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  • 21st February 2006

    Online gay archive to be launched

    Evening clothes worn by one of “Lady Austin's Camp Boys“ 1932

    12:00 AM — An online gay database has been set up at the national archives as part of the Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender history month.The portal includes documents, party invites and posters relevant to the history of the gay community. Among the artefacts are documents recording Oscar Wilde's internment into Wandsworth Prison following his 1895 conviction for gross indecency.

  • Increase in US ballots trying to ban gay adoption 1

    Julie Brueggemann of gay rights group PROMO (Personal Rights of Missourians) said the aim is to replicate 2004. She said marriage initiatives mobilised conservative voters in 2004 and helped President Bush win in closely contested states such as Ohio

    12:00 AM — A wave of ballots to ban gays and lesbians from adopting have hit at least 16 states in the USA.Efforts to pass laws are underway in Ohio, Georgia and Kentucky where gay marriage has already been banned."Now that we've defined what marriage is, we need to take that further and say children deserve to be in that relationship," Greg Quinlan of Ohio's Pro-Family Network, a conservative Christian group, told USA Today.

  • Senate to debate gay club ban 1

    The bill would change state law regarding student clubs at public schools

    12:00 AM — The Senate will debate a bill proposing a ban on gay school clubs after its education committee voted in favour for the law yesterday.The amended bill was endorsed by the Senate Education Committee on a 4-2 vote Monday, and will now get a debate by the full Senate. Some fear the original language would ban gay-straight alliance clubs (GSAs) from Utah's public high schools, but the Utah attorney general said it would run afoul of federal equal access laws.

  • Vatican to combat gay marriage laws 3

    Theologians and jurists are taking part in the five-day seminar at the Vatican-administered Lateran university in Rome, organised by the John Paul II institute for Studies of Marriage and the Family

    12:00 AM — Gay rights groups are criticising the Vatican this week over a debate on how to block the spread of laws in traditionally Roman Catholic countries granting legal status to homosexual marriages.Theologians and jurists are taking part in the five-day seminar at the Vatican-administered Lateran university in Rome, organised by the John Paul II institute for Studies of Marriage and the Family.

  • Malaysian charged with murder of gay professor 3

    Associate Professor Mr Cheong, 54, former head of the English Language Proficiency Unit at the National University of Singapore, was  found strangled and stabbed to death at his home in December 1993

    12:00 AM — A Malaysian man has been charged with the murder of a gay Singaporean professor after 13 years on the run.Lee Chez Kee, 36, who appeared at a special sitting of the Subordinate Courts, had been avoiding police since the murder of National University of Singapore (NUS) don Lee Kok Cheong between Dec 12 and 14, 1993.

  • 20th February 2006

    Judge overturns gay foster parent ban 1

    The American Civil Liberties Union work to extend rights to segments of the population that have traditionally been denied them

    12:00 AM — A judge has ruled that the Missouri Department of Social Services improperly denied a woman's application to become a foster parent because she is a lesbian.The denial had been challenged by the American Civil Liberties Union, who work to extend rights to segments of the population that have traditionally been denied them, acting on behalf of Lisa Johnston. Jackson County Circuit Judge Sandra C. Midkiff upheld the challenge after hearing testimony in November.

  • Pastor stands up for gay marriage 1

    The UCC became the first major US Christian denomination to declare its support for gay marriage, they have supported gay rights since the 1970s

    12:00 AM — A pastor has announced that he would no longer conduct civil marriages for the state of Asheville in an attempt to treat gay and straight people equally.The Rev. Joe Hoffman, pastor of First Congregational United Church of Christ in Asheville, announced in his weekend sermon that he would be treating his gay and lesbian parishioners the same as heterosexuals.

  • South Korean soldiers discharged for being gay 1

    All South Korean men are required to serve in the military and officers strongly investigate claims of homosexuality by asking doctors and friends to find out if it is just an excuse to evade serviceAll South Korean men are required to serve in the military and officers strongly investigate claims of homosexuality by asking doctors and friends to find out if it is just an excuse to evade service

    12:00 AM — Eight soldiers were thrown out of South Korea's military in 2005 for homosexuality, according to army statistics revealed for the first time.South Korean military regulations bar gay men from serving in the force. The figure of those who were discharged was reported by local media, and the army confirmed it when asked.

  • Immigrant jailed for gay pride rape

    The woman had no ticket for the festival but Mailat offered to get her one from an acquaintance

    12:00 AM — An illegal immigrant who raped a lesbian at London's Gay Pride festival has been jailed for life.Dominic Mailat, 42, who had already served two prison terms for rape in his native Romania in the 1980s, launched a savage attack on his 24-year-old Spanish victim at the event in July 2000 before going on the run for five years.

  • University offers gay studies

    Chicago's DePaul University is the largest Roman Catholic university in the US

    12:00 AM — An American University has courted mixed reactions after offering a minor in gay studies.Chicago's DePaul University, the largest Roman Catholic university in the US, has launched a course in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexualm Transgender and Queer studies.Courses in LGBTQ studies range from gender identity, same-sex desire and government reactions to homosexuals to literature and history of homosexuality in the United States.

