13th February 2006
UAE jails 12 men for homosexuality 2
12:00 AM — The USA has condemned the United Arab Emirates after twelve men were jailed for participating in a gay wedding.Officials in the country discovered 26 men preparing for a same sex ceremony, eleven of them confessed whilst 14 were acquitted.An official said: "A United Arab Emirates court has jailed 12 men who were arrested after being discovered preparing for a gay wedding, but acquitted another 14 defendants. They were sentenced to five years in prison for homosexuality and one year for obscenity."
10th February 2006
Gay group question US Aids budget 2
12:00 AM — A gay human rights group has raised uncertainty over President George Bush's budget proposal in regards to HIV and AIDS, released this month.The Human Rights Campaign believe his ideas present a mixed bag on the illness with modest funding increases in care and treatment programmes, additional cuts in Medicaid, and an increase in abstinence only programmes.
Gay group wants pride march back on calendar
12:00 AM — A Northern Ireland gay rights group is protesting plans to scrap Belfast's Gay Pride March from this year's council calendar advertising local events.The Daily Ireland reports that the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) attempted to remove mention of the Mardi Gras style event from thousands of booklets due to be posted to residents.
Ted Heath was a “gay man” 3
12:00 AM — A book written by a friend of the late Sir Edward Heath is set to revive rumours that the former Prime Minister was homosexual.Gay entrepreneur, Jeremy Norman devotes a whole chapter to Mr Heath in his autobiography, No Make Up: Straight Tales of a Queer Life.Mr Norman, who founded gay club Heaven, told the Evening Standard, "Unquestionably, he was a gay man."
9th February 2006
Tory Chairman: Gay policies were wrong 9
12:00 AM — Conservative chairman, Francis Maude has revealed fears that his Party's past anti gay policies may have been a contributing factor to his homosexual brother's death.In an exclusive interview with PinkNews.co.uk, he told of his sadness at the death of his openly gay brother, Charles, who died of AIDs 12 years ago and admitted that the government's approach to gay rights in the 1980s and 1990s could have contributed to his plight.
Moving on out or a storm in a coffee cup? 8
12:00 AM — Can the Conservatives really woo the pink vote?The Conservative party are changing; at least that's what leader David Cameron would like you to believe. One of the key architects of the change is Francis Maude, former Foreign Office minister and now chairman of the Conservative Party.In his first major interview on gay rights, he explains toPinkNews.co.uk's Benjamin Cohen that his party's approach to gayrights in the 1980s and 1990s were wrong, that Section 28 was amistake and expresses his love for his openly gay brother who died of AIDs 12 years ago.
Wilde’s grandson protests anti gay broadcast 2
12:00 AM — The grandson of British gay playwright, Oscar Wilde, has issued a direct complaint to Russian President, Vladimir Putin, following an allegedly anti gay television programme in Russia last weekend.Merlin Holland, wrote a letter to the President encouraging him to ensure that there will be "balanced media coverage" for the International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO) convention to be held in Moscow later this year.
Council cleared over trans dismissal
12:00 AM — An employment tribunal has dismissed claims that a former gay rights officer was unfairly dismissed after he had a sex change.Brighton and Hove City Council had been accused of sex discrimination and sacking sex change employee, Andy Baldwin when he changed his name from Andrea to Andy.The tribunal ruled that council bosses could not have discriminated against Mr Baldwin because they did not even know he had decided to change his gender.
8th February 2006
China’s first gay survey 57
12:00 AM — China has produced its first survey on gay men, titled "Chinese MSM (men who have sex with men)" in Beijing.The 650,000-character report on sex and the state of self-identity" was supported by the Ford Foundation in the United States and published by Beijing Gender Consultation Centre. It presents a comprehensive and in-depth view of China's MSM behaviour and current status, but also reveals the previously hidden Chinese gay groups and the cultural state of mind little known to the public.
