11th May 2006
Public oppose constitutional gay marriage ban
12:00 AM — Polling recently conducted by Peter Hart Research Associations shows the Federal Marriage Amendment, scheduled for a Senate vote the week of June 5, ranks dead last for voters on a list of priorities on which they want Congress focusing and that voters have strong concerns about changing the Constitution.Commissioned by the Human Rights Campaign, the polling of 802 nationwide voters also shows strong opposition to changing the Constitution among independent, senior and Catholic voters.
Gay rights group questions new CIA head
12:00 AM — Following the announcement that President Bush will nominate General Michael Hayden to be the new director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), the American Civil Liberties Union is urging the Senate to vigorously question the nominee on his involvement with the warrantless programme to spy on Americans, including gay groups.Mr Hayden was the director of the National Security Agency when the programme was launched in 2001 and has been one the chief defenders of these actions in violation of the Fourth Amendment and the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, the ACLU claim.
Employee discrimination case sets precedent for gay partner benefits
12:00 AM — Gay Lesbian Advocates Defenders (GLAD) applauded a decision this week by the New Hampshire Merrimack Superior Court that the New Hampshire Community Technical College System is committing sexual orientation discrimination when it denies benefits to the partners of gay or lesbian employees.The decision can be seen as a mandate for the state to provide benefits to the partners of all state employees.
Baby One More Time: Gay icon Britney Spears is pregnant 4
12:00 AM — Gay icon, Britney Spears is pregnant.The singer is expecting her second child with husband Kevin Federline.Spears, who gave birth to a son, Sean Preston, last year, revealed the news on The Tonight Show, she told host David Letterman, "Don't worry, Dave, it's not yours."
10th May 2006
Gay domestic partners given benefits
12:00 AM — Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich this week issued an executive order extending domestic partnership benefits to all state employees under the authority of the governor's office.Illinois is America's 13th state, and the third largest to adopt domestic partnership benefits for a major segment of its state employee population.
Syphilis Rates Soar in Gay and Bisexual Men
12:00 AM — The Centre for Disease Control and Prevention has issued a report that despite steady declines in syphilis rates among African Americans, women and babies between 1999 and 2004, overall numbers continued to rise driven by a dramatic jump in infections among gay and bisexual men.Nearly two-thirds of all the new syphilis cases in 2004 were in men who had engaged in homosexual activity, according to the CDC. That same group made up just 5% of new infections in 1999, the report said.
US states introduce transgender protections
12:00 AM — Two US states have made historic strides in protecting the rights of transgender and gender nonconforming people.Hawaii and Vermont, have in the past week introduced laws to include, protect and support transgender people.Hawaii's second transgender-inclusive bill passed into law, followed by an expansive non-discrimination bill in Vermont clearing the Legislature, positioning Vermont to become the ninth state in America to make discriminatory practices based on gender identity or expression illegal.
9th May 2006
Homosexuality linked to biology 1
12:00 AM — Scientists have found more evidence suggesting sexuality is biologically determined, adding weight to arguments that homosexuality is natural.Researchers from the Stockholm Brain Institute in Sweden, discovered that the brains of lesbians responded to known as sexual hormones differently to heterosexual women.
Church allows gay membership ban
12:00 AM — The United Methodist Church's high-court is refusing to reconsider an earlier ruling that allowed a Virginia minister to deny a man church membership because he is gay.According to the Associated Press, the 5 to 4 ruling was handed down yesterday by the Judicial Council, saying there was no basis to revisit the case.
Human rights group move against gay marriage law change 1
12:00 AM — The Human Rights Campaign's fight against the Federal Marriage Amendment has hit full swing as the date for the Senate vote approaches.With a vote scheduled the week of June 5 2006, the rights activists have launched an advertising campaign in the press targeting gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Americans, urged more than 250,000 fair-minded Americans to act against the amendment.
Gay fear mother found guilty of custody interference 1
12:00 AM — A mother who kidnapped her son in fear that her ex husband would turn him gay, has been found guilty of interfering with custody of the child and breaking a restraining order.The jury of four women and two men took just an hour to find 50-year-old Caren Macdonald guilty.
Caribbean homophobic attack victims speak out 5
12:00 AM — The family of one of the producers attacked in the Caribbean last month have spoken of their shock at how the homophobic assault has affected him.Ryan Smith, 25, a top producer with the David Letterman show and CBS news, has been left with speech and writing problems as well as surgical scars.
Canadian band release gay marriage song
12:00 AM — Canadian indie-pop band The Habit has a message for Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper, don't make Canadians fight for their right to marry, again.The Habit has summed up their challenge to Mr Harper in the song Fighter, which they are releasing today in an internet-exclusive launch.
Gay cannibal handed murder conviction
12:00 AM — A German gay cannibal who killed and ate a man he met on the internet has been sentenced to life in prison for murder today after a judge ordered a retrial deeming his earlier sentence too lenient.Armin Meiwes, 44, was initially only found guilty of manslaughter after killing Bernd Juergen Brandes, 43, in 2004, on the basis that his victim was a willing partner.
8th May 2006
Human rights group call for action against homophobia
12:00 AM — Moscow authorities must investigate two incidents where protestors threatened and attacked people entering and leaving gay-friendly bars, according to Human Rights Watch.The group demand an end to assaults on freedoms of association and assembly in a letter to Mayor Yuri Luzhkov, which also calls for an end to the threatened ban on Russia's first planned gay pride parade, scheduled for May 27.
California church avoids gay row
12:00 AM — The Episcopal Church in California has avoided a row over homosexuality after choosing a heterosexual bishop to become its next minister.There were fears of a new row over homosexuality after the Diocese of California included two gay clergymen on its shortlist for a new bishop.
Gay hate crimes bill fails
12:00 AM — A change in the law that would have added homosexuality to federal laws regarding hate crime has been abandoned.The bill, being pushed by Senator Ted Kennedy, had to be dropped after Republicans threatened to block a more high profile sex offender bill and blame it on him and gay activists.
Hitler was gay, book claims
12:00 AM — Adolf Hitler may have been gay, according to a new book.The publication, Adolf Hitler: The Final Analysis, by physician, Andrew Norman, studies how the leader of Nazi Germany's mental and physical state affected his judgement and conduct as he led the country into Word War Two.
Tennis ace slams Czech president’s gay veto 1
12:00 AM — Czech Tennis star, Martina Navratilova has criticised her home country's president, Vaclav Klaus for being anti-gay.In February Mr Klaus vetoed a law allowing same-sex partnerships, saying it increased the state's power to interfere with individual lives.
Friends star avoids trans sex change programme 1
12:00 AM — Actress Courtney Cox has avoided having her family's private matters exposed in public, quite literally.Her brother in law, transsexual Alexis Arquette, sibling of Cox' husband, David Arquette, was set to have a sex change operation live on television.