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August 2006

  • 4th August 2006

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 3rd August 2006

    San Diego homophobic attack trio behind bars

    Police have asked prosecutors to charge the 17-year-old as an adult

    12:00 AM — All three San Diego men accused of violently attacking a group of men near the Southern California town's Gay Pride Festival are behind bars.According to San Diego's NBC affiliate, channel 4, police arrested the third suspect, a 16-year-old male without incident on Tuesday night, charging him with attempted murder.

  • Court rejects anti-gay T-shirt appeal

    The judges opposed granting the re-hearing and said Mr Harper's shirt was the equivalent of wearing a shirt that says, “Hide Your Sisters — The Blacks Are Coming”

    12:00 AM — The 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals this week denied an appeal for the full court to hear the case of a student who was prohibited from wearing a T-shirt with anti-gay statements.The appeal followed a 2-1 9th Circuit panel decision in April in favour of the Poway Unified School District in California.

  • Gay clergymen prepare for WorldPride 23

    Jerusalem WorldPride runs from August 6-12 2006

    12:00 AM — A group of thirty New Yorkers are set to depart for Jerusalem this weekend to attend WorldPride, a historic gathering of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people from around the globe.Jerusalem WorldPride will be an international gathering of LGBT pride and human rights this month.

  • Undiplomatic feud emerges over “gay orgy”

    The Latvian Foreign Ministry said that the videocassettes were of footage of six-year-old Belarusian television news reports

    12:00 AM — A feud is emerging between officials in Belarus and neighbouring Latvia after Belarusian national television screened footage describing "a dirty homosexual orgy" claiming to involve a Latvian diplomat.The diplomat was named in the television report as the embassy's Second Secretary, Reimo Smits who was called a "pervert" and a "porn dealer."

  • Gay A-Lister selected for Tory seat

    The A-List is an initiative from Conservative leader David Cameron encouraging “priority targets” such as women and gay people

    12:00 AM — An openly gay member of the Conservative Party's A-list has been selected to run as Eltham's Parliamentary candidate in Greenwich after a primary selection process this week.David Gold beat Jackie Doyle-Price, the Parliamentary candidate in Sheffield Hillsbrough last year, and Eric Ollerenshaw, former opposition leader of the London Assembly and leader of Hackney Conservatives.

  • Gay campaigner calls for solidarity with Iranian activists

    Peter Tatchell urged the gay community to show “solidarity with all the victims of the murderous Iranian regime“

    12:00 AM — Gay and human rights campaigner, Peter Tatchell has called on the gay community to show solidarity with the Ahwazi community within Iran following the suspected execution of two gay, Ahwazi teenagers in the country last month."The Iranian regime is planning the imminent execution of 10 Ahwazi human rights activists from Khuzestan province in the south-west of Iran. They were sentenced to death after secret trials in June."

  • Stonewall FC celebrate golden Gay Games performance

    Stonewall FC was started in 1991 and currently field a 1st and Reserve team regularly in the Middlesex County League where they have achieved league and cup wins at a high level of amateur football

    12:00 AM — Gay football team Stonewall FC have this week been celebrating a gold medal won at last month's Gay Games in Chicago.The side entered into the Men's Division One to compete for the title of World and Olympic Champions, and made it into the final with an un-beaten record.

  • Drug sniffer dogs to be used at Brighton Gay Pride 4

    The police and the city council and Pride organisers are anticipating record numbers and are preparing for a rise on last year's figure of 120,000 across the weeken

    12:00 AM — Drug sniffer dogs are being deployed by police at Brighton Pride, the first time such a tactic has been used at a Pride event.Officers will also be testing anyone if they have reasonable suspicion that they are in possession of illegal drugs at the Festival in Preston Park this weekend.

  • Gay issues contribute to increase in celebrity libel cases

    England and Arsenal player Ashley Cole received an apology and damages from The News of the World and the Sun following a series of newspaper articles that wrongly claimed him to have been involved in a gay orgy

    12:00 AM — Libel cases brought by the likes of gay artist Sir Elton John and footballer Ashley Cole over "gay orgy" allegations have contributed to a two fold increase in defamation cases over the last year.The number of reported defamation cases involving claims by celebrities against newspapers has more than doubled in the last year, a legal information service revealed today.

  • Irish lesbian couple hope for gay marriage success

    An Irish lesbian couple who married in Canada have been granted a court date to seek recognition of their union in Ireland

    12:00 AM — An Irish lesbian couple who married in Canada have been granted a court date to seek recognition of their union in Ireland.Drs Katherine Zappone and Ann Louise Gilligan were told this week that there hearing will take place on October 3rd 2006.The couple said that they are looking forward to a positive outcome to their case despite the recent High Court decision rejecting Sue Wilkinson and Celia Kitzinger's bid to have their Canadian marriage recognised a civil marriage in the UK.

  • Police seize gay clubbing drug

    GHB, also known as liquid ecstasy has become popular within the gay scene

    12:00 AM — Police have seized £1 million of the date rape drug, GHB in a raid in Stanley, County Durham.The drug, which is colourless and odourless when dissolved in water has in the past been linked to drinks being spiked by sexual predators.GHB, also known as liquid ecstasy has become popular within the gay scene.

  • 2nd August 2006

    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.

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