9th June 2006
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.
AIDs charity calls for national HIV response
12:00 AM — The UN High Level Meeting last week in New York again saw UK Ministers advocating a human rights based response to the global HIV pandemic, but in a report published by the National AIDS Trust (NAT) such important and effective international work is contrasted with serious failings back at home.The NAT report 'HIV in the United Kingdom: A Progress Report 2006' presents an overview of the UK 's domestic record.
Father sues anti-gay protesters who picketed son’s funeral 1
12:00 AM — The father of a Marine whose funeral was picketed by an anti-gay group is taking them to court.Albert Synder is seeking unspecified damages against Westboro Baptist Church, who picketed the funeral, accusing its members of "intentional and outrageous" conduct during his son's funeral service.
Senate praised after rejecting gay marriage ban 4
12:00 AM — The US Senate has been applauded for rejecting a constitutional gay marriage ban yesterday.The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) praised the legislators for rejecting the discriminatory proposal, which would have defined marriage between a man and a woman in the Constitution, effectively nullifying existing US gay marriages and the chance of any future unions.
Homophobia forces Dutch Ambassador to resign 2
12:00 AM — Hans Glaubitz, the Dutch Ambassador in Estonia has resigned from his post because of the homophobic abuse he and his partner have had to suffer."It is not very nice to be regularly abused by drunken skinheads ... and to be continuously gawped at as if you have just stepped out of a UFO," Mr Glaubitz told reporters.
7th June 2006
Gay activist to expose animal cruelty 1
12:00 AM — Gay animal activist John Carmody is off Spain to take part in the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) Running of the Nudes campaign, a human alternative to the Running of the Bulls event in the country.Mr Carmody is calling for members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community around the world to join him and the more than 1,000 others representing 40 countries who will converge on Pamplona on 5 July 2006, two days before the bull run, and race through the same course, wearing nothing but red scarves and plastic bullhorns.
Homophobia “threatening democracy” in Poland 1
12:00 AM — Recent threats by Polish officials against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals and organisations threaten everyone's basic freedoms, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said today in a letter to Poland's Prime Minister Kasimierz Marcinkiewicz.Last week Poland's State Prosecutor instructed local prosecutors in five municipalities to launch sweeping investigations into the conduct of "homosexuals" on unspecified allegations of "paedophilia" and gay bars and organisations across the country have recently been closed down.
Korean academics surprised at lifting of gay soldier ban
12:00 AM — In the wake of the recent announcement by South Korea that it plans to ease or end its ban on gay soldiers, researchers of gender, sexuality and military culture say the developments are surprising for a nation that is not known for tolerance of open homosexuality.According to the Associated Press, the statement by the Defence Ministry followed a recommendation by a government human rights group that the military take steps to ensure the rights of its gay troops. Before that, gays were discharged for "mental illness" and were sometimes the target of harassment.
Campaign targets gay crystal meth epidemic
12:00 AM — As the discovery of AIDS reaches its 25th anniversary, the gay community is grappling with a new epidemic, an increase in the use of what many consider to be the most dangerous drug in the United States, Crystal Meth.In an effort to combat abuse of this highly addictive drug, New York City's Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual Transgender Community Centre has announced the launch of a new ad campaign with the message, "Silence=Meth."
HP joins gay friendly workplace scheme
12:00 AM — Stonewall has announced that membership of its Diversity Champions programme for employers has now reached 200, making it Britain's fastest growing workplace equality programme.International IT company Hewlett-Packard will be the 200th organisation to join and will be working with Stonewall to promote good working conditions and equal treatment for its lesbian, gay and bisexual employees.
6th June 2006
Activists oppose anti-gay Nigerian law
12:00 AM — Human rights activists in Nigeria have formed an alliance against the Same Sex Marriage (Prohibition) Bill now in the National Assembly, saying it violates people's sexual rights.The bill calls for imprisonment for any person who "goes through the ceremony of marriage with a person of the same sex", anyone who helps them and any gay clubs or organisations.
5th June 2006
Religious protests hit Romanian Gay Pride
12:00 AM — Gay campaigners marching for tolerance and diversity in Romania were hit with violence and protest last weekend.Around 500 activists attended a parade on Saturday evening in Bucharest, which was targeted by eggs and anti gay slogans as well as a counter march by the Romanian Christian group Noua Dreapta, promoting "family values."
UNAIDs meeting was “massive disappointment” 3
12:00 AM — UK charities and Non Governmental Organisations are calling the UN High Level Meeting on HIV/AIDS "a massive disappointment."After three days of intense negotiation, lobbying and demonstrations, UK groups attending the UN High Level Meeting on HIV/AIDS expressed disappointment at the political declaration and perceived lack of genuine involvement of community organisations and people living with HIV and AIDS.
2nd June 2006
Gay Americans let down in AIDs epidemic 3
12:00 AM — The USA is rejecting gay, black and poor communities in its response to AIDs, according to a health watchdog.The report, published by the Public Health Watch HIV/AIDS Monitoring Project of the Open Society Institute (OSI), provides the first comprehensive analysis of how the United States is responding to the domestic AIDS epidemic and calls on the US government to step up prevention and treatment efforts.
Gay groups show solidarity with marred Moscow pride 4
12:00 AM — Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) groups and individuals will gather outside the Russian Consulate in Edinburgh today to protest the Mayor of Moscow's decision to ban a gay pride march in Russia.The Moscow mayor, Yuri Luzhkov, banned the march and subsequently failed to protect gay activists who were in the area last Saturday.
Calls for Moscow Gay Pride investigation 4
12:00 AM — Russian authorities must launch a full investigation into the attacks on gay pride activists in Moscow last weekend, a human rights group demanded today.Human Rights Watch (HRW) said the investigation must also encompass the police response to the attacks and drop charges against participants in pride events for taking part in "an unsanctioned demonstration."