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  • 26th May 2006

    Court upholds Moscow Gay Pride ban 4

    The Mayor of Moscow, Yuri Luzhkov, has banned the gay parade and is threatening to also outlaw the parallel gay rights conference and festival

    12:00 AM — A Russian court has upheld the Moscow mayor's gay pride ban.Despite appeals from the organisers, The Moscow Gay Pride, scheduled for this weekend, was officially opposed by the Tverskoy Court today.The Mayor of Moscow, Yuri Luzhkov, has banned the gay parade and is threatening to also outlaw the parallel gay rights conference and festival.

  • Russia divided over gay pride 4

    Despite the Moscow mayor's threat of mass arrests, and the threat of violence from nationalist and religious leaders, Peter Tatchell and other international human rights activists will join the historic first Gay Pride march in Russian history

    12:00 AM — While international gay rights activists travel to Moscow to for Gay Pride, the local Russian community appears more divided over whether to defy the ban imposed by the city's mayor and local court.Moscow Mayor, Yuri Luzhkov insists the ban is vital to prevent violent protests, and religious groups and politicians have also spoken out against it, but now even the gay community in Russia is beginning to have its doubts.

  • Anti gay protesters heckle Irish minister

    Last December, Michael McDowell met with gay rights campaigners in Dublin following the first civil partnerships in Britain

    12:00 AM — Anti gay protesters gatecrashed a talk by Irish Minister for Justice, Michael McDowell today, accusing him of perverting Irish children.The minister was speaking in Dublin on the subject of civil partnerships for same sex couples in Ireland.But his speech was cut short when six audience members began to throw water, cups and copies of the constitution at him.

  • Charity offers gay pride Jerusalem tour 1

    It will be the second WorldPride, following the 2000 celebration in Rome

    12:00 AM — A human rights group is offering a gay tour of Israel to coincide with this year's WorldPride in Jerusalem.The expedition, organised by the New Israel Fund (NIF), will explore the "complexities, beauty and challenges of ancient and modern Israel."

  • Church backs anti-gay apology 1

    The report will be produced at the meeting of the American Episcopal Church's General Convention next month

    12:00 AM — Clergy members of the Episcopal Church have signed a petition urging bishop's to repent appointing openly gay bishops and approving same sex marriage.The petition has been signed by 900 names in anticipation of the Worldwide Anglican Communion next month.It calls for the Episcopal Church to "fully endorse" regret over the appointment of gay bishop Gene Robinson in New Hampshire and to reject gay marriage and clergymen.

  • Thailand recognises transsexual beauty

    The pageant helps promote acceptance and tolerance of Thailand's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community

    12:00 AM — Thailand's annual Miss Tiffany's Universe pageant took place this week allowing 30 transsexuals to compete for the crown.The contestants were chosen from 60 candidates smiling, pouting and dressing up for a $2,6000 prize as well as a new car.The winner, Ratrawee Chirapraphakun, told the Dallas Voice, that she entered the competition "to tell society to give transsexuals career opportunities and to be fair to us in all career fields. We don't have to be just beauticians or beauty contestants. We are just as capable as the real men and women out there."

  • Inquiry launched into gay carers 3

    The review was called by Wakefield Council after Ian Wathey, 40, and Craig Faunch, 32, were convicted of taking advantage of children in their care

    12:00 AM — An inquiry is to be launched into how a gay couple managed to sexually abuse four children without being checkedThe review was called by Wakefield Council after Ian Wathey, 40, and Craig Faunch, 32, were convicted of taking advantage of children put in their care.

  • 25th May 2006

    UN rejects gay representation

    ILGA is also asking LGBT groups which are not member of its federation of 500 LGBT groups to apply for observer status at the UN

    12:00 AM — Two gay groups were denied observer status to act as a non governmental organisation (NGO) by the United Nation's Economic and Social Council (ECPSOC) this week.Despite support from the US, LSVD, the German lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) federation and the International Lesbian and Gay Association's (ILGA) applications to obtain observer status at the United Nations were rejected.

  • Gay groups plan to confront Pope

    Pope Benedict XVI is expected to urge people to stay true to the Catholic faith

    12:00 AM — Minority groups in Poland are to tell the Pope to stop Catholicism being forced onto people, as he makes his first official visit to the country today.Activists from backgrounds such as the gay and Jewish community believe Poland is becoming the less tolerant member of the European union amid gay bar closures, bans of organisations and increasing anti-Semitism.

  • Schwarzenegger may veto gay history

    California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger may block a “gay history” bill

    12:00 AM — California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger plans to block a "gay history" bill, according to reports.The law would have included sexual orientation on a list of requirements, including gender and race, which schools in California cannot ignore or discriminate against and must recognise positively in textbooks.

