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October 2006

  • 16th October 2006

    Conservatives join gay diversity scheme

    The Conservative Party has over the last year aimed to change its image amongst the gay community

    12:00 AM — The Conservative Party has over the last year aimed to change its image amongst the gay community, this has included inviting more gay and lesbian politicians to join the party and backing laws such as civil partnerships and the new Equality Act, now the party has become the latest major British employer to join Stonewall's Diversity Champions programme.The programme promotes good practice around sexual orientation issues and assists employers in recruiting and retaining lesbian and gay staff.

  • Gay campaigners attack Ruth Kelly over equality delay 19

    Communities Secretary Ruth Kelly has once again come under criticism regarding her view on gay rights after it has emerged that exemptions may be allowed for Catholic groups in the upcoming Equality Act

    12:00 AM — Communities Secretary Ruth Kelly has once again come under criticism regarding her view on gay rights after it has emerged that exemptions may be allowed for Catholic groups in the upcoming Equality Act.The new law, which has now been delayed until April, aims to outlaw discrimination in the provision of goods and services for the LGBT community, but protests from Christian groups appear to have led to a delay.

  • 13th October 2006

    Gay benefits excitement drops

    Government ministers are warning gay campaigners not to get too excited after to a landmark decision yesterday saw the Irish government agree to compensate a gay man for taking unpaid leave from his job to care for his partner

    12:00 AM — Government ministers are warning gay campaigners not to get too excited after to a landmark decision yesterday saw the Irish government agree to compensate a gay man for taking unpaid leave from his job to care for his partner.Equality campaigners hailed it as "important recognition" for same sex couples but the Minister for Social and Family Affairs Seamus Brennan insisted that the case would not set a precedent.

  • Students outrage over ‘curing’ course 4

    Ediburgh university students are protesting the “PURE“ course

    12:00 AM — Students nationwide have expressed their outrage after a Christian course aiming to 'cure' homosexuality piloted at Edinburgh University.Students at the university began protesting the PURE course after it was discovered to recommend homophobic literature, such as What Some of You Were by Christopher Keane, which details the stories of "ex-gays" who have been "cured" of their homosexuality by the power of Christianity, and how "gay relationships are characterized more by promiscuity than by fidelity."

  • Lesbian use of IVF increasing 2

    Single women and lesbian couples across the UK are being urged to make their voice heard on the fertility services they receive

    12:00 AM — The last five years have seen a 2.5 fold increase in numbers of single women having IVF and a 4 fold increase in lesbian couples having IVF, the UK's fertility regulator has revealed.Single women and lesbian couples across the UK are being urged to make their voice heard on the fertility services they receive by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority - the UK's Fertility regulator - as new figures showing that a growing number of these women are coming forward for fertility treatment.

  • Judge considering lesbian marriage rights

    Over the last  fortnight the court has heard arguments from Katherine Zappone and Ann Louise Gilligan claiming discriminating against homosexuality can lead to clinical depression and that the current concept of marriage is outdated

    12:00 AM — The High Court in Dublin has reserved judgement today on a decision regarding whether a lesbian couple who married in Canada should have their rights recognised in Ireland.Over the last fortnight the court has heard arguments from Katherine Zappone and Ann Louise Gilligan claiming discriminating against homosexuality can lead to clinical depression and that the current concept of marriage is outdated.

  • Midwest gets gay

    The number of same-sex couples in Iowa has risen 58% in the past 5 years, a new report found today.

    12:00 AM — The number of same-sex couples in Iowa has risen 58% in the past 5 years, a new report found today.The University of California's Williams Institute used the figures of the 2000 Census to estimate that the numbers of same-sex households in Iowa jumped from 3,700 in 2000, to 5,800 in 2005.

  • Gay rights for Mozambique

    Mozambique has held its first ever seminar on gay rights.

    12:00 AM — Mozambique has held its first ever seminar on gay rights.Yesterday, Mozambican Human Rights League (LDH) chairperson Alice Mabota urged Mozambique's gay and lesbian citizens to organise and fight for their rights.She said that, while the LDH will support gay rights, it is not campaigning specific issues such as the legalisation of gay marriage, and that it would be up to the gay community to raise such a demand.

  • Activists push for conscience clause in gay equality law 12

    The law, due next April, protects gays and lesbians from discrimination in the provision of goods and services, but critics have warned that the proposals infringe on religious beliefs

    12:00 AM — Religious leaders, academics and legal advisors have joined together to urge the government to protect freedom of conscience in the upcoming Sexual Orientation Regulations in the new Equality Act.The law, due next April, protects gays and lesbians from discrimination in the provision of goods and services, but critics have warned that the proposals infringe on religious beliefs.

  • Northern Cyprus decriminalises homosexuality 1

    Current laws in the Turkish Cypriot controlled part of the country regard homosexuality as “a crime against nature”

    12:00 AM — Northern Cyprus is set to decriminalise homosexuality, bringing it in line with European Union (EU) laws and human rights in the rest of the country.Current laws in the Turkish Cypriot controlled part of the country regard homosexuality as "a crime against nature," but all is about to change after analysts said it is vital to make the change to bring the country into modern society.

