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  • 9th August 2006

    Synchronised swimming not for gays

    The governing body for aquatic sports and their World Masters Championships insist that synchronised swimming is for females

    12:00 AM — A gay synchronised swimming team has been banned from performing at an international meet, as the International Olympic Committee continues to insist that the sport is for females only.The ten men and four women squad from the San Francisco Tsunami Swim Club had been invited to perform a routine at the FINA Masters in Stamford, California this week. Local organisers knew that the male team would not be able to compete organised a demonstration of their routine.

  • Gay campaigners ignore protest ban 23

    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

    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.

  • Latvia faces EU censure over attacks on gay activists 57

    Gay people in Latvia are looking to the EU to protect their rights

    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

    Colorado gay marriage advocates devise new plan

    The controversial tactic could become a model for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender rights organisations nationwide after two major legal defeats in state courts this year and passage of same-sex marriage bans in 19 states since 2004

    12:00 AM — Advocates for gay marriage in Colorado have devised a new approach to winning legal recognition for same-sex couples, creating an alternative model for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender organisations.According to The San Francisco Chronicle, at least one constitutional amendment to ban marriage for same-sex couples is expected to be submitted for Colorado's November ballot.

  • Norway rejects gay sperm

    Oslo's Sperm Bank is seeking 30-40 new donors but has admitted turning away homosexuals

    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.

  • WorldPride holds first gay multi-faith conference 23

    Participants of all religions converged in Jerusalem for the conference entitled Reclaiming Our Faith and Our Heritage

    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.

  • Outgames hailed a success for gay community 1

    GLISA intends to establish its headquarters in Montréal

    12:00 AM — The organisers of the Outgames in Montreal have hailed the event a success after it closed last weekend.Mark Tewksbury, the co president of the 1st World Outgames announced that participation and attendance targets were reached despite reports of a lack of interest in the event.

  • Nigerian gay Anglicans mark year of progress 1

    Changing Attitude Nigeria (CAN) is  commemorating a year of confronting prejudices and working for lesbian and gay affirmation in the country's Anglican Communion

    12:00 AM — The Nigerian branch of a gay Anglican group is celebrating its first anniversary this month.Changing Attitude Nigeria (CAN) is commemorating a year of confronting prejudices and working for lesbian and gay affirmation in the country's Anglican Communion.

  • Germany grants asylum to Iranian lesbian 1

    The Stuttgart administrative court ordered the government to grant her request for asylum

    12:00 AM — A German court ruled on Monday that an Iranian lesbian cannot be deported because she faces a death sentence if returned to Iran because of her sexuality.According to the Associated Press, the 27-year-old woman, whose name was not released, travelled to Germany in September 2003 and applied for asylum.

  • Connecticut denies conservative group’s gay marriage intervention

    Eight gay couples are challenging the constitutionality of the state's marriage laws

    12:00 AM — Connecticut's Supreme Court has denied a conservative group's request to intervene in a lawsuit over whether gay and lesbian couples should be allowed to marry in the North Eastern state.According to The Associated Press, the court decision upholds a lower court's ruling denying the Family Institute of Connecticut's motion to intervene in the case.

  • 7th August 2006

    Vermont claims jurisdiction over lesbians’ custody battle

    The Vermont Supreme Court ruled in favour of Janet Miller-Jenkins on the visitation dispute

    12:00 AM — The Vermont Supreme Court ruled on Friday that its courts, and not those in Virginia, have exclusive jurisdiction over a case involving two lesbians battling for custody of a child they had while they were in a relationship.The Associated Press reports that the unanimous ruling conflicts with a series of decisions in Virginia, where courts ruled the state's anti-gay-marriage laws controlled the case.

  • Gay Swimmer breaks world record at Outgames 1

    Swimming competitions at the Outgames are sanctioned by the Quebec Swimming Federation

    12:00 AM — A world record in swimming was broken last week at the 1st World Outgames in Montréal's Olympic Pool, when openly gay American swimmer Daniel Veatch set a new record time in the 200 m backstroke in the 40-44 age category.Veatch, who lives in San Francisco, logged in a time of 2:14.83, edging out the previous record of 2:15.49 set in 1999 by another American swimmer, William Speicht.

  • Pennsylvania Senator endorses anti-homophobia law

    Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum on Wednesday became the 170th member of Congress to affirm that they do not discriminate in their own employment practices based on an individual's sexual orientation

    12:00 AM — Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum on Wednesday became the 170th member of Congress to affirm that they do not discriminate in their own employment practices based on an individual's sexual orientation or gender identity and expression."We welcome Senator Santorum's signature affirming the need for basic equality in his own hiring practices," said Riki Wilchins, executive director of the Gender Public Advocacy Coalition.

  • Gays and lesbians targeted in Iraq

    Last March, PinkNews.co.uk printed an investigation by exiled Iraqi poet Ali Hili, of the Iraqi LGBT group and Outrage's Middle East spokesman, which claimed that death squads are targeting homosexuals

    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.

  • International gay community snub WorldPride opposition 23

    WorldPride highlights this week include an LGBT Clergy Multifaith Convocation: “Reclaiming Our Faith and Our Heritage,“ a protest highlighting anti-gay incitement and hate campaigns targeting lesbians, gay men, bisexuals and transgender people, and conferences on gay youth, human rights and health

    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

    The survey was conducted following the dismissal of Army linguist Bleu Copas, an Arabic translator who was dismissed under the ban

    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

    Participants will gather in Gan Ha-pa'amon from 830 in the morning and will march to a pre selected spot near the separation wall to express their support

    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

    Catholic charities admit handling gay adoptions 10

    Despite Vatican teaching that calls gay adoptions “gravely immoral,“ Catholic Charities agencies in Boston and San Francisco openly acknowledged last fall handling a limited number of gay adoptions

    12:00 AM — The Archdiocese of San Francisco announced on Wednesday that its social services division found a way to help connect hard-to-place children with welcoming parents - gay or straight - without violating the Catholic Church's views on homosexuality.The San Jose Mercury News reports that by partnering with another adoption service, San Francisco's Catholic Charities will increase the number of children that find homes without directly placing kids with same-sex couples, said the agency's executive director, Brian Cahill.

  • Maryland to review gay marriage ban

    The New York Court of Appeals ruled last month that marriage recognition for same-sex couples may only be granted through the state legislature

    12:00 AM — Maryland's highest court announced this week it will review a lower court's ruling that a 1973 state law limiting marriage to heterosexuals is unconstitutional.Late last month, the Maryland Court of Appeals accepted the case as part of its fall term. The court's seven judges will hear oral arguments in December.

  • Jerusalem gay events begin despite Middle East tension 23

    Jerusalem WorldPride runs from August 6-12 2006

    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.

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