31st August 2006
Muslims oppose celebrating Mercury’s gay lifestyle
12:00 AM — Zanzibar Muslims have objected to a party honouring the late Queen lead singer Freddie Mercury's 60th birthday, claiming his gay lifestyle is offensive to the community.The island's Association for Islamic Mobilisation and Propagation, who want the semi autonomous part of Tanzania to be ruled by the Qu'ran, claim that a celebration scheduled for next month should be cancelled because it is an offensive violation of their religion.
30th August 2006
Fertility group backs lesbian IVF access
12:00 AM — Lesbians and single women should be treated the same way as heterosexual couples in access to NHS funded fertility treatment, medical experts recommended today.The British Fertility Society (BFS), the organisation representing professionals working with assisted conception, has issued a series of recommendations on social criteria for access to NHS-funded fertility treatment amid speculation of a postcode lottery in gaining support.
India’s gay prince plans to adopt
12:00 AM — The Indian prince, disowned two months ago by his family for being gay, announced this week that he will adopt a child.The 40-year-old Prince Manvendra Singh Gohil, said to be the first member of any royal family in the country to publicly reveal that he is gay, was stripped of his title and right over the royal properties in Gujarat, Maharashtra and elsewhere in the country in June for making his homosexuality public, reports The New Indian Express.
Local party stops modernising Tories
12:00 AM — Controversial Tory Ian Laws has moved back into the fold in his local Conservative party by being allowed to stand as a nominee for the Falmouth Camborne seat, according to The Times.Conservative party member Mr Laws was suspended following his public appeal for openly gay Ashley Crossely to be dumped as the local party candidate for the parliamentary seat at the last election.
Manc police to monitor Gay Village
12:00 AM — A dedicated police officer and community support officer (PCSO) are taking to the beat around Manchester's Gay Village, as part of the city's commitment to neighbourhood policing, prompting accusations of political correctness.PC Sam Tennant and PCSO Ann Marie Lewis are now based in the Lesbian and Gay Foundation (LGF) offices on Princess Street in the city centre.
Gay bashing Polish PM in talks with EU 2
12:00 AM — Jaroslaw Kaczynski will make his first official visit outside Poland today since becoming Prime Minister.He will meet EU Commission President Jose Barossa and other top officials in Brussels, as his foreign minister admitted that Poland has an image problem.EU relations with Poland have been strained since Kaczynski and his twin brother Lech, who is President of Poland, took office.
Minister demands gay pride exodus from Jerusalem 23
12:00 AM — Israeli government ministers have thwarted new plans for a lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) 'Pride and Tolerance' march in Jerusalem.The Minister for Jerusalem Affairs, Yaakov Edri, told Jerusalem Open House (JOH) who were organising the march, to hold the gay pride parade outside of the capital city.
29th August 2006
Protest for gay couples’ immigration rights
12:00 AM — Immigration groups have organised protests to argue for the extension of right to same sex couples.The protest, led by Out4Immigration, will take place across California next week to highlight the discrepancy in current immigration law that only allows for heterosexual partners to apply for green cards because of their relationship.
Gay “converts” demand right to therapy 1
12:00 AM — Leading outreach groups in the homosexual conversion therapy movement called on the American Psychological Association (APA) this month to recognise those who are battling unwanted same-sex attraction.Exodus International, the largest outreach to gay people in conflict with their own homosexuality, asked the APA to continue dialogue regarding the phenomenon of unwanted homosexual attraction at an APA Annual Convention held in New Orleans.
Rise in gay teenagers calling Childline
12:00 AM — The NSPCC has reported a rise in the number of LGBT teenagers calling their helpline to ask for help with homophobic bullying.There was a 21% rise in calls to Childline about all types of bullying in the year up to March 2006.About a quarter of all calls to the helpline are about bullying.
New date for anti-homophobia march 23
12:00 AM — A postponed protest march against hate campaigns being targeted at lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in Jerusalem will finally go ahead next month, according to organisers.The march for 'Pride and Tolerance' in the city was originally meant to take place on August 10th, but was delayed due to the political situation in the Middle East.
Homophobic bullying targeted in Manchester
12:00 AM — The Liberal Democrats launched their Stop Homophobic Bullying Petition in the North West last weekend to coincide with Manchester Gay Pride.John Leech, Lib Dem MP for Manchester Withington, brought the initiative to Manchester, aiming to clamp down on homophobic bullying, encourage anti-bullying policies and training teachers how to deal with it.
‘Gay friendly’ potential President to address Tories
12:00 AM — A US politician tipped as the next US President and known to favour state power to define gay marriage laws will address the Conservative Party Conference in Bournemouth next month, according to reports.John McCain, the senior Senator from Arizona, who voted against the Federal Marriage Amendment in 2004 and has been praised by gay lobby group the Log Cabin Republicans, will speak at the opening evening of the Tory annual gathering.
25th August 2006
Wal-Mart criticised for pro-gay attitude
12:00 AM — Wal-Mart has risked the wrath of its bible belt roots in the United States after joining the a gay commerce group.The Arkansas based company has faced opposition in its changing attitude to gay and lesbian people in the US by groups such as the American Family Association (AFA).AFA says that by joining the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) Wal-Mart has abandoned its "pro family stance."
Badgering for LGF
12:00 AM — The Apprentice finalist Ruth Badger will be helping out with the Lesbian Gay Foundation (LGF) at the forthcoming Manchester Pride's Big Weekend, August 26-28.Ms Badger has apparently been putting her entrepreneurial skills to the test by helping out to organise and develop the LGF's campaign for the weekend which is aimed at people in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community.
24th August 2006
Gay activists offer Marine Corps shortage solution 5
12:00 AM — As the Marine Corps' dismissal of lesbian and gay troops increases, President George W Bush has authorised an involuntary recall of Marine Corps Individual Ready Reservists "because there are not enough volunteers returning for duty in Afghanistan and Iraq," according to a CNN report.Marine Colonel Guy Stratton, head of the manpower mobilisation section, estimated there is a shortfall of about 1,200 Marines needed to fill positions in upcoming deployments, The Associated Press reports.
Christian lobby group warns Californians of “dangerous” gay law
12:00 AM — The head of a conservative lobbyist group in California warned the listeners of his daily radio show that America's children will be delivered "straight into the arms of the homosexual activist community" unless California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoes a quartet of pro-gay bills.Focus on the Family Action chairman James Dobson said that the four pieces of legislation, SB 1437, SB 1441, AB 1056 and AB 606, would all forbid critical or biblically based discussion of homosexuality in some part of the public sector.
Colorado gay marriage divides opinion
12:00 AM — In the red corner, the Mesa State College Young Republicans, who this week staged a mock wedding between a man and a fish.They wanted to highlight their opposition to gay partnership proposals, which will be the subject of a state-wide referendum in November.The stunt is just one of many examples of how the sleepy Rockies state of Colorado is gripped by the new concept of gay marriage.
Gay pride festival can’t find politician to take part
12:00 AM — Gay pride in Galway is Ireland's oldest LGBT event, yet organisers have not been able to find a single politician to open the festivities.The city's Green party mayor was due to kick off proceedings tonight, but he was called away on other business.Organiser Darren Whelan was sceptical about their fruitless search for a replacement.
More gay problems for California’s lawmakers 1
12:00 AM — It was a shame that Governor Terminator was not present to keep the peace, as California lawmakers once again descended into tantrums over gay issues.A bill to allow registered domestic partners to file joint tax returns seems to have been a little too much for some Republican Assembly members yesterday.