14th June 2006
Polish education minister bans gay rights book
12:00 AM — The head of teacher training in Poland has been sacked after distributing a human rights manual which describes the types of discrimination lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people may face.Polish Education Minister Roman Giertych said the publication titled Compass: a manual on human rights education with young people, is a "contradiction to the core curriculum for general education" and against his idea of "patriotic education" in schools.
Gay groups push for UN recognition
12:00 AM — A campaign by the International Lesbian and Gay Association (ILGA) to encourage lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender groups to apply for recognition a Non Governmental Organisation (NGO) at the United Nations (UN) has been backed positively by organisations across the world.The groups that applied by the May 31 2006 deadline include the Associação Brasileira de Gays, Lésbicas e Transgêneros (ABGLT), COC Nederlands, the Federación Estatal de Lesbianas, Gays, Transexuales y Bisexuales (FELGT) of Spain, Gays and Lesbians of Zimbabwe (GALZ), Metropolitan Community Churches (MCC), and the Riksförbundet för sexuellt likaberättigande (RFSL) of Sweden.
EU resolution to condemn homophobia 1
12:00 AM — European politicians will vote on a joint draft resolution addressing an increase in racist and homophobic violence on the continent.The House will call on the members to reinforce criminal law measures aimed at the approximation of the penalties for such offences throughout the EU.
Teachers must “challenge homophobia” in class
12:00 AM — Teachers must include the gay community when teaching about issues such as equality, families and the media to help challenge homophobic bullying in schools, an education consultant advised today.Mark Jennett, an expert in teaching on sexuality, told a conference of the NASUWT teaching union that the classroom is a place where sexuality can easily be talked about.
13th June 2006
Lesbian Tory rules herself out of mayor race 2
12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveThe openly lesbian vice-chairman of the Conservative party has officially ruled herself out of standing to become Mayor of London.Margot James, who is the vice-chairman of the Conservative party with responsibility for women says that she is concentrating on her campaign to become elected to the House of Commons."It's a hard decision but parliament is my goal."
Heather sues over lesbian prostitute claims
12:00 AM — Heather Mills McCartney will take legal action over tabloid claims that she was a lesbian prostitute, her lawyers have announced.Lady McCartney's representatives said the News of the World reports were "untrue and highly defamatory."She will launch proceedings after her divorce from former Beatle Sir Paul McCartney is complete.
Scottish schools failing to confront homophobic bullying
12:00 AM — Scottish schools must do more to combat homophobic bullying, a report claims.The Scottish Executive study found a "long list of damaging and distressing" homophobic incidents and concluded that "anti-homophobia is not seen as a priority by many schools."
12th June 2006
Gay policemen gain protection
12:00 AM — Gay policemen in Scotland have been designated an officer to protect them from homophobia and to promote equality in the force.Inspector David Lyle has been made the Scottish coordinator of the Gay Police Association, the first such position in the UK.His role will be to settle disputes between gay and straight officers and to ensure gay and lesbian recruits feel comfortable at work.
Warsaw gay activists march with pride
12:00 AM — Thousands of people marched in the polish capital of Warsaw last weekend in an Equality Parade to protest against increased homophobia in the country.A counter parade by far-right groups was cancelled after pressure from politicians, meaning compared to the neighbouring cities of Moscow and Bucharest, activists marched relatively peacefully.
Bromley candidate criticised over ‘anti-gay’ election pledge 3
12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveAn Independent candidate for the Bromley and Chislehurst by-election has been criticised after pledging to bring the BBC to account for broadcasting homosexuality on television.The resident of the late Conservative MP Eric Forth's constituency, who claims to be known locally as Son of Eric for his trenchant and non-politically correct opinions, is campaigning to ensure the BBC remains a "family channel."
Canada invites US gay couples to get married 1
12:00 AM — The Canadian Tourism Commission has launched a new gay and lesbian advertising campaign with a wedding invitation for US same-sex couples.The country is one of few in the world to extend full marriage equality to all people.
British business told to embrace gay community
12:00 AM — Companies must begin to consider the gay community in their marketing or risk prosecution by impending regulation, business advisors warned today.The 2006 Equality Act, which comes into force later this year, guarantees access to goods and services regardless of sexual orientation.
Lady McCartney denies lesbian prostitute claims
12:00 AM — Heather Mills McCartney has denied tabloid reports that she once worked as a £5,000-a-time lesbian prostitute.The former model, who is soon to be divorced from former Beatle Sir Paul McCartney, denied the allegations claiming it was old news.A statement from her lawyers said: "Heather Mills McCartney strongly denies the allegations. These are not new stories."
Stonewall targets homophobic bullying
12:00 AM — Stonewall has launched its Speak Out survey to find out about young gay, lesbian and bisexual people's experiences of homophobic bullying in British schools.This important research, in collaboration with the Schools Health Education Unit, is part of Stonewall's ongoing work to tackle homophobia and homophobic bullying in schools through its Education for All campaign.
9th June 2006
Gay groups condemn World Pride boycott calls 23
12:00 AM — An anti Israel group is calling on the British lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community to boycott this summer's WorldPride in Jerusalem, prompting outrage from campaigners and local charities.The Coalition to Boycott World Pride Jerusalem claims the LGBT community should not attend the international gay parade in protest of the way Israel has "illegally occupied Jerusalem for decades, and has functionally annexed the city."
ACLU pushes for HIV confidentiality
12:00 AM — The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) sent a letter to the San Francisco Department of Public Health this week demanding that the San Francisco City Clinic stop misleading people being tested for HIV.A new state law that went into effect on April 17 2006 requires all health care providers and laboratories to report names of individuals with HIV to the local health department, yet the City Clinic run by the San Francisco Department of Public Health has been telling people taking the HIV test that their names would not be reported to the state if they test positive.
Petition demands end to government HIV discrimination
12:00 AM — Gay legal group Lambda Legal delivered a petition today signed by 5,000 people urging Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice, to repeal the federal government's 'discriminatory' hiring policies and allow a qualified man living with HIV to work as a Foreign Service Officer."Employers, as well as the general public, look to the federal government to set the standard in workers' rights," said Hector Vargas, deputy director of education and public affairs at Lambda Legal.
8th June 2006
Gay couple may be forced apart by US immigration laws
12:00 AM — A Swansea woman and her American partner may have to give up their home and life in the States, as US immigration laws fail to take gay partnerships into account.Belinda Ryan, a helicopter pilot, has been living with her partner Wendy Daw, an acupuncturist, in San Francisco. But she will be forced to return to the UK unless there is a change in immigration laws for gay couples.
Warsaw permits gay parade
12:00 AM — Warsaw authorities have sanctioned a gay pride parade in the Polish capital, on the basis that a nationalist march takes place on the same day in the same part of the city.The decision comes after pressure from human rights groups and the European Union to allow the gay pride parafde to go ahead after it was banned last year.
Repeal of anti gay law in Missouri gives would-be foster carer hope.
12:00 AM — Missouri Attorney General Jay Nixon said Wednesday that the state no longer can challenge a Kansas City lesbian's efforts to become a foster parent.Lisa Johnston applied for a foster-parent license three years ago and sued after it was denied on the basis that she lacked "reputable character" because she was a lesbian.Now, though, she can dare to hope, as a new legal amendment is signed and her case is declared moot.