26th May 2006
Charity offers gay pride Jerusalem tour 1
12:00 AM — A human rights group is offering a gay tour of Israel to coincide with this year's WorldPride in Jerusalem.The expedition, organised by the New Israel Fund (NIF), will explore the "complexities, beauty and challenges of ancient and modern Israel."
Church backs anti-gay apology 1
12:00 AM — Clergy members of the Episcopal Church have signed a petition urging bishop's to repent appointing openly gay bishops and approving same sex marriage.The petition has been signed by 900 names in anticipation of the Worldwide Anglican Communion next month.It calls for the Episcopal Church to "fully endorse" regret over the appointment of gay bishop Gene Robinson in New Hampshire and to reject gay marriage and clergymen.
Thailand recognises transsexual beauty
12:00 AM — Thailand's annual Miss Tiffany's Universe pageant took place this week allowing 30 transsexuals to compete for the crown.The contestants were chosen from 60 candidates smiling, pouting and dressing up for a $2,6000 prize as well as a new car.The winner, Ratrawee Chirapraphakun, told the Dallas Voice, that she entered the competition "to tell society to give transsexuals career opportunities and to be fair to us in all career fields. We don't have to be just beauticians or beauty contestants. We are just as capable as the real men and women out there."
Inquiry launched into gay carers 3
12:00 AM — An inquiry is to be launched into how a gay couple managed to sexually abuse four children without being checkedThe review was called by Wakefield Council after Ian Wathey, 40, and Craig Faunch, 32, were convicted of taking advantage of children put in their care.
25th May 2006
Schwarzenegger may veto gay history
12:00 AM — California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger plans to block a "gay history" bill, according to reports.The law would have included sexual orientation on a list of requirements, including gender and race, which schools in California cannot ignore or discriminate against and must recognise positively in textbooks.
Two gay and lesbian soldiers discharged a day
12:00 AM — The American military discharges two lesbian, gay and bisexual recruit's a day, according to a report.New data obtained by Servicemembers Legal Defence Network (SLDN) indicates the armed forces continued to discharge two lesbian, gay and bisexual military personnel per day in 2005.
Gay teacher sacked for revealing sexuality
12:00 AM — A Catholic high school teacher has been sacked after revealing that he is gay on a website.Bishop Gorman High School in Las Vegas school claimed Jeff Crouse had violated teachings of the Catholic Church when he declared his sexuality on blogging website myspace.com and said he was looking for "straight-acting single men."
Senate proposes new Massachusetts gay commission
12:00 AM — More than a dozen Senate lawmakers are calling Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney's bluff by proposing a new state commission on gay and lesbian youth that would operate out of his reach, just weeks after the governor threatened to abolish the current 14-year-old commission.The Senators, including three Republicans, are backing the proposed budget amendment, angered by Mr Romney's threat to do away with the first of its kind coalition as a means of making budget cuts.
‘Best and brightest’ gay students awarded scholarships
12:00 AM — Gay support group The Point Foundation has today granted 30 scholarships to outstanding gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) students.The Point Foundation, which provides financial support, mentoring and hope to meritorious students who are marginalised because of their sexual orientation or gender identity, awards around $30,000 of funding, mentoring and leadership training to each individual recipient.
Gay activists to defy Moscow Gay Pride ban 4
12:00 AM — Human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell will join Russian gay activists and defy a ban on this weekend's Gay Pride march in Moscow.Despite the Moscow mayor's threat of mass arrests, and the threat of violence from nationalist and religious leaders, Mr Tatchell and other international human rights activists will join the historic first Gay Pride march in Russian history. It will take place this Saturday, 27 May, which is the thirteenth anniversary of the 1993 abolition of Soviet-era laws against male homosexuality.
Elton John’s musical faces early end
12:00 AM — Just days after Elton John's gay sitcom was dropped, his Broadway musical is now set to close.Lestat, a musical, based on Anne Rice's Interview with the Vampire books, will end this weekend after just 39 performances and 33 previews.
UN rejects gay representation
12:00 AM — Two gay groups were denied observer status to act as a non governmental organisation (NGO) by the United Nation's Economic and Social Council (ECPSOC) this week.Despite support from the US, LSVD, the German lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) federation and the International Lesbian and Gay Association's (ILGA) applications to obtain observer status at the United Nations were rejected.
Gay groups plan to confront Pope
12:00 AM — Minority groups in Poland are to tell the Pope to stop Catholicism being forced onto people, as he makes his first official visit to the country today.Activists from backgrounds such as the gay and Jewish community believe Poland is becoming the less tolerant member of the European union amid gay bar closures, bans of organisations and increasing anti-Semitism.
24th May 2006
Court drops Oklahoma’s anti gay adoption law
12:00 AM — In a 31-page decision, a federal court has struck down an Oklahoma law described as so extreme that it would have had the potential to make children adopted by same-sex couples in other states legal orphans when the families are in Oklahoma."Gay and lesbian parents in Oklahoma can now breathe a collective sigh of relief because their relationships with their children are no longer threatened by the state of Oklahoma," said Ken Upton, senior staff attorney in Lambda Legal's south central regional office.
Kenya snubs gay lobby bishop 2
12:00 AM — An Anglican bishop has been shafted while on a visit to Kenya over his views on homosexuality.Reverend John Gladwin, Bishop of Chelmsford, had been visiting churches in the country with 20 clergymen, but was yesterday told that hospitality towards him had been "withdrawn" after a local paper claimed he was a member of a gay rights lobby.
Communications group face homophobic lawsuit
12:00 AM — A gay man is suing communications company Qwest claiming he was forced out of his job because of homophobic harassment.Donald Moreau, 46, is being represented by gay law group, Lambda Legal against his former employers who despite having anti discrimination polices, is allegedly not following them appropriately.
Liberty group pushes for gay equality
12:00 AM — The gay community in the Republic of Ireland has been given a boost regarding gay marriage after a human rights group called for recognition of partnership rights for everyone this week.In a report published by the Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) entitled "Equality for All Families," the group outlines the need for Constitutional and legislative changes in order to bring the protection of family life in Ireland into line with international best practice.
Gay and lesbian storks become parents
12:00 AM — Two gay families of storks in the Netherlands have successfully raised families, in what is expected to set the debate over gay parenting flapping.A gay and a lesbian stork couple were given an egg each at the Dutch zoo in Overloon, and despite fears that they may not pay them any attention, both hatched successfully.
23rd May 2006
Howard: Gay campaigners are fundamentalists
12:00 AM — Australia's Prime Minister John Howard has described gay campaigners as fundamentalists, prompting activists to brand him as out of touch and ignorant to the public.On a visit to a university in Dublin, Ireland this week, Mr Howard insisted it is not discriminatory to deny marriage for same sex couples.
Bishop denies gay lobby links 2
12:00 AM — A British Anglican bishop faced a hostile reception on a visit to a Kenyan diocese in East Africa yesterday after being accused of representing a gay rights lobby in the country.Reverend John Gladwin, visiting St Thomas Cathedral in Kerugoya, denied reports in a local paper that he was in the area to promote homosexuality.