23rd June 2006
Portland calls for repeal of anti gay Pentagon policy
12:00 AM — Calling it "a civil rights issue," Portland Mayor Tom Potter and the Portland City Council have approved a resolution urging Congress to repeal the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" ban on lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) personnel.The resolution, introduced by Commissioner Sam Adams, says in part that the Council "respectfully urges the Congress to pass and the President to sign the Military Readiness Enhancement Act, thereby ending the discriminatory federal policy of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell.'"
22nd June 2006
Episcopal Church to “exercise restraint” over gay bishops 8
12:00 AM — The US Episcopal Church has agreed on a watered down version of a proposal rejected yesterday which would have banned the appointment of gay clergy.The denomination's General Convention instead last night agreed to "exercise restraint" in ordaining gay bishops, as part of an effort to amend rifts within the Anglican Church.
Straight MP sues Putin for gay rights
12:00 AM — A gay rights campaigner in Russia is planning to sue President Vladimir Putin for failing to protect homosexuals.Edward Murzin, an MP in the country's Bashkortostan Republican, is urging Mr Putin to clamp down on homophobia in the country.Mr Murzin said in his case that all citizens should have constitutional rights protected including sexual minorities.
South Korea approves trans recognition 1
12:00 AM — South Korea's Supreme Court has ruled that a transsexual can legally change his gender to male.The court decreed that the 51-year-old could have his gender recognised on official documents.The court heard opinions from religious leaders and medical professionals over the issue which would change the law regarding the Family Register.
21st June 2006
Church rejects gay clergy ban 7
12:00 AM — The Episcopal Church controversially rejected a resolution calling for a ban on gay clergy last night.Resolution A161 would have urged bishops and dioceses to refrain from electing bishops "whose manner of life presents a wider challenge to the wider church."
Ex hostage claims Christian camp shut because he is gay
12:00 AM — A Catholic youth camp has been shut because one of its staff members is gay, according to former Iraq hostage James Loney.Mr Loney, whose sexuality was kept secret by his boyfriend while he was being held captive in Iraq for four months between November 2005 and March 2006, claims the Ontario Catholic youth camp, which he worked for, was closed because he is gay.
South Korea to decide on trans identity
12:00 AM — South Korea's Supreme Court is set to decide if a 50 year old transsexual will be allowed to officially change his gender this week.The court heard opinions from religious leaders and medical professionals over the issue which would change the law regarding the Family Register.
Latvian President backs gay protection 2
12:00 AM — The President of Latvia has called for the gay community to be included in anti discrimination laws, just a week after the country's Parliament rejected such legislation.Vaira Vike Freiberga vetoed the decision and wrote to Parliament Speaker Ingrida Udre, saying she saw a "logical reason" to include gay people in the law.
Protestant Church approves sexually active gay clergy
12:00 AM — A US Protestant denomination has approved a resolution allowing the ordination of non celibate gay and lesbian clergy.The Presbyterian Church's General Assembly in Birmingham, Alabama, this week welcomed a report on Peace, Unity and Purity of the Church, which addressed the divides in Protestant groups over sexuality.
China provides lesbian network
12:00 AM — China has started its first hotline for lesbians following the success of a similar gay service.The Shanghai based operation is run by the Chi Heng Foundation, which also organises AIDs related projects.Volunteer staff for the line will be lesbians, one of the members, Shen Yiwu, told the Shanghai Daily, "To have female counsellors at the centre will make the women callers feel more secure."
20th June 2006
Potential French President backs gay marriage
12:00 AM — A contender to run in the 2007 French Presidential election has pledged support for same sex marriage.Segolene Royal, the favourite to stand as the Socialist Party nomination, told a gay magazine that she would introduce a gay marriage law if she was voted in.
San Francisco remembers trans protests
12:00 AM — A memorial plaque commemorating the 40th anniversary of the Compton's Cafeteria Riot will be installed this Thursday at the corner of San Francisco's Turk and Taylor Streets.The 1966 riot was the first known instance of transgender resistance to police harassment in the US.
Episcopal Church leader: Homosexuality not sinful 10
12:00 AM — The first female leader of the US Episcopal Church has defended homosexuality after announcing her belief that it is not a sin.Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori, 52, elected this week as the head of the 2.3 million member church, told reporters that she felt homosexuals were created by God to love people of the same sex.
Pentagon lists homosexuality as a mental disorder 6
12:00 AM — Homosexuality is still a mental disorder, according to the Pentagon.Research by the Centre for the Study of Sexual Minorities in the Military at the University of California discovered a document from the Department of Defence which listed homosexuality alongside mental problems, despite it being declassified as a condition by the American Psychological Association (APA) in 1973.
Church accepts apology for gay bishop tensions 7
12:00 AM — The Episcopal Church has approved an apology from the American Anglican Church for the actions of the General Convention of 2003 when tension was created due to the appointment of gay bishop Gene Robinson.The House of Deputies welcomed an expression of regret for "straining the bonds of affection" within the Anglican Communion at the denomination's General Convention.
No problem with gay marriage in Canada 1
12:00 AM — Support for readdressing laws opening marriage to same sex couples has fallen, a survey suggests.Canadians for Equal Marriage released a poll conducted by Environics Research Group asking whether people support equal marriage and whether the Conservative government should re-open the issue and have another vote or whether the issue is settled and there should not be another vote.
Elton John sues the taxman
12:00 AM — Sir Elton John has issued a lawsuit against the taxman in Georgia, claiming his Atlanta penthouse is overvalued.The gay singer alleges that the value of $4.6 million (£2.5 million) on his 1,100 sq metre property is really worth $900,000 ($486,000) less.A win would see him save $16,000 (£8640) a year, while a lose would cost him $77,250 (£42,000.)
19th June 2006
Sao Paulo hosts tenth Gay Pride 1
12:00 AM — Around two million members from Brazil's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community gathered in Sao Paulo last weekend for the 10th annual Sao Paulo Gay Pride.Participants waved rainbow flags, and wore carnival costumes as well as the colours yellow and blue to support the Brazilian World Cup team.
WorldPride organisers condemn attempts to “sabotage” gay parade 23
12:00 AM — The organisers of this year's WorldPride in Jerusaelm have hit out at attempts to "sabotage" the event.Hagai El -Ad, executive director of Jerusalem Open House, criticised a petition seeking the event's cancellation and a "modesty parade" being arranged by one of the Israeli capital's rabbis.
Gay legal group challenges foster laws 1
12:00 AM — A seven-year legal battle over the blanket exclusion of lesbian and gay people from serving as foster parents in Arkansas drew closer to an outcome this past week as attorneys for the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) asked the State Supreme Court to uphold an earlier court decision striking down the state's ban."Every mainstream child welfare organisation has been saying for years that preventing lesbian and gay people from serving as foster parents has no basis in social science and only hurts the children the state should be protecting," said Rita Sklar, executive director of the ACLU of Arkansas. "Children who need foster homes deserve better than to be deprived of good homes just so the state can make a misguided political statement against gay people."