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  • 2nd August 2006

    Australian town rejects gay pride flag

    Despite previously displaying flags for other local events, Heather Mutimer, the mayor of Hepburn Shire in Victoria, has rejected demands to fly the flag of the gay community for their pride event symbol at Daylesford Town Hall

    12:00 AM — An Australian town is refusing to fly all flags from its council buildings amid uproar after the local authority rejected pleas to display rainbow flags for the annual ChillOut gay and lesbian festival.Despite previously displaying flags for other local events, Heather Mutimer, the mayor of Hepburn Shire in Victoria, has rejected demands to fly the flag of the gay community for their pride event symbol at Daylesford Town Hall.

  • Illinois gay lawmaker steps down

    The Sun-Times reports that State Representative Larry McKeon, one of the architects of the 2003 state anti-discrimination law for gays and lesbians, said he intends to step down at the end of his fifth term

    12:00 AM — Illinois' only openly gay state lawmaker announced his retirement on Monday, setting into motion a likely scramble to fill his North Side seat, according to The Chicago Sun-Times.The Sun-Times reports that State Representative Larry McKeon, one of the architects of the 2003 state anti-discrimination law for gays and lesbians, said he intends to step down at the end of his fifth term in January 2007.

  • Castro illness may raise Cuba’s gay hopes 4

    President Castro, 80, said the pressure of being in power since 1959 contributed to his illness

    12:00 AM — Speculation is mounting over the future of Cuba after its leader Fidel Castro recently handed power to his brother Raul.The president is currently recovering from treatment for internal bleeding, and the temporary appointment of his sibling may bring good news for the country's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community in the future.

  • 1st August 2006

    Gay Dean has secret civil partnership 3

    Under House of Bishops guidelines, the clerics are allowed to enter into a civil partnership because they claim they are not engaging in sexual relations

    12:00 AM — The Church of England's first openly gay Dean, the Very Rev Jeffrey John, has had a secret civil partnership with another Anglican clergyman, according to reports.Dr John, currently Dean of St Albans, is rumoured to have had a civil partnership with Reverend Grant Holmes last week.

  • Rhode Island woman ordered to stop homophobia

    The attorney general's newly formed civil rights advocate's office sued Theresa Deschenes in its first case, accusing her of harassing a gay neighbour

    12:00 AM — A Rhode Island judge has ordered a woman to stop directing hate slurs at her gay neighbour, saying the insults amounted to "hateful conduct" and interfered with the man's right to live in peace.The attorney general's newly formed civil rights advocate's office sued Theresa Deschenes in its first case, accusing her of harassing a gay neighbour with AIDS and threatening him with violence.

  • Humanists and Christians tussle over gay marriage 10

    Sue Wilkinson and Celia Kitzinger commiserate with each other after having their legal application dismissed by the High Court. They had applied to have their Canadian marriage recognised in the UK

    12:00 AM — The Gay and Lesbian Humanist Association (GALHA) has expressed its disapproval of yesterday's judgement meted out by the High Court to the lesbian couple seeking to have their Canadian marriage recognised in the UK.Sir Mark Potter, President of the Family Division of the High Court, ruled that Sue Wilkinson and Celia Kitzinger, who legally married in Canada, could only be recognised as civil partners in the UK.

  • Sexuality affecting lesbian patient care in New Zealand

    Women patients reported that healthcare providers were more likely to assume they were heterosexual, adding that more than one in ten were uncomfortable when they disclosed they were lesbian or bisexual

    12:00 AM — Healthcare providers react more positively to men than women who reveal they're gay, according to research in the Journal of Advanced Nursing.Women patients reported that healthcare providers were more likely to assume they were heterosexual, adding that more than one in ten were uncomfortable when they disclosed they were lesbian or bisexual.

  • THT opens sexual health clinic for Leeds students

    Terrence Higgins Trust is working on expanding the range of sexual health and support services it provides for young people

    12:00 AM — On August 7, Terrence Higgins Trust is opening a clinic which will test and treat university students in Leeds for sexually transmitted infections (STIs).The clinic will run from 4-7pm on Mondays at the Terrence Higgins Trust offices, 2 Oxford Place.

  • Gay police defend EuroPride ad 9

    The Gay Police Association has issued a statement regarding its controversial EuroPride advert

    12:00 AM — The Gay Police Association has issued a statement regarding its controversial EuroPride advert which attributed recent homophobic attacks to religious belief.Scotland Yard was reported to be considering an investigation into the group after it placed an advertisement in The Independent's diversity supplement which coincided with the EuroPride rally, displaying a pool of blood next to a Bible.

  • Gay school group stand up to homophobia

    Sir Elton John with radio presenter Chris Moyles

    12:00 AM — A lobby group campaigning for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) equality in schools has launched a petition asking the BBC Board of Governors to reconsider their recent decision to dismiss complaints about Radio 1 DJ Chris Moyles' derogatory use of the word 'gay' on his Radio 1 Breakfast show.The BBC recognised Moyles' comments may have caused offence, after he called a ring tone "gay," but said the use of the word to mean "lame" or "rubbish" was widespread amongst young people, promoting accusations that the station was condoning homophobia.

