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  • 4th April 2006

    Activist criticises judge’s anti-gay comments

    Joe Solmonese has released a statement condemning comments made by a Supreme Court judge

    12:00 AM — Human Rights Campaign president Joe Solmonese has released a statement condemning comments Justice Antonin Scalia made recently at a Swiss law school claiming there is no constitutional right to "homosexual conduct."According to a clip aired on CNN, on March 8, 2006, member of the US Supreme Court, Justice Scalia told students at the University of Freiburg in Switzerland, "Question comes up: is there a constitutional right to homosexual conduct? Not a hard question for me.

  • South Korean military to review gay policy

    The move answers calls from gay groups demanding the military deal with its policy on homosexuals

    12:00 AM — The South Korean Defence Ministry has announced plans to revise military laws regarding gay military service recruits.Defence Minister Yoon Kwang-ung presented guidelines for the welfare of gay soldiers to an Assembly panel, which will adhere to new human rights laws which took effect in the country on April 1.

  • Gay adoption “promising” for children 2

    The report recommends that child advocates and policy-makers take steps including moves to end legal and de facto restrictions on adoption by gays and lesbians

    12:00 AM — The Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute has released a report that finds there is no child-centred reason to prevent gays and lesbians from becoming adoptive parents.It recommends that they be utilised more extensively to provide permanent, loving homes for children living in state care across the country.

  • Fear of arrest results in Egyptian gays not having HIV tests 5

    “The government wants to pretend gays don't exist“ said a bisexual Egyptian

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk InvestigationThe lack of gay and bisexual men in Egypt requesting tests for HIV has been blamed on police raids based on medical records kept at hospitals.In 2001, a number of men were arrested by police following a raid of a Cairo gay meeting point and information recorded from gay websites have resulted in numerous raids in recent years.

  • Gay senator backs gay marriage for Australians 1

    A gay Australian senator has called on the Australian Capital Territory to stand by its proposed civil partnership laws

    12:00 AM — A gay Australian senator has called on the Australian Capital Territory to stand by its proposed civil partnership laws led by John Stanhope, in reaction to church and political opposition.The leader of the Federal Greens, Bob Brown, described Prime Minister John Howard as a bigot for vowing to block legislation which would give gay couples equal marriage rights.

  • Gay Disney World due in 2009 1

    Mickey Mouse may need to work his magic if the gay community flocks to this new park

    12:00 AM — Mickey Mouse may no longer be the big cheese in the theme park world as animatronic gay emperors and Cinderfella look set to take centre stage in a gay amusement resort.Due in 2009, the adults only destination, named Tongziland, has been given the go ahead by the Malaysian Authorities and will be built in Johor Bahru, aimed at affluent gay travellers.

  • Gay bars raided in drugs bust 2

    he New York Police Department reportedly found marijuana, ecstasy, cocaine and heroin during the investigation

    12:00 AM — Police raided four gay bars in New York last week after suspecting illegal drug use on the premises, according to officials.The move came after a 9 month undercover investigation of drug dealing in a gay gym and clubs including Splash, and View, in Manhattan.Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly said: ''There was a large amount of drugs and violations of the law taking place at these locations.''

  • Moldovan is “national hero” for gay journalist murder

    Ilya Zimin, a reporter for NTV television was found beaten to death at his flat in Moscow

    12:00 AM — The chief suspect in the murder of Russian gay broadcast journalist Ilya Zimin is being hailed as a national hero for killing a homosexual, according to newspaper reports.Ilya Zimin, a reporter for NTV television was found beaten to death at his flat in Moscow last month, with clear signs of a violent struggle.

  • Peruvian presidential candidate’s anti-gay support

    Mr Humala denies any connections to his family's views

    12:00 AM — The family of a Peruvian presidential candidate is involved in issuing homophobic death threats, according to an openly bisexual talk show host in the South American country.Jaime Bayly claims he is being accused of "spreading immorality to the four winds and harming youth" by the parents of Ollanta Humala, the favourite to win this weekend's presidential elections in Lima.

  • Federal MP praises Australian gay marriage 1

    Plans for an Australian civil partnership law are being led by the leader of the ACT John Stanhope

    12:00 AM — A member of the Federal Government has pledged his support for the Australian Capital Territory's (ACT) same sex union proposals.Liberal MP, Warren Entsch called the plans, which would be a landmark for Australian law giving recognition to gay couple's relationships, a positive move.

