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01 December 2006

  • 1st December 2006

    Sweden upholds gay blood ban for at least a year 5

    The issue of banning gay blood donors has drawn protest in the USA and UK

    12:00 AM — Plans to repeal Sweden's ban on gay blood donors have been delayed for at least a year.Last August, Sweden's National Board of Health and Welfare announced they would be reviewing the rule, introduced to prevent the spread of HIV, with many thinking it would be amended to allow donations from gay men who had not had sex for six months.But a medical adviser told the Board that more analysis is needed.

  • South Africa holds first 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 — Just 24 hours after its same sex marriage laws were sealed, South Africa has had its first gay wedding.Vernon Gibbs and Tony Halls married today in the Southern Cape, making them the first couple to wed under the Civil Unions Act.The couple said they have been planning the occasion for the last eight months.

  • Permanent AIDS Memorial planned for Brighton 57

    The Mayor of Brighton and Hove launches Brighton's AIDS Memorial plans today.

    12:00 AM — Brighton's gay bar owners, local businesses and dignitaries have joined forces on World AIDS Day today to launch the first permanent AIDS memorial in the city.A handful of supporters gathered to watch the Mayor of Brighton and Hove, Councillor David Smith, release red balloons into the sky as a sign of respect to those who have suffered or died as a result of HIV/AIDS.

  • Americans urged to fight HIV 1

    On this anniversary, Joe Solmonese, President of the Human Rights Campaign, America's largest gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender civil rights organisation, has called on the country to fight complacency and recommit to fighting HIV/AIDS in their communities

    12:00 AM — Gay campaigners in the US are urging people to support local AIDS organisations and to make sure political representatives push for funding and support.Today is World AIDS Day, and 2006 marks the 25th anniversary of the very first report of an HIV/AIDS case in the US by the Centre for Disease Control.

  • ‘I hope I come back as gay’ 42

    Robert Brown has been  a member of Soka Gakkai International, which follows Nichiren Buddhism traditions, for 16 years

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveIs being gay good karma? PinkNews.co.uk meets a group of gay Buddhists who are proud to follow a religion that welcomes them.Barely a week goes by without a religious leader talking about the evils of homosexuality and the damage that gay rights are doing to society.But deep in South London, men and women gather each week, proud of their religion, unafraid of discrimination, they are gay and lesbian Buddhists.

  • Gay venues smoke free by July 2007 5

    Smoking will be outlawed in 124,000 pubs and clubs across England

    12:00 AM — All enclosed public places and workplaces in the UK will become smokefree from 1st July 2007, Health Secretary Patricia Hewitt announced today.Gay venues have already told PinkNews.co.uk that they feel they can cope with a ban, which will be introduced in Wales and Northern Ireland in April 2007 and in England in July 2007.

  • ‘My Grandpa fought fascism, now the gay community must’

    Peter Tatchell and Nikolai at EuroPride this year

    12:00 AM — The death of ex-KGB spy Alexander Litvinenko has raised questions about the state of Russian society, but gay rights campaigner, Nikolai Alekseev, has also uncovered hostile elements of homophobia simmering under the facade of democracy. Cliff James reports.Nikolai Alekseev, the Russian gay rights activist who organised Moscow Pride 2006, was presented with an award "for his courage in challenging homophobia in Russia and beyond" by the Gay and Lesbian Humanist Association (GALHA) in London last month.

  • Gay activist reveals Harmondsworth homophobia

    The Chief Inspector of Prisons, Anne Owers, issued a damning report on Tuesday, describing conditions in Harmondsworth as the worst she has ever seen in an immigration and asylum detention centre

    12:00 AM — Harmondsworth and all Britain's asylum detention centres are inhuman hell-holes that should be closed down, gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell said today.He spoke after a riot at Harmondsworth asylum detention centre over conditions this week.The Chief Inspector of Prisons, Anne Owers, issued a damning report on Tuesday, describing conditions in Harmondsworth as the worst she has ever seen in an immigration and asylum detention centre.

  • Big Brother fame guaranteed until 2010 14

    The extended Big Brother commission includes spin-off programming Celebrity Big Brother, Big Brother's Little Brother, Big Brother's Big Mouth and E4 streaming

    12:00 AM — LGBT attention seekers will be pleased to hear that Channel 4 has announced it has re-commissioned Big Brother in a three-year deal to run until 2010, following the continued and phenomenal success of the reality format.The extended Big Brother commission includes spin-off programming Celebrity Big Brother, Big Brother's Little Brother, Big Brother's Big Mouth and E4 streaming.

