15th October 2007
Canadian Anglicans vote for same-sex blessings 2
12:15 PM — A diocese of the Anglican church in Canada has voiced its support for the blessing of gay and lesbian marriages in spite of assurances from the national church that no such ceremonies will take place.Ottawa Anglicans voted 177 to 97 in favour of blessing gay marriages at a meeting on Saturday, following several hours of impassioned debate. A similar vote in the diocese of Montreal will take place later this month.Some Ottawan priests have threatened to stop performing marriage ceremonies for heterosexuals unless they are allowed to bless same-sex couples.
HIV transmission man may be in France
11:23 AM — Police hunting a gay man who was convicted last year of recklessly infecting his lover with HIV believe he may have spent some time in France.Mark James was sentenced to three years and four months in jail when he failed to appear in court in August 2006.Police have been looking for him since he first missed a court date and a nationwide hunt failed to find James. Police later confirmed that the search was now international.
Gay friendly bishop’s UK tour 1
10:10 AM — A provocative retired Anglican bishop who supports gay rights within the church is to give give a series of talks in the UK.John Shelby Spong, a bishop with the Episcopal Church in Newark, New Jersey, for 24 years, is conducting a world tour in support of his book Jesus for the Non-Religious.He has already toured New Zealand and flies to South Africa afterwards his UK appearances.
14th October 2007
“Outed” Vatican priest suspended by Vatican 5
8:12 PM — A senior Roman Catholic Church official has been suspended after he was identified in a television broadcast supposedly declaring his homosexuality and making advances to a young man.Originally only identified as sixty-year-old, working in the Congregation for the Clergy department which manges the 400,000 active Catholic priests across the globe. He was identified by Vatican officials who recognised his office in the background of the picture.
John Howard calls November election in Australia 13
8:01 PM — Australian Prime Minister John Howard today called a general election, to be held on the 24th November. It has been speculated that he will support moves towards an increase in pro-gay legislation.Mr Howard's Liberal Party is around 12 per cent behind Kevin Rudd's opposition Labor party in the polls.At that level of support, switching LGBT voters, traditional supports of the Labor party to vote Liberal will become more significant.
13th October 2007
Schwarzenegger vetoes gay marriage bill again 2
11:30 AM — Action hero actor turned Republican Californian Governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger has vetoed a bill allowing gay marriages for the second time in two years, saying voters and the state Supreme Court, not legislators, should decide the issue.The Californian Senate had voted 22 to 15 to support the bill (AB43) by Assemblyman Mark Leno that would allow gay marriage based on a "a civil contract between two persons," that would allow religious institutions to refuse to officiate gay marriages.
12th October 2007
Minister signals tax breaks for married and civil partnered couples 19
11:14 PM — In an interview in Saturday's Daily Telegraph, the Chief Secretary to the Treasury has signaled that the Government may give tax incentives to married couples, in recogniion of their benefits to society.The interview concentrates on traditonal, straight marriages, but under the Civil Partnership Act, all benefits offered to married couples must be offered to gay couples in civil partnerships.
Leading gay commentators question incitement law 100
5:30 PM — Prominent gay journalists have expressed concern at proposals from the government to introduce a new offence of inciting hate against gay, lesbian and bisexual people.They believe it will undermine freedom of speech, adds little to existing laws and even plays into the hands of homophobes and bigots by allowing them to become martyrs.However, gay equality organisation Stonewall hit back, saying there is a lot of misunderstanding about the proposed new offence.
Father of Stuart Lubbock to claim compensation 5
4:40 PM — A government body that makes payments to the victims of violent crime has confirmed that the father of a young man found dead at the home of entertainer Michael Barrymore is seeking compensation.31-year-old Stuart Lubbock was discovered in Barrymore's swimming pool after a party in March 2001.Three months later Barrymore and two other men were arrested and bailed in connection with the incident.
Howard may gamble on gay rights as a vote-winner 5
3:33 PM — Prime Minister of Australia, John Howard, is reportedly about to announce that gay and lesbian couples will be given a range of equal rights, a move that could help two key colleagues retain their seats in the imminent general election.Environment Minister Malcolm Turnbull will be defending the Sydney seat of Wentworth, which after boundary changes now includes gay districts such as Darlinghurst and Kings Cross.With Howard's Liberal party trailing in the polls, The Age newspaper reports that the Prime Minister could make an announcement "within days."
