5th March 2008
Iranian and Chilean LGBT activists honoured 1
3:30 PM — A trans activist and an Iranian queer organisation will be honoured by the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) at a special ceremony next month.Andres Ignacio Rivera Duarte of Chile's Organización de Transexuales por la Dignidad de la Diversidad and the Canada-based Iranian Queer Organisation (IRQO) will be awarded the 2008 Felipa de Souza Award.Each award winner will receive a $5,000 (£2,516) stipend. The awards will be presented at a ceremony in New York on April 28th, 2008.
4th March 2008
New website promotes Somerset as a gay destination
2:58 PM — One of England's more rural counties is being touted as a holiday destination for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people.A new online resource, gaysomerset.com, has been launched to promote gay bars, clubs, accommodation, saunas and social groups in Somerset. The website also has information on help and support services in the area, a vital life line for gay people living in small communities."Being 'the only gay in the village' is a real life situation for some in Somerset," editor Tom Faull told PinkNews.co.uk.
Gay.com parent company loses $51m
11:03 AM — One of the largest gay media companies in the world has reported a loss of $51.2m (£25.8m) in 2007.PlanetOut saw sales slide to $53m last year, down from $58.8m in 2006. The company also recorded a $25.9 million charge for "impairment of goodwill and intangible assets" in 2007.In May 2007 high operating costs and declining sales resulted in a considerable first-quarter loss and a resulting slide in share price.
3rd March 2008
Gay rugby team branches out into club nights
12:21 PM — After winning the European Championship last year in Copenhagen and securing the right to host the contest in 2009, what next for London's leading gay rugby team?Ruggercub is the answer. From next Sunday the Kings Cross Steelers will be hosting their new club night at the Two Brewers in Clapham.The monthly event is aimed at "rugby boys and their followers." The launch party on 9th March 2008 features special guest DJ Andy Bell of Erasure fame.
Porn twins story excites national press
10:01 AM — Interest in the strange arrest of gay porn twins 'Teyon' and 'Keyon' exploded across the Net this week, even keying the national press into covering the story.The brothers, 26-year-old Taleon and Keyontyli Goffney, who have appeared in a variety of gay porn videos, were arrested last week in a suspected string of robberies across three states.The Associated Press leapt onto the odd tale of the suspected twin gay porn criminals this week.
29th February 2008
Report exposes exclusion and prejudice faced by gay parents
12:20 PM — The first comprehensive study into lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) families' experiences in education in America has found that they are more conscientious than straight parents but suffer high levels of discrimination.Current estimates indicate there are more than seven million LGBT parents with school-age children in the United States.53% of parents described various forms of exclusion from their school communities.
28th February 2008
Matthew Shepard anniversary marked with hate crime campaign
3:30 PM — The mother of a murdered gay man will mark the ten years since his death by unveiling a new, aggressive anti-hate campaign.The Matthew Shepard Foundation announced today that it plans to engage the general public in the mission to "Replace Hate with Understanding, Compassion and Acceptance."Judy Shepard will unveil the new campaign during the 7th Annual Bear to Make a Difference Gala, which will take place on Saturday, March 29th in Denver, Colorado.
Gay rights activist given Canada’s highest honour
12:05 PM — The Reverend Brent Hawkes, a campaigning clergyman and LGBT community leader and activist, has been invested into the Order of Canada.Rev Hawkes is the senior pastor at the Metropolitan Community Church of Toronto. For more than three decades, Rev. Hawkes has been a champion of GLBT equality.He is widely credited with inspiring the 2003 court case that led to the legalisation of same-sex marriage in Ontario.
27th February 2008
African lesbian conference demands equal rights 4
3:05 PM — Lesbians from across Africa have held a conference in Mozambique to highlight the homophobia and prejudice they face across the continent.Most nations in Africa criminalise same-sex relationships and in some countries gay people can be put to death.The Coalition of African Lesbians conference was attended by more than 100 delegates.
25th February 2008
Sri Lankan gays protest at newspaper stereotyping
12:50 PM — Gay activists have launched a campaign to obtain a rebuttal of a story printed by the Sri Lankan newspaper The Island that portrays homosexuality as a psychological disorder.Equal Ground, an LGBT rights organisation based in Sri Lanka, has joined forces with the Sri Lankan society of the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) to express "their deep regret and shock" at the article entitled Treating alternative forms of sexual expression.
