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  • 10th August 2006

    AIDS and TB responsible for a ‘double plague’

    AIDS and TB are a leathal combination

    12:00 AM — More people are getting tuberculosis because of AIDS and more die of AIDS because of TB, yet doctors fail to recognise the respiratory disease in AIDS patients, according to a report released on Tuesday.Together, TB and AIDS are causing a "double plague," Stephen Lewis, the United Nations Special Envoy for AIDS in Africa told Reuters.

  • Washington ends state sex change funding 2

    state funding of sex-change operations ends

    12:00 AM — Medicaid officials in Washington state are to change regulations to exclude gender reassignment surgery from the healthcare scheme.Washington is one of very few US states where sex-change procedures have been covered by Medicaid, the state-federal programme that provides health coverage for the poor and disabled.

  • Western Australia conservatives say yes to gay marriage 4

    Could Western Australia lead the way?

    12:00 AM — In a radical demonstration of changing attitudes, the Western Australian branch of the National Party has voted in support of same-sex civil unions.A motion supporting gay 'marriage' won the backing of delegates at their annual state conference.The National Party are often portrayed as deeply rural and conservative, representing farming interests.

  • 140,000 attended the 2006 Chicago Gay Games

    Chicago exceeds all expectations

    12:00 AM — The 2006 Gay Games organisers have spoken of their delight at the success of the seventh gay sports and cultural event. The amount of people attending has exceeded all estimates."Attendance at Gay Games Chicago events exceeded 140,000, 40,000 more than we had projected," Kevin Boyer, the Games' co-vice chair, told the Windy City Times.

  • Preacher says gay-bashing posters are his constitutional right 57

    vicar in gay posters argument

    12:00 AM — A New York preacher has vowed to fight all the way to the Supreme Court in his mission to display Bible passages on billboards.Rev. Kristopher Okwedy spent $2,500 on billboard signs with this catchy quote, taken from the Book of Leviticus: "Thou shalt not lie with mankind as with womenkind. It is an abomination.

  • Philadelphia drops HIV ads amid gay concerns

    According to The Associated Press, the $236,000 campaign, which ended abruptly on Monday, was geared at gay and bisexual men and featured the tagline, “Have YOU been hit?“

    12:00 AM — Health officials in Philadelphia this week yanked public service advertisements urging HIV testing after a gay advocacy group expressed concerns about images depicting young black men in a gun's cross hairs."Putting the face of a black man in the cross hairs of a gun paints a damaging message about violence and black men," Lee Carson, chairman of the Black Gay Men's Leadership Council, wrote in a letter to the city's interim health commissioner last month.

  • Quiet protest replaces gay Jerusalem march 23

    The march, which was originally scheduled to take place on August 10 in Jerusalem, is postponed because of the current situation in the region

    12:00 AM — A protest against the anti-gay incitement and the hate campaign targeting lesbians, gay men, bisexuals and transgendered (LGBT) people will be held in front of the Bell Park in Jerusalem, on the time and date originally scheduled for the WorldPride march this evening.The march, which was originally scheduled to take place on August 10 in Jerusalem, is postponed because of the current situation in the region.

  • 9th August 2006

    Gay Iranians praise world support

    Peter Tatchell urged the gay community to show “solidarity with all the victims of the murderous Iranian regime“

    12:00 AM — An underground gay Iranian magazine has expressed thanks for the "solidarity" shown by other lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) groups in highlighting their cause.MAHA, an e-magazine for LGBT Iranians, called for "support at every level" and particularly highlighted the importance of lobbying the United Nations, the European Union and national governments.

  • Synchronised swimming not for gays

    The governing body for aquatic sports and their World Masters Championships insist that synchronised swimming is for females

    12:00 AM — A gay synchronised swimming team has been banned from performing at an international meet, as the International Olympic Committee continues to insist that the sport is for females only.The ten men and four women squad from the San Francisco Tsunami Swim Club had been invited to perform a routine at the FINA Masters in Stamford, California this week. Local organisers knew that the male team would not be able to compete organised a demonstration of their routine.

  • Gay campaigners ignore protest ban 23

    Organisers of the international gay event, Jerusalem Open House (JOH), had arranged to hold a quiet demonstration  in Liberty Bell Park in replacement of a pride parade

    12:00 AM — Jerusalem police are facing criticism after attempting to block a WorldPride protest scheduled for tomorrow evening.Organisers of the international gay event, Jerusalem Open House (JOH), had arranged to hold a quiet demonstration in Liberty Bell Park in replacement of a pride parade which was cancelled by the group due to the security situation in Israel.

