26th June 2006
A weekend full of gay pride 6
12:00 AM — Last weekend was an important couple of days for gay pride with parades taking place in major cities such as Paris, Lisbon, San Francisco and New York.Over 700,000 people took part in the annual gay pride march across Paris calling for greater equality, gay marriage and adoption rights, which was echoed by a smaller 400 strong parade in Lisbon.
Gay health group concerned about crystal meth threat 5
12:00 AM — The Gay and Lesbian Medical Association (GLMA) has released a statement expressing concern over recent media coverage of a study which downplays the extent of methamphetamine use in the US.A widely published June 14 Associated Press article reported on a recent study which found that 0.2% of Americans are regular users of crystal meth.
Former NFL star heads Gay Games conference 3
12:00 AM — Openly gay former NFL linebacker Esera Tuaolo and South African Olympian Leigh-Ann Nadoo will keynote Sports Equality Day, a special one-day sports conference for the Gay Games scheduled for Friday, July 14 from 1030 am to 430 pm at Roosevelt UniversityIn addition to the lunch keynote presentations, three workshops will be led by international experts. The workshops will focus on youth sports, the international LGBT sports movement, and educational efforts aimed at reducing barriers to sports among women and the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual transgender) community.
Homosexuality deemed at birth, study shows 6
12:00 AM — A man's sexual orientation is determined before birth, according to research in a study which adds fuel to the gay genetics debate.Researchers at Brock University in Ontario, Canada discovered that conditions inside the womb have an impact on the baby's orientation rather than the way they are raised.
Spain holds first gay divorce
12:00 AM — Spain has had its first gay divorce just a year after marriage was opened up to same sex couples in the country.The unnamed men are currently arguing over custody of the marital home and their dogs.According to Spanish paper El Mundo, the complainant who has filed for divorce is complaining that he had to give up a modelling career and dog grooming business to follow his partner to France.
Gay star avoids jail 8
12:00 AM — Gay singer Boy George has escaped a prison sentence after failing to complete community service stemming from a plea deal in which he avoided charges of cocaine possession by promising to enter a drug rehabilitation scheme.The Culture Club singer, real name, George O'Dowd, was warned that he must keep to the terms of his sentence, which also involved him pleading guilty to wasting police time and paying a fine.
23rd June 2006
Portland calls for repeal of anti gay Pentagon policy
12:00 AM — Calling it "a civil rights issue," Portland Mayor Tom Potter and the Portland City Council have approved a resolution urging Congress to repeal the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" ban on lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) personnel.The resolution, introduced by Commissioner Sam Adams, says in part that the Council "respectfully urges the Congress to pass and the President to sign the Military Readiness Enhancement Act, thereby ending the discriminatory federal policy of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell.'"
Anglican gay row reignited 7
12:00 AM — Rows seem to be re-emerging within the Anglican communion just days after the Episcopal Church refused to ban gay clergy at its general convention.The US Episcopal Church agreed on a watered down version of a proposal last week which would have banned the appointment of gay clergy.
John Howard “pigheaded” over gay rights
12:00 AM — Australian Prime Minister John Howard has been labelled "pigheaded" and "unreasonable" after reportedly forbidding the Federal Government's departments from cooperating with the country's Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission's (HREOC) inquiry on discrimination against gay and lesbian couples.The Australian Financial Review reported that the Government has issued a directive to all departments forbidding them from co-operating with the investigation, instead opting for looking at cases on an individual basis.
Paris Hilton descends on German toilet from 7000 feet 7
12:00 AM — When a girls got to go, a girls got to go, it doesn't matter if you're in a helicopter 7,000 feet above the ground.Paris Hilton, the celebrity heiress ordered her helicopter pilot to descend on an unwitting German farming family so that she could excuse herself.Ms Hilton gained cult status within the gay community following her television series 'The Simple Life'.
Paris and Nicole plan lesbian wedding
12:00 AM — It should come as no surprise to fans of television's The Simple Life that sooner or later, the bumbling blonde duo of Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie would put their minds to planning a wedding.The fact that it's a lesbian wedding, however, did throw the press for a loop. Hilton and Richie, who filmed the latest season of The Simple Life, billed Till Death Do Us Part, apart (the pair weren't speaking when the show went before cameras) will drop their household chores and compete against each other to plan to perfect commitment ceremony.
22nd June 2006
Straight MP sues Putin for gay rights
12:00 AM — A gay rights campaigner in Russia is planning to sue President Vladimir Putin for failing to protect homosexuals.Edward Murzin, an MP in the country's Bashkortostan Republican, is urging Mr Putin to clamp down on homophobia in the country.Mr Murzin said in his case that all citizens should have constitutional rights protected including sexual minorities.
South Korea approves trans recognition 1
12:00 AM — South Korea's Supreme Court has ruled that a transsexual can legally change his gender to male.The court decreed that the 51-year-old could have his gender recognised on official documents.The court heard opinions from religious leaders and medical professionals over the issue which would change the law regarding the Family Register.
Episcopal Church to “exercise restraint” over gay bishops 8
12:00 AM — The US Episcopal Church has agreed on a watered down version of a proposal rejected yesterday which would have banned the appointment of gay clergy.The denomination's General Convention instead last night agreed to "exercise restraint" in ordaining gay bishops, as part of an effort to amend rifts within the Anglican Church.
21st June 2006
Church rejects gay clergy ban 7
12:00 AM — The Episcopal Church controversially rejected a resolution calling for a ban on gay clergy last night.Resolution A161 would have urged bishops and dioceses to refrain from electing bishops "whose manner of life presents a wider challenge to the wider church."
Ex hostage claims Christian camp shut because he is gay
12:00 AM — A Catholic youth camp has been shut because one of its staff members is gay, according to former Iraq hostage James Loney.Mr Loney, whose sexuality was kept secret by his boyfriend while he was being held captive in Iraq for four months between November 2005 and March 2006, claims the Ontario Catholic youth camp, which he worked for, was closed because he is gay.
South Korea to decide on trans identity
12:00 AM — South Korea's Supreme Court is set to decide if a 50 year old transsexual will be allowed to officially change his gender this week.The court heard opinions from religious leaders and medical professionals over the issue which would change the law regarding the Family Register.
Latvian President backs gay protection 2
12:00 AM — The President of Latvia has called for the gay community to be included in anti discrimination laws, just a week after the country's Parliament rejected such legislation.Vaira Vike Freiberga vetoed the decision and wrote to Parliament Speaker Ingrida Udre, saying she saw a "logical reason" to include gay people in the law.
Protestant Church approves sexually active gay clergy
12:00 AM — A US Protestant denomination has approved a resolution allowing the ordination of non celibate gay and lesbian clergy.The Presbyterian Church's General Assembly in Birmingham, Alabama, this week welcomed a report on Peace, Unity and Purity of the Church, which addressed the divides in Protestant groups over sexuality.
China provides lesbian network
12:00 AM — China has started its first hotline for lesbians following the success of a similar gay service.The Shanghai based operation is run by the Chi Heng Foundation, which also organises AIDs related projects.Volunteer staff for the line will be lesbians, one of the members, Shen Yiwu, told the Shanghai Daily, "To have female counsellors at the centre will make the women callers feel more secure."