2nd August 2006
Australian town rejects gay pride flag
12:00 AM — An Australian town is refusing to fly all flags from its council buildings amid uproar after the local authority rejected pleas to display rainbow flags for the annual ChillOut gay and lesbian festival.Despite previously displaying flags for other local events, Heather Mutimer, the mayor of Hepburn Shire in Victoria, has rejected demands to fly the flag of the gay community for their pride event symbol at Daylesford Town Hall.
Participants outnumber Outgames spectators 1
12:00 AM — Canadian news sources report that the first World Outgames so far appear to have got off to a slow start, attracting more participants than spectators.As the games for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered athletes enter the third day of competition, athletes have outnumbered the fans at many events.
Wisconsin labour unions unite against gay marriage ban 1
12:00 AM — Labour unions in Wisconsin are uniting to fight a proposed ban on gay marriage and civil unions in what could become a powerful force in this November's referendum.According to The Associated Press, the groups, representing employees ranging from teachers to prison workers, say they are worried the amendment will take away their ability to bargain for benefits such as health insurance for the domestic partners of gay and straight employees.
Arrest made in gay pride attack
12:00 AM — Police in San Diego yesterday said they have arrested one person in connection with the hate-crime attack on five victims at a gay pride festival ended Saturday night."We're still trying to put together what we've got. We've got one person in custody and the investigation is continuing," said Captain Chris Ball to The San Diego Union Tribune.
Illinois gay lawmaker steps down
12:00 AM — Illinois' only openly gay state lawmaker announced his retirement on Monday, setting into motion a likely scramble to fill his North Side seat, according to The Chicago Sun-Times.The Sun-Times reports that State Representative Larry McKeon, one of the architects of the 2003 state anti-discrimination law for gays and lesbians, said he intends to step down at the end of his fifth term in January 2007.
Castro illness may raise Cuba’s gay hopes 4
12:00 AM — Speculation is mounting over the future of Cuba after its leader Fidel Castro recently handed power to his brother Raul.The president is currently recovering from treatment for internal bleeding, and the temporary appointment of his sibling may bring good news for the country's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community in the future.
1st August 2006
Gay crowd snub PM’s Outgames stand-in 1
12:00 AM — Canada's Federal Public Works Minister Michael Fortier received a not-so-friendly welcome from the estimated 40,000 attendees of the opening ceremony of Montreal's World Outgames last weekend.According to The Canadian Press, the Conservative senator's speech was interrupted as he attempted to greet the crowd at the Olympic Stadium on Saturday evening.
Rhode Island woman ordered to stop homophobia
12:00 AM — A Rhode Island judge has ordered a woman to stop directing hate slurs at her gay neighbour, saying the insults amounted to "hateful conduct" and interfered with the man's right to live in peace.The attorney general's newly formed civil rights advocate's office sued Theresa Deschenes in its first case, accusing her of harassing a gay neighbour with AIDS and threatening him with violence.
31st July 2006
Google vows to change derogatory gay translation 2
12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveWhen the word "gay" is entered into Google's translation tools, the word "luti" is returned, an Arabic equivalent of "sodomite", to the ire of gay activists.The translation tools of Google, one of the world's leading internet corporations, are widely available on both Google's website and in downloadable software.
Gay legal groups fight Nebraska discrimination
12:00 AM — The American Civil Liberties Union and Lambda Legal asked a federal appeals court last week to reconsider its ruling upholding a Nebraska law that bans all protections for same-sex couples."The federal appeals court panel that decided this case just ignored the US Supreme Court, which has ruled that states can't pass laws just to discriminate against gay people," said Matt Coles, director of the ACLU's Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Project.
Lesbian singer criticises Canadian Prime Minister for snubbing Outgames 1
12:00 AM — Lesbian music icon k.d. lang accuesed Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper last week Friday of choosing to "support intolerance" by refusing to attend Montreal's gathering of international gay and lesbian athletes at the Outgames.According to The Canadian Press, lang was critical of her fellow Albertan for failing to support the World Outgames, which is expected to attract up to 13,000 gay, bisexual and transgendered athletes.
Madrid Mayor conducts gay wedding despite opposition from his own party
12:00 AM — The mayor of Madrid has been criticised by his own party for officiating at the gay wedding of one of his staffAlberto Ruiz Gallardon is a member of the Spanish People's Party (PP), who themselves opposed the introduction of gay marriage in the country last year.Señor Ruiz Gallardon conducted the ceremony of Javier Gomez, a PP strategist and Manuel Rodenas, a city council employee.
28th July 2006
Washington judge dismisses gay army challenge
12:00 AM — Gay rights advocates in Washington were dealt another loss this week when a federal judge dismissed a challenge to the military's "Don't ask, Don't tell" policy brought by a highly decorated Air Force nurse who was forced out of her job because she's a lesbian.According to The Associated Press, Air Force Reserve Major Margaret Witt, 42, of Spokane asked US District Judge Ronald Leighton to reinstate her, citing a US Supreme Court ruling striking down a Texas anti-sodomy law.
Turkey bans gay magazine
12:00 AM — Turkey's only gay magazine has been banned, according to reports.The Kaos GL Gay and Lesbian Cultural Research and Solidarity Association claim that the latest issue has been confiscated by Ankara 12th Justice Court because it has been deemed "pornographic."
27th July 2006
Women’s mag dreams of Depp and Bloom gay love scene 3
12:00 AM — Johnny Depp and Orlando Bloom have been voted fan favourites to appear in a hypothetical Brokeback Mountain sequel.Readers of America's Jane magazine chose the Pirates of the Caribbean co-stars as the actors they would most like to see in a gay love scene together.
Montreal launches gay sporting event 1
12:00 AM — Nearly 2,000 delegates from more than 100 countries travelled to Montréal yesterday Wednesday to attend the largest human-rights conference on issues of interest to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered (LGBT) individuals.Legal scholars, judges, activists, researchers, rights advocates, academics, union representatives and journalists are among those who gathered for the four-day International Conference on LGBT Human Rights, which is tied to the 1st World Outgames.
Gay legal group remains optimistic over marriage
12:00 AM — Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) legal group Lambda Legal insists it is not "discouraged" by Washington State's rejection of a gay marriage law.The state's Supreme Court upheld the Defence of Marriage Act by a 5-4 vote yesterday, arguing that it "preserves the institution of marriage and the healthy families and children it promotes."
US Army dismisses gay translator 5
12:00 AM — A gay group representing homosexual military recruits has hit out at the sacking of an Arab linguist from the US Army after he was outed on the internet.Former Sergeant Bleu Copas was stationed at Fort Bragg, and was a member of the 82nd Airborne Division.A decorated Sergeant who received impressive performance reviews, Copas also performed in the 82nd Airborne Chorus.
26th July 2006
Washington State to decide on gay marriage
12:00 AM — Washington could become the second state in the US to legalise same-sex marriages today as gay activists eagerly await the ruling of the state Supreme Court on the issue due out this morning.The ruling comes 16 months after a case involving 19 gay lesbian couples challenging the Washington's Defence of Marriage Act (DOMA) came under consideration by the Supreme Court.
N Sync singer reveals he is gay
12:00 AM — N Sync star Lance Bass has dashed the dreams of many a teenage girl after revealing that he is gay.The boy band singer opened up about his sexual orientation in an interview with People magazine, claiming he felt under pressure to keep it a secret to so not to "overpower everything."