  • Town toilets attract gay sex

    Foyleside centre manager, Des Farrell told the Irish News the toilets were checked regularly and public safety was not being compromised

    12:00 AM — Public toilets in a Northern Ireland city are being promoted as meeting places on the internet for gay men wishing to have sex.Messages are being left on an online board describing Derry's Foyleside centre toilets as a place to meet potential partners. Specific messages recommend Saturday afternoons, a time when the centre is packed with young people and families.

  • 17th February 2006

    Psychologists examine impact of Pentagon gay policy on health 1

    “There is no evidence,“ the article says, “that combat performance is diminished or that unit cohesion declines when GLB persons serve openly“

    12:00 AM — A newly published article in the journal Professional Psychology examines how the US military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy towards gay recruits impedes access to mental healthcare in the armed services and identifies practical steps providers should take to provide the best possible care for lesbian, gay and bisexual service personnel.The article, Service Delivery in a "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" World, was published as part of the American Psychological Association's Task Force on Sexual Orientation and Military Service.

  • Washington mayoral candidate to block gay clubs

    Opposition surfaced last month after Mr Orange discovered that gay business owner Bob Siegel planned to buy a vacant warehouse in the ward and intended to invite one or more of the gay clubs to move there

    12:00 AM — A candidate to become the Mayor of Washington is campaigning to block adult gay entertainment businesses from his ward prompting petitions from activists.Vincent Orange, who currently serves on the District's Council, is expected to replace them with a new Major League Baseball stadium in ward 5.

  • Bishop attacks Spanish PM over gay marriage

    Mr Zapatero and his government refused to give in under pressure from the previous Pope, John Paul II, who was set against the introduction of gay marriage in Spain

    12:00 AM — A leading Catholic Bishop has compared the Spanish Prime Minister to Roman Emperor Caligula over Spain's legalisation of same sex marriage.Bishop Antonio Algora attacked José Luis Rodriguez Zapatero in Spanish newspapers, he said: "If Zapatero wants to become Caligula, it's up to him, but without doubt people will have to learn who Caligula was and what customs he imposed on Rome, it's as simple as that."

  • Dublin man admits gay attacks

    The arrested man has admitted to three of the attacks, two of which took place near Dublin's St Audeon's Church (above)

    12:00 AM — A man in Dublin has confessed to attacking a number of gay men in the city over the last 12 months, police report.Dublin's Gardai claim to have arrested the 17 year old last week and believe he may be to blame for a series of attacks that left one victim in a coma.The Southside People newspaper reported, Garda sources say that the unnamed youth has admitted beating Brian O'Callaghan until he was unconscious.

  • Poll reveals Turkey’s conservative views on homosexuality

    The survey found that three quarters of Turks disapprove of gays and lesbians

    12:00 AM — A significant amount of Turkish people are uncomfortable with homosexuality, a survey suggests.The poll conducted by the Open Society Institute and Istanbul's Bogazici University found that three quarters of Turks disapprove of gays and lesbians.

  • 16th February 2006

    Initiative launched to promote ethnic support of gay marriage 1

    Alexander Robinson of the National Black Justice Coalition said: “The black family is a fundamental driver of black advancement“

    12:00 AM — Five American organisations have announced a new initiative to elevate communities of colour who support marriage equality for same sex couples."The right-wing has perpetuated the idea that people of colour are overwhelmingly against marriage for same-sex couples, it is important that people see this for what it is, a half-baked myth that needs correcting," said Kevin Cathcart, Executive Director of Lambda Legal.

  • Gay group condemns anti LGBT adoption bill 1

    Family Pride is the only national nonprofit organisation exclusively dedicated to securing equality for LGBT parents and their families

    12:00 AM — The gay rights group Family Pride has condemned the introduction of House Bill 515 in the Ohio House of Representatives. If passed, the measure would prohibit lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people, and those who live with them, from adopting or serving as foster parents in Ohio."Child welfare and respected professional organisations are clear in their opposition to these types of measures," said Jennifer Chrisler, executive director of Family Pride, the only national nonprofit organisation exclusively dedicated to securing equality for LGBT parents and their families.

  • Senate to vote on gay marriage amendment

    Not only would the amendment ban marriage for same-sex couples, it also threatens domestic partnerships and civil unions

    12:00 AM — Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist has announced that he will bring the already failed 'Marriage Protection Amendment' proposal up for a vote on June 5, 2006. Similar to 2004, the Senate vote on the Marriage Protection Amendment will come as the fall election season heats up."Not one marriage is protected by this amendment and all marriages are devalued when used as a political ploy," said Human Rights Campaign President Joe Solmonese. "Writing one group of people out of the protections of the Constitution is politics at its worst."

  • Moscow gay pride facing violence

    Gay Russia is planning a pride parade in the Russian capital on May 27, 2006

    12:00 AM — Gay groups planning to attend the Russian gay pride march in the Spring may face violent protests from Muslim groups.The leader of Russia's Muslims on Tuesday called for a "violent mass protest" if gay leaders go ahead with Pride celebrations. Chief Russian Mufti Talgat Tajuddin said gays could be killed if they went ahead.

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