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September 2006

  • 12th September 2006

    Medical school bans gay student groups 1

    The Gay and Lesbian Medical Association has publicly decried the decision of the Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine, a private medical school in California, to ban a student group

    12:00 AM — The Gay and Lesbian Medical Association has publicly decried the decision of the Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine, a private medical school in California, to ban a student group that focuses on the needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) patients and students.In 2002, students at the school formed the Touro University Gay-Straight Alliance (TUGSA) with the mission of "promoting equitable health care delivery through awareness and education, and... representing diversity both on campus and in medicine."

  • Catholics losing faith over gay adoption

    The bill aims to counter a significant reduction in families available for vulnerable children by allowing gay and unmarried couples to adopt

    12:00 AM — Religious leaders have lost faith in Scotland's First Minister over controversial plans to allow gay couples to adopt.Jack McConnell met clergymen yesterday amid reports that the Bishop of Motherwell, Joseph Devine, a vocal opponent of the Adoption and Children Bill, wrote to Labour and Liberal Democrat MSPs outlining his disillusionment with the Scottish Executive.

  • Lesbian kiss fails to boost profits 3

    An advert featuring a lesbian catfight and embrace has failed to boost fashion designer French Connection's profits

    12:00 AM — An advert featuring a lesbian catfight and embrace has failed to boost fashion designer French Connection's profits after it announced its first loss in 14 years today.The brand, which dropped its FCUK logo for a £2 million Fashion versus Style campaign, announced losses of over £3 million for the first six months of this year, compared to profits of over £5 million previously.

  • Sisters argue for gay union and marriage inheritance rights

    Their case will by heard by the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg today

    12:00 AM — Two elderly sisters are set to argue for inheritance tax exemptions which usually apply to civil partners and married couples.The siblings have been living together in Wiltshire since they were born, but Joyce, 88, and Sybil Burden, 80, fear that one of them will be left with a large inheritance tax bill when the other passes away.

  • Israeli Embassy pink with gay pride

    Perhaps surprisingly, the Israeli Foreign Ministry is considered one of the most developed ministries in the world in terms of its attitude towards diplomats who are recognised as gays and lesbians

    12:00 AM — The Israeli Embassy in Paris has been dubbed "the pink embassy" by Foreign Ministry officials.The nickname was awarded to the embassy after it was revealed that two of its employees are in same-sex relationships and are recognised as 'married' couples by the Foreign Ministry.

  • 11th September 2006

    Gay groups unsure of South African marriage law

    South African gay group OUT LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) has expressed disappointment at the Civil Union Bill which is presently before parliament

    12:00 AM — It was hailed as a sign that the continent was becoming more tolerant towards homosexuality, but now campaigners are claiming South Africa's gay union legislation falls short of what they were promised by the country's highest court last year.Last December the Constitutional Court of South Africa ruled that same-sex marriages should enjoy the same legal status as those between men and women, thereby giving the parliament a year to amend the 1961 marriage law.

  • Trans gynaecologist returns to work

    Celia Macleod, worked at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King's Lynn Norfolk since 1982 as Colin Bone

    12:00 AM — A gynaecologist who underwent gender reassignment surgery in January has returned to work today feeling like a new woman.Celia Macleod, worked at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King's Lynn Norfolk since 1982 as Colin Bone.The 60-year old was previously known for her bow tie collection, which will now be auctioned to raise money for the hospital.

  • Lesbian star to host Oscars

    Ellen DeGeneres has been chosen to host next year's Oscars (Photo: Alan Light)

    12:00 AM — Ellen DeGeneres has been chosen to host next year's Oscars.The lesbian comedian will become the first out performer to host the 79th Annual Academy Awards, scheduled to take place in February 2007.It will even be the first time she attends the awards ceremony, although she has hosted the Emmys and the Grammys twice.

  • Lesbian tennis legend retires 1

    Navratoliva previously announced her retirement in 1994 only to return in 2000, but now the 49-year-old has promised she will not be serving again

    12:00 AM — Tennis ace Martina Navratilova ended her professional playing career for the second time yesterday with a mixed doubles victory at the US Open.The lesbian legend made the accolade her 59th major title which has included 18 singles trophies, 31 women's doubles and 10 medals for mixed doubles.

  • Israeli gays petition court for march date 23

    The march was due to be held in the month of August but was postponed by the Open House in light of the military conflict in the north of the country at the time

    12:00 AM — World Pride organiser the Jerusalem Open House has submitted a petition to the Supreme Court today, against the Israel Police and the Jerusalem Municipality.The petition demands that permission be granted to hold the Jerusalem March for Pride and Tolerance without delay, and that it be held before the upcoming Jewish holidays.

