28th August 2007
Project tackles LGBT domestic abuse in Scotland 1
12:15 PM — On Thursday a pilot project which aims to tackle the problem of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people facing domestic abuse in Scotland will be launched.The Scottish government is funding the project as part of its national strategy on domestic abuse.There are at least 500,000 LGBT people living in Scotland. Approximately 1 in 4 of them will experience domestic abuse in their lifetime, which parallels the experience of heterosexual women in Scotland.
Malawians oppose McConnell over gay rights 1
11:20 AM — Former Scottish First Minister Jack McConnell has been openly challenged by senior Malawian politicians over his support for gay rights before he moves there as High Commissioner.The head of the main opposition party in Malawi - the United Democratic Front - said Mr McConnell's support for the repeal of Section 28 and civil unions meant he was an unsuitable person to act on behalf of the country."To have a man who supports gay rights to come to Malawi is dangerous for us," Friday Jumbe said.
Venice offers home to Iranian lesbian facing deportation 12
10:41 AM — The city of Venice has supported the decision of the Italian government to offer asylum to a lesbian due to be deported back to Iran today.Pegah Emambakhsh is currently being detained by British officials. Her sexual orientation and her past life in Iran may lead to her being executed.Even if she is not sentenced to death, she is likely to be prosecuted and tortured by Iran's religious officials.
Prison Break star to come out says blogger 1
10:41 AM — Rumours have been flying for months that Prison Break star Wentworth Miller is dating out actor Luke MacFarlane, best known for his stint as actor Matthew Rhys' boyfriend on ABC's Brothers Sisters.Now, the first photographs of the alleged couple have surfaced online, with blogger Perez Hilton claiming to have an exclusive that Miller is planning to come out.But Miller has previously told the press he's not gay when asked, insisting the real reason he doesn't date is that his hectic shooting schedule doesn't allow him any time.
AIDS fundraiser claims he was sacked for not being gay
10:35 AM — In a major twist to a discrimination case, former executive director of AIDS/LifeCycle charity filed suit in a Los Angeles courthouse against two nonprofit organisations alleging that he was fired from his position because he was not gay.The L.A. Gay Lesbian Centre and the San Francisco AIDS Foundation are both implicated in the alleged discrimination case.Jeffrey Shapiro was hired earlier this year to help organise the 2007 AIDS/Lifecycle event.
27th August 2007
Vermont takes first steps toward marriage equality
6:15 PM — The Vermont, United States, Legislature may soon take up the issue of 'gay marriage', if the formation of a recent commission is any indication.According to Associated Press reports, the ten-member commission was formed to decide whether the state should consider allowing same-sex couples to marry (civil unions were legalized in 2000).
26th August 2007
Hungarian homophobic party launches paramilitary wing 3
11:01 AM — The far-right Hungarian political party, Jobbik, known for their anti-Semitic, anti-Roma and homophobic rhetoric inducted the first members of its paramilitary wing outside the country's Presidential palace in Budapest yesterday.The founding members of Magyar Garda, or the Hungarian Guard, took oaths of allegance in front of over a thousand supporters of the Jobbik party waving red and white striped Arpad flags, similar to those used by the country's pro-Nazi Arrow Cross regime during the Second World War.
Tabloid claims Spice Girl Mel B had lesbian threesome 2
10:23 AM — The Sunday Mirror has claimed that Spice Girl, Melanie Brown, known as Mel B had a two year relationship with two lesbians.The tabloid alleges that Mel B began a lesbian affair with mother-of-two Christa Parker after they met at the gates of the school where both women's' children are students. It's claimed that Ms Parker then introduced her to sex-toy vendor, Elizabeth Rodriguez, who joined Mel B and Ms Parker in bed for threesomes.
24th August 2007
Ugandan leader asked to end gay harassment 5
3:23 PM — Human Rights Watch has written to Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni asking his government to repeal its sodomy laws and end a long record of harassing lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people.Last week the country's deputy Attorney General Fred Ruhindi called for the criminal law to be used against lesbians and gays in Uganda."I call upon the relevant agencies to take appropriate action because homosexuality is an offence under the laws of Uganda," he said.
Homophobic reggae stars force concert coverage cancellation 1
2:56 PM — A New York radio station owned by media conglomerate Clear Channel has announced it will not broadcast a reggae concert as planned.The decision came after the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) called on Power 105, a hip-hop station, to cancel coverage of tomorrow's Reggae Carifest because homophobic performers Buju Banton and Bounty Killer are to perform.Banton's notorious 1990s hit Boom Bye Bye appears to incite the burning, shooting in the head and pouring acid over the faces of gay people.
