20th February 2007
Hundreds of couples register in NJ
5:48 PM — Yesterday in New Jersey hundreds of gay couples were given the same rights as married straight couples, and hundreds have joined in civil unions in the first 24 hours.Civil unions offer the same legal advantages as marriage, but not the title, and were given automatically to any same-sex couple who had already been married or joined in civil unions elsewhere.Couples who had not been joined previously could apply for the licence.
Thai Spice girls preach transsexual power 1
5:04 PM — A girl band of transsexuals who model themselves on the Spice Girls are hoping to change social attitudes and achieve pop chart success in Thailand.Venus Flytrap's five members were all born males and later underwent gender reassignment surgery.Like the famous British group, they have onstage personas, namely Cool Venus, Naughty Venus, Posh Venus, Sweet Venus and Hot Venus.
Irish parliament to debate civil unions 3
4:47 PM — Pro-gay politicians in Ireland have said they are hopeful that new legislation granting gay and lesbian couples the right to a civil marriage will gain the approval of MPs.The opposition Labour party are introducing a bill into the country's parliament, the Dáil, tonight.The party's justice spokesman, Brendan Howlin, has revealed that government MPs have been positive about the legislation.
US considered weapon to turn enemy gay 3
4:14 PM — A spokesperson for the US Department of Defence has confirmed a report that Air Force officials proposed developing a gay conversion chemical weapon in 1994.The proposal, part of a plan from Wright Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio, was to develop "chemicals that effect (sic) human behaviour so that discipline and morale in enemy units is adversely effected (sic).
Glad To Be Gay singer marks history month
3:32 PM — BBC Radio 6 presenter Tom Robinson will be speaking at the University of Manchester on Friday as part of a national celebration of gay history.Robinson is expected to talk about his years as a musician and gay activist as part of LGBT History Month.The overtly political Robinson Band had a hit with (Sing if you're) Glad to be Gay in 1977.
No miracle cure for AIDS, say doctors 1
12:36 PM — American experts believe that although the elimination of AIDS seems unlikely, over a long period of time it is possible to work towards a lower rate of infection.Speaking at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science last weekend, Dr. Anthony Fauci said that the disease cannot just be "shut off" because it is transmitted by sexual activity, which is an essential part of human nature.
Gender surgery in Hounslow saved from axe
12:25 PM — Plans to remove funding for sex change operations by Hounslow primary care trust have been abandoned after protests from a charity representing British transsexuals.The PCT planned to scrap funding on the grounds that the operations are "non-essential." In comparison, other operations denied funding on the same grounds included tattoo removals and stomach stapling.The Gender Trust, a charity which supports transgender people, slammed the PCT on their website
Analysis: What now for the Anglicans? 4
12:19 PM — The final communique from the leaders of the Anglican church seems on the surface to provide a simple way forward.The primates demand that the American church stop ordaining gay bishops and give a commitment not to bless same sex partnerships.The Americans have been given until 30th September to make a statement pledging they will comply with these instructions.
Transsexual MP stands down
11:31 AM — Georgina Beyer, the first transsexual MP to be elected in New Zealand, has retired from her post.Beyer is also a Maori, and so a minority in more ways than one. Over the past seven years she has made history for transgender people.Not only was she the first transsexual in the world to be elected to national office, she was also the first transsexual in the world to be elected as a mayor.
Lesbian couple arrested for non-violent protest
10:50 AM — Two women were removed by police yesterday from the headquarters of American Christian pressure group Focus on the Family as part of a non-violent gay rights protest.Dotti Berry and Robynne Sapp of Blaine, Washington, entered the evangelical organisation's headquarters in Colorado to join a regularly scheduled tour.Once inside, the two women requested a meeting with James Dobson, who heads Focus on the Family.
Cameron’s poll surge ahead of Brown 1
10:10 AM — The Conservative party leader is thirteen percentage points ahead of expected Prime Minister Gordon Brown, according to the latest opinion polls.David Cameron polled 42% in an ICM poll for The Guardian yesterday to 29% for Brown.The government's gay rights record has been under scrutiny in the last month.
Anglicans threat over gay issues 4
10:10 AM — The conference of Anglican primates meeting in Tanzania has demanded that the American church stop ordaining gay bishops and give a commitment not to bless same sex partnerships.Senior church leaders have also agreed to allow conservative American Anglicans to form their own organisation.The five-day meeting exposed the divisions within the Anglican communion over gay issues.