6th July 2006
Gay marriages illegal in New York- court rules
12:00 AM — The Court of Appeal in New York state has ruled that gay marriages are illegal.The judges at the state's highest court in a four against two decision rejected arguments from LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered) campaigners that their inability to obtain marriage licences violated their constitutional rights.
Faking HIV? AIDS campaigner arrested on fraud charges
12:00 AM — Cassey Weierbach, a 27 year old lesbian from Pennsylvania has been touring the US, speaking in youth groups, churches and medical conferences about her tragic childhood rape and infection with the HIV virus.But Ms Weierbach will have to put her lecture tour on hold while serious allegations that she may not in fact have HIV are investigated.
Couple speak out about concept of Catholic family
12:00 AM — Although Emilio Menendez and Carlos Baturin have been together for 30 years and were the first gay couple to get married in Spain when the law was changed last year, their "family" will not be welcome at the Catholic World Meeting of Families this weekend in Valencia.The Vatican has branded gay marriages an "eclipse of God".Pope Benedict XVI will be visiting the meeting this weekend, and is likely to reiterate the Catholic Church's official views.
“Marriage” defined as only between one man and one woman? 1
12:00 AM — In Chicago the controversy over the proposal to define marriage as between one man and one woman takes another twist.The conservative Illinois Family Institute have formally challenged the initial findings of state officials, that the proposal does not have enough valid signatures to make it onto the November 7th ballot.The petition has 345,000 signatures. State law requires that more than 95% of a petition's signatures must be valid in order for it to be processed and eventually end up on the ballot.
5th July 2006
Egyptian MPs criticise gay film
12:00 AM — An Egyptian film featuring a gay newspaper editor's relationship with a male policeman has sparked controversy in the Middle Eastern country.The Egyptian parliament is considering requests to censor scenes containing homosexual elements after over 100 MPs launched a complaint about The Yacoubian Building, claiming it is derogatory towards Egypt's culture.
New York to decide on gay marriage
12:00 AM — New York State's highest court is set to rule on a law allowing same sex couples to marry this week.It is one of five gay marriage cases along with the State's of California, Iowa, New Jersey and Washington, being heard in the US, buoyed by the Senate's rejection of a constitutional ban on same sex unions last month.
Top award for gay Israeli Filipino film
12:00 AM — The Los Angeles Film Festival, that closed last night saw its audience award bestowed to Israeli gay film, 'Paper Dolls'.The film is set in one of Tel Aviv's most religious neighbourhoods, where a small group of gay Filipino immigrants work as care assistants for elderly religious patients.
4th July 2006
Anti-gay feelings unite Israel’s orthodox Jews and Muslims 23
12:00 AM — Ultra-orthodox Jews and Muslims in Israel have at last found one thing that they agree on, their condemnation of the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered) community."If gays will dare approach the Temple Mount during the parade, they will do so over our dead bodies," Arab Member of Knesset Ibrahim Sarsur said in a statement.
Lesbian mum wins visitation rights
12:00 AM — An Ohio judge ruled this week that the state's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage cannot be used by a woman to deny her ex partner visitation rights to a child they raised together.The amendment, known as Issue 1, in addition to banning same-sex marriage, says the state "and its political subdivisions shall not create or recognise a legal status for relationships of unmarried individuals that intends to approximate the design, qualities, significance or effect of marriage."
Gay group rings Stock Exchange Bell for first time
12:00 AM — Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) made history last week as the first organisation for families and allies of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people to ring The Closing Bell at the New York Stock Exchange.PFLAG's says its trip to Wall Street to "ring the closing bell on homophobia," was an opportunity for the group to discuss the exponentially growing reach of the buying power of LGBT Americans when coupled with the purchasing force of their families and friends.
South Korean film banned from China for gay theme
12:00 AM — The most popular South Korean film ever has been banned from Chinese cinemas due to subtle gay themes according to the film's distributors."The film 'King and the Clown' could not pass the deliberation process in China because of the homosexual code and sexually explicit language in the film," a spokesman from South Korean distributor CJ told Reuters.
Risky sex must be disclosed to partners, court rules
12:00 AM — The Californian Supreme Court has found that people who engage in high-risk sex should inform their partners that they may carry HIV, even if they have not been tested as HIV positive.Yesterday, in a majority ruling, the court found that a man who was accused of passing on HIV to his ex-wife on their honeymoon had "constructive knowledge" of his past gay sexual behaviour that should have led him to warn her of the dangers of having sexual intercourse with him.
Gay revolution hits Cuba 4
12:00 AM — The niece of Fidel Castro is defying her uncle's beliefs regarding sexual orientation by leading a revolution of pro-gay laws in Cuba.Mariela Castro is in charge of the government's National Centre for Sex Education, from which she has promoted issues of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights, in stark contrast to country's macho society and homosexual witch-hunts of the 1960s and 1970s.
3rd July 2006
Australia considers lifting gay blood ban 5
12:00 AM — In a world-first, the ban on gay men donating blood will be reviewed by a body that has the power to strike the ban down in Australia.After months considering hundreds of pages of written evidence for and against the ban, the Tasmanian Anti-Discrimination Commissioner has decided that the Australian Red Cross Blood Service should be made to justify its policy before the State's Anti-Discrimination Tribunal.
Police consider cancelling WorldPride amid anti-gay protests 23
12:00 AM — Jerusalem police will decide this week whether to allow WorldPride to take place in the city amid outrage from religious groups and politicians in Israel.The event scheduled for this August has strangely united religious Jews, Christians and Muslims, who have spoken put against the parade and are arranging a counter "Modesty Parade."
Congress demands Russia protects gay community 4
12:00 AM — US Congress members have called on the President of Russia to defend gay rights after the violence at Moscow Gay Pride last May.The politicians asked Vladimir Putin to look after all his country's citizens, in a letter published on the gay Russia website, signed by 50 congressmen.
30th June 2006
Rice acting ‘suspect’ after rejecting HIV+ man for job 1
12:00 AM — The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia decided this week that the HIV positive man who was denied employment as a Foreign Service Officer has "more than enough" evidence to take his case against the State Department to trial.Judge Arthur Raymond Randolph shed some blame on US Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice when he said: "The Secretary's claim that granting Taylor Class 2 clearance is unreasonable and would impose undue hardship is suspect" because the State Department sometimes hires candidates with medical conditions other than HIV.
Arkansas deems gay foster ban unconstitutional 1
12:00 AM — The Arkansas Supreme Court unanimously ruled yesterday that there is no connection between a child's well-being and the sexual orientation of a parent, deeming discrimination against gay households in foster care unconstitutional.The ruling, which upholds a 2004 lower court decision against the ban, said the ban was "an attempt to legislate for the General Assembly with respect to public morality."
Transgender justice Bill advances
12:00 AM — California moves toward becoming the first state to meaningfully respond to strategies that blame transgender people for their own murders.The Gwen Araujo Justice for Victims Act, authored by Assembly member Sally Lieber and sponsored by Equality California, passed through the Senate Public Safety Committee with a 4-2 vote.
Schwarzenegger addresses gay groups amid controversy
12:00 AM — California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger delivered his first speech to the gay community last night since promising to veto teaching gay history in the State's schools.He addressed a fundraising dinner for gay political group, the Log Cabin Republicans, at the Renaissance Hotel where he promised to "have an open mind" about the gay community.