26th July 2007
Translating machine to replace sacked gay linguists 2
11:23 AM — After firing 60 Arabic translators for being gay under the 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' law, the US military has been forced to rely on an untested translating machine, it emerged this week.US National Institute of Standards and Technology researchers are now testing a prototype, real-time, two-way translation system to meet the shortfall of translators in Iraq, where linguistic misunderstandings can be fatal.
Pressure on mayor in robo-toilet row 2
10:58 AM — The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) has condemned Fort Lauderdale Mayor Jim Naugle for the divisive and defamatory terminology he has used to describe the gay community.The New York-based organisation also stood with residents of Fort Lauderdale as well as members of various local and national organisations as they gathered yesterday to speak out against the Mayor's offensive comments.
25th July 2007
US to hold personal data on EU travellers until 2022 7
5:47 PM — The Liberal Democrats have expressed concern over an EU agreement to give the US Department of Homeland Security unprecedented access to the personal information of passengers on transatlantic flights.The European Commission quietly approved the agreement on Monday.It gives the DHS access to the personal information of anyone on a transatlantic flight, which could include details of their sexual orientation.
Malta teachers take on Roman Catholic homophobia 6
4:18 PM — Malta's Union of Teachers is threatening to publish the details of four attempts to oust gay and lesbian teachers from Roman Catholic school posts, unless the government launches an independent inquiry into sexual orientation discrimination.According to the union, Church schools were under pressure from parents to fire the teachers, leading to four interventions in the past five years.Students even scrawled insults on one teacher's chalkboard, according to John Bencini, President of the union.
Microchip tracking scheme for HIV+ people condemned
2:40 PM — Health officials in Papua, Indonesia, are "outraged" over proposals to implant microchips in people with HIV/AIDS to monitor their sexual activity.The Legislative Council of the province is deliberating a by-law allowing authorities to monitor the actions of patients with 'high risk behaviour' using a detection device.Parliamentarians have also reportedly discussed tattooing people carrying the virus.
Lesbian couple question Presidential hopefuls
1:08 PM — A lesbian couple and a southern Baptist pastor quizzed Democratic presidential candidates about their views on same-sex marriage in a landmark debate on Monday night.Users submitted more than 3,000 video questions via video sharing site YouTube, and according to the debate's CNN host Anderson Cooper, same-sex marriage emerged as a popular issue.The lesbian couple, from New York, asked whether the Democratic candidates would grant them the right to get married.
Activists demand investigation into Pride explosion 1
12:48 PM — Human rights advocates are urging the authorities in Bolivia to properly investigate an explosion at a Pride event last month that injured several people.The incident occurred in the capital city of La Paz on the 30th June, the same day as London Pride.While celebrating Respect For Sexual Diversities Day in the city, and just before the parade started, one of the floats was attacked with dynamite.
Trans truck driver takes legal action against employer
12:31 PM — A transsexual who claims she was hounded out of her job as a trucker after she began her transition from her former male gender is seeking thousands of pounds in damages from her former employer.Vikki-Marie Gaynor, 37, from Wallasey in Wirral, is bringing a sexual discrimination claim against Exel Europe, part of delivery giant DHL, and recruitment agency Blue Arrow.The ex-soldier claims that previously friendly members of staff started ignoring her, and began a campaign of harassment.
Joy as gay couples register in Washington
11:51 AM — Gay and lesbian people in the US state of Washington came a step closer to marriage this week, as a new state law granting same-sex couples some of the rights enjoyed by heterosexuals came into effect.Domestic partnerships give registered partners several of the rights granted to married couples.To qualify, couples have to be at least 18, live together and not already be married or in a domestic partnership with another person.
House of Commons marks decriminalisation
11:44 AM — MPs from across the political divide have signed an Early Day Motion celebrating the 40th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality in England and Wales.The EDM was sponsored by Stephen Williams, the Liberal Democrat MP for Bristol West.Other signatories include Nick Herbert and John Bercow, both Tories, and Chris Byrant, the Labour MP for Rhonnda.
