13th September 2007
New documentary features gay Muslim experience
11:35 AM — A number of movies set in the Middle East have been shown during this week's Toronto International Film Festival, but only one of them focuses on gay Muslims.That film, A Jihad For Love, is a documentary Indian filmmaker Parvez Sharma drafted in the six years following the September 11th 2001 attacks in New York.In that time, Sharma followed the experiences of gay Muslims in 12 countries, including India, Pakistan, Iran, Turkey, Egypt, South Africa and France.
12th September 2007
Comment: Peter Tatchell on 9/11
4:21 PM — Six years after 9/11, the American public have still not been provided with a full and truthful account of the single greatest terror attack in US history.What they got was a turkey. The 9/11 Commission was hamstrung by official obstruction. It never managed to ascertain the whole truth of what happened on 11 September 2001.The Chair and Vice Chair of the 9/11 Commission, respectively ThomasKean and Lee Hamilton, assert in their book, Without Precedent, that they were "set up to fail."
Lesbian rocker to raise cancer awareness
3:35 PM — Lesbian rock icon, 2007 Oscar winner, two-time Grammy winner and breast cancer survivor Melissa Etheridge, is partnering with Hard Rock International for the launch of Rocktober.The month-long commitment aims to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer research through sales of a collectable Rocktober pin, a series of worldwide live music events and special Pink Cocktails at Hard Rock establishments around the world.
Time out for a guest writer on crystal meth
11:33 AM — About 40 men sit on fold-up chairs arranged in a circle in the upstairs room of Metropolitan Community Church.They're all crystal methamphetamine addicts in recovery. Some have been sober for two weeks, some two years.It's a Crystal Meth Anonymous meeting, based on the 12-step Alcoholics Anonymous programme. This meeting is geared toward remembering the sixth step: the promises.
11th September 2007
Anglican bishop calls LGBT people inhuman 26
3:23 PM — A bishop of the Anglican Church in Nigeria has condemned has condemned the activities of homosexuals and lesbians, and described those engaged in them as "insane people".In an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria earlier this month the Anglican Bishop of Uyo, Rt. Rev. Isaac Orama, said: "Homosexuality and lesbianism are inhuman. Those who practice them are insane, satanic and are not fit to live because they are rebels to God's purpose for man."
Larry Craig tries to withdraw guilty plea for toilet ‘misdemeanour’ 4
3:23 PM — Senator Larry Craig has sought to undo his guilty plea in an airport sex sting by claiming that he admitted to the charge in a panic to avoid triggering a story about his sexuality in his hometown newspaper.According to the Associated Press (AP), Craig had denied to editors at the Idaho Statesman that he was gay just weeks before his arrest on 11 June in the bathroom of the Minneapolis airport.
Calls for greater tolerance of gender diversity in Singapore 4
3:23 PM — A transsexual woman from Singapore has embarked on a mission to help turn around the "culture of shame" surrounding transsexuals in Singapore.Unlike many other transsexuals in Asia who prefer to live privately because of the social stigma of sex change, British-educated Leona Lo has chosen to live a normal life, but in public.Leona is a 32-year-old communications specialist who heads her own public relations company.
Transsexual’s rights were violated by Lithuania
1:44 PM — A Lithuanian transsexual has won a case at the European Court of Human Rights over claims that he has been blocked from completing his gender transition.The seven judges also ruled that Lithuania must implement new legislation on gender reassignment within three months or pay damages.The 28-year-old has been undergoing gender reassignment since 1998 including hormone treatment and breast removal, but is now being blocked from more treatment because of the laws in Lithuania.
Sri Lankan newspaper calls for action against homosexuality 1
12:44 PM — A local Sri Lankan newspaper, Divaina last week published a feature about homosexuality and effeminate men in Sri Lanka and the problems they face as they get older.The article goes on to make claims about the number of homosexuals in Sri Lanka who become involved in commercial sex work to make a living.The Sinhala newspaper is a sister title of the English-language newspaper The Island.
Americans support gay workplace protection 2
12:25 PM — Nearly two-thirds of all American adults (64 percent) believe it is unfair that US federal law currently allows for an employer to fire someone because they are gay or lesbian.A similar majority (60 percent) of heterosexual adults were not even aware that federal law does not provide protections for employees on the basis of sexual orientation.In the UK, gay, lesbian and bisexual workers have had legal protection from discrimination since 2003.
