15th February 2008
Obama leads Clinton and McCain in national polls
10:15 AM — Illinois Senator Barack Obama's impressive sweep of victories over the past week has put him ahead of rival New York Senator Hillary Clinton in delegates, making him the frontrunner for the first time in the Democratic Presidential race.Obama also now leads Clinton in several national voter polls.Among the 21 LGBT super delegates, over half of them still support Clinton, according to the Washington Blade.
14th February 2008
Australian government objects to same-sex ceremonies
4:25 PM — Gay rights advocates in Australia have asked the country's Attorney-General, Robert McClelland, explain why same-sex couples in the ACT (Australia Capital Territory) should not be allowed to officially solemnise their unions.Responding to the ACT government's renewed commitment to its civil partnership law, Mr McClelland yesterday said the ceremonial aspects of the ACT model are "inappropriate."ACT Liberal party Senator Gary Humphries attacked the Labour government's position on the issue.
Jamaican activist seeks asylum in Canada 3
3:40 PM — A prominent member of gay rights group J-FLAG, Jamaica's Forum for Lesbians, All-Sexuals and Gays, is claiming refugee status in Canada.Gareth Henry, who spoke at Pride London last year about the plight of lesbian and gay people in his country, told CBC News that 13 of his friends have been killed in the last four years.On this day last year Mr Henry was one of three gay men stoned by a huge mob in a homophobic attack.
Crackdown on gays proposed in Bahrain 8
2:31 PM — MPs in the Gulf state of Bahrain are calling for a range of measures to be taken against gay people in the country, including deporting foreigners suspected of being gay.The foreign affairs, defence and national security committee has backed proposals to tighten immigration checks to stop foreign gay people entering the country."The Interior Ministry has told us that it already bans suspected homosexuals as they try entering the country from Bahrain International Airport," committee secretary Jalal Fairooz told Gulf Daily News.
Ugandan bishops will boycott Lambeth conference
1:40 PM — The Archbishop of Uganda said today that bishops from the country will not be attending the Lambeth conference later this year.The conference of Anglican church leaders from across the world is held once a decade.The 2008 gathering has been dominated by fights about the place of gay and lesbian people in the Anglican church. The Archbishop of Canterbury said that 70% of bishops had already accepted invitations to attend.
Sex sting Senator “acted improperly” 4
12:40 PM — The US Senate Ethics Committee has criticised Senator Larry Craig over in incident in an airport bathroom which led to him being arrested for cruising, but has decided to take no further action against him.The Senator from Idaho, who married with three children, denies he is gay.He was arrested on June 11th by an undercover police officer in a Minneapolis airport toilet.
Irish gays picket parliament over marriage equality 5
12:20 PM — A recently former pressure group will protest at the Irish parliament today and present the Taoiseach (Prime Minister) with 1,000 messages demanding full civil marriages for gay people, something the Irish government has ruled out as contrary to the country's constitution.Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgendered (LGBT) Noise is highlighting the lack of rights gay couples have in relation to care of children, inheritance, pensions and wills.
Gay groups’ observer status at UN blocked 2
12:02 PM — LGBT rights groups from Spain, the Netherlands and Brazil have been refused observer status that allows Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) to participate in United Nations business.The UN Committee on NGOs was tied, with Columbia, Dominica, Israel, Peru, Romania, UK and the USA voting yes and Burundi, China, Egypt, Pakistan, Qatar, Russia and Sudan voting no.Angola, Guinea, India and Turkey abstained while Cuba was not present. The UK representative on the committee said they were discriminating against LGBT NGO applicants.
Moscow Pride ban challenged in human rights court
11:20 AM — The organisers of the banned Moscow Pride have sent an application to the European Court of Human Rights claiming the ban breached their rights and seeking compensation of 1 million euros.Documents were sent to the court in Strasbourg today.Last year Moscow Pride organisers, MEPs and prominent British gay activists were among 31 people arrested as they attempted to deliver a letter of protest about the ban to the mayor's office.
Gay-friendly US cities are “miserable”
10:34 AM — According to a new survey by Forbes Magazine, some of the cities most popular with American gays are also among 'the most miserable' places to live in the US.It used the economic indicator most often referred to as the 'Misery Index,' which adds the unemployment rate to inflation, along with the 'Misery Score' which measures the sum of corporate, personal, employer and sales taxes as well as factors including commute times, weather, crime and the number of toxic waste dumps in proximity to a given city.