  • Straight couples campaign for gay marriage rights 3

    But Equal Partnership, a group campaigning for the removal of a clause in the Civil Partnership Act which prohibits straight couples, say their campaign is a mirror image of the court case and shows how “discriminatory” it is to have a “two tier system”

    12:00 AM — A group campaigning for heterosexual access to civil partnerships has expressed solidarity with a lesbian couple who were yesterday told their Canadian marriage could not be recognised in the UK.A High Court judge told Celia Kitzinger and Sue Wilkinson that they can only be recognised as civil partners to respect the "age-old institution (of marriage), valued and valuable, respectable and respected, as a means not only of encouraging monogamy but also the procreation of children."

  • Survey questions gay perception of Northern Ireland

    The survey, commissioned by Lesbian Advocacy Services Initiative (LASI), shows a majority of people (88%) are supportive of the principle that LGB people should not be discriminated against

    12:00 AM — A majority of people in Northern Ireland say they are tolerant of lesbian, gay and bisexual people (LGB) in society, according to a new survey from Ipsos MORI Ireland.The survey, commissioned by Lesbian Advocacy Services Initiative (LASI), shows a majority of people (88%) are supportive of the principle that LGB people should not be discriminated against.

  • 31st July 2006

    Lesbian couple fail in gay marriage bid 10

    Celia Kitzinger and Sue Wilkinson, a British lesbian couple married lawfully in Canada, challenged the UK government's laws claiming that their human rights were impeded by only being viewed as civil partners

    12:00 AM — The High Court has today rejected a lesbian couple's bid to have their Canadian marriage recognised in the UK.Celia Kitzinger and Sue Wilkinson, a British lesbian couple married lawfully in Canada, challenged the UK government's laws claiming that their human rights were impeded by only being viewed as civil partners.

  • Gay legal groups fight Nebraska discrimination

    The American Civil Liberties Union and Lambda Legal asked a federal appeals court last week to reconsider its ruling upholding a Nebraska law that bans all protections for same-sex couples

    12:00 AM — The American Civil Liberties Union and Lambda Legal asked a federal appeals court last week to reconsider its ruling upholding a Nebraska law that bans all protections for same-sex couples."The federal appeals court panel that decided this case just ignored the US Supreme Court, which has ruled that states can't pass laws just to discriminate against gay people," said Matt Coles, director of the ACLU's Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Project.

  • Lesbian couple to appeal “insulting” gay marriage snub 10

    Celia Kitzinger and Sue Wilkinson, both university professors, were legally married in a civil ceremony in Vancouver, British Columbia on 26 August 2003

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveA lesbian couple who failed in their bid to have their Canadian marriage recognised in the UK based on their human rights have branded the judgement "insulting" and "punitive."Celia Kitzinger and Sue Wilkinson, a British lesbian couple married lawfully in Canada, have announced plans to appeal against this morning's High Court decision rejecting the validity of their marriage in the UK.

  • Madrid Mayor conducts gay wedding despite opposition from his own party

    Alberto Ruiz Gallardon claimed he was just following the law

    12:00 AM — The mayor of Madrid has been criticised by his own party for officiating at the gay wedding of one of his staffAlberto Ruiz Gallardon is a member of the Spanish People's Party (PP), who themselves opposed the introduction of gay marriage in the country last year.Señor Ruiz Gallardon conducted the ceremony of Javier Gomez, a PP strategist and Manuel Rodenas, a city council employee.

  • Google vows to change derogatory gay translation 2

    Google has vowed to ameliorate the issue shortly

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveWhen the word "gay" is entered into Google's translation tools, the word "luti" is returned, an Arabic equivalent of "sodomite", to the ire of gay activists.The translation tools of Google, one of the world's leading internet corporations, are widely available on both Google's website and in downloadable software.

  • Outrage oppose “homophobic” High Court marriage judgement 10

    Sue Wilkinson and Celia Kitzinger outside the High Court, with Peter Tatchell of OutRage!, which backed their legal challenge to the non-recognition of same-sex marriage

    12:00 AM — Gay rights group Outrage protested against the High Court's decision to reject an application by a British lesbian couple to have their Canadian marriage recognised in the UK.Sir Mark Potter, President of the Family Division of the High Court, ruled this morning that their union could only be recognised as a civil partnership.

  • Gay Tory applies to be London Mayor

    Conservative leader David Cameron announced last month that the party will test an American open primary system to select their next candidate for Mayor of London

    12:00 AM — London could be getting its first gay mayor after Nick Boles director of Conservative aligned think tank Policy Exchange today confirmed that he will apply for the Tory's open primary to be held later this year.Mr Boles, this morning confirmed the rumours which were published recently on PinkNews.co.uk, and other political blogs, that he would put forward an application to stand for London Mayor in 2008.

  • Most families welcome civil partnerships, study shows

    The study, carried out by sociologists at The University of Manchester, was based on interviews and focus groups with 91 gay men and lesbians who are either planning or have had a civil partnership

    12:00 AM — The first major research into attitudes to same sex civil partnerships since they were legalised in December 2005 has shown general acceptance from families and friends, with some exceptions.The study, carried out by sociologists at The University of Manchester, was based on interviews and focus groups with 91 gay men and lesbians who are either planning or have had a civil partnership.

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