15th June 2006
Rice calls for gay marriage “respect” 4
12:00 AM — The US Secretary of State has urged "respect" and "sensitivity" in the debate over gay marriage.Condoleeza Rice's statement comes after the US Senate rejected a proposal to ban gay marriage in the constitution last week.She told The News Record, "This is an issue that can be debated and can be discussed in our country with respect for every human being.
Canadian gay marriage campaigns begin 1
12:00 AM — Protest groups have today begun their campaigns on the issue of gay marriage.Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced a free vote on the law last week scheduled for this Autumn.Anti gay marriage group Man and Woman Union gathered today to raise awareness of the vote, Warren Booth, organiser of the organisation, told the CanWest news agency, "I know MPs make their break soon for a couple of months, but we want to leave them with a thought before they take off for their vacation."
14th June 2006
EU resolution to condemn homophobia 1
12:00 AM — European politicians will vote on a joint draft resolution addressing an increase in racist and homophobic violence on the continent.The House will call on the members to reinforce criminal law measures aimed at the approximation of the penalties for such offences throughout the EU.
Legal group defend gay school club
12:00 AM — Trial was held on Monday in an American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) federal lawsuit asking for a permanent injunction requiring officials at White County High School in Cleveland, Georgia to recognise a gay-straight alliance club (GSA).Administrators at White County High School in Cleveland, Georgia have been blocking the GSA from meeting since the beginning of the 2005-2006 school year while allowing other clubs to meet, a clear violation of the Federal Equal Access Act.
Australian gay couples waiting on Senate vote 1
12:00 AM — Same sex couples are awaiting action from the Australian Senate which may be the last area where supporters of the Australian Capital Territory's (ACT) Civil Unions Bill can ensure it passes.The ACT's local assembly approved the bill last month giving same sex couple's the right to a civil union after watering down the law to ensure it did not represent marriage.
Caribbean homophobic attack suspect gives himself up 5
12:00 AM — A man thought to be the main attacker in a homophobic assault in St Marteen has been arrested.The man, known only as Duracell, is reported to have given himself up to police in relation to an attack on CBS news producer Dick Jefferson and his friend Ryan Smith, also a producer, who were beaten unconscious by a homophobic gang on the Caribbean Island at the beginning of April outside a bar.
Mobster who inspired gay Sopranos’ star is jailed 2
12:00 AM — The real-life mobster who ordered a hit on a gay mob boss, and whose story inspired an entire season of suspense surrounding gay mobster Vito Spatafore (Joe Gannascoli) in TV series' The Sopranos, has been sentenced to life in prison.Stefano Vitabile, 71, was sentenced to life in prison for ordering the 1992 slaying of acting DeCavalcante crime boss John (Johnny Boy) D'Amato, who was killed when he was outed by his fellow mobsters, according to New York's Daily News.
Polish education minister bans gay rights book
12:00 AM — The head of teacher training in Poland has been sacked after distributing a human rights manual which describes the types of discrimination lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people may face.Polish Education Minister Roman Giertych said the publication titled Compass: a manual on human rights education with young people, is a "contradiction to the core curriculum for general education" and against his idea of "patriotic education" in schools.
Straight Americans welcome gay advertising
12:00 AM — A majority of American adults are not put off by gay advertising or affiliations with gay causes, according to a new national survey.The results contradict campaigns by organisations such as the American Family Association who have attempted to create a boycott of the Ford Motor Company because of its advertisements in gay publications and sponsorship of pride events.
Gay Cameroonians jailed on “sodomy” charges
12:00 AM — Seven gay Cameroonians who were on trial for "sodomy" have been jailed for 10 months, the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) claims.Since the men have already been detained in a Kondegui Prison in Yaoundé for more than one year, they are expected to be released shortly for time served.
