8th August 2007
More than 90% of gay Americans voted in 2004 election
7:01 PM — A study into the voting patterns of the American gay community has discovered extremely high voter turnout at the last Presidential election.The report, released the day before Democratic candidates for the 2008 race hold their first ever debate for the gay community, shows that a massive 92.5% of gay male respondents said they voted in the 2004 Presidential election and nearly 83.8% voted in the mid-term Congressional elections in 2006.90.7% of lesbians who took part reported that they voted in 2004 and 78% said they voted in 2006.
Central American gay activists suffer institutionalised hate
6:45 PM — Defenders of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights in Honduras and Guatemala are being subjected to state-sponsored harassment, death threats and other attacks.The attitude that they are often met with is that they 'get what they deserve.'Although homosexuality is legal in both countries, a new report from Amnesty International has revealed a catalogue of injustices.
AIDS charity and magazine close 1
6:15 PM — UK Coalition of People Living with HIV and AIDS (UKC) has ceased operations.The charity was founded in 1993 as a national patient group charity run by and for people living with HIV.UKC's magazine, Positive Nation, has ceased publication in May after 133 issues.The coalition and the magazine were praised for the meaningful way in which they engaged with people with HIV.
Floods force Gloucester Pride to cancel march
5:18 PM — Major changes have been made to Gloucester Pride due to the devastation caused by the recent floods.The event, due to take place on Saturday, will still go ahead but will be significantly scaled down.The floods have been the worst experienced in Britain for over 50 years and are estimated to have caused more than £2 billion worth of damage.
Police report C4 over Muslim homophobia documentary 2
4:35 PM — Broadcaster Channel 4 has hit back at allegations from West Midlands police that they distorted the truth in documentary that showed Muslim preachers calling for homosexuals to be killed.The Dispatches programme, broadcast on January, showed undercover footage of preacher Abu Usamah calling for gay people to be executed."If I were to call homosexuals perverted, dirty, filthy dogs who should be murdered, that's my freedom of speech, isn't it?" he told followers.
Dissident Anglicans want church property 1
4:07 PM — Three churches in Los Angeles that rejected the authority of their diocese over the ordination of a gay bishop are asking the California Supreme Court to give them control of parish properties.The parishes of All Saints in Long Beach, St. David's in North Hollywood and St. James' in Newport Beach placed themselves under the jurisdiction of the Ugandan Anglican Church when they split from the LA diocese. Lower courts had sided with the parishes, who argued they were being victimised for their views on gay clergy.
YMCA family membership dispute not resolved
3:13 PM — A YMCA in Des Moines, Iowa has expanded their definition of a family to include those who they consider to "function as a family," after a five-year dispute with a lesbian couple was ruled on by the city's Human Rights Commission.In 2002 Sandra Patton-Iman and her partner had their family membership revoked when a YMCA employee decided that they did not to conform to the organisation's definition. The YMCA offered them a 'member plus' form of membership instead, at the same cost as a family membership.
Play your part in London’s gay arts festival
12:28 PM — Organisers of Pride London have already started preparing for next year's Arts Festival, following the overwhelming success of the events this year.The Arts Festival has become a key part of Pride London, which promotes lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender culture and understanding.Pride London is now looking for people to help shape the 2008 festival, including programmers, fundraisers, publicity experts and steering committee members.
First Presidential debate for LGBT community tomorrow
12:07 PM — Seven of the candidates for the Democratic nomination for President of the United States will take part in the first-ever debate for the gay community tomorrow.The 90 minute event will be broadcast live on gay network LOGO and through live streaming at LOGOonline.com and the debate will be the first time the network has broadcast live.Front runners Hilary Clinton, Barack Obama and John Edwards will participate alongside Christopher Dodd, Mike Gravel, Dennis Kucinich and Bill Richardson.
Brighton’s businesses benefit from Pride visitors 4
11:54 AM — Figures from Brighton Pride's organising committee confirm the success of this year's event.It is estimated that the festival generated £7.5 million for the local economy and businesses, with a record-breaking 150,000 revellers in attendance.After a massive operation, tons of litter was removed from Preston Park, which is back to "pristine condition."
More gay events banned in Singapore 3
11:24 AM — While Pride celebrations are supported by government and police from Belfast to Vancouver, the LGBT community in the island nation of Singapore are having a more difficult time.Following the bans on a gay photo exhibition and a gay poetry reading during Pride celebrations, the National Parks Board has banned a picnic and fun run from the Singapore Botanic Gardens.Gay rights group People Like Us had planned a 5km fun-run and a picnic tomorrow in the Gardens, a popular attraction for tourists and residents alike.
25,000 sign petition for gay rights in Australia
11:00 AM — The Prime Minister of Australia John Howard will be presented with a petition today demanding an end to discrimination against same-sex couples.An MP from his own party will hand him a copy of the online petition, which has been signed by 25,000 people.It follows a report released in June by Australia's Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission which highlighted the 58 laws that need to be changed to grant gay, bisexual and lesbian Australians equal rights.
Lutheran priests come out in protest at sex ban
10:45 AM — In a co-ordinated campaign of opposition to a rule banning lesbian and gay ministers from having sexual relationships, 82 Evangelical Lutheran clergy came out of the closet yesterday.The Church's Assembly in Chicago is expected to vote on the issue tomorrow.Previous efforts to suspend the celibacy rule have failed, and the mass coming out is intended to show that there are a significant number of gay and lesbian ministers already in loving, monogamous relationships.