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  • 12th December 2006

    Gay activists welcome HIV lifeline

    Joe Solmonese, president of the Human Rights Campaign, described the initiative as an important lifeline for low-income Americans living with HIV/AIDS

    12:00 AM — Gay activists have welcomed the reauthorisation of the Ryan White Care Act by the US House of Representatives.The Act provides medical and psychosocial services to people living with HIV/AIDS, it is named after a boy who was expelled from school for having AIDS, and dedicated his life to helping sufferers and proving that it is not a 'gay disease.'

  • Turkish gay magazine owner face prison

    It comes after the July issue of the magazine was confiscated by Turkish authorities

    12:00 AM — A criminal case has been filed in Ankara against the chief editor and owner of Turkey's only gay magazine, Kaos GL.Umut Guner, owner of the magazine and vice president of the Kaos GL Association, is being accused of publishing pornographic issues based on Turkish Penal Code, Article 226.If convicted, he will face up to three years of jail sentence.

  • ACT awakens gay union debate 1

    The ACT Attorney General Simon Corbell presented the Civil Partnerships Bill 2006 into the Legislative Assembly this week

    12:00 AM — The Australian Capital Territory (ACT) has proposed a new gay unions law after the Federal Government overruled legislation it introduced earlier this year.The ACT Attorney General Simon Corbell presented the Civil Partnerships Bill 2006 into the Legislative Assembly this week.

  • Tory councillor gay slur trial begins 14

    Cllr Peter Willows, 75, of Brighton and Hove City Council allegedly likened homosexuals to paedophiles

    12:00 AM — A Tory councillor is to go on trial today after pleading not guilty at Brighton Magistrates to public order charges after allegedly making homophobic remarks.Cllr Peter Willows, 75, of Brighton and Hove City Council allegedly likened homosexuals to paedophiles.

  • Tory Councillor: ‘I said guys not gays’ 14

    Peter Willows, a member of Brighton and Hove City Council for 12 years , is charged with Public Order Offences

    12:00 AM — A Conservative Councillor has gone on trial for allegedly calling gay people paedophiles.Peter Willows, a member of Brighton and Hove City Council for 12 years , is charged with Public Order Offences, after making the comments at a civil reception at Brighton Pavilion held in honour of the new Mayor.

  • Tory councillor guilty of homophobic slur 14

    Peter Willows, a member of Brighton and Hove City Council for 12 years, was charged with Public Order Offences

    12:00 AM — A Conservative Councillor has been found guilty of Public Order Offences after calling gay people paedophiles at a council reception.Peter Willows, a member of Brighton and Hove City Council for 12 years, was charged with Public Order Offences, after making the comments at a civil reception at Brighton Pavilion held in honour of the new Mayor.

  • THT calls for gay support for sex education 1

    The charity is calling on lesbians, gay men and bisexuals to join in an online petition

    12:00 AM — HIV charity Terrence Higgins Trust is asking LGBT communities to sign a petition on improving sex relationships education in schools.The charity is calling on lesbians, gay men and bisexuals to join in an online petition urging the Prime Minister to make Personal, Social and Health Education (PHSE) compulsory in schools.

  • Tory councillor found guilty of anti-gay slur 14

    Under oath, Willows had diverted from his police statement, now refusing to accept he had said “it's all the other gays”, insisting he had been misheard and had actually said “it's all the other GUYS”

    12:00 AM — A Tory councillor has been found guilty of public order offences after making homophobic comments with intent to cause offence.Peter Willows, a member of Brighton and Hove City Council for 12 years, was sentenced to a one-year conditional discharge at Brighton Magistrates Court today after magistrates were "satisfied beyond reasonable doubt" that he had made intentionally offensive remarks.

  • Manchester’s Gay Village raises HIV funds

    Under the banner Red  Wild, volunteers worked tirelessly over the two-week period either side of World Aids Day to raise more than £20,000

    12:00 AM — Manchester's Biggest Ever World AIDS Festival raised over £20,000 for HIV related charities.Events took place between 24th November and 7th December across Manchester city centre to raise funds for local HIV good causes.Under the banner Red Wild, volunteers worked tirelessly over the two-week period either side of World Aids Day to raise more than £20,000 for HIV/AIDS related charities and organisations across Manchester.

  • 11th December 2006

    University deadlocked over ‘ex-gay’ course 4

    The Christian Union had been forced to move off campus after launching a course which promoted 'ex-gay' therapies

    12:00 AM — Edinburgh University has reached deadlock in an argument with its Christian Union over a course which appears to promote homophobia.The University this week repealed a ban of its Christian Union after being threatened with legal action, but now the society is refusing to abide by the new terms.

