8th August 2006
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.
7th August 2006
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.
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.
4th August 2006
UN report demands more better US gay protection
12:00 AM — A United Nations report released late last month slams the US for not doing enough to protect gay citizens from discrimination and abuse.The UN Human Rights Committee's July 28 report says the US must undertake efforts to combat anti-gay job discrimination and hate crimes.
Gay army applicants test Don’t Ask policy 5
12:00 AM — Three openly gay applicants in Philadelphia were rejected by a local military recruiting centre on Tuesday because they are "morally and administratively ineligible," one applicant said."Our applications were denied, none of us were accepted," Jarrett Lucas, 20, told Philadelphia Daily News, outside the Army Recruiting Station.
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.
Gay games exceeds expectations 3
12:00 AM — Over 140,000 people attended the 2006 Gay Games in Chicago and tickets exceeded projections, according to preliminary figures from the organisers."Attendance at Gay Games Chicago events exceeded 140,000 - 40,000 more than we had projected," said Kevin Boyer, Gay Games Chicago co-vice chair.
Sweden reviewing gay blood ban 1
12:00 AM — Sweden is considering lifting its ban on gay blood donors, according to reports.Gay men are considered a high risk group in most countries such as the UK, USA as well as Sweden, and therefore prohibited from donating blood.But Sweden's National Board of Health and Welfare today announced they would be reviewing the rule, introduced to prevent the spread of HIV, later this year.
3rd August 2006
San Diego homophobic attack trio behind bars
12:00 AM — All three San Diego men accused of violently attacking a group of men near the Southern California town's Gay Pride Festival are behind bars.According to San Diego's NBC affiliate, channel 4, police arrested the third suspect, a 16-year-old male without incident on Tuesday night, charging him with attempted murder.
Court rejects anti-gay T-shirt appeal
12:00 AM — The 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals this week denied an appeal for the full court to hear the case of a student who was prohibited from wearing a T-shirt with anti-gay statements.The appeal followed a 2-1 9th Circuit panel decision in April in favour of the Poway Unified School District in California.
Gay clergymen prepare for WorldPride 23
12:00 AM — A group of thirty New Yorkers are set to depart for Jerusalem this weekend to attend WorldPride, a historic gathering of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people from around the globe.Jerusalem WorldPride will be an international gathering of LGBT pride and human rights this month.
Undiplomatic feud emerges over “gay orgy”
12:00 AM — A feud is emerging between officials in Belarus and neighbouring Latvia after Belarusian national television screened footage describing "a dirty homosexual orgy" claiming to involve a Latvian diplomat.The diplomat was named in the television report as the embassy's Second Secretary, Reimo Smits who was called a "pervert" and a "porn dealer."