11 April 2007Faded sitcom star apologises for gay rant 3 Gay campaigners today condemned anti-gay remarks made this week by comedian and actress Roseanne Barr on a California radio station.In a discussion about families accepting their gay relatives, Barr said, "Never once in my 54 years have I ever once heard a gay or lesbian person who's politically active say one thing about anything that was not about them."They don't care about minimum wage, they don't care about any other group other than their own self."
11 April 2007Brighton’s seafront protest against homophobia + The south coast city of Brighton and Hove is marking International Day Against Homophobia next month with a seaside event.The city's council has voted to officially recognise IDAHO and will be flying the rainbow flag from the Town Hall.Brighton-based IDAHOBIT is organising an event at 8.30pm on 17th May 2007 on Brighton seafront.
11 April 2007War veterans come out to oppose gay ban + Three retired colonels and four captains in the United States military have publicly declared their homosexuality in a gay magazine and spoken out against the policy that bans LGB Americans from serving.The former officers, among them a chaplain and two female Navy Reservists, decided to come out in protest at comments from the current Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.General Peter Pace called lesbian, gay and bisexual service members "immoral."
11 April 2007Transsexual granted new legal identity without surgery + A Spanish man who had his gender confirmed by civil officials.He is thought to be the first beneficiary of a new law that allows transsexual people to be legally identified as a sex different from that recorded at birth without having undergone gender reassignement surgery.50-year-old Julio Cuesta was granted official documents by the civil registry office in Valencia yesterday.
11 April 2007Presidential hopeful courts gay voters + Democratic candidate for President of the United States John Edwards has been showing off his support among gay political donors.Edwards has released a list of 25 LGB supporters, among them David Mixner, a gay activist who raised millions of dollars for Bill Clinton's campaigns for the White House.The former Senator from North Carolina is making a play for the gay vote in the hotly-contested Democrat nomination for President.
11 April 2007Gay adoption site sued for discrimination + One of the largest adoption websites in the world is being sued for refusing to accept a listing from a gay couple.Michael Butler and Richard Butler, who live in California, took action against Arizona-based adoption.com and its owners, Nathan and Dale Gwilliam, in December 2003.The couple have finally been given permission by a judge to go to trial.
12 April 2007Cardiff Mardi Gras celebrate Charlotte’s baby news 57 The organisers of one of the largest free lesbian and gay festivals in the UK yesterday celebrated the pregnancy of one of their patrons.Singer Charlotte Church announced last week that she is pregnant.
12 April 2007Presidential hopeful’s cancer “in remission” + Fred Thompson announced yesterday that he has cancer.The veteran actor, best known for his work on TV show Law and Order, is considering running for the Republican nomination for President of the United States.In a statement, the 65-year-old said he has an indolent lymphoma which is not life-threatening.
12 April 2007TV show encourages gay bullying, say teachers + A leading teaching union has issued a warning about the influence of prime-time TV drama Life On Mars on young people.The series, which is set in the 1970s, contains sexist and homophobic language and attitudes.It finished its second series on Tuesday night with nearly 8m people tuning in to watch the final episode.
12 April 2007Pink’s attack on Bush banned from radio stations + Singer Pink has spoken on American TV about her new song Dear Mr President, which has been unofficially banned from radio stations across the US.Appearing on the Jimmy Kimmel Live show, Pink said that the song, which attacks President Bush for his stance on gay rights and other policies, cannot even be discussed on air in many radio stations.She thanked the talk show host for being not afraid to let her perform Dear Mr President.
12 April 2007Homophobic violence at Jamaica funeral + A funeral service in the Carribean island of Jamaica has been disrupted by a mob attempting to attack a group of mourners.The Easter Sunday funeral of Kirk Wayne Lester, a Jamaican businessman, was attended by "gay cross-dressers," reports Real Jamaica Radio.A mob surrounded the church and attacked people thought to be gay with knives, stones and bottles.
12 April 2007Vatican’s gay attitude criticised by French contender + A politician who is on course to become the next President of France has spoken out against the anti-gay rhetoric of the Roman Catholic church.Nicolas Sarkozy, the UMP candidate for the Presidency, has maintained a consistent lead over his main rival, the Socialist Segolene Royal.The first round of elections are held on 22nd April.
12 April 2007Walk with the stars in May and combat gay hate + Preparations are underway for a major gay day out in Brighton at the start of May.Gay and lesbian stars are to join hundreds of others on a gay walk in the popular seaside resort.The 4th Annual Equality walk is a demonstration of solidarity against homophobic crime, a nice day out, a good bit of exercise and an opportunity to do a bit of star-spotting.
12 April 2007Sexual health charity wins year’s partnership + Terrence Higgins Trust (THT) has been chosen for a 2007/08 Charity of the Year partnership by Charity People.The sexual health charity was chosen from over 50 others who applied.Charity People hope to raise more than £20,000 for THT and get involved with volunteering, campaigning and awareness-raising.