13th February 2008
Same-sex couples to stage St Valentine’s Day protest
5:55 PM — Getting married has been a goal for long-time partners Robin Tyler and Diane Olson for each of the past six Valentine's Days, and this year will be no different.They'll be turned away, of course, since their home state of California doesn't allow same-sex marriages, but Tyler hardly seems heartbroken by that inevitability."It's all about raising awareness," says the Los Angeles-based activist, comedienne and producer.
Copenhagen Pride threatened by financial crisis 1
4:10 PM — The city authorities in the Danish capital Copenhagen have turned down a funding application from gay Pride organisers, which could threaten the week-long event."We need to find a more suitable solution, a spokesman for the mayor's office told leading Danish LGBT media outlet PrideRadio.dk."We had to turn down the Copenhagen Pride 08 application due to new procedures. It is important that no-one sees this rejection as discrimination towards the Danish gay community."
Germany criticised by EU over gay discrimination 2
2:25 PM — The European Union commissioner for employment, social affairs and equal opportunities has started an infringement procedures against Germany and eleven other member states for failing to implement EU equal opportunities legislation correctly.Vladimir Spidla said that the German government has failed to bring provisions on equal treatment of gay and lesbian partnerships in line with EU directives.He said that the partnership registration scheme available to German same-sex couples do not represent equal rights.
Spanish opposition leader targets gay adoption 2
12:20 PM — The man who wants to be the next Prime Minister of Spain has said he will move to ban gay adoption in the country.Mariano Rajoy, who leads the conservative Partido Popular, said in an interview that he is ready to take away the right to adopt from gay couples.Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero has called a general election for March 9th.
Obama sweeps to victory in latest primaries 1
11:35 AM — Presidential hopeful Senator Barack Obama won primaries in Virginia, Maryland and Washington DC yesterday, as his rival for the Democratic nomination faced serious questions about her campaign.Senator Hillary Clinton flew to Texas, a key state, as analysts pored over data that suggests her support among women, Hispanic and older voters may be weakening in the face of Obama's string of wins.
Lesbians sue in Colorado for right to marry
11:10 AM — A lesbian couple are asking a court to rule that an amendment to a US state constitution banning same-sex marriage is unconstitutional.Kate Burns and Shiela Schroeder argues that the voter-approved amendment is religious in nature.They are due to appear in court this week charged with trespassing. The couple were arrested in September last year.
12th February 2008
New York tabloid’s “dehumanising” trans story
4:30 PM — American tabloid newspaper the New York Daily News has been condemned by gay activists for its reporting of the murder of a trans woman.On Sunday the paper published the headline Fooled John Stabbed Bronx Tranny. The story referred to the murder a 25 year old transgender woman named Sanesha Stewart.The Gay Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) complained to the paper.
South African police to act against homophobic officers
4:02 PM — South Africa's Police Inspectorate has promised "decisive action" against officers who ridicule gay people or ignore homophobic hate crimes.Last week human rights groups and gay activists launched the 07-07-07 Campaign.On that day last year two lesbian women, 34 year old Sizakele Sigasa and 23 year old Salome Masooa, were raped, tortured and killed in Meadowlands, Soweto.
Gay rights leader attacked in Brazil 1
3:40 PM — The President of Sao Paulo's Gay Pride Association was hospitalised after he was attacked at their offices yesterday.Alexandre Peixe dos Santos was gagged, hooded and beaten by an unknown number of attackers.The association organises one of the largest gay rights parades in the world. Last year three million revellers packed the streets of the Brazilian city in what officials have called the largest party in the world.
Clinton tries to lock down gay voters 11
2:05 PM — Presidential hopeful Senator Hillary Clinton has given an interview to an American gay newspaper in an attempt to portray herself as the obvious candidate for LGBT votes.The former First Lady, who is facing a serious and sustained challenge for the Democratic party nomination from Barack Obama, spoke to the Washington Blade on Sunday about issues such as workplace protection and hate crimes legislation.Her comments came just two days ahead of today's primaries in the states of Maryland and Virginia and Washington DC.