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  • 21st July 2006

    London Mayor criticises Latvia’s “attack on human rights” 1

    Ken Livingstone took part in the  EuroPride rally in London holding a Venezuelan flag as well as a flag of his hero, Cuban revolutionary Che Guevara

    12:00 AM — The Mayor of London has called the decision to ban Latvia's Gay Pride "an unacceptable attack on human rights."His words have been echoed by gay rights group Outrage, Amnesty International and the Latvian President, who have all criticised the authorities in Riga for cancelling the parade in the capital on public order grounds.

  • Government urged to debate gay adoption “ramifications” 1

    According to government statistics, approximately 2,500 children are looked after by social services in Northern Ireland at any one time, the number of adoptions in Northern Ireland has fallen significantly from a peak in 1970 of 554 to an average of around 150 per year

    12:00 AM — The Leader of the House of Commons Jack Straw has been called to initiate a debate on the "ramifications" of allowing gay couples to adopt in Northern Ireland.Mr Straw, setting out the timetable for debates leading up to and after Parliament's summer recess, was yesterday asked by Democratic Unionist MP for Strangford Iris Robinson, to schedule a gay adoption debate after the break as a matter of "urgency."

  • Alabama appoints first lesbian representative 1

    Patricia Todd made history this week when voters in Alabama's 54th legislative district sent the Democrat to the State House

    12:00 AM — Patricia Todd made history this week when voters in Alabama's 54th legislative district sent the Democrat to the State House, marking the first time ever that the Alabama legislature will include an openly gay representative.The Gay Lesbian Victory Fund, the nation's largest gay and lesbian political action committee, endorsed Ms Todd and helped raise tens of thousands of dollars from its national network of donors to help fund her campaign.

  • London gay pride group condemn Riga’s “return to dark ages” 1

    One of the themes of the EuroPride parade was battling prejudice in Eastern Europe

    12:00 AM — Campaigning charity and organiser of Europe's largest gay event, Pride London, today condemned the decision of the City Council of Riga to ban the city's Gay Pride amid threats of violence from extremist groups.Pride London hosted EuroPride 06, the largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender celebration this year, attended by 600,000 people from all over Europe.

  • Prescott cleared over anti-gay tycoon links

    John Prescott faced criticism for his host's anti-gay links

    12:00 AM — Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott broke ministerial rules when he did not immediately declare his stay at an anti-gay US tycoon's ranch, a Parliament watchdog concluded today.However, the House of Commons standards committee cleared the minister for not registering a cowboy outfit he received from Philip Anschutz after a stay at his Colorado home.

  • Gay community going green

    The findings show the LGBT community recycle up to 15% more than any other group (Photo: rickabbo flickr.com)

    12:00 AM — Gays and lesbians are going greener faster than any other group of people, according to research.Findings by advertising and marketing agency, Gasoline, suggest the pink pound, a measure of the amount of money the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community group has to spend, is going green faster than any other group.

  • Nursing union seeks “equal” benefits for lesbian partner

    The Massachusetts Nurses Association (MNA) filed a suit in federal court this week seeking to reverse an arbitration award that denied health insurance benefits to the same-sex spouse

    12:00 AM — The Massachusetts Nurses Association (MNA) filed a suit in federal court this week seeking to reverse an arbitration award that denied health insurance benefits to the same-sex spouse of a registered nurse employed by Merrimack Valley Hospital.Maria Ciulla a resident of Methuen and the nurse who was denied health coverage for her spouse, stated the essence of the case in a letter she wrote to Merrimack Valley Hospital CEO Robert Allen following the arbitration ruling.

  • Gay holiday destination accused of discrimination

    The increase in tension between the straight and gay community appears to have coincided with a planned vote in the state Legislature on an amendment to ban gay marriage

    12:00 AM — For once gay people aren't being heckled instead they're turning on the straight people in a popular American gay holiday destination.Provincetown, dubbed New England's summer gay capital has seen a rise in harassment and discrimination of gay people in recent years.They've been targeted as "breeders" and "baby makers."

  • Massachusetts gay marriage pioneers split

    Friends said the split shows that gay couples are just like heterosexuals in that they can get married and later separate

    12:00 AM — The lesbian couple whose relationship spurred the state of Massachusetts to open up marriage for gay couples has separated.Julie and Hillary Goodridge, who were the lead plaintiffs in the landmark 2004 case announced an "amicable" separation last night.Mary Breslauer, a spokeswoman for the pair, told The Boston Globe, "Julie and Hillary Goodridge are amicably living apart."

  • 20th July 2006

    Jewish News responds to criticism from gay community 23

    Jewish LGBT group BaGeLs were amongst those that expressed outrage at Palmer's comments.

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveDefending columnist Howard Palmer's anti-gay pride column in last week's Jewish News, editor Zeddy Lawrence today told PinkNews.co.uk that it was simply reflecting a view held by a large sector of the Jewish community and that his comments do not reflect the newspaper's stance.Gay British Jewry reacted with outrage this week after Palmer's column described the upcoming gay pride march in Jerusalem as "a circus of stomach-churning stunts of sin."

