19th July 2006
Drug tests to take place at Brighton Gay Pride 4
12:00 AM — A human rights group is advising attendees of next week's Brighton Gay Pride how to deal with police who may ask to conduct a voluntary drug test.Sussex Police will be using the Ion Track device, which detects small traces of illegal substances, at the event, but the Release group fears lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender revellers will be unfairly targeted.
NAT to Walk for Life
12:00 AM — The National AIDS Trust's finance director is to embark on Crusaid's Walk for Life at the end of this month, wearing a 9ft red ribbon.The event is Europe's biggest HIV fundraising walk, wearing a 9 ft red ribbon, and Tim Gutteridge will represent the Trust by wearing its symbol on the 10km walk through Central London.
Israel conflict blamed on gay community 23
12:00 AM — The tension in Israel with Lebanon and the Gaza Strip has nothing to do with foreign policy, the West, or terrorism, it is down to the gay community, according to some orthodox rabbis.Religious clerics in the region have already spoken out against the upcoming Jerusalem WorldPride march, but now the event is being blamed as a cause of the latest tension in the Middle East.
18th July 2006
Georgia gay alliance allowed back to school
12:00 AM — A federal judge has issued a decision requiring White County High School in Georgia to allow students in the gay-straight alliance club (GSA) to meet on campus.The decision was cheered by the American Civil Liberties Union, which brought the case on behalf of the students in the club.
London Mayor backs Brits at Gay Games 3
12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveThe Mayor of London has sent good luck wishes to the athletes taking part in this week's Gay Games in Chicago and the upcoming Outgames in Montreal.The weeklong Chicago event, expected to draw nearly 12,000 athletes from 65 countries, started last weekend and will be staged in 33 venues across Chicago and the suburbs.
Guernsey may lower gay age of consent 3
12:00 AM — Guernsey Chief Minister Laurie Morgan has signalled that the island may follow neighbouring Jersey's lead in lowering the gay age of consent.His remarks came after the issue was raised at a meeting of the Crown Dependencies of Guernsey, Jersey, and the Isle of Man, after the fellow Channel Island of Jersey lowered the age of gay consent from 18 to 16 recently.
Gay Pride organisers urge tolerance amid Israeli tension 23
12:00 AM — As tension mounts on Israel's borders with the Gaza Strip and inside Lebanon, the organiser's of WorldPride Jerusalem insist their event will still go ahead and have called for tolerance in the region.The international gay event is scheduled for August 6 2006, after being cancelled last year because of the evacuation of Jewish Settlers from Gaza, but Jerusalem Open House (JOH) are keen for their event to take place as planned.
Vietnam to recognise transsexual plight 1
12:00 AM — Transsexuals are to be allowed sex change operations in Vietnam.A health ministry official in the country announced today that legislation will be prepared for a gender transition law which would allow a transgender person to become the right gender after medical and psychological tests.
Gay asylum group push for Iranian protection
12:00 AM — The UK Lesbian Gay Immigration Group has written to Liam Byrne, the Home Office Minister responsible for immigration, requesting the suspension of removals to Iran of lesbian and gay asylum seekers.The Group has urged the Minister to ensure that no Iranian lesbian or gay asylum seeker be removed from the UK whilst there are genuine concerns that those suspected of having gay sexual relationships are at risk of persecution.
Police appeal for help after homophobic assault
12:00 AM — Officers from the Westminster Community Safety Unit are appealing for information following a homophobic assault during the Euro Pride event on Saturday 1 July.At approx 1640 the female victim was walking with her girlfriend in Dean Street W1, near to the junction with Bateman Street when an unknown man approached them, attacked the victim and made a homophobic remark.
Gay campaigners back UN membership
12:00 AM — Around 100 gay campaigners and support groups have signed a petition calling on the United Nations to approve consultative status for four lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) organisations.Organised by John Fisher, of Canadian gay group, ARC, the document aims to ensure the International Lesbian and Gay Association (ILGA), the Danish National Association for Gays and Lesbians, the Lesbian and Gay Federation in Germany, and ILGA-Europe, are recognised as non governmental organisations.
