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August 2006

  • 30th August 2006

    India’s gay prince plans to adopt

    Homosexuality is banned in India and punishable by up to 10 years in jail

    12:00 AM — The Indian prince, disowned two months ago by his family for being gay, announced this week that he will adopt a child.The 40-year-old Prince Manvendra Singh Gohil, said to be the first member of any royal family in the country to publicly reveal that he is gay, was stripped of his title and right over the royal properties in Gujarat, Maharashtra and elsewhere in the country in June for making his homosexuality public, reports The New Indian Express.

  • Schwarzenegger sent two gay rights bills 3

    The Terminator-turned-policitian indicated that he would veto the bill in its original form.

    12:00 AM — Two contentious pieces of legislation promoting LGBT equality have been passed by the California State Legislature.A bill to allow same-sex couples to submit joint tax returns is a modest attempt to extend partnership benefits to gays and lesbians.The second bill has proved deeply controversial, with angry and at times homophobic exchanges in the Legislature.

  • Fertility group backs lesbian IVF access

    The BFS surveyed fertility clinics in England to establish how Primary Care Trusts (PCT's) are implementing guidance from the National Institute for Clinical Excellence on access to help and the best forms of treatment

    12:00 AM — Lesbians and single women should be treated the same way as heterosexual couples in access to NHS funded fertility treatment, medical experts recommended today.The British Fertility Society (BFS), the organisation representing professionals working with assisted conception, has issued a series of recommendations on social criteria for access to NHS-funded fertility treatment amid speculation of a postcode lottery in gaining support.

  • 29th August 2006

    Thousands oppose gay venue closure 1

    Kylie Minogue  was one of the many stars who appeared at the Astoria (Photo: benidorme)

    12:00 AM — Over 16,000 people have signed a petition opposing the closure of the home of the G-A-Y nightclub.The Astoria was sold in June for around ?24 million to Derwent Valley developers who are reportedly planning to turn the venue into shops, offices and flats.Partygoers including the gay community are determined to keep the popular music venue open.

  • New date for anti-homophobia march 23

    A new date for the march has now been agreed as the improved security situation in the region is considered safe enough to allow for the protest

    12:00 AM — A postponed protest march against hate campaigns being targeted at lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in Jerusalem will finally go ahead next month, according to organisers.The march for 'Pride and Tolerance' in the city was originally meant to take place on August 10th, but was delayed due to the political situation in the Middle East.

  • Nationwide search for gay man who infected partner 57

    James, a 47-year-old florist, became the first gay man to be convicted for knowingly transmitting HIV.

    12:00 AM — Police have asked for help in tracing a gay man who was convicted earlier this month of recklessly infecting his lover with HIV.Mark James absconded before he was sentenced, and is currently on the run.Acting Detective Inspector Mike Sunman, of Hounslow Police, described James as a danger to public health, and appealed for help in tracing him.

  • Saddam suffers South Park

    Saddam Hussein is said to be stuck watching South Park in his cell

    12:00 AM — It has been revealed by the makers of hit cartoon TV show South Park that Saddam Hussein has seen his cartoon movie debut.Trey Parker and Matt Stone speaking at the Edinburgh International Television Festival, claimed that the former dictator has been shown the film "repeatedly" by the US marines guarding him.

  • Jordan gets gong for gay comedy 3

    Actor Leslie Jordan, a regular guest star in gay sitcom Will and Grace has revealed how tears were flowing on the last day of filming the series (© alanmercer.com)

    12:00 AM — Actor Leslie Jordan, a regular guest star in gay sitcom Will and Grace has revealed how tears were flowing on the last day of filming the series.Speaking after winning an Emmy award for Best Guest Actor in a Comedy Series, he described Debra Messing (Grace) as distraught as the final curtain came down.

  • Matthew Parris: married on a Thursday 2

    Parris, a former Conservative MP, 'tied the knot' in a ceremony in Bakewell, Derbyshire, last week. His partner is another  Times  journalist, Julian Glover. They have been a couple for 11 years.

    12:00 AM — The Times has revealed its star political columnist Matthew Parris has entered into a civil partnership with his long-time boyfriend.Parris, a former Conservative MP, 'tied the knot' in a ceremony in Bakewell, Derbyshire.His partner is Guardian journalist Julian Glover. They have been a couple for 11 years.

  • Stonewall welcomes legal industry homophobia report

    Stonewall today welcomed a Law Society report highlighting the homophobia faced by lesbians and gay men working in large City law firms

    12:00 AM — Gay charity Stonewall today welcomed a Law Society report highlighting the homophobia faced by lesbians and gay men working in large City law firms.The report into the working experiences of lesbian and gay lawyers in the workplace found that the dominant macho culture in many of the firms made it difficult for gay staff to come out.

