1st June 2006
Gay marriage goes to New York court
12:00 AM — New York's highest court heard oral argument yesterday in Lambda Legal's lawsuit seeking marriage for same-sex couples."Today is an historic day for same-sex couples and their families in New York," said Susan Sommer, senior counsel at Lambda Legal and lead attorney on the case.
Support drops for Canadian gay marriage backtrack
12:00 AM — Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper is losing support for a new vote on whether to keep gay marriage laws.Mr Harper's Conservative government campaigned on the promise that it would allow Parliament to vote on whether to reopen the issue, but now cabinet members and MPs appear to have lost enthusiasm.
Desmond Tutu awaits lesbian kiss 2
12:00 AM — A lesbian couple aims to deliver a kiss to Archbishop Desmond Tutu next month as part of a campaign to spread peace, love and goodwill.Heather and Chloe Wolsey-Ottaway are promoting a new venture called, Kisses That Count, around the world, and will attend a charity event in New York where the Nobel Peace Prize winner will be a keynote speaker.
Transsexual jailed for stealing baby’s identity
12:00 AM — A transgender woman has been jailed in a man's prison in New Zealand after pleading guilty to stealing a dead baby's identity to forge passport documents and gain false benefits.A Christchurch District Court sentenced Lelilani Sialapae to 12 months despite calls from her lawyers to defer the sentence until she had completed a sex change process.
Christians oppose Romanian gay pride
12:00 AM — A Romanian Christian group filed a complaint today seeking to stop a gay pride march schedule for this weekend.The New Right told a Bucharest court the parade would be a "manifestation designed to provoke the obscene and anti-social."The march will end a week of events under the GayFest celebrations currently taking place in the Eastern European country.
Animal rights go gay
12:00 AM — A gay animal rights campaigner bared his human flesh yesterday to stop people eating animals.Mike Brazell, a member of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), stood kissing his partner, Christopher McDonough, dressed in a Navy cap and boxer shorts in Washington under a banner declaring "Vegetarians Make Better Lovers."
Jerusalem gay group compensated for lost funds 23
12:00 AM — A District Court judge ordered yesterday that the city of Jerusalem must pay compensation to a gay group for failing to allocate funds for the group.Jerusalem Open House (JOH), will receive 350,000 shekels (£40,000), after the court ruled it was unfairly left out of municipal funds over the last three years.
Gay island body ‘is missing Brit’
12:00 AM — The body of a man found on a popular gay Spanish resort is believed to be missing Briton, Kevin Hoare, police claim.Kevin Hoare, 39, disappeared in the early hours of May 11 2006 after friends left him at Organics Club, a gay bar in Sitges.The Bognor Regis based production worker, failed to meet his brother at Gatwick Airport two days later and there has been no movement on his mobile phone or bank account.
Exxon rejects gay anti-discrimination policies
12:00 AM — ExxonMobil shareholders have rejected a resolution seeking the inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees in the company's anti-discrimination policies.It marks the seventh year that the proposal has been quashed, although a record number of people did voice support for the proposal with 34.6% voting in favour, compared to 29.4% in 2005.
Gay adoption row hits Scotland 10
12:00 AM — The Scottish Parliament's Education Committee has hit a stumbling block over a new law allowing gay couple's to jointly adopt in the country.Conflicts emerged in a consultation meeting yesterday attended by adoption agencies, gay groups and Catholic organisations.
Medical group fund research into lesbian health
12:00 AM — A gay medical organisation has announced three grants to support research into lesbian health.The Lesbian Health Fund (LHF), a programme of the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association (GLMA), today announced three $10,000 grants to support groundbreaking research in the field of lesbian health.