26th October 2006
Gay campaigner attacks South African apathy towards Zimbabwe
12:00 AM — Peter Tatchell, gay rights activist joined campaigners from the Free Zim Youth (FZY) movement in protesting at a speech by South African foreign minister Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma on international relations at the London School of Economics last night.The protesters highlight the nature of the dictatorial Mugabe regime that has been omnipresent in Zimbabwe politics since independence and has also spiralled the previously buoyant country into economic catastrophe and human rights graveyard.
Ireland schools fight homophobic bullying 4
12:00 AM — A major nationwide campaign against homophobic bullying was launched this week by Ireland's Minister of State at the Department of Education and Science.Síle de Valera opened the initiative which was conceived of by the Equality Authority and a youth group for the LGBT community called BeLonG To.The campaign aims to distribute posters to every post primary school in the Republic and attempts to reiterate a commitment by schools to stamp out homophobic bullying.
Foley offered ‘sexual reorientation’ 3
12:00 AM — Ex-Congressman Mark Foley has hit the headlines over the last month for his alleged solicitation of young congress aides that has shocked many Americans.To add to the mystery of the saga, a group calling themselves Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays Gays (PFOX) has offered to effectively change his sexuality.
25th October 2006
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.
Pentagon urged to curb homophobic harassment 5
12:00 AM — A gay military support group has criticised the Pentagon for not adequately protecting its officers from homophobic abuse after former army specialist Justin Fisher, who was convicted of conspiracy in the murder of Private First Class Barry Winchell was released from prison after serving seven years of an original 12 ½ year sentence.Winchell was attacked by Calvin Glover, a former soldier based at Fort Campbell, in July 1999, in what was later revealed as a homophobic crime.
Lesbian jibes smear New York contest
12:00 AM — The race for the Senate vote in New York is entering "swampy territory" after Republican candidate John Spencer reportedly called Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton a lesbian.Mr Spencer has been criticised by women's groups after allegedly commenting about the former First Lady's appearance, accusing her of having plastic surgery and questioning Mrs Clinton's sexuality.
New Jersey ponders gay marriage 46
12:00 AM — The New Jersey Supreme Court is expected to rule on the issue of same sex marriage later today.In a press conference scheduled for 1700 EST (2200 GMT), the court will announce its decision, sealing the fate of seven lesbian and gay couples and possibly opening up possibilities for others.The case has been led through the courts by gay law equality group Lambda Legal since 2002.
Gay priest seeks Pope’s nod
12:00 AM — A male prostitute turned gay priest is awaiting approval from the Vatican to be allowed to stand as a candidate for Bloc Quebecois in a by election next month.Raymond Gravel has been criticised by the Pope before over his support of gay priests, same sex marriage and abortion, but now needs the Holy See's approval through his boss, the Bishop of Joliette, to run for election.
Activists seeks UN transgender support 2
12:00 AM — A Ugandan gay activist has called on the United Nations to protect transgender people in Africa.Juliet Victor Mukasa, chairperson of Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG), revealed her experiences as a transgender in Africa when addressing the United Nations Commission on Human Rights in Geneva this week.
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.
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
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.
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.