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  • 1st June 2006

    Animal rights go gay

    PETA is encouraging people to go vegetarian

    12:00 AM — A gay animal rights campaigner bared his human flesh yesterday to stop people eating animals.Mike Brazell, a member of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), stood kissing his partner, Christopher McDonough, dressed in a Navy cap and boxer shorts in Washington under a banner declaring "Vegetarians Make Better Lovers."

  • Christians oppose Romanian gay pride

    The New Right told a Bucharest court the parade would be a “manifestation designed to provoke the obscene and anti-social“

    12:00 AM — A Romanian Christian group filed a complaint today seeking to stop a gay pride march schedule for this weekend.The New Right told a Bucharest court the parade would be a "manifestation designed to provoke the obscene and anti-social."The march will end a week of events under the GayFest celebrations currently taking place in the Eastern European country.

  • Desmond Tutu awaits lesbian kiss 2

    Archbishop Tutu has voiced support for the Kisses That Count scheme

    12:00 AM — A lesbian couple aims to deliver a kiss to Archbishop Desmond Tutu next month as part of a campaign to spread peace, love and goodwill.Heather and Chloe Wolsey-Ottaway are promoting a new venture called, Kisses That Count, around the world, and will attend a charity event in New York where the Nobel Peace Prize winner will be a keynote speaker.

  • Medical group fund research into lesbian health

    LHF grants address issues of critical importance to the health of lesbians

    12:00 AM — A gay medical organisation has announced three grants to support research into lesbian health.The Lesbian Health Fund (LHF), a programme of the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association (GLMA), today announced three $10,000 grants to support groundbreaking research in the field of lesbian health.

  • 31st May 2006

    Police interview Conservative councillor over ‘gay paedophile’ slur 14

    This is not the first time Mr Willows has spoken out against Brighton's gay community

    12:00 AM — A Conservative councillor accused of labelling gay people as paedophiles has been voluntarily interviewed by police in Brighton.Peter Willows, a Hangleton and Knoll ward councillor, faced widespread condemnation last week over comments labelling gay people as paedophiles, which he was reported to have made at an annual Brighton and Hove City Council.

  • Transgendered fire-fighter wins discrimination case 1

    The fire-fighter claims that not being offered a “drive home” vehicle means that she can not respond to emergencies and this reduces her pay

    12:00 AM — An American fire-fighter has won a discrimination claim against Knoxville Fire Service ruling that she was harassed and victimised after undergoing a sex change.Fire Captain Jamie Faucon, filed a complaint against the Knoxville Fire Chief Carlos Perez and her supervisor, Mark Foulkes, claiming she was denied a car and overtime because she is a transgendered woman. She further claims that Mr Foulkes used the incorrect gender terminology to refer to her in conversations.

  • Gay officer handed new role 7

    Brian Paddick first attracted public notoriety when as commander of Brixton Police, he pioneered a liberal attitude to cannabis

    12:00 AM — Deputy Assistant Commissioner, Brian Paddick, Britain's highest ranking gay policeman, has been moved to a less high profile role.The officer will retain his commissioner job but will no longer be in charge of the riot squad as part of Territorial Policing, after being given the task of setting up a new information system by Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Ian Blair.

  • Sex change laws dismiss transgender community 1

    The Vietnamese law will now be submitted for government approval

    12:00 AM — Vietnam's transgendered community has lost out in new laws which legalise sex changes only for androgynies.The legislation allows people with both male and female genital features but means those with physically distinct sexual identities are still not allowed the surgery.

  • Gay MEP backs clampdown on Polish homophobia

    Former EastEnder and Labour MEP for the West Midlands, Michael Cashman, president of the EU Intergroup on gay and lesbian rights, said: “This issue of incitement to violence in Poland, which goes uncriticised by the government, must come to an end. Ministers are now indulging in defamation and vilification of homosexuals in Poland

    12:00 AM — The International Lesbian and Gay Association (ILGA) is calling on the European Union (EU) to address mounting homophobia in Poland.The group expressed concerns about homophobic attitudes in Poland after a government minister advocated attacking people who take part in a pride march, due next week.

  • Gay couples may get new legal rights

    The law would answer criticism that gay and married couples can gain legal rights through civil ceremonies and marriages, when unmarried partners cannot

    12:00 AM — Unmarried couples, including gay partners without a civil partnership, who live together, may be given the right to each other's wealth after a break up, according to plans produced today.The Law Commission, an independent legislation watchdog, has published a consultation document to define improvements to the rights of unmarried cohabiting couples after a rise in cases is expected from two to four million in the next 25 years.

  • Gay group push for equality in faith schools 12

    The organisation also called for an education system where LGBT people, culture and history were visible to students

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveA group campaigning for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) equality in schools, is urging the government to ensure faith schools adhere to the terms of the incoming Equality Act which outlaws homophobic discrimination in the provision of goods and services.Schools Out warned that faith schools must not be allowed to discriminate against LGBT students.

