15th April 2008
Berlusconi back in power, but what about gay rights? 2
1:37 AM — Conservative media tycoon Silvio Berlusconi has declared victory in the Italian general election as he looks set to begin his third term as prime minister after beating socialist Walter Veltroni.In a phone call to Rai TV, Signor Berlusconi said of his victory: "I'm moved, I feel a great responsibility. We have difficult months ahead that will require great strength."Berlusconi's right wing alliance is expected to have won 45.9 per cent of the vote, compared to 39.1 per cent for the left.
14th April 2008
Anglican leader backs ban on same-sex prom dates 5
5:00 PM — The leader of the Anglican church in Australia has backed a decision by a secondary school to bar its male pupils from bringing their boyfriends to the annual formal dance.A handful of Year 12 (Sixth Form) students at Anglican Grammar School in Brisbane had expressed their desire to bring their gay partners to the end of year ball.The Most Revd Phillip Aspinall is both president of the school's council and Anglican Archbishop of Brisbane.
Serb President guarantees Eurovision safety 3
4:40 PM — An official at the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) has revealed that they have been given "a guarantee for the safety of delegations, press and fans issued by the President of Serbia," covering this year's Eurovision contest in Belgrade.Human rights activists have raised concerns that Western fans visiting Serbia will be targeted by fascist elements in the country.Gay men are a particular target, according to the president of the fascist organisation Obraz.
Berlusconi victory will stall gay rights in Italy 3
3:20 PM — Exit polls from last weekend's Italian general election are predicting a small majority for former Prime Minister, businessman and media mogul Silvio Berlusconi's right-wing group.The 71-year-old has had an interesting campaign, at one point mocking his left-wing opponents for not having many attractive female candidates.The public have been less than enchanted, going to the polls to determine who will lead Italy's 63rd government since 1945.
Pressure grows on EU over discrimination directive 2
2:40 PM — The European Commission has been urged by several leading groups in the European Parliament to implement a discrimination directive that covers sexual orientation.There have been strong indications from Commission President Jose Manual Barroso and employment, social affairs and equal opportunities commissioner Vladimir Spidla that the directive may focus on disability only.Article 13 of the Amsterdam Treaty requires EU member states to introduce legislation on discrimination.
13th April 2008
Schwarzenegger to fight against gay marriage ban 5
1:30 AM — The Republican governor of California, Arnold Schwarzenegger has said he will fight against any bans on gay marriage. He surprised delegates at the San Diego at the convention of the Log Cabin Republicans, the nation's largest gay Republican group.Mr Schwarzenegger has previously vetoed attempts to legalise gay marriage but said he will oppose a state wide vote for a constitutional ban on gay marriage: "I will always be there to fight against that."
12th April 2008
Istanbul gay group raided by police 2
6:00 PM — Police officers in Turkey have raided the offices of a leading LGBT organisation on the pretence that "frequent visits by transgender people" were grounds to issue a search warrant.Lawyers for the Lambda Istanbul Cultural Centre later discovered that an accusation had been lodged against the association for "participating in illegal prostitution activities, procuring transgender sex workers and sharing their earnings."More than a dozen plainclothes officers spent two hours at the centre on Monday afternoon.
11th April 2008
Map of the world plots LGBT rights 6
5:45 PM — A global gay rights federation is celebrating its 30th anniversary with an updated map of gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans rights across the globe.Founded in 1978, the International Lesbian and Gay Association (ILGA) is a federation of more than 600 groups in 90 countries campaigning for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex (LGBTI) rights."A print version of the map will be sent to all members of ILGA in the following weeks," a spokesperson said.
Gay Eurovision fans threatened by Serb thugs 3
5:00 PM — The honour of hosting the Eurovision Song Contest has fallen to Serbia this year, and fascist groups in the country are already promising violence against people attending the festivities.Gay men are a particular target, according to the president of the fascist organisation Obraz, who announced his violent intentions in the pages of daily newspaper ALO! earlier this week.The newspaper ran a story on April 7th, calling Eurovision "gay youth day."
Nigerian Sharia court punishes lesbian couple 4
3:00 PM — Two women in Kaduna, Nigeria have been sentenced to six months in prison and 20 lashes each for having a lesbian relationship.The Sharia court said that Malama Hauwa and Hajiya Ai'sha were violating the tenets of Islam and the teachings of Sharia law.The women claimed in court to have been married for five years. Ai'sha said she had paid a dowry of 5,000 Nigerian naira (£21) to her 'wife' at the start of their relationship.
