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  • 12th August 2006

    Tory councillor faces trial for gay slur 15

    Peter Willows will stand trial later this year

    12:00 AM — A Tory councillor is to go on trial after pleading not guilty at Brighton Magistrates to public order charges after allegedly making homophobic remarks.Cllr Peter Willows, 75, of Brighton and Hove City Council allegedly likened homosexuals to paedophiles.

  • 11th August 2006

    Illinois candidate opposes anti gay army policy 5

    Former Army Major Tammy Duckworth, the Democratic candidate for Illinois's 6th Congressional District, expressed strong support for repealing the military's “Don't Ask, Don't Tell“ policy

    12:00 AM — An Illinois congressional candidate announced this week that, if elected, she will join the fight to repeal the US government's controversial ban on gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgender serving in the military.Former Army Major Tammy Duckworth, the Democratic candidate for Illinois's 6th Congressional District, expressed strong support for repealing the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy.

  • Massachusetts rejects gay bar attack victim’s abuse plea

    Robida killed two people in Arkansas while fleeing authorities, then fatally shot himself after a police chase

    12:00 AM — The state of Massachusetts on Tuesday dismissed allegations by a gay man who said he was physically and verbally abused by paramedics who delayed his treatment after he was shot and attacked with a hatchet at a gay bar.The state's Executive Office of Health and Human Services ruled that Robert Perry's complaint about a delay in treatment was "invalid," saying it could not substantiate his allegations.

  • Turkish gay groups demand protection

    The demonstration in Bursa, aiming to protest the application of the governor's offices of Bursa and Istanbul to the prosecutor's office for the ban of Lambdaistanbul and Bursa Rainbow Associations, and the recent ban on the magazine of Kaos GL, was to be the first LGBT demonstration in Turkey outside the two major cities Ankara and Istanbul

    12:00 AM — A Turkish lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) group is demanding the country protects its rights after a recent demonstration was marred by anti-gay groups.LGBT people coming from different cities to demonstrate in Bursa were unable to move from the local centre of the Rainbow Association after being attacked by an angry crowd of 200-250 people throwing stones.

  • Gay HIV man ‘wanted virus’

    Michael John Neal, 48, faces 115 charges relating to sex with 16 men while knowingly infected with the HIV virus

    12:00 AM — An HIV-positive Australian man whose sexual conquests allegedly infected at least five men, intentionally contracted the deadly virus, a court was told this week.Michael John Neal, 48, faces 115 charges relating to sex with 16 men while knowingly infected with the HIV virus.

  • Plans for Ireland’s first gay hotel dropped.

    Earlier this year Axel Hotel Barcelona, the first urban designer hotel aimed at the gay community, expanded into Europe and America.

    12:00 AM — Plans for a gay hotel in small town Ireland have been abandoned.As PinkNews.co.uk reported last month, promoter Brian Berry had unveiled plans to convert a hotel in Carlow, saying:"In any establishment you can get complications and objections, but at the end of the day, no matter what objections I get, I'll continue."

  • New scheme for reporting hate crimes at gay bars 1

    Over 30 incidents have been reported via an i-kiosk installed inside the well-known Birdcage pub in Chiswick.

    12:00 AM — An innovative method of reporting homophobic attacks has been hailed a success by the West London Gay Men's Project.Over 30 incidents have been reported via an i-kiosk installed inside the well-known Birdcage pub in Chiswick.The aim of the project is to increase monitoring of hate crimes, and victims have the option of requesting further assistance from police if they wish to pursue the incident.

  • Beenie Man claims ‘I am not homophobic’ 2

    Controversial rapper Beenie Man has told  The Independent  newspaper that  the true meaning of his lyrics have been misinterpreted due to cultural differences.

    12:00 AM — Controversial rapper Beenie Man has told The Independent newspaper that the true meaning of his lyrics have been misinterpreted due to cultural differences.Mr Man claims that in Jamaica the word 'gay' is synonymous with rape, and that unlike the consensual homosexual relationships found in England, the only 'gay' relationships that exist in Jamaica are young men who are forced into gay sex by poverty.

  • Stephen Williams on life at Westminster for an out gay MP

    “Being gay is not an advantage in most scenarios. It is less of an issue, but it is still an issue. Scratch the surface of the Tory party and you will still find a lot of prejudice.“

    12:00 AM — For the aspiring political journalist, getting an MP to even speak to you can be a struggle. So it is a tribute to Stephen Williams that he was the first one to say yes to PinkNews.co.uk's Tony Grew.For this reason alone it would have seemed rude to give him a rough ride.But the honest truth is that there would be no need to get all "Paxman" with Williams.

  • American psychologists stand firm against gay ‘conversion therapy’ 1

    Truth Will Out also drew attention to some of the more ludicrous conversion therapy methods including exorcisms, repossessing a client's Calvin Klein underwear because it is deemed “too gay,“

    12:00 AM — A gay rights organisation in the United States has praised the American Pyschological Association's tough stance against the pseudo-science of conversion therapy.The 'treatment' is promoted by Christian organisations as a cure for homosexuality, but the APA have rejected it on the grounds that it has no scientific evidence to support claims made about its effectiveness.

  • 10th August 2006

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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