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  • 23rd June 2006

    John Howard “pigheaded” over gay rights

    John Howard's government recently overturned an Australian Capital Territory law allowing civil unions for same sex couples, but has previously promised to address financial discrimination against gay couples

    12:00 AM — Australian Prime Minister John Howard has been labelled "pigheaded" and "unreasonable" after reportedly forbidding the Federal Government's departments from cooperating with the country's Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission's (HREOC) inquiry on discrimination against gay and lesbian couples.The Australian Financial Review reported that the Government has issued a directive to all departments forbidding them from co-operating with the investigation, instead opting for looking at cases on an individual basis.

  • Paris Hilton descends on German toilet from 7000 feet 7

    Paris Hilton ordered her helicopter pilot to descend on an unwitting German family

    12:00 AM — When a girls got to go, a girls got to go, it doesn't matter if you're in a helicopter 7,000 feet above the ground.Paris Hilton, the celebrity heiress ordered her helicopter pilot to descend on an unwitting German farming family so that she could excuse herself.Ms Hilton gained cult status within the gay community following her television series 'The Simple Life'.

  • Paris and Nicole plan lesbian wedding

    The Simple Life: Till Death Do Us Part airs Sundays at 10pm central on E!

    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

    Resolutions supporting the Military Readiness Enhancement Act have been approved by city councils in New York, Chicago, St. Louis, West Hollywood, San Francisco and Cathedral City, California

    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

    Bishop Gene Robinson's approval for consecration by the denomination's 2003 general convention led to disarray among American Episcopalians

    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.

  • 22nd June 2006

    Straight MP sues Putin for gay rights

    The organisers of last month's Moscow Gay Pride condemned the Russian authorities for causing the violence which resulted in over 120 arrests.

    12:00 AM — A gay rights campaigner in Russia is planning to sue President Vladimir Putin for failing to protect homosexuals.Edward Murzin, an MP in the country's Bashkortostan Republican, is urging Mr Putin to clamp down on homophobia in the country.Mr Murzin said in his case that all citizens should have constitutional rights protected including sexual minorities.

  • South Korea approves trans recognition 1

    The case reflects an increase in requests for official recognition from South Korea's transgender community

    12:00 AM — South Korea's Supreme Court has ruled that a transsexual can legally change his gender to male.The court decreed that the 51-year-old could have his gender recognised on official documents.The court heard opinions from religious leaders and medical professionals over the issue which would change the law regarding the Family Register.

  • Episcopal Church to “exercise restraint” over gay bishops 8

    Bishop Gene Robinson's approval for consecration by the denomination's 2003 general convention led to disarray among American Episcopalians

    12:00 AM — The US Episcopal Church has agreed on a watered down version of a proposal rejected yesterday which would have banned the appointment of gay clergy.The denomination's General Convention instead last night agreed to "exercise restraint" in ordaining gay bishops, as part of an effort to amend rifts within the Anglican Church.

  • 21st June 2006

    Church rejects gay clergy ban 7

    The resolution was a response to The 2004 Windsor Report which invited the Episcopal Church “to effect a moratorium on the election and consent to the consecration of any candidate to the episcopate who is living in a same-gender union until some new consensus in the Anglican Communion emerges,“ in reaction to the appointment of gay Bishop of New Hampshire Gene Robinson

    12:00 AM — The Episcopal Church controversially rejected a resolution calling for a ban on gay clergy last night.Resolution A161 would have urged bishops and dioceses to refrain from electing bishops "whose manner of life presents a wider challenge to the wider church."

  • Ex hostage claims Christian camp shut because he is gay

    Freed hostage, James Loney, pictured with  fellow Canadian Harmeet Sooden

    12:00 AM — A Catholic youth camp has been shut because one of its staff members is gay, according to former Iraq hostage James Loney.Mr Loney, whose sexuality was kept secret by his boyfriend while he was being held captive in Iraq for four months between November 2005 and March 2006, claims the Ontario Catholic youth camp, which he worked for, was closed because he is gay.

  • South Korea to decide on trans identity

    The case reflects an increase in requests for official recognition from South Korea's transgender community

    12:00 AM — South Korea's Supreme Court is set to decide if a 50 year old transsexual will be allowed to officially change his gender this week.The court heard opinions from religious leaders and medical professionals over the issue which would change the law regarding the Family Register.

