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August 2006

  • 17th August 2006

    ‘Noxious substance’ causes evacuation of Comptons 1

    “ At around 7pm last night, staff and customers noticed a strong smell of something similar to gas.“

    12:00 AM — Famous London venue Comptons of Soho was evacuated last night after what police describe as a 'noxious substance' was released.A statement from Comptons said: " At around 7pm last night, staff and customers noticed a strong smell of something similar to gas. As a precautionary measure, the bar was evacuated and the police were called."

  • Tel Aviv hosts AIDS art exhibition 3

    Artspace provides an outlet for HIV positive artists

    12:00 AM — This August the Artspace hall will host the 'Positive Photographers-Positive' exhibition in the Israeli city Tel Aviv.The exhibition, running until September 4, involves work that stems from the emotions and experiences of eight people living with AIDS in modern Israel.

  • Woman denies seducing 14-year-old lesbian 57

    A 27-year-old security guard has denied seducing a teenage girl at a lesbian 'vicars and tarts' themed house party last year.

    12:00 AM — A 27-year-old security guard has denied seducing a teenage girl at a lesbian 'vicars and tarts' themed house party last year.Sandra Scrivener is on trial at Cambridge Crown Court, and denies charges of performing a sex act on a minor and supplying her with cannabis.She says they became friends and would meet up to talk through the girl's problems.

  • Police use Gaydar to reach Brighton’s LGBT community

    Brighton and Hove Police have come up with a novel way of communicating with the gay community

    12:00 AM — Brighton and Hove Police have come up with a novel way of communicating with the gay community.Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) liaison police officers in the city have created profiles on the popular Gaydar websites as a new method for residents to report hate crime or obtain advice.

  • ‘Homosexual’ husband excuse for wife’s fraud

    Maria Wall, 43, claimed £60,000 as a single mother whilst married

    12:00 AM — A Cardiff woman has been jailed for nine months after admitting that she defrauded the state over the past several years following a "sham" marriage.Maria Wall, 43, claimed income support, rent and council tax totalling £60,000 despite marrying gay labourer David Davies in 1997.

  • Illinois drops gay marriage ballot 1

    The state of Illinois will not carry a referendum question on gay marriage legality

    12:00 AM — Illinois elections officials voted to keep a gay marriage referendum off the November ballot, but supporters of the measure want a federal court to intervene, the Associated Press reports.The Board of Elections agreed with a hearing officer's findings that there weren't enough valid signatures to put on the ballot an advisory referendum asking voters if the state constitution should be amended to ban gay marriage.

  • 20 arrested at gay ‘wedding’ in Saudi Arabia 57

    Some 250 people were detained but later released. The remaining 20 will be charged, and could face jail and being lashed.

    12:00 AM — Police have arrested 20 men after raiding what was described as the wedding party of two men in the town of Jizan, in the south of the Gulf kingdom. Al Watan newspaper reports that some 400 men were attending an underground gay event in the town when the authorities struck.

  • Transsexual politician demands louder Japanese gay pride

    The country's next gay event will be the Sapporo Rainbow March on September 17 2006 (JapanGayNews)

    12:00 AM — Japan's gay community must make itself known in the country, the country's only transsexual politician announced last week.Aya Kamikawa addressed around 4,000 people at last weekend's Tokyo Gay Pride, proclaiming, "If we do not raise our voices, nobody will know of our existence."

  • Faceparty liaison leads to assault for teenage lesbian 1

    A 16-year-old lesbian was assaulted by the angry girlfriend of a 19-year-old woman she met online.

    12:00 AM — A 16-year-old lesbian was assaulted by the angry girlfriend of a 19-year-old woman she met online.The teenagers had met on the popular chat site Faceparty. Clare Bullock, 19, of Wimslow, Cheshire, had met the unnamed younger girl, and formed an online friendship.They exchanged intimate information and text messages and arranged to meet on January 2nd this year.

  • Caribbean gays reject Beenie Man 3

    A letter protesting against Beenie Man has been sent to the 20/20 organisers by C-FLAG

    12:00 AM — The organisers of the current Stanford 20/20 Cricket Tournament in the Caribbean have been urged to drop dancehall music star, Beenie Man, as the singer of the official tournament anthem because of his homophobic lyrics.The call comes from C-FLAG, the Caribbean Forum for Lesbians, All-sexuals and Gays.

