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2006 Listing of UK, Ireland and
Europe LGBT Events
Nov 30: UK:
More Attacks on Christian Anti-Gay
Campaign. The row over the recently-launched campaign by a
Christian group to effectively scupper the Government’s plans to introduce a
ban on discriminating against gays in the provision of goods and services
Nov 30: UK:
Refugees Abused at London Asylum Centre. By Peter Tatchell.
weeks’ riot by detainees at the Harmondsworth immigration and asylum
detention centre in west London was entirely predictable, given the centre’s
grossly inhumane conditions.
Equality Authority Welcomes
Gay, Lesbian Partnership Report.
The Irish Equality Authority today welcomed the
publication of the Report of the Working Group on Domestic Partnership.
Parliament Asked to Have Minute’s Silence to Mark World Aids Day.
The European Parliament could be marking World Aids Day
with a minute of silence in its plenary session in Brussels on Friday.
Scientists Tell Court No Evidence Exists to Bar Lesbians and Gays in
In a brief filed last week with the
First Circuit Court of Appeals, the American Sociological Association (ASA)
and five distinguished social scientists indicate there is no evidence
supporting the exclusion of openly gay military personnel from the armed
Nov 29: UK:
Christian Campaign to Rob
Gays of Rights Is ‘Truly Poisonous’.
A “truly poisonous” campaign is
being waged by Christians to render unusable legislation that would protect
gay people from discrimination in the provision of goods and services, says
the Gay and Lesbian Humanist Association (GALHA).
Now Senior Military Leaders Ask First Circuit to Overturn
“Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”.
senior retired military leaders have filed a brief urging the First Circuit
Court of Appeals to reverse a lower court ruling regarding the federal
“Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” ban on lesbian, gay and bisexual service members,
the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (SLDN) announced today.
African Civil Union Bill Passed by National
Council of Provinces.
The South African ‘Civil Union Bill’ has taken a further
step to becoming an Act when it was approved by the National Council of
Provinces this morning in Cape Town, making the gay and lesbian 'unions' on
target to be in place for the court-imposed December 1 deadline.
Group in Tasmania Helps Gays in Faroe Islands in Fight Against
advocates in the Australian island state of Tasmania have written to
Australia-born Crown Princess Mary of Denmark asking her to point out the
benefits to her childhood home that have come from its greater acceptance of
gay and lesbian people.
Renowned Constitutional Scholars Ask First Circuit to
Consider ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ Challenge.
A group of
renowned constitutional scholars has filed a brief asking the First Circuit
Court of Appeals to reverse a District Court ruling and allow a lawsuit to
move forward in an appeal by twelve military veterans battling the “Don’t
Ask, Don’t Tell” law prohibiting military service by lesbian, gay and
Nov 27: Nepal:
Metii Dies at Her Birthday Party After Possible
25-years-old ‘metii’ has died in hospital in Kathmandu and nine others were
hospitalised after drinking what is thought to have been ‘spiked’ alcohol at
a birthday party on Friday night.
Nov 27: Russia:
Pride Documentary Premiers at National Film Center.
documentary “Moscow Pride ‘06” had its world premiere at the National Film
Center in Moscow. It was screened to more than 60 guests.
Nov 27: UK:
Abysmal Lack of Support for Healthcare Professional
Living with HIV, Survey Finds.
is a serious absence of resources and information to support individuals
living with blood borne infections such as HIV and Hepatitis, a survey by
the Gay & Lesbian Association of Doctors and Dentists (GLADD) reveals.
Nov 26: UK:
GALHA’s Sanderson Elected President of National Secular Society.
Sanderson, a long-standing member and committee member of the Gay and
Lesbian Humanist Association (GALHA), has been elected the new president of
the National Secular Society (NSS).
Nov 26: Nepal:
Metis: Victims of Political Change in Nepal?
By Sunil Pant in Kathmandu.
recent peace deal between the Nepal Government and the Maoists, metis (cross
dressing effeminate males), like every other Nepalese, were hoping that
their rights would be ensured and they would also enjoy freedom and safety.
Nov 24: UK:
Abusive Language Aimed at Teachers and Pupils.
in five primary teachers and two-thirds of secondary teachers have been
subjected to sexually abusive language by pupils – some of it homophobic –
the UK’s largest teaching union, the National Union of Teachers (NUT),
Nov 24: World:
Montreal’ Launches Website.
website was launched today to promote the ‘Declaration of Montreal’, which
was endorsed at the international conference on LGBT human rights, which was
held in the framework of the 1st World Outgames in Montreal in July
Nov 24: European Union:
Gay Parliamentary Intergroup Acts to Improve Contentious ‘Statement
Parliament's Intergroup on Gay and Lesbian Rights publicly reacted today to
the revelations in the press of the European Parliament Bureau's recent
decision to reject an amendment to include sexual orientation in its
statement of principles.
