22nd May 2006
Moscow Mayor stands by gay pride ban
12:00 AM — Moscow Mayor Yuri Luzhkov kept the promise he's been making for months last week when he made an official announcement that the city's first pride parade, scheduled for Saturday May 27 2006 would be cancelled.Mr Luzhkov said months ago he would be banning the parade to protect gays and lesbians from potential violent protests, but the gay community responded that the notoriously conservative government simply wasn't ready to embrace such an event.
19th May 2006
South Korea considers transsexual identity laws
12:00 AM — South Korea's Supreme Court is to consider whether a 50 year old transsexual will be allowed to official change his gender.The Supreme Court met today to consider changing the law regarding the Family Register.Lawyers for the man trying to bring a change in the law claim his social and work life were affected by still being recorded as a female.
Gay couples given parental leave
12:00 AM — Gay couples in Ireland are to be given an entitlement to emergency leave for a family crises.The amendment to the Parental Leave Act, means gay employees can take three days paid leave in an emergency regarding their partner.The law previously allowed time off for workers to tend to close blood relatives in times of an accident or an illness, it now includes "persons in a close relationship of domestic dependency, including same-sex couples."
Gay orgy planner jailed
12:00 AM — A Chinese salesman has been jailed for a year after organising gay orgies over the internet.The unidentified 33-year-old, known only as Zou, started the website in 2005, promoting sex parties in Beijing, China, at between £2 or £3 per person, he was charged for promoting promiscuity.
18th May 2006
Will & Grace – The end of a gay era 1
12:00 AM — Gay America will be filled with mixed emotions tonight as the groundbreaking NBC sitcom Will Grace ends its eight-year run with a two-hour series finale.The show, which has tumbled in the ratings over the past two seasons from its one time top-ten status, has admittedly alienated a number of its gay fans in the past few years, relying on a bevy of A-list guest stars and stunt casting to mask sagging scripts.
Moscow Mayor enters homophobic ‘hall of shame’
12:00 AM — Moscow Mayor Yuri Luzhkov has been named in a homophobia hall of shame, as he stands firmly behind a gay pride ban, a week before the event is due to take place.Human Rights Watch compiled a list of public officials who the groups claims is actively promoting prejudice, for the International Day Against Homophobia yesterday.
Third gay porn soldier charged
12:00 AM — A third paratrooper has been charged with engaging in sex acts on a gay porn website.Wesley Mitten, 21, one of seven accused soldiers, pleaded guilty to appearing on the site and to sodomy, cocaine use and detrimental conduct.He joins private Kagen Mullen and Richard Ashley, who pleaded guilty last month.
17th May 2006
Ford upholds gay employee rights 2
12:00 AM — Ford Motor Company has fought back pressure form Christian groups and shareholders pushing for the car maker to abandon its sexual orientation anti discrimination policies.A vote at the manufacturer's annual meeting decided that sexuality should remain on its equal employment policies.
Anti gay Polish minister blames “homos” for protests 2
12:00 AM — While gay activists in Poland commemorate the International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO), the country's minister of education, is seeking a police investigation against gay groups.Wojciech Wierzejski, a member of the Polish ruling coalition partner, Giertych's League of Polish Families, who govern along with the anti gay Law and Justice Party, has been the subject of student demonstrations and petitions against him.
Gay MTV channel joins Gay Games 3
12:00 AM — Gay Games Chicago has announced that Logo, MTV Network's one-year-old cable television channel for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) audience, has become a Premium Global Sponsor of the 2006 Chicago Gay Games.Logo's sponsorship will include advertising, production, special event and online promotions, and support of the Gay Games by Logo talent.
Fraternity allows transgender members 2
12:00 AM — Sigma Phi Beta Fraternity's national board of directors enacted a policy at a meeting this week to allow transgender students to join.The policy goes above and beyond any other known policy of a national social college fraternity by allowing individuals who self-identify as male to seek membership, regardless of their sex at birth and whether or not they have obtained legal recognition of their gender identity.
Georgia Judge rejects gay marriage ban
12:00 AM — Declaring a measure overwhelmingly approved by voters in 2004 violated a provision of the state constitution that limits ballot questions to a single subject, a Georgia judge struck down the state's gay marriage ban this week.Fulton County Superior Court Judge Constance Russell handed down the ruling that gay rights supporters who filed the court challenge in November 2004 had been eagerly awaiting, shortly after the constitutional ban was approved.
16th May 2006
Gay army group appeals Pentagon policy defence
12:00 AM — As was widely expected among political analysts, the Servicemembers Legal Defence Network (SLDN) has asked the US Court of Appeals' First Circuit to review its challenge to the ban on gay men and lesbians in the military.SLDN filed a lawsuit against the 1993 statute in federal court in Boston in December 2004., but last month, US District Court Judge George O'Toole dismissed the case, ruling that Congress had a legitimate interest in segregating the armed forces.
Exxon debates gay rights policy
12:00 AM — America's only major company without sexual orientation policies is set to vote on anti discrimination protection regarding sexuality and gender this month.It follows a campaign from gay group, the Equality Project and one of the energy company's biggest shareholders, the New York City Employee's Retirement System (NYCERS.)
Vatican denies gay prostitution claims 2
12:00 AM — The Vatican has issued a denial and is threatening legal action after claims that one of its priests has been arrested while looking for a male or transsexual prostitute in an area known for soliciting.Italian news agency, Ansa, and several Italian newspapers, reported last weekend that an unidentified 48- year-old official of the secretary of state of the Vatican had been stopped by police after acting awkwardly in an area known for male prostitutes.
“Fake” transsexuals prompt ID eunuch cards 2
12:00 AM — Indian eunuchs who usually beg at celebrations, are issuing their own identity cards in reaction to "fake" transsexuals muscling in on their patch.Eunuchs, the name for castrated males, often attend parties prompting patrons to give them money in order to spare embarrassment.
15th May 2006
Ice rink enforces diversity after evicting gay skaters
12:00 AM — Award-winning amateur figure skaters John Manzon-Santos and Alan Lessik have reached a settlement with ice skating rink company East Bay Iceland which will require its employees to undergo diversity training and promote anti harassment policies.It comes after the pair claimed they were harassed and ejected from the rink for skating together.
Two men detained over Caribbean homophobic attack 5
12:00 AM — Saint Maarten's Commissioners of Tourism, Theo Heyliger and Romeo Fleming, have confirmed the apprehension of two additional suspects in the attack against two gay American TV producers last month, bringing the total of those detained for their alleged participation in the incident to three.In a joint statement Mr Heyliger and Mr Fleming said, "The entire community of St Maarten expresses its gratitude for the cooperative efforts of the Chief Prosecutor's office with French officials in apprehending these individuals.
Gay group return Democrat donation after marriage remarks
12:00 AM — The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force (NGLTF) is returning a $5,000 donation from the Democratic National Party after party chairman Howard Dean mischaracterized the DNP platform on gay rights in an interview intended to court the evangelical vote.Though the New York Times reports that Mr Dean corrected himself amid pressure from advocacy groups to set the record straight, he went on record with the Christian Broadcasting Network, saying the 2004 Democratic platform declares "marriage is between a man and a woman."
Europe leader condemns Moscow homophobia
12:00 AM — The Secretary General of the Council of Europe condemned recent violence against gays and lesbians in Moscow today.Gay people are being increasingly persecuted in Russia with the recent gay pride ban and attacks on Moscow gay clubs.Last week police were forced to intervene when 100 skinheads, nationalists and Christian fundamentalists hurled eggs and bottles at a gay club in Moscow.