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August 2006

  • 7th August 2006

    Gay Israeli group express solidarity with Palestinians 23

    Participants will gather in Gan Ha-pa'amon from 830 in the morning and will march to a pre selected spot near the separation wall to express their support

    12:00 AM — Jerusalem Open House, organisers of WorldPride, will express solidarity with the gay Palestinian community tomorrow at a demonstration next to the city's separation wall.The protest will highlight problems of the political situation and will also offer support to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Palestinians who do not have as much access to services, including those of JOH, as their neighbours in Israel.

  • Fort Bragg soldiers oppose army gay policy 5

    The survey was conducted following the dismissal of Army linguist Bleu Copas, an Arabic translator who was dismissed under the ban

    12:00 AM — A July 29 report from the Fayetteville Observer indicates that soldiers at Fort Bragg, one of the US's most active combat installations, do not support the military's continued exclusion of lesbian, gay and bisexual personnel from the armed forces.In a survey of 20 soldiers at the base, the Observer reported finding little support for the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" law.

  • Cardiff to host gay motor show

    The event is organised by TS Media and TopGayer.com, Rich Tuckwell is co founder of the organisations

    12:00 AM — Cardiff's lesbian and gay Mardi Gras will have an extra element of va va voom next month with the launch of the TopGayer Motor show.It will be hosting the world's first gay car show on Saturday 2 September in Sophia Gardens, Wales.The event is organised by TS Media and TopGayer.com, Rich Tuckwell, co founder of the organisations, said: "We've been talking about the idea of holding a gay motor show since we launched TopGayer at last years Cardiff Mardi Gras. We sponsored last years Mardi Gras and had the Welsh launch of TopGayer at the event.

  • International gay community snub WorldPride opposition 23

    WorldPride highlights this week include an LGBT Clergy Multifaith Convocation: “Reclaiming Our Faith and Our Heritage,“ a protest highlighting anti-gay incitement and hate campaigns targeting lesbians, gay men, bisexuals and transgender people, and conferences on gay youth, human rights and health

    12:00 AM — Jerusalem Open House (JOH), the organisers of WorldPride Jerusalem, ridiculed anti-gay protesters who tried to sabotage a youth conference at the Israeli Parliament today, as the international gay event overcame violence in the region to proceed with events and conferences.Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth were invited by Member of the Knesset Sheli Yehimovitch, Chair of the Knesset Committee for Children, to inform her of the problems and challenges that LGBT youth confront on a daily basis.

  • Times’ gay affair debate reopens

    The case of Iris Scott, who just days before her marriage discovered that her boyfriend had betrayed her with sexual encounters with gay men, generated huge debate in The Times

    12:00 AM — A bride-to-be whose relationship breakdown captured the hearts and minds of T2 Debate readers after discovering her fiancé frequently visited gay saunas, has officially dumped the unnamed man.The case of Iris Scott, who just days before her marriage discovered that her boyfriend had betrayed her with sexual encounters with gay men, generated huge debate in The Times last March when she asked readers what she should do.

  • Gays and lesbians targeted in Iraq

    Last March, PinkNews.co.uk printed an investigation by exiled Iraqi poet Ali Hili, of the Iraqi LGBT group and Outrage's Middle East spokesman, which claimed that death squads are targeting homosexuals

    12:00 AM — A television documentary will tonight highlight the plight of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community in Iraq.As already featured on PinkNews.co.uk, an Observer investigation to be broadcast tonight on More4, will show how the "honour killings" of homosexuals in Iraq is being justified by laws in the country which call it immoral.

  • Another gay Tory comes forward as London Mayor deadline is extended 1

    Meanwhile the likelihood of a gay London Mayor has increased after former Hackney councillor, Andrew Boff, put his name forward for the open primary

    12:00 AM — Conservative Party Chairman Francis Maude has extended the deadline for candidates to put themselves forward as the Tory representative for the London Mayoral elections in 2008, prompting accusations that the Party is unhappy with the nominations so far.The deadline was set for the end of last week but has now been extended to six months, as first reported by Guido Fawkes on his political blog.

  • Stonewall launches gay friendly Britain awards 2

    Stonewall has launched its first annual awards designed to celebrate the range of positive contributions being made by individuals and organisations to the lives of gay people

    12:00 AM — Gay charity Stonewall has launched its first annual awards designed to celebrate the range of positive contributions being made by individuals and organisations to the lives of gay people in Britain.The 2006 Stonewall Awards are exclusively sponsored by Barclays and the first winners will be announced at a ceremony at London's Royal Academy on Thursday 2 November.

  • Pennsylvania Senator endorses anti-homophobia law

    Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum on Wednesday became the 170th member of Congress to affirm that they do not discriminate in their own employment practices based on an individual's sexual orientation

    12:00 AM — Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum on Wednesday became the 170th member of Congress to affirm that they do not discriminate in their own employment practices based on an individual's sexual orientation or gender identity and expression."We welcome Senator Santorum's signature affirming the need for basic equality in his own hiring practices," said Riki Wilchins, executive director of the Gender Public Advocacy Coalition.

  • Gay Swimmer breaks world record at Outgames 1

    Swimming competitions at the Outgames are sanctioned by the Quebec Swimming Federation

    12:00 AM — A world record in swimming was broken last week at the 1st World Outgames in Montréal's Olympic Pool, when openly gay American swimmer Daniel Veatch set a new record time in the 200 m backstroke in the 40-44 age category.Veatch, who lives in San Francisco, logged in a time of 2:14.83, edging out the previous record of 2:15.49 set in 1999 by another American swimmer, William Speicht.

  • Vermont claims jurisdiction over lesbians’ custody battle

    The Vermont Supreme Court ruled in favour of Janet Miller-Jenkins on the visitation dispute

    12:00 AM — The Vermont Supreme Court ruled on Friday that its courts, and not those in Virginia, have exclusive jurisdiction over a case involving two lesbians battling for custody of a child they had while they were in a relationship.The Associated Press reports that the unanimous ruling conflicts with a series of decisions in Virginia, where courts ruled the state's anti-gay-marriage laws controlled the case.

  • Lesbian Ulster police couple to have civil partnership

    Their union reflects work by police in Northern Ireland to become more gay friendly

    12:00 AM — A lesbian couple in the Ulster police are set to have a civil partnership, according to reports.Sources in the Greater Belfast based force told the Belfast Telegraph that the pair would tie the knot in the North of England some time in the next two weeks.

  • 5th August 2006

    EastEnder’s Barbara Windsor joins Brighton Gay Pride 4

    Barbara Windsor joined the THT float in Brighton today

    12:00 AM — Sexual health charity Terrence Higgins Trust (THT) was delighted to welcome Carry-On star and EastEnder Barbara Windsor MBE to the launch of their float in Brighton's Carry-On themed Lesbian and Gay Pride event today.The THT float this year, themed as a saucy campsite shower block, was sponsored by Tourism East Sussex (TES.)

  • 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.

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