch Ambassador to resign 2

    Homophobia forces Dutch Ambassador to resign

    12:00 AM — Hans Glaubitz, the Dutch Ambassador in Estonia has resigned from his post because of the homophobic abuse he and his partner have had to suffer."It is not very nice to be regularly abused by drunken skinheads ... and to be continuously gawped at as if you have just stepped out of a UFO," Mr Glaubitz told reporters.

  • Policeman discovered wife’s lesbian affair after murder incident, court told

    Morris of Craigh-cefn-parc, South Wales, had his previous murder conviction quashed over a conflict of interest in the legal procedure

    12:00 AM — A police inspector has denied involvement in the murder of his wife's lesbian lover and three family members.Stephen Lewis told Newport Crown Court that he first found out his wife Alison was having a lesbian affair with family friend Mandy Power, after Ms Power was murdered.

  • Senate praised after rejecting 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 been applauded for rejecting a constitutional gay marriage ban yesterday.The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) praised the legislators for rejecting the discriminatory proposal, which would have defined marriage between a man and a woman in the Constitution, effectively nullifying existing US gay marriages and the chance of any future unions.

  • Father sues anti-gay protesters who picketed son’s funeral 1

    Soldier's father sues anti-gay protesters who picketed his son's funeral.

    12:00 AM — The father of a Marine whose funeral was picketed by an anti-gay group is taking them to court.Albert Synder is seeking unspecified damages against Westboro Baptist Church, who picketed the funeral, accusing its members of "intentional and outrageous" conduct during his son's funeral service.

  • AIDs charity calls for national HIV response

    The 2006 Declaration calls for the development of improved drugs, diagnostics and prevention technologies, including vaccines and microbicides, and reaffirms that the World Trade Organisation's Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights

    12:00 AM — The UN High Level Meeting last week in New York again saw UK Ministers advocating a human rights based response to the global HIV pandemic, but in a report published by the National AIDS Trust (NAT) such important and effective international work is contrasted with serious failings back at home.The NAT report 'HIV in the United Kingdom: A Progress Report 2006' presents an overview of the UK 's domestic record.

  • Repeal of anti gay law in Missouri gives would-be foster carer hope.

    Repeal of anti gay law in Missouri gives would-be foster carer hope.

    12:00 AM — Missouri Attorney General Jay Nixon said Wednesday that the state no longer can challenge a Kansas City lesbian's efforts to become a foster parent.Lisa Johnston applied for a foster-parent license three years ago and sued after it was denied on the basis that she lacked "reputable character" because she was a lesbian.Now, though, she can dare to hope, as a new legal amendment is signed and her case is declared moot.

  • Warsaw permits gay parade

    The ruling Law and Justice Party, struggling to achieve a parliamentary majority, recently formed a coalition with two right-wing parties, the League of Polish Families (pictured) and the Self-Defence Party

    12:00 AM — Warsaw authorities have sanctioned a gay pride parade in the Polish capital, on the basis that a nationalist march takes place on the same day in the same part of the city.The decision comes after pressure from human rights groups and the European Union to allow the gay pride parafde to go ahead after it was banned last year.

  • Gay couple may be forced apart by US immigration laws

    Gay couple may be forced apart by US immigration laws

    12:00 AM — A Swansea woman and her American partner may have to give up their home and life in the States, as US immigration laws fail to take gay partnerships into account.Belinda Ryan, a helicopter pilot, has been living with her partner Wendy Daw, an acupuncturist, in San Francisco. But she will be forced to return to the UK unless there is a change in immigration laws for gay couples.

  • Moscow Gay Pride organisers appeal ban 4

    Gay activists including Nikolay Alexeyev, one of the main rally planners, was detained along with nationalists and religious protesters on the day of the parade

    12:00 AM — Gay rights campaigners have sent an appeal to a Moscow court contesting the city's ruling to ban a pride parade.Despite appeals from the organisers, The Moscow Gay Pride, was opposed by the Tverskoy Court on the eve of the May 27 event.Over 120 people including a German MP were arrested in Moscow after campaigners attempted to hold the capital's first gay rights rally.

  • Race for Australian gay unions 1

    The ACT's local assembly approved the bill last month giving same sex couple's the right to a civil union

    12:00 AM — Gay couples in Australia are rushing to get their partnerships recognised by the Australian Capital Territory, after the Federal government warned it would overrule the Civil Unions Act.The ACT's local assembly approved the bill last month giving same sex couple's the right to a civil union.

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