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Politics

  • 14th August 2006

    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.

  • South Africa backs gay blood donors – if celibate 57

    A compromise has been reached between the South African Blood Service and gay pressure groups over donations.

    12:00 AM — A compromise has been reached between the South African Blood Service and gay pressure groups over donations.Previously all gay men who had sex with another man in the last five years were barred from giving blood.Gay activists had argued this rule was discriminatory, and drew attention to previous restrictions by the service on the grounds of race.

  • Northern Ireland police to monitor gay recruitment 57

    Applicants to the Police Service of Northern Ireland are to be asked their sexual orientation for the first time.

    12:00 AM — Applicants to the Police Service of Northern Ireland are to be asked their sexual orientation for the first time. Currently all GB forces monitor the number of gay and lesbian people working for them.Potential officers will also be able to declare if they are in a civil partnership.

  • Depleted US Army still kicking out gay soldiers 58

    The Servicemembers Legal Defense Network have revealed figures obtained under the Freedom of Information Act that show there has been a spike in dismissals from bases across America.

    12:00 AM — At a time when the US Armed Forces are desperate to recruit more soldiers, it has been revealed that an Army base in rural Missouri has dismissed 60 men for being gay.The Servicemembers Legal Defense Network have revealed figures obtained under the Freedom of Information Act that show there has been a spike in dismissals from bases across America.

  • Will Mark Oaten be a TV fixture? 57

    12:00 AM — In the seven months since Mark Oaten was exposed by the News of the World, the MP for Winchester could hardly be accused of keeping a low profile. Could it be that the politician best known for visiting rent boys is planning a future on telly? Tony Grew examines the evidence. The curious tale of Mark Oaten continues to fascinate people and, like a bad da Vinci-themed novel, we just can't put it down until we get to the end.

  • 12th August 2006

    Tory councillor faces trial for gay slur 14

    Peter Willows will stand trial later this year

    12:00 AM — A Tory councillor is to go on trial after pleading not guilty at Brighton Magistrates to public order charges after allegedly making homophobic remarks.Cllr Peter Willows, 75, of Brighton and Hove City Council allegedly likened homosexuals to paedophiles.

  • Tory councillor faces trial for gay slur 15

    Peter Willows will stand trial later this year

    12:00 AM — A Tory councillor is to go on trial after pleading not guilty at Brighton Magistrates to public order charges after allegedly making homophobic remarks.Cllr Peter Willows, 75, of Brighton and Hove City Council allegedly likened homosexuals to paedophiles.

  • Gay Humanists welcome pride support

    Belfast Pride last weekend played host to a group of Humanists marching in solidarity with gay and lesbian people.

    12:00 AM — Belfast Pride last weekend played host to a group of Humanists marching in solidarity with gay and lesbian people.The Gay and Lesbian Humanist Association has praised the support given by the Belfast Humanist Group, who marched in solidarity with the gay community at the Pride event.

  • 11th August 2006

    Turkish gay groups demand protection

    The demonstration in Bursa, aiming to protest the application of the governor's offices of Bursa and Istanbul to the prosecutor's office for the ban of Lambdaistanbul and Bursa Rainbow Associations, and the recent ban on the magazine of Kaos GL, was to be the first LGBT demonstration in Turkey outside the two major cities Ankara and Istanbul

    12:00 AM — A Turkish lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) group is demanding the country protects its rights after a recent demonstration was marred by anti-gay groups.LGBT people coming from different cities to demonstrate in Bursa were unable to move from the local centre of the Rainbow Association after being attacked by an angry crowd of 200-250 people throwing stones.

  • Plans for Ireland’s first gay hotel dropped.

    Earlier this year Axel Hotel Barcelona, the first urban designer hotel aimed at the gay community, expanded into Europe and America.

    12:00 AM — Plans for a gay hotel in small town Ireland have been abandoned.As PinkNews.co.uk reported last month, promoter Brian Berry had unveiled plans to convert a hotel in Carlow, saying:"In any establishment you can get complications and objections, but at the end of the day, no matter what objections I get, I'll continue."

  • Beenie Man claims ‘I am not homophobic’ 2

    Controversial rapper Beenie Man has told  The Independent  newspaper that  the true meaning of his lyrics have been misinterpreted due to cultural differences.

    12:00 AM — Controversial rapper Beenie Man has told The Independent newspaper that the true meaning of his lyrics have been misinterpreted due to cultural differences.Mr Man claims that in Jamaica the word 'gay' is synonymous with rape, and that unlike the consensual homosexual relationships found in England, the only 'gay' relationships that exist in Jamaica are young men who are forced into gay sex by poverty.

  • Stephen Williams on life at Westminster for an out gay MP

    “Being gay is not an advantage in most scenarios. It is less of an issue, but it is still an issue. Scratch the surface of the Tory party and you will still find a lot of prejudice.“

    12:00 AM — For the aspiring political journalist, getting an MP to even speak to you can be a struggle. So it is a tribute to Stephen Williams that he was the first one to say yes to PinkNews.co.uk's Tony Grew.For this reason alone it would have seemed rude to give him a rough ride.But the honest truth is that there would be no need to get all "Paxman" with Williams.

  • American psychologists stand firm against gay ‘conversion therapy’ 1

    Truth Will Out also drew attention to some of the more ludicrous conversion therapy methods including exorcisms, repossessing a client's Calvin Klein underwear because it is deemed “too gay,“

    12:00 AM — A gay rights organisation in the United States has praised the American Pyschological Association's tough stance against the pseudo-science of conversion therapy.The 'treatment' is promoted by Christian organisations as a cure for homosexuality, but the APA have rejected it on the grounds that it has no scientific evidence to support claims made about its effectiveness.

  • 10th August 2006

    Tory councillor snubs gay slur court appearance 14

    Peter Willows, 75, of Brighton and Hove City Council allegedly said to guests at a reception hosted by the mayor of Brighton and Hove that he believed homosexuals were paedophiles

    12:00 AM — A Tory councillor has declined to appear at his first magistrates hearing for allegedly making homophobic remarks.Peter Willows, 75, of Brighton and Hove City Council allegedly said to guests at a reception hosted by the mayor of Brighton and Hove that he believed homosexuals were paedophiles.

  • Gay Iraqis show pride in Gloucester

    Ali Hili, who co-ordinates Iraqi LGBT, a gay help and information group in Baghdad and London, will be joined by two other Iraqis who have fled their home country

    12:00 AM — Three gay Iraqis are set to join the Gloucestershire Rainbow Day march through Gloucester city centre on Saturday.Ali Hili, who co-ordinates Iraqi LGBT, a gay help and information group in Baghdad and London, will be joined by two other Iraqis who have fled their home country as hard-line insurgent groups started targeting gay men, many of whom have been murdered.

  • Arnie terminates gay experiences from California school textbooks

    Arnie terminates gay experiences from California school textbook

    12:00 AM — Legislation that would have required California's public school curriculum to include the contributions of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people has been watered down to a simple prohibition of teaching or textbooks that negatively portray persons based on their sexual orientation.California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger vowed in May to veto the bill if it reached his desk. Critics said his decision was spawned by re-election concerns about core conservative Republican voters.

  • AIDS and TB responsible for a ‘double plague’

    AIDS and TB are a leathal combination

    12:00 AM — More people are getting tuberculosis because of AIDS and more die of AIDS because of TB, yet doctors fail to recognise the respiratory disease in AIDS patients, according to a report released on Tuesday.Together, TB and AIDS are causing a "double plague," Stephen Lewis, the United Nations Special Envoy for AIDS in Africa told Reuters.

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