8th August 2007
YMCA family membership dispute not resolved
3:13 PM — A YMCA in Des Moines, Iowa has expanded their definition of a family to include those who they consider to "function as a family," after a five-year dispute with a lesbian couple was ruled on by the city's Human Rights Commission.In 2002 Sandra Patton-Iman and her partner had their family membership revoked when a YMCA employee decided that they did not to conform to the organisation's definition. The YMCA offered them a 'member plus' form of membership instead, at the same cost as a family membership.
First Presidential debate for LGBT community tomorrow
12:07 PM — Seven of the candidates for the Democratic nomination for President of the United States will take part in the first-ever debate for the gay community tomorrow.The 90 minute event will be broadcast live on gay network LOGO and through live streaming at LOGOonline.com and the debate will be the first time the network has broadcast live.Front runners Hilary Clinton, Barack Obama and John Edwards will participate alongside Christopher Dodd, Mike Gravel, Dennis Kucinich and Bill Richardson.
25,000 sign petition for gay rights in Australia
11:00 AM — The Prime Minister of Australia John Howard will be presented with a petition today demanding an end to discrimination against same-sex couples.An MP from his own party will hand him a copy of the online petition, which has been signed by 25,000 people.It follows a report released in June by Australia's Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission which highlighted the 58 laws that need to be changed to grant gay, bisexual and lesbian Australians equal rights.
Lutheran priests come out in protest at sex ban
10:45 AM — In a co-ordinated campaign of opposition to a rule banning lesbian and gay ministers from having sexual relationships, 82 Evangelical Lutheran clergy came out of the closet yesterday.The Church's Assembly in Chicago is expected to vote on the issue tomorrow.Previous efforts to suspend the celibacy rule have failed, and the mass coming out is intended to show that there are a significant number of gay and lesbian ministers already in loving, monogamous relationships.
7th August 2007
Political bruiser shows softer side on gay wedding day
5:59 PM — One of Canada's most prominent gay politicians, George Smitherman, married his partner Christopher Peloso in a small ceremony in Ontario last week.Smitherman, Ontario's first openly gay cabinet minister, is regarded as one of the most powerful politicians in the Canadian province.He has been Ontario's Minister of Health since 2003, and is also Deputy Premier.
Vietnam vet Congressman supports gays in the military
5:36 PM — Five new lawmakers, including the highest ranking military veteran in Congress, have joined 126 other lawmakers in supporting legislation to repeal the US military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" ban on lesbian, gay and bisexual service personnel.The Representatives, all Democrats, became co-sponsors of The Military Readiness Enhancement Act on Friday, bringing the total number of supporters to 131.Among them is Joe Sestak, Congress's highest-ranking veteran.
Gay flirting and homophobic abuse upset fire fighters 1
3:52 PM — Four firefighters have filed sexual harassment charges against the San Diego fire department after they were taunted while driving a fire engine in a gay Pride parade last month.The men claim their battalion chief ordered them to ride in the July 21st parade through San Diego's Hillcrest neighbourhood, according to their attorney, Stephen Stirling.The fire fighters said they had objected to driving a city firetruck in the parade while on duty, but did so to avoid disciplinary action.
White House confirms plans to block gay hate crime law 7
3:34 PM — A White House spokesman has reiterated that President Bush will veto Congressional efforts to extend federal hate crimes legislation to cover gender identity and sexual orientation.Senator Ted Kennedy has attached the new crime measure to a defence authorisation bill, in an effort to persuade the President to accept new protections for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Americans.
‘Lesbian’ soldiers dismissed from Nepalese army
12:13 PM — Two female personnel have been kicked out of the army of Nepal on suspicion of being lesbians. The Kathmandu Post reports that the pair were court-martialled after being found in bed with eachother. They said that nothing sexual had occurred, but that charges of lesbianism were brought against them by their superiors.The position of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people in the Himalayan country has considerably worsened in recent months.
US court overturns homophobic adoption law
11:09 AM — In a 35-page decision, a panel of the U. S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit rejected the Oklahoma Department of Health's challenge to a lower court decision striking down an Oklahoma law so extreme that it threatened to make children adopted by same-sex couples in other states legal orphans when the families are in Oklahoma.The ruling is important not only in Oklahoma, but also to families across the United States, including in Seattle and Houston, home to two of the families who joined in the suit.
