11th August 2006
American psychologists stand firm against gay ‘conversion therapy’ 1
12:00 AM — A gay rights organisation in the United States has praised the American Pyschological Association's tough stance against the pseudo-science of conversion therapy.The 'treatment' is promoted by Christian organisations as a cure for homosexuality, but the APA have rejected it on the grounds that it has no scientific evidence to support claims made about its effectiveness.
10th August 2006
AIDS and TB responsible for a ‘double plague’
12:00 AM — More people are getting tuberculosis because of AIDS and more die of AIDS because of TB, yet doctors fail to recognise the respiratory disease in AIDS patients, according to a report released on Tuesday.Together, TB and AIDS are causing a "double plague," Stephen Lewis, the United Nations Special Envoy for AIDS in Africa told Reuters.
Washington ends state sex change funding 2
12:00 AM — Medicaid officials in Washington state are to change regulations to exclude gender reassignment surgery from the healthcare scheme.Washington is one of very few US states where sex-change procedures have been covered by Medicaid, the state-federal programme that provides health coverage for the poor and disabled.
Western Australia conservatives say yes to gay marriage 4
12:00 AM — In a radical demonstration of changing attitudes, the Western Australian branch of the National Party has voted in support of same-sex civil unions.A motion supporting gay 'marriage' won the backing of delegates at their annual state conference.The National Party are often portrayed as deeply rural and conservative, representing farming interests.
140,000 attended the 2006 Chicago Gay Games
12:00 AM — The 2006 Gay Games organisers have spoken of their delight at the success of the seventh gay sports and cultural event. The amount of people attending has exceeded all estimates."Attendance at Gay Games Chicago events exceeded 140,000, 40,000 more than we had projected," Kevin Boyer, the Games' co-vice chair, told the Windy City Times.
Preacher says gay-bashing posters are his constitutional right 57
12:00 AM — A New York preacher has vowed to fight all the way to the Supreme Court in his mission to display Bible passages on billboards.Rev. Kristopher Okwedy spent $2,500 on billboard signs with this catchy quote, taken from the Book of Leviticus: "Thou shalt not lie with mankind as with womenkind. It is an abomination.
Philadelphia drops HIV ads amid gay concerns
12:00 AM — Health officials in Philadelphia this week yanked public service advertisements urging HIV testing after a gay advocacy group expressed concerns about images depicting young black men in a gun's cross hairs."Putting the face of a black man in the cross hairs of a gun paints a damaging message about violence and black men," Lee Carson, chairman of the Black Gay Men's Leadership Council, wrote in a letter to the city's interim health commissioner last month.
Quiet protest replaces gay Jerusalem march 23
12:00 AM — A protest against the anti-gay incitement and the hate campaign targeting lesbians, gay men, bisexuals and transgendered (LGBT) people will be held in front of the Bell Park in Jerusalem, on the time and date originally scheduled for the WorldPride march this evening.The march, which was originally scheduled to take place on August 10 in Jerusalem, is postponed because of the current situation in the region.
Arnie terminates gay experiences from California school textbooks
12:00 AM — Legislation that would have required California's public school curriculum to include the contributions of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people has been watered down to a simple prohibition of teaching or textbooks that negatively portray persons based on their sexual orientation.California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger vowed in May to veto the bill if it reached his desk. Critics said his decision was spawned by re-election concerns about core conservative Republican voters.
9th August 2006
Gay Iranians praise world support
12:00 AM — An underground gay Iranian magazine has expressed thanks for the "solidarity" shown by other lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) groups in highlighting their cause.MAHA, an e-magazine for LGBT Iranians, called for "support at every level" and particularly highlighted the importance of lobbying the United Nations, the European Union and national governments.
Synchronised swimming not for gays
12:00 AM — A gay synchronised swimming team has been banned from performing at an international meet, as the International Olympic Committee continues to insist that the sport is for females only.The ten men and four women squad from the San Francisco Tsunami Swim Club had been invited to perform a routine at the FINA Masters in Stamford, California this week. Local organisers knew that the male team would not be able to compete organised a demonstration of their routine.
Gay campaigners ignore protest ban 23
12:00 AM — Jerusalem police are facing criticism after attempting to block a WorldPride protest scheduled for tomorrow evening.Organisers of the international gay event, Jerusalem Open House (JOH), had arranged to hold a quiet demonstration in Liberty Bell Park in replacement of a pride parade which was cancelled by the group due to the security situation in Israel.
Latvia faces EU censure over attacks on gay activists 57
12:00 AM — Latvian Interior Minister Dzintars Jaundzeikars has been accused of violating European Union principles by a leading member of the European Green Party.Speaking after a visit to the Latvian capital Riga at the weekend, Green spokeswoman Ulrike Lunacek has called on the EU to consider suspending Latvian voting rights on the European Council in response to attacks on gay activists last month.
8th August 2006
Outgames hailed a success for gay community 1
12:00 AM — The organisers of the Outgames in Montreal have hailed the event a success after it closed last weekend.Mark Tewksbury, the co president of the 1st World Outgames announced that participation and attendance targets were reached despite reports of a lack of interest in the event.
Nigerian gay Anglicans mark year of progress 1
12:00 AM — The Nigerian branch of a gay Anglican group is celebrating its first anniversary this month.Changing Attitude Nigeria (CAN) is commemorating a year of confronting prejudices and working for lesbian and gay affirmation in the country's Anglican Communion.
Germany grants asylum to Iranian lesbian 1
12:00 AM — A German court ruled on Monday that an Iranian lesbian cannot be deported because she faces a death sentence if returned to Iran because of her sexuality.According to the Associated Press, the 27-year-old woman, whose name was not released, travelled to Germany in September 2003 and applied for asylum.
Connecticut denies conservative group’s gay marriage intervention
12:00 AM — Connecticut's Supreme Court has denied a conservative group's request to intervene in a lawsuit over whether gay and lesbian couples should be allowed to marry in the North Eastern state.According to The Associated Press, the court decision upholds a lower court's ruling denying the Family Institute of Connecticut's motion to intervene in the case.
Colorado gay marriage advocates devise new plan
12:00 AM — Advocates for gay marriage in Colorado have devised a new approach to winning legal recognition for same-sex couples, creating an alternative model for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender organisations.According to The San Francisco Chronicle, at least one constitutional amendment to ban marriage for same-sex couples is expected to be submitted for Colorado's November ballot.
Norway rejects gay sperm
12:00 AM — One of Norway's national sperm banks is turning away donors despite no official ban and a shortage of people coming forward.Oslo's Sperm Bank is seeking 30-40 new donors but has admitted turning away homosexuals claiming they are not psychologically suitable.
WorldPride holds first gay multi-faith conference 23
12:00 AM — WorldPride today played host to Israel's first lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) multi-faith convention.Participants of all religions converged in Jerusalem for the conference titled Reclaiming Our Faith and Our Heritage to discuss issues of homophobia and bigotry.