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December 2006

  • 19th December 2006

    Councillors spur action on city HIV/AIDS budget cuts

    and Simon Williams asked the council's Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee (HOSC) to consider the issue

    12:00 AM — Brighton and Hove councillors have called on the local NHS to report on the impact of budget cuts into HIV/AIDS services in the city.Spending on HIV/AIDS services in the city has fallen from £437,000 in 2002/03 to £307,380 for this financial year (2006/7) and represents a cut of 30% if inflation is included.

  • Trans woman seeks damages after losing job offer

    Lambda Legal filed Lopez v. River Oaks in the Southern District of Texas in the Fifth Circuit of the federal court system

    12:00 AM — Gay law group Lambda Legal has filed papers in federal court in the Southern District of Texas on behalf of a transgender woman whose employment offer was allegedly rescinded because she is transgender."When the HR Director found out the company offered a job to a transgender person, the offer was rescinded," said Cole Thaler, Transgender Rights Attorney at Lambda Legal.

  • Lesbian drama inspires online networking

    The site, OurChart.com, will feature content from the series and will launch next month along with Season 4 of The L Word

    12:00 AM — Showtime Networks and Ilene Chaiken, the creator and executive producer of hit lesbian drama The L Word, have formed a joint venture to launch a social networking site for lesbians inspired by the show.The site, OurChart.com, will feature content from the series and will launch next month along with Season 4 of The L Word.

  • Campaigners oppose HIV transmission ruling

    The defence team argued that the HIV virus, which hit 426 children, existed before the medics began working at the hospital

    12:00 AM — An AIDS charity has expressed shock at the death sentence handed to five Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor for infecting hundreds of Libyan children with HIV.The case has been going on since 1999, but many medical experts believe the judgement is wrong, and the National AIDS Trust (NAT) claim the defendants have been turned into "scapegoats."

  • 18th December 2006

    Anglican Church faces more splits over gay rift

    The Truro Church and the Falls Church, which date back to British colonial times, have voted to be placed under the authority of African Anglican Archbishop Peter Akinola

    12:00 AM — Two of America's oldest religious congregations have split from the Episcopal Church causing a further dent in the car crash being caused by the Anglican Communion's rift over homosexuality.The Truro Church and the Falls Church, which date back to British colonial times, have voted to be placed under the authority of African Anglican Archbishop Peter Akinola, a vocal opponent of gay clergy and same sex marriage.

  • Clarkson reprimanded for ‘gay car’ comment 27

    Four viewers complained about an exchange during BBC Two's Top Gear last July  in which Clarkson picked up a remark from an audience that a certain car was “gay“

    12:00 AM — The BBC has pleased gay campaigners after upholding a complaint that Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson was behaving in a derogatory manner after referring to a car as "gay" on the programme.Four viewers complained about an exchange during BBC Two's Top Gear last July in which Clarkson picked up a remark from an audience that a certain car was "gay", the presenter then backed it up by saying, "a bit gay, yes very ginger beer" which is cockney rhyming slang for queer.

  • Stormont criticised for allowing gay equality 3

    Assembly members failed to agree on a motion regarding the regulations at Stormont last week

    12:00 AM — A cleric who is prepared to go to jail by opposing new gay rights laws in Northern Ireland, has criticised the Assembly for failing to stop the legislation, prompting criticism from gay groups.The Sexual Orientation Regulations, which protect the LGBT community from discrimination in goods and services, are due in Northern Ireland next month, but the Reverend Eric McComb, a Pentecost Church minister, says the law only passed through because politicians "lack the moral fibre" to oppose it.

  • Transsexual wins damages over ferry discrimination case 2

    Ms Marland, a P  O Ferries crew member claims she was forced out of her job after the company did not protect her from discrimination

    12:00 AM — A transsexual has been awarded £64,962 in damages after a tribunal concluded that Drusilla Philippa Marland was "forced to endure at work an atmosphere of intimidation and hostility."Ms Marland, a P O Ferries crew member claims she was forced out of her job after the company did not protect her from discrimination.

  • Young gay Londoners defend free buses

    Last week, Mr Evans proposed a motion to the London Assembly urging the Mayor and Transport for London to take action against people playing loud music on public transport

    12:00 AM — Young LGBT people have hit out at the deputy chairman of the London Assembly's transport committee for proposing to abolish free bus travel for under-18s.Conservative Assembly Member Roger Evans claims on his blog that the free travel scheme for young Londoners is costing £55 million and is being abused through anti-social behaviour.

