13th September 2007
Same-sex married couples counted in Canada census
4:00 PM — The 2006 Canada census gave lesbian and gay married couples the chance to register their status for the first time - and 7,465 couples did so.The national survey, carried out every five years, was criticised by gay rights advocates because same-sex married people had to register their status in the "other" box.The country's statistics bureau considered a range of options to record them on census forms, including the use of non gender-specific terms like 'spouse', which was ultimately ruled too confusing.
Gay support clubs make US schools safer
11:59 AM — Gay-Straight Alliances (GSAs) help make schools safer for all students and likely play an integral role in mitigating the negative impact of bullying and harassment on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) students, according to a research brief released today by GLSEN, the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network.As of today, 3,612 GSAs are registered with GLSEN from every state, Puerto Rico and Washington D.C.GSAs are student clubs that seek to improve school climate by addressing and reducing anti-LGBT bullying and harassment in school.
12th September 2007
Comment: Peter Tatchell on 9/11
4:21 PM — Six years after 9/11, the American public have still not been provided with a full and truthful account of the single greatest terror attack in US history.What they got was a turkey. The 9/11 Commission was hamstrung by official obstruction. It never managed to ascertain the whole truth of what happened on 11 September 2001.The Chair and Vice Chair of the 9/11 Commission, respectively ThomasKean and Lee Hamilton, assert in their book, Without Precedent, that they were "set up to fail."
ChildLine campaign broke advertising rules 1
10:23 AM — A children's charity has been criticised by the Advertising Standards Authority over its fundraising material.Three people complained to the ASA about the campaign in which a letter asking for donations to ChildLine was accompanied by a mock log sheet of calls to the helpline.The log sheet alluded to child abuse and domestic violence, while the letter said that many children couldn't get through to ChildLine.
11th September 2007
Gay world cup to be held in Argentina
11:55 AM — South America has an impressive history when it comes to football, and this year it will be adding another great moment as gay teams meet for the 2007 Lesbian-Gay World Soccer Championship.Supported by the Federation of International Football(FIFA), Buenos Aires, Argentina will host gay and lesbian teams from across the globe at the event later this month.In 2008 the Gay World Cup will be held in London.
Armed Forces to hold gay conference 2
11:15 AM — The Royal Air Force is to host the third Joint Service conference on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Matters in November.All three services have approved the two day event, at which service personnel will be updated on developments in diversity training, participate in presentations and workshops, and take advantage of a social networking opportunity.In 2000, the government removed the ban on gay, lesbian and bisexual people serving openly in the Armed Forces.
10th September 2007
Footballer names Premier League homophobes 1
4:45 PM — Former Chelsea player Graeme Le Saux, who was dogged with rumours about his sexuality throughout his career, has said that homophobic taunts nearly drove him out of the game altogether.In his autobiography Left Field, to be published next week, the footballer names players who taunted with anti-gay comments.Le Saux accuses former England captain David Beckham of calling him a 'poof' although he also says he does not believe Beckham is a homophobe.
5th September 2007
Turks have the most sex 1
12:02 AM — The world's largest survey on sexual behaviour has found that Turkey is the most virile nation on earth, but doctors and scientists are urging caution on its findings, branding it "unscientific."The Durex Global Sex Survey asked 317,000 participants in 41 countries about their sexual habits, and will be published in this months Foreign Policy magazine.While the general trend is for individuals in richer countries to have a larger number of sexual partners, Turks seem to buck the trend, totting up 14 partners in a lifetime.
24th August 2007
Gordon Brown urged to support gay football
10:22 AM — The Prime Minister was in the crowd at Wembley Stadium on Wednesday night to watch England lose to Germany, and his love of football is well-known.Now Gordon Brown is being urged to show his support for the World Cup, which is being hosted in England next year.Not the over-rated FIFA event, of course, but the International Gay and Lesbian Football Association (IGLFA) World Championship, which kicks off in exactly one year's time today.
TURING: The business of outing 2
10:16 AM — By all means, out someone if he or she is a hypocrite; just don't call them gay. It is nothing short of a comical irony. Ted Haggard, the ex-televangelist, and once the self-appointed spokesperson for Jesus Christ, has all but disappeared from public attention.Only a few months ago, he was reviled not just by the gay community for his blatant homophobic preaching, but also by intelligent people at large for his inability to handle rational criticisms and arguments.