  • Two gay and lesbian soldiers discharged a day

    The US army operates a “Don't Ask Don't Tell“ policy when it comes to gay recruits

    12:00 AM — The American military discharges two lesbian, gay and bisexual recruit's a day, according to a report.New data obtained by Servicemembers Legal Defence Network (SLDN) indicates the armed forces continued to discharge two lesbian, gay and bisexual military personnel per day in 2005.

  • Gay teacher sacked for revealing sexuality

    Employees at the school are contracted not to violate church doctrines

    12:00 AM — A Catholic high school teacher has been sacked after revealing that he is gay on a website.Bishop Gorman High School in Las Vegas school claimed Jeff Crouse had violated teachings of the Catholic Church when he declared his sexuality on blogging website myspace.com and said he was looking for "straight-acting single men."

  • Senate proposes new Massachusetts gay commission

    The Commission on Gay and Lesbian Youth was first created by former Governor William Weld through an executive order, which makes it impossible to dismantle without a new order issued by Mitt Romney

    12:00 AM — More than a dozen Senate lawmakers are calling Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney's bluff by proposing a new state commission on gay and lesbian youth that would operate out of his reach, just weeks after the governor threatened to abolish the current 14-year-old commission.The Senators, including three Republicans, are backing the proposed budget amendment, angered by Mr Romney's threat to do away with the first of its kind coalition as a means of making budget cuts.

  • ‘Best and brightest’ gay students awarded scholarships

    The Point Foundation, which provides financial support, mentoring and hope to meritorious students who are marginalised because of their sexual orientation or gender identity, awards around $30,000 to individuals

    12:00 AM — Gay support group The Point Foundation has today granted 30 scholarships to outstanding gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) students.The Point Foundation, which provides financial support, mentoring and hope to meritorious students who are marginalised because of their sexual orientation or gender identity, awards around $30,000 of funding, mentoring and leadership training to each individual recipient.

  • Gay activists to defy Moscow Gay Pride ban 4

    Moscow Pride will take place this weekend

    12:00 AM — Human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell will join Russian gay activists and defy a ban on this weekend's Gay Pride march in Moscow.Despite the Moscow mayor's threat of mass arrests, and the threat of violence from nationalist and religious leaders, Mr Tatchell and other international human rights activists will join the historic first Gay Pride march in Russian history. It will take place this Saturday, 27 May, which is the thirteenth anniversary of the 1993 abolition of Soviet-era laws against male homosexuality.

  • Elton John’s musical faces early end

    Elton John's show was labelled “laughable” and “deadly dull” by the Hollywood Reporter

    12:00 AM — Just days after Elton John's gay sitcom was dropped, his Broadway musical is now set to close.Lestat, a musical, based on Anne Rice's Interview with the Vampire books, will end this weekend after just 39 performances and 33 previews.

  • 24th May 2006

    Court drops Oklahoma’s anti gay adoption law

    The Adoption Invalidation Law, passed at the end of the 2004 Oklahoma legislative session, had said that Oklahoma “shall not recognise an adoption by more than one individual of the same sex from any other state or foreign jurisdiction”

    12:00 AM — In a 31-page decision, a federal court has struck down an Oklahoma law described as so extreme that it would have had the potential to make children adopted by same-sex couples in other states legal orphans when the families are in Oklahoma."Gay and lesbian parents in Oklahoma can now breathe a collective sigh of relief because their relationships with their children are no longer threatened by the state of Oklahoma," said Ken Upton, senior staff attorney in Lambda Legal's south central regional office.

  • Kenya snubs gay lobby bishop 2

    Bishop Gladwin was reported to have been named as a patron for Changing Attitude, an Anglican group campaigning for lesbian, gay and bisexual equality

    12:00 AM — An Anglican bishop has been shafted while on a visit to Kenya over his views on homosexuality.Reverend John Gladwin, Bishop of Chelmsford, had been visiting churches in the country with 20 clergymen, but was yesterday told that hospitality towards him had been "withdrawn" after a local paper claimed he was a member of a gay rights lobby.

  • Communications group face homophobic lawsuit

    Qwest spokesman Bob Toevs said an agreement had been reached between Mr Moreau and the company

    12:00 AM — A gay man is suing communications company Qwest claiming he was forced out of his job because of homophobic harassment.Donald Moreau, 46, is being represented by gay law group, Lambda Legal against his former employers who despite having anti discrimination polices, is allegedly not following them appropriately.

  • Liberty group pushes for gay equality

    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

    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.

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