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  • 12th June 2006

    Archbishop warns against gay marriage definitions 1

    Dr Rowan Williams said civil partnerships were being too closely associated with marriage

    12:00 AM — The Archbishop of Canterbury has called Britain's marriage laws a "social muddle" in regards to civil partnerships and a recent Law Commission report pushing for unmarried couple's legal rights.Dr Rowan Williams said civil partnerships were being too closely associated with marriage and are contributing to an erosion of the institution.

  • Canada invites US gay couples to get married 1

    Canada is one of the few countries in the world to extend full marriage equality to all people

    12:00 AM — The Canadian Tourism Commission has launched a new gay and lesbian advertising campaign with a wedding invitation for US same-sex couples.The country is one of few in the world to extend full marriage equality to all people.

  • Gay community made “scapegoats” for Anglican Church

    Bishop Colton said all ministers should be invited to the next Lambeth conference in 2008 whatever their sexuality

    12:00 AM — The gay community is being made a "scapegoat" for the problems in the Anglican Church, an Irish bishop claims.The Right Reverend Paul Colton, Bishop of Cork, told a meeting of the diocesan synod of Cork, Cloyne and Ross, last weekend, that rows over homosexuality are covering up a "constitutional crisis" which is hurting the inclusiveness of the Anglican Church.

  • British business told to embrace gay community

    The PinkNews is an example of the latest delve into the gay market, it will be produced by PinkNews.co.uk in association with 3SIXTY

    12:00 AM — Companies must begin to consider the gay community in their marketing or risk prosecution by impending regulation, business advisors warned today.The 2006 Equality Act, which comes into force later this year, guarantees access to goods and services regardless of sexual orientation.

  • Lady McCartney denies lesbian prostitute claims

    Animal rights campaigner Lady McCartney looks set to receive around £200 million from her divorce settlement

    12:00 AM — Heather Mills McCartney has denied tabloid reports that she once worked as a £5,000-a-time lesbian prostitute.The former model, who is soon to be divorced from former Beatle Sir Paul McCartney, denied the allegations claiming it was old news.A statement from her lawyers said: "Heather Mills McCartney strongly denies the allegations. These are not new stories."

  • Stonewall targets homophobic bullying

    The results will be used in a report to help schools understand the extent of homophobic bullying

    12:00 AM — Stonewall has launched its Speak Out survey to find out about young gay, lesbian and bisexual people's experiences of homophobic bullying in British schools.This important research, in collaboration with the Schools Health Education Unit, is part of Stonewall's ongoing work to tackle homophobia and homophobic bullying in schools through its Education for All campaign.

  • Gay policemen gain protection

    His role will be to settle disputes between gay and straight officers

    12:00 AM — Gay policemen in Scotland have been designated an officer to protect them from homophobia and to promote equality in the force.Inspector David Lyle has been made the Scottish coordinator of the Gay Police Association, the first such position in the UK.His role will be to settle disputes between gay and straight officers and to ensure gay and lesbian recruits feel comfortable at work.

  • 9th June 2006

    Gay groups condemn World Pride boycott calls 23

    Jerusalem WorldPride runs from August 6-12 2006

    12:00 AM — An anti Israel group is calling on the British lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community to boycott this summer's WorldPride in Jerusalem, prompting outrage from campaigners and local charities.The Coalition to Boycott World Pride Jerusalem claims the LGBT community should not attend the international gay parade in protest of the way Israel has "illegally occupied Jerusalem for decades, and has functionally annexed the city."

  • ACLU pushes for HIV confidentiality

    The ACLU is demanding that the Department of Public Health not report the names of those deceived

    12:00 AM — The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) sent a letter to the San Francisco Department of Public Health this week demanding that the San Francisco City Clinic stop misleading people being tested for HIV.A new state law that went into effect on April 17 2006 requires all health care providers and laboratories to report names of individuals with HIV to the local health department, yet the City Clinic run by the San Francisco Department of Public Health has been telling people taking the HIV test that their names would not be reported to the state if they test positive.

  • Petition demands end to government HIV discrimination

    Gay legal group Lambda Legal delivered a petition today signed by 5,000 people urging Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice, to repeal the federal government's 'discriminatory' hiring policies

    12:00 AM — Gay legal group Lambda Legal delivered a petition today signed by 5,000 people urging Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice, to repeal the federal government's 'discriminatory' hiring policies and allow a qualified man living with HIV to work as a Foreign Service Officer."Employers, as well as the general public, look to the federal government to set the standard in workers' rights," said Hector Vargas, deputy director of education and public affairs at Lambda Legal.

