2nd August 2006
Australian town rejects gay pride flag
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.
Gay bar accuses Brighton police of ‘bully boy tactics’ 4
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
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
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’
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
Nurses back Manchester gay festival
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."