14th November 2006
South African gays demand universal marriage law 10
12:00 AM — South African gay groups have welcomed today's historic step taken by the country's Parliament in opening up unions to gays and lesbians, but are disappointed that it will run separately to existing marriage laws.The Civil Unions Bill was passed today by 230 votes to 41, allowing the "voluntary union of two persons, which is solemnised and registered by either a marriage or civil union."
Catholic gays oppose pastoral guidelines
12:00 AM — Christian gay groups have criticised guidelines approved by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) today on the attitude towards homosexuality.Officials at the gathering approved a document entitled Ministry to Persons with a Homosexual Inclination: Guidelines for Pastoral Care.The guidelines attempt to create a balance between welcoming gays and lesbians into the Church whilst upholding religious teachings.
13th November 2006
Billboard company rejects gay imagery
12:00 AM — A series of billboards by a Polish artist showing two men holding hands have been rejected in the US for being too controversial.The images, by Karolina Bregula, were part of the Real Art Ways' new exhibition of contemporary Polish art, and were supposed to be displayed on billboards, but Lamar Outdoor Advertising of Hartford is refusing to run the images.
Oz gays demand union commitment
12:00 AM — Victorian human rights group, Civil Union Action! (CUA), has called on the Bracks Government to commit to formal partnership laws for same-sex couples in advance of the state election.At an election forum on Saturday, State Labour MP for Prahran, Tony Lupton, said there have been discussions between gay community representatives and the Government about a Tasmanian-style relationship registry.
US Church suggests therapy to solve gay issue
12:00 AM — The US Catholic Church will discuss guidelines on ways of welcoming gay people into the church at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) this week, with one controversial suggestion being therapy.The guidelines attempt to create a balance between welcoming gays and lesbians into the Church whilst upholding religious teachings.
10th November 2006
Massachusetts avoids gay marriage debate 1
12:00 AM — Massachusetts's gay community can breathe a sigh of relief after the state's legislature delayed a gay marriage debate until next January.Anti-gay protesters had hoped that an amendment would be passed to ban same sex unions after similar results in Tennessee, Colorado, Virginia and Wisconsin.
Mid-terms make gay groups GLAAD 3
12:00 AM — A gay media monitor is calling on the US to examine how growing cultural acceptance of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people and families helped to shape -- and will be impacted by -- the 2006 mid-term elections.The poll saw a record increase in the amount of gay and lesbian candidates elected, but was coupled with gay marriage bans implemented in several states.
Victoria backs gay union scheme
12:00 AM — Victoria state Premier Steve Bracks has backed gay registration schemes, as state elections emerge.Mr Bracks has reportedly sent officials to meet with the Victorian Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby (VGLR) group to agree on a Tasmanian style gay union scheme.He has been under pressure to introduce such a law but has previously ruled out calls for civil unions.
Jerusalem gays find pride 23
12:00 AM — It's been ridiculed, threatened and cancelled three times, but 4,000 members and supporters of Jerusalem's gay community have managed to pull a rally together today in replacement of a pride march.The event, held at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem's Givat Ram campus, included performances from Israeli hip-hop group Hadag Nachash, speeches by politicians and religious leaders.
Mid-terms present ‘new opportunity’ for gay army policy 3
12:00 AM — A gay military group has hailed the mid-term elections as a 'new opportunity' to end discrimination in the armed forces caused by the Pentagon's Don't Ask Don't Tell ban on openly gay recruits.The Servicemembers Legal Defence Network (SLDN) announced it is looking forward to the new Democratic leadership in Congress but warned there is still much to be done.
Student praised after gay-straight club campaign
12:00 AM — An education campaign group has congratulated a student who has successfully pushed for a gay-straight alliance (GSA) club to be allowed in her North Carolina School.Daniella Smiley was met with opposition from the school system when she initially circulated the idea, with groups afraid of the promotion of homosexuality, but now Currituck County High School, has approved the club.
Gay rights back on Washington agenda 3
12:00 AM — The Virginia Senate race has finally been declared for the Democrats, meaning the US midterm elections are now over. What does the power shift in Washington mean for the gay and lesbian community in America?Tony Grew analyses the results and looks forward to the key role that gays and lesbians will play in the 2008 Presidential election.
9th November 2006
Gay friendly Democrats control Senate 3
12:00 AM — The Democrats have taken control of the US Senate in the mid-terms as the final election results come through.The party already won the House of Representatives yesterday but winning the Senate would make it the first time since 1994 that the Democrats controlled both Houses of Congress and could mean a brighter future for gay rights legislation.
Homophobia “perfectly legal” in Faroe Islands
12:00 AM — LGBT activists in the Faroe Islands have generated around 20,000 signatures in an online petition demanding an end to sexual orientation discrimination and a registered partnership law to bring the islands into line with the rest of the Nordic region.The petition expresses discontent that homophobia is made "perfectly legal" because the government does nothing against it.
Jerusalem gay pride cancelled amid Gaza violence 23
12:00 AM — Jerusalem's gay pride march has been moved into a controlled area following escalating violence in the Gaza Strip, meaning police cannot guarantee adequate numbers to prevent riots between the ultra orthodox Jews and parade marchers at tomorrow's event.A compromise has reportedly been reached between the religious community, who had been protesting daily against the march, and the organisers, meaning the event will now comprise of a rally at a stadium.
South Africa speeds up gay union debate 10
12:00 AM — South Africa has sped up its law set to legalise same sex unions by removing talk of the rights of unmarried couples until a later date.The Parliament has been ordered to introduce a law by December 1 2006 but has found a plethora of views with religious groups seeking exemptions and gay groups desperate not to be left with an unequal system.
Mexico may back gay unions 1
12:00 AM — One of the world's biggest Catholic nation's looks set to introduce gay partnership laws, according to reports.Mexico's northern state of Coahuila along with the capital, Mexico City, is considering a civil unions law for same sex couples.Mexican gay campaigner, Rocio Sanchez, called it a step towards equality.
Gay gardener rejected 4
12:00 AM — A Texas gardening company which refused a business partnership because the request came from a gay man has been inundated with complaints.Garden Guy told Michael Lord he could not be met with last month because the company "chooses not to work with homosexuals."The landscapers proudly claim to follow the word of God, believing the grass is greener on the other side, and is against gay marriage, but now the owner Sabrina Farber has been mown down by verbal attacks and emails criticising her stance.
Comment: Is a gay pride rally as good as a march? 23
12:00 AM — Israeli gay campaigner, Yoav Sivan, reflects on yet another cancelled gay pride march.Once again external political circumstances shape the agenda of the LGBT community in Israel, or any internal Israeli agenda for that matter.
Transgender candidate wins in Hawaii 3
12:00 AM — This week's mid-term elections marked a historic first in lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LBGT) movement for equality and civic engagement with a transgender woman being elected.Attorney Kim Coco Iwamoto was elected to Hawaii's state-level Board of Education (Oahu-at-Large), a non-partisan office.