19 July 2006Authorities ban Riga Gay Pride 1 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.
19 July 2006Australian Greens propose gay support + 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.
19 July 2006Drug tests to take place at Brighton Gay Pride 4 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.
19 July 2006Lesbian sues doctor for ‘ruining sex life’ + 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.
19 July 2006Jewish columnist “inciting homophobia” 23 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.
19 July 2006NAT to Walk for Life + 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.
19 July 2006Israel conflict blamed on gay community 23 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.
20 July 2006South 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 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.
20 July 2006Polish Prime Minister rules out gay marriage 2 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.
20 July 2006BBC defends ‘gay car’ comment 29 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."
20 July 2006Latvian gays shocked at pride ban 1 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.
20 July 2006Jewish News responds to criticism from gay community 23 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."
20 July 2006Campaigners condemn gay hangings + 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.
20 July 2006Gay community backs GPA’s anti-religion ad 9 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.
20 July 2006Scottish homophobic attacks spur gay protection calls 1 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.
20 July 2006Homophobic attack victim remembered in school award 2 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.
20 July 2006Call for Indian legalisation of homosexuality 57 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.
20 July 2006“I’m a lesbian and our guitarist has one hand” 1 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.
21 July 2006London Mayor criticises Latvia’s “attack on human rights” 1 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.
21 July 2006Government urged to debate gay adoption “ramifications” 1 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."
Articles from July 2006
- Comment: How God Hates Fags and its friends like Linda Harvey further gay rights11
- Lesbian drama tipped for top prize at Cannes film festival1
- Blackburn Rovers footballer charged with making a homophobic gesture at Brighton fans+
- French anti-equal marriage leader pulls out of rally for fear of violence5
- UK: Police criticised after gay killer escapes from prison and ends up in gay bar+
- Brighton: Footballers cleared of sexual assault as woman lied about being drugged at gay pride+
- UK: Card Factory accused of homophobia for selling offensive ‘fag’ birthday card62
- US Pastor: Why I support Jason Collins’ decision to come out as gay+
- Petition urges Google search engine results to stop automatically linking ‘gayest’ with ‘worst’2
- Nick Clegg and Francis Maude agree to fly rainbow flag from Cabinet Office for Pride week6
- UK: Card Factory accused of homophobia for selling offensive 'fag' birthday card62
- Question Time: Ian Paisley Jr defends saying he was 'repulsed' by gays and lesbians45
- US church blames Oklahoma tornado on gay basketball player Jason Collins58
- Governor Rick Perry: 'I am greatly disappointed' that the Boy Scouts will allow gay members20
- Video: Book published to teach children to pray to Jesus for gay people to turn straight32
- Florida: Lesbian teen expelled from school and charged over same-sex relationship23
- Australia: Man who stalked footballer and talked of 'gay orgy' jailed 1
- Lib Dem MP Gordon Birtwistle defends voting against equal marriage 37
- Video: Teenager gets kicked out of Boy Scouts for being gay7
- US: Boy Scouts of America lifts national ban on gay youth members13
- London: Gay couple threatened with death in violent late night homophobic assault141
- Government considers watered down same-sex marriage bill to minimise Tory rebellion133
- Tory MP Gerald Howarth: 'There are plenty in the aggressive homosexual community who want more than just same-sex marriage'95
- France: Far right activist commits suicide in Notre Dame following legalisation of equal marriage93
- Philip Hammond: 'No great demand for gay marriage and it's upsetting vast numbers of people'73
- Norman Tebbit: David Cameron has 'f**** things up' with his equal marriage bill66
- Tory MP Sir Gerald Howarth defends 'aggressive homosexual community' equal marriage slur65
- US church blames Woolwich suspected terror killing on UK acceptance of gay people63
- David Cameron: Gay teenagers will stand that bit taller following equal marriage vote63
- UK: Card Factory accused of homophobia for selling offensive 'fag' birthday card62
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