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Launches Latest Edition of Its National Gay Recruitment Guide.
Stonewall has launched the third edition of Starting Out, Britain’s
only national lesbian and gay recruitment guide. Designed for discerning
graduates and job-seekers, it’s targeted at the 150,000 lesbian and gay
students in Britain.
About Gay Issues in Schools: It’s Still Elementary. By
released our film, It’s Elementary – Talking About Gay Issues in Schools,
a decade ago, the teachers featured in the documentary were breaking new
ground by finding ways to talk to their elementary and middle school
students about lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. The
educators we found were rarities. Most teachers had never considered
having such conversations, and those that did lacked the necessary support
Former School American Football Players Had Gay Sexual Relations- Study.
A study of former high-school American football players has found that more
than a third said they had had sexual relations with other men.
Gay Rugby Player
Crowned Mr. Gay Ireland.
Barry Meegan, a player with the Emerald Warriors gay rugby club, is
the new Mr. Gay Ireland.
Gay, Lesbian Rights Meeting Held in Uganda. A Uganda chapter of
International Day Against Homophobia (ISAHO) has been launched in Uganda
following a successful meeting attended by over 100 gay men and women,
transgender people, human rights activists and other supporters.
Yogyakarta Principles: Rapporteur Addresses Gay Conference.
Transcript of the address given to the International Lesbian and Gay
Association Europe’s annual conference yesterday by Michael O’Flaherty,
rapporteur for development of the Yogyakarta Principles. Mr. O’Flaherty is
professor of applied human rights and co-director of the human rights laws
centre at the University of Nottingham, UK. He is also a member of the
United Nations Human Rights Committee.
From Seattle to Vilnius: Anti Gay New Generation Church
Protests in Vilnius.
Last weekend, the Latvia-based Russia-speaking New Generation Church staged
a conference near Seattle under the guise of its off-shoot Watchmen on the
Walls. This weekend, the New Generation Church’s Lithuanian branch
took to the streets to protest the International Lesbian and Gay Association
Europe annual conference in Vilnius.
Dismayed by Vilnius Mayor’s Decision to Ban Gay Rally.
Amnesty International said this afternoon that it was deeply concerned by
yesterday’s attacks on the gay community in Vilnius, which saw the mayor ban
a rally and an unconfirmed smoke bomb attack on an evening social event that
formed part of the ILGA-Europe annual conference.
Gay Rights Group Says Gomez Kept
Studied Silence During Elections. Gibraltar Gay Rights GGR has today welcomed a call to open debate on the
issue of age of consent made by Charles Gomez of the New Gibraltar Democracy
(NGD) party, but asks why it has taken so long to make the suggestion.
Gay Public Event ‘Outrageous’, Say ILGA-Europe Chiefs.
Senior officials of the International Lesbian and Gay Association Europe
today slammed both the Vilnius city authorities and a local court for
banning a public “rainbow flag” event in the city during the association’s
annul conference, calling the situation “outrageous”.
Substance in Non-Discrimination of Gays in Employment? Op-Ed by
Jody M. Huckaby.
When the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) received its first-ever
vote in the House of Representatives and passed the Education and Labor
Committee on Oct. 18, it should have been a historic - and celebratory -
moment for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community.
Confirms Brown to Look Into Gay Age of Consent Issue. MEP
Michael Cashman confirmed this afternoon the details of his brief meeting
with Prime Minister Gordon Brown in which he raised the issue of the unequal
age of consent in Gibraltar.
Present Award to LGCM’s Chief Executive Rev Richard Kirker.
The chief executive of the Lesbian and Gay Christian Movement (LGCM), Rev.
Richard Kirker, and Thames Valley Police officer Alistair Melling both
received awards from the Gay Police Association (GPA) at the group’s recent
17th annual dinner in Brighton.
Urged to Act Fast With PEP. Terrence Higgins Trust (THT) is
re-launching its PEP campaign today, this time urging gay men to ‘Act Fast’
with PEP (post exposure prophylaxsis).
