28th August 2007
AIDS fundraiser claims he was sacked for not being gay
10:35 AM — In a major twist to a discrimination case, former executive director of AIDS/LifeCycle charity filed suit in a Los Angeles courthouse against two nonprofit organisations alleging that he was fired from his position because he was not gay.The L.A. Gay Lesbian Centre and the San Francisco AIDS Foundation are both implicated in the alleged discrimination case.Jeffrey Shapiro was hired earlier this year to help organise the 2007 AIDS/Lifecycle event.
27th August 2007
Vermont takes first steps toward marriage equality
6:15 PM — The Vermont, United States, Legislature may soon take up the issue of 'gay marriage', if the formation of a recent commission is any indication.According to Associated Press reports, the ten-member commission was formed to decide whether the state should consider allowing same-sex couples to marry (civil unions were legalized in 2000).
26th August 2007
Hungarian homophobic party launches paramilitary wing 3
11:01 AM — The far-right Hungarian political party, Jobbik, known for their anti-Semitic, anti-Roma and homophobic rhetoric inducted the first members of its paramilitary wing outside the country's Presidential palace in Budapest yesterday.The founding members of Magyar Garda, or the Hungarian Guard, took oaths of allegance in front of over a thousand supporters of the Jobbik party waving red and white striped Arpad flags, similar to those used by the country's pro-Nazi Arrow Cross regime during the Second World War.
24th August 2007
Ugandan leader asked to end gay harassment 5
3:23 PM — Human Rights Watch has written to Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni asking his government to repeal its sodomy laws and end a long record of harassing lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people.Last week the country's deputy Attorney General Fred Ruhindi called for the criminal law to be used against lesbians and gays in Uganda."I call upon the relevant agencies to take appropriate action because homosexuality is an offence under the laws of Uganda," he said.
Homophobic reggae stars force concert coverage cancellation 1
2:56 PM — A New York radio station owned by media conglomerate Clear Channel has announced it will not broadcast a reggae concert as planned.The decision came after the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) called on Power 105, a hip-hop station, to cancel coverage of tomorrow's Reggae Carifest because homophobic performers Buju Banton and Bounty Killer are to perform.Banton's notorious 1990s hit Boom Bye Bye appears to incite the burning, shooting in the head and pouring acid over the faces of gay people.
US tax authorities in court over trans rebate 3
12:28 PM — Lawyers for a woman who is claiming that her gender reassignment surgery should be written off for tax purposes as a legitimate medical expense have questioned the credibility of a government witness.The US Internal Revenue Service contend that such surgery is not "essential" and therefore cannot be tax-free.Rhiannon O'Donnabhain, a 63-year-old former sailor, is having her case heard in Boston.
Australian politician apologises for ‘poofter’ comment 1
11:51 AM — South Australia's Treasurer, Kevin Foley, has been forced onto the back foot by attacks from the gay community over his use of derogatory language in a documentary.In the film, made by documentary maker Bob Ellis, he asks a member of staff, "Is that one of your poofter beers? F**king hell."Gay activists leapt on the comment as dangerous and inflammatory.Ghassan Kassisieh of the Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby said: "It's not appropriate for someone in a position of leadership to be setting a tone for public debate that uses derogatory language."
Analysis: US gay men and the fight for same-sex marriage 6
11:34 AM — The proportion of American gay men calling for the right to marry their partners in a church is as low as 36 per cent, Community Marketing Inc.'s Gay Consumer Index has revealed.The study, which interviewed 12,044 gay men across America, claims to be the largest and most comprehensive of its kind. Survey participants were solicited through over 75 widely distributed internet and print publications.When asked if political leaders should "continue the fight for gay and lesbian marriage equality" only 36 per cent believed it should be a priority.
23rd August 2007
Polish activists create election list of homophobic politicians 1
6:30 PM — LGBT activists in Poland are compiling a list of politicians who have been hostile to gay rights ahead of a general election later this year.The website gaylife.pl is putting together the list, which includes MPs from all sides of the political spectrum."There's a parliamentary election coming. We want to enable the gay community to make a conscious choice and this is the reason for creating a list with the names of the people who have hindered us from achieving our goals," Marek Ryszard, of gaylife.pl told thenews.pl website.
Brad Pitt to produce trans drama 1
5:45 PM — Ryan Murphy, creator of popular US drama Nip/Tuck, has sold a pilot to the FX network for a series about a man who realises he is a transsexual.In a move which surprised many media observers, Brad Pitt is listed among the executive producers, in what would be his first foray into television.The programme has already faced two drastic changes, however. One was over similarities to a real-life transsexual while the other followed misjudgements over the weight of a penis.
