29th August 2006
New date for anti-homophobia march 23
12:00 AM — A postponed protest march against hate campaigns being targeted at lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in Jerusalem will finally go ahead next month, according to organisers.The march for 'Pride and Tolerance' in the city was originally meant to take place on August 10th, but was delayed due to the political situation in the Middle East.
25th August 2006
Wal-Mart criticised for pro-gay attitude
12:00 AM — Wal-Mart has risked the wrath of its bible belt roots in the United States after joining the a gay commerce group.The Arkansas based company has faced opposition in its changing attitude to gay and lesbian people in the US by groups such as the American Family Association (AFA).AFA says that by joining the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) Wal-Mart has abandoned its "pro family stance."
24th August 2006
Original Stonewall Inn to close 3
12:00 AM — It is where the modern gay rights movement was born. Tired of years of police harassment, the denizens of Manhattan's run-down Stonewall Inn finally stood up for their rights and rioted.The events of those sultry June nights in 1969 ignited a power-keg, and the explosion was heard around the world.Within 12 months there were gay rights movements organising and protesting across the Western world.
Civil union pioneers split
12:00 AM — The USA's first couple to have a civil union have split up, in what gay campaigners are calling a fine example of how the law works.Vermont was the first US state to introduce a civil union law in 2000 and Carolyn Conrad and Kathleen Peterson, immediately jumped at the chance to register their partnership.
South Africa set for gay unions 10
12:00 AM — South Africa's cabinet has given the all clear for a change in the law regarding same sex unions in the country.The change in the law will come following a constitutional court decision that the definition of marriage in the 1961 Marriage Act was unconstitutional and as a result needed to be changed by Parliament.
Gays in Nepal demand legal protection
12:00 AM — It is arguably the last feudal society on earth, ruled with an iron fist by a royal dictator.Gay, lesbian and transgender people in Nepal face regular abuse, beatings and rapes at the hands of the security forces.Now The Blue Diamond Society, surely among the bravest gay rights activists in the world, have publicly announced that they want Nepal to give them legal protection.
Gay activists to picket ex-gay conference
12:00 AM — In an amusing spot of role-reversal, gay activists in Texas are planning to protest outside a church holding a conference for ex-gays.Truth Wins Out will picket the church in Carrollton, TX, this Saturday, as a one day conference by Christian organisation Living Hope covers topics such as "Raising Gender-Healthy Kids" and "Homosexuality and the Bible."
Lesbian Barbie upsets Mattel 6
12:00 AM — The honour of a tiny 46-year-old plastic woman is at the centre of an argument between a Brazilian artist and a major toy manufacturer.The pneumatic curves of the iconic Barbie doll have provided inspiration to photographer Karin Schwarz.Her pictures of the blonde in compromising situations with other female models have upset Mattel
Swedish gays may get church weddings 1
12:00 AM — We are told it is what every girl dreams of: the big church wedding.Proposals before the Swedish government could see that dream become a reality for the country's gay and lesbian couples.Until 2000 the Church of Sweden was established, meaning was is the official state religion. It now has autonomy from the government.
St Maarten gay bashing trial postponed 5
12:00 AM — The trial of four men accused of attacking two gay American tourists was postponed so that a victim can return to testify in a St Maarten court this week.Prosecutors requested postponement, saying that finances kept Ryan Smith, 25, from travelling to the Caribbean country in time for the trial, The Associated Press reports.
Gay activists offer Marine Corps shortage solution 5
12:00 AM — As the Marine Corps' dismissal of lesbian and gay troops increases, President George W Bush has authorised an involuntary recall of Marine Corps Individual Ready Reservists "because there are not enough volunteers returning for duty in Afghanistan and Iraq," according to a CNN report.Marine Colonel Guy Stratton, head of the manpower mobilisation section, estimated there is a shortfall of about 1,200 Marines needed to fill positions in upcoming deployments, The Associated Press reports.
Christian lobby group warns Californians of “dangerous” gay law
12:00 AM — The head of a conservative lobbyist group in California warned the listeners of his daily radio show that America's children will be delivered "straight into the arms of the homosexual activist community" unless California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoes a quartet of pro-gay bills.Focus on the Family Action chairman James Dobson said that the four pieces of legislation, SB 1437, SB 1441, AB 1056 and AB 606, would all forbid critical or biblically based discussion of homosexuality in some part of the public sector.
Colorado gay marriage divides opinion
12:00 AM — In the red corner, the Mesa State College Young Republicans, who this week staged a mock wedding between a man and a fish.They wanted to highlight their opposition to gay partnership proposals, which will be the subject of a state-wide referendum in November.The stunt is just one of many examples of how the sleepy Rockies state of Colorado is gripped by the new concept of gay marriage.
Gay pride festival can’t find politician to take part
12:00 AM — Gay pride in Galway is Ireland's oldest LGBT event, yet organisers have not been able to find a single politician to open the festivities.The city's Green party mayor was due to kick off proceedings tonight, but he was called away on other business.Organiser Darren Whelan was sceptical about their fruitless search for a replacement.
More gay problems for California’s lawmakers 1
12:00 AM — It was a shame that Governor Terminator was not present to keep the peace, as California lawmakers once again descended into tantrums over gay issues.A bill to allow registered domestic partners to file joint tax returns seems to have been a little too much for some Republican Assembly members yesterday.
23rd August 2006
Gay family group go back to school
12:00 AM — A gay parents group has launched a Back to School pamphlet, titled, "Building Family Equality in Every Classroom" aiming to promote strategies to educate schools about the unique needs of children of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender [LGBT] parents in the classroom.Family Pride hopes the publication will help LGBT parents to support their children at school.
Ugandan “gay list” condemned 2
12:00 AM — Gay groups in Uganda have spoken out against a local tabloid which printed a list of alleged homosexuals in the country.The list of names printed in the Red Pepper tabloid newspaper is likely to create problems in the East African country where gay sexual activity is illegal and subject to life imprisonment.
Straight woman challenges gay equality law
12:00 AM — A heterosexual woman has provided the first test of Washington state's anti-discriminations laws recently introduced with the intention of protecting gay and lesbian employees from persecution based on their sexual orientation.But Sandi Scott-Moore claims her partner is unfairly denied health benefits from her employer, manufacturing company Honeywell International, because he is not of the same gender and they are unmarried.
EU “naïve” over the reality of gay acceptance
12:00 AM — Human rights activists have criticised the EU for being naïve in thinking that legislation alone would change social attitudes in the former communist countries of eastern Europe.Hate crimes against LGBT people and ethnic minorities are on the rise across the former Eastern Bloc, with attacks on gay pride parades in Latvia and Estonia merely high-profile examples of everyday harassment.
South Australia under pressure to grant gay rights
12:00 AM — A decade after the first Australian state granted equal rights to gay and lesbian couples, the government in South Australia are still dragging their heels.Despite a 2002 manifesto commitment to update the law, the ruling Labour party still have not passed the required legislation.Opposition politicians in the state of 1.5 million people have had enough, and today vowed to unite to force the issue when the state parliament gets back to work next week.