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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.

  • 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.

  • 3rd August 2006

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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."

  • 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.

  • 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 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 2nd August 2006

    Nurses back Manchester gay festival

    The RCN is expecting over 50 nurses from across the North West to join the main parade, making nurses one of the largest groups taking part on the day

    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."

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