  • Ministry bats against baseball team’s gay promotions

    The Philadelphia Phillies held their fourth annual “Gay Community Night“ at Citizens Bank Park as religious group Repent America (RA) greeted the attendees with their conservative message concerning homosexuality (Photo: Anthony DiPierro)

    12:00 AM — A Christian ministry in Philadelphia has accused the Philadelphia Phillies baseball team of "helping to advance the homosexual agenda" by prohibiting the display of banners with anti-gay messages on them.The Philadelphia Phillies held their fourth annual "Gay Community Night" at Citizens Bank Park as religious group Repent America (RA) greeted the attendees with their conservative message concerning homosexuality.

  • Rise in gay teenagers calling Childline

    Many gay and lesbian callers said their teachers ignored homophobic verbal and physical abuse.

    12:00 AM — The NSPCC has reported a rise in the number of LGBT teenagers calling their helpline to ask for help with homophobic bullying.There was a 21% rise in calls to Childline about all types of bullying in the year up to March 2006.About a quarter of all calls to the helpline are about bullying.

  • Gay “converts” demand right to therapy 1

    Alan Chambers, president of Exodus International

    12:00 AM — Leading outreach groups in the homosexual conversion therapy movement called on the American Psychological Association (APA) this month to recognise those who are battling unwanted same-sex attraction.Exodus International, the largest outreach to gay people in conflict with their own homosexuality, asked the APA to continue dialogue regarding the phenomenon of unwanted homosexual attraction at an APA Annual Convention held in New Orleans.

  • Human rights group provide gay Bible insights 3

    The debut of the site marks the first and only major online preaching resource devoted to assisting clergy in planning their sermons and spiritual discussion groups

    12:00 AM — The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) has announced the launch of Out In Scripture, a free weekly online resource for clergy and lay people.The website will provide distinct insights into the Bible, week after week, from a lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) and straight-supportive perspective.

  • Protest for gay couples’ immigration rights

    It is hoped that the protest will send a clear message to the US Congress and the White House regarding immigration rights

    12:00 AM — Immigration groups have organised protests to argue for the extension of right to same sex couples.The protest, led by Out4Immigration, will take place across California next week to highlight the discrepancy in current immigration law that only allows for heterosexual partners to apply for green cards because of their relationship.

  • ‘Gay friendly’ potential President to address Tories

    Senator McCain is viewed as a leading candidate to stand as the Republican President in 2008

    12:00 AM — A US politician tipped as the next US President and known to favour state power to define gay marriage laws will address the Conservative Party Conference in Bournemouth next month, according to reports.John McCain, the senior Senator from Arizona, who voted against the Federal Marriage Amendment in 2004 and has been praised by gay lobby group the Log Cabin Republicans, will speak at the opening evening of the Tory annual gathering.

  • Homophobic bullying targeted in Manchester

    Homophobic bullying is to be targeted on a par with other types in school (Photo: Creap)

    12:00 AM — The Liberal Democrats launched their Stop Homophobic Bullying Petition in the North West last weekend to coincide with Manchester Gay Pride.John Leech, Lib Dem MP for Manchester Withington, brought the initiative to Manchester, aiming to clamp down on homophobic bullying, encourage anti-bullying policies and training teachers how to deal with it.

  • Gay humanists criticise “spineless” Archbishop 5

    The Archbishop of Canterbury has  been labelled “spineless” after telling gay they are not welcome in his Church unless they “change their ways“

    12:00 AM — The Archbishop of Canterbury has been labelled "spineless" after telling gay they are not welcome in his Church unless they "change their ways."The Gay and Lesbian Humanist Association (GALHA) criticised remarks made by Dr Rowan Williams in Dutch newspaper Nederlands Dagblad.

  • Man City FC sign up to Stonewall diversity scheme 3

    Research by Stonewall shows that being homophobic can cost firms money.

    12:00 AM — Manchester City have become the first professional football club to join the Stonewall Diversity Champions programme.A spokesman for Stonewall, the leading gay rights organisation, praised the club for being the first to "put their head above the parapet," and hinted that other clubs may soon follow Man City's lead.Over 200 companies and organisations have now signed up for the scheme, which promotes good employment practice.

  • “Macho” culture hindering gay lawyers

    Firms should also be encouraged to recognise same-sex partnerships and extend any benefits to these as they would to traditional spouses and family groups, according to the report

    12:00 AM — The "macho" culture of law firms is hindering gay and lesbian lawyers from coming out at work fearing it will affect their career progression, a report revealed today.Legal regulator, The Law Society's first report on the career experiences of gay and lesbian solicitors discovered "undertones of homophobia" in legal practices with employees feeling restricted by perceptions and expectations of discrimination.

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