7th August 2006
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.
International gay community snub WorldPride opposition 23
12:00 AM — Jerusalem Open House (JOH), the organisers of WorldPride Jerusalem, ridiculed anti-gay protesters who tried to sabotage a youth conference at the Israeli Parliament today, as the international gay event overcame violence in the region to proceed with events and conferences.Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth were invited by Member of the Knesset Sheli Yehimovitch, Chair of the Knesset Committee for Children, to inform her of the problems and challenges that LGBT youth confront on a daily basis.
Fort Bragg soldiers oppose army gay policy 5
12:00 AM — A July 29 report from the Fayetteville Observer indicates that soldiers at Fort Bragg, one of the US's most active combat installations, do not support the military's continued exclusion of lesbian, gay and bisexual personnel from the armed forces.In a survey of 20 soldiers at the base, the Observer reported finding little support for the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" law.
Gay Israeli group express solidarity with Palestinians 23
12:00 AM — Jerusalem Open House, organisers of WorldPride, will express solidarity with the gay Palestinian community tomorrow at a demonstration next to the city's separation wall.The protest will highlight problems of the political situation and will also offer support to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Palestinians who do not have as much access to services, including those of JOH, as their neighbours in Israel.
4th August 2006
Gay film festival rejects Israeli sponsorship
12:00 AM — The repercussions of the conflict in the Middle East are well documented, but one unexpected consequence emerged this week when the Irish Film Institute (IFI) cancelled sponsorship from the Israeli Embassy at the Gay and Lesbian Film Festival.The IFI is screening Walk on Water today, a film about a Mossad agent who befriends the gay son of a former Nazi officer who he is searching for.
UN report demands more better US gay protection
12:00 AM — A United Nations report released late last month slams the US for not doing enough to protect gay citizens from discrimination and abuse.The UN Human Rights Committee's July 28 report says the US must undertake efforts to combat anti-gay job discrimination and hate crimes.
Jerusalem gay events begin despite Middle East tension 23
12:00 AM — Jerusalem World Pride starts this weekend amid an atmosphere of uncertainty in the Middle East as Hezbollah rocket attacks increase in Northern Israel and opposition mounts against the Israeli offensive in Lebanon.But Alan Bolchover, chief executive of the New Israel Fund (NIF), says it is an important time to go to Israel to see what is going on beyond the conflict.
Sweden reviewing gay blood ban 1
12:00 AM — Sweden is considering lifting its ban on gay blood donors, according to reports.Gay men are considered a high risk group in most countries such as the UK, USA as well as Sweden, and therefore prohibited from donating blood.But Sweden's National Board of Health and Welfare today announced they would be reviewing the rule, introduced to prevent the spread of HIV, later this year.
3rd August 2006
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."
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.
2nd August 2006
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.
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.
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.