  • South African court debates gay inheritance

    A gay man who was locked in an inheritance battle with the parents of his late boyfriend has asked South Africa's Constitutional court to back a decision that he is the legal hei

    12:00 AM — A gay man who was locked in an inheritance battle with the parents of his late boyfriend has asked South Africa's Constitutional court to back a decision that he is the legal heir.In March the Pretoria High Court decided that Mark Gory should have a legal right to Henry Brook's estate under the Intestate Succession Act, although Mr Brook's parents said it was unfair as the couple were not legally married.

  • Gay community backs GPA’s anti-religion ad 9

    The Gay Police Association at the EuroPride parade

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveThe gay community has backed an advert by the Gay Police Association (GPA) which attributed recent homophobic attacks to religious belief.Scotland Yard is considering an investigation into the group after it placed an advertisement in The Independent's diversity supplement which coincided with the EuroPride rally, displaying a pool of blood next to a Bible.

  • Scottish homophobic attacks spur gay protection calls 1

    Figures obtained by a Scottish newspaper investigation suggest there has been a 100 per cent increase in incidents over the last year

    12:00 AM — The Scottish Executive is facing pressure to make homophobia a hate crime after new figures reveal a significant rise in anti-gay attacks.Figures obtained by a Scottish newspaper investigation suggest there has been a 100 per cent increase in incidents over the last year.The Scotsman claims that "In the Lothian and Borders region, police have revealed that 30 homophobic offences have been recorded this year, compared with 37 for the whole of 2005. In 2003, just 19 incidents were recorded.

  • Polish Prime Minister rules out gay marriage 2

    His statements may cause embarrassment for the European Union who have pledged to clampdown on homophobia in the continent

    12:00 AM — Poland's Prime Minister Jaroslaw Kacynski used his official assumption of power yesterday to declare the country a gay marriage free zone.The leader of the Law and Justice Party, along with his brother, President Lech Kaczynski, has been known for his anti gay views after several gay bars and organisations have been banned and ministers have been allowed to freely make homophobic remarks.

  • Latvian gays shocked at pride ban 1

    The Moscow Pride march last May was marred by religious protests

    12:00 AM — Latvian gay rights groups have expressed shock at the decision to ban a gay pride march in the capital Riga.City officials yesterday announced the parade could not take place on public order grounds but refused to divulge information about the threats.

  • Campaigners condemn gay hangings

    The House of Commons meeting was one of 25 protests against Iran's execution of gay people and children, which were held in cities around the world yesterday (Photo: outragelondon)

    12:00 AM — To mark the first anniversary of Iran's hanging of two gay teenagers, Mahmoud Asgari and Ayaz Marhoni, in the city of Mashhad, Labour MP Chris Bryant hosted a public meeting at the House of Commons last night.Speakers included Chris Bryant MP and Azar Majedi, Chair of the Organisation for Women's Liberation in Iran. Simon Forbes and Peter Tatchell of OutRage! revealed new information exposing the Iranian regime's "lies and propaganda" about the execution of Mahmoud and Ayaz.

  • Homophobic attack victim remembered in school award 2

    Jody Dobrowski, 24, assistant manager at Bar Risa Jongleurs, in Camden, was found unconscious in south London last year and died in hospital with head, neck and facial injuries

    12:00 AM — An annual award for human kindness and consideration has been created in the memory of murdered gay bar manager Jody Dubrowski at his old school in Stroud.Announcing the award Dubrowski's step father Mike Haddock told the children "We are all different but we have to know how to treat each other. If we dare not meet the difficulties in ourselves and others, we may not grow into the healthy adults we can become."

  • Call for Indian legalisation of homosexuality 57

    Whether the call to legalise homosexuality in order to lessen HIV infection will convince the country's socially conservative decision-makers remains to be seen.

    12:00 AM — In their push for a reduction in the rate of HIV infection, the Indian government's HIV/AIDS control body has filed a statement in the Delhi High Court supporting the legalisation of homosexuality.In a boost for gay rights in India, where a 145 year old law dating back to British colonial rule is still used by police to harass gay people, the National AIDS Control Organisation's (NACO) statement calls for section 377 of the Indian penal code to be abandoned.

  • 19th July 2006

    Gay marriage upheld in USA 4

    The American Civil Liberties Union today applauded the House of Representatives as it joined the Senate in overwhelmingly rejecting a proposal to amend the Constitution to deny marriage protections to gays and lesbians

    12:00 AM — The American Civil Liberties Union today applauded the House of Representatives as it joined the Senate in overwhelmingly rejecting a proposal to amend the Constitution to deny marriage protections to gay and lesbian couples.The move follows a similar rejection by both houses of Congress in 2004, and by the Senate last month.

  • Jewish columnist “inciting homophobia” 23

    Jerusalem WorldPride runs from August 6-12 2006

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveThe Jewish gay community has reacted angrily to a newspaper columnist who criticised the upcoming World Pride Jerusalem march branding it "stomach churning."Howard Palmer, a writer for The Jewish News, spoke out against the parade in his regular column, calling it embarrassing for Israel and the Jewish people.

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