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  • 7th February 2006

    Thanks

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  • UN conference to beat AIDS 2

    A previous AIDS conference in Eastern Europe, which is starting to accept homosexuality more

    12:00 AM — A United Nations backed international conference is set to tackle HIV and AIDS issues in May.The first European and Central Asian AIDS Conference will take place in Moscow. The conference is expected to gather 500 participants, and provide a unique opportunity for policy makers, researchers, civil society representatives and people living with HIV from Eastern Europe and Central Asia to share experiences and establish new partnerships to address the particular characteristics of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the region.

  • 6th February 2006

    Doctor harasses lesbian patient over sexuality 1

    A lesbian patient went to her doctor for a routine checkup but returned home with materials criticising her lifestyle

    12:00 AM — The Gay and Lesbian Medical Association this week condemned a surgery who allegedly harassed a lesbian patient in his surgery.They claim a Florida medical office gave a lesbian patient material describing homosexuality as "sinful" and "sexually impure" and advising her to change her sexuality.

  • Aussie star offended by claims of lesbian sex romp 1

    CCTV pictures allegedly reveal Dannii Minogue getting close to a female stripper

    12:00 AM — Pop star Dannii Minogue has been hurt by newspaper revelations of a lesbian sex romp, according to a close friend.Images published by The News of the World over the weekend, apparently show the little sister of Kylie Minogue, in steamy and sexual poses with a stripper at the Puss In Boots nightclub.

  • IDAHO off to good start 2

    The campaign draws heavily on action taken by communities to establish LGBT rights as human rights throughout the world

    12:00 AM — The International Day Against Homophobia campaign has got off to a positive start this year, according to gay group, IDAHO.Last year the first International Day Against Homophobia was marked in over 40 countries throughout the world, including the first gay and lesbian rally in China, and an internet campaign by MAHA, a group of LGBT militants in Iran.

  • Royal Navy searching for gay recruits 2

    In 1999 servicemen and women were routinely thrown out of the military in disgrace if it was discovered they were gay.

    12:00 AM — The Royal Navy is looking to increase its gay personnel, despite fears that the move could anger traditionalists within the service.Navy chiefs have been working to build bridges with the gay community for some time since the service's ban on gay and lesbian recruits was lifted five years ago.

  • 3rd February 2006

    Tennis ace to open Gay Games 3

    Martina Navratilova won 18 Grand Slam singles titles, 40 Grand Slam doubles titles and the women's singles title at Wimbledon a record 9 times

    12:00 AM — Tennis star Martina Navratilova will open this year's Outgames in Montreal.The world-renowned tennis champion will present the Declaration of MontrĂ©al, the resolution of a conference on gay rights, with Olympic medallist and Outgames Co-President Mark Tewksbury at the Opening Ceremony on July 29, 2006.

  • Comment: Playing it Straight 1

    Is sexuality important in film roles?

    12:00 AM — The recent popularity of the Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender genre as seen in award winning films such as Brokeback Mountain and Transamerica, has helped bring gay issues to the fore and raise the profile of many of the actors involved.PinkNews.co.uk's Marc Shoffman asks why none of these stars are actually gay. 

  • Simon Hughes- Media can’t get its head around bisexuality 2

    The media seem afraid to use the word bisexual

    12:00 AM — The coverage of Simon Hughes's outing as bisexual demonstrates the media's confusion of bisexuality according to research by gay news provider, PinkNews.co.ukPinkNews.co.uk, the largest news service for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered (lgbt) outside of North America has found that out of 116 reports of Simon Hughes's sexuality, only ten articles correctly defined his sexuality as bisexual. 87% of PinkNews.co.uk readers believe that the British media as a whole does not understand what bisexuality is.

  • THT launch gay drug alcohol support

    The THT has launched a new drug and alcohol support service

    12:00 AM — The Terrence Higgins Trust has launched a new drug and alcohol support service for young lesbian, gay and bi-sexual (LGB) people in Lambeth. The scheme, called High NRG, is being run in Waterloo and will support under 25's who need advice and information on drugs and alcohol.The service offers one to one counselling and group work and is funded by Lambeth Council's Young People's Substance Misuse Grant.

  • Bond director arrested over transexual prostitution 3

    James Bond director, Lee Tamahori allegedly offered a police officer oral sex

    12:00 AM — The director of James Bond film, Die Another Day, was arrested for allegedly offering oral sex whilst dressing as a woman, according to officials in America.Lee Tamahori was arrested in January when he approached an undercover Los Angeles police officer and offered to "orally copulate him for money."

