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  • 23rd June 2006

    Over six thousand gay couples in partnerships

    The figures released by the General Register Office today show that out of 6,516 same sex unions, 4311 gay couples and 2,205 lesbian couples registered their partnerships

    12:00 AM — Gay couples in England and Wales has formed over six thousand civil partnerships since legislation came into place last December.The figures released by the General Register Office today show that out of 6,516 same sex unions, 4311 gay couples and 2,205 lesbian couples registered their partnerships between December 21 2005 and March 31 2006.

  • Gay child abuse couple jailed 3

    A gay foster couple have been sentenced to a combined 11 years in jail for sexually abusing young boys

    12:00 AM — A gay foster couple have been sentenced to a combined 11 years in jail for sexually abusing young boys in their care.Ian Wathey, 40, and Craig Faunch, 32, were found guilty of taking advantage of children as young as eight, put in their care by Wakefield Council in West Yorkshire, at Leeds Crown Court last month.

  • ‘Police can’t stop cruising’ residents told

    Residents want the area to be reclaimed by families

    12:00 AM — The Metropolitan Police claim to be powerless in their battle to halt the growing popularity of gay cruising and straight dogging in a spot noted for its natural beauty.Scratchwood Open Space is near Borehamwood in Hertfordshire but is owned by Barnet Council. In the past three years, the site has seen its popularity grow for both straights and gays to meet for anonymous sex.

  • John Howard “pigheaded” over gay rights

    John Howard's government recently overturned an Australian Capital Territory law allowing civil unions for same sex couples, but has previously promised to address financial discrimination against gay couples

    12:00 AM — Australian Prime Minister John Howard has been labelled "pigheaded" and "unreasonable" after reportedly forbidding the Federal Government's departments from cooperating with the country's Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission's (HREOC) inquiry on discrimination against gay and lesbian couples.The Australian Financial Review reported that the Government has issued a directive to all departments forbidding them from co-operating with the investigation, instead opting for looking at cases on an individual basis.

  • Gay activist opposes British Megan’s Law 1

    Peter Tatchell claims giving children more sexual rights and education will help protect against abuse

    12:00 AM — Gay campaigner Peter Tatchell claims giving children more sexual rights and education will help protect against abuse better than a British Megan's Law.Why is the whole debate around child sex abuse framed almost entirely in terms of repressing the abusers, to near the total neglect of any attempt to empower young people to resist and report abuse?

  • No health reasons against lowering Jersey gay age of consent

    The Channel Island's Minister Stuart Syvret told States Members there were no medical reasons to oppose the legislation

    12:00 AM — Jersey's health minister has backed lowering the age of consent for gay men.The Channel Island's Minister Stuart Syvret told States Members there were no medical reasons to oppose the legislation, which would lower the age from 18 to 16, the same as heterosexuals and UK same sex couples.

  • Anglican gay row reignited 7

    Bishop Gene Robinson's approval for consecration by the denomination's 2003 general convention led to disarray among American Episcopalians

    12:00 AM — Rows seem to be re-emerging within the Anglican communion just days after the Episcopal Church refused to ban gay clergy at its general convention.The US Episcopal Church agreed on a watered down version of a proposal last week which would have banned the appointment of gay clergy.

  • Portland calls for repeal of anti gay Pentagon policy

    Resolutions supporting the Military Readiness Enhancement Act have been approved by city councils in New York, Chicago, St. Louis, West Hollywood, San Francisco and Cathedral City, California

    12:00 AM — Calling it "a civil rights issue," Portland Mayor Tom Potter and the Portland City Council have approved a resolution urging Congress to repeal the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" ban on lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) personnel.The resolution, introduced by Commissioner Sam Adams, says in part that the Council "respectfully urges the Congress to pass and the President to sign the Military Readiness Enhancement Act, thereby ending the discriminatory federal policy of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell.'"

  • 22nd June 2006

    Scotland records first gay civil union statistics

    A total of 343 partnerships have been recorded since the Civil Partnership Act came into force

    12:00 AM — Almost 350 same sex couples in Scotland have had civil partnerships, it has been revealed today in the first official statistics of the ceremony in the country.A total of 343 partnerships have been recorded since the Civil Partnership Act came into force in December last year.

  • Gay group joins police to address community concerns

    Launched by Minister of Justice Michael McDowell this morning, at the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community centre Outhouse, the strategy will be piloted for a year

    12:00 AM — Irish police have responded to lesbian and gay concerns about safety issues and developed a new community safety strategy for the Dublin region.Launched by Minister of Justice Michael McDowell this morning, at the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community centre Outhouse, the strategy will be piloted for a year before being rolled out nationally.