Gay world cup to be held in Argentina
11:55 AM — South America has an impressive history when it comes to football, and this year it will be adding another great moment as gay teams meet for the 2007 Lesbian-Gay World Soccer Championship.Supported by the Federation of International Football(FIFA), Buenos Aires, Argentina will host gay and lesbian teams from across the globe at the event later this month.In 2008 the Gay World Cup will be held in London.
Law student drops gay question lawsuit 1
11:42 AM — A man who failed Massachusetts' bar exam has dropped a lawsuit in federal court claiming that he failed because he refused to answer a question related to gay marriage.A question came up concerning the rights of two married lesbians, their children and their property.Stephen Dunne claimed the question itself was "morally repugnant," because it legitimises same-sex marriage and parenting, which he opposes.
Schwarzenegger urged to back gay marriage
10:20 AM — Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger should ensure basic human rights to all Californians by signing The Religious Freedom and Civil Marriage Protection Act, granting full marriage equalityfor same-sex couples, Human Rights Watch urged today in a letter to the former action hero.Last Friday, by a vote of 22-15, the California State Senate approved AB 43, The Religious Freedom and Civil Marriage Protection Act, extending civil marriage to lesbian and gay couples.
10th September 2007
Straight men sue over gay wedding announcement 1
2:31 PM — Two heterosexuals are claiming millions of dollar in damages after a false notice in a university newsletter announced they had got married in Boston.Ross Weil, 29, and Brett Royce, 28, college friends who were also flatmates, claim that they have been harmed, while simultaneously claiming there is "nothing wrong" with being gay.The bogus wedding announcement claimed the friends were The "Class Notes" section of the spring edition of alumnus quarterly American Magazine married in Boston in June 2006.
Sean Penn to play murdered gay politician
2:01 PM — A much-anticipated biopic of Harvey Milk, the first prominent American political figure to be out of the closet, will star Sean Penn.Two Hollywood directors are to make biopics of Milk and Penn is to star in the Gus Van Sant version. They will start shooting in San Francisco in December.X-Men director Bryan Singer is to make his own Milk movie in collaboration with The Usual Suspects writer Christopher McQuarrie.
Barrymore questioned again over pool death 5
1:40 PM — Gay entertainer Michael Barrymore was questioned again by Essex police in connection with his recent arrest on suspicion of sexual aassult and murder.The former Celebrity Big Brother and Strike It Lucky star reported to Harlow police station at 10.30am today.His arrest and questioning relate to the death of butcher Stuart Lubbock in 2001.
Gay rights battle over school sex education
10:51 AM — LGBT advocacy group Lambda Legal has announced it will represent a branch of Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) in a lawsuit over a decision by the Montgomery County School Board in Maryland to include information about sexual orientation as part of the health education curriculum for 8th and 10th graders.The "Respect for Differences in Human Sexuality" curriculum will provide education on sexual orientation that includes medically accurate information as it relates to homosexuality, according to a press release from the organisation.
US church calls for end to gay military ban
10:40 AM — The Metropolitan Community Churches (MCC), which has more than 300 churches and 43,000 members around the world, has joined other communities of faith in opposing the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell@ policy of the U.S. military.Declaring that "the very forces mobilised not only to defend our country but to establish freedom and justice for all should no longer be allowed to provide refuge for bias, bigotry and injustice," Rev. Elder Nancy L. Wilson, moderator of MMC.
Gay judge gets daytime show
10:35 AM — Syndicated courtroom TV programmes become a little more diverse starting this week's premiere of Judge David Young, the first courtroom show with an openly gay sitting judge.The half-hour show is produced by Sony Pictures Television and has been picked up by stations in most major markets.While Sony has made no secret of Young's sexual orientation, they are distinguishing the quick-witted judge as "confrontational, caring and always entertaining" and as a man "known for his fierce intelligence and occasional bursts into show tunes."
9th September 2007
Homophobic neo-Nazi gang charged in Israel 5
11:02 PM — Israeli police say that they have broken up a homophobic neo-Nazi gang who have allegedly attacked gays, the homeless, foreigners and orthodox Jews.Seven of the eight strong gang were former Soviet Union born suspects aged between 16 and 21 who became Israeli citizens through the country's "right of return". None are considered to be Jews by religious authorities but qualified as Israeli citizens by claiming they had at least one Jewish grandparent.