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  • 23rd June 2006

    No health reasons against lowering Jersey gay age of consent

    The Channel Island's Minister Stuart Syvret told States Members there were no medical reasons to oppose the legislation

    12:00 AM — Jersey's health minister has backed lowering the age of consent for gay men.The Channel Island's Minister Stuart Syvret told States Members there were no medical reasons to oppose the legislation, which would lower the age from 18 to 16, the same as heterosexuals and UK same sex couples.

  • Portland calls for repeal of anti gay Pentagon policy

    Resolutions supporting the Military Readiness Enhancement Act have been approved by city councils in New York, Chicago, St. Louis, West Hollywood, San Francisco and Cathedral City, California

    12:00 AM — Calling it "a civil rights issue," Portland Mayor Tom Potter and the Portland City Council have approved a resolution urging Congress to repeal the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" ban on lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) personnel.The resolution, introduced by Commissioner Sam Adams, says in part that the Council "respectfully urges the Congress to pass and the President to sign the Military Readiness Enhancement Act, thereby ending the discriminatory federal policy of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell.'"

  • 22nd June 2006

    Episcopal Church to “exercise restraint” over gay bishops 8

    Bishop Gene Robinson's approval for consecration by the denomination's 2003 general convention led to disarray among American Episcopalians

    12:00 AM — The US Episcopal Church has agreed on a watered down version of a proposal rejected yesterday which would have banned the appointment of gay clergy.The denomination's General Convention instead last night agreed to "exercise restraint" in ordaining gay bishops, as part of an effort to amend rifts within the Anglican Church.

  • Straight MP sues Putin for gay rights

    The organisers of last month's Moscow Gay Pride condemned the Russian authorities for causing the violence which resulted in over 120 arrests.

    12:00 AM — A gay rights campaigner in Russia is planning to sue President Vladimir Putin for failing to protect homosexuals.Edward Murzin, an MP in the country's Bashkortostan Republican, is urging Mr Putin to clamp down on homophobia in the country.Mr Murzin said in his case that all citizens should have constitutional rights protected including sexual minorities.

  • THT campaign alerts gay men to HIV

    Terrence Higgins Trust is launching a new campaign today to raise gay men's awareness of their proximity to HIV

    12:00 AM — HIV and sexual health charity Terrence Higgins Trust is launching a new campaign today to raise gay men's awareness of their proximity to HIV.The number of gay men living with HIV has doubled in the last ten years and the campaign aims to make men think about how close they are to HIV.

  • South Korea approves trans recognition 1

    The case reflects an increase in requests for official recognition from South Korea's transgender community

    12:00 AM — South Korea's Supreme Court has ruled that a transsexual can legally change his gender to male.The court decreed that the 51-year-old could have his gender recognised on official documents.The court heard opinions from religious leaders and medical professionals over the issue which would change the law regarding the Family Register.

  • Gays are most ‘unfairly treated’ group in Northern Ireland 3

    Opinion was divided on the issue of gay, lesbian and bisexual couples having the same rights as married heterosexual couples, with the majority of the public supporting this

    12:00 AM — Most people in Northern Ireland have no problem with working or living near a gay person despite a consensus that lesbian, gay, and bisexual people are amongst the most unfairly treated in the country, a survey shows.The findings are part of an Equality Awareness Survey commissioned by the Equality Commission which assesses awareness of equality issues amongst the general public in Northern Ireland.

  • Scotland records first gay civil union statistics

    A total of 343 partnerships have been recorded since the Civil Partnership Act came into force

    12:00 AM — Almost 350 same sex couples in Scotland have had civil partnerships, it has been revealed today in the first official statistics of the ceremony in the country.A total of 343 partnerships have been recorded since the Civil Partnership Act came into force in December last year.

  • Gay group joins police to address community concerns

    Launched by Minister of Justice Michael McDowell this morning, at the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community centre Outhouse, the strategy will be piloted for a year

    12:00 AM — Irish police have responded to lesbian and gay concerns about safety issues and developed a new community safety strategy for the Dublin region.Launched by Minister of Justice Michael McDowell this morning, at the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community centre Outhouse, the strategy will be piloted for a year before being rolled out nationally.

  • Gay campaigner condemns Bromley candidate’s “gutter politics” 3

    John Hemming-Clark, resident of the late Conservative MP Eric Forth's constituency

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveGay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell has accused an Independent candidate for next week's Bromley and Chislehurst by-election of using "gutter politics" after his team raised questions regarding the sexuality of Conservative candidate Bob Neill.The candidate, John Hemming-Clark said on his website, "Leaflets are dropping aplenty through the letter boxes of Bromley and Chislehurst with the main candidates extolling their married with children credentials.

