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  • 25th July 2006

    Anti gay group accused of “hypocrisy” 9

    Christian Voice protested at the EuroPride parade earlier this month

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveAn anti-gay Christian group has been accused of the "ultimate hypocrisy" after celebrating recent reports that the Gay Police Association (GPA) may face investigation over an advert which attributed homophobic attacks to religious statements.Scotland Yard is considering an investigation into the group after it placed an advertisement in The Independent's diversity supplement which coincided with the EuroPride rally, displaying a pool of blood next to a Bible.

  • Ex-Cabinet minister becomes first peer to have civil partnership

    Lord Smith has been with his partner Dorian for the past 18 years, he was awarded a life Peerage in May 2005

    12:00 AM — Labour peer Chris Smith has become the first member of the House of Lords to have a civil partnership.The former Culture Secretary, had a private ceremony with long term partner Dorian Jabri last Friday at Islington Town Hall.The announcement was made in front of 200 guests, who turned up at the Serpentine Gallery on Saturday night assuming they were celebrating Lord Smith of Finsbury's 55th birthday.

  • 24th July 2006

    Officials discuss ‘gay panic’ defence

    Several men convicted of gay bashing said they had previously been molested by a man or suffered guilt over participating in consensual gay sex

    12:00 AM — Prosecutors and law enforcement officials from across the nation gathered in San Francisco last week to discuss strategies to counter the "gay panic" or "transgender panic" defences used in courtrooms to gain acquittals or reduced punishments for violent crimes.According to The San Francisco Chronicle, the term "gay panic" had its origins in decades-old research suggesting that certain men are terrified by their own latent homosexual tendencies—prompting the theory that a gay advance might yank all those emotions out into the open and trigger an aggressive, even murderous, response.

  • NUT seek pre-school gay awareness 1

    Last week gay charity Stonewall produced a DVD entitled Spell It Out to be distributed to teachers in all London's secondary schools, as part of its campaign to combat homophobic bullying

    12:00 AM — Nurseries must play their part in challenging homophobia from an early age amongst pupils, the National Union of Teachers (NUT) has warned.The NUT reacted to The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) consultation from the Department for Education and Skills on policies regarding pre-school children up to 5 years old.

  • Tory councillor charged for alleged anti-gay remarks 14

    Peter Willows a Hangleton and Knoll ward councillor, faced widespread condemnation over the remarks and has been suspended from the local party

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

  • Bill Gates makes million dollar AIDS pledge

    Bill Gates, 16. November 2004 at IT-Forum in Copenhagen. Taken by Kees de Vos

    12:00 AM — The Bill Melinda Gates Foundation last week announced it is awarding $287 million in grants over five years to create an international network of scientists to speed up the development of an AIDS vaccine.The main goal of the 16 individual grants is to shift the development process from independent efforts in separate laboratories to large-scale collaborative efforts stretching across many labs and countries.

  • Gay activists targeted at Riga Pride 1

    Recent pride marches in Moscow, Bucharest and Warsaw have also been met with protest from similar groups

    12:00 AM — Gay campaigners were attacked with eggs and bags of excrement and left feeling under siege by protesters last weekend as they aimed to quietly celebrate Riga Pride.Authorities in the Latvian capital had banned the gay parade on public order grounds, but activists including Outrage's Peter Tatchell and GayRussia's Nikolai Alexeyev decided to continue with smaller activities.

  • On course for a healthy gay future

    Areas of study will include positive mental health, current health policies and strategies, stigma and discrimination, epidemiology of HIV, basic research methods, and cultural and historical perspectives of gay men's health promotion

    12:00 AM — A London University is offering the first ever course in gay men's health promotion.The one-year course, which starts in September, is being run by the University of East London (UEL) in collaboration with sexual health charity, the Terrence Higgins Trust.

  • London holds first gay employment fair

    Deputy Assistant Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Brian Paddick and representatives from the Trades Union Congress' (TUC) lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) committee will be among the guest speakers next month at London's first gay employment exposition

    12:00 AM — Deputy Assistant Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Brian Paddick and representatives from the Trades Union Congress' (TUC) lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) committee will be among the guest speakers next month at London's first gay employment exposition for youths between the ages of 16 and 25.PACE, an LGBT mental health group and the London Development Agency (LDA) will host Out Working: Youth LGBT Job Fair, which promises to offer unemployed and economically inactive gay, lesbian and bisexual youths hands-on advice from experts at The Resource Centre in Islington on Thursday, 17 August 2006.

  • Latvia “fails” democracy test after gay pride violence 1

    Peter Tatchell of gay rights group Outrage attended and spoke at Riga Pride, he witnessed

    12:00 AM — Neo-Nazi, Christian fundamentalist and extreme nationalist protesters terrorised participants at the Gay Pride rally in the Latvian capital of Riga last Saturday . Peter Tatchell of gay rights group Outrage attended and spoke at Riga Pride, he witnessedfirst-hand what happened there."Private armed guards were drafted in to provide security, after the Latvian police repeatedly failed to halt the aggression of the homophobic mob.

