22nd October 2007
Scouts pay for ban on gays
10:10 AM — The Philadelphia chapter of the Boy Scouts of America is facing a heavy price, in the form of $200,000 (£97,680) in rent per year, for its National Council's stubborn stance against admitting gays.Previously the Boy Scouts of America's Cradle of Liberty Council paid $1 a year to locate its headquarters in a historic, city-owned building.According to reports in the Philadelphia Inquirer, city officials raised the amount charged to the organisation.
19th October 2007
Bahamas police accused of harassing gay tourists 8
1:40 PM — A gay cruise-ship operator is demanding a public apology from the Royal Bahamas Police after they raided a party for LGBT tourists.DaJuan Xavier, Executive Director of Ebony Pyramid Entertainment, called the incident, which happened on Saturday October 6th at the Hard Rock Café in Nassau, an attempt "to harass, intimidate, and frighten."According to the Nassau Guardian, Mr Xavier reported the incident to the US embassy and is now preparing to make his request to police.
Train crash driver had HIV test
12:55 PM — An inquest into a fatal collision heard how a closeted gay man killed when his car hit a passenger train was "tormented" had taken an HIV test the previous day.Bryan Drysdale, a 48 year old year chef, was inside a Mazda which hit the Paddington to Plymouth train at 100mph near Ufton Nervet, Berkshire, in November 2004.It resulted in seven deaths and 138 injuries, 18 seriously, when the impact turned the carriages of the train and made it slide down an embankment.
US study reveals prevalence of gay domestic abuse
12:15 PM — It may not be called spousal abuse because gay marriage is still not considered legal in most US states, but according to a new study in the Journal of Urban Health: Bulletin of The New York Academy of Medicine, gay men experience partner abuse at almost the same rate as women in heterosexual relationships.It's a little documented area of abuse, but this new study, which looks at victims of intimate partner violence, found that 32 percent of gay and bisexual men have been abused by their partners.
Dancing boys a mark of prestige in Afghanistan 4
12:01 PM — Young boys are being sexually abused in Afghanistan in line with a tradition where they are bought by older men to dance at parties.The practice of "bacha baazi", meaning "boy-play", is enjoying a resurgence in the North of Afghanistan where ownership is seen as a status symbol by militia leaders according to Afghan news site, e-Ariana.While condemned by clerics and human rights groups, authorities are doing little to end it.
18th October 2007
Trader suggests memorial toilet for cruising playwright
2:10 PM — Demand for new public toilets in the London Borough of Islington has been highlighted by a local trader who is suggesting they be dedicated in memory of famous resident Joe Orton.The gay playwright, who was murdered by his lover at the height of his fame in 1967, famously used to cruise for sex in public toilets all over Islington.The Angel area has a high concentration of bars and restaurants and a paucity of public facilities.
EXCLUSIVE: Firefighters not at LGBT conference 1
1:30 PM — A group of firefighters who were the subject of tabloid news reports about a Bristol cruising ground did not attend a national conference tackling lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality in the fire and rescue service as originally planned.The firefighters hit the headlines earlier this month when it was reported that they had been disciplined for "disturbing" men cruising.In fact they were punished for being away from their station for no operational reason.
US military recruited on gay website 1
12:10 PM — The American Armed Forces placed job adverts on a gay networking site despite the fact that people who are openly gay, bisexual or lesbian are banned from serving.A spokesman for the Army National Guard told USA Today he was unaware of the adverts running on GLEE.comThe Navy has ordered that 8,000 ads be removed from the site. The Marine Corps claimed that only civilian jobs, not covered by the "Don't Ask Don't Tell" policy were advertised.
Charity aims to tackle needs of black gay men 1
10:03 AM — Gay Men Fighting AIDS has been awarded a grant by the Big Lottery Fund for their work around peer education projects and deliver health promotion initiatives to the black gay community in London.Sigma Research data from December 2005 found that black gay men are more likely to be diagnosed with HIV compared to other ethnic groups in the UK - 11.1% compared to 6.4% white British gay men - or have a partner with HIV.
17th October 2007
Turkish authorities try to close gay group 5
4:15 PM — An attempt by the Governor's Office of Istanbul to close down Lambda Istanbul, an LGBT group, has raised questions about human rights in Turkey.A department responsible for non-governmental organisations alleges that the group violates Turkish laws on morality.The Governor had asked in early 2007 that the group be shut down.In July local prosecutors rejected the complaint but the Governor's Office then took the case to a higher court which heard the case in July 2007 and ordered a second hearing which begins tomorrow.
