17th April 2007
Gay marriage stunned Canadian PM 1
11:12 AM — The former Prime Minister of Canada, Jean Chretien, has admitted that he was "stunned" by court rulings legalising gay marriage.In 2003, the last year of Chretien's premiership, eight out of ten Canadian provinces legalised gay marriage through a series of court rulings.Gay couples have had access to most rights associated with marriage since 1999.
16th April 2007
BB homophobe’s posters targeted
5:41 PM — A candidate for a Christian party in the Scottish elections has complained that he is the victim of vandalism and theft.Tom Forrest gained press attention three years ago when he refused to take a booking for two gay men at his Bed Breakfast establishment.He is standing as a candidate for the Scottish Christian Party in the elections on May 3rd.
Church of England gay policy incoherent, tribunal told 11
4:55 PM — An employment tribunal in Cardiff heard today that the attitude of the Church of England towards gay people is inconsistent.Youth worker John Reaney is bringing the Hereford Diocesan Board of Finance to the tribunal, claiming that he was discriminated against on the grounds of his sexuality.Mr Reaney was previously employed as a youth officer for the Norwich and Chester Church of England diocese.
Anti-cruising councillor victim of hate campaign 2
3:51 PM — A Lib Dem candidate for Birmingham City Council is being targeted by a hate campaign after complaining about gay men using a local park for sex.Michael Mullaney is standing for re-election in the Moseley and Kings Heath ward.He used YouTube to highlight anti-social behaviour by gay cruisers. It has now been decided to cut back the bushes in Highbury Park.
Slow passage of gay adoption in Colorado
11:35 AM — Same-sex couples can adopt each other's children in Colorado thanks to a bill given preliminary approval Wednesday by the state Senate.The bill passed on a party line voice vote over the objections of critics who accused majority Democrats of trying to override the voters' will."This bill is about the homosexual agenda, and it's not about what's best for children," said state Senator Scott Renfroe.
13th April 2007
Scrap faith schools, teachers conference told
5:35 PM — A radical proposal to remove all state funding from religious schools was defeated at the NASUWT conference in Belfast yesterday.However, teachers at the annual union conference did vote to call on the government to stop building new faith schools. The government is committed to increasing the number of faith-run schools.The union, the National Association of Schoolmasters and Union of Women Teachers, has 200,000 members across the UK.
Christianophobia peddled by gay press says “So Macho” preacher 10
3:42 PM — The songwriter-cum born-again preacher George Hargreaves has accused the "pink press" of peddling hatred of Christians.Mr Hargreaves is standing as a candidate for his Scottish Christian Party in the Scottish parliamentary elections on May 3rd."This is not about gay rights, it's about gay wrongs," he told The Times.
Pride organiser will not be prosecuted for flower protest
2:19 PM — One of the leaders of the Moscow Pride movement has been told he will not now be prosecuted for his actions at the banned event last year.Nicolas Alexeyev was arrested on 27th May 2006 after a group of activists attempted to lay flowers at The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, a war memorial, equating the struggle for gay rights with fighting fascism.In May 2006 the city's mayor, Yuri Luzhkov, refused to issue a permit for the Pride march.
Councillor denies smearing gay Lib Dem 130
2:05 PM — A Labour councillor has said she totally refutes charges that she made false statements about the personal life of her gay opponent.Miranda Grell, 28, won a formerly safe Lib Dem seat in last May's council elections.Her opponent Barry Smith is now at the centre of a prosecution being brought against Ms Grell.
Hate crimes legislation named for Matthew Shepard
11:09 AM — A new federal law that will grant protections based on sexual orientation or gender identity in the United States is to be named after the murdered gay teenager who brought the issue of hate crimes into the American consciousness.Matthew Shepard was beaten and left for dead, tied to a fence in freezing Wyoming in 1998.He was the victim of a hate crime, targeted because he was gay.
Hate group funeral protests banned 2
10:49 AM — The Governor of Kansas has signed into law a bill aimed at stopping a homophobic church group from protesting at the funerals of soldiers killed in Iraq.The Westboro Baptist Church, based in Topeka, Kansas, first gained notoriety for their noisy picket at the funeral of Matthew Shepard.Their extreme homophobia has led them to protest at the funerals of servicemen and women killed in action.
Australian PM – keep HIV people out 1
10:30 AM — John Howard, the Prime Minister of Australia, has said that people with HIV should not be allowed to migrate into the country.Interviewed on radio, the outspoken Liberal leader said that HIV+ people who came to Australia either as migrants or refugees, should not be allowed in the country.
Riga Pride ban overturned
10:10 AM — Gay activists in Latvia were celebrating yesterday after a court ruled that the decision to ban a gay Pride march in 2006 was illegal."The right of the LGBT community to organise a march has been evaluated as having more importance than the desire of some other people to push a certain community out of the public arena by means of threats and violence."
12th April 2007
Gay bishop speaks in favour of gay unions
5:15 PM — Gene Robinson, an openly gay man whose appointment as Bishop of New Hampshire continues to cause controversy, has given evidence in favour of same-sex civil unions.Last week the New Hampshire House of Representatives voted to bring forward legal unions by a margin of two-to-one, and this week the state Senate will consider the bill."This legislation simply has nothing do to with religious bodies."
Lesbians released by Nepal rebels
4:06 PM — Two women working for an HIV/AIDS advocacy group in Nepal have been freed from a Maoist camp after a month in captivity.Dukhani Choudhary, 16, and Sarita Choudhury, 20, were taken by the rebels on March 2nd.During their detention they were interrogated about their relationship and pressured into returning to a heterosexual lifestyle.
Vatican’s gay attitude criticised by French contender
1:29 PM — A politician who is on course to become the next President of France has spoken out against the anti-gay rhetoric of the Roman Catholic church.Nicolas Sarkozy, the UMP candidate for the Presidency, has maintained a consistent lead over his main rival, the Socialist Segolene Royal.The first round of elections are held on 22nd April.
Homophobic violence at Jamaica funeral
1:01 PM — A funeral service in the Carribean island of Jamaica has been disrupted by a mob attempting to attack a group of mourners.The Easter Sunday funeral of Kirk Wayne Lester, a Jamaican businessman, was attended by "gay cross-dressers," reports Real Jamaica Radio.A mob surrounded the church and attacked people thought to be gay with knives, stones and bottles.
Presidential hopeful’s cancer “in remission”
11:35 AM — Fred Thompson announced yesterday that he has cancer.The veteran actor, best known for his work on TV show Law and Order, is considering running for the Republican nomination for President of the United States.In a statement, the 65-year-old said he has an indolent lymphoma which is not life-threatening.
Cardiff Mardi Gras celebrate Charlotte’s baby news 57
11:35 AM — The organisers of one of the largest free lesbian and gay festivals in the UK yesterday celebrated the pregnancy of one of their patrons.Singer Charlotte Church announced last week that she is pregnant. The 21-year-old is a patron of Cardiff Mardi Gras."The Mardi Gras committee are delighted to hear the news of Charlotte's pregnancy," said Mardi Gras spokesman Mark Williams.
11th April 2007
Gay adoption site sued for discrimination
5:09 PM — One of the largest adoption websites in the world is being sued for refusing to accept a listing from a gay couple.Michael Butler and Richard Butler, who live in California, took action against Arizona-based adoption.com and its owners, Nathan and Dale Gwilliam, in December 2003.The couple have finally been given permission by a judge to go to trial.