18th April 2007
Comment – It’s all change in France, Turkey and Britain 5
11:34 AM — Across the continent, new leaders will be taking charge. What does it mean for gays? Ben Leung reports. For those of us living in Europe, the next six weeks could well be one of those extraordinary periods that future generations look back on with fascination.With two monumental elections taking place at either end of the continent - France in the west and Turkey in the east.
US lawmakers mock gender reassignment 1
10:45 AM — A bill which would have made it easier for people who have undergone gender reassignment to get new birth certificate has been treated with ridicule by Illinois representatives.The state's House of Representatives discussed the bill yesterday, and the comments of several members were accused of "serious insensitivity."The state of Illinois already allows for new birth certificates to be issued to people who undergo gender reassignment surgery in the US.
Iraqi gays victims of “sexual cleansing” 3
10:12 AM — The lesbian and gay community in Iraq have called for urgent action from the international community to protect LGBT people in the country.The groups have labelled the violence in Iraq aimed at gay people "sexual cleansing," and say that the number of victims is growing on a daily basis.The last three months have seen the most bloodshed.
17th April 2007
Could drag past scupper Presidential dreams?
5:59 PM — The campaign of presidential hopeful Rudy Giuliani could be damaged by his past as a drag queen, political experts say.Giuliani , the former Mayor of New York, has only appeared in drag in public a handful of times.At an annual political roast in 1997, Giuliani came on stage wearing a platinum blonde wig, makeup and a pink gown.
Gay activists focus on stopping the BNP 10
5:03 PM — OutRage!, the gay rights action group, has urged LGBT people and their friends to vote in the elections on 3rd May to defeat the BNP.Elections will be held for the Scottish Parliament, the Welsh Assembly and for various councils across England.The BNP is openly homophobic, racist and Islamophobic, but claim they merely represent the views of British working-class white people.
Howard backs down over ban on HIV+ migrants
2:59 PM — The Prime Minister of Australia has been forced to abandon plans to refuse entry to HIV positive migrants and refugees.A government spokesman has said that the commitment made by John Howard will be "quietly dishonoured," after he came under fire from HIV/AIDS groups.The HIV/AIDS Legal Centre said that HIV positive patients were already barred from entry into Australia in most cases.
London Muslims overwhelmingly oppose gays 57
1:56 PM — An in-depth survey into the attitudes of Muslims living in London has revealed that less than 5% think homosexual acts are "acceptable," compared with over 65% of the general populationThe Gallup poll, reported in The Times, found that Muslims differed significantly with the rest of the capital's population in their attitudes to a range of social questions.More than 80% of the public think sex outside marriage is acceptable, with only 10% of Muslims agreeing.
Williams to meet with American Anglicans 1
11:58 AM — The Archbishop of Canterbury has announced plans to meet with the church in the US to discuss gay priests and same-sex marriage.Rowan Williams, the spiritual head of Anglicans worldwide, warned yesterday that the controversial issue could divide the church.Williams is currently visiting Canada.
Maoist rebels told to stop gay bashing
11:50 AM — The Communist Party of Nepal must stop anti-gay violence by its cadres and renounce anti-gay rhetoric, Human Rights Watch said today in a letter to lawmakers.The former rebel Maoists are now part of the Nepalese governmentIn the most recent known example of discriminatory attacks, Maoist soldiers detained a woman and a teenage girl accused of having a sexual relationship.
Gay marriage stunned Canadian PM 1
11:12 AM — The former Prime Minister of Canada, Jean Chretien, has admitted that he was "stunned" by court rulings legalising gay marriage.In 2003, the last year of Chretien's premiership, eight out of ten Canadian provinces legalised gay marriage through a series of court rulings.Gay couples have had access to most rights associated with marriage since 1999.
16th April 2007
BB homophobe’s posters targeted
5:41 PM — A candidate for a Christian party in the Scottish elections has complained that he is the victim of vandalism and theft.Tom Forrest gained press attention three years ago when he refused to take a booking for two gay men at his Bed Breakfast establishment.He is standing as a candidate for the Scottish Christian Party in the elections on May 3rd.
Church of England gay policy incoherent, tribunal told 11
4:55 PM — An employment tribunal in Cardiff heard today that the attitude of the Church of England towards gay people is inconsistent.Youth worker John Reaney is bringing the Hereford Diocesan Board of Finance to the tribunal, claiming that he was discriminated against on the grounds of his sexuality.Mr Reaney was previously employed as a youth officer for the Norwich and Chester Church of England diocese.
Anti-cruising councillor victim of hate campaign 2
3:51 PM — A Lib Dem candidate for Birmingham City Council is being targeted by a hate campaign after complaining about gay men using a local park for sex.Michael Mullaney is standing for re-election in the Moseley and Kings Heath ward.He used YouTube to highlight anti-social behaviour by gay cruisers. It has now been decided to cut back the bushes in Highbury Park.
Slow passage of gay adoption in Colorado
11:35 AM — Same-sex couples can adopt each other's children in Colorado thanks to a bill given preliminary approval Wednesday by the state Senate.The bill passed on a party line voice vote over the objections of critics who accused majority Democrats of trying to override the voters' will."This bill is about the homosexual agenda, and it's not about what's best for children," said state Senator Scott Renfroe.
13th April 2007
Scrap faith schools, teachers conference told
5:35 PM — A radical proposal to remove all state funding from religious schools was defeated at the NASUWT conference in Belfast yesterday.However, teachers at the annual union conference did vote to call on the government to stop building new faith schools. The government is committed to increasing the number of faith-run schools.The union, the National Association of Schoolmasters and Union of Women Teachers, has 200,000 members across the UK.
Christianophobia peddled by gay press says “So Macho” preacher 10
3:42 PM — The songwriter-cum born-again preacher George Hargreaves has accused the "pink press" of peddling hatred of Christians.Mr Hargreaves is standing as a candidate for his Scottish Christian Party in the Scottish parliamentary elections on May 3rd."This is not about gay rights, it's about gay wrongs," he told The Times.
Pride organiser will not be prosecuted for flower protest
2:19 PM — One of the leaders of the Moscow Pride movement has been told he will not now be prosecuted for his actions at the banned event last year.Nicolas Alexeyev was arrested on 27th May 2006 after a group of activists attempted to lay flowers at The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, a war memorial, equating the struggle for gay rights with fighting fascism.In May 2006 the city's mayor, Yuri Luzhkov, refused to issue a permit for the Pride march.
Councillor denies smearing gay Lib Dem 130
2:05 PM — A Labour councillor has said she totally refutes charges that she made false statements about the personal life of her gay opponent.Miranda Grell, 28, won a formerly safe Lib Dem seat in last May's council elections.Her opponent Barry Smith is now at the centre of a prosecution being brought against Ms Grell.
Hate crimes legislation named for Matthew Shepard
11:09 AM — A new federal law that will grant protections based on sexual orientation or gender identity in the United States is to be named after the murdered gay teenager who brought the issue of hate crimes into the American consciousness.Matthew Shepard was beaten and left for dead, tied to a fence in freezing Wyoming in 1998.He was the victim of a hate crime, targeted because he was gay.
Hate group funeral protests banned 2
10:49 AM — The Governor of Kansas has signed into law a bill aimed at stopping a homophobic church group from protesting at the funerals of soldiers killed in Iraq.The Westboro Baptist Church, based in Topeka, Kansas, first gained notoriety for their noisy picket at the funeral of Matthew Shepard.Their extreme homophobia has led them to protest at the funerals of servicemen and women killed in action.