8th October 2007
Government approves incitement to gay hate law 101
7:30 PM — The Justice Secretary has announced that a new offence of incitement to hatred on the grounds of sexual orientation will be introduced in the Criminal Justice and Immigration Bill.Jack Straw added that he would consider similar protections for trans and disabled people.The House of Commons met today for the first time since July to hear a statement from the Prime Minister on Iraq and to give the bill its second reading.
Nick Boles selected to fight Thatcher seat 1
4:40 PM — A prominent gay politician has been selected to fight the constituency of Grantham and Stamford for the Conservatives at the next election.Nick Boles, who was a frontrunner to be his party's candidate for Mayor of London until he withdrew from the race after being diagnosed with a form of cancer, came within 500 votes of winning Hove in the 2005 election.The seat has particular importance for Tories. Former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher was born and raised in Grantham.
Top prize for lesbian coming of age film
4:05 PM — A drama about a teenage African-American lesbian has won a £25,000 award.Pariah was directed by Dee Rees, an American director who originally wrote it as a semi-autobiographical feature-length piece.The movie already made a stir on the American short film circuit as well as winning the best narrative short award at the Newfest film festival in New York.
Haggard rent boy claims Senator was client 1
3:26 PM — The male prostitute who brought the career of homophobic preacher Ted Haggard to an end by revealing they had a sexual relationship has now made sensational claims about a US Senator embroiled in a cruising scandal.Haggard resigned last year as president of the National Association of Evangelicals after Mike Jones alleged the preacher paid him over a three-year period for sex and sometimes took crystal meth (methamphetamine) during the encounters.
Kyrgyzstan lesbian community print information brochure 2
2:45 PM — A social organisation for lesbian, trans and bisexual people in the central Asian republic of Kyrgyzstan has taken its first steps toward wider acceptance by publishing a brochure about homosexuality.Representatives of Labris told a press conference in the capital Bishkek that Homosexuality: A Kyrgyzstan Reality has an initial print run of 1,000 copies, half of them in Russian and the other 500 in Kyrgyz.The group has more than 100 members and provides legal and emotional advice, information and support to lesbian, bisexual and trans Kyrgyzstanis.
Swedish politicians unite to support gay marriage 1
12:58 PM — The three opposition parties in Sweden have joined forces to put a proposal before the country's parliament to legalise gay marriage.Given the governing coalition's slim majority, only four MPs would need to vote in favour of the opposition motion for it to pass.The Green party, Left party and Social Democrats' motion, if passed, would make Sweden the fouth country in Europe to legalise gay marriage after Holland, Spain and Belgium.
Revellers defy rain to party at Joburg Pride
12:30 PM — An estimated five thousand gays and lesbians - and their friends and families - turned out for the 18th Annual Joburg Pride Parade in Rosebank, Johannesburg, on Saturday, despite some inclement weather."We're amazed and humbled at the support that our community has shown towards the new Pride organisers," said Tracey Sandilands, Chairperson of the Joburg Gay Pride Festival Company."The fact that thousands braved the rain and cold to assert the importance of Pride shows that the event remains entirely relevant."
LGBT activists concern over homophobic Patriarch
12:15 PM — The International Lesbian and Gay Association (ILGA) has added its voice of protest to the comments made by a Russian religious leader at last week's meeting of the Council of Europe.Orthodox Patriarch Alexy II had called homosexuality an "illness" and attacked what he called "homosexual propaganda" influencing young people during an address to the council's parliamentary assembly.The patriarch was there as part of council's regular debates with political and religious leaders.
English bishop threatens conference boycott over gays 30
11:36 AM — The Church of England's war of words over the ordination of a gay bishop has been reignited by the Bishop of Rochester, who has indicated he may boycott a meeting of senior Anglican leaders next year.The Lambeth conference, held every ten years, has been a focus of discontent from traditionalists angry over the Church's stance over gay clergy and the blessing of same-sex relationships.Conservative bishop Michael Nazir-Ali has said he would "find it difficult" to attend the conference.
State grants right to silence for gay partners in court
11:31 AM — Another small victory for LGBT equality in Australia has been won with the announcement that same-sex partners in the state of New South Wales will have the right to decline to give evidence against their partner in court.The change from "de facto spouse" to "de facto partner" is intended to be gender neutral, according to The Sydney Morning Herald.A spokesman for the NSW Premier pointed out that the Commonwealth, or federal government, still refuses to recognise same-sex couples in this way.
Christians object to proposed homophobic incitement law 100
10:54 AM — Fundamentalist religious groups are claiming their members could face seven years in jail for expressing their views about homosexuality under proposed new legislation.The Criminal Justice and Immigration Bill gets its second reading this afternoon as Parliament reconvenes after its long summer break.Gay rights activists are hopeful that the bill will introduce a new offence of incitement to hatred based on sexual orientation.
Newcastle plans Pride 2008 3
10:12 AM — An annual celebration of the North East's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities is being planned.Northern Pride will be launched in July 2008 and aims to attract 3,000 people from the region and beyond by offering a wide-range of entertainment.Run by a team of LGBT volunteers from the North East, organisers hope it will grow to become a mainstay of the region's cultural calendar in the same way as other Pride events in Manchester and Brighton.