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  • 16th August 2006

    Comment: Why gays should be embracing David Cameron 7

    With the launch of the 'new' Tory party's mini-manifesto, Tony Grew explains why the gay community should be embracing the aspirations of David Cameron.

    12:00 AM — With the launch of the 'new' Tory party's mini-manifesto, Tony Grew explains why the gay community should be embracing the aspirations of David Cameron. Stung by constant criticism that he is all sound bite and no substance, David Cameron today launched a 'mini manifesto.' The purpose of the document is to outline the aims and values of the Conservative Party.

  • “Gay soldiers” lose war 3

    A Palestinian terror commander has claimed “gay soldiers“ lost war for Israel

    12:00 AM — A leader in the Palestine based Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigade has hailed the Israeli army "full of gay soldiers."The homophobe claimed that Israel was ripe for attack following its failure to defeat Hezbollah.Abu Oudai, a rocket coordinator for the West Bank based group, said that Hezbollah's "tremendous victory" had emboldened Palestinian groups to follow their example in the fight against Israel.

  • Gay community still wary of reporting hate crimes 2

    As reported by  PinkNews,co.uk , in London there has been a sharp rise in the number of homophobic crimes reported to the Metropolitan police in the past year.

    12:00 AM — An in-depth study by charity Victim Support has concluded that many victims of hate crimes are unwilling to report them to the police.Only one in five victims that did report incidents to the police were happy with the way they were treated.

  • Race for Governor marred by bestiality comparisons 57

    “For some people, the alternative lifestyle is bestiality. Do we allow a man to marry a sheep?“

    12:00 AM — The contest to become Governor of Colorado has been rocked by comments from a Republican candidate comparing gay marriage to bestiality.Bob Beaurprez caused outrage by picking maverick right-winger Janet Rowland as his running mate in the gubernatorial contest.Rowland was a controversial choice, especially since a radio interview in March where she said:

  • Pink bar turns heads in Stoke 57

    The sleepy city of Stoke-on-Trent is getting its second gay bar, and the bright pink exterior is causing some residents to see red.

    12:00 AM — The sleepy city of Stoke-on-Trent is getting its second gay bar, and the bright pink exterior is causing some residents to see red.The Pink Lounge and Bar will open next Thursday in the city's Piccadilly area.Nearby traders told the The Sentinel newspaper that they do not feel the paint job is in keeping with the ambience of the area.

  • AIDS 2006 argues plight of prisoners

    Infection rates increase in the world's prisons

    12:00 AM — Delegates in Toronto have heard how HIV transmission has been overlooked by the world's authorities and media according to activists at AIDS 2006.The 16th annual conference has heard a number of encouraging lectures on improving responses and drug treatments, but has also heard of the continuing problem of infection for prisoners globally.

  • Sligo hosts first ever pride celebration 57

    Sligo is famous as the home of three members of Westlife, Kian Egan, Mark Feehily and Shane Filan.

    12:00 AM — The picturesque Irish town of Sligo will be transformed into a queer paradise this weekend, as part of the Pride Northwest festival.Lesbians, gay men, bisexuals and transsexuals will be joined by heterosexual people parading under the banner 'Straight But Not Narrow - Heterosexuals Supporting LGBT Rights.'The parade will move through the town this Saturday.

  • 15th August 2006

    California lawmakers heckle N-Sync star’s boyfriend 57

    33-year-old Reichen Lehmkuhl won the US reality show “The Amazing Race” has subsequently worked as a model and TV presenter.

    12:00 AM — It was meant to be a celebration of the achievements of six Californians, role models to the millions of LGBT people who make the Golden State their home.Instead the ceremony at the State Capitol in Sacramento was reduced to the level of a farce. Republican Assembly members, instead of boycotting the event, turned up to heckle the honourees.

  • Gay PC appeals for right to wear ear stud

    The Hampshire Constabulary's dress code policy only allows women to wear small earrings on duty but not men, but PC Bloomfield, a special branch contracts officer, alleges other men flouted the rules but were not punished

    12:00 AM — A policeman is accusing his force of sexual discrimination claiming he was banned from wearing an earring because he is gay.PC Neil Bloomfield, 39, told a Southampton Industrial Tribunal that his gold ear stud was a statement of his sexuality and claimed he was unfairly targeted while other heterosexual officers avoided reprisal.

  • Gay rights group launch marriage appeal 10

    The High Court in London ruled that Sue Wilkinson and Celia Kitzinger's legal Canadian marriage is not valid in the UK

    12:00 AM — Gay rights group Outrage has launched an appeal seeking support for a lesbian couple whose Canadian marriage was deemed invalid by the UK High Court last month.The High Court in London ruled that Sue Wilkinson and Celia Kitzinger's legal Canadian marriage is not valid in the UK, and claimed any discrimination was ruled out by the Civil Partnership Act.

