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  • 22nd November 2006

    2007 calendar supports sacked gay military recruits

    A 2007 calendar released this week by Servicemembers Legal Defence Network (SLDN) showcases twelve veterans from various branches of the US armed forces.

    12:00 AM — A 2007 calendar released this week by Servicemembers Legal Defence Network (SLDN) showcases twelve veterans from various branches of the US armed forces.The "Lift the Ban" calendar includes images from the organisation's national ad campaign, captured on film by photographer Judy Rolfe."Every day, the Pentagon fires at least two people for being lesbian, gay or bisexual," said SLDN executive director C. Dixon Osburn.

  • China launches lesbian help-line

    Although homosexuality in China is no longer considered a mental illness, it is still considered a  taboo issue

    12:00 AM — China has opened its first help line offering counselling for lesbians.The service, funded by the Chi Heng Foundation, will offer counselling and advice from a ream of 10 volunteers.It echoes a similar service set up earlier this year which was staffed by men, but this scheme shows a growing awareness of lesbian issues in the traditionally conservative country.

  • Phillips vows to uphold gay equality

    Trevor Phillips outlined a commitment to LGBT rights in a statement read out by lesbian activist Sue Sanders for the launch of LGBT History Month

    12:00 AM — LGBT issues should always be on the equality agenda, the incoming chair of the Commission for Equality and Human Rights (CEHR) said this week.Trevor Phillips outlined a commitment to LGBT rights in a statement read out by lesbian activist Sue Sanders for the launch of LGBT History Month.

  • Homophobes cancel Wal-Mart boycott 3

    Wal-Mart insists their statement is in reaction to staff and customer requests

    12:00 AM — An anti-gay group has called off a boycott of worldwide retailer Wal-Mart after the store vowed to remain neutral on "highly controversial issues."Homophobes inside the American Family Association are hailing a victory against the store claiming it reacted to their protest against it joining the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce and stocking products appearing to promote same-sex marriage.

  • Trans gynaecologist’s old ties raise funds for clinic

    A gynaecologist who underwent a gender transition earlier this year has raised £1,800 for her clinic after auctioning her bow ties

    12:00 AM — A gynaecologist who underwent a gender transition earlier this year has raised £1,800 for her clinic after auctioning her bow ties.Celia Macleod, worked at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King's Lynn Norfolk since 1982 as Colin Bone, she was known for her bow tie collection.Around 80 of the accessories were auctioned along with a cheese and wine evening to raise funds for the clinic.

  • European Parliament avoids gay friendly workplace

    Campaigners have criticised the European Parliament after it adopted a declaration on diversity in its own workplace which knowingly excluded sexual orientation

    12:00 AM — Campaigners have criticised the European Parliament after it adopted a declaration on diversity in its own workplace which knowingly excluded sexual orientation.The International Lesbian and Gay Association expressed surprise at the omission.A draft resolution of the European Parliament's Secretariat, the administrative arm of the political body, had included sexual orientation, but this was defeated by four votes to two, with two abstentions.

  • 21st November 2006

    Israel “bursts open” for gay marriage 1

    Six judges against one ruled that the marriages, which were obtained in Canada, should be recognised in Israel, prompting anger from ministers and religious groups

    12:00 AM — Israel's orthodox community has only just recovered from a gay pride rally being held in Jerusalem, but now they must prepare themselves for gay marriage, after the High Court of Justice backed the unions this morning.The Association of Civil Rights (ACRI) in Israel submitted a petition on behalf of five gay couples in March against the Ministry of the Interior's Population Registrar, demanding the registration of same-sex couples who marry outside of Israel.

  • Gay activists encourage shopping for solidarity

    Companies and their products are compared using the criteria of the HRC Foundation's nationally respected Corporate Equality Index

    12:00 AM — As the official beginning of the holiday shopping season is set to start, US gay group the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), has released a new guide listing hundreds of popular American brands ranked by their company's gay friendliness.The publication, Buying for Equality, breaks products into easily distinguishable purchasing categories.

  • Democrats seek more gay candidates

    Howard Dean said the Democratic Party must work toward getting gay and minority leaders on the ballot

    12:00 AM — Howard Dean said the Democratic Party must work toward getting gay and minority leaders on the ballot."We've got to share power, not just responsibility, from now on," Dean told a crowd of about 200 at the International Gay Lesbian Leadership Conference last weekend, an annual gathering of gay public officials.

  • Superheroes help gay community fight Hepatitis 1

    The procedure is free, quick, straight-forward and will protect those vaccinated from a potentially life-threatening disease

    12:00 AM — 'The Vaccinators', the sexual health superheroes, have rolled into town in their Sorted bus to encourage gay men to vaccinate against Hepatitis B.The Sorted bus will be on Old Compton Street every Thursday throughout November from 5.30pm until 7.30pm.Even though Hepatitis B is 100 times more infectious than HIV, only one in two gay men in London is vaccinated.

