14th January 2008
Comment: Canada’s ban on gay organ donation 1
1:10 PM — As Prime Minister Gordon Brown announces plans to rapidly expand the organ donation scheme in the UK by effectively making everyone a donor unless they choose to opt out, Canadian health authorities are under fire for appearing to exclude sexually active gay men.Dr Gary A Levy, one of Canada's leading transplant experts speaks out against the policy which seeks to exclude donors on the grounds of their sexual orientation. As the Medical Director of Canada's largest multi-organ transplant programme, I see people when they are at their most vulnerable.
National poll puts Clinton and McCain in the lead
11:20 AM — New York Senator Hillary Clinton and Arizona Senator John McCain lead in a new national poll released on Friday by CNN/Opinion Research Group.Taken after the New Hampshire primary, is shows McCain with 34 percent of registered Republicans.On the Democratic side, Clinton leads with a healthy percentage over Illinois Senator Barack Obama.
11th January 2008
Spanish party pledges to create “family” ministry
5:30 PM — The main opposition party in Spain has made a bid for conservative and Catholic votes by promising to establish a new "family" ministry if they win the elections in March.Addressing a rally in Toledo yesterday the leader of Partido Popular, Mariano Rajoy, suggested that the "traditional family" needs extra protection.The incumbent Socialist government has legalised same-sex marriage, eased divorce laws and repeatedly clashed with the Roman Catholic Church.
Researchers pinpoint human proteins HIV needs to survive 2
4:55 PM — Researchers at Harvard Medical school have discovered 273 of the human proteins that the HIV virus preys on to damage the body.Experts have always known the virus depended on human proteins to attack the body, but only knew what 36 of these proteins were before last Thursday.The new research was published online by the journal Science. Scientists used a type of genetic screen to discover these new human proteins, which the virus needs to survive in human cells.
Gay activists cleared by Russian court
4:30 PM — A group of LGBT rights campaigners arrested at a polling station in Russia during December's elections have been acquitted.More than two dozen activists came to vote at the polling station to protest against the electoral process and the homophobic stance of all political parties including President Vladimir Putin's United Russia.Mayor Luzhkov, the city's homophobic Mayor, headed the Moscow list for the party and cast his vote at the polling station an hour after the arrests.
Baby taken away from Brazilian gay couple 2
3:14 PM — A government official who successfully fought to take an adopted baby away from a gay couple in Brazil has said that "gay couples are abnormal."Last Monday 70 people gathered in San Jose do Rio Preto, a small town outside of Sao Paulo, to protest against the baby being removed from the care of a 30-year-old transsexual hairdresser, Roberta Góes Luiz, and her partner."I've been through three psychological evaluations successfully. I have my own home," Roberta told O Globo .
Comment: L Word highlights US military’s gay ban 2
2:39 PM — Actress Rose Rollins is speaking out about her The L Word character Tasha and the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" storyline garnering national attention for her role.Playing a captain in the Army National Guard, Rollins' character is navigating the difficult choice many real LGB soldiers are facing in the US military — whether to stay in the closet or face being discharged and losing their careers.Although Tasha has developed a reputation as being the 'tough' girl on the show, her character is about far more than her exterior 'attitude'.
Gibraltar gays take age of consent fight to Europe 24
2:11 PM — Gibraltar's unequal age of consent and discriminatory sexual offences legislation have been taken to the Council of Ministers of the Council of Europe by gay rights group GGR.At present male homosexual sex is legal at 18, rather than 16 for heterosexual and lesbian sex.The Council of Ministers is the highest level of the European body which is responsible for overseeing human rights.Gibraltar is a self-governing overseas territory of the United Kingdom.
Gay mayor is Al-Qaeda target
12:50 PM — The Socialist mayor of Paris has been given increased police protection after US security services informed their French counterparts that he might be attacked by terrorists.While monitoring internet traffic related to Al-Qaeda the CIA discovered that Bertrand Delanoe was listed as a target.As mayor of France's biggest city, he is the most prominent gay politician in the country. A police spokesman confirmed that the mayor was being given more security.
AIDS mother still waiting for Huckabee meeting 1
12:25 PM — US Presidential candidate Mike Huckabee has been accused of breaking his word by failing to meet AIDS activist Jeanne White-Ginder.The former Governor had agreed to a meeting last month after he was heavily criticised for comments he made 15 years ago that people with AIDS should be isolated from the population.Ms White-Ginder is the mother of teenager Ryan White. He raised awareness about AIDS in the early 1980s when he contracted the disease from a blood-clotting agent used to treat haemophilia.
