4th December 2007
Gay conference to be held in Malta
1:05 PM — The 2009 European International Lesbian and Gay Association conference will be held in Malta.The Mediterranean island beat the competing Dutch city of The Hague to win the right to host the LGBT organisation's annual gathering.Malta Gay Rights Movement welcomed ILGA Europe's decision, saying it would be an opportunity to raise the visibility of LGBT issues in the Roman Catholic country, where gay people still suffer discrimination.
Uruguayan parliament passes civil unions law 2
12:40 PM — Uruguay will legally recognise same-sex civil unions.The country of 3.6m people is the first nation in South America to grant such protections, although some cities and regions throughout the continent have made similar legal provisions.The Uruguayan Congress last week passed legislation creating a civil union registry for same-sex and unmarried heterosexual couples.The measure had previously passed the Chamber of Senators.
High HIV risk for MSM in developing countries
12:07 PM — The U.S.-based AIDS research foundation amfAR has called on policymakers to put aside their prejudices and provide the resourcesand the leadership that the epidemic demands.amFAR was responding to a new study demonstrating the severity of the HIV epidemic among men who have sex with men (MSM) in low and middle-income countries.Researchers at Johns Hopkins University's Bloomberg School of Public Health recently published the results of a new study.
Australian state laws may help same-sex partners
12:07 PM — Gay and lesbian couples in Victoria, Australia will be able to register their relationship to gain easier access to entitlements under laws tabled in parliament, a government adviser has said.The Victorian government announced in April it would establish the Relationships Register for people who were not married and were in a committed relationship.Under existing laws, couples may be required to provide evidence to prove their relationship.
Poll puts Obama ahead of Democrat field in Iowa primary
11:20 AM — She's been ahead in the national polls, but Democrat party candidate Hillary Clinton may not have the comfortable lead she was hoping for heading into the 2008 Presidential election.This week, an early poll put Barack Obama three points ahead of Clinton and six points over former vice Presidential candidate John Edwards.For over 35 years, Iowa has been the first state to vote in presidential primaries and often is looked at for setting the tone of which candidate will ultimately receive the nomination.
Treaty shelved over fears about same-sex marriage
11:20 AM — A vote on an international treaty in Peru has been put on hold after a heated debate erupted over whether the treaty would lead to legal support for same-sex partnerships.A congressional vote on the Iberian-American Convention on the Rights of Youth-an international treaty that establishes a core set of legal standards to protect young people-was shelved and the resolution sent back to the Peruvian Commission of International Relations for further study.
Logo to screen gay basketball reality show
11:10 AM — MTV is known for producing provocative and entertaining reality series and as the parent company of the gay network Logo it's no wonder that they are bringing their expertise in the field to the fledgling channel.Logo has announced that among their other reality based shows Rockdogs will be part of the summer line up and will follow the Gay Games gold medal-winning basketball team.The San Francisco Rock Dogs are a highly successful gay basketball team, which earned the gold medal at last year's Gay Games in Chicago, upsetting the New York Warriors.
3rd December 2007
Condoleezza Rice’s sexuality excites bloggers
12:35 PM — As an historic conference to try to find peace in the Middle East takes place near Washington DC, the blogosphere in America has been discussing a tabloid's attempts to "out" the US Secretary of State.While highbrow newspapers such as The New York Times have concentrated on Condoleezza Rice's efforts to secure peace, the tabloid National Enquirer chose to speculate on her sexuality.In an article entitled "Who's Gay and Who's Not" the paper reports that it is "an open secret" that Ms Rice is a lesbian.
Gay activists arrested as observers query Russian election
12:35 PM — Gay rights campaigners were arrested yesterday at a polling station in Russia for attempting to conduct an "illegal gathering."The group was there to protest against homophobic Moscow mayor Yuri Luzhkov, who was expected at the polling station later that day.Mr Luzhkov has banned the last two gay pride marches in Moscow calling them a "work of Satan." Activist Nicolas Alexeyev was arrested after he wrote "No to homophobes, no to Luzhkov" on his ballot.
More men claim they had sex with Senator Craig 4
12:35 PM — A United States Senator has described new stories about his sexual relationships with several other men as "complete nonsense."Larry Craig, who represents Idaho, has been under pressure to resign since it emerged he pleaded guilty to cruising in a public toilet.He was arrested on June 11th by an undercover police officer in a Minneapolis airport toilet who said the lawmaker had engaged in conduct "often used by persons communicating a desire to engage in sexual conduct."
