9th July 2007
Wal-Mart’s queer turn away from gay business group 3
5:06 PM — In a dramatic u-turn Wal-Mart, the largest grocer in the US and the second largest in the world, has taken a coy step back from the active support it was previously giving to gay-rights groups.The anti-gay American Family Association (AFA) threatened to boycott Wal-Mart's next big sales period and condemned the blanket support it offered to gay-friendly business initiatives.The company succumbed to the AFA's latest threat to urge shoppers to boycott their post-Thanksgiving sale.
US gay magazine comes out of the paper closet
3:32 PM — The Advocate, one of the most respected gay publications in the world, has decided to stop concealing itself from the world.From last week, subscription copies of the twice-monthly title are not wrapped up to conceal the front cover.While subscribers can still choose to receive an 'anonymous' copy in the post, most have opted to be open with their postman about their choice of reading material.
Gay divorce becomes a reality in South Africa
2:03 PM — A South African gay couple divorced last week in the Praetoria High Court following just five months of marriage.IT support consultant Ignatius Kloppers van Zyl, 47, set in motion divorce proceedings against Jacques Liebenberg, 36.They were one of many homosexual couples who took advantage of legislation passed by the South African National Council in December 2006 permitting same-sex marriage.
Pride march attacked in Croatia
11:10 AM — Ten people were injured when violence broke out at a gay Pride march in Zagreb on Saturday.Police arrested eight people, some of whom were reported to be armed with petrol bombs. A gang of around 20 young men taunted and abused the Pride participants.Despite the Croatian government granting limited partnership rights for gay and lesbian couples, homophobia remains rife in the country, which is overwhelmingly Roman Catholic.
Law student challenges gay marriage exam question 1
10:42 AM — A man who flunked Massachusetts' bar exam is claiming in federal court that he failed the test because he refused to answer a question related to gay marriage.According to the Associated Press, a question came up concerning the rights of two married lesbians, their children and their property.Stephen Dunne says the question itself was "morally repugnant," because it legitimises same-sex marriage and parenting, which he opposes.
Hungary’s first gay minister comes out at film festival 1
10:31 AM — Hungarian Socialist Gábor Szetey became the first elected political official in Hungary to publicly come out as being gay when he opened the 12th Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered Film and Cultural Festival in Budapest last week.According to DPA, Mr Szetey's announcement came on the same day as junior coalition member the Alliance of Free Democrats (SZDSZ) announced that it would ask for same-sex unions to be legalised.
6th July 2007
Comment: Ex-gay journalist answers his critics 24
4:32 PM — Earlier this week PinkNews.co.uk reported on Michael Glatze, an award-winning gay journalist and activist who announced he is now an ex-gay.The founder of Young Gay America magazine and recipient of the National Role Model Award from leading gay rights organisation Equality Forum has contacted PinkNews.co.uk to put his side of the story. Here we reproduce his thoughts on the true nature of homosexuality.
Presidential hopeful caught in porn row
4:17 PM — Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney is being questioned by social conservatives over on-demand pornography in Marriott hotel chain rooms.Mr Romney, a Marriott board member from 1992 to 2001, has publicly voiced his opinions on the perils of pornography.Now conservative activists have attacked the candidate and the Marriott for presenting themselves as family-orientated when pornography continues to be distributed in their hotels.
Gay libel suit thrown out in Malaysian court
12:57 PM — Former Malaysian Finance Minister Anwar Ibrahim missed his chance to bring corrupt former Prime Minister Mahathir bin Mohamad to court for calling him a homosexual.An accusation that landed Ibrahim in prison for six years.Ibrahim's case was thrown out of the High Court after a judge ruled that the lawsuit was "unsustainable," due to a similar lawsuit against bin Mohamad in 1999.
Sex and the City set for big screen
12:40 PM — The fabulous foursome who spiced up Manhattan's singles scene for six years on the HBO television series Sex and the City have been given the green light for a big screen reunion.According to Reuters, New Line Cinema is close to sealing a final deal to finance and distribute the long-stalled picture, a spokesman for the studio said on Thursday.The feature film, spun from the show, is set to begin shooting in the fall with all four stars of the hit HBO show.
