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  • 27th November 2006

    Gay activists seek royal disapproval 1

    Gay rights advocates in the Australian island state of Tasmania have written to Denmark's Crown Princess Mary asking her to point out the benefits to her childhood home that have come from its greater acceptance of gays and lesbians

    12:00 AM — Gay rights advocates in the Australian island state of Tasmania have written to Denmark's Crown Princess Mary asking her to point out the benefits to her childhood home that have come from its greater acceptance of gay and lesbian people.The letter is a direct response to recent media reports of anti-gay harassment and the absence of anti-discrimination laws in the Danish-administered Faeroe Islands, and coincides with the Princess's latest Tasmanian visit.

  • Gay humanists welcome activist’s new role

    The humanist symbol

    12:00 AM — The Gay and Lesbian Humanist Association (GALHA) has warmly welcomed the election of its long-standing member and committee member Terry Sanderson as the new president of the National Secular Society (NSS).Mr Sanderson, who has served for some time on the NSS Council of Management, was elected at the society's AGM over the weekend at London's Conway Hall.

  • Norway to lead opposition to gay hate

    The statement deals with the most severe human rights abuses , such as violence, torture and death

    12:00 AM — A human rights group is calling on the international gay community to foster support for a UN statement on violations of human rights abuses based on sexual orientation and gender identity.Representatives from Norway will be delivering a short oral statement at the United Nations Human Rights Council on Friday on the issue, and ARC activists want other countries to pledge their support.

  • Gay health group seeks HIV support

    The document, released today, shows an absence of resources and information to support individuals living with the infections

    12:00 AM — Health care professionals with blood viruses such as HIV and Hepatitis are given insufficient support in their career, a report from the Gay and Lesbian Association of Doctors and Dentist (GLADD) has revealed.The document, released today, shows an absence of resources and information to support individuals in the service living with the infections.

  • Irish gay union support grows 1

    The Lansdowne Market Research study confirmed a continued growth in support in Ireland for legal recognition for same-sex relationships

    12:00 AM — Support for same sex unions in the Republic of Ireland is growing, a new report shows.The survey revealed that 51 per cent of the population backed civil unions for gays and lesbians while 33 per cent believe that same-sex couples should have access to full civil partnerships.

  • LGBT activist launches blood service protest 2

    The petition calls on the government to carry out a review of the NBS policies

    12:00 AM — A former National Union of Students LGBT Officer is continuing his activism by launching an online petition against the UK's ban on gay blood donors.The petition, which runs until April, has so far received around 800 signatures.It was started by James-J Walsh, former LGBT Officer of the National Union of Students. The petition echoes a campaign earlier this year against National Blood Service's (NBS) ban on gay and bisexual donors.

  • Transport legislation benefits disabled gays

    Ju Gosling Co-chair of Regard, said the gay community has a high proportion of disabled members because of the mental and physical effects of homophobia

    12:00 AM — The lives of elderly and disabled people in the gay community will be made a little bit easier today after the Concessionary Bus Travel Bill was introduced.A special bus route stopped outside No10 Downing Street to launch the legislation, carrying a group of older and disabled people.

  • Christian magistrate resigns over gay adoption 4

    Andrew McClintock stepped down  after his request to not have to deal with cases involving gay parents were dismissed

    12:00 AM — A Christian judge is taking legal action against the UK Government after claiming he had to resign from his role because he was against ruling on adoption cases which would have placed children in the care of same sex couples.Andrew McClintock stepped down after his request to not have to deal with cases involving gay parents were dismissed.

  • 24th November 2006

    Sexual health activists fight gay HIV increase 3

    According to the report, three in every hundred gay men who attended an STI clinic in the last year had acquired HIV

    12:00 AM — Sexual health campaigners are calling for better HIV awareness programmes after a Health Protection Agency report revealed that an estimated 63,500 adults are now living with HIV in the UK , with an increase in cases for gay men.This latest figure includes both those who have been diagnosed and also around a third (20,100) who remain unaware of their infection.

  • Brazilian gay couple given adoption nod

    Campaigners hope it will make it easier for other gay couples to adopt across Brazil

    12:00 AM — A Brazilian judge has allowed a gay couple in Sao Paolo to jointly adopt a five year old girl in a landmark case.One of the men had already adopted the girl but today's ruling makes it the first time a male couple has been allowed to jointly adopt.It ends a year long legal battle for the couple, Vasco Pedro da Gama and Junior de Carvalho who have been together for 14 years.

  • Gay Londoners asked about HIV

    Gay men's health charity, GMFA, has been asked to host a consultation with gay men in London

    12:00 AM — For the first time, gay men in London are being asked to give their views on the commissioning of HIV services in the capital city.A proposal for radical changes in the provision of HIV prevention work for gay men has been put forward and you can have your say.If the proposed HIV prevention work does not meet the needs of gay men, the community suffers and increasingly scarce resources are wasted.

