21st December 2006
Gay law group ensures New Jersey union fairness 46
12:00 AM — In an effort to ensure that same-sex couples in New Jersey are treated fairly under the new civil union law to be signed today by Governor Corzine, Lambda Legal has launched 'Civil Union Watch', an advocacy and monitoring programme."The law isn't even in effect yet and already we're seeing news reports of mayors planning to discriminate against same-sex couples," said David Buckel, Senior Counsel at Lambda Legal and lead attorney on the lawsuit that resulted in the October court decision and ultimately to today's civil union law.
Alaska Governor commits to gay benefits 3
12:00 AM — Alaska Governor Sarah Palin has reluctantly agreed to follow the state Supreme Court ruling that same sex partners should receive equal benefits to heterosexual couples.The court ruled on the issue in October 2005 and Ms Palin, a Republican, has vowed to introduce a law from next month.
20th December 2006
Judge denies push to dismiss charges in Gay Games protest
12:00 AM — Federal Judge Milton Shadur, US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, has denied a motion from the city of Chicago to dismiss charges that it violated the First Amendment rights of anti-gay protestors during the Chicago 2006 Gay Games earlier this year.The organisation filed the civil law suit against the city of Chicago on the allegation that their members' free speech rights were violated.
US military recruits are comfortable with gay colleagues 5
12:00 AM — US military personnel are increasingly comfortable serving with openly gay colleagues, a poll from Zogby International and the Michael D. Palm Center claims.The study, released today, reveals that 73% of military members are comfortable with lesbians and gays, while nearly one in four (23%) service members report knowing for sure that someone in their unit is lesbian or gay, including 21% of those in combat units.
Gay community refuses to hold burden over Anglican split
12:00 AM — Progressive religious groups have expressed disappointment at the decisions by several Virginia parishes to spilt from the US Episcopal Church.The members of the Gay and Lesbian Task Force's National Religious Leadership Roundtable spoke out against a split after churches from the Diocese of Virginia, including the Truro Church and the Falls Church, which date back to British colonial times, voted to leave the Episcopal Church on Sunday.
China bans foreign gay adoption
12:00 AM — Gay people will be barred from adopting children in China as the country aims to stop an influx of foreign nationals wishing to adopt.The new rules will ban foreign people who are obese, disabled or unmarried, including gay people in the latter category.
Gay activists welcome President nod
12:00 AM — Gay activists have praised US President George W Bush after he approved the Ryan White CARE Act this week.The Act provides medical and psychosocial services to people living with HIV/AIDS, it is named after a boy who was expelled from school for having AIDS, and dedicated his life to helping sufferers and proving that it is not a 'gay disease.'
Gay group advises Germany over EU role
12:00 AM — EU gay campaigners have published a document aimed at Germany as it steps into the presidency of the political body in the new year.Germany will take over from Finland which will complete its six month stint at the end of December, making way for the Germans in January 2007.
Gay legal group settle over Subway HIV suit
12:00 AM — Gay law group Lambda Legal has today announced that it has settled a lawsuit filed in the United States District Court for the District of Nevada, Las Vegas division, on behalf of a man who was fired by a Subway restaurant owner because he has HIV.Among other things included in the settlement, the company agrees that its written policies will explicitly state that it does not discriminate against any qualified individuals with HIV.
Swedish court rejects lesbian parents
12:00 AM — A Swedish court has rejected two separate applications from lesbians who want to adopt their partner's child.In both cases, the women were inseminated in Denmark where sperm donors are anonymous, but the Swedish judge has ruled that the child has the right to find out who their biological parents are.He claims that allowing this would undermine this right, despite legal precedents allowing lesbian adoption in the past.
19th December 2006
Campaigners oppose HIV transmission ruling
12:00 AM — An AIDS charity has expressed shock at the death sentence handed to five Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor for infecting hundreds of Libyan children with HIV.The case has been going on since 1999, but many medical experts believe the judgement is wrong, and the National AIDS Trust (NAT) claim the defendants have been turned into "scapegoats."
New book dares to show gay Jesus
12:00 AM — "Christ's story is for everyone," said Kittredge Cherry, author of Jesus In Love, the first novel ever published about a queer Christ.Jesus In Love is a work of fiction that sparks debate by raising the issue of Christ's sexuality, including a gay love story between Jesus and his beloved disciple John.
Lesbian student awaits discrimination verdict
12:00 AM — A decision will soon be made regarding the lawsuit filed by lesbian student against her school headmaster after she claims he outed her.Charlene Nguon. Nguon, 18, is suing her former principal, Ben Wolf, of Santiago High School in California, because he allegedly outed her to her mother after suspending her for being affectionate with her girlfriend on school grounds.
Gay activists welcome lobby group chief
12:00 AM — Gay lobby group The Log Cabin Republicans has named Patrick Sammon as the organisation's new President.Mr Sammon immediately signalled an intention to move the Republican Party into a more inclusive agenda, after disastrous mid term election results.
Gay scandal church hunting out sinners 1
12:00 AM — An Evangelical Church has begun a witch hunt for any sinners in an attempt to regroup itself after the scandal involving its former leader Ted Haggard.Haggard resigned from his post at Colorado's New Life Church last month amid reports of meetings with a gay rent boy, now acting Senior Pastor, Ross Parsley, has called for help to ensure that its ministers and ministries behave according to the Church doctrine.
Episcopal head denies gay split
12:00 AM — The head of the US Episcopal Church has moved to calm rumours of a split amid moves in diocese across America to distance itself from liberal viewpoints on gay clergy and same sex unions.Several churches from the Diocese of Virginia, including the Truro Church and the Falls Church, which date back to British colonial times, voted to leave the Episcopal Church on Sunday, but Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori says this does not mean the denomination is in a crisis.
Gay blogger faces $7.6 million lawsuit
12:00 AM — Gay blogger Perez Hilton is being sued by paparazzi after using their photos on his celebratory gossip website PerezHilton.com.The site owner Mario Lavandeira is accused of copyright infringement for using the pictures, which he marks with his own comments, without permission.
Trans woman seeks damages after losing job offer
12:00 AM — Gay law group Lambda Legal has filed papers in federal court in the Southern District of Texas on behalf of a transgender woman whose employment offer was allegedly rescinded because she is transgender."When the HR Director found out the company offered a job to a transgender person, the offer was rescinded," said Cole Thaler, Transgender Rights Attorney at Lambda Legal.
Lesbian drama inspires online networking
12:00 AM — Showtime Networks and Ilene Chaiken, the creator and executive producer of hit lesbian drama The L Word, have formed a joint venture to launch a social networking site for lesbians inspired by the show.The site, OurChart.com, will feature content from the series and will launch next month along with Season 4 of The L Word.
18th December 2006
Anglican Church faces more splits over gay rift
12:00 AM — Two of America's oldest religious congregations have split from the Episcopal Church causing a further dent in the car crash being caused by the Anglican Communion's rift over homosexuality.The Truro Church and the Falls Church, which date back to British colonial times, have voted to be placed under the authority of African Anglican Archbishop Peter Akinola, a vocal opponent of gay clergy and same sex marriage.