  • Ugandan tabloid outs alleged lesbians 3

    Victor Juliet Mukasa, chair of Sexual Minorities Uganda, says many gay Ugandans are sick and tired of being pilloried by the Ugandan media

    12:00 AM — Thirteen alleged lesbians have been outed by the Ugandan tabloid newspaper RedPepper.They include two boutique owners, a basketball player and the daughters of a former MP and a prominent Sheikh.Under the headline, "Kampala's notorious lesbians unearthed", the tabloid published a photo of two very beautiful unnamed women embracing at a party.

  • Anglican bishops attempt gay truce

    US conservatives and liberals are rumoured to be meeting under the direction of Dr Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury, to agree on a truce until the denomination's Lambeth Conference in 2008

    12:00 AM — Senior church leaders will meet in New York this week to draw up a temporary agreement to amend the Anglican Church's rift over homosexuality, according to reports.US conservatives and liberals are rumoured to be meeting under the direction of Dr Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury, to agree on a truce until the denomination's Lambeth Conference in 2008.

  • Brad Pitt seeks gay marriage 1

    12:00 AM — Fielding the latest in a string of queries from journalists wanting to know when Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie plan to tie the knot, Pitt, long an advocate for social change, announced he and Jolie won't be marrying until restrictions on who can tie the knot are dropped."Angie and I will consider tying the knot when everyone else in the country who wants to be married is legally able," the 42-year-old actor and new father tells Esquire Magazine in the October issue, out this week.

  • Gay community remembers terror attacks

    It is rumoured that of the 2,973 people who died, 22 gays and lesbians lost their partner on September 11 2001 when two hijacked planes flew into the World Trade Centre in New York followed by a crash at the Pentagon and in Pennsylvania

    12:00 AM — As the world remembers the terrorists attacks on America five years ago today, gay widows and widowers are hoping their partner's suffering can help show US lawmakers the importance of equal representation and rights.It is rumoured that of the 2,973 people who died, 22 gays and lesbians lost their partner on September 11 2001 when two hijacked planes flew into the World Trade Centre in New York followed by a crash at the Pentagon and in Pennsylvania.

  • 8th September 2006

    Thug gets four years for glassing gay man

    12:00 AM — Colin Black and his boyfriend Paul were enjoying a Boxing Day drink with family members in the City Arms pub in Saltney, Cheshire.The couple were excited - they had planned to have a civil partnership ceremony a few days after Christmas.As Black returned from the toilet, he was verbally abused. When he turned to see who had called him a queer, a bottle was smashed in his face by Anthony Close.

  • Gay bar criticises hate crime response 1

    A publican has criticised local police for not doing enough to stop hate crime in Northampton

    12:00 AM — A publican has criticised local police for not doing enough to stop hate crime in Northampton.Matt Morris, landlord for the Boston Clipper gay bar, is arranging a memorial event for a customer who was murdered last July after leaving the venue.Michael Fardon was found 200 yards from the venue behind a dumpster with broken ribs and head and facial injuries, his family were unaware that the 45 year old was gay.

  • Pope calls gay rights an “ephemeral social trend” 6

    The Pope mocked the concept of tolerance in his address to the bishops and called the idea of gay marriage a folly. (photo: Chris Coyote, Flickr)

    12:00 AM — On the eve of his homecoming visit to Germany, Pope Benedict XVI has launched a full-frontal attack on the rights of gay people.Speaking to a delegation of visiting Canadian bishops, Benedict once again showed his determination to interfere in the secular political process.The Pope castigated the Canadian government for legalising gay marriage and abortion, saying that they are ignoring the "Creator's divine plan."

  • Gay Christians granted approval 1

    Members of the student-led movement, which brings together students from many denominations and even other faiths, expressed their excitement about the $100,000 grant

    12:00 AM — The controversial divide between religion and sexuality may shrink, but certainly not the dreams of students who have launched a major campaign supporting gay Christian youth and young adults in Canada.The Student Christian Movement of Canada (SCM), a national ecumenical network of campus groups, is launching a "Queer and Christian Without Contradiction" campaign after winning a major grant this summer.

  • Interview: Stonewall’s Diversity Champion

    “No longer can a business or an organisation claim that it is a leader and a good corporate and community citizen if it has got a problem with gay people.“

    12:00 AM — The news that Manchester City have become the first Premiership football club to sign up for Stonewall's Diversity Champions programme is another coup for the UK's premier gay rights organisation.Tony Grew spoke to Stonewall's director of workplace programmes about football, life in the Royal Navy and the smart multi-national companies who understand that workers who can be open about their sexuality are more productive. 

  • Latvia avoids gay media ban 2

    The rejection comes after gay groups urged Latvia to uphold its commitment to human rights after the Riga Gay Pride march was banned on public order grounds last July. (photo: Ignas Kukenys)

    12:00 AM — Latvia's gay community has narrowly avoided a law which would have banned all mention of homosexuality in the mass media.The Latvian Parliament yesterday rejected a bill proposed by the Latvia First Party aiming to protect the "family institution."A party statement said the law should ensure the media do "not weaken the role of the family institution, do not split society, and do not create a misconception about a group of individuals claiming special treatment due to their beliefs."

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