  • Website portrays gay ‘faggot’ Jesus 68

    The crucified Christ is labelled a “faggot“ in a painting by Becki Jayne Harrelson

    12:00 AM — A gay and lesbian themed website has been set up to focus on the idea of a queer Christ, in reaction to bans and attacks on exhibitions portraying Jesus as a woman or a gay man.The site, JesusInLove.org, displays a sign saying "faggot" on the cross above Jesus Christ, and looks at Christian events, such as Easter, from a gay context.

  • 3rd April 2006

    Inquiry into gay discrimination begins in Australia

    Recommendations on changes needed to eliminate discrimination will be made to the Federal Parliament

    12:00 AM — Australia's Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission will start a national inquiry into workplace and financial discrimination against same-sex couples today.The research will conduct an audit of Commonwealth, State and Territory laws to develop a full list of circumstances in which same-sex couples and their children may be denied financial and/or work-related benefits and entitlements that heterosexual couples enjoy.

  • Trans Saudis undergo sex change

    Saudi Arabia adheres to the stern type of Islamic law that proscribes women should be covered in public

    12:00 AM — A group of Saudi women have had sex changes after developing a psychological complex due to life in a patriarchal Muslim society, according to reports.Saudi Arabia's psychology expert Mohamed Abdelmawjoud was quoted in the Al Watan paper as saying the operations took place over a year with no disruption from authorities.

  • Developer promises gay retirement homes 2

    The houses are expected to open their doors in spring 2008

    12:00 AM — A Boston real estate mogul has announced groundbreaking plans to build a gay and lesbian retirement community.David Aronstein's company, Stonewall Communities, will develop bedroom units along with a fitness centre, communal dining rooms, and parking spaces targeted at lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities.

  • Prosecutor condemns ‘homosexual propaganda’

    The flag of Rostov Oblast in Southern Russia

    12:00 AM — Homosexual acts are a "perversion" in Russia, according to the Public Prosecutor of Southern State, Rostov Oblast.Dmitry Tikhonov, from the Division of Law Execution Relating to Minors, has condemned two broadcasting agencies for transmitting phone messages "which contained alternative sexual orientation propaganda."

  • Homophobia used in Belarus protests

    The EU has called on the government , led by Alexander Lukashenko,  to allow protests and freedom of speech in the country

    12:00 AM — The Belarussian government has been using homophobic taunts in the media to curb protests against the controversial re election of President Alexander Lukashenko.Government owned media outlets have called the protests a "blue revolution" and labelled anyone involved in the protests as sexually perverted, child abductors or drug addicts in an attempt to stir up support from homophobes who would be repelled from taking part, says Svyatoslav Sementsov of the TEMA gay group.

  • 31st March 2006

    Gay man given inheritance rights

    The Pretoria High Court declared the Intestate Succession Act as unconstitutional

    12:00 AM — A landmark South African ruling has named a gay man as the sole heir to his late partner's estate.Mark Gory had been locked in a court battle with the parents of his boyfriend, Henry Brooks over who should rightfully be the legal heir after he died suddenly in April 2005 without a will.

  • Court to hear transgender discrimination case 1

    The lawsuit charges that the Library of Congress unlawfully refused to hire Ms Schroer in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, which protects against sex discrimination in the workplace

    12:00 AM — A federal judge has found that an employment discrimination lawsuit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union on behalf of a transgender veteran against the Library of Congress can go forward."I couldn't understand how the country that I had risked my life for could believe that it was ok to rescind its job offer to me solely because I'm transgender," said Diane Schroer, a 25-year veteran of the U.S. Army.

  • New tools to improve links between gay patients and health services 1

    A series of online videos will help improve communications between lesbian, gay bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people and their healthcare providers

    12:00 AM — The Mautner Project, the Human Rights Campaign and the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association have developed a new tool and a series of online videos to help improve communications between lesbian, gay bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people and their healthcare providers."Individual and institutional homophobia in the healthcare system has a devastating effect on the health and well-being of the LGBT community," says Mautner Project executive director, Kathleen DeBold.

  • Bishops’ backtrack on gay rights

    LEAC announced that 57.5% of respondents would oppose, in secret ballot, provisions for church blessing of same-sex partnerships

    12:00 AM — Episcopal bishops in the United States, if voting secretly now, would turn away from two critical votes in 2003 which championed a pro-homosexual agenda, according to a survey by Lay Episcopalians for the Anglican Communion (LEAC).The convention votes divided their church and caused the worldwide Anglican Communion to put about 2 million Americans in limbo.

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