  • Body found in search for missing gay man

    Kevin Hoare, 39, disappeared in the early hours of May 11 2006 after friends left him at the Organics Club

    12:00 AM — Police have discovered the body of a man in Spain during a search for a gay holidaymaker who has been missing for over two weeks.Kevin Hoare, 39, disappeared in the early hours of May 11 2006 after friends left him at the Organics Club, a gay bar in Sitges.Mr Hoare, from Bognor Regis, failed to meet his brother at Gatwick Airport two days later and there has been no movement on his mobile phone or bank account.

  • Transsexual considers legal action over sex change wait 1

    Emma was told in 2003 that she was a woman trapped in a man's body and was eligible for treatment, but was then informed that she could only be treated at Leeds Gender Clinic where there is a two year wait

    12:00 AM — A transsexual is considering legal action against her Primary Care Trust after being told she must wait up to six years to have a sex change.Emma was told in 2003 that she was a woman trapped in a man's body and was eligible for treatment, but was then informed that she could only be treated at Leeds Gender Clinic where there is a two year wait for an appointment, as well as a repeat assessment of around four years, which could mean she has to wait another six years in total.

  • Russian authorities blamed for gay pride violence 4

    Gay activists including Nikolay Alexeyev, one of the main rally planners, were arrested along with nationalists and religious protesters

    12:00 AM — The organisers of last weekend's Moscow Gay Pride have condemned the Russian authorities for causing the violence which resulted in over 120 arrests.Gay activists including Nikolay Alexeyev, one of the main rally planners, were arrested along with nationalists and religious protesters.

  • Transsexual prisoner wants State funded sex change

    The Department of Correction's lawyer, Richard McFarland, said surgery was refused because the prisoner may become a target for attacks

    12:00 AM — A transsexual serving a life sentence for murder has asked the State that jailed her to pay for a sex change operation.Michelle, 57, formerly Robert Kosilek, was married to a woman called Cheryl, but was jailed after strangling her in 1990.In 2002 a judge ruled that she was suffering from gender identity disorder but did not order the state to pay for a sex change.

  • 30th May 2006

    Bush backs bill limiting anti gay funeral protests 2

    US President George W Bush has given his backing to a law prohibiting anti gay protests

    12:00 AM — US President George W Bush has given his backing to a law prohibiting anti gay protests at military funerals.His signature follows bills in Kentucky and Ohio regulating funeral protests in response to the Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka, after they said American military deaths are God's retribution for tolerance of gay people.

  • Transsexual files £500,000 discrimination claim 1

    The claim is expected to go to an employment tribunal in the next three months

    12:00 AM — A transsexual who moved to the UK fearing persecution in the US state of Indiana, is suing her former British employers for sex discrimination.Jessica Bussert, formerly Josh, is seeking £500,000 compensation from Hitachi Data Systems claiming she was demoted after surgery to "feminise" her face and breasts.

  • A ‘moral and political victory’ for gay pride 5

    Moscow Pride, 27 May 2006 - Outside Mayor Yuri Luzhkov's office in City Hall. Human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell with Louis-Georges Tin, coordinator of the International Gay Against Homophobia. Russian text: Rights for gays [Photo: Andy Harley/UK Gay News]

    12:00 AM — Peter Tatchell of gay rights group Outrage looks back on a weekend where shame was brought on the Mayor of Moscow as activists celebrated Moscow Pride.Russian gays have won an important moral and political victory. Yuri Luzhkov said a gay pride parade would never happen while he was Mayor of Moscow. But Moscow Pride did happen, on 27 May, despite the Mayor's ban, police arrests, and violence from neo-fascists, right-wing nationalists and Orthodox Christian fundamentalists.

  • LA hosts gay wedding as Senate marriage vote nears 4

    This ceremony on June 2 2006 comes just days before the US Senate votes on the Federal Marriage Amendment on June 6 2006, which would define marriage as the union between a man and a woman

    12:00 AM — The UCLA Student Coalition for Marriage Equality (SCME) will host a public same-sex wedding in Los Angeles this week, days before the US Senate votes on banning gay marriage.Dr Patricia Alford-Keating, a counsellor for UCLA Student Psychological Services, and her partner Shannon Lea Keating will reaffirm their original wedding vows made 22 years ago in front of students, faculty, and staff. The ceremony will be real in every way, except for the lack of a marriage license issued by the state.

  • London Mayor criticises Moscow Gay Pride violence 4

    Ken Livingstone said: 'The Russian people suffered greater casualties than any other country from Nazism - whose targets were not only Jews and Soviet citizens but also homosexuals“

    12:00 AM — The Mayor of London has condemned the violence and religious and nationalist protests that marred gay pride celebrations in Moscow last weekend.Gay activists who chose to defy a gay pride ban in the Russian capital were met with violence from religious and nationalist protesters chanting anti gay slogans and 1000 riot police aiming to stop demonstrations in the Red Square.

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