9th August 2006
Synchronised swimming not for gays
12:00 AM — A gay synchronised swimming team has been banned from performing at an international meet, as the International Olympic Committee continues to insist that the sport is for females only.The ten men and four women squad from the San Francisco Tsunami Swim Club had been invited to perform a routine at the FINA Masters in Stamford, California this week. Local organisers knew that the male team would not be able to compete organised a demonstration of their routine.
Gay campaigners ignore protest ban 23
12:00 AM — Jerusalem police are facing criticism after attempting to block a WorldPride protest scheduled for tomorrow evening.Organisers of the international gay event, Jerusalem Open House (JOH), had arranged to hold a quiet demonstration in Liberty Bell Park in replacement of a pride parade which was cancelled by the group due to the security situation in Israel.
Latvia faces EU censure over attacks on gay activists 57
12:00 AM — Latvian Interior Minister Dzintars Jaundzeikars has been accused of violating European Union principles by a leading member of the European Green Party.Speaking after a visit to the Latvian capital Riga at the weekend, Green spokeswoman Ulrike Lunacek has called on the EU to consider suspending Latvian voting rights on the European Council in response to attacks on gay activists last month.
8th August 2006
Colorado gay marriage advocates devise new plan
12:00 AM — Advocates for gay marriage in Colorado have devised a new approach to winning legal recognition for same-sex couples, creating an alternative model for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender organisations.According to The San Francisco Chronicle, at least one constitutional amendment to ban marriage for same-sex couples is expected to be submitted for Colorado's November ballot.
Norway rejects gay sperm
12:00 AM — One of Norway's national sperm banks is turning away donors despite no official ban and a shortage of people coming forward.Oslo's Sperm Bank is seeking 30-40 new donors but has admitted turning away homosexuals claiming they are not psychologically suitable.
WorldPride holds first gay multi-faith conference 23
12:00 AM — WorldPride today played host to Israel's first lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) multi-faith convention.Participants of all religions converged in Jerusalem for the conference titled Reclaiming Our Faith and Our Heritage to discuss issues of homophobia and bigotry.
Outgames hailed a success for gay community 1
12:00 AM — The organisers of the Outgames in Montreal have hailed the event a success after it closed last weekend.Mark Tewksbury, the co president of the 1st World Outgames announced that participation and attendance targets were reached despite reports of a lack of interest in the event.
Nigerian gay Anglicans mark year of progress 1
12:00 AM — The Nigerian branch of a gay Anglican group is celebrating its first anniversary this month.Changing Attitude Nigeria (CAN) is commemorating a year of confronting prejudices and working for lesbian and gay affirmation in the country's Anglican Communion.
Germany grants asylum to Iranian lesbian 1
12:00 AM — A German court ruled on Monday that an Iranian lesbian cannot be deported because she faces a death sentence if returned to Iran because of her sexuality.According to the Associated Press, the 27-year-old woman, whose name was not released, travelled to Germany in September 2003 and applied for asylum.
Connecticut denies conservative group’s gay marriage intervention
12:00 AM — Connecticut's Supreme Court has denied a conservative group's request to intervene in a lawsuit over whether gay and lesbian couples should be allowed to marry in the North Eastern state.According to The Associated Press, the court decision upholds a lower court's ruling denying the Family Institute of Connecticut's motion to intervene in the case.
7th August 2006
Vermont claims jurisdiction over lesbians’ custody battle
12:00 AM — The Vermont Supreme Court ruled on Friday that its courts, and not those in Virginia, have exclusive jurisdiction over a case involving two lesbians battling for custody of a child they had while they were in a relationship.The Associated Press reports that the unanimous ruling conflicts with a series of decisions in Virginia, where courts ruled the state's anti-gay-marriage laws controlled the case.
Gay Swimmer breaks world record at Outgames 1
12:00 AM — A world record in swimming was broken last week at the 1st World Outgames in Montréal's Olympic Pool, when openly gay American swimmer Daniel Veatch set a new record time in the 200 m backstroke in the 40-44 age category.Veatch, who lives in San Francisco, logged in a time of 2:14.83, edging out the previous record of 2:15.49 set in 1999 by another American swimmer, William Speicht.
Pennsylvania Senator endorses anti-homophobia law
12:00 AM — Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum on Wednesday became the 170th member of Congress to affirm that they do not discriminate in their own employment practices based on an individual's sexual orientation or gender identity and expression."We welcome Senator Santorum's signature affirming the need for basic equality in his own hiring practices," said Riki Wilchins, executive director of the Gender Public Advocacy Coalition.
Gays and lesbians targeted in Iraq
12:00 AM — A television documentary will tonight highlight the plight of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community in Iraq.As already featured on PinkNews.co.uk, an Observer investigation to be broadcast tonight on More4, will show how the "honour killings" of homosexuals in Iraq is being justified by laws in the country which call it immoral.
International gay community snub WorldPride opposition 23
12:00 AM — Jerusalem Open House (JOH), the organisers of WorldPride Jerusalem, ridiculed anti-gay protesters who tried to sabotage a youth conference at the Israeli Parliament today, as the international gay event overcame violence in the region to proceed with events and conferences.Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth were invited by Member of the Knesset Sheli Yehimovitch, Chair of the Knesset Committee for Children, to inform her of the problems and challenges that LGBT youth confront on a daily basis.
Fort Bragg soldiers oppose army gay policy 5
12:00 AM — A July 29 report from the Fayetteville Observer indicates that soldiers at Fort Bragg, one of the US's most active combat installations, do not support the military's continued exclusion of lesbian, gay and bisexual personnel from the armed forces.In a survey of 20 soldiers at the base, the Observer reported finding little support for the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" law.
Gay Israeli group express solidarity with Palestinians 23
12:00 AM — Jerusalem Open House, organisers of WorldPride, will express solidarity with the gay Palestinian community tomorrow at a demonstration next to the city's separation wall.The protest will highlight problems of the political situation and will also offer support to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Palestinians who do not have as much access to services, including those of JOH, as their neighbours in Israel.
4th August 2006
Catholic charities admit handling gay adoptions 10
12:00 AM — The Archdiocese of San Francisco announced on Wednesday that its social services division found a way to help connect hard-to-place children with welcoming parents - gay or straight - without violating the Catholic Church's views on homosexuality.The San Jose Mercury News reports that by partnering with another adoption service, San Francisco's Catholic Charities will increase the number of children that find homes without directly placing kids with same-sex couples, said the agency's executive director, Brian Cahill.
Maryland to review gay marriage ban
12:00 AM — Maryland's highest court announced this week it will review a lower court's ruling that a 1973 state law limiting marriage to heterosexuals is unconstitutional.Late last month, the Maryland Court of Appeals accepted the case as part of its fall term. The court's seven judges will hear oral arguments in December.
Jerusalem gay events begin despite Middle East tension 23
12:00 AM — Jerusalem World Pride starts this weekend amid an atmosphere of uncertainty in the Middle East as Hezbollah rocket attacks increase in Northern Israel and opposition mounts against the Israeli offensive in Lebanon.But Alan Bolchover, chief executive of the New Israel Fund (NIF), says it is an important time to go to Israel to see what is going on beyond the conflict.