17th January 2006
Brokeback Mountain rides home victorious
12:00 AM — It was a good evening to be gay in Hollywood as cowboy drama Brokeback Mountain scooped top honours at the Golden Globe awards in Los Angeles, last night.The highly tipped movie won best film, best screenplay, best original song and best director for Ang Lee. However, lead actor Heath Ledger lost out on the best dramatic actor award to Philip Seymour Hoffman for Capote.
16th January 2006
EU debates homophobia 1
12:00 AM — The European Parliament is this evening debating a resolution on homophobia in Europe.The resolution strongly condemns homophobia and discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation in EU member states and calls on European institutions to promote and protect the human rights of all persons regardless of their sexuality.
13th January 2006
Gay rights groups protest over Pope’s stance on same sex marriage 13
12:00 AM — Gay rights activists protested outside St Peter's Square this evening, following the condemnation of gay marriage by the Pope, Benedict XVI on Thursday.The group avoided entering the square, which is Vatican territory, but demonstrated just outside of it with banners criticising the Church's stance on homosexuality.
12th January 2006
New Jersey moves towards gay marriage
12:00 AM — New Jersey politicians voted this week to give same-sex couples the same rights as married couples regarding inheritance and funeral arrangements and to extend gay couples' access to health benefits in the public sector.The two bills were passed overwhelmingly in the state legislature and will now be sent to the state's Governor, Richard Codey, who is expected to sign both.
South Africa bans gays from giving blood
12:00 AM — South Africa has followed many other countries in banning sexually active gay men from donating blood"A man who has had sex with another man within the last five years, whether oral or anal sex, with or without a condom ... is not permitted to donate blood and must please not do so," Dr. Robert Crookes, head of the national blood service said today.South Africa has the world's highest number of HIV cases with more than 5 million people infected.
10th January 2006
Sony launches gay music label
12:00 AM — Sony Music has launched the first major music label dedicated to nurturing lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans-gendered artists.The label, to be known as 'Music with a Twist', is a joint venture with a new gay media company, Wilderness, led by Matt Farber, the founder of MTV's gay entertainment channel, LOGO, which reaches 20 million homes across the USA.'Music With a Twist' will collaborate with Sony's other labels to cross promote gay artists with mainstream appeal.
9th January 2006
NY court rules gay post-nup is legal but wedding is not
11:36 AM — A legal agreement made between two gay men is still valid, despite the fact that that their wedding is not legal, a New York court has ruled.Steven Green, 41, and David Gonzalez, 29, travelled to Massachusetts on Valentines Day 2005 to get married.Seven months later, when the relationship broke down, lawyers for Mr Green drew up a separation agreement.
Mormon cinema owner bans Brokeback Mountain
12:00 AM — A cinema in Utah has pulled out of screening the gay cowboy movie Brokeback Mountain.The Jordan Commons Megaplex cinema in Salt Lake City is owner Larry Miller, a member of the anti-gay Mormon movement.Brokeback Mountain's distributor, Focus Features claims that Mr Miller "reneged on their licensing agreement" by not showing the critically acclaimed film.
7th January 2006
Gay rights groups ask the US government why they’re being spied on
12:00 AM — A group representing lesbian and gay soldiers has today filed a Freedom of Information request with the US government to ascertain the extent of Pentagon spying of gay rights groups based in major universities.The Service-members Legal Defence Network (SLDN), have filed the request on behalf of themselves and 13 other lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender organizations, seeking information related to the Pentagon's domestic spy program.
6th January 2006
Barbie turns you transsexual- US Christian group 8
12:00 AM — A right wing fundamentalist Christian group has warned that Barbie is not just a child's toy, but also a tool for the "homosexual agenda."The Concerned Women for America, a conservative group that "promotes Biblical values," made the claim based on a survey on the doll's website, which asked users whether they were "A Boy," "A Girl" or "I Don't Know."The group claims that the toy's manufacturer, Mattel, has "overstepped a line" and accused it of joining forces with the "transgender movement."
