17th December 2007
Florida to vote on same-sex marriage ban 1
10:30 AM — Should the Florida constitution ban same-sex couples from marrying? That's the question that will be put before the state's voters next year, thanks to the efforts of Florida4Marriage.org, a coalition of groups led by Orlando lawyer John Stemberger.The coalition announced late last week that after three years they have succeeded in gathering the 611,009 signatures needed to add the question to the November 2008 ballot, assuming all of them are verified.
15th December 2007
Interview: Peter Tatchell’s 40 years of campaigning 4
3:20 PM — Peter Tatchell celebrated his fortieth year of campaigning on 10th December, Human Rights Day.The Australian-born activist began campaigning for human rights, democracy and global justice in 1967, aged 15.Now, at 55, his eyes still have the vividness and energy of a teenager, and he has no intention to retire, because, he says, there is still much work to do.
14th December 2007
Clegg favourite among PinkNews.co.uk readers 1
4:20 PM — A survey of readers asking their preference to succeed Sir Ming Campbell as leader of the Liberal Democrats reveals that Nick Clegg is way out on front.82% of PinkNews.co.uk readers who took part in the poll favour the MP for Sheffield Hallam. His opponent Chris Huhne was chosen by 12% of participating readers as their choice.An estimated 65,000 Lib Dem members were sent ballot papers on November 21st, and they must be returned by tomorrow.
Castro’s girl seeks legal protection for Cuban LGBT 1
4:05 PM — A Cuban sexologist has shocked her communist country by suggesting that gays, lesbians, transsexuals, transvestites and transgender people should be granted legal protection under forthcoming reforms.Mariela Castro, director of the National Centre for Sex Education (CENESEX), is calling for new measures including non-discrimination on the grounds of sexuality or gender identity.She also advocates the introduction of same-sex unions and adoption rights, and major reforms relating to health care and treatment of trans people.
Swing to Greens in Brighton excites election pundits
12:30 PM — The Green party's strong showing in the south coast city of Brighton and Hove was reflected in a by-election for a council seat , which they retained comfortably.The Regency ward was held by the Greens with a 3.5% swing away from the Tories.The significance of the result is that the ward is in the parliamentary constituency of Brighton Pavilion. In 2005 the Greens took 22% of the vote, with the Tories on 23.9% and Labour on 35.4%.
Peru urged to protect LGBT youth 1
12:05 PM — The Peruvian Congress is under pressure from gay rights activists to become a party to a convention on the rights of young people.The Ibero-American Convention on the Rights of Youth seeks to promote and safeguard the rights of young people and remedy the inequality that thousands of young people confront for a variety of reasons, including for having a sexual orientation different from heterosexuality.But the Foreign Relations Committee of the Congress of Peru has raised concerns in this respect.
Top brass speak out against US military gay ban
10:23 AM — 28 retired, high-ranking American military leaders have signed a letter calling for the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell."In the years since the policy was enacted, over 12,000 men and women have been discharged from the US military under the policy.The letter marks the single largest number of Generals and Admirals from the US Armed Forces to come out against the ban.
13th December 2007
MEPs want to block state funding for hate groups 1
4:54 PM — The European Parliament has called for public funding to be withdrawn from political parties, media organisations or businesses that incite to hate of a group of people on the basis of their race, religion, handicap, sexual orientation or nationality.Meeting in Strasbourg, the parliament today adopted a resolution to show its concern that several EU countries have experienced increased hate crimes against minority groups.The text of the resolution was adopted by 527 votes, with 15 against and 39 abstentions.
Lesbian denied teaching permit in Chile
4:10 PM — Gay rights leaders in Chile have said they are disappointed at the government's stance regarding a lesbian teacher who is being denied re-certification.Sandra Pavez taught religious education at a state elementary school in Santiago for 21 years.The Roman Catholic church revoked her permission to teach religion after finding out she is a lesbian. In Chile religious education teachers legally have to be certified by a religious authority in order to teach.
ANC challenged over equality for LGBT South Africans 1
2:30 PM — As South Africa's main political party prepares for its 52nd congress, LGBT groups have issued a manifesto asking for a clear commitment to equality.The African National Congress, which will meet this weekend to decide the next leader of the party and its future political stance, has been asked by the Joint Workers Group to uphold the Constitution's promise of "freedom, justice and equality for all."The ANC has been South Africa's governing party since 1994. The current party leader Thabo Mbeki is the country's President .