  • Italian politicians attack Vatican’s ‘anti-gay’ attitude

    L'Osservatore Romano, the official Vatican newspaper, accused Italian politicians of “eradicating the family“

    12:00 AM — Left wing members of Italy's ruling coalition have criticised the Vatican for opposing plans to allow gay couples in Padua to register their 'family.'Last week, Padua city council, outraged the Vatican by allowing gay and lesbian couples to register their 'family.' in a decision which also applies to unmarried heterosexual couples.

  • Church split ‘bad news’ for gay community

    “The weak and vacillating Archbishop of Canterbury seems to have thrown in his lot with the evangelical bigots“

    12:00 AM — Gay campaigners are warning that there may be fiercer religious opposition to pro-LGBT laws in the future amid reports that liberal bishops who support homosexual priests will be barred from certain churches and refused funds.The Sunday Telegraph reported that the rift over gay clergy in the Church of England has got to the stage where liberal dioceses are wishing to break away from the denomination and create their own panel.

  • Ex-Tory leader undermines party’s ‘pro-gay’ image 3

    Launching a report on the importance of marriage and family to society, Mr Duncan Smith said gay couples were “irrelevant” to the work

    12:00 AM — Former Conservative leader Iain Duncan Smith has come close to embarrassing the party's attempts at modernisation after appearing to suggest that gay couples cannot bring up children.Launching a report on the importance of marriage and family to society, Mr Duncan Smith said gay couples were "irrelevant" to the work.

  • Lesbian Tory selected for marginal seat 2

    Conservative Vice-Chairman Margot James has been selected to run for a key marginal seat at the next General Election

    12:00 AM — Conservative Vice-Chairman Margot James has been selected to run for a key marginal seat at the next General Election.Ms James, the party's first openly lesbian female candidate at the last election will fight Labour MP Lynda Waltho for the Black Country constituency of Stourbridge, a key Conservative target.

  • Gay council leader splits from wife 1

    The leader of Glasgow City Council, Stephen Purcell, has announced hat he has split with his wife and he is gay

    12:00 AM — The leader of Glasgow City Council, Stephen Purcell, has announced hat he has split with his wife and he is gay.It comes after increased speculation regarding his private life.One of Mr Purcell's close friend's, Jim Tait, told the Daily Record: "The reason he is speaking about this now is to put an end to the rumours which were circulating.

  • Lifting gay military ban will create ‘safe nation’

    The Iraq Study Group panel said the Pentagon and CIA have too few people with the language skills to operate effectively in Iraq

    12:00 AM — Gay campaigners are calling on the US to repeal its ban on openly gay military recruits after a report on the Iraq War highlighted the importance of language experts, some of whom have been sacked for being gay.Warning that "all of our efforts in Iraq, military and civilian, are handicapped by Americans' lack of language and cultural understanding," the Iraq Study Group, a panel of ten bi-partisan experts convened to examine military strategy in the war in Iraq, emphasised in a report last week the importance of recruiting and retaining language experts.

  • Gay activist deplores Holocaust denial conference 1

    It is thought that between 5,000 and 15,000 gay people, who were seen as “sexual deviants” were sent to gas chambers

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveGay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell has described Iran's plans to host a conference on Holocaust denial this week as an "incredible insult to all minorities who suffered under Nazism."Since coming to power in 2005, Iranian President, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, has insisted that the Holocaust is a Zionist conspiracy, the event this week invites so called 'experts' to debate whether the event happened.

  • Northern Ireland debates gay equality law 12

    Beginning an Assembly debate on whether Northern Ireland should delay the regulations as in the rest of the UK until April 2007, Democratic Unionsist MP Jeffrey Donalldson warned that the laws will create an 'intimidating environment'

    12:00 AM — The new Sexual Orientation Regulations may lead to harassment claims from gay pupils against teachers, Northern Ireland MPs warned today.Beginning an Assembly debate on whether Northern Ireland should delay the regulations as in the rest of the UK until April 2007, Democratic Unionsist MP Jeffrey Donalldson warned that the laws will create an 'intimidating environment' for teachers.

  • Brit sets gay union precedent in Peru

    Although the legal union between two adults of the same sex is not permitted in Peru, the couple was able to legally validate their partnership under British law

    12:00 AM — Peru held its first gay marriage ceremony last week, setting a precedent for the South American nation.News site LivinginPeru.com reports that a British citizen and his Peruvian partner formalised their union under British law in a ceremony held at the British Embassy in Lima.

  • Northern Ireland tied on gay equality 12

    DUP MP Jeffrey Donaldson had called for a debate asking for the law to be delayed

    12:00 AM — Stormont politicians have ended a debate on new gay equality laws in a stalemate.DUP MP Jeffrey Donaldson had called for a debate asking for the law to be delayed by the Northern Ireland Secretary Peter Hain, as in the rest of the UK, for further consultation, claiming the regulations will inhibit religious rights.

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