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  • 4th July 2006

    Gay group rings Stock Exchange Bell for first time

    The New York Stock Exchange

    12:00 AM — Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) made history last week as the first organisation for families and allies of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people to ring The Closing Bell at the New York Stock Exchange.PFLAG's says its trip to Wall Street to "ring the closing bell on homophobia," was an opportunity for the group to discuss the exponentially growing reach of the buying power of LGBT Americans when coupled with the purchasing force of their families and friends.

  • Lesbian mum wins visitation rights

    Ms Fairchild said she intends to appeal

    12:00 AM — An Ohio judge ruled this week that the state's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage cannot be used by a woman to deny her ex partner visitation rights to a child they raised together.The amendment, known as Issue 1, in addition to banning same-sex marriage, says the state "and its political subdivisions shall not create or recognise a legal status for relationships of unmarried individuals that intends to approximate the design, qualities, significance or effect of marriage."

  • Gay revolution hits Cuba 4

    Fidel Casto's seizure of power in the 1959 Cuban Revolution was followed by the targeting of homosexuals in society who were sent to work camps and in the following decades excluded from jobs

    12:00 AM — The niece of Fidel Castro is defying her uncle's beliefs regarding sexual orientation by leading a revolution of pro-gay laws in Cuba.Mariela Castro is in charge of the government's National Centre for Sex Education, from which she has promoted issues of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights, in stark contrast to country's macho society and homosexual witch-hunts of the 1960s and 1970s.

  • Northern Ireland proposes adoption rights for gay partners 1

    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 — Same sex couples in Northern Ireland may get adoption rights, under a new law plan by the government to put children's needs first in the country.Junior Health Minister at the Northern Ireland Office, Paul Goggins, unveiled the proposed new approach to adoption in Northern Ireland today which will put children's needs at the heart of the process.

  • Lesbian couple receive anti-gay sperm

    Sperm clinics have the final say on whether they accept the requests

    12:00 AM — Sperm clinics are facing criticism over the way they use donations after one fertility organisation was reprimanded for breaking the terms of a donor's consent by giving his seed to a lesbian couple, despite his stipulation that it not be given to same sex partners.The London Women's Clinic on Harley Street admitted the error after the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) discovered the blunder, they were then suspended for three months.

  • Risky sex must be disclosed to partners, court rules

    Justice Marvin Baxter said:“ Society has an overriding policy of preventing the spread of sexually transmitted diseases.“

    12:00 AM — The Californian Supreme Court has found that people who engage in high-risk sex should inform their partners that they may carry HIV, even if they have not been tested as HIV positive.Yesterday, in a majority ruling, the court found that a man who was accused of passing on HIV to his ex-wife on their honeymoon had "constructive knowledge" of his past gay sexual behaviour that should have led him to warn her of the dangers of having sexual intercourse with him.

  • MPs back lesbian IVF access

    Liberal Democrat MP for Oxford West and Abingdon Evan Harris, a committee member branded the stance as “indirect discrimination”

    12:00 AM — Over 50 MPs have signed a Commons motion calling for single women and lesbians to have access to fertility treatment without the need of a father being present.The cross section of politicians from Labour, the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats oppose laws which require "the need for a father" to be considered as a basis for IVF.

  • Anti-gay feelings unite Israel’s orthodox Jews and Muslims 23

    Representatives from the organisers of Jerusalem World Pride,  marched at last weekend's EuroPride event in London

    12:00 AM — Ultra-orthodox Jews and Muslims in Israel have at last found one thing that they agree on, their condemnation of the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered) community."If gays will dare approach the Temple Mount during the parade, they will do so over our dead bodies," Arab Member of Knesset Ibrahim Sarsur said in a statement.

  • Mayor looks back to school days to launch anti-homophobia campaign

    Mayor of London, Ken Livinstone and Stonewall's Ben Summerskill at the launch of 'Spell it Out'

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveThe Mayor of London, Ken Livingstone joined with teachers andeducationalists to launch an anti-homophobic bullying campaign spearheaded by the gay rights charity Stonewall.He drew on his own "behind the bike sheds" experiences to illustrate the change in educational needs relating to homophobia since the 1950s.

  • Anglican gay row escalates amid Archbishop’s plan 3

    The proposals come in reaction to the head of the Anglican Church, Dr Rowan William's idea of splitting churches between “associated” and “covenant” provinces

    12:00 AM — The row of gay bishops in the Anglican Communion has reached a new level this week after liberal clergy in the UK suggested teaming up with ideologically similar US churches, while the denomination's most traditional church called for pro-gay congregations to be "excised."The proposals come in reaction to the head of the Anglican Church, Dr Rowan William's idea of splitting churches between "associated" and "covenant" provinces.

