17th March 2008
Gay votes may have been pivotal in Malta election 3
11:50 AM — A political party in Malta that campaigns for LGBT rights may have set back their cause by taking votes away from the country's Labour Party.Labour are generally considered to be more liberal than the winning Nationalist Party (PN), who now remain in power.For a decade the Green Party in Malta, Alternattiva Demokratika (AD) and their leader Harry Vasallo have challenged the two-party system in Malta and pushed for gay civil rights, attracting the votes of thousands of LGBT on the island.
Copenhagen Pride funding restored after media campaign 2
11:30 AM — Officials in the Danish capital Copenhagen have reversed a decision to withhold funding from the city's gay Pride event.Leading Danish LGBT media outlet PrideRadio.dk has described the reaction to the decision, which cited new procedures, as a "media craze that attacked the city's right-wing 'mayor of culture' Mrs Allerslev."She has now said that "a mistake had been made in rejecting funds for Copenhagen Pride."
Norway moves to legalise gay marriage 1
10:50 AM — The Norwegian government has introduced legislation allowing same-sex couples to marry and have joint custody over children.The Scandinavian country already allows gay and lesbian couples to enter into civil partnerships, but LGBT rights groups have long complained the law does not go far enough.The Norwegian National Association for Lesbian and Gay Liberation (LLH) said the current arrangements created two classes of citizenship.
Petition for men convicted over “gay party” in Morocco 1
10:21 AM — The Moroccan Association for Human Rights, along with Human Rights Watch, is launching a petition following the imprisonment of six men for same sex sexual conduct.Police in Morocco arrested the men in November 2007 after a video circulated on the Internet showing a private party in Ksar-el-Kbir.A Tangiers appeals court upheld the conviction under Article 489 of Morocco's penal code.
Hollywood star pays tribute to murdered teen 1
10:20 AM — Actress Portia De Rossi has paid tribute to a murdered teenager in a new public service television advert broadcast in America.Lawrence King, who was reportedly openly gay and sometimes wore 'feminine' clothing to school, was shot twice in the head while in class at the E.O. Green School in Oxnard, California last month.The 60 second commercial, also featuring Grey's Anatomy star TR Knight, Janet Jackson, Andre 3000 and Ashanti, debuted on America's gay TV network Logo last week.
14th March 2008
Lesbian couple delighted at birth of quads 1
5:45 PM — A lesbian couple who work at the Irvine Police Department in Orange County, California have become the parents to quadruplets.Cristine Gaiennie and Patsy Lovell, who have a 2-year old son from the same anonymous sperm donor, conceived after seven failed attempts at artificial insemination.Gaiennie, 39, who carried the babies, underwent ovulation induction to stimulate egg production before successfully giving birth to two boys and two girls earlier this month.
Trans meeting will attract activists from across Europe
5:25 PM — The second meeting of the European Transgender Council is to be held this year in Germany, it was announced today.The council, comprised of Transgender Europe (TGEU), the Transgender Network Berlin (TGNB) and TransInterQueer Berlin (TrIQ) will be meeting in Berlinfrom 2nd to 4th May, following their last successful event held in Vienna in 2005.The programme will feature representatives from international activists and experts such as Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International.
Gay group shocked at ignorance among Euro politicians 1
5:00 PM — Last week's meeting of the Legal Affairs Committee of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe exposed some members' ignorance about gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans people, according to the International Lesbian and Gay Association (ILGA).The committee was holding its first hearing on a report on LGBT rights in the member states.The 47-member Council of Europe promotes and protects democracy, educational and sporting co-operation and created the European Court of Human Rights.
US Senate will debate ban on HIV+ travellers 6
12:45 PM — A bill authorising billions of dollars of spending on AIDS prevention in developing nations has been approved by the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee.The legislation includes measures to lift the current US policy which bars people who are HIV+ from entering the country.The bill, which also aims to relax rules that required that one-third of all prevention money be spent on abstinence programmes, will now be debated on the floor of the Senate.
Victoria MP fears register will lead to gay marriage
12:10 PM — A leading Australian MP has claimed a relationships register for gay couples would erode the sanctity of marriage as debate over the controversial bill continues.Victorian Nationals leader Peter Ryan was one of the first MPs to express his views on the new register, telling parliament it would inevitably lead to legislating gay marriage.Under the proposed new law, gay couples in the state of Victoria would be able to register their relationship for easier access to entitlements.
