17th July 2006
Half of Irish gays do not have regular HIV tests
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).
15th July 2006
Ashley Cole to marry in “wedding of the year” 1
12:00 AM — England footballer Ashley Cole is to marry Girls Aloud star, Cheryl Tweedy on Saturday in what is being dubbed, "the celebrity magazine wedding of the year."Cole and Tweedy are to tie the knot at Highclere Castle, Berkshire, the venue for singer Peter Andre and model Jordan's marriage last September.
14th July 2006
American teachers’ union votes to support gay marriage
12:00 AM — The American National Education Association (NEA), the nation's largest teachers' union, has voted strongly in favour of supporting legal same-sex "marriages" and civil unions.NEA delegates approved a resolution that would amend Section B-10 of their handbook, "Racism, Sexism, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identification Discrimination" to explicitly include homosexual "marriage".
Brighton venue issues apology over homophobic performer 7
12:00 AM — A music venue in Brighton has apologised to the LGBT community for booking a notoriously homophobic Jamaican rap artist.The Concorde 2 live music venue, which is situated near the 'gay village' in Brighton's Kemp Town area, cancelled the gig by Buju Banton on 5th July. Initially, the club was unrepentant and admitted only cancelling the concert after pressure from Brighton and Hove Council and the LGBT community.
Up to 20 per cent of gay men have tried crystal meth 7
12:00 AM — Research published today by City University, London has found that up to twenty ten per cent of gay men in London have tried the clubbing drug crystal methamphetamine (crystal meth). Of these men, most use it only infrequently.Crystal meth is a very strong stimulant which brings on an intense feeling of euphoria and lowers the user's inhibitions.
Russia lifts gay blood ban 5
12:00 AM — Gay Russians are to be allowed to donate blood, the country's Ministry of Health has revealed.The department reacted to campaigning from GayRussia activists Nikolai Alexeseev and Nikolai Baev.Mr Alexeseev said: "The General Prosecutor recognised that there is nothing in the law which prevent gays to donate their blood. As a result, his office has asked the Ministry of Heath to cancel its instruction made in 2001 which forbid gays to give their blood."
Lesbian wins compensation for sexual harassment at taxi firm
12:00 AM — An overweight lesbian has been awarded €12,480 in compensation for sexual harassment by work colleagues at a taxi firm.The Irish Equality Tribunal heard that the woman (who can not be named for legal reasons) suffered from a harassment campaign that saw her pelted with dead fish and being sent photographs with her head superimposed on naked bodies.
13th July 2006
Chicago welcomes Gay Games amid protests 3
12:00 AM — Chicago's mayor, reiterating his support for gay marriage at the city's Roosevelt University this week, welcomed the Gay Games to the Midwest metropolis and said gay people are key parts of the city's economic and social engines."We're very proud of the gay community in our city," Mayor Richard Daley said in an article appearing in the Chicago Tribune. "Every quality-of-life issue, the gay community has stepped forward as great leaders, and this is another example."
Senior clergyman attacks “witch hunt”of gays
12:00 AM — A senior Church of England clergyman has attacked evangelical Christians for conducting what he calls a "witch hunt" against gay people."The thought that anybody should be shown the door by the Church, I just find deeply offensive," the Very Reverend Dr John Moses said prior to his final service as Dean of St Paul's Cathedral.
Foreign Office pays for homophobic cleric’s stay in luxury hotel
12:00 AM — Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi, the spiritual leader of the Islamicist fundamentalist organisation, the Muslim Brotherhood, was put up in the five star Ceylan InterContinental Hotel for a two day conference paid for by the Governemnt.The controversial cleric made headlines in 2004 when he came to London as a guest of Ken Livingstone, who was then heavily criticised by gay rights campaigners and Jewish organisations for inviting him.