  • Christians launch legal challenge to gay equality 3

    The new Regulations outlaw discrimination in the provision of goods, services and education on the grounds of sexual orientation

    12:00 AM — A coalition of Christian groups has been granted permission to seek a judicial review regarding new gay equality laws in Northern Ireland.The Christian Institute has led calls to delay the Sexual Orientation Regulations, due in Northern Ireland next month, claiming they were rushed through and constitute an attack on freedom of conscience.

  • Gay activists back Theatre Museum

    Current “Guardians of the Theatre Museum” include former EastEnder turned Labour MEP Michael Cashman

    12:00 AM — Gay campaigners are calling on the community to support a campaign to stop the closure of the Theatre Museum in London.The Theatre Museum claims to hold the largest collections of documents and artefacts relating to the performing arts, but now faces closure and relocation by its owner The Victoria and Albert Museum.

  • EU nations “sharply divided” over gay marriage

    The Dutch are the biggest supporter of gay rights, with 82% backing same-sex marriage

    12:00 AM — Attitudes towards gay marriage are sharply divided depending on where in Europe you live, a survey has found.A EU funded Eurobarometer poll, which asks 30,000 people around Europe on a range of issues twice a year, found that European nations are split on whether gays should be allowed to marry.

  • £70,000 distributed to Manchester gay groups

    Operation Fundraiser, the community fundraising venture and joint initiative between Lesbian and Gay Foundation and George House Trust raised a total of £70,000

    12:00 AM — Operation Fundraiser has distributed £70,000 raised from Manchester Pride 2006 to LGBT and HIV good causes throughout Greater Manchester.The money raised from this year's Manchester Pride has been distributed to help HIV and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender charities in Greater Manchester.

  • MEP welcomes fight against Polish homophobia

    The Commission has requested the Polish Selection Committee to re-examine the application of the European Voluntary Project

    12:00 AM — A Finnish MEP has welcomed commitments from the European Commission that it will fight homophobia in Poland.It comes after Piia-Noora Kauppi (EPP-ED) submitted a question to the European Commission on a current case of homophobia in Poland, on this occasion, the Polish Selection Committee of the YOUTH Program had decided to reject the funding application of the European Voluntary Project on grounds that it would "propagate homosexual behaviour and attitudes among young people".

  • 17th December 2006

    Little Britain star holds gay wedding

    Matt Lucas married earlier today

    12:00 AM — Little Britain star Matt Lucas today held a civil partnership ceremony with long term boyfriend, television producer Kevin McGee in London.The gay wedding was a rather formal affair with guests including onscreen partner, David Walliams, tv presenter Dale Winton and comic Rob Brydon reportedly wearing suits.The wedding reception and party is however expected to be rather extravagant with guests invited to appear as pantomime characters.

  • 15th December 2006

    New Jersey approves gay unions 46

    The civil union bill, passed by the New Jersey Assembly and Senate this week, provides benefits like adoption and inheritance rights for same sex couples

    12:00 AM — A gay legal group has welcomed New Jersey's introduction of a civil union bill, but has warned that it still creates inequality between homosexual and heterosexual couples.The civil union bill, passed by the New Jersey Assembly and Senate this week, provides benefits like adoption and inheritance rights for same sex couples, but deliberately leaves out the word marriage.

  • Romney repeats gay marriage opposition 2

    Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney has reaffirmed his homophobic credentials

    12:00 AM — Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney has reaffirmed his homophobic credentials amid reports that he once courted the gay lobby.The religious right in the US have been seeking answers from the potential Republican presidential candidate after it was revealed that he once courted the gay community for their support in a 1994 campaign for the US Senate.

  • Lesbian comic apologises to Chinese community 2

    O'Donnell was criticised by Asian Americans across the country

    12:00 AM — Lesbian comedian Rosie O'Donnell has apologised for mocking Chinese people on her talk show The View.O'Donnell was criticised by Asian Americans across the country after imitating Chinese broadcasters in a discussion about actor Danny DeVito being drunk.

  • Petition calls for end of ‘Special relationship’ with US

    The petition believes gay rights would not be mirrored by the US

    12:00 AM — A petition posted on the Downing Street website has called for the 'special relationship' between America and the UK to be scrapped, citing differences over foreign policy and gay rights.Following proposals this week proposing same-sex couples parenting and fertility rights in the UK, the petition declares that certain states in the US would fail to mirror these rights, if ratified in law.

  • Oz Federal Government rejects gay union proposal 1

    The ACT Attorney General Simon Corbell presented the Civil Partnerships Bill 2006 into the Legislative Assembly this week

    12:00 AM — Australia's Federal Government has again expressed dissatisfaction with gay union laws put forward by the Australian Capital Territory (ACT).The ACT Attorney General Simon Corbell presented the Civil Partnerships Bill 2006 into the Legislative Assembly this week, months after it was rejected by Attorney General Philip Ruddock for being too similar to marriage.

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