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July 2006

  • 20th July 2006

    Call for Indian legalisation of homosexuality 57

    Whether the call to legalise homosexuality in order to lessen HIV infection will convince the country's socially conservative decision-makers remains to be seen.

    12:00 AM — In their push for a reduction in the rate of HIV infection, the Indian government's HIV/AIDS control body has filed a statement in the Delhi High Court supporting the legalisation of homosexuality.In a boost for gay rights in India, where a 145 year old law dating back to British colonial rule is still used by police to harass gay people, the National AIDS Control Organisation's (NACO) statement calls for section 377 of the Indian penal code to be abandoned.

  • Homophobic attack victim remembered in school award 2

    Jody Dobrowski, 24, assistant manager at Bar Risa Jongleurs, in Camden, was found unconscious in south London last year and died in hospital with head, neck and facial injuries

    12:00 AM — An annual award for human kindness and consideration has been created in the memory of murdered gay bar manager Jody Dubrowski at his old school in Stroud.Announcing the award Dubrowski's step father Mike Haddock told the children "We are all different but we have to know how to treat each other. If we dare not meet the difficulties in ourselves and others, we may not grow into the healthy adults we can become."

  • Scottish homophobic attacks spur gay protection calls 1

    Figures obtained by a Scottish newspaper investigation suggest there has been a 100 per cent increase in incidents over the last year

    12:00 AM — The Scottish Executive is facing pressure to make homophobia a hate crime after new figures reveal a significant rise in anti-gay attacks.Figures obtained by a Scottish newspaper investigation suggest there has been a 100 per cent increase in incidents over the last year.The Scotsman claims that "In the Lothian and Borders region, police have revealed that 30 homophobic offences have been recorded this year, compared with 37 for the whole of 2005. In 2003, just 19 incidents were recorded.

  • Gay community backs GPA’s anti-religion ad 9

    The Gay Police Association at the EuroPride parade

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveThe gay community has backed an advert by the Gay Police Association (GPA) which attributed recent homophobic attacks to religious belief.Scotland Yard is considering an investigation into the group after it placed an advertisement in The Independent's diversity supplement which coincided with the EuroPride rally, displaying a pool of blood next to a Bible.

  • Campaigners condemn gay hangings

    The House of Commons meeting was one of 25 protests against Iran's execution of gay people and children, which were held in cities around the world yesterday (Photo: outragelondon)

    12:00 AM — To mark the first anniversary of Iran's hanging of two gay teenagers, Mahmoud Asgari and Ayaz Marhoni, in the city of Mashhad, Labour MP Chris Bryant hosted a public meeting at the House of Commons last night.Speakers included Chris Bryant MP and Azar Majedi, Chair of the Organisation for Women's Liberation in Iran. Simon Forbes and Peter Tatchell of OutRage! revealed new information exposing the Iranian regime's "lies and propaganda" about the execution of Mahmoud and Ayaz.

  • Jewish News responds to criticism from gay community 23

    Jewish LGBT group BaGeLs were amongst those that expressed outrage at Palmer's comments.

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveDefending columnist Howard Palmer's anti-gay pride column in last week's Jewish News, editor Zeddy Lawrence today told PinkNews.co.uk that it was simply reflecting a view held by a large sector of the Jewish community and that his comments do not reflect the newspaper's stance.Gay British Jewry reacted with outrage this week after Palmer's column described the upcoming gay pride march in Jerusalem as "a circus of stomach-churning stunts of sin."

  • Latvian gays shocked at pride ban 1

    The Moscow Pride march last May was marred by religious protests

    12:00 AM — Latvian gay rights groups have expressed shock at the decision to ban a gay pride march in the capital Riga.City officials yesterday announced the parade could not take place on public order grounds but refused to divulge information about the threats.

  • BBC defends ‘gay car’ comment 29

    On Sunday's Top Gear programme, presenter Jeremy Clarkson asked an audience member if he would buy a certain car, the audience member said, “No, it's a bit gay“

    12:00 AM — The BBC has again been forced to defend one of its big name presenters following the recent furore surrounding the controversial use of the word gay by Radio 1 DJ Chris Moyles.On Sunday's Top Gear programme, presenter Jeremy Clarkson asked an audience member if he would buy a certain car, the audience member said, "No, it's a bit gay."

  • Polish Prime Minister rules out gay marriage 2

    His statements may cause embarrassment for the European Union who have pledged to clampdown on homophobia in the continent

    12:00 AM — Poland's Prime Minister Jaroslaw Kacynski used his official assumption of power yesterday to declare the country a gay marriage free zone.The leader of the Law and Justice Party, along with his brother, President Lech Kaczynski, has been known for his anti gay views after several gay bars and organisations have been banned and ministers have been allowed to freely make homophobic remarks.

  • South African court debates gay inheritance

    A gay man who was locked in an inheritance battle with the parents of his late boyfriend has asked South Africa's Constitutional court to back a decision that he is the legal hei

    12:00 AM — A gay man who was locked in an inheritance battle with the parents of his late boyfriend has asked South Africa's Constitutional court to back a decision that he is the legal heir.In March the Pretoria High Court decided that Mark Gory should have a legal right to Henry Brook's estate under the Intestate Succession Act, although Mr Brook's parents said it was unfair as the couple were not legally married.