  • 3rd July 2006

    Gay carers in the community

    Roger Newman taking part in last weekend's EuroPride parade

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveThis week the Alzheimer's Society is launching a campaign to raise awareness of dementia, PinkNews.co.uk's Marc Shoffman discovers the effect of the disease on the gay community.The phrase "gay community" is often thrown into the ring when talking about same-sex issues such as HIV, discrimination, marriage, and homophobia, but under the rainbow flags and civil partnership certificates, an increasing section of the group appear to be overlooked, despite having unique needs.

  • A “gorgeous” picture of gay pride 6

    The crowd celebrated the freedoms gained over the last year in the UK for the gay community such as civil partnerships and the Equality Act, but many pointed out that homophobia still remains in some areas in the UK and across the world

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveOver half a million people gathered in London last weekend to celebrate EuroPride.Gay politicians, campaigners and supporters including London Mayor Ken Livingstone, actor Sir Ian McKellen, Labour MEP Michael Cashman, Shadow Trade and Industry Secretary Alan Duncan, and Outrage's Peter Tatchell were just a few of the names leading the parade.

  • Sacked gays and lesbians still awaiting MoD payouts 6

    Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) members of The Royal Navy were allowed to march in their uniforms for the first time at EuroPride last weekend

    12:00 AM — Lesbian and gay military recruits who were dismissed from the forces when their sexuality became known are still awaiting compensation, a newspaper investigation claims.The RAF, army and navy members who were told to leave prior to January 2000 when the UK's ban on lesbian and gay personnel was lifted, have not received payment from the Ministry of Defence, despite the government accepting the actions taken were illegal.

  • Protesters fail to mar gay pride in London 6

    A protest organised by Christian Voice was shafted by the gay community

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveChristian groups staged an anti-gay protest against EuroPride last weekend only to be cordoned off by police at the corner of Pall Mall and ridiculed by the 750,000 lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) participants.A demonstration organised by Christian Voice assembled at the bottom of Regents Street near the end of the parade holding placards and quoting verses of the Bible, claming homosexuality is sinful.

  • Gay minister criticises church’s civil partnership stance 1

    Ben Bradshaw spoke at last weekend's EuroPride rally

    12:00 AM — Ben Bradshaw, the first government minister to have a civil partnership, has criticised the Church of England's stance on same-sex unions.The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Local Environment, Marine and Animal Welfare at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs warned that the Church could become sidelined over its gay stance.

  • Australia considers lifting gay blood ban 5

    Gay and bisexual men in the UK are banned from donating blood because of the  HIV risk, even if they have one partner and practise safe sex.

    12:00 AM — In a world-first, the ban on gay men donating blood will be reviewed by a body that has the power to strike the ban down in Australia.After months considering hundreds of pages of written evidence for and against the ban, the Tasmanian Anti-Discrimination Commissioner has decided that the Australian Red Cross Blood Service should be made to justify its policy before the State's Anti-Discrimination Tribunal.

  • Police consider cancelling WorldPride amid anti-gay protests 23

    Representatives from the organisers of Jerusalem World Pride, AGUDAH marched at last weekend's EuroPride event in London

    12:00 AM — Jerusalem police will decide this week whether to allow WorldPride to take place in the city amid outrage from religious groups and politicians in Israel.The event scheduled for this August has strangely united religious Jews, Christians and Muslims, who have spoken put against the parade and are arranging a counter "Modesty Parade."

  • Congress demands Russia protects gay community 4

    Gay campaigner Peter Tatchell with Moscow Pride organiser Nikolay Alexeyev at last weekend's EuroPride

    12:00 AM — US Congress members have called on the President of Russia to defend gay rights after the violence at Moscow Gay Pride last May.The politicians asked Vladimir Putin to look after all his country's citizens, in a letter published on the gay Russia website, signed by 50 congressmen.

  • 1st July 2006

    “Gorgeous” gay community fills London with EuroPride 6

    Ken Livingstone thanked a delegation attending from Venezuela and applauded the country's president, Hugo Chávez's record on gay rights

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveAround half a million people gathered in London this afternoon to celebrate EuroPride.Gay politicians, campaigners and supporters including London Mayor Ken Livingstone, actor Sir Ian McKellen, Labour MEP Michael Cashman, Conservative MP Alan Duncan, and Outrage's Peter Tatchell were just a few of the names leading the parade.

  • 30th June 2006

    Rice acting ‘suspect’ after rejecting HIV+ man for job 1

    Judge Arthur Raymond Randolph shed some blame on US Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice

    12:00 AM — The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia decided this week that the HIV positive man who was denied employment as a Foreign Service Officer has "more than enough" evidence to take his case against the State Department to trial.Judge Arthur Raymond Randolph shed some blame on US Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice when he said: "The Secretary's claim that granting Taylor Class 2 clearance is unreasonable and would impose undue hardship is suspect" because the State Department sometimes hires candidates with medical conditions other than HIV.

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