11th July 2006
New EU presidency urged to protect gay rights
12:00 AM — The International Lesbian and Gay Association (ILGA) has published a list of demands for the new presidency of the European Union.Finland will be in charge of the political body for the next six months after Austria's rule since January came to an end, and ILGA has immediately produced a memorandum on gay issues for the country to follow.
Gay couple found guilty of child abuse
12:00 AM — Reading Crown Court yesterday found a gay couple guilty of the sexual abuse of a young child.Alan Howitt, 38, a former soldier had admitted to eleven charges of indecent assault. His lover, 33 year old James Rae, a mannequin dresser in Marks and Spencer, had denied any involvement in the abuse of the child.
Canada accused of refusing entry to gay athletes attending Outgames 1
12:00 AM — The Canadian government is denying gay and lesbian athletes visitor visas for the upcoming Outgames, according to opposition Mps.Liberal politicians claim the Conservative government is delaying and in some cases refusing entry to participants in the sporting events because they are gay.
“Gay people like men;” Big Brother contestant wisdom 14
12:00 AM — Despite being self professedly gay, Big Brother housemate Michael is finding himself an unlikely ladies man.Housemate Jayne suggested that maybe Michael might not be gay after all, because she was convinced he fancied her. The two shared a bubble bath, though, no doubt to the chagrin of the producers, nothing remotely exciting happened.
Fijian High Commission confirms; no more arrests for consensual gay sex in Fiji 1
12:00 AM — The Fijian High Commissioner has confirmed previously unofficial policy changes that men engaging in consensual gay sex will no longer be arrested.The news was welcomed by the New Zealand AIDS foundation, who have long suspected a link between driving the gay community underground and increased levels of HIV infection.
Police officers resign after lesbian abuse
12:00 AM — Six police officers who called a former drug addict a lesbian have resigned from Lincolnshire police force.Mark Connolly, 36, and Simon Alderson, 35, Matthew Dossett, 30, Ryan Duffy, 22, Jody Senior, 27, and Neill Webster, 23, were found guilty of disorderly conduct at Gainsborough Magistrates' Court. They then lost an appeal at Nottingham Crown Court.
Police appeal for information on missing man
12:00 AM — Police are appealing for anyone who can help them locate a 44-year-old man who has been reported missing from his home in Wembley by his partner.Gustavo William-Coleman was last seen 12.30 on Monday 10 July 2006 inChalkhill Road, Wembley, when he left his home. He has not been seen since.He is described as having a mental age of 11 and suffers from asthma.
Anti-gay “prank” causes serious concerns
12:00 AM — Ahead of WorldPride in Jerusalem, a leaflet has been circulated offering a $4,500 reward to anyone who kills a gay person taking part in the pride march.The leaflet, which is signed by a collective calling themselves the "Red Arm of Salvation" has understandably caused consternation amongst the gay community, though it was later revealed to have been a prank.
Gay adoption rights pursued in New Zealand
12:00 AM — The New Zealand government is considering legalising adoption for gay and unmarried couples.Under present law, New Zealand's citizens, including gays and lesbians, can adopt children, but because of the way the country's outdated Adoption Act is worded they can't if they are part of an unmarried couple.
California hears gay marriage arguments
12:00 AM — The California Court of Appeal heard oral arguments this week in six cases that will decide whether excluding same-sex couples from marriage violates the California Constitution.Last spring, San Francisco Superior Court Judge Richard Kramer held that California's exclusion of same-sex couples from marriage discriminates on the basis of sex and violates the fundamental right to marry under the California Constitution.
Massachusetts voters challenge gay marriage
12:00 AM — Massachusetts' highest court has ruled that voters will get the chance to overturn the state's landmark 2003 court decision that deemed banning gay marriage unconstitutional.The measure will appear on the state's 2008 ballot if it is approved by the Legislature, after it is considered in a constitutional convention tomorrow.