16th October 2006
Hong Kong lowers gay age of consent 1
12:00 AM — The Hong Kong government has agreed to lower the gay age of consent from 21 to 16.It comes after three judges at the Court of Appeal unanimously agreed last month that laws allowing a higher age of consent for homosexuals than for heterosexuals and lesbians were discriminatory and unconstitutional.
13th October 2006
Three men charged with hate crimes after gay attack
12:00 AM — Three young men were charged with vicious hate crimes yesterday after they confessed to luring a gay man to a parking lot to rob him —and then chasing him into traffic on the Belt Parkway.John Fox, 19; Ilya Shurov, 20, and Gary Timmins, 16, were charged with assault and robbery—all as hate crimes—in Sunday's attack on Michael Sandy, a gay man from Brooklyn who was clinging to life last night, police said.
Radio host angers gay community with family views
12:00 AM — A prominent San Francisco radio host and television news anchor is under fire this week from city officials and LGBT community leaders or comments he made on the air about non-traditional families.According to the San Francisco Chronicle, Pete Wilson, the anchor of ABC's local evening news and host of a radio show on KGO 810 AM, criticised Supervisor Bevan Dufty and his friend Rebecca Goldfader, who are sharing a home and co-parenting a newborn, during a radio broadcast.
Northern Cyprus decriminalises homosexuality 1
12:00 AM — Northern Cyprus is set to decriminalise homosexuality, bringing it in line with European Union (EU) laws and human rights in the rest of the country.Current laws in the Turkish Cypriot controlled part of the country regard homosexuality as "a crime against nature," but all is about to change after analysts said it is vital to make the change to bring the country into modern society.
Gay rights for Mozambique
12:00 AM — Mozambique has held its first ever seminar on gay rights.Yesterday, Mozambican Human Rights League (LDH) chairperson Alice Mabota urged Mozambique's gay and lesbian citizens to organise and fight for their rights.She said that, while the LDH will support gay rights, it is not campaigning specific issues such as the legalisation of gay marriage, and that it would be up to the gay community to raise such a demand.
Midwest gets gay
12:00 AM — The number of same-sex couples in Iowa has risen 58% in the past 5 years, a new report found today.The University of California's Williams Institute used the figures of the 2000 Census to estimate that the numbers of same-sex households in Iowa jumped from 3,700 in 2000, to 5,800 in 2005.
Judge considering lesbian marriage rights
12:00 AM — The High Court in Dublin has reserved judgement today on a decision regarding whether a lesbian couple who married in Canada should have their rights recognised in Ireland.Over the last fortnight the court has heard arguments from Katherine Zappone and Ann Louise Gilligan claiming discriminating against homosexuality can lead to clinical depression and that the current concept of marriage is outdated.
Gay benefits excitement drops
12:00 AM — Government ministers are warning gay campaigners not to get too excited after to a landmark decision yesterday saw the Irish government agree to compensate a gay man for taking unpaid leave from his job to care for his partner.Equality campaigners hailed it as "important recognition" for same sex couples but the Minister for Social and Family Affairs Seamus Brennan insisted that the case would not set a precedent.
12th October 2006
Norway host gay animals 2
12:00 AM — There is a big gay buzz around Norway at the moment after the country's capital opened the world's first museum exhibition on gay animals today.The display, entitled Against Nature, at the Oslo Natural History Museum, documents homosexual behaviour amongst over a thousand members of the animal kingdom from beetles to whales.
Belarus drops diplomat gay porn charge
12:00 AM — Belarus has dropped a gay pornography charge against a Latvian diplomat.A feud emerged last August between officials in Belarus and neighbouring Latvia after Belarusian national television screened footage describing "a dirty homosexual orgy" claiming to involve a Latvian diplomat.
Gay rights politician in drug swab prank
12:00 AM — A gay rights spokesman thought he was giving an impromptu political interview to eager reporters but ended up becoming one of the victims of a drug test prank for prime-time television this week, which has caused outcry in the Italian Parliament.Franco Grillini was one of 50 Italian politicians fooled by the prank which the programme Le Iene claims found 12 positive tests for cannabis and four for cocaine after secretly tested them for drugs when being asked to give an interview on the 2007 budget.
Equality group welcomes gay carer compensation
12:00 AM — The Equality Authority has welcomed a decision by the Irish government today to compensate a gay man for taking unpaid leave from his job to care for his partner.The equal rights group called it an "important recognition" for same sex couples in the Republic of Ireland, after the unnamed claimant won his case under the Equal Status Act.
Gay vote vital for Congress 3
12:00 AM — Gay voters will have a huge impact on the outcome of next month's Congressional elections after research has revealed that the lesbian, gay and bisexual electorate is above the national average in closely fought states.The Williams Institute for Sexual Orientation Law and Public Policy released a report on gay demographics today discovering a 30 percent increase in the number of same sex couples in the US over the last five years.
AIDS charity seeks Boy George refund 8
12:00 AM — An HIV/AIDS organisation in Florida is filing a lawsuit against performer Boy George and his booking agency for deposit monies that were never returned after his cocaine arrest.Care Resource signed a contract on June 6, 2005 with booking agency Red Parrot for Boy George to be the celebrity guest DJ at Vizcaya Mansion, Museum and Gardens on Saturday November 26 2005 as part of White Party Week Miami, one of the world's largest yearly HIV/AIDS fundraisers.
Conman in hiding after gay slurs 1
12:00 AM — Australian conman Peter Foster is reported to be on the run in Fiji over alleged gay slurs.Mr Foster, who sparked controversy in 2002 over his involvement with Prime Minister Tony Blair's wife Cherie's purchase of two flats in Bristol, caused a media frenzy in Fiji after starting rumours that a hotel was being opened offering rent boys.
Foster’s con is bad news for Fijian gays and lesbians 1
12:00 AM — Andrew M. Potts reports on a scam which has resulted in an increase in hostility towards the gay community in Fiji.Peter Foster, the disgraced Australian businessman who nearly brought down the Blairs in the so-called Cheriegate property scandal, has been accused of launching a homophobic smear campaign against a tourist development in Fiji which has lead to calls by Fijian Christian fundamentalists to remove clauses in the nation's constitution which give limited protection to gays and lesbians.
UN criticises Cameroon’s anti-gay policies
12:00 AM — The United Nations has criticised Cameroonian authorities for detaining 11 men on their basis of their presumed sexuality.The men were arrested at a bar frequented by gays and lesbians in Yaoundé, Cameroon last June and sentenced to 10 months imprisonment after being found guilty "sodomy."
Disney characters taking the Mickey 3
12:00 AM — Disney bosses are reported to be outraged after a video showing characters pretending to be having an orgy was circulated on the internet.The footage featuring Goofy simulating intimate clinches with the Chipmunks and Mickey Mouse getting intimate with the Snowman, was taken at Disneyland Paris and would definitely not be suitable for kids.
Irish Greens back gay marriage
12:00 AM — Ireland does not currently even have any laws regarding same sex unions, but the country's Green Party has today vowed to introduce total equality between the gay and straight community by promising same-sex marriage, civil partnerships for both same-sex and heterosexual couples, and legal rights for couples who live together.The Party believes legislative changes are necessary to ensure equality for all, to offer protection for the contemporary family and to provide a legal framework in areas including taxation, inheritance and maintenance.
11th October 2006
Conservative US politics deterring gay visitors
12:00 AM — A new study says that US conservative politics deters people from travelling to the America.The study, produced by Community Marketing, surveyed more than 7,500 gays and lesbians worldwide.According to the study, lesbians and gay men from Canada were more deterred by US politics than respondents from other parts of the world.