  • Tory MEPs accused of failing to stop homophobia 1

    Former EastEnder turned West Midlands MEP, Mr Cashman, told PinkNews.co.uk, “This vote was a real opportunity for the Tories to prove that they have  changed, and they failed. Abstaining on vital issues like these is inexcusable“

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveLabour MEP Michael Cashman has accused the Conservative Party of failing to condemn violence against the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community in Europe.Mr Cashman,president of the European Parliament's Intergroup for Gay and Lesbian Rights' remarks come after Tory MEPs abstained in an EU vote last week that condemned racist and homophobic violence.

  • 21st June 2006

    South Korea to decide on trans identity

    The case reflects an increase in requests for official recognition from South Korea's transgender community

    12:00 AM — South Korea's Supreme Court is set to decide if a 50 year old transsexual will be allowed to officially change his gender this week.The court heard opinions from religious leaders and medical professionals over the issue which would change the law regarding the Family Register.

  • Protestant Church approves sexually active gay clergy

    The report states that “fidelity within the covenant of marriage between a man and a woman or chastity in singleness,“ is a basis for ordination, but allows groups to deduce whether the restriction is “essential”

    12:00 AM — A US Protestant denomination has approved a resolution allowing the ordination of non celibate gay and lesbian clergy.The Presbyterian Church's General Assembly in Birmingham, Alabama, this week welcomed a report on Peace, Unity and Purity of the Church, which addressed the divides in Protestant groups over sexuality.

  • Gay youth socially excluded in Europe 2

    The report, Social Exclusion of Young Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender People (LGBT) in Europe, by the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer Youth and Student Organization (IGLYO) and ILGA-Europe claims LGBT youth experience estrangement from family, bullying and marginalisation at school

    12:00 AM — Young lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people across Europe face discrimination and exclusion in their everyday life, a report claims.The report, Social Exclusion of Young Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender People (LGBT) in Europe, by the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer Youth and Student Organization (IGLYO) and ILGA-Europe claims LGBT youth experience estrangement from family, bullying and marginalisation at school, which can lead to such problems as underachievement and school drop-out, low self-esteem and mental ill-health.

  • Latvian President backs gay protection 2

    Vaira Vike Freiberga vetoed the decision and wrote to Parliament Speaker Ingrida Udre, saying she saw a “logical reason” to include gay people

    12:00 AM — The President of Latvia has called for the gay community to be included in anti discrimination laws, just a week after the country's Parliament rejected such legislation.Vaira Vike Freiberga vetoed the decision and wrote to Parliament Speaker Ingrida Udre, saying she saw a "logical reason" to include gay people in the law.

  • China provides lesbian network

    Although homosexuality in China is no longer considered a mental illness, it is still taboo

    12:00 AM — China has started its first hotline for lesbians following the success of a similar gay service.The Shanghai based operation is run by the Chi Heng Foundation, which also organises AIDs related projects.Volunteer staff for the line will be lesbians, one of the members, Shen Yiwu, told the Shanghai Daily, "To have female counsellors at the centre will make the women callers feel more secure."

  • Paddick snubbed for honour- newspaper claims

    Brian Paddick first attracted public notoriety when as commander of Brixton Police, he pioneered a liberal attitude to cannabis

    12:00 AM — A newspaper is claiming that Britain's most senior gay police officer has been snubbed for a top honour.The right of centre Daily Mail claims that Brian Paddick, the Deputy Assistant Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police is furious that he has not been awarded the Queen's Police Medal in last week's Birthday Honours list.Friends of Mr Paddick have claimed that he was promised an award.

  • Church rejects gay clergy ban 7

    The resolution was a response to The 2004 Windsor Report which invited the Episcopal Church “to effect a moratorium on the election and consent to the consecration of any candidate to the episcopate who is living in a same-gender union until some new consensus in the Anglican Communion emerges,“ in reaction to the appointment of gay Bishop of New Hampshire Gene Robinson

    12:00 AM — The Episcopal Church controversially rejected a resolution calling for a ban on gay clergy last night.Resolution A161 would have urged bishops and dioceses to refrain from electing bishops "whose manner of life presents a wider challenge to the wider church."

  • Ex hostage claims Christian camp shut because he is gay

    Freed hostage, James Loney, pictured with  fellow Canadian Harmeet Sooden

    12:00 AM — A Catholic youth camp has been shut because one of its staff members is gay, according to former Iraq hostage James Loney.Mr Loney, whose sexuality was kept secret by his boyfriend while he was being held captive in Iraq for four months between November 2005 and March 2006, claims the Ontario Catholic youth camp, which he worked for, was closed because he is gay.

  • 20th June 2006

    Pentagon lists homosexuality as a mental disorder 6

    Several Congress members have sent a letter to Secretary of Defence Donald Rumsfeld asking him to review the Pentagon Instruction

    12:00 AM — Homosexuality is still a mental disorder, according to the Pentagon.Research by the Centre for the Study of Sexual Minorities in the Military at the University of California discovered a document from the Department of Defence which listed homosexuality alongside mental problems, despite it being declassified as a condition by the American Psychological Association (APA) in 1973.

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