20th October 2006
Pope attacks “weak and deviant” gay relationships 3
12:00 AM — The leader of the world's largest Christian denomination has called upon Italians to oppose moves to grant a form of civil partnership to gay and lesbian couples.The centre-left coalition government of Prime Minister Romano Prodi, elected in May, has promised some limited form of partnership legislation.
Gay priest denies Foley abuse allegations
12:00 AM — A 72-year-old Roman Catholic priest has admitted to a series of sexual encounters with a teenage Mark Foley, but denied the relationship was abusive.The Daily Telegraph reports that Fr Anthony Mercieca became close to Foley while he was working as a priest at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Lake Worth, Florida, in the late 1960s.
McConaughey and Armstrong – failure to launch?
12:00 AM — Hollywood star Matthew McConaughey has denied rumours that he and seven times Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong are more than 'just friends'.McConaughey joked in Details magazine: "We tried it. It wasn't for us."The 2005 People magazine "Sexiest Man Alive" and star of 2006 film Failure to Launch has previously been romantically linked to Penelope Cruz and Sandra Bullock.
Iraqi gays fear for their lives 1
12:00 AM — Homosexuals across the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, are being targeted and murdered by Islamic militants and the police.Inhabitants of the Al-Amiriya and Al-Jamia'a neighbourhoods have told of how extremist groups have raped and beheaded gays in the street and also targeted their relatives.Under Saddam's regime, gays were imprisoned. However, the Iraqi constitution approved by referendum in December 2005, refers to Islam as being "the official religion of the state and a basic source of legislation".
Presidential hopeful confused over gay marriage 1
12:00 AM — With the mid-term elections only weeks away, a leading contender for the Republican nomination for President has spoken out in favour of gay marriages - and against them.Senator John McCain, seen by many gay and lesbians as the most acceptable Republican candidate for President in 2008, was answering questions at Iowa State University on Wednesday, as part of a tour of universities for MSNBC.
19th October 2006
Netherlands grants asylum to gay Iranians
12:00 AM — Gay Iranian asylum seekers in the Netherlands will not be sent back to their home country.Reacting to pressure from human rights groups, Dutch Immigration Minister Rita Verdonk has granted gays and lesbians from Iran special asylum rights.
Gay AIDS head gets Christians talking
12:00 AM — With the swearing-in of Mark Dybul, an out gay man, as the head of the US federal AIDS programme, some Christian organisations are wondering how far acceptance of homosexuality has gone in the Bush Administration.Mr Dybul was sworn in this week as the United States' Global AIDS Coordinator, a position that carries the rank of ambassador by Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice.
Deceased gay Congressman’s partner refused benefits
12:00 AM — Dean Hara, 48, the spouse of deceased former Representative Gerry Studds has been told he will not get any share of Studds' annual $114,337 pension.The couple got married when same-sex marriage became legal in Massachusetts but, according to All Headline News, the marriage was not recognised by federal law.
Boy Scouts lose funding for excluding gays
12:00 AM — The US Supreme Court denied an appeal this week by a Boy Scouts affiliate that lost its rent break from the city of Berkeley, California because the Scouts exclude gays and atheists.The court, without comment, upheld a California Supreme Court ruling this March that said a city is entitled to subsidise only organisations that comply with its anti-discrimination rules.
Brokeback bids reach $80k
12:00 AM — Bidding for cowboy boots, hats and other memorabilia from gay love story Brokeback Mountain is coming to a close with top prices hitting over $80,000 so far.The auction to raise money for the Human Rights Campaign's (HRC) work, ends tomorrow and has seen an "overwhelming response."
Comment: Israeli ‘gay bashing’ bad for the country 23
12:00 AM — When Israel argues its case as the "only democracy in the Middle East" its attitude to gay rights in often quoted in contrast to the plight of gays and lesbians in Arabic cultures such as in nearby Iran, but Israeli gay campaigner Yoav Sivan says growing political opposition to the upcoming WorldPride march suggests the country still has a way to go.Writing for Ynet News the LGBT Coordinator of the International Union of Socialist Youth and Young Meretz calls for gay rights to be embraced in all parts of Israel.
18th October 2006
Transsexual takes Lithuania to court 1
12:00 AM — A Lithuanian transsexual has taken his country to the European Court of Human Rights over claims that he has been blocked from completing his gender transition.The 28-year-old has been undergoing gender reassignment since 1998 including hormone treatment and breast removal, but is now being blocked from anymore treatment because of the laws in Lithuania.
Homophobic incidents ranked third biggest US hate crime
12:00 AM — Homophobic attacks are still a big problem in America, human rights campaigners have warned after official statistics revealed that incidents based on sexual orientation were the third largest hate crime in the USA last year.The Federal Bureau of Investigation figures released this week show that homophobic assaults made up 14.2 percent of over 7000 hate crimes, behind race and religious hatred.
Study calls for gay partner health benefits
12:00 AM — Researchers are calling on US employers to provide health insurance to all partners after a study revealed that unmarried couples are less likely to have medical support and therefore more likely to suffer illness.The study by the Williams Institute on Sexual Orientation Law and Public Policy released today documents unequal access to employment-based health insurance for same-sex and unmarried heterosexual couples.
Gay voters given election guidance 3
12:00 AM — As the US population prepares for the Congressional elections, a gay rights group has prepared a document helping the LGBT community decide who to vote for.The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) has compiled a scorecard that outlines how they have voted on GLBT issues during the 109th Congress.
European Commission funding gay family support
12:00 AM — The European Commission is aiming to stamp out homophobic violence by helping families of gays and lesbians support their relatives.The Commission has funded a two year project entitled "Family Matters Supporting families to prevent violence against gay and lesbian youth" the aim of which is to prevent violence against lesbian and gay youth by supporting their families.
Ex-Chief Rabbi attacks gay pride march 24
12:00 AM — A controversial ultra-orthodox Israeli Rabbi has joined protests against the WorldPride march in Jerusalem.Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, spiritual leader of the Shas political party and former Sephardic Chief Rabbi, has given his backing to the rally against the parade describing it as "filth."
17th October 2006
City Council blocks gay masseuse 1
12:00 AM — An application by a gay massage therapist for a home-business permit in Manassas, Virginia. has been opposed by members of the community and stalled in the City Council, though the council had approved similar applications in the past.According to the Associated Press, Howard Daniel has given massages in hospitals and at his patients' homes.
Brokeback director joins Olympics team
12:00 AM — Gay cowboy movie director Ang Lee has been named as a consultant for the Beijing 2008 Olympics.The Brokeback Mountain Oscar winner was named this week along with honorary president of the Chinese Olympic Committee and International Olympic Committee member He Zhenliang, and composer Wu Zuqiang, to be culture and art consultants for the creation of the opening and closing ceremonies of the event.
Massachusetts Governor rallies against gay marriage 2
12:00 AM — Governor Mitt Romney is facing criticism after calling upon evangelicals to condemn gay marriage and to fight what they see as a threat to Christian values in a nationwide broadcast last weekend.In a cavernous, gilded room festooned with American flags, Romney and a slew of leading conservative speakers described how a "homosexual agenda" was interfering with the constitutional rights of same-sex marriage opponents to express their dissent and religious freedom.