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  • 25th October 2006

    Gay priest seeks Pope’s nod

    Pope Benedict XVI is known for his strict conservative attitude towards homosexuality

    12:00 AM — A male prostitute turned gay priest is awaiting approval from the Vatican to be allowed to stand as a candidate for Bloc Quebecois in a by election next month.Raymond Gravel has been criticised by the Pope before over his support of gay priests, same sex marriage and abortion, but now needs the Holy See's approval through his boss, the Bishop of Joliette, to run for election.

  • Gay community invited to north of Cyprus 4

    Hillcrest agents highlight the restaurants, attractive beaches and modest prices plus an 18-hole golf course as ideal factors making it a top destination

    12:00 AM — Amid reports that the Turkish owned region of Cyprus will legalise homosexuality, property experts are predicting there has never been a better time to visit for homebuyers and holidaymakers.The region, only recognised as a state by Turkey, is known for its hot balmy summers, mild winters and natural unspoiled landscapes, leading Hillcrest Estates, the only agent in the area to belong to the UK trade body, the Guild of Professional Estate Agents, to recommend it as a top destination.

  • Activists seeks UN transgender support 2

    Juliet Victor Mukasa, chairperson of Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG), revealed her experiences as a transgender in Africa when addressing the United Nations Commission on Human Rights this week

    12:00 AM — A Ugandan gay activist has called on the United Nations to protect transgender people in Africa.Juliet Victor Mukasa, chairperson of Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG), revealed her experiences as a transgender in Africa when addressing the United Nations Commission on Human Rights in Geneva this week.

  • Gay community should B Aware of Hepatitis B 1

    In the UK there are an estimated 180,000 chronically infected individuals and each year about 7,700 new cases develop, more than the estimated 7,000 new cases of HIV

    12:00 AM — "If one was to announce that an HIV preventative immunisation was available there would undoubtedly be pandemonium, unprecedented demand," a Hepatitis B sufferer announced on the launch of a campaign to raise awareness of the virus.It is therefore of particular consternation, according to the Hepatitis B Foundation, then that people are reluctant to or don't even know that there is a vaccination for a far more infectious and widespread disease: Hepatitis B.

  • Action urged on behalf of LGBT rights in India 1

    Homosexuality is illegal in India and has been since colonial days

    12:00 AM — Activists have launched an urgent plea for action for human rights in India.The women's organisation Sangini has presented a statement to the United Nations Human Rights Commission (UNHRC) about the plight of gay people in the country.Homosexuality is illegal in India and has been since colonial days.

  • 24th October 2006

    EU expansion rules risk more rough sleeping

    Prior to today's announcement Westminster Councils rough sleeping unit estimated 300 Romanians and Bulgarians a year would have ended up sleeping rough in its borough alone

    12:00 AM — Westminster City Council has warned that new government rules on workers from Bulgaria and Romania could lead to an explosion of rough sleeping on London's streets, impacting on popular gay areas such as Soho and the West End.The council fears that new rules will not discourage thousands from arriving in the UK in the hope of securing a visa, and ending up destitute when they fail.

  • Sacramento Slavic hate churches 1

    Governor of California Arnold Schwarzenegger

    12:00 AM — Hostile demonstrations and actions have recently been initiated by Slavic churches at gay pride events.Sacramento is said to have one of the largest former Soviet Union communities and these ultra religious groups are being blamed for a growth in anti homosexual actions.The Russian speaking demonstrators are said to "far outnumber representatives from all other anti-gay groups combined" according to the Seattle Times .

  • Gay row spreads to Australian Anglicans 3

    Factions of the Anglican Church have been rowing ever since the appointment of gay bishop of New Hampshire Gene Robinson in 2003

    12:00 AM — The Anglican row over homosexuality appears to be spreading from the US and Europe all the way to Australia after the Archbishop of Sydney reportedly received an "anguished letter" from another country pleading to become part of the more conservative church.It comes after the leader of the Episcopal Diocese of Connecticut, Bishop Andrew Smith, backed same sex blessings in the state where civil unions are allowed, but now conservative factions of the church have had enough.

  • Shirley West: ‘Irreplaceable’ community figure dies

    To say that she will be terribly missed doesn't even begin to describe the loss of this remarkable woman - Al Brookes

    12:00 AM — Shirley West, treasurer of Brighton Women's Centre, Pride volunteer and all-round treasure, died suddenly on Thursday 19th October at the age of 56.PinkNews.co.uk's Torsten Hojer documents some of the touching tributes to the inspirational lady.

  • Bavarian conservatives move away from homophobia

    12:00 AM — The conservative Christian Social Union (CSU), the dominant party in Bavarian politics for years has for the first time acknowledged the validity of same sex relationships.The position is not whole hearted however with the party still not supporting same sex marriages or adoption.

  • Callous hoax targets help line

    The text message purports to be a friend whose mobile phone has run out of battery

    12:00 AM — A hoaxer has sent mass texts to thousands of people requesting they ring the number for the London Lesbian and Gay Switchboard.The text message purports to be a friend whose mobile phone has run out of battery.Many of the 150 plus volunteers were subjected to abuse by their co victims who mistakenly believed that the help-line was responsible for the rogue texts.