12 April 2007Lesbians released by Nepal rebels + Two women working for an HIV/AIDS advocacy group in Nepal have been freed from a Maoist camp after a month in captivity.Dukhani Choudhary, 16, and Sarita Choudhury, 20, were taken by the rebels on March 2nd.During their detention they were interrogated about their relationship and pressured into returning to a heterosexual lifestyle.
12 April 2007Gay bishop speaks in favour of gay unions + Gene Robinson, an openly gay man whose appointment as Bishop of New Hampshire continues to cause controversy, has given evidence in favour of same-sex civil unions.Last week the New Hampshire House of Representatives voted to bring forward legal unions by a margin of two-to-one, and this week the state Senate will consider the bill."This legislation simply has nothing do to with religious bodies."
13 April 2007Riga Pride ban overturned + Gay activists in Latvia were celebrating yesterday after a court ruled that the decision to ban a gay Pride march in 2006 was illegal."The right of the LGBT community to organise a march has been evaluated as having more importance than the desire of some other people to push a certain community out of the public arena by means of threats and violence."
13 April 2007Australian PM – keep HIV people out 1 John Howard, the Prime Minister of Australia, has said that people with HIV should not be allowed to migrate into the country.Interviewed on radio, the outspoken Liberal leader said that HIV+ people who came to Australia either as migrants or refugees, should not be allowed in the country.
13 April 2007Hate group funeral protests banned 2 The Governor of Kansas has signed into law a bill aimed at stopping a homophobic church group from protesting at the funerals of soldiers killed in Iraq.The Westboro Baptist Church, based in Topeka, Kansas, first gained notoriety for their noisy picket at the funeral of Matthew Shepard.Their extreme homophobia has led them to protest at the funerals of servicemen and women killed in action.
13 April 2007Hate crimes legislation named for Matthew Shepard + A new federal law that will grant protections based on sexual orientation or gender identity in the United States is to be named after the murdered gay teenager who brought the issue of hate crimes into the American consciousness.Matthew Shepard was beaten and left for dead, tied to a fence in freezing Wyoming in 1998.He was the victim of a hate crime, targeted because he was gay.
Articles from April 2007
- US: Owner of florist sued for refusing same-sex wedding files lawsuit against state9
- Mixed martial arts fighter fined $20,000 and suspended for three months for anti-gay slur+
- France: President Francois Hollande signs equal marriage bill into law3
- Gay MP Mike Freer accuses fellow Tories of attempting to “derail” equal marriage bill6
- Church of England: Allowing straight civil partnerships would ‘introduce confusion’15
- Georgia: Prime Minister denounces violence against IDAHOT rally3
- Poll: 7 in 10 Russians are against the ‘justification and display of homosexuality’28
- Portugal: Parliament grants same-sex couples some adoption rights6
- Comment: Dear Philip Hammond, equal marriage might upset people, but it is worth it for equality18
- Italian Chamber of Deputies President: ‘Macho culture reduces gay people to caricatures’7
- Daniel Radcliffe: When filming Kill Your Darlings, I was given 'step-by-step' gay sex scene instructions16
- Scotland: Trans woman threatened with ban from shopping centre for using ladies' toilets25
- Philip Hammond: 'No great demand for gay marriage and it's upsetting vast numbers of people'68
- Turkey urged to broadcast Eurovision following TV station cancellation over lesbian kiss11
- Video: Equal marriage parody of Finland's 2013 Eurovision entry goes viral3
- France: Final marriage equality hurdle passed as Constitutional Council approves bill36
- Georgia: IDAHOT rally attacked by thousands of violent protesters20
- Poll: 7 in 10 Russians are against the 'justification and display of homosexuality'28
- Study: Audiences don't mind gay actors playing straight roles 11
- Tory MP Nadine Dorries: 'The gay marriage bill is taking the sex out of marriage'89
- US: Minnesota Republican moved to tears over 'heartbreaking' same-sex marriage bill73
- Government to consider abolishing civil partnerships or opening up to straight couples68
- Philip Hammond: 'No great demand for gay marriage and it's upsetting vast numbers of people'68
- Bret Easton Ellis slams GLAAD and says gay basketball player Jason Collins treated like a 'baby panda'65
- US Radio host: Gay news websites are covered with porn that is turning teens gay62
- Lib Dem MP Sarah Teather tells Catholic newspaper 'I never went into politics to tackle equal marriage'59
- Tory MP David Burrowes: 'I'm not anti-gay; I'm just pro-marriage'57
- Christians called to pray at Parliament in opposition to equal marriage bill56
- New Zealand: B&B owner says 'not in my home' to lesbian couple56
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