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  • 14th August 2006

    South Africa backs gay blood donors – if celibate 57

    A compromise has been reached between the South African Blood Service and gay pressure groups over donations.

    12:00 AM — A compromise has been reached between the South African Blood Service and gay pressure groups over donations.Previously all gay men who had sex with another man in the last five years were barred from giving blood.Gay activists had argued this rule was discriminatory, and drew attention to previous restrictions by the service on the grounds of race.

  • Northern Ireland police to monitor gay recruitment 57

    Applicants to the Police Service of Northern Ireland are to be asked their sexual orientation for the first time.

    12:00 AM — Applicants to the Police Service of Northern Ireland are to be asked their sexual orientation for the first time. Currently all GB forces monitor the number of gay and lesbian people working for them.Potential officers will also be able to declare if they are in a civil partnership.

  • Depleted US Army still kicking out gay soldiers 58

    The Servicemembers Legal Defense Network have revealed figures obtained under the Freedom of Information Act that show there has been a spike in dismissals from bases across America.

    12:00 AM — At a time when the US Armed Forces are desperate to recruit more soldiers, it has been revealed that an Army base in rural Missouri has dismissed 60 men for being gay.The Servicemembers Legal Defense Network have revealed figures obtained under the Freedom of Information Act that show there has been a spike in dismissals from bases across America.

  • Will Mark Oaten be a TV fixture? 57

    12:00 AM — In the seven months since Mark Oaten was exposed by the News of the World, the MP for Winchester could hardly be accused of keeping a low profile. Could it be that the politician best known for visiting rent boys is planning a future on telly? Tony Grew examines the evidence. The curious tale of Mark Oaten continues to fascinate people and, like a bad da Vinci-themed novel, we just can't put it down until we get to the end.

  • Homophobic pensioner is given gagging ASBO

    A 76-year-old man from north London has been placed under an anti-social behaviour order for racial and homophobic verbal abuse directed at fellow care home residents.

    12:00 AM — A 76-year-old man from north London has been placed under an anti-social behaviour order for racial and homophobic verbal abuse directed at fellow care home residents.David Lilley, who lives in a sheltered housing complex in Cricklewood, has a record of abusing, threatening and spitting at staff and other residents.

  • Gay marriage not “positive” Church value 4

    Pope Benedict XVI backed church bans on gay marriage, abortion and contraception

    12:00 AM — The Pope has defended the church's prohibition on homosexuality claiming Catholicism is not a collection of "nos."Pope Benedict XVI backed church bans on gay marriage, abortion and contraception in an interview on German television and Vatican Radio, claiming the rules reflect positive values.

  • China’s gays fear health forum

    “Regardless of what people think, same-sex love is an inevitable social issue we have to face,“

    12:00 AM — Government Authorities in Beijing are reconsidering their publicity tactics after failing to attract a sizeable interest in the city's first government-run gay Internet forum after two months on line and only 1,000 hits.The sites managers admit that "Forum for Comrades" - "Comrades" ("tongzhi") being the slang term for homosexuals in China - has suffered from a total lack of publicity despite its health messages and open nature.

  • Opening doors for older generations 57

    the beginning of the 21st century is more positive, secure and affirming than ever before

    12:00 AM — A new resource pack has been launched to help those working in care homes and extra-care housing support older lesbians, gay men and bisexuals (OLGB).'We at Age Concern recognise that the situation for most lesbian, gay and bisexual people at the beginning of the 21st century is more positive, secure and affirming than ever before' says the Age Concern website.

  • Gay sex at 16 legal, Man

    The controversial scrapping of section 38 arose after government consultation on the bill.

    12:00 AM — The 'Tynwald', the Isle of Man's independent legislature, has voted to bring the homosexual age of consent into line with that of heterosexuals on the island, simultaneously scrapping rules stopping the discussion of homosexuality in schools on the island between teacher and pupil.The Sexual Offences (Amendment) Act will come into force on September 1 2006 after the bill was passed with 15 votes for and 3 against, with the amended law felt by many to be long overdue.

  • Give us our rights, demand Australian gay and lesbian couples

    55 gay and lesbian couples held hands and exchanged vows on the steps of the Victoria State Parliament in Melbourne yesterday

    12:00 AM — 55 gay and lesbian couples held hands and exchanged vows on the steps of the Victoria State Parliament in Melbourne yesterday.A crowd of over 2000 people joined them, calling on the Victoria and Australian governments to follow the example of the UK and other countries and recognise gay and lesbian relationships.

