1st September 2006
Ghanaians ban gay conference
12:00 AM — The government of Ghana issued a ban yesterday on a gay and lesbian conference that was due to be held in the capital Accra later this month.Kwame Bartels, Minister of Information and National Orientation, told the Ghana News Agency "the government would like to make it absolutely clear that it shall not permit the proposed conference of International Gays and Lesbians to take place anywhere in Ghana."
Lebanese gay group helping refugee relief
12:00 AM — Matthew Streib, foreign correspondent for The Pink News meets the Arab world's first gay group which has spent the last month opening up its community activities to both gay and straight refugees displaced by the conflict between Israel and Lebanon.The Sanayeh Public Gardens, one of the few green spaces in the highly-developed city of Beirut, is usually a haven of relaxation.
Comment: Double standards? 23
12:00 AM — World Pride was hampered not by boycotts from anti-gay groups but by the conflict between Israel and Lebanon based Hezbollah.The blame for the conflict lies on both sides whose actions caused the deaths of many hundreds of civilians.But the reaction from some sections of British society was interesting.
Gay marriage ban proposed on November ballot
12:00 AM — The Arizona Supreme court has decided to allow a controversial initiative that bans gay marriage and denies domestic partnership benefits throughout the state to remain on the November ballot.According to the Arizona Republic newspaper, opponents of the Proposition 107 had asked the court to block it from the ballot, arguing that it violated state law.
Rabbi ‘cures’ lesbians with sand
12:00 AM — An Israeli rabbi swears by a novel way of getting lesbians to return to their husbands, special sand that will have the estranged wife running back.The unnamed rabbi swore that his "special sand" would bring the wife of a local man in Bnei Brak, Isreal, back to him, with the sand lifting the curse that his wife was under.
Argentina to repeal gay military ban 1
12:00 AM — The government of Argentina has announced plans to repeal its ban on gay military personnel, according to recent news reports, making it the second country in South America, following Colombia, to prohibit discrimination in its armed forces.Argentina's government intends to modernise its code of military justice which, among other changes, will no longer prohibit same-sex relationships among personnel in its armed forces.
31st August 2006
Pledges rush to become members of gay fraternity 2
12:00 AM — Joining a fraternity is a key part of the college experience for many Americans.Brothers pick the best and brightest to join, and the pledges then go through a process of selection to become a member of the exclusive club.For many gay and bisexual men, the term 'frat boy' conjures up images of a homophobic jock, a sports-obsessed alpha-male whose priorities are beer, girls and parties, with some casual fag-bashing thrown in.
Muslims oppose celebrating Mercury’s gay lifestyle
12:00 AM — Zanzibar Muslims have objected to a party honouring the late Queen lead singer Freddie Mercury's 60th birthday, claiming his gay lifestyle is offensive to the community.The island's Association for Islamic Mobilisation and Propagation, who want the semi autonomous part of Tanzania to be ruled by the Qu'ran, claim that a celebration scheduled for next month should be cancelled because it is an offensive violation of their religion.
New Orleans gay community returns
12:00 AM — New Orleans is set to host its annual party the "Southern Decadence," one year after the southern United States city was wrecked by hurricane Katrina.The lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) party was held to blame by conservative Christian leaders for the disaster that emptied the city's population into surrounding states, and has left the city requiring billions of dollars in aid.
El Salvador gay group threatened
12:00 AM — Members of the Between Friends Association (Asociación Entre Amigos) have dealt with a succession of threats to their lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender organisation in recent months.Over the past year they have been lobbying the El Salvadorian government not to sign an amendment to the national constitution that would make it illegal for lesbian and gay couples to marry and adopt children in the Central American country.
Gay conversion groups encouraging “child abuse” 2
12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveGay pressure groups have accused an "ex-gay" organisation of "inviting child abuse" after claiming children with gender identity issues should be exposed to bullying.A coalition of organisations monitoring groups claiming to convert gay people back to heterosexuality, have criticised the National Association for Research and Therapy of Homosexuals (NARTH) after a member advocated teasing transgender children to "re-establish that necessary boundary."
Washington residents demand gay marriage backtrack
12:00 AM — Gay and lesbian couples in Washington have asked the state Supreme Court to reconsider its recent 5-4 decision that upheld a ban on gay marriage.The Supreme Court's decision, issued last month, ruled that state lawmakers were justified in restricting marriage to unions between a man and woman.
US military-aligned university elects gay student president 5
12:00 AM — Lesbian and gay advocates have applauded the Department of Defence's university after it elected an openly gay man to the post of student council president.The Uniformed Services University, a Department of Defence military medical, nursing and graduate school, elected Patrick High to lead its student government, in what campaigners are calling a step forward in the fight to repeal the military's controversial "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy.the policy bars openly gay and lesbian people from serving in the armed forces.
Homophobia a myth, says Polish PM 4
12:00 AM — The prime minister of Poland has claimed his country is being misrepresented by the press, and hit out at the Western media.Speaking to reporters after a meeting in Brussels with EU Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso, Jaroslaw Kaczynski said: "Please do not believe in the myth of anti-Semitic, homophobic and xenophobic Poland this is a media thing - it is not real."
Taiwan to host first-ever gay flag ceremony
12:00 AM — On the morning of the 17th September, a rainbow flag will be raised above the City Hall in Taipei, Taiwan.It will be the first such ceremony in Asia, and a powerful symbol of the embryonic gay rights movements across the continent.The flag ceremony will signal the start of the seventh "LGBT Civil Rights Movement - Queer-friendly Taipei" festival to be held in the city.
30th August 2006
Schwarzenegger sent two gay rights bills 3
12:00 AM — Two contentious pieces of legislation promoting LGBT equality have been passed by the California State Legislature.A bill to allow same-sex couples to submit joint tax returns is a modest attempt to extend partnership benefits to gays and lesbians.The second bill has proved deeply controversial, with angry and at times homophobic exchanges in the Legislature.
India’s gay prince plans to adopt
12:00 AM — The Indian prince, disowned two months ago by his family for being gay, announced this week that he will adopt a child.The 40-year-old Prince Manvendra Singh Gohil, said to be the first member of any royal family in the country to publicly reveal that he is gay, was stripped of his title and right over the royal properties in Gujarat, Maharashtra and elsewhere in the country in June for making his homosexuality public, reports The New Indian Express.
Gay bashing Polish PM in talks with EU 2
12:00 AM — Jaroslaw Kaczynski will make his first official visit outside Poland today since becoming Prime Minister.He will meet EU Commission President Jose Barossa and other top officials in Brussels, as his foreign minister admitted that Poland has an image problem.EU relations with Poland have been strained since Kaczynski and his twin brother Lech, who is President of Poland, took office.
Minister demands gay pride exodus from Jerusalem 23
12:00 AM — Israeli government ministers have thwarted new plans for a lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) 'Pride and Tolerance' march in Jerusalem.The Minister for Jerusalem Affairs, Yaakov Edri, told Jerusalem Open House (JOH) who were organising the march, to hold the gay pride parade outside of the capital city.
29th August 2006
Protest for gay couples’ immigration rights
12:00 AM — Immigration groups have organised protests to argue for the extension of right to same sex couples.The protest, led by Out4Immigration, will take place across California next week to highlight the discrepancy in current immigration law that only allows for heterosexual partners to apply for green cards because of their relationship.