3rd July 2006
Congress demands Russia protects gay community 4
12:00 AM — US Congress members have called on the President of Russia to defend gay rights after the violence at Moscow Gay Pride last May.The politicians asked Vladimir Putin to look after all his country's citizens, in a letter published on the gay Russia website, signed by 50 congressmen.
30th June 2006
Transgender justice Bill advances
12:00 AM — California moves toward becoming the first state to meaningfully respond to strategies that blame transgender people for their own murders.The Gwen Araujo Justice for Victims Act, authored by Assembly member Sally Lieber and sponsored by Equality California, passed through the Senate Public Safety Committee with a 4-2 vote.
Schwarzenegger addresses gay groups amid controversy
12:00 AM — California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger delivered his first speech to the gay community last night since promising to veto teaching gay history in the State's schools.He addressed a fundraising dinner for gay political group, the Log Cabin Republicans, at the Renaissance Hotel where he promised to "have an open mind" about the gay community.
Rice acting ‘suspect’ after rejecting HIV+ man for job 1
12:00 AM — The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia decided this week that the HIV positive man who was denied employment as a Foreign Service Officer has "more than enough" evidence to take his case against the State Department to trial.Judge Arthur Raymond Randolph shed some blame on US Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice when he said: "The Secretary's claim that granting Taylor Class 2 clearance is unreasonable and would impose undue hardship is suspect" because the State Department sometimes hires candidates with medical conditions other than HIV.
Arkansas deems gay foster ban unconstitutional 1
12:00 AM — The Arkansas Supreme Court unanimously ruled yesterday that there is no connection between a child's well-being and the sexual orientation of a parent, deeming discrimination against gay households in foster care unconstitutional.The ruling, which upholds a 2004 lower court decision against the ban, said the ban was "an attempt to legislate for the General Assembly with respect to public morality."
28th June 2006
Spanish military hosts first gay wedding 1
12:00 AM — A male couple in the Spanish air force have become the country's first gay military recruits to marry.The men, who live in Seville, and are both named Alberto, said they are not worried about what others may think.One of the men told the Cadena Ser radio station, "We know we are in the armed forces and this is touchy because we are not gardeners but rather soldiers. I know there are superior officers who will make life difficult for me, and they are already doing so.
Howard accused of failing gay community
12:00 AM — Australian Prime Minister John Howard has been accused of failing to protect same sex couples after the Federal Government was recently instructed not to make submissions into an inquiry by the federal Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission.The accusation came from Chief Minister of the Australian Capital Territory (ACT), Jon Stanhope, whose state recently had a civil union law quashed by the country.
27th June 2006
Lesbian couple argue for Massachusetts marriage 1
12:00 AM — A lesbian couple from Rhode Island are hoping to marry in Massachusetts by arguing that their state does not directly ban gay marriage.Massachusetts, the only US State which allows same sex couples to marry, bans non residents from taking advantage of the law.
National HIV Testing Day
12:00 AM — The US is holding a National HIV Testing Day (NHTD) today as part of an annual campaign produced by the National Association of People with AIDS (NAPWA-US) to encourage at-risk individuals to receive voluntary HIV counselling and testing.The Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 180,000 to 280,000 people nationwide are HIV-positive but are unaware of their status.
Accountancy giant sponsors Gay Games 3
12:00 AM — The Chicago organisers of the 2006 Gay Games announced today that Ernst Young LLP, one of America's largest professional services firms, has joined as a global bronze sponsor.Ernst Young's sponsorship includes providing ticketing and collection services for 10 venues at the events, equal to more than 1,000 hours of professional services.
26th June 2006
WorldPride criticises anti gay Jerusalem conference 23
12:00 AM — The organisers of this year's WorldPride in Jerusalem have criticised a conference set up in the Holy City which promised violence to stop the parade from going ahead.Israelis, Arabs, and Palestinians came together in Jerusalem to voice disapproval of the march.
A weekend full of gay pride 6
12:00 AM — Last weekend was an important couple of days for gay pride with parades taking place in major cities such as Paris, Lisbon, San Francisco and New York.Over 700,000 people took part in the annual gay pride march across Paris calling for greater equality, gay marriage and adoption rights, which was echoed by a smaller 400 strong parade in Lisbon.
Gay health group concerned about crystal meth threat 5
12:00 AM — The Gay and Lesbian Medical Association (GLMA) has released a statement expressing concern over recent media coverage of a study which downplays the extent of methamphetamine use in the US.A widely published June 14 Associated Press article reported on a recent study which found that 0.2% of Americans are regular users of crystal meth.
Former NFL star heads Gay Games conference 3
12:00 AM — Openly gay former NFL linebacker Esera Tuaolo and South African Olympian Leigh-Ann Nadoo will keynote Sports Equality Day, a special one-day sports conference for the Gay Games scheduled for Friday, July 14 from 1030 am to 430 pm at Roosevelt UniversityIn addition to the lunch keynote presentations, three workshops will be led by international experts. The workshops will focus on youth sports, the international LGBT sports movement, and educational efforts aimed at reducing barriers to sports among women and the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual transgender) community.
Homosexuality deemed at birth, study shows 6
12:00 AM — A man's sexual orientation is determined before birth, according to research in a study which adds fuel to the gay genetics debate.Researchers at Brock University in Ontario, Canada discovered that conditions inside the womb have an impact on the baby's orientation rather than the way they are raised.
Spain holds first gay divorce
12:00 AM — Spain has had its first gay divorce just a year after marriage was opened up to same sex couples in the country.The unnamed men are currently arguing over custody of the marital home and their dogs.According to Spanish paper El Mundo, the complainant who has filed for divorce is complaining that he had to give up a modelling career and dog grooming business to follow his partner to France.
Gay star avoids jail 8
12:00 AM — Gay singer Boy George has escaped a prison sentence after failing to complete community service stemming from a plea deal in which he avoided charges of cocaine possession by promising to enter a drug rehabilitation scheme.The Culture Club singer, real name, George O'Dowd, was warned that he must keep to the terms of his sentence, which also involved him pleading guilty to wasting police time and paying a fine.
23rd June 2006
Paris and Nicole plan lesbian wedding
12:00 AM — It should come as no surprise to fans of television's The Simple Life that sooner or later, the bumbling blonde duo of Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie would put their minds to planning a wedding.The fact that it's a lesbian wedding, however, did throw the press for a loop. Hilton and Richie, who filmed the latest season of The Simple Life, billed Till Death Do Us Part, apart (the pair weren't speaking when the show went before cameras) will drop their household chores and compete against each other to plan to perfect commitment ceremony.
Portland calls for repeal of anti gay Pentagon policy
12:00 AM — Calling it "a civil rights issue," Portland Mayor Tom Potter and the Portland City Council have approved a resolution urging Congress to repeal the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" ban on lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) personnel.The resolution, introduced by Commissioner Sam Adams, says in part that the Council "respectfully urges the Congress to pass and the President to sign the Military Readiness Enhancement Act, thereby ending the discriminatory federal policy of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell.'"
Anglican gay row reignited 7
12:00 AM — Rows seem to be re-emerging within the Anglican communion just days after the Episcopal Church refused to ban gay clergy at its general convention.The US Episcopal Church agreed on a watered down version of a proposal last week which would have banned the appointment of gay clergy.