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  • 10th August 2006

    Town divided over gay Dean’s union

    Under House of Bishops guidelines, the clerics are allowed to enter into a civil partnership because they claim they are not engaging in sexual relations

    12:00 AM — Local residents are split over the recent civil partnership of the Dean of St Albans.Last week the Church of England's first openly gay Dean, the Very Rev Jeffrey John had a secret civil partnership ceremony with Anglican clergyman, the Reverend Grant Holmes.

  • Can A-list gays slay Mayor Ken? 5

    Despite the Conservative party's decision to extend the deadline for six months - presumably to try and attract some better-known candidates - there are already a few front-runners that the gay community would do well to take note of

    12:00 AM — Tongue firmly in cheek, Tony Grew takes a look at the Tories hoping to be London's next mayorA few months ago Dave "I ride huskies" Cameron announced that from now on the Tories would embrace "American-style" selection tactics for the race to be the Tory candidate for mayor in the 2008 election.In what the party like to describe as an "X-factor" competition, Londoners of all parties and none will be invited to vote on the various candidates and pick a winner.

  • Transsexual lottery winner regrets paying for gender reassignment 4

    Melaine regrets paying £21,000 for gender reassignment

    12:00 AM — A transsexual who came to prominence in 2003 for funding her sex-change operation from a national lottery win has revealed to her local newspaper that she now regrets paying £21,000 for the procedure.Mick Parltrow, then a 52-year-old lorry driver, won £250,000 and travelled to Thailand for the operation Over the next two years Mick transformed into Melanie.

  • Quiet protest replaces gay Jerusalem march 23

    The march, which was originally scheduled to take place on August 10 in Jerusalem, is postponed because of the current situation in the region

    12:00 AM — A protest against the anti-gay incitement and the hate campaign targeting lesbians, gay men, bisexuals and transgendered (LGBT) people will be held in front of the Bell Park in Jerusalem, on the time and date originally scheduled for the WorldPride march this evening.The march, which was originally scheduled to take place on August 10 in Jerusalem, is postponed because of the current situation in the region.

  • Ex-Take That boss offers reward for gay club attack

    He was targeted by the attackers, who kicked him and stamped on his head, while heading for a night out at Essential nightclub

    12:00 AM — The owner of a nightclub is offering up a £5,000 reward for information about a vicious homophobic murder in Manchester's gay village.The attack, which took place on May 11 2003, was so brutal that it left Martin Salinas, an American living in the UK at the time, with permanent brain damage.

  • Tory councillor snubs gay slur court appearance 14

    Peter Willows, 75, of Brighton and Hove City Council allegedly said to guests at a reception hosted by the mayor of Brighton and Hove that he believed homosexuals were paedophiles

    12:00 AM — A Tory councillor has declined to appear at his first magistrates hearing for allegedly making homophobic remarks.Peter Willows, 75, of Brighton and Hove City Council allegedly said to guests at a reception hosted by the mayor of Brighton and Hove that he believed homosexuals were paedophiles.

  • Gay Iraqis show pride in Gloucester

    Ali Hili, who co-ordinates Iraqi LGBT, a gay help and information group in Baghdad and London, will be joined by two other Iraqis who have fled their home country

    12:00 AM — Three gay Iraqis are set to join the Gloucestershire Rainbow Day march through Gloucester city centre on Saturday.Ali Hili, who co-ordinates Iraqi LGBT, a gay help and information group in Baghdad and London, will be joined by two other Iraqis who have fled their home country as hard-line insurgent groups started targeting gay men, many of whom have been murdered.

  • Arnie terminates gay experiences from California school textbooks

    Arnie terminates gay experiences from California school textbook

    12:00 AM — Legislation that would have required California's public school curriculum to include the contributions of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people has been watered down to a simple prohibition of teaching or textbooks that negatively portray persons based on their sexual orientation.California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger vowed in May to veto the bill if it reached his desk. Critics said his decision was spawned by re-election concerns about core conservative Republican voters.

  • AIDS and TB responsible for a ‘double plague’

    AIDS and TB are a leathal combination

    12:00 AM — More people are getting tuberculosis because of AIDS and more die of AIDS because of TB, yet doctors fail to recognise the respiratory disease in AIDS patients, according to a report released on Tuesday.Together, TB and AIDS are causing a "double plague," Stephen Lewis, the United Nations Special Envoy for AIDS in Africa told Reuters.

  • Washington ends state sex change funding 2

    state funding of sex-change operations ends

    12:00 AM — Medicaid officials in Washington state are to change regulations to exclude gender reassignment surgery from the healthcare scheme.Washington is one of very few US states where sex-change procedures have been covered by Medicaid, the state-federal programme that provides health coverage for the poor and disabled.

