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December 2006

  • 6th December 2006

    Indian tribe accept lesbian couple 57

    The couple, who are day labourers, now live together in the village. photo: eduardo bombarelli@flickr

    12:00 AM — A lesbian couple have undergone a formal tribal 'wedding' ceremony in a village in eastern India. A priest of the Khanda tribe performed the ceremony after their families had persuaded villagers of the validity of their relationship.30-year-old Wetka Polang and Melka Nilsa, 22, from Dandabadi village in Koraput district, found love after disastrous relationships with men.They initially ran away to another village, but returned and paid fines to the village to allow their 'marriage' to be blessed.

  • Estonian gay activist to stand for parliament 1

    Andi Ravalepik told  Eesti Paevaleht  newspaper that he will be contesting a seat in the Riigikogu in the March 2007 general election.  photo: Stan Shebs

    12:00 AM — One of Estonia's most prominent gay men has announced that he is to run for a seat in the country's parliament in next year's general election.Andi Ravalepik told Eesti Paevaleht newspaper that he will be contesting a seat in the 101-member Riigikogu in the March 2007 general election.

  • Gay marriage bans losing support 2

    The research by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Policy Institute claims that if current trends hold, such bans would fail at the ballot box

    12:00 AM — Bans on same-sex marriage performed more poorly in the November 2006 elections than in the past, in part due to their declining appeal in states with smaller "born-again" Christian populations, according to a study released this week.The research by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Policy Institute claims that if current trends hold, such bans would fail at the ballot box in many of the states that have not yet considered same-sex marriage initiatives.

  • Cheney’s lesbian daughter is pregnant

    Mary Cheney's autobiography which was released in May

    12:00 AM — Dick Cheney's daughter is having a baby, according to reports.While states across America argue over same sex marriage and gay parenting, the Vice President's daughter, Mary Cheney, is likely to create a shining example of same sex families.A source told the Washington Post that Ms Cheney and Heather Poe are "ecstatic."

  • Gay Republicans welcome HIV law change

    The ban originates from 1987, when fear about the spread of the disease led US officials to require anyone with HIV to declare their status and apply for a special waiver visa

    12:00 AM — A gay Republican lobby group has applauded the US President after he eased travel restrictions for HIV travellers entering America.The Log Cabin Republicans welcomed an announcement from the White House on World AIDS Day that President George W Bush would issue an executive order allowing HIV-positive people to enter the US on short-term tourist or business visas without having to seek special permission.

  • Comment: Gay partners in poverty 8

    On the first anniversary of civil partnerships, the gay human rights group OutRage! is urging Chancellor Gordon Brown to provide “transitional relief” for the many gay partners

    12:00 AM — Gay rights activist Peter Tatchell calls on the Chancellor to provide "transitional relief" in today's Pre-Budget Report to gay couples who are not in a civil partnership.Thousands of low income same-sex couples have been plunged into poverty as a result of benefit rule changes introduced when the Civil Partnership Act became law on 5 December last year.On the first anniversary of civil partnerships, the gay human rights group OutRage! is urging Chancellor Gordon Brown to provide "transitional relief" for the many gay partners who have suffered severe financial hardship as a result of the sudden, overnight changes in social security regulations.

  • 5th December 2006

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 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.

  • 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 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.

  • 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."

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 4th December 2006

    Minister welcomes gay partnership explosion 2

    Tens of thousands of gay men and women have shown their desire for legal recognition, and the government are keen to remind the gay community that it was Labour that delivered the required legislation.

    12:00 AM — A government minister has spoken of her delight at the number of gay and lesbians entering civil partnerships.Deputy Equality minister Meg Munn called the Civil Partnership Act, which came into force last December, one of the most significant pieces of legislation introduced by the Blair government.The Office of National Statistics revealed today that over 15,000 partnerships were registered up to September this year.

  • 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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