11th June 2007
Paisley confused over homophobic son 27
5:42 PM — The First Minister of Northern Ireland has faced questions in the province's Assembly about the anti-gay views of his son, who is a junior minister in the devolved government.Ian Paisley Snr told Assembly members that he is opposed to any sort of discrimination, but would not give an assurance that Ian Jnr would be kept away from equality duties.Paisley Jnr angered political opponents when he said he finds gay and lesbian people repulsive.
Analysis: Football is coming homo
4:55 PM — The news that the Gay and Lesbian Football Association World Championship is coming to London next year will be music to the ears of the ever-growing gay football community in the UK.Last week's launch event at the Football Association headquarters in Soho Square was attended by the great and the good from the gay community and the football world.Several Members of Parliament were there to lend their support along with gay rights activist Peter Tatchell.
Jewish holy men curse Jerusalem Pride 1
4:39 PM — A group of orthodox rabbis have placed a curse on an upcoming gay parade in the Israeli capital, and vowed to hold a massive rally in protest next week.The rabbis, from the Eda Haredit sect, made a statement about the event yesterday. At the 2005 Pride event in Jerusalem a member of the sect stabbed three of the participants.Police will announce tomorrow if they will allow next week's gay event to go ahead.
More death threats for anti-gay bishop
4:17 PM — An Italian bishop who compared moves to give gay couples some rights to incest and child abuse has received three bullets and a threat against his life in the post.Archbishop Angelo Bagnasco's cathedral was attacked by vandals in April.He was placed under police guard after he was sent a bullet in the post later that month, accompanied by a picture of the Archbishop defaced with a swastika.
Gay media attracting record advertising dollars
3:55 PM — Advertising spending in the American gay and lesbian press has grown at almost three times the rate of consumer magazines over the past ten years.According to the Gay Press Report, ad spending in gay and lesbian publications the US last year reached a record $223.3 million (£113m), an increase of 5.2 percent over 2005 and an increase of 205 percent since 1996.During the same 10-year period, ad revenues for all consumer magazines increased by only 47 percent.
Americans more tolerant of gays
3:40 PM — A recent survey conducted by Gallup has found that US public "tolerance" toward gay rights has made a bit of a comeback.When Americans were first asked in 1977 whether gay relations should be legal, just 43 percent of respondents answered in the affirmative.By the middle of 2003, the number had jumped to 60 percent, only to plummet (to 50 percent) after the Supreme Court struck down a Texas sodomy law in June of that same year.
Three million party for gay rights in Brazil
3:30 PM — The world's largest Pride event has taken place in Sao Paulo.Three million revellers packed the streets of the Brazilian city in what officials have called the largest parade in the world.Police have confirmed the crowd figures, outstripping last year's turnout of 2.5 million.Parade organiser Nelson Matias Pereira told AP this year's participants are appealing for a "world where racism, sexism and homophobia, in all their forms, no longer exist."
Gays to feature at free West End musical event
3:21 PM — The London Gay Men's Chorus will sing to thousands of fans at the UK's biggest free theatre festival in the heart of the capital next week.The chorus - the best known gay choir in Europe, with 200 singing members - will perform at West End Live in Leicester Square.They will join a host of top West End shows at the festival such as Dirty Dancing, Avenue Q, Fame, Mamma Mia, Little Shop of Horrors, Menopause the Musical, Drowsy Chaperone and the Sound of Music.
Moscow Pride organiser convicted of disobeying police 1
3:15 PM — Nicolas Alexeyev, the main organiser of last month's banned Moscow Pride event, has been found guilty by a Russian court of breaching traffic rules by not obeying orders from police.He was fined £20, but said he would not pay the fine, claiming the court had not accepted video evidence proving that he and other gay rights activists had not broken the law.Gay rights advocates had attempted to deliver a letter of protest to the office of the Mayor of Moscow on the day of the banned march, May 27th.
New York counts the cost of gay nuptials
2:45 PM — New York City Comptroller William C. Thompson, Jr. has issued a study finding that the legalisation of marriage for same-sex partners could yield $142 million in economic benefits to New York City.The report, Love Counts: The Economic Benefits of Marriage Equality for New York, concluded that the revenue would be largely generated in the three years immediately following enactment of legislation and would be derived from the spending of residents and visitors on their weddings, along with the spending of their out-of-town guests.
Energy drink blamed for painful priapism
2:30 PM — A New York man has filed a law suit against the makers of the health drink Boost Plus, claiming the vitamin-enriched beverage gave him an erection that would not go away.Christopher Woods said he bought the protein supplement beverage at a drugstore on June 5, 2004.He drank it, and the next day woke up with what he described in court papers as "an erection that would not subside."
General who opposed gays in the military leaves top job
2:15 PM — CNN Pentagon correspondent Barbara Starr has reported that Chairman of the Joint Chiefs General Peter Pace's departure from that post may be linked to his recent comments regarding lesbian and gay military personnel.According to Starr's report, Pace's comments, along with his role in planning the war in Iraq and his support for convicted Vice Presidential advisor I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, played key roles in Congressional opposition to Pace's re-nomination.His recent statements that he believed homosexual statements are immoral presented a "significant problem" for Pace.
Violence casts a shadow over gay Pride
2:00 PM — Romania's gay pride celebration on Saturday was marred as police used tear gas against protesters who hurled stones at marchers in the capital city Bucharest, officials said.According to the Associated Press, about 100 people were detained for throwing stones and fireworks at police and about 400 participants in the gay rights march, said Christian Ciocan, a police spokesman.Police responded with tear gas. Nobody was injured, he said.