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  • 30th May 2006

    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.

  • Senate leader accused of distracting voters with gay marriage 4

    The Federal Marriage Amendment, to be debated on June 6 2006, would define marriage as the union between a man and a woman

    12:00 AM — Human rights activist Joe Solmonese criticised Senate majority leader Bill Frist for attacking gay Americans with the upcoming debate on gay marriage.The Federal Marriage Amendment, to be debated on June 6 2006, would define marriage as the union between a man and a woman, thereby making any same-sex marriage in the US illegal.

  • HIV charity calls for international action on AIDs

    12:00 AM — On the eve of the 25th anniversary of the first medical report of AIDS, Terrence Higgins Trust (THT) is calling for renewed international action to tackle the World-wide epidemic.From 31st of May to the 2nd of June Nick Partridge, chief executive of Terrence Higgins Trust (THT) will be at the United Nations' comprehensive review and high level meeting on HIV and AIDS in New York, where the 'Declaration of Commitment on HIV/AIDS' will be reviewed.

  • Conservative group question gay inclusive list

    Right wing Conservatives are warning Tory leader David Cameron to resist political correctness when selecting representatives

    12:00 AM — Right wing Conservatives are warning Tory leader David Cameron to resist political correctness when selecting representatives and choose local candidates who know about their area.The Cornerstone Group called the party's "A list" of parliamentary candidates "pseuds and posers of London's chichi set and not enough time in normal Britain."

  • Only 9% of gay men protected from HIV 3

    The survey of 126 countries found 38.6 million people have HIV with young people becoming increasing affected

    12:00 AM — Improved planning, funding and leadership is needed to combat the worldwide AIDs epidemic, according to the United Nations.UNAIDS, which aims to create programmes to combat HIV/AIDs, produced a report today claiming that HIV is still an "exceptional threat" although it is slowing down in some places.

  • Activists demand religion respects gay rights 4

    Gay activists were met by religious and nationalist protesters chanting anti gay slogans and 1000 riot police aiming to stop demonstrations in the Red Square last weekend (Photo: lazyoldsun)

    12:00 AM — A secular pressure group is calling on the European Union to stop religious leaders inciting violence against the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community, after a weekend of violence between religious and gay groups in Moscow.Sophie in 't Veld, an honorary associate of the UK National Secular Society, has written to Jose Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission, requesting that religious leaders attending a meeting with him today should condemn the violence.

  • 28th May 2006

    Moscow pride- an eye witness account 5

    Volker Beck was punched in the face whilst he was giving a television interview

    12:00 AM — The human rights campaigner, Peter Tatchell of gay rights group OutRage! offers his own personal account of the Moscow gay pride march.The Mayor of Moscow said gay pride would never happen while he was alive. He mobilised a quarter of the Moscow police, over 1,000 officers, to prevent the gay parade. Despite all his efforts, lesbian and gay Russians — and their international supporters — gathered by the Kremlin in Manezhnaya Square.

  • 27th May 2006

    Arrests made as activists defy gay pride ban 4

    (photo: lazyoldsun)

    12:00 AM — Over 70 activists have been arrested in Moscow after gay campaigners defied a gay pride ban today.Moscow's mayor, Yuri Luzhkov, and a Russian court, had rejected applications for the event claiming it would cause violent protests, but gay campaigners from all over the world converged in the Russian capital this afternoon.

  • Arrests made as activists defy gay pride ban 4

    Campaigners were met with religious and nationalist protesters chanting anti gay slogans and 1000 riot police aiming to stop demonstrations (Photo by Lazyoldsun)

    12:00 AM — Over 120 people including a German MP have been arrested in Moscow after campaigners attempted to hold the capital's first gay rights rally.Moscow's mayor, Yuri Luzhkov, and a Russian court, had rejected applications for the event claiming it would cause violent protests, but gay campaigners from all over the world converged in the Russian capital this afternoon.

  • Fundamentalists attack German MP on Moscow gay rights march 4

    Volker Beck was punched in the face whilst he was giving a television interview.

    12:00 AM — Over 120 people including a German MP have been arrested in Moscow after campaigners attempted to hold the capital's first gay rights rally.Volker Beck, a Green member of the German parliament was attacked by 20 religious protesters and punched in the face whilst he was giving a television interview.

  • 26th May 2006

    Inquiry launched into gay carers 3

    The review was called by Wakefield Council after Ian Wathey, 40, and Craig Faunch, 32, were convicted of taking advantage of children in their care

    12:00 AM — An inquiry is to be launched into how a gay couple managed to sexually abuse four children without being checkedThe review was called by Wakefield Council after Ian Wathey, 40, and Craig Faunch, 32, were convicted of taking advantage of children put in their care.