Liberal leader comes out for gay rights
12:00 PM — Just weeks after being kicked out of office, the Australian Liberal party has decided to embrace limited gay equality.Former Prime Minister John Howard, who lost office and his own seat in Parliament in last month's federal election, has been replaced as party leader by Brendan Nelson.The former Liberal/National coalition government failed to make any decisions on gay equality across a range of issues outlined for them in June by a report from the Australian Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission.
2nd December 2007
50 million Chinese at risk from HIV
3:10 PM — United Nations officials are raising the alarm in China that between 30 and 50 million of that country's citizens are at risk of contracting HIV or AIDS.The warning comes just a day after Chinese officials reported the spread of the disease has slowed.Last week, according to news agency AFP, Chinese health minister Chen Zhu announced there were an estimated 50,000 new cases of HIV in 2007, bringing the total number of Chinese people living with HIV and AIDS to 700,000.
Dutch to study gay bashing incidents 5
3:10 PM — The mayor of Amsterdam has commissioned academics to study a spate of attacks on gay people in the city.A substantial increase in homophobic attacks in the capital has been reported over the last few years.Over half of Dutch gays feel less safe than they did a year ago, a survey carried out in August by current affairs programme EenVandaag revealed.
Brazilian president calls national LGBT conference
3:10 PM — Gay rights activists have praised Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, the President of Brazil, for announcing that he is convening the first national conference of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals and trans persons (LGBT).New York-based Human Rights Watch has urged people to write to Mr da Silva to congratulate him on his decision to call the conference. His decree was published in the Official Gazette last week.700 people are expected to take part, 60% civil society and 40% government.
30th November 2007
Canada mourns death of lesbian author
4:30 PM — Jane Rule, 76, a writer of lesbian-themed novels, died on Tuesday of complications from liver cancer at her home in British Columbia, Canada.Born in New Jersey in 1931, Ms Rule moved to Galiano Island, Canada with partner Helen Sonthoff, after a peripatetic childhood in America."I was proud and relieved to claim the label Canadian," Ms. Rule told the Globe and Mail. In July she was appointed to the Order of Canada, the country's highest civilian honour.
Iraq and Afghanistan vets organise against gay ban
3:35 PM — A group of young Iraq and Afghanistan veterans, veterans of the broader American "war on terrorism" and their active duty allies and supporters was launched today in the US.Servicemembers United was formed to aggressively educate both the public and policymakers about the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" issue and to give a stronger voice to the majority of servicemen and women who support strengthening the US Armed Forces by repealing the discriminatory law.
Ireland to legislate for gay partnerships next year 13
2:45 PM — Ireland's Minister of State for Equality, Sean Power, said this morning that legislation allowing same-sex civil partnerships could be introduced by early next summer.He was speaking at the National Lesbian and Gay Federation's (NLGF) symposium on Full And Equal Rights: Lesbian And Gay Marriage And Partnership Rights In Ireland. The symposium is part of the European Year of Equal Opportunities for All 2007Mr Power added that the government was keen to pass the new laws as soon as possible.
EU to combat homophobia in football
2:03 PM — The European Union Justice Commissioner has spoken of his desire to establish a EU police force for sport, and hopes to pilot the idea at next year's Euro 2008 tournament in Austria and Switzerland.Franco Frattini yesterday pledged with €10 million (£7 million) of EU money at a conference on violence in sport.The money will be used to establish a common training programme for the tournament. Police forces from across the EU will send officers for training in combating hooliganism and other football-related crimes.
US Queer as Folk tops list of gay TV characters 2
12:45 PM — A poll by gay entertainment website, AfterElton.com has revealed the top 25 most popular gay and bisexual television characters.In first place was Brian Kinney, controversial lead character in the America series of Queer as Folk.A lovable rogue, Brian indulged in drug-taking and promiscuous sex yet still found time to father a child with a lesbian friend and bring down a homophobic politician.
Russia’s first LGBT film festival slated for 2008
12:39 PM — Next October the Russian city of St Petersburg will host Side by Side ("Bok o Bok"), its first international lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender film festival.The festival will run from 2nd to 5th October, 2008, with films and events at the historic Dom Kino House of Cinema, one of Europe's premier venues for quality world cinema.The event is expected to draw visitors from over 30 countries as well as major international sponsors.