18th July 2006
Neo-Nazis threaten Latvia Gay Pride 1
12:00 AM — Latvian authorities are considering cancelling this weekend's Latvia's Gay Pride in the capital of Riga amid threats of violence from Christians, nationalists and neo-Nazis.Responding to these homophobic threats, the Latvian authorities are threatening to ban the Riga Pride march on public order grounds, claiming it is the "biggest security risk" since Latvia won its independence from the USSR.
Oprah silences lesbian rumours
12:00 AM — US talk show host Oprah Winfrey has moved to quash rumours that she is in a lesbian relationship.Winfrey, host of the US's most highly rated talk show, told the Oprah Magazine, that people are misunderstanding her 30 year relationship with best friend, Gayle King.
Vietnam to recognise transsexual plight 1
12:00 AM — Transsexuals are to be allowed sex change operations in Vietnam.A health ministry official in the country announced today that legislation will be prepared for a gender transition law which would allow a transgender person to become the right gender after medical and psychological tests.
17th July 2006
Gay Games go ahead despite heatwave and protests 3
12:00 AM — Athletes at the Gay Games in Chicago are attempting to beat a heatwave with temperatures reaching 38° C (100 ° F).A heatwave warning has been issued in the city which saw 465 people die in 1995 from heat related illnesses.However, organisers of the games claim that the heat will not stop athletes competing.
Living outside of society: Palestinian refugee rentboys in the Lebanon
12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveAs the conflict between Israel and terrorists and others within the Lebanon and the Palestinian Territories worsens, PinkNews.co.uk's Matthew Streib examines what the plight of Palestinian refugee rentboys living within the Lebanon. "I'M NOT GAY. Don't write that I'm gay," implored Tarek, a 22-yearold resident of Chatila, a Palestinian refugee camp of more than 12,000 inhabitants just south of Beirut.
Australian commission listens to opposing voices in gay rights consultation
12:00 AM — From the 26 July the Australian Human Rights and Equal Opportunities Commission (HREOC) will be holding hearings and public forums across Australia to identity any problems in the access same-sex couples have to financial and work related benefits.The commission's report generated a lot of controversy in June when it was revealed that John Howard's federal government had issued a ban on federal departments issuing submissions themselves, a decision which led to him being criticised by many in the gay community.
Mixed result for Jackson in dispute with former gay porn producer 2
12:00 AM — The Californian jury hearing the lawsuit between Michael Jackson and his former business partner, Marc Schaffel, decided that Jackson would pay Schaffel $700,000.Schaffel, who was sacked after the pop star found out about his former work as a gay porn director, had originally filed a lawsuit for breach of contract against Jackson for the $3.8 million that he claimed the singer owed him.
National failure set to follow local successes for American anti-gay marriage campaigners 1
12:00 AM — This week the US House of Representatives will debate and vote on the proposed constitutional amendment to define marriage as exclusively "between a man and a woman". Despite the failure of the amendment to pass through the Senate only last week, House Republicans are keen to have a vote on the issue just months before the election.The gay marriage debate is currently arousing a huge amount of attention and emotion on both sides especially after the perceived victories for the anti-gay marriage lobby in Nebraska and Tennessee.
Half of Irish gays do not have regular HIV tests
12:00 AM — A survey of sexual health attitudes of those living in the Republic of Ireland has found that almost half of gay men are not aware of their sexual health status.The results of the survey, conducted between 2003 and 2004 were presented at the annual Gay Health Forum by the HSE (the Irish equivalent of the NHS).
14th July 2006
Lesbian wins compensation for sexual harassment at taxi firm
12:00 AM — An overweight lesbian has been awarded €12,480 in compensation for sexual harassment by work colleagues at a taxi firm.The Irish Equality Tribunal heard that the woman (who can not be named for legal reasons) suffered from a harassment campaign that saw her pelted with dead fish and being sent photographs with her head superimposed on naked bodies.
American teachers’ union votes to support gay marriage
12:00 AM — The American National Education Association (NEA), the nation's largest teachers' union, has voted strongly in favour of supporting legal same-sex "marriages" and civil unions.NEA delegates approved a resolution that would amend Section B-10 of their handbook, "Racism, Sexism, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identification Discrimination" to explicitly include homosexual "marriage".
Russia lifts gay blood ban 5
12:00 AM — Gay Russians are to be allowed to donate blood, the country's Ministry of Health has revealed.The department reacted to campaigning from GayRussia activists Nikolai Alexeseev and Nikolai Baev.Mr Alexeseev said: "The General Prosecutor recognised that there is nothing in the law which prevent gays to donate their blood. As a result, his office has asked the Ministry of Heath to cancel its instruction made in 2001 which forbid gays to give their blood."
13th July 2006
Chicago welcomes Gay Games amid protests 3
12:00 AM — Chicago's mayor, reiterating his support for gay marriage at the city's Roosevelt University this week, welcomed the Gay Games to the Midwest metropolis and said gay people are key parts of the city's economic and social engines."We're very proud of the gay community in our city," Mayor Richard Daley said in an article appearing in the Chicago Tribune. "Every quality-of-life issue, the gay community has stepped forward as great leaders, and this is another example."
HIV awareness concert cancelled following protests 3
12:00 AM — A concert to raise awayness of HIV and AIDs due to take place next week has been cancelled after protests relating to the homophobic lyrics of two of the performers.The gig, due to have been held in New York was to feature Jamaican reggae acts Beenie Man and TOK sparked protests from black LGBT campaigners outraged at the inclusion of the two acts.
Writing on the wall for WorldPride 57
12:00 AM — In a further addition to the saga that has characterised the lead up to WorldPride in Jerusalem, pro-pride graffiti has been seen on walls around the city."Free Jerusalem" and "God is on our side" feature on walls in the holy city.
Massachusetts delays gay marriage debate 1
12:00 AM — Massachusetts' lawmakers voted yesterday to delay a debate on gay marriage until after the state's general election in November.The decision to postpone the vote came after lawmakers debated for four hours on other agenda items at the Constitutional Convention.The Boston Globe reports that the delay is likely to cheer advocates of gay marriage, who believe that the more time they have to lobby lawmakers the better chance they have to defeat the proposed constitutional amendment to ban same-sex weddings.
Australia’s Uniting Church splits over gay row
12:00 AM — Evangelical conservatives are planning to create a new church group after the Australian Uniting Church decided to continue allowing the ordination of gay ministers.Gay churches were met with outrage from anti-gay leaders after the denomination's national assembly, where a 2003 ruling giving individual churches the right to appoint openly gay clergy was debated and preserved.
12th July 2006
MEP calls on Poland to condemn homophobia
12:00 AM — The president of the European Union's Intergroup on Lesbian and Gay Rights has called on the President of Poland, Lech Kaczynski, to condemn homophobia and homophobic violence in his country.Michael Cashman, Labour MEP for the West Midlands, has written to the President urging protection for all minorities in the wake of a recent statement from the Polish leadership criticising anti Semitism in the country.
Banton Danish gig met with gay protests 7
12:00 AM — Just a week after reggae artist Buju Banton was banned from performing in Brighton, gay activists in Denmark have protested against the singer's scheduled gig in the country.Over 250 Danish gay campaigners demonstrated outside The Rock concert venue, calling for "zero tolerance for homophobia" and the elimination of "murder music."
11th July 2006
Massachusetts voters challenge gay marriage
12:00 AM — Massachusetts' highest court has ruled that voters will get the chance to overturn the state's landmark 2003 court decision that deemed banning gay marriage unconstitutional.The measure will appear on the state's 2008 ballot if it is approved by the Legislature, after it is considered in a constitutional convention tomorrow.