9th August 2007
Science and religion clash over Russian schools 5
6:05 PM — A representative of the Russian Orthodox Church has warned of the dangers of science taking too prominent a role in the education system.According to The Associated Press, Father Vsevolod Chaplin said that teachers should inform children not to follow the vicious examples of "homosexuals and prostitutes."His comments came during a debate between leading figures of the religious and scientific communities.
Bears meet gorillas at London Zoo’s gay day
5:54 PM — London Zoo will host its third annual Gay Sunday on September 16th.The event, now in its third year, is an opportunity for LGBT people to spend a leisurely day exploring the unique environment at the Zoo in Regent's Park.Gay Sunday is the brainchild of the Head of Communications at the Zoological Society of London (ZSL), Simon Rayner."It is a great day out and a chance for us to broaden our reach and make people aware of the work we do here," he told PinkNews.co.uk
Wales’ new gay rights champion
4:46 PM — The lesbian, gay and bisexual organisation Stonewall Cymru has appointed a new Director.Liz Morgan will take the lead in promoting LGB equality across Wales.She has extensive knowledge of equality and diversity and joins Stonewall Cymru from Cardiff Council, where she was Diversity Officer for Adult Services and previously HR Lead Advisor for Equalities.Liz has also served for six months as Acting Director of Stonewall Cymru.
Lesbian murders overshadow National Women’s Day 1
3:35 PM — While South Africa celebrates National Women's Day, the debate about homophobia in the country has intensified since the recent murders of several lesbians.Sizakele Sigasa, 34, an activist for HIV/AIDS and LGBT rights, and Salome Masooa, 24, were discovered dead at field in Soweto, Johannesburg, on July 8th.Human Rights Watch has sent a letter to Thabo Mbeki, the South African President, stating that recent killings have highlighted that the constitution's promise of equal protection is not being fulfilled.
London’s festival of Black Pride announced
3:25 PM — Outburst UK has revealed details of a Black Pride Festival to take place in London later this month.The official launch party will take place on Saturday 25th August at the Renaissance Rooms in Vauxhall, starting at midday.There will be 16 performers at the event, including X Factor finalist Rowetta Satchell. Other highlights include a fashion show, DJs and the chance to win a trip to Jamaica.
Outed popstar says life in the closet was scary 1
1:22 PM — An Australian popstar who was accidentally outed by a radio host has spoken of the stress of life in the closet.Antony Callea was runner-up in Australian Idol and has subsequently had the highest-selling single in Australian chart history with The Prayer.The singer's sexuality was blurted out by traffic reporter Vic Lorusso. In March he accidentally revealed on air that his male friend's partner was in fact the Aussie heartthrob.
LGBT rights activist claims Jesus was gay 20
1:12 PM — A leading campaigner for gay equality in Northern Ireland has hit back at criticism of a placard carried at last weekend's Belfast Pride by stating he is convinced Jesus was a gay man.Belfast City councillor Christopher Staltford led calls for restrictions on future gay parades, claiming he was offended by a placard reading "Jesus is a fag."In a discussion on BBC Radio Ulster P A MacLochlainn responded that in his view the details of Jesus' life as presented in the Bible led him to conclude that he was a homosexual.
Australian government deny trans passport requests
12:11 PM — The Foreign Minister of Australia has reversed a policy whereby trans people could obtain a passport stating their "intended sex."The new arrangements were introduced without any consultation and only came to light when a pre-operative trans woman was turned away from the Passport Office in Sydney two weeks ago. SX magazine reports that Stefanie Imbruglia, a cousin of singer Natalie, attempted to obtain a temporary passport so she could travel to Thailand for gender reassignment surgery.
Organisers hope for a trouble-free Tallinn Pride
11:45 AM — The co-ordinator of Tallinn Pride has shared her hopes that this Saturday's parade will be a peaceful event.The parade will be the finale of a week of events celebrating the LGBT community in the Estonian capital and there are expectations that around 500 people will march.Last year's parade was marred by violence. 15 people were injured after being attacked by groups of skinheads with sticks and stones.
Paisley attacked over gay rights law
11:30 AM — The First Minister of Northern Ireland, Ian Paisley, is under pressure from a Unionist MEP to repeal legislation protecting gay people in the province from discrimination.The Sexual Orientation Regulations, which were imposed by then-Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Peter Hain before self-government resumed, outlaw discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation when accessing goods and services.Their introduction was extremely controversial.