  • Lesbian couple face wait for marriage decision 10

    Celia Kitzinger, 49, and Sue Wilkinson, 52, are seeking recognition in the UK of their marriage made in Canada in 2003

    12:00 AM — The High Court judge who will decide whether a lesbian couple can have their Canadian marriage recognised in the UK has delayed his decision, meaning the outcome may not be known until next month.Celia Kitzinger, 49, and Sue Wilkinson, 52, are seeking recognition in the UK of their marriage made in Canada in 2003, using the Human Rights Act which guarantees the right to respect for privacy and family life, the right to marry and prohibits discrimination.

  • Church rejects civil unions but vows to stop homophobia

    The Presbyterian Church in Ireland has rejected calls to allow ministers to bless civil partnerships

    12:00 AM — The Presbyterian Church in Ireland has rejected calls to allow ministers to bless civil partnerships.A resolution at the Church's General Assembly in Belfast asked for a re-emphasis of the church's view on marriage while another seeked moves to address homophobia.

  • Vatican questions transsexual priorities

    Earlier this week, the Vatican condemned contraception, abortion and artificial insemination

    12:00 AM — The Vatican has criticised the government of Tuscany for allowing free sex change operations for transsexuals.The Roman catholic Church's newspaper, L'Osservatore Romano, called the Italian region's law "incredible."It said, "Faced with problems that afflict health care in Tuscany, waiting lists for operations, insufficient funds for chemotherapy and inadequate numbers of medical staff, perhaps it would have been better not to give precedence to hormonal treatment for sex changes," Reuters news agency reported.

  • 8th June 2006

    Policeman discovered wife’s lesbian affair after murder incident, court told

    Morris of Craigh-cefn-parc, South Wales, had his previous murder conviction quashed over a conflict of interest in the legal procedure

    12:00 AM — A police inspector has denied involvement in the murder of his wife's lesbian lover and three family members.Stephen Lewis told Newport Crown Court that he first found out his wife Alison was having a lesbian affair with family friend Mandy Power, after Ms Power was murdered.

  • US will ‘neither confirm nor deny’ gay surveillance

    “2006 is the new 1984,“ said SLDN executive director C Dixon Osburn

    12:00 AM — In a June 5 letter to lawyers for the Servicemembers Legal Defence Network (SLDN), the National Security Agency (NSA) says it will "neither confirm nor deny the existence or non-existence" of information that may have been obtained through agency surveillance of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.SLDN sought information, through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, after media reports indicated the agency may have been monitoring groups and individuals opposed to the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" ban on lesbian, gay and bisexual personnel.

  • Gay couple may be forced apart by US immigration laws

    Gay couple may be forced apart by US immigration laws

    12:00 AM — A Swansea woman and her American partner may have to give up their home and life in the States, as US immigration laws fail to take gay partnerships into account.Belinda Ryan, a helicopter pilot, has been living with her partner Wendy Daw, an acupuncturist, in San Francisco. But she will be forced to return to the UK unless there is a change in immigration laws for gay couples.

  • Warsaw permits gay parade

    The ruling Law and Justice Party, struggling to achieve a parliamentary majority, recently formed a coalition with two right-wing parties, the League of Polish Families (pictured) and the Self-Defence Party

    12:00 AM — Warsaw authorities have sanctioned a gay pride parade in the Polish capital, on the basis that a nationalist march takes place on the same day in the same part of the city.The decision comes after pressure from human rights groups and the European Union to allow the gay pride parafde to go ahead after it was banned last year.

  • Repeal of anti gay law in Missouri gives would-be foster carer hope.

    Repeal of anti gay law in Missouri gives would-be foster carer hope.

    12:00 AM — Missouri Attorney General Jay Nixon said Wednesday that the state no longer can challenge a Kansas City lesbian's efforts to become a foster parent.Lisa Johnston applied for a foster-parent license three years ago and sued after it was denied on the basis that she lacked "reputable character" because she was a lesbian.Now, though, she can dare to hope, as a new legal amendment is signed and her case is declared moot.

  • AIDs charity calls for national HIV response

    The 2006 Declaration calls for the development of improved drugs, diagnostics and prevention technologies, including vaccines and microbicides, and reaffirms that the World Trade Organisation's Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights

    12:00 AM — The UN High Level Meeting last week in New York again saw UK Ministers advocating a human rights based response to the global HIV pandemic, but in a report published by the National AIDS Trust (NAT) such important and effective international work is contrasted with serious failings back at home.The NAT report 'HIV in the United Kingdom: A Progress Report 2006' presents an overview of the UK 's domestic record.

  • Father sues anti-gay protesters who picketed son’s funeral 1

    Soldier's father sues anti-gay protesters who picketed his son's funeral.

    12:00 AM — The father of a Marine whose funeral was picketed by an anti-gay group is taking them to court.Albert Synder is seeking unspecified damages against Westboro Baptist Church, who picketed the funeral, accusing its members of "intentional and outrageous" conduct during his son's funeral service.

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