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  • 11th July 2006

    Fijian High Commission confirms; no more arrests for consensual gay sex in Fiji 1

    photo:Bob the Cork Dwarf - paradise Island will be a safer place for gay men

    12:00 AM — The Fijian High Commissioner has confirmed previously unofficial policy changes that men engaging in consensual gay sex will no longer be arrested.The news was welcomed by the New Zealand AIDS foundation, who have long suspected a link between driving the gay community underground and increased levels of HIV infection.

  • Police officers resign after lesbian abuse

    Deputy chief constable Richard Crompton confirmed the resignation of the officers

    12:00 AM — Six police officers who called a former drug addict a lesbian have resigned from Lincolnshire police force.Mark Connolly, 36, and Simon Alderson, 35, Matthew Dossett, 30, Ryan Duffy, 22, Jody Senior, 27, and Neill Webster, 23, were found guilty of disorderly conduct at Gainsborough Magistrates' Court. They then lost an appeal at Nottingham Crown Court.

  • Gay couple found guilty of child abuse

    Reading Crown Court sentences gay couple

    12:00 AM — Reading Crown Court yesterday found a gay couple guilty of the sexual abuse of a young child.Alan Howitt, 38, a former soldier had admitted to eleven charges of indecent assault. His lover, 33 year old James Rae, a mannequin dresser in Marks and Spencer, had denied any involvement in the abuse of the child.

  • Canada accused of refusing entry to gay athletes attending Outgames 1

    The Outgames will be held from 26 July to 5 August 2006

    12:00 AM — The Canadian government is denying gay and lesbian athletes visitor visas for the upcoming Outgames, according to opposition Mps.Liberal politicians claim the Conservative government is delaying and in some cases refusing entry to participants in the sporting events because they are gay.

  • New EU presidency urged to protect gay rights

    Last month, the European Union passed a resolution to combat homophobia and racism which would see sentences handed down for homophobic, anti Semitic, and Islamophobic offences

    12:00 AM — The International Lesbian and Gay Association (ILGA) has published a list of demands for the new presidency of the European Union.Finland will be in charge of the political body for the next six months after Austria's rule since January came to an end, and ILGA has immediately produced a memorandum on gay issues for the country to follow.

  • 10th July 2006

    “Gay Gene” debate opened again by Latter Day Saints 3

    “re-orientation therapy” to turn gay people straight? Salt Lake City Tribune wonders

    12:00 AM — The Salt Lake City Tribune has published evidence that it says shows that people are not genetically born gay."When you assert that individuals are born gay and cannot change, people naturally jump to the conclusion that same-sex marriage is the only rational choice for same-sex attracted individuals," the paper admits.

  • “Don’t ask, don’t tell” for gay women in the city

    “It's different at work. People couldn't help judging me, and it would be too complicated“. Gay women reluctant to come out in the city

    12:00 AM — Gay women working in the city are three times less likely then gay man to come out, a new survey claims.The recruitment firm The Blomfield Group conducted the survey, which suggests that although the City of London had improved, it was still a challenging place for gay people to work in, especially gay women.

  • Human rights groups to investigate gay immigration to USA 2

    Gay couples face discrimination from immigraion officals

    12:00 AM — Amid widespread national coverage of protests over United States immigration policy, two human rights organizations are turning a spotlight on the plight of bi-national gay and lesbian couples who are treated as "legal strangers" by US immigration.Last May, Human Rights Watch and Immigration Equality released the report "Family, Unvalued: Discrimination, Denial, and the Fate of Bi-national Same-Sex Couples Under United States Law," based on research conducted between 2003 and 2006.

  • 8th July 2006

    Pope says “no” to gay marriage, Spanish PM says no to Mass 4

    Christian Life says “no“ to gay marriage, Pope insists

    12:00 AM — As Pope Benedict XVI starts his official visit to Spain, his views against gay marriage bring him into conflict with the secular Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero. A senior Vatican source revealed that Mr Zapatero, who brought in Spain's gay marriage laws, is refusing to attend a Mass said by the Pope.Cardinal Mario Pompedda told Italy's Corriere della Sera newspaper that Zapatero's decision was "an act of excessive secularism".

  • Clinton disappoints gay community over marriage 3

    Hillary Clinton supports civil unions for gay couples

    12:00 AM — Presidential hopeful, Hillary Clinton has disappointed the New York gay community by specifically leaving out any pledges on gay marriage in her call for equality for gay people.Mrs Clinton, who is a New York Senator, was reacting to the judgement of the New York State Court of Appeals who ruled on Thursday that only a change in law would allow gay marriage and that banning gay marriage was therefore constitutional.

