20th October 2006
Maverick Clare Short resigns from Labour
12:00 AM — Former cabinet minister Clare Short has announced that she has resigned as a Labour MP. She will sit as an independent for the rest of this parliament and will not vote with the government.In a letter to the Chief Whip, Ms Short said she could no longer remain in the Parliamentary Labour Party. The 60-year-old political veteran had previously announced that she will not contest the next election.
Presidential hopeful confused over gay marriage 1
12:00 AM — With the mid-term elections only weeks away, a leading contender for the Republican nomination for President has spoken out in favour of gay marriages - and against them.Senator John McCain, seen by many gay and lesbians as the most acceptable Republican candidate for President in 2008, was answering questions at Iowa State University on Wednesday, as part of a tour of universities for MSNBC.
19th October 2006
Netherlands grants asylum to gay Iranians
12:00 AM — Gay Iranian asylum seekers in the Netherlands will not be sent back to their home country.Reacting to pressure from human rights groups, Dutch Immigration Minister Rita Verdonk has granted gays and lesbians from Iran special asylum rights.
Gay AIDS head gets Christians talking
12:00 AM — With the swearing-in of Mark Dybul, an out gay man, as the head of the US federal AIDS programme, some Christian organisations are wondering how far acceptance of homosexuality has gone in the Bush Administration.Mr Dybul was sworn in this week as the United States' Global AIDS Coordinator, a position that carries the rank of ambassador by Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice.
Potential Prime Minister criticises gay equality delay 18
12:00 AM — A potential candidate for Prime Minister has criticised government ministers for delaying new equality legislation.John McDonnell, who earlier this year declared his intention to stand for the Labour party leadership when Tony Blair relinquishes the post, expressed alarm at reports that government figures such as the Prime Minister and Communities Secretary Ruth Kelly were caving into pressure from Christian groups to allow exemptions in the new Sexual Orientation Regulations.
Deceased gay Congressman’s partner refused benefits
12:00 AM — Dean Hara, 48, the spouse of deceased former Representative Gerry Studds has been told he will not get any share of Studds' annual $114,337 pension.The couple got married when same-sex marriage became legal in Massachusetts but, according to All Headline News, the marriage was not recognised by federal law.
Gay equality delay bad for healthcare 18
12:00 AM — Care workers have expressed concern at the delay of the Sexual Orientation Regulations after it was announced that the new laws will not come into force until April 2007 because of the huge number of responses to the legislation.The Liberal Democrat's Women and Equality spokesperson Lorely Burt has been leading calls for the minister to step down after reports that the new Equality Act may be amended to allay fears of Christian groups, her demands were echoed by the Gay and Lesbian Humanist Association.
Comment: Israeli ‘gay bashing’ bad for the country 23
12:00 AM — When Israel argues its case as the "only democracy in the Middle East" its attitude to gay rights in often quoted in contrast to the plight of gays and lesbians in Arabic cultures such as in nearby Iran, but Israeli gay campaigner Yoav Sivan says growing political opposition to the upcoming WorldPride march suggests the country still has a way to go.Writing for Ynet News the LGBT Coordinator of the International Union of Socialist Youth and Young Meretz calls for gay rights to be embraced in all parts of Israel.
18th October 2006
Gay voters given election guidance 3
12:00 AM — As the US population prepares for the Congressional elections, a gay rights group has prepared a document helping the LGBT community decide who to vote for.The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) has compiled a scorecard that outlines how they have voted on GLBT issues during the 109th Congress.
European Commission funding gay family support
12:00 AM — The European Commission is aiming to stamp out homophobic violence by helping families of gays and lesbians support their relatives.The Commission has funded a two year project entitled "Family Matters Supporting families to prevent violence against gay and lesbian youth" the aim of which is to prevent violence against lesbian and gay youth by supporting their families.
Ex-Chief Rabbi attacks gay pride march 24
12:00 AM — A controversial ultra-orthodox Israeli Rabbi has joined protests against the WorldPride march in Jerusalem.Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, spiritual leader of the Shas political party and former Sephardic Chief Rabbi, has given his backing to the rally against the parade describing it as "filth."
Academics criticise Kelly over gay equality delay 18
12:00 AM — Communities Secretary Ruth Kelly must resign if she continues to obstruct equal rights for gays and lesbians, says the University and College Union (UCU).The union, which represents 110,000 lecturers and academic related staff, today added its voice to others criticising the delay of legislation which would make it illegal for organisations and businesses to deny services to gays and lesbians.
Study calls for gay partner health benefits
12:00 AM — Researchers are calling on US employers to provide health insurance to all partners after a study revealed that unmarried couples are less likely to have medical support and therefore more likely to suffer illness.The study by the Williams Institute on Sexual Orientation Law and Public Policy released today documents unequal access to employment-based health insurance for same-sex and unmarried heterosexual couples.
17th October 2006
City Council blocks gay masseuse 1
12:00 AM — An application by a gay massage therapist for a home-business permit in Manassas, Virginia. has been opposed by members of the community and stalled in the City Council, though the council had approved similar applications in the past.According to the Associated Press, Howard Daniel has given massages in hospitals and at his patients' homes.
Massachusetts Governor rallies against gay marriage 2
12:00 AM — Governor Mitt Romney is facing criticism after calling upon evangelicals to condemn gay marriage and to fight what they see as a threat to Christian values in a nationwide broadcast last weekend.In a cavernous, gilded room festooned with American flags, Romney and a slew of leading conservative speakers described how a "homosexual agenda" was interfering with the constitutional rights of same-sex marriage opponents to express their dissent and religious freedom.
Gay group promotes family life
12:00 AM — Over 200 European delegates are expected to gather in Bulgaria next week to promote the diversity of families.The meeting being held in Sofia is entitle "We are Family - Our families in Europe and the European family," it is organised by the European branch of the International Lesbian and Gay Association (ILGA) and Bulgarian gay group Gemini.
Texas rounding up gay families
12:00 AM — Gay and looking for a good place to raise your kids? You might want to consider Texas.It may sound crazy, but a study in The Gay and Lesbian Atlas concludes that San Antonio, a major Texas city, has the largest amount of queer couples with kids in America.
Gay rights concern for Nepal talks
12:00 AM — Gay rights in Nepal may become isolated as talks between the Seven Party Alliance (SPA - government) and the Maoists in Nepal continue, a local LGBT group has warned.The Blue Diamond Society has expressed concern that gay rights will be forgotten while the country discusses more controversial issues of the future of the monarchy and arms management.
16th October 2006
Gay campaigners attack Ruth Kelly over equality delay 19
12:00 AM — Communities Secretary Ruth Kelly has once again come under criticism regarding her view on gay rights after it has emerged that exemptions may be allowed for Catholic groups in the upcoming Equality Act.The new law, which has now been delayed until April, aims to outlaw discrimination in the provision of goods and services for the LGBT community, but protests from Christian groups appear to have led to a delay.
Conservatives join gay diversity scheme
12:00 AM — The Conservative Party has over the last year aimed to change its image amongst the gay community, this has included inviting more gay and lesbian politicians to join the party and backing laws such as civil partnerships and the new Equality Act, now the party has become the latest major British employer to join Stonewall's Diversity Champions programme.The programme promotes good practice around sexual orientation issues and assists employers in recruiting and retaining lesbian and gay staff.