24th April 2006
Robin Williams questions gay rumours 4
12:00 AM — Hollywood star Robin Williams has insisted he isn't gay despite several men claiming to have slept with him.The actor said he would like to meet the people who say he is gay because it is a part of his life which he cannot remember.
Cameroonians acquitted over gay charges
12:00 AM — Nine men arrested for gay acts in Cameroon have been freed, according to a gay human rights group.The International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) claims the men detained for homosexuality in Cameroon have been acquitted of all charges, in what is being called a major human rights victory in the country.
Amsterdam mayor pushes gay rights
12:00 AM — The mayor of Amsterdam has called on Europe's capitals to embrace gay rights.Job Cohen wrote a letter to eight over capitals in Europe including Warsaw, Prague, Lisbon, Dublin and Vienna , warning against homophobia.
Students sue for religious right to condemn homosexuality 2
12:00 AM — Two religious students are taking their college to court over the right to speak out against homosexuality.Orit Sklar and Ruth Malhorta, a Jew and a Christian, are suing the Georgia Institute of Technology, claiming their religious freedom is limited by a ban on criticising gay issues.
23rd April 2006
Dutch MP condemns Islam’s homophobia
12:00 AM — A Dutch Muslim-born politician has condemned Islam's attitudes to homosexuality and claims that the Netherlands have not done enough to protect gay asylum seekers who face death in their country of origin.Ayaan Hirsi Ali, first gained international attention with a film documenting voilence against women within Islamic societies. Her new film claims that Islam is responsible for a great deal of homophobia.
22nd April 2006
Spain still supports gay marriage a year on
12:00 AM — Despite it being a predominantly Catholic country, most in Spain believe that introducing gay marriage was right.A survey by the Instituto Opina polling organisation found that 61 per cent of those questioned agreed with the statement: "Do you agree or disagree with the government's decision to legalize same-sex marriage."On June 30th 2004, Spanish minister of justice Juan Fernando López Aguilar announced legislation to extend the right to marriage to same-sex couples.
Appeal court upholds ban on homophobic t-shirts in US schools 1
12:00 AM — American high schools have been told by an appeal court that they can ban students from wearing t-shirts that can be hurtful to fellow students after a San Diego school banned a pupil from wearing a t-shirt proclaiming that "homosexuality is shameful."Teenager Tyler Harper student sued Poway High School, claiming that banning him from wearing the t-shirt violated his free speech, religious freedom and due process rights.
21st April 2006
Legal group describes results of gay adoption restrictions
12:00 AM — The American Civil Liberties Union has released a new edition of its publication "Too High a Price: The Case Against Restricting Gay Parenting"The legal group compiles decades of social science research, the positions of the major child health and welfare organisations and government data to show how children are hurt by restrictions on parenting by lesbian and gay men.
Church leader warns diocese against gay bishop
12:00 AM — The diocese of California has been warned not to elect a gay bishop.Frank Giswold, the leader of the US Episcopal church, which is facing expulsion and shafting from the worldwide Anglican communion after the appointment of openly gay minister, Gene Robinson in 2003, has told the diocese of California they would widen the dispute if they did the same.
University to hold gay prom
12:00 AM — A New York university will host a gay prom this evening.Members of Binghamton University's Rainbow Pride Union (RPU) are hosting the University's first gay prom tonight, intending to celebrate diversity, and to re-create a generic high school prom where all sexualities are welcome.
Russia to consider gay marriage
12:00 AM — A Russian politician has ignited an inquiry into the legality of gay marriage by the country's constitutional court.Straight member of the Bashkortostan State Assembly Edvard Murzin had an attempt to marry a gay activist rejected by Russia's Supreme Court in February, but the law banning gay marriage may soon be changed after he appealed the decision.
“Memorable” gay adoption introduced in Belgium 1
12:00 AM — Gay couples in Belgium are celebrating a "memorable day" as adoption rights were narrowly implemented in law yesterday.Senators in the country's upper house backed the proposal by a vote of 34 to 33 with two abstentions, to become the fifth member of the European Union to allow same-sex couples equal rights in adoption, with the United Kingdom, Spain, the Netherlands and Sweden.
Gay lynching continuing in Iran, report claims 1
12:00 AM — The Iranian government is executing gay and bisexual men under the cover of rape and kidnapping charges, according to a major new investigation by Simon Forbes of the UK-based gay and lesbian human rights group OutRage!Mr Forbes's nine-month investigation, published this week by OutRage!, is based on information gathered from sources inside Iran.
Gay 9/11 passenger’s mum stands in Moussaoui case
12:00 AM — The mother of a gay 9/11 Flight 93 passenger who tried to overthrow hijackers appeared in the sentencing trial of one of the planners, Zacarias Moussaoui this week.Mark Bingham was on United Flight 93 on 11 September 2001, bound for a collision with the Capitol or the White House, until heroic passengers confronted the terrorists, and the plane crashed onto a Pennsylvania field.
Rights group calls on US to protect gay Iraqis
12:00 AM — A gay human rights group has reacted to a United Nations report that gay Iraqis are increasingly targeted for violent threats, kidnappings, attacks, and murder, by calling on the government to take action.The International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) has written to the Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and called on the Bush Administration to take all appropriate measures to publicly condemn the escalation of violence against gay men and lesbians in Iraq and take all possible measures to ensure their protection.
20th April 2006
Gay school group takes head to court
12:00 AM — Gay rights group, Lambda Legal filed a lawsuit in federal court yesterday to stop discrimination against students at the Noble Street Charter School who tried to create a gay straight alliance (GSA) student group."Noble Street Charter School has dragged its feet in hopes that the end of the school year would end the desire for a club, but the students have demonstrated that they need and have a right to form a GSA," said James Madigan, staff attorney in Lambda Legal's Midwest regional office in Chicago.
Website brings gays out of the broom closet
12:00 AM — Salem, Massachusetts, long known for its witches, ghosts, vampires, and other things that go bump in the night, is about to become known for another segment of its community, gays and lesbians.Local gay activist Robert Murch, who has helped lead the battle for marriage equality in the Bay State, has launched a website, gaysalem.com, as an innovative way for gays and lesbians living in Salem to be recognised as a contributing factor to the culture of the city.
Pride parade arranged for anti-gay pastor’s home 11
12:00 AM — A Swedish gay rights group is hitting back at a pastor who called homosexuality an abnormality by arranging a pride parade in his home town.Pentecost Ake Green was convicted of hate crimes in 2004 after referring to gay people as a tumour on society in a sermon in Kalmar, Sweden.
Analysts predict former New York mayor “gay rights” backtrack 1
12:00 AM — Former New York City mayor, Rudolph Giuliani may renege on his support for gay rights, according to political analysts.Mr Giuliani has previously told interviewers that he is "pro gay rights," but now as he attempts to stand as the Republican presidential nomination in 2008, he appears to be backtracking on that promise.
Californian LGBT Ministry opens way for gay bishop
12:00 AM — A report issued recently by the Episcopal Church does not bar election of the best candidate as bishop of the Diocese of California whether or not that person is lesbian, straight, or gay, the leader of the diocese's lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender ministry, Oasis/California, has announced."Of most interest to the Diocese of California is the report's call for 'nominating committees, electing conventions, Standing Committees, and bishops with jurisdiction to exercise very considerable caution in the nomination, election, consent to, and consecration of bishops whose manner of life presents a challenge to the wider church and will lead to further strains on communion,'" Oasis/California president Rev John Kirkley said.