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  • 5th June 2006

    Lesbian couple seek UK gay marriage rights 10

    Sue and Celia want the High Court to recognise their marriage as a marriage, not as a civil partnership

    12:00 AM — A British lesbian couple married lawfully in Canada will challenge the UK's gay marriage laws in the High Court tomorrow.University professors Sue Wilkinson and Celia Kitzinger were married lawfully in Canada in August 2003, while Sue was working there, after the province of British Columbia opened up marriage to same-sex couples.

  • Western Isles to lift ban on gay marriage

    The Western Isles will now be host to gay weddings

    12:00 AM — The Western Isles (Eilean Siar) are preparing to reverse their ban on civil partnerships or gay weddings taking place on the islands.The Western Isles became the only part of Britain to ban gay marriages after local councillors and registrars agreed to a boycott.Registrars are permitted under the Civil Partnership Act to refuse to conduct a ceremony on moral grounds.

  • HIV positive rapist is “lowest of the low” says gay rights campaigner

    Gabriel Vengesai was branded “the lowest of the low“

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveHuman rights campaigner, Peter Tatchell has branded an HIV positive Zimbabwean who pretended to be gay as "the lowest of the low" after he raped two teenage girls.Gabriel Vengesai, 45, had already been found guilty of statutory rape after he had consensual, unprotected sex with a 14-year-old girl who bore him a child.

  • Religious protests hit Romanian Gay Pride

    Religious protesters hit last month's Moscow Gay Pride

    12:00 AM — Gay campaigners marching for tolerance and diversity in Romania were hit with violence and protest last weekend.Around 500 activists attended a parade on Saturday evening in Bucharest, which was targeted by eggs and anti gay slogans as well as a counter march by the Romanian Christian group Noua Dreapta, promoting "family values."

  • Gay community urged to ensure faith support 13

    The Green Party is worried that extreme religious groups might persuade the Government to exempt them from any obligations

    12:00 AM — The Green Party's lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) group is calling on the gay community to respond to the Government's Equality Bill consultation on whether to ban discrimination against LGBT people in the supply of goods and services such as hotels and charitable services.They are worried that extreme religious groups might persuade the Government to exempt them from any obligations under the new law on grounds of religious faith.

  • UNAIDs meeting was “massive disappointment” 3

    The 2006 Declaration calls for the development of improved drugs, diagnostics and prevention technologies, including vaccines and microbicides, and reaffirms that the World Trade Organisation's Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights

    12:00 AM — UK charities and Non Governmental Organisations are calling the UN High Level Meeting on HIV/AIDS "a massive disappointment."After three days of intense negotiation, lobbying and demonstrations, UK groups attending the UN High Level Meeting on HIV/AIDS expressed disappointment at the political declaration and perceived lack of genuine involvement of community organisations and people living with HIV and AIDS.

  • 2nd June 2006

    Spanish government backs transsexual law 1

    The move by Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero's government, is being welcomed by transsexuals

    12:00 AM — Transsexuals in Spain are to be given the right to change their gender documents in civil registries without undergoing a sex change, according to new laws passed by the Spanish government today.The law is expected to be produced this summer and will allow doctors to certify that a person is living as the wrong sex after they have lived as the appropriate sex for a year and a half and been approved by a psychiatrist.

  • Colorado Governor rejects gay anti-discrimination law

    Bill Owens vetoed the legislation for the second time claiming it would see an increase in lawsuits against local businesses

    12:00 AM — The Governor of Colorado has been called "out of step" with his State after rejecting a law which would have prohibited discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.Bill Owens vetoed the legislation for the second time claiming it would see an increase in lawsuits against local businesses and "had the potential to be costly for Colorado businesses due to an expansion of their tort liability."

  • Gay Americans let down in AIDs epidemic 3

    The US is reported to be siding with Muslim and Latin American countries in opposing measures in the proposal regarding condom distribution, drugs and homosexuality

    12:00 AM — The USA is rejecting gay, black and poor communities in its response to AIDs, according to a health watchdog.The report, published by the Public Health Watch HIV/AIDS Monitoring Project of the Open Society Institute (OSI), provides the first comprehensive analysis of how the United States is responding to the domestic AIDS epidemic and calls on the US government to step up prevention and treatment efforts.

