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.
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.
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.
13th April 2007
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.
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.
Australian PM – keep HIV people out 1
10:30 AM — John Howard, the Prime Minister of Australia, has said that people with HIV should not be allowed to migrate into the country.Interviewed on radio, the outspoken Liberal leader said that HIV+ people who came to Australia either as migrants or refugees, should not be allowed in the country.
12th April 2007
Lesbians released by Nepal rebels
4:06 PM — Two women working for an HIV/AIDS advocacy group in Nepal have been freed from a Maoist camp after a month in captivity.Dukhani Choudhary, 16, and Sarita Choudhury, 20, were taken by the rebels on March 2nd.During their detention they were interrogated about their relationship and pressured into returning to a heterosexual lifestyle.
Vatican’s gay attitude criticised by French contender
1:29 PM — A politician who is on course to become the next President of France has spoken out against the anti-gay rhetoric of the Roman Catholic church.Nicolas Sarkozy, the UMP candidate for the Presidency, has maintained a consistent lead over his main rival, the Socialist Segolene Royal.The first round of elections are held on 22nd April.
Cardiff Mardi Gras celebrate Charlotte’s baby news 57
11:35 AM — The organisers of one of the largest free lesbian and gay festivals in the UK yesterday celebrated the pregnancy of one of their patrons.Singer Charlotte Church announced last week that she is pregnant. The 21-year-old is a patron of Cardiff Mardi Gras."The Mardi Gras committee are delighted to hear the news of Charlotte's pregnancy," said Mardi Gras spokesman Mark Williams.
Presidential hopeful’s cancer “in remission”
11:35 AM — Fred Thompson announced yesterday that he has cancer.The veteran actor, best known for his work on TV show Law and Order, is considering running for the Republican nomination for President of the United States.In a statement, the 65-year-old said he has an indolent lymphoma which is not life-threatening.
11th April 2007
Presidential hopeful courts gay voters
1:14 PM — Democratic candidate for President of the United States John Edwards has been showing off his support among gay political donors.Edwards has released a list of 25 LGB supporters, among them David Mixner, a gay activist who raised millions of dollars for Bill Clinton's campaigns for the White House.The former Senator from North Carolina is making a play for the gay vote in the hotly-contested Democrat nomination for President.
10th April 2007
Putin set to re-appoint Moscow mayor
6:03 PM — The homophobic mayor of Moscow may be re-appointed in the next few days.The 70-year-old politician, Yuri Luzhkov, has been mayor of the Russian capital since 1992.Media speculation in the Russian papers suggests that Luzhkov is looking to get re-elected without serious opposition.