26th July 2006
Washington State to decide on gay marriage
12:00 AM — Washington could become the second state in the US to legalise same-sex marriages today as gay activists eagerly await the ruling of the state Supreme Court on the issue due out this morning.The ruling comes 16 months after a case involving 19 gay lesbian couples challenging the Washington's Defence of Marriage Act (DOMA) came under consideration by the Supreme Court.
Law Lords overturn landmark lesbian mum ruling 3
12:00 AM — A landmark ruling which gave custody of two children to their biological mother's ex lesbian partner has been overturned by the Law Lords.The woman, who cannot be named for the children's protection, had been granted shared contact of her ex girlfriend's seven and four year old daughters, until the mother broke the order by moving away, prompting the High Court and the Court of Appeal to grant primary care to the former partner.
Washington rejects gay marriage
12:00 AM — Washington has rejected arguments for same sex marriage.The state's Supreme Court upheld the Defence of Marriage Act by a 5-4 vote today, arguing that it "preserves the institution of marriage and the healthy families and children it promotes."
Gay Christians oppose homophobic church funding 3
12:00 AM — A gay Christian group is calling for the government to stop funding homophobic churches through public funds.The reaction from the Lesbian and Gay Christian Movement comes after demonstrators protested outside Parliament last week seeking a review of the incoming Equality Act claiming it discriminates against Christianity in the provision of goods and services.
25th July 2006
Pre-school gay education receives mixed reaction 1
12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveA proposal by the National Union of Teachers (NUT) to make pre-school children more aware of gay relationships has received a mixed reaction in the gay community.The issue was raised last week by the NUT in its submission to The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) consultation from the Department for Education and Skills on policies regarding pre-school children up to 5 years old.
Ex-Cabinet minister becomes first peer to have civil partnership
12:00 AM — Labour peer Chris Smith has become the first member of the House of Lords to have a civil partnership.The former Culture Secretary, had a private ceremony with long term partner Dorian Jabri last Friday at Islington Town Hall.The announcement was made in front of 200 guests, who turned up at the Serpentine Gallery on Saturday night assuming they were celebrating Lord Smith of Finsbury's 55th birthday.
Anti gay group accused of “hypocrisy” 9
12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveAn anti-gay Christian group has been accused of the "ultimate hypocrisy" after celebrating recent reports that the Gay Police Association (GPA) may face investigation over an advert which attributed homophobic attacks to religious statements.Scotland Yard is 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.
Researchers launch tenth Gay Men’s Sex Survey 1
12:00 AM — Terrence Higgins Trust and Sigma Research launched the tenth annual National Gay Men's Sex Survey yesterday.Last year 16,000 men in the UK took part and this year they hope to get an even better response.The Survey is carried out by Sigma Research (University of Portsmouth) in collaboration with over 150 organisations as part of the CHAPS Partnership's health promotion work with gay men.
McKellen breaks Pentagon gay policy
12:00 AM — Gay actor Sir Ian McKellen has managed to overrule the Pentagon's Don't Ask Don't Tell policy after being made am honorary lieutenant colonel of the national guard.US military policy dictates that lesbian and gay recruits must keep their sexuality hidden, but the openly gay star was recently given the honour on a trip to Atlanta, Georgia.
Gay families express pride
12:00 AM — Hundreds of families from all over the world will gather in Provincetown for Family Pride's annual Family Week, a week-long conference and family adventure from July 29-August 5 2006.For the 11th consecutive year, Family Pride's Family Week will provide a safe, vibrant and engaging space for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) parents and their children to gather.
24th July 2006
NUT seek pre-school gay awareness 1
12:00 AM — Nurseries must play their part in challenging homophobia from an early age amongst pupils, the National Union of Teachers (NUT) has warned.The NUT reacted to The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) consultation from the Department for Education and Skills on policies regarding pre-school children up to 5 years old.
Tory councillor charged for alleged anti-gay remarks 14
12:00 AM — A Tory councillor has been summonsed to appear before magistrates for allegedly making homophobic remarks.Peter Willows, 75, of Brighton and Hove City Council allegedly said to guests that he believed homosexuals were paedophiles at a reception hosted by the mayor of Brighton and Hove.
Bill Gates makes million dollar AIDS pledge
12:00 AM — The Bill Melinda Gates Foundation last week announced it is awarding $287 million in grants over five years to create an international network of scientists to speed up the development of an AIDS vaccine.The main goal of the 16 individual grants is to shift the development process from independent efforts in separate laboratories to large-scale collaborative efforts stretching across many labs and countries.
Gay activists targeted at Riga Pride 1
12:00 AM — Gay campaigners were attacked with eggs and bags of excrement and left feeling under siege by protesters last weekend as they aimed to quietly celebrate Riga Pride.Authorities in the Latvian capital had banned the gay parade on public order grounds, but activists including Outrage's Peter Tatchell and GayRussia's Nikolai Alexeyev decided to continue with smaller activities.
On course for a healthy gay future
12:00 AM — A London University is offering the first ever course in gay men's health promotion.The one-year course, which starts in September, is being run by the University of East London (UEL) in collaboration with sexual health charity, the Terrence Higgins Trust.
London holds first gay employment fair
12:00 AM — Deputy Assistant Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Brian Paddick and representatives from the Trades Union Congress' (TUC) lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) committee will be among the guest speakers next month at London's first gay employment exposition for youths between the ages of 16 and 25.PACE, an LGBT mental health group and the London Development Agency (LDA) will host Out Working: Youth LGBT Job Fair, which promises to offer unemployed and economically inactive gay, lesbian and bisexual youths hands-on advice from experts at The Resource Centre in Islington on Thursday, 17 August 2006.
Latvia “fails” democracy test after gay pride violence 1
12:00 AM — Neo-Nazi, Christian fundamentalist and extreme nationalist protesters terrorised participants at the Gay Pride rally in the Latvian capital of Riga last Saturday . Peter Tatchell of gay rights group Outrage attended and spoke at Riga Pride, he witnessedfirst-hand what happened there."Private armed guards were drafted in to provide security, after the Latvian police repeatedly failed to halt the aggression of the homophobic mob.
Officials discuss ‘gay panic’ defence
12:00 AM — Prosecutors and law enforcement officials from across the nation gathered in San Francisco last week to discuss strategies to counter the "gay panic" or "transgender panic" defences used in courtrooms to gain acquittals or reduced punishments for violent crimes.According to The San Francisco Chronicle, the term "gay panic" had its origins in decades-old research suggesting that certain men are terrified by their own latent homosexual tendencies—prompting the theory that a gay advance might yank all those emotions out into the open and trigger an aggressive, even murderous, response.
22nd July 2006
Gay group postpones WorldPride amid war talk 23
12:00 AM — The Jerusalem WorldPride parade has been postponed until "after the war."The organisers of the event, Jerusalem Open House (JOH), announced last night that the rally will no longer take place due to the demands it would be making on security which is currently caught up in escalating tension in Lebanon and the Gaza Strip.
21st July 2006
London Mayor criticises Latvia’s “attack on human rights” 1
12:00 AM — The Mayor of London has called the decision to ban Latvia's Gay Pride "an unacceptable attack on human rights."His words have been echoed by gay rights group Outrage, Amnesty International and the Latvian President, who have all criticised the authorities in Riga for cancelling the parade in the capital on public order grounds.