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July 2006

  • 10th July 2006

    Martina Navratilova, lesbian icon, quits professional tennis 2

    tennis star takes her 20 winning trophies and walks off court at Wimbledon for the last time

    12:00 AM — The powerful left-handed tennis star, Martina Navratilova has retired from the professional circuit at the age of 49.The Czechoslovakian player, who was born in 1956, had never been on a grass court before arriving at the pre-Wimbledon tournament at queens. She spoke at the time of her amazement that the grass was so short - she had expected it to be long like a football pitch! Despite this, she soon discovered that this was a surface ideally suited to her aggressive style and incredible level of fitness.

  • Human rights groups to investigate gay immigration to USA 2

    Gay couples face discrimination from immigraion officals

    12:00 AM — Amid widespread national coverage of protests over United States immigration policy, two human rights organizations are turning a spotlight on the plight of bi-national gay and lesbian couples who are treated as "legal strangers" by US immigration.Last May, Human Rights Watch and Immigration Equality released the report "Family, Unvalued: Discrimination, Denial, and the Fate of Bi-national Same-Sex Couples Under United States Law," based on research conducted between 2003 and 2006.

  • 8th July 2006

    Gay Pride dog show announced

    Could your dog have the waggliest tail?

    12:00 AM — Pampered puppies and polished pooches get preened to perfection in preparation for Pride dog show.The annual Brighton and Hove Pride Dog show is scheduled for Sunday 9th of July, and is giving competitive canines a lot of bark about.The competition runs the whole gamut of events, from the highly competitive and hotly contested, to the happened to be passing with my dog and just wondered ...

  • Lesbian tennis star lifts Wimbledon trophy 2

    Amilie Mauresmo triumphed over Justine Henin-Hardenne in the Wimbledon final

    12:00 AM — Following a semi-final against Maria Sharapova, where it looked as though Amilie Mauresmo's semi-final jinx might return to haunt her once more, she beat Justine Henin-Hardenne in the tense final of Wimbledon.This is not the first time Ms Mauresmo has beaten Ms Henin-Hardenne in the finals of a major grand slam; She won the Australian Open when her opponent retired with the score at 6-1 2-0 to Mauresmo.

  • Getting Married anyway – Pope’s words fall on deaf ears 1

    “according to human nature it is a man and a woman who are made for each other”

    12:00 AM — As the Pope Benedict XVI's visit to the Family Conference in Valencia continues, marriages between gay couples are continuing with joy and enthusiasm.Both Jose Francisco Lamo and Luisa Notario married their long term partners in civil ceremonies in the city, as the Pope's visit and anti-gay marriage statements continue.

  • New Mexico Police raid “like the gay Abu Ghraib”

    Was the raid on the gym on Saturday motivated by homophobia?

    12:00 AM — As police force gay gym members to lie naked on the floor at gun point, questions are asked as to whether this was "overkill" for an alcohol inspection.Suspecting gym owner Ron Cordova of selling liquor without a license, the New Mexico State Police, supported by the Albuquerque fire marshal's office stormed the gym and ran checks on all of its customers. One man was arrested on an outstanding warrant and five others were issued alcohol-related citations.

  • Anti death penalty vigils planned in protest to gay executions 1

    Iran enforces Islamic Sharia law, which demands the death penalty for gay sex.

    12:00 AM — The 19th of July will see anti-death penalty vigils being held all over the world to commemorate the public hanging in Iran of two gay men.Mahmoud Asgari and Ayaz Marhoni were accused of raping a 13 year old boy, though several human right's groups believed that this charge was invented in order to enable the authorities in Mashhad to serve a death penalty on the men who admitted to having gay sex, and denied the rape charge.

  • Gay only Guest houses in Cape Town

    South Africa encourages gay tourism

    12:00 AM — The Commission for Gender Equality has ruled in favour of allowing gay guest houses on the Western Cape to exclude heterosexual couples if they would prefer to do so.Previously excluding straight guests had been seen as a form of discrimination, and was not allowed by law.Cape Town has become a popular gay holiday destination, with the attractions of beautiful beaches, lively nightlife and a thriving music scene.

  • Pope says “no” to gay marriage, Spanish PM says no to Mass 4

    Christian Life says “no“ to gay marriage, Pope insists

    12:00 AM — As Pope Benedict XVI starts his official visit to Spain, his views against gay marriage bring him into conflict with the secular Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero. A senior Vatican source revealed that Mr Zapatero, who brought in Spain's gay marriage laws, is refusing to attend a Mass said by the Pope.Cardinal Mario Pompedda told Italy's Corriere della Sera newspaper that Zapatero's decision was "an act of excessive secularism".

  • Gay animal celebration at London Zoo 2

    From South Park gag to serious scientific debate - are there gay animals?

