10th October 2005
Arrests at Latvia Pride
12:00 AM — Latvian police arrested a number of protesters Saturday during the city's first gay pride march.
Fraud Suspect Wanted For Targeting Gay Men in Ohio
12:00 AM — Columbus Police are warning members of Ohio's gay community to beware of a fugitive on the run who is believed to be targeting gay men.
Michigan To Offer Gay Partner Benefits
12:00 AM — A Michigan judge ruled this week that public universities and governments can provide health insurance to the partners of gay employees without violating the state constitution.The ruling sets aside a legal opinion issued this year by Republican Attorney General Mike Cox saying that the city of Kalamazoo could not provide benefits to gay partners.
Tory Leadership Contender Promises Gay Agenda
12:00 AM — In launching his bid yesterday to become leader of the Conservative Party, and leader of the Opposition, David Davis explicitly mentioned uniting the various communities in Britain to form one nation.Mr Davis famously stood up for gay rights when he intervened in the torturing of a gay pupil by a gang of bullies at his tough inner London school.
Schwarzenegger Rejects California Same-Sex Marriage Bill
12:00 AM — As was expected, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoed California's same-sex marriage bill late Thursday afternoon. The action came came on a day in which he rejected 51 other bills as well.In explaining his decision, Schwarzenegger wrote that he believed gay couples were entitled to "full protection under the law and should not be discriminated against," but that he felt the bill would have reversed a 2000 ballot measure that declared only a marriage between a man and a woman is legal in California.
Teacher “Tried To Out 11 Year Olds as Gay”
12:00 AM — A Florida elementary school teacher has resigned amid allegations he attempted to force two male sixth grade students (equivalent to the UK's Year 7) to hold hands in front of classmates and announce to the room they were gay.
New York’s Gay Penguins Split Up (and one turns straight) 3
12:00 AM — One of New York's most famous gay couples has split up. Silo and Roy two male chinstrap penguins have been living together as husband and husband for the past six years.Since their relationship began, the pair have successfully hatched and raised an adopted chick, after they tried to incubate a rock.
Russian Railway Found Guilty of Discrimination for Sexual Orientation
12:00 AM — A St. Petersburg court has ruled that the Oktyabrskaya Railroad acted illegally in rejecting a man's application to work as a train conductor because he was gay, the plaintiff's lawyer said this past week.
Gay and Lesbian Home Buying Hits All Time High
12:00 AM — According to a new study by European based legal insurer Zurich Professional, gays and lesbians are buying more homes in recent years ever before. Lesbian and gay couples are increasingly buying properties together, according to to the survey.
‘Gay’ Pet Shop Celebrates 40th Birthday
12:00 AM — When 'Gay Lyfe', a pet shop in Levenshulme was opened in 1965, the word gay had a different meaning for its founder and owner, George Ormond.
Connecticut Gets Gay Marriages
12:00 AM — In the state of Connecticut this week, a law allowing civil unions for same-sex couples took effect.The law is unique; it allows civil unions for same-sex couples with full benefits of a regular marriage, while at the same time defining marriage as between a man and a woman.Heterosexual couples are not allowed to receive civil unions. The license application will be identical to one for a regular marriage, except "bride" and "groom" are replaced with "party 1" and "party 2."
Iran Publicly Hangs Two Gay Teenagers 3
12:00 AM — Two unidentified gay teenagers were publicly executed in Iran this week for the crime of homosexuality. According to the London Times, the youths were executed in Edalat (Justice) Square in the city of Mashhad, in north-east Iran.
Mayor of London Compares Anti-Gay Muslim to the Pope 1
12:00 AM — Yusuf al-Qaradawi, the Qatar-based imam who is banned from USA was praised by the Mayor of London, Ken Livingstone (pictured), as a leading Islamic scholar who should be treated in the same way as the late Pope, John XXIII who led the Catholic Church between 1958 and 1963.