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  • 20th February 2006

    Town toilets attract gay sex

    Foyleside centre manager, Des Farrell told the Irish News the toilets were checked regularly and public safety was not being compromised

    12:00 AM — Public toilets in a Northern Ireland city are being promoted as meeting places on the internet for gay men wishing to have sex.Messages are being left on an online board describing Derry's Foyleside centre toilets as a place to meet potential partners. Specific messages recommend Saturday afternoons, a time when the centre is packed with young people and families.

  • 17th February 2006

    Psychologists examine impact of Pentagon gay policy on health 1

    “There is no evidence,“ the article says, “that combat performance is diminished or that unit cohesion declines when GLB persons serve openly“

    12:00 AM — A newly published article in the journal Professional Psychology examines how the US military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy towards gay recruits impedes access to mental healthcare in the armed services and identifies practical steps providers should take to provide the best possible care for lesbian, gay and bisexual service personnel.The article, Service Delivery in a "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" World, was published as part of the American Psychological Association's Task Force on Sexual Orientation and Military Service.

  • Washington mayoral candidate to block gay clubs

    Opposition surfaced last month after Mr Orange discovered that gay business owner Bob Siegel planned to buy a vacant warehouse in the ward and intended to invite one or more of the gay clubs to move there

    12:00 AM — A candidate to become the Mayor of Washington is campaigning to block adult gay entertainment businesses from his ward prompting petitions from activists.Vincent Orange, who currently serves on the District's Council, is expected to replace them with a new Major League Baseball stadium in ward 5.

  • Bishop attacks Spanish PM over gay marriage

    Mr Zapatero and his government refused to give in under pressure from the previous Pope, John Paul II, who was set against the introduction of gay marriage in Spain

    12:00 AM — A leading Catholic Bishop has compared the Spanish Prime Minister to Roman Emperor Caligula over Spain's legalisation of same sex marriage.Bishop Antonio Algora attacked José Luis Rodriguez Zapatero in Spanish newspapers, he said: "If Zapatero wants to become Caligula, it's up to him, but without doubt people will have to learn who Caligula was and what customs he imposed on Rome, it's as simple as that."

  • Dublin man admits gay attacks

    The arrested man has admitted to three of the attacks, two of which took place near Dublin's St Audeon's Church (above)

    12:00 AM — A man in Dublin has confessed to attacking a number of gay men in the city over the last 12 months, police report.Dublin's Gardai claim to have arrested the 17 year old last week and believe he may be to blame for a series of attacks that left one victim in a coma.The Southside People newspaper reported, Garda sources say that the unnamed youth has admitted beating Brian O'Callaghan until he was unconscious.

  • Poll reveals Turkey’s conservative views on homosexuality

    The survey found that three quarters of Turks disapprove of gays and lesbians

    12:00 AM — A significant amount of Turkish people are uncomfortable with homosexuality, a survey suggests.The poll conducted by the Open Society Institute and Istanbul's Bogazici University found that three quarters of Turks disapprove of gays and lesbians.

  • 16th February 2006

    Initiative launched to promote ethnic support of gay marriage 1

    Alexander Robinson of the National Black Justice Coalition said: “The black family is a fundamental driver of black advancement“

    12:00 AM — Five American organisations have announced a new initiative to elevate communities of colour who support marriage equality for same sex couples."The right-wing has perpetuated the idea that people of colour are overwhelmingly against marriage for same-sex couples, it is important that people see this for what it is, a half-baked myth that needs correcting," said Kevin Cathcart, Executive Director of Lambda Legal.

  • Gay group condemns anti LGBT adoption bill 1

    Family Pride is the only national nonprofit organisation exclusively dedicated to securing equality for LGBT parents and their families

    12:00 AM — The gay rights group Family Pride has condemned the introduction of House Bill 515 in the Ohio House of Representatives. If passed, the measure would prohibit lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people, and those who live with them, from adopting or serving as foster parents in Ohio."Child welfare and respected professional organisations are clear in their opposition to these types of measures," said Jennifer Chrisler, executive director of Family Pride, the only national nonprofit organisation exclusively dedicated to securing equality for LGBT parents and their families.

  • Senate to vote on gay marriage amendment

    Not only would the amendment ban marriage for same-sex couples, it also threatens domestic partnerships and civil unions

    12:00 AM — Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist has announced that he will bring the already failed 'Marriage Protection Amendment' proposal up for a vote on June 5, 2006. Similar to 2004, the Senate vote on the Marriage Protection Amendment will come as the fall election season heats up."Not one marriage is protected by this amendment and all marriages are devalued when used as a political ploy," said Human Rights Campaign President Joe Solmonese. "Writing one group of people out of the protections of the Constitution is politics at its worst."

