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  • 21st June 2006

    Protestant Church approves sexually active gay clergy

    The report states that “fidelity within the covenant of marriage between a man and a woman or chastity in singleness,“ is a basis for ordination, but allows groups to deduce whether the restriction is “essential”

    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

    Although homosexuality in China is no longer considered a mental illness, it is still taboo

    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."

  • 20th June 2006

    Episcopal Church leader: Homosexuality not sinful 10

    Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori, 52, elected this week as the head of the 2.3 million member church, told reporters that she felt homosexuals were created by God to love people of the same sex

    12:00 AM — The first female leader of the US Episcopal Church has defended homosexuality after announcing her belief that it is not a sin.Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori, 52, elected this week as the head of the 2.3 million member church, told reporters that she felt homosexuals were created by God to love people of the same sex.

  • Pentagon lists homosexuality as a mental disorder 6

    Several Congress members have sent a letter to Secretary of Defence Donald Rumsfeld asking him to review the Pentagon Instruction

    12:00 AM — Homosexuality is still a mental disorder, according to the Pentagon.Research by the Centre for the Study of Sexual Minorities in the Military at the University of California discovered a document from the Department of Defence which listed homosexuality alongside mental problems, despite it being declassified as a condition by the American Psychological Association (APA) in 1973.

  • Church accepts apology for gay bishop tensions 7

    The original form of resolution A160 expressed regret for “breaching the proper constraints of the bonds of affection“ for particularly Bishop Robinson's affirmation as bishop of the Diocese of New Hampshire

    12:00 AM — The Episcopal Church has approved an apology from the American Anglican Church for the actions of the General Convention of 2003 when tension was created due to the appointment of gay bishop Gene Robinson.The House of Deputies welcomed an expression of regret for "straining the bonds of affection" within the Anglican Communion at the denomination's General Convention.

  • No problem with gay marriage in Canada 1

    The Canadian Parliament will decide whether to scrap gay marriage laws

    12:00 AM — Support for readdressing laws opening marriage to same sex couples has fallen, a survey suggests.Canadians for Equal Marriage released a poll conducted by Environics Research Group asking whether people support equal marriage and whether the Conservative government should re-open the issue and have another vote or whether the issue is settled and there should not be another vote.

  • Elton John sues the taxman

    Sir Elton John has issued a lawsuit against the taxman in Georgia

    12:00 AM — Sir Elton John has issued a lawsuit against the taxman in Georgia, claiming his Atlanta penthouse is overvalued.The gay singer alleges that the value of $4.6 million (£2.5 million) on his 1,100 sq metre property is really worth $900,000 ($486,000) less.A win would see him save $16,000 (£8640) a year, while a lose would cost him $77,250 (£42,000.)

  • Potential French President backs gay marriage

    Segolene Royal, the favourite to stand as the Socialist Party nomination, told a gay magazine that she would introduce a gay marriage law  (Photo:ministère de l'Education nationale, de la Recherche et de la Technologie)

    12:00 AM — A contender to run in the 2007 French Presidential election has pledged support for same sex marriage.Segolene Royal, the favourite to stand as the Socialist Party nomination, told a gay magazine that she would introduce a gay marriage law if she was voted in.

  • San Francisco remembers trans protests

    Filmmakers Susan Stryker and Victor Silverman, co-producer and directors of the film Screaming Queens, which documents the social conditions that led to the riot, will also speak

    12:00 AM — A memorial plaque commemorating the 40th anniversary of the Compton's Cafeteria Riot will be installed this Thursday at the corner of San Francisco's Turk and Taylor Streets.The 1966 riot was the first known instance of transgender resistance to police harassment in the US.

  • 19th June 2006

    Sao Paulo hosts tenth Gay Pride 1

    The event celebrated gay pride and called for an end to homophobia

    12:00 AM — Around two million members from Brazil's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community gathered in Sao Paulo last weekend for the 10th annual Sao Paulo Gay Pride.Participants waved rainbow flags, and wore carnival costumes as well as the colours yellow and blue to support the Brazilian World Cup team.

  • WorldPride organisers condemn attempts to “sabotage” gay parade 23

    Jerusalem WorldPride runs from August 6-12 2006

    12:00 AM — The organisers of this year's WorldPride in Jerusaelm have hit out at attempts to "sabotage" the event.Hagai El -Ad, executive director of Jerusalem Open House, criticised a petition seeking the event's cancellation and a "modesty parade" being arranged by one of the Israeli capital's rabbis.

