18th September 2006
Berlin’s gay mayor re-elected while Nazis rise in North
12:00 AM — Last weekend's regional elections in Germany provided both positive and negative results for the country's Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community.Berlin's gay mayor the Social Democrat Klaus Wowereit, has been re-elected with 31.5% of the vote, but worryingly there also occurred a resurgence of Neo Nazi voting in the north of the country.
Indian academics condemn anti-gay law.
12:00 AM — More than 100 leading figures of literature, film and academia in India rallied this weekend against a colonial-era law which makes homosexuality a criminal offence.Included in amongst the 100 influential signatories were the Nobel laureate economist Amartya Sen, and the Booker prizewinner Arundhati Roy.
Schwarzenegger accused of acting inconsistently with gay rights legislation
12:00 AM — Governor of California Arnold Schwarzenegger is being accused of acting inconsistently when legislating gay rights.Equality California, the gay rights group, hailed the passage of 14 bills in 2005-06, as "breaking the record for the most lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights bills ever passed by a state legislature in our nation's history."
14th September 2006
Legal recognition for gay couples in Uruguay 2
12:00 AM — Uruguay is expected to become the latest country to recognise the legal rights of gay couples.The country of 3.6m people will become the first nation in South America to grant such protections, although many cities and regions throughout the continent have made similar legal provisions.
Canada considers gay marriage debate 1
12:00 AM — Canada's conservative government could introduce legislative changes to enhance protections for those who oppose same-sex marriage on religious or moral grounds if Members of Parliament don't pass a motion to re-open the contentious debate.According to The Calgary Sun, the motion, which stems from an election pledge by Prime Minister Stephen Harper, is expected to give MPs a clear-cut question on whether or not Parliament should revisit the issue—not poll the moral stand of each MP on gay marriage.
Historic gay rights activist dies 1
12:00 AM — Tyron Garner, one of two men whose 1998 arrests led to a US Supreme Court decision that struck down bans on sodomy, has died, according to a spokesman for the legal firm that represented him.According to the Associated Press, Garner died early on Monday at a Houston hospital.
Doubts raised over South Africa gay marriage law 10
12:00 AM — South Africa's Civil Union Bill has drawn yet more criticism ahead of a hearing on the law next week.Committee members of the Department of Home Affairs, in charge of drafting the legislation, have raised concerns that not enough organisations were consulted about the bill.
Gay man denied fertility services 1
12:00 AM — Gay legal group Lambda Legal has filed a complaint with the Orlando Human Rights Board this week on behalf of a gay man denied fertility services because of his sexual orientation."Dr. Barros was denied services not because of any real medical risk, but solely because of his sexual orientation," said, Gregory Nevins, a lawyer in Lambda Legal's southern regional office in Atlanta.
Archbishop demands diverse gay view
12:00 AM — The Archbishop of Cape Town has given his backing to pro gay laws ahead of a conference in Rwanda next week on the controversial relationship between the church and homosexuality.Archbishop Njongonkulu Ndungane, who is in charge of 24 bishops in the Province of Southern Africa said it was importance for the church to embrace diversity and find solutions to their differences.
Pope in trouble for anti-Muslim remarks 12
12:00 AM — The leader of the world's largest Christian denomination has followed up his homophobic comments last week with alleged anti-Muslim remarks.Speaking during a trip to his German homeland, Pope Benedict XVI quoted a 14th century Christian ruler's view that the Prophet Mohammad had brought only evil to the world.
13th September 2006
Gay ex-Governor to break silence On ‘Oprah’ 1
12:00 AM — Former New Jersey Governor James McGreevey, who resigned from office two years ago after announcing he was gay, is set to tell his story on "The Oprah Winfrey Show."According to The Associated Press, Winfrey landed the exclusive interview with the 49-year-old because of her sense of faith and spirituality, according to friends of the former governor.
Church condemns gay hate campaign
12:00 AM — New Zealand's Presbyterian Church has criticised a gay hate campaign amid a ruling by the denomination on homosexual clergy.Stickers have been sent to members of the Presbyterian Assembly with the phrase "gays are a cancer in our church, let's keep them out of leadership," as they prepare to vote later this month on whether to allow gay ministers in the church.
12th September 2006
Israeli Embassy pink with gay pride
12:00 AM — The Israeli Embassy in Paris has been dubbed "the pink embassy" by Foreign Ministry officials.The nickname was awarded to the embassy after it was revealed that two of its employees are in same-sex relationships and are recognised as 'married' couples by the Foreign Ministry.
Medical school bans gay student groups 1
12:00 AM — The Gay and Lesbian Medical Association has publicly decried the decision of the Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine, a private medical school in California, to ban a student group that focuses on the needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) patients and students.In 2002, students at the school formed the Touro University Gay-Straight Alliance (TUGSA) with the mission of "promoting equitable health care delivery through awareness and education, and... representing diversity both on campus and in medicine."
11th September 2006
Brad Pitt seeks gay marriage 1
12:00 AM — Fielding the latest in a string of queries from journalists wanting to know when Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie plan to tie the knot, Pitt, long an advocate for social change, announced he and Jolie won't be marrying until restrictions on who can tie the knot are dropped."Angie and I will consider tying the knot when everyone else in the country who wants to be married is legally able," the 42-year-old actor and new father tells Esquire Magazine in the October issue, out this week.
Ugandan tabloid outs alleged lesbians 3
12:00 AM — Thirteen alleged lesbians have been outed by the Ugandan tabloid newspaper RedPepper.They include two boutique owners, a basketball player and the daughters of a former MP and a prominent Sheikh.Under the headline, "Kampala's notorious lesbians unearthed", the tabloid published a photo of two very beautiful unnamed women embracing at a party.
Israeli gays petition court for march date 23
12:00 AM — World Pride organiser the Jerusalem Open House has submitted a petition to the Supreme Court today, against the Israel Police and the Jerusalem Municipality.The petition demands that permission be granted to hold the Jerusalem March for Pride and Tolerance without delay, and that it be held before the upcoming Jewish holidays.
Lesbian tennis legend retires 1
12:00 AM — Tennis ace Martina Navratilova ended her professional playing career for the second time yesterday with a mixed doubles victory at the US Open.The lesbian legend made the accolade her 59th major title which has included 18 singles trophies, 31 women's doubles and 10 medals for mixed doubles.
Lesbian star to host Oscars
12:00 AM — Ellen DeGeneres has been chosen to host next year's Oscars.The lesbian comedian will become the first out performer to host the 79th Annual Academy Awards, scheduled to take place in February 2007.It will even be the first time she attends the awards ceremony, although she has hosted the Emmys and the Grammys twice.
Gay groups unsure of South African marriage law
12:00 AM — It was hailed as a sign that the continent was becoming more tolerant towards homosexuality, but now campaigners are claiming South Africa's gay union legislation falls short of what they were promised by the country's highest court last year.Last December the Constitutional Court of South Africa ruled that same-sex marriages should enjoy the same legal status as those between men and women, thereby giving the parliament a year to amend the 1961 marriage law.