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  • 16th June 2006

    New York considers opposition to army gay policy

    The resolution, introduced by New York State Senator Thomas Duane, calls on New York's Congressional Delegation to support the Military Readiness Enhancement Act, a bill that would repeal “Don't Ask, Don't Tell“

    12:00 AM — The Servicemembers Legal Defence Network (SLDN) is applauding the recent New York state resolution calling for the repeal of the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" ban on openly lesbian, gay and bisexual personnel.The resolution, introduced by New York State Senator Thomas Duane, calls on New York's Congressional Delegation to support the Military Readiness Enhancement Act, a bill that would repeal "Don't Ask, Don't Tell."

  • NUS discusses gay discrimination

    The priorities for the LGBT campaign will be decided over the course of the weekend with debates including how NUS could get more involved in tackling the problem of homophobic bullying in schools, and the possibility of re-prioritising a previous NUS campaign which encouraged students to give blood

    12:00 AM — Homophobic bullying, the shortcomings of the Government-sponsored Equalities Review, and the National Blood Service's ban on gay and bisexual men donating blood are just a few of the heated debates set to take place at the annual NUS Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) conference in Sheffield this weekend.Students from institutions across the UK will attend the event, which will take place from today at Sheffield University.

  • Indianapolis church starts pro-gay campaign

    The campaign is being conducted in Indianapolis by Reverend Jeff Miner, Senior Pastor of the predominantly gay Jesus MCC in Indianapolis

    12:00 AM — First there were full-page ads in the Indianapolis Star asking, "Would Jesus Discriminate?"Then yard signs with the same message began appearing all over Indianapolis, followed by 25,000 door hangers were distributed with invitations to a Town Hall Meeting, one of which led to a lesbian's Indianapolis home being defaced with a swastika.Now major billboards across the city are also asking the question, "Would Jesus Discriminate?"

  • Gay barman murderers await sentence 2

    The former Biology student's injuries made him so unrecognisable that he had to be identified by his fingerprints

    12:00 AM — Two men who pleaded guilty last month to murdering a gay barman on Clapham Common, face a minimum of 30 years in prison when they are sentenced later today.Thomas Pickford, 25, and Scott Walker, 33, both of no fixed address admitted killing Jody Dobrowski in October 2005 after earlier denying the charge.

  • Clapham Common authority promise to fight homophobia 2

    Mark Bennett, Cabinet Member for Community Safety at Lambeth Council, said: “Lambeth Council sends sympathies to the family of Jody Dobrowski at this difficult time“

    12:00 AM — The local authority in charge of Clapham Common, where gay barman Jody Dobrowski was murdered in a homophobic attack, has promised to create a safer area.Thomas Pickford, 25, and Scott Walker, 33, both of no fixed address were sentenced to life in prison today after earlier admitted killing Mr Dobrowski in October 2005.

  • Rabbi arranges “modesty” parade against Jerusalem Gay Pride 23

    This comes after anti Israel groups demanded the UK gay community boycott the event

    12:00 AM — An orthodox rabbi in Israel is arranging a "modesty parade" to counter Jerusalem's World Pride event this summer.Rabbi Amnon Yitzhak has arranged the event for two days before the gay parade on August 11 2006, organised by Shofar, an orthodox group promoting a "return to religion."

  • Pair get life for gay barman murder 3

    Thomas Pickford was sentenced to life along with Scott Walker

    12:00 AM — Two men who kicked, punched and stamped a 24-year-old man to death because he was gay have been sentenced to life at the Old Bailey today.Thomas Pickford, 26, unemployed, of no fixed address and Scott Walker, 33, a decorator from the Clapham area, pleaded guilty last month to the murder of Jody Dobrowski.

  • EU gay group condemn Latvia 1

    Michael Cashman reacted angrily after Latvia defied its EU obligations by rejecting including sexual orientation in a new anti discrimination law

    12:00 AM — Latvia must protect its gay community or face legal sanctions, the president of the European Parliament's Intergroup for Gay and Lesbian Rights warned today.Michael Cashman reacted angrily after Latvia defied its EU obligations by rejecting including sexual orientation in a new anti discrimination law.

  • Muslim cleric backs gay burnings 5

    Yusuf Qaradawi described gay people as “perverts” who should be “punished”

    12:00 AM — Homosexuals should be thrown off buildings or burnt to death, a Muslim cleric has proclaimed.Yusuf Qaradawi described gay people as "perverts" who should be "punished," in an interview with Al Jazeera last week.He said homosexuals should be treated the same as any other "sexual pervert."

  • Jody’s family calls for end to homophobia 3

    Jody Dobrowski, 24, assistant manager at Bar Risa Jongleurs, in Camden, was found unconscious in south London last year and died in hospital with head, neck and facial injuries

    12:00 AM — The family of murdered gay barman Jody Dobrowski have called the killing of their son an "act of terrorism."Thomas Pickford, 25, and Scott Walker, 33, both of no fixed address were sentenced to life in prison today after earlier admitted killing Mr Dobrowski in October 2005.

