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  • 2nd June 2006

    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."

  • Gay groups walk to protest Senate gay marriage vote 4

    The Federal Marriage Amendment, to be debated on June 6 2006, would define marriage as the union between a man and a woman, thereby making any same-sex marriage in the US illegal

    12:00 AM — A US gay group is hosting a coast to coast bridge walk in support of gay marriage tomorrow in response to the upcoming Senate vote deciding whether to ban same sex marriage.Marriage Equality USA (MEUSA) and Marriage Equality New York (MENY) are hosting simultaneous walks across the Brooklyn Bridge and Golden Gate Bridge in support of marriage equality for same-sex couples.

  • 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.

  • 1st June 2006

    Gay marriage goes to New York court

    In addition to Hernandez v Robles, Lambda Legal has filed similar cases seeking marriage for same-sex couples in California

    12:00 AM — New York's highest court heard oral argument yesterday in Lambda Legal's lawsuit seeking marriage for same-sex couples."Today is an historic day for same-sex couples and their families in New York," said Susan Sommer, senior counsel at Lambda Legal and lead attorney on the case.

  • Exxon rejects gay anti-discrimination policies

    Mobil offered such written protection, and domestic partner benefits, to its employees; however, upon its 1999 merger with Exxon, the basic non-discrimination protection was removed

    12:00 AM — ExxonMobil shareholders have rejected a resolution seeking the inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees in the company's anti-discrimination policies.It marks the seventh year that the proposal has been quashed, although a record number of people did voice support for the proposal with 34.6% voting in favour, compared to 29.4% in 2005.

  • Jerusalem gay group compensated for lost funds 23

    Jerusalem WorldPride runs from August 6-12 2006

    12:00 AM — A District Court judge ordered yesterday that the city of Jerusalem must pay compensation to a gay group for failing to allocate funds for the group.Jerusalem Open House (JOH), will receive 350,000 shekels (£40,000), after the court ruled it was unfairly left out of municipal funds over the last three years.

  • Animal rights go gay

    PETA is encouraging people to go vegetarian

    12:00 AM — A gay animal rights campaigner bared his human flesh yesterday to stop people eating animals.Mike Brazell, a member of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), stood kissing his partner, Christopher McDonough, dressed in a Navy cap and boxer shorts in Washington under a banner declaring "Vegetarians Make Better Lovers."

  • Christians oppose Romanian gay pride

    The New Right told a Bucharest court the parade would be a “manifestation designed to provoke the obscene and anti-social“

    12:00 AM — A Romanian Christian group filed a complaint today seeking to stop a gay pride march schedule for this weekend.The New Right told a Bucharest court the parade would be a "manifestation designed to provoke the obscene and anti-social."The march will end a week of events under the GayFest celebrations currently taking place in the Eastern European country.

  • Transsexual jailed for stealing baby’s identity

    A Christchurch District Court sentenced Lelilani Sialapae to 12 months despite calls from her lawyers to defer the sentence until she had completed a sex change

    12:00 AM — A transgender woman has been jailed in a man's prison in New Zealand after pleading guilty to stealing a dead baby's identity to forge passport documents and gain false benefits.A Christchurch District Court sentenced Lelilani Sialapae to 12 months despite calls from her lawyers to defer the sentence until she had completed a sex change process.

  • Support drops for Canadian gay marriage backtrack

    Both supporters and opponents say any vote would be very tight, especially since he does not control a majority

    12:00 AM — Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper is losing support for a new vote on whether to keep gay marriage laws.Mr Harper's Conservative government campaigned on the promise that it would allow Parliament to vote on whether to reopen the issue, but now cabinet members and MPs appear to have lost enthusiasm.

  • Medical group fund research into lesbian health

    LHF grants address issues of critical importance to the health of lesbians

    12:00 AM — A gay medical organisation has announced three grants to support research into lesbian health.The Lesbian Health Fund (LHF), a programme of the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association (GLMA), today announced three $10,000 grants to support groundbreaking research in the field of lesbian health.

  • 31st May 2006

    Russian authorities blamed for gay pride violence 4

    Gay activists including Nikolay Alexeyev, one of the main rally planners, were arrested along with nationalists and religious protesters

    12:00 AM — The organisers of last weekend's Moscow Gay Pride have condemned the Russian authorities for causing the violence which resulted in over 120 arrests.Gay activists including Nikolay Alexeyev, one of the main rally planners, were arrested along with nationalists and religious protesters.

  • Body found in search for missing gay man

    Kevin Hoare, 39, disappeared in the early hours of May 11 2006 after friends left him at the Organics Club

    12:00 AM — Police have discovered the body of a man in Spain during a search for a gay holidaymaker who has been missing for over two weeks.Kevin Hoare, 39, disappeared in the early hours of May 11 2006 after friends left him at the Organics Club, a gay bar in Sitges.Mr Hoare, from Bognor Regis, failed to meet his brother at Gatwick Airport two days later and there has been no movement on his mobile phone or bank account.

  • Transsexual prisoner wants State funded sex change

    The Department of Correction's lawyer, Richard McFarland, said surgery was refused because the prisoner may become a target for attacks

    12:00 AM — A transsexual serving a life sentence for murder has asked the State that jailed her to pay for a sex change operation.Michelle, 57, formerly Robert Kosilek, was married to a woman called Cheryl, but was jailed after strangling her in 1990.In 2002 a judge ruled that she was suffering from gender identity disorder but did not order the state to pay for a sex change.

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