17th April 2006
State allows gay adoption discrimination
12:00 AM — Catholic adoption agencies in Massachusetts will be allowed to refuse gay couples adoption rights, according to the state's Department of Early Education.Although stopping gay couples adopting comes under anti discrimination laws, the department said there would be no action taken as Governor Mitt Romney is planning legislation to give religious groups an exemption.
Gay travel group set sail with world’s largest cruise ship
12:00 AM — Atlantis Events, a company specialising in all-gay and lesbian cruises and resort vacations, has announced it will charter the world's largest passenger ship in January 2007 for a Caribbean cruise.Royal Caribbean's Freedom of the Seas ship will cater for over 3000 passengers with high tech facilities once completed in Finland.
Gay Illinois treasurer candidate overseeing lesbian union
12:00 AM — Reverend Dan Rodriguez-Schlorff, the Green Party candidate for the Illinois State Treasurer, will officiate a wedding ceremony uniting two women in a private ceremony in May.The couple first approached Mr Schlorff after hearing him speak at the Matthew Shepard rally last October.
Gay artist donates Brokeback inspired painting
12:00 AM — American artist, Thom Bierdz, has unveiled a major new painting inspired by the dozy embrace scene in gay cowboy movie Brokeback Mountain.The impressionistic painting is titled "Brokeback Tree House, Happy Ever After."
Pentagon admits gay surveillance
12:00 AM — The US Department of Defence (DoD) has released documentation confirming government surveillance of groups opposed to the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" law banning openly lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGBT) service members, according to a gay legal group.The government's TALON reports were released in response to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request filed by Servicemembers Legal Defence Network (SLDN) in January.
Transgender protection added to Harvard policy
12:00 AM — Harvard University, the oldest institution of higher learning in America, has announced it will be adding gender identity to its non-discrimination policy, safeguarding transgender students and faculty."Harvard's step forward will ensure that its students and staff continue to represent some of the best this country has to offer," said Human Rights Campaign president Joe Solmonese.
14th April 2006
Race for Gay Games registration 3
12:00 AM — Chicago organisers of the 2006 Gay Games have announced they now have more than 10,000 participants from over 45 countries committed to attending the event in July."With just 100 days to go before the 2006 Gay Games open in Chicago," said Brian McGuinness, Gay Games Chicago executive director, "our registration rates remain ahead of expectations with 12,000 participating athletes and artists expected to march into the 15 July 2006 Opening Ceremony at Chicago's Soldier Field."
Three gay men face jail over castration “dungeon” 2
12:00 AM — Three gay lovers are facing up to 15 years in prison after being accused of castrating six men and filming it.Police discovered a "dungeon" at the North Carolina home of Richard Sciar, 61, Michael Mendez, 60, and Danny Reeves, 49, all of whom could be charged with castration without malice, maiming without malice and practicing medicine without a licence.
13th April 2006
Air Force poster woman dismissed for being lesbian 1
12:00 AM — After 19 years of service as a flight nurse, Margaret Witt has filed an injunction in U.S. District Court in Seattle suing the military for suspending her for being a lesbian.The case challenges the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy, which band openly gay personnel from serving.Ms Witt, who has won medals for her conduct during her 19 year career, and has served in the heart of the conflict in Afghanistan, said: "My objective really is to go back to my unit, serve my country and help the injured troops that need."
Brokeback Mountain banned in US prison
12:00 AM — A Massachusetts corrections officer found himself in hot water last week when he screened Brokeback Mountain for his inmates.The so-called "gay cowboy" film, was not on a list of approved video material, because it violated official policy of showing sexual content. The officer who pushed the play button now faces a disciplinary hearing.
Lesbian couple fight to have both names on son’s birth certificate 1
12:00 AM — A Superior Court judge in Monmouth County has denied a lesbian couple's request that both of their names should be put on their baby son's birth certificate.There is an artificial insemination statue in the State, which enables a husband to have his name on his wife's child's birth certificate if he has consented to her artificial insemination by another man. This is the first time that the statue has been tested with regards to gay couples.
“Abused” Priest quits Church
12:00 AM — A Roman Catholic Priest who sued his own diocese for alleged abuse by another priest has left the priesthood.John Nesbella cited criticism from other clergy over his decision to highlight the issue of gay priests with his court case, as the reason behind his decision to leave. The move brings to an end a career in the church that has spanned 25 years.
“Frenzy of passion” killer gets 8 years
12:00 AM — A Melbourne woman who stabbed her lesbian lover to death in a "frenzy of passion" has been jailed for eight years.Justice Nettle told the court that Joanne Stenhouse was in a "love-hate relationship, in which you and the deceased appeared incapable of living peacefully together but incapable of living without each other."Ms Stenhouse stabbed her partner Anne Maher to death, on Easter Sunday last year.
12th April 2006
State hears gay marriage views 1
12:00 AM — The Massachusetts State House held a six hour hearing on gay marriage yesterday as supporters and opponents came together to argue their case for a 2008 vote on a ban on same sex unions.Supporters of the ban are standing by the argument that legalised gay marriage undermines the traditional family structure, and opponents are pushing for further equality.
MEP slams Nigeria’s “homophobic” culture
12:00 AM — The Nigerian government is facing condemnation from the European Parliament over plans to make homosexual marriage illegal and to ban gay organisations.MEP Michael Cashman (UK), president of the Intergroup on gay and lesbian rights , accused the government of supporting a "homophobic" culture and threatening "the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender citizens."
Indiana gays gain anti-discrimination laws 1
12:00 AM — Indianapolis' economic health and viability has been enhanced by the extension of human rights protections to include the city's gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender citizens, declared leaders of the city's gay groups have declared.Sexual orientation and gender equality has been added to the Indianapolis Human Rights Ordinance.
Gay workers lose support
12:00 AM — Gay state workers in Kentucky have lost rights to anti discrimination laws after a new governor made changes to the 2003 employment policy.Governor Ernie Fletcher announced the new law as part of the state's "Diversity Day," he replaced former Governor Paul Patton's law with one that prohibits employment discrimination because of "race, colour, national origin, sex, age, religion, veteran status and disability," but no longer sexuality.
Attorney appeals to stop gay partner benefits
12:00 AM — Health insurance should not be given to partners of gay workers, according to the state attorney in Michigan.Republican Attorney General Mike Cox was in court yesterday arguing that university and local government policies offering health insurance to gay partners violated a 2004 amendment to the Michigan constitution concerning marriage, by putting domestic partnerships on an equal par.
Gays face Christian school expulsion
12:00 AM — US gay and lesbian students face expulsion from Christian schools if they reveal their sexuality, a gay group has warned.Soulforce, a gay organisation, currently touring America promoting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights, claims over 200 colleges and universities actively ban homosexual students.
Civil rights director in gay preference row
12:00 AM — New Jersey's head of civil rights has been accused of discriminating against black employees by deliberately promoting whites, Latinos and gays ahead of them.The Division on Civil Rights director, Frank Vespa-Papaleo is cited in a lawsuit from his assistant director, Philip Freeman, who claims he was harassed because he is black and straight.