7th September 2006
French presidential hopeful rules out gay marriage 1
12:00 AM — Same sex couples should not be able to marry or adopt, the French interior minister and presidential hopeful Nicolas Sarzoky has announced.Mr Sarzoky outlined his policies and campaigning strategy in a French magazine interview this month gearing up for the country's 2007 presidential elections.
6th September 2006
Anti gay groups courting minority churches
12:00 AM — Conservative groups pushing for the passage of a constitutional ban on gay marriage in Virginia are asking leaders of the state's minority churches for their support."African-American churches and social conservatives have more in common in our belief system than anyone could imagine," Chris Freund, of the Family Foundation, told a group of mostly black and Latino ministers last month at Pat Robertson's Regent University, reports The Associated Press.
US military gay policy deteriorating female presence 5
12:00 AM — Women continue to be discharged at twice the rate of their presence in the armed forces under the federal "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" law banning openly lesbian, gay, and bisexual service members, according to new data obtained by Servicemembers Legal Defence Network.While women account for approximately 15 percent of the armed forces, they totalled 30 percent of those dismissed under the gay ban in fiscal year 2005.
Transsexual recognition increasing in South Korea
12:00 AM — South Korea has seen an increasing amount of transsexuals applying for gender reassignment since a landmark case allowed a transgender male to be legally recognised earlier this year.The Supreme Court announced that 17 transsexuals have applied to have their gender registered on legal records since the ruling last June.
5th September 2006
Ghanaian Muslims back anti-gay government
12:00 AM — The Ghana Office of the Revival of Islamic Heritage Society is supporting the Ghanaian governments decision to stop an international conference for gays and lesbians.In an open letter to Ghana's President John Agyekum Kufuor the society praised the governments stance saying "we do not have to re-enact the iniquities that led to the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah."
Family Pride to host US conference
12:00 AM — Family Pride in the United States is attempting to buck the trend towards anti-gay and anti-homosexual family legislation.American gay group Family Pride will be hosting Act OUT: the National Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Family Conference in Dallas this October to help LGBT-headed families and their allies.
4th September 2006
Gay TV star challenges “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell”
12:00 AM — Reichen Lehmkuhl has writen a book about his experiences as a gay man in the US Air Force.32-year-old shot to prominence as the boyfriend of former N-Sync star Lance Bass, who recently surprised no-one by coming out.Lehmkuhl won the US reality show "The Amazing Race" and has subsequently worked as a model and TV presenter.
Iraqi gay discrimination “symptomatic” of country’s fate 1
12:00 AM — A gay rights group has accused the "Blair backed Iraqi government" of descending the country into an Iranian style religious dictatorship.An investigation by OutRage reveals that parts of Iraq, including some Baghdad neighbourhoods, are now under the de facto control of Taliban-style fundamentalist militias who are enforcing a savage interpretation of Sharia law.
Ugandan Prime Minister backs anti-gay church view 2
12:00 AM — Uganda's Prime Minister has backed the Anglican church's negative view of homosexuality claiming it is "inimical" to resist Western values being brought into Africa.Speaking at the start of the 18th Provincial Assembly of the Church of the Province of Uganda , Apolo Nsibambi, expressed support for the church's stand against homosexuality.
World Pride organisers negotiate gay march date 23
12:00 AM — The Jerusalem Open House (JOH) has responded to Israeli authorities with negotiation after government ministers thwarted plans for a lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender 'Pride and Tolerance' march in Jerusalem.Despite this setback Noa Sattah, the executive director of the JOH, issued a rallying call to Israel saying: "I call everyone who cares about the future of Jerusalem to come and take part in the march."
Rupert blasts Hollywood gay discrimination
12:00 AM — Rupert Everett has attacked Hollywood for not giving him romantic roles because he is gay.The 47-year-old, who publishes his autobiography next month, has also revealed he had a sexual relationship with the late Paula Yates while she was married to Bob Geldof.Everett said: "Without doubt gays are discriminated against in show business."
1st September 2006
Gay pride confronts Middle East shame 23
12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveIt's been a tough month for Middle East politics with Israel trying to secure its borders and stop Hezbollah rocket attacks while thousands of Lebanese citizens have been displaced, but beyond the diplomatic, democratic and ideological consequences of the current saga, the international gay community has also felt the brunt of the conflict.It was hailed as an event to celebrate "Love without borders," to unite the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community in dialogue and tolerance, but last month's World Pride in Jerusalem was just one of many gay events across the globe effected by fighting.
Bishop attacks Nigerian church’s gay view 5
12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveThe Episcopal Church should be wary of its relationship with Nigerian Anglicans, the denomination's first gay bishop has warned.Gene Robinson, the Bishop of New Hampshire, questioned the wisdom of the US church aligning itself with Peter Akinola, the Anglican Primate of Nigeria, who has openly spoken out against homosexuality and labelled gay people as inferior.
Gay bishop’s daughter defends parents’ split 5
12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveThe daughter of the Anglican Church's first gay bishop has criticised the British press for reporting that her father had abandoned his family to live with a man.Ella Robinson, the daughter of Gene Robinson who was controversially elected as Bishop of New Hampshire in 2003, aims to dispel rumours surrounding her parent's relationship in an interview for a new book on the clergyman's life.
Ghanaians ban gay conference
12:00 AM — The government of Ghana issued a ban yesterday on a gay and lesbian conference that was due to be held in the capital Accra later this month.Kwame Bartels, Minister of Information and National Orientation, told the Ghana News Agency "the government would like to make it absolutely clear that it shall not permit the proposed conference of International Gays and Lesbians to take place anywhere in Ghana."
Lebanese gay group helping refugee relief
12:00 AM — Matthew Streib, foreign correspondent for The Pink News meets the Arab world's first gay group which has spent the last month opening up its community activities to both gay and straight refugees displaced by the conflict between Israel and Lebanon.The Sanayeh Public Gardens, one of the few green spaces in the highly-developed city of Beirut, is usually a haven of relaxation.
Comment: Double standards? 23
12:00 AM — World Pride was hampered not by boycotts from anti-gay groups but by the conflict between Israel and Lebanon based Hezbollah.The blame for the conflict lies on both sides whose actions caused the deaths of many hundreds of civilians.But the reaction from some sections of British society was interesting.
Gay marriage ban proposed on November ballot
12:00 AM — The Arizona Supreme court has decided to allow a controversial initiative that bans gay marriage and denies domestic partnership benefits throughout the state to remain on the November ballot.According to the Arizona Republic newspaper, opponents of the Proposition 107 had asked the court to block it from the ballot, arguing that it violated state law.
Rabbi ‘cures’ lesbians with sand
12:00 AM — An Israeli rabbi swears by a novel way of getting lesbians to return to their husbands, special sand that will have the estranged wife running back.The unnamed rabbi swore that his "special sand" would bring the wife of a local man in Bnei Brak, Isreal, back to him, with the sand lifting the curse that his wife was under.
Argentina to repeal gay military ban 1
12:00 AM — The government of Argentina has announced plans to repeal its ban on gay military personnel, according to recent news reports, making it the second country in South America, following Colombia, to prohibit discrimination in its armed forces.Argentina's government intends to modernise its code of military justice which, among other changes, will no longer prohibit same-sex relationships among personnel in its armed forces.