13th October 2006
Judge considering lesbian marriage rights
12:00 AM — The High Court in Dublin has reserved judgement today on a decision regarding whether a lesbian couple who married in Canada should have their rights recognised in Ireland.Over the last fortnight the court has heard arguments from Katherine Zappone and Ann Louise Gilligan claiming discriminating against homosexuality can lead to clinical depression and that the current concept of marriage is outdated.
Gay benefits excitement drops
12:00 AM — Government ministers are warning gay campaigners not to get too excited after to a landmark decision yesterday saw the Irish government agree to compensate a gay man for taking unpaid leave from his job to care for his partner.Equality campaigners hailed it as "important recognition" for same sex couples but the Minister for Social and Family Affairs Seamus Brennan insisted that the case would not set a precedent.
12th October 2006
UN criticises Cameroon’s anti-gay policies
12:00 AM — The United Nations has criticised Cameroonian authorities for detaining 11 men on their basis of their presumed sexuality.The men were arrested at a bar frequented by gays and lesbians in Yaoundé, Cameroon last June and sentenced to 10 months imprisonment after being found guilty "sodomy."
Disney characters taking the Mickey 3
12:00 AM — Disney bosses are reported to be outraged after a video showing characters pretending to be having an orgy was circulated on the internet.The footage featuring Goofy simulating intimate clinches with the Chipmunks and Mickey Mouse getting intimate with the Snowman, was taken at Disneyland Paris and would definitely not be suitable for kids.
Irish Greens back gay marriage
12:00 AM — Ireland does not currently even have any laws regarding same sex unions, but the country's Green Party has today vowed to introduce total equality between the gay and straight community by promising same-sex marriage, civil partnerships for both same-sex and heterosexual couples, and legal rights for couples who live together.The Party believes legislative changes are necessary to ensure equality for all, to offer protection for the contemporary family and to provide a legal framework in areas including taxation, inheritance and maintenance.
Norway host gay animals 2
12:00 AM — There is a big gay buzz around Norway at the moment after the country's capital opened the world's first museum exhibition on gay animals today.The display, entitled Against Nature, at the Oslo Natural History Museum, documents homosexual behaviour amongst over a thousand members of the animal kingdom from beetles to whales.
Belarus drops diplomat gay porn charge
12:00 AM — Belarus has dropped a gay pornography charge against a Latvian diplomat.A feud emerged last August between officials in Belarus and neighbouring Latvia after Belarusian national television screened footage describing "a dirty homosexual orgy" claiming to involve a Latvian diplomat.
Gay rights politician in drug swab prank
12:00 AM — A gay rights spokesman thought he was giving an impromptu political interview to eager reporters but ended up becoming one of the victims of a drug test prank for prime-time television this week, which has caused outcry in the Italian Parliament.Franco Grillini was one of 50 Italian politicians fooled by the prank which the programme Le Iene claims found 12 positive tests for cannabis and four for cocaine after secretly tested them for drugs when being asked to give an interview on the 2007 budget.
Equality group welcomes gay carer compensation
12:00 AM — The Equality Authority has welcomed a decision by the Irish government today to compensate a gay man for taking unpaid leave from his job to care for his partner.The equal rights group called it an "important recognition" for same sex couples in the Republic of Ireland, after the unnamed claimant won his case under the Equal Status Act.
Gay vote vital for Congress 3
12:00 AM — Gay voters will have a huge impact on the outcome of next month's Congressional elections after research has revealed that the lesbian, gay and bisexual electorate is above the national average in closely fought states.The Williams Institute for Sexual Orientation Law and Public Policy released a report on gay demographics today discovering a 30 percent increase in the number of same sex couples in the US over the last five years.
AIDS charity seeks Boy George refund 8
12:00 AM — An HIV/AIDS organisation in Florida is filing a lawsuit against performer Boy George and his booking agency for deposit monies that were never returned after his cocaine arrest.Care Resource signed a contract on June 6, 2005 with booking agency Red Parrot for Boy George to be the celebrity guest DJ at Vizcaya Mansion, Museum and Gardens on Saturday November 26 2005 as part of White Party Week Miami, one of the world's largest yearly HIV/AIDS fundraisers.
Conman in hiding after gay slurs 1
12:00 AM — Australian conman Peter Foster is reported to be on the run in Fiji over alleged gay slurs.Mr Foster, who sparked controversy in 2002 over his involvement with Prime Minister Tony Blair's wife Cherie's purchase of two flats in Bristol, caused a media frenzy in Fiji after starting rumours that a hotel was being opened offering rent boys.
Foster’s con is bad news for Fijian gays and lesbians 1
12:00 AM — Andrew M. Potts reports on a scam which has resulted in an increase in hostility towards the gay community in Fiji.Peter Foster, the disgraced Australian businessman who nearly brought down the Blairs in the so-called Cheriegate property scandal, has been accused of launching a homophobic smear campaign against a tourist development in Fiji which has lead to calls by Fijian Christian fundamentalists to remove clauses in the nation's constitution which give limited protection to gays and lesbians.
11th October 2006
Conservative US politics deterring gay visitors
12:00 AM — A new study says that US conservative politics deters people from travelling to the America.The study, produced by Community Marketing, surveyed more than 7,500 gays and lesbians worldwide.According to the study, lesbians and gay men from Canada were more deterred by US politics than respondents from other parts of the world.
Gay ex-hostage promoting peace 1
12:00 AM — Gay peace activist James Loney is looking to turn the experience of being held hostage in Iraq into a campaign to help promote peace between religions and confront extremism.Mr Loney's abduction by Iraqi militias between November 2005 and March 2006 became the focus of international media attention, his partner and family kept his homosexuality a secret in fear that his captors would execute him.
Americans becoming more supportive of gay issues
12:00 AM — Two new studies released today to mark National Coming Out Day show that more Americans know someone who is gay and, as a result, are more supportive of LGBT issues."As we continue to introduce our lives and relationships to Americans, more are responding in a positive way and being increasingly supportive of full equality under the law," said Human Rights Campaign president Joe Solmonese.
Elton John becomes Disney Legend
12:00 AM — Gay star Sir Elton John has been named as a Disney Legend.This is no Mickey Mouse award for the singer, it recognises his leadership in the music industry and contribution to the Disney brand.He co-wrote the soundtrack to classic Disney movie The Lion King with Tim Rice, and has sold over 200 million records worldwide.
Monument against homophobia in Sitges
12:00 AM — Gay campaigners in Sitges, Spain, have welcomed a new monument against homophobia.The 4ft pink triangle overlooks the sea from the fourth pier of the popular Catalan gay resort.Politicians erected the structure as a symbol of its stance against homophobia.
Clinton backs gay partner benefits 3
12:00 AM — New York Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton looks set to mend her topsy-turvy relationship with the gay community after backing same sex partner rights to insurance benefits.Mrs Clinton, who has previously been criticised for opposing same sex marriage, has put her name down as a sponsor for a bill brought forward by Connecticut Senator Joe Lieberman.
10th October 2006
Rhode Island lesbians marry out of state
12:00 AM — A lesbian couple from Rhode Island who won the right to marry in Massachusetts because laws in their home state do not expressly prohibit same-sex marriage, tied the knot before friends and family in a ceremony held last weekend.After being denied a marriage license in Massachusetts, Wendy Becker and Mary Norton challenged a 1913 state law that prohibits out-of-state residents from marrying if the union would not be permitted in their home state.