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02 August 2006

  • 2nd August 2006

    Nurses back Manchester gay festival

    The RCN is expecting over 50 nurses from across the North West to join the main parade, making nurses one of the largest groups taking part on the day

    12:00 AM — Under the banner 'Make discrimination history, pride in nursing' the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) North West region has announced its support for this year's Mardi Gras Parade in Manchester.Steve Flanagan, RCN Regional Director for the North West said: "Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) issues are very important to us as an organisation, both for our members and as professional nurses sensitive to the needs of LGBT clients and patients."

  • Gay bar accuses Brighton police of ‘bully boy tactics’ 4

    The licensing of the gay village pedestrian area is causing bitter divisions between Pride and some other venues

    12:00 AM — One of Brighton's most popular gay pubs is accusing the police of bully boy tactics over Brighton Pride.The Queens Arms has won a 'David and Goliath' style fight over the right to have a street bar after it went to Brighton and Hove Council's licensing appeal panel.

  • Brighton bars lead gay pride revolt 4

    Last year, venues raised more than £10,000 over the festival weekend, which was donated to Brighton Pride in order to help fund the festival

    12:00 AM — Brighton's gay bars and clubs are taking revenge against Pride organisers after a "serious communication breakdown" that has led to the cancellation of the annual Street Party.Three bars have already joined the revolt by withdrawing all donations promised to Pride, with many more expected to follow suit.Last year, venues raised more than £10,000 over the festival weekend, which was donated to Brighton Pride in order to help fund the festival.

  • Gay man loses police discrimination case

    The Nottingam Employment Tribunal ruled that there was not enough evidence to prove the allegations

    12:00 AM — A former policeman who claims he was discriminated against for being gay has lost his case.Ben Stokes, 23, a former member of the Nottingham Police claims he was discriminated against by his force after his sexuality was revealed when he started a relationship with a male teenager.

  • Sexual health funds ‘missing front line’

    Initial results indicate that funding is reaching front-line services in only 30 out of the 191 PCTs surveyed

    12:00 AM — A substantial portion of the £300 million funding earmarked for sexual health that accompanied the Choosing Health White Paper is not reaching front-line sexual health services, says a survey undertaken by the Independent Advisory Group on Sexual Health and HIV (IAG).The findings contradict Government promises which have previously identified sexual health and GUM as a top six priority for the NHS this year.

  • Castro illness may raise Cuba’s gay hopes 4

    President Castro, 80, said the pressure of being in power since 1959 contributed to his illness

    12:00 AM — Speculation is mounting over the future of Cuba after its leader Fidel Castro recently handed power to his brother Raul.The president is currently recovering from treatment for internal bleeding, and the temporary appointment of his sibling may bring good news for the country's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community in the future.

  • Gay anthems become uncool classics

    S Club 7's Don't Stop Movin' reached number one in the UK charts and is often known to get crowds dancing and imitating Bradley's Michael Jackson style moves in gay clubs and bars across the country

    12:00 AM — Two gay anthems have made a list of uncool records which are secretly okay to enjoy.The top ten "guilty pleasures" include S Club 7's Don't Stop Movin and Gloria Gaynor's classic I Will Survive.The collection was compiled by Q magazine which hopes to "restore a veritable treasure trove of music to glory."

  • Illinois gay lawmaker steps down

    The Sun-Times reports that State Representative Larry McKeon, one of the architects of the 2003 state anti-discrimination law for gays and lesbians, said he intends to step down at the end of his fifth term

    12:00 AM — Illinois' only openly gay state lawmaker announced his retirement on Monday, setting into motion a likely scramble to fill his North Side seat, according to The Chicago Sun-Times.The Sun-Times reports that State Representative Larry McKeon, one of the architects of the 2003 state anti-discrimination law for gays and lesbians, said he intends to step down at the end of his fifth term in January 2007.

  • Arrest made in gay pride attack

    Authorities said the assailants taunted their victims with anti-gay insults as they were beating them

    12:00 AM — Police in San Diego yesterday said they have arrested one person in connection with the hate-crime attack on five victims at a gay pride festival ended Saturday night."We're still trying to put together what we've got. We've got one person in custody and the investigation is continuing," said Captain Chris Ball to The San Diego Union Tribune.

  • Wisconsin labour unions unite against gay marriage ban 1

    The amendment would declare that marriage is between one man and one woman and that unmarried individuals cannot be granted a legal status similar to marriage such as civil unions pioneered by Vermont

    12:00 AM — Labour unions in Wisconsin are uniting to fight a proposed ban on gay marriage and civil unions in what could become a powerful force in this November's referendum.According to The Associated Press, the groups, representing employees ranging from teachers to prison workers, say they are worried the amendment will take away their ability to bargain for benefits such as health insurance for the domestic partners of gay and straight employees.

  • Participants outnumber Outgames spectators 1

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

    12:00 AM — Canadian news sources report that the first World Outgames so far appear to have got off to a slow start, attracting more participants than spectators.As the games for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered athletes enter the third day of competition, athletes have outnumbered the fans at many events.

  • Australian town rejects gay pride flag

    Despite previously displaying flags for other local events, Heather Mutimer, the mayor of Hepburn Shire in Victoria, has rejected demands to fly the flag of the gay community for their pride event symbol at Daylesford Town Hall

    12:00 AM — An Australian town is refusing to fly all flags from its council buildings amid uproar after the local authority rejected pleas to display rainbow flags for the annual ChillOut gay and lesbian festival.Despite previously displaying flags for other local events, Heather Mutimer, the mayor of Hepburn Shire in Victoria, has rejected demands to fly the flag of the gay community for their pride event symbol at Daylesford Town Hall.

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