3rd May 2007
Warsaw Pride ban broke Euro convention
2:56 PM — The European Court of Human Rights this morning ruled that the ban on the 2005 Pride event in Warsaw was a violation of human rights. The seven judges, including one from Poland, were unanimous.The Strasbourg-based court agreed that freedom of association and assembly, prohibition of discrimination and the right to an effective remedy had been denied, all of which are guaranteed in the European Convention on Human Rights.
Isaiah Washington to star in discrimination ad 4
1:46 PM — An actor who caused a storm by using the word 'faggot' during an on-set argument is to make a public service announcement on behalf of two gay rights organisations.Isaiah Washington, star of medical drama Grey's Anatomy, is to record the message for the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation and Gay, Lesbian Straight Education Network.He called co-star TR Knight a faggot during an on-set confrontation last October.
“Gay American” seeks solace in the priesthood 1
1:22 PM — The former Governor of New Jersey, who came out of the closet on live television, is to train for the priesthood.Jim McGreevey has been in the headlines for months over his divorce and custody battle. Now it has been revealed that he is in the first stages of becoming an Anglican priest.The church, called Episcopalians in the US, is split over the issue of gay clergy.
Return child to lesbian carer, court asked
12:25 PM — In a hearing on Wednesday, the American Civil Liberties Union urged a judge in Georgia to return a vulnerable seven-year-old girl to the woman in whose care she had been thriving for a year.The Division of Family and Children Services (DFCS) has held the girl in foster care since February 20th, when a judge took her away after he learned that she was being raised by a lesbian.
2nd May 2007
School shooting linked to gay abuse
4:20 PM — A teenage boy accused of shooting his school principal has pleaded not guilty to first degree murder.Eric Hainstock, a 16-year-old from Wisconsin, will claim he has been the victim of persistent homophobic abuse at school.He was allegedly upset that Weston School's principal, John Klang, had done nothing to stop other students from teasing him about his sexuality.
Black churches oppose protection for gays 7
2:22 PM — Representatives of African-American religious groups have asked the US Congress to block a new hate-crimes bill that would cover homophobic offencesThey have called on the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, John Conyers, to block the proposed new law, claiming it would impede their freedom to preach against homosexuality."Ex-gay" Christian group Exodus International also oppose the hate crimes bill.
Gay ex-Governor wants civil union 1
11:30 AM — Former New Jersey governor James McGreevey has revealed that he would eventually like to have a civil union with his boyfriend, Australian business executive Mark O'Donnell."What I want is what hopefully everyone wants, a loving family," McGreevey told New York Daily News. On Friday McGreevey won joint custody of 5-year-old Jacqueline, his daughter with future ex-wife Dina Matos McGreevey.
Catholic school bans same-sex prom date
11:24 AM — All Roseanne Strott wanted was to take her date, another female student, to the school prom.But she couldn't: officials from the Catholic diocese said they could not attend together.Her school, Bishop Feehan High School, falls under the rule of the Diocese of Fall River.
Croatia accused of homophobia in schools
10:44 AM — A sex education programme in Croatia has been slammed by the European Parliament because it encourages homophobia.The programme is backed by the Roman Catholic Church and teaches that there should be no sex outside marriage, no safe sex, and no gay sex.Croatia is not a member of the EU, but has applied to join and is regarded as likely to be admitted in 2009 or 2010.
1st May 2007
Human rights award for gay rights group
3:36 PM — The Blue Diamond Society, Nepal's first gay rights organisation, will receive an international award for human rights today.The International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission will present them with the Felipa de Souza Award for 2007 at a ceremony in New York.In recent years the Blue Diamond Society (BDS) has reported many cases of harassment and abuse of LGBT people.
Pope backs bullet bishop 10
12:04 PM — A spokesman for Pope Benedict XVI has said he is shocked by the threats made against the life of an Archbishop leading the Roman Catholic church in Italy's opposition to gay rights.Archbishop Angelo Bagnasco was sent a live bullet in the post last week.A police guard had already been put in place last month after Archbishop Bagnasco's cathedral in Genoa was attacked by vandals.
Broadband provider bans Gay 1
11:19 AM — A lesbian called Gay has been reprimanded for using her name in work e-mails.Gay Hamilton, from Nelson, New Zealand, was sent an automated e-mail from the broadband provider Telecom which read:"[Your email] was identified by our content filtering processes as containing language that may be considered inappropriate for business-like communication."
“Piano Man” was a victim of gay heartbreak
11:12 AM — The mute "Piano Man" who walked out of the sea in a suit two years ago had a nervous breakdown because of a split with his gay lover, it has been revealed.The man spent months in a British psychiatric clinic after he was found in Sheerness, Kent, on April 7th 2005.He was wearing a suit with the labels cut out and had no passport.
30th April 2007
Will and Grace creators settle dispute with NBC 3
8:15 PM — David Kohan and Jason "Max" Mutchnick, who created the hit gay sitcom Will and Grace have settled a dispute with the American broadcaster NBC that claimed they were cheated out of the show's revenue.The pair sought sought $55m (£27.6m) from NBC after claiming did not pay them a fair market value for the series.
Outspoken bishop gets more death threats 10
12:12 PM — An Italian bishop who compared moves to give gay couples some rights to incest and child abuse is under police guard after he was sent a live bullet in the post.The guard was put in place earlier this month after Archbishop Angelo Bagnasco's cathedral was attacked by vandals.At Sunday Mass security was stepped up with two bodyguards accompanying the Archbishop.
Child sexual abuse may lead to risky behaviour
12:00 PM — A study has found that gay and bisexual men who were victims of childhood sexual abuse are more likely to engage in sexual behaviours that put them at higher risk of contracting HIV.A survey of 862 randomly selected gay and bisexual men who were enrolled in a community festival found that almost one in seven had been victims of childhood sexual abuse.Those who reported regular childhood sexual abuse were at significantly greater risk for being HIV positive.
Feuding McGreeveys told to think of the child 1
11:16 AM — The judge presiding over the highly publicised divorce of the openly gay New Jersey ex-Governor James McGreevey and his estranged wife urged them on Friday to use "common sense" during their split.The Associated Press reports that Judge Karen Cassidy also called McGreevey's sexual orientation insignificant to the case.The courtroom session with McGreevey and Dina Matos McGreevey was their first public appearance together.
Gay rights on the agenda as elections called in Ireland
11:00 AM — Irish Prime Minister Bertie Ahern asked the country's President to dissolve Parliament yesterday.A general election will be held on May 24th. It is expected to be a close race.Last week a website was launched to raise awareness among the gay community of the forthcoming election.
US gay hate crime bill moves forward 7
10:46 AM — Last week the Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act passed out of the Judiciary Committee.The legislation now makes its way to the floor of the United States House of Representatives for consideration by the full chamber."Law enforcement is now one step closer to getting the extra tools they need to combat hate violence," said Joe Solmonese, President of the Human Rights Campaign.
27th April 2007
Gay bishop plans civil union
3:21 PM — Gene Robinson has welcomed the introduction of civil unions in the state where he is bishop, and said he hopes to take advantage of his new rights as soon as possible.His election as Bishop of New Hampshire in 2002 made him the first openly gay man to reach such a high position in the Anglican church.His elevation also caused an ongoing row within the church.