10th August 2006
Arnie terminates gay experiences from California school textbooks
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’
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.
Washington ends state sex change funding 2
12:00 AM — Medicaid officials in Washington state are to change regulations to exclude gender reassignment surgery from the healthcare scheme.Washington is one of very few US states where sex-change procedures have been covered by Medicaid, the state-federal programme that provides health coverage for the poor and disabled.
Western Australia conservatives say yes to gay marriage 4
12:00 AM — In a radical demonstration of changing attitudes, the Western Australian branch of the National Party has voted in support of same-sex civil unions.A motion supporting gay 'marriage' won the backing of delegates at their annual state conference.The National Party are often portrayed as deeply rural and conservative, representing farming interests.
140,000 attended the 2006 Chicago Gay Games
12:00 AM — The 2006 Gay Games organisers have spoken of their delight at the success of the seventh gay sports and cultural event. The amount of people attending has exceeded all estimates."Attendance at Gay Games Chicago events exceeded 140,000, 40,000 more than we had projected," Kevin Boyer, the Games' co-vice chair, told the Windy City Times.
Preacher says gay-bashing posters are his constitutional right 57
12:00 AM — A New York preacher has vowed to fight all the way to the Supreme Court in his mission to display Bible passages on billboards.Rev. Kristopher Okwedy spent $2,500 on billboard signs with this catchy quote, taken from the Book of Leviticus: "Thou shalt not lie with mankind as with womenkind. It is an abomination.
Gay cruising zips up nudist beach 6
12:00 AM — British naturists claim their rights are being stripped after the Ministry of Defence (MoD) closed a nudist beach area in Cornwall because it was allegedly attracting gay sex near the military training camp.The MoD along with the Perranzabuloe parish council and Haven Holiday Park decided to close the area claiming it had no problem with homosexuality but wanted to eliminate the "bad elements."
Philadelphia drops HIV ads amid gay concerns
12:00 AM — Health officials in Philadelphia this week yanked public service advertisements urging HIV testing after a gay advocacy group expressed concerns about images depicting young black men in a gun's cross hairs."Putting the face of a black man in the cross hairs of a gun paints a damaging message about violence and black men," Lee Carson, chairman of the Black Gay Men's Leadership Council, wrote in a letter to the city's interim health commissioner last month.
Can A-list gays slay Mayor Ken? 5
12:00 AM — Tongue firmly in cheek, Tony Grew takes a look at the Tories hoping to be London's next mayorA few months ago Dave "I ride huskies" Cameron announced that from now on the Tories would embrace "American-style" selection tactics for the race to be the Tory candidate for mayor in the 2008 election.In what the party like to describe as an "X-factor" competition, Londoners of all parties and none will be invited to vote on the various candidates and pick a winner.
9th August 2006
Gay Iranians praise world support
12:00 AM — An underground gay Iranian magazine has expressed thanks for the "solidarity" shown by other lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) groups in highlighting their cause.MAHA, an e-magazine for LGBT Iranians, called for "support at every level" and particularly highlighted the importance of lobbying the United Nations, the European Union and national governments.
Gay campaigners ignore protest ban 23
12:00 AM — Jerusalem police are facing criticism after attempting to block a WorldPride protest scheduled for tomorrow evening.Organisers of the international gay event, Jerusalem Open House (JOH), had arranged to hold a quiet demonstration in Liberty Bell Park in replacement of a pride parade which was cancelled by the group due to the security situation in Israel.
Anti-gay Christians lampooned after Pride complaint 5
12:00 AM — A notoriously radical right-wing Christian group has lodged an official complaint with Sussex Police after the chief of police took part in the Brighton Pride parade.Joe Edwards, who became the first police chief in the country to march in a gay pride parade, was condemned by Christian Voice director Stephen Green for taking part in the event.
Latvia faces EU censure over attacks on gay activists 57
12:00 AM — Latvian Interior Minister Dzintars Jaundzeikars has been accused of violating European Union principles by a leading member of the European Green Party.Speaking after a visit to the Latvian capital Riga at the weekend, Green spokeswoman Ulrike Lunacek has called on the EU to consider suspending Latvian voting rights on the European Council in response to attacks on gay activists last month.
8th August 2006
WorldPride holds first gay multi-faith conference 23
12:00 AM — WorldPride today played host to Israel's first lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) multi-faith convention.Participants of all religions converged in Jerusalem for the conference titled Reclaiming Our Faith and Our Heritage to discuss issues of homophobia and bigotry.
Pro life group dismisses idea of gay or straight “safe sex”
12:00 AM — A pro-life group has criticised a sexual health awareness week organised by the Family planning Association claiming the charity is promoting a "safe sex hoax."Precious Life said the FPA's 'Sexual Health Week' Campaign is a myth and alleged that "safe sex" is causing a sexually transmitted disease epidemic.
Norway rejects gay sperm
12:00 AM — One of Norway's national sperm banks is turning away donors despite no official ban and a shortage of people coming forward.Oslo's Sperm Bank is seeking 30-40 new donors but has admitted turning away homosexuals claiming they are not psychologically suitable.
7th August 2006
Stonewall launches gay friendly Britain awards 2
12:00 AM — Gay charity Stonewall has launched its first annual awards designed to celebrate the range of positive contributions being made by individuals and organisations to the lives of gay people in Britain.The 2006 Stonewall Awards are exclusively sponsored by Barclays and the first winners will be announced at a ceremony at London's Royal Academy on Thursday 2 November.
Another gay Tory comes forward as London Mayor deadline is extended 1
12:00 AM — Conservative Party Chairman Francis Maude has extended the deadline for candidates to put themselves forward as the Tory representative for the London Mayoral elections in 2008, prompting accusations that the Party is unhappy with the nominations so far.The deadline was set for the end of last week but has now been extended to six months, as first reported by Guido Fawkes on his political blog.
Gays and lesbians targeted in Iraq
12:00 AM — A television documentary will tonight highlight the plight of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community in Iraq.As already featured on PinkNews.co.uk, an Observer investigation to be broadcast tonight on More4, will show how the "honour killings" of homosexuals in Iraq is being justified by laws in the country which call it immoral.
Times’ gay affair debate reopens
12:00 AM — A bride-to-be whose relationship breakdown captured the hearts and minds of T2 Debate readers after discovering her fiancé frequently visited gay saunas, has officially dumped the unnamed man.The case of Iris Scott, who just days before her marriage discovered that her boyfriend had betrayed her with sexual encounters with gay men, generated huge debate in The Times last March when she asked readers what she should do.