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  • 8th July 2006

    Anti death penalty vigils planned in protest to gay executions 1

    Iran enforces Islamic Sharia law, which demands the death penalty for gay sex.

    12:00 AM — The 19th of July will see anti-death penalty vigils being held all over the world to commemorate the public hanging in Iran of two gay men.Mahmoud Asgari and Ayaz Marhoni were accused of raping a 13 year old boy, though several human right's groups believed that this charge was invented in order to enable the authorities in Mashhad to serve a death penalty on the men who admitted to having gay sex, and denied the rape charge.

  • Gay only Guest houses in Cape Town

    South Africa encourages gay tourism

    12:00 AM — The Commission for Gender Equality has ruled in favour of allowing gay guest houses on the Western Cape to exclude heterosexual couples if they would prefer to do so.Previously excluding straight guests had been seen as a form of discrimination, and was not allowed by law.Cape Town has become a popular gay holiday destination, with the attractions of beautiful beaches, lively nightlife and a thriving music scene.

  • UK’s first gay prom to be held in London

    The Astor bar in London will host the prom

    12:00 AM — Gay Prom UK will hit London next weekend for an evening of dressing up and getting down on the dance floor for gay 16 - 19 year olds.Based on successful events run in Boston, San Francisco and Los Angeles, the organisers hope to send a positive message to gay teens struggling to come to terms with their sexuality that it's perfectly normal to be gay.

  • Pope says “no” to gay marriage, Spanish PM says no to Mass 4

    Christian Life says “no“ to gay marriage, Pope insists

    12:00 AM — As Pope Benedict XVI starts his official visit to Spain, his views against gay marriage bring him into conflict with the secular Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero. A senior Vatican source revealed that Mr Zapatero, who brought in Spain's gay marriage laws, is refusing to attend a Mass said by the Pope.Cardinal Mario Pompedda told Italy's Corriere della Sera newspaper that Zapatero's decision was "an act of excessive secularism".

  • Getting Married anyway – Pope’s words fall on deaf ears 1

    “according to human nature it is a man and a woman who are made for each other”

    12:00 AM — As the Pope Benedict XVI's visit to the Family Conference in Valencia continues, marriages between gay couples are continuing with joy and enthusiasm.Both Jose Francisco Lamo and Luisa Notario married their long term partners in civil ceremonies in the city, as the Pope's visit and anti-gay marriage statements continue.

  • Gay animal celebration at London Zoo 2

    From South Park gag to serious scientific debate - are there gay animals?

    12:00 AM — London Zoo in Regents Park is throwing a party to encourage debate on homosexuality in the animal kingdom. The event, Gay Sunday, is expected to attract hundreds of gay visitors, who will be entertained by drag queens and fire eaters, as they explore the zoo and meet some of the most endangered animals on the planet.Cocktails will be served in a specially built VIP terrace bar, to the accompaniment of jazz classics and the growls, squeaks, hisses and chirrups of the six hundred and fifty animal, reptile and bird species who make the zoo their home.

  • Anti WorldPride petition gathers momentum 23

    100 00 people sign a petition opposing WorldPride in Jerusalem

    12:00 AM — Another day, another addition to the sea of protest surrounding WorldPride's decision to hold this year's event in the city of Jerusalem.Currently an online petition opposing the event is hovering around the 100,000 signature mark. It's organisers are confident that this target will soon be reached.

  • 7th July 2006

    Michael Jackson “shocked” by gay porn 2

    Jackson was arrested and cleared on child molestation charges

    12:00 AM — Testifying in a $1.5 million breach of contract suit filed by his former video producer, Marc Schaffel, Jackson said that discovering that Schaffel had directed a gay porn film had caused him to break their professional relationship.In a pre-recorded sworn testimony, the Santa Monica Superior court heard the singer's reaction to this discovery."I was shocked by what I saw", he said.

  • Jerusalem WorldPride to move to Tel Aviv? 23

    “change venue to Sedom and Gomorrah!“ rage over WorldPride continues

    12:00 AM — The Israeli online news website, YNet, is claiming that WorldPride will be moved from Jerusalem to Tel Aviv.Unnamed police officials have told the website that the change in venue in very likely to happen, although apparently the "final decision has not (officially) been made yet".The official reason given for moving the parade is that the Jerusalem Police fear that they will not be able to cope with the "size and complexity of the event", the website claims.

  • London Bombings remembered

    The terrorist attack on London was remebered all over the country

    12:00 AM — All over the country people remembered the London Bombings.Outside our central London offices, the streets were silent. Cars stopped and observed the silence. Office workers came out of their buildings to stand in solidarity on the streets .As the rain began to spit, we remembered those who had perished underground or in Tavistock square.

