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Listings of UK, Ireland and Europe LGBT Events

JUNE 2005

June 30:  UK:  National Scheme to Monitor Sexual Orientation in UK Police Service is Announced A national initiative to monitor sexual orientation within the UK Police Service will be announced later today at ‘Celebrate’ the 2005 European Gay Police Conference in West London.
June 29: 
UK: 
Homophobia in Northern Ireland: A Gay Perspective, by Séan Morrin.  Derry’s gay community will be strongly represented again this year at the North Ireland’s only pride march. As with previous years many will travel with friends and family to what has always been a fun filled, colourful and overall a peaceful event.
June 29:
 UK: 
Home Secretary, Three Chief Constables to Speak at Gay Police Conference The Home Secretary, Charles Clarke, will be the keynote speaker at a conference of gay police officers from across Europe which is being held tomorrow (June 30) and Friday.
June 29: 
Asia/Africa: 
AIDS  Threatens  to “Overwhelm” Muslim Nations, Study Finds A new report by the National Bureau of Asian Research, a think-tank based in Seattle in the US, suggests that HIV/AIDS is threatening to overwhelm many predominantly Muslim nations while their leaders remain “in a state of denial”.
June 28:
  Europe/The World: 
European Union Can Stop Other Countries Torturing Gays – ILGA-Europe.  ILGA-Europe today launches a report examining how the European Union can influence third countries to end criminalisation of consenting sexual acts between persons of the same sex which in some cases lead to death penalty.
June 26:
  UK/USA: 
Blair Sends Son to 'Intern' for Homophobic, Closeted Gay Congressman in Washington On the face of it, there is nothing unusual for British Prime Minister Tony Blair to send his 21-year old son Euan to “intern” for an American politician in Washington now he has completed his university education in Bristol.
June 25: 
Poland: 
Polish Gays Plead to Europe for Help in Combating Hate:  Action Requested After Outburst by Polish MEP An impassioned plea to leading “movers and shakers” in the European Union came this week from Kampania Przeciw Homofobii (KPH – Campaign Against Homophobia) on behalf of gays in Poland.
June 24: 
Iran: 
Gay Web Sites Amongst Most Likely To Be Banned By Iranian Censors The university-based OpenNet Initiative (ONI) has released “Internet Filtering in Iran,” a report that documents the degree and extent to which the Iranian government controls the information environment in which its citizens live, including websites, blogs, email, and online discussion forums.
June 19: 
USA: 
Gay Teen Has Further 6 Weeks in LIA Reparative Therapy.  The gay teen in Tennessee who came out" to his parents last month and was promptly sent to a Love In Action International Inc.” refuge for reparative treatment has to stay at the fundamentalist Christian institution for a further six weeks, DetourMemphis is reporting.
June 19:
  UK: 
Gay Voluntary Groups Could Benefit From £2.5m Fund to Boost Equality Awareness.  Voluntary organisations working in the gay sector could be in for a share of £2.5m to raise awareness of employment equality regulations, Deputy Equality Minister Meg Munn announced last week.
June 18: 
UK: 
Gays Could Be Sleep-Walking Into Tax and Benefits Nightmare, Says Brighton Councillor.  Many same-sex couples are at risk of a “drastic reduction in income” when the Government changes tax and benefits systems with the introduction of the new civil partnership register in December, says Brighton and Hove Green City Councillor Simon Williams.
June 17: 
USA: 
Zach’s Story:  Other American Gay Kids’ Pleas For Help.  By The Editor.  If my knowledge of history is correct, many Europeans set sail centuries ago to escape religious persecution.  They headed west, and America was founded.  Generations later, it seems that some Americans have forgotten that their forefathers fled to the “new land” to escape persecution inflicted in the name of Christianity.
June 16: 
USA: 
Gay Reparative Therapy:  Statements From Today’s ‘Love In Action’ Press Conference The following transcripts of statements at the 'Love In Action' press conference in Memphis have been provided by Detour Memphis.
June 14: 
USA: 
A Gay American Teen’s ‘Blog’ Reveals the Hell Some Can be Put Through by Parents and Others How civilised are certain section of American society?  Alas, not very, is the answer.  Here, we have a “diary” of a teen – Zack is a 16 year-old from Tennessee – who didn’t want to live the lie any more, so he told his parents he was gay.
June 13: 
Poland: 
Gay Pride in Warsaw ‘a Great Success” say Activists, by Peter Gentle in Warsaw.  Around 2,500 gay, lesbian and human rights campaigners marched through the centre of the Polish capital on Saturday, despite having the ‘Equality Parade’ banned by the mayor of Warsaw.
June 11: 
Poland: 
Deputy Prime Minister Shows ‘Solidarity’ at Warsaw Gay Parade.  Two high-ranking Polish government officials joined the Gay Pride event today in Warsaw, despite a “ban” by the city’s Mayor, Lech Kaczynski.
