4th August 2006
Catholic charities admit handling gay adoptions 10
12:00 AM — The Archdiocese of San Francisco announced on Wednesday that its social services division found a way to help connect hard-to-place children with welcoming parents - gay or straight - without violating the Catholic Church's views on homosexuality.The San Jose Mercury News reports that by partnering with another adoption service, San Francisco's Catholic Charities will increase the number of children that find homes without directly placing kids with same-sex couples, said the agency's executive director, Brian Cahill.
Maryland to review gay marriage ban
12:00 AM — Maryland's highest court announced this week it will review a lower court's ruling that a 1973 state law limiting marriage to heterosexuals is unconstitutional.Late last month, the Maryland Court of Appeals accepted the case as part of its fall term. The court's seven judges will hear oral arguments in December.
Jerusalem gay events begin despite Middle East tension 23
12:00 AM — Jerusalem World Pride starts this weekend amid an atmosphere of uncertainty in the Middle East as Hezbollah rocket attacks increase in Northern Israel and opposition mounts against the Israeli offensive in Lebanon.But Alan Bolchover, chief executive of the New Israel Fund (NIF), says it is an important time to go to Israel to see what is going on beyond the conflict.
Gay games exceeds expectations 3
12:00 AM — Over 140,000 people attended the 2006 Gay Games in Chicago and tickets exceeded projections, according to preliminary figures from the organisers."Attendance at Gay Games Chicago events exceeded 140,000 - 40,000 more than we had projected," said Kevin Boyer, Gay Games Chicago co-vice chair.
Sweden reviewing gay blood ban 1
12:00 AM — Sweden is considering lifting its ban on gay blood donors, according to reports.Gay men are considered a high risk group in most countries such as the UK, USA as well as Sweden, and therefore prohibited from donating blood.But Sweden's National Board of Health and Welfare today announced they would be reviewing the rule, introduced to prevent the spread of HIV, later this year.
3rd August 2006
San Diego homophobic attack trio behind bars
12:00 AM — All three San Diego men accused of violently attacking a group of men near the Southern California town's Gay Pride Festival are behind bars.According to San Diego's NBC affiliate, channel 4, police arrested the third suspect, a 16-year-old male without incident on Tuesday night, charging him with attempted murder.
Court rejects anti-gay T-shirt appeal
12:00 AM — The 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals this week denied an appeal for the full court to hear the case of a student who was prohibited from wearing a T-shirt with anti-gay statements.The appeal followed a 2-1 9th Circuit panel decision in April in favour of the Poway Unified School District in California.
Gay clergymen prepare for WorldPride 23
12:00 AM — A group of thirty New Yorkers are set to depart for Jerusalem this weekend to attend WorldPride, a historic gathering of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people from around the globe.Jerusalem WorldPride will be an international gathering of LGBT pride and human rights this month.
Undiplomatic feud emerges over “gay orgy”
12:00 AM — A feud is emerging between officials in Belarus and neighbouring Latvia after Belarusian national television screened footage describing "a dirty homosexual orgy" claiming to involve a Latvian diplomat.The diplomat was named in the television report as the embassy's Second Secretary, Reimo Smits who was called a "pervert" and a "porn dealer."
Gay campaigner calls for solidarity with Iranian activists
12:00 AM — Gay and human rights campaigner, Peter Tatchell has called on the gay community to show solidarity with the Ahwazi community within Iran following the suspected execution of two gay, Ahwazi teenagers in the country last month."The Iranian regime is planning the imminent execution of 10 Ahwazi human rights activists from Khuzestan province in the south-west of Iran. They were sentenced to death after secret trials in June."
Irish lesbian couple hope for gay marriage success
12:00 AM — An Irish lesbian couple who married in Canada have been granted a court date to seek recognition of their union in Ireland.Drs Katherine Zappone and Ann Louise Gilligan were told this week that there hearing will take place on October 3rd 2006.The couple said that they are looking forward to a positive outcome to their case despite the recent High Court decision rejecting Sue Wilkinson and Celia Kitzinger's bid to have their Canadian marriage recognised a civil marriage in the UK.
2nd August 2006
Australian town rejects gay pride flag
12:00 AM — An Australian town is refusing to fly all flags from its council buildings amid uproar after the local authority rejected pleas to display rainbow flags for the annual ChillOut gay and lesbian festival.Despite previously displaying flags for other local events, Heather Mutimer, the mayor of Hepburn Shire in Victoria, has rejected demands to fly the flag of the gay community for their pride event symbol at Daylesford Town Hall.
Participants outnumber Outgames spectators 1
12:00 AM — Canadian news sources report that the first World Outgames so far appear to have got off to a slow start, attracting more participants than spectators.As the games for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered athletes enter the third day of competition, athletes have outnumbered the fans at many events.
Wisconsin labour unions unite against gay marriage ban 1
12:00 AM — Labour unions in Wisconsin are uniting to fight a proposed ban on gay marriage and civil unions in what could become a powerful force in this November's referendum.According to The Associated Press, the groups, representing employees ranging from teachers to prison workers, say they are worried the amendment will take away their ability to bargain for benefits such as health insurance for the domestic partners of gay and straight employees.
Arrest made in gay pride attack
12:00 AM — Police in San Diego yesterday said they have arrested one person in connection with the hate-crime attack on five victims at a gay pride festival ended Saturday night."We're still trying to put together what we've got. We've got one person in custody and the investigation is continuing," said Captain Chris Ball to The San Diego Union Tribune.
Illinois gay lawmaker steps down
12:00 AM — Illinois' only openly gay state lawmaker announced his retirement on Monday, setting into motion a likely scramble to fill his North Side seat, according to The Chicago Sun-Times.The Sun-Times reports that State Representative Larry McKeon, one of the architects of the 2003 state anti-discrimination law for gays and lesbians, said he intends to step down at the end of his fifth term in January 2007.
Castro illness may raise Cuba’s gay hopes 4
12:00 AM — Speculation is mounting over the future of Cuba after its leader Fidel Castro recently handed power to his brother Raul.The president is currently recovering from treatment for internal bleeding, and the temporary appointment of his sibling may bring good news for the country's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community in the future.
1st August 2006
Gay crowd snub PM’s Outgames stand-in 1
12:00 AM — Canada's Federal Public Works Minister Michael Fortier received a not-so-friendly welcome from the estimated 40,000 attendees of the opening ceremony of Montreal's World Outgames last weekend.According to The Canadian Press, the Conservative senator's speech was interrupted as he attempted to greet the crowd at the Olympic Stadium on Saturday evening.
Rhode Island woman ordered to stop homophobia
12:00 AM — A Rhode Island judge has ordered a woman to stop directing hate slurs at her gay neighbour, saying the insults amounted to "hateful conduct" and interfered with the man's right to live in peace.The attorney general's newly formed civil rights advocate's office sued Theresa Deschenes in its first case, accusing her of harassing a gay neighbour with AIDS and threatening him with violence.
31st July 2006
Lesbian singer criticises Canadian Prime Minister for snubbing Outgames 1
12:00 AM — Lesbian music icon k.d. lang accuesed Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper last week Friday of choosing to "support intolerance" by refusing to attend Montreal's gathering of international gay and lesbian athletes at the Outgames.According to The Canadian Press, lang was critical of her fellow Albertan for failing to support the World Outgames, which is expected to attract up to 13,000 gay, bisexual and transgendered athletes.