Paisley and McGuinness disagree over gay rights 4
2:15 PM — The First and Deputy First Ministers of Northern Ireland are reportedly at loggerheads over the introduction of EU legislation granting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people equal rights.An agreed position on the Gender, Goods and Services Directive must be reached by December 21st or the Northern Ireland Executive faces fines and legal proceedings.A committee of the Northern Ireland Assembly was presented with a letter from the Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister (OFMDFM).
Clinton and Obama tied in polls
11:10 AM — With less than a month to go before the first Presidential primary, Democrats Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton are in a statistical dead heat according to the results of the latest CNN/WMUR poll released this morning.Not long ago, Clinton was thought to have a pretty substantial lead over her Oprah-backed competitor, but in the last few months the gap has narrowed.Since the last CNN/WMUR poll conducted in November, the former First Lady has dropped 5 percentage points.
12th December 2007
Tory MEPs disrupt Euro treaty ceremony 3
5:55 PM — EU leaders signed the Charter of Fundamental Rights today as some MEPs including Tories loudly protested, asking for a referendum on the reformed treaty.During the ceremony in Strasbourg protesters shouted as Portuguese Prime Minister Jose Socrates, whose country currently holds the European Union's rotating presidency, was speaking."No matter how loud you heckle and yell, today is a day of fundamental importance for Europe," he said.
Election leaflet investigated for inciting gay hate
4:30 PM — An election pamphlet produced by the Liberal party in Australia is being investigated after complaints that it was designed to stir up hatred of lesbian and gay people.Tasmania's Anti-Discrimination Commissioner will investigate the leaflet, which called same-sex marriage and trans rights extreme and harmful and associated them with the pirate skull and crossbones motif."The purpose of the Liberal pamphlet was not to promote policy debate but to foster fear, ignorance and hatred," said Martine Delaney.
Taiwanese Presidential candidate victim of gay slurs
3:20 PM — A senior official in the Taiwan Ministry of Education has outraged equality groups with a series of comments about a leading political party's candidate for President.Chuang Kuo-jung, secretary-general of the ministry, said that the Kuomintang party's Presidential candidate, Ma Ying-jeou, was effeminate.He also said that the mayor of Taipei "looked very much like a gay," according to Central News Agency.
Gay Swedish MP in homophobic attack
2:10 PM — An openly gay Swedish politician was attacked on Saturday night in central Stockholm by a group of homophobic skinheads.After leaving a nightclub, Centre Party MP Fredrick Federley was approached by a group of about six young men who began insulting him and the two men who were with him."Then they screamed that we were disgusting and a threat to Sweden and that they were going to beat us up," said Federley.
Huckabee in hot water over AIDS isolation comments 3
10:50 AM — The mother of Ryan White has requested a little one-on-one time with Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee after he told reporters this weekend that he stands by past comments suggesting AIDS patients should have been "isolated."Jeanne White-Ginder is the mother of the Indiana teen who raised awareness about AIDS in the early 1980s when he contracted the disease from the blood-clotting agent used to treat his hemophilia.
Ban gays from political office says cardinal 15
10:04 AM — A Roman Catholic Cardinal has suggested that gay people should be banned from political office.Latvia's Prime Minister Aigars Kalvitis resigned last week and the Archbishop of Riga Janis Pujats warned new candidates not to support LGBT related issues.He asked that all candidates running for the post of Prime Minister state whether they intended to "defend the Latvian nation against the invasion of homosexuality in public life."
11th December 2007
Equality commission considers incitement proposals 1
5:31 PM — The Equality and Human Rights Commission has yet to decide whether it supports the government's proposal to make incitement to hatred on the grounds of sexual orientation a criminal offence.The legal committee of the commission is to meet on Thursday to discuss the proposal, which has received cross-party support in the House of Commons.The commission is designed to promote a fair, equal and diverse society and tackling illegal discrimination.
EU pressures member states on discrimination 1
4:40 PM — The European Commission is examining replies from three member states after it had warned them to transpose into national law a 2000 directive against discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.The Commission had sent letters of formal notice to Italy and Latvia on December 15th 2006 and to Finland on January 3rd 2007.Two members of the EU Parliament, Marco Cappato and Sophie In't Veld, last month asked for the intervention of the Commission.