  • PR group launches gay blog 1

    A public relations company has launched a blog to discuss gay and lesbian communication issues

    12:00 AM — A public relations company has launched a blog to discuss gay and lesbian communication issues.FH Out Front, the first global gay and lesbian communications practice group, is affiliated to Fleishman Hillard, a large media relations firm.The blog, located at www.outfrontblog.com features opinions and information from four major global centres of commerce and communications: London, Chicago, Washington and New York.

  • Prime Minister backs HIV fight 1

    Writing in the Daily Mirror, Tony Blair vowed to keep up the fight against HIV and AIDS

    12:00 AM — Gay men are amongst groups who get the least help because of the stigma surrounding HIV, the Prime Minister said today.Writing in the Daily Mirror, Tony Blair vowed to keep up the fight against HIV and AIDS.His remarks come on World AIDS Day, 25-years after the first diagnoses of the virus.

  • Gay bars unite to support AIDS charity 57

    GMFA is hoping that the World AIDS Day events this year will be well supported

    12:00 AM — London's gay bars are uniting in support of gay men's charity GMFA on World AIDS Day.A range of bars all over the Capital will be donating much-needed money to the charity, including The Royal Vauxhall Tavern, King William IV in Hampstead, Comptons of Soho, Escape Bar in Soho, Kasbar in Clapham and new club night Big in the City at Mass in Brixton.

  • Hilary Benn calls for HIV action

    Speaking at the London School of Economics on the eve of World AIDS Day, Hilary Benn warned that it is unacceptable to ignore the stigma and discrimination surrounding HIV and AIDS

    12:00 AM — Silence is not an option in the battle against HIV and AIDS, the International Development Secretary said last night.Speaking at the London School of Economics on the eve of World AIDS Day, Hilary Benn warned that it is unacceptable to ignore the stigma and discrimination surrounding HIV and AIDS while "7,500 people will die of AIDS tomorrow, while 11,000 will be infected with HIV."

  • Gay teens ‘failed’ by sex education

    Puffta.co.uk says that the government is failing to educate teens about sex at the right age

    12:00 AM — A survey of gay teenagers has revealed worrying statistics about underage and unprotected sex.An annual questionnaire by teen website puffta.co.uk found that 58% of gay teens had sex before the legal age of 16, and 23% had had sex at 13-years-old or younger.

  • Gay students ‘ignored’ in sex education 2

    The campaigners claim that the government is too obsessed with other aspects of education policy such as promoting academies and debates over faith schools

    12:00 AM — On the 18th anniversary of the founding of World AIDS Day, and 25 years after HIV was identified, gay campaign group Schools Out is calling upon the government for a total re-think on its teaching policy.The group, which pushes for LGBT equality in education, claims that the government should be doing more about raising awareness of sexual health amongst school pupils.

  • World AIDS Day ‘focuses’ work 1

    Welcoming World AIDS Day, Caroline Flint said today is an opportunity to focus on what needs to be done to tackle the virus

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveThe government will continue supporting efforts to prevent HIV transmission in the UK, the Public Health Minster said today.Welcoming World AIDS Day, Caroline Flint said today is an opportunity to focus on what needs to be done to tackle the virus.She warned that the UK should not be complacent about its attitude, "Here in the UK whilst we remain a relatively low prevalence country for HIV, rates of HIV are rising and we need to ensure that we reinvigorate HIV and AIDS awareness for the 21st Century."

  • HIV stigma causing ‘extreme poverty’ 1

    The report calls for action in tackling the root causes of poverty among people living with HIV

    12:00 AM — HIV stigma and discrimination is driving people living with the virus into extreme poverty, a report revealed today.AIDS charities Crusaid and the National AIDS Trust launched a report into the rising numbers of people living with HIV in poverty to coincide with World AIDS Day this morning.

  • Gay guide ends HIV insurance fears 1

    The ABI (Association of British Insurers) has launched a new Consumer Guide for gay men on HIV and Life Insurance

    12:00 AM — The ABI (Association of British Insurers) has launched a new Consumer Guide for gay men on HIV and Life Insurance to coincide with World AIDS Day today.The guide explains the changes that have been made to how insurance companies deal with issues of sexuality and explodes many of the myths surrounding the treatment of gay men applying for life and protection insurance.

  • GaydarRadio launches World AIDS Day radiothon 1

    The music will also be punctuated by a series of personal testimonials from people with HIV

    12:00 AM — Award-winning broadcaster GaydarRadio is marking World AIDS Day today with a fund-raising outside broadcast special at selected venues across London which aims to boost charity coffers, stop the spread of HIV and help end prejudice.The red ribbon digital radiothon opened with Breakfast@Balans in the heart of London's Soho from 7am to 11am and then moves to the premier gay pub Comptons from 11am to 6pm.

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