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  • 6th July 2006

    Bi today, gay tomorrow? The Times of India wonders 1

    Bi to gay in the wink of an eye? (photo: raminber p.s.)

    12:00 AM — The Times of India has published an extraordinary story today, about the benefits of bisexuality."A few years ago, Angelina Jolie famously said she enjoyed spending time with her female lovers. Though no such high-profile entity has advocated the cause of bisexuality in India, it is a phenomenon that is being talked about," claims the paper.

  • 5th July 2006

    Gay campaigner Nimrod Ping dies aged 46 5

    Nimrod Ping died on Monday at the age of 46

    12:00 AM — A gay former councillor well known in Brighton and Hove died on Monday at the age of 46.Nimrod Ping served for eight years as a councillor at the former Brighton Borough Council (now Brighton and Hove) from 1991. He was twice elected chairman of the planning committee and also the licensing committee.Thanks to his unusual name, Mr Ping attracted national notoriety.

  • Egyptian MPs criticise gay film

    The Egyptian parliament is considering requests to censor scenes containing homosexual elements after over 100 MPs launched a complaint about The Yacoubian Building

    12:00 AM — An Egyptian film featuring a gay newspaper editor's relationship with a male policeman has sparked controversy in the Middle Eastern country.The Egyptian parliament is considering requests to censor scenes containing homosexual elements after over 100 MPs launched a complaint about The Yacoubian Building, claiming it is derogatory towards Egypt's culture.

  • FA urged to report The Sun over gay “nancy boy” slur 1

    The Sun printed a story last Monday offering readers the chance to throw darts at a picture of Ronaldo

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveGay campaigner Peter Tatchell has called on the Football Association (FA) to report The Sun to the Press Complaints Commission after the paper branded Portuguese midfielder, Cristiano Ronaldo, a "nancy boy."The tabloid printed a story last Monday offering readers the chance to throw darts at a picture of Ronaldo, after he was accused of getting England striker Wayne Rooney sent off in the World Cup quarter final which also saw the midfielder score a penalty which knocked England out.

  • Prescott under fire for anti-gay link 1

    John Prescott is now under fire for his host's anti-gay links

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveThe Deputy Prime Minister, John Prescott has come under fire from the gay community for his decision to stay with an American billionaire who is not only bidding to run a government licensed casino, but is also a well known for his anti-gay views.This is just the latest in a long lines of scandals to have engulfed Mr Prescott in recent months and centres on his undeclared stay with senior civil servants on Philip Anschutz's ranch in July of last year.

  • Jersey Politicians vote to reduce gay age of consent

    Politicians on the island of Jersey have voted for a new sexual offences law

    12:00 AM — Politicians on the island of Jersey have voted for a new sexual offences law that will reduce the age of consent for gay sex to 16.Deputies in the States Assembly voted by 38 votes to 11 to approve the new law that also includes a new offence of grooming a child and abusing a position of trust.Deputies will now debate an amendment that seeks to strengthen laws relating to the abuse of trust.

  • Prescott under fire for his anti-gay links 1

    John Prescott is now under fire for his host's anti-gay links

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveThe Deputy Prime Minister, John Prescott has come under fire from the gay community for his decision to stay with an American billionaire who is not only bidding to run a government licensed casino, but is also a well known for his anti-gay views.This is just the latest in a long lines of scandals to have engulfed Mr Prescott in recent months and centres on his undeclared stay with senior civil servants on Philip Anschutz's ranch in July of last year.

  • London Mayor backs Cuban gay revolution 4

    Ken Livingstone took part in last weekend's EuroPride rally in London holding a Venezuelan flag as well as a flag of his hero, Cuban revolutionary Che Guevara

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveThe Mayor of London has given his backing to reports of a gay revolution in Cuba.Ken Livingstone, who yesterday joined gay charity Stonewall to launch an anti-homophobic bullying campaign in schools, said Cuba should look to fellow Latino's in Venezuela where the capital Caracas has been declared a "homophobia free zone."

  • 4th July 2006

    Stonewall spells out opposition to homophobic bullying

    Stonewall members marched at last weekend's EuroPride calling for the sacking of Radio 1 DJ Chris Moyles

    12:00 AM — Gay charity Stonewall and the Mayor of London will team up today to launch an anti-homophobic bullying campaign.A DVD entitled Spell It Out, has been produced for distribution to teachers in all London's secondary schools, and will be presented at Stonewall's "Tackling homophobia in our schools" conference this afternoon.

  • Rise in sexual health diagnosis in UK

    2005 saw an increase of nine per cent in visits to sexual health clinics

    12:00 AM — Figures released today by the Health Protection Agency show that the number of sexually transmitted infections (STI) diagnosed in the UK increased by three per cent between 2004 and 2005. However, in relation to gonorrhoea, new diagnoses fell by 13 per cent, a decrease for the second successive year.The figures for the country as a whole (straight and LGBT) last year show that there were 790,387 diagnoses of STI and an overall increase of nine per cent to 1,839,241 visits to sexual health clinics.

