17th September 2007
Lesbian soldier sues Ministry of Defence
1:40 PM — A former military police is suing the Ministry of Defence after claiming she was hounded out of the forces after entering into a civil partnership.22-year-old Joanne Ogogo said she was the victim of harassment, bullying and a whispering campaign, as well as attempts by superiors to separate her and her partner, Laura McDonald.Ms Ogogo, from Lowestoft, Suffolk, married fellow military police soldier Ms McDonald in January 2006.
MP accused of using gay issues to win Muslim votes 4
1:40 PM — Human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell has questioned the tactics of maverick MP George Galloway.Galloway became the MP for Bethnal Green and Bow in 2005 under the banner of the Respect party.His victory over the incumbent Labour MP was in large part due to appealing to anti-war Muslim voters in the London constituency.
Northern Ireland leader meets gay rights activists
1:40 PM — The Deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland met with representatives of the Coalition on Sexual Orientation (CoSO) last week.CoSO, established by lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans groups in the province to provide a voice for the LGBT community, was there to seek assurances on gay rights after the homophobic comments of a junior minister.Martin McGuinness and CoSO discussed homophobia in sport, the Northern Ireland administration's sexual orientation strategy and the high suicide rates in the province.
Singapore reforms laws but gay sex still illegal
1:40 PM — A bill introduced to the Singaporean parliament today will legalise oral and anal sex in private between consenting straight adults.However the ban on "gross indecency" will remain in place and male homosexuals still face a maximum of two years in prison for gay sex.The new legislation will also create new offences relating to sex tourism and child prostitution.
Gay man considers legal action over voice discrimination 1
1:40 PM — A bank is being threatened with a law suit after a man was repeatedly denied access to phone banking because staff thought he sounded like a woman.Graham O'Brien, 29, is a customer with the Halifax. After several attempts to conduct bank transactions over the phone were unsuccessful, he was told to visit a branch.When he did, he was told that a "suspect person" thought to be a woman had been trying to access his account, which had been suspended.
LGBT History Month’s reminder on teen suicide
1:40 PM — The organisers of next year's LGBT History Month have written to local councils urging them to celebrate the festival.Co-chair Sue Sanders reminded local authorities that homophobic and transphobic bullying still leads to suicide.She also cited new research that shows the prejudices can be particularly rife in rural areas.Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual Trans History Month, held every February, is now in its fourth year.
US workplace discrimination law faces Senate challenge
11:30 AM — One of two openly gay members of the US Congress has said that the Senate could scupper new laws to protect LGBT people from workplace discrimination.Represntative Barney Frank has represented the 4th District of Massachusetts since 1981.He came out in 1987, and his political opponents have tried to smear and unseat him on many occasions.
Play about homophobia to tour schools
11:05 AM — Gay equality organisation Stonewall has teamed up with a well-known writer/director to raise awareness of the problem of homophobic bulling in schools.Fit, a new play aimed at tackling the problem and raising awareness amongst young people, is set to begin a tour of schools and theatres across the country.Co-produced by Stonewall and queerupnorth international festival,Fit is written and directed by acclaimed writer/director Rikki Beadle-Blair.
Swedish government funds gay rights group
10:35 AM — Sida, The Swedish Agency for International Development Cooperation, a government agency under the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, has granted 1.9 million Swedish crowns (approximately 200,000 euros) to RFSL, the Swedish federation for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender rights.1.1 million Swedish crowns (116,000 euros) will go towards supporting ILGA, the International Lesbian and Gay Association.
Incarcerated LGBT youth bill goes to Schwarzenegger
10:35 AM — California State Senator Carole Migden has announced that her legislation to protect the rights of LGBT youth incarcerated in state juvenile correction facilities has passed in both houses of the legislature.It has been sent to Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's desk for signature.In her statement, Migden shared the story of Danielle Thompson, a 21-year-old youth advocate for foster care and juvenile justice issues
Johannesburg Pride a symbol of freedom
10:25 AM — Johannesburg will celebrate its 18th annual Joburg Pride Parade on October 6th.It will be preceded by a series of events designed to commemorate the country's landmark constitutional freedoms that make South Africa the first and only country in the world to have a constitution that expressly guarantees protection from discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation.The first ever African gay and lesbian Pride parade took place in Johannesburg in 1990 with fewer than a thousand participants.