7th February 2006
South Africa debating gay marriage 1
12:00 AM — The South African Council of Churches is expected to develop a stance on gay marriage to present to Parliament later this year.Reports on the ISI Emerging Markets Africawire, suggest the SACC will use a two day conference which began yesterday, to formulate a view on civil partnerships.Deputy Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke told the seminar that everyone has the constitutional right to be different,
Chlamydia epidemic targets US gays 1
12:00 AM — A rare strain of chlamydia is spreading among gay and bisexual men in America causing an increase in risks of HIV, according to US health officials.The Associated Press reported that the infection can increase chances of getting or spreading the AIDS virus.Called LGV chlamydia, this sexually transmitted disease has already troubled Europe.
Students encouraged to give blood because gays and bisexuals can’t 5
12:00 AM — The National Union of Students (NUS UK) today criticised a national newspaper article, which blamed student campaigns for a shortage of blood donors in the UK.The Mail on Sunday article "Crisis as students boycott blood donor sessions in protest over ban on gays" attempted to link low blood donations with a student led campaign highlighting the current National Blood Service (NBS) policy of not allowing any gay or bisexual men to donate blood.
Durham Bishop to decide future of gay vicar 5
12:00 AM — The Church of England has left the final decision on the future of a gay vicar after he married his partner, to the Bishop of Durham.Rt Rev Tom Wright will decide how to handle Rev Christopher Wardale, vicar of the Holy Trinity Church in Darlington who married Malcolm Macourt in a civil partnership ceremony last December.
UN conference to beat AIDS 2
12:00 AM — A United Nations backed international conference is set to tackle HIV and AIDS issues in May.The first European and Central Asian AIDS Conference will take place in Moscow. The conference is expected to gather 500 participants, and provide a unique opportunity for policy makers, researchers, civil society representatives and people living with HIV from Eastern Europe and Central Asia to share experiences and establish new partnerships to address the particular characteristics of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the region.
6th February 2006
Doctor harasses lesbian patient over sexuality 1
12:00 AM — The Gay and Lesbian Medical Association this week condemned a surgery who allegedly harassed a lesbian patient in his surgery.They claim a Florida medical office gave a lesbian patient material describing homosexuality as "sinful" and "sexually impure" and advising her to change her sexuality.
Cameron makes gay MPs a priority 2
12:00 AM — Tory leader, David Cameron has put gay politicians on a list of priority targets whom the Conservative leadership want to see in Parliament.According to the Independent, the Conservative Party wrote to a number of openly gay figures last week, asking them to apply to join an elite list of "priority" candidates who would have "a much higher change of being selected for a winnable seat, and therefore, of becoming an MP after the next election".
Gay people told: Come to Britain
12:00 AM — Gay people worldwide are being urged to go to Britain, in an attempt to cash in on "the pink pound" of tourism.The national tourist agency VisitBritain is urging gay people, "Isn't it time you came out ... to Britain."Reuters' report that Gay tourism is now worth up to three billion pounds a year to the economy with London positioned to rival New York, Sydney and Amsterdam as a hot spot for gay visitors.
Gay witch-hunt hits Cameroon
12:00 AM — An anti-gay crusade has begun in Cameroon after newspapers accused more than 50 prominent figures of homosexuality.Homosexuality is illegal in Cameroon as in many African countries, with jail sentences of up to five years, and editors say they are on a campaign against "deviant behaviour".The Guardian revealed that lists have included names of government ministers, news readers, singers and sports stars.
Students protest gay donor ban 5
12:00 AM — British students have launched a protest against The National Blood Service's ban on homosexual donors.Student Unions have started campaigns at Leeds Metropolitan University, while universities including Nottingham, Aberystwyth, Lancaster, Salford and Bangor have mounted "gay blood is good" demonstrations.
IDAHO off to good start 2
12:00 AM — The International Day Against Homophobia campaign has got off to a positive start this year, according to gay group, IDAHO.Last year the first International Day Against Homophobia was marked in over 40 countries throughout the world, including the first gay and lesbian rally in China, and an internet campaign by MAHA, a group of LGBT militants in Iran.