  • Jamaica waits on lesbian murder investigation

    Jessica Stern, researcher for HRW's Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Programme, claims on HRW's website that “Lesbians and gay men are still targets in Jamaica, where intolerance feeds violence”

    12:00 AM — A human rights group has written to the Jamaican Minister of National Security rasiing concern over the murder of two women who were allegedly lesbians.Human Rights Watch (HRW) wrote to Peter Phillips highlighting problems of homophobia in the country and a reluctance to investigate cases of crime against the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community.

  • Sikh policeman suspended over gay escort allegations 2

    A police officer has been suspended by the Strathclyde force after  The Sunday Mail  exposed his alleged double life as a male prostitute.

    12:00 AM — A police officer has been suspended by the Strathclyde force after The Sunday Mail exposed his alleged double life as a male prostitute.Constable Suckbir Mann, a 34-year-old married officer, is Sikh, and has been used by the force in the past as a symbol of their multi-culturalism.

  • Philippines to vote on gay law 57

    The people of the Philippines demand a change in the conservative law

    12:00 AM — A new law has been placed before the Philippine Senate this week; Senate Bill 1738 regarding discrimination in the work place.Following support for Bill 1738 by Philippine Senators Ramon Revilla, Luisa Ejercito Estrada, and Miriam Defensor-Santiago, as well as international organisations such as Human Rights Watch (HRW) and the Lesbian and Gay Legislative Advocacy (LAGABLAB), the bill is currently in the committee stage.

  • Australian government to ban gay adoption 57

    Even though adoption policy is a matter for state governments, John Howard's federal administration attempted to attach a prohibition on overseas adoption to the 2004 law outlawing gay marriage.

    12:00 AM — Documents leaked to a Tasmanian gay activist indicate that the Australian government plan to ban gay people from adopting children from overseas.Even though adoption policy is a matter for state governments, John Howard's federal administration attempted to attach a prohibition on overseas adoption to the 2004 law outlawing gay marriage.

  • Homophobic crime still a problem in London

    Homophobic crime figures have increased in boroughs with a large lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) population

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk InvestigationThe Metropolitan Police are today hailing London as a safer place to live with figures revealing an overall fall in crime, including an overall reduction in reported homophobic attacks.The release of figures describing incidents in the 12 months up to July 2006 claim that crime is falling across the capital.

  • London Underground deny ‘gay discrimination’ 1

    There will be a separate vote by 80 staff at Canary Wharf station, with claims of harassment and vicitmisation against a gay member of staff. (picture: LU)

    12:00 AM — The RMT union is planning to ballot 6,500 staff over a pay dispute. Members could vote for tube drivers strike, meaning travel misery for millions of Londoners.There will be a separate strike vote by 80 staff at Canary Wharf station, after union claims of harassment and vicitmisation against gay and female members of staff.

  • Prince Albert pride for Canadian gay teens

    The parade, scheduled for June 9th 2007, is the brainchild of Gay-Teen Alliance Youth Group co-ordinator Jennifer Brockman.

    12:00 AM — A group of gay teenagers who live in a small city in the heart of the Canadian prairies have asked their local council for permission to stage their very own pride festival.Prince Albert is in the far north of the Canadian province of Saskatchewan and has 40,000 inhabitants. It is most famous as the home of Anne of Green Gables author Lucy Laud Montgomery.

  • 14th August 2006

    South Africa backs gay blood donors – if celibate 57

    A compromise has been reached between the South African Blood Service and gay pressure groups over donations.

    12:00 AM — A compromise has been reached between the South African Blood Service and gay pressure groups over donations.Previously all gay men who had sex with another man in the last five years were barred from giving blood.Gay activists had argued this rule was discriminatory, and drew attention to previous restrictions by the service on the grounds of race.

  • Northern Ireland police to monitor gay recruitment 57

    Applicants to the Police Service of Northern Ireland are to be asked their sexual orientation for the first time.

    12:00 AM — Applicants to the Police Service of Northern Ireland are to be asked their sexual orientation for the first time. Currently all GB forces monitor the number of gay and lesbian people working for them.Potential officers will also be able to declare if they are in a civil partnership.

  • Homophobic pensioner is given gagging ASBO

    A 76-year-old man from north London has been placed under an anti-social behaviour order for racial and homophobic verbal abuse directed at fellow care home residents.

    12:00 AM — A 76-year-old man from north London has been placed under an anti-social behaviour order for racial and homophobic verbal abuse directed at fellow care home residents.David Lilley, who lives in a sheltered housing complex in Cricklewood, has a record of abusing, threatening and spitting at staff and other residents.

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