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04 August 2006

  • 4th August 2006

    Sweden reviewing gay blood ban 1

    The review will consider how to define what constitutes sex between men and what makes it high risk

    12:00 AM — Sweden is considering lifting its ban on gay blood donors, according to reports.Gay men are considered a high risk group in most countries such as the UK, USA as well as Sweden, and therefore prohibited from donating blood.But Sweden's National Board of Health and Welfare today announced they would be reviewing the rule, introduced to prevent the spread of HIV, later this year.

  • Brighton Pride heats up 4

    The parade leaves Madeira Drive at 11am on Saturday and twists through the streets of Brighton, making its way to Preston Park

    12:00 AM — Brighton is preparing for a right old Carry On this weekend as the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community head south for Gay Pride.The parade leaves Madeira Drive at 11am on Saturday and twists through the streets of Brighton, making its way to Preston Park.Expect camp emulations of the Carry On stars including a few Kenneth Williams look-a-likes.

  • Gay games exceeds expectations 3

    The Gay Games organisation projects a financial surplus for the $9.5 million event with financial details available before 30 September 2006

    12:00 AM — Over 140,000 people attended the 2006 Gay Games in Chicago and tickets exceeded projections, according to preliminary figures from the organisers."Attendance at Gay Games Chicago events exceeded 140,000 - 40,000 more than we had projected," said Kevin Boyer, Gay Games Chicago co-vice chair.

  • Gays and straights masturbate for charity 7

    The Masturbate-A-Thon is the brainchild of two American sexologists, Dr Carol Queen and Dr Robert Lawrence, and has run in the US for the past six years raising over $25,000 for women's health initiatives and HIV prevention, education and treatment organisations. This event will also benefit HIV and sexual health charity Terrence Higgins Trust

    12:00 AM — Police will be holding their truncheons tightly this weekend on standby to protect the controversial screening of Europe's fist ever sponsored Masturbate-A-Thon.Protests are rumoured to be arranged from groups opposed to pornography or sex on television this weekend outside Drop Studios in Clerkenwell Road, where Channel 4 is filming a programme seeking to raise awareness of, and dispel the taboos that persist around the sexual activity.

  • Gay man sentenced for reckless HIV transmission 3

    In response to the sentencing today, Deborah Jack, Chief Executive of the National AIDS Trust, said:  '“Where there is no evidence of deliberate intention to infect someone else with HIV, NAT does not believe criminal prosecutions are an effective way of reducing the transmission of HIV or protecting public health“

    12:00 AM — The first gay man prosecuted for recklessly passing on HIV has been sentenced today, despite a warrant still being out for him.Mark James of West Sussex admitted to the charges last April but failed to turn up for sentencing last week as well as today, prompting the Isleworth Crown Court judge to pass down sentence in his absence.

  • Straight constable proudly leading gay police in Brighton 4

    Heterosexual Chief Constable Joe Edwards will head the front of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Sussex Police officers at Brighton Pride

    12:00 AM — A new milestone will be reached in Brighton when a Chief Constable will lead his officers in a Pride parade for the first time.Heterosexual Chief Constable Joe Edwards will head the front of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Sussex Police officers at Brighton Pride tomorrow.

  • Glasgow gay festival gets cash boost

    Glasgay! Takes place between the 16 October - 12 November 2006 and is sponsored by PinkNews.co.uk

    12:00 AM — Glasgow's gay pride festival has been given an increase in funding allowing it to continue celebrating the community's culture for the next three years.The money, which is expected to double the event's turnover to just under 200k will allow the celebration to move onto a more arts production type theme rather than just a presentation festival.

  • Five youths arrested on suspicion of homophobic attack

    The youths eventually made off from the store on a No 54 bus. CCTV taken from the bus showed four of the youths causing criminal damage on the upper deck

    12:00 AM — Following an investigation by the Bromley Community Safety Unit, five youths were arrested this week on suspicion of homophobic affray and false imprisonment, with four of the youths also arrested for criminal damage.The youths who cannot be named for legal reasons age from 14 to 16 years old and live in the areas of Sydenham, Shortlands and Beckenham.

