16th August 2006
Canadian MP takes on religious right over gay marriage 57
12:00 AM — A maverick Tory MP in the Canadian Federal Parliament has said he is bullish about attempts by fundamentalist Christians to unseat him.Garth Turner has defied his party in support of gay marriage. His Christian opponents held meetings last night to explore their options - including challenging him at an upcoming nomination meeting for the riding of Halton.
“Gay soldiers” lose war 3
12:00 AM — A leader in the Palestine based Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigade has hailed the Israeli army "full of gay soldiers."The homophobe claimed that Israel was ripe for attack following its failure to defeat Hezbollah.Abu Oudai, a rocket coordinator for the West Bank based group, said that Hezbollah's "tremendous victory" had emboldened Palestinian groups to follow their example in the fight against Israel.
15th August 2006
Philippines to vote on gay law 57
12:00 AM — A new law has been placed before the Philippine Senate this week; Senate Bill 1738 regarding discrimination in the work place.Following support for Bill 1738 by Philippine Senators Ramon Revilla, Luisa Ejercito Estrada, and Miriam Defensor-Santiago, as well as international organisations such as Human Rights Watch (HRW) and the Lesbian and Gay Legislative Advocacy (LAGABLAB), the bill is currently in the committee stage.
Prince Albert pride for Canadian gay teens
12:00 AM — A group of gay teenagers who live in a small city in the heart of the Canadian prairies have asked their local council for permission to stage their very own pride festival.Prince Albert is in the far north of the Canadian province of Saskatchewan and has 40,000 inhabitants. It is most famous as the home of Anne of Green Gables author Lucy Laud Montgomery.
Gay singer gets sweeping 8
12:00 AM — Boy George has begun his five days of community service in New York saying "I just want to do my job."The former Culture Club frontman appeared decked out in street sweepers orange vest to report for the first of five days work with the city's Department of Sanitation to undergo an "exercise in humiliation or in humility."
California lawmakers heckle N-Sync star’s boyfriend 57
12:00 AM — It was meant to be a celebration of the achievements of six Californians, role models to the millions of LGBT people who make the Golden State their home.Instead the ceremony at the State Capitol in Sacramento was reduced to the level of a farce. Republican Assembly members, instead of boycotting the event, turned up to heckle the honourees.
Australian government to ban gay adoption 57
12:00 AM — Documents leaked to a Tasmanian gay activist indicate that the Australian government plan to ban gay people from adopting children from overseas.Even though adoption policy is a matter for state governments, John Howard's federal administration attempted to attach a prohibition on overseas adoption to the 2004 law outlawing gay marriage.
Jamaica waits on lesbian murder investigation
12:00 AM — A human rights group has written to the Jamaican Minister of National Security rasiing concern over the murder of two women who were allegedly lesbians.Human Rights Watch (HRW) wrote to Peter Phillips highlighting problems of homophobia in the country and a reluctance to investigate cases of crime against the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community.
14th August 2006
Gay marriage not “positive” Church value 4
12:00 AM — The Pope has defended the church's prohibition on homosexuality claiming Catholicism is not a collection of "nos."Pope Benedict XVI backed church bans on gay marriage, abortion and contraception in an interview on German television and Vatican Radio, claiming the rules reflect positive values.
Give us our rights, demand Australian gay and lesbian couples
12:00 AM — 55 gay and lesbian couples held hands and exchanged vows on the steps of the Victoria State Parliament in Melbourne yesterday.A crowd of over 2000 people joined them, calling on the Victoria and Australian governments to follow the example of the UK and other countries and recognise gay and lesbian relationships.
Sex taboos increasing HIV risk for Chinese gays
12:00 AM — How to prevent the spread of AIDS in places like China will be a major focus of researchers and policymakers at this week's 16th International AIDS Conference.In China, homosexuality, while no longer officially considered a mental disorder, is still an off limits subject for many, reports Reuters. That taboo often extends to discussions about AIDS and condom use for men who have sex with men.
Gay internet dating service has a safe-sex message 1
12:00 AM — The US-based gay dating site manhunt.net has hit upon a novel way of promoting safe sex among gay men.An outreach worker, posing under the sign-in name of VIPBoy, is paid to talk about AIDS and STDs to site users and to give out advice about safe sex practices."If gay men are going to meet in cyberspace for hookups, they should know what they are getting into if they have unsafe sex"
China’s gays fear health forum
12:00 AM — Government Authorities in Beijing are reconsidering their publicity tactics after failing to attract a sizeable interest in the city's first government-run gay Internet forum after two months on line and only 1,000 hits.The sites managers admit that "Forum for Comrades" - "Comrades" ("tongzhi") being the slang term for homosexuals in China - has suffered from a total lack of publicity despite its health messages and open nature.
Estonian gay activist shocked at pride violence 1
12:00 AM — The organiser of last weekend's gay pride march in Tallinn has expressed shock at violence from groups of skinheads, claiming he thought Estonia was more tolerant compared to other Eastern European countries.Around 15 people were injured in the capital city after being attacked with sticks and stones while celebrating the country's third gay pride event.
South Africa backs gay blood donors – if celibate 57
12:00 AM — A compromise has been reached between the South African Blood Service and gay pressure groups over donations.Previously all gay men who had sex with another man in the last five years were barred from giving blood.Gay activists had argued this rule was discriminatory, and drew attention to previous restrictions by the service on the grounds of race.
Depleted US Army still kicking out gay soldiers 58
12:00 AM — At a time when the US Armed Forces are desperate to recruit more soldiers, it has been revealed that an Army base in rural Missouri has dismissed 60 men for being gay.The Servicemembers Legal Defense Network have revealed figures obtained under the Freedom of Information Act that show there has been a spike in dismissals from bases across America.
Paparazzi Whore leave Marrakech Express over homophobia 57
12:00 AM — New band Paparazzi Whore have cancelled their headline gig at Pacha Marrakech this September due to concerns by the band over the treatment of gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transsexuals in Morocco.Paparazzi Whore were originally due to play at the 'A Small World' party on 2 September, but cancelled due to what Micci, the bands lead singer, has identified as 'suppression' of individual choice by state law.
11th August 2006
Gay HIV man ‘wanted virus’
12:00 AM — An HIV-positive Australian man whose sexual conquests allegedly infected at least five men, intentionally contracted the deadly virus, a court was told this week.Michael John Neal, 48, faces 115 charges relating to sex with 16 men while knowingly infected with the HIV virus.
Plans for Ireland’s first gay hotel dropped.
12:00 AM — Plans for a gay hotel in small town Ireland have been abandoned.As PinkNews.co.uk reported last month, promoter Brian Berry had unveiled plans to convert a hotel in Carlow, saying:"In any establishment you can get complications and objections, but at the end of the day, no matter what objections I get, I'll continue."
American psychologists stand firm against gay ‘conversion therapy’ 1
12:00 AM — A gay rights organisation in the United States has praised the American Pyschological Association's tough stance against the pseudo-science of conversion therapy.The 'treatment' is promoted by Christian organisations as a cure for homosexuality, but the APA have rejected it on the grounds that it has no scientific evidence to support claims made about its effectiveness.