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November 2006

  • 30th November 2006

    An end to primate HIV research? 57

    Crucial breakthroughs in AIDS research have come from studies that did not involve laboratory animals

    12:00 AM — A British campaign group opposed to using animals for medical testing is calling for a revolution in the way AIDS research is carried out.The British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection (BUAV) has published a new report criticising the use of primates in ongoing AIDS research.

  • Jeweller to accessorise first South African gay wedding 10

    The law was approved earlier this month by 230 votes to 41, making South Africa the only part of the continent to allow gay marriage, amongst many gay hostile countries

    12:00 AM — A South African jeweller is offering 20,000 RAND (£1435) worth of accessories to the first same sex couple to marry in the country.It comes after the government approved the Civil Unions Bill this morning, allowing the "voluntary union of two persons, which is solemnised and registered by either a marriage or civil union."

  • Gay men take risks despite HIV knowledge

    The study of 526 gay men in Beijing by the Chinese Centre for Disease Control and Prevention revealed that while knowing about the risks of unprotected sex, only 20 percent of homosexual men use condoms

    12:00 AM — AIDS awareness programmes will be specifically targeted at China's gay community after a report released this week revealed that gay men are deliberately having unsafe sex.China's Ministry of Health has now launched a Give Year Plan to fight AIDS in the gay community, including prevention volunteers and special funding.

  • India gay ban raises HIV cases 1

    Denis Broun's remarks come on the eve of World AIDS Day, and echoes calls from Indian activists, celebrities and scholars to abandon the colonial era law

    12:00 AM — Calls for a repeal of India's ban on homosexuality have increased after a UNAIDS representative claimed the prohibition is contributing to an increase of HIV.Denis Broun's remarks come on the eve of World AIDS Day, and echoes calls from Indian activists, celebrities and scholars to abandon the colonial era law.

  • PinkNews leads opposition to Christian ad 18

    The advert claims that the legislation will “force” a bed and breakfast to supply a room to a transsexual and will make schools promote civil partnerships

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveAn anti-gay advert from Christian groups in the Times on Tuesday has already prompted an influx of complaints to the advertising watchdog as a result of a campaign launched by PinkNews.co.uk.The gay community reacted with outrage earlier this week after a group of Christian leaders calling themselves Coherent and Cohesive Voice, placed an advert in the newspaper accusing the government of taking away "freedom of conscience" through the new Sexual Orientation Regulations.

  • European Parliament rejects gay discrimination claims

    The European Parliament's Bureau has rejected accusations that it has ignored anti-discrimination policies

    12:00 AM — The European Parliament's Bureau has rejected accusations that it has ignored anti-discrimination policies regarding sexual orientation.The department was criticised by the International Lesbian and Gay Association after a draft resolution of the European Parliament's Secretariat, the administrative arm of the political body, had initially included sexual orientation, but was later amended.

  • Military veterans appeal Pentagon’s gay ban

    Fourteen senior retired military leaders have filed a brief urging the First Circuit Court of Appeals to reverse a lower court ruling regarding the federal “Don't Ask, Don't Tell” ban on lesbian, gay and bisexual service members

    12:00 AM — Fourteen senior retired military leaders have filed a brief urging the First Circuit Court of Appeals to reverse a lower court ruling regarding the federal "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" ban on lesbian, gay and bisexual service members.The brief was filed on November 22 2006 in support of the plaintiffs in Cook v. Rumsfeld, a constitutional challenge to the law.

  • Gay marriage laws sealed in South Africa 10

    In a low key process, reflecting the controversial nature of the law, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka signed the bill

    12:00 AM — South Africa's gay marriage laws have been given the final seal of approval after the country's Vice-President signed off on the bill.In a low key process, reflecting the controversial nature of the law, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka signed the bill while President Thabo Mbeki was away in Nigeria.

  • Thai military amends gay view but upholds ban

    Gay and transgender people will now instead  be listed as “suffering from sexual identity problems“ by the service

    12:00 AM — The gay and transgender community will no longer be viewed as mentally ill by the Thai military, but are still unfit for service, a court has ruled.The country's Central Administration Court made the decision after transsexual Samart Meecharoen complained about the policy claiming it incites discrimination and hatred.

  • US Jews to discuss gay behaviour 3

    It comes in reaction to rabbinical students pushing for “ordination regardless of orientation”

    12:00 AM — The Jewish Conservative Movement in the US is preparing for a vote on the issue of gay rabbis and same sex marriage next week with members of the community predicting that ordination and unions will be given the nod.It comes in reaction to rabbinical students pushing for "ordination regardless of orientation" and many rabbis coming out or performing same sex ceremonies despite a ban.

