25th October 2006
Action urged on behalf of LGBT rights in India 1
12:00 AM — Activists have launched an urgent plea for action for human rights in India.The women's organisation Sangini has presented a statement to the United Nations Human Rights Commission (UNHRC) about the plight of gay people in the country.Homosexuality is illegal in India and has been since colonial days.
Foley targeted ‘hot boys’ 3
12:00 AM — Disgraced Florida Republican Representative Mark Foley made friends with a wide circle of teenaged House of Representatives pages, then singled out "hot" boys to write to, according to reports.The Washington Post claims to have identified four more former pages who said they were sexually solicited by Mr Foley, who has resigned since the scandal broke last month.
Homophobes boycott Wal-Mart 3
12:00 AM — An anti-gay group is calling for a boycott of worldwide retailer Wal-Mart after accusing the store of promoting homosexuality.Self proclaimed family values group the American Family Association (AFA) has targeted the chain ever since it joined the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce in August, but now the AFA has launched a petition against the company claiming it deliberately stocks over a thousand items promoting gay values such as same sex marriage.
24th October 2006
TV authorities fine channel over lesbian sex scene
12:00 AM — Singapore's main cable operator Star Hub Cable Vision was fined 10,000 Singapore dollars (£3,390) for showing a scene involving lesbian sex and bondage.The Singapore Development Authority deemed the television "sexually suggestive and offensive to good taste and decency".
Gay row spreads to Australian Anglicans 3
12:00 AM — The Anglican row over homosexuality appears to be spreading from the US and Europe all the way to Australia after the Archbishop of Sydney reportedly received an "anguished letter" from another country pleading to become part of the more conservative church.It comes after the leader of the Episcopal Diocese of Connecticut, Bishop Andrew Smith, backed same sex blessings in the state where civil unions are allowed, but now conservative factions of the church have had enough.
Bavarian conservatives move away from homophobia
12:00 AM — The conservative Christian Social Union (CSU), the dominant party in Bavarian politics for years has for the first time acknowledged the validity of same sex relationships.The position is not whole hearted however with the party still not supporting same sex marriages or adoption.
Model documents gay army abuse 1
12:00 AM — Gay model Reichen Lehmkuhl has revealed the perils of the US military's Don't Ask Don't Tell policy after documenting the bullying and homophobic remarks he had to deal with while hiding is sexuality in the US Air Force.The boyfriend of N'Sync's Lance Bass, was a captain in the Air Force, but had to keep his sexuality secret amongst an 'institutionalised acceptance of homophobia.'
Sacramento Slavic hate churches 1
12:00 AM — Hostile demonstrations and actions have recently been initiated by Slavic churches at gay pride events.Sacramento is said to have one of the largest former Soviet Union communities and these ultra religious groups are being blamed for a growth in anti homosexual actions.The Russian speaking demonstrators are said to "far outnumber representatives from all other anti-gay groups combined" according to the Seattle Times .
23rd October 2006
African leader backs gay marriage
12:00 AM — African National Congress Deputy Leader Jacob Zuma appears to be mending his fledgling relationship with the country's gay community after backing same sex marriage.Mr Zuma, who was criticised last month for calling the unions offensive to God, has now pledged his support for the law ahead of a vote in the South African Parliament.
Campaigners push for Oz gay union law 2
12:00 AM — The Victorian human rights group, Civil Union Action! (CUA), has praised the Australian Capital Territory Government's commitment to reintroduce a slightly modified version of the recently overturned Civil Unions Act 2006, and has urged the state's Premier Steve Bracks to follow their lead.The ACT Attorney-General Simon Corbell has told the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission's 'Same-Sex: Same Entitlements' inquiry that there are "no grounds" not to formally recognise same-sex relationships.
Polish media outs homophobic PM
12:00 AM — It is often said that most homophobes are themselves closet cases, so it should come as no surprise that leaked secret service documents in Poland have suggested that Prime Minister Jaroslaw Kaczynski may be gay.Mr Kaczynski, who is known for his opposition to gay rights since attacking same sex marriage earlier this year, was investigated in 1992 as officials aimed to establish his sexual orientation, the documents reveal.
Borat invited to “Homophobic” homeland 3
12:00 AM — The comedian Sacha Baron Cohen has been invited to the home country of his fictional character, Borat by the country's deputy foreign minister Rakhat Aliyev.The comedian has been accused of unfairly branding the central Asian nation as a nation of misogynistic, homophobic and generally backward individuals
Build up to US mid-term elections 3
12:00 AM — Along with the ever inflammatory issue of the US occupation of Iraq this years election will also be campaigned around the Foley scandal that has rocked Capitol Hill in recent weeks."Foley's departure in disgrace has added a sexual dimension to an ethics cloud hovering over the Republican majority less than five weeks before Election Day" the Associated Press reports.
20th October 2006
Gay priest denies Foley abuse allegations
12:00 AM — A 72-year-old Roman Catholic priest has admitted to a series of sexual encounters with a teenage Mark Foley, but denied the relationship was abusive.The Daily Telegraph reports that Fr Anthony Mercieca became close to Foley while he was working as a priest at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Lake Worth, Florida, in the late 1960s.
McConaughey and Armstrong – failure to launch?
12:00 AM — Hollywood star Matthew McConaughey has denied rumours that he and seven times Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong are more than 'just friends'.McConaughey joked in Details magazine: "We tried it. It wasn't for us."The 2005 People magazine "Sexiest Man Alive" and star of 2006 film Failure to Launch has previously been romantically linked to Penelope Cruz and Sandra Bullock.
Iraqi gays fear for their lives 1
12:00 AM — Homosexuals across the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, are being targeted and murdered by Islamic militants and the police.Inhabitants of the Al-Amiriya and Al-Jamia'a neighbourhoods have told of how extremist groups have raped and beheaded gays in the street and also targeted their relatives.Under Saddam's regime, gays were imprisoned. However, the Iraqi constitution approved by referendum in December 2005, refers to Islam as being "the official religion of the state and a basic source of legislation".
Presidential hopeful confused over gay marriage 1
12:00 AM — With the mid-term elections only weeks away, a leading contender for the Republican nomination for President has spoken out in favour of gay marriages - and against them.Senator John McCain, seen by many gay and lesbians as the most acceptable Republican candidate for President in 2008, was answering questions at Iowa State University on Wednesday, as part of a tour of universities for MSNBC.
Grey’s Anatomy star comes out
12:00 AM — Hit US medical drama Grey's Anatomy, has been a cult hit with gay and lesbian viewers since its debut on Channel 5 earlier this year.Now TR Knight, who plays surgical intern Dr George O'Malley in the show, has released a statement to People magazine revealing that he is gay.
Pope attacks “weak and deviant” gay relationships 3
12:00 AM — The leader of the world's largest Christian denomination has called upon Italians to oppose moves to grant a form of civil partnership to gay and lesbian couples.The centre-left coalition government of Prime Minister Romano Prodi, elected in May, has promised some limited form of partnership legislation.
19th October 2006
Netherlands grants asylum to gay Iranians
12:00 AM — Gay Iranian asylum seekers in the Netherlands will not be sent back to their home country.Reacting to pressure from human rights groups, Dutch Immigration Minister Rita Verdonk has granted gays and lesbians from Iran special asylum rights.