17th May 2006
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.
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
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.
Dutch troops change ‘gay’ name
12:00 AM — The Dutch Ministry of Defence has changed the name of its peacekeeping force in Afghanistan after fears of the original name's connotations.Dutch troops in the war zone operated under the name, Unicorn, but had their title changed to the Uruzgan Taskforce, to avoid ridicule, the defence ministry claims.
First Lady opposes gay marriage campaign tool
12:00 AM — The first lady has warned against using the controversial Constitutional amendment banning gay marriage as a campaign tool.Laura Bush pushed for sensitivity over the upcoming Senate debate about entrenching marriage as a male and female union in the Constitution.
Supreme Court avoids gay parenting issue
12:00 AM — The Supreme Court has today refused to amend a Washington ruling which allowed a lesbian to seek access to a child she helped raise.Judges were accused of avoiding the gay issue and the chance to clarify gay parenting rights, after a Washington state court had let Sue Ellen Carvin pursue links with the 11-year-old girl as a "de facto" parent.
‘Queer’ memorial to remember gay holocaust 2
12:00 AM — Gay and lesbian holocaust victims are to get their own memorial in Vienna, officials revealed today.A large basin filled with pink water will be built in 2007 in Morzinplatz, Vienna, at the former Gestapo headquarters, to remember the homosexual victims of the Nazi regime, according to plans published today.
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.
12th May 2006
Australian gay couples get civil union law 1
12:00 AM — Gay groups in Australia are celebrating a landmark law passed in the Australian Capital Territory last night giving same sex couples the right to civil unions for the first time.The local assembly approved the bill in a late night vote yesterday.A spokesman for Federal Government Attorney General Phillip Ruddock, who along with Prime Minister John Howard had vowed to block the law, told the Associated Foreign Press, the government was happy with the changes made.
Weimar Triangle targets homophobia
12:00 AM — Gay groups, politicians and journalists from France, Germany and Poland have created a "Gay Weimar Triangle" to combat homophobia in Europe.The organisation refers to a 1991 political agreement between the countries, it was set up after a meeting in Berlin, Germany last week.
Dead teen had “evil streak”
12:00 AM — A gay teenager who was killed days before giving evidence against a man accused of sexually assaulting him had an "evil streak," his alleged attacker claims.The skeletal remains of Arron James Light, 17, were found in a shallow grave in Sydney in March 2002 after being reported missing since December 1997, an inquest into his death has brought forward allegations that he was a prostitute.
Spain grants transsexuals new identities 2
12:00 AM — Transsexuals in Spain will be allowed to change identity documents without undergoing sex change operations, according to reports.The law is expected to be produced this summer and will allow a man to undertake a woman's identity and vice versa if they can live as the opposite sex for 18 months and be approved be a psychiatrist.
11th May 2006
Canadian Parliament gets gay award
12:00 AM — For the fourth edition of the National Day Against Homophobia, scheduled for May 17 2006, Fondation Emergence, the spearhead behind this event, is honouring those members of Canadian Parliament who voted in favour of the Civil Marriage Act as defenders of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.The 158 members of the House of Commons and the 47 senators who voted in favour of the Civil Marriage Act, which was assented last July, will be honoured for their clear contribution to the official approval of gays and lesbians' legal equality and to the fight against homophobia.
Public oppose constitutional gay marriage ban
12:00 AM — Polling recently conducted by Peter Hart Research Associations shows the Federal Marriage Amendment, scheduled for a Senate vote the week of June 5, ranks dead last for voters on a list of priorities on which they want Congress focusing and that voters have strong concerns about changing the Constitution.Commissioned by the Human Rights Campaign, the polling of 802 nationwide voters also shows strong opposition to changing the Constitution among independent, senior and Catholic voters.
Gay rights group questions new CIA head
12:00 AM — Following the announcement that President Bush will nominate General Michael Hayden to be the new director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), the American Civil Liberties Union is urging the Senate to vigorously question the nominee on his involvement with the warrantless programme to spy on Americans, including gay groups.Mr Hayden was the director of the National Security Agency when the programme was launched in 2001 and has been one the chief defenders of these actions in violation of the Fourth Amendment and the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, the ACLU claim.