  • Gay MEP attacks ‘un-Christian’ Church equality reaction 18

    Michael Cashman accused the leaders of blackmailing the government

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveLabour MEP Michael Cashman has joined government condemnation of remarks made by Christian leaders regarding the new Sexual Orientation Regulations.Former EastEnder turned politician, Mr Cashman, the head of the European Parliament's Intergroup on Lesbian and Gay Rights, described comments by the Catholic Archbishop of Birmingham, Vincent Nichols, and the Bishop of Rochester, Michael Nazir-Ali, as well as a controversial advert in the Times, as "totally un-Christian."

  • Deputy PM defends gay rights laws 18

    Mr Prescott backed the incoming Sexual Orientation Regulations amid criticism from a Northern Ireland MP

    12:00 AM — Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott is often accused of not having much relevance in government, but yesterday he took a stand for gay rights.Representing Tony Blair at Prime Minister's questions, Mr Prescott backed the incoming Sexual Orientation Regulations amid criticism from a Northern Ireland MP.

  • Dawn raids target homophobia

    For 2005/06 there were 11,322 race hate crimes, and 1294 homophobic crimes, according to Scotland Yard figures

    12:00 AM — Five hundred police officers raided addresses and arrested perpetrators of domestic, race hate and homophobic crimes across the capital this morning.The dawn raids are one part of a two-week initiative to put the fear back onto the offenders, and encourage victims to report crimes.The number of domestic violence incidents reported to police in 2005/06 was over 108, 000, with 24% of incidents accounting for all reported violence and 20% of all murders.

  • 29th November 2006

    Canada to debate gay marriage 1

    Marriage was opened up to same sex couples in Canada last year

    12:00 AM — Canada will revisit its laws on same sex marriage next week.A debate on same sex marriage will start on Monday in the country's Parliament after a manifesto pledge from Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper that a debate on banning gay marriage in Canada would be held.Mr Harper announced in his manifesto that there would be a free vote on the issue.

  • Irish gays await civil partnerships 1

    The report of the Working Party on Domestic Partnerships, unveiled by Justice Minister Michael McDowell recommends a “presumptive scheme,” giving legal recognition to couples who have lived together for three years or if they have children

    12:00 AM — Gay and lesbian couples will be given the right to civil partnership style unions, according to a report unveiled by the government.Ireland's cabinet has been considering same sex unions this week and has come up with a registration system, but the State has refused to allow gay marriage.

  • Pope uses gay translator for Turkish delight

    Police in Turkey have feared protests against the religious figure who courted controversy earlier this year after quoting a 13th Century Christian philosopher's  remarks about Islam being a religion of  “inhumane and evil”

    12:00 AM — The Pope will be preaching a message of tolerance, respect and peace as he travels around Turkey this week, but he may even find his own values tested when he meets his interpreter, an Italian gay icon.According to reports, actress Serra Yilmaz, has been drafted in to help the pontiff build bridges with Turkey's Muslim community.Yilmaz has appeared in gay-interest films such as His Secret Life and Harem Suare

  • Government slams “wild speculation” over gay laws 18

    Minister for Equality Meg Munn said it is a “complex” process

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveMinisters involved in drawing up the incoming Sexual Orientation Regulations have called for calm after a series of outburst by religious groups and leaders regarding the new laws.The legislation, due in the New Year for Northern Ireland, and April 2007 for the rest of the UK, guarantees equality in the provision of goods and services for all sexual orientations, prompting outrage from religious groups.

  • Government provides HIV cash boost to gay community 1

    The money will be used by the Terrence Higgins Trust and African HIV Policy Network on projects to strengthen HIV prevention

    12:00 AM — An extra £1m is to be invested in work to tackle the rise in HIV cases amongst gay men and African communities in this country, Public Health Minister Caroline Flint announced today.The money will be used by the Terrence Higgins Trust and African HIV Policy Network on projects to strengthen HIV prevention and reduce transmission rates amongst these most at risk groups.

  • Gay community attacks “deplorable” Christian ad 19

    Yesterday's Times newspaper featured an advert from a group of Christian leaders calling themselves Coherent and Cohesive Voice

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveA newspaper advert taken out by Christian groups against the Sexual Orientation Regulations has been described as "ludicrous" and "deplorable" by gay campaigners.Yesterday's Times newspaper featured an advert from a group of Christian leaders calling themselves Coherent and Cohesive Voice, urging followers to write to Communities Secretary Ruth Kelly and equality minister Meg Munn to oppose the new equality laws and seek religious exemptions.

  • Gay charity success at National Volunteer Awards

    Galop hopes that the award will send a positive message to LGBT charities

    12:00 AM — A leading London LGBT hate crime charity has won an award for its success in the voluntary IT sector.Lenna Cumberbatch from Galop, which is the Capital's largest gay charity for victims of hate crime, scored runner up for Best IT Volunteer 2006 for her work developing Galop's office computer infrastructure over the last two years.

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