23rd August 2007
PlanetOut CFO to stand down
4:17 PM — LGBT media giant PlanetOut has announced the departure of their chief financial officer.40-year-old Daniel J. Miller is the latest staff member to leave the company, which earlier this year was forced to close its international offices and cut back on staff.Last month a company that invests the wealth of Microsoft founder Bill Gates purchased a major stake in PlanetOut, rescuing them from bankruptcy.
Lottery money for older LGBT outreach work 3
12:30 PM — The charity Age Concern has been awarded a £390,000 grant to help improve services in London for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people over 55.The Big Lottery Fund award will pay for two full-time development staff who will work in the Westminster, Hackney, Islington, Camden and Kensington and Chelsea boroughs.Age Concern has carried out in-depth research into the needs of older LGBT people. A resource pack was launched last year to help those working in care homes and extra-care housing support older LGBT people.
Gay group holds national coming out day 1
11:03 AM — American gay rights group Human Rights Campaign announced yesterday that the theme for National Coming Out Day 2007 will be "Talk About It," continuing the slogan and branding that the national programme has been building since 2005.This year will also mark an important hallmark as National Coming Out Day, October 11th, falls on the 20th anniversary of the 1987 Gay and Lesbian March on Washington DC, and the unfurling of the AIDS Quilt on the National Mall.
China targets AIDS activists
10:45 AM — The Chinese government's harassment of HIV/AIDS activists and intensified surveillance of AIDS support groups raises serious questions about its commitment to combating the illness, says US-based Human Rights Watch.Over the past three weeks police have forced the cancellation of three separate meetings on HIV/AIDS in the city of Guangzhou in Guangdong province and Kaifeng in Henan province.Henan authorities have also ordered the closure of an HIV/AIDS support group's offices and are harassing a leading HIV/AIDS activist there.
22nd August 2007
Football gay liaison officers start training 1
6:12 PM — A day of training and consultation for volunteer liaison officers who will work with football clubs across England to stamp out homophobia was held last week at The Valley, home of Charlton Athletic.The new football season started earlier this month and for the first time homophobic abuse is against the rules in every Premier League and Football League club.The new regime is part of the Football Association's commitment to tackling homophobic abuse at all levels of the game.
Civil partners choose charities above white goods
2:55 PM — When civil partnerships arrived, wedding lists inevitably followed.Recent research found that gay men are keen to have all the trappings of a traditional wedding, including lists of gifts for friends and well-wishers to purchase, such as kettles and washing machines.On average each guest spends nearly £100 each on gifts. However, some couples are taking a different approach, among them Paul Symes and Terry Stacy.
21st August 2007
Gay MP’s wedding sparks media frenzy 4
12:40 PM — A Canadian MP has become the first federal politician in the country to marry his same-sex partner.Scott Brison, Liberal MP for the Nova Scotia riding of Kings-Hants, wed his partner Maxime St. Pierre at a ceremony near Brison's country home in Cheverie on Saturday.The couple walked down the aisle to It's a Wonderful World and walked back to I Can See Clearly Now.Guests described the ceremony as joyful and emotional, according to CTV.ca.
Queen of Mean dies ages 87
12:05 PM — She was as famous for her hotel holdings as she was for the razor sharp comments that allegedly came out of her mouth, but no matter how the press painted Leona Helmsley, one thing she did not do was go quietly into the night.The New York hotelier died of heart failure over the weekend at 87 years of age, leaving behind a legacy of accusations, jail time and discrimination charges that dubbed the billionaire (heiress by some accounts) the "queen of mean."
20th August 2007
Police probe safety of lesbians and trans people in London
4:23 PM — A new survey commissioned by the Metropolitan Police aims to improve understanding of the levels of safety among bisexual and lesbian women and trans people in the capital.The research aims to give the Met a better understanding of the extent of homophobic and transphobic incidents experienced and the effect this has on people's lives.The survey focuses on these particular groups because they are the least likely to report hate crimes.
17th August 2007
TURING: The case for a boycott 4
10:40 AM — Despite reasonable arguments to the contrary, it is better stay away from homophobic countries.The United States, not particularly known for its gay rights record, surprised a good many people in 2005 when its State Department, in its annual report on human rights, included for the first time a list of countries guilty of LGBT abuses.A painful evidence of the Bush administration's hypocrisy, it may well have been.