31st December 2007
US state grants civil unions from tomorrow
2:05 PM — Thousands of gay and lesbian couples are expected to take advantage of new civil unions which will be legal in the US state of New Hampshire from tomorrow.Governor John Lynch signed the civil unions bill into law in May. It will come into force on January 1st 2008.The bill previously passed the state's House of Representatives by a margin of 2 to 1. In April the state Senate approved the bill by 14 votes to 10.
30th December 2007
Huckabee says gay people chose their own behaviour 29
7:30 PM — Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee who is currently on the campaign trail for the Republican nomination for US President, has been challenged by NBC's Meet the Press on his stance on gay rights."I don't know whether people are born that way. People who are gay say that they're born that way. But one thing I know, that the behaviour one practices is a choice," he told host Tim Russert.
29th December 2007
Spanish clerics to face investigation over gay “cure” speech 3
12:45 AM — Two Spanish clerics, one Protestant, the other Catholic are under fire by gay rights organisations for their homophobic views.Protestant minister Marcos Zapata is to face an investigation by the Galicia regional government into the organisation he runs that claims to helps troubled youth. It is claimed that he recently hosted a seminar called "How to Raise Heterosexual Children". According to media at the seminar, Senor Zapata likened homosexuality to alcoholism and claimed it was an illness.
28th December 2007
Uruguay’s President grants legal rights for gay couples 2
12:49 AM — Uruguay has become the first Latin American country to to recognise same-sex civil unions after President Tabare Vazquez signed the law that had been passed earlier this month.The law grants cohabiting couples who have lived together for more than five years the same rights as straight married couples. The text states that "two people -- of any sex, identity, orientation or sexual option -- who maintain an emotional relationship sexual in nature, that is exclusive, stable and permanent, without being united in matrimony."
21st December 2007
Nepal “sets a new standard for LGBTI rights”
7:20 PM — Nepal's gay rights organisation has released a statement celebrating the Supreme Court's decision to grant equal rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex people.Blue Diamond Society's Sunil B Pant said he was extremely happy and proud" of the court's decision, which the group hopes will mean a revolution for gay people in the Himilayan country."It is believed that LGBTI will enjoy, today onward, all the rights according their sexual and gender identities as other genders."
Jersey consults on gay marriage 3
3:30 PM — The States of Jersey has set-up an advisory board to receive comments on four government proposals for new legislation which could introduce gay marriage to the island by the end of next year.The four options put forward for further discussion are the right for same-sex couples to marry, same-sex civil partnerships as in the UK, civil partnership for both heterosexual and same-sex couples, or no change to the current law.The closing date for comments is 31st March 2008.
Court demands end to Nepal’s gay discrimination
1:15 PM — Gay rights campaigners in the Himalayan nation of Nepal have spoken of their delight at a ruling by the Supreme Court legitimising gay rights.The court, hearing a petition from four activists, has ordered that the government not just overturn discriminatory laws but pass new ones protecting the rights of gay people.The harassment that lesbian, gay and trans people face in the country often comes at the hands of Maoist rebels.
New EU nation not taking to gay acceptance 1
12:55 PM — One of the more recent EU member states has very high levels of hostility towards gay people, a survey has revealed.Bulgaria, one of the poorest countries on the continent, joined the European Union in January, but social attitudes do not appear to be developing as quickly as the economy.According to the Novinite news agency, research conducted by Skala agency in September found that only 17 percent of Bulgarians "can freely communicate with gay people."
17% of Florida LGB couples are raising children
12:40 PM — Opponents of same-sex marriage in one of America's most populous states are confident they have gathered the more than 600,000 signatures needed to get a question on the November 2008 ballot calling for a ban on same-sex marriage.Florida4Marriage.org, a coalition of groups, has been trying to get the question on the ballot for three years.The Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law has released a new research study providing demographic and economic information for the almost 55,000 same-sex couples in Florida.
