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2006

  • 24th November 2006

    Scottish Tory leader backs gay adoption

    Ms Goldie said she would be voting for the legislation which would give gay couples in Scotland adoption rights

    12:00 AM — Scotland's Conservative Party leader has echoed the gay friendly attitude of Tory head David Cameron by backing gay adoption.Annabel Goldie looks set to anger some of her own party members as well as religious groups ahead of a vote on the Scottish Executive's Adoption and Children (Scotland) Bill by saying allowing gay couples to adopt will make Scottish law a fairer reflection of society.

  • Lesbian dancers and half naked knitting circles 1

    Debbie and Lucy bring to life a collection of shockingly bizarre and excruciatingly entertaining characters, including the Italian, attention-seeking cleaning lady, who provocatively drapes herself over every conceivable object in sight

    12:00 AM — A lesbian dance teacher bringing her sex life issues into the workplace by arguing with her partner in front of her students, a knitting circle where the ladies sew with their trousers off, there is plenty of gay references in BBC Three's TittybangbangThe complete first series, of the repulsively funny BBC comedy is now available on DVD.

  • Congregation evicted over gay talk 2

    Mr Adams, was scheduled to share his personal story and speak about HeartStrong, a non profit educational organisation providing outreach

    12:00 AM — A gay activist is demanding an apology from a US Diocese after a congregation's lease was terminated over disagreement of a talk he was due to give at the venue.The Diocese of Camden, New Jersey, leased space for three years to the Unitarian Unversalist Congregation of the South Jersey Shore, but the congregation has been forced out of their leased space without warning for arraigning gay activist Marc Adams to speak at a Sunday service.

  • Sexual health activists fight gay HIV increase 3

    According to the report, three in every hundred gay men who attended an STI clinic in the last year had acquired HIV

    12:00 AM — Sexual health campaigners are calling for better HIV awareness programmes after a Health Protection Agency report revealed that an estimated 63,500 adults are now living with HIV in the UK , with an increase in cases for gay men.This latest figure includes both those who have been diagnosed and also around a third (20,100) who remain unaware of their infection.

  • Gay Londoners asked about HIV

    Gay men's health charity, GMFA, has been asked to host a consultation with gay men in London

    12:00 AM — For the first time, gay men in London are being asked to give their views on the commissioning of HIV services in the capital city.A proposal for radical changes in the provision of HIV prevention work for gay men has been put forward and you can have your say.If the proposed HIV prevention work does not meet the needs of gay men, the community suffers and increasingly scarce resources are wasted.

  • Brazilian gay couple given adoption nod

    Campaigners hope it will make it easier for other gay couples to adopt across Brazil

    12:00 AM — A Brazilian judge has allowed a gay couple in Sao Paolo to jointly adopt a five year old girl in a landmark case.One of the men had already adopted the girl but today's ruling makes it the first time a male couple has been allowed to jointly adopt.It ends a year long legal battle for the couple, Vasco Pedro da Gama and Junior de Carvalho who have been together for 14 years.

  • Gay icons come to DVD

    Starring the inimitable pairing of Jane Turner and Gina Riley as the mother and daughter hornbags, Kath  Kim documents the pair's trials and tribulations

    12:00 AM — You have laughed at the outdated outfits, adopted their mispronunciations of words, and now the super camp comedy pairing of Australian mother and daughter Kath and Kim has come to DVD.The Neighbours meets Royle Family type show features the suburban Sheila's attempt to cope with all that life throws at them from sex, men, food and, well mainly sex, men and food.

  • Northern Ireland to launch gay equality law 12

    Gay activists are recommending Ulster as an ideal holiday destination for the LGBT community as Northern Ireland looks set to implement Sexual Orientation Regulations early

    12:00 AM — Gay activists are recommending Ulster as an ideal holiday destination for the LGBT community as Northern Ireland looks set to implement Sexual Orientation Regulations early in the New Year.The law, which guarantees equality in the provision of goods and services, is rumoured to be introduced in January 2007, while the legislation will be enforced in the rest of the UK in April.

  • 23rd November 2006

    Christian students ‘under considerable opposition’

    Unions in Exeter, Birmingham and Edinburgh have been prohibited from using university faculties and in some cases from being recognised as a club

    12:00 AM — Senior Bishops of the Church of England, and the Roman Catholic Church in England and Wales, have spoken out against "intolerant and unlawful" actions by several universities after a number of Christian Unions have been banned from campuses.Unions in Exeter, Birmingham and Edinburgh have been prohibited from using university faculties and in some cases from being recognised as a club because of alleged discrimination towards non-Christians and gay people.

  • Gaydar offers cash payment option 2

    Gaydar has linked up with Ukash, an e-commerce cash payment method, to add cash vouchers as an alternative method of online payment

    12:00 AM — Gaydar, the social networking and online dating website, has introduced an accessible new cash payment option for users who either do not own a credit or debt card or choose not to use their cards for making online transactions.Gaydar has linked up with Ukash, an e-commerce cash payment method, to add cash vouchers as an alternative method of online payment for its 3.6 million members worldwide.

