6th March 2007
Canadian leader tearful over anti-gay abuse
11:24 AM — A homophobic attack by a radio host left Andre Boisclair, the Parti Quebecois party leader, clearly emotional while giving a speech on Sunday.Bosclair, an openly gay candidate for local election in the region of Saguenay in Quebec, choked up while talking about the importance of tolerance.
Hillary Clinton quietly courts the gay vote
10:49 AM — The only female contender for the Presidency of the United States made an unpublicised appearance at a gay event on Friday.Senator Hillary Clinton spoke at a lunch hosted by Human Rights Campaign, the leading gay rights advocacy group in America.However, her office did not publicise her comments and yesterday she dodged questions as to why she spoke so warmly in favour of gay rights.
Riga Mayor backs Gay Pride march
10:19 AM — The new Mayor of the Latvian capital has backed gay rights march in the city later this year.In an interview with Diena newspaper, Janis Birks said he was ashamed at events last year, when bags of human excrement were thrown at gay marchers.Last month London Pride announced they would be "twinning" with Riga Pride as a sign of solidarity.
5th March 2007
Polish government rapped by EU over gay views 1
5:44 PM — Polish Prime Minister Jaroslaw Kaczynski summoned his deputy Roman Giertych for talks on Monday after he spoke out against homosexuality and abortion.Giertych is the leader of the League of Polish Families, a far-right party currently enjoying coalition with Kaczynski's ruling Law and Justice party.He angered Kaczynski last week by asking the European Union to stop "homosexual propaganda" and ban abortion.
Spain grants new identity rights to transsexuals
5:44 PM — The Spanish government has passed legislation allowing transsexuals to officially change their name and gender without needing to undergo gender reassignment surgery first.Despite opposition from the conservative Popular Party, the law progressed through the country's lower legislative chamber last week.The new legislation asks transsexuals to obtain and present an official medical diagnosis outlining a clinically proven case of gender dysfunction.
Sydney Mardi Gras passes off with few arrests
5:11 PM — Fears that Australian police would target this year's Sydney Lesbian and Gay Mardi Gras parade and after-party proved unfounded. Only eleven people were arrested.Some 8,000 people took part in the three-hour parade through the centre of the city, led this year by British actor Rupert Everett.Police were criticised last week for heavy-handed tactics at an earlier Mardi Gras dance party.
Gay politician snubs NYC for Dublin on St Pat’s Day 2
2:54 PM — New York City Council speaker Christine Quinn, who is openly gay, has announced she will march in Dublin's St. Patrick's Day parade this year.The move is a direct snub to organisers of the New York City parade who have again banned gay and lesbian groups from participating in the event.Quinn, a Democrat and council speaker in NYC, will march in the Dublin parade on March 17th.
City manager sacked over gender reassignment
2:32 PM — A Florida city commission voted to fire its city manager just days after he confirmed his plans to return to work after undergoing gender reassignment surgery.The Associated Press reports that the commission voted 5-2 to fire City Manager Steve Stanton at a meeting attended by more than 400 citizens on Feb. 23.Stanton, 48, confirmed last week that he is a transsexual.
War hero comes out then speaks out
1:16 PM — The first American soldier to be wounded in the current Iraq conflict gained a sensational amount of publicity, including a visit from the President and Mrs Bush.Now Marine Staff Sgt. Eric Alva is in the news again.He has come out as a gay man, and urged Congress to change military policy towards gay personnel.
San Francisco Mayor vilified for “porn day”
12:57 PM — The Mayor of San Francisco, Gavin Newsom, has been mocked after commemorating a studio that produces gay pornography.Newsom honoured the 40th anniversary of Colt studios by designating last Friday as "Colt Studio Day."The 39-year-old mayor gained international attention in 2004 when he instructed city officials to issue same-sex marriage licenses.
