26th July 2006
Gay pride protesters detained 1
12:00 AM — Latvian authorities have detained 14 people relating to the attacks on gay campaigners in the Latvian capital Riga on Saturday during the gay pride festival.National Police spokeswoman Sintija Kajina told the Baltic News Service that 13 of the detainees face administrative charges, while a criminal proceeding will be started against one person who was detained.
25th July 2006
Cyndi Lauper closes Gay Games 3
12:00 AM — An estimated 20,000 to 25,000 participants and spectators boogied down last weekend to the songs of pop icon Cyndi Lauper at the closing ceremonies of Gay Games VII at Chicago's Wrigley Field.Lauper, dressed as a rainbow version of the Statue of Liberty, headlined the colourful celebration, marking the end of a weeklong Olympics-style sporting event.
McKellen breaks Pentagon gay policy
12:00 AM — Gay actor Sir Ian McKellen has managed to overrule the Pentagon's Don't Ask Don't Tell policy after being made am honorary lieutenant colonel of the national guard.US military policy dictates that lesbian and gay recruits must keep their sexuality hidden, but the openly gay star was recently given the honour on a trip to Atlanta, Georgia.
Gay families express pride
12:00 AM — Hundreds of families from all over the world will gather in Provincetown for Family Pride's annual Family Week, a week-long conference and family adventure from July 29-August 5 2006.For the 11th consecutive year, Family Pride's Family Week will provide a safe, vibrant and engaging space for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) parents and their children to gather.
24th July 2006
Bill Gates makes million dollar AIDS pledge
12:00 AM — The Bill Melinda Gates Foundation last week announced it is awarding $287 million in grants over five years to create an international network of scientists to speed up the development of an AIDS vaccine.The main goal of the 16 individual grants is to shift the development process from independent efforts in separate laboratories to large-scale collaborative efforts stretching across many labs and countries.
Officials discuss ‘gay panic’ defence
12:00 AM — Prosecutors and law enforcement officials from across the nation gathered in San Francisco last week to discuss strategies to counter the "gay panic" or "transgender panic" defences used in courtrooms to gain acquittals or reduced punishments for violent crimes.According to The San Francisco Chronicle, the term "gay panic" had its origins in decades-old research suggesting that certain men are terrified by their own latent homosexual tendencies—prompting the theory that a gay advance might yank all those emotions out into the open and trigger an aggressive, even murderous, response.
Gay activists targeted at Riga Pride 1
12:00 AM — Gay campaigners were attacked with eggs and bags of excrement and left feeling under siege by protesters last weekend as they aimed to quietly celebrate Riga Pride.Authorities in the Latvian capital had banned the gay parade on public order grounds, but activists including Outrage's Peter Tatchell and GayRussia's Nikolai Alexeyev decided to continue with smaller activities.
22nd July 2006
Gay group postpones WorldPride amid war talk 23
12:00 AM — The Jerusalem WorldPride parade has been postponed until "after the war."The organisers of the event, Jerusalem Open House (JOH), announced last night that the rally will no longer take place due to the demands it would be making on security which is currently caught up in escalating tension in Lebanon and the Gaza Strip.
21st July 2006
Massachusetts gay marriage pioneers split
12:00 AM — The lesbian couple whose relationship spurred the state of Massachusetts to open up marriage for gay couples has separated.Julie and Hillary Goodridge, who were the lead plaintiffs in the landmark 2004 case announced an "amicable" separation last night.Mary Breslauer, a spokeswoman for the pair, told The Boston Globe, "Julie and Hillary Goodridge are amicably living apart."
Nursing union seeks “equal” benefits for lesbian partner
12:00 AM — The Massachusetts Nurses Association (MNA) filed a suit in federal court this week seeking to reverse an arbitration award that denied health insurance benefits to the same-sex spouse of a registered nurse employed by Merrimack Valley Hospital.Maria Ciulla a resident of Methuen and the nurse who was denied health coverage for her spouse, stated the essence of the case in a letter she wrote to Merrimack Valley Hospital CEO Robert Allen following the arbitration ruling.
Alabama appoints first lesbian representative 1
12:00 AM — Patricia Todd made history this week when voters in Alabama's 54th legislative district sent the Democrat to the State House, marking the first time ever that the Alabama legislature will include an openly gay representative.The Gay Lesbian Victory Fund, the nation's largest gay and lesbian political action committee, endorsed Ms Todd and helped raise tens of thousands of dollars from its national network of donors to help fund her campaign.
Gay holiday destination accused of discrimination
12:00 AM — For once gay people aren't being heckled instead they're turning on the straight people in a popular American gay holiday destination.Provincetown, dubbed New England's summer gay capital has seen a rise in harassment and discrimination of gay people in recent years.They've been targeted as "breeders" and "baby makers."
20th July 2006
South African court debates gay inheritance
12:00 AM — A gay man who was locked in an inheritance battle with the parents of his late boyfriend has asked South Africa's Constitutional court to back a decision that he is the legal heir.In March the Pretoria High Court decided that Mark Gory should have a legal right to Henry Brook's estate under the Intestate Succession Act, although Mr Brook's parents said it was unfair as the couple were not legally married.
Polish Prime Minister rules out gay marriage 2
12:00 AM — Poland's Prime Minister Jaroslaw Kacynski used his official assumption of power yesterday to declare the country a gay marriage free zone.The leader of the Law and Justice Party, along with his brother, President Lech Kaczynski, has been known for his anti gay views after several gay bars and organisations have been banned and ministers have been allowed to freely make homophobic remarks.
Latvian gays shocked at pride ban 1
12:00 AM — Latvian gay rights groups have expressed shock at the decision to ban a gay pride march in the capital Riga.City officials yesterday announced the parade could not take place on public order grounds but refused to divulge information about the threats.
19th July 2006
Gay marriage upheld in USA 4
12:00 AM — The American Civil Liberties Union today applauded the House of Representatives as it joined the Senate in overwhelmingly rejecting a proposal to amend the Constitution to deny marriage protections to gay and lesbian couples.The move follows a similar rejection by both houses of Congress in 2004, and by the Senate last month.
Authorities ban Riga Gay Pride 1
12:00 AM — This weekend's gay pride march in Latvia has been banned amid threats of violence from extremist groups.The municipal authorities in the capital Riga were told yesterday that the event would be cancelled to avoid public disorder after Christians, nationalists and neo-Nazis threatened the parade with violence and a counter march.
Australian Greens propose gay support
12:00 AM — Young people in the Australia state of Victoria who suffer bullying because of their sexuality will have a local support network as part of a proposal by the Victorian Greens Party.Under their plans, support groups should be funded in each of Victoria's 79 local government areas.
Lesbian sues doctor for ‘ruining sex life’
12:00 AM — A lesbian couple have filed a lawsuit against their doctors alleging that cancer treatments damaged their sex life.The case is a first under Connecticut's civil union legislation and if Margaret Mueller and Charlotte Stacey are successful it would be the first time a gay partner has sought compensation for medical malpractice in the state.
Israel conflict blamed on gay community 23
12:00 AM — The tension in Israel with Lebanon and the Gaza Strip has nothing to do with foreign policy, the West, or terrorism, it is down to the gay community, according to some orthodox rabbis.Religious clerics in the region have already spoken out against the upcoming Jerusalem WorldPride march, but now the event is being blamed as a cause of the latest tension in the Middle East.