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  • 14th August 2006

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

    New scheme for reporting hate crimes at gay bars 1

    Over 30 incidents have been reported via an i-kiosk installed inside the well-known Birdcage pub in Chiswick.

    12:00 AM — An innovative method of reporting homophobic attacks has been hailed a success by the West London Gay Men's Project.Over 30 incidents have been reported via an i-kiosk installed inside the well-known Birdcage pub in Chiswick.The aim of the project is to increase monitoring of hate crimes, and victims have the option of requesting further assistance from police if they wish to pursue the incident.

  • 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.

  • 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."

  • Beenie Man claims ‘I am not homophobic’ 2

    Controversial rapper Beenie Man has told  The Independent  newspaper that  the true meaning of his lyrics have been misinterpreted due to cultural differences.

    12:00 AM — Controversial rapper Beenie Man has told The Independent newspaper that the true meaning of his lyrics have been misinterpreted due to cultural differences.Mr Man claims that in Jamaica the word 'gay' is synonymous with rape, and that unlike the consensual homosexual relationships found in England, the only 'gay' relationships that exist in Jamaica are young men who are forced into gay sex by poverty.

  • Stephen Williams on life at Westminster for an out gay MP

    “Being gay is not an advantage in most scenarios. It is less of an issue, but it is still an issue. Scratch the surface of the Tory party and you will still find a lot of prejudice.“

    12:00 AM — For the aspiring political journalist, getting an MP to even speak to you can be a struggle. So it is a tribute to Stephen Williams that he was the first one to say yes to PinkNews.co.uk's Tony Grew.For this reason alone it would have seemed rude to give him a rough ride.But the honest truth is that there would be no need to get all "Paxman" with Williams.

  • American psychologists stand firm against gay ‘conversion therapy’ 1

    Truth Will Out also drew attention to some of the more ludicrous conversion therapy methods including exorcisms, repossessing a client's Calvin Klein underwear because it is deemed “too gay,“

    12:00 AM — A gay rights organisation in the United States has praised the American Pyschological Association's tough stance against the pseudo-science of conversion therapy.The 'treatment' is promoted by Christian organisations as a cure for homosexuality, but the APA have rejected it on the grounds that it has no scientific evidence to support claims made about its effectiveness.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Gay HIV man ‘wanted virus’

    Michael John Neal, 48, faces 115 charges relating to sex with 16 men while knowingly infected with the HIV virus

    12:00 AM — An HIV-positive Australian man whose sexual conquests allegedly infected at least five men, intentionally contracted the deadly virus, a court was told this week.Michael John Neal, 48, faces 115 charges relating to sex with 16 men while knowingly infected with the HIV virus.

  • 10th August 2006

    Preacher says gay-bashing posters are his constitutional right 57

    vicar in gay posters argument

    12:00 AM — A New York preacher has vowed to fight all the way to the Supreme Court in his mission to display Bible passages on billboards.Rev. Kristopher Okwedy spent $2,500 on billboard signs with this catchy quote, taken from the Book of Leviticus: "Thou shalt not lie with mankind as with womenkind. It is an abomination.

  • Gay cruising zips up nudist beach 6

    British naturists claim their rights are being stripped after the Ministry of Defence (MoD) closed a nudist beach area in Cornwall  (Photo: inferis)

    12:00 AM — British naturists claim their rights are being stripped after the Ministry of Defence (MoD) closed a nudist beach area in Cornwall because it was allegedly attracting gay sex near the military training camp.The MoD along with the Perranzabuloe parish council and Haven Holiday Park decided to close the area claiming it had no problem with homosexuality but wanted to eliminate the "bad elements."

  • Philadelphia drops HIV ads amid gay concerns

    According to The Associated Press, the $236,000 campaign, which ended abruptly on Monday, was geared at gay and bisexual men and featured the tagline, “Have YOU been hit?“

    12:00 AM — Health officials in Philadelphia this week yanked public service advertisements urging HIV testing after a gay advocacy group expressed concerns about images depicting young black men in a gun's cross hairs."Putting the face of a black man in the cross hairs of a gun paints a damaging message about violence and black men," Lee Carson, chairman of the Black Gay Men's Leadership Council, wrote in a letter to the city's interim health commissioner last month.

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