25th July 2007
US to hold personal data on EU travellers until 2022 7
5:47 PM — The Liberal Democrats have expressed concern over an EU agreement to give the US Department of Homeland Security unprecedented access to the personal information of passengers on transatlantic flights.The European Commission quietly approved the agreement on Monday.It gives the DHS access to the personal information of anyone on a transatlantic flight, which could include details of their sexual orientation.
Malta teachers take on Roman Catholic homophobia 6
4:18 PM — Malta's Union of Teachers is threatening to publish the details of four attempts to oust gay and lesbian teachers from Roman Catholic school posts, unless the government launches an independent inquiry into sexual orientation discrimination.According to the union, Church schools were under pressure from parents to fire the teachers, leading to four interventions in the past five years.Students even scrawled insults on one teacher's chalkboard, according to John Bencini, President of the union.
Kent’s only Pride event draws 5,000 revellers
4:05 PM — The sun, absent for much of the summer of 2007, chose to make an appearance at Kent's only Pride event last weekend.The first ever Thanet Pride drew an estimated 5,000 people to the beach at Margate.The event was backed by the Thanet District Council, local businesses and national sponsors, among them Viagra manufacturer Pfizer.
Microchip tracking scheme for HIV+ people condemned
2:40 PM — Health officials in Papua, Indonesia, are "outraged" over proposals to implant microchips in people with HIV/AIDS to monitor their sexual activity.The Legislative Council of the province is deliberating a by-law allowing authorities to monitor the actions of patients with 'high risk behaviour' using a detection device.Parliamentarians have also reportedly discussed tattooing people carrying the virus.
Lesbian couple question Presidential hopefuls
1:08 PM — A lesbian couple and a southern Baptist pastor quizzed Democratic presidential candidates about their views on same-sex marriage in a landmark debate on Monday night.Users submitted more than 3,000 video questions via video sharing site YouTube, and according to the debate's CNN host Anderson Cooper, same-sex marriage emerged as a popular issue.The lesbian couple, from New York, asked whether the Democratic candidates would grant them the right to get married.
Activists demand investigation into Pride explosion 1
12:48 PM — Human rights advocates are urging the authorities in Bolivia to properly investigate an explosion at a Pride event last month that injured several people.The incident occurred in the capital city of La Paz on the 30th June, the same day as London Pride.While celebrating Respect For Sexual Diversities Day in the city, and just before the parade started, one of the floats was attacked with dynamite.
Trans truck driver takes legal action against employer
12:31 PM — A transsexual who claims she was hounded out of her job as a trucker after she began her transition from her former male gender is seeking thousands of pounds in damages from her former employer.Vikki-Marie Gaynor, 37, from Wallasey in Wirral, is bringing a sexual discrimination claim against Exel Europe, part of delivery giant DHL, and recruitment agency Blue Arrow.The ex-soldier claims that previously friendly members of staff started ignoring her, and began a campaign of harassment.
Joy as gay couples register in Washington
11:51 AM — Gay and lesbian people in the US state of Washington came a step closer to marriage this week, as a new state law granting same-sex couples some of the rights enjoyed by heterosexuals came into effect.Domestic partnerships give registered partners several of the rights granted to married couples.To qualify, couples have to be at least 18, live together and not already be married or in a domestic partnership with another person.
House of Commons marks decriminalisation
11:44 AM — MPs from across the political divide have signed an Early Day Motion celebrating the 40th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality in England and Wales.The EDM was sponsored by Stephen Williams, the Liberal Democrat MP for Bristol West.Other signatories include Nick Herbert and John Bercow, both Tories, and Chris Byrant, the Labour MP for Rhonnda.
Harry Potter author’s lesbian book 2
11:05 AM — The country is in the grip of Potter mania. London's Tube network is awash with people reading the seventh and last installment of the adventures of the boy wizard on their way to work.The adult edition of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows has a black and white picture of author J K Rowling on the back of the book jacket.The richest author in the world is photographed, fittingly, in front of a bookcase.