  • Canada to vote on gay marriage 1

    Both supporters and opponents say any vote would be very tight

    12:00 AM — Canada will hold a free vote in Parliament later to this year, the prime minister announced today.The Canadian Parliament will decide whether to scrap gay marriage laws which were adopted last year.Stephen Harper came to power last January campaigning to reopen the debate on laws governing same sex partnerships in the country.

  • Gay groups show solidarity with marred Moscow pride 4

    Many campaigners who arrived at the intended venue of the march were assaulted by nationalists and religious groups

    12:00 AM — Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) groups and individuals will gather outside the Russian Consulate in Edinburgh today to protest the Mayor of Moscow's decision to ban a gay pride march in Russia.The Moscow mayor, Yuri Luzhkov, banned the march and subsequently failed to protect gay activists who were in the area last Saturday.

  • Calls for Moscow Gay Pride investigation 4

    Skinheads punched Volker Beck, a gay member of the German parliament

    12:00 AM — Russian authorities must launch a full investigation into the attacks on gay pride activists in Moscow last weekend, a human rights group demanded today.Human Rights Watch (HRW) said the investigation must also encompass the police response to the attacks and drop charges against participants in pride events for taking part in "an unsanctioned demonstration."

  • Gay groups walk to protest Senate gay marriage vote 4

    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

    12:00 AM — A US gay group is hosting a coast to coast bridge walk in support of gay marriage tomorrow in response to the upcoming Senate vote deciding whether to ban same sex marriage.Marriage Equality USA (MEUSA) and Marriage Equality New York (MENY) are hosting simultaneous walks across the Brooklyn Bridge and Golden Gate Bridge in support of marriage equality for same-sex couples.

  • Kofi Annan: Gays must be recognised as AIDs risk group 3

    Kofi Annan told delegates at the UN General Assembly Special Session on HIV/AIDS that certain groups need protection and cannot be ignored

    12:00 AM — Homosexuals, prostitutes and drug users must been seen as risk groups in the battle against the AIDs epidemic, the United Nations (UN) secretary general said today.Kofi Annan told delegates at the UN General Assembly Special Session on HIV/AIDS that certain groups need protection and cannot be ignored in fighting the epidemic.

  • Evangelicals condemned after comparing gay marriage to ‘marrying a horse’ 1

    The Evangelical Alliance, which represents over a million Christians in the UK, is a vocal opponent of civil partnerships

    12:00 AM — A Christian lobby group has been criticised after one of its members was reported to have equated gay marriage with "people wanting to marry their horse."The remarks were printed in an Observer interview with Don Horrocks, head of public affairs at the Evangelical Alliance (EA), last weekend surrounding an upcoming legal challenge seeking UK gay marriage rights in the High Court.

  • Danish lesbians gain artificial insemination rights

    A new law passed today by the Danish parliament gives lesbian couples the right to artificial insemination

    12:00 AM — A new law passed today by the Danish parliament gives lesbian couples the same rights to artificial insemination in public hospitals as straight couples.The legislation which also applies to single women, was passed by 86 politicians who voted for the amendment, against 82 politicians who either abstained or voted against.

  • Methodist Church backs gay marriage

    The result will be brought up at the Methodist Church's General Convention in 2008

    12:00 AM — The Methodist Church has backed gay clergy and same sex marriage.In a vote at the annual state convention of the church in Minneapolis yesterday, members approved a resolution supporting equal access to the faith for all sexualities and the removal of a prohibition on 'homosexual unions.'

  • Grandpa accused of infecting gay men with HIV

    A UK HIV sufferer became the first gay man to be convicted of recklessly passing on the HIV virus to another person in April

    12:00 AM — An Australian grandfather deliberately made friends with gay men on the internet to infect them with HIV, a court was told today.Michael Neal, 48, appeared at Melbourne Magistrates Court charged with attempting to infect people with HIV and rape.He met victims including one who he allegedly drugged and raped, on the internet and persuaded them into unprotected sex, telling them he was HIV negative, the jury heard.

  • 1st June 2006

    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.

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