24th May 2006
Liberty group pushes for gay equality
12:00 AM — The gay community in the Republic of Ireland has been given a boost regarding gay marriage after a human rights group called for recognition of partnership rights for everyone this week.In a report published by the Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) entitled "Equality for All Families," the group outlines the need for Constitutional and legislative changes in order to bring the protection of family life in Ireland into line with international best practice.
Gay and lesbian storks become parents
12:00 AM — Two gay families of storks in the Netherlands have successfully raised families, in what is expected to set the debate over gay parenting flapping.A gay and a lesbian stork couple were given an egg each at the Dutch zoo in Overloon, and despite fears that they may not pay them any attention, both hatched successfully.
23rd May 2006
Former governor describes gay affairs
12:00 AM — Former New Jersey Governor James McGreevey reveals that he once resorted to anonymous gay hook-ups and highway rest-stops, according to the Associated Press, which reviewed excerpts from his memoir, due in bookstores later this year.Mr McGreevey, who came out in 2004 while announcing he intended to resign his post as governor, will go into detail on his longtime struggle with coming to terms with being gay in his book The Confession.
Religious leaders oppose gay marriage ban 2
12:00 AM — Religious groups have joined together to oppose a constitutional gay marriage ban in the US, in anticipation of the Senate debate next week.Christian and Jewish leaders gathered on Capitol Hill yesterday to lobby senators to reject the legislation which would entrench a gay marriage ban in the US constitution and therefore nullify the law allowing same sex couples to marry in Massachusetts.
Howard: Gay campaigners are fundamentalists
12:00 AM — Australia's Prime Minister John Howard has described gay campaigners as fundamentalists, prompting activists to brand him as out of touch and ignorant to the public.On a visit to a university in Dublin, Ireland this week, Mr Howard insisted it is not discriminatory to deny marriage for same sex couples.
Bishop denies gay lobby links 2
12:00 AM — A British Anglican bishop faced a hostile reception on a visit to a Kenyan diocese in East Africa yesterday after being accused of representing a gay rights lobby in the country.Reverend John Gladwin, visiting St Thomas Cathedral in Kerugoya, denied reports in a local paper that he was in the area to promote homosexuality.
European court backs transsexual pension rights 1
12:00 AM — A transsexual has been granted female pension rights by the European Court of Human Rights.The court ruled that Linda Grant's "right to respect for private and family life" was being breached by the British government by being told she would have to wait until she was 65 for a male pension instead of the female age of 60.
Prodi cautious on gay marriage 1
12:00 AM — Italy's new Prime Minister Romano Prodi has publicly slammed three women ministers for speaking about issues of abortion and gay marriage before policy has been decided.He reprimanded the politicians for expressing their positions on Vatican sensitive issues.
TV networks reject Sir Elton’s gay sitcom
12:00 AM — US TV executives have rejected a gay TV show from Sir Elton John.The gay star was due to produce Him and Us, starring Buffy the Vampire Slayer actor, Anthony Head as an ageing gay rock star and Sex and the City's Kim Cattrall as his manager.He had already written a theme tune for it, but the show was snubbed after a pilot episode.
22nd May 2006
Moscow Mayor stands by gay pride ban
12:00 AM — Moscow Mayor Yuri Luzhkov kept the promise he's been making for months last week when he made an official announcement that the city's first pride parade, scheduled for Saturday May 27 2006 would be cancelled.Mr Luzhkov said months ago he would be banning the parade to protect gays and lesbians from potential violent protests, but the gay community responded that the notoriously conservative government simply wasn't ready to embrace such an event.
19th May 2006
South Korea considers transsexual identity laws
12:00 AM — South Korea's Supreme Court is to consider whether a 50 year old transsexual will be allowed to official change his gender.The Supreme Court met today to consider changing the law regarding the Family Register.Lawyers for the man trying to bring a change in the law claim his social and work life were affected by still being recorded as a female.
Gay couples given parental leave
12:00 AM — Gay couples in Ireland are to be given an entitlement to emergency leave for a family crises.The amendment to the Parental Leave Act, means gay employees can take three days paid leave in an emergency regarding their partner.The law previously allowed time off for workers to tend to close blood relatives in times of an accident or an illness, it now includes "persons in a close relationship of domestic dependency, including same-sex couples."
Gay orgy planner jailed
12:00 AM — A Chinese salesman has been jailed for a year after organising gay orgies over the internet.The unidentified 33-year-old, known only as Zou, started the website in 2005, promoting sex parties in Beijing, China, at between £2 or £3 per person, he was charged for promoting promiscuity.
18th May 2006
Will & Grace – The end of a gay era 1
12:00 AM — Gay America will be filled with mixed emotions tonight as the groundbreaking NBC sitcom Will Grace ends its eight-year run with a two-hour series finale.The show, which has tumbled in the ratings over the past two seasons from its one time top-ten status, has admittedly alienated a number of its gay fans in the past few years, relying on a bevy of A-list guest stars and stunt casting to mask sagging scripts.
Moscow Mayor enters homophobic ‘hall of shame’
12:00 AM — Moscow Mayor Yuri Luzhkov has been named in a homophobia hall of shame, as he stands firmly behind a gay pride ban, a week before the event is due to take place.Human Rights Watch compiled a list of public officials who the groups claims is actively promoting prejudice, for the International Day Against Homophobia yesterday.
Third gay porn soldier charged
12:00 AM — A third paratrooper has been charged with engaging in sex acts on a gay porn website.Wesley Mitten, 21, one of seven accused soldiers, pleaded guilty to appearing on the site and to sodomy, cocaine use and detrimental conduct.He joins private Kagen Mullen and Richard Ashley, who pleaded guilty last month.
17th May 2006
Gay MTV channel joins Gay Games 3
12:00 AM — Gay Games Chicago has announced that Logo, MTV Network's one-year-old cable television channel for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) audience, has become a Premium Global Sponsor of the 2006 Chicago Gay Games.Logo's sponsorship will include advertising, production, special event and online promotions, and support of the Gay Games by Logo talent.
Fraternity allows transgender members 2
12:00 AM — Sigma Phi Beta Fraternity's national board of directors enacted a policy at a meeting this week to allow transgender students to join.The policy goes above and beyond any other known policy of a national social college fraternity by allowing individuals who self-identify as male to seek membership, regardless of their sex at birth and whether or not they have obtained legal recognition of their gender identity.
Georgia Judge rejects gay marriage ban
12:00 AM — Declaring a measure overwhelmingly approved by voters in 2004 violated a provision of the state constitution that limits ballot questions to a single subject, a Georgia judge struck down the state's gay marriage ban this week.Fulton County Superior Court Judge Constance Russell handed down the ruling that gay rights supporters who filed the court challenge in November 2004 had been eagerly awaiting, shortly after the constitutional ban was approved.
Ford upholds gay employee rights 2
12:00 AM — Ford Motor Company has fought back pressure form Christian groups and shareholders pushing for the car maker to abandon its sexual orientation anti discrimination policies.A vote at the manufacturer's annual meeting decided that sexuality should remain on its equal employment policies.