  • Moscow gay pride facing violence

    Gay Russia is planning a pride parade in the Russian capital on May 27, 2006

    12:00 AM — Gay groups planning to attend the Russian gay pride march in the Spring may face violent protests from Muslim groups.The leader of Russia's Muslims on Tuesday called for a "violent mass protest" if gay leaders go ahead with Pride celebrations. Chief Russian Mufti Talgat Tajuddin said gays could be killed if they went ahead.

  • Hong Kong gay men spread HIV 1

    The total number of HIV cases in Hong Kong, which has a population of 6.8 million, is now 2,835 since 1984

    12:00 AM — Twenty gay men in Hong Kong gave each other HIV after meeting on the internet and deciding to spread the virus between themselves, according to health officials.The South China Morning Post revealed that Government health officials found all 20, who met between November 2003 and November 2005, had HIV with similar gene sequencing.

  • 15th February 2006

    Gay bar attack victim says paramedics were homophobic

    Mr Perry told the Massachusetts Department of Public Health that New Bedford paramedics took too long taking him to a hospital, were abusive, and shared private medical information with his family without his permission

    12:00 AM — A man who was attacked in a gay bar has complained after he felt paramedics gave him below standard treatment because of his sexuality.Robert R. Perry,52, was struck in the head with a hatchet and shot in the back by 18-year-old Jacob D. Robida, who later killed himself during a police chase. Two other men also were injured in the attack in February at Puzzles Lounge.

  • Gay bishop getting help for alcoholism

    Gene Robinson was the first openly gay Bishop in the Anglican Communion

    12:00 AM — The gay bishop at the heart of the Anglican Church's dispute over homosexuality is being treated for alcoholism.New Hampshire Bishop Gene Robinson, whose ordination in 2003 enraged conservative Anglicans and threatened to break up the church, revealed his problems in a letter on his diocese's website.

  • Costs double for Pentagon’s gay sacking policy 1

    More than 10,000 service members have been fired for homosexuality since 1994

    12:00 AM — The Pentagon's costs for firing service members for homosexuality under its "don't ask, don't tell" policy nearly doubled last year according to research.Figures from a University of California commission of military experts said it cost over $360 million to enforce the policy from 1994 to 2003. That is 91 percent more than the $190.5 million estimated a year ago by the Government Accountability Office, Congress' investigative arm.

  • Hong Kong couples awaiting UK gay marriage approval 1

    Homosexuality was decriminalised in Hong Kong in 1991

    12:00 AM — Hong Kong gay couples are awaiting a decision from the government on if the British Consulate can conduct civil partnerships in its country.According to the UK Civil Partnership Act, all "British nationals" can register for a same-sex civil union in a British embassy or consulate, as long as the local law agrees.

  • Country singer releases gay cowboy song 2

    Willie Nelson features on the soundtrack of Brokeback Mountain with the song He Was A Friend of Mine

    12:00 AM — Country music singer Willie Nelson has written a song about a gay cowboy romance to coincide with hit film Brokeback Mountain's visit to the Oscars.The song, released on Valentines Day, is called Cowboys Are Secretly, Frequently (Fond of Each Other), it was originally written in 1981. It was played for the first time yesterday on US radio.

  • Singapore allows film fans to see Brokeback Mountain 5

    Promotional material for Brokeback Mountain in Singapore will carry a consumer advisory saying “mature theme, sexual scenes”

    12:00 AM — Cinemagoers in Singapore will be allowed to watch gay cowboy romance Brokeback Mountain without censorship from tomorrow.The Guardian reported that despite the island's strict homosexuality laws and definition of gay sex as gross indecency, film fans over 21 will be able to watch the highly acclaimed movie.

  • Banning smoking is the best thing Labour have done for the gay community 11

    Labour's most lasting change will be a ban on smoking in public places

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk's Editor, Benjamin Cohen takes a look at the impact of the smoking ban on the gay community and argues that it may be Labour's finest hour."It's strange that after nine years of governing Britain, with all the changes to the way that the gay community is treated, Labour's most lasting change will be a ban on smoking in public places."

  • 14th February 2006

    Lesbian accuses bosses of homophobia

    The company was accused during the early 1990s of dismissing some gay workers when a Cracker Barrel executive's memo was leaked saying managers should fire employees who didn't “demonstrate normal heterosexual values“

    12:00 AM — A lesbian is accusing her bosses of discrimination after she says they did nothing after she was groped by co workers and verbally assaulted over her sexuality.Bonnie Usher worked at the Cracker Barrel restaurant, a home country food chain, in Londonderry, New Hampshire. She filed a complained with the state's human rights commission against the Cracker Barrel Old Country Store accusing management of discriminating against her.

  • Israeli lesbians granted joint motherhood

    Gay activists hailed the ruling but said it would be a while before the country fully recognises same sex unions

    12:00 AM — The Israeli Family Court recognised lesbian couples as joint mothers for the first time on Sunday.Tal and Avital Yarous-Hakak, received their adoption orders and are listed as the mothers of their three children.The orders were issued in light of a High Court of Justice ruling on the matter, according to which adoption laws allow the process, even if the both partners are of the same gender.

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