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  • 3rd July 2006

    Congress demands Russia protects gay community 4

    Gay campaigner Peter Tatchell with Moscow Pride organiser Nikolay Alexeyev at last weekend's EuroPride

    12:00 AM — US Congress members have called on the President of Russia to defend gay rights after the violence at Moscow Gay Pride last May.The politicians asked Vladimir Putin to look after all his country's citizens, in a letter published on the gay Russia website, signed by 50 congressmen.

  • 30th June 2006

    Transgender justice Bill advances

    The Gwen Araujo Justice for Victims Act, authored by Assembly member Sally Lieber and sponsored by Equality California, passed through the Senate Public Safety Committee

    12:00 AM — California moves toward becoming the first state to meaningfully respond to strategies that blame transgender people for their own murders.The Gwen Araujo Justice for Victims Act, authored by Assembly member Sally Lieber and sponsored by Equality California, passed through the Senate Public Safety Committee with a 4-2 vote.

  • Schwarzenegger addresses gay groups amid controversy

    Arnold Schwarzenegger told the crowd: “In politics, I believe we need to address problems rather than attacking people“

    12:00 AM — California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger delivered his first speech to the gay community last night since promising to veto teaching gay history in the State's schools.He addressed a fundraising dinner for gay political group, the Log Cabin Republicans, at the Renaissance Hotel where he promised to "have an open mind" about the gay community.

  • Rice acting ‘suspect’ after rejecting HIV+ man for job 1

    Judge Arthur Raymond Randolph shed some blame on US Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice

    12:00 AM — The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia decided this week that the HIV positive man who was denied employment as a Foreign Service Officer has "more than enough" evidence to take his case against the State Department to trial.Judge Arthur Raymond Randolph shed some blame on US Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice when he said: "The Secretary's claim that granting Taylor Class 2 clearance is unreasonable and would impose undue hardship is suspect" because the State Department sometimes hires candidates with medical conditions other than HIV.

  • Arkansas deems gay foster ban unconstitutional 1

    The ruling, which upholds a 2004 lower court decision against the ban, said the ban was “an attempt to legislate for the General Assembly with respect to public morality“

    12:00 AM — The Arkansas Supreme Court unanimously ruled yesterday that there is no connection between a child's well-being and the sexual orientation of a parent, deeming discrimination against gay households in foster care unconstitutional.The ruling, which upholds a 2004 lower court decision against the ban, said the ban was "an attempt to legislate for the General Assembly with respect to public morality."

  • 28th June 2006

    Spanish military hosts first gay wedding 1

    Spain was the third country to allow gay marriages just a week before Canada introduced the legislation, which had already been implemented in the Netherlands and Belgium

    12:00 AM — A male couple in the Spanish air force have become the country's first gay military recruits to marry.The men, who live in Seville, and are both named Alberto, said they are not worried about what others may think.One of the men told the Cadena Ser radio station, "We know we are in the armed forces and this is touchy because we are not gardeners but rather soldiers. I know there are superior officers who will make life difficult for me, and they are already doing so.

  • Howard accused of failing gay community

    John Howard's government recently overturned an Australian Capital Territory law allowing civil unions for same sex couples, but has previously promised to address financial discrimination against gay couples

    12:00 AM — Australian Prime Minister John Howard has been accused of failing to protect same sex couples after the Federal Government was recently instructed not to make submissions into an inquiry by the federal Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission.The accusation came from Chief Minister of the Australian Capital Territory (ACT), Jon Stanhope, whose state recently had a civil union law quashed by the country.

  • 27th June 2006

    Lesbian couple argue for Massachusetts marriage 1

    Massachusetts has allowed gay marriages since 2004

    12:00 AM — A lesbian couple from Rhode Island are hoping to marry in Massachusetts by arguing that their state does not directly ban gay marriage.Massachusetts, the only US State which allows same sex couples to marry, bans non residents from taking advantage of the law.

  • National HIV Testing Day

    Across the country, thousands of HIV counselling and testing sites, state and local health departments, and community-based HIV/AIDS service providers will participate in NHTD events

    12:00 AM — The US is holding a National HIV Testing Day (NHTD) today as part of an annual campaign produced by the National Association of People with AIDS (NAPWA-US) to encourage at-risk individuals to receive voluntary HIV counselling and testing.The Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 180,000 to 280,000 people nationwide are HIV-positive but are unaware of their status.

  • Accountancy giant sponsors Gay Games 3

    The Gay Games, which run from 15- 22 July 2006, will feature 12,000 participants from more than 70 countries

    12:00 AM — The Chicago organisers of the 2006 Gay Games announced today that Ernst Young LLP, one of America's largest professional services firms, has joined as a global bronze sponsor.Ernst Young's sponsorship includes providing ticketing and collection services for 10 venues at the events, equal to more than 1,000 hours of professional services.

