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  • 25th July 2006

    Gay families express pride

    One of the families taking part in the events (Photo: FamilyPride)

    12:00 AM — Hundreds of families from all over the world will gather in Provincetown for Family Pride's annual Family Week, a week-long conference and family adventure from July 29-August 5 2006.For the 11th consecutive year, Family Pride's Family Week will provide a safe, vibrant and engaging space for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) parents and their children to gather.

  • 24th July 2006

    Officials discuss ‘gay panic’ defence

    Several men convicted of gay bashing said they had previously been molested by a man or suffered guilt over participating in consensual gay sex

    12:00 AM — Prosecutors and law enforcement officials from across the nation gathered in San Francisco last week to discuss strategies to counter the "gay panic" or "transgender panic" defences used in courtrooms to gain acquittals or reduced punishments for violent crimes.According to The San Francisco Chronicle, the term "gay panic" had its origins in decades-old research suggesting that certain men are terrified by their own latent homosexual tendencies—prompting the theory that a gay advance might yank all those emotions out into the open and trigger an aggressive, even murderous, response.

  • Gay activists targeted at Riga Pride 1

    Recent pride marches in Moscow, Bucharest and Warsaw have also been met with protest from similar groups

    12:00 AM — Gay campaigners were attacked with eggs and bags of excrement and left feeling under siege by protesters last weekend as they aimed to quietly celebrate Riga Pride.Authorities in the Latvian capital had banned the gay parade on public order grounds, but activists including Outrage's Peter Tatchell and GayRussia's Nikolai Alexeyev decided to continue with smaller activities.

  • Bill Gates makes million dollar AIDS pledge

    Bill Gates, 16. November 2004 at IT-Forum in Copenhagen. Taken by Kees de Vos

    12:00 AM — The Bill Melinda Gates Foundation last week announced it is awarding $287 million in grants over five years to create an international network of scientists to speed up the development of an AIDS vaccine.The main goal of the 16 individual grants is to shift the development process from independent efforts in separate laboratories to large-scale collaborative efforts stretching across many labs and countries.

  • 22nd July 2006

    Gay group postpones WorldPride amid war talk 23

    The writing does now appear to be on the wall for WorldPride as Israel looks set to be caught up in a war with Lebanon

    12:00 AM — The Jerusalem WorldPride parade has been postponed until "after the war."The organisers of the event, Jerusalem Open House (JOH), announced last night that the rally will no longer take place due to the demands it would be making on security which is currently caught up in escalating tension in Lebanon and the Gaza Strip.

  • 21st July 2006

    Nursing union seeks “equal” benefits for lesbian partner

    The Massachusetts Nurses Association (MNA) filed a suit in federal court this week seeking to reverse an arbitration award that denied health insurance benefits to the same-sex spouse

    12:00 AM — The Massachusetts Nurses Association (MNA) filed a suit in federal court this week seeking to reverse an arbitration award that denied health insurance benefits to the same-sex spouse of a registered nurse employed by Merrimack Valley Hospital.Maria Ciulla a resident of Methuen and the nurse who was denied health coverage for her spouse, stated the essence of the case in a letter she wrote to Merrimack Valley Hospital CEO Robert Allen following the arbitration ruling.

  • Alabama appoints first lesbian representative 1

    Patricia Todd made history this week when voters in Alabama's 54th legislative district sent the Democrat to the State House

    12:00 AM — Patricia Todd made history this week when voters in Alabama's 54th legislative district sent the Democrat to the State House, marking the first time ever that the Alabama legislature will include an openly gay representative.The Gay Lesbian Victory Fund, the nation's largest gay and lesbian political action committee, endorsed Ms Todd and helped raise tens of thousands of dollars from its national network of donors to help fund her campaign.

  • Gay holiday destination accused of discrimination

    The increase in tension between the straight and gay community appears to have coincided with a planned vote in the state Legislature on an amendment to ban gay marriage

    12:00 AM — For once gay people aren't being heckled instead they're turning on the straight people in a popular American gay holiday destination.Provincetown, dubbed New England's summer gay capital has seen a rise in harassment and discrimination of gay people in recent years.They've been targeted as "breeders" and "baby makers."

  • Massachusetts gay marriage pioneers split

    Friends said the split shows that gay couples are just like heterosexuals in that they can get married and later separate

    12:00 AM — The lesbian couple whose relationship spurred the state of Massachusetts to open up marriage for gay couples has separated.Julie and Hillary Goodridge, who were the lead plaintiffs in the landmark 2004 case announced an "amicable" separation last night.Mary Breslauer, a spokeswoman for the pair, told The Boston Globe, "Julie and Hillary Goodridge are amicably living apart."