Nov 23: South Africa:
Experts and Religious Leaders Put Heads Together on HIV. An
unlikely meeting of science and religion took place this week when the
‘Voices of Reason’ conference brought together Christian, Jewish and Muslim
religious leaders and faith-based organisations (FBOs) with medical experts
in the field of HIV/AIDS in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Nov 23: UK:
Manchester Unites To
Raise Awareness of HIV for World AIDS Day 2006.
leading health promotion agencies in Manchester have come together to raise
awareness of HIV and AIDS in the city by producing more than a million pages
of information for World Aids Day, December 1.
Nov 23: Latvia:
Court Rules Latvian Laws Regulating Public Demonstrations
Constitutional Court of Latvia today declared unconstitutional a number of
provisions of a Latvian law regulating public demonstrations and pickets.
Nov 23: Australia:
Elections: Labour Opens the Coffers. By
Doug Pollard (Melbourne Star). Labour Ministers have made a number of
promises to the Victorian gay and lesbian community if they are returned to
power in Saturday’s election. Arts Minister Mary Delahunty, who’s retiring,
announced $160k for the Midsumma Festival – the local equivalent to Sydney’s
Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras, payable over three years. Then on Sunday, Health
Minister Bronwyn Pike pledged a quarter of a million dollars towards the
relocation and re-equipment of Australia’s only full time gay and lesbian
radio station Joy Melbourne.
Nov 22: UK:
New Members Boost for Croydon Gay Group.
Croydon Area Gay Society (CAGS)
has reported a dramatic increase in its membership – current numbers are up
35 per cent on the same time a year ago.
Nov 22: Denmark:
Copenhagen Prepares for World Outgames 2009.
It might be
almost three years away, but the World Outgames 2009 is already taking shape
Nov 22: UK:
63,500 Adults Now Living With HIV In the UK – Up By 5,200 in
An estimated 63,500 adults are now living with HIV in the UK, according to a
report released today by the Health Protection Agency. This latest
figure – based on 2005 statistics – includes both those who have been
diagnosed and also around a third (20,100) who remain unaware of their
infection. This is a rise of 5,200 since last year.
Nov 22: Latvia:
Smits: Gay Issue Is Not Urgent.
has said that “the gay issue” is not an urgent matter for the Latvian
Parliamentary Human Rights Committee. The outspoken and homophobic MP
was chosen on Monday by committee members to be its chairperson.
Nov 21: UK:
MP Uses YouTube For Homophobic Bullying Message.
An openly gay Liberal Democrat MP is using YouTube to get
across the message of homophobic bullying. Stephen Williams, MP for
Bristol West, has produced the video for anti-bullying week.
Nov 21: European Union:
Gays Omitted from European Parliament’s Secretariat Equality
and Diversity Statement.
Sexual orientation is excluded from
the new equality and diversity “Statement of Principles” of the European
Parliament’s secretariat. And the omission is no accident.
Nov 21: UK:
GaydarRadio Launches ‘Radiothon’ for World AIDS Day.
Award-winning GaydarRadio will mark World AIDS Day on Friday, December 1
with a fund-raising outside broadcast special at selected venues across
London which aims to boost charity coffers, stop the spread of HIV and help
Nov 21: HIV/AIDS:
Global AIDS Epidemic Continues To Grow.
AIDS epidemic continues to grow and there is concerning evidence that some
countries are seeing a resurgence in new HIV infection rates which were
previously stable – or declining.
Nov 20: UK:
Green Councillors Call For Investigation into HIV/AIDS Cuts.
Green Party councillors have asked Brighton and Hove City Council to
investigate the impact of recent budget cuts on people living with HIV and
AIDS in the city.
Nov 20: France:
Gay Algerian Teen Faces Deportation from France.
be allowed to say. That is the view of French LGBT activists on the
possible deportation of a teenage gay Algerian.
Nov 20: UK:
UNISON Calls for Robust Anti-Discrimination Laws to
Protect Gays and Lesbians.
Minister has pledged support for LGBT human rights issues not only in the
United Kingdom, but across the world.
