16th May 2007
Jimmy Carter questions ban on gays in the military
11:22 AM — Former US President Jimmy Carter, recipient of the 2002 Nobel Peace Prize, has called on Congress to revisit the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" ban on lesbian, gay and bisexual personnel.In an exclusive statement to Servicemembers Legal Defence Network (SLDN), Carter said: "It is my long-held belief that every human being deserves dignity and respect."Carter served as president from 1977 to 1981.
15th May 2007
First gay mayor of Richmond 57
5:32 PM — The first openly gay Mayor of Richmond upon Thames, Cllr Marc Cranfield-Adams, will be formally elected tonight.His election takes place at the Council's Annual Meeting in York House, Twickenham at 7pm.The mayor has pledged that his twin themes will be "diversity and inclusiveness."
South Africa Pride coming to Johannesburg 57
5:31 PM — The largest gay pride festival on the African continent will be held on October 6th on the streets of Johannesburg, it was revealed today.A street parade, with the theme "Coming of Age", will be followed by a Mardi Gras at the Zoo Lake Sports Club on Rosebank.It will be a week of celebrations, with the days before the parade including an art exhibition, a cabaret show and fund-raising.
Find out about your new rights
5:05 PM — A special free event designed to inform gay, lesbian and bisexual people of their rights has been organised by award-winning solicitors Russell Jones WalkerPink Law - Know Your Rights At Home, At Work At Play is sponsored by PinkNews.co.ukMembers of the gay community will be able to get free access to information about the range of new laws affecting their lives.
Gay customer considers legal action over BT survey 5
4:57 PM — When a you are upset by a homophobic online survey do you: a) ignore it or b) try to contact the offending organisation to express your distaste.BT's recent online customer survey, despite being only two questions long, managed to offend twice with possible answers: "pronounced husband and wife" to the first question and "scoring a date with the opposite sex" for the second, with no gay equivalent.
Record compensation after sacked for being gay 57
4:44 PM — A lesbian couple won a record six-figure compensation claim after they were sacked because of their sexuality have still not received their compensation.The two were wrongfully accused of allowing the physical and sexual abuse of residents at a care centre.An employment tribunal later found them innocent of any wrongdoing.
Judges to decide on gay marriage in Connecticut 57
3:58 PM — The debate over same-sex marriage rights in Connecticut could soon be decided by the state Supreme Court.The arguments from both sides were wrapped up in court yesterday, but the decision will probably be months in coming.Eight same-sex couples originally filed the lawsuit in August 2004. They believe that when they were denied the ability to marry, their rights to equality were violated.The couples have been together between 13 and 31 years.
Lithuanian bus drivers angered by gay ads 57
2:20 PM — Drivers of trolley buses in Lithuania are protesting against advertisements promoting tolerance towards gay men and women.Drivers refused to drive the trolley bus bearing the adverts. The ads have now been removed.Conservative attitudes are common in Lithuania, as homosexuality was illegal in the Soviet Union until 1993. In 2004, the age of consent was equalised to 14 years of age.
Partygoers arrested and tortured in Iran 57
1:47 PM — Eighty young men have been arrested at a birthday party in Iran under suspicion of being gay.Last Thursday, security forces in Isfahan stormed a birthday party and arrested every person there. The partygoers were beaten with batons before they were taken into custody.As yet there is no evidence to support the idea of the men being gay. The men are being held for participating in a party with alcoholic drinks, music and dancing.
IDAHO preparations well under way 57
1:08 PM — With the International Day Against Homophobia fast approaching on May 17th, preparations have been taking place for 80 events in Britain.Four students have won a competition after designing posters to celebrate LGBT History Month and the International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO.)Tracy Smith, Jillian Burr, Patricia Ofuno and Annel Christopher, all from the University of the Arts, designed four posters which won the acclaim of judges.
Students suspended for gay film 57
12:39 PM — Four students have been suspended from their college in India for making a short film on homosexuality.The director, producer and actors in the five minute film have all been suspended from St Joseph's College of Communication in the state of Kerala.The students claim that this disciplinary action is an infringement of their rights of free expression.
Police institutionally homophobic, says report 57
12:38 PM — Police detectives investigating murders and violent crimes in the gay community are influenced by institutional homophobia, a report claims.The report by the independent Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Advisory Group (LGBT IAG) looked at 10 homophobic murders between 1990 and 2002, including five murders by serial killer Colin Ireland.Four of the cases investigated remain unsolved.
14th May 2007
Comment: Gay rights – the next ten years 9
7:05 PM — How will Tony Blair be remembered? That is the question on the lips of almost everyone in politics since he announced that he is to leave office on June 27th.Will he be remembered for bringing peace to Northern Ireland, introducing the minimum wage or getting record numbers of people in work?Or will he be remembered as George Bush's poodle, with the bloody conflict in Iraq his only lasting legacy?
Huge crowds in Rome protest gay rights 1
1:10 PM — Hundreds of thousands of people, including many families with children, came out to protest in Rome on Saturday about a government bill that included legal rights for homosexual couples.The "Family Day" rally in St John Lateran piazza drew people from across Italy.The protest was organised by lay Catholic groups and family associations but not formally backed by the Vatican.
Polish embassy protest planned for IDAHO
1:00 PM — LGBT activists will be demonstrating outside the Polish embassy in London on Thursday as one of many protests worldwide for International Day Against Homophobia.The event will be part of events in over 50 countries to show a united international stand against gay hate.Poland is being targeted because of both attitudes within the country and also new legislation the government there is trying to bring in which is likely to encourage homophobia in schools.
Moscow Pride organisers unveil plans 4
12:45 PM — Moscow Gay Pride organisers handed in the official documents this morning relating to the march scheduled for May 27th.Last week State Duma Deputy Alexey Mitrofanov said the event should be allowed to go ahead.To show his support Mitrofanov will be attending a press conference tomorrow, where Pride organisers will give details of the event.
Paisley faces gay rights challenge 7
11:10 AM — A former member of the DUP has challenged party leader and First Minister of Northern Ireland Ian Paisley over the Sexual Orientation Regulations.The regulations outlaw discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation when accessing goods and services.The UK government imposed them on Northern Ireland in January, before the new DUP/Sinn Fein-led local administration took office.
Serial killer fear as two gay men murdered
10:25 AM — Police in Halifax, Nova Scotia issued a public warning on Friday for the city's gay community to protect themselves after two gay men were found murdered."Both victims were gay men who were known to frequent cruising areas in Halifax regional municipality," Deputy Chief Chris McNeil of Halifax Regional Police said in a statement to the media."We do not know if their sexual orientation or the cruising areas played a factor in their deaths."
Comment: The race divide splits the gay community 5
10:05 AM — There are places in America where segregation still exists.Blacks only associate with blacks, whites only associate with whites and neither the two shall meet.Racism still permeates the fabric of our very society. As the recent attacks on Barack Obama illustrate, no one is safe from scrutiny.
11th May 2007
Ruth Kelly attends Stonewall event
4:58 PM — Gay rights organisation Stonewall held a parliamentary reception on Wednesday evening to thank dozens of politicians from all the major political parties who were involved in securing new protections for gay people.The Sexual Orientation Regulations outlaw discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation when accessing goods and services and became law on 30th April.More than 50 MPs and peers attended the event, among them Communities Secretary Ruth Kelly.