7th July 2006
“Mattress munching”, is Superman gay?
12:00 AM — For columnist, Joe Hildebrand of the Daily Telegraph in Australia, the old "Superman is gay" chestnut has been an inspiration for journalistic hilarity.Could it possibly be the case that the "Man of Steel was perhaps more the Man of Teal"? Mr Hildebrand wonders, with a nice ear for the rhyme there.
Jerusalem WorldPride to move to Tel Aviv? 23
12:00 AM — The Israeli online news website, YNet, is claiming that WorldPride will be moved from Jerusalem to Tel Aviv.Unnamed police officials have told the website that the change in venue in very likely to happen, although apparently the "final decision has not (officially) been made yet".The official reason given for moving the parade is that the Jerusalem Police fear that they will not be able to cope with the "size and complexity of the event", the website claims.
6th July 2006
Jewish gay rights leader tells extremists: “our gentle innocent blood will be on your hands” 23
12:00 AM — A Jewish gay rights leader says that he will be ignoring threats from the religious communities within Israel to approach Temple Mount during the WorldPride march in Jerusalem next month.Charles Merrill, 72, was reacting to a statement by Arab member of the Israeli Parliament (Knesset), Ibrahim Sarsur, who said: " If gays will dare approach the Temple Mount during the parade, they will do so over our dead bodies."
Indian Prince disinherited for being gay 4
12:00 AM — Prince Manvendra (from the Royal family of Gujarat in North West India) has officially stated what has been long believed - that he is gay.Indeed, the Prince has never really sought to hide his sexual orientation, producing and staring in the gay film "Emotionally Yours", and setting up an HIV- awareness NGO to educate gay men about the dangers of the disease. This NGO, Lakshya, has solemnized gay "marriages" and is conducting research into acceptance for homosexuality in Holy Scriptures.
Gay marriages illegal in New York- court rules
12:00 AM — The Court of Appeal in New York state has ruled that gay marriages are illegal.The judges at the state's highest court in a four against two decision rejected arguments from LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered) campaigners that their inability to obtain marriage licences violated their constitutional rights.
Faking HIV? AIDS campaigner arrested on fraud charges
12:00 AM — Cassey Weierbach, a 27 year old lesbian from Pennsylvania has been touring the US, speaking in youth groups, churches and medical conferences about her tragic childhood rape and infection with the HIV virus.But Ms Weierbach will have to put her lecture tour on hold while serious allegations that she may not in fact have HIV are investigated.
Couple speak out about concept of Catholic family
12:00 AM — Although Emilio Menendez and Carlos Baturin have been together for 30 years and were the first gay couple to get married in Spain when the law was changed last year, their "family" will not be welcome at the Catholic World Meeting of Families this weekend in Valencia.The Vatican has branded gay marriages an "eclipse of God".Pope Benedict XVI will be visiting the meeting this weekend, and is likely to reiterate the Catholic Church's official views.
“Marriage” defined as only between one man and one woman? 1
12:00 AM — In Chicago the controversy over the proposal to define marriage as between one man and one woman takes another twist.The conservative Illinois Family Institute have formally challenged the initial findings of state officials, that the proposal does not have enough valid signatures to make it onto the November 7th ballot.The petition has 345,000 signatures. State law requires that more than 95% of a petition's signatures must be valid in order for it to be processed and eventually end up on the ballot.
5th July 2006
New York to decide on gay marriage
12:00 AM — New York State's highest court is set to rule on a law allowing same sex couples to marry this week.It is one of five gay marriage cases along with the State's of California, Iowa, New Jersey and Washington, being heard in the US, buoyed by the Senate's rejection of a constitutional ban on same sex unions last month.
Top award for gay Israeli Filipino film
12:00 AM — The Los Angeles Film Festival, that closed last night saw its audience award bestowed to Israeli gay film, 'Paper Dolls'.The film is set in one of Tel Aviv's most religious neighbourhoods, where a small group of gay Filipino immigrants work as care assistants for elderly religious patients.
Egyptian MPs criticise gay film
12:00 AM — An Egyptian film featuring a gay newspaper editor's relationship with a male policeman has sparked controversy in the Middle Eastern country.The Egyptian parliament is considering requests to censor scenes containing homosexual elements after over 100 MPs launched a complaint about The Yacoubian Building, claiming it is derogatory towards Egypt's culture.
4th July 2006
Anti-gay feelings unite Israel’s orthodox Jews and Muslims 23
12:00 AM — Ultra-orthodox Jews and Muslims in Israel have at last found one thing that they agree on, their condemnation of the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered) community."If gays will dare approach the Temple Mount during the parade, they will do so over our dead bodies," Arab Member of Knesset Ibrahim Sarsur said in a statement.
Lesbian mum wins visitation rights
12:00 AM — An Ohio judge ruled this week that the state's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage cannot be used by a woman to deny her ex partner visitation rights to a child they raised together.The amendment, known as Issue 1, in addition to banning same-sex marriage, says the state "and its political subdivisions shall not create or recognise a legal status for relationships of unmarried individuals that intends to approximate the design, qualities, significance or effect of marriage."
Gay group rings Stock Exchange Bell for first time
12:00 AM — Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) made history last week as the first organisation for families and allies of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people to ring The Closing Bell at the New York Stock Exchange.PFLAG's says its trip to Wall Street to "ring the closing bell on homophobia," was an opportunity for the group to discuss the exponentially growing reach of the buying power of LGBT Americans when coupled with the purchasing force of their families and friends.
South Korean film banned from China for gay theme
12:00 AM — The most popular South Korean film ever has been banned from Chinese cinemas due to subtle gay themes according to the film's distributors."The film 'King and the Clown' could not pass the deliberation process in China because of the homosexual code and sexually explicit language in the film," a spokesman from South Korean distributor CJ told Reuters.
Risky sex must be disclosed to partners, court rules
12:00 AM — The Californian Supreme Court has found that people who engage in high-risk sex should inform their partners that they may carry HIV, even if they have not been tested as HIV positive.Yesterday, in a majority ruling, the court found that a man who was accused of passing on HIV to his ex-wife on their honeymoon had "constructive knowledge" of his past gay sexual behaviour that should have led him to warn her of the dangers of having sexual intercourse with him.
Gay revolution hits Cuba 4
12:00 AM — The niece of Fidel Castro is defying her uncle's beliefs regarding sexual orientation by leading a revolution of pro-gay laws in Cuba.Mariela Castro is in charge of the government's National Centre for Sex Education, from which she has promoted issues of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights, in stark contrast to country's macho society and homosexual witch-hunts of the 1960s and 1970s.
3rd July 2006
Australia considers lifting gay blood ban 5
12:00 AM — In a world-first, the ban on gay men donating blood will be reviewed by a body that has the power to strike the ban down in Australia.After months considering hundreds of pages of written evidence for and against the ban, the Tasmanian Anti-Discrimination Commissioner has decided that the Australian Red Cross Blood Service should be made to justify its policy before the State's Anti-Discrimination Tribunal.
Police consider cancelling WorldPride amid anti-gay protests 23
12:00 AM — Jerusalem police will decide this week whether to allow WorldPride to take place in the city amid outrage from religious groups and politicians in Israel.The event scheduled for this August has strangely united religious Jews, Christians and Muslims, who have spoken put against the parade and are arranging a counter "Modesty Parade."
Congress demands Russia protects gay community 4
12:00 AM — US Congress members have called on the President of Russia to defend gay rights after the violence at Moscow Gay Pride last May.The politicians asked Vladimir Putin to look after all his country's citizens, in a letter published on the gay Russia website, signed by 50 congressmen.