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  • 18th July 2006

    Gay Pride organisers urge tolerance amid Israeli tension 23

    Jerusalem WorldPride runs from August 6-12 2006

    12:00 AM — As tension mounts on Israel's borders with the Gaza Strip and inside Lebanon, the organiser's of WorldPride Jerusalem insist their event will still go ahead and have called for tolerance in the region.The international gay event is scheduled for August 6 2006, after being cancelled last year because of the evacuation of Jewish Settlers from Gaza, but Jerusalem Open House (JOH) are keen for their event to take place as planned.

  • Gay asylum group push for Iranian protection

    The UK Lesbian  Gay Immigration Group has written to Liam Byrne, the Home Office Minister responsible for immigration, requesting the suspension of removals to Iran

    12:00 AM — The UK Lesbian Gay Immigration Group has written to Liam Byrne, the Home Office Minister responsible for immigration, requesting the suspension of removals to Iran of lesbian and gay asylum seekers.The Group has urged the Minister to ensure that no Iranian lesbian or gay asylum seeker be removed from the UK whilst there are genuine concerns that those suspected of having gay sexual relationships are at risk of persecution.

  • Georgia gay alliance allowed back to school

    Federal courts have repeatedly ruled in favour of GSA's where schools tried to block their formation

    12:00 AM — A federal judge has issued a decision requiring White County High School in Georgia to allow students in the gay-straight alliance club (GSA) to meet on campus.The decision was cheered by the American Civil Liberties Union, which brought the case on behalf of the students in the club.

  • Gay campaigners back UN membership

    theThe UN is meeting in Geneva today to discuss the issue

    12:00 AM — Around 100 gay campaigners and support groups have signed a petition calling on the United Nations to approve consultative status for four lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) organisations.Organised by John Fisher, of Canadian gay group, ARC, the document aims to ensure the International Lesbian and Gay Association (ILGA), the Danish National Association for Gays and Lesbians, the Lesbian and Gay Federation in Germany, and ILGA-Europe, are recognised as non governmental organisations.

  • Guernsey may lower gay age of consent 3

    The Guernesey flag

    12:00 AM — Guernsey Chief Minister Laurie Morgan has signalled that the island may follow neighbouring Jersey's lead in lowering the gay age of consent.His remarks came after the issue was raised at a meeting of the Crown Dependencies of Guernsey, Jersey, and the Isle of Man, after the fellow Channel Island of Jersey lowered the age of gay consent from 18 to 16 recently.

  • Congress candidate opposes gay army ban

    Since 1993, more than 11,000 service members have been dismissed

    12:00 AM — A California Democrat this week has called for repeal of the federal "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" law barring openly lesbian, gay and bisexual Americans from military service.Democratic Congressional candidate John Rinaldi, who served as a commissioned Navy Officer during Desert Storm, said legislation to repeal the ban "would bring our military's policies in line with the will of the people and the needs of our national security."

  • Vietnam to recognise transsexual plight 1

    Last month Vietnam legalised sex changes androgynies

    12:00 AM — Transsexuals are to be allowed sex change operations in Vietnam.A health ministry official in the country announced today that legislation will be prepared for a gender transition law which would allow a transgender person to become the right gender after medical and psychological tests.

  • Legislator sues university over gay partner rights 1

    Lambda Legal filed a motion in December 2005 to intervene on behalf of Professors Jean Lynch and Yvonne Keller, after the domestic partner benefits offered by their employer, Miami University, came under attack

    12:00 AM — In papers filed this past week, gay legal group Lambda Legal asked the Butler County Court of Common Pleas in Ohio to dismiss a lawsuit brought by a legislator seeking to take away the domestic partner benefits of employees of Miami University because the legislator has no legal standing to sue."Mr [Tom] Brinkman has no legal standing to bring this lawsuit because it makes no difference in his daily life when the domestic partners of lesbian and gay university employees have health insurance," said James Madigan, lawyer for Lambda Legal's Midwest Regional Office in Chicago.

  • Police appeal for help after homophobic assault

    At approx 1640 the female victim was walking with her girlfriend in Dean Street W1, near to the junction with Bateman Street when an unknown man approached them, attacked the victim and made a homophobic remark

    12:00 AM — Officers from the Westminster Community Safety Unit are appealing for information following a homophobic assault during the Euro Pride event on Saturday 1 July.At approx 1640 the female victim was walking with her girlfriend in Dean Street W1, near to the junction with Bateman Street when an unknown man approached them, attacked the victim and made a homophobic remark.

  • Neo-Nazis threaten Latvia Gay Pride 1

    Gay activists in Moscow were attacked last May after the Russian gay pride was banned and attendees of the Warsaw and Bucharest gay pride were threatened with violence

    12:00 AM — Latvian authorities are considering cancelling this weekend's Latvia's Gay Pride in the capital of Riga amid threats of violence from Christians, nationalists and neo-Nazis.Responding to these homophobic threats, the Latvian authorities are threatening to ban the Riga Pride march on public order grounds, claiming it is the "biggest security risk" since Latvia won its independence from the USSR.