  • Latvia chooses homophobe for human rights role

    The European Parliament's Intergroup on Gay and Lesbian Rights has urged the Latvian Parliament to reconsider its choice

    12:00 AM — Gay campaigners in the European Union have criticised the Latvian Parliament after it confirmed the nomination of Janis Smits for the post of chairperson of the Parliamentary Human Rights and Social Affairs Committee, despite his history of hate speech and incitements to hatred and violence against the gay community.The European Parliament's Intergroup on Gay and Lesbian Rights has urged the Latvian Parliament to reconsider its choice, asking the Latvian Parliament to follow the courageous acts of its European counterpart when it refused to accept the nomination of Rocco Buttiglione for similar reasons.

  • Campaigners call for better HIV prevention

    AIDS awareness groups have called for better prevention programmes after a report revealed that many schemes are not reaching the people most at risk from infection

    12:00 AM — AIDS awareness groups have called for better prevention programmes after a report revealed that many schemes are not reaching the people most at risk from infection in some countries such as gay men.The global AIDS epidemic continues to grow and there is concerning evidence that some countries are seeing a resurgence in new HIV infection rates which were previously stable or declining, the UNAIDS/WHO 2006 AIDS Epidemic Update states.

  • Court upholds gay partner benefit rights 1

    The lawsuit against the university claimed that its domestic partner benefits violate Ohio's antigay constitutional amendment

    12:00 AM — A US court has rejected a case which would have taken away domestic partner benefits for employees of Miami University in Ohio.In response to papers filed by gay law group, Lambda Legal, the Butler County Court of Common Pleas dismissed a lawsuit brought by a legislator seeking to take away the domestic partner benefits of employees of Miami University.

  • UK ‘out of step’ over gay marriage 1

    Earlier this year, the High Court in London, rejected calls for Ms Wilkinson and her partner Celia Kitzinger to have their gay marriage recognised in the UK.

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveBritain risk becoming out of step with the rest of the world after yet another country gave its backing to couples in same sex marriages, a campaigner warned today.Israel's High Court of Justice this morning ruled that gay couples legally wedded abroad can be registered as married in the population registry, echoing support for gay marriage in Sweden. South Africa and the US state of New Jersey, in what Sue Wilkinson says will make Britain look "discriminatory."

  • Lib Dems go online to fight homophobic bullying

    12:00 AM — Gay Bristol Liberal Democrat MP Stephen Williams, has produced a YouTube video about homophobic bullying as the party highlights its campaign during anti-bullying week.Mr Williams uses the video to discuss the unique aspects of homophobic bullying and calls on people to support the Liberal Democrat campaign against it.

  • UNISON backs total gay equality 1

    UNISON President Malcom Cantello, speaking at the group's LGBT network conference in Manchester, said there should not be any exemptions for religious groups in the new goods and services bill

    12:00 AM — The UK's largest trade union has backed calls for sexual orientation regulations to be universal.UNISON President Malcom Cantello, speaking at the group's LGBT network conference in Manchester, said there should not be any exemptions for religious groups in the new goods and services bill, which is due next April.

  • 20th November 2006

    Barker faces party snub over alleged gay affair 10

    Environment spokesperson, Greg Barker, split from his wife Celeste earlier this year, telling his local party that there was no-one else involved

    12:00 AM — A Conservative spokesman who's marriage ended allegedly because of a gay affair may be deselected, according to reports.Environment spokesperson, Greg Barker, split from his wife Celeste earlier this year, telling his local party that there was no-one else involved, but reports recently claimed that he had been having an affair with an interior designer.

  • Victorian gays welcome local union registry

    Steve Bracks has reportedly sent officials to meet with the Victorian Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby (VGLR) group to agree on a Tasmanian style gay union scheme

    12:00 AM — Victorian human rights group, Civil Union Action! (CUA), has welcomed Melbourne City Council's pledge to set up a relationship registry for same-sex couples, noting that the council acted because the State Government had failed to do so.CUA spokesman John Kloprogge said the council's scheme would provide evidence of a relationship, but could not fix discrimination at the state level.

  • Gay councillor questions Brighton’s HIV/AIDS cuts

    Gay Green Party Councillor Simon Williams is leading calls for Brighton and Hove City Council to investigate the impact of recent budget cuts

    12:00 AM — Gay Green Party Councillor Simon Williams is leading calls for Brighton and Hove City Council to investigate the impact of recent budget cuts on people living with HIV and AIDS in the city.NHS HIV/AIDS budgets in the city have been cut by a third in three years if inflation is included, the party claims.

  • Christian Union’s ‘ex-gay’ course banned 4

    Laura Stirrat, vice-president of Edinburgh University's Christian Union, accused the university of censoring free speech

    12:00 AM — Edinburgh University's Christian Union is considering legal action against the academic institution after being banned from teaching a course which included literature on "curing" homosexuality.The Union's PURE course on abstinence was heavily criticised after recommending books on "ex-gay" groups, leading Edinburgh University to ban its teaching, describing it as inappropriate.

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