  • Latvia faces EU censure over attacks on gay activists 57

    Gay people in Latvia are looking to the EU to protect their rights

    12:00 AM — Latvian Interior Minister Dzintars Jaundzeikars has been accused of violating European Union principles by a leading member of the European Green Party.Speaking after a visit to the Latvian capital Riga at the weekend, Green spokeswoman Ulrike Lunacek has called on the EU to consider suspending Latvian voting rights on the European Council in response to attacks on gay activists last month.

  • 8th August 2006

    Norway rejects gay sperm

    Oslo's Sperm Bank is seeking 30-40 new donors but has admitted turning away homosexuals

    12:00 AM — One of Norway's national sperm banks is turning away donors despite no official ban and a shortage of people coming forward.Oslo's Sperm Bank is seeking 30-40 new donors but has admitted turning away homosexuals claiming they are not psychologically suitable.

  • WorldPride holds first gay multi-faith conference 23

    Participants of all religions converged in Jerusalem for the conference entitled Reclaiming Our Faith and Our Heritage

    12:00 AM — WorldPride today played host to Israel's first lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) multi-faith convention.Participants of all religions converged in Jerusalem for the conference titled Reclaiming Our Faith and Our Heritage to discuss issues of homophobia and bigotry.

  • Outgames hailed a success for gay community 1

    GLISA intends to establish its headquarters in Montréal

    12:00 AM — The organisers of the Outgames in Montreal have hailed the event a success after it closed last weekend.Mark Tewksbury, the co president of the 1st World Outgames announced that participation and attendance targets were reached despite reports of a lack of interest in the event.

  • Nigerian gay Anglicans mark year of progress 1

    Changing Attitude Nigeria (CAN) is  commemorating a year of confronting prejudices and working for lesbian and gay affirmation in the country's Anglican Communion

    12:00 AM — The Nigerian branch of a gay Anglican group is celebrating its first anniversary this month.Changing Attitude Nigeria (CAN) is commemorating a year of confronting prejudices and working for lesbian and gay affirmation in the country's Anglican Communion.

  • Germany grants asylum to Iranian lesbian 1

    The Stuttgart administrative court ordered the government to grant her request for asylum

    12:00 AM — A German court ruled on Monday that an Iranian lesbian cannot be deported because she faces a death sentence if returned to Iran because of her sexuality.According to the Associated Press, the 27-year-old woman, whose name was not released, travelled to Germany in September 2003 and applied for asylum.

  • Connecticut denies conservative group’s gay marriage intervention

    Eight gay couples are challenging the constitutionality of the state's marriage laws

    12:00 AM — Connecticut's Supreme Court has denied a conservative group's request to intervene in a lawsuit over whether gay and lesbian couples should be allowed to marry in the North Eastern state.According to The Associated Press, the court decision upholds a lower court's ruling denying the Family Institute of Connecticut's motion to intervene in the case.

  • Colorado gay marriage advocates devise new plan

    The controversial tactic could become a model for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender rights organisations nationwide after two major legal defeats in state courts this year and passage of same-sex marriage bans in 19 states since 2004

    12:00 AM — Advocates for gay marriage in Colorado have devised a new approach to winning legal recognition for same-sex couples, creating an alternative model for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender organisations.According to The San Francisco Chronicle, at least one constitutional amendment to ban marriage for same-sex couples is expected to be submitted for Colorado's November ballot.

  • 7th August 2006

    Vermont claims jurisdiction over lesbians’ custody battle

    The Vermont Supreme Court ruled in favour of Janet Miller-Jenkins on the visitation dispute

    12:00 AM — The Vermont Supreme Court ruled on Friday that its courts, and not those in Virginia, have exclusive jurisdiction over a case involving two lesbians battling for custody of a child they had while they were in a relationship.The Associated Press reports that the unanimous ruling conflicts with a series of decisions in Virginia, where courts ruled the state's anti-gay-marriage laws controlled the case.

  • Gay Swimmer breaks world record at Outgames 1

    Swimming competitions at the Outgames are sanctioned by the Quebec Swimming Federation

    12:00 AM — A world record in swimming was broken last week at the 1st World Outgames in Montréal's Olympic Pool, when openly gay American swimmer Daniel Veatch set a new record time in the 200 m backstroke in the 40-44 age category.Veatch, who lives in San Francisco, logged in a time of 2:14.83, edging out the previous record of 2:15.49 set in 1999 by another American swimmer, William Speicht.

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