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  • 1st June 2006

    Animal rights go gay

    PETA is encouraging people to go vegetarian

    12:00 AM — A gay animal rights campaigner bared his human flesh yesterday to stop people eating animals.Mike Brazell, a member of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), stood kissing his partner, Christopher McDonough, dressed in a Navy cap and boxer shorts in Washington under a banner declaring "Vegetarians Make Better Lovers."

  • Christians oppose Romanian gay pride

    The New Right told a Bucharest court the parade would be a “manifestation designed to provoke the obscene and anti-social“

    12:00 AM — A Romanian Christian group filed a complaint today seeking to stop a gay pride march schedule for this weekend.The New Right told a Bucharest court the parade would be a "manifestation designed to provoke the obscene and anti-social."The march will end a week of events under the GayFest celebrations currently taking place in the Eastern European country.

  • Transsexual jailed for stealing baby’s identity

    A Christchurch District Court sentenced Lelilani Sialapae to 12 months despite calls from her lawyers to defer the sentence until she had completed a sex change

    12:00 AM — A transgender woman has been jailed in a man's prison in New Zealand after pleading guilty to stealing a dead baby's identity to forge passport documents and gain false benefits.A Christchurch District Court sentenced Lelilani Sialapae to 12 months despite calls from her lawyers to defer the sentence until she had completed a sex change process.

  • 31st May 2006

    Russian authorities blamed for gay pride violence 4

    Gay activists including Nikolay Alexeyev, one of the main rally planners, were arrested along with nationalists and religious protesters

    12:00 AM — The organisers of last weekend's Moscow Gay Pride have condemned the Russian authorities for causing the violence which resulted in over 120 arrests.Gay activists including Nikolay Alexeyev, one of the main rally planners, were arrested along with nationalists and religious protesters.

  • Body found in search for missing gay man

    Kevin Hoare, 39, disappeared in the early hours of May 11 2006 after friends left him at the Organics Club

    12:00 AM — Police have discovered the body of a man in Spain during a search for a gay holidaymaker who has been missing for over two weeks.Kevin Hoare, 39, disappeared in the early hours of May 11 2006 after friends left him at the Organics Club, a gay bar in Sitges.Mr Hoare, from Bognor Regis, failed to meet his brother at Gatwick Airport two days later and there has been no movement on his mobile phone or bank account.

  • Transsexual prisoner wants State funded sex change

    The Department of Correction's lawyer, Richard McFarland, said surgery was refused because the prisoner may become a target for attacks

    12:00 AM — A transsexual serving a life sentence for murder has asked the State that jailed her to pay for a sex change operation.Michelle, 57, formerly Robert Kosilek, was married to a woman called Cheryl, but was jailed after strangling her in 1990.In 2002 a judge ruled that she was suffering from gender identity disorder but did not order the state to pay for a sex change.

  • Transgendered fire-fighter wins discrimination case 1

    The fire-fighter claims that not being offered a “drive home” vehicle means that she can not respond to emergencies and this reduces her pay

    12:00 AM — An American fire-fighter has won a discrimination claim against Knoxville Fire Service ruling that she was harassed and victimised after undergoing a sex change.Fire Captain Jamie Faucon, filed a complaint against the Knoxville Fire Chief Carlos Perez and her supervisor, Mark Foulkes, claiming she was denied a car and overtime because she is a transgendered woman. She further claims that Mr Foulkes used the incorrect gender terminology to refer to her in conversations.

  • Sex change laws dismiss transgender community 1

    The Vietnamese law will now be submitted for government approval

    12:00 AM — Vietnam's transgendered community has lost out in new laws which legalise sex changes only for androgynies.The legislation allows people with both male and female genital features but means those with physically distinct sexual identities are still not allowed the surgery.

  • 30th May 2006

    A ‘moral and political victory’ for gay pride 5

    Moscow Pride, 27 May 2006 - Outside Mayor Yuri Luzhkov's office in City Hall. Human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell with Louis-Georges Tin, coordinator of the International Gay Against Homophobia. Russian text: Rights for gays [Photo: Andy Harley/UK Gay News]

    12:00 AM — Peter Tatchell of gay rights group Outrage looks back on a weekend where shame was brought on the Mayor of Moscow as activists celebrated Moscow Pride.Russian gays have won an important moral and political victory. Yuri Luzhkov said a gay pride parade would never happen while he was Mayor of Moscow. But Moscow Pride did happen, on 27 May, despite the Mayor's ban, police arrests, and violence from neo-fascists, right-wing nationalists and Orthodox Christian fundamentalists.

  • LA hosts gay wedding as Senate marriage vote nears 4

    This ceremony on June 2 2006 comes just days before the US Senate votes on the Federal Marriage Amendment on June 6 2006, which would define marriage as the union between a man and a woman

    12:00 AM — The UCLA Student Coalition for Marriage Equality (SCME) will host a public same-sex wedding in Los Angeles this week, days before the US Senate votes on banning gay marriage.Dr Patricia Alford-Keating, a counsellor for UCLA Student Psychological Services, and her partner Shannon Lea Keating will reaffirm their original wedding vows made 22 years ago in front of students, faculty, and staff. The ceremony will be real in every way, except for the lack of a marriage license issued by the state.

