29th October 2007
Candidate drops out of election over nude photos on gay sites 4
5:45 PM — An Australian campaigner for family values has been dumped as a candidate by the Family First Party after nude photos of him were discovered on gay websites.Although Andrew Quah, 22, admitted that it was possible he had posed for two of the images, he claimed that a third had been digitally manipulated.Several websites are running the pictures, with one describing him as "Australia's Smallest Loser."
LGBT conference concludes despite bans and protests
4:35 PM — 11th annual ILGA-Europe conference came to a close yesterday.It was held in the Lithuanian capital of Vilnius and attended by almost 200 delegates from all over Europe.Fears that anti-gay activists had attempted to sabotage the conference were unfounded - Lithuanian and international media had reported on smoke bombs set off in a gay nightclub adjacent to the conference venue. "It appears it has no direct link to our conference and the participants were not targeted," a spokesman for ILGA said.
MEP: Smile’s attitude makes me frown 96
4:02 PM — Michael Cashman, member of the European Parliament for the West Midlands, has written to the Co-Operative Bank after a PinkNews.co.uk campaign.PinkNews.co.uk readers Joe and Neville Temple, who have cohabited for 42 years, tried and failed to persuade Smile, the internet subsidiary of the Co-Op Bank, to add an option for the legal status of Civil Partner to its application forms.Following our report, the bank now says that it will change its policy.
Interview: Lesbian filmmaker tackles gender stereotypes
3:05 PM — A self-identified butch and a celluloid triple threat, Butch Jamie writer, director and star Michelle Ehlen plays with and challenges gender stereotypes.It's small wonder that a woman who named her production company Ballet Diesel Films would play with butch identity but Ehlen's wryly funny work intellectually stimulates while inducing raucous laughter.At its premiere earlier this summer Ehlen and her filmic alter ego Butch Jamie had Los Angeles' Outfest audiences rollicking, earning Ehlen the Outfest Jury Award for Outstanding Actress.
MP welcomes removal of “gay panic” defence
2:31 PM — A Gay Labour MP in New Zealand has praised the decision by the country's Law Commission to remove the "gay panic defence."Charles Chauvel said that the defence, which allowed a person charged with murder to claim that they were driven into a state of violent temporary insanity by a sexual advance from the victim, was unacceptable.The defendant rarely wins acquittals but if pleaded successfully the murder charge is reduced to manslaughter.
Evangelicals call for ban on Harry Potter books 10
1:05 PM — America's largest conservative organisation has called for the banning of the Harry Potter books and films after author JK Rowling revealed that main character Albus Dumbledore was a gay wizard.The Christian Coalition of America claims to have 2.5 millions supporters and describes its mission as "defending America's Godly heritage."Its chairman, Roberta Combs, said she was disappointed that Rowling chose to out one of the most popular characters in children's literature.
United Nations to host LGBT rights panel
12:35 PM — Following the launch of the groundbreaking Yogyakarta Principles earlier this year, the United Nations will be hosting a panel discussion next month to explore discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.The event, which will bring together non-governmental organisations, UN representatives and state delegates, is an initiative co-sponsored by Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay.The Yogyakarta Principles refer to the application of international human rights law in relation to sexual orientation and gender identity.
Liverpool hosts a celebration of queer culture
12:05 PM — homotopia, Liverpool's annual celebration of gay culture, returns to the city this week for the fourth year in a row.The event, the biggest to date, will incorporate a diverse and eclectic programme of art, theatre, music, dance, comedy, photography, debate, film and cabaret.Highlights include the National Theatre of Scotland's Liverpool debut with their critically acclaimed performance of Venus As A Boy.
Obama speaks out after “ex-gay” controversy 15
11:35 AM — "There has not been a stronger and more consistent advocate on LGBT issues than I have been."That is the message US Presidential hopeful Senator Barack Obama is trying to get across to gay voters in the face of controversy about his campaign in South Carolina.In an interview with LGBT publication The Advocate, the candidate for the Democratic party nomination asked LGBT voters to judge him by his policies.
AIDS “vaccine” may increase infection risk 1
10:55 AM — Trials of a promising AIDS vaccine in South Africa were halted earlier this week after a sister vaccine being tested on humans throughout North America showed it did nothing to prevent HIV infection.In fact, according to the Seattle Times, the vaccine may well increase risk of infection.Following the abandonment of the trials, South African AIDS researchers have begun contacting the hundreds of volunteers who took part in the trials over recent months.
Greek gay community protest Iran deportation
10:33 AM — A gay rights group in Greece has asked for help to stop the deportation of a 40-year-old Iranian man.GHC-EOK say that the man, known as Alex, was arrested, beaten and tortured in his home country because he is gay.Two separate applications to remain in Greece have been rejected and his case is due to be discussed before the country's Supreme Council.
Royal Family targeted in “gay sex blackmail plot” 25
10:03 AM — Two men will appear at the Old Bailey next month charged with attempting to blackmail a minor member of the Royal Family.Ian Starchan, 30, and Sean McGuigan, 40, were arrested last month after police mounted a sting operation.They are alleged to have demanded £50,000 not to release a video showing a member of the Royal Family engaged in oral sex with an aide. This morning the story was reported as a "gay-sex-and-drugs blackmail plot" by The Times.