3rd January 2007
Former US Defence Secretary queries “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” 5
3:50 PM — A Republican politician who was in charge of the US Armed Forces for four years has backed calls by a retired chairman of the Joint Chiefs to re-open the debate over the controversial "Don't Ask Don't Tell" policy.William Cohen served as Defence Secretary from 1997 - 2001 under Democrat President Bill Clinton.In an interview last night on CNN, Cohen described the current policy as discriminatory and not reflective of current American public opinion.
Czechs flock to register partnerships 1
1:24 PM — Gay rights activists in the Czech Republic have spoken of their delight at the number of gay and lesbian couples that have registered their partnerships.The central European state, which joined the EU three years ago, became the first former Soviet Bloc country to allow gay unions.Since the new laws were adopted in July last year, over 200 gay unions have been registered.
Canadian boy has two mommies – and a dad
11:15 AM — A ruling by a court in Ontario has for the first time given the full legal status of parent to three people. It is believed to be the first time that a Canadian child has legally got three parents.The case involved a lesbian couple, who used the sperm of a friend to have a baby. The biological father is actively involved in the raising of the child, and is legally the father of the boy, now five years old.The biological mother's lesbian partner chose not to adopt the boy as that would have negated the legal parental status of the biological father.
US general says “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy should go 5
10:18 AM — An Army general who was chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in the US military has called for a change in attitude towards gay and lesbian soldiers.John Shalikashvili was chairman from 1993 - 1997, and it was during his tenure that the controversial policy of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" was introduced.At the time he argued that had argued that openly gay and lesbian personnel would hurt troop morale and undermine the cohesion of combat units.
2nd January 2007
Bright new dawn for Romanian and Bulgarian gays
4:42 PM — Yesterday two more former Eastern Bloc countries joined the European Union. Eighteen years after the fall of Communism, the citizens of Romania and Bulgaria celebrated becoming members of the exclusive Euro club.For the LGBT communities in the two countries, it was also a day of celebration, though not in the way readers might think. Gay rights in the two countries have progressed rapidly in recent years, although acceptance is still confined to major cities.
Belgian “Bad Girls” tie the knot
11:24 AM — Two female prisoners in Flanders have made history by becoming the first lesbian couple to get married while imprisoned.Linda Couvreur, 44, a mother of three, who was convicted of murdering her husband in 2003, and Theresa 'Terry' Van Heyst, 43, a convicted arsonist, were married on the 29th of December in Bruges prison.The newly weds met last April in prison and fell in love. Terry even refused the early release for which she was eligible to stay with her lover.
Gay sheep experiments outrage campaigners 2
11:24 AM — Scientists and gay rights activists have criticised experiments being conducted in the US that aim to turn gay sheep straight.Oregon State University is conducting research into the hormonal balance in the brains of rams who are attracted to other rams.The scientists claim their research is aimed only at reducing or eliminating gay sheep.
30th December 2006
Was life easier for gays under Saddam? 2
12:00 AM — The former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein has been executed but questions remain over his attitude towards homosexuality.While it is true at during the 1990s Saddam's representatives at the United Nations opposed discussions of international gay rights or welcoming gay groups as observers to the UN, the actual position of gay people within the country remains sketchy at best.
29th December 2006
Gay teens reluctant to reveal sexuality to GPs
12:00 AM — A study among out LGBT teenagers in the US has found that only 35% of them have revealed their sexuality to their doctor.131 teenagers attending the Models of Pride Youth Conference, which met in Oregon to discuss empowerment for LGBT people, took part in the survey.The fact that all of the young people who participated in the study were attending such an event means they are more open about their sexual orientation than most other gay teenagers.
28th December 2006
Gay community mourns Ford death 1
12:00 AM — Gay activists have joined tributes to the late Gerald Ford who died aged 93 this week,Lobby group the Log Cabin Republicans, praised Ford's recognition of gay rights while the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force described the former President as an 'advocate for individual rights.'
Spanish gays may receive damages from Franco regime
12:00 AM — Spanish gays who were discriminated against under the Franco dictatorship may receive compensation, according to reports.The Spanish government is considering offering damages to members of the gay community who were sent to mental hospitals, tortured or imprisoned under the regime of General Francisco Franco between the 1930s and 1970s.
27th December 2006
NFL fines player for anti-gay slur
12:00 AM — An American Football player has been fined for using homophobic language.Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Joey Porter has been given a $10,000 fine by the National Football League, for using an anti-gay language to describe Cleveland Browns tight end Kellen Winslow, following a game between the two teams earlier this month.
Bush opponents call for impeachment over Iraq
12:00 AM — The American Green Party has expressed support for a motion to impeach US President George W Bush, citing illegal spying on groups and lies over the Iraq war.Democratic Representative put forward the proposal Cynthia McKinney's, echoing calls from the Green Party in 2003.
USA mourns Gerald Ford 1
12:00 AM — America is mourning the loss of Former US President Gerald Ford after the ex-leader died last night aged 93.He was the only un-elected US President after taking over from Richard Nixon in 1974 following the Watergate scandal, but it could have all been so different had Ford's life not been saved by a gay man.
Syphilis marketing campaign a success for San Francisco gays
12:00 AM — A social marketing campaign urging gay and bisexual men in San Francisco to get checked for syphilis has been branded a success.Cartoons advocating the tests were placed in a gay newspaper, and poster-sized reproductions were posted on the streets, on bus shelters, on Webs sites and in gay bars.
Massachusetts court defends gay marriage 1
12:00 AM — The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court has ruled that lawmakers cannot be forced to vote on the state's gay marriage laws.Outgoing Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney has previously called for a new debate on gay marriage laws in the state in the hope of rescinding the current law which makes it the part of America which allows same sex couples to marry.
New Hampshire against gay marriage
12:00 AM — The majority of New Hampshire is against same-sex marriage, according to a recent poll conducted by Research 2000 for the Concord Monitor.Out of the six hundred people polled, fifty-five percent said they were against gays marrying, while thirty-five percent were for it, and ten percent were not certain how they felt about it.
22nd December 2006
Lesbian comic key to ratings 3
12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk's Ben Leung assesses the presenting future for lesbian comic Rosie O'DonnellAll good things must come to an end, and it seems like my love affair with file-sharing sites could be ending sooner than I'd anticipated - if those media bigwigs get their way.
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.