16th January 2007
Czech gay man wins landmark discrimination case
11:51 AM — In yet another sign of positive change in the new EU states, a gay man has won damages after being denied a job as a masseur because of his sexuality.Lech Sydor, a 43-year-old Czech citizen, was awarded 70,000 koruna (£1,660) and received an apology for his treatment, AFP reports.The landmark ruling is the first time that a Czech court has ruled on an issue of work discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation.
Transsexual’s two passports request denied 1
10:51 AM — Norwegian police officials have turned down a request from a transsexual to be issued with two passports.The 63-year-old, reported to be a crime fiction author, accused the authorities of trans discrimination.The Aftenposten newspaper in Oslo reported yesterday that the Ministry of Justice had dismissed the accusation of discrimination.
Men and women involved in homophobic attack
10:20 AM — Two brothers were set upon by a gang of men and women, punched, kicked and knocked to the ground in a homophobic attack in County Durham.The attack happened in the village of Spennymoor in the early house of Monday morning.The brothers, aged 26 and 21, were on their way home from a nightclub when they passed the Victoria Inn, the BBC reports.
Sir Ian to launch LGBT History Month 3
10:05 AM — Actor and activist Sir Ian McKellen will be the featured speaker at the launch of LGBT History Month next month.The launch will form part of the annual Schools Out conference, on Saturday 3rd February at the Drill Hall theatre in London.Schools Out is one of the oldest gay campaigning groups in the UK.
15th January 2007
ENDA on the agenda as Congress returns to work
3:20 PM — As US legislators return to work in Washington today, gay rights activists are hopeful that hate crimes and workplace protection legislation will move forward in the coming session.The Democrats are in control of both the House of Representatives and the Senate.While politics watchers are immersed in the Presidential campaigns, all of the House and a third of the Senate are also up for re-election in November.
Gay Democrats unhappy with Leadership choice 1
2:17 PM — The National Stonewall Democrats today spoke of their deep concern that former Congressman Harold Ford, Jr has been named as Chair of the Democratic Leadership Council (DLC).NSD said the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community should closely scrutinise the record of Congressman Ford in light of the development.In 2004, with his eye on his failed bit for the Senate, Harold Ford reversed his past opposition to an amendment to the United States Constitution.
Gay unions in South Africa delayed by bureaucracy 57
2:17 PM — Lesbian and gay couples in South Africa hoping to get married in church are facing delays because of a backlog of people waiting to take a qualification exam.Government "registrars," called marriage officers, were all trained about the Civil Unions Act last year, before the Act became law.
Bashkortostan is latest country to debate gay marriage
1:53 PM — A politician in a remote Russian republic is to introduce a bill recognising same-sex partnerships.Edward Murzin, a member of the Bashkir State Assembly, has introduced the bill.He told the Interfax news agency that he wanted to uphold the Russian constitution, which bars discrimination of any kind.
Mexican bishop slams same-sex unions
1:21 PM — A northern Mexican bishop has criticised the approval of a bill to recognize gay unions in the Mexican state of Coahuila.It is the second such measure in the predominantly Roman Catholic nation.According to the Associated Press, Roman Catholic Bishop Alonso Gerardo Garza said the law was an attack on the institution of marriage.
Comment: Romney must win Michigan to stay in race 1
12:35 PM — Money, the pundits have long said, is the 'mother's milk' of politics. On the other hand, the Beatles might counter, "money can't buy you love."Multi-millionaire and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney is about to find out if all the money he's spent on consultants, ads, and organisational infrastructure trying to win the Republican presidential nomination will buy him the love of voters in today's Michigan Primary.Michigan is a must-win for Romney after coming in second in Iowa and New Hampshire.
Lesbian partner ordered to pay child support 57
12:04 PM — A custody battle between two lesbians is highlighting the differing attitudes to same-sex relationships in America.Janet Jenkins and Lisa Miller got married in 2002 in Vermont, the only state that currently has legal gay civil unions.Shortly afterwards the couple decided to have a child and Miller became pregnant through articifial insemination.
Scottish government backs hate crimes bill 74
11:20 AM — Ministers, MSPs, police chiefs, the Equality and Human Rights Commission and gay rights activists have welcomed the announcement that the government in Scotland will support an extension of the country's hate crimes legislation to protect LGBT people and the disabled.The Sentencing of Offences Aggravated by Prejudice (Scotland) Bill was proposed by Patrick Harvie, a Scottish Green MSP.It will bring Scotland into line with England and Wales.
Transsexual postal worker convicted of hiding mail 2
11:02 AM — A postman who is on the NHS waiting list for gender reassignment surgery has been convicted of hiding and dumping post.43-year-old Michael Pearson, from Cleckheaton, West Yorkshire, told Dewsbury Magistrates Court that gangs of youths were victimising him during his postal round in Birstall, throwing stones at him and taunting him about his effeminate appearance.
Italian gays protest at the Vatican 2
10:32 AM — A group of around 150 protesters attended a rally in St Peters Square on Saturday to protest against the anti-gay stance of Pope Benedict XVI.The protest, organised by gay rights group Arcigay, was held on the ninth anniversary of the suicide of writer Alfredo Ormando.The protesters carried banners calling on the Italian government to legalise gay unions.
14th January 2007
Spanish voters will go to the polls in March 5
3:10 PM — Prime Minister of Spain Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero has called a general election for March 9th.King Juan Carlos has given his approval. While the campaign proper runs for the two weeks leading up to the poll, in effect political parties have been electioneering for months.While some polls show the incumbent Socialists a few points ahead of their main conservative rivals Paritdo Popular, most have them tied.
New Jersey legislates against gay bullying
10:10 AM — A bill that would strengthen current laws against hate crimes and bullying has been passed to the New Jersey General Assembly.The bill was sponsored by Puerto Rican Assemblyman Wilfredo Caraballo."Acts of hatred or violence against a person - especially a child - cannot be tolerated in our state in this day and age," said Caraballo told the New Jersey Politicker .
12th January 2007
Gay sex scandal minister’s political comeback
11:48 AM — The politician who provided the first sex scandal of Tony Blair's government has told ITV that he intends to stand for the Welsh Assembly.Ron Davies was Secretary of State for Wales in 1998, when an incident on Clapham Common forced him to resign from the government.
Pressure on Ruth Kelly over gay rights law 4
11:48 AM — The defeat of a motion in the House of Lords to rescind the Sexual Orientation Regulations in Northern Ireland has been welcomed by gay activists.The debate has also added to the pressure on Ruth Kelly to ensure that the same regulations are introduced to England and Wales.The SOR were meant to come into force in England and Wales on January 1st, but Communities Secretary Kelly delayed them.
COMMENT:Tatchell on the rise of US-style Christian activists 2
10:57 AM — Gay rights activist Peter Tatchell argues that Tuesday's victory for gay rights was also a setback for the zealous, authoritarian tactics of US-style Christian fundamentalism. The religious right was trounced this week. An attempt to neuter new laws protecting gay people against discrimination was defeated, 199 votes to 68.This stunning three to one victory happened in the House of Lords - the traditional stomping ground of religious, conservative and homophobic parliamentarians.
Mexicans OK gay weddings 3
10:23 AM — The northern Mexican state of Coahuila became the first in the country to approve gay unions yesterday. Mexico City passed similar legislation in November.The Insititutional Revolutionary Party were responsible for bringing the bill before the legislature, where it passed by 20 votes to 13.The state's governor, also a member of the PRI, is expected to sign the bill into law.