Mexico rocked by gay pop star 3
12:08 PM — A Mexican pop singer has announced that he is gay, becoming one of only a few public figures to have come out in a country that is traditionally conservative Catholic.22-year-old Christian Chavez, a member of the Mexican pop band RBD, revealed his homosexuality following the leaking of photographs that showed him marrying his partner at a ceremony in Canada."I don't want to keep on lying and lie to myself because of fear," he said on the band's website.
Commentator causes a commotion with the F word 2
11:02 AM — Right-wing polemicist Ann Coulter, who once called Arabs towel heads, has outraged American political class by calling a Presidential candidate a faggot.Speaking at the influential Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington on Friday, the publicity-seeking Ms Coulter said:"I was going to have a few comments on the other Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards. But it turns out that you have to go into rehab if you use the word 'faggot.'"
2nd March 2007
Sydney’s gay parade live online
2:52 PM — The Sydney Lesbian Gay Mardi Gras parade will be steamed live on the internet on Saturday night.The parade, one of the best-known gay events on the planet, will be viewed live across the world for the first time this year.The internet broadcast is being shown by Australian company Viocorp, and will cost $7.50 (£3.85) to watch online.
Transsexual gets insurance hike after operation
1:34 PM — A Swedish woman is outraged that her car insurance costs shot up following her gender-reassignment surgery.Carina Bladh from Linköping, central Sweden, became a woman at the end of last year, and at the same time bought a new Audi A6.She was shocked to discover that, as a woman, her annual premium was 1,200 kronor (over £87) more expensive.
US airman given 50 years for rapes 1
11:32 AM — captain in the US Air Force who claimed that four men accusing him of drugging and raping them were lying to avoid being exposed as gay was sentenced yesterday.He had been found guilty earlier in the week on four charges of forcible sodomy, two counts of kidnapping and two counts of attempted sodomy as well as one charge of unlawful entry.Capt. Devery L. Taylor, had worked as a hospital administrator, was given 50 years in jail by a military jury of nine fellow officers.
Report says homophobia helps spread of AIDS in Africa
10:40 AM — The International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) today published a new study which for the first time reveals how African governments and the global HIV/AIDS policy and funding community is denying basic human rights to same-sex practicing people in Africa.The report, entitled Off The Map, documents some shocking examples of how lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people are denied access to effective HIV prevention, counselling and testing, treatment, and care.
1st March 2007
“Pillow biter” acceptable language in Australia
5:02 PM — A tribunal in Australia has ruled that an outspoken radio host has the right to vilify homosexuals on air.The Administrative Decisions Tribunal in New South Wales was hearing a case brought by gay activists under the country's anti-discrimination laws.The tribunal agreed with gay activists that the use of terms like 'pansy,' 'fairy' and 'pillow biter' by radio broadcaster John Laws did constitute vilification.
Dublin teen sex ring exposes lack of LGBT support 1
4:35 PM — Reports from Dublin concerning a 14-year-old boy being sexually abused by a ring of middle-aged men have exposed the lack of support for LGBT teenagers in the country.The child was groomed on the internet and then taken to a range of addresses in Dublin where the abuse took place. Irish police (Gardai) have arrested two men already.A 21-year-old trainee police officer has admitted sending the child sexually explicit text messages.
Gay playground jibe ends up in court
10:56 AM — An American judge will have to balance Constitutional rights with the protection of gay kids at school in a lawsuit about the phrase "that's so gay" that has come before the courts.A Mormon high school student in the United States used the phrase, was given a warning for doing so by school authorities, and now her parents are suing.They claim the word is youth slang meaning stupid, silly or dumb.
28th February 2007
Congress may revisit gays in the military
4:27 PM — In the wake of announcements that Congressman Marty Meehan will re-introduce legislation to repeal "don't ask, don't tell" this week, observers are debating the future of the gays-in-the-military issue in Congress.Last year, Representative Meehan, a Democrat from Massachusetts, garnered the support of 122 representatives for the Military Readiness Enhancement Act.