16th November 2006
Gay campaigners launch California marriage appeal
12:00 AM — Lawyers in San Francisco along with Californian gay groups have this week asked the state Supreme Court to decide whether barring same-sex couples from marriage violates the California Constitution.It comes after Colorado, Idaho, South Carolina, Tennessee, South Dakota and Virginia all passed gay marriage bans in a ballot earlier this month.
Anti-gay Christians ‘out of touch’
12:00 AM — Gay campaigners have criticised the "religious bigotry" of church groups in the US this week after Catholic bishops approved controversial guidelines on the treatment of gays and lesbians while other denominations have vowed to punish those acting too 'gay-friendly.'Human Rights Campaign President Joe Solmonese said the actions of several church groups undermines the work being done in some areas of Christianity to welcome gays and lesbians.
Gay presenter quits “vulgar” Swedish show
12:00 AM — A gay TV presenter has quit a Swedish television programme about LGBT lifestyles describing the show as "vulgar and tasteless."Sverker Åström, 90, a former Swedish Ambassador to the UN, has quit the show, entitled Boglobbyn (The Gay Lobby,) after just two episodes.The first broadcast was criticised after a report on cruising was described as shallow.
15th November 2006
African continent reacts to gay unions 10
12:00 AM — The African continent is split after South Africa became the first country in the region to allow gay marriage.Religious leaders and homophobes have expressed disgust at the law, describing it as a sign of the end of the world, while gay groups have described the Civil Unions Act as a sign of progress.
Gay activists oppose Martinez role
12:00 AM — Gay campaigners have reacted angrily to the appointment of Mel Martinez as leader of the Republican Party.The Florida Senator was appointment as head of the Republican National Committee this week, but activists fear this will cause another rift in the relationship between the Republicans and the gay community.
Gay soldiers appeal US military ban 5
12:00 AM — Twelve lesbian and gay veterans of the war on terror have filed a brief in the First Circuit Court of Appeals, in Massachusetts, challenging the constitutionality of the federal "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" ban on lesbian, gay and bisexual service personnel.The case, Cook v Rumsfeld, was filed on behalf of the plaintiffs by Servicemembers Legal Defence Network (SLDN) and the law firm of Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP.
Jerusalem gays to continue equality fight 23
12:00 AM — Israeli gay campaigners have vowed to continue fighting for equality in Jerusalem after a gay pride rally in the capital city last week.A Hebrew University of Jerusalem stadium hosted 9000 people for a rally last Friday, despite weeks of anti-gay protests and threats of violence from ultra-Orthodox Jews in the area.
Gay community not alone in fight for health insurance
12:00 AM — Health insurance is a hot topic within the US gay and lesbian community these days, especially within the ongoing and progressively improving discussions surrounding domestic partnerships, civil unions and marriage for gay folk.The LGBT community isn't alone in its interest in the topic. In fact, according to "Insurance, Poverty, and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2005," recently released by the US Census Bureau, millions of Americans currently are living without health insurance coverage.
Gay couple accuses British Airways of homophobia 1
12:00 AM — A South African gay couple are demanding 80, 000 rand in damages and an apology from British Airways after claiming they were deliberately stopped from sitting together and alone because of their sexuality.Garrit Brown and Cecil Pickard, boarded a flight from Johannesburg to London in March and were told they could not be guaranteed a seat together and alone in economy class.
14th November 2006
Michigan store boycotted for gay support
12:00 AM — A few statistics pulled from the Human Rights Campaign's Corporate Equality Index is all the evidence usually needed to prove being gay-friendly in 2006 is good for business.That is, unless your business is in Mason, Michigan.Teri Yale, owner of Davey's Basement, an alternative record shop located in downtown Mason, found that out the hard way after supporting the local high school's gay-straight alliance.
Lesbian boss under fire again
12:00 AM — A male fire-fighter is the latest person to sue the Minneapolis fire chief, a lesbian, claiming that she discriminated against him because he is a heterosexual man.According to the Chicago Sun-Times, Elondo Wright alleges that Bonnie Bleskachek, the city's first female fire chief, and her partner, a fire department captain, gave him bad reviews, harassed him and denied him advancement.
Gay domain name sold for $500,000
12:00 AM — If you're looking to launch a new gay-focused website, you can cross Gays.com off your list of possible domain names.German Internet entrepreneurs Julius and David Dreyer recently snapped it up for the bargain-basement price of $500,000."We are extremely proud to have secured such a prestigious domain name in this exciting sector," Mr Dreyer said.
Gay activists lobby UN over Iran hangings
12:00 AM — Gay campaigners are calling on the community to lobby the United Nations and European Union amid reports that ten Ahwazi Arab rights activists are scheduled to be hanged in IranThe men, accused of bombing oil installations, will by hanged from cranes in public, using the slow strangulation method, which is deliberately designed to maximise and prolong their suffering, according to reports in the Iranian media.
South Africa set to back gay unions 10
12:00 AM — South Africa is set to back a controversial gay partnerships bill which is opposed by religious groups and seen as a disappointment by some gay campaigners.All members of the ruling African National Council have been ordered to vote for the Civil Unions Bill which allows the "voluntary union of two persons, which is solemnised and registered by either a marriage or civil union."
Africa allows gay weddings 10
12:00 AM — The African continent is not known for gay rights, but South Africa has now created a landmark in the region after passing a law allowing same sex marriage.The Civil Unions Bill was passed today by 230 votes to 41, allowing the "voluntary union of two persons, which is solemnised and registered by either a marriage or civil union."
South African gays demand universal marriage law 10
12:00 AM — South African gay groups have welcomed today's historic step taken by the country's Parliament in opening up unions to gays and lesbians, but are disappointed that it will run separately to existing marriage laws.The Civil Unions Bill was passed today by 230 votes to 41, allowing the "voluntary union of two persons, which is solemnised and registered by either a marriage or civil union."
Catholic gays oppose pastoral guidelines
12:00 AM — Christian gay groups have criticised guidelines approved by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) today on the attitude towards homosexuality.Officials at the gathering approved a document entitled Ministry to Persons with a Homosexual Inclination: Guidelines for Pastoral Care.The guidelines attempt to create a balance between welcoming gays and lesbians into the Church whilst upholding religious teachings.
13th November 2006
Billboard company rejects gay imagery
12:00 AM — A series of billboards by a Polish artist showing two men holding hands have been rejected in the US for being too controversial.The images, by Karolina Bregula, were part of the Real Art Ways' new exhibition of contemporary Polish art, and were supposed to be displayed on billboards, but Lamar Outdoor Advertising of Hartford is refusing to run the images.
Oz gays demand union commitment
12:00 AM — Victorian human rights group, Civil Union Action! (CUA), has called on the Bracks Government to commit to formal partnership laws for same-sex couples in advance of the state election.At an election forum on Saturday, State Labour MP for Prahran, Tony Lupton, said there have been discussions between gay community representatives and the Government about a Tasmanian-style relationship registry.
US Church suggests therapy to solve gay issue
12:00 AM — The US Catholic Church will discuss guidelines on ways of welcoming gay people into the church at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) this week, with one controversial suggestion being therapy.The guidelines attempt to create a balance between welcoming gays and lesbians into the Church whilst upholding religious teachings.