  • Agreement reached over gay PC’s stud

    PC Bloomfield said he was happy with the result

    12:00 AM — A gay police officer has reached a settlement with his force after taking them to an employment tribunal over the right to wear an earring.PC Neil Bloomfield, 39, told a Southampton Industrial Tribunal that his gold ear stud was a statement of his sexuality and claimed he was unfairly targeted while other heterosexual officers avoided reprisal.

  • 16th August 2006

    ‘Date rape’ drug victims get Revenge at gay bar

    The devices will also be available at R Bar, Revenge's sister venue in Brighton

    12:00 AM — Brighton nightclub Revenge has become the first gay venue in the city to offer protection against drink spiking.The club, which is the biggest gay venue on the south coast, is now giving customers the choice of numerous anti-spiking devices when they order a drink.

  • “Gay soldiers” lose war 3

    A Palestinian terror commander has claimed “gay soldiers“ lost war for Israel

    12:00 AM — A leader in the Palestine based Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigade has hailed the Israeli army "full of gay soldiers."The homophobe claimed that Israel was ripe for attack following its failure to defeat Hezbollah.Abu Oudai, a rocket coordinator for the West Bank based group, said that Hezbollah's "tremendous victory" had emboldened Palestinian groups to follow their example in the fight against Israel.

  • Busy week for Bristol gays

    Over the week leading to the Mardi Gras the FRINGE group has planned a number of film, poetry, art and theatre events

    12:00 AM — Bristol is preparing to hold its annual Mardi Gras Festival, with the organisers hoping to bring 10,000 people to the city during the week long event.The Bristol FRINGE event has been running all week, beginning last Sunday, with its closing party planned for the same day as the Mardi Gras on Saturday 19 August.

  • Comment: Why gays should be embracing David Cameron 7

    With the launch of the 'new' Tory party's mini-manifesto, Tony Grew explains why the gay community should be embracing the aspirations of David Cameron.

    12:00 AM — With the launch of the 'new' Tory party's mini-manifesto, Tony Grew explains why the gay community should be embracing the aspirations of David Cameron. Stung by constant criticism that he is all sound bite and no substance, David Cameron today launched a 'mini manifesto.' The purpose of the document is to outline the aims and values of the Conservative Party.

  • MP questions homophobic preacher lecture

    David Davies has raised opposition to the preacher's lecture

    12:00 AM — An Islamic Preacher who branded all single men in New York as "gay sodomites" has faced a furore over his planned speech in Cardiff.Questions have been asked over the suitability of Dr Zakir Naik's lecture to 'Educating the Educators' conference the St Davids Hall, Cardiff.

  • Ken condemns police failures at Estonia gay pride march

    Ken Livingstone slammed the authorities in the capital, Tallinn, calling their lack of action inexcusable.

    12:00 AM — The Mayor of London has added his voice to the criticism of police and politicians who failed to protect gay and lesbians from attack during a gay rights parade in Estonia.Ken Livingstone slammed the authorities in the capital, Tallinn, calling their lack of action inexcusable.

  • Canadian MP takes on religious right over gay marriage 57

    Garth Turner has defied his party in support of gay marriage.

    12:00 AM — A maverick Tory MP in the Canadian Federal Parliament has said he is bullish about attempts by fundamentalist Christians to unseat him.Garth Turner has defied his party in support of gay marriage. His Christian opponents held meetings last night to explore their options - including challenging him at an upcoming nomination meeting for the riding of Halton.

  • Sligo hosts first ever pride celebration 57

    Sligo is famous as the home of three members of Westlife, Kian Egan, Mark Feehily and Shane Filan.

    12:00 AM — The picturesque Irish town of Sligo will be transformed into a queer paradise this weekend, as part of the Pride Northwest festival.Lesbians, gay men, bisexuals and transsexuals will be joined by heterosexual people parading under the banner 'Straight But Not Narrow - Heterosexuals Supporting LGBT Rights.'The parade will move through the town this Saturday.

  • AIDS 2006 argues plight of prisoners

    Infection rates increase in the world's prisons

    12:00 AM — Delegates in Toronto have heard how HIV transmission has been overlooked by the world's authorities and media according to activists at AIDS 2006.The 16th annual conference has heard a number of encouraging lectures on improving responses and drug treatments, but has also heard of the continuing problem of infection for prisoners globally.

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