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July 2006

  • 12th July 2006

    Bloggers protest at homophobic line-up

    A Brighton music venue last week caved into pressure from the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered) community, Brighton and Hove City Council and Police by cancelling a performance by singer Buju Banton, who has refused to apologise personally for his notorious 1990s hit 'Boom Bye Bye' which appears to incite the burning, shooting in the head of gay people and pouring acid over their faces.

    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.

  • “Harassed” gay employee allowed to seek damages

    Employers declared liable in homophobic harassment case

    12:00 AM — William Majrowski, an alleged victim of workplace harassment by his manager, was today granted the right by the Law Lords to pursue a case of "vicarious harassment" against the employers of his manager.In a landmark ruling, 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.

  • Banton Danish gig met with gay protests 7

    Buju Banton has been criticised for homophobic lyrics in his songs

    12:00 AM — Just a week after reggae artist Buju Banton was banned from performing in Brighton, gay activists in Denmark have protested against the singer's scheduled gig in the country.Over 250 Danish gay campaigners demonstrated outside The Rock concert venue, calling for "zero tolerance for homophobia" and the elimination of "murder music."

  • Archbishop clarifies gay row proposal

    Dr Rowan Williams used his address to the Church of England's national assembly, the General Synod, to call interpretations of the idea of “associated” and “covenant” congregations “nonsense”

    12:00 AM — The Archbishop of Canterbury has criticised reports of a proposal to divide the Anglican Church.Dr Rowan Williams used his address to the Church of England's national assembly, the General Synod, to call interpretations of the idea of "associated" and "covenant" congregations "nonsense."

  • Brighton Conservatives’ “shallow” gay pride pledge 14

    Peter Willows a Hangleton and Knoll ward councillor, faced widespread condemnation over comments labelling gay people as paedophiles

    12:00 AM — A motion by the local Brighton and Hove Conservative Party to fly a rainbow flag from council buildings has been met with scepticism in the local authority.The proposal comes as suspended Tory councillor, Peter Willows, a Hangleton and Knoll ward councillor, is currently being investigated by police over alleged comments labelling gay people as paedophiles, and opposing flying the rainbow flag, a symbol of the gay community, asking "why should any country have to fly a flag because of men sleeping together to have sex?"

  • MEP calls on Poland to condemn homophobia

    Michael Cashman at the EuroPride London rally

    12:00 AM — The president of the European Union's Intergroup on Lesbian and Gay Rights has called on the President of Poland, Lech Kaczynski, to condemn homophobia and homophobic violence in his country.Michael Cashman, Labour MEP for the West Midlands, has written to the President urging protection for all minorities in the wake of a recent statement from the Polish leadership criticising anti Semitism in the country.

  • 11th July 2006

    New EU presidency urged to protect gay rights

    Last month, the European Union passed a resolution to combat homophobia and racism which would see sentences handed down for homophobic, anti Semitic, and Islamophobic offences

    12:00 AM — The International Lesbian and Gay Association (ILGA) has published a list of demands for the new presidency of the European Union.Finland will be in charge of the political body for the next six months after Austria's rule since January came to an end, and ILGA has immediately produced a memorandum on gay issues for the country to follow.

  • Gay couple found guilty of child abuse

    Reading Crown Court sentences gay couple

    12:00 AM — Reading Crown Court yesterday found a gay couple guilty of the sexual abuse of a young child.Alan Howitt, 38, a former soldier had admitted to eleven charges of indecent assault. His lover, 33 year old James Rae, a mannequin dresser in Marks and Spencer, had denied any involvement in the abuse of the child.

  • Canada accused of refusing entry to gay athletes attending Outgames 1

    The Outgames will be held from 26 July to 5 August 2006

    12:00 AM — The Canadian government is denying gay and lesbian athletes visitor visas for the upcoming Outgames, according to opposition Mps.Liberal politicians claim the Conservative government is delaying and in some cases refusing entry to participants in the sporting events because they are gay.

  • “Gay people like men;” Big Brother contestant wisdom 14

    nikki wonders: is Michael really gay?

    12:00 AM — Despite being self professedly gay, Big Brother housemate Michael is finding himself an unlikely ladies man.Housemate Jayne suggested that maybe Michael might not be gay after all, because she was convinced he fancied her. The two shared a bubble bath, though, no doubt to the chagrin of the producers, nothing remotely exciting happened.