Italy ready to grant asylum to Iranian lesbian 12
12:50 PM — A spokesperson for Italian government has confirmed that they will grant ayslum to a lesbian woman due to be deported from the UK to Iran.Pegah Emambakhsh is currently being detained by British officials and she is scheduled for repatriation on Tuesday.Her sexual orientation and her past life in Iran may lead to her being executed.
US tax authorities in court over trans rebate 3
12:28 PM — Lawyers for a woman who is claiming that her gender reassignment surgery should be written off for tax purposes as a legitimate medical expense have questioned the credibility of a government witness.The US Internal Revenue Service contend that such surgery is not "essential" and therefore cannot be tax-free.Rhiannon O'Donnabhain, a 63-year-old former sailor, is having her case heard in Boston.
Australian politician apologises for ‘poofter’ comment 1
11:51 AM — South Australia's Treasurer, Kevin Foley, has been forced onto the back foot by attacks from the gay community over his use of derogatory language in a documentary.In the film, made by documentary maker Bob Ellis, he asks a member of staff, "Is that one of your poofter beers? F**king hell."Gay activists leapt on the comment as dangerous and inflammatory.Ghassan Kassisieh of the Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby said: "It's not appropriate for someone in a position of leadership to be setting a tone for public debate that uses derogatory language."
Analysis: US gay men and the fight for same-sex marriage 6
11:34 AM — The proportion of American gay men calling for the right to marry their partners in a church is as low as 36 per cent, Community Marketing Inc.'s Gay Consumer Index has revealed.The study, which interviewed 12,044 gay men across America, claims to be the largest and most comprehensive of its kind. Survey participants were solicited through over 75 widely distributed internet and print publications.When asked if political leaders should "continue the fight for gay and lesbian marriage equality" only 36 per cent believed it should be a priority.
Gordon Brown urged to support gay football
10:22 AM — The Prime Minister was in the crowd at Wembley Stadium on Wednesday night to watch England lose to Germany, and his love of football is well-known.Now Gordon Brown is being urged to show his support for the World Cup, which is being hosted in England next year.Not the over-rated FIFA event, of course, but the International Gay and Lesbian Football Association (IGLFA) World Championship, which kicks off in exactly one year's time today.
TURING: The business of outing 2
10:16 AM — By all means, out someone if he or she is a hypocrite; just don't call them gay. It is nothing short of a comical irony. Ted Haggard, the ex-televangelist, and once the self-appointed spokesperson for Jesus Christ, has all but disappeared from public attention.Only a few months ago, he was reviled not just by the gay community for his blatant homophobic preaching, but also by intelligent people at large for his inability to handle rational criticisms and arguments.
23rd August 2007
Polish activists create election list of homophobic politicians 1
6:30 PM — LGBT activists in Poland are compiling a list of politicians who have been hostile to gay rights ahead of a general election later this year.The website gaylife.pl is putting together the list, which includes MPs from all sides of the political spectrum."There's a parliamentary election coming. We want to enable the gay community to make a conscious choice and this is the reason for creating a list with the names of the people who have hindered us from achieving our goals," Marek Ryszard, of gaylife.pl told thenews.pl website.
Brad Pitt to produce trans drama 1
5:45 PM — Ryan Murphy, creator of popular US drama Nip/Tuck, has sold a pilot to the FX network for a series about a man who realises he is a transsexual.In a move which surprised many media observers, Brad Pitt is listed among the executive producers, in what would be his first foray into television.The programme has already faced two drastic changes, however. One was over similarities to a real-life transsexual while the other followed misjudgements over the weight of a penis.
PlanetOut CFO to stand down
4:17 PM — LGBT media giant PlanetOut has announced the departure of their chief financial officer.40-year-old Daniel J. Miller is the latest staff member to leave the company, which earlier this year was forced to close its international offices and cut back on staff.Last month a company that invests the wealth of Microsoft founder Bill Gates purchased a major stake in PlanetOut, rescuing them from bankruptcy.
Congress frustrates Foley scandal investigation
3:54 PM — Police in Florida have revealed they are being prevented from fully investigating the sexually-explicit internet communications between a former Congressman and male teenage House pages.Republican Mark Foley represented the state's sixteenth district in the House of Representatives for 11 years and was chairman of the House caucus on missing and exploited children.He resigned in September 2006 after ABC News reported he sent messages to current and former underage pages with references to sexual acts and genitalia.