5th March 2007
Spain grants new identity rights to transsexuals
5:44 PM — The Spanish government has passed legislation allowing transsexuals to officially change their name and gender without needing to undergo gender reassignment surgery first.Despite opposition from the conservative Popular Party, the law progressed through the country's lower legislative chamber last week.The new legislation asks transsexuals to obtain and present an official medical diagnosis outlining a clinically proven case of gender dysfunction.
Polish government rapped by EU over gay views 1
5:44 PM — Polish Prime Minister Jaroslaw Kaczynski summoned his deputy Roman Giertych for talks on Monday after he spoke out against homosexuality and abortion.Giertych is the leader of the League of Polish Families, a far-right party currently enjoying coalition with Kaczynski's ruling Law and Justice party.He angered Kaczynski last week by asking the European Union to stop "homosexual propaganda" and ban abortion.
Sydney Mardi Gras passes off with few arrests
5:11 PM — Fears that Australian police would target this year's Sydney Lesbian and Gay Mardi Gras parade and after-party proved unfounded. Only eleven people were arrested.Some 8,000 people took part in the three-hour parade through the centre of the city, led this year by British actor Rupert Everett.Police were criticised last week for heavy-handed tactics at an earlier Mardi Gras dance party.
Met investigate assault on Moscow pride activist
3:32 PM — The Metropolitan police have confirmed that they are investigating an alleged assault at London's City Hall on Nicolas Alexeyev, the organiser of Moscow Pride.Last Wednesday, the mayors of London, Paris, Berlin and Moscow held their annual meeting.Yuri Luzhkov, the Moscow mayor, was asked several questions at a press conference about his decision to ban Moscow Pride last year.
Gay politician snubs NYC for Dublin on St Pat’s Day 2
2:54 PM — New York City Council speaker Christine Quinn, who is openly gay, has announced she will march in Dublin's St. Patrick's Day parade this year.The move is a direct snub to organisers of the New York City parade who have again banned gay and lesbian groups from participating in the event.Quinn, a Democrat and council speaker in NYC, will march in the Dublin parade on March 17th.
City manager sacked over gender reassignment
2:32 PM — A Florida city commission voted to fire its city manager just days after he confirmed his plans to return to work after undergoing gender reassignment surgery.The Associated Press reports that the commission voted 5-2 to fire City Manager Steve Stanton at a meeting attended by more than 400 citizens on Feb. 23.Stanton, 48, confirmed last week that he is a transsexual.
War hero comes out then speaks out
1:16 PM — The first American soldier to be wounded in the current Iraq conflict gained a sensational amount of publicity, including a visit from the President and Mrs Bush.Now Marine Staff Sgt. Eric Alva is in the news again.He has come out as a gay man, and urged Congress to change military policy towards gay personnel.
San Francisco Mayor vilified for “porn day”
12:57 PM — The Mayor of San Francisco, Gavin Newsom, has been mocked after commemorating a studio that produces gay pornography.Newsom honoured the 40th anniversary of Colt studios by designating last Friday as "Colt Studio Day."The 39-year-old mayor gained international attention in 2004 when he instructed city officials to issue same-sex marriage licenses.
Mexico rocked by gay pop star 3
12:08 PM — A Mexican pop singer has announced that he is gay, becoming one of only a few public figures to have come out in a country that is traditionally conservative Catholic.22-year-old Christian Chavez, a member of the Mexican pop band RBD, revealed his homosexuality following the leaking of photographs that showed him marrying his partner at a ceremony in Canada."I don't want to keep on lying and lie to myself because of fear," he said on the band's website.
Lesbian wins tribunal case against Next 3
11:32 AM — An employment tribunal has ruled that the retailer Next's failure to deal with a complaint of homophobic harassment amounted to unfair dismissal.A lesbian woman won her case after persistent taunting and abuse at the hands of co-workers led her to quit her job.Marlene Bielak, 34, told the tribunal that married couple Katrina and Neil Davies made no secret of their disgust for her gay lifestyle.
Boy George attacks Madonna’s “homophobic” religion 6
11:08 AM — 80s pop sensation Boy George, the former Culture Club singer, has launched a fresh attack on Madonna, accusing her of betraying her gay fans.The English pop singer and songwriter is outraged at Madonna's affiliation with the Kaballah Centre.The spiritual organisation teaches the principles of the Kabbalah and is associated with Jewish mysticism.
Commentator causes a commotion with the F word 2
11:02 AM — Right-wing polemicist Ann Coulter, who once called Arabs towel heads, has outraged American political class by calling a Presidential candidate a faggot.Speaking at the influential Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington on Friday, the publicity-seeking Ms Coulter said:"I was going to have a few comments on the other Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards. But it turns out that you have to go into rehab if you use the word 'faggot.'"
Ruth Kelly adviser resigns over gay rights
10:33 AM — A senior aide to the Communities Secretary quit her job after clashes over the new Sexual Orientation Regulations, it has been reported.Rachel O'Brien left her £50,000 a year post last week. The Mail on Sunday reports that she fell out with Ruth Kelly over gay rights.The paper also reported that Ms Kelly refused to attend last year's Euro Pride march in London.