Sacked gay Lutheran pastor refuses to budge
12:35 PM — The Evangelical Lutheran Church of America removed Atlanta Pastor Bradley Schmeling from the church's pastoral roles on Thursday because he is an out gay man.But according to the Associated Press, the Reverend Schmeling says he won't leave the pulpit of St. John's Lutheran Church.This decision that could open the 350-member congregation to disciplinary action from the Evangelical Lutheran Church.
Trans prisoner settles landmark civil rights lawsuit
12:30 PM — John Doe, a 2005 inmate of the Orange County Jail in California, today successfully settled a civil rights suit against the County resulting in significant policy changes and a settlement sum of close to $50,000 (£25,000).Doe, represented by San Diego law firm Stock Stephens, LLP and the Transgender Law Center (TLC), alleged denial of medical care and gender identity harassment in the suit.
Gay Pride planned for anniversary of seige of Leningrad
12:15 PM — LGBT Russians are planning to hold the gay Pride parade in St Petersburg on September 8, the anniversary of the start of the siege of Leningrad, one of the most dramatic episodes of World War II.Alexandra Polyanskaya, spokeswoman for the parade's committee said that the gay community are not uncomfortable about the parade been held on this date.This is despite the authorities opposing similar events in the past.
5th July 2007
Iraqi death squads use chat rooms to entrap gay men 3
5:32 PM — Two gay Iraqi men have survived kidnapping and beating by the violently homophobic Mahdi Army.The army is loyal to firebrand fundamentalist Shia cleric, Muqtada al-Sadr, who is fighting to establish an Islamist dictatorship in Iraq.Two months after their ordeal, traumatised Ahmed, 23, and Zaid, 24, both students in Baghdad University, have come forward to tell how they were lured into a trap by members of the Mahdi Army.
No breakaway church for opponents of gay acceptance
4:01 PM — Nigeria's Anglican Archbishop, Peter Akinola, has denied any ambition to lead a breakaway church, despite his strong opposition to his western colleagues in the Anglican dispute over gay priests.His conservative views towards gay marriage has made him a popular figure within the conservative wing of the church.He told the The Times: "That has never been on my mind. We are going nowhere."
Massive discrimination award for black lesbian firefighter
1:30 PM — A fire fighter who was harassed at work for being blakck, a woman and a lesbian was awarded $7.2m by a jury in her lawsuit against the Los Angeles Fire Department.Brenda Lee said that because of her race, gender and sexual orientation she was forced to do grueling exercises without proper precautions and was also at the end of offensive comments from department bosses.The harassment and mistreatment included someone mixing urine with her mouthwash, she said.
Mayor demands robotic toilets to stop cruising 1
12:01 PM — The mayor of the Florida city of Fort Lauderdale wants a robotic toilet that could prevent homosexual activity that he says haunts public restrooms on beach.Mayor Jim Naugle believes that robotic toilets will scare off gay cruisers.Mr Naugle told Sun-Sentinel: "We're trying to provide a family environment where people can take their children who need to use the bathroom."
4th July 2007
Bill Gates acquires major stake in gay publisher PlanetOut
10:40 PM — Just days after shares in Gay.com publisher, PlanetOut rose 20 per cent on Nasdaq, a company that invests the wealth of Microsoft founder Bill Gates, has purchased a major stake in the company.PlanetOut, which also owns the Adovocate and RSVP Cruises, floated in October 2004 at a share price of $9 (£4.48), it quickly rose to $14.26 (£7.10) in November. Tonight, shares closed up at $1.69 (£0.83), a marked improvement on its 52 week low of $0.86 (£0.43).
A photographic celebration of gay Pride
5:30 PM — An new online exhibition of photos of LGBT celebrations from cities around the world celebrates people's pride in their sexuality and identity.The Human Rights Watch online photo essay captures the courage, the exuberance, and the human faces of LGBT people's Pride marches on five continents, over more than a decade.The first photo documents the first-ever march to take place to celebrate LGBT people in the heart of Manila, Philippines in 1996.
Baseball team’s gay night annoys Christians
10:24 AM — For some reason whenever you get a group of gay people in a place outside of a club or a pride parade everyone seems to get up in arms.That is enhanced when the group is stepping on sacred ground where only "straight" people are allowed to go, and a sports arena is perceived to be as straight as you can get.This month Petco Park in San Diego is holding an event that has already gotten people riled up over what seemed like a simple idea.