  • 19th July 2006

    Israel conflict blamed on gay community 23

    Jerusalem WorldPride runs from August 6-12 2006

    12:00 AM — The tension in Israel with Lebanon and the Gaza Strip has nothing to do with foreign policy, the West, or terrorism, it is down to the gay community, according to some orthodox rabbis.Religious clerics in the region have already spoken out against the upcoming Jerusalem WorldPride march, but now the event is being blamed as a cause of the latest tension in the Middle East.

  • NAT to Walk for Life

    The costume, hand created by Tim, consists of a dress decorated with 1000 red ribbons. It also features a 9 ft vertical ribbon with the banner, National AIDS Trust - Walking for Life

    12:00 AM — The National AIDS Trust's finance director is to embark on Crusaid's Walk for Life at the end of this month, wearing a 9ft red ribbon.The event is Europe's biggest HIV fundraising walk, wearing a 9 ft red ribbon, and Tim Gutteridge will represent the Trust by wearing its symbol on the 10km walk through Central London.

  • Jewish columnist “inciting homophobia” 23

    Jerusalem WorldPride runs from August 6-12 2006

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveThe Jewish gay community has reacted angrily to a newspaper columnist who criticised the upcoming World Pride Jerusalem march branding it "stomach churning."Howard Palmer, a writer for The Jewish News, spoke out against the parade in his regular column, calling it embarrassing for Israel and the Jewish people.

  • Lesbian sues doctor for ‘ruining sex life’

    Two doctors are being sued for giving Ms Mueller the wrong type of treatment thinking she had ovarian cancer when the couple claim she really she had cancer of the appendix

    12:00 AM — A lesbian couple have filed a lawsuit against their doctors alleging that cancer treatments damaged their sex life.The case is a first under Connecticut's civil union legislation and if Margaret Mueller and Charlotte Stacey are successful it would be the first time a gay partner has sought compensation for medical malpractice in the state.

  • Drug tests to take place at Brighton Gay Pride 4

    Sussex Police will be using the Ion Track device, which detects small traces of illegal substances, at the event

    12:00 AM — A human rights group is advising attendees of next week's Brighton Gay Pride how to deal with police who may ask to conduct a voluntary drug test.Sussex Police will be using the Ion Track device, which detects small traces of illegal substances, at the event, but the Release group fears lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender revellers will be unfairly targeted.

  • Australian Greens propose gay support

    Under their plans, support groups should be funded in each of Victoria's 79 local government areas

    12:00 AM — Young people in the Australia state of Victoria who suffer bullying because of their sexuality will have a local support network as part of a proposal by the Victorian Greens Party.Under their plans, support groups should be funded in each of Victoria's 79 local government areas.

  • Authorities ban Riga Gay Pride 1

    Gay activists in Moscow were attacked last May after the Russian gay pride was banned and attendees of the Warsaw and Bucharest gay pride were threatened with violence

    12:00 AM — This weekend's gay pride march in Latvia has been banned amid threats of violence from extremist groups.The municipal authorities in the capital Riga were told yesterday that the event would be cancelled to avoid public disorder after Christians, nationalists and neo-Nazis threatened the parade with violence and a counter march.

  • Gay marriage upheld in USA 4

    The American Civil Liberties Union today applauded the House of Representatives as it joined the Senate in overwhelmingly rejecting a proposal to amend the Constitution to deny marriage protections to gays and lesbians

    12:00 AM — The American Civil Liberties Union today applauded the House of Representatives as it joined the Senate in overwhelmingly rejecting a proposal to amend the Constitution to deny marriage protections to gay and lesbian couples.The move follows a similar rejection by both houses of Congress in 2004, and by the Senate last month.

  • Fire-fighters investigated after abstaining from gay pride 3

    Ten members of Glasgow's fire service may face disciplinary action after refusing to distribute safety leaflets at a recent gay pride

    12:00 AM — Ten members of Glasgow's fire service may face disciplinary action after refusing to distribute safety leaflets at a recent gay pride march in the city.The Cowcaddens fire-fighters had been asked to hand out leaflets at the rally in a publicity exercise but are believed to have refused on moral grounds.

  • Lawyer receives damages over gay passport slur

    The paper apologised to Dr Akbar Malik of Malik Law Chambers for the story, which also erroneously appeared on PinkNews.co.uk, claiming the lawyer told immigrants that they could obtain a passport quicker by entering a sham civil partnership

    12:00 AM — An immigration lawyer has received £20,000 in damages after the Sunday Times falsely reported that he was advising asylum seekers to have fake gay marriages to obtain residency in the UK.The paper apologised to Dr Akbar Malik of Malik Law Chambers for the story, which also erroneously appeared on PinkNews.co.uk, claiming the lawyer told immigrants that they could obtain a passport quicker by entering a sham civil partnership.

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