  • Gay campaigner condemns Bromley candidate’s “gutter politics” 3

    John Hemming-Clark, resident of the late Conservative MP Eric Forth's constituency

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveGay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell has accused an Independent candidate for next week's Bromley and Chislehurst by-election of using "gutter politics" after his team raised questions regarding the sexuality of Conservative candidate Bob Neill.The candidate, John Hemming-Clark said on his website, "Leaflets are dropping aplenty through the letter boxes of Bromley and Chislehurst with the main candidates extolling their married with children credentials.

  • Tory MEPs accused of failing to stop homophobia 1

    Former EastEnder turned West Midlands MEP, Mr Cashman, told PinkNews.co.uk, “This vote was a real opportunity for the Tories to prove that they have  changed, and they failed. Abstaining on vital issues like these is inexcusable“

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveLabour MEP Michael Cashman has accused the Conservative Party of failing to condemn violence against the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community in Europe.Mr Cashman,president of the European Parliament's Intergroup for Gay and Lesbian Rights' remarks come after Tory MEPs abstained in an EU vote last week that condemned racist and homophobic violence.

  • Episcopal Church to “exercise restraint” over gay bishops 8

    Bishop Gene Robinson's approval for consecration by the denomination's 2003 general convention led to disarray among American Episcopalians

    12:00 AM — The US Episcopal Church has agreed on a watered down version of a proposal rejected yesterday which would have banned the appointment of gay clergy.The denomination's General Convention instead last night agreed to "exercise restraint" in ordaining gay bishops, as part of an effort to amend rifts within the Anglican Church.

  • Straight MP sues Putin for gay rights

    The organisers of last month's Moscow Gay Pride condemned the Russian authorities for causing the violence which resulted in over 120 arrests.

    12:00 AM — A gay rights campaigner in Russia is planning to sue President Vladimir Putin for failing to protect homosexuals.Edward Murzin, an MP in the country's Bashkortostan Republican, is urging Mr Putin to clamp down on homophobia in the country.Mr Murzin said in his case that all citizens should have constitutional rights protected including sexual minorities.

  • THT campaign alerts gay men to HIV

    Terrence Higgins Trust is launching a new campaign today to raise gay men's awareness of their proximity to HIV

    12:00 AM — HIV and sexual health charity Terrence Higgins Trust is launching a new campaign today to raise gay men's awareness of their proximity to HIV.The number of gay men living with HIV has doubled in the last ten years and the campaign aims to make men think about how close they are to HIV.

  • South Korea approves trans recognition 1

    The case reflects an increase in requests for official recognition from South Korea's transgender community

    12:00 AM — South Korea's Supreme Court has ruled that a transsexual can legally change his gender to male.The court decreed that the 51-year-old could have his gender recognised on official documents.The court heard opinions from religious leaders and medical professionals over the issue which would change the law regarding the Family Register.

  • Gays are most ‘unfairly treated’ group in Northern Ireland 3

    Opinion was divided on the issue of gay, lesbian and bisexual couples having the same rights as married heterosexual couples, with the majority of the public supporting this

    12:00 AM — Most people in Northern Ireland have no problem with working or living near a gay person despite a consensus that lesbian, gay, and bisexual people are amongst the most unfairly treated in the country, a survey shows.The findings are part of an Equality Awareness Survey commissioned by the Equality Commission which assesses awareness of equality issues amongst the general public in Northern Ireland.

  • 21st June 2006

    Church rejects gay clergy ban 7

    The resolution was a response to The 2004 Windsor Report which invited the Episcopal Church “to effect a moratorium on the election and consent to the consecration of any candidate to the episcopate who is living in a same-gender union until some new consensus in the Anglican Communion emerges,“ in reaction to the appointment of gay Bishop of New Hampshire Gene Robinson

    12:00 AM — The Episcopal Church controversially rejected a resolution calling for a ban on gay clergy last night.Resolution A161 would have urged bishops and dioceses to refrain from electing bishops "whose manner of life presents a wider challenge to the wider church."

  • Protestant Church approves sexually active gay clergy

    The report states that “fidelity within the covenant of marriage between a man and a woman or chastity in singleness,“ is a basis for ordination, but allows groups to deduce whether the restriction is “essential”

    12:00 AM — A US Protestant denomination has approved a resolution allowing the ordination of non celibate gay and lesbian clergy.The Presbyterian Church's General Assembly in Birmingham, Alabama, this week welcomed a report on Peace, Unity and Purity of the Church, which addressed the divides in Protestant groups over sexuality.

  • Paddick snubbed for honour- newspaper claims

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

    12:00 AM — A newspaper is claiming that Britain's most senior gay police officer has been snubbed for a top honour.The right of centre Daily Mail claims that Brian Paddick, the Deputy Assistant Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police is furious that he has not been awarded the Queen's Police Medal in last week's Birthday Honours list.Friends of Mr Paddick have claimed that he was promised an award.

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