Comment: The complexities of lesbian life in rural Texas
1:15 PM — Sometimes I find it difficult to even relate to lesbians who live in well populated metropolitan areas.I live in a very rural area of east Texas, where there is no lesbian or gay public presence to speak of. If you want to go to a pride parade, you can drive 130 miles to Dallas and catch one.If you want to go to a lesbian bar - same drive. There is one gay bar only 60 miles away, but it's predominantly for gay men.
No resignations over gay personnel says Navy 11
10:10 AM — The Royal Navy's equality and diversity officer has said there is no evidence that anyone left the service in protest at gay men and lesbians being allowed to serve openly.In 2000, the government removed the ban on gay, lesbian and bisexual people in the Armed Forces.A document obtained under the Freedom of Information Act appeared to shed light on the worries some military personnel had.
16th October 2007
DC to host LGBT economic summit
10:55 AM — Washington D.C. will host its first Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Economic Development Summit later this year, according to Neil O. Albert, the city's deputy mayor for planning and economic development.The goal of the summit, which will take place on November 3rd, will be to ensure that LGBT business leaders and entrepreneurs continue to play an important role in leading the economic and creative development of the city.
15th October 2007
Taiwanese gays march in Rainbow Power parade
5:28 PM — A demonstration for LGBT rights in the capital of Taiwan yesterday was attended by thousands of people, many in eye-catching costumes.The Taipei Rainbow Power parade is the largest such event in Asia. Organisers estimate 15,000 people took part in the parade or crowded into the streets to show their support."Showing off the power of the LGBT communities and their supporters is the theme of this year's parade," an event spokesman, who wished to be known as Goffy, told the Taipei Times.
Gay.com parent company sells travel business
5:11 PM — Restructuring continues at one of America's major gay media companies, with the announcement that PlanetOut its travel business RSVP Vacations to Atlantis Events Inc.PlanetOut CEO Karen Magee announced the sale, which will have no effect on passenger bookings."We are extremely pleased that RSVP will become part of the Atlantis family," said Ms Magee.
Are you a poster boy (or girl) for gay rights?
4:40 PM — A leading gay organisation is looking for photogenic types willing to feature in their reports.The International Lesbian and Gay Association of Europe wants volunteers willing to be photographed.ILGA are looking for LGBT single parents with their children, LGBT couples with and without children, and larger family groups including two or more generations with LGBT and other family members, cross-generational couples, pregnant couples and so on.
NHS to hold STI testing in gay sauna
4:20 PM — HIV charity Terrence Higgins Trust and a London NHS Trust are to offer testing for sexually transmitted infections at a London sauna.Chariots in Shoreditch is working with the Barts and the London NHS Trust and THT to offer the service on Wednesday evenings.The testing is being funded by City and Hackney Primary Care Trust, and it is hoped that the informal setting of a gay sauna will encourage men to take part.
Concerns about gays in the UK Armed Forces revealed 4
11:48 AM — A document obtained under the Freedom of Information Act has shed light on the worries some military personnel had about openly gay and lesbian people serving.A review by the Service Personnel Board from 2002, obtained by The Times, revealed that some had left the Navy over the issue and listed concerns over heterosexuals having to share showers and accommodation with gay servicemen and women.In 2000, the government removed the ban on gay, lesbian and bisexual people serving openly in the Armed Forces.
Manchester Pride raises £95,000 for charity 1
10:34 AM — The city of Manchester's ten day Pride celebration in August raised £95,000 for charity, it has been revealed.Organisers estimate that 200,000 people watched the main Pride march through the city centre, while 40,000 tickets were sold for the Big Weekend.Andrew Stokes, chairman of Manchester Pride, said: "This was the first year that Manchester Pride operated as a charity in its own right."
Stars speak up for gay rights in Singapore 3
10:21 AM — When celebrities speak, sometimes, people listen. That's what some Singaporean stars were hoping for when they created a Public Service Announcement rap-type video to call for the repeal of an antiquated law which forbids same-sex relations in the country.Laws established during colonial times have held that same-sex relationships could be punishable by fines and jail time.Since Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew's regime from 1959 to 1990, there has also been an open ban of gay films, art, theatre and public displays of homosexuality.