  • 22nd July 2006

    Gay group postpones WorldPride amid war talk 23

    The writing does now appear to be on the wall for WorldPride as Israel looks set to be caught up in a war with Lebanon

    12:00 AM — The Jerusalem WorldPride parade has been postponed until "after the war."The organisers of the event, Jerusalem Open House (JOH), announced last night that the rally will no longer take place due to the demands it would be making on security which is currently caught up in escalating tension in Lebanon and the Gaza Strip.

  • 21st July 2006

    London Mayor criticises Latvia’s “attack on human rights” 1

    Ken Livingstone took part in the  EuroPride rally in London holding a Venezuelan flag as well as a flag of his hero, Cuban revolutionary Che Guevara

    12:00 AM — The Mayor of London has called the decision to ban Latvia's Gay Pride "an unacceptable attack on human rights."His words have been echoed by gay rights group Outrage, Amnesty International and the Latvian President, who have all criticised the authorities in Riga for cancelling the parade in the capital on public order grounds.

  • Nursing union seeks “equal” benefits for lesbian partner

    The Massachusetts Nurses Association (MNA) filed a suit in federal court this week seeking to reverse an arbitration award that denied health insurance benefits to the same-sex spouse

    12:00 AM — The Massachusetts Nurses Association (MNA) filed a suit in federal court this week seeking to reverse an arbitration award that denied health insurance benefits to the same-sex spouse of a registered nurse employed by Merrimack Valley Hospital.Maria Ciulla a resident of Methuen and the nurse who was denied health coverage for her spouse, stated the essence of the case in a letter she wrote to Merrimack Valley Hospital CEO Robert Allen following the arbitration ruling.

  • Government urged to debate gay adoption “ramifications” 1

    According to government statistics, approximately 2,500 children are looked after by social services in Northern Ireland at any one time, the number of adoptions in Northern Ireland has fallen significantly from a peak in 1970 of 554 to an average of around 150 per year

    12:00 AM — The Leader of the House of Commons Jack Straw has been called to initiate a debate on the "ramifications" of allowing gay couples to adopt in Northern Ireland.Mr Straw, setting out the timetable for debates leading up to and after Parliament's summer recess, was yesterday asked by Democratic Unionist MP for Strangford Iris Robinson, to schedule a gay adoption debate after the break as a matter of "urgency."

  • Gay holiday destination accused of discrimination

    The increase in tension between the straight and gay community appears to have coincided with a planned vote in the state Legislature on an amendment to ban gay marriage

    12:00 AM — For once gay people aren't being heckled instead they're turning on the straight people in a popular American gay holiday destination.Provincetown, dubbed New England's summer gay capital has seen a rise in harassment and discrimination of gay people in recent years.They've been targeted as "breeders" and "baby makers."

  • Alabama appoints first lesbian representative 1

    Patricia Todd made history this week when voters in Alabama's 54th legislative district sent the Democrat to the State House

    12:00 AM — Patricia Todd made history this week when voters in Alabama's 54th legislative district sent the Democrat to the State House, marking the first time ever that the Alabama legislature will include an openly gay representative.The Gay Lesbian Victory Fund, the nation's largest gay and lesbian political action committee, endorsed Ms Todd and helped raise tens of thousands of dollars from its national network of donors to help fund her campaign.

  • Massachusetts gay marriage pioneers split

    Friends said the split shows that gay couples are just like heterosexuals in that they can get married and later separate

    12:00 AM — The lesbian couple whose relationship spurred the state of Massachusetts to open up marriage for gay couples has separated.Julie and Hillary Goodridge, who were the lead plaintiffs in the landmark 2004 case announced an "amicable" separation last night.Mary Breslauer, a spokeswoman for the pair, told The Boston Globe, "Julie and Hillary Goodridge are amicably living apart."

  • London gay pride group condemn Riga’s “return to dark ages” 1

    One of the themes of the EuroPride parade was battling prejudice in Eastern Europe

    12:00 AM — Campaigning charity and organiser of Europe's largest gay event, Pride London, today condemned the decision of the City Council of Riga to ban the city's Gay Pride amid threats of violence from extremist groups.Pride London hosted EuroPride 06, the largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender celebration this year, attended by 600,000 people from all over Europe.

  • Prescott cleared over anti-gay tycoon links

    John Prescott faced criticism for his host's anti-gay links

    12:00 AM — Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott broke ministerial rules when he did not immediately declare his stay at an anti-gay US tycoon's ranch, a Parliament watchdog concluded today.However, the House of Commons standards committee cleared the minister for not registering a cowboy outfit he received from Philip Anschutz after a stay at his Colorado home.

  • Gay community going green

    The findings show the LGBT community recycle up to 15% more than any other group (Photo: rickabbo flickr.com)

    12:00 AM — Gays and lesbians are going greener faster than any other group of people, according to research.Findings by advertising and marketing agency, Gasoline, suggest the pink pound, a measure of the amount of money the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community group has to spend, is going green faster than any other group.

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