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December 2006

  • 6th December 2006

    Northern Ireland politicians call for gay rights repeal 13

    DUP Assemblyman Jeffrey Donaldson has tabled an Early Day motion to Parliament asking for the law to be delayed

    12:00 AM — Northern Ireland politicians are calling on the UK government to repeal the Sexual Orientation Regulations to be introduced in the province in the New Year, until the Assembly is fully restored.DUP MP Jeffrey Donaldson has tabled an Early Day motion to Parliament asking for the law to be delayed by the Northern Ireland Secretary Peter Hain, as in the rest of the UK, for further consultation.

  • Italian city grants gay couples limited rights 4

    The left-wing council have granted family certificates at a time when the debate over gay marriage in Italy is raging. photo: mteson@flickr.com

    12:00 AM — Padua city council has outraged the Vatican by allowing gay and lesbian couples to register their 'family.' The decision, taken late on Monday, also applies to unmarried heterosexual couples.In Italy, a "certification of family" is required for various minor legal procedures, such as officially taking time off work to care for a sick relative or being placed on waiting lists for council houses.

  • Gay rabbis now kosher

    Conservative Jewish synagogues, who currently represent about 1000 'middle ground' rabbis, are losing worshippers to both the liberal Reform synagogues and the Orthodox ones.

    12:00 AM — The ruling body of American Conservative Judaism has come to a compromise over the ordination of gay rabbis.The Committee on Jewish Law and Standards held a two-day closed meeting in New York and yesterday presented three differing positions that may be adopted by Jewish seminaries across North America's 750 synagogues.

  • Canada to vote today on keeping gay marriage

    During the federal election campaign at the beginning of 2006 the Conservatives vowed to re-examine the issue of gay marriages if they were elected to government.

    12:00 AM — The great 'debate' in the Canadian parliament yesterday about the legality of gay marriage turned out to be more like a cry in the dark.The minority Conservative government had made headlines across the world with its pledge to repeal the decision last year to allow gay and lesbian couples to marry.In the event Prime Minister Stephen Harper did not even turn up for the debate. Neither did most of his cabinet.

  • South Australia gays get new rights

    Any two people who live together and present themselves as a couple will be covered by the legislation, regardless of whether or not their relationship is sexual.

    12:00 AM — South Australia is to grant a series of rights to gay and lesbian couples. The upper house of the state's parliament voted in favour of the measures yesterday.The new law is a major victory for gay rights campaigners in the state. Any two people who live together and present themselves as a couple, will be covered by the legislation, regardless of whether or not their relationship is sexual.

  • SNP maverick attempts to derail gay adoptions

    The SNP, while a marginal force in Westminster politics, are the second-largest party in the Scottish Parliament.

    12:00 AM — A major shake-up of adoption law in Scotland, which would see gay and lesbian couples able to adopt children for the first time, is under attack from a Scottish Nationalist.Roseanna Cunningham, an SNP member of the Scottish Parliament, has tabled a motion which would prevent gay couples from adopting. The new legislation will be debated at Holyrood today.Under the new arrangements proposed by the Scottish Executive, gay and lesbian couples, as well as unmarried straight couples, who be eligible to jointly adopt children.

  • 5th December 2006

    HAPPY ANNIVERSARY! 8

    After years of hard campaigning the Civil Partnership Act 2004 took effect and at 11am on 5th December 2005

    12:00 AM — Civil Partnerships are one year old today!Who would have thought, ten or even five years ago, that gay couples in their thousands would be legally tying the knot across this dear nation of ours?Today marks the one-year anniversary of civil partnership legislation that has finally made honest men and women of an incredible amount of us gays.

  • Fight against Pentagon gay ban continues

    Overall 726 soldiers were dismissed in 2005 for being gay, these include recruits in vital roles such as Arabic translators

    12:00 AM — Activists campaigning against the US military's ban on openly gay or lesbian recruits have begun a blog counting down the Top 10 Don't Ask Don't Tell stories of 2006.Frontlines, the official blog of the SLDN, will re-visit a significant story from the past year each day, counting down to the most important event related to the military's gay ban on Friday, December 15th.

  • NYPD loses gay discrimination case 57

    Manhattan Supreme Court  has ordered the department to pay $1.5m in compensation to the three.

    12:00 AM — The New York Police Department has said it will appeal a court ruling that found a senior officer guilty of homophobic discrimination.Assistant Chief James Hall blocked the appointment of a gay police sergeant to the Youth Services section, then harassed two other officers who stood by their colleague.

  • Human rights boss: Gays don’t deserve rights 2

    As a European Union member state, Latvia is expected to protect its LGBT citizens from discrimination

    12:00 AM — His appointment was controversial, and now gay groups seem to have been proven right after the head of Latvia's human rights committee told a press conference that the gay community should not be given equal rights to heterosexuals.Janis Smits told a press conference this week that gay people are not a legitimate minority and should "recover normal sexual orientation."

