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  • 10th August 2006

    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."

  • 9th August 2006

    Gay Iranians praise world support

    Peter Tatchell urged the gay community to show “solidarity with all the victims of the murderous Iranian regime“

    12:00 AM — An underground gay Iranian magazine has expressed thanks for the "solidarity" shown by other lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) groups in highlighting their cause.MAHA, an e-magazine for LGBT Iranians, called for "support at every level" and particularly highlighted the importance of lobbying the United Nations, the European Union and national governments.

  • Tasmanian transsexual cleared to play in women’s league 59

    12:00 AM — A 47-year-old post-operative transsexual will be able to continue her life-long love of playing soccer with the announcement by Soccer Tasmania that she will be able to compete in the women's league.As Martin Delaney, she loved the beautiful game and competed in the male league for over 25 years. After the operation, Martine was shy about getting back on the pitch, but with the encouragement of some female friends she found the courage to play again.

  • Gay campaigners ignore protest ban 23

    Organisers of the international gay event, Jerusalem Open House (JOH), had arranged to hold a quiet demonstration  in Liberty Bell Park in replacement of a pride parade

    12:00 AM — Jerusalem police are facing criticism after attempting to block a WorldPride protest scheduled for tomorrow evening.Organisers of the international gay event, Jerusalem Open House (JOH), had arranged to hold a quiet demonstration in Liberty Bell Park in replacement of a pride parade which was cancelled by the group due to the security situation in Israel.

  • Anti-gay Christians lampooned after Pride complaint 5

    Christian Voice also staged a demonstration at last month's EuroPride parade in London

    12:00 AM — A notoriously radical right-wing Christian group has lodged an official complaint with Sussex Police after the chief of police took part in the Brighton Pride parade.Joe Edwards, who became the first police chief in the country to march in a gay pride parade, was condemned by Christian Voice director Stephen Green for taking part in the event.

  • Football fans convicted for homophobic jibes in landmark case

    Earlier this year the Football Association outlined its opposition to homophobia

    12:00 AM — Two football supporters have become the first fans to be convicted of chanting homophobic abuse.James Monkhouse and Michael Church, followers of Norwich City, were found guilty by Norwich Magistrates' Court of disorderly behaviour after reportedly shouting anti-gay chants aimed at Brighton football club fans earlier this year.

  • Latvia faces EU censure over attacks on gay activists 57

    Gay people in Latvia are looking to the EU to protect their rights

    12:00 AM — Latvian Interior Minister Dzintars Jaundzeikars has been accused of violating European Union principles by a leading member of the European Green Party.Speaking after a visit to the Latvian capital Riga at the weekend, Green spokeswoman Ulrike Lunacek has called on the EU to consider suspending Latvian voting rights on the European Council in response to attacks on gay activists last month.

  • Witnesses sought after gay man is robbed and beaten

    The victim was treated at hospital and released later that night

    12:00 AM — Police in Streatham are appealing for witnesses after a gay man was assaulted and robbed on the common near Copgate Woods in the early hours of last Friday.Three black males attacked the man at approximately 3am as he took refuge in his car, assaulting him and stealing credit cards, which they later used to withdraw money from ATMs.

  • Gay man cleared of “reckless” HIV transmission

    Sexual health charity the Terrence Higgins Trust has today welcomed the acquittal of a gay man who was charged with 'recklessly' passing on HIV

    12:00 AM — Sexual health charity the Terrence Higgins Trust (THT) has welcomed the acquittal of a gay man who was charged with 'recklessly' passing on HIV to his partner.Kingston Crown Court cleared him of the allegations earlier today after the judge ordered the jury to do so, considering the defence's case that it could not be proven that the defendant had infected his partner.

  • Gay sauna encounter delayed Damilola trial 57

    12:00 AM — An encounter at a Chariots gay sauna between a juror and a witness caused the first Damilola murder trial to be delayed.The second trial ended today as brothers Danny and Ricky Preddie were convicted of the manslaughter of Damilola Taylor in November 2000. They had been acquitted of murder at the previous trial in April.

