31st October 2007
HIV may have come to US in 1960s
10:36 AM — The HIV virus arrived the United States in 1969 from Haiti, carried most likely by a single infected immigrant who set the stage for a world epidemic, scientists said on Monday.According to Reuters, Michael Worobey, a University of Arizona evolutionary biologist, said the 1969 U.S. entry date is earlier than some experts had believed.The timeline laid out in the study led by Worobey indicates that HIV infections were occurring in the United States for roughly 12 years before AIDS was first recognised.
30th October 2007
Former Australian PM was not gay says wife 2
4:32 PM — The widow of former Australian Prime Minister Sir William McMahon has said claims that her husband was gay are "outrageous."For a brief period in the 1970's Sonia McMahon was thrust into the spotlight as the spouse of one of Australia's shortest-serving Prime Ministers.Lady McMahon agreed to speak to author Susan Mitchell while she was writing her new book, Stand By Your Man.
Travel: Take the train to medieval Flanders
4:25 PM — From next month Eurostar will transport travellers to northern Europe in record time from their new terminal at London's St Pancras station.Taking the train through the Channel Tunnel has become commonplace in recent years, but there is more to see than just Paris and Brussels.Belgium boasts a range of attractive destinations, prime among them the beautifully preserved medieval city of Bruges.
Porn to be used as evidence in military trial
2:37 PM — Gay pornography found on the computer of a US Navy doctor has been accepted as evidence in his trial on charges that he made secret video recordings of Naval Academy midshipmen having sex in his home, a military judge ruled.Even if Commander Kevin Ronan is found innocent at the conclusion of his trial this month, the emergence of such evidence often triggers a military investigation into a service member's sexual orientation, which could mean the end of his military career.
Rock Hudson bedded Dean to win bet with Liz Taylor 19
12:56 PM — A former Hollywood starlet has revealed that actress Elizabeth Taylor made a bet with closeted gay actor Rock Hudson about which one of them could seduce James Dean.The much-married Ms Taylor lost out, according to Noreen Nash.Dean starred in the movie Giant with Taylor and Hudson, but he died before the film was released. "I had an idea Rock would win but Elizabeth wasn't so sure. James was troubled but gorgeous," said Ms Nash, according to the Daily Express.
Catholic Archbishop supports gay discrimination 13
12:30 PM — The leader of the Roman Catholic Church in Australia has said it is acceptable to discriminate against people because of their sexuality.Archbishop of Sydney Cardinal George Pell said that comparisons between gay and racial discrimination are false.Australia's federal elections will be held on November 24th and the religious leader's comments are an attempt to influence discussion about gay equality.
Cambodian leader disowns lesbian daughter 2
12:15 PM — The Prime Minister of Cambodia has told an audience of students that he is disowning and disinheriting his adopted daughter because she is a lesbian.Sâmdech Hun Sen, 56, has led the country since 1993. He has five children, one of whom is adopted. His family is normally kept out of the public eye.At a graduation ceremony in the city of Phnom Pehn yesterday, Hun Sen said he will file court papers to "deprive her of any will and property of my family."
Ugandan LGBT form IDAHO chapter
11:05 AM — Gay rights activists in Uganda have come together to create a Chapter of the International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO) and take part in a landmark debate organised by Queer Youth Uganda.The climate for LGBT people in the country is extremely hostile, and attacks from the media, religious groups and the government are commonplace.Despite this, more than 100 activists and supporters gathered in the capital Kampala to debate the way forward for gay rights in Uganda.
Film to depict gay love of two Spanish icons
10:14 AM — A gay love affair between two of Spain's most celebrated creative luminaries, painter Salvador Dali and playwright Federico Garcia Lorca, will be depicted in the new film, Little Ashes.Named after a Dali painting, the film chronicles the 18-year-old Dali's arrival in Madrid in the 1920s and his subsequent friendship with the dramatist Lorca.As the relationship between the two intensifies, the sexually repressed artist is unable to consummate the affair and instead watches as Lorca sleeps with a female friend.
Comment: American TV is obsessed with gays 1
10:03 AM — I have a confession to make - I am seriously addicted to American daytime TV.Having just spent a few of weeks in rainy Costa Rica, where each day comprised of business meetings and dodging the never-ending bursts of torrential downpour, sitting in front of the box in my hotel room always seemed like the most sensible option.I certainly felt guilty wasting valuable times indoors when I could be out and about exploring the tropical rainforests or trying to find an iguana amid the lush jungles.
