12th November 2007
UN Commissioner backs LGBT rights
11:50 AM — The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights has spoken of her support for equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people.Louise Arbour made her comments after an historic meeting at the UN last week.The event, held in parallel with the session of the third committee of the UN General Assembly, discussed the Yogyakarta Principles.
New Polish PM pressed on civil unions
11:40 AM — Gay rights activists in Poland have asked incoming Prime Minister Donald Tusk to discuss legalisation of civil unions, the introduction of comprehensive sexual education in schools and the ban of discrimination based on sexual orientation.Mr Tusk is head of the centre-right Christian-democratic Civic Platform Party (PO), which won the election on 21st October.According to Catholic World News PO member Stefan Niesiolowski said: "I will not agree to homosexual marriage."
Amnesty to protest against Lithuanian homophobia
11:01 AM — Amnesty International today called on its 2.2 million members worldwide to address the rising tide of homophobia in Lithuania.The EU country has seen a rising tide of open homophobia in recent months.In May the mayor of the capital Vilnius refused to give permission for an EU anti-discrimination truck tour to visit and Lithuanian bus drivers refused to drive buses bearing ads which promoted tolerance towards gay people.
China urged to fight HIV not positive people
10:34 AM — China should focus its efforts on stopping HIV transmission, not on limiting the freedom of movement, expression and speech of people living with HIV, leaders from New York City-based Human Rights Watch said Friday at a global meeting of AIDS activists in Abuja, Nigeria.Human Rights Watch was commenting in advance of the November 11th to 13th board meeting of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria in Kuming, China.
11th November 2007
Lesbian passed over in election of Bishop of Chicago 1
11:45 AM — An out lesbian was passed over during the Episcopal convention to pick the next Bishop of Chicago.The Reverend Tracey Lind, dean of Trinity Cathedral, Cleveland was one of three women who lost out to Rev Jeffrey Lee, rector of St Thomas Church in Medina, Washington.Bishop William Persell said the vote held yesterday was not a rejection of homosexuals or of women.
9th November 2007
Political party’s anti-gay posters evade prosecution 1
5:30 PM — A Swiss right-wing political party will not face charges over advertising posters which called gay couples infertile.The Swiss People's Party (UDC) was campaigning earlier this year against a proposal to extend tax benefits to same-sex partners in Geneva.The party's general secretary added to the controversy by saying that gay people contribute nothing to society because they do not have children.
Poll results questioned as ENDA fallout continues
4:03 PM — America's leading lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans equality organisation, Human Rights Campaign, has been challenged by gay journalists over an opinion poll it published in relation to the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA).The proposed new law was originally framed to protect LGBT people from workplace discrimination, but was amended to remove trans people when it became clear that an unamended ENDA would not pass the House of Representatives.
Gay candidates victorious in elections across the US
12:39 PM — An organisation dedicated to increasing the number of openly LGBT elected officials at all levels in the United States has announced that dozens of openly gay and lesbian candidates running in municipal and state legislative races across the country won their elections this week.According to the Gay Lesbian Victory Fund, of the record 71 candidates endorsed by the group in 2007, at least 31 won their races on Tuesday, while 10 were elected earlier this year.
Maltese press question MEP over gay club visits
12:28 PM — A leading newspaper in Malta has questioned the gay-hostile voting record of one of the country's Member of the European Parliament in light of revelations that he is a regular at Brussels gay bars.LGBT activists are angry that David Casa, 38, voted against motions in the parliament that condemned homophobic violence and discrimination.Newspaper Il Torca reported: "Many homosexuals commented with this newspaper that David Casa was seen a number of times in gay clubs in Brussels."
US grants asylum to gay Jamaican 4
11:59 AM — A gay man who feared persecution because of his sexual orientation if forced to return to Jamaica has been given asylum in the United States.The grant of asylum to Ven Messam was issued by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and comes at a time when conditions for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people in Jamaica are getting more dangerous by the day.International human rights organisations have described Jamaica as one of the most homophobic places in the world.
