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August 2006

  • 9th August 2006

    Synchronised swimming not for gays

    The governing body for aquatic sports and their World Masters Championships insist that synchronised swimming is for females

    12:00 AM — A gay synchronised swimming team has been banned from performing at an international meet, as the International Olympic Committee continues to insist that the sport is for females only.The ten men and four women squad from the San Francisco Tsunami Swim Club had been invited to perform a routine at the FINA Masters in Stamford, California this week. Local organisers knew that the male team would not be able to compete organised a demonstration of their routine.

  • Belfast Pride attracts thousands despite protests

    Over 6,000 people lined the streets of central Belfast for the annual pride event

    12:00 AM — An estimated 6,500 people came out to celebrate 'Belfast Pride' on Saturday, despite some classic Irish weather and traditional Christian demonstrations.The parade, held every year since 1991, has received public funding to create a spectacle for the city.

  • Gay campaigners ignore protest ban 23

    Organisers of the international gay event, Jerusalem Open House (JOH), had arranged to hold a quiet demonstration  in Liberty Bell Park in replacement of a pride parade

    12:00 AM — Jerusalem police are facing criticism after attempting to block a WorldPride protest scheduled for tomorrow evening.Organisers of the international gay event, Jerusalem Open House (JOH), had arranged to hold a quiet demonstration in Liberty Bell Park in replacement of a pride parade which was cancelled by the group due to the security situation in Israel.

  • Brighton Gay Pride pictures out now 4

    Brighton Pride brought a significant cash boost for the region's clubs, bars and restaurants as 120,000 people from the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community attended the parade and other events

    12:00 AM — If like the staff at Pink News HQ your recollection of last weekend's Brighton Pride is a bit hazy, you can now take a look at 3Sixty magazine's website, where our publishing partner has uploaded photos of the event which should help you piece the missing parts together.Brighton Pride brought a significant cash boost for the region's clubs, bars and restaurants as 120,000 people from the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community attended the parade and other events.

  • Anti-gay Christians lampooned after Pride complaint 5

    Christian Voice also staged a demonstration at last month's EuroPride parade in London

    12:00 AM — A notoriously radical right-wing Christian group has lodged an official complaint with Sussex Police after the chief of police took part in the Brighton Pride parade.Joe Edwards, who became the first police chief in the country to march in a gay pride parade, was condemned by Christian Voice director Stephen Green for taking part in the event.

  • Gay man cleared of “reckless” HIV transmission

    Sexual health charity the Terrence Higgins Trust has today welcomed the acquittal of a gay man who was charged with 'recklessly' passing on HIV

    12:00 AM — Sexual health charity the Terrence Higgins Trust (THT) has welcomed the acquittal of a gay man who was charged with 'recklessly' passing on HIV to his partner.Kingston Crown Court cleared him of the allegations earlier today after the judge ordered the jury to do so, considering the defence's case that it could not be proven that the defendant had infected his partner.

  • Latvia faces EU censure over attacks on gay activists 57

    Gay people in Latvia are looking to the EU to protect their rights

    12:00 AM — Latvian Interior Minister Dzintars Jaundzeikars has been accused of violating European Union principles by a leading member of the European Green Party.Speaking after a visit to the Latvian capital Riga at the weekend, Green spokeswoman Ulrike Lunacek has called on the EU to consider suspending Latvian voting rights on the European Council in response to attacks on gay activists last month.

  • Gay sauna encounter delayed Damilola trial 57

    12:00 AM — An encounter at a Chariots gay sauna between a juror and a witness caused the first Damilola murder trial to be delayed.The second trial ended today as brothers Danny and Ricky Preddie were convicted of the manslaughter of Damilola Taylor in November 2000. They had been acquitted of murder at the previous trial in April.

  • Transgender crew member criticises ship’s “mob culture” 2

    Drusilla Philippa Marland, a P  O Ferries crew member claims she was forced out of her job after the company did not protect her from discrimination

    12:00 AM — A transgender woman was quizzed about her "balls" and deliberately referred to as a "he," an employment tribunal has been told.Drusilla Philippa Marland, a P O Ferries crew member claims she was forced out of her job after the company did not protect her from discrimination.

  • Tasmanian transsexual cleared to play in women’s league 59

    12:00 AM — A 47-year-old post-operative transsexual will be able to continue her life-long love of playing soccer with the announcement by Soccer Tasmania that she will be able to compete in the women's league.As Martin Delaney, she loved the beautiful game and competed in the male league for over 25 years. After the operation, Martine was shy about getting back on the pitch, but with the encouragement of some female friends she found the courage to play again.