    12:00 AM — London Zoo in Regents Park is throwing a party to encourage debate on homosexuality in the animal kingdom. The event, Gay Sunday, is expected to attract hundreds of gay visitors, who will be entertained by drag queens and fire eaters, as they explore the zoo and meet some of the most endangered animals on the planet.Cocktails will be served in a specially built VIP terrace bar, to the accompaniment of jazz classics and the growls, squeaks, hisses and chirrups of the six hundred and fifty animal, reptile and bird species who make the zoo their home.

  • Anti WorldPride petition gathers momentum 23

    100 00 people sign a petition opposing WorldPride in Jerusalem

    12:00 AM — Another day, another addition to the sea of protest surrounding WorldPride's decision to hold this year's event in the city of Jerusalem.Currently an online petition opposing the event is hovering around the 100,000 signature mark. It's organisers are confident that this target will soon be reached.

  • UK’s first gay prom to be held in London

    The Astor bar in London will host the prom

    12:00 AM — Gay Prom UK will hit London next weekend for an evening of dressing up and getting down on the dance floor for gay 16 - 19 year olds.Based on successful events run in Boston, San Francisco and Los Angeles, the organisers hope to send a positive message to gay teens struggling to come to terms with their sexuality that it's perfectly normal to be gay.

  • Clinton disappoints gay community over marriage 3

    Hillary Clinton supports civil unions for gay couples

    12:00 AM — Presidential hopeful, Hillary Clinton has disappointed the New York gay community by specifically leaving out any pledges on gay marriage in her call for equality for gay people.Mrs Clinton, who is a New York Senator, was reacting to the judgement of the New York State Court of Appeals who ruled on Thursday that only a change in law would allow gay marriage and that banning gay marriage was therefore constitutional.

  • 7th July 2006

    “Mattress munching”, is Superman gay?

    Joe Hildebrand seems a little obsessed with Superman's sexuality

    12:00 AM — For columnist, Joe Hildebrand of the Daily Telegraph in Australia, the old "Superman is gay" chestnut has been an inspiration for journalistic hilarity.Could it possibly be the case that the "Man of Steel was perhaps more the Man of Teal"? Mr Hildebrand wonders, with a nice ear for the rhyme there.

  • Chinese dogs have a gay old time

    South Park's gay dog Sparky may not be welcome at the event

    12:00 AM — Lonely Chinese dogs looking for love will need look no further if a new dating event runs to plan.The company Gougou520 has been match making the pouches based on a personality test and a compatibility rating, the Shanghai Daily reported. On the website dog owners are asked to give details of their dog's descent and breeding, and submit pictures to asses their dog's attractiveness.

  • Murder toilets popular for gay cruising

    Police investigating the death of the child have not linked the crimes to the website

    12:00 AM — Toilets where an eight-year-old girl was killed last week have emerged as a popular cruising ground for gay men.Sofia Rodriguez-Urrutia Shu was murdered last week in the toilets of the Livingston Marketplace shopping centre in the outskirts of Perth, Australia.The toilets had previously been featured on a popular cruising website, Squirt, promoted as "the dating site that caters to the sex pig".

  • Roll over Colleen and Victoria, the real Footballer’s wives are back!

    She's back!

    12:00 AM — Sharpen your perfectly manicured nails and pour yourself a glass of Moet. The real Footballer's wives are back!For one episode only, Tanya Turner recovers from poisoning, and Amber Gates escapes the mental hospital, to have one last fling with television star Graham Norton.He'll be playing a mysterious hunk, the fabulously named Nigel Spunk, who may or may not be the new signing to Earl's Park.

  • Michael Jackson “shocked” by gay porn 2

    Jackson was arrested and cleared on child molestation charges

    12:00 AM — Testifying in a $1.5 million breach of contract suit filed by his former video producer, Marc Schaffel, Jackson said that discovering that Schaffel had directed a gay porn film had caused him to break their professional relationship.In a pre-recorded sworn testimony, the Santa Monica Superior court heard the singer's reaction to this discovery."I was shocked by what I saw", he said.

  • Jerusalem WorldPride to move to Tel Aviv? 23

    “change venue to Sedom and Gomorrah!“ rage over WorldPride continues

    12:00 AM — The Israeli online news website, YNet, is claiming that WorldPride will be moved from Jerusalem to Tel Aviv.Unnamed police officials have told the website that the change in venue in very likely to happen, although apparently the "final decision has not (officially) been made yet".The official reason given for moving the parade is that the Jerusalem Police fear that they will not be able to cope with the "size and complexity of the event", the website claims.

  • No “gunshot for a funny man” in Brighton or Bornemouth 7

    Mr Tatchell's campaign to stop the concerts has been successful

    12:00 AM — "Me not apologising to no funnyman (gay man)"."Fire fi the man dem that looking man" (burn gay men)"Gunshot for a funnyman" (shoot gay men)Concerts by homophobic reggae stars Buju Banton and Beenie Man have been cancelled.

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