Canadians mark 40 years of gay rights activism
11:22 AM — On November 7, 1967, the Supreme Court of Canada rejected the appeal of George Everett Klippert, who had been condemned to indefinite imprisonment for consensual sexual relations with other men.The next day, Tommy Douglas, the first leader of Canada's New Democratic Party, rose in the House of Commons and called for homosexuality to be decriminalised.Since then, the NDP has led the pack in defense of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights.
Discrimination against gay athletes on sports agenda
11:05 AM — At a recent sports conference in Reykjavik, Iceland, hundreds of leading media professionals, academics, and officials met to discuss controversial issues in the sports world.Among those topics, which included changes to the current doping policy, was addressing the discrimination against the growing number of gay athletes."Play the Game" is an independent institution which aims to strengthen the basic ethical values of sport.
Same-sex couples fight for equal health benefits
10:58 AM — The Michigan Supreme Court currently is weighing whether a constitutional amendment barring gay marriages also prohibits public agencies and schools from offering health care benefits to the same-sex partners of employees.According to the Detroit Free Press, the state's high court heard arguments from both sides on Tuesday, with lawyers representing Attorney General Mike Cox saying such benefits are unconstitutional because they mirror benefits available only to married couples.
Rosie reveals talk show will not go ahead
10:55 AM — "We were close to a deal/almost done/well what can u do/2day there is no deal/poof/my career as a pundit is over/b4 it began."For those who frequent Rosie.com, you know that's Rosie O'Donnell blog speak for it ain't gonna happen.Just two days after NBC confirmed to the press that it was in talks with the former View host to headline her own political gabfest, O'Donnell posted a message on her blog saying such talks had ceased.
8th November 2007
Travel: Eurostar is a gateway to Ghent 1
4:41 PM — From next week, trains will travel from London to Brussels in under two hours. The new Eurostar service from St Pancras International brings the charm of Flanders even closer than ever.Last week we explored Bruges: this week we visit Ghent and preview its special lesbian day next month.With its criss-crossing waterways and canals and magnificent old gabled buildings, Ghent is not only picture box pretty but has the distinction of being a real city.
Ban on Pride protests upheld by Moscow court
1:15 PM — A Russian court has dismissed an appeal from the organisers of Moscow Pride against the decision that a ban of Pride pickets as part of Moscow Pride on 27th May this year was lawful.Two pickets in support of tolerance and respect of the rights and freedoms of homosexual people in Russia were organised as an alternative to the march on the same day which was banned by Moscow Mayor Yuri Luzhkov.One of the pickets was planned on Tverskaya Square in front of City Hall.
Dutch focus on international gay rights abuses
12:55 PM — LGBT rights organisation COC Netherlands has welcomed research initiated by the Dutch minister of Foreign Affairs and Development Cooperation into gay rights.The report, published yesterday, found that homosexuality is still a punishable crime in half of the 36 countries that have a development relationship with The Netherlands.Penalties in those countries range from imprisonment to death penalty.
US workplace protection bill passes 3
12:35 PM — After weeks of delay, the Employment Non-Discrimination Act has been passed by the US House of Representatives.It passed by 235 to 184 - 35 Republicans joined 200 Democrats and voted for the bill.159 Republicans were joined in voting against by 25 Democrats, many of whom were angry that protections for trans people had been removed from the bill.
Daniel Radcliffe to reprise nude role on Broadway 1
12:09 PM — Those looking to catch a glimpse of Harry Potter's Daniel Radcliffe in the buff should set aside some time next September.That's when the 18-year-old will reprise his role in Peter Shaffer's Equus on Broadway in New York.The Daily Mail has reported that the play, which famously features a nude scene involving the teen star, will open at a to-be-announced Shubert theatre at some point during that month.
Lesbian star may get new talk show 1
11:50 AM — She did battle with Elizabeth Hasselbeck and now she could be wiping the floor with Larry King.Just six months after Rosie O'Donnell bolted from The View, sources say she's eying a return to TV - on MSNBC.The controversial comedian reportedly is in talks to star in her own show on the network - a current events talk fest in which O'Donnell would presumably offer up her throughts surrounding the upcoming election.