14th June 2006
Caribbean homophobic attack suspect gives himself up 5
12:00 AM — A man thought to be the main attacker in a homophobic assault in St Marteen has been arrested.The man, known only as Duracell, is reported to have given himself up to police in relation to an attack on CBS news producer Dick Jefferson and his friend Ryan Smith, also a producer, who were beaten unconscious by a homophobic gang on the Caribbean Island at the beginning of April outside a bar.
Mobster who inspired gay Sopranos’ star is jailed 2
12:00 AM — The real-life mobster who ordered a hit on a gay mob boss, and whose story inspired an entire season of suspense surrounding gay mobster Vito Spatafore (Joe Gannascoli) in TV series' The Sopranos, has been sentenced to life in prison.Stefano Vitabile, 71, was sentenced to life in prison for ordering the 1992 slaying of acting DeCavalcante crime boss John (Johnny Boy) D'Amato, who was killed when he was outed by his fellow mobsters, according to New York's Daily News.
Polish education minister bans gay rights book
12:00 AM — The head of teacher training in Poland has been sacked after distributing a human rights manual which describes the types of discrimination lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people may face.Polish Education Minister Roman Giertych said the publication titled Compass: a manual on human rights education with young people, is a "contradiction to the core curriculum for general education" and against his idea of "patriotic education" in schools.
13th June 2006
Australia overrules gay unions 1
12:00 AM — Australia's Federal government has been labelled as homophobic after officially overturning a law in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) which had created civil unions for same sex couples, killing any hopes for gay couples looking to register their partnerships before the legislation was annulled.The ACT's local assembly approved the bill last month giving same sex couple's the right to a civil union after watering down the law to ensure it did not represent marriage.
California court approves lesbian parental access 1
12:00 AM — The California Court of Appeal has ruled that Charisma R, a non-biological mother represented by the National Centre for Lesbian Rights (NCLR), may seek visitation with the child born to her former female partner through alternative insemination.The case, Charisma R v Kristina S, is the first appellate decision to apply the California Supreme Court's groundbreaking trio of 2005 decisions involving lesbian parents.
Florida gay church publicises gay marriage support
12:00 AM — The Christ Church of Peace, a non-denominational Christian congregation in Jacksonville, has launched "Know Thy Neighbour Florida," an outreach ministry directed at Floridians who believe in equal marriage rights.The church will include on their site the names of those who signed the petition in favour of the Florida Marriage Protection Amendment.
Episcopal conference dominated by gay row 7
12:00 AM — Bishops, priests and laymen from over 100 dioceses will gather in Ohio this week to decide on policy regarding governance and worship, with homosexuality remaining a top issue amid reports that ministers plan to apologise for the appointment of openly gay New Hampshire bishop Gene Robinson.The Episcopal Church's 75th General Convention, which starts today, is scheduled to debate "Human rights for homosexual persons."
12th June 2006
Warsaw gay activists march with pride
12:00 AM — Thousands of people marched in the polish capital of Warsaw last weekend in an Equality Parade to protest against increased homophobia in the country.A counter parade by far-right groups was cancelled after pressure from politicians, meaning compared to the neighbouring cities of Moscow and Bucharest, activists marched relatively peacefully.
Canada invites US gay couples to get married 1
12:00 AM — The Canadian Tourism Commission has launched a new gay and lesbian advertising campaign with a wedding invitation for US same-sex couples.The country is one of few in the world to extend full marriage equality to all people.
Superman director denies the Man of Steel is gay
12:00 AM — The director of the new Superman film, Bryan Singer, has refuted reports that his main character is gay.Last week, gay magazine, The Advocate, ran a whole feature titled How Gay is Superman.The publication has created speculation in internet chat rooms and message boards on the preferences of Daily Planet reporter Clark Kent.
