30th November 2006
Gay marriage laws sealed in South Africa 10
12:00 AM — South Africa's gay marriage laws have been given the final seal of approval after the country's Vice-President signed off on the bill.In a low key process, reflecting the controversial nature of the law, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka signed the bill while President Thabo Mbeki was away in Nigeria.
Military veterans appeal Pentagon’s gay ban
12:00 AM — Fourteen senior retired military leaders have filed a brief urging the First Circuit Court of Appeals to reverse a lower court ruling regarding the federal "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" ban on lesbian, gay and bisexual service members.The brief was filed on November 22 2006 in support of the plaintiffs in Cook v. Rumsfeld, a constitutional challenge to the law.
European Parliament rejects gay discrimination claims
12:00 AM — The European Parliament's Bureau has rejected accusations that it has ignored anti-discrimination policies regarding sexual orientation.The department was criticised by the International Lesbian and Gay Association after a draft resolution of the European Parliament's Secretariat, the administrative arm of the political body, had initially included sexual orientation, but was later amended.
India gay ban raises HIV cases 1
12:00 AM — Calls for a repeal of India's ban on homosexuality have increased after a UNAIDS representative claimed the prohibition is contributing to an increase of HIV.Denis Broun's remarks come on the eve of World AIDS Day, and echoes calls from Indian activists, celebrities and scholars to abandon the colonial era law.
29th November 2006
South Africa’s gay union laws await President’s nod 10
12:00 AM — South Africa's gay marriage legislation is now just awaiting the signature of President Thabo Mbeki before it can become law.The Civil Union Bill was approved by the National Council of Provinces this week and faces one final hurdle before it is passed allowing the "voluntary union of two persons, which is solemnised and registered by either a marriage or civil union."
Outgames suffer deficit 1
12:00 AM — While plans to hold the 2009 Outgames are underway, the news is in about the most recent event in Montreal, and financially, it doesn't look good.There has always been a comparison between the World Outgames event and the Gay Games, and this year the Outgames did outdo the Gay Games in at least one way, by ending with the highest deficit for a multi-sport LGBT event in history.
Pope uses gay translator for Turkish delight
12:00 AM — The Pope will be preaching a message of tolerance, respect and peace as he travels around Turkey this week, but he may even find his own values tested when he meets his interpreter, an Italian gay icon.According to reports, actress Serra Yilmaz, has been drafted in to help the pontiff build bridges with Turkey's Muslim community.Yilmaz has appeared in gay-interest films such as His Secret Life and Harem Suare
Canada to debate gay marriage 1
12:00 AM — Canada will revisit its laws on same sex marriage next week.A debate on same sex marriage will start on Monday in the country's Parliament after a manifesto pledge from Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper that a debate on banning gay marriage in Canada would be held.Mr Harper announced in his manifesto that there would be a free vote on the issue.
28th November 2006
Gay plight is ‘civil rights struggle’
12:00 AM — The fight for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender equality is a crucial civil rights struggle that all Americans should support, two legendary civil rights heroes have announced.Dolores Huerta and Julian Bond made the statement in interviews in the latest issue of the Human Rights Campaign magazine, Equality.
Media watchdog applauds trans casting 1
12:00 AM — A gay media monitor has applauded the announcement that ABC's soap All My Children will introduce a transgender character at the end of the month.This is the first time a daytime drama — or any series on broadcast television — will chronicle a transgender coming out story.
Activists launch gay-friendly medical guide 1
12:00 AM — A gay rights group and a gay medical organisation have teamed up for a landmark project.The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) and the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association (GLMA) announced a first-of-its-kind relationship this week to rate the healthcare industry on how it treats its gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender patients and to educate the community about what to expect from medical providers and facilities.
EU gay group tackles diversity error
12:00 AM — The European Parliament's Intergroup on Gay and Lesbian Rights has vowed to seek an amendment to a statement from the European Parliament Bureau on diversity after it was revealed that sexual orientation was removed from the document.The decision has been criticised by LGBT activists working at the European level as a dangerous precedent in the light of efforts to stop the creation of a so-called hierarchy of discriminations within the European Union.
Scholars fight gay military ban
12:00 AM — A group of renowned constitutional scholars has filed a brief asking the First Circuit Court of Appeals to reverse a District Court ruling and allow a lawsuit to move forward in an appeal by twelve military veterans battling the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" law prohibiting military service by lesbian, gay and bisexual recruits.The nine recognised experts filed the amicus brief, in support of the service members in Cook v Rumsfeld, last week.
Haggard’s excuses raise drugs questions for gay escort 1
12:00 AM — A gay escort who outed a senior church leader is now being sought by police on drugs charges.Reverend Ted Haggard, was dismissed as Senior Pastor of the New Life Church in Colorado and resigned as president of the National Association of Evangelicals earlier this month amid claims that he had meetings with a gay rent boy.
Ex gay rent boy elected to Canadian Parliament 1
12:00 AM — A male prostitute turned gay priest has entered the Canadian Parliament after a shock by-election victory.Raymond Gravel, who was once criticised by the Pope for his pro-gay views, won the election in Repentigny, representing the Bloc Quebecois Party, which campaigns for sovereignty of the Quebec province.
Ikea brings gay couples out of commercial closet 7
12:00 AM — Swedish home furnishing retailer Ikea made worldwide news in 1994 for its US commercial featuring a male couple buying furniture together, the company has returned to its roots with a new spot including another gay pair, this time with a child.Following a rainbow of families, the black and Asian male couple are joined by their Golden Retriever and daughter, snuggled in domestic bliss. An ending voiceover asks: "Why shouldn't sofas come in flavours, just like families?"
Minneapolis Mayor loses confidence in lesbian fire chief 1
12:00 AM — Minneapolis Mayor R T Rybak has called for the removal of lesbian Fire Chief Bonnie Bleskachek, saying he no longer has confidence in her ability to lead the Fire Department.The Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports that Rybak's announcement comes on the eve of a meeting by the city's executive council to discuss the fire chief's possible firing.
27th November 2006
Irish gay union support grows 1
12:00 AM — Support for same sex unions in the Republic of Ireland is growing, a new report shows.The survey revealed that 51 per cent of the population backed civil unions for gays and lesbians while 33 per cent believe that same-sex couples should have access to full civil partnerships.
Lesbian film wins Chinese Oscar
12:00 AM — A Hong Kong actress picked up an award for a lesbian film at the Chinese Oscars last weekend in Taiwan.Nikki Shie won the best supporting actress prize at the 43rd Golden Horse Awards for the film "Reflections," which documents a lesbian relationship that goes wrong.The ceremony applauds Chinese language movies and gives recognition to Asian actors, actresses, directors, composers and writers.
US soap introduces Trans character 1
12:00 AM — An American soap is set to introduce what is thought to be the serial drama world's first transgender character.The character will appear on ABC's All My Children, in a storyline about a gender transition from a man to a woman.There have been other post-op transgender characters in US soaps but this storyline is believed to be the first time the start of the process will be followed.