  • Gay legal group challenges foster laws 1

    The lawsuit, challenging a state regulation that bans gay people and anyone living in a household with a gay adult from being foster parents in the state, was filed against the state in 1999

    12:00 AM — A seven-year legal battle over the blanket exclusion of lesbian and gay people from serving as foster parents in Arkansas drew closer to an outcome this past week as attorneys for the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) asked the State Supreme Court to uphold an earlier court decision striking down the state's ban."Every mainstream child welfare organisation has been saying for years that preventing lesbian and gay people from serving as foster parents has no basis in social science and only hurts the children the state should be protecting," said Rita Sklar, executive director of the ACLU of Arkansas. "Children who need foster homes deserve better than to be deprived of good homes just so the state can make a misguided political statement against gay people."

  • Gay group protects LGBT prisoners

    They complained that staff dealt with complaints of harassment by isolating the victims, rather than dealing with the harassers themselves

    12:00 AM — The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has announced a $625,000 dollar settlement in the first case in the country to specifically address the treatment of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth in juvenile facilities.The settlement ends an ACLU federal civil rights lawsuit on behalf of three young people who faced anti-gay and anti-transgender abuse and harassment at the facility by staff and their peers.

  • Poll suggests support for Australian gay unions 1

    The results suggest the Federal Governments decision to overturn the ACT legislation was not so widely supported

    12:00 AM — Over half of 18 to 39 year olds in Australia back a civil union law for same sex couples, according to a poll.The survey by ACNielsen/Age found that 45% of Australians supported the recently quashed ACT law, while 34% opposed it.Of this number, 56% of 19 to 39 year olds pledged support, compared to 48% of 40 to 53 year olds and 29% of people over 55.

  • 16th June 2006

    Record numbers register for AIDs walk

    The annual AIDs Walk San Diego will take place Sunday 1 October 2006 in Balboa Park

    12:00 AM — AIDs Walk San Diego has announced that due to enhanced and early organising efforts, it is ahead of past years in terms of number of registered teams and individuals."With this year being the 25th anniversary of the first reported cases of AIDs, I believe the increased participation in AIDs Walk illustrates that our San Diego community remains absolutely committed to fighting this epidemic," said Jennifer Jones, director of development for The San Diego Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender Community Centre, organiser's of the walk.

  • Rabbi arranges “modesty” parade against Jerusalem Gay Pride 23

    This comes after anti Israel groups demanded the UK gay community boycott the event

    12:00 AM — An orthodox rabbi in Israel is arranging a "modesty parade" to counter Jerusalem's World Pride event this summer.Rabbi Amnon Yitzhak has arranged the event for two days before the gay parade on August 11 2006, organised by Shofar, an orthodox group promoting a "return to religion."

  • Muslim cleric backs gay burnings 5

    Yusuf Qaradawi described gay people as “perverts” who should be “punished”

    12:00 AM — Homosexuals should be thrown off buildings or burnt to death, a Muslim cleric has proclaimed.Yusuf Qaradawi described gay people as "perverts" who should be "punished," in an interview with Al Jazeera last week.He said homosexuals should be treated the same as any other "sexual pervert."

  • EU gay group condemn Latvia 1

    Michael Cashman reacted angrily after Latvia defied its EU obligations by rejecting including sexual orientation in a new anti discrimination law

    12:00 AM — Latvia must protect its gay community or face legal sanctions, the president of the European Parliament's Intergroup for Gay and Lesbian Rights warned today.Michael Cashman reacted angrily after Latvia defied its EU obligations by rejecting including sexual orientation in a new anti discrimination law.

  • New York considers opposition to army gay policy

    The resolution, introduced by New York State Senator Thomas Duane, calls on New York's Congressional Delegation to support the Military Readiness Enhancement Act, a bill that would repeal “Don't Ask, Don't Tell“

    12:00 AM — The Servicemembers Legal Defence Network (SLDN) is applauding the recent New York state resolution calling for the repeal of the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" ban on openly lesbian, gay and bisexual personnel.The resolution, introduced by New York State Senator Thomas Duane, calls on New York's Congressional Delegation to support the Military Readiness Enhancement Act, a bill that would repeal "Don't Ask, Don't Tell."

  • Latvia rejects gay protection 1

    This week the European Union passed a resolution to combat homophobia on the continent

    12:00 AM — The Latvian Parliament has defied European Union laws after refusing to implement anti discrimination policies regarding sexual orientation.The legislation, stipulated as a basis for the country's membership of the political body, was rejected by Mps, after some described homosexuality as a sin.

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