D.C. considers gay rights plan
12:00 AM — The Washington D.C. city council announced over the weekend it is considering expanding rights for gay and lesbian couples, but that doesn't include legalising equal marriage rights.D.C. council member Jim Graham told the Washington Post that he is: "seriously considering" introducing a bill that would legalise marriage for gay and lesbian couples who live in the district.Analysts believe it could be a difficult piece of legislation to push through.
Gay rights group to challenge moves to end gay marriages in Massachusetts
12:00 AM — A gay rights legal organisation today challenged a ruling that allowed a petition drive for a constitutional amendment that would end same-sex marriages in Massachusetts.Massachusetts Attorney General Thomas Reilly "simply got it wrong" in September when he certified VoteOnMarriage's marriage amendment for a petition drive, said Gary Buseck, legal director of Gay Lesbian Advocates Defenders (GLAD), which filed its lawsuit before the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court.
5th January 2006
New York elects first gay speaker
12:00 AM — New York City Council yesterday elected its first woman and first openly gay speaker.Christine Quinn, a 39-year-old Democrat, becomes the second highest-ranking official in the city after the mayor, Michael Bloomberg.The role of the speaker is to act as a check and balance to the executive authority of the mayor. It is, in effect, a similar position to the chairman of the London Assembly.
Police raid ‘illegal’ gay club in India 2
12:00 AM — Indian police today confirmed that they have raided an underground gay club and arrested four men on charges of homosexuality.Homosexuality is a criminal in the Commonwealth country and can result in prison terms of up to ten years.Police officers in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, raided premises in Lucknow, arresting four males and seizing more than a thousand telephone numbers of people connected to the gay club housed there.
30th December 2005
Gay and Transgender prison to close 1
12:00 AM — One of the America's few jail facilities specifically for gay or transgender prisoners is closing on Rikers Island, prompting complaints from gay rights activists who say it is still a much-needed safe haven.The unit, which opened on the city's island prison complex in the late 1970s in reply to complaints of abusive treatment of homosexuals in the prison system, stopped accepting new inmates last month.
California anti-gay-marriage group terminates campaign 2
12:00 AM — One of the two groups fighting to put a gay marriage ban before California voters in 2006 has bowed out of the fight for now, blaming Hurricane Katrina and the political climate for preventing them from raising funds.Tuesday was the deadline for the ProtectMarriage group to submit the signatures needed to qualify for the June primary ballot one of two overlapping initiatives that would outlaw same-sex marriage and restrict domestic partnership rights.
28th December 2005
Ireland to consider gay marriages 2
12:00 AM — Ireland may follow the UK in changing the law to allow gay marriages.Irish Justice Minister Michael McDowell met with gay rights campaigners in Dublin following the first marriages in Britain and announced the creation of a government committee to examine the case for gay marriages."Our view is that the centre of gravity in Ireland has shifted," Mr McDowell told the gathering.
Spanish magistrate resigns after refusing to officiate at gay weddings
12:00 AM — A magistrate from Madrid who refused to marry same-sex couples after gay marriage was legalized throughout Spain has presented a formal resignation to the country's Supreme Court.Antonio Alonso, who is the magistrate for the town of Pinto, said he resigned because he believes that gay marriage is unconstitutional: "It is impossible for me, as a magistrate, to present an appeal for unconstitutionality against the law which allows these marriages.
27th December 2005
Lithuania looks towards banning gay marriages 2
12:00 AM — Lithuania looks set to follow Latvia in banning gay marriages after the Chairman of the country's legal committee labelled them as unconstitutional.Julius Sabatauskas, a Social Democrat MP and chairman of the parliamentary legal committee made the declaration that gay marriages will be unconstitutional.Earlier this month, Latvia passed a constitutional amendment banning gay marriages from occurring.
26th December 2005
Texas man charged over gay killing
12:00 AM — Dallas police have charged a man with the killing of a gay man on October 11, one of seven unsolved gay killings in the Dallas area police are continuing to investigate.Ray Martinez, 31, was charged with capital murder in the beating death of Craig Ceson, 46. Ceson's body was found in his apartment near Love Field. An autopsy showed he died from head injuries.There was no sign of a break-in and police said that Ceason's car had been stolen. The vehicle was later found in Fort Worth.