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July 2006

  • 24th July 2006

    London holds first gay employment fair

    Deputy Assistant Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Brian Paddick and representatives from the Trades Union Congress' (TUC) lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) committee will be among the guest speakers next month at London's first gay employment exposition

    12:00 AM — Deputy Assistant Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Brian Paddick and representatives from the Trades Union Congress' (TUC) lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) committee will be among the guest speakers next month at London's first gay employment exposition for youths between the ages of 16 and 25.PACE, an LGBT mental health group and the London Development Agency (LDA) will host Out Working: Youth LGBT Job Fair, which promises to offer unemployed and economically inactive gay, lesbian and bisexual youths hands-on advice from experts at The Resource Centre in Islington on Thursday, 17 August 2006.

  • On course for a healthy gay future

    Areas of study will include positive mental health, current health policies and strategies, stigma and discrimination, epidemiology of HIV, basic research methods, and cultural and historical perspectives of gay men's health promotion

    12:00 AM — A London University is offering the first ever course in gay men's health promotion.The one-year course, which starts in September, is being run by the University of East London (UEL) in collaboration with sexual health charity, the Terrence Higgins Trust.

  • NUT seek pre-school gay awareness 1

    Last week gay charity Stonewall produced a DVD entitled Spell It Out to be distributed to teachers in all London's secondary schools, as part of its campaign to combat homophobic bullying

    12:00 AM — Nurseries must play their part in challenging homophobia from an early age amongst pupils, the National Union of Teachers (NUT) has warned.The NUT reacted to The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) consultation from the Department for Education and Skills on policies regarding pre-school children up to 5 years old.

  • Gay activists targeted at Riga Pride 1

    Recent pride marches in Moscow, Bucharest and Warsaw have also been met with protest from similar groups

    12:00 AM — Gay campaigners were attacked with eggs and bags of excrement and left feeling under siege by protesters last weekend as they aimed to quietly celebrate Riga Pride.Authorities in the Latvian capital had banned the gay parade on public order grounds, but activists including Outrage's Peter Tatchell and GayRussia's Nikolai Alexeyev decided to continue with smaller activities.

  • Officials discuss ‘gay panic’ defence

    Several men convicted of gay bashing said they had previously been molested by a man or suffered guilt over participating in consensual gay sex

    12:00 AM — Prosecutors and law enforcement officials from across the nation gathered in San Francisco last week to discuss strategies to counter the "gay panic" or "transgender panic" defences used in courtrooms to gain acquittals or reduced punishments for violent crimes.According to The San Francisco Chronicle, the term "gay panic" had its origins in decades-old research suggesting that certain men are terrified by their own latent homosexual tendencies—prompting the theory that a gay advance might yank all those emotions out into the open and trigger an aggressive, even murderous, response.

  • Bill Gates makes million dollar AIDS pledge

    Bill Gates, 16. November 2004 at IT-Forum in Copenhagen. Taken by Kees de Vos

    12:00 AM — The Bill Melinda Gates Foundation last week announced it is awarding $287 million in grants over five years to create an international network of scientists to speed up the development of an AIDS vaccine.The main goal of the 16 individual grants is to shift the development process from independent efforts in separate laboratories to large-scale collaborative efforts stretching across many labs and countries.

  • 23rd July 2006

    Tabloid claims George Michael was cruising on Hampstead Heath 1

    George Michael said:“I can do whatever I want. I'm not harming anyone“

    12:00 AM — A tabloid newspaper has published photographs of pop star George Michael in which they claim he is cruising for sex.The News of the World published a series of photographs of the star which they claim prove that he was illegally having sex in a public place.The photographs they published both in print and on their website simply show him walking to his car through Hampstead Heath.

  • 22nd July 2006

    Gay group postpones WorldPride amid war talk 23

    The writing does now appear to be on the wall for WorldPride as Israel looks set to be caught up in a war with Lebanon

    12:00 AM — The Jerusalem WorldPride parade has been postponed until "after the war."The organisers of the event, Jerusalem Open House (JOH), announced last night that the rally will no longer take place due to the demands it would be making on security which is currently caught up in escalating tension in Lebanon and the Gaza Strip.

  • 21st July 2006

    God save the queers 1

    The pink flag dominated the EuroPride parade

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk's Katherine Knowles meets the man behind those pink flags which have dominated gay pride marches across the country and the world.First there was the flag. Pink and cheerful and vibrant, spilling silkily out of the envelope, bringing a smile to the bleary eyed 9am workers in the PinkNews.co.uk office, then gracing the lectern at our paper launch party, where it drew admiring glances from MPs and members of the gay choir alike.

  • Massachusetts gay marriage pioneers split

    Friends said the split shows that gay couples are just like heterosexuals in that they can get married and later separate

    12:00 AM — The lesbian couple whose relationship spurred the state of Massachusetts to open up marriage for gay couples has separated.Julie and Hillary Goodridge, who were the lead plaintiffs in the landmark 2004 case announced an "amicable" separation last night.Mary Breslauer, a spokeswoman for the pair, told The Boston Globe, "Julie and Hillary Goodridge are amicably living apart."