24th July 2007
US given sexual orientation information on travellers 7
4:04 PM — The European Commission quietly approved an agreement this Monday which gives the US Department of Homeland Security unprecedented access to the personal information of anyone on a transatlantic flight, including details of their sexual orientation.The DHS insists on the right to use the information for disease control, and there are fears that gay passengers may be singled out as possible HIV risks.The agreement adds 19 possible new categories, including details of passengers' sex lives.
Elton John still standing with Nepalese gay community 2
3:57 PM — The Elton John AIDS Foundation has expressed its support for the work of the Nepal's only gay rights organisation, the Blue Diamond Society.In a statement to be sent to government departments in the Himalayan country, the foundation's executive director Robert Kay said they were proud to be associated with BDS's work on safe sex education.Mr John today revealed his guilt at not speaking up for gay rights earlier in his career.
University honours MEP for gay rights work
12:41 PM — Michael Cashman, the Labour politician, actor and campaigner for gay rights, has been awarded an honourary degree by Staffordshire University.Before he became an MEP in 1999, his ground-breaking portrayal of Colin Russell in EastEnders between 1986 and 1989 saw the first gay kiss in a UK soap.Mr Cashman co-founded gay equality organisation Stonewall in 1989 and is president of the European Parliament's Intergroup on Gay and Lesbian Rights.
Homophobic judge under investigation
11:50 AM — A Spanish judge who ordered a mother to choose between her partner and her daughters, because "a homosexual environment threatened their education," is under investigation.The woman, from Murcia, south east Spain, was faced with the impossible choice after her husband discovered her in a compromising position with another woman.He filed for divorce and was awarded custody of the couple's two daughters, after 'proving' his wife is a lesbian.
Trans tax challenge trial begins 3
11:12 AM — Rhiannon O'Donnabhain "lived in anguish" as a male, struggling with the sense that she was, in fact, a female.In 1996, she was diagnosed with gender identity disorder and undertook a course of professionally prescribed medical treatments that included her 2001 sex reassignment surgery.O'Donnabhain claimed the cost of her treatment as a deductible medical expense on her federal income tax return, but the Internal Revenue Service denied the claim.
23rd July 2007
Australian laws “discriminate against gays”
5:40 PM — An audit by the Australian National University has revealed that the federal system in the country is proving a barrier for gay equality.The Australian federal government is trailing behind some of its state and territory counterparts, where gay families are accorded the same rights as heterosexual ones.The inquiry considered the impact of legislative and policy frameworks, as well as social attitudes that affect the rights of gay families in Australia.
Home Secretary may consider gay hate crime law 3
12:51 PM — Jacqui Smith, the Home Secretary, has told the House of Commons she may consider passing new laws creating an offence of homophobic hate crime.She was responding to a question from Labour MP Chris Bryant, who is gay. He drew attention to the murder of David Morley in October 2004.The 44-year old barman was set upon on London's South Bank, close to Parliament, by a gang of four people, one of them a teenage girl.
Extreme protest wins gay asylum seeker a stay in UK 28
12:37 PM — An ayslum seeker who sewed shut his eyes and lips in protest at being returned to Iran has been granted leave to remain in the UK.Shahin Portofeh, 27, an gay Iranian national, was seeking asylum in Coventry, but he was deported from the UK after his application was rejected.Despite his protests that he would be persecuted in his home country because of his sexuality, he was sent back.
LGBT groups get UN recognition 1
11:25 AM — The United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) has voted to accredit two gay rights organisations.Delegates came down in favour of allowing the Coalition gaie et lesbienne du Québec and the Swedish Federation for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Rights (RFSL) consultative status..22 countries voted in favour of both groups. Thirteen voted against the Quebec coalition and fourteen against the Swedish federation.
Out US general to speak against gay ban 5
10:50 AM — Army Brigadier General Keith H. Kerr, Army Colonel Stewart Bornhoft, Navy Captain Joan E. Darrah (all retired) and five other former military officers will speak out against the US military's anti-gay 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' policy at a programme benefiting the Servicemembers Legal Defence Network (SLDN) in Chicago next month.General Kerr was one of three senior military officers - two generals and an admiral - to "come out" in the New York Times in December 2003.