  • Government asks how many gays are in the village 5

    The only gay in the village? People like gay comedian Matt Lucas may be asked to declare their sexuality

    12:00 AM — The Department of Trade and Industry is to start asking about sexual orientation as part of an attempt to count the number of gay people in Britain.According to reports in The Economist, people may be asked about their sexuality when they register at a doctors surgery or fill in a crime survey, and a sexuality section may appear on the 2011 census.

  • Bishop opposes gay blessings 30

    Rt Revd Jonathan Gledhill says that church services shouldn't include gay blessings

    12:00 AM — The Bishop of Lichfield has expressed concern at plans for a gay and bisexual church serviceAccording to the BBC, he said he wished an event publicised in the diocese newspaper to devise services for gay and bisexual people was not happening. The newspaper said the Lichfield branch of Changing Attitude, who campaign for lesbian and gay affirmation in the Anglican Church, is holding an event called Liturgies for Love.

  • 2nd February 2006

    Couple plan gay rights protest

    Charles Merrill feels he is paying unfair tax whilst not being allowed to marry his partner

    12:00 AM — A gay couple in North Carolina are refusing to pay their taxes in protest at not being allowed to get married.Charles Merrill and his partner Kevin Boyle, have announced they will not pay Federal or North Carolina Income Tax on over two million dollars worth of stock sales and income for 2004, because of unfair discrimination in the Federal and State Tax Income Codes.

  • Canada may backtrack on gay marriages

    Canada was the fourth nation to allow gay marriages

    12:00 AM — Gay people in Canada may have the right to marry taken away just a year after the nation granted it.A new Conservative government, that campaigned on the promise that it would allow Parliament to vote on whether to reopen the issue, takes power next week .If Parliament approves the motion, the government, led by Stephen Harper, would then change the definition of marriage back to that of a union between a man and a woman. The gay marriage law was brought in by the outgoing Liberals.

  • 1st February 2006

    Gay Pride knifeman jailed

    Jerusalem City Council promises to continue Gay Pride events

    12:00 AM — An Ultra-Orthodox Jewish man who stabbed people at the Jerusalem Gay Pride Parade last year, has been sentenced to 12 years in prison.Judges ruled that the accused displayed extreme fanatical behaviour in his actions that injured three people.The Jerusalem District Court convicted Yishai Schlissel, a resident of the ultra-Orthodox community of Kiryat Sefer, of attempted murder and severe injury for stabbing and injuring three people at the gay parade.

  • Outgames finds new partners 1

    The Outgames will be held from 26 July to 5 August 2006 with more than 16,000 participants in the sport, cultural and International Conference programmes

    12:00 AM — The International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association and the 1st World Outgames Montreal 2006 have announced a formal partnership.The 1st World Outgames Montreal 2006 has been a member of the IGLTA for the past two years, during which they have developed a strong partnership and cooperated on projects allowing both organisations to promote their services and events, as well as promote gay travel as a whole.

  • Civil Rights activist dies

    Coretta Scott King, 78, suffered a stroke and a mild heart attack last August

    12:00 AM — The widow of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr, died on Monday night in Mexico, where she was receiving treatment at a holistic health centre after a heart attack last year.Coretta Scott King, 78, suffered a stroke and a mild heart attack last August. Her sister Edythe Scott Bagley told CNN she was receiving further medical treatment as part of her rehabilitation at Hospital Santa Monica when she died.

  • Brad Pitt wants to play gay

    Brad Pitt wants to cash in on the success of films such as Brokeback Mountain

    12:00 AM — Hollywood heartthrob Brad Pitt has expressed his desire to star in the ultimate gay love story after the success of films such as Brokeback Mountain.An insider told the Sun, "Brad has asked his people to find him a script to play a gay man. He wants it to be a story that appeals to both men and women and he wants it to be the edgiest work he's done."He is reportedly expecting a baby boy with lover Angelina Jolie.

  • 31st January 2006

    Signatures on anti-gay marriage petition were fakes- gay rights group claims

    It is claimed that 2000 voter signatures appeared illegitimately on the initiative petition to ban gay marriage

    12:00 AM — More than 2000 voter signatures appeared illegitimately on the initiative petition to ban gay marriage, the gay rights organization MassEquality claimed today. It is to call on the Massachusetts Attorney General and Secretary of State to fully investigate the signature collection activities of VoteonMarriage, an offshoot of the Massachusetts Family Institute.MassEquality says that its own investigations have uncovered more than 2000 voters whose signatures were collected through fraud, deception, forgery and trickery during the signature drive which ended Dec. 7, 2005.

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