  • Gay businesses call for Brighton councillor’s resignation 14

    Peter Willows a Hangleton and Knoll ward councillor, faced widespread condemnation over the remarks and has been suspended from the local party

    12:00 AM — Brighton and Hove's gay and lesbian business community has called for the resignation of a Conservative local councillor after he was reported to have labelled gay people as paedophiles at a city council party last week.Peter Willows a Hangleton and Knoll ward councillor, faced widespread condemnation over the remarks and has been suspended from the local party pending a police investigation and Standards Board for England inquiry.

  • Court upholds Moscow Gay Pride ban 4

    The Mayor of Moscow, Yuri Luzhkov, has banned the gay parade and is threatening to also outlaw the parallel gay rights conference and festival

    12:00 AM — A Russian court has upheld the Moscow mayor's gay pride ban.Despite appeals from the organisers, The Moscow Gay Pride, scheduled for this weekend, was officially opposed by the Tverskoy Court today.The Mayor of Moscow, Yuri Luzhkov, has banned the gay parade and is threatening to also outlaw the parallel gay rights conference and festival.

  • HIV origin found in chimps

    Although researchers have long known that some chimpanzees are infected with the SIVcpz virus,  only a few captive apes had been found to harbour it

    12:00 AM — The HIV virus may have originated from wild chimpanzees living in South Cameroon, researchers claim.An international team, including scientists from the Universities of Nottingham, Montpellier and Alabama, has discovered a crucial missing link in the search for the origin of HIV, the virus responsible for human AIDs.

  • Russia divided over gay pride 4

    Despite the Moscow mayor's threat of mass arrests, and the threat of violence from nationalist and religious leaders, Peter Tatchell and other international human rights activists will join the historic first Gay Pride march in Russian history

    12:00 AM — While international gay rights activists travel to Moscow to for Gay Pride, the local Russian community appears more divided over whether to defy the ban imposed by the city's mayor and local court.Moscow Mayor, Yuri Luzhkov insists the ban is vital to prevent violent protests, and religious groups and politicians have also spoken out against it, but now even the gay community in Russia is beginning to have its doubts.

  • Anti gay protesters heckle Irish minister

    Last December, Michael McDowell met with gay rights campaigners in Dublin following the first civil partnerships in Britain

    12:00 AM — Anti gay protesters gatecrashed a talk by Irish Minister for Justice, Michael McDowell today, accusing him of perverting Irish children.The minister was speaking in Dublin on the subject of civil partnerships for same sex couples in Ireland.But his speech was cut short when six audience members began to throw water, cups and copies of the constitution at him.

  • Gay former mayors wed

    Jeff Tillett and Robin Wood, who had a civil partnership this week after being together for 35 years, were both Conservative councillors and mayors (photo: ananthy)

    12:00 AM — Two former Derby mayors have had a civil ceremony together.Jeff Tillett and Robin Wood, who had a civil partnership this week after being together for 35 years, were both Conservative councillors and mayors of the city.Mr Wood, 54, told the Sun: We lived together for so long it was not a spur-of-the moment thing to marry.

  • Church backs anti-gay apology 1

    The report will be produced at the meeting of the American Episcopal Church's General Convention next month

    12:00 AM — Clergy members of the Episcopal Church have signed a petition urging bishop's to repent appointing openly gay bishops and approving same sex marriage.The petition has been signed by 900 names in anticipation of the Worldwide Anglican Communion next month.It calls for the Episcopal Church to "fully endorse" regret over the appointment of gay bishop Gene Robinson in New Hampshire and to reject gay marriage and clergymen.

  • 25th May 2006

    Senate proposes new Massachusetts gay commission

    The Commission on Gay and Lesbian Youth was first created by former Governor William Weld through an executive order, which makes it impossible to dismantle without a new order issued by Mitt Romney

    12:00 AM — More than a dozen Senate lawmakers are calling Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney's bluff by proposing a new state commission on gay and lesbian youth that would operate out of his reach, just weeks after the governor threatened to abolish the current 14-year-old commission.The Senators, including three Republicans, are backing the proposed budget amendment, angered by Mr Romney's threat to do away with the first of its kind coalition as a means of making budget cuts.

  • ‘Best and brightest’ gay students awarded scholarships

    The Point Foundation, which provides financial support, mentoring and hope to meritorious students who are marginalised because of their sexual orientation or gender identity, awards around $30,000 to individuals

    12:00 AM — Gay support group The Point Foundation has today granted 30 scholarships to outstanding gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) students.The Point Foundation, which provides financial support, mentoring and hope to meritorious students who are marginalised because of their sexual orientation or gender identity, awards around $30,000 of funding, mentoring and leadership training to each individual recipient.

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