  • Western Australia conservatives say yes to gay marriage 4

    Could Western Australia lead the way?

    12:00 AM — In a radical demonstration of changing attitudes, the Western Australian branch of the National Party has voted in support of same-sex civil unions.A motion supporting gay 'marriage' won the backing of delegates at their annual state conference.The National Party are often portrayed as deeply rural and conservative, representing farming interests.

  • 140,000 attended the 2006 Chicago Gay Games

    Chicago exceeds all expectations

    12:00 AM — The 2006 Gay Games organisers have spoken of their delight at the success of the seventh gay sports and cultural event. The amount of people attending has exceeded all estimates."Attendance at Gay Games Chicago events exceeded 140,000, 40,000 more than we had projected," Kevin Boyer, the Games' co-vice chair, told the Windy City Times.

  • Preacher says gay-bashing posters are his constitutional right 57

    vicar in gay posters argument

    12:00 AM — A New York preacher has vowed to fight all the way to the Supreme Court in his mission to display Bible passages on billboards.Rev. Kristopher Okwedy spent $2,500 on billboard signs with this catchy quote, taken from the Book of Leviticus: "Thou shalt not lie with mankind as with womenkind. It is an abomination.

  • Gay cruising zips up nudist beach 6

    British naturists claim their rights are being stripped after the Ministry of Defence (MoD) closed a nudist beach area in Cornwall  (Photo: inferis)

    12:00 AM — British naturists claim their rights are being stripped after the Ministry of Defence (MoD) closed a nudist beach area in Cornwall because it was allegedly attracting gay sex near the military training camp.The MoD along with the Perranzabuloe parish council and Haven Holiday Park decided to close the area claiming it had no problem with homosexuality but wanted to eliminate the "bad elements."

  • Philadelphia drops HIV ads amid gay concerns

    According to The Associated Press, the $236,000 campaign, which ended abruptly on Monday, was geared at gay and bisexual men and featured the tagline, “Have YOU been hit?“

    12:00 AM — Health officials in Philadelphia this week yanked public service advertisements urging HIV testing after a gay advocacy group expressed concerns about images depicting young black men in a gun's cross hairs."Putting the face of a black man in the cross hairs of a gun paints a damaging message about violence and black men," Lee Carson, chairman of the Black Gay Men's Leadership Council, wrote in a letter to the city's interim health commissioner last month.

  • 9th August 2006

    Witnesses sought after gay man is robbed and beaten

    The victim was treated at hospital and released later that night

    12:00 AM — Police in Streatham are appealing for witnesses after a gay man was assaulted and robbed on the common near Copgate Woods in the early hours of last Friday.Three black males attacked the man at approximately 3am as he took refuge in his car, assaulting him and stealing credit cards, which they later used to withdraw money from ATMs.

  • Gay man cleared of “reckless” HIV transmission

    Sexual health charity the Terrence Higgins Trust has today welcomed the acquittal of a gay man who was charged with 'recklessly' passing on HIV

    12:00 AM — Sexual health charity the Terrence Higgins Trust (THT) has welcomed the acquittal of a gay man who was charged with 'recklessly' passing on HIV to his partner.Kingston Crown Court cleared him of the allegations earlier today after the judge ordered the jury to do so, considering the defence's case that it could not be proven that the defendant had infected his partner.

  • Gay Iranians praise world support

    Peter Tatchell urged the gay community to show “solidarity with all the victims of the murderous Iranian regime“

    12:00 AM — An underground gay Iranian magazine has expressed thanks for the "solidarity" shown by other lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) groups in highlighting their cause.MAHA, an e-magazine for LGBT Iranians, called for "support at every level" and particularly highlighted the importance of lobbying the United Nations, the European Union and national governments.

  • Gay sauna encounter delayed Damilola trial 57

    12:00 AM — An encounter at a Chariots gay sauna between a juror and a witness caused the first Damilola murder trial to be delayed.The second trial ended today as brothers Danny and Ricky Preddie were convicted of the manslaughter of Damilola Taylor in November 2000. They had been acquitted of murder at the previous trial in April.

  • Transgender crew member criticises ship’s “mob culture” 2

    Drusilla Philippa Marland, a P  O Ferries crew member claims she was forced out of her job after the company did not protect her from discrimination

    12:00 AM — A transgender woman was quizzed about her "balls" and deliberately referred to as a "he," an employment tribunal has been told.Drusilla Philippa Marland, a P O Ferries crew member claims she was forced out of her job after the company did not protect her from discrimination.

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