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  • 1st December 2006

    South Africa holds first gay wedding 10

    The law was approved earlier this month by 230 votes to 41, making South Africa the only part of the continent to allow gay marriage, amongst many gay hostile countries

    12:00 AM — Just 24 hours after its same sex marriage laws were sealed, South Africa has had its first gay wedding.Vernon Gibbs and Tony Halls married today in the Southern Cape, making them the first couple to wed under the Civil Unions Act.The couple said they have been planning the occasion for the last eight months.

  • Sweden upholds gay blood ban for at least a year 5

    The issue of banning gay blood donors has drawn protest in the USA and UK

    12:00 AM — Plans to repeal Sweden's ban on gay blood donors have been delayed for at least a year.Last August, Sweden's National Board of Health and Welfare announced they would be reviewing the rule, introduced to prevent the spread of HIV, with many thinking it would be amended to allow donations from gay men who had not had sex for six months.But a medical adviser told the Board that more analysis is needed.

  • ‘I hope I come back as gay’ 42

    Robert Brown has been  a member of Soka Gakkai International, which follows Nichiren Buddhism traditions, for 16 years

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveIs being gay good karma? PinkNews.co.uk meets a group of gay Buddhists who are proud to follow a religion that welcomes them.Barely a week goes by without a religious leader talking about the evils of homosexuality and the damage that gay rights are doing to society.But deep in South London, men and women gather each week, proud of their religion, unafraid of discrimination, they are gay and lesbian Buddhists.

  • Gay guide ends HIV insurance fears 1

    The ABI (Association of British Insurers) has launched a new Consumer Guide for gay men on HIV and Life Insurance

    12:00 AM — The ABI (Association of British Insurers) has launched a new Consumer Guide for gay men on HIV and Life Insurance to coincide with World AIDS Day today.The guide explains the changes that have been made to how insurance companies deal with issues of sexuality and explodes many of the myths surrounding the treatment of gay men applying for life and protection insurance.

  • HIV stigma causing ‘extreme poverty’ 1

    The report calls for action in tackling the root causes of poverty among people living with HIV

    12:00 AM — HIV stigma and discrimination is driving people living with the virus into extreme poverty, a report revealed today.AIDS charities Crusaid and the National AIDS Trust launched a report into the rising numbers of people living with HIV in poverty to coincide with World AIDS Day this morning.

  • World AIDS Day ‘focuses’ work 1

    Welcoming World AIDS Day, Caroline Flint said today is an opportunity to focus on what needs to be done to tackle the virus

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveThe government will continue supporting efforts to prevent HIV transmission in the UK, the Public Health Minster said today.Welcoming World AIDS Day, Caroline Flint said today is an opportunity to focus on what needs to be done to tackle the virus.She warned that the UK should not be complacent about its attitude, "Here in the UK whilst we remain a relatively low prevalence country for HIV, rates of HIV are rising and we need to ensure that we reinvigorate HIV and AIDS awareness for the 21st Century."

  • 30th November 2006

    Dawn raids target homophobia

    For 2005/06 there were 11,322 race hate crimes, and 1294 homophobic crimes, according to Scotland Yard figures

    12:00 AM — Five hundred police officers raided addresses and arrested perpetrators of domestic, race hate and homophobic crimes across the capital this morning.The dawn raids are one part of a two-week initiative to put the fear back onto the offenders, and encourage victims to report crimes.The number of domestic violence incidents reported to police in 2005/06 was over 108, 000, with 24% of incidents accounting for all reported violence and 20% of all murders.

  • Deputy PM defends gay rights laws 18

    Mr Prescott backed the incoming Sexual Orientation Regulations amid criticism from a Northern Ireland MP

    12:00 AM — Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott is often accused of not having much relevance in government, but yesterday he took a stand for gay rights.Representing Tony Blair at Prime Minister's questions, Mr Prescott backed the incoming Sexual Orientation Regulations amid criticism from a Northern Ireland MP.

  • Military veterans appeal Pentagon’s gay ban

    Fourteen senior retired military leaders have filed a brief urging the First Circuit Court of Appeals to reverse a lower court ruling regarding the federal “Don't Ask, Don't Tell” ban on lesbian, gay and bisexual service members

    12:00 AM — Fourteen senior retired military leaders have filed a brief urging the First Circuit Court of Appeals to reverse a lower court ruling regarding the federal "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" ban on lesbian, gay and bisexual service members.The brief was filed on November 22 2006 in support of the plaintiffs in Cook v. Rumsfeld, a constitutional challenge to the law.

  • Gay MEP attacks ‘un-Christian’ Church equality reaction 18

    Michael Cashman accused the leaders of blackmailing the government

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveLabour MEP Michael Cashman has joined government condemnation of remarks made by Christian leaders regarding the new Sexual Orientation Regulations.Former EastEnder turned politician, Mr Cashman, the head of the European Parliament's Intergroup on Lesbian and Gay Rights, described comments by the Catholic Archbishop of Birmingham, Vincent Nichols, and the Bishop of Rochester, Michael Nazir-Ali, as well as a controversial advert in the Times, as "totally un-Christian."

