11th January 2008
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.
Gay sex scandal Senator blames arresting officer 4
11:40 AM — His actions in an airport bathroom led to a new word - toe-tapping - entering the lexicon of euphemisms for gay.Now lawyers for embattled US Senator Larry Craig are asking for his conviction for cruising offences to be struck down because the undercover police officer who arrested him initiated the now-infamous foot signal.Senator Craig was arrested on June 11th by an undercover police officer in a Minneapolis airport men's room.
Hillary comes back to win New Hampshire poll
10:05 AM — As the last of the votes roll in, Republican Presidential candidate John McCain and Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton have been predicted as the winners in the New Hampshire primary results.Clinton prevailed over Iowa caucus winner Barack Obama by a small margin, while McCain is the projected winner with a significant lead over former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney.With 96 percent of precincts reporting in, Clinton currently leads Obama 39 percent to 37 percent with Clinton projected as the overall winner.
8th January 2008
Christian pastor plans Microsoft takeover 3
11:20 PM — An evangelical Christian pastor plans to launch a high-profile campaign on Tuesday urging religious followers to load up on Microsoft Corporation stock, in an attempt to halt the organisation's gay rights efforts.The Reverend Ken Hutcherson, a former Dallas Cowboys American football player and outspoken opponent of gay rights, is the self-proclaimed head of the Antioch Bible Church, based in Redmond, the home of Microsoft's headquarters.
Church refused property insurance over gay-friendly stance 1
4:12 PM — A Protestant church in the US state of Michigan has been deemed too risky for property insurance because of its denomination's support for gay rights.The West Adrian United Church of Christ, a small church in Adrian, Michigan which has weathered controversies since it was established in 1836.It was turned down by Brotherhood Mutual Insurance Co. of Fort Wayne, Indiana, because of its national governing body's approval of gay marriage and the ordination of homosexuals, The Wall Street Journal has reported.
Gay Nobel Peace Prize nominee gets married
3:08 PM — South African HIV/AIDS activist Zackie Achmat has married his partner Dalli Weyers.The couple, who met in 2005, wed in front of 300 guests at the Imperial Yacht Club in Lakeside, Cape Town in a lavish ceremony performed by a judge.Mr Achmat was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2004 in recognition of his activist work.
Pope orders continuous prayer to cleanse clergy 2
3:08 PM — Pope Benedict XVI has instructed Roman Catholics to pray "in perpetuity" to cleanse the church of paedophile clergy.All dioceses, parishes, monasteries, convents and seminaries will be expected to organise continuous daily prayers to express penitence and to purify the clergy the Times has reported.Vatican officials said every day each parish or institution should designate a person or group to pray that the church rids itself of the scandal of sexual abuse by clergy.
Dykes on Bikes trademark approved by US court
3:08 PM — A San Francisco women's motorcycle club on Monday gained long-sought legal approval for its trademark of the name "Dykes on Bikes" when the US Supreme Court turned away a challenge from a lawyer who said the term denigrated men.Without comment, the justices denied review of an appeal by Michael McDermott of Dublin, California, who challenged a decision by the US Patent and Trademark Office to grant the San Francisco Women's Motorcycle Contingent exclusive rights over the commercial use of Dykes on Bikes, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.
Threesome actor backs gay marriage ban 6
2:40 PM — A minor member of one of Hollywood's foremost families has come out in favour of Republican Presidential candidate Mike Huckabee and expressed his opposition to gay equality.Stephen Baldwin, who is the brother of actors Alec, Billy and Daniel, is best-known for his roles in the controversial 1994 film Threesome and 1995 thriller The Usual Suspects.He became a born-again Christian after the attacks on New York on September 11th 2001.
Gay marriage opponents form new advisory group
2:40 PM — Opponents of gay marriage in the US state of Vermont are to form an advisory council that will expound the benefits of traditional marriage.After spending months boycotting legislative hearings on expanding marriage rights to same-sex couples, now several prominent opponents of gay marriage will announce at a Statehouse press conference Tuesday morning the formation of the Vermont Marriage Advisory Council, a group that will hold hearings on the benefits of traditional marriage.
Openly gay soldiers still serving in US military
2:15 PM — A US Army Sergeant has expressed his surprise that he wasn't dismissed after admitting he was gay on live American TV.Last month Army Sgt. Darren Manzella told CBS 60 Minutes that his army colleagues knew his sexuality. The programme also showed a video of Manzella kissing his former boyfriend."I thought I would at least be asked about the segment or approached and told I shouldn't speak to the media again," Manzella told USA Today .