June 10: 
UK: 
Cocktail Club Raises Over £10,000 for Terrence Higgins Trust.  Crowds of Terence Higgins Trust supporters gathered at the elegant ‘Grade 1’ listed building One Whitehall Place in London this week for a cocktail party that raised over £10,000 for people living with HIV in the UK.
June 10: 
USA: 
49ers Join With SF Human Rights Commission on Gay and Other Issues The San Francisco 49ers today announced that the team has partnered with the San Francisco Human Rights Commission to review its diversity polices and training methods as part of a series of initiatives the team is taking to improve its diversity practices.
June 8: 
USA: 
SLDN Calls on Texas Gov. Rick Perry to Apologize After Anti-Gay Remarks Texas Republican Governor Rick Perry on Sunday insinuated the state's lesbian, gay and bisexual war veterans should leave the state if they are unhappy with a recent anti-gay marriage amendment introduced there, according to the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (SLDN).
June 8:
  Poland: 
Poland Fails EU Human Rights Obligations On Gay Issues - OutRage!  The banning of Warsaw Pride by the city’s Mayor, Lech Kaczynski, sets a dangerous precedent for the respect of gay rights in the European Union, says Brett Lock of the gay human rights group OutRage!
June 7:
  Canada/USA: 
Gay  Muslims  in  Canada, US Denounce Escalation of Arrests in Saudi Arabia Queer Muslims in the United States and Canada united today in denouncing Saudi Arabia's recent increase in arrests of suspected gay men.  Salaam, a Canadian-based organization for queer Muslims and Al-Fatiha, a US-based organization for Muslim sexual and gender minorities, called on people of conscience in both countries to write to Saudi officials to condemn the arrests.
June 7:
  UK: 
Government Launches Web Pages for Civil Partnerships There is no doubt that December 5 and 21 will be two dates that will go down in “gay history” in the United Kingdom.  On December 5, the Civil Partnership Act 2004 will come into force... [This pages also lists countries and territories who have gay marriage/civil partnerships which will be fully recognised in UK from December 5]
June 6: 
UK: 
Bob Geldof to Address London Pride Parade Assembly.   Sir Bob Geldof is scheduled to address Pride London Parade participants in Park Lane immediately before the 12-noon start on Saturday July 2, the same day as Live 8 concert in Hyde Park.
June 4: 
Italy: 
Unchain Us From The Vatican, Say Marchers on Milan Gay Parade.  Italy was depicted as a country chained to Vatican dogma at the Milan Gay Pride Parade this evening. Over 100,000 attended the parade.
June 4: 
UK: 
Arrested For Suggesting Horse Is Gay, But Police Appear To Do Little When Homophobia Is Aimed at Humans.  Commentary.  The law, and how it is interpreted by different police forces in England, sometimes makes you wonder.
June 3:
  Italy:  
Milan’s Pride Parade Set to Attract 100,000 Gays in National Rights Campaign.  A crowd of 100,000 is expected at tomorrow’s Gay Pride Parade in Milan, despite the controversial refusal of the city council to endorse the event, described by organisers as “a superficial act of bigotry”.
June 2: 
USA/Africa: 
Pioneering African Health Group Receives 2005 Gates Award for Global Health.  (HIV/AIDS related)  The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation announced today that the African Medical and Research Foundation (AMREF) will receive the $1 million 2005 Gates Award for Global Health for their extraordinary efforts for nearly 50 years to improve health in Africa’s poorest communities, build local health infrastructure, and document their success to guide others.
June 1: 
USA/UK: 
Anti Gay Group Targets Ford’s Family-Friendly Policies  After Failed Disney Boycott Hard on the heels of ending a failed boycott against the Walt Disney Company, the anti-gay lobbying group, the American Family Association, has called for a boycott of Ford Motor Company.  In addition, AFA slams the multi-national auto maker for sponsoring gay events in Europe, targeting this month’s Pride London in particular.
June 1: 
UK: 
London Braces for Gay Pride Parade and ‘Live 8’ Concert on Same Day.  The organisers of Pride London will continue with Pride Day events despite the announcement that Live 8 is to happen on the same day. In fact, they are rather upbeat about the ‘clash’
June 1:
  Turkey: 
Gay Jailed and Beaten In Turkish Military Prison.  Imprisoned Turkish gay activist and conscientious objector Mehmet Tarhan is being violently abused in the military jail at Sivas in eastern Turkey, reports David Allison of the gay rights group OutRage!
June 1: 
Norway: 
Eurovision Comes to Oslo’s Gay EuroPride Brotherhood of Man is set to headline at a special Eurovision Show at EuroPride, being held on Oslo later this month.