PlanetOut CFO to stand down
4:17 PM — LGBT media giant PlanetOut has announced the departure of their chief financial officer.40-year-old Daniel J. Miller is the latest staff member to leave the company, which earlier this year was forced to close its international offices and cut back on staff.Last month a company that invests the wealth of Microsoft founder Bill Gates purchased a major stake in PlanetOut, rescuing them from bankruptcy.
Congress frustrates Foley scandal investigation
3:54 PM — Police in Florida have revealed they are being prevented from fully investigating the sexually-explicit internet communications between a former Congressman and male teenage House pages.Republican Mark Foley represented the state's sixteenth district in the House of Representatives for 11 years and was chairman of the House caucus on missing and exploited children.He resigned in September 2006 after ABC News reported he sent messages to current and former underage pages with references to sexual acts and genitalia.
Gay rights decision rests with Australian PM
3:25 PM — After a heated meeting of the Cabinet on Monday, the final decision about whether gay and lesbian couples in Australia will be given equal rights will be made by Prime Minister John Howard.His senior government colleagues are split on the issue. Some feel it is not a priority for the government ahead of elections later this year and are concerned about the cost of reforms.Other Cabinet members, especially those with sizable gay communities in their constituencies, argue that equal provision in areas such as Medicare and pensions must be in place before going to the polls.
San Diego set to erect statue of ‘intolerant’ mayor 6
2:29 PM — Gay groups and Latinos are uniting to fight plans for a statue of former mayor Pete Wilson to be erected in San Diego's downtown Horton Square.The former mayor, who is credited with revitalising the downtown area in the 1970's, is despised by immigrant groups for his attempts to deny illegal immigrants health and education benefits and by the gay community for his regressive views on sexuality."During Mayor Wilson's administration, it was like the dark ages for us," said gay activist Nicole Murray-Ramirez.
Persecution claims fail to halt deportation
1:46 PM — The Canadian Border Services Agency has refused to back down in the face of claims its deportation of a young Mexican man will condemn him to persecution and violence.Leonardo Zuniga, 25, arrived in Canada in 2004, filing an unsuccessful refugee claim that was appealed.Since then he has been a model citizen, volunteering with various Toronto social agencies and picking up an award for photography and queer activism.
Florida mayor uses HIV to attack Florida gays 2
1:17 PM — Fort Lauderdale mayor James Naugle caused outrage among Florida's gay community yesterday after he called a news conference announcing a drive against promiscuous gay sex.Framing the move as a public health initiative designed to cut down on HIV transmission, the conference nevertheless included prominent religious activists, including radio DJ Janet Folger of Faith2Action and Gary Cass, president of the Christian Anti-Defamation League."I think Broward County is forever changed from this exercise," Mr Naugle said.
Violence against Dutch gays on the increase 5
1:17 PM — Over half of Dutch gays feel less safe than they did a year ago, a new survey carried out by current affairs programme EenVandaag has revealed.Sixty-four per cent of anti-gay incidents were verbal but 12 per cent resulted in physical abuse.Amsterdam's image in the Netherlands as the 'gay capital of the world' is also under threat as the survey revealed gays there were more fearful than in other parts of country.
Russian gay activist defiant over outing politician 2
11:20 AM — Nicolas Alexeyev, one of the main organisers of Moscow Pride, was interrogated by police yesterday over an incident on live TV where he outed a leading Russian politician.He referred to Article 51 of the Russian Constitution, which allows citizens not to give evidence against themselves, but also said he can produce proof that MP Alexander Chuev is homosexual.Mr Alexeyev also revealed yesterday that gay activists will picket the offices of Mr Chuev's political party, Fair Russia, next month, under the slogan "I also know that Chuev is gay."
Gay group holds national coming out day 1
11:03 AM — American gay rights group Human Rights Campaign announced yesterday that the theme for National Coming Out Day 2007 will be "Talk About It," continuing the slogan and branding that the national programme has been building since 2005.This year will also mark an important hallmark as National Coming Out Day, October 11th, falls on the 20th anniversary of the 1987 Gay and Lesbian March on Washington DC, and the unfurling of the AIDS Quilt on the National Mall.
China targets AIDS activists
10:45 AM — The Chinese government's harassment of HIV/AIDS activists and intensified surveillance of AIDS support groups raises serious questions about its commitment to combating the illness, says US-based Human Rights Watch.Over the past three weeks police have forced the cancellation of three separate meetings on HIV/AIDS in the city of Guangzhou in Guangdong province and Kaifeng in Henan province.Henan authorities have also ordered the closure of an HIV/AIDS support group's offices and are harassing a leading HIV/AIDS activist there.