Conference discusses Fidel’s attitude to gay Cubans
2:05 AM — Yesterday in Madrid a two-day discussion on homosexuality in Cuba and the repression that sexual minorities had undergone because of the island's communist regime began.Sexual diversity was seen by Fidel Castro as a corrupt consequence of capitalism.Posters for the conference bore Che Guevara's well-known picture along with the rainbow colours of the gay Pride flag.
10th January 2008
John Kerry endorses Obama for President
7:30 PM — The 2004 Democratic candidate for President of the United States has given his backing to Barack Obama.John Kerry, a decorated Vietnam veteran and Senator from Massachusetts, said that his Illinois colleague can unite the country and transform it.After Hillary Clinton's win in New Hampshire primaries earlier this week the Democratic frontrunners in the race for the White House have been concentrating their efforts on South Carolina.
Documentary uncovers the double lives of China’s gay men
4:50 PM — Oscar-winning documentary maker Ruby Yang is to direct a film about homosexuality and the pressures created by China's one-child policy.China is known for its strong censorship, especially on sensitive issues. "There's a lot of pressure to produce an heir," Ms Yang told Reuters ."Many gay men are married and live a double life. They lie to their parents, lie to their wives."
World’s first trans MP to be subject of biopic
12:40 PM — Two Australian-based film-makers have won the right to make a film about the life of Georgina Beyer, the world's first transsexual MP.Ms Beyer, who retired from politics last year, is co-operating with the producers of the film, which is said to have a sizeable budget."I'm not going to be one of those people that wants to be there every inch of the way and having some control over casting of course," Ms Beyer told 3 News.
Spanish government defiant over Church attacks 40
12:30 PM — The rift between church and state in Spain showed no signs of healing today after the country's government said it would not accept "moral guardianship" from anyone.Deputy Prime Minister Maria Teresa Fernandez de la Vega said that the Church could no longer impose its morality on the country.Last week the Prime Minister of Spain responded to Roman Catholic leaders after they criticised government policy supporting gay marriage, easier divorces and abortion.
Student apologises for legal challenge to gay law question 1
12:02 PM — A man who failed Massachusetts' bar exam and then brought a lawsuit claiming that he failed because he refused to answer a question related to same-sex marriage has apologised to the gay community.In a letter to Boston paper Bay Windows Stephen Dunne called his legal action misguided."I have regrettably perpetuated intolerance and animosity towards my fellow Americans," he wrote. "My religiously-based discrimination of gay people was callous and diametrically opposed to America's core principles of freedom and equality."
US group reveals gay-friendly employers list
11:55 AM — Human Rights Campaign, America's largest gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender civil rights organisation, today released its annual list of the "Best Places to Work for GLBT Equality."A total of 195 US companies can now use the 2008 "Best Places to Work for GLBT Equality" seal to distinguish their company as a fair-minded employer.The seal is given to companies who score a perfect 100% on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation's Corporate Equality Index
Candidate withdraws from White House race
10:30 AM — New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson has decided to drop out of the Democratic Presidential candidate race after a disappointing fourth place finishes in the Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire primaries.A source close to Richardson told CNN he will make an official announcement of his resignation of the race on Thursday.Elected as Governor of New Mexico in 2002, he previously served as a US Representative, an Ambassador to the United Nations and as US Secretary of Energy.
9th January 2008
Irish gay groups join forces to push equality agenda
2:45 PM — Lesbian and gay rights activists in Ireland are to come together on a short-term campaigning platform entitled "100 Days for Equality."The Irish government is expected to bring forward proposals for a form of civil partnerships in the EU nation at the end of March.The Gay and Lesbian Equality Network (GLEN) and the National Lesbian Gay Federation (NLGF) are to join forces with new direct action group LGBT Noise and MarriagEquality.
Canada bans organ donation from gay men 1
12:50 PM — Men who have sex with men in the last five years of their life will no longer be accepted as organ donors under new rules from Health Canada.Families will also be interviewed about potential donors' exposure in increased risk, such as travel or time spent in jail, under new rules that came into force in December.Gary Levy, head of Toronto University's transplant programme, told CBC News that he had not been informed about the new rules.