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  • 23rd August 2006

    Gay MP labelled “conscience of the Commons” over Iran 2

    The motion was tabled by gay Labour MP, Chris Bryant, who represents the south Wales working class constituency of the Rhondda

    12:00 AM — British MPs from all parties have signed an Early Day Motion in the House of Commons condemning Iran's execution of gay people and children.The motion was tabled by gay Labour MP, Chris Bryant, who represents the south Wales working class constituency of the Rhondda.

  • Gay anxiety leading to self harm

    Pupils of either sex who had recently been worried about their sexual orientation had relatively higher rates of self-harm (photo: conspirator)

    12:00 AM — Self harming is common amongst school pupils anxious about their sexual orientation, according to a study.Research carried out by the Samaritans, the Centre for Suicide Research at the University of Oxford and the University of Bath found that girls are four times more likely to have engaged in deliberate self-harm compared to boys, with worries about sexual orientation being one of the contributing factors.

  • Ugandan “gay list” condemned 2

    There are no anti discrimination laws protecting gay people in Uganda

    12:00 AM — Gay groups in Uganda have spoken out against a local tabloid which printed a list of alleged homosexuals in the country.The list of names printed in the Red Pepper tabloid newspaper is likely to create problems in the East African country where gay sexual activity is illegal and subject to life imprisonment.

  • EU “naïve” over the reality of gay acceptance

    With the Ukraine and Serbia lined up for accession talks, it is clear the EU has to think again about what actual social change there will be in these countries.(photo: alibaba0, flickr)

    12:00 AM — Human rights activists have criticised the EU for being naïve in thinking that legislation alone would change social attitudes in the former communist countries of eastern Europe.Hate crimes against LGBT people and ethnic minorities are on the rise across the former Eastern Bloc, with attacks on gay pride parades in Latvia and Estonia merely high-profile examples of everyday harassment.

  • South Australia under pressure to grant gay rights

    The state government estimates some 2,500 gay couples will be affected by the proposed new law.

    12:00 AM — A decade after the first Australian state granted equal rights to gay and lesbian couples, the government in South Australia are still dragging their heels.Despite a 2002 manifesto commitment to update the law, the ruling Labour party still have not passed the required legislation.Opposition politicians in the state of 1.5 million people have had enough, and today vowed to unite to force the issue when the state parliament gets back to work next week.

  • 22nd August 2006

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Gay commerce group partners with Walmart 3

    A Walmart store (Photo: Ben Schumin)

    12:00 AM — A new partnership between The National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) and Walmart Stores was announced yesterday, promising to advance diversity among the retail giant's associate, supplier and customer bases."We are honoured to have Wal-Mart's support of the NGLCC. Our partnership will not only provide more opportunities for the NGLCC, but the business community as a whole," said NGLCC co- founder and President Justin Nelson. "We are pleased with this addition to our organisation and to our council."

  • California LGBT teens get legal protection at school 1

    The revised  bill is expected to pass the Senate and be signed into law by the Governor later this year. (photo: jimw@flickr.com)

    12:00 AM — The California State Assembly has finally passed a bill which will protect gay and lesbian students and school staff from abuse.The measure has been very controversial, but by a 46 to 31 vote, the bill will now to go the state Senate for approval.The Speaker of the Assembly, Fabina Nunez, welcomed the new law.

  • Suicide linked to cruising arrest 2

    The Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) has reported a sharp rise in complaints about men using public areas for sex

    12:00 AM — Gay rights campaigners in Northern Ireland say they know of at least one man who has killed himself after being arrested for cruising.PA Mag Lochlainn, a well-known activist, told The Mirror: "The danger is people who haven't made their sexuality public find themselves outed."The damage it can do is immense. We know one man who has taken his own life after an arrest."

  • Gay activists to appeal “illegal” pride ban support 4

    The Taganski district court of Moscow today dismissed claims of discrimination from organisers of the Russian capital's first gay pride

    12:00 AM — Gay activists have branded a Moscow district court as "illegal" after it backed the recent gay pride ban this afternoon.The Taganski district court of Moscow today dismissed claims of discrimination from organisers of the Russian capital's first gay pride.

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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 21st August 2006

    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.

  • 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."

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