  • 8th August 2006

    Record cash boost for Brighton during Gay Pride 4

    The amount of pink pounds pouring in to Brighton and Hove over the weekend is reportedly a record for the city

    12:00 AM — Brighton's club and bar owners are celebrating today after a hugely successful Pride weekend that has brought an estimated £5.5 million into the city.As revellers from all over the country descended on Brighton to enjoy the annual Pride weekend, restaurants and shops reported a huge boost in revenue.

  • Outgames hailed a success for gay community 1

    GLISA intends to establish its headquarters in Montréal

    12:00 AM — The organisers of the Outgames in Montreal have hailed the event a success after it closed last weekend.Mark Tewksbury, the co president of the 1st World Outgames announced that participation and attendance targets were reached despite reports of a lack of interest in the event.

  • Nigerian gay Anglicans mark year of progress 1

    Changing Attitude Nigeria (CAN) is  commemorating a year of confronting prejudices and working for lesbian and gay affirmation in the country's Anglican Communion

    12:00 AM — The Nigerian branch of a gay Anglican group is celebrating its first anniversary this month.Changing Attitude Nigeria (CAN) is commemorating a year of confronting prejudices and working for lesbian and gay affirmation in the country's Anglican Communion.

  • Gay ITV chief resigns

    The ITV channel has been experiencing a ratings slump this summer with poor viewing figures for the World Cup and programmes such as Love Island, which has lost out to Channel 4's Big Brother

    12:00 AM — Under pressure gay TV executive Charles Allen has resigned as head of ITV after criticism regarding poor ratings and advertising revenues.Speculation has been rife over the director's future but ITV plc announced this morning that Mr Allen will leave once a replacement is found.

  • Germany grants asylum to Iranian lesbian 1

    The Stuttgart administrative court ordered the government to grant her request for asylum

    12:00 AM — A German court ruled on Monday that an Iranian lesbian cannot be deported because she faces a death sentence if returned to Iran because of her sexuality.According to the Associated Press, the 27-year-old woman, whose name was not released, travelled to Germany in September 2003 and applied for asylum.

  • Connecticut denies conservative group’s gay marriage intervention

    Eight gay couples are challenging the constitutionality of the state's marriage laws

    12:00 AM — Connecticut's Supreme Court has denied a conservative group's request to intervene in a lawsuit over whether gay and lesbian couples should be allowed to marry in the North Eastern state.According to The Associated Press, the court decision upholds a lower court's ruling denying the Family Institute of Connecticut's motion to intervene in the case.

  • Colorado gay marriage advocates devise new plan

    The controversial tactic could become a model for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender rights organisations nationwide after two major legal defeats in state courts this year and passage of same-sex marriage bans in 19 states since 2004

    12:00 AM — Advocates for gay marriage in Colorado have devised a new approach to winning legal recognition for same-sex couples, creating an alternative model for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender organisations.According to The San Francisco Chronicle, at least one constitutional amendment to ban marriage for same-sex couples is expected to be submitted for Colorado's November ballot.

  • Pro life group dismisses idea of gay or straight “safe sex”

    Precious Life said the FPA's 'Sexual Health Week' Campaign is a myth and alleged that “safe sex“ is causing a sexually transmitted disease epidemic

    12:00 AM — A pro-life group has criticised a sexual health awareness week organised by the Family planning Association claiming the charity is promoting a "safe sex hoax."Precious Life said the FPA's 'Sexual Health Week' Campaign is a myth and alleged that "safe sex" is causing a sexually transmitted disease epidemic.

  • Norway rejects gay sperm

    Oslo's Sperm Bank is seeking 30-40 new donors but has admitted turning away homosexuals

    12:00 AM — One of Norway's national sperm banks is turning away donors despite no official ban and a shortage of people coming forward.Oslo's Sperm Bank is seeking 30-40 new donors but has admitted turning away homosexuals claiming they are not psychologically suitable.

  • WorldPride holds first gay multi-faith conference 23

    Participants of all religions converged in Jerusalem for the conference entitled Reclaiming Our Faith and Our Heritage

    12:00 AM — WorldPride today played host to Israel's first lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) multi-faith convention.Participants of all religions converged in Jerusalem for the conference titled Reclaiming Our Faith and Our Heritage to discuss issues of homophobia and bigotry.

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