Nov 20: UK:
Exceeding Expectations: Ending Homophobia Through Education.
A new Manchester initiative
aimed at ending homophobia through education called ‘Exceeding Expectations’
has launched a newsletter to be distributed to all adults working at
secondary schools across the city.
Nov 20: Latvia:
Fiercely Anti-Gay Politician Selected at Chair of Latvian
Parliament Human Rights and Social Affairs Committee.
The Lativan Saeima (Parliament) has confirmed this afternoon the
nomination of Jānis Šmits as the chairperson of the Saeima’s Human
Rights and Social Affairs Committee. And Europe is outraged.
Nov 20: El Salvador:
Send a Card to El Salvadorean Gay Activist and Take Part
in Amnesty’s Greetings Card Campaign.
International is encouraging people across the UK to send a message of
solidarity to William Hernández – a gay activist in El Salvador who has
received death threats apparently intended to deter him from campaigning –
as Amnesty launches its annual Greetings Card Campaign.
Nov 19: Australia:
Melbourne’s Gay Registry Scheme Sends Bracks a Message.
human rights group, Civil Union Action! (CUA), has welcomed Melbourne City
Council’s pledge to set up a relationship registry for same-sex couples,
noting that the council acted because the State Government had failed to do
Nov 18: UK:
Transgender Day of Remembrance.
November 20 is Transgender Day of Remembrance, many UK events
to mark the date are being early over the weekend.
Nov 18: Europe:
Jailing People for Passing on HIV May Threaten Public Health, Conference
The conviction and imprisonment of people with HIV for transmitting their
virus is counterproductive and may even threaten public health, the Eighth
International Congress on Drug Therapy in HIV Infection was told this week.
Nov 18: European Union:
Green MEP Proposes Blueprint for New EU Anti-Discrimination Legislation.
Dutch Green MEP Kathalijne Buitenweg has presented a proposal for a
directive on anti-discrimination to the European Commission. “At present, there is no EU
legislation to prevent someone who is gay or disabled from being refused a
loan or housing,” she said.
Nov 17: UK:
Ignores Human Rights Abroad – Liberal Democrats. The
British Government must not ignore Iran’s human rights record, the Liberal
Democrat party said yesterday following the Queen’s Speech which outlined
the Government’s plans for the next 12 months.
Nov 16: United Nations:
Petition to UN for Resolution to Decriminalise
Homosexuality Goes On-Line.
calling for UN Resolution to decriminalise homosexuality world-wide will be
going on-line tomorrow (November 17). It is being coordinated by the
international anti-homophobia group IDAHO (International Day Against
Nov 16: United Nations:
Today Is International Day for Tolerance.
In 1996 the
General Assembly of the United Nations invited member states to observe the
International Day of Tolerance on 16 November.
Nov 16: Poland:
ILGCN Condemns Polish President’s Fear of Gay Culture.
President Lech Kaczynski’s comments to the BBC’s Newsnight
programme while visiting London that gay culture could make “heterosexual
culture disappear” is dangerous, paranoic homophobia, says the ILGCN
(International Lesbian & Gay Cultural Network).
Nov 15: UK:
Home Office Will Listen To Lesbians and Gays On Immigration Issues.
The UK Lesbian & Gay Immigration
fight to put
the human rights abuses of LGBT people from around the world onto the
agenda, has taken a big step forward with the group’s appointment as an
observer to the Advisory Panel on Country Information (APCI).
Nov 15: European Union:
Amnesty Gets Tough With European Union Over Gay Rights.
If the European Union wants 2007 to be “European Year of Equal Opportunities”, it needs to
ensure as of now that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people
can freely express, assemble and associate in countries such as Poland and
Latvia, Amnesty International said today.
Nov 14: UK:
BBC: Gay and Lesbian Couples Should Not Apply.
astonishing – and discriminatory – line appeared in an article on the BBC
website about a fundraiser for the annual Children in Need appeal, involving
the popular BBC television programme Strictly Come Dancing.
Nov 14: USA:
Lesbian, Gay Military Veterans Appeal Court Ruling on Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.
lesbian and gay veterans of the ‘war on terror’ yesterday filed a brief in
the First Circuit Court of Appeals, in Massachusetts, challenging the
constitutionality of the federal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” ban on lesbian, gay
and bisexual service personnel.
Nov 13: Iran:
Arabs Set to Hang in Iran.
Arab rights activists are scheduled to be hanged in Iran this week,
according the Iranian media. They will by hanged from cranes in
public, using the slow strangulation method, which is deliberately designed
to maximise and prolong their suffering.
