16th May 2006
Exxon debates gay rights policy
12:00 AM — America's only major company without sexual orientation policies is set to vote on anti discrimination protection regarding sexuality and gender this month.It follows a campaign from gay group, the Equality Project and one of the energy company's biggest shareholders, the New York City Employee's Retirement System (NYCERS.)
CCTV captures homophobic attackers, police claim
12:00 AM — Detectives believe they have uncovered new evidence relating to a homophobic attack which left a man with serious head injuries this year.Greater Manchester Police are appealing for help in identifying four men from CCTV pictures believed to be responsible for a hate crime in which two men were seriously assaulted in Manchester City Centre in the early hours of March 18 2006.
Reverend backs gay marriage
12:00 AM — A Scottish minister has given his backing to civil partnerships after calling on the General Assembly of Scotland to reject an evangelical group's protest against priests conducting the gay service.The Reverend Bob Brown of Queen's Cross Church in Aberdeen voiced disapproval of a campaign by Christian group, Forward Together, who want ministers and deacons banned from conducting the ceremonies because they believe it is against the Bible.
‘Bogus’ lesbian refugee avoids deportation
12:00 AM — An asylum seeker who pretended to be a lesbian to ensure she could remain in the UK, has won the right to stay because the Home Office delayed over her appeal, a judge ruled today.Carol Ajoh claimed she was a lesbian to avoid being sent back to Jamaica in 2000, claiming she would be persecuted over her sexuality if she returned to her home country.
Vatican denies gay prostitution claims 2
12:00 AM — The Vatican has issued a denial and is threatening legal action after claims that one of its priests has been arrested while looking for a male or transsexual prostitute in an area known for soliciting.Italian news agency, Ansa, and several Italian newspapers, reported last weekend that an unidentified 48- year-old official of the secretary of state of the Vatican had been stopped by police after acting awkwardly in an area known for male prostitutes.
15th May 2006
Transgendered man deceived wife for 17 years with home made penis
12:00 AM — A female-to-male transgendered person who made his own penis did not tell his wife of 17 years that he was born a woman lost his parental rights to his wife's daughter at the Court of Appeal earlier today.The man referred to as Mr J, is legally considered to be a male following the 2004 Gender Recognition Act that allows a transgendered people to legally take on a different sexual identity to their birth and can therefore marry someone of the same birth sex.
‘Queer’ memorial to remember gay holocaust 2
12:00 AM — Gay and lesbian holocaust victims are to get their own memorial in Vienna, officials revealed today.A large basin filled with pink water will be built in 2007 in Morzinplatz, Vienna, at the former Gestapo headquarters, to remember the homosexual victims of the Nazi regime, according to plans published today.
Supreme Court avoids gay parenting issue
12:00 AM — The Supreme Court has today refused to amend a Washington ruling which allowed a lesbian to seek access to a child she helped raise.Judges were accused of avoiding the gay issue and the chance to clarify gay parenting rights, after a Washington state court had let Sue Ellen Carvin pursue links with the 11-year-old girl as a "de facto" parent.
Gay group slams “sickening hypocrisy” of Cardinal 2
12:00 AM — The head of the Roman Catholic Church in England and Wales has been accused of "sickening hypocrisy" after recent reports that he sacked one of his staff because he is gay.The action taken by Cardinal Cormac Murphy O'Connor was condemned by the Gay and Lesbian Humanist Association (GALHA) yesterday.
Newcastle gay club evacuated after arson attack 1
12:00 AM — Over a thousand clubbers at a gay venue had to be evacuated in the early hours of Saturday morning following an arson attack at a club in Newcastle.The entrance to the The Loft Luxe club in Newcastle, northern England was doused in petrol and set alight at approximately 3.50 am on Saturday morning.
Iraqi Ayatollah removes gay fatwa 1
12:00 AM — Iraqi gays are claiming success following the decision of Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani to remove from his website a fatwa calling for the killing of homosexuals in the "worst, most severe way possible".The removal on 10 May 2006 follows protests to Mr Sistani by the London office of the Iraqi gay rights organisation, Iraqi LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender), which represents a clandestine network of lesbian and gay activists inside Iraq's major cities, including Baghdad, Najaf, Karbala, Hilla, Duhok and Basra.
Gay group return Democrat donation after marriage remarks
12:00 AM — The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force (NGLTF) is returning a $5,000 donation from the Democratic National Party after party chairman Howard Dean mischaracterized the DNP platform on gay rights in an interview intended to court the evangelical vote.Though the New York Times reports that Mr Dean corrected himself amid pressure from advocacy groups to set the record straight, he went on record with the Christian Broadcasting Network, saying the 2004 Democratic platform declares "marriage is between a man and a woman."
Two men detained over Caribbean homophobic attack 5
12:00 AM — Saint Maarten's Commissioners of Tourism, Theo Heyliger and Romeo Fleming, have confirmed the apprehension of two additional suspects in the attack against two gay American TV producers last month, bringing the total of those detained for their alleged participation in the incident to three.In a joint statement Mr Heyliger and Mr Fleming said, "The entire community of St Maarten expresses its gratitude for the cooperative efforts of the Chief Prosecutor's office with French officials in apprehending these individuals.
Europe leader condemns Moscow homophobia
12:00 AM — The Secretary General of the Council of Europe condemned recent violence against gays and lesbians in Moscow today.Gay people are being increasingly persecuted in Russia with the recent gay pride ban and attacks on Moscow gay clubs.Last week police were forced to intervene when 100 skinheads, nationalists and Christian fundamentalists hurled eggs and bottles at a gay club in Moscow.
Pair admit murdering gay barman 2
12:00 AM — Two men have pleaded guilty to murdering a gay barman on Clapham Common.Thomas Pickford, 25, and Scott Walker, 33, both of no fixed address admitted killing Jody Dobrowski in October 2005 after earlier denying the charge.
Dutch troops change ‘gay’ name
12:00 AM — The Dutch Ministry of Defence has changed the name of its peacekeeping force in Afghanistan after fears of the original name's connotations.Dutch troops in the war zone operated under the name, Unicorn, but had their title changed to the Uruzgan Taskforce, to avoid ridicule, the defence ministry claims.
‘Framed’ gay Muslim appeals conviction 2
12:00 AM — A gay Muslim prisoner has launched an appeal against a conviction for grievous bodily harm, claiming he was framed by the men who had been targeting him in a homophobic hate campaign.The 28 year old, Mohamed S, whose full identity cannot be revealed for safety reasons, was jailed for eight years in 2002, but has had his case accepted for review by the Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC,) who decide if a conviction should be sent to appeal.
First Lady opposes gay marriage campaign tool
12:00 AM — The first lady has warned against using the controversial Constitutional amendment banning gay marriage as a campaign tool.Laura Bush pushed for sensitivity over the upcoming Senate debate about entrenching marriage as a male and female union in the Constitution.
14th May 2006
Archbishop sacks advisor because he is gay 2
12:00 AM — The Archbishop of Westminster has dismissed his gay press secretary after telling him his sexuality was "incompatible" with his position in the Church, prompting further rows over Christianity and homosexuality.Stephen Noon, in charge of promoting the public image and ethics of the Church, was sacked by Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor in 2004 after just a year in the post.
12th May 2006
Australian gay couples get civil union law 1
12:00 AM — Gay groups in Australia are celebrating a landmark law passed in the Australian Capital Territory last night giving same sex couples the right to civil unions for the first time.The local assembly approved the bill in a late night vote yesterday.A spokesman for Federal Government Attorney General Phillip Ruddock, who along with Prime Minister John Howard had vowed to block the law, told the Associated Foreign Press, the government was happy with the changes made.