  • Scottish Tory leader backs gay adoption

    Ms Goldie said she would be voting for the legislation which would give gay couples in Scotland adoption rights

    12:00 AM — Scotland's Conservative Party leader has echoed the gay friendly attitude of Tory head David Cameron by backing gay adoption.Annabel Goldie looks set to anger some of her own party members as well as religious groups ahead of a vote on the Scottish Executive's Adoption and Children (Scotland) Bill by saying allowing gay couples to adopt will make Scottish law a fairer reflection of society.

  • Northern Ireland to launch gay equality law 12

    Gay activists are recommending Ulster as an ideal holiday destination for the LGBT community as Northern Ireland looks set to implement Sexual Orientation Regulations early

    12:00 AM — Gay activists are recommending Ulster as an ideal holiday destination for the LGBT community as Northern Ireland looks set to implement Sexual Orientation Regulations early in the New Year.The law, which guarantees equality in the provision of goods and services, is rumoured to be introduced in January 2007, while the legislation will be enforced in the rest of the UK in April.

  • Congregation evicted over gay talk 2

    Mr Adams, was scheduled to share his personal story and speak about HeartStrong, a non profit educational organisation providing outreach

    12:00 AM — A gay activist is demanding an apology from a US Diocese after a congregation's lease was terminated over disagreement of a talk he was due to give at the venue.The Diocese of Camden, New Jersey, leased space for three years to the Unitarian Unversalist Congregation of the South Jersey Shore, but the congregation has been forced out of their leased space without warning for arraigning gay activist Marc Adams to speak at a Sunday service.

  • 23rd November 2006

    Activists push for gay marriage in Connecticut

    GLAD argues that the denial of marriage by the 2005 civil union law is arbitrary and fails to provide gay and lesbian citizens with the equal treatment the constitution requires

    12:00 AM — The state of Connecticut violates its own constitution by denying same-sex couples the right to marry according to a brief filed this week in the Connecticut Supreme Court by Gay Lesbian Advocates Defenders (GLAD).GLAD argues that the denial of marriage by the 2005 civil union law is arbitrary and fails to provide gay and lesbian citizens with the equal treatment the constitution requires.

  • Christian students ‘under considerable opposition’

    Unions in Exeter, Birmingham and Edinburgh have been prohibited from using university faculties and in some cases from being recognised as a club

    12:00 AM — Senior Bishops of the Church of England, and the Roman Catholic Church in England and Wales, have spoken out against "intolerant and unlawful" actions by several universities after a number of Christian Unions have been banned from campuses.Unions in Exeter, Birmingham and Edinburgh have been prohibited from using university faculties and in some cases from being recognised as a club because of alleged discrimination towards non-Christians and gay people.

  • Gay clergy ‘divisive’ for Church relations

    It comes after the ordination of gay bishop of New Hampshire Gene Robinson in 2003

    12:00 AM — Gay bishops and female clergy are driving a wedge through the prospect of good relations between the Anglican and Catholic Church, the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Pope concluded today.In his first official visit to the pontiff, Dr Rowan Williams spoke of the importance of unity in the church, the pair presented a declaration which highlighted certain issues straining Christian relations.

  • Lesbian divorce raises legal issue for Rhode Island 2

    Rhode Island allows same sex couples to get married in Massachusetts, the only US state with full marriage equality

    12:00 AM — A lesbian couple from Rhode Island have started a legal debate in their home state after seeking a divorce from a same sex marriage obtained in Massachusetts.Margaret Chambers and Cassandra Ormiston took advantage of the opening up of marriage to gay couples in Massachusetts in 2004, but now that they want to separate, it creates a confusing issue for Rhode Island where there is no law recognising gay marriage.

  • Transgender conference ‘wasting resources’ 3

    Speaking at the conference, which was attended by 70 members of the transsexual community, Assistant Chief Constable Simon Byrne said the force would ask what the group's unique needs are

    12:00 AM — Merseyside Police have been criticised after holding a conference on transgender issues despite only having one transgender crime victim in the last year.The Dysphoria Conference, which saw officers vowing to treat transsexual crime victims respectfully and fairly, has been accused of wasting police time.

  • Civil partners urged to write wills 1

    In one case handled by the IPW, two civil partners were aghast to discover that their wills had been revoked as a result of their Civil Partnership

    12:00 AM — December 5 marks the first anniversary of the Civil Partnership Bill but despite a year having passed since the introduction of this legislation, the Institute of Professional Willwriters is warning that many same sex couples have no idea of the impact their union has on their inheritance arrangements.The Institute of Professional Willwriters is so concerned about this situation that it has written to the National Statistician and Registrar General for England and Wales to highlight the lack of knowledge existing in relation to the impact of marriage, re-marriage and Civil Partnership on an existing will.

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