  • Sex taboos increasing HIV risk for Chinese gays

    In China, homosexuality, while no longer officially considered a mental disorder, is still an off limits subject for many

    12:00 AM — How to prevent the spread of AIDS in places like China will be a major focus of researchers and policymakers at this week's 16th International AIDS Conference.In China, homosexuality, while no longer officially considered a mental disorder, is still an off limits subject for many, reports Reuters. That taboo often extends to discussions about AIDS and condom use for men who have sex with men.

  • Gay internet dating service has a safe-sex message 1

    The US-based gay dating site manhunt.net has hit upon a novel way of promoting safe sex among gay men.

    12:00 AM — The US-based gay dating site manhunt.net has hit upon a novel way of promoting safe sex among gay men.An outreach worker, posing under the sign-in name of VIPBoy, is paid to talk about AIDS and STDs to site users and to give out advice about safe sex practices."If gay men are going to meet in cyberspace for hookups, they should know what they are getting into if they have unsafe sex"

  • Estonian gay activist shocked at pride violence 1

    Recent pride marches in Moscow, Bucharest and Warsaw have also been met with protest from similar groups

    12:00 AM — The organiser of last weekend's gay pride march in Tallinn has expressed shock at violence from groups of skinheads, claiming he thought Estonia was more tolerant compared to other Eastern European countries.Around 15 people were injured in the capital city after being attacked with sticks and stones while celebrating the country's third gay pride event.

  • 12th August 2006

    Tory councillor faces trial for gay slur 14

    Peter Willows will stand trial later this year

    12:00 AM — A Tory councillor is to go on trial after pleading not guilty at Brighton Magistrates to public order charges after allegedly making homophobic remarks.Cllr Peter Willows, 75, of Brighton and Hove City Council allegedly likened homosexuals to paedophiles.

  • Tory councillor faces trial for gay slur 15

    Peter Willows will stand trial later this year

    12:00 AM — A Tory councillor is to go on trial after pleading not guilty at Brighton Magistrates to public order charges after allegedly making homophobic remarks.Cllr Peter Willows, 75, of Brighton and Hove City Council allegedly likened homosexuals to paedophiles.

  • Gay Humanists welcome pride support

    Belfast Pride last weekend played host to a group of Humanists marching in solidarity with gay and lesbian people.

    12:00 AM — Belfast Pride last weekend played host to a group of Humanists marching in solidarity with gay and lesbian people.The Gay and Lesbian Humanist Association has praised the support given by the Belfast Humanist Group, who marched in solidarity with the gay community at the Pride event.

  • 11th August 2006

    Illinois candidate opposes anti gay army policy 5

    Former Army Major Tammy Duckworth, the Democratic candidate for Illinois's 6th Congressional District, expressed strong support for repealing the military's “Don't Ask, Don't Tell“ policy

    12:00 AM — An Illinois congressional candidate announced this week that, if elected, she will join the fight to repeal the US government's controversial ban on gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgender serving in the military.Former Army Major Tammy Duckworth, the Democratic candidate for Illinois's 6th Congressional District, expressed strong support for repealing the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy.

  • Turkish gay groups demand protection

    The demonstration in Bursa, aiming to protest the application of the governor's offices of Bursa and Istanbul to the prosecutor's office for the ban of Lambdaistanbul and Bursa Rainbow Associations, and the recent ban on the magazine of Kaos GL, was to be the first LGBT demonstration in Turkey outside the two major cities Ankara and Istanbul

    12:00 AM — A Turkish lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) group is demanding the country protects its rights after a recent demonstration was marred by anti-gay groups.LGBT people coming from different cities to demonstrate in Bursa were unable to move from the local centre of the Rainbow Association after being attacked by an angry crowd of 200-250 people throwing stones.

  • Massachusetts rejects gay bar attack victim’s abuse plea

    Robida killed two people in Arkansas while fleeing authorities, then fatally shot himself after a police chase

    12:00 AM — The state of Massachusetts on Tuesday dismissed allegations by a gay man who said he was physically and verbally abused by paramedics who delayed his treatment after he was shot and attacked with a hatchet at a gay bar.The state's Executive Office of Health and Human Services ruled that Robert Perry's complaint about a delay in treatment was "invalid," saying it could not substantiate his allegations.

  • Plans for Ireland’s first gay hotel dropped.

    Earlier this year Axel Hotel Barcelona, the first urban designer hotel aimed at the gay community, expanded into Europe and America.

    12:00 AM — Plans for a gay hotel in small town Ireland have been abandoned.As PinkNews.co.uk reported last month, promoter Brian Berry had unveiled plans to convert a hotel in Carlow, saying:"In any establishment you can get complications and objections, but at the end of the day, no matter what objections I get, I'll continue."

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