  • Senate leader accused of distracting voters with gay marriage 4

    The Federal Marriage Amendment, to be debated on June 6 2006, would define marriage as the union between a man and a woman

    12:00 AM — Human rights activist Joe Solmonese criticised Senate majority leader Bill Frist for attacking gay Americans with the upcoming debate on gay marriage.The Federal Marriage Amendment, to be debated on June 6 2006, would define marriage as the union between a man and a woman, thereby making any same-sex marriage in the US illegal.

  • Lesbian artist headlines Outgames 1

    The Outgames will be held from 26 July to 5 August 2006

    12:00 AM — Lesbian singer K D Lang and the theatre production of Cirque du Soleil have been signed up to perform at this year's Outgames.The Outgames will be held from 26 July to 5 August 2006 with more than 16,000 participants in the sport, cultural and International Conference programmes.

  • Bush backs bill limiting anti gay funeral protests 2

    US President George W Bush has given his backing to a law prohibiting anti gay protests

    12:00 AM — US President George W Bush has given his backing to a law prohibiting anti gay protests at military funerals.His signature follows bills in Kentucky and Ohio regulating funeral protests in response to the Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka, after they said American military deaths are God's retribution for tolerance of gay people.

  • Activists demand religion respects gay rights 4

    Gay activists were met by religious and nationalist protesters chanting anti gay slogans and 1000 riot police aiming to stop demonstrations in the Red Square last weekend (Photo: lazyoldsun)

    12:00 AM — A secular pressure group is calling on the European Union to stop religious leaders inciting violence against the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community, after a weekend of violence between religious and gay groups in Moscow.Sophie in 't Veld, an honorary associate of the UK National Secular Society, has written to Jose Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission, requesting that religious leaders attending a meeting with him today should condemn the violence.

  • 28th May 2006

    Moscow pride- an eye witness account 5

    Volker Beck was punched in the face whilst he was giving a television interview

    12:00 AM — The human rights campaigner, Peter Tatchell of gay rights group OutRage! offers his own personal account of the Moscow gay pride march.The Mayor of Moscow said gay pride would never happen while he was alive. He mobilised a quarter of the Moscow police, over 1,000 officers, to prevent the gay parade. Despite all his efforts, lesbian and gay Russians — and their international supporters — gathered by the Kremlin in Manezhnaya Square.

  • 27th May 2006

    Fundamentalists attack German MP on Moscow gay rights march 4

    Volker Beck was punched in the face whilst he was giving a television interview.

    12:00 AM — Over 120 people including a German MP have been arrested in Moscow after campaigners attempted to hold the capital's first gay rights rally.Volker Beck, a Green member of the German parliament was attacked by 20 religious protesters and punched in the face whilst he was giving a television interview.

  • Arrests made as activists defy gay pride ban 4

    (photo: lazyoldsun)

    12:00 AM — Over 70 activists have been arrested in Moscow after gay campaigners defied a gay pride ban today.Moscow's mayor, Yuri Luzhkov, and a Russian court, had rejected applications for the event claiming it would cause violent protests, but gay campaigners from all over the world converged in the Russian capital this afternoon.

  • Arrests made as activists defy gay pride ban 4

    Campaigners were met with religious and nationalist protesters chanting anti gay slogans and 1000 riot police aiming to stop demonstrations (Photo by Lazyoldsun)

    12:00 AM — Over 120 people including a German MP have been arrested in Moscow after campaigners attempted to hold the capital's first gay rights rally.Moscow's mayor, Yuri Luzhkov, and a Russian court, had rejected applications for the event claiming it would cause violent protests, but gay campaigners from all over the world converged in the Russian capital this afternoon.

  • 26th May 2006

    Court upholds Moscow Gay Pride ban 4

    The Mayor of Moscow, Yuri Luzhkov, has banned the gay parade and is threatening to also outlaw the parallel gay rights conference and festival

    12:00 AM — A Russian court has upheld the Moscow mayor's gay pride ban.Despite appeals from the organisers, The Moscow Gay Pride, scheduled for this weekend, was officially opposed by the Tverskoy Court today.The Mayor of Moscow, Yuri Luzhkov, has banned the gay parade and is threatening to also outlaw the parallel gay rights conference and festival.

  • Russia divided over gay pride 4

    Despite the Moscow mayor's threat of mass arrests, and the threat of violence from nationalist and religious leaders, Peter Tatchell and other international human rights activists will join the historic first Gay Pride march in Russian history

    12:00 AM — While international gay rights activists travel to Moscow to for Gay Pride, the local Russian community appears more divided over whether to defy the ban imposed by the city's mayor and local court.Moscow Mayor, Yuri Luzhkov insists the ban is vital to prevent violent protests, and religious groups and politicians have also spoken out against it, but now even the gay community in Russia is beginning to have its doubts.

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