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  • 22nd August 2006

    Democrats want more LGBT delegates at 2008 convention

    Many pundits name Hilary Clinton as the most likely choice for her party's nomination. (photo: jessamyn)

    12:00 AM — The Democratic National Committee has agreed delegate selection rules that should see more gay and lesbian representation at the next party convention.The set-piece convention will pick the Democratic candidate for the next presidential election in August 2008.Many pundits name Hilary Clinton as the most likely choice for her party's nomination.

  • Cardiff Mardi Gras to feature scary monster

    The organisers of a Doctor Who exhibition at the city's Red Dragon Centre will have a stall at this year's Mardi Gras, and have hinted they may bring along one of the Doctor's enemies to party with the LGBT community.

    12:00 AM — The organisers of this year's Cardiff Mardi Gras are expecting a record 40,000 people to party on the streets of the Welsh capital on the 2nd September.Now in its seventh year, the event has grown into the second-largest free gay event in the UK.But changes in the licensing laws mean that revellers will no longer be able to bring their own alcohol to the party

  • AIDS groups back gay campaigner’s partnership proposal

    AIDS charities have backed gay campaigner Peter Tatchell's call for partnership between the developed and developing world

    12:00 AM — AIDS charities have backed gay campaigner Peter Tatchell's call for partnership between the developed and developing world in combating HIV.Speaking at the International AIDS Conference in Toronto, Canada last week, Mr Tatchell suggested the "rich north" should partner the "poor south" with funding, equipment, training and travel.

  • COMMENT: Time for a gay schism? 2

    Hampstead Heath has a reputation as an urban oasis of calm - but some areas are off-limits for straight people (photo: SlipstreamJC, Flickr)

    12:00 AM — It has been a bad month for gay identity. Whatever that is. From gay police to overweight pop idols, it seems everyone has something to say about how best to express their sexuality.Tony Grew examines what it means to be gay in 2006 If I was to wear an earring, what would that indicate to you? According to gay police officer Neil Bloomfield, it is an indication of sexual preference. He took his employers to a tribunal because male officers are not allowed to wear earrings, while women officers are.

  • Transsexual to pursue $3 million discrimination suit

    Eric Buffong, who was born Erica Buffong, said he was harassed at work and then fired after a colleague came to work taunting him with a high school yearbook photo of Buffong as a woman

    12:00 AM — A worker at a New York restaurant who was allegedly fired because he was a transsexual has been told he can pursue a discrimination claim under the state's human rights law.Justice Joan Lefkowitz held that although discrimination against a transgender person is not specifically listed in the law it is covered nonetheless, WCBS channel 2 in New York reports.

  • Comment: Is newspaper backlash aid to homophobia?

    The right wing press's xenophobic reporting tones towards EU enlargement are detrimental to the LGBT community in Bulgaria and Romania as we see them as “others” rather than groups needing support

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk's Dave McElhill ponders press reporting regarding EU enlargement and asks if the tones are helping the international gay community.The recent headlines have been full of commentary regarding the likely influx of new immigrants when Bulgaria and Romania join the EU.

  • Transsexual deported despite discrimination claim

    the Home Office has given her 28 days to leave claiming her work permit is invalid because she no longer employed

    12:00 AM — A transsexual who recently filed the largest discrimination suit against a former employer has been asked to leave the country as her permit is no longer valid because she is no longer employed by the company she is suing.Jessica Bussert, formerly Josh, is seeking £500,000 compensation from Hitachi Data Systems claiming she was demoted after surgery to "feminise" her face and breasts, since moving from the US state of Indiana to work in here.

  • 21st August 2006

    AIDS 2006 conference closes with “challenge”

    The AIDS 2006 conference in Toronto attracted over 25,000 delegates and global press attention

    12:00 AM — The XVI International AIDS Conference closed late Friday, with Dr. Vincent Idemyor commenting that the challenge is "to translate the information that we've gathered into action on the ground."Dr Idemyor told the radio station Voice of America that the conference "should have (been) delivered five years ago. But I guess we can still do something to ensure that we deliver now."

  • ‘Gay’ issues cause Anglican split? 4

    Dr Rowan Williams will hold a meeting to avoid a schism within the Anglican church

    12:00 AM — The Archbishop of Canterbury is to host a summit next month between to two sides of the American Anglican church to deal with potential problems over homosexuality.This is to avoid the "nightmare" scenario of a church split due to a decision in 2003 to allow a gay priest to become a bishop in America.

  • Gloucester celebrates first Mardi Gras

    Gloucesters first ever gay pride march went off without a hitch

    12:00 AM — Hundreds turned out in Gloucester last Saturday, 12 August, for its first Gay Pride March, held in memory of Jody Dobrowski, who was murdered last year in London for being gay.Bristol meanwhile held its Mardi Gras and FRINGE events despite the cancellation of the Bristol Pride March several weeks ago following a problem planning the event between organisers, police and the local council.