  • Thai military amends gay view but upholds ban

    Gay and transgender people will now instead  be listed as “suffering from sexual identity problems“ by the service

    12:00 AM — The gay and transgender community will no longer be viewed as mentally ill by the Thai military, but are still unfit for service, a court has ruled.The country's Central Administration Court made the decision after transsexual Samart Meecharoen complained about the policy claiming it incites discrimination and hatred.

  • Gay marriage laws sealed in South Africa 10

    In a low key process, reflecting the controversial nature of the law, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka signed the bill

    12:00 AM — South Africa's gay marriage laws have been given the final seal of approval after the country's Vice-President signed off on the bill.In a low key process, reflecting the controversial nature of the law, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka signed the bill while President Thabo Mbeki was away in Nigeria.

  • European Parliament rejects gay discrimination claims

    The European Parliament's Bureau has rejected accusations that it has ignored anti-discrimination policies

    12:00 AM — The European Parliament's Bureau has rejected accusations that it has ignored anti-discrimination policies regarding sexual orientation.The department was criticised by the International Lesbian and Gay Association after a draft resolution of the European Parliament's Secretariat, the administrative arm of the political body, had initially included sexual orientation, but was later amended.

  • PinkNews leads opposition to Christian ad 18

    The advert claims that the legislation will “force” a bed and breakfast to supply a room to a transsexual and will make schools promote civil partnerships

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveAn anti-gay advert from Christian groups in the Times on Tuesday has already prompted an influx of complaints to the advertising watchdog as a result of a campaign launched by PinkNews.co.uk.The gay community reacted with outrage earlier this week after a group of Christian leaders calling themselves Coherent and Cohesive Voice, placed an advert in the newspaper accusing the government of taking away "freedom of conscience" through the new Sexual Orientation Regulations.

  • India gay ban raises HIV cases 1

    Denis Broun's remarks come on the eve of World AIDS Day, and echoes calls from Indian activists, celebrities and scholars to abandon the colonial era law

    12:00 AM — Calls for a repeal of India's ban on homosexuality have increased after a UNAIDS representative claimed the prohibition is contributing to an increase of HIV.Denis Broun's remarks come on the eve of World AIDS Day, and echoes calls from Indian activists, celebrities and scholars to abandon the colonial era law.

  • US Jews to discuss gay behaviour 3

    It comes in reaction to rabbinical students pushing for “ordination regardless of orientation”

    12:00 AM — The Jewish Conservative Movement in the US is preparing for a vote on the issue of gay rabbis and same sex marriage next week with members of the community predicting that ordination and unions will be given the nod.It comes in reaction to rabbinical students pushing for "ordination regardless of orientation" and many rabbis coming out or performing same sex ceremonies despite a ban.

  • Gay men take risks despite HIV knowledge

    The study of 526 gay men in Beijing by the Chinese Centre for Disease Control and Prevention revealed that while knowing about the risks of unprotected sex, only 20 percent of homosexual men use condoms

    12:00 AM — AIDS awareness programmes will be specifically targeted at China's gay community after a report released this week revealed that gay men are deliberately having unsafe sex.China's Ministry of Health has now launched a Give Year Plan to fight AIDS in the gay community, including prevention volunteers and special funding.

  • Jeweller to accessorise first South African gay wedding 10

    The law was approved earlier this month by 230 votes to 41, making South Africa the only part of the continent to allow gay marriage, amongst many gay hostile countries

    12:00 AM — A South African jeweller is offering 20,000 RAND (£1435) worth of accessories to the first same sex couple to marry in the country.It comes after the government approved the Civil Unions Bill this morning, allowing the "voluntary union of two persons, which is solemnised and registered by either a marriage or civil union."

  • An end to primate HIV research? 57

    Crucial breakthroughs in AIDS research have come from studies that did not involve laboratory animals

    12:00 AM — A British campaign group opposed to using animals for medical testing is calling for a revolution in the way AIDS research is carried out.The British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection (BUAV) has published a new report criticising the use of primates in ongoing AIDS research.

  • 29th November 2006

    Pope uses gay translator for Turkish delight

    Police in Turkey have feared protests against the religious figure who courted controversy earlier this year after quoting a 13th Century Christian philosopher's  remarks about Islam being a religion of  “inhumane and evil”

    12:00 AM — The Pope will be preaching a message of tolerance, respect and peace as he travels around Turkey this week, but he may even find his own values tested when he meets his interpreter, an Italian gay icon.According to reports, actress Serra Yilmaz, has been drafted in to help the pontiff build bridges with Turkey's Muslim community.Yilmaz has appeared in gay-interest films such as His Secret Life and Harem Suare

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