20th February 2006
South African gay groups fear increased homophobia
12:00 AM — South African gay rights groups are becoming increasingly concerned about homophobia after a spate of attacks on lesbians in the country.Organisations spoke out after the murder of a young lesbian in a township in Cape Town. The groups say that lesbians are seen as a challenge to male dominance and the patriarchal society.
Judge overturns gay foster parent ban 1
12:00 AM — A judge has ruled that the Missouri Department of Social Services improperly denied a woman's application to become a foster parent because she is a lesbian.The denial had been challenged by the American Civil Liberties Union, who work to extend rights to segments of the population that have traditionally been denied them, acting on behalf of Lisa Johnston. Jackson County Circuit Judge Sandra C. Midkiff upheld the challenge after hearing testimony in November.
Australian school orders lesbian to remove pro gay t-shirt
12:00 AM — School officials at a high-school in Melbourne have caused a stir by asking a student to remove a t-shirt with a gay slogan.More than 30 students at Strathmore Secondary College rallied behind a 17-year-old senior named Stephanie after teachers at the school told her to change out of the t-shirt for class pictures.Stephanie, who requested that her last name not be published, said she had worn the t-shirt with the slogan "Nobody knows I'm a lesbian" printed across the front to school on several occasions without concerns being raised by staff or fellow students.
Pastor stands up for gay marriage 1
12:00 AM — A pastor has announced that he would no longer conduct civil marriages for the state of Asheville in an attempt to treat gay and straight people equally.The Rev. Joe Hoffman, pastor of First Congregational United Church of Christ in Asheville, announced in his weekend sermon that he would be treating his gay and lesbian parishioners the same as heterosexuals.
Gay icon Laurel Hester dies
12:00 AM — A gay rights icon who spent her last years campaigning to have her pension benefits extended to her partner has died of cancer.Laurel Hester was a member of the Ocean County Prosecutor's Office. She died at the Point Pleasant home she shared with her partner, Stacie Andree. The couple had been together for six years and were registered as domestic partners in 2004.
17th February 2006
US Scouts gay leader ban causes land row
12:00 AM — A San Diego appellate court panel is assessing arguments over whether the Boy Scouts of America, which bans gay troop leaders and insists people make a pledge to God, has the right to use city-owned parkland.Mark Danis, an attorney for the plaintiffs, told the appeals panel, "San Diego city land can't be used as the headquarters of a discriminatory organisation," Mr Danis said.
Psychologists examine impact of Pentagon gay policy on health 1
12:00 AM — A newly published article in the journal Professional Psychology examines how the US military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy towards gay recruits impedes access to mental healthcare in the armed services and identifies practical steps providers should take to provide the best possible care for lesbian, gay and bisexual service personnel.The article, Service Delivery in a "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" World, was published as part of the American Psychological Association's Task Force on Sexual Orientation and Military Service.
Washington mayoral candidate to block gay clubs
12:00 AM — A candidate to become the Mayor of Washington is campaigning to block adult gay entertainment businesses from his ward prompting petitions from activists.Vincent Orange, who currently serves on the District's Council, is expected to replace them with a new Major League Baseball stadium in ward 5.
Poll reveals Turkey’s conservative views on homosexuality
12:00 AM — A significant amount of Turkish people are uncomfortable with homosexuality, a survey suggests.The poll conducted by the Open Society Institute and Istanbul's Bogazici University found that three quarters of Turks disapprove of gays and lesbians.
Bishop attacks Spanish PM over gay marriage
12:00 AM — A leading Catholic Bishop has compared the Spanish Prime Minister to Roman Emperor Caligula over Spain's legalisation of same sex marriage.Bishop Antonio Algora attacked José Luis Rodriguez Zapatero in Spanish newspapers, he said: "If Zapatero wants to become Caligula, it's up to him, but without doubt people will have to learn who Caligula was and what customs he imposed on Rome, it's as simple as that."
16th February 2006
Boston schools appoint gay headteachers 2
12:00 AM — Two schools in Boston have appointed openly gay principals amid mixed feeling from parents.Brian Salzer, 38, who will be the principal at Newton South High School, comes from Sauk Prairie, a small Wisconsin school district near the state capital of Madison, and was the first openly gay principal in Wisconsin.
Hong Kong gay men spread HIV 1
12:00 AM — Twenty gay men in Hong Kong gave each other HIV after meeting on the internet and deciding to spread the virus between themselves, according to health officials.The South China Morning Post revealed that Government health officials found all 20, who met between November 2003 and November 2005, had HIV with similar gene sequencing.
Radio host sued over “homophobic” comments
12:00 AM — A radio host in Australia is being sued over comments he made about Queer Eye for the Straight Guy presenter Carson Kressley.John Laws is being sued by Gary Burns for the on air comments on Sydney's 2UE. Mr Burns argues that the words used were of homosexual vilification and a breach of the states Anti Discrimination Act.
Initiative launched to promote ethnic support of gay marriage 1
12:00 AM — Five American organisations have announced a new initiative to elevate communities of colour who support marriage equality for same sex couples."The right-wing has perpetuated the idea that people of colour are overwhelmingly against marriage for same-sex couples, it is important that people see this for what it is, a half-baked myth that needs correcting," said Kevin Cathcart, Executive Director of Lambda Legal.
Gay group condemns anti LGBT adoption bill 1
12:00 AM — The gay rights group Family Pride has condemned the introduction of House Bill 515 in the Ohio House of Representatives. If passed, the measure would prohibit lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people, and those who live with them, from adopting or serving as foster parents in Ohio."Child welfare and respected professional organisations are clear in their opposition to these types of measures," said Jennifer Chrisler, executive director of Family Pride, the only national nonprofit organisation exclusively dedicated to securing equality for LGBT parents and their families.
Brokeback Mountain stars become “gay action figures” 1
12:00 AM — The stars of gay cowboy movie Brokeback Mountain are to be transformed into action figures.The Mirror reports that a fan has turned Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhall into dolls based on their characters in the hit film.They come equipped with two horses, a campfire, a dog, a tent, a liquor bottle and a tree.
Senate to vote on gay marriage amendment
12:00 AM — Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist has announced that he will bring the already failed 'Marriage Protection Amendment' proposal up for a vote on June 5, 2006. Similar to 2004, the Senate vote on the Marriage Protection Amendment will come as the fall election season heats up."Not one marriage is protected by this amendment and all marriages are devalued when used as a political ploy," said Human Rights Campaign President Joe Solmonese. "Writing one group of people out of the protections of the Constitution is politics at its worst."
Moscow gay pride facing violence
12:00 AM — Gay groups planning to attend the Russian gay pride march in the Spring may face violent protests from Muslim groups.The leader of Russia's Muslims on Tuesday called for a "violent mass protest" if gay leaders go ahead with Pride celebrations. Chief Russian Mufti Talgat Tajuddin said gays could be killed if they went ahead.
15th February 2006
Costs double for Pentagon’s gay sacking policy 1
12:00 AM — The Pentagon's costs for firing service members for homosexuality under its "don't ask, don't tell" policy nearly doubled last year according to research.Figures from a University of California commission of military experts said it cost over $360 million to enforce the policy from 1994 to 2003. That is 91 percent more than the $190.5 million estimated a year ago by the Government Accountability Office, Congress' investigative arm.
Hong Kong couples awaiting UK gay marriage approval 1
12:00 AM — Hong Kong gay couples are awaiting a decision from the government on if the British Consulate can conduct civil partnerships in its country.According to the UK Civil Partnership Act, all "British nationals" can register for a same-sex civil union in a British embassy or consulate, as long as the local law agrees.