Holiday homecoming for gay US soldier
12:25 PM — The Christmas holidays will be a whole lot brighter for the Manzella family, who are looking forward to welcoming a very special guest home.Sergeant Darren Manzella featured on last Sunday's US current affairs show 60 Minutes about "Don't Ask, Don't Tell."He arrived back in the United States yesterday with his unit, returning from a long tour in Kuwait. He got back to his base in the States yesterday.
20th December 2007
Gay marriage opponent is new ANC leader 3
5:22 PM — Jacob Zuma, the new leader of the African National Congress, has previously spoken out against gay marriage.Mr Zuma, 65, won a considerable victory over incumbent South African President Thabo Mbeki and is the clear favourite to become the country's next leader, despite concerns he could face corruption charges.In 2006 he had apologise for offending the gay community and claimed that his comments describing same sex marriage as "a disgrace" were misinterpreted.
Gay sex scandal Senator invited to the White House
1:45 PM — Beleaguered Republican politician Larry Craig was an official guest at the White House yesterday.The Senator from Idaho, who denies he is gay despite a conviction for cruising for sex in an airport toilet, was invited to watch President Bush sign a new energy bill into law.Several other members of Congress, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, were also at the White House for the ceremony.
Pop star reveals he is HIV positive 1
1:30 PM — Andreas Lundstedt, best known as a member of pop group Alcazar, has confirmed in an interview that he his HIV+.He told Swedish magazine QX that he tested positive for the virus several years ago.Lundstedt, 35, has been the subject of rumours and gossip about his HIV status for some years. He told the magazine that he has a less agressive strain of the virus and "I don't need to swallow masses of tablets."
Poll exposes Hungarian hostility to gay relationships 3
12:40 PM — While the Hungarian parliament passed new laws this week legalising same-sex civil partnerships, an opinion poll for a national newspaper found little support for the measure among the voters.The Nepszabadsag survey found that only 12 percent of Hungarians think same-sex relationships are completely normal.60 percent condemn homosexuality and a further 30 percent disapprove of gay people. The new law will apply to both heterosexual and gay and lesbian couples.
Comment: The maverick Presidential hopefuls 2
12:31 PM — For one bright, shining moment last summer, LGBT political activists had a direct impact on the 2008 presidential race in a positive way.Former Alaskan Senator Mike Gravel was not deemed to be a viable Democratic Presidential candidate and therefore was not invited to participate in the historic Visible Vote '08 Presidential Forum in Los Angeles hosted by the Human Rights Campaign and broadcast on Logo.That made many LGBT activists and bloggers angry.
Florida to vote on same-sex marriage ban
11:01 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.
19th December 2007
Rome rejects civil register under Vatican pressure 1
2:01 PM — The city council in Rome has blocked plans for a domestic partners register for same-sex and heterosexual couples.The Vatican, which is an independent state within Italy as well as the seat of the Roman Catholic church, had vehemently opposed the measure.Rightwing groups on the council rejected the modest proposal, whereby couples could have signed a register at the city clerk's office.
Presidential hopeful will end gay military ban
1:35 PM — John Edwards, the former US Vice Presidential candidate who is seeking the Democratic party's nomination for President, said yesterday that he will end "discriminatory" policies towards gay people if elected.Speaking in New Hampshire, he pledged to try to repeal the Defence of Marriage Act (DOMA), passed in 1996, that banned the federal government from recognising gay marriages or unions and allowed states to refuse to recognise same-sex unions from other states.DOMA was signed into law by President Bill Clinton.
Uruguay becomes latest country to legalise civil unions
1:05 PM — Uruguay's Congress has passed legislation to recognise same-sex civil unions.The country of 3.6m people is the first nation in South America to grant such protections, although some cities and regions throughout the continent have made similar legal provisions.The Congress last week passed legislation creating a civil union registry for same-sex and unmarried heterosexual couples.
MSM “19 times more likely” to catch HIV
12:15 PM — amfAR, the Foundation for AIDS Research, has called on policymakers to put aside their prejudices and to provide the resources and the leadership that the epidemic demands.Researchers at Johns Hopkins University's Bloomberg School of Public Health in the US have published the results of a new study showing that in 38 low- and middle-income countries, men who have sex with men have an average 19 times greater chance of being infected with HIV than the general population.