  • Latvian President backs gay protection 2

    Vaira Vike Freiberga vetoed the decision and wrote to Parliament Speaker Ingrida Udre, saying she saw a “logical reason” to include gay people

    12:00 AM — The President of Latvia has called for the gay community to be included in anti discrimination laws, just a week after the country's Parliament rejected such legislation.Vaira Vike Freiberga vetoed the decision and wrote to Parliament Speaker Ingrida Udre, saying she saw a "logical reason" to include gay people in the law.

  • Protestant Church approves sexually active gay clergy

    The report states that “fidelity within the covenant of marriage between a man and a woman or chastity in singleness,“ is a basis for ordination, but allows groups to deduce whether the restriction is “essential”

    12:00 AM — A US Protestant denomination has approved a resolution allowing the ordination of non celibate gay and lesbian clergy.The Presbyterian Church's General Assembly in Birmingham, Alabama, this week welcomed a report on Peace, Unity and Purity of the Church, which addressed the divides in Protestant groups over sexuality.

  • China provides lesbian network

    Although homosexuality in China is no longer considered a mental illness, it is still taboo

    12:00 AM — China has started its first hotline for lesbians following the success of a similar gay service.The Shanghai based operation is run by the Chi Heng Foundation, which also organises AIDs related projects.Volunteer staff for the line will be lesbians, one of the members, Shen Yiwu, told the Shanghai Daily, "To have female counsellors at the centre will make the women callers feel more secure."

  • 20th June 2006

    Pentagon lists homosexuality as a mental disorder 6

    Several Congress members have sent a letter to Secretary of Defence Donald Rumsfeld asking him to review the Pentagon Instruction

    12:00 AM — Homosexuality is still a mental disorder, according to the Pentagon.Research by the Centre for the Study of Sexual Minorities in the Military at the University of California discovered a document from the Department of Defence which listed homosexuality alongside mental problems, despite it being declassified as a condition by the American Psychological Association (APA) in 1973.

  • Church accepts apology for gay bishop tensions 7

    The original form of resolution A160 expressed regret for “breaching the proper constraints of the bonds of affection“ for particularly Bishop Robinson's affirmation as bishop of the Diocese of New Hampshire

    12:00 AM — The Episcopal Church has approved an apology from the American Anglican Church for the actions of the General Convention of 2003 when tension was created due to the appointment of gay bishop Gene Robinson.The House of Deputies welcomed an expression of regret for "straining the bonds of affection" within the Anglican Communion at the denomination's General Convention.

  • No problem with gay marriage in Canada 1

    The Canadian Parliament will decide whether to scrap gay marriage laws

    12:00 AM — Support for readdressing laws opening marriage to same sex couples has fallen, a survey suggests.Canadians for Equal Marriage released a poll conducted by Environics Research Group asking whether people support equal marriage and whether the Conservative government should re-open the issue and have another vote or whether the issue is settled and there should not be another vote.

  • Elton John sues the taxman

    Sir Elton John has issued a lawsuit against the taxman in Georgia

    12:00 AM — Sir Elton John has issued a lawsuit against the taxman in Georgia, claiming his Atlanta penthouse is overvalued.The gay singer alleges that the value of $4.6 million (£2.5 million) on his 1,100 sq metre property is really worth $900,000 ($486,000) less.A win would see him save $16,000 (£8640) a year, while a lose would cost him $77,250 (£42,000.)

  • Potential French President backs gay marriage

    Segolene Royal, the favourite to stand as the Socialist Party nomination, told a gay magazine that she would introduce a gay marriage law  (Photo:ministère de l'Education nationale, de la Recherche et de la Technologie)

    12:00 AM — A contender to run in the 2007 French Presidential election has pledged support for same sex marriage.Segolene Royal, the favourite to stand as the Socialist Party nomination, told a gay magazine that she would introduce a gay marriage law if she was voted in.

  • San Francisco remembers trans protests

    Filmmakers Susan Stryker and Victor Silverman, co-producer and directors of the film Screaming Queens, which documents the social conditions that led to the riot, will also speak

    12:00 AM — A memorial plaque commemorating the 40th anniversary of the Compton's Cafeteria Riot will be installed this Thursday at the corner of San Francisco's Turk and Taylor Streets.The 1966 riot was the first known instance of transgender resistance to police harassment in the US.

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