20th July 2007
UN votes today on accreditation for gay rights groups 1
2:45 PM — The United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) is due to vote today on whether to accredit two non-governmental organisations (NGOs) who address human rights violations based on sexual orientation and gender identity.It is thought nine countries are going to vote against accrediting the groups.ECOSOC accreditation governs whether NGOs can attend UN meetings, submit written statements, make oral interventions, host panels and get access to UN buildings.
19th July 2007
Moscow police protect gay protest against Iranian hangings 1
6:20 PM — More than twenty Russian activists protested outside the Iranian embassy in Moscow today, the second anniversary of the execution of two gay teenagers in Iran.A group of nationalists and religious activists who turned up to counter-demonstrate were stopped by police and dispersed.While this was seen as a positive step after the bloody police actions at a gay Pride demonstration earlier this year, it emerged that the application for the Iran protest did not mention gay rights.
Gene discovery may help AIDS treatment
6:20 PM — A study this month in Science magazine announced that scientists have identified three genes that help some HIV-infected people slow down the spread of the virus and postpone the onset of AIDS.This new information may help doctors to develop a vaccine and drugs to help prevent and fight off the HIV virus.The international team of researchers scanned the genomes of 486 HIV-infected people.
Gay veterans hold ‘Don’t Ask Don’t Tell’ roadshow
12:45 PM — A group of former US servicemen are touring America to share their experiences of life in the military, where being openly gay is against the law.The campaign, called Legacy of Service, aims to demonstrate to Americans the hardships and unfairness of a policy, 'Don't Ask Don't Tell,' that keeps soldiers, sailors, air force and coast guard personnel in the closet.No-one knows how many gay, lesbian or bisexual servicemen and women are currently serving in the US military.
Gay ban on dating site starts backlash 1
11:47 AM — A new website that welcomes people rejected from dating service because they are gay has launched a cheeky advertising campaign.The debate in the US over gay marriage has spilled over into the world of online dating. eHarmony, a popular site, has been heavily criticised over its heterosexuals-only policy.The site's founder has added insult to injury by declaring that eHarmony is about marriage.
Irish urged to be courageous over gay eqaulity
11:25 AM — A prominent Australian judge has urged Ireland's Law Reform Commission to be strong, courageous and bold when pushing forward gay equality.Justice Michael Kirby, a Justice of the Australian High Court, has lived openly with his gay partner for the last 37 years.He was in Dublin yesterday to address the commission. The judge spoke about his experiences of discrimination.
Second chance for actor Isaiah Washington
11:10 AM — Less than a month after ABC told Isaiah Washington his services would no longer be needed on the top rated Grey's Anatomy, the actor who infamously referred to co-star T.R. Knight as a 'faggot' and then repeated the word at the Golden Globes found a new job, as a recurring character on NBC's much hyped Bionic Woman remake.Back in May, when Dr. Preston Burke (Washington) left his fiancee (Sandra Oh) at the altar, the actor's status on the series was left up in the air.
Fight for benefits after death of partner
10:40 AM — Gay rights group Lambda Legal filed its opening brief last week in the Court of Appeals of Virginia on behalf of a 48-year-old Keysville man improperly denied death benefits stemming from an accident that ultimately led to the death of his same-sex partner in 2005."This case is about making sure that the rules are applied fairly to everyone," Greg Nevins, senior staff attorney in Lambda Legal's Southern Regional Office, said.
18th July 2007
MEPs to attend Pride in Estonia 1
12:23 PM — A year after violent homophobic attacks against Tallinn Pride, organisers have revealed that politicians from across Europe will be turning up this year to show their support.Last year LGBT marchers were attacked with sticks and stones by a group of young Estonian nationalists while celebrating the country's gay third pride event.This year's event, on August 11th, has been beset by problems with policing.
Pacific Games gay sex embargo lifted
12:07 PM — The organisers of a major sporting event in Samoa have said they will change guidance that banned gay and lesbian competitors from having sex.The rules, published by Samoa team managers yesterday, apply only to Samoan athletes competing in the Pacific Games, a multi-sport event held later this year.The organising committee moved quickly to reject the rules and order changes.
