27th October 2006
Bush attacks gay unions
12:00 AM — US President George W Bush used a fund raising speech this week to express opposition to same sex marriage.It comes after the New jersey Supreme Court called for the state to give fairer rights to gays and lesbians.Justice Barry Albin, who authored the 66 page majority ruling said unequal rights can no longer be tolerated, "[The] unequal dispensation of rights and benefits to committed same-sex partners can no longer be tolerated under our State Constitution.
NYC public transport removes Trans discrimination 1
12:00 AM — Transgender people now have the right to use any restroom they choose in New York City's public transit system under an unprecedented deal revealed this week.According to the New York Daily News, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) has agreed to allow riders to use MTA rest rooms "consistent with their gender expression," the Transgender Legal Defence and Education Fund announced.
26th October 2006
Election support for Trans voters
12:00 AM — The upcoming US Congress elections on November 7th are poised to tip the balance of LGBT-supportive policymakers in office, activists have warned.To increase the number of LGBT-supportive policymakers, the National Centre for Transgender Equality (NCTE) has released a new Voter Guide to educate and empower transgender voters about their rights to access the polls.
Anatomy star apologises after gay slur
12:00 AM — In a statement of apology jointly issued to Entertainment Tonight and People Magazine, Grey's Anatomy star Isaiah Washington is clearing his conscience after an on screen fight with co-star Patrick Dempsey in which he allegedly referred to co-star T. R. Knight as a faggot."I sincerely regret my actions and the unfortunate use of words during the recent incident on set," Washington said in the statement.
Conman caught after gay prank 1
12:00 AM — Conman Peter Foster has been detained by police in Fiji after trying to escape capture by jumping off a bridge.Mr Foster, who sparked controversy in 2002 over his involvement with Prime Minister Tony Blair's wife Cherie's purchase of two flats in Bristol, caused a media frenzy in Fiji after starting rumours that a hotel was being opened offering rent boys.
Chief Rabbi: Gay pride threat to Israel’s existence 23
12:00 AM — Israel's Chief Rabbi has joined protests against the scheduled gay pride march in Jerusalem.Shlomo Amar called on all Jewish people to opposed the WorldPride parade which is scheduled to take place next month.Rabbi Amar claimed that the parade is a threat to Israel's survival.
Gay campaigner attacks South African apathy towards Zimbabwe
12:00 AM — Peter Tatchell, gay rights activist joined campaigners from the Free Zim Youth (FZY) movement in protesting at a speech by South African foreign minister Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma on international relations at the London School of Economics last night.The protesters highlight the nature of the dictatorial Mugabe regime that has been omnipresent in Zimbabwe politics since independence and has also spiralled the previously buoyant country into economic catastrophe and human rights graveyard.
Ireland schools fight homophobic bullying 4
12:00 AM — A major nationwide campaign against homophobic bullying was launched this week by Ireland's Minister of State at the Department of Education and Science.Síle de Valera opened the initiative which was conceived of by the Equality Authority and a youth group for the LGBT community called BeLonG To.The campaign aims to distribute posters to every post primary school in the Republic and attempts to reiterate a commitment by schools to stamp out homophobic bullying.
Foley offered ‘sexual reorientation’ 3
12:00 AM — Ex-Congressman Mark Foley has hit the headlines over the last month for his alleged solicitation of young congress aides that has shocked many Americans.To add to the mystery of the saga, a group calling themselves Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays Gays (PFOX) has offered to effectively change his sexuality.
New Jersey backs same sex unions 46
12:00 AM — New Jersey's lesbian and gay community is waking up to the potential of fairer and equal rights this morning after the state's Supreme Court agreed that blocking same sex marriage is unconstitutional.In a move universally welcomed by gay groups across the US, the court agreed by a 4-3 split vote decision that the state legislature should allow same sex marriage and equalise gay rights.
25th October 2006
Foley targeted ‘hot boys’ 3
12:00 AM — Disgraced Florida Republican Representative Mark Foley made friends with a wide circle of teenaged House of Representatives pages, then singled out "hot" boys to write to, according to reports.The Washington Post claims to have identified four more former pages who said they were sexually solicited by Mr Foley, who has resigned since the scandal broke last month.
Homophobes boycott Wal-Mart 3
12:00 AM — An anti-gay group is calling for a boycott of worldwide retailer Wal-Mart after accusing the store of promoting homosexuality.Self proclaimed family values group the American Family Association (AFA) has targeted the chain ever since it joined the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce in August, but now the AFA has launched a petition against the company claiming it deliberately stocks over a thousand items promoting gay values such as same sex marriage.
Pentagon urged to curb homophobic harassment 5
12:00 AM — A gay military support group has criticised the Pentagon for not adequately protecting its officers from homophobic abuse after former army specialist Justin Fisher, who was convicted of conspiracy in the murder of Private First Class Barry Winchell was released from prison after serving seven years of an original 12 ½ year sentence.Winchell was attacked by Calvin Glover, a former soldier based at Fort Campbell, in July 1999, in what was later revealed as a homophobic crime.
Lesbian jibes smear New York contest
12:00 AM — The race for the Senate vote in New York is entering "swampy territory" after Republican candidate John Spencer reportedly called Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton a lesbian.Mr Spencer has been criticised by women's groups after allegedly commenting about the former First Lady's appearance, accusing her of having plastic surgery and questioning Mrs Clinton's sexuality.
New Jersey ponders gay marriage 46
12:00 AM — The New Jersey Supreme Court is expected to rule on the issue of same sex marriage later today.In a press conference scheduled for 1700 EST (2200 GMT), the court will announce its decision, sealing the fate of seven lesbian and gay couples and possibly opening up possibilities for others.The case has been led through the courts by gay law equality group Lambda Legal since 2002.
Gay priest seeks Pope’s nod
12:00 AM — A male prostitute turned gay priest is awaiting approval from the Vatican to be allowed to stand as a candidate for Bloc Quebecois in a by election next month.Raymond Gravel has been criticised by the Pope before over his support of gay priests, same sex marriage and abortion, but now needs the Holy See's approval through his boss, the Bishop of Joliette, to run for election.
Activists seeks UN transgender support 2
12:00 AM — A Ugandan gay activist has called on the United Nations to protect transgender people in Africa.Juliet Victor Mukasa, chairperson of Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG), revealed her experiences as a transgender in Africa when addressing the United Nations Commission on Human Rights in Geneva this week.
Action urged on behalf of LGBT rights in India 1
12:00 AM — Activists have launched an urgent plea for action for human rights in India.The women's organisation Sangini has presented a statement to the United Nations Human Rights Commission (UNHRC) about the plight of gay people in the country.Homosexuality is illegal in India and has been since colonial days.
24th October 2006
TV authorities fine channel over lesbian sex scene
12:00 AM — Singapore's main cable operator Star Hub Cable Vision was fined 10,000 Singapore dollars (£3,390) for showing a scene involving lesbian sex and bondage.The Singapore Development Authority deemed the television "sexually suggestive and offensive to good taste and decency".
Gay row spreads to Australian Anglicans 3
12:00 AM — The Anglican row over homosexuality appears to be spreading from the US and Europe all the way to Australia after the Archbishop of Sydney reportedly received an "anguished letter" from another country pleading to become part of the more conservative church.It comes after the leader of the Episcopal Diocese of Connecticut, Bishop Andrew Smith, backed same sex blessings in the state where civil unions are allowed, but now conservative factions of the church have had enough.