26th July 2006
Gay pride protesters detained 1
12:00 AM — Latvian authorities have detained 14 people relating to the attacks on gay campaigners in the Latvian capital Riga on Saturday during the gay pride festival.National Police spokeswoman Sintija Kajina told the Baltic News Service that 13 of the detainees face administrative charges, while a criminal proceeding will be started against one person who was detained.
25th July 2006
Ex-Cabinet minister becomes first peer to have civil partnership
12:00 AM — Labour peer Chris Smith has become the first member of the House of Lords to have a civil partnership.The former Culture Secretary, had a private ceremony with long term partner Dorian Jabri last Friday at Islington Town Hall.The announcement was made in front of 200 guests, who turned up at the Serpentine Gallery on Saturday night assuming they were celebrating Lord Smith of Finsbury's 55th birthday.
Researchers launch tenth Gay Men’s Sex Survey 1
12:00 AM — Terrence Higgins Trust and Sigma Research launched the tenth annual National Gay Men's Sex Survey yesterday.Last year 16,000 men in the UK took part and this year they hope to get an even better response.The Survey is carried out by Sigma Research (University of Portsmouth) in collaboration with over 150 organisations as part of the CHAPS Partnership's health promotion work with gay men.
McKellen breaks Pentagon gay policy
12:00 AM — Gay actor Sir Ian McKellen has managed to overrule the Pentagon's Don't Ask Don't Tell policy after being made am honorary lieutenant colonel of the national guard.US military policy dictates that lesbian and gay recruits must keep their sexuality hidden, but the openly gay star was recently given the honour on a trip to Atlanta, Georgia.
Gay families express pride
12:00 AM — Hundreds of families from all over the world will gather in Provincetown for Family Pride's annual Family Week, a week-long conference and family adventure from July 29-August 5 2006.For the 11th consecutive year, Family Pride's Family Week will provide a safe, vibrant and engaging space for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) parents and their children to gather.
24th July 2006
Bill Gates makes million dollar AIDS pledge
12:00 AM — The Bill Melinda Gates Foundation last week announced it is awarding $287 million in grants over five years to create an international network of scientists to speed up the development of an AIDS vaccine.The main goal of the 16 individual grants is to shift the development process from independent efforts in separate laboratories to large-scale collaborative efforts stretching across many labs and countries.
Gay activists targeted at Riga Pride 1
12:00 AM — Gay campaigners were attacked with eggs and bags of excrement and left feeling under siege by protesters last weekend as they aimed to quietly celebrate Riga Pride.Authorities in the Latvian capital had banned the gay parade on public order grounds, but activists including Outrage's Peter Tatchell and GayRussia's Nikolai Alexeyev decided to continue with smaller activities.
On course for a healthy gay future
12:00 AM — A London University is offering the first ever course in gay men's health promotion.The one-year course, which starts in September, is being run by the University of East London (UEL) in collaboration with sexual health charity, the Terrence Higgins Trust.
London holds first gay employment fair
12:00 AM — Deputy Assistant Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Brian Paddick and representatives from the Trades Union Congress' (TUC) lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) committee will be among the guest speakers next month at London's first gay employment exposition for youths between the ages of 16 and 25.PACE, an LGBT mental health group and the London Development Agency (LDA) will host Out Working: Youth LGBT Job Fair, which promises to offer unemployed and economically inactive gay, lesbian and bisexual youths hands-on advice from experts at The Resource Centre in Islington on Thursday, 17 August 2006.
Latvia “fails” democracy test after gay pride violence 1
12:00 AM — Neo-Nazi, Christian fundamentalist and extreme nationalist protesters terrorised participants at the Gay Pride rally in the Latvian capital of Riga last Saturday . Peter Tatchell of gay rights group Outrage attended and spoke at Riga Pride, he witnessedfirst-hand what happened there."Private armed guards were drafted in to provide security, after the Latvian police repeatedly failed to halt the aggression of the homophobic mob.
22nd July 2006
Gay group postpones WorldPride amid war talk 23
12:00 AM — The Jerusalem WorldPride parade has been postponed until "after the war."The organisers of the event, Jerusalem Open House (JOH), announced last night that the rally will no longer take place due to the demands it would be making on security which is currently caught up in escalating tension in Lebanon and the Gaza Strip.
21st July 2006
London Mayor criticises Latvia’s “attack on human rights” 1
12:00 AM — The Mayor of London has called the decision to ban Latvia's Gay Pride "an unacceptable attack on human rights."His words have been echoed by gay rights group Outrage, Amnesty International and the Latvian President, who have all criticised the authorities in Riga for cancelling the parade in the capital on public order grounds.
Government urged to debate gay adoption “ramifications” 1
12:00 AM — The Leader of the House of Commons Jack Straw has been called to initiate a debate on the "ramifications" of allowing gay couples to adopt in Northern Ireland.Mr Straw, setting out the timetable for debates leading up to and after Parliament's summer recess, was yesterday asked by Democratic Unionist MP for Strangford Iris Robinson, to schedule a gay adoption debate after the break as a matter of "urgency."
Alabama appoints first lesbian representative 1
12:00 AM — Patricia Todd made history this week when voters in Alabama's 54th legislative district sent the Democrat to the State House, marking the first time ever that the Alabama legislature will include an openly gay representative.The Gay Lesbian Victory Fund, the nation's largest gay and lesbian political action committee, endorsed Ms Todd and helped raise tens of thousands of dollars from its national network of donors to help fund her campaign.
London gay pride group condemn Riga’s “return to dark ages” 1
12:00 AM — Campaigning charity and organiser of Europe's largest gay event, Pride London, today condemned the decision of the City Council of Riga to ban the city's Gay Pride amid threats of violence from extremist groups.Pride London hosted EuroPride 06, the largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender celebration this year, attended by 600,000 people from all over Europe.
Prescott cleared over anti-gay tycoon links
12:00 AM — Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott broke ministerial rules when he did not immediately declare his stay at an anti-gay US tycoon's ranch, a Parliament watchdog concluded today.However, the House of Commons standards committee cleared the minister for not registering a cowboy outfit he received from Philip Anschutz after a stay at his Colorado home.
Gay community going green
12:00 AM — Gays and lesbians are going greener faster than any other group of people, according to research.Findings by advertising and marketing agency, Gasoline, suggest the pink pound, a measure of the amount of money the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community group has to spend, is going green faster than any other group.
20th July 2006
Polish Prime Minister rules out gay marriage 2
12:00 AM — Poland's Prime Minister Jaroslaw Kacynski used his official assumption of power yesterday to declare the country a gay marriage free zone.The leader of the Law and Justice Party, along with his brother, President Lech Kaczynski, has been known for his anti gay views after several gay bars and organisations have been banned and ministers have been allowed to freely make homophobic remarks.
Latvian gays shocked at pride ban 1
12:00 AM — Latvian gay rights groups have expressed shock at the decision to ban a gay pride march in the capital Riga.City officials yesterday announced the parade could not take place on public order grounds but refused to divulge information about the threats.
Campaigners condemn gay hangings
12:00 AM — To mark the first anniversary of Iran's hanging of two gay teenagers, Mahmoud Asgari and Ayaz Marhoni, in the city of Mashhad, Labour MP Chris Bryant hosted a public meeting at the House of Commons last night.Speakers included Chris Bryant MP and Azar Majedi, Chair of the Organisation for Women's Liberation in Iran. Simon Forbes and Peter Tatchell of OutRage! revealed new information exposing the Iranian regime's "lies and propaganda" about the execution of Mahmoud and Ayaz.