Ex-gays win right to leaflet schoolchildren
11:00 AM — A group who advocate 'conversion therapy' for gay people will be allowed to distribute literature to children promoting their beliefs.Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays and Gays (PFOX) took a local school board in the US state of Virginia to court for refusing to distribute their leaflets to high school students.An agreement was reached last week which allows PFOX the same access as other groups to children as young as five.
6th August 2007
Black man scared me says cruising politician 4
5:35 PM — A senior Florida Republican has presented a novel defence for his actions after his arrest on charges of solicitation last month.Bob Allen, co-chairman of the campaign to select Senator John McCain as the Republican US Presidential candidate, was spotted by police in Titusville, Florida on July 11th acting suspiciously at the men's toilets in a park.Officers decided to send a policeman undercover to investigate, and within minutes Mr Allen allegedly agreed to pay him $20 (£10) to allow him to perform oral sex.
Suspended sentence for married woman in civil partnership 2
4:18 PM — A mother of five children was today spared jail by a judge sentencing her for entering into a civil partnership with another woman while still married to a man.Last month Suzanne Mitchell appeared at Shrewsbury Crown Court before Judge Robin Onions and pleaded guilty to breaching the Civil Partnership Act.The judge today decided that in the interests of her children he would not send her to jail.
Archives reveal Churchill’s Cabinet discussed gays
3:45 PM — New documents released by the National Archives give an enlightening account of the views of Prime Minister Winston Churchill and other Cabinet ministers on homosexual men in 1950s Britain.The notebooks kept by the Cabinet Secretaries contain short handwritten accounts of the conversations of ministers on a range of issues, and have just been released to the public.On the 24th February 1954 the Cabinet discussed the issues of prostitution and homosexuality.
Home Office grants will support hate crime victims 1
2:25 PM — More than £100,000 of government funding has been awarded to groups working with LGBT communities across the UK to support victims of homophobia and other forms of hate crime.The funding from the Home Office has been given to a range of community and campaign groups.The Intercom Trust was given the largest grant, £28,290, to fund their work in rural south west England.
Congress considers HIV treatment bill 3
10:50 AM — Congressman Eliot Engel, Speaker of the US House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi and Republican Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen have reintroduced the Early Treatment for HIV Act, a bipartisan bill that will save lives by allowing states to provide Medicaid coverage to low-income, HIV-positive Americans.The legislation addresses a cruel irony in healthcare coverage for low-income people living with HIV/AIDS.
Hillary Clinton campaign getting most ‘gay’ donations
10:27 AM — A survey of US presidential campaign contributions from 'gay' areashas revealed that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual voters aremaking most of their donations to Senator Hillary Clinton.The democratic frontrunners received the most support, Senator Clinton received 48% of contributions from postcodes with large LGBT populations.Senator Barack Obama received 39% and former Senator John Edwards received just 13%.
4th August 2007
Gay former police chief to run for London Mayor 2
12:40 PM — As PinkNews.co.uk had previously speculated, Brian Paddick, who was until his retirement, Britain's most senior openly gay police officer, has been short-listed to run as the Liberal Democrats candidate for the Mayor of London.A Liberal Democrat source said: "We have been in talks with Brian Paddick and we hope and expect him to go forward for nomination as part of a full and open selection process."
3rd August 2007
Mass gay kiss-in protest in Rome
4:24 PM — Over a thousand same-sex couples took park in a mass 'kiss-in' last night, the second such protest after two men were arrested for 'public indecency' in front of the iconic Roman monument last week.The amorous demonstration was called by Italian gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender association Arcigay.The two men, identified only as Roberto L, 27 and Michele M, 28, were arrested by seven armed Carabinieri and held for 45 minutes last week.
Akinola to ordain dissident English bishop 15
3:40 PM — The gay-hostile Archbishop of Nigeria is planning to ordain his own 'flying bishop' in England, in a direct challenge to the authority of Rowan Williams.Archbishop Peter Akinola has already appointed a bishop to minister to Anglicans in America who object to gay people in the church, despite a plea from the Archbishop of Canterbury not to split the worldwide Communion.A source describing himself as a 'worker in the Nigerian diocese' said Archbishop Akinola's plans were common knowledge.