22nd December 2006
New Jersey gay unions ‘just the beginning’ 46
12:00 AM — Gay activists have described gay union laws passed in New Jersey yesterday as "just the beginning."Joe Solmonese, President of the Human Rights Campaign, reacted to New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine's signing of a civil unions bill which gives same sex couples the same rights as married couples without using the word 'marriage.'
Gay campaigners demand removal of Catholic director
12:00 AM — MassEquality, a statewide organisation that has fought to preserve marriage equality, this week demanded that Catholic Citizenship immediately remove its executive director following a physical assault of a marriage supporter this past weekend.The assault occurred when VoteonMarriage.org, which opposes marriage equality, held a rally in Worcester.
Gay ‘page dog’ hails Brighton’s 680th civil partnership
12:00 AM — A gay dog, a gay choir and a drag queen bridesmaid helped bring in Brighton's 680th civil partnership yesterday.Jamie Hakim, co owner of PinkNews.co.uk's media partner 3SIXTY magazine took the plunge with Graeme Youngs at Brighton Town Hall.
21st December 2006
Researchers slam anti-gay use of work
12:00 AM — Researchers have criticised 'family values' chief James Dobson for using their work to prove his theories that gay and lesbian families are unhealthy for children.Mr Dobson, head of anti-gay group Focus on the Family, wrote an article in Time magazine criticising US Vice-President Dick Cheney's lesbian daughter over her parenting plans, he backed up his theories by using research from New York University psychologist Carol Gilligan and Yale professor Kyle Pruet.
EU gay campaigners encourage Pride in Moldova
12:00 AM — As the start of the Pride Season 2007 comes closer on the LGBT community calendars, the European Parliament's Intergroup on Gay and Lesbian Rights focused its attention on the situation in Moldova.Since 2005, attempts to organise Pride marches in favour of equality and diversity have been stopped by the authorities, recently, the organiser of these Pride Marches, GenderDoc-M, has been receiving further harassment from the authorities disabling its work.
Gay law group ensures New Jersey union fairness 46
12:00 AM — In an effort to ensure that same-sex couples in New Jersey are treated fairly under the new civil union law to be signed today by Governor Corzine, Lambda Legal has launched 'Civil Union Watch', an advocacy and monitoring programme."The law isn't even in effect yet and already we're seeing news reports of mayors planning to discriminate against same-sex couples," said David Buckel, Senior Counsel at Lambda Legal and lead attorney on the lawsuit that resulted in the October court decision and ultimately to today's civil union law.
Alaska Governor commits to gay benefits 3
12:00 AM — Alaska Governor Sarah Palin has reluctantly agreed to follow the state Supreme Court ruling that same sex partners should receive equal benefits to heterosexual couples.The court ruled on the issue in October 2005 and Ms Palin, a Republican, has vowed to introduce a law from next month.
Gay couple postpone ‘divorce’ 2
12:00 AM — A gay man who was due to become the first to have a civil partnership dissolved has postponed the "divorce" to avoid being a "poster boy" for same sex couple's ending their partnerships.The civil partnership laws were implemented in the UK exactly a year ago today, meaning anyone wanting a 'divorce' can apply from now, however Darryl Bullock has deliberately avoided using today's date to avoid unwanted publicity.
California Activists welcome gay marriage review
12:00 AM — Gay groups have welcomed a decision by the California Supreme Court to decide whether excluding same-sex couples from marriage is a violation of the state's constitution.The court announced yesterday that it will review an October decision by a lower court in the state which stated that banning gay marriage was not discriminatory.
20th December 2006
Schools allow access gay websites
12:00 AM — Students in southern Florida can freely access "gay-supportive" websites, thanks to pressure from the Palm Beach County Human Rights Council.The Palm Beach County School District previously blocked student and teacher access to several gay-friendly sites such as the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG), the Gay-Straight Alliance Network, the Human Rights Campaign and the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network—with "Sexuality/Alternative Lifestyles" popping up on screens when users attempted to visit them.
Judge denies push to dismiss charges in Gay Games protest
12:00 AM — Federal Judge Milton Shadur, US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, has denied a motion from the city of Chicago to dismiss charges that it violated the First Amendment rights of anti-gay protestors during the Chicago 2006 Gay Games earlier this year.The organisation filed the civil law suit against the city of Chicago on the allegation that their members' free speech rights were violated.
US military recruits are comfortable with gay colleagues 5
12:00 AM — US military personnel are increasingly comfortable serving with openly gay colleagues, a poll from Zogby International and the Michael D. Palm Center claims.The study, released today, reveals that 73% of military members are comfortable with lesbians and gays, while nearly one in four (23%) service members report knowing for sure that someone in their unit is lesbian or gay, including 21% of those in combat units.
China bans foreign gay adoption
12:00 AM — Gay people will be barred from adopting children in China as the country aims to stop an influx of foreign nationals wishing to adopt.The new rules will ban foreign people who are obese, disabled or unmarried, including gay people in the latter category.
Gay activists welcome President nod
12:00 AM — Gay activists have praised US President George W Bush after he approved the Ryan White CARE Act this week.The Act provides medical and psychosocial services to people living with HIV/AIDS, it is named after a boy who was expelled from school for having AIDS, and dedicated his life to helping sufferers and proving that it is not a 'gay disease.'
Gay group advises Germany over EU role
12:00 AM — EU gay campaigners have published a document aimed at Germany as it steps into the presidency of the political body in the new year.Germany will take over from Finland which will complete its six month stint at the end of December, making way for the Germans in January 2007.
Swedish court rejects lesbian parents
12:00 AM — A Swedish court has rejected two separate applications from lesbians who want to adopt their partner's child.In both cases, the women were inseminated in Denmark where sperm donors are anonymous, but the Swedish judge has ruled that the child has the right to find out who their biological parents are.He claims that allowing this would undermine this right, despite legal precedents allowing lesbian adoption in the past.
19th December 2006
Lesbian student awaits discrimination verdict
12:00 AM — A decision will soon be made regarding the lawsuit filed by lesbian student against her school headmaster after she claims he outed her.Charlene Nguon. Nguon, 18, is suing her former principal, Ben Wolf, of Santiago High School in California, because he allegedly outed her to her mother after suspending her for being affectionate with her girlfriend on school grounds.
Police investigate internal gay rows 1
12:00 AM — Police are investigating religious expression within the force after rows have broken out between gay and Christian colleagues, according to reports.The Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) will produce guidelines after the review to recommend the best way forward.
Gay activists welcome lobby group chief
12:00 AM — Gay lobby group The Log Cabin Republicans has named Patrick Sammon as the organisation's new President.Mr Sammon immediately signalled an intention to move the Republican Party into a more inclusive agenda, after disastrous mid term election results.
Councillors spur action on city HIV/AIDS budget cuts
12:00 AM — Brighton and Hove councillors have called on the local NHS to report on the impact of budget cuts into HIV/AIDS services in the city.Spending on HIV/AIDS services in the city has fallen from £437,000 in 2002/03 to £307,380 for this financial year (2006/7) and represents a cut of 30% if inflation is included.