24th October 2007
Gay conference faces ban on public event
10:23 AM — A leading LGBT rights organisation has launched a legal challenge after one of the events at its annual conference was banned by the authorities in Lithuania.ILGA Europe members are gathering for their conference in Vilnius which begins tomorrow, but their public Rainbow Flag event has been blocked by the city's mayor.ILGA Europe chose to meet in Lithuania to highlight the prejudice gay people face in the country, formerly part of the Soviet Union.
23rd October 2007
Poland will support EU rights charter 1
6:15 PM — The next Polish government will support the European Union Charter of Fundamental Rights which was vigorously opposed by the outgoing administration.Prime Minister Jaroslaw Kaczynski had claimed that Poland was "culturally different" from their EU partners, especially when it came to the rights of LGBT people and the use of the death penalty.Civic Platform, the political party who won the most seats in Sunday's Polish general election, is committed to adopting the charter.
Singapore rejects decriminalisation of gay sex 3
5:10 PM — Gay people have a place in Singaporean society but they cannot be part of the "mainstream way of life," a senior government minister told the country's Parliament yesterday.Ho Peng Kee, a Law and Home Affairs minister, was responding to a motion tabled by MP Siew Kum Hong calling for the repeal of laws that make gay sex a crime.Last week Mr Siew told The New Paper that the issue was larger than gay rights.
More Democrats sign up to repeal gay military ban
3:33 PM — Five more members of the House of Representatives have added their support to removing the ban on openly lesbian, gay and bisexual military personnel in the US Armed Forces.136 Congressmen and women are now co-sponsors of The Military Readiness Enhancement Act, which repeals the policy of "Don't Ask Don't Tell."The policy, introduced in 1994, states that LGB people can serve in the Armed Forces as long as they conceal their orientation.
Christian backlash against US gay legislation 3
2:01 PM — Evangelical Christians in the United States have attacked proposals to protect LGBT people from employment discrimination and a new hate crimes bill.Americans for Truth About Homosexuality, which describes itself as a "national organisation devoted exclusively to exposing and countering the homosexual activist agenda," is one of several groups protesting against the Employment Non Discrimination Act, currently before Congress.
LGBT stories represented at Sundance film festival
11:20 AM — When Queer Lounge returns to Park City, Utah, in January for its fifth Sundance Film Festival appearance, it will bring along with it a new media partner: the Gay Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD)."We are in an historic era of gay visibility in film," GLAAD President Neil G. Giuliano said."As our community fights every day for equality before the law, Queer Lounge helps change hearts and minds."
Senator Obama linked to “ex-gay” singer 15
11:20 AM — Senator Barack Obama has drawn criticism for signing up a gospel singer with controversial views about gays and lesbians for his campaign in South Carolina.According to AP, gay rights group Truth Wins Out has urged the Democratic Presidential candidate to his cut ties with Donnie McClurkin, one of several gospel singers scheduled to raise money for the Illinois senator at a concert in South Carolina this weekend.
US Senate candidate outs himself
11:02 AM — North Carolina voters will be given the opportunity to vote into office an openly gay Senator next year, should the candidate in question follow through with his current plans.Democrat Jim Neal, who says he will challenge Republican Senator Elizabeth Dole for the seat, surprised many last weekend when he outed himself during a discussion on liberal blog, BlueNC.com.At one point, another participant in the discussion asked Neal if he was gay.
Australian opposition won’t change gay marriage law 13
11:02 AM — The Australian opposition leader, Kevin Rudd, has said he would still love his three children if they were gay, but as prime minister he would not change the law to allow gays to marry.Earlier this month, the announcement that a general election will be held in Australia on 24th November prompted evangelical groups in the country to begin campaigning against gay equality.Speaking on the Austereo network on Tuesday, Mr Rudd stood by his Labour party line that marriage is between a man and woman.
22nd October 2007
Analysis: The battle for gay marriage will be fought in the states
11:30 PM — If you believe some of the hype out there you might think that 4th November 2008 will be a turning point in the long campaign to achieve equal human rights for America's gay men and lesbians.The mutual love-in that was the Logo Democratic Presidential "gay" forum this summer was more reminiscent of a sofa-style chat with Oprah than a fully-fledged political battle of ideas.The message was clear; Democrats love the gays, or at least they say they do.
