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01 August 2006

  • 1st August 2006

    Survey questions gay perception of Northern Ireland

    The survey, commissioned by Lesbian Advocacy Services Initiative (LASI), shows a majority of people (88%) are supportive of the principle that LGB people should not be discriminated against

    12:00 AM — A majority of people in Northern Ireland say they are tolerant of lesbian, gay and bisexual people (LGB) in society, according to a new survey from Ipsos MORI Ireland.The survey, commissioned by Lesbian Advocacy Services Initiative (LASI), shows a majority of people (88%) are supportive of the principle that LGB people should not be discriminated against.

  • Straight couples campaign for gay marriage rights 3

    But Equal Partnership, a group campaigning for the removal of a clause in the Civil Partnership Act which prohibits straight couples, say their campaign is a mirror image of the court case and shows how “discriminatory” it is to have a “two tier system”

    12:00 AM — A group campaigning for heterosexual access to civil partnerships has expressed solidarity with a lesbian couple who were yesterday told their Canadian marriage could not be recognised in the UK.A High Court judge told Celia Kitzinger and Sue Wilkinson that they can only be recognised as civil partners to respect the "age-old institution (of marriage), valued and valuable, respectable and respected, as a means not only of encouraging monogamy but also the procreation of children."

  • Gay school group stand up to homophobia

    Sir Elton John with radio presenter Chris Moyles

    12:00 AM — A lobby group campaigning for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) equality in schools has launched a petition asking the BBC Board of Governors to reconsider their recent decision to dismiss complaints about Radio 1 DJ Chris Moyles' derogatory use of the word 'gay' on his Radio 1 Breakfast show.The BBC recognised Moyles' comments may have caused offence, after he called a ring tone "gay," but said the use of the word to mean "lame" or "rubbish" was widespread amongst young people, promoting accusations that the station was condoning homophobia.

  • Gay police defend EuroPride ad 9

    The Gay Police Association has issued a statement regarding its controversial EuroPride advert

    12:00 AM — The Gay Police Association has issued a statement regarding its controversial EuroPride advert which attributed recent homophobic attacks to religious belief.Scotland Yard was reported to be 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.

  • Humanists and Christians tussle over gay marriage 10

    Sue Wilkinson and Celia Kitzinger commiserate with each other after having their legal application dismissed by the High Court. They had applied to have their Canadian marriage recognised in the UK

    12:00 AM — The Gay and Lesbian Humanist Association (GALHA) has expressed its disapproval of yesterday's judgement meted out by the High Court to the lesbian couple seeking to have their Canadian marriage recognised in the UK.Sir Mark Potter, President of the Family Division of the High Court, ruled that Sue Wilkinson and Celia Kitzinger, who legally married in Canada, could only be recognised as civil partners in the UK.

  • THT opens sexual health clinic for Leeds students

    Terrence Higgins Trust is working on expanding the range of sexual health and support services it provides for young people

    12:00 AM — On August 7, Terrence Higgins Trust is opening a clinic which will test and treat university students in Leeds for sexually transmitted infections (STIs).The clinic will run from 4-7pm on Mondays at the Terrence Higgins Trust offices, 2 Oxford Place.

  • Gay Dean has secret civil partnership 3

    Under House of Bishops guidelines, the clerics are allowed to enter into a civil partnership because they claim they are not engaging in sexual relations

    12:00 AM — The Church of England's first openly gay Dean, the Very Rev Jeffrey John, has had a secret civil partnership with another Anglican clergyman, according to reports.Dr John, currently Dean of St Albans, is rumoured to have had a civil partnership with Reverend Grant Holmes last week.

  • Sexuality affecting lesbian patient care in New Zealand

    Women patients reported that healthcare providers were more likely to assume they were heterosexual, adding that more than one in ten were uncomfortable when they disclosed they were lesbian or bisexual

    12:00 AM — Healthcare providers react more positively to men than women who reveal they're gay, according to research in the Journal of Advanced Nursing.Women patients reported that healthcare providers were more likely to assume they were heterosexual, adding that more than one in ten were uncomfortable when they disclosed they were lesbian or bisexual.

  • Rhode Island woman ordered to stop homophobia

    The attorney general's newly formed civil rights advocate's office sued Theresa Deschenes in its first case, accusing her of harassing a gay neighbour

    12:00 AM — A Rhode Island judge has ordered a woman to stop directing hate slurs at her gay neighbour, saying the insults amounted to "hateful conduct" and interfered with the man's right to live in peace.The attorney general's newly formed civil rights advocate's office sued Theresa Deschenes in its first case, accusing her of harassing a gay neighbour with AIDS and threatening him with violence.

  • Gay crowd snub PM’s Outgames stand-in 1

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

    12:00 AM — Canada's Federal Public Works Minister Michael Fortier received a not-so-friendly welcome from the estimated 40,000 attendees of the opening ceremony of Montreal's World Outgames last weekend.According to The Canadian Press, the Conservative senator's speech was interrupted as he attempted to greet the crowd at the Olympic Stadium on Saturday evening.

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