  • Lesbian stabs unwanted male admirer 1

    The woman, reported to be under 5ft tall, then produced a large steak knife. (copyright: flickr)

    12:00 AM — An incident in New York involving a DVD hawker and a gang of lesbians has left a 28-year-old man hospitalised with stab wounds.The man, Dwayne Buckle, is alleged to have approached a group what the New York Daily News described as "a gang of petite but ornery lesbians."Buckle singled out a 19-year-old woman, telling her she was pretty.

  • America obssessed with “transsexual murderer” 1

    America's media has gone into a frenzy to place guilt

    12:00 AM — On Christmas Day 1996 the dead body of JonBenét Ramsey was found by her father in the family basement, eight hours after she had been reported missing.A number of suspects have been put before the cameras, from the Ramsey family (both parents) to locally registered sex offenders, although the media's obsession for the killer has found no guilty party yet.

  • Gay partnerships face serious opposition in Ireland 1

    Gay rights in Ireland have advanced significantly since the decriminalisation of homosexuality in 1993.

    12:00 AM — The Irish Department of Justice has revealed that of the 4,000 submissions to their working group on domestic partnership, most are opposed to changing the law.The group was established by the Justice Minister, Michael McDowell, to examine the issue of how a partnership would be defined and which benefits will be extended to gay and lesbian couples. It is due to report in October.

  • Australia runs low, but still won’t accept gay blood 5

    Currently the Red Cross Blood Service will not accept donations from sexually active gay or bisexual men.

    12:00 AM — Yesterday the Australian blood service pleaded with people to donate, saying that it only has 36 hours worth of supplies left.Today, the Tasmanian Anti-Discrimination Tribunal will hear why the Australian Red Cross thinks gay blood isn't safe enough.23-year-old Michael Cain is bringing the action against the Red Cross.

  • 18th August 2006

    Conservative group admit faking anti-gay petition

    Fidel Castro was one of the fake names on the list

    12:00 AM — Ultra-conservative Cincinnati activists have withdrawn a petition to place an anti-gay initiative on the ballot in November.They admitted this week that some of the signatures they submitted were fraudulent and they did not have the required number of supporters.The initiative, orchestrated by Cincinnati group Equal Rights Not Special Rights, would nullify an addition to the city's Human Rights Ordinance.

  • Pension law extends protection to gay couples

    Two provisions that extend financial protections to same-sex couples were cemented into law yesterday when President George W Bush signed The Federal Pension Protection Act

    12:00 AM — Two provisions that extend financial protections to same-sex couples were cemented into law yesterday when President George W Bush signed The Federal Pension Protection Act, eliminating obstacles and penalties that non-traditional families face when the need to withdraw from pension funds arises."For gay couples and all Americans with non-spouse beneficiaries, death and taxes weren't only certain, but also times of great and unequal financial difficulty," said Human Rights Campaign President Joe Solmonese.

  • Gay jibes tied to Missouri school shooting

    Amanda Minks, who began speaking publicly about the incident late last week claimed that her 17-year-old son Joshua endured homophobic slurs from classmates at his Farmington, Missouri high school

    12:00 AM — The mother of a Missouri teen who pleaded guilty to an October 2005 school shooting says that her son's violent actions resulted from his being taunted by classmates for his "unmanly" appearance.Amanda Minks, who began speaking publicly about the incident late last week claimed that her 17-year-old son Joshua endured homophobic slurs from classmates at his Farmington, Missouri high school.

  • Legal group launch gay foster care guide

    Lambda Legal says that “Out of the Margins” builds upon the organisation's 2001 publication, “Youth in the Margins,” a tool aimed at providing child welfare administrators with recommendations on policies, training, and services to better meet the needs of LGBT youth

    12:00 AM — Gay legal group Lambda Legal and the Child Welfare League of America launched a new publication this week to help the child welfare system better meet the needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth in foster care."We found that the needs of LGBT youth in care are by and large the same no matter where they live," said Rudy Estrada, staff attorney for Lambda Legal's foster care project.

  • Lesbian lover responds to verdict

    Alison Lewis has responded  to “thug“ David Morris's guilty verdict

    12:00 AM — Alison Lewis, the lesbian lover of murdered mother Mandy Power, has responded with relief to the guilty verdict of David Morris, telling BBC reporters that "I want him to rot in jail for the rest of his life.""He will spend the rest of his life being punished for what he did," she told the BBC, adding "there has been justice for Mandy, Katie, Emily and Doris."

  • Australian judge urges everyone out of the closet

    Justice Kirby said a fear of difference was behind prejudice against the LGBT community. (photo: Dave Roberts)

    12:00 AM — The most high-profile gay judge in Australia has called on all homosexual people to come out of the cloest and fight homophobia.Michael Kirby, a Justice of the High Court, has lived openly with his partner for the last 37 years.In a speech in Sydney last night he said he did not believe that prejudice would be eradicated in his lifetime.

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