  • Gay group rings Stock Exchange Bell for first time

    The New York Stock Exchange

    12:00 AM — Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) made history last week as the first organisation for families and allies of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people to ring The Closing Bell at the New York Stock Exchange.PFLAG's says its trip to Wall Street to "ring the closing bell on homophobia," was an opportunity for the group to discuss the exponentially growing reach of the buying power of LGBT Americans when coupled with the purchasing force of their families and friends.

  • Gay revolution hits Cuba 4

    Fidel Casto's seizure of power in the 1959 Cuban Revolution was followed by the targeting of homosexuals in society who were sent to work camps and in the following decades excluded from jobs

    12:00 AM — The niece of Fidel Castro is defying her uncle's beliefs regarding sexual orientation by leading a revolution of pro-gay laws in Cuba.Mariela Castro is in charge of the government's National Centre for Sex Education, from which she has promoted issues of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights, in stark contrast to country's macho society and homosexual witch-hunts of the 1960s and 1970s.

  • Lesbian couple receive anti-gay sperm

    Sperm clinics have the final say on whether they accept the requests

    12:00 AM — Sperm clinics are facing criticism over the way they use donations after one fertility organisation was reprimanded for breaking the terms of a donor's consent by giving his seed to a lesbian couple, despite his stipulation that it not be given to same sex partners.The London Women's Clinic on Harley Street admitted the error after the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) discovered the blunder, they were then suspended for three months.

  • MPs back lesbian IVF access

    Liberal Democrat MP for Oxford West and Abingdon Evan Harris, a committee member branded the stance as “indirect discrimination”

    12:00 AM — Over 50 MPs have signed a Commons motion calling for single women and lesbians to have access to fertility treatment without the need of a father being present.The cross section of politicians from Labour, the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats oppose laws which require "the need for a father" to be considered as a basis for IVF.

  • Mayor looks back to school days to launch anti-homophobia campaign

    Mayor of London, Ken Livinstone and Stonewall's Ben Summerskill at the launch of 'Spell it Out'

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveThe Mayor of London, Ken Livingstone joined with teachers andeducationalists to launch an anti-homophobic bullying campaign spearheaded by the gay rights charity Stonewall.He drew on his own "behind the bike sheds" experiences to illustrate the change in educational needs relating to homophobia since the 1950s.

  • 3rd July 2006

    Protesters fail to mar gay pride in London 6

    A protest organised by Christian Voice was shafted by the gay community

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveChristian groups staged an anti-gay protest against EuroPride last weekend only to be cordoned off by police at the corner of Pall Mall and ridiculed by the 750,000 lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) participants.A demonstration organised by Christian Voice assembled at the bottom of Regents Street near the end of the parade holding placards and quoting verses of the Bible, claming homosexuality is sinful.

  • Gay minister criticises church’s civil partnership stance 1

    Ben Bradshaw spoke at last weekend's EuroPride rally

    12:00 AM — Ben Bradshaw, the first government minister to have a civil partnership, has criticised the Church of England's stance on same-sex unions.The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Local Environment, Marine and Animal Welfare at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs warned that the Church could become sidelined over its gay stance.

  • Australia considers lifting gay blood ban 5

    Gay and bisexual men in the UK are banned from donating blood because of the  HIV risk, even if they have one partner and practise safe sex.

    12:00 AM — In a world-first, the ban on gay men donating blood will be reviewed by a body that has the power to strike the ban down in Australia.After months considering hundreds of pages of written evidence for and against the ban, the Tasmanian Anti-Discrimination Commissioner has decided that the Australian Red Cross Blood Service should be made to justify its policy before the State's Anti-Discrimination Tribunal.

  • Police consider cancelling WorldPride amid anti-gay protests 23

    Representatives from the organisers of Jerusalem World Pride, AGUDAH marched at last weekend's EuroPride event in London

    12:00 AM — Jerusalem police will decide this week whether to allow WorldPride to take place in the city amid outrage from religious groups and politicians in Israel.The event scheduled for this August has strangely united religious Jews, Christians and Muslims, who have spoken put against the parade and are arranging a counter "Modesty Parade."

  • Congress demands Russia protects gay community 4

    Gay campaigner Peter Tatchell with Moscow Pride organiser Nikolay Alexeyev at last weekend's EuroPride

    12:00 AM — US Congress members have called on the President of Russia to defend gay rights after the violence at Moscow Gay Pride last May.The politicians asked Vladimir Putin to look after all his country's citizens, in a letter published on the gay Russia website, signed by 50 congressmen.

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