Nov 13: Belarus:
Minsk Gay Culture and
Human Rights Conference Cancelled.
The planned international
conference on LGBT culture and human rights in the Belarus capital was
cancelled hours before it was due to start last weekend.
Nov 13: Russia:
Gay Russia Reacts to Elton John's Desire
for Moscow Pride Gig.
“We should, en masse, go to
Moscow next year if they'll have us,” declared Elton John in yesterday's
Observer. “We want you,” chanted Russian
Gay activists last night.
Nov 12: European Union:
European Commission to Get Tough Over Gay Rights.
The European Commission has indicated that it will get tough with European
Union member countries who fail to fully implement directives that give gay
men and women equality rights.
Nov 12: UK/Russia:
Russian Gay Activist Tells London Audience He Will Fight On.
activist Nikolai Alekseev has vowed to fight on after Moscow Pride 2006 was
officially banned by Moscow’s mayor and the resulting protest was disrupted.
Nov 12: Australia:
Commit to Civil Unions,
Victorian human rights group, Civil
Union Action! (CUA), has called on the Bracks Government to commit to formal
partnership laws for same-sex couples in advance of the state election.
Nov 12: UK:
Elton John's Remarks On
Religion Promoting Hatred Are “Self-Evidently True” Says Gay Group.
The UK Gay and Lesbian Humanist
Association (GALHA) has given its backing to Sir
Elton John’s claim that religion promotes the hatred of gays, saying that it
is self-evidently true.
Nov 12: Australia:
Interest in Gay Vote. By Doug Pollard.
Bracks has sent two Labor MPs to talk to the Victorian Gay and Lesbian
Rights Lobby about a possible Partnership Registration Scheme, based on the
Nov 10: Belarus:
Three Gay Activists Arrested
and Released after 22 Hours on Eve of Gay Conference.
Three gay activists were released
yesterday evening, 22 hours after being arrested in an apartment where they
were attending a meeting of the organising committee of an International LGBT
conference to be held in Belarus this weekend.
Nov 10: Poland:
Kaczynski Slams ‘Gay
Culture’ in Europe.
President Lech Kaczynski, arguably the most
homophobic Head of State in Europe, has, again, attacked what he called a
“gay culture” in Poland – and across Europe.
Nov 4: Nepal:
We Want Your Support,
Pleads Nepalese Lesbian After Forced Separation.
As a human beings we want to live
together. That is simple the message from 27-years old Nepalese
lesbian Nirmala Lawati
who has been forcibly separated from her partner of five years, Nirupa Rai.
Nov 4: Israel:
Open Letter on Jerusalem Gay Pride: Your Support Is Urgently
Needed. From Mikie Goldstein.
In six days’ time, on Friday,
November 10, the Jerusalem March of Tolerance and Pride is due to set off
from Independence Park, on a 1 mile trip to Liberty Bell Park – a three
month delay of Jerusalem WorldPride, postponed due to the war in Lebanon.
Nov 3: UK:
Rupert Everett Kicks Off Manchester’s
World AIDS Day Events in the Gay Village.
Actor Rupert Everett will be getting a new two-week
Winter Festival underway later this month. The festival is designed to
raise HIV/AIDS awareness, raise money for HIV/AIDS charities and to mark
World Aids Day.
Nov 2: UK:
Top Gay Artists Think
Pink for World AIDS Day.
Hastings, the home of the ‘saucy
postcard’, will be raising eyebrows once more next month with the launch of
a major new art exhibition, Think Pink!,
bringing together a bevy of the UK’s leading gay artists.
Nov 2: UK/Russia:
Gay Pride: Banned, Bloodied … But Back.
Russian Gay Activist to
be Honoured by Humanists in London.
Homophobia at Moscow Pride last May
– and in other Eastern European countries – is the subject of a panel
discussion and film presentation organised by the Gay and Lesbian Humanist
Association (GALHA) in London next
Nov 1: Movie:
Borat – Parody or
Prejudice? By Peter Tatchell.
Is Borat parodying prejudice or
pandering to it?
Nov 1: USA:
New Parody Video by Gay
Activist Mocks GOP Chairman Mehlman’s Denial of Responsibility.
Gay activist Mike Rogers yesterday released a parody TV
ad on YouTube that mocks the hypocrisy of Ken Mehlman, chairman of the
Republican National Committee (RNC), in a direct response to the RNC’s
now-infamous “call me” ad in the Tennessee Senate race.