2nd June 2006
Colorado Governor rejects gay anti-discrimination law
12:00 AM — The Governor of Colorado has been called "out of step" with his State after rejecting a law which would have prohibited discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.Bill Owens vetoed the legislation for the second time claiming it would see an increase in lawsuits against local businesses and "had the potential to be costly for Colorado businesses due to an expansion of their tort liability."
Canada to vote on gay marriage 1
12:00 AM — Canada will hold a free vote in Parliament later to this year, the prime minister announced today.The Canadian Parliament will decide whether to scrap gay marriage laws which were adopted last year.Stephen Harper came to power last January campaigning to reopen the debate on laws governing same sex partnerships in the country.
1st June 2006
Medical group fund research into lesbian health
12:00 AM — A gay medical organisation has announced three grants to support research into lesbian health.The Lesbian Health Fund (LHF), a programme of the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association (GLMA), today announced three $10,000 grants to support groundbreaking research in the field of lesbian health.
Gay marriage goes to New York court
12:00 AM — New York's highest court heard oral argument yesterday in Lambda Legal's lawsuit seeking marriage for same-sex couples."Today is an historic day for same-sex couples and their families in New York," said Susan Sommer, senior counsel at Lambda Legal and lead attorney on the case.
Exxon rejects gay anti-discrimination policies
12:00 AM — ExxonMobil shareholders have rejected a resolution seeking the inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees in the company's anti-discrimination policies.It marks the seventh year that the proposal has been quashed, although a record number of people did voice support for the proposal with 34.6% voting in favour, compared to 29.4% in 2005.
Jerusalem gay group compensated for lost funds 23
12:00 AM — A District Court judge ordered yesterday that the city of Jerusalem must pay compensation to a gay group for failing to allocate funds for the group.Jerusalem Open House (JOH), will receive 350,000 shekels (£40,000), after the court ruled it was unfairly left out of municipal funds over the last three years.
Animal rights go gay
12:00 AM — A gay animal rights campaigner bared his human flesh yesterday to stop people eating animals.Mike Brazell, a member of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), stood kissing his partner, Christopher McDonough, dressed in a Navy cap and boxer shorts in Washington under a banner declaring "Vegetarians Make Better Lovers."
Christians oppose Romanian gay pride
12:00 AM — A Romanian Christian group filed a complaint today seeking to stop a gay pride march schedule for this weekend.The New Right told a Bucharest court the parade would be a "manifestation designed to provoke the obscene and anti-social."The march will end a week of events under the GayFest celebrations currently taking place in the Eastern European country.
Transsexual jailed for stealing baby’s identity
12:00 AM — A transgender woman has been jailed in a man's prison in New Zealand after pleading guilty to stealing a dead baby's identity to forge passport documents and gain false benefits.A Christchurch District Court sentenced Lelilani Sialapae to 12 months despite calls from her lawyers to defer the sentence until she had completed a sex change process.
Support drops for Canadian gay marriage backtrack
12:00 AM — Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper is losing support for a new vote on whether to keep gay marriage laws.Mr Harper's Conservative government campaigned on the promise that it would allow Parliament to vote on whether to reopen the issue, but now cabinet members and MPs appear to have lost enthusiasm.
31st May 2006
Russian authorities blamed for gay pride violence 4
12:00 AM — The organisers of last weekend's Moscow Gay Pride have condemned the Russian authorities for causing the violence which resulted in over 120 arrests.Gay activists including Nikolay Alexeyev, one of the main rally planners, were arrested along with nationalists and religious protesters.
Body found in search for missing gay man
12:00 AM — Police have discovered the body of a man in Spain during a search for a gay holidaymaker who has been missing for over two weeks.Kevin Hoare, 39, disappeared in the early hours of May 11 2006 after friends left him at the Organics Club, a gay bar in Sitges.Mr Hoare, from Bognor Regis, failed to meet his brother at Gatwick Airport two days later and there has been no movement on his mobile phone or bank account.
Transsexual prisoner wants State funded sex change
12:00 AM — A transsexual serving a life sentence for murder has asked the State that jailed her to pay for a sex change operation.Michelle, 57, formerly Robert Kosilek, was married to a woman called Cheryl, but was jailed after strangling her in 1990.In 2002 a judge ruled that she was suffering from gender identity disorder but did not order the state to pay for a sex change.
Transgendered fire-fighter wins discrimination case 1
12:00 AM — An American fire-fighter has won a discrimination claim against Knoxville Fire Service ruling that she was harassed and victimised after undergoing a sex change.Fire Captain Jamie Faucon, filed a complaint against the Knoxville Fire Chief Carlos Perez and her supervisor, Mark Foulkes, claiming she was denied a car and overtime because she is a transgendered woman. She further claims that Mr Foulkes used the incorrect gender terminology to refer to her in conversations.
Sex change laws dismiss transgender community 1
12:00 AM — Vietnam's transgendered community has lost out in new laws which legalise sex changes only for androgynies.The legislation allows people with both male and female genital features but means those with physically distinct sexual identities are still not allowed the surgery.
30th May 2006
LA hosts gay wedding as Senate marriage vote nears 4
12:00 AM — The UCLA Student Coalition for Marriage Equality (SCME) will host a public same-sex wedding in Los Angeles this week, days before the US Senate votes on banning gay marriage.Dr Patricia Alford-Keating, a counsellor for UCLA Student Psychological Services, and her partner Shannon Lea Keating will reaffirm their original wedding vows made 22 years ago in front of students, faculty, and staff. The ceremony will be real in every way, except for the lack of a marriage license issued by the state.
Senate leader accused of distracting voters with gay marriage 4
12:00 AM — Human rights activist Joe Solmonese criticised Senate majority leader Bill Frist for attacking gay Americans with the upcoming debate on gay marriage.The Federal Marriage Amendment, to be debated on June 6 2006, would define marriage as the union between a man and a woman, thereby making any same-sex marriage in the US illegal.
Lesbian artist headlines Outgames 1
12:00 AM — Lesbian singer K D Lang and the theatre production of Cirque du Soleil have been signed up to perform at this year's Outgames.The Outgames will be held from 26 July to 5 August 2006 with more than 16,000 participants in the sport, cultural and International Conference programmes.
Bush backs bill limiting anti gay funeral protests 2
12:00 AM — US President George W Bush has given his backing to a law prohibiting anti gay protests at military funerals.His signature follows bills in Kentucky and Ohio regulating funeral protests in response to the Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka, after they said American military deaths are God's retribution for tolerance of gay people.
Activists demand religion respects gay rights 4
12:00 AM — A secular pressure group is calling on the European Union to stop religious leaders inciting violence against the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community, after a weekend of violence between religious and gay groups in Moscow.Sophie in 't Veld, an honorary associate of the UK National Secular Society, has written to Jose Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission, requesting that religious leaders attending a meeting with him today should condemn the violence.