20th February 2008
School murder of gay teen spurs new legislation 24
1:50 PM — The fatal shooting of a 15-year-old gay student in Oxnard, California has spurred the introduction of a new diversity education bill by state Assemblyman Mike Eng.Lawrence King was killed on February 12th by classmate Brandon McInerney, 14, at E.O. Green Junior High School.Mr Eng said he hopes the new bill will establish school diversity and sensitivity training to help prevent such tragedies in the future.
Slovenia to host conference on gay families
1:35 PM — Lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans activists, decision makers and experts will attend a conference in Slovenia next month which aims to draw attention to the to the lack of recognition and existing discrimination LGBT families face in Europe.At present only three of the 27 EU member states legally recognise same-sex marriage, six allow equivalent civil registration schemes and a further seven have schemes which provide considerably less rights and protections than marriage.The conference is being held in Slovenia as they currently hold the EU presidency.
Catholic high school rejects female referee
8:10 AM — There has often been some argument among the rank and file of the Roman Catholic Church about women of authority but, this week, the dismissal of a female referee has raised questions about discrimination against women in sports.At a Topeka, Kansas high school, basketball referee Michelle Cambell was told she was not allowed to officiate a men's basketball game solely because she was a woman.
Obama continues his winning streak in Wisconsin
8:03 AM — Barack Obama, the 46-year-old African-American running to win the Democratic party nomination for President of the United States, is expected to win two more state competitions held yesterday.He took Wisconsin, his ninth win in a row over his only rival, former First Lady Hillary Clinton.Polling data indicates she is losing support among key groups such as white men and women and lower income voters.
Moscow gays want one million euros compensation for Pride ban
7:10 AM — The ban placed on the organisation of a gay Pride march in Moscow in 2007 was a breach of human rights, the organisers have said in a letter to the European Court of Human Rights.They are asking the court to rule on the ban and want one million euros compensation.The legal action against the Russian authorities is the second brought by Moscow Pride organisers, who are also asking for a ruling on the 2006 Pride march ban.
19th February 2008
Castro’s departure brings hope for gay Cubans 1
2:30 PM — Fidel Castro today announced his resignation as the political and military leader of Cuba, 49 years after he seized power and installed a Communist regime in the Caribbean island nation.The 81-year-old's poor health in recent years has sparked a renewed national debate about the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans Cubans.Sexual diversity was seen by Fidel Castro as a corrupt consequence of capitalism.
Will Grace creators to produce new gay-themed comedy
2:30 PM — American TV network ABC has ordered a pilot of a gay-themed comedy from the creators of Will Grace.It is one of the first major TV deals to take place since the Hollywood writer's strike came to an end last Tuesday.According to Hollywood Reporter, the untitled project revolves around two men, one straight, one gay, who are lifelong best friends and business partners.
Gay Iranian teen faces deportation 23
2:30 PM — A gay teenager from Iran who fled the UK for the Netherlands last year after his appeal for asylum was refused by the Home Office has been arrested by Dutch authorities.He is reported to be due to be returned to the UK next week, where he may face deportation back to Iran.19-year-old Mehdi Kazemi is currently being held by police in Rotterdam pending his return to the UK.
Russia to hold anti-homophobia week
11:30 AM — Major cities across Russia are to hold events in support of Russian Week against Homophobia next month, as a reaction to the homophobic attitudes which still prevail within the country.It has been 15 years since criminal prosecution of male homosexuality was repealed in Russia.Russian Week against Homophobia is an attempt to attract public attention to the problem of homophobia in Russian society.
Clinton campaign accuses Obama of plagiarism 1
12:40 AM — Illinois Senator Barack Obama is not troubled by accusations he plagiarised portions of a recent speech from Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick.Hillary Clinton campaign spokesman Howard Wolfson accused Obama of unabashed plagiarism in using Patrick's words without credit and said his actions "raises questions about the premise of his candidacy." The latest brouhaha between the Obama and Clinton campaigns emerged over a recent speech.
