31st July 2006
Lesbian singer criticises Canadian Prime Minister for snubbing Outgames 1
12:00 AM — Lesbian music icon k.d. lang accuesed Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper last week Friday of choosing to "support intolerance" by refusing to attend Montreal's gathering of international gay and lesbian athletes at the Outgames.According to The Canadian Press, lang was critical of her fellow Albertan for failing to support the World Outgames, which is expected to attract up to 13,000 gay, bisexual and transgendered athletes.
Madrid Mayor conducts gay wedding despite opposition from his own party
12:00 AM — The mayor of Madrid has been criticised by his own party for officiating at the gay wedding of one of his staffAlberto Ruiz Gallardon is a member of the Spanish People's Party (PP), who themselves opposed the introduction of gay marriage in the country last year.Señor Ruiz Gallardon conducted the ceremony of Javier Gomez, a PP strategist and Manuel Rodenas, a city council employee.
Google vows to change derogatory gay translation 2
12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveWhen the word "gay" is entered into Google's translation tools, the word "luti" is returned, an Arabic equivalent of "sodomite", to the ire of gay activists.The translation tools of Google, one of the world's leading internet corporations, are widely available on both Google's website and in downloadable software.
Gay legal groups fight Nebraska discrimination
12:00 AM — The American Civil Liberties Union and Lambda Legal asked a federal appeals court last week to reconsider its ruling upholding a Nebraska law that bans all protections for same-sex couples."The federal appeals court panel that decided this case just ignored the US Supreme Court, which has ruled that states can't pass laws just to discriminate against gay people," said Matt Coles, director of the ACLU's Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Project.
28th July 2006
Washington judge dismisses gay army challenge
12:00 AM — Gay rights advocates in Washington were dealt another loss this week when a federal judge dismissed a challenge to the military's "Don't ask, Don't tell" policy brought by a highly decorated Air Force nurse who was forced out of her job because she's a lesbian.According to The Associated Press, Air Force Reserve Major Margaret Witt, 42, of Spokane asked US District Judge Ronald Leighton to reinstate her, citing a US Supreme Court ruling striking down a Texas anti-sodomy law.
Turkey bans gay magazine
12:00 AM — Turkey's only gay magazine has been banned, according to reports.The Kaos GL Gay and Lesbian Cultural Research and Solidarity Association claim that the latest issue has been confiscated by Ankara 12th Justice Court because it has been deemed "pornographic."
27th July 2006
Women’s mag dreams of Depp and Bloom gay love scene 3
12:00 AM — Johnny Depp and Orlando Bloom have been voted fan favourites to appear in a hypothetical Brokeback Mountain sequel.Readers of America's Jane magazine chose the Pirates of the Caribbean co-stars as the actors they would most like to see in a gay love scene together.
Montreal launches gay sporting event 1
12:00 AM — Nearly 2,000 delegates from more than 100 countries travelled to Montréal yesterday Wednesday to attend the largest human-rights conference on issues of interest to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered (LGBT) individuals.Legal scholars, judges, activists, researchers, rights advocates, academics, union representatives and journalists are among those who gathered for the four-day International Conference on LGBT Human Rights, which is tied to the 1st World Outgames.
Gay legal group remains optimistic over marriage
12:00 AM — Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) legal group Lambda Legal insists it is not "discouraged" by Washington State's rejection of a gay marriage law.The state's Supreme Court upheld the Defence of Marriage Act by a 5-4 vote yesterday, arguing that it "preserves the institution of marriage and the healthy families and children it promotes."
US Army dismisses gay translator 5
12:00 AM — A gay group representing homosexual military recruits has hit out at the sacking of an Arab linguist from the US Army after he was outed on the internet.Former Sergeant Bleu Copas was stationed at Fort Bragg, and was a member of the 82nd Airborne Division.A decorated Sergeant who received impressive performance reviews, Copas also performed in the 82nd Airborne Chorus.
26th July 2006
Washington State to decide on gay marriage
12:00 AM — Washington could become the second state in the US to legalise same-sex marriages today as gay activists eagerly await the ruling of the state Supreme Court on the issue due out this morning.The ruling comes 16 months after a case involving 19 gay lesbian couples challenging the Washington's Defence of Marriage Act (DOMA) came under consideration by the Supreme Court.
N Sync singer reveals he is gay
12:00 AM — N Sync star Lance Bass has dashed the dreams of many a teenage girl after revealing that he is gay.The boy band singer opened up about his sexual orientation in an interview with People magazine, claiming he felt under pressure to keep it a secret to so not to "overpower everything."
Washington rejects gay marriage
12:00 AM — Washington has rejected arguments for same sex marriage.The state's Supreme Court upheld the Defence of Marriage Act by a 5-4 vote today, arguing that it "preserves the institution of marriage and the healthy families and children it promotes."
Gay pride protesters detained 1
12:00 AM — Latvian authorities have detained 14 people relating to the attacks on gay campaigners in the Latvian capital Riga on Saturday during the gay pride festival.National Police spokeswoman Sintija Kajina told the Baltic News Service that 13 of the detainees face administrative charges, while a criminal proceeding will be started against one person who was detained.
25th July 2006
Cyndi Lauper closes Gay Games 3
12:00 AM — An estimated 20,000 to 25,000 participants and spectators boogied down last weekend to the songs of pop icon Cyndi Lauper at the closing ceremonies of Gay Games VII at Chicago's Wrigley Field.Lauper, dressed as a rainbow version of the Statue of Liberty, headlined the colourful celebration, marking the end of a weeklong Olympics-style sporting event.
McKellen breaks Pentagon gay policy
12:00 AM — Gay actor Sir Ian McKellen has managed to overrule the Pentagon's Don't Ask Don't Tell policy after being made am honorary lieutenant colonel of the national guard.US military policy dictates that lesbian and gay recruits must keep their sexuality hidden, but the openly gay star was recently given the honour on a trip to Atlanta, Georgia.
Gay families express pride
12:00 AM — Hundreds of families from all over the world will gather in Provincetown for Family Pride's annual Family Week, a week-long conference and family adventure from July 29-August 5 2006.For the 11th consecutive year, Family Pride's Family Week will provide a safe, vibrant and engaging space for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) parents and their children to gather.
24th July 2006
Gay activists targeted at Riga Pride 1
12:00 AM — Gay campaigners were attacked with eggs and bags of excrement and left feeling under siege by protesters last weekend as they aimed to quietly celebrate Riga Pride.Authorities in the Latvian capital had banned the gay parade on public order grounds, but activists including Outrage's Peter Tatchell and GayRussia's Nikolai Alexeyev decided to continue with smaller activities.
Bill Gates makes million dollar AIDS pledge
12:00 AM — The Bill Melinda Gates Foundation last week announced it is awarding $287 million in grants over five years to create an international network of scientists to speed up the development of an AIDS vaccine.The main goal of the 16 individual grants is to shift the development process from independent efforts in separate laboratories to large-scale collaborative efforts stretching across many labs and countries.
Officials discuss ‘gay panic’ defence
12:00 AM — Prosecutors and law enforcement officials from across the nation gathered in San Francisco last week to discuss strategies to counter the "gay panic" or "transgender panic" defences used in courtrooms to gain acquittals or reduced punishments for violent crimes.According to The San Francisco Chronicle, the term "gay panic" had its origins in decades-old research suggesting that certain men are terrified by their own latent homosexual tendencies—prompting the theory that a gay advance might yank all those emotions out into the open and trigger an aggressive, even murderous, response.