Lesbian “tug of war” custody case goes to Supreme Court
1:40 PM — A lesbian woman who is attempting to use a US state law banning gay marriage to exclude her former partner from custody of their daughter will have her case heard in the Virginia Supreme Court next week.Janet Jenkins (formerly Miller-Jenkins) and Lisa Miller (formerly Miller-Jenkins) were joined in a civil union in Vermont and shortly thereafter had a child.After the women ended their relationship, Miller moved to Virginia with the women's daughter.
INTERVIEW: The hottest lesbian comedy on the net
1:10 PM — From soap star to veritable lesbian icon, Executive Producer and actress Maeve Quinlan's on the cutting edge of scripted comedy with the hilarious and irreverent lesbian-themed Internet romp, 3Way.Along with her former co-workers and best pals, Nancylee Myatt and Paige Bernhardt, Quinlan conceived of and created the sensation that has become 3Way, about a straight soap actress who moves her best gay girlfriend into her home only to be followed by an array of whacky lesbian characters.
Obama and Clinton’s accessibility to gay media assessed
12:50 PM — Democratic US Presidential contender Barack Obama has faced increasing criticism in the LGBT community in recent weeks for refusing to speak to the gay and lesbian press.While rival Hillary Clinton has gone on record with gay media outlets such as Logo and the Philadelphia Gay News, Obama has turned down repeated requests for interviews.Now Obama is speaking out at last directly to the gay community in an exclusive interview with The Advocate.
10th April 2008
Elton John laments American misogyny at Hillary gig 3
2:55 PM — Singer Sir Elton John has attacked the sexist attitude of some American voters at a fundraising concert for Hillary Clinton last night.Senator Clinton is one of two leading candidates for the Democratic party nomination for President, and she appeared on stage with Sir Elton and her husband, former President Bill Clinton."I've always been a Hillary supporter," Sir Elton said. "There is no one more qualified to lead America. Having said that, I never cease to be amazed at the misogynistic attitude of some people in this country."
Five more convicted in Egypt’s HIV crackdown 5
1:20 PM — Five men have been sentenced to three years in prison in Egypt for consensual homosexual acts.Their convictions are the latest in what has been characterised by human rights groups as "a police crackdown" on people living with HIV/AIDS.At least 12 men have been arrested and four have already been sentenced to a year in jail.
Obama backs LGB troops in gay magazine interview
1:05 PM — US Presidential candidate Barack Obama has given an interview with leading gay publication The Advocate, just a week after being criticised for "disrespecting" the LGBT media.The interview is due to be published tomorrow, but AP were given excerpts.Mr Obama, a US Senator from Illinois, said he supports a repeal of a law that bars openly gay, lesbian and bisexual people from serving in the country's Armed Forces and is hopeful it can be achieved.
Tutu inspires gay audience in San Francisco 5
11:45 AM — One of the most respected religious leaders in the world has apologised to the gay community for the way his Church ostracised them.Archbishop Desmond Tutu also expressed regret for making them feel as if God had made a mistake by creating them to be who they are.His speech was the highlight of A Celebration of Courage, the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission's (IGLHRC's) annual gala awards ceremony held in San Francisco on Tuesday.
PlanetOut sells magazine division
10:15 AM — PlanetOut Inc, parent company of long-established gay publications including The Advocate and Out magazine, announced yesterday it has entered into a binding Letter of Intent with an affiliate of here! Networks (owner of Gaywired Media) to acquire PlanetOut's magazine and book publishing businesses.Sale of the magazine and book publishing business will allow PlanetOut to focus on its core online properties.The magazine and book publishing business will join here!'s online, television and film properties.
9th April 2008
Gay burial plot to go ahead in Copenhagen cemetery 1
5:02 PM — People that want to be buried next to others who were gay or lesbian have been granted their wish at a cemetery where author Hans Christian Andersen is buried.Other famous people interned at the Assistens Kirkegård, which was founded in 1737 and is the largest in Copenhagen, include dozens of artists, musicians and writers.Space for 45 urns, set apart from the rest of the cemetery by a triangle of pebbles on the ground, has been rented by a new group.
MEPs demand EU directive cover gay discrimination 2
4:30 PM — Members of the European Parliament's LGBT rights group and the International Lesbian and Gay Association are calling on the European Commission to propose a "horizontal" EU directive tackling discrimination on basis of sexual orientation.EU directives are legislation that requires member states to, for example, deal with discrimination, but leaves it up to the states to decide on the best course of action to take.A new EU directive will be decided on by the Commission in the coming months.