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January 31: Sports:
Canada Still Leads USA in Gay Games vs
Outgames Match-up. Canada continues to lead the USA in the ‘battle of the
two gay games’ when it comes to registrations of individual participants in
the events which are just over six months away.
January 17: European Union: European Parliament Homophobia Debate: The Resolution. Gay men and women across Europe were left with degrees of disappointment last night – as were many MEPs – following the debate on homophobia. Perhaps it is the actual resolution that will provide the substance to the debate, where MEPs were limited to an average of two minutes each, giving little time for real passion to be expressed by either side. Here is the full text of the Resolution, a joint motion proposed by five of the largest political groups in Parliament.
January 16: UK: Galloway Activist Urges: Assault Tatchell. A leading member of George Galloway’s Respect Party, Adam Yosef, has urged violence against gay activist and human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell.
January 16: European Union: Euro Parliament Debate on Homophobia: A Twisting Commissioner and Frustrated MEPs. Commentary by Joke Swiebel. Let’s first count our blessings. The main political groups have found agreement on a common approach, which apparently includes their shared wish for a broader European legislation which offers equal protection to discrimination on any ground, as well as the need to monitor cases of hate crime in all EU member states.
January 16: European Union: I’m Gay, Says MEP in Impassioned Speech to Euro Parliament. Michael Cashman stood in the European Parliament today and reminded his colleagues: “I am gay – I’m homosexual”.
January 16: European Union: ILGA-Europe Welcomes European Parliament’s Debate on Homophobia. As MEPs assemble in Strasbourg for their first plenary session of the year, the European off-shoot of the International Lesbian and Gay Association has welcomed this afternoon’s European Parliament debate of a resolution condemning homophobia.:
January 15: Estonia: Tallinn City Councillor and Entertainer Wears “I Hate Gays” T-shirt on Stage. Tarmo Kruusimägi, a member of the Tallinn City Council’s Committee on Consumers’ Rights and Protection of Children, who’s artistic nickname is ‘Street Cleaner’ has appeared on a stage in a t-shirt with wording “I hate gays”, Delfi.ee reports.
January 15: Homophobia in the European Union: Two Brits Become IDAHO Ambassadors. On the eve of the European Parliament’s debate on homophobia, the International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO) has announced that two Brits, one openly gay and the other heterosexual, has agreed to be “Ambassadors” for the Paris-based organisation.
January 15: UK: Report Slams Delivery of Sexual Health to Gays and ‘Straights’ in England. A hard-hitting report launched yesterday by sexual health charities shows an alarming lack of local National Health Service (NHS) planning to improve sexual health in England, despite considerable central Government funding being made available to do so.
January 14: Homophobia in the European Union: GALHA Welcomes Its VP’s Fight in Euro Parliament. The Gay and Lesbian Humanist Association (GALHA) has today warmly welcomed the lead taken by its energetic vice-president, Michael Cashman, in fighting the Catholic-inspired homophobia in Eastern European countries.
January 13: UK/European Union: Cashman Demands Urgent Action on Plight of Gays in Some EU States. Labour MEP Michael Cashman (UK, West Midlands) has today expressed his “grave concern” about increasing homophobia in Europe.
January 13: Estonia: Homophobic Conservative Outburst Calls for Criminalisation of Gays. In an amazing homophobic outburst, the Estonian Convervatives Club and its leader Martin Helme have published a statement today which has shocked the country’s gays.
January 11: UK: Major Fires Guts Gay Sauna in Manchester. A gay men’s sauna was gutted in a major fire in Fourways House, city centre, last night. The fire broke out at the Basement Health Club just after midnight and Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service sent “14 pumps and about 70 firefighters” to the blaze.
January 10: Estonia: First Test of Tolerance and Common European Values in Estonia for Gays. Days before Christmas, the Ministry of Social Affairs in Estonia called for a public debate on same-sex relationships. In many ways, it was a ‘seasonal gift’ to the country’s gay community – but it turned out to be short-lived as Estonia could be heading in the same direction as their Baltic neighbours Latvia and Lithuania.
January 10: UK: Gay Cowboy Film’s Million Pound UK Opening. Brokeback Mountain, the ‘gay cowboy romance’ starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger, opened strongly in the United Kingdom last weekend.
January 9: USA: Operation ‘Mockingbird’: County Rallies to Aid Dying Lesbian. In the classic novel To Kill a Mockingbird, Atticus Finch stands alone to do the right thing. Today, people across the world are standing with Laurel Hester, a dying lesbian New Jersey police officer, by sending copies of the classic book To Kill a Mockingbird to the officials in Ocean County, who are refusing to grant pension benefits to Hester and her partner Stacie Andree.
January 6: Jamaica: Tragic End to Attempted Gay-Bash Attack in Kingston. A young Jamaican man has died, allegedly after being hounded through the streets of Kingston by a homophobic mob who believed he was gay.
January 6: USA: Gay Soldier Attacked at Fort Huachuca is Discharged From US Army. Kyle Lawson, the 19-year old Army Private who was recently attacked by a fellow soldier who learned Lawson is gay, was discharged yesterday from the Army.
January 6: Film: Brokeback Mountain: A Gift of Superb Acting. By Dan Wentzel. An openly gay actor in Southern California on "Brokeback Mountain" which open in major UK cities today.
January 5: Poland: The “Battle of Poznań”: Court Dismisses Charges Against Equality March Protesters. Criminal charges against 53 participants – which included gays and lesbians – in the ‘Equality March’ in Poznań last November have been dropped.
January 4: UK: Muslim Leader Urged to Drop Homophobia. It is sad to see the leader of the Muslim community attacking the gay community, Peter Tatchell of the gay human rights group OutRage! said today following comments made yesterday by a Muslim leader on BBC Radio.
January 3: Russia: Gay Pride March in Moscow Will Be Under Watchful Eye of International Community. Commentary. The Russian gay and lesbian community are convinced that 2006 will be a watershed year. Some have said that the projected Moscow Pride – the first-ever in the city – is doomed to failure. Russia, they say, is just not ready for a “Pride” event, let alone the accompanying “cultural” festival.