Religious Russians target cartoon channel
12:00 PM — Protestant groups in Moscow are urging for the closure of a cartoon channel they claim promotes homosexuality and religious intolerance.Channel 2x2, which broadcasts Western cartoons such as South Park, has been accused of promoting "homosexual propaganda".It is the second time in a week that the network, owned by Vladimir Potanin's Prof-Media Group, has come under fire for its contents.
13th March 2008
Comment: Hillary and the Eliot Spitzer effect
4:30 PM — On the heels of Samantha Power "resigning" from Barack Obama's campaign for calling Hillary Clinton a "monster" comes news that LGBT Council member Maxim Thorne has been bumped from his post for a similarly tactless use of words.In an email blasting Clinton's "who do you want answering the phone at 3am" rhetoric, Thorne wrote:"At 3am, Hillary said she and Bill were in bed and she knows of all the calls a President gets at different times of the day and night.Really?"
Greek gays find loophole in marriage law 1
3:40 PM — A gay and lesbian rights organisation is threatening to sue local authorities in Greece who refuse to marry same-sex couples after discovering that a 1982 law on civil wedding ceremonies refers only to "persons."The group, OLKE, has announced its intention to test their interpretation of the law.The Greek government is planning to grant new legal rights to unmarried couples later this year.
Homophobic politician gets a call from lesbian icon 18
2:40 PM — "Hi! It's Ellen DeGeneres. The gay one."The sitcom star turned chat show host turned her satirical sights on Oklahoma state representative Sally Kern earlier this week, in response to comments that gay people are "infiltrating" the US government.Ms Kern was exposed as a homophobe last weekend, when the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund put a tape recording of her speech to party activists on YouTube.
Clinton pushes for Florida and Michigan votes to be counted 1
11:40 AM — New York Senator Hillary Clinton is calling on the Democratic National Committee to either seat delegates from Florida and Michigan or hold new primaries in the states.Both states were stripped of delegates for moving their primaries up on this year's election calendar.DNC chairman Howard Dean is in favour of holding new primaries, but says the party will not pay for them. Barack Obama's campaign has concerns, however, about proposed mail-in caucuses.
Obama faces tough questions from the press pack
11:30 AM — Despite pulling off a handy win in Wyoming and running well ahead in Mississippi, the Obama campaign is still dogged by the kind of questions the Senator is said to be growing increasingly weary of answering.According to the Jack McCormick's The Swamp column in the Baltimore-Sun, Barack Obama has been testy ever since suffering stinging defeats in Ohio, Texas and Rhode Island.In recent days he has reportedly avoided talking with the press corps on his plane.
Jodie Foster stalked linked to bomb threat
11:10 AM — More than two decades ago, a crazed fan of Oscar winner Jodie Foster alleged he shot president Ronald Reagan on behalf of his favourite actress.Now, another "fan" of Foster has mailed a bomb threat to a Los Angeles airport, and mentioned her by name in the letter.Michael Smegal was busted yesterday for mailing a bomb threat to Van Nuys Airport back in December, according to E! Online. This is after he promised postal inspectors he'd kick a year-long habit of mailing anonymous letters to Foster back in 2005.
12th March 2008
New York’s new Governor is gay rights advocate 1
4:10 PM — The resignation of Eliot Spitzer as Governor of New York today, after he was linked to a prostitution ring, has pushed David Paterson into the limelight.From Monday Mr Paterson will become the first African-American to be Governor of the state and the first blind Governor in US history.He has been actively fighting for gay rights for more than two decades. "David Paterson is a terrific, progressive guy, extremely LGBT-friendly," Ethan Geto, a Democratic analyst and LGBT activist, told The Advocate.
NY Governor resigns over prostitution ring 1
4:00 PM — Apologising for his public involvement in a private matter and saying he doesn't want his personal life to take time away from the people of New York, Democratic Governor Eliot Spitzer resigned this morning, saying Lt. Governor David Paterson will take over the post effective Monday.Spitzer has been tied to a prostitution ring after a federal investigation revealed he was recorded on a wiretap arranging to meet with a prostitute.
Gay bishop rejects restricted invite to Lambeth 1
11:20 AM — Bishop V. Gene Robinson has announced he will not officially participate in a planned summer conference of world Anglican leaders.He declined an invitation to events at the once-a-decade Lambeth conference this summer because of restrictions organisers placed on him if he were to appear.Robinson said the limited offer caused him "considerable pain" and he would reject the "non-offer" to be part of the conference.