23rd October 2007
“Brave and brilliant gay men” not news to JK Rowling 1
6:45 PM — The novelist JK Rowling has told an audience in Canada she is surprised by the amount of fuss generated by her announcement that one of the main characters in her Harry Potter series is gay.The 42-year-old, whose seven-series saga about the boy wizard has made her an estimated £545m, sent shockwaves round the world on Saturday when she told an audience of fans in New York that the headmaster of wizarding school Hogwarts was gay."It has certainly never been news to me that a brave and brilliant man could love other men," she told a news conference today.
Poland will support EU rights charter 1
6:15 PM — The next Polish government will support the European Union Charter of Fundamental Rights which was vigorously opposed by the outgoing administration.Prime Minister Jaroslaw Kaczynski had claimed that Poland was "culturally different" from their EU partners, especially when it came to the rights of LGBT people and the use of the death penalty.Civic Platform, the political party who won the most seats in Sunday's Polish general election, is committed to adopting the charter.
Singapore rejects decriminalisation of gay sex 3
5:10 PM — Gay people have a place in Singaporean society but they cannot be part of the "mainstream way of life," a senior government minister told the country's Parliament yesterday.Ho Peng Kee, a Law and Home Affairs minister, was responding to a motion tabled by MP Siew Kum Hong calling for the repeal of laws that make gay sex a crime.Last week Mr Siew told The New Paper that the issue was larger than gay rights.
London best for gay travellers
4:05 PM — London has been named as the best international holiday destination by American gay and lesbian travellers.In an online survey of more than 7,500 lesbian and gay travellers in the USA, more than 8% had visited London in the past 12 months, placing the city ahead of Paris and Rome - the only other European destinations to make the top 10.Tom Wright, chief executive of VisitBritain, welcomed the result.
Tories “missing the point” of gay questions for elderly 1
4:05 PM — Conservative MPs have attacked a social care authority for issuing forms to elderly care home residents which include a question about their sexual orientation.The Daily Express last week reported that thousands of the new "quality assurance" packs have been sent to every care home in England by the Commission for Social Care Inspection.An organisation that works for better services for older LGBT people told PinkNews.co.uk that the MPs have missed the point and are in denial that any old people could be gay.
More Democrats sign up to repeal gay military ban
3:33 PM — Five more members of the House of Representatives have added their support to removing the ban on openly lesbian, gay and bisexual military personnel in the US Armed Forces.136 Congressmen and women are now co-sponsors of The Military Readiness Enhancement Act, which repeals the policy of "Don't Ask Don't Tell."The policy, introduced in 1994, states that LGB people can serve in the Armed Forces as long as they conceal their orientation.
Christian backlash against US gay legislation 3
2:01 PM — Evangelical Christians in the United States have attacked proposals to protect LGBT people from employment discrimination and a new hate crimes bill.Americans for Truth About Homosexuality, which describes itself as a "national organisation devoted exclusively to exposing and countering the homosexual activist agenda," is one of several groups protesting against the Employment Non Discrimination Act, currently before Congress.
Senator Obama linked to “ex-gay” singer 15
11:20 AM — Senator Barack Obama has drawn criticism for signing up a gospel singer with controversial views about gays and lesbians for his campaign in South Carolina.According to AP, gay rights group Truth Wins Out has urged the Democratic Presidential candidate to his cut ties with Donnie McClurkin, one of several gospel singers scheduled to raise money for the Illinois senator at a concert in South Carolina this weekend.
LGBT stories represented at Sundance film festival
11:20 AM — When Queer Lounge returns to Park City, Utah, in January for its fifth Sundance Film Festival appearance, it will bring along with it a new media partner: the Gay Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD)."We are in an historic era of gay visibility in film," GLAAD President Neil G. Giuliano said."As our community fights every day for equality before the law, Queer Lounge helps change hearts and minds."
Australian opposition won’t change gay marriage law 13
11:02 AM — The Australian opposition leader, Kevin Rudd, has said he would still love his three children if they were gay, but as prime minister he would not change the law to allow gays to marry.Earlier this month, the announcement that a general election will be held in Australia on 24th November prompted evangelical groups in the country to begin campaigning against gay equality.Speaking on the Austereo network on Tuesday, Mr Rudd stood by his Labour party line that marriage is between a man and woman.
US Senate candidate outs himself
11:02 AM — North Carolina voters will be given the opportunity to vote into office an openly gay Senator next year, should the candidate in question follow through with his current plans.Democrat Jim Neal, who says he will challenge Republican Senator Elizabeth Dole for the seat, surprised many last weekend when he outed himself during a discussion on liberal blog, BlueNC.com.At one point, another participant in the discussion asked Neal if he was gay.
Requiem concert to mark World AIDS Day
10:41 AM — The London Oratory School's Schola and a host of star soloists will mark World AIDS Day 2007 with a concert to raise funds and awareness.The internationally-acclaimed boy's choir will be performing the Gareth Valentine and Durufle versions of Requiem as well as the world premiere of a new commission by Colin Mawby entitled A Song of Hope. All proceeds will go to Terence Higgins Trust, the UK's leading HIV and AIDS charity, and SOS Children's Villages for children orphaned through AIDS.
Interview: The Tories, gays and education 6
12:20 AM — While many in David Cameron's Conservatives are recent converts to gay equality, including Cameron himself, there are a few who spoke out long before it was fashionable.The Shadow Secretary of State for Children, Families and Schools, Michael Gove, was urging the party to break with the past long before he took his place in the House of Commons.Elected in 2005 to represent the true-blue constituency of Surrey Heath, Gove is a clever, articulate Scot, a former Times journalist and an archetypal new Tory.