Unequal Age of Consent Row: Gay
Group Regrets Govt’s ‘Lack of Consensual Good Faith’. A war
over words appears to have broken out between the UK, Gibraltar and a gay
rights group over the unequal age of consent for gays in the tiny British
Welcomes Commitment to Tackling Anti-Gay Bullying.
LGBT Labour has welcomed the
Government’s announcement in Parliament earlier this week, in a debate on
school bullying, that it will be tackling homophobic bullying in school as
part of it’s anti-bullying strategy.
Island ‘Sexual Minority’ Communities Meets in Auckland.
What is thought to
be the largest-ever gathering of Pacific Island sexual minority communities
in the Pacific region is taking place this in Auckland.
Protest at Saudi Embassy Over Lashings of Gays. Around 50
students, some from as far away as Manchester, Salford and Hull, protested
outside the Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia in London this afternoon following
the sentences passed earlier this month on two young Saudi gay men.
Students Call for Gender
Recognition Laws for Transgender People. The Union of
Students in Ireland (USI) again highlighted last night the “vital
human rights implications” of a High Court ruling on the right of an
individual who has undergone gender reassignment to be recognised as female
on her birth certificate.
Closure of Lambda Istanbul Not Acceptable – Netherlands Gay Group.
COC Netherlands, the world’s oldest existing LGBT-organization, has
condemned the legal steps taken by the Provincial Associations Directorate
of the Governor of Istanbul’s Office aimed at closing down Istanbul’s
Lambda, one of Turkey’s leading LGBT-organisations.
Students Protest the 7000 Lashes for Gay Saudi Men.
Students – and others – are set to
demonstrate outside the Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia tomorrow lunchtime
(October 19) over the reported 7,000 lashings each that was ordered for two
gay Saudi men.
Houses’ for Gays in Iraq Set To Close for Lack of Donations. Up to 25
gay men will next month have to ‘take their chances’ in Iraq where religious
militia regularly seek out gays and execute them. Two ‘safe houses’ for
gays will be forced to close at the end month – due to lack of cash, it was
learned last night.
Young Gay Iranian Soon on His Way Back to UK?
Mehdi, the young gay Iranian who fled the United Kingdom
in April, could be back in the country within weeks, his uncle revealed last
Call to End
Legal Action Against Turkish Gay Rights Group.
A legal challenge by the governor of Istanbul seeking to close down Lambda
Istanbul, a gay rights organization, threatens basic freedoms of association
and expression, Human Rights Watch said today.
This article in Turkish:
Derneklerine Yasal Yaptırımlara Son
Gay Rights Group Welcomes
Intervention of British Prime Minister. The Gibraltar Equality
Rights group, GGR, this afternoon welcomed the intervention of British Prime
Minister Gordon Brown over the inequality of the UK’s self-governing
overseas territory’s age of consent laws.
PM Brown To
Take Up Gay Age of Consent Inequality in Gibraltar. British
Prime Minister Gordon Brown is to take-up the matter of the unequal age of
consent still in place in Gibraltar, an overseas territory of the United
Party’s Lack of Understanding is ‘Unfortunate’ – Aids Group.
statement from the Maori Party regarding HIV diagnoses demonstrates a
fundamental lack of understanding of the epidemic and the services of the
Foundation, says New Zealand AIDS Foundation board chair Hoani Jeremy
Higgins Trust and NHS Offer STI Testing at Gay Sauna. Terrence
Higgins Trust (THT) and one of London’s most famous teaching hospitals are
combining to offer testing for sexually transmitted infections at a London
Much Emphasis on White Gay Males – Maori Party. The Maori
Party spokesperson for health in the New Zealand Parliament has said that
not enough is being done to combat HIV in the Maori population, saying “even
amongst the marginalised there is marginalisation”.
