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  • 4th August 2006

    Straight constable proudly leading gay police in Brighton 4

    Heterosexual Chief Constable Joe Edwards will head the front of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Sussex Police officers at Brighton Pride

    12:00 AM — A new milestone will be reached in Brighton when a Chief Constable will lead his officers in a Pride parade for the first time.Heterosexual Chief Constable Joe Edwards will head the front of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Sussex Police officers at Brighton Pride tomorrow.

  • Gay man sentenced for reckless HIV transmission 3

    In response to the sentencing today, Deborah Jack, Chief Executive of the National AIDS Trust, said:  '“Where there is no evidence of deliberate intention to infect someone else with HIV, NAT does not believe criminal prosecutions are an effective way of reducing the transmission of HIV or protecting public health“

    12:00 AM — The first gay man prosecuted for recklessly passing on HIV has been sentenced today, despite a warrant still being out for him.Mark James of West Sussex admitted to the charges last April but failed to turn up for sentencing last week as well as today, prompting the Isleworth Crown Court judge to pass down sentence in his absence.

  • Gays and straights masturbate for charity 7

    The Masturbate-A-Thon is the brainchild of two American sexologists, Dr Carol Queen and Dr Robert Lawrence, and has run in the US for the past six years raising over $25,000 for women's health initiatives and HIV prevention, education and treatment organisations. This event will also benefit HIV and sexual health charity Terrence Higgins Trust

    12:00 AM — Police will be holding their truncheons tightly this weekend on standby to protect the controversial screening of Europe's fist ever sponsored Masturbate-A-Thon.Protests are rumoured to be arranged from groups opposed to pornography or sex on television this weekend outside Drop Studios in Clerkenwell Road, where Channel 4 is filming a programme seeking to raise awareness of, and dispel the taboos that persist around the sexual activity.

  • Brighton Pride heats up 4

    The parade leaves Madeira Drive at 11am on Saturday and twists through the streets of Brighton, making its way to Preston Park

    12:00 AM — Brighton is preparing for a right old Carry On this weekend as the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community head south for Gay Pride.The parade leaves Madeira Drive at 11am on Saturday and twists through the streets of Brighton, making its way to Preston Park.Expect camp emulations of the Carry On stars including a few Kenneth Williams look-a-likes.

  • 3rd August 2006

    Police seize gay clubbing drug

    GHB, also known as liquid ecstasy has become popular within the gay scene

    12:00 AM — Police have seized £1 million of the date rape drug, GHB in a raid in Stanley, County Durham.The drug, which is colourless and odourless when dissolved in water has in the past been linked to drinks being spiked by sexual predators.GHB, also known as liquid ecstasy has become popular within the gay scene.

  • Gay A-Lister selected for Tory seat

    The A-List is an initiative from Conservative leader David Cameron encouraging “priority targets” such as women and gay people

    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.

  • Stonewall FC celebrate golden Gay Games performance

    Stonewall FC was started in 1991 and currently field a 1st and Reserve team regularly in the Middlesex County League where they have achieved league and cup wins at a high level of amateur football

    12:00 AM — Gay football team Stonewall FC have this week been celebrating a gold medal won at last month's Gay Games in Chicago.The side entered into the Men's Division One to compete for the title of World and Olympic Champions, and made it into the final with an un-beaten record.

  • Drug sniffer dogs to be used at Brighton Gay Pride 4

    The police and the city council and Pride organisers are anticipating record numbers and are preparing for a rise on last year's figure of 120,000 across the weeken

    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.

  • Gay issues contribute to increase in celebrity libel cases

    England and Arsenal player Ashley Cole received an apology and damages from The News of the World and the Sun following a series of newspaper articles that wrongly claimed him to have been involved in a gay orgy

    12:00 AM — Libel cases brought by the likes of gay artist Sir Elton John and footballer Ashley Cole over "gay orgy" allegations have contributed to a two fold increase in defamation cases over the last year.The number of reported defamation cases involving claims by celebrities against newspapers has more than doubled in the last year, a legal information service revealed today.

