8th June 2006
Homophobia forces Dutch Ambassador to resign 2
12:00 AM — Hans Glaubitz, the Dutch Ambassador in Estonia has resigned from his post because of the homophobic abuse he and his partner have had to suffer."It is not very nice to be regularly abused by drunken skinheads ... and to be continuously gawped at as if you have just stepped out of a UFO," Mr Glaubitz told reporters.
US will ‘neither confirm nor deny’ gay surveillance
12:00 AM — In a June 5 letter to lawyers for the Servicemembers Legal Defence Network (SLDN), the National Security Agency (NSA) says it will "neither confirm nor deny the existence or non-existence" of information that may have been obtained through agency surveillance of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.SLDN sought information, through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, after media reports indicated the agency may have been monitoring groups and individuals opposed to the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" ban on lesbian, gay and bisexual personnel.
Race for Australian gay unions 1
12:00 AM — Gay couples in Australia are rushing to get their partnerships recognised by the Australian Capital Territory, after the Federal government warned it would overrule the Civil Unions Act.The ACT's local assembly approved the bill last month giving same sex couple's the right to a civil union.
Moscow Gay Pride organisers appeal ban 4
12:00 AM — Gay rights campaigners have sent an appeal to a Moscow court contesting the city's ruling to ban a pride parade.Despite appeals from the organisers, The Moscow Gay Pride, was opposed by the Tverskoy Court on the eve of the May 27 event.Over 120 people including a German MP were arrested in Moscow after campaigners attempted to hold the capital's first gay rights rally.
Gay couple may be forced apart by US immigration laws
12:00 AM — A Swansea woman and her American partner may have to give up their home and life in the States, as US immigration laws fail to take gay partnerships into account.Belinda Ryan, a helicopter pilot, has been living with her partner Wendy Daw, an acupuncturist, in San Francisco. But she will be forced to return to the UK unless there is a change in immigration laws for gay couples.
Warsaw permits gay parade
12:00 AM — Warsaw authorities have sanctioned a gay pride parade in the Polish capital, on the basis that a nationalist march takes place on the same day in the same part of the city.The decision comes after pressure from human rights groups and the European Union to allow the gay pride parafde to go ahead after it was banned last year.
Repeal of anti gay law in Missouri gives would-be foster carer hope.
12:00 AM — Missouri Attorney General Jay Nixon said Wednesday that the state no longer can challenge a Kansas City lesbian's efforts to become a foster parent.Lisa Johnston applied for a foster-parent license three years ago and sued after it was denied on the basis that she lacked "reputable character" because she was a lesbian.Now, though, she can dare to hope, as a new legal amendment is signed and her case is declared moot.
Father sues anti-gay protesters who picketed son’s funeral 1
12:00 AM — The father of a Marine whose funeral was picketed by an anti-gay group is taking them to court.Albert Synder is seeking unspecified damages against Westboro Baptist Church, who picketed the funeral, accusing its members of "intentional and outrageous" conduct during his son's funeral service.
7th June 2006
Senate looks unlikely to ban gay marriage 4
12:00 AM — An increasing number of religious, civil rights and political groups have spoken out against the Federal Marriage Amendment currently being debated in the US Senate, claiming it distracts attention from the real problems facing Americans.The law would amend the Constitution to deny States the ability to define marriage themselves, mandating that marriage be only between one man and one woman, and would deny all benefits of marriage to all unmarried couples.
Gay activist to expose animal cruelty 1
12:00 AM — Gay animal activist John Carmody is off Spain to take part in the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) Running of the Nudes campaign, a human alternative to the Running of the Bulls event in the country.Mr Carmody is calling for members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community around the world to join him and the more than 1,000 others representing 40 countries who will converge on Pamplona on 5 July 2006, two days before the bull run, and race through the same course, wearing nothing but red scarves and plastic bullhorns.
Korean academics surprised at lifting of gay soldier ban
12:00 AM — In the wake of the recent announcement by South Korea that it plans to ease or end its ban on gay soldiers, researchers of gender, sexuality and military culture say the developments are surprising for a nation that is not known for tolerance of open homosexuality.According to the Associated Press, the statement by the Defence Ministry followed a recommendation by a government human rights group that the military take steps to ensure the rights of its gay troops. Before that, gays were discharged for "mental illness" and were sometimes the target of harassment.
Campaign targets gay crystal meth epidemic
12:00 AM — As the discovery of AIDS reaches its 25th anniversary, the gay community is grappling with a new epidemic, an increase in the use of what many consider to be the most dangerous drug in the United States, Crystal Meth.In an effort to combat abuse of this highly addictive drug, New York City's Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual Transgender Community Centre has announced the launch of a new ad campaign with the message, "Silence=Meth."
Senate rejects gay marriage ban 4
12:00 AM — The US Senate has rejected calls for a gay marriage ban.The law, supported by US President George W Bush, would have amended the Constitution to deny States the ability to define marriage themselves, mandating that marriage be only between one man and one woman, and would deny all benefits of marriage to all unmarried couples.
6th June 2006
US President backs gay marriage ban despite waning support 4
12:00 AM — US President George W Bush yesterday called for support of the proposed constitutional ban on gay marriage to be debated in the Senate from today.The President, who had been tight lipped in recent months on the issue of same-sex marriage, announced last week he supports an amendment to the constitution, sticking firm to the belief than marriage is between a man and a woman, despite the fact that Vice President Dick Cheney and even the first lady have offered differing opinions.
Australia set to lose gay union laws 1
12:00 AM — Just weeks after the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) approved a gay civil union law, the Federal Government has promised to overturn it.Despite an initial willingness to consider the law, Attorney General Philip Ruddock has now stated that it would be against the Federal Marriage Act as it is too similar to marriage and fails to take heed of the government's concerns.
Vatican attacks gay marriage 3
12:00 AM — The Vatican expressed fresh criticism of gay marriages today, just days before Pope Benedict XVI visits Spain, where same sex marriage is legal.The document, produced by the Pontifical Council for the Family, titled Family and Human Procreation, sets out doctrines on the relationship between family and reproduction.
Activists oppose anti-gay Nigerian law
12:00 AM — Human rights activists in Nigeria have formed an alliance against the Same Sex Marriage (Prohibition) Bill now in the National Assembly, saying it violates people's sexual rights.The bill calls for imprisonment for any person who "goes through the ceremony of marriage with a person of the same sex", anyone who helps them and any gay clubs or organisations.
Fans campaign for gay Superman
12:00 AM — A US gay magazine is calling for Superman to come out.The Advocate is so convinced that the Man of Steel is gay that they have a made a whole feature titled How Gay is Superman.The publication has created speculation in internet chat rooms and message boards on the preferences of Daily Planet reporter Clark Kent.
5th June 2006
Bush backs gay marriage ban 4
12:00 AM — US President George W Bush has used his weekly radio address to voice support for a constitutional amendment which would ban gay marriage, ahead of a Senate vote on the issue.The amendment, which would prohibit states from recognising same-sex marriages, needs a two-thirds majority in the Senate and House, and then would need to be ratified by at least 38 state legislatures before becoming a law.
Religious protests hit Romanian Gay Pride
12:00 AM — Gay campaigners marching for tolerance and diversity in Romania were hit with violence and protest last weekend.Around 500 activists attended a parade on Saturday evening in Bucharest, which was targeted by eggs and anti gay slogans as well as a counter march by the Romanian Christian group Noua Dreapta, promoting "family values."