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  • 16th August 2006

    Ken condemns police failures at Estonia gay pride march

    Ken Livingstone slammed the authorities in the capital, Tallinn, calling their lack of action inexcusable.

    12:00 AM — The Mayor of London has added his voice to the criticism of police and politicians who failed to protect gay and lesbians from attack during a gay rights parade in Estonia.Ken Livingstone slammed the authorities in the capital, Tallinn, calling their lack of action inexcusable.

  • MP questions homophobic preacher lecture

    David Davies has raised opposition to the preacher's lecture

    12:00 AM — An Islamic Preacher who branded all single men in New York as "gay sodomites" has faced a furore over his planned speech in Cardiff.Questions have been asked over the suitability of Dr Zakir Naik's lecture to 'Educating the Educators' conference the St Davids Hall, Cardiff.

  • Comment: Why gays should be embracing David Cameron 7

    With the launch of the 'new' Tory party's mini-manifesto, Tony Grew explains why the gay community should be embracing the aspirations of David Cameron.

    12:00 AM — With the launch of the 'new' Tory party's mini-manifesto, Tony Grew explains why the gay community should be embracing the aspirations of David Cameron. Stung by constant criticism that he is all sound bite and no substance, David Cameron today launched a 'mini manifesto.' The purpose of the document is to outline the aims and values of the Conservative Party.

  • “Gay soldiers” lose war 3

    A Palestinian terror commander has claimed “gay soldiers“ lost war for Israel

    12:00 AM — A leader in the Palestine based Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigade has hailed the Israeli army "full of gay soldiers."The homophobe claimed that Israel was ripe for attack following its failure to defeat Hezbollah.Abu Oudai, a rocket coordinator for the West Bank based group, said that Hezbollah's "tremendous victory" had emboldened Palestinian groups to follow their example in the fight against Israel.

  • 15th August 2006

    Prince Albert pride for Canadian gay teens

    The parade, scheduled for June 9th 2007, is the brainchild of Gay-Teen Alliance Youth Group co-ordinator Jennifer Brockman.

    12:00 AM — A group of gay teenagers who live in a small city in the heart of the Canadian prairies have asked their local council for permission to stage their very own pride festival.Prince Albert is in the far north of the Canadian province of Saskatchewan and has 40,000 inhabitants. It is most famous as the home of Anne of Green Gables author Lucy Laud Montgomery.

  • Gay PC appeals for right to wear ear stud

    The Hampshire Constabulary's dress code policy only allows women to wear small earrings on duty but not men, but PC Bloomfield, a special branch contracts officer, alleges other men flouted the rules but were not punished

    12:00 AM — A policeman is accusing his force of sexual discrimination claiming he was banned from wearing an earring because he is gay.PC Neil Bloomfield, 39, told a Southampton Industrial Tribunal that his gold ear stud was a statement of his sexuality and claimed he was unfairly targeted while other heterosexual officers avoided reprisal.

  • Jamaica waits on lesbian murder investigation

    Jessica Stern, researcher for HRW's Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Programme, claims on HRW's website that “Lesbians and gay men are still targets in Jamaica, where intolerance feeds violence”

    12:00 AM — A human rights group has written to the Jamaican Minister of National Security rasiing concern over the murder of two women who were allegedly lesbians.Human Rights Watch (HRW) wrote to Peter Phillips highlighting problems of homophobia in the country and a reluctance to investigate cases of crime against the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community.

  • Philippines to vote on gay law 57

    The people of the Philippines demand a change in the conservative law

    12:00 AM — A new law has been placed before the Philippine Senate this week; Senate Bill 1738 regarding discrimination in the work place.Following support for Bill 1738 by Philippine Senators Ramon Revilla, Luisa Ejercito Estrada, and Miriam Defensor-Santiago, as well as international organisations such as Human Rights Watch (HRW) and the Lesbian and Gay Legislative Advocacy (LAGABLAB), the bill is currently in the committee stage.

  • California lawmakers heckle N-Sync star’s boyfriend 57

    33-year-old Reichen Lehmkuhl won the US reality show “The Amazing Race” has subsequently worked as a model and TV presenter.

    12:00 AM — It was meant to be a celebration of the achievements of six Californians, role models to the millions of LGBT people who make the Golden State their home.Instead the ceremony at the State Capitol in Sacramento was reduced to the level of a farce. Republican Assembly members, instead of boycotting the event, turned up to heckle the honourees.

  • Gay rights group launch marriage appeal 10

    The High Court in London ruled that Sue Wilkinson and Celia Kitzinger's legal Canadian marriage is not valid in the UK

    12:00 AM — Gay rights group Outrage has launched an appeal seeking support for a lesbian couple whose Canadian marriage was deemed invalid by the UK High Court last month.The High Court in London ruled that Sue Wilkinson and Celia Kitzinger's legal Canadian marriage is not valid in the UK, and claimed any discrimination was ruled out by the Civil Partnership Act.

