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  • 7th June 2006

    Campaign targets gay crystal meth epidemic

    Crystal Meth is a powerful mood-altering stimulant

    12:00 AM — As the discovery of AIDS reaches its 25th anniversary, the gay community is grappling with a new epidemic, an increase in the use of what many consider to be the most dangerous drug in the United States, Crystal Meth.In an effort to combat abuse of this highly addictive drug, New York City's Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual Transgender Community Centre has announced the launch of a new ad campaign with the message, "Silence=Meth."

  • Senate rejects gay marriage ban 4

    The Senate's rejection will add protection to married gay couples in Massachusetts, where same sex couples can marry, and could see increase calls for marriage to be opened up

    12:00 AM — The US Senate has rejected calls for a gay marriage ban.The law, supported by US President George W Bush, would have amended the Constitution to deny States the ability to define marriage themselves, mandating that marriage be only between one man and one woman, and would deny all benefits of marriage to all unmarried couples.

  • 6th June 2006

    US President backs gay marriage ban despite waning support 4

    US President George W Bush also used his weekly radio address last weekend  to voice support for a constitutional amendment which would ban gay marriage

    12:00 AM — US President George W Bush yesterday called for support of the proposed constitutional ban on gay marriage to be debated in the Senate from today.The President, who had been tight lipped in recent months on the issue of same-sex marriage, announced last week he supports an amendment to the constitution, sticking firm to the belief than marriage is between a man and a woman, despite the fact that Vice President Dick Cheney and even the first lady have offered differing opinions.

  • Australia set to lose gay union laws 1

    ACT Attorney-General Simon Corbell accused the government of  “pandering to conservative politics”

    12:00 AM — Just weeks after the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) approved a gay civil union law, the Federal Government has promised to overturn it.Despite an initial willingness to consider the law, Attorney General Philip Ruddock has now stated that it would be against the Federal Marriage Act as it is too similar to marriage and fails to take heed of the government's concerns.

  • Vatican attacks gay marriage 3

    The document, produced by the Pontifical Council for the Family, titled Family and Human Procreation, sets out doctrines on the relationship between family and reproduction

    12:00 AM — The Vatican expressed fresh criticism of gay marriages today, just days before Pope Benedict XVI visits Spain, where same sex marriage is legal.The document, produced by the Pontifical Council for the Family, titled Family and Human Procreation, sets out doctrines on the relationship between family and reproduction.

  • Activists oppose anti-gay Nigerian law

    Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo's outlawing of homosexuality looks set to become law

    12:00 AM — Human rights activists in Nigeria have formed an alliance against the Same Sex Marriage (Prohibition) Bill now in the National Assembly, saying it violates people's sexual rights.The bill calls for imprisonment for any person who "goes through the ceremony of marriage with a person of the same sex", anyone who helps them and any gay clubs or organisations.

  • Fans campaign for gay Superman

    Brandon Routh, who plays Superman in this summer's blockbuster movie, was last month voted the second most exciting gay icon

    12:00 AM — A US gay magazine is calling for Superman to come out.The Advocate is so convinced that the Man of Steel is gay that they have a made a whole feature titled How Gay is Superman.The publication has created speculation in internet chat rooms and message boards on the preferences of Daily Planet reporter Clark Kent.

  • 5th June 2006

    Bush backs gay marriage ban 4

    US President George W Bush has used his weekly radio address to voice support for a constitutional amendment which would ban gay marriage

    12:00 AM — US President George W Bush has used his weekly radio address to voice support for a constitutional amendment which would ban gay marriage, ahead of a Senate vote on the issue.The amendment, which would prohibit states from recognising same-sex marriages, needs a two-thirds majority in the Senate and House, and then would need to be ratified by at least 38 state legislatures before becoming a law.

  • Religious protests hit Romanian Gay Pride

    Religious protesters hit last month's Moscow Gay Pride

    12:00 AM — Gay campaigners marching for tolerance and diversity in Romania were hit with violence and protest last weekend.Around 500 activists attended a parade on Saturday evening in Bucharest, which was targeted by eggs and anti gay slogans as well as a counter march by the Romanian Christian group Noua Dreapta, promoting "family values."

  • MTV awards Brokeback kiss

    The Brokeback Mountain clinch between Jake Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger has been voted the Best Kiss

    12:00 AM — The Brokeback Mountain clinch between Jake Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger has been voted the Best Kiss, ahead of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, at the MTV Movie Awards in California.The stars of the gay cowboy movie won the accolade, voted by MTV viewers, last night along with a Best Performance award for Gyllenhaal.

