29th February 2008
Analysis: Obama reaches out to LGBT community 2
1:03 AM — Illinois Senator Barack Obama is appealing directly to LGBT voters with new advertisements in Ohio and Texas gay newspapers.The Democratic Presidential contender also released a statement on Thursday targeted to the gay community, asking for support "so that together we can bring about real change for all LGBT Americans."In a statement from the Obama campaign released on Thursday, titled "Open Letter from Barack Obama to the LGBT community," the Senator detailed his history of activism on behalf of gay Americans.
28th February 2008
Matthew Shepard anniversary marked with hate crime campaign
3:30 PM — The mother of a murdered gay man will mark the ten years since his death by unveiling a new, aggressive anti-hate campaign.The Matthew Shepard Foundation announced today that it plans to engage the general public in the mission to "Replace Hate with Understanding, Compassion and Acceptance."Judy Shepard will unveil the new campaign during the 7th Annual Bear to Make a Difference Gala, which will take place on Saturday, March 29th in Denver, Colorado.
Obama adverts target gay community 1
12:40 PM — Presidential candidate Barack Obama has bought advertising in gay newspapers in four cities in the two key primary states of Texas and Ohio.The Advocate reports that full page adverts will appear in titles in Dallas, Houston, Cleveland and Columbus.Democratic primary and caucus participants in the two states vote next Tuesday, along with Rhode Island and Vermont. The delegate-rich Ohio and Texas contests are must-wins for Hillary Clinton.
Gay rights activist given Canada’s highest honour
12:05 PM — The Reverend Brent Hawkes, a campaigning clergyman and LGBT community leader and activist, has been invested into the Order of Canada.Rev Hawkes is the senior pastor at the Metropolitan Community Church of Toronto. For more than three decades, Rev. Hawkes has been a champion of GLBT equality.He is widely credited with inspiring the 2003 court case that led to the legalisation of same-sex marriage in Ontario.
Pride rioter running for office in Moscow
10:20 AM — A notorious young Communist who headed mobs intent on homophobic violence during Moscow Pride in 2006 and 2007 is standing for election to the city's council.Pavel Tarasov has also been appearing on national TV as a spokesman for the Communist candidate for President of the Russian Federation, Gennady Zyuganov.Presidential and municipal elections are being held on Sunday. Mr Tarasov participated in two anti-gay riots in the centre of Moscow, according to GayRussia.Ru.
27th February 2008
Tutu calls on Ugandans to protect LGBT community 1
7:25 PM — The former Archbishop of Cape Town and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Desmond Tutu has joined 120 Christian and Jewish leaders in a call to the government of Uganda to stop homophobia in the country.In a letter to President Yoweri Museveni they demanded an end to "verbal assaults and legal attacks of your government on the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LBGT) people."Most of the signatories were clergy in the Metropolitan Community Church.
Princess to attend gay meeting and discuss prejudice 1
4:25 PM — In an announcement described by LGBT activists as "historically significant," a spokesman for the Dutch Royal Family has confirmed that the country's future Queen will attend a gay rights conference.Argentinean-born Princess Maxima, the wife of Crown Prince Willem-Alexander, will meet delegates from Holland's major cities at the event and speak out against the exclusion of gay people.A royal spokesman said: "The Princess is in favour of equal rights of all groups in the Netherlands."
African lesbian conference demands equal rights 4
3:05 PM — Lesbians from across Africa have held a conference in Mozambique to highlight the homophobia and prejudice they face across the continent.Most nations in Africa criminalise same-sex relationships and in some countries gay people can be put to death.The Coalition of African Lesbians conference was attended by more than 100 delegates.
Teen’s murder outrages trans groups in Florida 43
12:45 PM — Simmie Williams Jr, 17, was gunned down last weekend on a street corner in Broward County, Florida.Williams was wearing a dress when he was attacked and is believed to have been gay or transgender.Police are investigating the murder as a possible hate crime based on the words witnesses say were exchanged before the shooting.
Straight-friendly destinations – the new trend in gay travel
12:30 PM — Travel experts at the Gay Lesbian Travel Pavilion at the world's largest tourism fair have said the a new niche market for heterosexuals has emerged."Apart from gay and lesbian cruises, we have noticed a clear rise in hotels and resorts that are not only gay-friendly but targeted mainly towards gay men."Straight people are, in most cases, allowed to stay, too. The magic word is straight-friendly," said Robert Kastl, Managing Director of Publicom GmbH, the organisers of the Pavilion.