  • Model documents gay army abuse 1

    Lehmkuhl told ABC News that it was always his dream to serve his country but was exposed to homophobic bullying which included a sexual assault, leaving feeling suicidal

    12:00 AM — Gay model Reichen Lehmkuhl has revealed the perils of the US military's Don't Ask Don't Tell policy after documenting the bullying and homophobic remarks he had to deal with while hiding is sexuality in the US Air Force.The boyfriend of N'Sync's Lance Bass, was a captain in the Air Force, but had to keep his sexuality secret amongst an 'institutionalised acceptance of homophobia.'

  • THT opens youth sexual health clinic

    The clinic is based at Terrence Higgins Trust, 314 Gray's Inn Rd, London

    12:00 AM — A new sexual health clinic has opened in London for young people under 25.The Mortimer Market Centre has opened a new clinic to provide a sexual health testing treatment service for young people aged 25 and under.The clinic is based at Terrence Higgins Trust, 314 Gray's Inn Rd, London.

  • 23rd October 2006

    British Embassy hosting gay unions 1

    The Irish government, as yet does not recognise same sex unions

    12:00 AM — The British Embassy in Dublin is controversially hosting civil partnerships.The unions are illegal under Irish law but the embassy is legally British territory.At least one partner has to be a British citizen. The move comes as growing pressure, both public and institutional mounts for the Republic to follow the lead of the UK and permit gay unions.

  • Gay activists criticise “Catholic Taleban” 3

    On the website, Catholic Truth claims that naming suspected gay clergy is “a great work of charity“ and promises to investigate allegations made against priests by the public

    12:00 AM — A Catholic activist in Scotland has been condemned as a "modern-day witch hunter" by the Gay and Lesbian Humanist Association (GALHA) after she harassed a priest over allegations of homosexuality.According to this week's Catholic publication The Tablet, Patricia McKeever, of radical Christian group Catholic Truth, has been "harassing and intimidating" Fr Ed Hone, a Redemptorist at St Patrick's in Edinburgh.

  • African leader backs gay marriage

    African National Congress Deputy Leader Jacob Zuma appears to be mending his fledgling relationship with the country's gay community after backing same sex marriage

    12:00 AM — African National Congress Deputy Leader Jacob Zuma appears to be mending his fledgling relationship with the country's gay community after backing same sex marriage.Mr Zuma, who was criticised last month for calling the unions offensive to God, has now pledged his support for the law ahead of a vote in the South African Parliament.

  • Police appeal for help after gay attack

    A group of ten youths followed the friends on to the bridge. After a verbal altercation, the victim was beaten about the head and then asked if he was gay

    12:00 AM — Westminster police are making a fresh appeal for information one month after a 28-year old man was subjected to a vicious assault.At approx. 0315 on September 23 2006, the victim and two friends approached the footbridge at Hungerford Bridge from the direction of Northumberland Avenue, WC2.A group of ten youths followed the friends on to the bridge. After a verbal altercation, the victim was beaten about the head and then asked if he was gay.

  • Support for Irish gay unions grows

    As one Irish couple aim to get their Canadian marriage recognised by Irish courts, it appears that two-thirds of the country's electorate have sympathy for their plight.

    12:00 AM — As one Irish couple aim to get their Canadian marriage recognised by Irish courts, it appears that two-thirds of the country's electorate have sympathy for their plight.Katherine Zappone and Ann Louise Gilligan are currently awaiting a High Court decision on the status of their marriage in Ireland, and a survey by the Sunday Tribune and Millward Brown will bring great comfort to the couple after it showed increasing support for gay and lesbian couples having the same legal and financial rights as married couples.

  • Campaigners push for Oz gay union law 2

    The ACT Attorney-General Simon Corbell has told the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission's 'Same-Sex: Same Entitlements' inquiry that there are “no grounds“ not to formally recognise same-sex relationships

    12:00 AM — The Victorian human rights group, Civil Union Action! (CUA), has praised the Australian Capital Territory Government's commitment to reintroduce a slightly modified version of the recently overturned Civil Unions Act 2006, and has urged the state's Premier Steve Bracks to follow their lead.The ACT Attorney-General Simon Corbell has told the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission's 'Same-Sex: Same Entitlements' inquiry that there are "no grounds" not to formally recognise same-sex relationships.

  • Polish media outs homophobic PM

    It is often said that most homophobes are themselves closet cases, so it should come as no surprise that leaked secret service documents in Poland have suggested that Prime Minister Jaroslaw Kaczynski is gay

    12:00 AM — It is often said that most homophobes are themselves closet cases, so it should come as no surprise that leaked secret service documents in Poland have suggested that Prime Minister Jaroslaw Kaczynski may be gay.Mr Kaczynski, who is known for his opposition to gay rights since attacking same sex marriage earlier this year, was investigated in 1992 as officials aimed to establish his sexual orientation, the documents reveal.

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