  • 26th June 2006

    WorldPride criticises anti gay Jerusalem conference 23

    Jerusalem WorldPride runs from August 6-12 2006

    12:00 AM — The organisers of this year's WorldPride in Jerusalem have criticised a conference set up in the Holy City which promised violence to stop the parade from going ahead.Israelis, Arabs, and Palestinians came together in Jerusalem to voice disapproval of the march.

  • A weekend full of gay pride 6

    The New York march concentrated on the 25th anniversary of the AIDs epidemic

    12:00 AM — Last weekend was an important couple of days for gay pride with parades taking place in major cities such as Paris, Lisbon, San Francisco and New York.Over 700,000 people took part in the annual gay pride march across Paris calling for greater equality, gay marriage and adoption rights, which was echoed by a smaller 400 strong parade in Lisbon.

  • Gay health group concerned about crystal meth threat 5

    GLMA is currently conducting a study examining crystal meth use among gay and bisexual men and best options for treating meth addiction

    12:00 AM — The Gay and Lesbian Medical Association (GLMA) has released a statement expressing concern over recent media coverage of a study which downplays the extent of methamphetamine use in the US.A widely published June 14 Associated Press article reported on a recent study which found that 0.2% of Americans are regular users of crystal meth.

  • Former NFL star heads Gay Games conference 3

    Gay Games VII Sports and Cultural Festival will take place 15-22 July 2006

    12:00 AM — Openly gay former NFL linebacker Esera Tuaolo and South African Olympian Leigh-Ann Nadoo will keynote Sports Equality Day, a special one-day sports conference for the Gay Games scheduled for Friday, July 14 from 1030 am to 430 pm at Roosevelt UniversityIn addition to the lunch keynote presentations, three workshops will be led by international experts. The workshops will focus on youth sports, the international LGBT sports movement, and educational efforts aimed at reducing barriers to sports among women and the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual transgender) community.

  • Homosexuality deemed at birth, study shows 6

    The findings came after the author, Professor Anthony Bogaert explored previous research which found being gay was linked to the number of older brothers in the family

    12:00 AM — A man's sexual orientation is determined before birth, according to research in a study which adds fuel to the gay genetics debate.Researchers at Brock University in Ontario, Canada discovered that conditions inside the womb have an impact on the baby's orientation rather than the way they are raised.

  • Spain holds first gay divorce

    The split echoes an increase of divorce rates in Spain

    12:00 AM — Spain has had its first gay divorce just a year after marriage was opened up to same sex couples in the country.The unnamed men are currently arguing over custody of the marital home and their dogs.According to Spanish paper El Mundo, the complainant who has filed for divorce is complaining that he had to give up a modelling career and dog grooming business to follow his partner to France.

  • Gay star avoids jail 8

    The Culture Club singer, real name, George O'Dowd, was warned that he must keep to the terms of his sentence, which also involved him pleading guilty to wasting police time and paying a fine

    12:00 AM — Gay singer Boy George has escaped a prison sentence after failing to complete community service stemming from a plea deal in which he avoided charges of cocaine possession by promising to enter a drug rehabilitation scheme.The Culture Club singer, real name, George O'Dowd, was warned that he must keep to the terms of his sentence, which also involved him pleading guilty to wasting police time and paying a fine.

  • 23rd June 2006

    Paris and Nicole plan lesbian wedding

    The Simple Life: Till Death Do Us Part airs Sundays at 10pm central on E!

    12:00 AM — It should come as no surprise to fans of television's The Simple Life that sooner or later, the bumbling blonde duo of Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie would put their minds to planning a wedding.The fact that it's a lesbian wedding, however, did throw the press for a loop. Hilton and Richie, who filmed the latest season of The Simple Life, billed Till Death Do Us Part, apart (the pair weren't speaking when the show went before cameras) will drop their household chores and compete against each other to plan to perfect commitment ceremony.

  • Portland calls for repeal of anti gay Pentagon policy

    Resolutions supporting the Military Readiness Enhancement Act have been approved by city councils in New York, Chicago, St. Louis, West Hollywood, San Francisco and Cathedral City, California

    12:00 AM — Calling it "a civil rights issue," Portland Mayor Tom Potter and the Portland City Council have approved a resolution urging Congress to repeal the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" ban on lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) personnel.The resolution, introduced by Commissioner Sam Adams, says in part that the Council "respectfully urges the Congress to pass and the President to sign the Military Readiness Enhancement Act, thereby ending the discriminatory federal policy of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell.'"

  • Anglican gay row reignited 7

    Bishop Gene Robinson's approval for consecration by the denomination's 2003 general convention led to disarray among American Episcopalians

    12:00 AM — Rows seem to be re-emerging within the Anglican communion just days after the Episcopal Church refused to ban gay clergy at its general convention.The US Episcopal Church agreed on a watered down version of a proposal last week which would have banned the appointment of gay clergy.

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