  • 15th June 2006

    Ford defends gay advertising 2

    Ford constantly faces boycotts and condemnation from the American Family Association, an anti gay group, for its support of gay issues

    12:00 AM — Ford Motor Company's Vice President has defended the carmakers' advertising policy.Al Giombetti reacted to calls from the American Family Association for a boycott because the manufacturer advertised in gay publications.He said in an email to dealers that the organisation advertises to all groups including gay, religious and ethnic communities, "We buy advertising to put Ford's message in front of as many customers as possible."

  • Gay man denied partner’s NHS pension rights

    A gay man whose partner unexpectedly died of heart failure weeks before their 15th anniversary last March has voiced disapproval at the NHS Pensions Agency after it has emerged he will not be entitled to pensions or death gratuity

    12:00 AM — A gay man whose partner unexpectedly died of heart failure weeks before their 15th anniversary last March has voiced disapproval at the NHS Pensions Agency after it has emerged he will not be entitled to pensions or death gratuity.Nigel Holland-Williams, 46, claimed Mark Holland, 48, a former NHS worker, expressed a wish that the benefits would go to him, but as the couple were not in a civil partnership, it may instead be transferred to Mr Holland's ex wife.

  • Gay clubbing drug to be reclassified 5

    Crystal meth is a popular clubbing drug with the gay community

    12:00 AM — Home Office Minister Vernon Coaker confirmed the rumours at a meeting of the Commons Science and Technology Select Committee after the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD) recommended the move last week.Mr Coaker said: ""Countries have to decide how to respond to a drug when it has no significant prevalence but potential for serious social problems. Methylamphetamine is a very substantial problem in many countries outside the European Union (EU) but not within it. Reports that the United Kingdom (UK) is on the verge of a crystal meth explosion have been repeated for some years but to date there has been no reliable evidence to support this.

  • Volunteer head sacked over gay remark

    The chairman of the Scottish Council of Voluntary Organisations (SCVO) has been forced to resign

    12:00 AM — The chairman of the Scottish Council of Voluntary Organisations (SCVO) has been forced to resign after publicly disapproving of teaching about homosexuality in schools.Bashir Maan, Scottish Chairman of the Muslim Council of Britain, made the remarks in a letter to the Herald disproving of gay sex education in Scotland.

  • Australian Senate rejects gay unions 1

    The ACT's local assembly approved the bill last month giving same sex couple's the right to a civil union

    12:00 AM — Australian Capital Territory (ACT)leader John Stanhope has accused coalition senators of "shamefully and explicitly" endorsing second-class citizenship after failing to protect the Civil Unions Bill in the Senate, the remaining hope for the legislation to be passed.The ACT's local assembly approved the bill last month giving same sex couple's the right to a civil union after watering down the law to ensure it did not represent marriage, but the Federal Government quashed the law last week.

  • Rice calls for gay marriage “respect” 4

    Condoleeza Rice's statement comes after the US Senate rejected a proposal to ban gay marriage

    12:00 AM — The US Secretary of State has urged "respect" and "sensitivity" in the debate over gay marriage.Condoleeza Rice's statement comes after the US Senate rejected a proposal to ban gay marriage in the constitution last week.She told The News Record, "This is an issue that can be debated and can be discussed in our country with respect for every human being.

  • EU votes to combat homophobia 1

    The European Union has passed a resolution to combat homophobia on the continent

    12:00 AM — The European Union has passed a resolution to combat homophobia on the continent which would see sentences handed down for homophobic, anti Semitic, and Islamophobic offences.The European Parliament debated the increase in racist and homophobic incidents yesterday, with many MEPs pointing to the increase of violence in some member states such as Poland and Latvia.

  • Irish politician calls for crackdown on gay cruising

    SDLP MLA John Dallat said this shows more needs to be done to tackle the issue

    12:00 AM — An Irish newspaper has exposed a website offering gay cruising areas in Ulster.The Belfast Telegraph found the internet site contained 76 recommended listings including public railway station toilets, and invites feedback from users.

  • Canadian gay marriage campaigns begin 1

    Both supporters and opponents say any vote would be very tight, especially since he does not control a majority of the 308 seats in the House of Commons

    12:00 AM — Protest groups have today begun their campaigns on the issue of gay marriage.Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced a free vote on the law last week scheduled for this Autumn.Anti gay marriage group Man and Woman Union gathered today to raise awareness of the vote, Warren Booth, organiser of the organisation, told the CanWest news agency, "I know MPs make their break soon for a couple of months, but we want to leave them with a thought before they take off for their vacation."

  • Gay bishop addresses hostile church conference 7

    Comments made by over 70 speakers at the Standing Committee showed how much of a rift the issue has caused since the appointment of gay bishop Gene Robinson in 2003

    12:00 AM — Attention was turned to homosexuality at the General Convention of the Episcopal Church yesterday as delegates considered resolutions on the election of gay bishops, same sex blessings and an apology for the appointment of gay clergy.Comments made by over 70 speakers at the Standing Committee showed how much of a rift the issue has caused since the appointment of gay bishop Gene Robinson in 2003.

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