Microsoft millions form largest ever gay donation
9:45 AM — A gay man who was one of the founding employees of computer company Microsoft has bequeathed $65m (£33m) to the Pride Foundation of Seattle.Ric Weiland joined the company started by two of his high school classmates Bill Gates and Paul Allen. He died in died in June 2006, at the age of 53, committing suicide after struggling with depression.He is survived by his partner, Mike Schaefer of Seattle and his nieces and nephews. $160m of his estate was donated to charitable organisations. He also left $60m to Stanford University.
22nd February 2008
Gays and Lesbians ‘Have Less Life Insurance’
4:25 PM — Gays and lesbians are far less likely to take out life insurance than their heterosexual counterparts, a new study has shown.The study of 2,514 US adults found 49 percent of gay and lesbians had no life insurance, compared to just 32 percent of heterosexuals.They are also considerably less likely to have homeowners' or renters' insurance, with only 59 percent of gays and lesbians buying it compared to 70 percent of heterosexuals.
Swansea Pride Announced
3:01 PM — A gay "Pride in Swansea" festival is set to be held at the tail-end of summer, it has been revealed.The announcement follows the cancellation of Cardiff Mardi Gras earlier this week, after the popular event was unable to find enough financial support. "It is sad to learn that Cardiff Mardi Gras will not be happening this year but this has made us more determined," Peter Martin of GaySwansea.com told PinkNews.co.uk.
20th February 2008
Catholic high school rejects female referee
8:10 AM — There has often been some argument among the rank and file of the Roman Catholic Church about women of authority but, this week, the dismissal of a female referee has raised questions about discrimination against women in sports.At a Topeka, Kansas high school, basketball referee Michelle Cambell was told she was not allowed to officiate a men's basketball game solely because she was a woman.
19th February 2008
Minister to speak at workplace equality conference
11:20 AM — Leading employers in Scotland will discuss how to tackle homophobia in the workplace at a conference in Edinburgh tomorrow.The event, organised by gay equality organisation Stonewall Scotland, will also aim to raise awareness of employment law on sexual orientation.The Scottish Minister for Communities and Sport, Stewart Maxwell, is set to address the conference.
18th February 2008
Body identified as King’s lover
6:20 PM — A body found at Hulton Abbey, Staffordshire has been identified as Sir Hugh Despenser the Younger, the supposed gay lover of the Plantagenet king, Edward II.Sir Hugh died a a gruesome death, hung, drawn and quartered for treason in 1326 after Edward II abdicated. The remains were found in the 1970s but only just identified by anthropologist Mary Lewis says.
Scientists locate grave of King’s gay lover
2:15 PM — The remains of a gay lover of medieval king Edward II have been located by scientists at Hulton Abbey in Staffordshire.Anthropologist Mary Lewis believes her team have positively identified the body of Sir Hugh Dispenser the Younger, a man once described as "a sodomite, even it is said, with the King."Edward, who reigned between 1307 and 1327, had a string of gay relationships and has long provided material for writers and film makers alike.
No Cardiff Mardi Gras in 2008 11
12:15 PM — A lack of community and financial support is being blamed for the cancellation of Wales' largest Pride event.The Cardiff Mardi Gras organising committee has announced the event will not being going ahead this summer.Despite the huge success of Mardi Gras in recent years, "high demands placed on committee members have made it difficult to retain volunteers and attract new ones," the committee said in a statement.
14th February 2008
Comment: Peter Tatchell on sexing the future 1
4:10 PM — February is LGBT History Month, with hundreds of events taking place across the country to promote awareness of the contribution to society of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people.In a culture that has, until recently, persecuted queers and suppressed us from public life, this reclamation of hidden LGBT history is a welcome and much needed historical correction.But history is about the past. What about the future? As we progress towards a post-homophobic society, how will this transition to understanding and acceptance affect the expression of human sexuality?
England vs Scotland in gay football match
2:02 PM — The first LGBT football team north of the border are to take on London's Leftfooters FC this Sunday, the first time gay teams from England and Scotland have clashed.HotScots FC was founded last year with the aim of organising socials and regular kick-abouts and to provide a social outlet for LGBT people who wish to watch and participate in football with other like-minded people.The club now boasts more than 75 members and hold kickabouts every Thursday and Sunday.