  • Gay groups combat hate crime in Hackney

    In the last year there were 99 reported homophobic attacks in Hackney between October 2005 and October 2006

    12:00 AM — Gay campaigners have joined with other local community groups to tackle domestic violence and hate crime in the London Borough of Hackney.Galop, an LGBT community safety group, the East London Out Project, and Polari, an organisation which works for better services for the elderly gay community, have contributed to two policy documents on the issues.

  • Top gay destination is Canada 2

    Vancouver is often rated one of the best cities to live in worldwide and will host the 2010 Winter Olympics.

    12:00 AM — The Canadian city of Vancouver is the number one travel destination for gay and lesbians in the USA, a new survey has revealed.For the second year running, Canada beat the UK as the top international choice for gay travellers.The west coast city of Vancouver, famed for its cosmopolitan restaurants and relaxed atmosphere, has been assiduously courting US gays and lesbians.

  • Gay rights chief named as equality commissioner 5

    Ben Summerskill at the Stonewall Awards with Sir Ian McKellen

    12:00 AM — The chief executive of gay charity Stonewall has been named as one of the commissioners for the new Commission for Equality and Human Rights.Ben Summerskill will provide guidance to the new body regarding his experience of campaigning for LGBT rights.Communities Secretary Ruth Kelly announced the names of nine new CEHR Commissioners this morning. The commission comes into being in Autumn 2007.

  • Anniversary protest against Ruth Kelly at No10

    Gino and Mike Meriano spent the first part of their anniversary at Downing St, handing in a petition to the Prime Minister calling on Ruth Kelly to resign.

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveIt was certainly a novel way to spend your first anniversary. Most gay couples would choose dinner, or maybe drinks with friends. Perhaps a nice cruise - on a ship, obviously.Gino and Mike Meriano instead spent the first part of their special day at Downing St, handing in a petition to the Prime Minister calling on Ruth Kelly to resign.

  • Gay nativity scene not all it seems 4

    The group chose Lenin, Marx and Stalin as the Three Wise Men.

    12:00 AM — Rightwing students at the University of Texas have created a novel Nativity scene, with a gay couple called Gary and Joseph standing in for the Holy Family.The Young Conservatives group at the university's Austin campus have created the alternative scene to protest at what they perceive to be anti-Christian bias.The focus of their anger is the American Civil Liberties Union, long a bogey man of the American right.

  • Comment: Wear AIDS bands all year 2

    The AIDS ribbon is not a poppy, and could - or should, if one feels necessary - be worn all year round

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk's Ben Leung asks if the X-Factor stars will be sporting AIDS ribbons next weekFirst of all, let me get this out of the way - I don't like The X Factor, and I never will.It's not that I don't like its format - quite the contrary, in fact, as I happen to think the ITV talent contest, like its predecessors, Pop Idol and Popstars, works superbly well. And obviously, attracting nine million viewers every week can't be wrong.

  • Retro Bar first to help tackle homophobic bullying

    The charity was recently awarded a government tender to produce educational materials on combating homophobic bullying for schools. photo: fancyapint.com

    12:00 AM — The Retro Bar has become the first to join Stonewall's new Bar and Club Partnership scheme to raise money to tackle homophobic bullying in schools.The central London venue has committed itself to raise a minimum of £1,500 throughout the year for Stonewall campaigns including Education for All, which tackles homophobia and homophobic bullying in schools.

  • US eases travel restrictions on HIV+ people

    President Bush will use an executive order to allow HIV+ people a “categorical waiver,“ similar to the 60 day automatic visas that UK business and tourist visitors receive.

    12:00 AM — The White House used World Aids Day last week to announce a change in the rules relating to people with HIV travelling into the USA.President Bush made no mention of travel restrictions during his remarks to the press on Friday, focusing instead on the problems AIDS poses in Africa.He pledged $15bn to continue programmes to make retroviral drugs available to people in developing nations.

  • 4th December 2006

    Over 15,000 gays and lesbians are civil partners 8

    A total of 14,084 partnerships took place in England with 537 in Wales, 942 in Scotland and 109 in Northern Ireland

    12:00 AM — Over fifteen thousand same sex couples have taken part in civil partnerships in the last year, the Office of National Statistics revealed today.The figures, released on the eve of the first anniversary of the Civil Partnerships Act, states that there were 15,672 civil partnerships formed in the UK between December 2005 and the end of September 2006.

  • Tartan Army tackled on homophobia

    Tartan Army fans are the subject of a police investigation after complaints of anti-gay abuse

    12:00 AM — Supporters of the Scotland international team may face prosecution for homophobic chanting, according to reports.Tartan Army fans are the subject of a police investigation after complaints of anti-gay abuse being sung by fans, including one chant questioning the sexuality of English football pundit Jimmy Hill.Spectators could be banned from grounds under anti-bigotry laws, The Scotsman reports.

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