Congress candidate opposes gay army ban
12:00 AM — A California Democrat this week has called for repeal of the federal "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" law barring openly lesbian, gay and bisexual Americans from military service.Democratic Congressional candidate John Rinaldi, who served as a commissioned Navy Officer during Desert Storm, said legislation to repeal the ban "would bring our military's policies in line with the will of the people and the needs of our national security."
Legislator sues university over gay partner rights 1
12:00 AM — In papers filed this past week, gay legal group Lambda Legal asked the Butler County Court of Common Pleas in Ohio to dismiss a lawsuit brought by a legislator seeking to take away the domestic partner benefits of employees of Miami University because the legislator has no legal standing to sue."Mr [Tom] Brinkman has no legal standing to bring this lawsuit because it makes no difference in his daily life when the domestic partners of lesbian and gay university employees have health insurance," said James Madigan, lawyer for Lambda Legal's Midwest Regional Office in Chicago.
Neo-Nazis threaten Latvia Gay Pride 1
12:00 AM — Latvian authorities are considering cancelling this weekend's Latvia's Gay Pride in the capital of Riga amid threats of violence from Christians, nationalists and neo-Nazis.Responding to these homophobic threats, the Latvian authorities are threatening to ban the Riga Pride march on public order grounds, claiming it is the "biggest security risk" since Latvia won its independence from the USSR.
Gay community to remember hanged teenagers
12:00 AM — Labour MP Chris Bryant will be hosting a meeting at the House of Commons tomorrow evening to mark the first anniversary of Iran's hanging of two gay teenagers.Mahmoud Asgari and Ayaz Marhoni were publicly executed in Iran last year, because according to the regime they were rapists, however gay campaigners insist the boys were killed under Sharia law for the crime of homosexuality.
17th July 2006
Living outside of society: Palestinian refugee rentboys in the Lebanon
12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveAs the conflict between Israel and terrorists and others within the Lebanon and the Palestinian Territories worsens, PinkNews.co.uk's Matthew Streib examines what the plight of Palestinian refugee rentboys living within the Lebanon. "I'M NOT GAY. Don't write that I'm gay," implored Tarek, a 22-yearold resident of Chatila, a Palestinian refugee camp of more than 12,000 inhabitants just south of Beirut.
Australian commission listens to opposing voices in gay rights consultation
12:00 AM — From the 26 July the Australian Human Rights and Equal Opportunities Commission (HREOC) will be holding hearings and public forums across Australia to identity any problems in the access same-sex couples have to financial and work related benefits.The commission's report generated a lot of controversy in June when it was revealed that John Howard's federal government had issued a ban on federal departments issuing submissions themselves, a decision which led to him being criticised by many in the gay community.
National failure set to follow local successes for American anti-gay marriage campaigners 1
12:00 AM — This week the US House of Representatives will debate and vote on the proposed constitutional amendment to define marriage as exclusively "between a man and a woman". Despite the failure of the amendment to pass through the Senate only last week, House Republicans are keen to have a vote on the issue just months before the election.The gay marriage debate is currently arousing a huge amount of attention and emotion on both sides especially after the perceived victories for the anti-gay marriage lobby in Nebraska and Tennessee.
Half of Irish gays do not have regular HIV tests
12:00 AM — A survey of sexual health attitudes of those living in the Republic of Ireland has found that almost half of gay men are not aware of their sexual health status.The results of the survey, conducted between 2003 and 2004 were presented at the annual Gay Health Forum by the HSE (the Irish equivalent of the NHS).
14th July 2006
American teachers’ union votes to support gay marriage
12:00 AM — The American National Education Association (NEA), the nation's largest teachers' union, has voted strongly in favour of supporting legal same-sex "marriages" and civil unions.NEA delegates approved a resolution that would amend Section B-10 of their handbook, "Racism, Sexism, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identification Discrimination" to explicitly include homosexual "marriage".