14th September 2007
NY court upholds recognition of same-sex marriages
12:33 PM — A trial court judge in New York state has upheld as consistent with New York law the state Comptroller's policy to recognise the marriages of same-sex couples entered in Canada for the purposes of the New York State Retirement System."This is one more court saying that respect for out-of-state marriages of same-sex couples is the law in New York," Susan Sommer, senior counsel at Lambda Legal, said in a statement."We thank Comptroller DiNapoli for standing up for the rights of lesbian and gay New Yorkers."
Corporate America recognises gender identity discrimination
12:29 PM — According to a recent report from America's Gender Public Advocacy Coalition (GenderPAC), the number of major corporations that have added gender identity and expression to their non-discrimination policies has topped 200.In 2007, 53 major corporations, including household names like Starbucks, Hallmark Cards, Mastercard, Campbell Soup and J.C. Penney, have expanded their non-discrimination policies to include the gender-based protections.The total number of these corporations now stands at 230.
Ugandan newspaper continues outing strategy 3
11:35 AM — A tabloid newspaper in Uganda has responded to last month's first ever press conference by gay rights advocates in the country by printing lists of people it says are gay. Red Pepper's Sunday edition ran its "expose" of prominent gay and lesbians, under the headline "Homo Terror! We name and shame top gays in the city."They claimed to have "full names, workplaces, cars they drive and even where they stay."
Irish court delays trans test case ruling
10:51 AM — The High Court in Dublin has delayed a judgment due today in a landmark case involving a trans person's right to a new birth certificate.Dr Lydia Foy, a dentist from Athy, Co. Kildare, is claiming that the failure of the Irish government to take action is in breach of the European Convention on Human Rights Act 2003.Mr Justice Liam McKechnie told parties to the case that he will make his judgment in the third week of October.
13th September 2007
Lesbian torture case to be heard in Uganda 2
5:46 PM — The High Court of Uganda has over-ruled the objections of the country's Attorney General and allowed two lesbian activists who claim that police tortured them to have their case heard.In July 2005 the house of Victor Juliet Mukasa, of Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG) was raided in the middle of the night by local government officials who seized documents and other material.Another lesbian activist, Yvonne Oyoo, a Kenyan student who was in Juliet's house on the night of the raid, was arrested and detained by local government officials and then taken to a police station.
Howard rejects equal rights for gay Australians 5
5:25 PM — The Prime Minister of Australia has told his Liberal party MPs that he does not believe that gay and lesbian couples should be given the same rights as heterosexuals.Backbench MP Warren Entsch, an advocate of equality, pressed John Howard at a meeting of Liberal parliamentarians.Three weeks ago, after a heated meeting of the Cabinet, the final decision about whether gay and lesbian couples in Australia will be given equal rights was left up to Prime Minister John Howard.
Gay Governor’s wife demands more money 1
5:20 PM — The wife of former New Jersey Governor Jim McGreevey is demanding $4,000 (£2,000) a month from him as maintenance payments for her and their daughter Jacqueline."In total, I need $11,162 per month to meet my expenses," Dina Matos Mc Greevey told a Union County Superior Court judge who is presiding over their divorce."It will allow Jacqueline and me to live a lifestyle I can maintain on my income together with a reasonable amount of support from plaintiff."
Same-sex married couples counted in Canada census
4:00 PM — The 2006 Canada census gave lesbian and gay married couples the chance to register their status for the first time - and 7,465 couples did so.The national survey, carried out every five years, was criticised by gay rights advocates because same-sex married people had to register their status in the "other" box.The country's statistics bureau considered a range of options to record them on census forms, including the use of non gender-specific terms like 'spouse', which was ultimately ruled too confusing.
Lithuania considers ban on “propagation of homosexuality” 5
12:18 PM — A new law currently before the Lithuanian parliament could be amended to ban the "promotion" of gay, lesbian or bisexual relationships to children.The Protection of Minors against the Detrimental Effects of Public Information Bill will be debated by MPs later this autumn.Parliamentarians claim "propagation" of relationships outside of heterosexual marriage has "negative consequences for the physical, mental and, first and foremost, moral development of minors."
Gay support clubs make US schools safer
11:59 AM — Gay-Straight Alliances (GSAs) help make schools safer for all students and likely play an integral role in mitigating the negative impact of bullying and harassment on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) students, according to a research brief released today by GLSEN, the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network.As of today, 3,612 GSAs are registered with GLSEN from every state, Puerto Rico and Washington D.C.GSAs are student clubs that seek to improve school climate by addressing and reducing anti-LGBT bullying and harassment in school.
Surge in AIDS cases among gay New Yorkers
11:41 AM — New York City health officials have released a report saying HIV infection rates have risen substantially among young gay men over the last six years.According to the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene report, new HIV diagnoses among gay men under 30 have increased by 33 percent in that time, with the majority of new cases showing up in black and Latino gay men.Unfortunately, the report didn't offer any explanations for why rates of HIV infection have risen among gay youth.
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.