4th March 2008
Northern Ireland First Minister to resign 7
6:20 PM — The homophobic First Minister of Northern Ireland, the Reverend Ian Paisley, is to stand down in May and quit his post as leader of the Democratic Unionist Party.The 81-year-old will retain his seats in the House of Commons and Northern Ireland Assembly. Rev Paisley said: "I came to this decision a few weeks ago."He will depart after an economic conference in May, which is also the first anniversary of the power-sharing executive taking office.
Mayor backs Christian challenge over fostering
2:45 PM — The Mayor of Derby is backing a Christian couple who are appealing against a decision that they were not suitable foster parents.Eunice and Owen Johns approached the council about providing weekend respite care for children under 10.They were rejected by an adoption panel after it emerged that Mrs Johns, a Sunday school teacher, wanted any children in their care to go to church on Sundays.The Johns also refused to teach children that gay and lesbian relationships are normal, as required by gay equality laws.
Dutch stand up for gays at UN Human Rights council 1
11:40 AM — The Foreign Minister of the Netherlands today told an international meeting that gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans people deserve equal rights.Maxime Verhagen made his remarks at the opening session of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva.In a wide-ranging speech he highlighted the rights of "children in Uzbekistan picking cotton for long hours for little or no wages" and proposed the EU move to ban on the sale of goods that have been produced "using any form of slavery."
3rd March 2008
Obama uses Bible to defend civil unions 3
12:55 PM — Presidential candidate Barack Obama has defended his support of civil unions by referring to the Sermon on the Mount.The famous sermon given by Jesus, which includes the Beatitudes, the instruction to 'turn the other cheek' and the Lord's Prayer, is found in the book of Matthew in the New Testament.Senator Obama is thought to have been referring to Jesus' instruction to: "Do to others what you would have them do to you."
Jamaican gays reject tourist boycott over homophobia 2
12:35 PM — J-Flag, the Jamaican lesbian and gay rights group, has rejected calls for a tourist boycott in protest at homophobia on the island.Canadian newspapers have been focusing on the prejudice and violence gay people face in Jamaica since a leading activist sought asylum there, and some have called for Canadians to refuse to holiday in the popular destination.In a statement released yesterday, J-Flag, Jamaica's Forum for Lesbians, All-Sexuals and Gays, said it shared the frustration at the "slow progress towards transforming the social climate."
MP targeted by “Satan” after gay earthquake comments 14
12:02 PM — A member of Israel's parliament who generated headlines across the world when he linked earthquakes to gay rights has been receiving death threats.Shlomo Benizri, who is a member of the ultra-Orthodox Shas party, has been targeted by someone using the name "Satan."The Jerusalem Post reports: "It is unknown if those threats are connected to a suspicious envelope filled with white powder that the MK received last week."
Civil partnership for senior Tory 7
10:55 AM — After a whirlwind 14-month romance leading Conservative MP Alan Duncan has proposed to his boyfriend.He met 39-year-old James Dunseath at a dinner arranged by friends and proposed to him on Valentine's Day during a holiday in Oman. They are expected to hold a civil partnership ceremony later this year.Mr Duncan, 50, is the Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform and MP for Rutland and Melton.
Clinton does comedy on Saturday Night Live
10:20 AM — After plugging the show during her televised debate with rival Barack Obama last week, Hillary Clinton dropped by Saturday Night Live this weekend for a surprise guest appearance.After a parody skit of the debate, Clinton provided an "editorial response" and praised Amy Poehler's deft imitation of her on SNL.For the second week in a row, Saturday Night Live opened with a scene featuring a Democratic debate.
29th February 2008
McCain addresses birthplace questions
1:30 AM — Arizona Senator John McCain has finally spoken out about persistent rumours that he is not a 'natural born citizen' of the United States and therefore not eligible to become President.McCain was born in the Panama Canal Zone and some have argued that under the definition of 'natural born citizen', he is cannot be president according to the U.S. constitution.He was born August 29, 1936 at the Coco Solo Air Base in the American-controlled Panama Canal Zone.
Presidential candidate picks Green running mate
1:15 AM — Ralph Nader, who announced this week he will run again for President, has chosen former San Francisco Supervisor Matt Gonzalez as his running mate.Texas-born Gonzalez ran for mayor of San Francisco in 2003 as a Green Party candidate, but lost to Gavin Newsom."I want someone who shares my sense of justice and opposition to corporate state control over our society," Nader said of Gonzalez.