  • Transgender crew member criticises ship’s “mob culture” 2

    Drusilla Philippa Marland, a P  O Ferries crew member claims she was forced out of her job after the company did not protect her from discrimination

    12:00 AM — A transgender woman was quizzed about her "balls" and deliberately referred to as a "he," an employment tribunal has been told.Drusilla Philippa Marland, a P O Ferries crew member claims she was forced out of her job after the company did not protect her from discrimination.

  • 8th August 2006

    Pro life group dismisses idea of gay or straight “safe sex”

    Precious Life said the FPA's 'Sexual Health Week' Campaign is a myth and alleged that “safe sex“ is causing a sexually transmitted disease epidemic

    12:00 AM — A pro-life group has criticised a sexual health awareness week organised by the Family planning Association claiming the charity is promoting a "safe sex hoax."Precious Life said the FPA's 'Sexual Health Week' Campaign is a myth and alleged that "safe sex" is causing a sexually transmitted disease epidemic.

  • Norway rejects gay sperm

    Oslo's Sperm Bank is seeking 30-40 new donors but has admitted turning away homosexuals

    12:00 AM — One of Norway's national sperm banks is turning away donors despite no official ban and a shortage of people coming forward.Oslo's Sperm Bank is seeking 30-40 new donors but has admitted turning away homosexuals claiming they are not psychologically suitable.

  • Germany grants asylum to Iranian lesbian 1

    The Stuttgart administrative court ordered the government to grant her request for asylum

    12:00 AM — A German court ruled on Monday that an Iranian lesbian cannot be deported because she faces a death sentence if returned to Iran because of her sexuality.According to the Associated Press, the 27-year-old woman, whose name was not released, travelled to Germany in September 2003 and applied for asylum.

  • Nigerian gay Anglicans mark year of progress 1

    Changing Attitude Nigeria (CAN) is  commemorating a year of confronting prejudices and working for lesbian and gay affirmation in the country's Anglican Communion

    12:00 AM — The Nigerian branch of a gay Anglican group is celebrating its first anniversary this month.Changing Attitude Nigeria (CAN) is commemorating a year of confronting prejudices and working for lesbian and gay affirmation in the country's Anglican Communion.

  • WorldPride holds first gay multi-faith conference 23

    Participants of all religions converged in Jerusalem for the conference entitled Reclaiming Our Faith and Our Heritage

    12:00 AM — WorldPride today played host to Israel's first lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) multi-faith convention.Participants of all religions converged in Jerusalem for the conference titled Reclaiming Our Faith and Our Heritage to discuss issues of homophobia and bigotry.

  • Connecticut denies conservative group’s gay marriage intervention

    Eight gay couples are challenging the constitutionality of the state's marriage laws

    12:00 AM — Connecticut's Supreme Court has denied a conservative group's request to intervene in a lawsuit over whether gay and lesbian couples should be allowed to marry in the North Eastern state.According to The Associated Press, the court decision upholds a lower court's ruling denying the Family Institute of Connecticut's motion to intervene in the case.

  • Colorado gay marriage advocates devise new plan

    The controversial tactic could become a model for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender rights organisations nationwide after two major legal defeats in state courts this year and passage of same-sex marriage bans in 19 states since 2004

    12:00 AM — Advocates for gay marriage in Colorado have devised a new approach to winning legal recognition for same-sex couples, creating an alternative model for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender organisations.According to The San Francisco Chronicle, at least one constitutional amendment to ban marriage for same-sex couples is expected to be submitted for Colorado's November ballot.

  • 7th August 2006

    Lesbian Ulster police couple to have civil partnership

    Their union reflects work by police in Northern Ireland to become more gay friendly

    12:00 AM — A lesbian couple in the Ulster police are set to have a civil partnership, according to reports.Sources in the Greater Belfast based force told the Belfast Telegraph that the pair would tie the knot in the North of England some time in the next two weeks.

  • Vermont claims jurisdiction over lesbians’ custody battle

    The Vermont Supreme Court ruled in favour of Janet Miller-Jenkins on the visitation dispute

    12:00 AM — The Vermont Supreme Court ruled on Friday that its courts, and not those in Virginia, have exclusive jurisdiction over a case involving two lesbians battling for custody of a child they had while they were in a relationship.The Associated Press reports that the unanimous ruling conflicts with a series of decisions in Virginia, where courts ruled the state's anti-gay-marriage laws controlled the case.

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