6th December 2006
Canada to vote today on keeping gay marriage
12:00 AM — The great 'debate' in the Canadian parliament yesterday about the legality of gay marriage turned out to be more like a cry in the dark.The minority Conservative government had made headlines across the world with its pledge to repeal the decision last year to allow gay and lesbian couples to marry.In the event Prime Minister Stephen Harper did not even turn up for the debate. Neither did most of his cabinet.
South Australia gays get new rights
12:00 AM — South Australia is to grant a series of rights to gay and lesbian couples. The upper house of the state's parliament voted in favour of the measures yesterday.The new law is a major victory for gay rights campaigners in the state. Any two people who live together and present themselves as a couple, will be covered by the legislation, regardless of whether or not their relationship is sexual.
5th December 2006
Human rights boss: Gays don’t deserve rights 2
12:00 AM — His appointment was controversial, and now gay groups seem to have been proven right after the head of Latvia's human rights committee told a press conference that the gay community should not be given equal rights to heterosexuals.Janis Smits told a press conference this week that gay people are not a legitimate minority and should "recover normal sexual orientation."
Top gay destination is Canada 2
12:00 AM — The Canadian city of Vancouver is the number one travel destination for gay and lesbians in the USA, a new survey has revealed.For the second year running, Canada beat the UK as the top international choice for gay travellers.The west coast city of Vancouver, famed for its cosmopolitan restaurants and relaxed atmosphere, has been assiduously courting US gays and lesbians.
Gay nativity scene not all it seems 4
12:00 AM — Rightwing students at the University of Texas have created a novel Nativity scene, with a gay couple called Gary and Joseph standing in for the Holy Family.The Young Conservatives group at the university's Austin campus have created the alternative scene to protest at what they perceive to be anti-Christian bias.The focus of their anger is the American Civil Liberties Union, long a bogey man of the American right.
US eases travel restrictions on HIV+ people
12:00 AM — The White House used World Aids Day last week to announce a change in the rules relating to people with HIV travelling into the USA.President Bush made no mention of travel restrictions during his remarks to the press on Friday, focusing instead on the problems AIDS poses in Africa.He pledged $15bn to continue programmes to make retroviral drugs available to people in developing nations.
Fight against Pentagon gay ban continues
12:00 AM — Activists campaigning against the US military's ban on openly gay or lesbian recruits have begun a blog counting down the Top 10 Don't Ask Don't Tell stories of 2006.Frontlines, the official blog of the SLDN, will re-visit a significant story from the past year each day, counting down to the most important event related to the military's gay ban on Friday, December 15th.
NYPD loses gay discrimination case 57
12:00 AM — The New York Police Department has said it will appeal a court ruling that found a senior officer guilty of homophobic discrimination.Assistant Chief James Hall blocked the appointment of a gay police sergeant to the Youth Services section, then harassed two other officers who stood by their colleague.
4th December 2006
Lesbian wins custody of ex-partner’s kids
12:00 AM — The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania let stand a lower court ruling awarding custody to a lesbian mother Patricia Jones because she would provide a better home than her ex-partner, Ellen Boring, the children's biological parent)."By refusing to hear this case, the Court has effectively affirmed the lower court's decision that Patricia can provide the best home for her kids," said Alphonso David, Lambda Legal staff attorney who argued the case before the Pennsylvania Superior Court.
Maryland activists argue for gay marriage
12:00 AM — In advance of oral arguments before Maryland's high court, prominent state psychologists, social workers, and child welfare advocates have spoken out in support of marriage for same-sex couples.The Maryland chapter of the National Association of Social Workers, representatives of these groups stressed extensive, consistent scientific evidence showing that children raised by lesbian and gay couples develop as well as children raised by heterosexual couples.
Bush and Harper in Brokeback parody
12:00 AM — A gay Canadian political leader is starring in a political parody of gay cowboy movie Brokeback Mountain, with US President George Bush and Canadian premier Stephen Harper in the lead roles.The sketch, featuring Andre Boisclair, leader of Pari Quebecois, a party seeking independence for the Quebec region in Canada, has already prompted outrage in political circles.It features actors with the heads of Mr Bush and Mr Harper superimposed, fooling around inside a tent.
1st December 2006
Americans urged to fight HIV 1
12:00 AM — Gay campaigners in the US are urging people to support local AIDS organisations and to make sure political representatives push for funding and support.Today is World AIDS Day, and 2006 marks the 25th anniversary of the very first report of an HIV/AIDS case in the US by the Centre for Disease Control.
South Africa holds first gay wedding 10
12:00 AM — Just 24 hours after its same sex marriage laws were sealed, South Africa has had its first gay wedding.Vernon Gibbs and Tony Halls married today in the Southern Cape, making them the first couple to wed under the Civil Unions Act.The couple said they have been planning the occasion for the last eight months.
Sweden upholds gay blood ban for at least a year 5
12:00 AM — Plans to repeal Sweden's ban on gay blood donors have been delayed for at least a year.Last August, Sweden's National Board of Health and Welfare announced they would be reviewing the rule, introduced to prevent the spread of HIV, with many thinking it would be amended to allow donations from gay men who had not had sex for six months.But a medical adviser told the Board that more analysis is needed.
30th November 2006
US Jews to discuss gay behaviour 3
12:00 AM — The Jewish Conservative Movement in the US is preparing for a vote on the issue of gay rabbis and same sex marriage next week with members of the community predicting that ordination and unions will be given the nod.It comes in reaction to rabbinical students pushing for "ordination regardless of orientation" and many rabbis coming out or performing same sex ceremonies despite a ban.
Thai military amends gay view but upholds ban
12:00 AM — The gay and transgender community will no longer be viewed as mentally ill by the Thai military, but are still unfit for service, a court has ruled.The country's Central Administration Court made the decision after transsexual Samart Meecharoen complained about the policy claiming it incites discrimination and hatred.
Gay marriage laws sealed in South Africa 10
12:00 AM — South Africa's gay marriage laws have been given the final seal of approval after the country's Vice-President signed off on the bill.In a low key process, reflecting the controversial nature of the law, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka signed the bill while President Thabo Mbeki was away in Nigeria.
Military veterans appeal Pentagon’s gay ban
12:00 AM — Fourteen senior retired military leaders have filed a brief urging the First Circuit Court of Appeals to reverse a lower court ruling regarding the federal "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" ban on lesbian, gay and bisexual service members.The brief was filed on November 22 2006 in support of the plaintiffs in Cook v. Rumsfeld, a constitutional challenge to the law.
European Parliament rejects gay discrimination claims
12:00 AM — The European Parliament's Bureau has rejected accusations that it has ignored anti-discrimination policies regarding sexual orientation.The department was criticised by the International Lesbian and Gay Association after a draft resolution of the European Parliament's Secretariat, the administrative arm of the political body, had initially included sexual orientation, but was later amended.
India gay ban raises HIV cases 1
12:00 AM — Calls for a repeal of India's ban on homosexuality have increased after a UNAIDS representative claimed the prohibition is contributing to an increase of HIV.Denis Broun's remarks come on the eve of World AIDS Day, and echoes calls from Indian activists, celebrities and scholars to abandon the colonial era law.