  • Gay clubbing drug reclassified 5

    Crystal meth is a popular clubbing drug with the gay community, also known as 'tina', 'krank' or 'ice', the ease of production and euphoric effects have ensured dramatic escalation of the drug's distribution worldwide

    12:00 AM — The Government has moved to reclassify the highly-addictive popular gay clubbing drug crystal meth.An order was tabled in both Houses of Parliament yesterday to reclassify crystal methylamphetamine from Class B to Class A, following advice from the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD) earlier this year.

  • Radio host angers gay community with family views

    According to San Francisco's ABC7, Wilson's comments angered politicians and leaders of the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community

    12:00 AM — A prominent San Francisco radio host and television news anchor is under fire this week from city officials and LGBT community leaders or comments he made on the air about non-traditional families.According to the San Francisco Chronicle, Pete Wilson, the anchor of ABC's local evening news and host of a radio show on KGO 810 AM, criticised Supervisor Bevan Dufty and his friend Rebecca Goldfader, who are sharing a home and co-parenting a newborn, during a radio broadcast.

  • Three men charged with hate crimes after gay attack

    John Fox, 19; Ilya Shurov, 20, and Gary Timmins, 16, were charged with assault and robbery—all as hate crimes—in Sunday's attack on Michael Sandy, a gay man from Brooklyn who was clinging to life last night

    12:00 AM — Three young men were charged with vicious hate crimes yesterday after they confessed to luring a gay man to a parking lot to rob him —and then chasing him into traffic on the Belt Parkway.John Fox, 19; Ilya Shurov, 20, and Gary Timmins, 16, were charged with assault and robbery—all as hate crimes—in Sunday's attack on Michael Sandy, a gay man from Brooklyn who was clinging to life last night, police said.

  • Scotland supports gay campaigns against bullying

    The Scottish Executive is backing the scheme and has provided funding worth £350,000 for three years to help develop effective anti-bullying policies

    12:00 AM — A gay youth group is helping lead a new anti bullying service in Scotland.LGBT Youth Scotland along with the Scottish Association for Mental Health have today launched a new awareness programme called Better Futures, aimed at tackling bullying wherever it occurs.

  • Liverpool plans gay quarter 1

    The plan comes as the city prepares itself to be the European Capital of Culture for 2008

    12:00 AM — Liverpool councillors are proposing a pedestrianised gay street in the city centre.The proposal is being put forward by Labour councillors at a meeting next week and if approved would see Stanley Street becoming Liverpool's answer to Manchester's gay village in Canal Street.

  • 12th October 2006

    Boy George confronts homophobic “chavs” 8

    Boy George refused to be insulted and retaliated by walking towards them shouting, “I know I'm a queer. Shut your mouth 'til I knock you out“

    12:00 AM — Homophobia is unacceptable and should be stopped whenever and wherever, advice that gay singer Boy George took quite literally last night when he confronted a gang of homophobes at the Vodafone Live Music Awards.The artist was being interviewed by journalists when a group of teenagers began shouting homophobic abuse at him.

  • Killer nearly sawed off lesbian’s head

    Seaton, from East Finchley, North London, attacked her with a hammer and a 12-inch knife after hearing he was being dumped for a woman, the court heard

    12:00 AM — A killer who nearly sawed his former lover's head off after she told him she was leaving him for a woman has been found guilty of murder.James Seaton, 46, is expected to be handed a life sentence for the murder of Jacqueline Queen last November.Seaton, from East Finchley, North London, attacked her with a hammer and a 12-inch knife after hearing he was being dumped for a woman, the court heard.

  • Equality group welcomes gay carer compensation

    Niall Crowley, chief executive of the Equality Authority, said it shows the importance of recognition for same sex couples in Ireland

    12:00 AM — The Equality Authority has welcomed a decision by the Irish government today to compensate a gay man for taking unpaid leave from his job to care for his partner.The equal rights group called it an "important recognition" for same sex couples in the Republic of Ireland, after the unnamed claimant won his case under the Equal Status Act.

  • Gay rights politician in drug swab prank

    Franco Grillini was one of 50 Italian politicians fooled by the prank which the programme Le Iene claims found 12 positive tests for cannabis and four for cocaine

    12:00 AM — A gay rights spokesman thought he was giving an impromptu political interview to eager reporters but ended up becoming one of the victims of a drug test prank for prime-time television this week, which has caused outcry in the Italian Parliament.Franco Grillini was one of 50 Italian politicians fooled by the prank which the programme Le Iene claims found 12 positive tests for cannabis and four for cocaine after secretly tested them for drugs when being asked to give an interview on the 2007 budget.

  • Belarus drops diplomat gay porn charge

    The EU has called on the government , led by Alexander Lukashenko,  to allow protests and freedom of speech in the country

    12:00 AM — Belarus has dropped a gay pornography charge against a Latvian diplomat.A feud emerged last August between officials in Belarus and neighbouring Latvia after Belarusian national television screened footage describing "a dirty homosexual orgy" claiming to involve a Latvian diplomat.

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