14th July 2006
Russia lifts gay blood ban 5
12:00 AM — Gay Russians are to be allowed to donate blood, the country's Ministry of Health has revealed.The department reacted to campaigning from GayRussia activists Nikolai Alexeseev and Nikolai Baev.Mr Alexeseev said: "The General Prosecutor recognised that there is nothing in the law which prevent gays to donate their blood. As a result, his office has asked the Ministry of Heath to cancel its instruction made in 2001 which forbid gays to give their blood."
Lesbian wins compensation for sexual harassment at taxi firm
12:00 AM — An overweight lesbian has been awarded €12,480 in compensation for sexual harassment by work colleagues at a taxi firm.The Irish Equality Tribunal heard that the woman (who can not be named for legal reasons) suffered from a harassment campaign that saw her pelted with dead fish and being sent photographs with her head superimposed on naked bodies.
13th July 2006
Chicago welcomes Gay Games amid protests 3
12:00 AM — Chicago's mayor, reiterating his support for gay marriage at the city's Roosevelt University this week, welcomed the Gay Games to the Midwest metropolis and said gay people are key parts of the city's economic and social engines."We're very proud of the gay community in our city," Mayor Richard Daley said in an article appearing in the Chicago Tribune. "Every quality-of-life issue, the gay community has stepped forward as great leaders, and this is another example."
Senior clergyman attacks “witch hunt”of gays
12:00 AM — A senior Church of England clergyman has attacked evangelical Christians for conducting what he calls a "witch hunt" against gay people."The thought that anybody should be shown the door by the Church, I just find deeply offensive," the Very Reverend Dr John Moses said prior to his final service as Dean of St Paul's Cathedral.
Foreign Office pays for homophobic cleric’s stay in luxury hotel
12:00 AM — Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi, the spiritual leader of the Islamicist fundamentalist organisation, the Muslim Brotherhood, was put up in the five star Ceylan InterContinental Hotel for a two day conference paid for by the Governemnt.The controversial cleric made headlines in 2004 when he came to London as a guest of Ken Livingstone, who was then heavily criticised by gay rights campaigners and Jewish organisations for inviting him.
Writing on the wall for WorldPride 57
12:00 AM — In a further addition to the saga that has characterised the lead up to WorldPride in Jerusalem, pro-pride graffiti has been seen on walls around the city."Free Jerusalem" and "God is on our side" feature on walls in the holy city.
Cameron rejects alliance with Polish homophobes
12:00 AM — Conservative Leader, David Cameron is due to sign a joint declaration of intent with the Czech Civic Democrats (ODS) at 4pm today, announcing their intention to leave the EPP (European Peoples Party) after the next European elections. However, he has avoided consternation within the gay community by rejecting for now an alliance with the homophobic Polish Law and Justice Party (LJP).Conservative MEPs stood for the 2004 European elections as British candidates for the EPP, the right of centre alliance of like minded parties.
Australia’s Uniting Church splits over gay row
12:00 AM — Evangelical conservatives are planning to create a new church group after the Australian Uniting Church decided to continue allowing the ordination of gay ministers.Gay churches were met with outrage from anti-gay leaders after the denomination's national assembly, where a 2003 ruling giving individual churches the right to appoint openly gay clergy was debated and preserved.
Massachusetts delays gay marriage debate 1
12:00 AM — Massachusetts' lawmakers voted yesterday to delay a debate on gay marriage until after the state's general election in November.The decision to postpone the vote came after lawmakers debated for four hours on other agenda items at the Constitutional Convention.The Boston Globe reports that the delay is likely to cheer advocates of gay marriage, who believe that the more time they have to lobby lawmakers the better chance they have to defeat the proposed constitutional amendment to ban same-sex weddings.
Cameron rejects homophobic alliance for “friendly neighbours”
12:00 AM — Conservative leader David Cameron has today signed a joint declaration with the Czech Civic Democratic Party to form a new European parliamentary group, ending speculation that he may collude with Poland's homophobic Law and Justice Party.Mr Cameron joined with Mirek Topolanek, the leader of the Czech Civic Democratic Party and the Prime Minister designate of the Czech Republic, to announce the creation of a new parliamentary group in the European Parliament to argue the case for reform in the EU.
Government promises IVF for lesbians 1
12:00 AM — Lesbians are to gain the right to fertility treatment without the stipulation of a father being present, according to new government proposals.Public Health Minister, Caroline Flint, told the Science and Technology Committee that the Government recognises the need for reform to the "need for a father" requirement which has been deemed "offensive" to unconventional families.
12th July 2006
MEP calls on Poland to condemn homophobia
12:00 AM — The president of the European Union's Intergroup on Lesbian and Gay Rights has called on the President of Poland, Lech Kaczynski, to condemn homophobia and homophobic violence in his country.Michael Cashman, Labour MEP for the West Midlands, has written to the President urging protection for all minorities in the wake of a recent statement from the Polish leadership criticising anti Semitism in the country.
Brighton Conservatives’ “shallow” gay pride pledge 14
12:00 AM — A motion by the local Brighton and Hove Conservative Party to fly a rainbow flag from council buildings has been met with scepticism in the local authority.The proposal comes as suspended Tory councillor, Peter Willows, a Hangleton and Knoll ward councillor, is currently being investigated by police over alleged comments labelling gay people as paedophiles, and opposing flying the rainbow flag, a symbol of the gay community, asking "why should any country have to fly a flag because of men sleeping together to have sex?"
Gay MPs accused of snubbing LGBT charity 5
12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveGay MPs have been accused of snubbing an Early Day Motion tabled by Labour MP for Hackney North and Stoke Newington Diane Abbot in support of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) teenager's support service The Albert Kennedy Trust.The Chief Executive of the Trust, Richard McKendrick said, "It is really shocking that more openly gay MP's haven't signed this motion in support of the work that we do."
Gay Conservative tipped for Mayor of London challenge 1
12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveFollowing the decision of prominent lesbian businesswoman Margot James to declare that she will not be seeking the Conservative nomination for Mayor of London, a further gay candidate has emerged.PinkNews.co.uk has learnt that Nicholas Boles, Director of the Conservative party aligned think tank, the Policy Exchange is considering standing for the Conservative nomination in an open primary to be held later this year.
Archbishop clarifies gay row proposal
12:00 AM — The Archbishop of Canterbury has criticised reports of a proposal to divide the Anglican Church.Dr Rowan Williams used his address to the Church of England's national assembly, the General Synod, to call interpretations of the idea of "associated" and "covenant" congregations "nonsense."
“Harassed” gay employee allowed to seek damages
12:00 AM — William Majrowski, an alleged victim of workplace harassment by his manager, was today granted the right by the Law Lords to pursue a case of "vicarious harassment" against the employers of his manager.In a landmark ruling, Lord Nicholls of Birkenhead explained how Mr Majrowski's boss, Sandra Freeman, allegedly "bullied and intimidated him" because he is homosexual and she is homophobic.
“Bullied” gay man secures landmark workplace ruling
12:00 AM — In a landmark Court of Appeal ruling William Majrowski, an alleged victim of homophobic workplace harassment by his manager, was granted the right by the Law Lords to pursue a case of "vicarious harassment" against the employers of his manager.Lord Nicholls of Birkenhead explained how Mr Majrowski's boss, Sandra Freeman, allegedly "bullied and intimidated him" because he is homosexual and she is homophobic.
11th July 2006
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.
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.