12th February 2007
Obama says he is running for the White House 2
6:35 PM — Senator Barack Obama has officially declared that he is running for President.The charismatic American politician said that he does not think either race or religion will be defining factors in the choice of the next leader of the free world.In an interview with PA the junior senator from Illinois, who has been publicly supportive of gay rights, said that being mixed race was not a disadvantage.
COMMENT: End of the road for united Anglican communion 3
5:41 PM — This week the senior primates of the Anglican church will meet in Africa. Many predict the outcome of this meeting will be an outright schism in the church over the issue of gay priests.Tony Grew examines the nature of the Church of England and questions whether it can ever be a home for radical evangelicals. My dad used to tell me that the Anglican church is not really a religious denomination as such. It is more of a social club.
Gay harassment victim awarded £120,000 1
4:19 PM — An employment tribunal in Glasgow has awarded huge damages to a gay man victimised at work.32-year-old Jonah Ditton was a media sales manager for CP Publishing Ltd for only eight days, yet the nakedly homophobic behaviour of his boss is reflected in the compensation of almost £120,000 he was awarded.This is the largest award ever for a case of sexual orientation discrimination.
Gaydar founder fell to his death
3:23 PM — Gary Frisch, the co-founder of website Gaydar, fell to his death from the balcony of his eight-floor apartment.The 38-year-old may have fallen accidentally or jumped from the balcony in Battersea on Saturday afternoon, reports yourlocalguardian.co.ukMr Frisch co-founded Gaydar in 1999, and it has grown into arguably the most influential gay site in the world.
Russia says it backs gay rights 4
3:03 PM — Despite banning Moscow Gay Pride last year, the Russian government has sent out a message of commitment to the rights of sexual minorities.In its capacity as current Chairman of the Committee of Ministers for the Council of Europe, the Russian Federation has stated that sexual minorities do have the right to freedom of expression and assembly, according to RainbowNetwork.com.They added that the police have a duty to protect such demonstrations when they take place.
Canary Wharf hosts transsexual photo exhibition
2:33 PM — Award-winning photographs of transsexuals and drag queens are to go on show in Canary Wharf next month.A retrospective exhibition of the award winning photographs of Jeanette Jones will be held at the Frontispiece Gallery on the concourse level of One Canada Square from 5 - 31 March.The exhibition features a collection of images of drag queens and transsexuals published in Jones' book Walk on the Wild Side.
Berlusconi attacks gay rights legislation
1:37 PM — Italian opposition leader Silvio Berlusconi slammed legislation to give legal rights to same-sex couples yesterday.The former Prime Minister, who is still leader of Forza Italia, accused the Romano Prodi-led Italian coalition government of devaluing the institution of the family.Last week the Italian Cabinet voted unanimously to bring forward legislation bestowing some legal protection to unmarried couples.
Court bans gay partner health insurance
1:22 PM — An appeals court in Michigan has banned public organisations from providing health insurance to partners of gay employees.The decision has caused outrage amongst American gay rights organisations.Last Friday Michigan amended its voter-approved ban on gay marriage to incorporate a ruling that prohibits universities and government bodies from recognising same-sex unions in the provision of health benefits. It is the first US state to do so.
Gaydar founder dies aged 38
12:11 PM — Gary Frisch, one of the founders of the internet phenomenon Gaydar, has been found dead in his London home.A statement from QSoft Consulting, owners of the Gaydar portfolio of brands, confirmed his death this morning.Mr Frisch died on Saturday. He was 38. There are no further details about the cause of death, and suicide has not been ruled out. No foul play is suspected.
Scots minister in gay blessing storm
12:01 PM — The Church of Scotland faces widespread division after a minister announced she would use her church to bless same-sex civil partnerships.Aberdeenshire minister the Rev Kim Cran will risk the possibility of disciplinary action in order to bless four homosexual couples, Scotsman.com has reported.Last year the Church of Scotland's local branches, the presbyteries, voted to reject a declaration that would allow clerics to conduct ceremonies without fear of punishment.
Drag act to represent Denmark at Eurovision 57
11:37 AM — Drag performer DQ will represent Denmark at this year's Eurovision Song Contest.He won the Danish Melodi Grand Prix, which decides who will represent the country the contest, on Saturday night.Televised in this country by the BBC, it will be held Helsinki, Finland, on the 12th of May.
Canadian cops seek out gay recruits
10:50 AM — Toronto police held a recruiting session in the city's gay village Saturday afternoon in an effort to diversify its ranks.According to the Canadian Press, the city's police service has made efforts to diversify by recruiting officers who reflect the variety of ethnic, religious and cultural backgrounds found across the city.Constable Gail Steed of the police employment unit told CP that the information sessions for the gay community are a natural extension of that outreach.
BA asked to donate to anti-gay Christian group 3
10:30 AM — The British Airways check-in worker at the centre of last year's crucifix row has demanded a £100,000 donation be paid to a Christian charity rigorously opposed to anti-discrimination legislation.55-year-old Nadia Eweida was suspended last September after she refused to cover up her crucifix in accordance with BA rules.Following changes to the airline's uniform policy Mrs Eweida will return to work after spending four months on unpaid leave.