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
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.
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."
30th June 2006
Rice acting ‘suspect’ after rejecting HIV+ man for job 1
12:00 AM — The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia decided this week that the HIV positive man who was denied employment as a Foreign Service Officer has "more than enough" evidence to take his case against the State Department to trial.Judge Arthur Raymond Randolph shed some blame on US Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice when he said: "The Secretary's claim that granting Taylor Class 2 clearance is unreasonable and would impose undue hardship is suspect" because the State Department sometimes hires candidates with medical conditions other than HIV.
Arkansas deems gay foster ban unconstitutional 1
12:00 AM — The Arkansas Supreme Court unanimously ruled yesterday that there is no connection between a child's well-being and the sexual orientation of a parent, deeming discrimination against gay households in foster care unconstitutional.The ruling, which upholds a 2004 lower court decision against the ban, said the ban was "an attempt to legislate for the General Assembly with respect to public morality."
Transgender justice Bill advances
12:00 AM — California moves toward becoming the first state to meaningfully respond to strategies that blame transgender people for their own murders.The Gwen Araujo Justice for Victims Act, authored by Assembly member Sally Lieber and sponsored by Equality California, passed through the Senate Public Safety Committee with a 4-2 vote.
Schwarzenegger addresses gay groups amid controversy
12:00 AM — California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger delivered his first speech to the gay community last night since promising to veto teaching gay history in the State's schools.He addressed a fundraising dinner for gay political group, the Log Cabin Republicans, at the Renaissance Hotel where he promised to "have an open mind" about the gay community.
28th June 2006
Spanish military hosts first gay wedding 1
12:00 AM — A male couple in the Spanish air force have become the country's first gay military recruits to marry.The men, who live in Seville, and are both named Alberto, said they are not worried about what others may think.One of the men told the Cadena Ser radio station, "We know we are in the armed forces and this is touchy because we are not gardeners but rather soldiers. I know there are superior officers who will make life difficult for me, and they are already doing so.
Howard accused of failing gay community
12:00 AM — Australian Prime Minister John Howard has been accused of failing to protect same sex couples after the Federal Government was recently instructed not to make submissions into an inquiry by the federal Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission.The accusation came from Chief Minister of the Australian Capital Territory (ACT), Jon Stanhope, whose state recently had a civil union law quashed by the country.
27th June 2006
Lesbian couple argue for Massachusetts marriage 1
12:00 AM — A lesbian couple from Rhode Island are hoping to marry in Massachusetts by arguing that their state does not directly ban gay marriage.Massachusetts, the only US State which allows same sex couples to marry, bans non residents from taking advantage of the law.
National HIV Testing Day
12:00 AM — The US is holding a National HIV Testing Day (NHTD) today as part of an annual campaign produced by the National Association of People with AIDS (NAPWA-US) to encourage at-risk individuals to receive voluntary HIV counselling and testing.The Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 180,000 to 280,000 people nationwide are HIV-positive but are unaware of their status.