  • No “gunshot for a funny man” in Brighton or Bornemouth 7

    Mr Tatchell's campaign to stop the concerts has been successful

    12:00 AM — "Me not apologising to no funnyman (gay man)"."Fire fi the man dem that looking man" (burn gay men)"Gunshot for a funnyman" (shoot gay men)Concerts by homophobic reggae stars Buju Banton and Beenie Man have been cancelled.

  • Roll over Colleen and Victoria, the real Footballer’s wives are back!

    She's back!

    12:00 AM — Sharpen your perfectly manicured nails and pour yourself a glass of Moet. The real Footballer's wives are back!For one episode only, Tanya Turner recovers from poisoning, and Amber Gates escapes the mental hospital, to have one last fling with television star Graham Norton.He'll be playing a mysterious hunk, the fabulously named Nigel Spunk, who may or may not be the new signing to Earl's Park.

  • 6th July 2006

    Bi today, gay tomorrow? The Times of India wonders 1

    Bi to gay in the wink of an eye? (photo: raminber p.s.)

    12:00 AM — The Times of India has published an extraordinary story today, about the benefits of bisexuality."A few years ago, Angelina Jolie famously said she enjoyed spending time with her female lovers. Though no such high-profile entity has advocated the cause of bisexuality in India, it is a phenomenon that is being talked about," claims the paper.

  • “Marriage” defined as only between one man and one woman? 1

    Gay right's groups are determined to stop the proposal getting to the ballot papers

    12:00 AM — In Chicago the controversy over the proposal to define marriage as between one man and one woman takes another twist.The conservative Illinois Family Institute have formally challenged the initial findings of state officials, that the proposal does not have enough valid signatures to make it onto the November 7th ballot.The petition has 345,000 signatures. State law requires that more than 95% of a petition's signatures must be valid in order for it to be processed and eventually end up on the ballot.

  • Couple speak out about concept of Catholic family

    Gay marriage is an “eclipse of God“ the Pope claims

    12:00 AM — Although Emilio Menendez and Carlos Baturin have been together for 30 years and were the first gay couple to get married in Spain when the law was changed last year, their "family" will not be welcome at the Catholic World Meeting of Families this weekend in Valencia.The Vatican has branded gay marriages an "eclipse of God".Pope Benedict XVI will be visiting the meeting this weekend, and is likely to reiterate the Catholic Church's official views.

  • Faking HIV? AIDS campaigner arrested on fraud charges

    MS Weierbach is accused of falsifying her medical records and test results.

    12:00 AM — Cassey Weierbach, a 27 year old lesbian from Pennsylvania has been touring the US, speaking in youth groups, churches and medical conferences about her tragic childhood rape and infection with the HIV virus.But Ms Weierbach will have to put her lecture tour on hold while serious allegations that she may not in fact have HIV are investigated.

  • Indian Prince disinherited for being gay 4

    “I have found a family in the (gay) community“ Manvendra said.

    12:00 AM — Prince Manvendra (from the Royal family of Gujarat in North West India) has officially stated what has been long believed - that he is gay.Indeed, the Prince has never really sought to hide his sexual orientation, producing and staring in the gay film "Emotionally Yours", and setting up an HIV- awareness NGO to educate gay men about the dangers of the disease. This NGO, Lakshya, has solemnized gay "marriages" and is conducting research into acceptance for homosexuality in Holy Scriptures.

  • Ex HSBC banker to appeal against unfair dismissal judgement 2

    HSBC face unfair dismissal appeal

    12:00 AM — The HSBC tribunal drama continues as the former employee, Peter Lewis, announces his plans to appeal against a judgement that ruled in favour of the bank.Although the tribunal ruled that Mr Lewis had "received less favourable treatment on the grounds of sexual orientation" during the bank's internal investigation into allegations of personal misconduct, it judged that the bank had not dismissed Mr Lewis because of his sexual orientation.

  • Homophobic harassment could lead to 6 figure pay out

    CP publishing could face a £100, 000 fine

    12:00 AM — A publishing company may be required to pay more than £100,000 to an ex employee who claims that he was harassed and then fired for being gay.Jonah Ditton has been awarded £1033 in lost wages by an employment tribunal in Glasgow yesterday, but the details of his compensation are yet to be decided upon.

  • Gay Jews to be welcomed at conference.

    “As an openly gay rabbi, I am proud to be a member of a movement that is making a difference,” Rabbi Young said.

    12:00 AM — Inclusiveness is at the top of the agenda at the Movement for Reform Judaism's biennial conference.The theme for the conference is "counting all of us in", and there will be sessions specifically aimed at gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Jews.Rabbi Roderick Young, who is leading one of these meetings said; "LGBT singles and couples form an important part of the Jewish community."

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