  • Gay holiday destination accused of discrimination

    The increase in tension between the straight and gay community appears to have coincided with a planned vote in the state Legislature on an amendment to ban gay marriage

    12:00 AM — For once gay people aren't being heckled instead they're turning on the straight people in a popular American gay holiday destination.Provincetown, dubbed New England's summer gay capital has seen a rise in harassment and discrimination of gay people in recent years.They've been targeted as "breeders" and "baby makers."

  • Gay community going green

    The findings show the LGBT community recycle up to 15% more than any other group (Photo: rickabbo flickr.com)

    12:00 AM — Gays and lesbians are going greener faster than any other group of people, according to research.Findings by advertising and marketing agency, Gasoline, suggest the pink pound, a measure of the amount of money the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community group has to spend, is going green faster than any other group.

  • Prescott cleared over anti-gay tycoon links

    John Prescott faced criticism for his host's anti-gay links

    12:00 AM — Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott broke ministerial rules when he did not immediately declare his stay at an anti-gay US tycoon's ranch, a Parliament watchdog concluded today.However, the House of Commons standards committee cleared the minister for not registering a cowboy outfit he received from Philip Anschutz after a stay at his Colorado home.

  • London gay pride group condemn Riga’s “return to dark ages” 1

    One of the themes of the EuroPride parade was battling prejudice in Eastern Europe

    12:00 AM — Campaigning charity and organiser of Europe's largest gay event, Pride London, today condemned the decision of the City Council of Riga to ban the city's Gay Pride amid threats of violence from extremist groups.Pride London hosted EuroPride 06, the largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender celebration this year, attended by 600,000 people from all over Europe.

  • Alabama appoints first lesbian representative 1

    Patricia Todd made history this week when voters in Alabama's 54th legislative district sent the Democrat to the State House

    12:00 AM — Patricia Todd made history this week when voters in Alabama's 54th legislative district sent the Democrat to the State House, marking the first time ever that the Alabama legislature will include an openly gay representative.The Gay Lesbian Victory Fund, the nation's largest gay and lesbian political action committee, endorsed Ms Todd and helped raise tens of thousands of dollars from its national network of donors to help fund her campaign.

  • Nursing union seeks “equal” benefits for lesbian partner

    The Massachusetts Nurses Association (MNA) filed a suit in federal court this week seeking to reverse an arbitration award that denied health insurance benefits to the same-sex spouse

    12:00 AM — The Massachusetts Nurses Association (MNA) filed a suit in federal court this week seeking to reverse an arbitration award that denied health insurance benefits to the same-sex spouse of a registered nurse employed by Merrimack Valley Hospital.Maria Ciulla a resident of Methuen and the nurse who was denied health coverage for her spouse, stated the essence of the case in a letter she wrote to Merrimack Valley Hospital CEO Robert Allen following the arbitration ruling.

  • Gay star reveals suicide attempt

    This two-part documentary, presented by Stephen Fry, investigates the reality of living with bipolar affective disorder - the condition more commonly known as manic depression. Stephen, himself a manic depressive, speaks to celebrities and those not in the public eye who live with the condition. They all speak frankly about how manic depression has affected them in their day to day lives

    12:00 AM — Gay actor Stephen Fry will reveal his struggle with depression and suicide contemplation in a new BBC documentary highlighting the condition later this year.The screen and stage star, presenting BBC2's The Secret Life of A Manic Depressive, will recount the time he walked out on the West End play Cell Mates in 1995 and sat in his car considering whether to turn on the ignition and kill himself with the exhaust fumes.

  • Government urged to debate gay adoption “ramifications” 1

    According to government statistics, approximately 2,500 children are looked after by social services in Northern Ireland at any one time, the number of adoptions in Northern Ireland has fallen significantly from a peak in 1970 of 554 to an average of around 150 per year

    12:00 AM — The Leader of the House of Commons Jack Straw has been called to initiate a debate on the "ramifications" of allowing gay couples to adopt in Northern Ireland.Mr Straw, setting out the timetable for debates leading up to and after Parliament's summer recess, was yesterday asked by Democratic Unionist MP for Strangford Iris Robinson, to schedule a gay adoption debate after the break as a matter of "urgency."

  • London Mayor criticises Latvia’s “attack on human rights” 1

    Ken Livingstone took part in the  EuroPride rally in London holding a Venezuelan flag as well as a flag of his hero, Cuban revolutionary Che Guevara

    12:00 AM — The Mayor of London has called the decision to ban Latvia's Gay Pride "an unacceptable attack on human rights."His words have been echoed by gay rights group Outrage, Amnesty International and the Latvian President, who have all criticised the authorities in Riga for cancelling the parade in the capital on public order grounds.

  • 20th July 2006

    “I’m a lesbian and our guitarist has one hand” 1

    The final of the band competition will take place on Sunday 23rd July at the LAZ Astoria (Photo: Nikki Valledy)

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk's Katherine Knowles meets a band proudly challenging physical, emotional and musical barriers."We're all equal here, man" says Jackie Romeu, the lead singer of new band Nelson Romeu. "I'm a lesbian and our guitarist only has one hand!""People always want to know how he plays the guitar with one hand. All I can say is, he's always had one arm with not all his fingers, so he just has got by over the years. He lays the guitar on a piano stand and strums away. He makes his own path, you know what I'm saying?"

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