18th February 2008
Beckham team mate’s same-sex kiss excites gossip sites 11
6:20 PM — A former team mate of England footballer David Beckham has been photographed kissing another man.Spanish tabloid magazine Cuore ran the photos of Real Madrid midfielder Guti outside a restaurant.Jose Maria Gutierrez Hernandez, 31, is married to TV presenter Arancha de Benito and they have two children. She has made a statement to the press stating she has decided to "take a break" from their eight year marriage.
Spanish gays protest at party’s homophobia
5:55 PM — Spain's Federation of Gays and Lesbians held a protest outside the headquarters of the country's main opposition party on Saturday.Mariano Rajoy, who leads the conservative Partido Popular (PP), said in an interview last week that he is ready to take the right to adopt away from gay couples.Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero has called a general election for March 9th.
March date for Sharia “gay” trial in Nigeria 22
1:40 PM — The trial of eighteen young men in Nigeria charged with dressing in female clothing and attending a gay wedding may be part of a campaign to reintroduce legislation targeting lesbian, gay and bisexual people.Cary Alan Johnson of the Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) was in Nigeria last week to meet the men and their lawyers.He has expressed serious doubts as to whether the men can get a fair trial. All aged between 18 and 21, they were detained by the Islamic "vice squad" at a hotel in Bauchi city, Nigeria in August 2007.
Riots in Senegal over gay “wedding” photos 5
11:45 AM — Gangs of protestors clashed with riot police in Dakar on Friday after a magazine published photos of an alleged wedding between two men.Newspapers and radio stations in the Senegalese capital have been filled with stories about the arrest and release of several men after tabloid magazine Icone ran the photos in their February edition.Friday's demonstration, which took place in front of Dakar's main mosque, had initially been authorised by police.
Gay Congressmen defends his record on trans rights 2
11:30 AM — The only out gay man in the US Congress has rejected accusations that he was responsible for the removal of trans people from a workplace protection bill.In November the Employment Non-Discrimination Act was passed by the House by 235 to 184.ENDA was originally designed to make it illegal to fire, refuse to hire or promote a person based on sexual orientation or gender identity.
Bush urges continuation of abstinence programmes 1
11:02 AM — US President has said that Congress should "stop the squabbling" over the requirement for no sex before marriage in some AIDS programmes in Africa.The President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) was created in 2003 and has increased the number of Africans receiving anti-retroviral treatment from 50,000 to 1.2 million.However, by law one-third of that prevention funding must teach exclusively abstinence until marriage programmes.
US changes policy on HIV+ diplomats
10:40 AM — The US State Department has decided that people who are HIV positive will be considered as candidates for the foreign service.The government was facing a lawsuit from an HIV positive man who was denied entry to the service under a rule changed last week.Gay rights group Lambda Legal welcomed the decision."At long last, the State Department is taking down its sign that read, 'People with HIV need not apply,'" said HIV project director Bebe Anderson.
17th February 2008
New Jersey gay unions are “second-class” marriages 46
12:08 PM — Civil unions in New Jersey have are a "second-class" form of marriage for gays and lesbians, an official report has found.The Associated Press, have obtained a copy of the report (due to be published on Tuesday) that finds that couples in Massachusetts, where same-sex marriage is legal does not experience the legal complications associated with New Jersey.
Tourist denied entry to gay club because “he was black”
11:12 AM — The owner of a gay club in South Africa has offered to apologise to a Belgian tourist who said he was refused entry because he was black.Bruno Bronn, who wasn't on duty when the alleged incident occurred defended the club saying that staff were "far from racist."Tourist, Aridi Amipi was denied entry while his English, white friend was.
15th February 2008
Human rights groups protest at HIV arrests in Egypt 5
3:40 PM — Cairo police have arrested four more men suspected of having HIV, signaling a wider crackdown that endangers public health and violates basic human rights in Egypt, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch said today in a joint statement.The recent arrests bring to 12 the number of men held in a campaign against people police suspect of being HIV-positive.Four have already been sentenced to a year in jail and eight are still in custody.