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17 July 2006

  • 17th July 2006

    Half of Irish gays do not have regular HIV tests

    Half of gay men in Ireland do not get themselves tested for HIV

    12:00 AM — A survey of sexual health attitudes of those living in the Republic of Ireland has found that almost half of gay men are not aware of their sexual health status.The results of the survey, conducted between 2003 and 2004 were presented at the annual Gay Health Forum by the HSE (the Irish equivalent of the NHS).

  • National failure set to follow local successes for American anti-gay marriage campaigners 1

    Many political commentators are sceptical about the Republican party's support for an amendment to ban gay marriage seeing it as a cheap ploy to win over middle America in time for the November mid-term elections.

    12:00 AM — This week the US House of Representatives will debate and vote on the proposed constitutional amendment to define marriage as exclusively "between a man and a woman". Despite the failure of the amendment to pass through the Senate only last week, House Republicans are keen to have a vote on the issue just months before the election.The gay marriage debate is currently arousing a huge amount of attention and emotion on both sides especially after the perceived victories for the anti-gay marriage lobby in Nebraska and Tennessee.

  • Mixed result for Jackson in dispute with former gay porn producer 2

    Jackson: “he was telling one what to do with the other and he grabbed their penis or something.“

    12:00 AM — The Californian jury hearing the lawsuit between Michael Jackson and his former business partner, Marc Schaffel, decided that Jackson would pay Schaffel $700,000.Schaffel, who was sacked after the pop star found out about his former work as a gay porn director, had originally filed a lawsuit for breach of contract against Jackson for the $3.8 million that he claimed the singer owed him.

  • Australian commission listens to opposing voices in gay rights consultation

    John Howard: the Australian government, with its poor track record on gay rights legislation, might be put in a precarious position after the findings of the HREOC.

    12:00 AM — From the 26 July the Australian Human Rights and Equal Opportunities Commission (HREOC) will be holding hearings and public forums across Australia to identity any problems in the access same-sex couples have to financial and work related benefits.The commission's report generated a lot of controversy in June when it was revealed that John Howard's federal government had issued a ban on federal departments issuing submissions themselves, a decision which led to him being criticised by many in the gay community.

  • Living outside of society: Palestinian refugee rentboys in the Lebanon

    The  Bourj el-Barajneh refugee camp

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveAs the conflict between Israel and terrorists and others within the Lebanon and the Palestinian Territories worsens, PinkNews.co.uk's Matthew Streib examines what the plight of Palestinian refugee rentboys living within the Lebanon. "I'M NOT GAY. Don't write that I'm gay," implored Tarek, a 22-yearold resident of Chatila, a Palestinian refugee camp of more than 12,000 inhabitants just south of Beirut.

  • Gay Games go ahead despite heatwave and protests 3

    The Gay Games will go ahead despite the hot weather

    12:00 AM — Athletes at the Gay Games in Chicago are attempting to beat a heatwave with temperatures reaching 38° C (100 ° F).A heatwave warning has been issued in the city which saw 465 people die in 1995 from heat related illnesses.However, organisers of the games claim that the heat will not stop athletes competing.

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