9th June 2006
Gay groups condemn World Pride boycott calls 23
12:00 AM — An anti Israel group is calling on the British lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community to boycott this summer's WorldPride in Jerusalem, prompting outrage from campaigners and local charities.The Coalition to Boycott World Pride Jerusalem claims the LGBT community should not attend the international gay parade in protest of the way Israel has "illegally occupied Jerusalem for decades, and has functionally annexed the city."
ACLU pushes for HIV confidentiality
12:00 AM — The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) sent a letter to the San Francisco Department of Public Health this week demanding that the San Francisco City Clinic stop misleading people being tested for HIV.A new state law that went into effect on April 17 2006 requires all health care providers and laboratories to report names of individuals with HIV to the local health department, yet the City Clinic run by the San Francisco Department of Public Health has been telling people taking the HIV test that their names would not be reported to the state if they test positive.
Petition demands end to government HIV discrimination
12:00 AM — Gay legal group Lambda Legal delivered a petition today signed by 5,000 people urging Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice, to repeal the federal government's 'discriminatory' hiring policies and allow a qualified man living with HIV to work as a Foreign Service Officer."Employers, as well as the general public, look to the federal government to set the standard in workers' rights," said Hector Vargas, deputy director of education and public affairs at Lambda Legal.
Macy’s removes ‘gay’ mannequins 1
12:00 AM — A Macy's department store has given into pressure from an anti gay group after it removed a gay pride display from its window this week.The Boston store featured two male mannequins standing next to eachother, with one of them wearing a rainbow flag, but removed them after MassResistance told followers to complain claiming the display promotes "raunchy homosexual behaviour."
Vatican questions transsexual priorities
12:00 AM — The Vatican has criticised the government of Tuscany for allowing free sex change operations for transsexuals.The Roman catholic Church's newspaper, L'Osservatore Romano, called the Italian region's law "incredible."It said, "Faced with problems that afflict health care in Tuscany, waiting lists for operations, insufficient funds for chemotherapy and inadequate numbers of medical staff, perhaps it would have been better not to give precedence to hormonal treatment for sex changes," Reuters news agency reported.
8th June 2006
Senate praised after rejecting gay marriage ban 4
12:00 AM — The US Senate has been applauded for rejecting a constitutional gay marriage ban yesterday.The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) praised the legislators for rejecting the discriminatory proposal, which would have defined marriage between a man and a woman in the Constitution, effectively nullifying existing US gay marriages and the chance of any future unions.
Homophobia forces Dutch Ambassador to resign 2
12:00 AM — Hans Glaubitz, the Dutch Ambassador in Estonia has resigned from his post because of the homophobic abuse he and his partner have had to suffer."It is not very nice to be regularly abused by drunken skinheads ... and to be continuously gawped at as if you have just stepped out of a UFO," Mr Glaubitz told reporters.
US will ‘neither confirm nor deny’ gay surveillance
12:00 AM — In a June 5 letter to lawyers for the Servicemembers Legal Defence Network (SLDN), the National Security Agency (NSA) says it will "neither confirm nor deny the existence or non-existence" of information that may have been obtained through agency surveillance of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.SLDN sought information, through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, after media reports indicated the agency may have been monitoring groups and individuals opposed to the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" ban on lesbian, gay and bisexual personnel.
Race for Australian gay unions 1
12:00 AM — Gay couples in Australia are rushing to get their partnerships recognised by the Australian Capital Territory, after the Federal government warned it would overrule the Civil Unions Act.The ACT's local assembly approved the bill last month giving same sex couple's the right to a civil union.
Moscow Gay Pride organisers appeal ban 4
12:00 AM — Gay rights campaigners have sent an appeal to a Moscow court contesting the city's ruling to ban a pride parade.Despite appeals from the organisers, The Moscow Gay Pride, was opposed by the Tverskoy Court on the eve of the May 27 event.Over 120 people including a German MP were arrested in Moscow after campaigners attempted to hold the capital's first gay rights rally.
