20th August 2007
Gay play nominated for Fringe theatre award 57
6:10 PM — A play about the 1969 Stonewall riots has been nominated for a prestigious award at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.The cast of Rikki Beadle-Blair's play Stonewall has been nominated in the Best Ensemble category of The Stage Awards for Acting Excellence. They include categories for Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Ensemble and Best Solo Performer.
Mormon attitude towards homosexuality softens 5
6:10 PM — A new instruction pamphlet issued by the Mormon church advises parents not to reject gay children, in what is being seen as a softening of attitudes towards homosexuality.God Loveth His Children, is aimed at church members who are "troubled with same-gender attraction" and was released at the end of July.It states that gay people do not "choose" their orientation and counsels that homosexuals should remain celibate.
Australian PM may support some gay rights
5:13 PM — A series of measures to ensure equality for gay and lesbian Australians is to be considered by the country's Cabinet later today.The Sydney Morning Herald reports that Prime Minister John Howard may be persuaded by colleagues to support legal and financial rights for same-sex couples.An MP from the ruling Liberal party, Warren Entsch, supports gay rights. He told the paper that he has been swamped with emails from evangelical Christians objecting to equal treatment.
Police probe safety of lesbians and trans people in London
4:23 PM — A new survey commissioned by the Metropolitan Police aims to improve understanding of the levels of safety among bisexual and lesbian women and trans people in the capital.The research aims to give the Met a better understanding of the extent of homophobic and transphobic incidents experienced and the effect this has on people's lives.The survey focuses on these particular groups because they are the least likely to report hate crimes.
Frisch’s Gaydar millions left to ex-partner
3:35 PM — Gary Frisch, the co-founder of Gaydar who fell to his death in February, left an estate worth more than £6.5m.Mr Frisch, originally from South Africa, established Gaydar with his business partner and then-boyfriend Henry Badenhorst in 1999. Mr Badenhorst is the main beneficiary from his will.As the couple, who split up several months before Mr Frisch's death, had never entered into a civil partnership, Mr Badenhorst will have to pay inheritance tax of more than £2m.
Major law firm settles orientation discrimination case
2:15 PM — One of the best-known names in the 'magic circle' of law firms has settled a claim of sexual orientation discrimination.A former partner at Clifford Chance made his claim in November. The Lawyer today reports that the firm has settled the case for an undisclosed amount of money.It is thought to be the first ever discrimination claim against a law firm on the grounds of sexual orientation.
Gay dating sites accused of enforcing stereotypes 2
1:51 PM — A professor at Salford University has accused Gaydar and other online community websites of using "Village People clichés" to categorise gay men into stereotypical groups.Professor Ben Light has called for changes to the way in which sites group their members into narrow profile types on the basis of their sexual identity.However, Gaydar has dismissed his assertions and said that their customers do not have to define themselves by group or category to use the site.
Irish equality body gets gay member
1:10 PM — The Irish Minister of State with responsibility for equality issues, Sean Power, has announced that the government has approved the appointment of the new board of the Equality Authority.The chair of gay rights organisation The Gay and Lesbian Equality Network, Kieran Rose, has been appointed to the board of the authority, which has wide-ranging powers.The authority works to eliminate discrimination and promote equality in Ireland.
Pride politician calls for same-sex partnership scheme
12:40 PM — A leading parliamentarian in the Faroe Islands has called for the creation of registered partnerships on the islands.Finnur Helmsdal was speaking at Pride celebrations in the capital, Tórshavn, which was decorated with rainbow colours.Organisers of Pride said they were very pleased with the success of the events which took place over the weekend.
New Jersey voters want gay marriage 1
11:12 AM — A new poll suggests residents of New Jersey overwhelmingly favour allowing gay couples to marry.According to the Zogby poll, released late week, 63% of New Jersey voters would not be upset if the state's Legislature upgraded its recently enacted civil unions law to allow for full marriage equality for same-sex couples.Just 31% of those surveyed said they would be upset by such a change.
Britney Spears lesbian allegations denied
11:07 AM — Britney Spears' former assistant Shannon Funk has rebuked press reports she had a lesbian fling with the troubled pop star.The US edition of Ok! magazine last week published photos of Spears, 25, and Funk, 21, skinny dipping together in a swimming pool, with Funk cuddling and kissing Spears on the cheek.Funk was fired by Spears last month after only a month's employment. She was assisting Spears during her disastrous photo shoot and interview with Ok!
US black congregations split over gay issues 1
11:00 AM — Conflicting views on homosexuality are now sparking disputes in black churches in the United States, just as they have done in predominately white Protestant denominations for years."It's going to be a real challenge," said the Rev. Carlton W. Veazey, founder of the National Black Religious Summit on Sexuality, reports United Press International."We're just beginning to really deal with it."