HIV awareness concert cancelled following protests 3
12:00 AM — A concert to raise awayness of HIV and AIDs due to take place next week has been cancelled after protests relating to the homophobic lyrics of two of the performers.The gig, due to have been held in New York was to feature Jamaican reggae acts Beenie Man and TOK sparked protests from black LGBT campaigners outraged at the inclusion of the two acts.
Cameron rejects alliance with Polish homophobes
12:00 AM — Conservative Leader, David Cameron is due to sign a joint declaration of intent with the Czech Civic Democrats (ODS) at 4pm today, announcing their intention to leave the EPP (European Peoples Party) after the next European elections. However, he has avoided consternation within the gay community by rejecting for now an alliance with the homophobic Polish Law and Justice Party (LJP).Conservative MEPs stood for the 2004 European elections as British candidates for the EPP, the right of centre alliance of like minded parties.
Writing on the wall for WorldPride 57
12:00 AM — In a further addition to the saga that has characterised the lead up to WorldPride in Jerusalem, pro-pride graffiti has been seen on walls around the city."Free Jerusalem" and "God is on our side" feature on walls in the holy city.
Massachusetts delays gay marriage debate 1
12:00 AM — Massachusetts' lawmakers voted yesterday to delay a debate on gay marriage until after the state's general election in November.The decision to postpone the vote came after lawmakers debated for four hours on other agenda items at the Constitutional Convention.The Boston Globe reports that the delay is likely to cheer advocates of gay marriage, who believe that the more time they have to lobby lawmakers the better chance they have to defeat the proposed constitutional amendment to ban same-sex weddings.
Australia’s Uniting Church splits over gay row
12:00 AM — Evangelical conservatives are planning to create a new church group after the Australian Uniting Church decided to continue allowing the ordination of gay ministers.Gay churches were met with outrage from anti-gay leaders after the denomination's national assembly, where a 2003 ruling giving individual churches the right to appoint openly gay clergy was debated and preserved.
Cameron rejects homophobic alliance for “friendly neighbours”
12:00 AM — Conservative leader David Cameron has today signed a joint declaration with the Czech Civic Democratic Party to form a new European parliamentary group, ending speculation that he may collude with Poland's homophobic Law and Justice Party.Mr Cameron joined with Mirek Topolanek, the leader of the Czech Civic Democratic Party and the Prime Minister designate of the Czech Republic, to announce the creation of a new parliamentary group in the European Parliament to argue the case for reform in the EU.
Government promises IVF for lesbians 1
12:00 AM — Lesbians are to gain the right to fertility treatment without the stipulation of a father being present, according to new government proposals.Public Health Minister, Caroline Flint, told the Science and Technology Committee that the Government recognises the need for reform to the "need for a father" requirement which has been deemed "offensive" to unconventional families.
12th July 2006
Bloggers protest at homophobic line-up
12:00 AM — A group of black gay and lesbian campaigners have launched a campaign against a concert organiser's decision to allow reggae artists whose songs include homophobic lyrics to perform at an upcoming HIV/AIDs awareness concert.Bloggers from the US black gay community are protesting against scheduled performances by Beenie Man and TOK, calling on the HIV awareness group, LIFEbeat, organisers of the event on July 18 2006 in New York, to change the line-up.
“Bullied” gay man secures landmark workplace ruling
12:00 AM — In a landmark Court of Appeal ruling William Majrowski, an alleged victim of homophobic workplace harassment by his manager, was granted the right by the Law Lords to pursue a case of "vicarious harassment" against the employers of his manager.Lord Nicholls of Birkenhead explained how Mr Majrowski's boss, Sandra Freeman, allegedly "bullied and intimidated him" because he is homosexual and she is homophobic.
Gay MPs accused of snubbing LGBT charity 5
12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveGay MPs have been accused of snubbing an Early Day Motion tabled by Labour MP for Hackney North and Stoke Newington Diane Abbot in support of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) teenager's support service The Albert Kennedy Trust.The Chief Executive of the Trust, Richard McKendrick said, "It is really shocking that more openly gay MP's haven't signed this motion in support of the work that we do."