  • UNAIDs meeting was “massive disappointment” 3

    The 2006 Declaration calls for the development of improved drugs, diagnostics and prevention technologies, including vaccines and microbicides, and reaffirms that the World Trade Organisation's Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights

    12:00 AM — UK charities and Non Governmental Organisations are calling the UN High Level Meeting on HIV/AIDS "a massive disappointment."After three days of intense negotiation, lobbying and demonstrations, UK groups attending the UN High Level Meeting on HIV/AIDS expressed disappointment at the political declaration and perceived lack of genuine involvement of community organisations and people living with HIV and AIDS.

  • 2nd June 2006

    Methodist Church backs gay marriage

    The result will be brought up at the Methodist Church's General Convention in 2008

    12:00 AM — The Methodist Church has backed gay clergy and same sex marriage.In a vote at the annual state convention of the church in Minneapolis yesterday, members approved a resolution supporting equal access to the faith for all sexualities and the removal of a prohibition on 'homosexual unions.'

  • Danish lesbians gain artificial insemination rights

    A new law passed today by the Danish parliament gives lesbian couples the right to artificial insemination

    12:00 AM — A new law passed today by the Danish parliament gives lesbian couples the same rights to artificial insemination in public hospitals as straight couples.The legislation which also applies to single women, was passed by 86 politicians who voted for the amendment, against 82 politicians who either abstained or voted against.

  • Kofi Annan: Gays must be recognised as AIDs risk group 3

    Kofi Annan told delegates at the UN General Assembly Special Session on HIV/AIDS that certain groups need protection and cannot be ignored

    12:00 AM — Homosexuals, prostitutes and drug users must been seen as risk groups in the battle against the AIDs epidemic, the United Nations (UN) secretary general said today.Kofi Annan told delegates at the UN General Assembly Special Session on HIV/AIDS that certain groups need protection and cannot be ignored in fighting the epidemic.

  • Grandpa accused of infecting gay men with HIV

    A UK HIV sufferer became the first gay man to be convicted of recklessly passing on the HIV virus to another person in April

    12:00 AM — An Australian grandfather deliberately made friends with gay men on the internet to infect them with HIV, a court was told today.Michael Neal, 48, appeared at Melbourne Magistrates Court charged with attempting to infect people with HIV and rape.He met victims including one who he allegedly drugged and raped, on the internet and persuaded them into unprotected sex, telling them he was HIV negative, the jury heard.

  • Spanish government backs transsexual law 1

    The move by Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero's government, is being welcomed by transsexuals

    12:00 AM — Transsexuals in Spain are to be given the right to change their gender documents in civil registries without undergoing a sex change, according to new laws passed by the Spanish government today.The law is expected to be produced this summer and will allow doctors to certify that a person is living as the wrong sex after they have lived as the appropriate sex for a year and a half and been approved by a psychiatrist.

  • Colorado Governor rejects gay anti-discrimination law

    Bill Owens vetoed the legislation for the second time claiming it would see an increase in lawsuits against local businesses

    12:00 AM — The Governor of Colorado has been called "out of step" with his State after rejecting a law which would have prohibited discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.Bill Owens vetoed the legislation for the second time claiming it would see an increase in lawsuits against local businesses and "had the potential to be costly for Colorado businesses due to an expansion of their tort liability."

  • Canada to vote on gay marriage 1

    Both supporters and opponents say any vote would be very tight

    12:00 AM — Canada will hold a free vote in Parliament later to this year, the prime minister announced today.The Canadian Parliament will decide whether to scrap gay marriage laws which were adopted last year.Stephen Harper came to power last January campaigning to reopen the debate on laws governing same sex partnerships in the country.

  • Gay Americans let down in AIDs epidemic 3

    The US is reported to be siding with Muslim and Latin American countries in opposing measures in the proposal regarding condom distribution, drugs and homosexuality

    12:00 AM — The USA is rejecting gay, black and poor communities in its response to AIDs, according to a health watchdog.The report, published by the Public Health Watch HIV/AIDS Monitoring Project of the Open Society Institute (OSI), provides the first comprehensive analysis of how the United States is responding to the domestic AIDS epidemic and calls on the US government to step up prevention and treatment efforts.

  • Calls for Moscow Gay Pride investigation 4

    Skinheads punched Volker Beck, a gay member of the German parliament

    12:00 AM — Russian authorities must launch a full investigation into the attacks on gay pride activists in Moscow last weekend, a human rights group demanded today.Human Rights Watch (HRW) said the investigation must also encompass the police response to the attacks and drop charges against participants in pride events for taking part in "an unsanctioned demonstration."

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