  • 20th July 2006

    South African court debates gay inheritance

    A gay man who was locked in an inheritance battle with the parents of his late boyfriend has asked South Africa's Constitutional court to back a decision that he is the legal hei

    12:00 AM — A gay man who was locked in an inheritance battle with the parents of his late boyfriend has asked South Africa's Constitutional court to back a decision that he is the legal heir.In March the Pretoria High Court decided that Mark Gory should have a legal right to Henry Brook's estate under the Intestate Succession Act, although Mr Brook's parents said it was unfair as the couple were not legally married.

  • Polish Prime Minister rules out gay marriage 2

    His statements may cause embarrassment for the European Union who have pledged to clampdown on homophobia in the continent

    12:00 AM — Poland's Prime Minister Jaroslaw Kacynski used his official assumption of power yesterday to declare the country a gay marriage free zone.The leader of the Law and Justice Party, along with his brother, President Lech Kaczynski, has been known for his anti gay views after several gay bars and organisations have been banned and ministers have been allowed to freely make homophobic remarks.

  • Latvian gays shocked at pride ban 1

    The Moscow Pride march last May was marred by religious protests

    12:00 AM — Latvian gay rights groups have expressed shock at the decision to ban a gay pride march in the capital Riga.City officials yesterday announced the parade could not take place on public order grounds but refused to divulge information about the threats.

  • 19th July 2006

    Gay marriage upheld in USA 4

    The American Civil Liberties Union today applauded the House of Representatives as it joined the Senate in overwhelmingly rejecting a proposal to amend the Constitution to deny marriage protections to gays and lesbians

    12:00 AM — The American Civil Liberties Union today applauded the House of Representatives as it joined the Senate in overwhelmingly rejecting a proposal to amend the Constitution to deny marriage protections to gay and lesbian couples.The move follows a similar rejection by both houses of Congress in 2004, and by the Senate last month.

  • Authorities ban Riga Gay Pride 1

    Gay activists in Moscow were attacked last May after the Russian gay pride was banned and attendees of the Warsaw and Bucharest gay pride were threatened with violence

    12:00 AM — This weekend's gay pride march in Latvia has been banned amid threats of violence from extremist groups.The municipal authorities in the capital Riga were told yesterday that the event would be cancelled to avoid public disorder after Christians, nationalists and neo-Nazis threatened the parade with violence and a counter march.

  • Australian Greens propose gay support

    Under their plans, support groups should be funded in each of Victoria's 79 local government areas

    12:00 AM — Young people in the Australia state of Victoria who suffer bullying because of their sexuality will have a local support network as part of a proposal by the Victorian Greens Party.Under their plans, support groups should be funded in each of Victoria's 79 local government areas.

  • Lesbian sues doctor for ‘ruining sex life’

    Two doctors are being sued for giving Ms Mueller the wrong type of treatment thinking she had ovarian cancer when the couple claim she really she had cancer of the appendix

    12:00 AM — A lesbian couple have filed a lawsuit against their doctors alleging that cancer treatments damaged their sex life.The case is a first under Connecticut's civil union legislation and if Margaret Mueller and Charlotte Stacey are successful it would be the first time a gay partner has sought compensation for medical malpractice in the state.

  • Israel conflict blamed on gay community 23

    Jerusalem WorldPride runs from August 6-12 2006

    12:00 AM — The tension in Israel with Lebanon and the Gaza Strip has nothing to do with foreign policy, the West, or terrorism, it is down to the gay community, according to some orthodox rabbis.Religious clerics in the region have already spoken out against the upcoming Jerusalem WorldPride march, but now the event is being blamed as a cause of the latest tension in the Middle East.

  • 18th July 2006

    Oprah silences lesbian rumours

    Oprah Winfrey, host of the US's most highly rated talk show, told the Oprah Magazine, that people are misunderstanding her 30 year relationship with her best friend

    12:00 AM — US talk show host Oprah Winfrey has moved to quash rumours that she is in a lesbian relationship.Winfrey, host of the US's most highly rated talk show, told the Oprah Magazine, that people are misunderstanding her 30 year relationship with best friend, Gayle King.

  • Vietnam to recognise transsexual plight 1

    Last month Vietnam legalised sex changes androgynies

    12:00 AM — Transsexuals are to be allowed sex change operations in Vietnam.A health ministry official in the country announced today that legislation will be prepared for a gender transition law which would allow a transgender person to become the right gender after medical and psychological tests.

  • Gay Pride organisers urge tolerance amid Israeli tension 23

    Jerusalem WorldPride runs from August 6-12 2006

    12:00 AM — As tension mounts on Israel's borders with the Gaza Strip and inside Lebanon, the organiser's of WorldPride Jerusalem insist their event will still go ahead and have called for tolerance in the region.The international gay event is scheduled for August 6 2006, after being cancelled last year because of the evacuation of Jewish Settlers from Gaza, but Jerusalem Open House (JOH) are keen for their event to take place as planned.

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