Brazilian senator uses paedophilia to condemn gay rights 1
6:53 PM — A Brazilian politician has caused outrage by comparing homosexuality to paedophilia.Senator Magno Malta made the comment during a speech opposing a proposed new law which will classify homophobia as a criminal offence.Mr Malta said that allowing homosexuals to be openly affectionate in public would be the same as legalising paedophilia.
Suspended Vatican priest has list of gay colleagues 5
4:50 PM — A Roman Catholic Church official suspended after he was identified in a television broadcast supposedly declaring his homosexuality and making advances to a young man has a dossier of gay clergy who work in the Vatican, according to a TV report.Monsignor Tommaso Stenico has a "list of names and circumstances implicating a certain number of priests and even bishops working at the Curia," Italian current affairs show Panorama revealed on Friday.The Curia is the governing body of the Roman Catholic Church.
Irish court makes landmark ruling in trans case
12:45 PM — A ruling by Ireland's highest court may lead to a change in the law with regards to the rights of trans people to have a new birth certificate issued.At the High Court in Dublin Mr Justice Liam McKechnie ruled that the failure of the Irish government to provide proper recognition of the female identity of Dr Lydia Foy is a violation of the European Convention of Human Rights.He said that the system of birth registration in Ireland is incompatible with the convention.
A new dawn for Poland as homophobes lose power 1
12:01 PM — Poland will have a new Prime Minister after Jaroslaw Kaczynski and his Law and Justice party conceded defeat to Civic Platform.The League of Polish Families, a junior partner in the former coalition government and the most outspokenly homophobic party, did not meet the 5% threshold and now have no seats in Parliament.While in government League party leader Roman Giertych was deputy Prime Minister and Education Minister.
Interview: The inside story of gay life in the US Air Force 1
11:41 AM — No sooner did Reichen Lehmkuhl become an overnight symbol of success for the gay community when he and then partner Chip Arndt took home the million dollar prize on The Amazing Race than the tabloids turned on him.The picture of domesticity turned failed gay union, the reality show star turned wannabe actor/beefcake calendar pinup, the front burner romance with boy-bander Lance Bass that crumbled under a they said, Reichen said battle of accusations.
Rights group challenges New York schools over gay students
11:31 AM — In an effort to persuade the Ithaca City School District to abandon its stance that the New York Human Rights Law does not apply to public schools, New York-based Lambda Legal today sent school board members a letter critiquing the board's argument and explaining the potential harm the board's position could cause."The human rights law is the only effective law that expressly addresses anti-gay discrimination in New York schools," Hayley Gorenberg, deputy legal director at Lambda Legal, said in a release. "Attacking it jeopardises LGBT students."
Scouts pay for ban on gays
10:10 AM — The Philadelphia chapter of the Boy Scouts of America is facing a heavy price, in the form of $200,000 (£97,680) in rent per year, for its National Council's stubborn stance against admitting gays.Previously the Boy Scouts of America's Cradle of Liberty Council paid $1 a year to locate its headquarters in a historic, city-owned building.According to reports in the Philadelphia Inquirer, city officials raised the amount charged to the organisation.
21st October 2007
Polish government headed for defeat
10:49 PM — The Polish prime minister Jaroslaw Kaczynski, tonight faces defeat following snap parliamentary elections. Exit polls indicate that the right wing, homophobic Law and Justice (PiS) party looks set to lose power following official declarations likely to be held on Tuesday.Exit polls for the TVN24 news channel indicate that the Civil Platform party (PO) won 44 per cent of the popular vote with the Law and Justice Party taking just 31 per cent.
19th October 2007
Istanbul LGBT group trial to resume in January 5
4:51 PM — Efforts by Turkish officials to close one of the country's leading LGBT organisations will have to wait until next year as a judge has ordered that legal experts compile a report.A department of the Istanbul Governor's office responsible for non-governmental organisations alleges that the group, Lambda Istanbul, violates Turkish laws on morality.They claim that Lambda breaches both the Penal Code and Article 41 of the Turkish constitution.
Bahamas police accused of harassing gay tourists 8
1:40 PM — A gay cruise-ship operator is demanding a public apology from the Royal Bahamas Police after they raided a party for LGBT tourists.DaJuan Xavier, Executive Director of Ebony Pyramid Entertainment, called the incident, which happened on Saturday October 6th at the Hard Rock Café in Nassau, an attempt "to harass, intimidate, and frighten."According to the Nassau Guardian, Mr Xavier reported the incident to the US embassy and is now preparing to make his request to police.