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  • 4th July 2006

    Risky sex must be disclosed to partners, court rules

    Justice Marvin Baxter said:“ Society has an overriding policy of preventing the spread of sexually transmitted diseases.“

    12:00 AM — The Californian Supreme Court has found that people who engage in high-risk sex should inform their partners that they may carry HIV, even if they have not been tested as HIV positive.Yesterday, in a majority ruling, the court found that a man who was accused of passing on HIV to his ex-wife on their honeymoon had "constructive knowledge" of his past gay sexual behaviour that should have led him to warn her of the dangers of having sexual intercourse with him.

  • Gay revolution hits Cuba 4

    Fidel Casto's seizure of power in the 1959 Cuban Revolution was followed by the targeting of homosexuals in society who were sent to work camps and in the following decades excluded from jobs

    12:00 AM — The niece of Fidel Castro is defying her uncle's beliefs regarding sexual orientation by leading a revolution of pro-gay laws in Cuba.Mariela Castro is in charge of the government's National Centre for Sex Education, from which she has promoted issues of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights, in stark contrast to country's macho society and homosexual witch-hunts of the 1960s and 1970s.

  • 3rd July 2006

    Australia considers lifting gay blood ban 5

    Gay and bisexual men in the UK are banned from donating blood because of the  HIV risk, even if they have one partner and practise safe sex.

    12:00 AM — In a world-first, the ban on gay men donating blood will be reviewed by a body that has the power to strike the ban down in Australia.After months considering hundreds of pages of written evidence for and against the ban, the Tasmanian Anti-Discrimination Commissioner has decided that the Australian Red Cross Blood Service should be made to justify its policy before the State's Anti-Discrimination Tribunal.

  • Police consider cancelling WorldPride amid anti-gay protests 23

    Representatives from the organisers of Jerusalem World Pride, AGUDAH marched at last weekend's EuroPride event in London

    12:00 AM — Jerusalem police will decide this week whether to allow WorldPride to take place in the city amid outrage from religious groups and politicians in Israel.The event scheduled for this August has strangely united religious Jews, Christians and Muslims, who have spoken put against the parade and are arranging a counter "Modesty Parade."

  • 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.

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