Gay couple may be forced apart by US immigration laws
12:00 AM — A Swansea woman and her American partner may have to give up their home and life in the States, as US immigration laws fail to take gay partnerships into account.Belinda Ryan, a helicopter pilot, has been living with her partner Wendy Daw, an acupuncturist, in San Francisco. But she will be forced to return to the UK unless there is a change in immigration laws for gay couples.
Warsaw permits gay parade
12:00 AM — Warsaw authorities have sanctioned a gay pride parade in the Polish capital, on the basis that a nationalist march takes place on the same day in the same part of the city.The decision comes after pressure from human rights groups and the European Union to allow the gay pride parafde to go ahead after it was banned last year.
Repeal of anti gay law in Missouri gives would-be foster carer hope.
12:00 AM — Missouri Attorney General Jay Nixon said Wednesday that the state no longer can challenge a Kansas City lesbian's efforts to become a foster parent.Lisa Johnston applied for a foster-parent license three years ago and sued after it was denied on the basis that she lacked "reputable character" because she was a lesbian.Now, though, she can dare to hope, as a new legal amendment is signed and her case is declared moot.
Father sues anti-gay protesters who picketed son’s funeral 1
12:00 AM — The father of a Marine whose funeral was picketed by an anti-gay group is taking them to court.Albert Synder is seeking unspecified damages against Westboro Baptist Church, who picketed the funeral, accusing its members of "intentional and outrageous" conduct during his son's funeral service.
7th June 2006
Senate looks unlikely to ban gay marriage 4
12:00 AM — An increasing number of religious, civil rights and political groups have spoken out against the Federal Marriage Amendment currently being debated in the US Senate, claiming it distracts attention from the real problems facing Americans.The law would amend the Constitution to deny States the ability to define marriage themselves, mandating that marriage be only between one man and one woman, and would deny all benefits of marriage to all unmarried couples.
Gay activist to expose animal cruelty 1
12:00 AM — Gay animal activist John Carmody is off Spain to take part in the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) Running of the Nudes campaign, a human alternative to the Running of the Bulls event in the country.Mr Carmody is calling for members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community around the world to join him and the more than 1,000 others representing 40 countries who will converge on Pamplona on 5 July 2006, two days before the bull run, and race through the same course, wearing nothing but red scarves and plastic bullhorns.
Korean academics surprised at lifting of gay soldier ban
12:00 AM — In the wake of the recent announcement by South Korea that it plans to ease or end its ban on gay soldiers, researchers of gender, sexuality and military culture say the developments are surprising for a nation that is not known for tolerance of open homosexuality.According to the Associated Press, the statement by the Defence Ministry followed a recommendation by a government human rights group that the military take steps to ensure the rights of its gay troops. Before that, gays were discharged for "mental illness" and were sometimes the target of harassment.
Campaign targets gay crystal meth epidemic
12:00 AM — As the discovery of AIDS reaches its 25th anniversary, the gay community is grappling with a new epidemic, an increase in the use of what many consider to be the most dangerous drug in the United States, Crystal Meth.In an effort to combat abuse of this highly addictive drug, New York City's Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual Transgender Community Centre has announced the launch of a new ad campaign with the message, "Silence=Meth."
Senate rejects gay marriage ban 4
12:00 AM — The US Senate has rejected calls for a gay marriage ban.The law, supported by US President George W Bush, would have amended the Constitution to deny States the ability to define marriage themselves, mandating that marriage be only between one man and one woman, and would deny all benefits of marriage to all unmarried couples.
6th June 2006
US President backs gay marriage ban despite waning support 4
12:00 AM — US President George W Bush yesterday called for support of the proposed constitutional ban on gay marriage to be debated in the Senate from today.The President, who had been tight lipped in recent months on the issue of same-sex marriage, announced last week he supports an amendment to the constitution, sticking firm to the belief than marriage is between a man and a woman, despite the fact that Vice President Dick Cheney and even the first lady have offered differing opinions.