Analysis: Obama reaches out to LGBT community 2
1:03 AM — Illinois Senator Barack Obama is appealing directly to LGBT voters with new advertisements in Ohio and Texas gay newspapers.The Democratic Presidential contender also released a statement on Thursday targeted to the gay community, asking for support "so that together we can bring about real change for all LGBT Americans."In a statement from the Obama campaign released on Thursday, titled "Open Letter from Barack Obama to the LGBT community," the Senator detailed his history of activism on behalf of gay Americans.
28th February 2008
Gay groups present report at Edinburgh Castle reception
4:15 PM — The LGBT Hearts and Minds Agenda Group has presented a copy of their report into challenging prejudice at a special ministerial reception held yesterday evening at Edinburgh Castle.Communities and Sport Minister Stewart Maxwell hosted the event which also marked LGBT History Month.The group is facilitated by the Scottish Government Equality Unit and is made up of representatives from three national LGBT organisations.
Socialists question First Minister about gay rights 1
1:25 PM — The national convenor of the Scottish Socialist party has written to the First Minister of Scotland seeking an assurance that any future meetings with members of the Northern Ireland Assembly would raise the issue of attitudes towards lesbian and gay rights by its ministers.Two DUP members of the Northern Ireland Executive, which operates as a coalition government with Republican party Sinn Fein, have been accused of homophobia.
Obama adverts target gay community 1
12:40 PM — Presidential candidate Barack Obama has bought advertising in gay newspapers in four cities in the two key primary states of Texas and Ohio.The Advocate reports that full page adverts will appear in titles in Dallas, Houston, Cleveland and Columbus.Democratic primary and caucus participants in the two states vote next Tuesday, along with Rhode Island and Vermont. The delegate-rich Ohio and Texas contests are must-wins for Hillary Clinton.
Pride rioter running for office in Moscow
10:20 AM — A notorious young Communist who headed mobs intent on homophobic violence during Moscow Pride in 2006 and 2007 is standing for election to the city's council.Pavel Tarasov has also been appearing on national TV as a spokesman for the Communist candidate for President of the Russian Federation, Gennady Zyuganov.Presidential and municipal elections are being held on Sunday. Mr Tarasov participated in two anti-gay riots in the centre of Moscow, according to GayRussia.Ru.
27th February 2008
Princess to attend gay meeting and discuss prejudice 1
4:25 PM — In an announcement described by LGBT activists as "historically significant," a spokesman for the Dutch Royal Family has confirmed that the country's future Queen will attend a gay rights conference.Argentinean-born Princess Maxima, the wife of Crown Prince Willem-Alexander, will meet delegates from Holland's major cities at the event and speak out against the exclusion of gay people.A royal spokesman said: "The Princess is in favour of equal rights of all groups in the Netherlands."
Homophobia accusations over rejected sauna bid 5
1:10 PM — Blackpool City Council has been accused of prejudice after rejecting an application to open a gay sauna.The chair of the development control committee said it would have a detrimental effect on the area, create extra traffic and be "out of character with the area," according to Blackpool Today.Leader of the council, Councillor Peter Callow, said: "When you have got a sauna that is male only and planning to stay open until midnight it does not leave much to the imagination."
McCain apologises over “Barack Hussein Obama” comments
12:20 PM — Republican Presidential candidate John McCain found himself forced to apologise after radio talk show host Bill Cunningham used his campaign rally as a platform for a ranting attack against Barack Obama.At a McCain gathering in Ohio on Tuesday, Cunningham degraded Obama and called him several times by his middle name, Hussein, in a reference to former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein.Cunningham hosts several radio talk show programs sydicated on over 300 stations.
Condoleezza challenged over discrimination against gay staff 1
12:10 PM — The only out lesbian in the US Congress has challenged the country's Secretary of State about unequal treatment of lesbian and gay staff in her department.In December a former US ambassador left his post at the State Department after criticising Condoleezza Rice's treatment of gay people.Michael E Guest retired after more than 26 years as a form of protest against regulations that he considered as unfair to same-sex partners of foreign service officers.
Obama endorsed by former Presidential rival
10:30 AM — Illinois Senator Barack Obama received the endorsement of former Presidential candidate Chris Dodd yesterday.The Connecticut Senator said at a press conference in Cleveland that he is "deeply proud to be the first 2008 Democratic Presidential candidate to endorse Barack Obama."In endorsing Obama, Dodd urged Democrats to "come together, to get behind this candidacy."