21st June 2006
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
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.)
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.
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."
Gay group protects LGBT prisoners
12:00 AM — The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has announced a $625,000 dollar settlement in the first case in the country to specifically address the treatment of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth in juvenile facilities.The settlement ends an ACLU federal civil rights lawsuit on behalf of three young people who faced anti-gay and anti-transgender abuse and harassment at the facility by staff and their peers.
Poll suggests support for Australian gay unions 1
12:00 AM — Over half of 18 to 39 year olds in Australia back a civil union law for same sex couples, according to a poll.The survey by ACNielsen/Age found that 45% of Australians supported the recently quashed ACT law, while 34% opposed it.Of this number, 56% of 19 to 39 year olds pledged support, compared to 48% of 40 to 53 year olds and 29% of people over 55.
16th June 2006
Muslim cleric backs gay burnings 5
12:00 AM — Homosexuals should be thrown off buildings or burnt to death, a Muslim cleric has proclaimed.Yusuf Qaradawi described gay people as "perverts" who should be "punished," in an interview with Al Jazeera last week.He said homosexuals should be treated the same as any other "sexual pervert."
EU gay group condemn Latvia 1
12:00 AM — Latvia must protect its gay community or face legal sanctions, the president of the European Parliament's Intergroup for Gay and Lesbian Rights warned today.Michael Cashman reacted angrily after Latvia defied its EU obligations by rejecting including sexual orientation in a new anti discrimination law.
New York considers opposition to army gay policy
12:00 AM — The Servicemembers Legal Defence Network (SLDN) is applauding the recent New York state resolution calling for the repeal of the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" ban on openly lesbian, gay and bisexual personnel.The resolution, introduced by New York State Senator Thomas Duane, calls on New York's Congressional Delegation to support the Military Readiness Enhancement Act, a bill that would repeal "Don't Ask, Don't Tell."
Latvia rejects gay protection 1
12:00 AM — The Latvian Parliament has defied European Union laws after refusing to implement anti discrimination policies regarding sexual orientation.The legislation, stipulated as a basis for the country's membership of the political body, was rejected by Mps, after some described homosexuality as a sin.
Indianapolis church starts pro-gay campaign
12:00 AM — First there were full-page ads in the Indianapolis Star asking, "Would Jesus Discriminate?"Then yard signs with the same message began appearing all over Indianapolis, followed by 25,000 door hangers were distributed with invitations to a Town Hall Meeting, one of which led to a lesbian's Indianapolis home being defaced with a swastika.Now major billboards across the city are also asking the question, "Would Jesus Discriminate?"
Gay campaigner embarks on equality drive
12:00 AM — Human Rights Campaign (HRC) president Joe Solmonese will embark on a whirlwind national tour this summer to cities and towns across this country to enlist the support of Americans in this struggle for equality.The "Count Me In" Summer Tour will make its way from the rolling plains of Oklahoma City, OK to the streets of Chicago.