McCain apologises over “Barack Hussein Obama” comments
12:20 PM — Republican Presidential candidate John McCain found himself forced to apologise after radio talk show host Bill Cunningham used his campaign rally as a platform for a ranting attack against Barack Obama.At a McCain gathering in Ohio on Tuesday, Cunningham degraded Obama and called him several times by his middle name, Hussein, in a reference to former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein.Cunningham hosts several radio talk show programs sydicated on over 300 stations.
Condoleezza challenged over discrimination against gay staff 1
12:10 PM — The only out lesbian in the US Congress has challenged the country's Secretary of State about unequal treatment of lesbian and gay staff in her department.In December a former US ambassador left his post at the State Department after criticising Condoleezza Rice's treatment of gay people.Michael E Guest retired after more than 26 years as a form of protest against regulations that he considered as unfair to same-sex partners of foreign service officers.
Twin porn performers arrested after robbery spree
10:58 AM — Twin brothers, 26-year-old Taleon and Keyontyli Goffney, were arrested last week after burgling a Rite Aid pharmacy in Philadelphia.The brothers, whom gossip blogger Perez Hilton outed on his site as gay porn actors, are suspected in a spree of at least 35 other robberies over three states.The twins have appeared in videos on sites such as Blackmen.net and EbonyD.com.
Obama endorsed by former Presidential rival
10:30 AM — Illinois Senator Barack Obama received the endorsement of former Presidential candidate Chris Dodd yesterday.The Connecticut Senator said at a press conference in Cleveland that he is "deeply proud to be the first 2008 Democratic Presidential candidate to endorse Barack Obama."In endorsing Obama, Dodd urged Democrats to "come together, to get behind this candidacy."
26th February 2008
War of words over photos of Obama in traditional dress
4:15 PM — When visiting his father's homeland of Kenya two years ago, Presidential candidate Barack Obama wore a traditional white turban and a wraparound white robe presented to him by elders.In the febrile atmosphere of the 2008 primaries, that picture has been released, allegedly by staffers for his rival for the Democratic nomination for President, Senator Hillary Clinton.The public scrapping between the only female and the only black candidate in the race for the White House has reached a new low.
Thank you to gay partner edited out of Oscars transcript 1
2:40 PM — Scott Rubin thanked several people on Sunday when he collected an Oscar for Best Picture for No Country For Old Men, which he produced.The 49-year-old, after name-checking the film's directors Joel and Ethan Coen and producer Sydney Pollack, paid tribute to "my partner, John Barlow. Without you, honey, this is just hardware."Theatre publicist Barlow was at the ceremony, but was not honoured with a close-up when his name was mentioned, as is common practice when heterosexual spouses are similarly praised.
Petition calls for repeal of repressive gay sex law 2
2:40 PM — A human rights movement has called on the Moroccan government to repeal a law that demands prison terms for consensual homosexual acts.The petition, launched by Human Rights Watch and the Moroccan Human Rights Association, also asks for the release of six men currently imprisoned under this article of the penal code, and demands that the government protect the rights to privacy and a fair trial.Police arrested the six men in November 2007, after a video was circulated on the internet.
Pride petrol bomber jailed for attempted attack
2:15 PM — A 25-year-old man has been sentenced to 14 months in jail after being found guilty of a hate crime by a court in Croatia.Yesterday Josip Situm was convicted of endangering lives and property and ordered to undergo psychiatric treatment while behind bars.Police spotted him at the Pride event in the Croatian capital Zagreb on 7th July 2007 with petrol bombs, but he fled the scene. He was later arrested.
Spanish Prime Minister vows to defend gay rights 2
12:50 PM — In an interview with a gay magazine, the leader of Spain's Socialist party has promised to fight any attempt to remove or weaken gay rights laws he has introduced as Prime Minister.Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero has called a general election for March 9th. During his four years in office he has legalised gay marriage and given same-sex couples the right to adopt.The lead up to the election has been marked by bad-tempered exchanges between the government and the Roman Catholic church.
Jamaican gay cop fears for his life 2
12:01 PM — A 24-year-old police officer is in hiding in Jamaica after being abused and attacked by fellow officers because of his sexuality.Michael Hayden told the Toronto Star that he wants to seek asylum in Canada.A leading gay rights activist from Jamaica, Gareth Henry, did so last week, claiming that thirteen of his gay and lesbian friends had died in the last four years.