  • 2nd August 2006

    Gay anthems become uncool classics

    S Club 7's Don't Stop Movin' reached number one in the UK charts and is often known to get crowds dancing and imitating Bradley's Michael Jackson style moves in gay clubs and bars across the country

    12:00 AM — Two gay anthems have made a list of uncool records which are secretly okay to enjoy.The top ten "guilty pleasures" include S Club 7's Don't Stop Movin and Gloria Gaynor's classic I Will Survive.The collection was compiled by Q magazine which hopes to "restore a veritable treasure trove of music to glory."

  • Sexual health funds ‘missing front line’

    Initial results indicate that funding is reaching front-line services in only 30 out of the 191 PCTs surveyed

    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.

  • Gay man loses police discrimination case

    The Nottingam Employment Tribunal ruled that there was not enough evidence to prove the allegations

    12:00 AM — A former policeman who claims he was discriminated against for being gay has lost his case.Ben Stokes, 23, a former member of the Nottingham Police claims he was discriminated against by his force after his sexuality was revealed when he started a relationship with a male teenager.

  • Brighton bars lead gay pride revolt 4

    Last year, venues raised more than £10,000 over the festival weekend, which was donated to Brighton Pride in order to help fund the festival

    12:00 AM — Brighton's gay bars and clubs are taking revenge against Pride organisers after a "serious communication breakdown" that has led to the cancellation of the annual Street Party.Three bars have already joined the revolt by withdrawing all donations promised to Pride, with many more expected to follow suit.Last year, venues raised more than £10,000 over the festival weekend, which was donated to Brighton Pride in order to help fund the festival.

  • Gay bar accuses Brighton police of ‘bully boy tactics’ 4

    The licensing of the gay village pedestrian area is causing bitter divisions between Pride and some other venues

    12:00 AM — One of Brighton's most popular gay pubs is accusing the police of bully boy tactics over Brighton Pride.The Queens Arms has won a 'David and Goliath' style fight over the right to have a street bar after it went to Brighton and Hove Council's licensing appeal panel.

  • Nurses back Manchester gay festival

    The RCN is expecting over 50 nurses from across the North West to join the main parade, making nurses one of the largest groups taking part on the day

    12:00 AM — Under the banner 'Make discrimination history, pride in nursing' the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) North West region has announced its support for this year's Mardi Gras Parade in Manchester.Steve Flanagan, RCN Regional Director for the North West said: "Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) issues are very important to us as an organisation, both for our members and as professional nurses sensitive to the needs of LGBT clients and patients."

  • 1st August 2006

    THT opens sexual health clinic for Leeds students

    Terrence Higgins Trust is working on expanding the range of sexual health and support services it provides for young people

    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.

  • Humanists and Christians tussle over gay marriage 10

    Sue Wilkinson and Celia Kitzinger commiserate with each other after having their legal application dismissed by the High Court. They had applied to have their Canadian marriage recognised in the UK

    12:00 AM — The Gay and Lesbian Humanist Association (GALHA) has expressed its disapproval of yesterday's judgement meted out by the High Court to the lesbian couple seeking to have their Canadian marriage recognised in the UK.Sir Mark Potter, President of the Family Division of the High Court, ruled that Sue Wilkinson and Celia Kitzinger, who legally married in Canada, could only be recognised as civil partners in the UK.

  • Gay police defend EuroPride ad 9

    The Gay Police Association has issued a statement regarding its controversial EuroPride advert

    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

    Sir Elton John with radio presenter Chris Moyles

    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

    But Equal Partnership, a group campaigning for the removal of a clause in the Civil Partnership Act which prohibits straight couples, say their campaign is a mirror image of the court case and shows how “discriminatory” it is to have a “two tier system”

    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."

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