3rd May 2006
EU grants gay couples “facilitation”
12:00 AM — Same sex couples will have their relationships "facilitated" across the European Union, according to new laws.The reforms of residency requirements came into effect yesterday and state that gay couples can live anywhere in the European Union and have their rights legally protected, even in countries where there are no same sex partner laws.
Lesbian mum opposes “illegitimate homosexuality” leaflet
12:00 AM — A lesbian mum has expressed anger after her daughter brought home a school sex education pamphlet which branded homosexuality as "contrary to the laws of nature."Angela Williams was shocked when her 12-year old showed her a pamphlet, The Top 10 Questions Teenagers Ask about Sex, which was given to her at Honeysuckle Middle School in Montgomery.
10,000 Irish gays missing out on marriage 1
12:00 AM — The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) has welcomed the publication of a new study revealing the number of gays and lesbians who have chosen to marry in countries that uphold marriage equality.Marriage equality is enshrined in the laws of the Netherlands, Belgium, Canada and the US state of Massachusetts, where the constitution forbids the creation of second-class citizens.
Homophobia prevalent in US schools
12:00 AM — Homophobic bullying is still common in American schools, according to a new study from the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN).The group's 2005 National School Climate Survey (NSCS), the only national survey to document the experiences of students who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) in America's schools found that three quarters of respondents heard derogatory remarks such as "faggot" or "dyke" frequently, and nearly nine out of ten (89.2%) reported hearing "that's so gay" or "you're so gay," meaning stupid or worthless, often.
Gay activists held in Pentagon protest
12:00 AM — Twenty-one members of a cross country tour promoting gay rights to Christian and military colleges were detained at the U.S. Military Academy last week while protesting the Pentagon's "don't ask, don't tell" policy.Members of the gay protest group Soulforce Equality Riders were issued citations on the last stop of their 20 campus tour.
2nd May 2006
Second gay porn soldier jailed
12:00 AM — A second paratrooper has pleaded guilty to engaging in sexual acts on a gay porn websitePrivate Kagen Mullen will be sentenced to three months in jail and an army discharge, after admitting having sex for $7,500.The married father of one had charges of pandering, sodomy and adultery dropped as part of a plea deal.
Anti-gay boycott hurts Ford sales 2
12:00 AM — Sales of Ford cars have been hurt by on off protests by a Christian group, according to dealers.In its latest campaign, the American Family Association (AFA) is calling for a boycott of the carmaker because of its support of a gay pride event in Detroit.
Human rights group protest Russian gay abuse
12:00 AM — The attack by neo-fascists and religionists on a gay gathering at a Moscow nightclub has been condemned by the Gay and Lesbian Humanist Association (GALHA).GALHA has written to the Russian Ambassador in London, Yury Fedotov, to complain about this incident and the increasing persecution of gay people in Russia.
Legal rights group sides with homophobes
12:00 AM — A legal group, usually on the side of gay rights, is defending a church group which protests at military funerals claiming the deaths are punishment for US gay policy.The American Civil Liberties Union, which often supports gay marriage and adoption cases, argues that the law in Kentucky which limits funeral protests inhibits the Westboro Baptist Church's freedom of speech.
Jamaica hits back at critics of homophobia 7
12:00 AM — Jamaican academics have hit back at claims that rap and reggae music have incited violence and homophobia towards gay people in the Caribbean.International Development Minister, Gareth Thomas, blamed the music genre for sparking homophobic abuse, on a visit to the country last week, but some Jamaicans are suggesting the cause is from Britain.
1st May 2006
Australian Big Brother star was victim of homophobic attack
12:00 AM — It has emerged that a star in the Australian Big Brother who outed himself last week live on the reality television series was beaten unconscious in an alleged homophobic attack earlier this year.The 26-year-old model, David Graham, who came out as gay last week is the early favourite two win the sixth series of the Australian version of the hit tv show.He was brutally beaten by a gang of five men and left for dead in a pool of his own during the early hours of 22nd January.
Moscow gay club night cancelled following attack
12:00 AM — Homophobic protesters hurling eggs and bottles have forced a gay club in Moscow to cancel what was billed as the city's largest gay and lesbian party.Police were forced to intervene when at least 100 skinheads, fascists nationalists and elderly Christian fundamentalists clutching Orthodox icons descended on the club at 10pm (6pm GMT) last night.
28th April 2006
“God Hates Fags” church continues to make homophobic protests at military funerals 12
12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk Exclusive FeatureA church in Kansas has continued its protests of funerals of soldiers killed in Iraq, claiming that their deaths are punishments from God for homosexuality.The Westboro Baptist church who run a website called GodHatesFags have protested at over 100 funerals of soldiers killed in the line of duty in Iraq. Their campaign is called "Thank God for Improvised Explosive Devices."
First gay hotel goes international
12:00 AM — Axel Hotel Barcelona, the first urban designer hotel aimed at the gay community, is about to go from being a one of a kind hotel to become part of a chain.Following the huge success of Axel Hotel Barcelona, which opened in July of 2003, the Axel Hotels team is now embarking on an ambitious expansion throughout Europe and America, beginning with the construction of the chain's second hotel, Axel Hotel Buenos Aires, which will make it the first chain of gay hotels in the world.
Comedian slammed for gay jokes 1
12:00 AM — A playwright has written to a US talk show host condemning his jokes about gay people.Jeff Whitty, who wrote Broadway musical, Avenue Q, particularly had a problem with the Tonight Show presenter's gay cowboy sketch.Mr Whitty's letter, which was picked up by the CNN news station, criticises Jay Leno for dedicating so much comedy material to gay jokes.
Parliament opens gay adoption inquiry
12:00 AM — Gay and Lesbian couples in New South Wales (NSW) may be given adoption rights after an inquiry was launched into the legislation this week.Under the current law, individuals can adopt, but not same sex partners, similar to bans in Western Australia, Tasmania and the Australian Capital Territory, which have all been lifted in the last five years.
Gay icon Elizabeth Taylor close to death
12:00 AM — Dame Elizabeth Taylor, once named the most beautiful woman in the world, is close to death, reports claim.The legendary Hollywood actress has been suffering from heart failure since being diagnosed with a congestive heart condition in 2004.Friends close to the 74-year-old two time Oscar winner claim she is bedridden in her Bel Air California home.
Landmark gay guide hits Asia
12:00 AM — Gay rights in Asia have taken a positive turn with the publication of a guidebook for Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore.The Utopia Guide to Singapore, Malaysia Indonesia reveals for the first time in print the fascinating and varied gay lifestyle of these countries in one hefty volume filled with a wealth of information.
ACT reduce gay marriage plans 1
12:00 AM — The Australian Capital Territory has given in to federal government pressure by removing any reference to marriage in its Civil Unions Bill.ACT leader Jon Stanhope is expected to announce a series of changes to the planned legislation, including a separate civil celebrant register instead of using commonwealth law, and a paragraph stating that it's not a marriage.
Gay porn case soldier sentenced 1
12:00 AM — An Army paratrooper has pleaded guilty to partaking in sexual activities featured on a gay porn site.Richard T. Ashley, one of seven members of the 82nd Airborne Division accused of sodomy (which is still illegal in the American army), pandering and engaging in sexual acts for payment, was sentenced to 90 days in prison and was demoted to a private.