  • Jerusalem gay events begin despite Middle East tension 23

    Jerusalem WorldPride runs from August 6-12 2006

    12:00 AM — Jerusalem World Pride starts this weekend amid an atmosphere of uncertainty in the Middle East as Hezbollah rocket attacks increase in Northern Israel and opposition mounts against the Israeli offensive in Lebanon.But Alan Bolchover, chief executive of the New Israel Fund (NIF), says it is an important time to go to Israel to see what is going on beyond the conflict.

  • “Only gay in the village” jailed for burglary 1

    Only Williams was caught after Mr Jones remembered the “camp” way he was walking and pointed it out on CCTV in the Welsh town of Rhymney, which has a population of under 6,000

    12:00 AM — A gay burglar was caught by police after his victim recognised the "distinctive" way he walks, a court was told yesterday.Lance Williams, 19, was one of three men who broke into the home of Nigel Jones and robbed him at knifepoint.Only Williams was caught after Mr Jones remembered the "camp" way he was walking and pointed it out on CCTV in the Welsh town of Rhymney, which has a population of under 6,000.

  • Maryland to review gay marriage ban

    The New York Court of Appeals ruled last month that marriage recognition for same-sex couples may only be granted through the state legislature

    12:00 AM — Maryland's highest court announced this week it will review a lower court's ruling that a 1973 state law limiting marriage to heterosexuals is unconstitutional.Late last month, the Maryland Court of Appeals accepted the case as part of its fall term. The court's seven judges will hear oral arguments in December.

  • Catholic charities admit handling gay adoptions 10

    Despite Vatican teaching that calls gay adoptions “gravely immoral,“ Catholic Charities agencies in Boston and San Francisco openly acknowledged last fall handling a limited number of gay adoptions

    12:00 AM — The Archdiocese of San Francisco announced on Wednesday that its social services division found a way to help connect hard-to-place children with welcoming parents - gay or straight - without violating the Catholic Church's views on homosexuality.The San Jose Mercury News reports that by partnering with another adoption service, San Francisco's Catholic Charities will increase the number of children that find homes without directly placing kids with same-sex couples, said the agency's executive director, Brian Cahill.

  • Gay army applicants test Don’t Ask policy 5

    Currently, a bill known as the Military Readiness Enhancement Act, which proposes to lift the ban and replace it with a policy that does not discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation, was introduced in the House of Representatives in March 2005

    12:00 AM — Three openly gay applicants in Philadelphia were rejected by a local military recruiting centre on Tuesday because they are "morally and administratively ineligible," one applicant said."Our applications were denied, none of us were accepted," Jarrett Lucas, 20, told Philadelphia Daily News, outside the Army Recruiting Station.

  • UN report demands more better US gay protection

    The UN Human Rights Committee's July 28 report says the US must undertake efforts to combat anti-gay job discrimination and hate crimes

    12:00 AM — A United Nations report released late last month slams the US for not doing enough to protect gay citizens from discrimination and abuse.The UN Human Rights Committee's July 28 report says the US must undertake efforts to combat anti-gay job discrimination and hate crimes.

  • Gay film festival rejects Israeli sponsorship

    IFI Director Mark Mulqueen, informed the Israeli Embassy in Ireland earlier this week said he didn't want the film to be associated with the current crisis

    12:00 AM — The repercussions of the conflict in the Middle East are well documented, but one unexpected consequence emerged this week when the Irish Film Institute (IFI) cancelled sponsorship from the Israeli Embassy at the Gay and Lesbian Film Festival.The IFI is screening Walk on Water today, a film about a Mossad agent who befriends the gay son of a former Nazi officer who he is searching for.

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