Gay allies fall out over trans workplace protection
2:41 PM — The two openly-gay members of the US Congress are divided over proposals to remove gender identity from new legislation protecting LGBT people in the workplace.Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin has committed herself to including trans people in the new law, which Congressman Barney Frank insists will cause the bill to be rejected by the House of Representatives."Politically, the notion that you don't do anything until you can do everything is self-defeating," Congressman Frank said yesterday.
Lesbian prison officer wins compensation case
2:05 PM — An American lesbian prison guard who suffered mental and physical abuse from a fellow male co-worker for over a year has been awarded $850,000 (£425,000) damages.The New York State Division of Human Rights ruled in favour of 55-year-old Alicia S. Humig after it was decided that the city's prison department ignored the abuse she was suffering from Jim Wright, a fellow officer at Wende prison in Alden, New York.It was revealed that Humig twice filed written complaints which were generally ignored by prison bosses.
Young Tory resigns over homophobic Facebook group 6
12:02 PM — A young Conservative student leader has been thrown out of the party and suspended from his university after making homophobic and anti-Semitic remarks on Facebook.Fergus Bowman, 22, a second-year politics and religion student at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan), had earlier resigned as chairman of the student union's Conservative Future branch.Conservative Future is an under-30s organisation that plays an active role in recruiting young people into the party.
11th October 2007
LGBT groups unite to defend trans workplace protection 21
4:25 PM — Nearly 300 organisations representing the full scope and breadth of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community in America have launched a united lobbying and advocacy campaign to win passage of a fully inclusive Employment Non-Discrimination Act.Called United ENDA, the campaign builds off the past week's unprecedented efforts by legal groups, political organisations, grassroots activists and many others to maintain protections on the basis of gender identity in ENDA as the measure was originally introduced.
PM accused of pandering to homophobes as election looms 5
2:35 PM — The leader of the Australian Green Party has launched an attack on the attitude of the Prime Minister, John Howard, to gay rights.Senator Bob Brown has spoken out against what he sees as the incumbent government's use of issues such as same-sex marriage to win votes.Mr Howard, the leader of the Liberal party, has been Prime Minister since 1996. It is thought he will choose not to reconvene Parliament next week and instead call a general election.
Massive cocaine binge killed gay Count
12:23 PM — A German aristocrat famed for his libertine lifestyle died from a massive overdose of cocaine, an inquest has heard.In July Count Gottfried von Bismarck was found dead in his apartment in Chelsea, west London, by an estate agent selling the property. It is thought he had been dead for up to three days.Professor Sebastien Lucas, who performed the autopsy, told Westminster coroner's court yesterday that von Bismarck's corpse had the highest level of cocaine he had ever seen.
Rise in number of prosecutions for homophobic crime 1
12:03 PM — The Crown Prosecution Service today released figures which show that 822 cases were identified as having a homophobic element in 2006-07.478 resulted in a guilty plea and a further 124 resulted in conviction after trial.The CPS said the conviction rate rose from 71% to 73.5% and that "homophobic crime is being tackled head on, and with success."The statistics cover all 42 CPS Areas in England and Wales.
US accused of funding Ugandan homophobes 1
11:35 AM — A gay rights organisation claims it has uncovered evidence that the U.S. government has funded groups in Uganda that actively promote discrimination against lesbians and gay men.In a letter to U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator Mark Dybul, The International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) has criticised funding the groups and has asked for assurances that U.S. government funds are not being used to support homophobic organisations anywhere in the world.
Michael Cashman wins European Parliament award
11:10 AM — West Midlands MEP Michael Cashman has won for an award in recognition of his work for human rights.He has been a strong defender of the rights of LGBT across Europe. He is president of the European Parliament Intergroup on Gay and Lesbian Rights.The Parliament Magazine launched the awards in 2005 to recognise the work of MEPs in nine areas. Nominations for each of the categories were collected from non-government organisations.
EXCLUSIVE: Police complaints body will tackle homophobia 2
10:10 AM — The chair of the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) has vowed to extend guidelines to tackle allegations of homophobic behaviour within the police force.The IPCC is holding a public consultation on its draft guidelines on investigating allegations of discriminatory behaviour.The guidelines will replace the Police Complaints Authority (PCA) procedures, Investigating Allegations of Racially Discriminatory Behaviour.