9th June 2006
Gay groups condemn World Pride boycott calls 23
12:00 AM — An anti Israel group is calling on the British lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community to boycott this summer's WorldPride in Jerusalem, prompting outrage from campaigners and local charities.The Coalition to Boycott World Pride Jerusalem claims the LGBT community should not attend the international gay parade in protest of the way Israel has "illegally occupied Jerusalem for decades, and has functionally annexed the city."
ACLU pushes for HIV confidentiality
12:00 AM — The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) sent a letter to the San Francisco Department of Public Health this week demanding that the San Francisco City Clinic stop misleading people being tested for HIV.A new state law that went into effect on April 17 2006 requires all health care providers and laboratories to report names of individuals with HIV to the local health department, yet the City Clinic run by the San Francisco Department of Public Health has been telling people taking the HIV test that their names would not be reported to the state if they test positive.
Petition demands end to government HIV discrimination
12:00 AM — Gay legal group Lambda Legal delivered a petition today signed by 5,000 people urging Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice, to repeal the federal government's 'discriminatory' hiring policies and allow a qualified man living with HIV to work as a Foreign Service Officer."Employers, as well as the general public, look to the federal government to set the standard in workers' rights," said Hector Vargas, deputy director of education and public affairs at Lambda Legal.
Macy’s removes ‘gay’ mannequins 1
12:00 AM — A Macy's department store has given into pressure from an anti gay group after it removed a gay pride display from its window this week.The Boston store featured two male mannequins standing next to eachother, with one of them wearing a rainbow flag, but removed them after MassResistance told followers to complain claiming the display promotes "raunchy homosexual behaviour."
Vatican questions transsexual priorities
12:00 AM — The Vatican has criticised the government of Tuscany for allowing free sex change operations for transsexuals.The Roman catholic Church's newspaper, L'Osservatore Romano, called the Italian region's law "incredible."It said, "Faced with problems that afflict health care in Tuscany, waiting lists for operations, insufficient funds for chemotherapy and inadequate numbers of medical staff, perhaps it would have been better not to give precedence to hormonal treatment for sex changes," Reuters news agency reported.
8th June 2006
Homophobia forces Dutch Ambassador to resign 2
12:00 AM — Hans Glaubitz, the Dutch Ambassador in Estonia has resigned from his post because of the homophobic abuse he and his partner have had to suffer."It is not very nice to be regularly abused by drunken skinheads ... and to be continuously gawped at as if you have just stepped out of a UFO," Mr Glaubitz told reporters.
US will ‘neither confirm nor deny’ gay surveillance
12:00 AM — In a June 5 letter to lawyers for the Servicemembers Legal Defence Network (SLDN), the National Security Agency (NSA) says it will "neither confirm nor deny the existence or non-existence" of information that may have been obtained through agency surveillance of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.SLDN sought information, through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, after media reports indicated the agency may have been monitoring groups and individuals opposed to the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" ban on lesbian, gay and bisexual personnel.
Race for Australian gay unions 1
12:00 AM — Gay couples in Australia are rushing to get their partnerships recognised by the Australian Capital Territory, after the Federal government warned it would overrule the Civil Unions Act.The ACT's local assembly approved the bill last month giving same sex couple's the right to a civil union.
Moscow Gay Pride organisers appeal ban 4
12:00 AM — Gay rights campaigners have sent an appeal to a Moscow court contesting the city's ruling to ban a pride parade.Despite appeals from the organisers, The Moscow Gay Pride, was opposed by the Tverskoy Court on the eve of the May 27 event.Over 120 people including a German MP were arrested in Moscow after campaigners attempted to hold the capital's first gay rights rally.
Gay couple may be forced apart by US immigration laws
12:00 AM — A Swansea woman and her American partner may have to give up their home and life in the States, as US immigration laws fail to take gay partnerships into account.Belinda Ryan, a helicopter pilot, has been living with her partner Wendy Daw, an acupuncturist, in San Francisco. But she will be forced to return to the UK unless there is a change in immigration laws for gay couples.