20th December 2006
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.
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.
18th December 2006
Young gay Londoners defend free buses
12:00 AM — Young LGBT people have hit out at the deputy chairman of the London Assembly's transport committee for proposing to abolish free bus travel for under-18s.Conservative Assembly Member Roger Evans claims on his blog that the free travel scheme for young Londoners is costing £55 million and is being abused through anti-social behaviour.
EU nations “sharply divided” over gay marriage
12:00 AM — Attitudes towards gay marriage are sharply divided depending on where in Europe you live, a survey has found.A EU funded Eurobarometer poll, which asks 30,000 people around Europe on a range of issues twice a year, found that European nations are split on whether gays should be allowed to marry.
£70,000 distributed to Manchester gay groups
12:00 AM — Operation Fundraiser has distributed £70,000 raised from Manchester Pride 2006 to LGBT and HIV good causes throughout Greater Manchester.The money raised from this year's Manchester Pride has been distributed to help HIV and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender charities in Greater Manchester.
MEP welcomes fight against Polish homophobia
12:00 AM — A Finnish MEP has welcomed commitments from the European Commission that it will fight homophobia in Poland.It comes after Piia-Noora Kauppi (EPP-ED) submitted a question to the European Commission on a current case of homophobia in Poland, on this occasion, the Polish Selection Committee of the YOUTH Program had decided to reject the funding application of the European Voluntary Project on grounds that it would "propagate homosexual behaviour and attitudes among young people".
Christians launch legal challenge to gay equality 3
12:00 AM — A coalition of Christian groups has been granted permission to seek a judicial review regarding new gay equality laws in Northern Ireland.The Christian Institute has led calls to delay the Sexual Orientation Regulations, due in Northern Ireland next month, claiming they were rushed through and constitute an attack on freedom of conscience.
15th December 2006
Romney repeats gay marriage opposition 2
12:00 AM — Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney has reaffirmed his homophobic credentials amid reports that he once courted the gay lobby.The religious right in the US have been seeking answers from the potential Republican presidential candidate after it was revealed that he once courted the gay community for their support in a 1994 campaign for the US Senate.
Petition calls for end of ‘Special relationship’ with US
12:00 AM — A petition posted on the Downing Street website has called for the 'special relationship' between America and the UK to be scrapped, citing differences over foreign policy and gay rights.Following proposals this week proposing same-sex couples parenting and fertility rights in the UK, the petition declares that certain states in the US would fail to mirror these rights, if ratified in law.
Oz Federal Government rejects gay union proposal 1
12:00 AM — Australia's Federal Government has again expressed dissatisfaction with gay union laws put forward by the Australian Capital Territory (ACT).The ACT Attorney General Simon Corbell presented the Civil Partnerships Bill 2006 into the Legislative Assembly this week, months after it was rejected by Attorney General Philip Ruddock for being too similar to marriage.
New Jersey approves gay unions 46
12:00 AM — A gay legal group has welcomed New Jersey's introduction of a civil union bill, but has warned that it still creates inequality between homosexual and heterosexual couples.The civil union bill, passed by the New Jersey Assembly and Senate this week, provides benefits like adoption and inheritance rights for same sex couples, but deliberately leaves out the word marriage.
Community urged to ‘mobilise’ for gay equality 12
12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveGay charity Stonewall has called on the community to get behind the Sexual Orientation Regulations, amid mounting opposition from the Christian Right.Speaking to a forum of LGBT groups at City Hall in London last night, Stonewalls Public and Parliamentary Affairs spokesman Alan Wardle warned that gay originations must stop religious groups mobilising against the laws.
Comment: Gay parenting is fine 2
12:00 AM — Following criticism of Time magazine's approval of an article by right-wing Christian James Dobson against gay parenting, same-sex family group, Family Pride has had a rebuttal printed by the publication.Family Pride executive director Jennifer Chrisler says James Dobson misuses science to discredit same-sex parenting.
Gay activists welcome ‘advances’ in equality 46
12:00 AM — Gay activists have welcomed "pro-active advances" in gay rights as New Jersey looks set to sign two gay equality bills into law.New Jersey lawmakers passed two pieces of legislation today that are seen as positive steps forward for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender equality in that state.
14th December 2006
High Court to rule on lesbian marriage
12:00 AM — The High Court in Dublin will today rule on the validity of a lesbian couple's Canadian marriage in London.In a landmark case in October, the court heard arguments from Katherine Zappone and Ann Louise Gilligan claiming discriminating against homosexuality can lead to clinical depression and that the current concept of marriage is outdated.
Media watchdog opposes homophobic platform
12:00 AM — A gay media watchdog is urging the community to protest against Time magazine allowing 'family values' fundamentalist James Dobson to contribute to the publication.The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) was outraged this week after Mr Dobson, head of Focus on the Family, wrote an article criticising US Vice-President Dick Cheney's lesbian daughter over her parenting plans.