3rd August 2006
Drug sniffer dogs to be used at Brighton Gay Pride 4
12:00 AM — Drug sniffer dogs are being deployed by police at Brighton Pride, the first time such a tactic has been used at a Pride event.Officers will also be testing anyone if they have reasonable suspicion that they are in possession of illegal drugs at the Festival in Preston Park this weekend.
Undiplomatic feud emerges over “gay orgy”
12:00 AM — A feud is emerging between officials in Belarus and neighbouring Latvia after Belarusian national television screened footage describing "a dirty homosexual orgy" claiming to involve a Latvian diplomat.The diplomat was named in the television report as the embassy's Second Secretary, Reimo Smits who was called a "pervert" and a "porn dealer."
Gay A-Lister selected for Tory seat
12:00 AM — An openly gay member of the Conservative Party's A-list has been selected to run as Eltham's Parliamentary candidate in Greenwich after a primary selection process this week.David Gold beat Jackie Doyle-Price, the Parliamentary candidate in Sheffield Hillsbrough last year, and Eric Ollerenshaw, former opposition leader of the London Assembly and leader of Hackney Conservatives.
Gay campaigner calls for solidarity with Iranian activists
12:00 AM — Gay and human rights campaigner, Peter Tatchell has called on the gay community to show solidarity with the Ahwazi community within Iran following the suspected execution of two gay, Ahwazi teenagers in the country last month."The Iranian regime is planning the imminent execution of 10 Ahwazi human rights activists from Khuzestan province in the south-west of Iran. They were sentenced to death after secret trials in June."
2nd August 2006
Australian town rejects gay pride flag
12:00 AM — An Australian town is refusing to fly all flags from its council buildings amid uproar after the local authority rejected pleas to display rainbow flags for the annual ChillOut gay and lesbian festival.Despite previously displaying flags for other local events, Heather Mutimer, the mayor of Hepburn Shire in Victoria, has rejected demands to fly the flag of the gay community for their pride event symbol at Daylesford Town Hall.
Illinois gay lawmaker steps down
12:00 AM — Illinois' only openly gay state lawmaker announced his retirement on Monday, setting into motion a likely scramble to fill his North Side seat, according to The Chicago Sun-Times.The Sun-Times reports that State Representative Larry McKeon, one of the architects of the 2003 state anti-discrimination law for gays and lesbians, said he intends to step down at the end of his fifth term in January 2007.
Castro illness may raise Cuba’s gay hopes 4
12:00 AM — Speculation is mounting over the future of Cuba after its leader Fidel Castro recently handed power to his brother Raul.The president is currently recovering from treatment for internal bleeding, and the temporary appointment of his sibling may bring good news for the country's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community in the future.
Sexual health funds ‘missing front line’
12:00 AM — A substantial portion of the £300 million funding earmarked for sexual health that accompanied the Choosing Health White Paper is not reaching front-line sexual health services, says a survey undertaken by the Independent Advisory Group on Sexual Health and HIV (IAG).The findings contradict Government promises which have previously identified sexual health and GUM as a top six priority for the NHS this year.
1st August 2006
Sexuality affecting lesbian patient care in New Zealand
12:00 AM — Healthcare providers react more positively to men than women who reveal they're gay, according to research in the Journal of Advanced Nursing.Women patients reported that healthcare providers were more likely to assume they were heterosexual, adding that more than one in ten were uncomfortable when they disclosed they were lesbian or bisexual.
THT opens sexual health clinic for Leeds students
12:00 AM — On August 7, Terrence Higgins Trust is opening a clinic which will test and treat university students in Leeds for sexually transmitted infections (STIs).The clinic will run from 4-7pm on Mondays at the Terrence Higgins Trust offices, 2 Oxford Place.
Gay police defend EuroPride ad 9
12:00 AM — The Gay Police Association has issued a statement regarding its controversial EuroPride advert which attributed recent homophobic attacks to religious belief.Scotland Yard was reported to be considering an investigation into the group after it placed an advertisement in The Independent's diversity supplement which coincided with the EuroPride rally, displaying a pool of blood next to a Bible.
Gay school group stand up to homophobia
12:00 AM — A lobby group campaigning for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) equality in schools has launched a petition asking the BBC Board of Governors to reconsider their recent decision to dismiss complaints about Radio 1 DJ Chris Moyles' derogatory use of the word 'gay' on his Radio 1 Breakfast show.The BBC recognised Moyles' comments may have caused offence, after he called a ring tone "gay," but said the use of the word to mean "lame" or "rubbish" was widespread amongst young people, promoting accusations that the station was condoning homophobia.
Straight couples campaign for gay marriage rights 3
12:00 AM — A group campaigning for heterosexual access to civil partnerships has expressed solidarity with a lesbian couple who were yesterday told their Canadian marriage could not be recognised in the UK.A High Court judge told Celia Kitzinger and Sue Wilkinson that they can only be recognised as civil partners to respect the "age-old institution (of marriage), valued and valuable, respectable and respected, as a means not only of encouraging monogamy but also the procreation of children."
Survey questions gay perception of Northern Ireland
12:00 AM — A majority of people in Northern Ireland say they are tolerant of lesbian, gay and bisexual people (LGB) in society, according to a new survey from Ipsos MORI Ireland.The survey, commissioned by Lesbian Advocacy Services Initiative (LASI), shows a majority of people (88%) are supportive of the principle that LGB people should not be discriminated against.
31st July 2006
Gay Tory applies to be London Mayor
12:00 AM — London could be getting its first gay mayor after Nick Boles director of Conservative aligned think tank Policy Exchange today confirmed that he will apply for the Tory's open primary to be held later this year.Mr Boles, this morning confirmed the rumours which were published recently on PinkNews.co.uk, and other political blogs, that he would put forward an application to stand for London Mayor in 2008.
Most families welcome civil partnerships, study shows
12:00 AM — The first major research into attitudes to same sex civil partnerships since they were legalised in December 2005 has shown general acceptance from families and friends, with some exceptions.The study, carried out by sociologists at The University of Manchester, was based on interviews and focus groups with 91 gay men and lesbians who are either planning or have had a civil partnership.
Time magazine recognises gay market
12:00 AM — The new issue of Time in Europe features something a little out of the ordinary for the readers of their business pages.The magazine's lead article discusses the growing importance of advertising to a gay consumer market that exists all across the Continent.
Google vows to change derogatory gay translation 2
12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveWhen the word "gay" is entered into Google's translation tools, the word "luti" is returned, an Arabic equivalent of "sodomite", to the ire of gay activists.The translation tools of Google, one of the world's leading internet corporations, are widely available on both Google's website and in downloadable software.
28th July 2006
Gays earning less in workplace, study shows
12:00 AM — Anti discrimination policies in the workplace do not appear to have had an impact on wages for gay employees, research suggests.A study by the Centre for Economic Performance published in its CentrePiece magazine today, found that despite having equal opportunity legislation regarding sexual orientation in the workplace since December 2003, gay men are still paid around 6% less than heterosexual colleagues.
George Michael to sue over “media slurs” 4
12:00 AM — Gay star George Michael has threatened to sue over "slurs" on his relationship after a tabloid claimed he was cruising on Hampstead Heath last weekend.The News of the World published a series of photographs of the star which they claim prove that he was illegally having sex in a public place.