HEADLINES

BUSH ACCUSED OF DAMAGING AIDS POLICIES: US support of abstinence-only HIV prevention programmes has been slammed as insipient neo-colonialism and illegitimate.
MAN GETS 3 YEARS FOR INFECTING PARTNER: A British man has been sentenced to three years in prison for knowingly infecting his partner with HIV.
US ARMY DISMISSES GAY ARAB LINGUIST: The U.S. Army has discharged a highly regarded Arabic linguist who was the target of an anonymous email "outing" campaign.
UN COMMISSIONER OPENS OUTGAMES CONFERENCE: Around 1,500 LGBT activists from around the world massed for the first International LGBT Human Rights Conference held as the kick-off event for the First World Outgames.
CALL TO INVESTIGATE LESBIAN MURDERS: Human Rights Watch has called on Jamaican authorities to immediately investigate the murder of two women who were reportedly killed because of their alleged lesbian relationship.
WASHINGTON RULES AGAINST GAY MARRIAGE: The Washington State Supreme Court has ruled that the ban on same-sex marriage in the state is not unconstitutional.
US POP STAR COMES OUT: Lance Bass, member of the popular former boy-band N Sync, has confirmed media speculation and rumours by announcing that he is gay
MONTREAL GAMES KICK OFF SATURDAY: The second major international LGBT sporting and cultural event within one month, this time in Montreal, is set to kick off this weekend.
LATVIA PRIDE: 14 ARRESTS MADE: Riga Police have arrested 14 people in connection with the attack on members of the city's gay community on Saturday.
WORLDPRIDE MARCH CANCELLED: The Jerusalem WorldPride March has been cancelled because of hostilities in the region, but the rest of the festival will go on, say organisers.
GAY GAMES END: SA WINS GOLD: The 7th Gay Games have come to an end in Chicago, with SA taking home at least 15 gold medals.
LATVIA BANS GAY PRIDE: The city council in the Latvian capital of Riga has refused a permit to hold this Saturday's Gay Pride march.
SA GAY TOURISM SERVICE LAUNCHED: A new service representing SA gay-friendly accommodation to the international gay and lesbian market has been launched.
JERUSALEM WORLDPRIDE THREATENED: The ongoing bombardment of Lebanon could threaten Jerusalem WorldPride, while an Iraqi LGBT group calls for a boycott of the event.
STARS TALK ABOUT SEXUALITY: Oprah Winfrey has again denied that she is lesbian, while pop singer Nell Furtado has come out as bisexual.
PROTESTS AGAINST IRANIAN PERSECUTION: Protests are planned around the world this week to campaign against Iran's persecution of gays and the hanging of two gay teenagers last year.
2006 GAY GAMES KICK OFF: The highly anticipated 2006 Gay Games have kicked off with a spectacular opening ceremony at Soldier Field in Chicago on Saturday night.
BANK COMMENDED FOR GAY COUPLE IN TV AD: Gays for Equitable Media (GEM), a lesbian and gay South African media advocacy group, has commended Nedbank for its home loans television advert, which includes a gay couple.
ALL-WOMAN SOCCER TEAM SET FOR GAMES: The Chosen FEW, a Johannesburg based women’s soccer team will be the only lesbian team from Africa to compete in the Gay Games.
NIGERIA: GAYS BLAMED FOR HIV RISE: Nigeria's National Action Committee on AIDS has accused homosexuals of being an obstacle in its efforts to tackle HIV/AIDS.