Woman sues tax authorities over reassignment surgery 3
11:50 AM — A trans person is suing the Internal Revenue Service in the US for not allowing her to write off her gender reassignment operation as a legitimate medical expense.Trans activists are watching the case closely, as a defeat for the IRS would open the way for thousands of people to avoid paying tax on reassignment surgeries.The IRS contend that such surgery is not "essential" and therefore cannot be claimed against.
Hong Kong court ruling a victory for gay rights 1
11:12 AM — The highest court in Hong Kong decriminalised gay public sodomy on Tuesday in a ruling that advocates are calling a victory for China's gay rights movement.A panel of five top judges unanimously ruled that two men, who acknowledged engaging in anal sex in a parked car, should not be subject to the country's maximum penalty of five years in prison.According to AP, Chief Justice Andrew Li said in the ruling that the law targets homosexuals.
Porn actors face murder charges
11:00 AM — Two gay porn actors are facing murder charges over the killing of Cobra Video producer Bryan Charles Kocis in January.Harlow Cuadra, 25, and Joseph Kerekes, 33, are being processed at a Pennsylvania State Police barracks.CourtTVnews.com reports that Cuadra and Kerekes arve believed to have gone to Kocis' Dallas, Pennsylvania home on January 24th and slashed his throat.
17th July 2007
Ireland to get civil partnerships 13
12:47 PM — The Irish Prime Minister yesterday pledged to bring in new laws to legalise civil partnerships for gay and lesbian couples.Bertie Ahern, opening a gay community centre in Dublin, said that he wanted to move as quickly as possible on the issue.He told the assembled crowd: "This Government is committed to providing a more supportive and secure legal environment for same-sex couples."
Australian government to consider new rights for gays 1
11:48 AM — The Attorney General of Australia, Philip Ruddock has told gay activists that he is working on proposals to bring before the country's Cabinet a response to a Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission report into discrimination against gay people.Rodney Croome, of the Australian Coalition for Equality, was confident that the matter would be considered before the federal elections later this year.The new Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission (HREOC) report was presented to the federal parliament in June.
16th July 2007
Row over White House security clearance for gays
5:18 PM — The White House has altered the phraseology of a policy which describes the grounds for granting security clearances to gays and lesbians.'Security clearance' is a formal check required in the US for handling confidential data or documents.It is often requested by US employers as a compulsory verification for employees.
Trans youths beaten for carrying condoms 1
1:57 PM — Four transgender youths in Nepal have become the latest victims of institutionalised hate directed against sexual minorities in the country.Five Nepalese transgender youths, known as meti, were brutally beaten, sexually abused and insulted by police in Kathmandu on the night of July 14th.Their crime is said to be carrying condoms for their own use.
Hate crime charge over petrol bombs at Pride
12:01 PM — One man has been charged with a hate crime after the attacks on a Pride march in Zagreb earlier this month.The 25-year-old, identified only as Josip S, is the first person accused of a hate crime in Croatia since they became an offence under the country's Penal Code in 2006.Police spotted him at the Pride event on 7th July with petrol bombs but he fled the scene.
Court rules Dykes on Bikes are not offensive
11:50 AM — A US federal appeals court has ruled that the name "Dykes on Bikes" is inoffensive and a legitimate trademark, tossing out a lawsuit from a man who claimed the name was "scandalous and immoral."According to the Associated Press, the Dykes on Bikes motorcycle club, which leads San Francisco's annual gay pride parade, had spent years sparring with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in hopes of protecting the phrase.They finally won a trademark in 2005.
Disinformation campaign against Matthew Shepard law
11:30 AM — With a US Senate vote on the Matthew Shepard Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act expected soon, the Gay Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) has urged journalists to scrutinise the myths and misleading claims being made by those seeking to block the proposed law.GLAAD also want to highlight the impact of hate-motivated violence against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Americans. In May, the bill passed in the House of Representatives on a historic 237-180 bipartisan vote.