Film About Dying Gay Woman On Oscar Documentary
Shortlist. The documentary film that chronicles the last
few months of a terminally ill New Jersey police officer and her fight
against officialdom over survivor pension
benefits for her same-sex partner is in the frame for a possible Oscar.
Initially Rebuffed by Council of Europe While His Religious Pals Plan Anti-Gay
Hate Mission to USA. Commentary.
Never let it be said that the
movers and shakers in the Council of Europe (CoE) lack guts. This week, Andreas Gross,
rapporteur of the Judicial and Human Rights Committee of the Council of
Europe’s Parliamentary Assembly (PACE), was in Latvia and invited the
Latvian Parliamentary Social Affairs and Human Rights Committee to lunch.
Gatherings’ Was Not Insult to Gay Pride Organisers – Russian Court.
Moscow City Court has today dismissed the appeal of Moscow Gay Pride
organisers Nikolai Alekseev and Nikolai Baev against the decision of Tverskoi district
court which considered their claim against Moscow Mayor Yuri Luzhkov’s
statement earlier this year that gay parades are “satanic gatherings”.
the US Government Financing Anti-Gay Groups in Africa? The
International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) has revealed
today that it has uncovered evidence that the U.S. government has funded
groups in Uganda that actively promote discrimination against lesbians and
Group Backs HIV/Aids Cash Boost for Ireland and Africa Projects.
An unusual collaboration between a
number of groups is aiming to raise much needed funds for both Irish and
African HIV/Aids support agencies.
Politician Wins MEP of the Year Justice and Human Rights Award.
The president of the
European Parliament’s Intergroup on gay and lesbian rights has won the title
“MEP of the Year” in the justice and human rights category.
Slander and Threaten Gay Human Rights Activist at London Demo. Gay
human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell was threatened and slandered as a
paedophile when he attended the Al Quds pro-Palestinian march and rally in
London last Sunday, October 7.
Europe Should Distance Itself from Patriarch’s Attack on Gays, Says HR Group.
ILGA-Europe said today that is very concerned that the Council of Europe has
allowed itself to be used as a platform for an attack on lesbian, gay,
bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights by Patriarch Alexy II of Moscow and
Gay Age of
Consent Equality: ‘We Have Given Gibraltarian Government Long Enough’.
A British Member of the European Parliament has pledged today to take the
matter of equality of the age of consent in Gibraltar directly to the heart
of Number 10 Downing Street.
Minister Is ‘Passing the Buck’ to Gordon Brown on Gay Age of Consent.
Gibraltar’s Chief Minister Peter Caruana’s failure to act on the legal age
of consent is degrading the constitution and turning the Rock’s highest law
into a series of voluntary codes as far as human rights are concerned,
Equality Rights GGR claimed last night.
at Fundraiser for Moscow Gay Pride.
Nikolai Alexeyev attended a
"Solidarity Reception" in Chicago last night. Organised by Chicago’s Gay
Liberation Network at the LGBT Resource Center, those attending were
able to see video of the two Moscow Gay Prides and the way the local
police and OMON handled the situation during the Prides which were
banned by the homophobic Mayor of Moscow.
Russian Gay Activist
Nikolai Alexeyev – the main
organiser of Moscow Gay Pride, editor in chief of the GayRussia website
and general ‘thorn in the side’ of Mayor Luzhkov and the Moscow
authorities – is making his first trip to America.
1: European Union:
European Trans People Being Surveyed for Major EU
Research Project. A Europe-wide survey of people who
identify themselves as ‘trans’– in the widest sense – is being undertaken
this month and will be looking at inequalities and discrimination issues in
the member states of the European Union.
HIV Reaches Shocking Level Amongst Gay and Straight Young People – BBC
Survey. A new
BBC survey suggests high levels of ignorance and complacency about HIV among
16 to 24-year-olds in the United Kingdom, and marks the start of a two month
BBC HIV awareness campaign starting today and culminating on December 1 –
United Nations World Aids Day – with a special episode of the popular
hospital drama series, Casualty.