Gay groups push for UN recognition
12:00 AM — A campaign by the International Lesbian and Gay Association (ILGA) to encourage lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender groups to apply for recognition a Non Governmental Organisation (NGO) at the United Nations (UN) has been backed positively by organisations across the world.The groups that applied by the May 31 2006 deadline include the Associação Brasileira de Gays, Lésbicas e Transgêneros (ABGLT), COC Nederlands, the Federación Estatal de Lesbianas, Gays, Transexuales y Bisexuales (FELGT) of Spain, Gays and Lesbians of Zimbabwe (GALZ), Metropolitan Community Churches (MCC), and the Riksförbundet för sexuellt likaberättigande (RFSL) of Sweden.
13th June 2006
Australia overrules gay unions 1
12:00 AM — Australia's Federal government has been labelled as homophobic after officially overturning a law in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) which had created civil unions for same sex couples, killing any hopes for gay couples looking to register their partnerships before the legislation was annulled.The ACT's local assembly approved the bill last month giving same sex couple's the right to a civil union after watering down the law to ensure it did not represent marriage.
California court approves lesbian parental access 1
12:00 AM — The California Court of Appeal has ruled that Charisma R, a non-biological mother represented by the National Centre for Lesbian Rights (NCLR), may seek visitation with the child born to her former female partner through alternative insemination.The case, Charisma R v Kristina S, is the first appellate decision to apply the California Supreme Court's groundbreaking trio of 2005 decisions involving lesbian parents.
Florida gay church publicises gay marriage support
12:00 AM — The Christ Church of Peace, a non-denominational Christian congregation in Jacksonville, has launched "Know Thy Neighbour Florida," an outreach ministry directed at Floridians who believe in equal marriage rights.The church will include on their site the names of those who signed the petition in favour of the Florida Marriage Protection Amendment.
Episcopal conference dominated by gay row 7
12:00 AM — Bishops, priests and laymen from over 100 dioceses will gather in Ohio this week to decide on policy regarding governance and worship, with homosexuality remaining a top issue amid reports that ministers plan to apologise for the appointment of openly gay New Hampshire bishop Gene Robinson.The Episcopal Church's 75th General Convention, which starts today, is scheduled to debate "Human rights for homosexual persons."
12th June 2006
Warsaw gay activists march with pride
12:00 AM — Thousands of people marched in the polish capital of Warsaw last weekend in an Equality Parade to protest against increased homophobia in the country.A counter parade by far-right groups was cancelled after pressure from politicians, meaning compared to the neighbouring cities of Moscow and Bucharest, activists marched relatively peacefully.
Canada invites US gay couples to get married 1
12:00 AM — The Canadian Tourism Commission has launched a new gay and lesbian advertising campaign with a wedding invitation for US same-sex couples.The country is one of few in the world to extend full marriage equality to all people.
Superman director denies the Man of Steel is gay
12:00 AM — The director of the new Superman film, Bryan Singer, has refuted reports that his main character is gay.Last week, gay magazine, The Advocate, ran a whole feature titled How Gay is Superman.The publication has created speculation in internet chat rooms and message boards on the preferences of Daily Planet reporter Clark Kent.
9th June 2006
ACLU pushes for HIV confidentiality
12:00 AM — The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) sent a letter to the San Francisco Department of Public Health this week demanding that the San Francisco City Clinic stop misleading people being tested for HIV.A new state law that went into effect on April 17 2006 requires all health care providers and laboratories to report names of individuals with HIV to the local health department, yet the City Clinic run by the San Francisco Department of Public Health has been telling people taking the HIV test that their names would not be reported to the state if they test positive.
Petition demands end to government HIV discrimination
12:00 AM — Gay legal group Lambda Legal delivered a petition today signed by 5,000 people urging Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice, to repeal the federal government's 'discriminatory' hiring policies and allow a qualified man living with HIV to work as a Foreign Service Officer."Employers, as well as the general public, look to the federal government to set the standard in workers' rights," said Hector Vargas, deputy director of education and public affairs at Lambda Legal.