  • Anti WorldPride petition gathers momentum 23

    100 00 people sign a petition opposing WorldPride in Jerusalem

    12:00 AM — Another day, another addition to the sea of protest surrounding WorldPride's decision to hold this year's event in the city of Jerusalem.Currently an online petition opposing the event is hovering around the 100,000 signature mark. It's organisers are confident that this target will soon be reached.

  • Gay only Guest houses in Cape Town

    South Africa encourages gay tourism

    12:00 AM — The Commission for Gender Equality has ruled in favour of allowing gay guest houses on the Western Cape to exclude heterosexual couples if they would prefer to do so.Previously excluding straight guests had been seen as a form of discrimination, and was not allowed by law.Cape Town has become a popular gay holiday destination, with the attractions of beautiful beaches, lively nightlife and a thriving music scene.

  • Anti death penalty vigils planned in protest to gay executions 1

    Iran enforces Islamic Sharia law, which demands the death penalty for gay sex.

    12:00 AM — The 19th of July will see anti-death penalty vigils being held all over the world to commemorate the public hanging in Iran of two gay men.Mahmoud Asgari and Ayaz Marhoni were accused of raping a 13 year old boy, though several human right's groups believed that this charge was invented in order to enable the authorities in Mashhad to serve a death penalty on the men who admitted to having gay sex, and denied the rape charge.

  • New Mexico Police raid “like the gay Abu Ghraib”

    Was the raid on the gym on Saturday motivated by homophobia?

    12:00 AM — As police force gay gym members to lie naked on the floor at gun point, questions are asked as to whether this was "overkill" for an alcohol inspection.Suspecting gym owner Ron Cordova of selling liquor without a license, the New Mexico State Police, supported by the Albuquerque fire marshal's office stormed the gym and ran checks on all of its customers. One man was arrested on an outstanding warrant and five others were issued alcohol-related citations.

  • Getting Married anyway – Pope’s words fall on deaf ears 1

    “according to human nature it is a man and a woman who are made for each other”

    12:00 AM — As the Pope Benedict XVI's visit to the Family Conference in Valencia continues, marriages between gay couples are continuing with joy and enthusiasm.Both Jose Francisco Lamo and Luisa Notario married their long term partners in civil ceremonies in the city, as the Pope's visit and anti-gay marriage statements continue.

  • 7th July 2006

    London Bombings remembered

    The terrorist attack on London was remebered all over the country

    12:00 AM — All over the country people remembered the London Bombings.Outside our central London offices, the streets were silent. Cars stopped and observed the silence. Office workers came out of their buildings to stand in solidarity on the streets .As the rain began to spit, we remembered those who had perished underground or in Tavistock square.

  • No “gunshot for a funny man” in Brighton or Bornemouth 7

    Mr Tatchell's campaign to stop the concerts has been successful

    12:00 AM — "Me not apologising to no funnyman (gay man)"."Fire fi the man dem that looking man" (burn gay men)"Gunshot for a funnyman" (shoot gay men)Concerts by homophobic reggae stars Buju Banton and Beenie Man have been cancelled.

  • Jerusalem WorldPride to move to Tel Aviv? 23

    “change venue to Sedom and Gomorrah!“ rage over WorldPride continues

    12:00 AM — The Israeli online news website, YNet, is claiming that WorldPride will be moved from Jerusalem to Tel Aviv.Unnamed police officials have told the website that the change in venue in very likely to happen, although apparently the "final decision has not (officially) been made yet".The official reason given for moving the parade is that the Jerusalem Police fear that they will not be able to cope with the "size and complexity of the event", the website claims.

  • Murder toilets popular for gay cruising

    Police investigating the death of the child have not linked the crimes to the website

    12:00 AM — Toilets where an eight-year-old girl was killed last week have emerged as a popular cruising ground for gay men.Sofia Rodriguez-Urrutia Shu was murdered last week in the toilets of the Livingston Marketplace shopping centre in the outskirts of Perth, Australia.The toilets had previously been featured on a popular cruising website, Squirt, promoted as "the dating site that caters to the sex pig".

  • 6th July 2006

    Indian Prince disinherited for being gay 4

    “I have found a family in the (gay) community“ Manvendra said.

    12:00 AM — Prince Manvendra (from the Royal family of Gujarat in North West India) has officially stated what has been long believed - that he is gay.Indeed, the Prince has never really sought to hide his sexual orientation, producing and staring in the gay film "Emotionally Yours", and setting up an HIV- awareness NGO to educate gay men about the dangers of the disease. This NGO, Lakshya, has solemnized gay "marriages" and is conducting research into acceptance for homosexuality in Holy Scriptures.

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