24th August 2007
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.
22nd August 2007
Legal challenge to pink prison uniforms
3:15 PM — The American state of South Carolina's prisons director has defended a two-year-old policy of making detainees who perform sex acts in front of prison officers wear pink.An inmate has brought a lawsuit, claiming the colour pink puts prisoners in danger.The punishment is designed to protect female prison staff from sexual behaviour.
Nigeria ‘gay wedding’ accused will not face death penalty 21
11:15 AM — A group of men arrested at a hotel in northern Nigeria and initially accused of sodomy have appeared in court charged with "indecent dressing" and vagrancy.18 men were charged and five were bailed, causing disturbances by Muslim youths on the streets of the city of Bauchi.The men, who were detained by police earlier this month, come from different parts of Nigeria and were allegedly dressed in women's clothes.
Gay groups challenge California gay marriage ban
10:44 AM — In briefs filed last week with the California Supreme Court, a coalition of gay groups contend that California violates its own constitution by denying same-sex couples the freedom to marry."When two people fall in love and decide to get married, they are saying to the world, 'this is my family; this is my dream for the future,'" Tamara Lange, a senior staff attorney with the ACLU, said in a release.The American Civil Liberties Union, the National Centre for Lesbian Rights and Lambda Legal filed the briefs.
Homphobic mayor sends mixed messages over gay tourism 2
10:23 AM — Embattled Fort Lauderdale Mayor Jim Naugle, who has come under intense pressure from a US gay organisations for making insensitive and demoralising public comments about the gay and lesbian community, has been sending mixed messages as of late on his thoughts about gay tourism.A press release from Fight OUT Loud, a Fort Lauderdale based non-profit organisation dedicated to helping GLBT individuals fight discrimination and hate, shows Mayor Naugle voted just this year to increase spending on the gay tourism market.
21st August 2007
Ugandan churches demonstrate against gay acceptance 5
12:40 PM — Following last week's historic press conference by gay rights advocates in Uganda, the Christian churches in the country showed their disapproval today with a demonstration.It was the first anti-gay rally in the country's history and was organised by the Uganda Joint Christian Council.UJCC member churches include the Roman Catholic and Anglican Church of Uganda. The organisation's mission is to uphold Christian values and address issues of human rights and social justice.
Gay MP’s wedding sparks media frenzy 4
12:40 PM — A Canadian MP has become the first federal politician in the country to marry his same-sex partner.Scott Brison, Liberal MP for the Nova Scotia riding of Kings-Hants, wed his partner Maxime St. Pierre at a ceremony near Brison's country home in Cheverie on Saturday.The couple walked down the aisle to It's a Wonderful World and walked back to I Can See Clearly Now.Guests described the ceremony as joyful and emotional, according to CTV.ca.