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.
New EU presidency urged to protect gay rights
12:00 AM — The International Lesbian and Gay Association (ILGA) has published a list of demands for the new presidency of the European Union.Finland will be in charge of the political body for the next six months after Austria's rule since January came to an end, and ILGA has immediately produced a memorandum on gay issues for the country to follow.
10th July 2006
“Gay Gene” debate opened again by Latter Day Saints 3
12:00 AM — The Salt Lake City Tribune has published evidence that it says shows that people are not genetically born gay."When you assert that individuals are born gay and cannot change, people naturally jump to the conclusion that same-sex marriage is the only rational choice for same-sex attracted individuals," the paper admits.
“Don’t ask, don’t tell” for gay women in the city
12:00 AM — Gay women working in the city are three times less likely then gay man to come out, a new survey claims.The recruitment firm The Blomfield Group conducted the survey, which suggests that although the City of London had improved, it was still a challenging place for gay people to work in, especially gay women.
8th July 2006
New Mexico Police raid “like the gay Abu Ghraib”
12:00 AM — As police force gay gym members to lie naked on the floor at gun point, questions are asked as to whether this was "overkill" for an alcohol inspection.Suspecting gym owner Ron Cordova of selling liquor without a license, the New Mexico State Police, supported by the Albuquerque fire marshal's office stormed the gym and ran checks on all of its customers. One man was arrested on an outstanding warrant and five others were issued alcohol-related citations.
Getting Married anyway – Pope’s words fall on deaf ears 1
12:00 AM — As the Pope Benedict XVI's visit to the Family Conference in Valencia continues, marriages between gay couples are continuing with joy and enthusiasm.Both Jose Francisco Lamo and Luisa Notario married their long term partners in civil ceremonies in the city, as the Pope's visit and anti-gay marriage statements continue.
Clinton disappoints gay community over marriage 3
12:00 AM — Presidential hopeful, Hillary Clinton has disappointed the New York gay community by specifically leaving out any pledges on gay marriage in her call for equality for gay people.Mrs Clinton, who is a New York Senator, was reacting to the judgement of the New York State Court of Appeals who ruled on Thursday that only a change in law would allow gay marriage and that banning gay marriage was therefore constitutional.
Anti WorldPride petition gathers momentum 23
12:00 AM — Another day, another addition to the sea of protest surrounding WorldPride's decision to hold this year's event in the city of Jerusalem.Currently an online petition opposing the event is hovering around the 100,000 signature mark. It's organisers are confident that this target will soon be reached.
Gay only Guest houses in Cape Town
12:00 AM — The Commission for Gender Equality has ruled in favour of allowing gay guest houses on the Western Cape to exclude heterosexual couples if they would prefer to do so.Previously excluding straight guests had been seen as a form of discrimination, and was not allowed by law.Cape Town has become a popular gay holiday destination, with the attractions of beautiful beaches, lively nightlife and a thriving music scene.
Anti death penalty vigils planned in protest to gay executions 1
12:00 AM — The 19th of July will see anti-death penalty vigils being held all over the world to commemorate the public hanging in Iran of two gay men.Mahmoud Asgari and Ayaz Marhoni were accused of raping a 13 year old boy, though several human right's groups believed that this charge was invented in order to enable the authorities in Mashhad to serve a death penalty on the men who admitted to having gay sex, and denied the rape charge.
7th July 2006
London Bombings remembered
12:00 AM — All over the country people remembered the London Bombings.Outside our central London offices, the streets were silent. Cars stopped and observed the silence. Office workers came out of their buildings to stand in solidarity on the streets .As the rain began to spit, we remembered those who had perished underground or in Tavistock square.
No “gunshot for a funny man” in Brighton or Bornemouth 7
12:00 AM — "Me not apologising to no funnyman (gay man)"."Fire fi the man dem that looking man" (burn gay men)"Gunshot for a funnyman" (shoot gay men)Concerts by homophobic reggae stars Buju Banton and Beenie Man have been cancelled.
Jerusalem WorldPride to move to Tel Aviv? 23
12:00 AM — The Israeli online news website, YNet, is claiming that WorldPride will be moved from Jerusalem to Tel Aviv.Unnamed police officials have told the website that the change in venue in very likely to happen, although apparently the "final decision has not (officially) been made yet".The official reason given for moving the parade is that the Jerusalem Police fear that they will not be able to cope with the "size and complexity of the event", the website claims.
6th July 2006
Ex HSBC banker to appeal against unfair dismissal judgement 2
12:00 AM — The HSBC tribunal drama continues as the former employee, Peter Lewis, announces his plans to appeal against a judgement that ruled in favour of the bank.Although the tribunal ruled that Mr Lewis had "received less favourable treatment on the grounds of sexual orientation" during the bank's internal investigation into allegations of personal misconduct, it judged that the bank had not dismissed Mr Lewis because of his sexual orientation.
Indian Prince disinherited for being gay 4
12:00 AM — Prince Manvendra (from the Royal family of Gujarat in North West India) has officially stated what has been long believed - that he is gay.Indeed, the Prince has never really sought to hide his sexual orientation, producing and staring in the gay film "Emotionally Yours", and setting up an HIV- awareness NGO to educate gay men about the dangers of the disease. This NGO, Lakshya, has solemnized gay "marriages" and is conducting research into acceptance for homosexuality in Holy Scriptures.
Faking HIV? AIDS campaigner arrested on fraud charges
12:00 AM — Cassey Weierbach, a 27 year old lesbian from Pennsylvania has been touring the US, speaking in youth groups, churches and medical conferences about her tragic childhood rape and infection with the HIV virus.But Ms Weierbach will have to put her lecture tour on hold while serious allegations that she may not in fact have HIV are investigated.
Couple speak out about concept of Catholic family
12:00 AM — Although Emilio Menendez and Carlos Baturin have been together for 30 years and were the first gay couple to get married in Spain when the law was changed last year, their "family" will not be welcome at the Catholic World Meeting of Families this weekend in Valencia.The Vatican has branded gay marriages an "eclipse of God".Pope Benedict XVI will be visiting the meeting this weekend, and is likely to reiterate the Catholic Church's official views.
Prescott to face inquiry over stay with homophobic billionaire
12:00 AM — The deputy prime minister, John Prescott has told the BBC that he will not resign despite pressure over his meetings with a homophobic billionaire who aims to turn the Millennium Dome into a super-casino.Mr Prescott told BBC Radio 4: "I will get on with doing my job and I'm not leaving it."However, the decision to keep Mr Prescott in office is one that can only be made the Prime minister, Tony Blair.
“Marriage” defined as only between one man and one woman? 1
12:00 AM — In Chicago the controversy over the proposal to define marriage as between one man and one woman takes another twist.The conservative Illinois Family Institute have formally challenged the initial findings of state officials, that the proposal does not have enough valid signatures to make it onto the November 7th ballot.The petition has 345,000 signatures. State law requires that more than 95% of a petition's signatures must be valid in order for it to be processed and eventually end up on the ballot.
Ken Livingstone looks back to school days to launch anti-homophobia campaign
12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveThe Mayor of London, Ken Livingstone joined with teachers andeducationalists to launch an anti-homophobic bullying campaign spearheaded by the gay rights charity Stonewall.He drew on his own "behind the bike sheds" experiences to illustrate the change in educational needs relating to homophobia since the 1950s.