  • Gay community to remember hanged teenagers

    Labour MP Chris Bryant will be hosting a meeting at the House of Commons tomorrow evening to mark the first anniversary of Iran's hanging of two gay teenagers

    12:00 AM — Labour MP Chris Bryant will be hosting a meeting at the House of Commons tomorrow evening to mark the first anniversary of Iran's hanging of two gay teenagers.Mahmoud Asgari and Ayaz Marhoni were publicly executed in Iran last year, because according to the regime they were rapists, however gay campaigners insist the boys were killed under Sharia law for the crime of homosexuality.

  • 17th July 2006

    Living outside of society: Palestinian refugee rentboys in the Lebanon

    The  Bourj el-Barajneh refugee camp

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveAs the conflict between Israel and terrorists and others within the Lebanon and the Palestinian Territories worsens, PinkNews.co.uk's Matthew Streib examines what the plight of Palestinian refugee rentboys living within the Lebanon. "I'M NOT GAY. Don't write that I'm gay," implored Tarek, a 22-yearold resident of Chatila, a Palestinian refugee camp of more than 12,000 inhabitants just south of Beirut.

  • Australian commission listens to opposing voices in gay rights consultation

    John Howard: the Australian government, with its poor track record on gay rights legislation, might be put in a precarious position after the findings of the HREOC.

    12:00 AM — From the 26 July the Australian Human Rights and Equal Opportunities Commission (HREOC) will be holding hearings and public forums across Australia to identity any problems in the access same-sex couples have to financial and work related benefits.The commission's report generated a lot of controversy in June when it was revealed that John Howard's federal government had issued a ban on federal departments issuing submissions themselves, a decision which led to him being criticised by many in the gay community.

  • Half of Irish gays do not have regular HIV tests

    Half of gay men in Ireland do not get themselves tested for HIV

    12:00 AM — A survey of sexual health attitudes of those living in the Republic of Ireland has found that almost half of gay men are not aware of their sexual health status.The results of the survey, conducted between 2003 and 2004 were presented at the annual Gay Health Forum by the HSE (the Irish equivalent of the NHS).

  • National failure set to follow local successes for American anti-gay marriage campaigners 1

    Many political commentators are sceptical about the Republican party's support for an amendment to ban gay marriage seeing it as a cheap ploy to win over middle America in time for the November mid-term elections.

    12:00 AM — This week the US House of Representatives will debate and vote on the proposed constitutional amendment to define marriage as exclusively "between a man and a woman". Despite the failure of the amendment to pass through the Senate only last week, House Republicans are keen to have a vote on the issue just months before the election.The gay marriage debate is currently arousing a huge amount of attention and emotion on both sides especially after the perceived victories for the anti-gay marriage lobby in Nebraska and Tennessee.

  • 14th July 2006

    American teachers’ union votes to support gay marriage

    The NEA now support gay marriage

    12:00 AM — The American National Education Association (NEA), the nation's largest teachers' union, has voted strongly in favour of supporting legal same-sex "marriages" and civil unions.NEA delegates approved a resolution that would amend Section B-10 of their handbook, "Racism, Sexism, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identification Discrimination" to explicitly include homosexual "marriage".

  • Russia lifts gay blood ban 5

    Gay people were initially forbidden from being donors and were viewed as high risk groups along with drug addicts and prostitutes

    12:00 AM — Gay Russians are to be allowed to donate blood, the country's Ministry of Health has revealed.The department reacted to campaigning from GayRussia activists Nikolai Alexeseev and Nikolai Baev.Mr Alexeseev said: "The General Prosecutor recognised that there is nothing in the law which prevent gays to donate their blood. As a result, his office has asked the Ministry of Heath to cancel its instruction made in 2001 which forbid gays to give their blood."

  • Up to 20 per cent of gay men have tried crystal meth 7

    Up to 20 per cent of gay men may have tried crystal meth

    12:00 AM — Research published today by City University, London has found that up to twenty ten per cent of gay men in London have tried the clubbing drug crystal methamphetamine (crystal meth). Of these men, most use it only infrequently.Crystal meth is a very strong stimulant which brings on an intense feeling of euphoria and lowers the user's inhibitions.

  • Lesbian wins compensation for sexual harassment at taxi firm

    The tribunal awarded €12,480 in compensation

    12:00 AM — An overweight lesbian has been awarded €12,480 in compensation for sexual harassment by work colleagues at a taxi firm.The Irish Equality Tribunal heard that the woman (who can not be named for legal reasons) suffered from a harassment campaign that saw her pelted with dead fish and being sent photographs with her head superimposed on naked bodies.

  • 13th July 2006

    Cameron rejects homophobic alliance for “friendly neighbours”

    Conservative leader David Cameron has today signed a joint declaration with the Czech Civic Democratic Party to form a new European parliamentary group

    12:00 AM — Conservative leader David Cameron has today signed a joint declaration with the Czech Civic Democratic Party to form a new European parliamentary group, ending speculation that he may collude with Poland's homophobic Law and Justice Party.Mr Cameron joined with Mirek Topolanek, the leader of the Czech Civic Democratic Party and the Prime Minister designate of the Czech Republic, to announce the creation of a new parliamentary group in the European Parliament to argue the case for reform in the EU.

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