  • Activists push for gay marriage in Connecticut

    GLAD argues that the denial of marriage by the 2005 civil union law is arbitrary and fails to provide gay and lesbian citizens with the equal treatment the constitution requires

    12:00 AM — The state of Connecticut violates its own constitution by denying same-sex couples the right to marry according to a brief filed this week in the Connecticut Supreme Court by Gay Lesbian Advocates Defenders (GLAD).GLAD argues that the denial of marriage by the 2005 civil union law is arbitrary and fails to provide gay and lesbian citizens with the equal treatment the constitution requires.

  • Transgender conference ‘wasting resources’ 3

    Speaking at the conference, which was attended by 70 members of the transsexual community, Assistant Chief Constable Simon Byrne said the force would ask what the group's unique needs are

    12:00 AM — Merseyside Police have been criticised after holding a conference on transgender issues despite only having one transgender crime victim in the last year.The Dysphoria Conference, which saw officers vowing to treat transsexual crime victims respectfully and fairly, has been accused of wasting police time.

  • Lesbian divorce raises legal issue for Rhode Island 2

    Rhode Island allows same sex couples to get married in Massachusetts, the only US state with full marriage equality

    12:00 AM — A lesbian couple from Rhode Island have started a legal debate in their home state after seeking a divorce from a same sex marriage obtained in Massachusetts.Margaret Chambers and Cassandra Ormiston took advantage of the opening up of marriage to gay couples in Massachusetts in 2004, but now that they want to separate, it creates a confusing issue for Rhode Island where there is no law recognising gay marriage.

  • South Africa backs gay inheritance rights 10

    The case comes just weeks after South African politicians voted for gay marriage

    12:00 AM — South Africa's gay community has been given more cause for celebration after the country's constitutional court today ruled that same sex partners should have equal inheritance rights to heterosexual couples.The case comes just weeks after South African politicians voted for gay marriage.This latest development orders that the law regarding inheritance rights should also include the term, "same-sex life partnership."

  • Civil partners urged to write wills 1

    In one case handled by the IPW, two civil partners were aghast to discover that their wills had been revoked as a result of their Civil Partnership

    12:00 AM — December 5 marks the first anniversary of the Civil Partnership Bill but despite a year having passed since the introduction of this legislation, the Institute of Professional Willwriters is warning that many same sex couples have no idea of the impact their union has on their inheritance arrangements.The Institute of Professional Willwriters is so concerned about this situation that it has written to the National Statistician and Registrar General for England and Wales to highlight the lack of knowledge existing in relation to the impact of marriage, re-marriage and Civil Partnership on an existing will.

  • Gay clergy ‘divisive’ for Church relations

    It comes after the ordination of gay bishop of New Hampshire Gene Robinson in 2003

    12:00 AM — Gay bishops and female clergy are driving a wedge through the prospect of good relations between the Anglican and Catholic Church, the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Pope concluded today.In his first official visit to the pontiff, Dr Rowan Williams spoke of the importance of unity in the church, the pair presented a declaration which highlighted certain issues straining Christian relations.

  • 22nd November 2006

    China launches lesbian help-line

    Although homosexuality in China is no longer considered a mental illness, it is still considered a  taboo issue

    12:00 AM — China has opened its first help line offering counselling for lesbians.The service, funded by the Chi Heng Foundation, will offer counselling and advice from a ream of 10 volunteers.It echoes a similar service set up earlier this year which was staffed by men, but this scheme shows a growing awareness of lesbian issues in the traditionally conservative country.

  • MTV awarded for gay-friendly advertising

    For over a decade, MTV Networks has aired groundbreaking LGBT portrayals in its promotional advertising, and has served as a primary media outlet for other advertisers

    12:00 AM — MTV Networks and Orbitz.com were recognised for "inclusive excellence in portrayals of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals" in their promotional advertising during the Commercial Closet Association's Second Annual Corporate Visionary Honours event, held this week at The New York Times' historic, 93-year-old building.For over a decade, MTV Networks has aired groundbreaking LGBT portrayals in its promotional advertising, and has served as a primary media outlet for other advertisers to do the same.

  • 2007 calendar supports sacked gay military recruits

    A 2007 calendar released this week by Servicemembers Legal Defence Network (SLDN) showcases twelve veterans from various branches of the US armed forces.

    12:00 AM — A 2007 calendar released this week by Servicemembers Legal Defence Network (SLDN) showcases twelve veterans from various branches of the US armed forces.The "Lift the Ban" calendar includes images from the organisation's national ad campaign, captured on film by photographer Judy Rolfe."Every day, the Pentagon fires at least two people for being lesbian, gay or bisexual," said SLDN executive director C. Dixon Osburn.

  • Lesbian rocker tops Cool List 1

    ( Photo: the real janelle flickr.com)

    12:00 AM — A lesbian punk rocker has topped a 'Cool List' of music icons.Beth Ditto, the larger than life lead singer of US band Gossip, beat big names such as Lily Allen, Jarvis Cocker and Liam Gallagher to become the first woman to top music magazine NME's Cool List.Ditto is an outspoken advocate for gay rights and has used her songs to back gay marriage legislation in the US.

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