  • Sikh policeman suspended over gay escort allegations 2

    A police officer has been suspended by the Strathclyde force after  The Sunday Mail  exposed his alleged double life as a male prostitute.

    12:00 AM — A police officer has been suspended by the Strathclyde force after The Sunday Mail exposed his alleged double life as a male prostitute.Constable Suckbir Mann, a 34-year-old married officer, is Sikh, and has been used by the force in the past as a symbol of their multi-culturalism.

  • Australian government to ban gay adoption 57

    Even though adoption policy is a matter for state governments, John Howard's federal administration attempted to attach a prohibition on overseas adoption to the 2004 law outlawing gay marriage.

    12:00 AM — Documents leaked to a Tasmanian gay activist indicate that the Australian government plan to ban gay people from adopting children from overseas.Even though adoption policy is a matter for state governments, John Howard's federal administration attempted to attach a prohibition on overseas adoption to the 2004 law outlawing gay marriage.

  • Homophobic crime still a problem in London

    Homophobic crime figures have increased in boroughs with a large lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) population

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk InvestigationThe Metropolitan Police are today hailing London as a safer place to live with figures revealing an overall fall in crime, including an overall reduction in reported homophobic attacks.The release of figures describing incidents in the 12 months up to July 2006 claim that crime is falling across the capital.

  • London Underground deny ‘gay discrimination’ 1

    There will be a separate vote by 80 staff at Canary Wharf station, with claims of harassment and vicitmisation against a gay member of staff. (picture: LU)

    12:00 AM — The RMT union is planning to ballot 6,500 staff over a pay dispute. Members could vote for tube drivers strike, meaning travel misery for millions of Londoners.There will be a separate strike vote by 80 staff at Canary Wharf station, after union claims of harassment and vicitmisation against gay and female members of staff.

  • 14th August 2006

    Gay sex at 16 legal, Man

    The controversial scrapping of section 38 arose after government consultation on the bill.

    12:00 AM — The 'Tynwald', the Isle of Man's independent legislature, has voted to bring the homosexual age of consent into line with that of heterosexuals on the island, simultaneously scrapping rules stopping the discussion of homosexuality in schools on the island between teacher and pupil.The Sexual Offences (Amendment) Act will come into force on September 1 2006 after the bill was passed with 15 votes for and 3 against, with the amended law felt by many to be long overdue.

  • Opening doors for older generations 57

    the beginning of the 21st century is more positive, secure and affirming than ever before

    12:00 AM — A new resource pack has been launched to help those working in care homes and extra-care housing support older lesbians, gay men and bisexuals (OLGB).'We at Age Concern recognise that the situation for most lesbian, gay and bisexual people at the beginning of the 21st century is more positive, secure and affirming than ever before' says the Age Concern website.

  • Give us our rights, demand Australian gay and lesbian couples

    55 gay and lesbian couples held hands and exchanged vows on the steps of the Victoria State Parliament in Melbourne yesterday

    12:00 AM — 55 gay and lesbian couples held hands and exchanged vows on the steps of the Victoria State Parliament in Melbourne yesterday.A crowd of over 2000 people joined them, calling on the Victoria and Australian governments to follow the example of the UK and other countries and recognise gay and lesbian relationships.

  • Sex taboos increasing HIV risk for Chinese gays

    In China, homosexuality, while no longer officially considered a mental disorder, is still an off limits subject for many

    12:00 AM — How to prevent the spread of AIDS in places like China will be a major focus of researchers and policymakers at this week's 16th International AIDS Conference.In China, homosexuality, while no longer officially considered a mental disorder, is still an off limits subject for many, reports Reuters. That taboo often extends to discussions about AIDS and condom use for men who have sex with men.

  • Gay internet dating service has a safe-sex message 1

    The US-based gay dating site manhunt.net has hit upon a novel way of promoting safe sex among gay men.

    12:00 AM — The US-based gay dating site manhunt.net has hit upon a novel way of promoting safe sex among gay men.An outreach worker, posing under the sign-in name of VIPBoy, is paid to talk about AIDS and STDs to site users and to give out advice about safe sex practices."If gay men are going to meet in cyberspace for hookups, they should know what they are getting into if they have unsafe sex"

  • Estonian gay activist shocked at pride violence 1

    Recent pride marches in Moscow, Bucharest and Warsaw have also been met with protest from similar groups

    12:00 AM — The organiser of last weekend's gay pride march in Tallinn has expressed shock at violence from groups of skinheads, claiming he thought Estonia was more tolerant compared to other Eastern European countries.Around 15 people were injured in the capital city after being attacked with sticks and stones while celebrating the country's third gay pride event.

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