  • Fijian High Commission confirms; no more arrests for consensual gay sex in Fiji 1

    photo:Bob the Cork Dwarf - paradise Island will be a safer place for gay men

    12:00 AM — The Fijian High Commissioner has confirmed previously unofficial policy changes that men engaging in consensual gay sex will no longer be arrested.The news was welcomed by the New Zealand AIDS foundation, who have long suspected a link between driving the gay community underground and increased levels of HIV infection.

  • Police officers resign after lesbian abuse

    Deputy chief constable Richard Crompton confirmed the resignation of the officers

    12:00 AM — Six police officers who called a former drug addict a lesbian have resigned from Lincolnshire police force.Mark Connolly, 36, and Simon Alderson, 35, Matthew Dossett, 30, Ryan Duffy, 22, Jody Senior, 27, and Neill Webster, 23, were found guilty of disorderly conduct at Gainsborough Magistrates' Court. They then lost an appeal at Nottingham Crown Court.

  • Police appeal for information on missing man

    Police are anxious for Gustavo William-Coleman's safety

    12:00 AM — Police are appealing for anyone who can help them locate a 44-year-old man who has been reported missing from his home in Wembley by his partner.Gustavo William-Coleman was last seen 12.30 on Monday 10 July 2006 inChalkhill Road, Wembley, when he left his home. He has not been seen since.He is described as having a mental age of 11 and suffers from asthma.

  • Anti-gay “prank” causes serious concerns

    $4,500 reward for killing a gay person, thankfully not true

    12:00 AM — Ahead of WorldPride in Jerusalem, a leaflet has been circulated offering a $4,500 reward to anyone who kills a gay person taking part in the pride march.The leaflet, which is signed by a collective calling themselves the "Red Arm of Salvation" has understandably caused consternation amongst the gay community, though it was later revealed to have been a prank.

  • Gay adoption rights pursued in New Zealand

    New Zealand currently allows single gay people to adopt but an old law bans gay couples

    12:00 AM — The New Zealand government is considering legalising adoption for gay and unmarried couples.Under present law, New Zealand's citizens, including gays and lesbians, can adopt children, but because of the way the country's outdated Adoption Act is worded they can't if they are part of an unmarried couple.

  • California hears gay marriage arguments

    California considers gay marriage

    12:00 AM — The California Court of Appeal heard oral arguments this week in six cases that will decide whether excluding same-sex couples from marriage violates the California Constitution.Last spring, San Francisco Superior Court Judge Richard Kramer held that California's exclusion of same-sex couples from marriage discriminates on the basis of sex and violates the fundamental right to marry under the California Constitution.

  • Massachusetts voters challenge gay marriage

    Massachusetts is the only US state that allows gay marriage

    12:00 AM — Massachusetts' highest court has ruled that voters will get the chance to overturn the state's landmark 2003 court decision that deemed banning gay marriage unconstitutional.The measure will appear on the state's 2008 ballot if it is approved by the Legislature, after it is considered in a constitutional convention tomorrow.

  • 10th July 2006

    “Don’t ask, don’t tell” for gay women in the city

    “It's different at work. People couldn't help judging me, and it would be too complicated“. Gay women reluctant to come out in the city

    12:00 AM — Gay women working in the city are three times less likely then gay man to come out, a new survey claims.The recruitment firm The Blomfield Group conducted the survey, which suggests that although the City of London had improved, it was still a challenging place for gay people to work in, especially gay women.

  • “Gay Gene” debate opened again by Latter Day Saints 3

    “re-orientation therapy” to turn gay people straight? Salt Lake City Tribune wonders

    12:00 AM — The Salt Lake City Tribune has published evidence that it says shows that people are not genetically born gay."When you assert that individuals are born gay and cannot change, people naturally jump to the conclusion that same-sex marriage is the only rational choice for same-sex attracted individuals," the paper admits.

  • Should I sell photos of my boyfriend to a gay sex mag?

    hell hath no fury like a woman scorned ...

    12:00 AM — A Sunday Mirror reader gets into a bit of an intellectual quandary, as she splits up from her boyfriend and seeks an appropriate method of revenge to take her mind off her heart ache.Writing to the paper's agony aunt, Dr Catherine Hood, the reader reveals, "he's been having an affair. I'm a keen photographer and have several photos of him wearing my underwear. I'm thinking of sending them to a gay sex magazine. Do you think I'd be justified in doing this?"

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