7th June 2006
HP joins gay friendly workplace scheme
12:00 AM — Stonewall has announced that membership of its Diversity Champions programme for employers has now reached 200, making it Britain's fastest growing workplace equality programme.International IT company Hewlett-Packard will be the 200th organisation to join and will be working with Stonewall to promote good working conditions and equal treatment for its lesbian, gay and bisexual employees.
Vatican acting like ‘dictators’ 3
12:00 AM — The Vatican's comments on the rights of gay people are beginning to sound like the kind of propaganda used by the worst dictators, a gay group claims.The Gay and Lesbian Humanist Association (GALHA) described recent remarks as defamatory and authoritarian.
Gay activist to expose animal cruelty 1
12:00 AM — Gay animal activist John Carmody is off Spain to take part in the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) Running of the Nudes campaign, a human alternative to the Running of the Bulls event in the country.Mr Carmody is calling for members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community around the world to join him and the more than 1,000 others representing 40 countries who will converge on Pamplona on 5 July 2006, two days before the bull run, and race through the same course, wearing nothing but red scarves and plastic bullhorns.
Senate looks unlikely to ban gay marriage 4
12:00 AM — An increasing number of religious, civil rights and political groups have spoken out against the Federal Marriage Amendment currently being debated in the US Senate, claiming it distracts attention from the real problems facing Americans.The law would amend the Constitution to deny States the ability to define marriage themselves, mandating that marriage be only between one man and one woman, and would deny all benefits of marriage to all unmarried couples.
Homophobia “threatening democracy” in Poland 1
12:00 AM — Recent threats by Polish officials against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals and organisations threaten everyone's basic freedoms, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said today in a letter to Poland's Prime Minister Kasimierz Marcinkiewicz.Last week Poland's State Prosecutor instructed local prosecutors in five municipalities to launch sweeping investigations into the conduct of "homosexuals" on unspecified allegations of "paedophilia" and gay bars and organisations across the country have recently been closed down.
6th June 2006
Williams reinstates bishop after gay row
12:00 AM — An Evangelical clergyman who lost his standing as a bishop over a gay row has been reinstated by the Archbishop of CanterburyDr Rowan Williams allowed an appeal by the Reverend Richard Coekin against the revocation of his bishop licence by the Bishop of Southwark, Reverend Tom Butler.
Vatican attacks gay marriage 3
12:00 AM — The Vatican expressed fresh criticism of gay marriages today, just days before Pope Benedict XVI visits Spain, where same sex marriage is legal.The document, produced by the Pontifical Council for the Family, titled Family and Human Procreation, sets out doctrines on the relationship between family and reproduction.
US President backs gay marriage ban despite waning support 4
12:00 AM — US President George W Bush yesterday called for support of the proposed constitutional ban on gay marriage to be debated in the Senate from today.The President, who had been tight lipped in recent months on the issue of same-sex marriage, announced last week he supports an amendment to the constitution, sticking firm to the belief than marriage is between a man and a woman, despite the fact that Vice President Dick Cheney and even the first lady have offered differing opinions.
Australia set to lose gay union laws 1
12:00 AM — Just weeks after the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) approved a gay civil union law, the Federal Government has promised to overturn it.Despite an initial willingness to consider the law, Attorney General Philip Ruddock has now stated that it would be against the Federal Marriage Act as it is too similar to marriage and fails to take heed of the government's concerns.
Activists oppose anti-gay Nigerian law
12:00 AM — Human rights activists in Nigeria have formed an alliance against the Same Sex Marriage (Prohibition) Bill now in the National Assembly, saying it violates people's sexual rights.The bill calls for imprisonment for any person who "goes through the ceremony of marriage with a person of the same sex", anyone who helps them and any gay clubs or organisations.
Lesbian couple begin battle for marriage recognition 9
12:00 AM — A lesbian couple seeking UK recognition for their marriage in Canada began their case at the High Court today.University professors Sue Wilkinson and Celia Kitzinger were married lawfully in Canada in August 2003, while Sue was working there, after the province of British Columbia opened up marriage to same-sex couples.
5th June 2006
Bush backs gay marriage ban 4
12:00 AM — US President George W Bush has used his weekly radio address to voice support for a constitutional amendment which would ban gay marriage, ahead of a Senate vote on the issue.The amendment, which would prohibit states from recognising same-sex marriages, needs a two-thirds majority in the Senate and House, and then would need to be ratified by at least 38 state legislatures before becoming a law.
Lesbian couple seek UK gay marriage rights 10
12:00 AM — A British lesbian couple married lawfully in Canada will challenge the UK's gay marriage laws in the High Court tomorrow.University professors Sue Wilkinson and Celia Kitzinger were married lawfully in Canada in August 2003, while Sue was working there, after the province of British Columbia opened up marriage to same-sex couples.
Western Isles to lift ban on gay marriage
12:00 AM — The Western Isles (Eilean Siar) are preparing to reverse their ban on civil partnerships or gay weddings taking place on the islands.The Western Isles became the only part of Britain to ban gay marriages after local councillors and registrars agreed to a boycott.Registrars are permitted under the Civil Partnership Act to refuse to conduct a ceremony on moral grounds.
HIV positive rapist is “lowest of the low” says gay rights campaigner
12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveHuman rights campaigner, Peter Tatchell has branded an HIV positive Zimbabwean who pretended to be gay as "the lowest of the low" after he raped two teenage girls.Gabriel Vengesai, 45, had already been found guilty of statutory rape after he had consensual, unprotected sex with a 14-year-old girl who bore him a child.
Gay community urged to ensure faith support 13
12:00 AM — The Green Party's lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) group is calling on the gay community to respond to the Government's Equality Bill consultation on whether to ban discrimination against LGBT people in the supply of goods and services such as hotels and charitable services.They are worried that extreme religious groups might persuade the Government to exempt them from any obligations under the new law on grounds of religious faith.
Religious protests hit Romanian Gay Pride
12:00 AM — Gay campaigners marching for tolerance and diversity in Romania were hit with violence and protest last weekend.Around 500 activists attended a parade on Saturday evening in Bucharest, which was targeted by eggs and anti gay slogans as well as a counter march by the Romanian Christian group Noua Dreapta, promoting "family values."
UNAIDs meeting was “massive disappointment” 3
12:00 AM — UK charities and Non Governmental Organisations are calling the UN High Level Meeting on HIV/AIDS "a massive disappointment."After three days of intense negotiation, lobbying and demonstrations, UK groups attending the UN High Level Meeting on HIV/AIDS expressed disappointment at the political declaration and perceived lack of genuine involvement of community organisations and people living with HIV and AIDS.
2nd June 2006
Danish lesbians gain artificial insemination rights
12:00 AM — A new law passed today by the Danish parliament gives lesbian couples the same rights to artificial insemination in public hospitals as straight couples.The legislation which also applies to single women, was passed by 86 politicians who voted for the amendment, against 82 politicians who either abstained or voted against.
Grandpa accused of infecting gay men with HIV
12:00 AM — An Australian grandfather deliberately made friends with gay men on the internet to infect them with HIV, a court was told today.Michael Neal, 48, appeared at Melbourne Magistrates Court charged with attempting to infect people with HIV and rape.He met victims including one who he allegedly drugged and raped, on the internet and persuaded them into unprotected sex, telling them he was HIV negative, the jury heard.