29th October 2007
Candidate drops out of election over nude photos on gay sites 4
5:45 PM — An Australian campaigner for family values has been dumped as a candidate by the Family First Party after nude photos of him were discovered on gay websites.Although Andrew Quah, 22, admitted that it was possible he had posed for two of the images, he claimed that a third had been digitally manipulated.Several websites are running the pictures, with one describing him as "Australia's Smallest Loser."
LGBT conference concludes despite bans and protests
4:35 PM — 11th annual ILGA-Europe conference came to a close yesterday.It was held in the Lithuanian capital of Vilnius and attended by almost 200 delegates from all over Europe.Fears that anti-gay activists had attempted to sabotage the conference were unfounded - Lithuanian and international media had reported on smoke bombs set off in a gay nightclub adjacent to the conference venue. "It appears it has no direct link to our conference and the participants were not targeted," a spokesman for ILGA said.
Interview: Lesbian filmmaker tackles gender stereotypes
3:05 PM — A self-identified butch and a celluloid triple threat, Butch Jamie writer, director and star Michelle Ehlen plays with and challenges gender stereotypes.It's small wonder that a woman who named her production company Ballet Diesel Films would play with butch identity but Ehlen's wryly funny work intellectually stimulates while inducing raucous laughter.At its premiere earlier this summer Ehlen and her filmic alter ego Butch Jamie had Los Angeles' Outfest audiences rollicking, earning Ehlen the Outfest Jury Award for Outstanding Actress.
MP welcomes removal of “gay panic” defence
2:31 PM — A Gay Labour MP in New Zealand has praised the decision by the country's Law Commission to remove the "gay panic defence."Charles Chauvel said that the defence, which allowed a person charged with murder to claim that they were driven into a state of violent temporary insanity by a sexual advance from the victim, was unacceptable.The defendant rarely wins acquittals but if pleaded successfully the murder charge is reduced to manslaughter.
Evangelicals call for ban on Harry Potter books 10
1:05 PM — America's largest conservative organisation has called for the banning of the Harry Potter books and films after author JK Rowling revealed that main character Albus Dumbledore was a gay wizard.The Christian Coalition of America claims to have 2.5 millions supporters and describes its mission as "defending America's Godly heritage."Its chairman, Roberta Combs, said she was disappointed that Rowling chose to out one of the most popular characters in children's literature.
United Nations to host LGBT rights panel
12:35 PM — Following the launch of the groundbreaking Yogyakarta Principles earlier this year, the United Nations will be hosting a panel discussion next month to explore discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.The event, which will bring together non-governmental organisations, UN representatives and state delegates, is an initiative co-sponsored by Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay.The Yogyakarta Principles refer to the application of international human rights law in relation to sexual orientation and gender identity.
Obama speaks out after “ex-gay” controversy 15
11:35 AM — "There has not been a stronger and more consistent advocate on LGBT issues than I have been."That is the message US Presidential hopeful Senator Barack Obama is trying to get across to gay voters in the face of controversy about his campaign in South Carolina.In an interview with LGBT publication The Advocate, the candidate for the Democratic party nomination asked LGBT voters to judge him by his policies.
AIDS “vaccine” may increase infection risk 1
10:55 AM — Trials of a promising AIDS vaccine in South Africa were halted earlier this week after a sister vaccine being tested on humans throughout North America showed it did nothing to prevent HIV infection.In fact, according to the Seattle Times, the vaccine may well increase risk of infection.Following the abandonment of the trials, South African AIDS researchers have begun contacting the hundreds of volunteers who took part in the trials over recent months.
Greek gay community protest Iran deportation
10:33 AM — A gay rights group in Greece has asked for help to stop the deportation of a 40-year-old Iranian man.GHC-EOK say that the man, known as Alex, was arrested, beaten and tortured in his home country because he is gay.Two separate applications to remain in Greece have been rejected and his case is due to be discussed before the country's Supreme Council.
26th October 2007
Gay baby campaign is “strange” says Vatican 2
4:45 PM — A senior Roman Catholic Cardinal has criticised an anti-discrimination poster that features a baby wearing a wristband with "homosexual" written on it.The government of the Italian region of Tuscany is poised to display thousands of copies of the poster in public places and municipal offices as part of a campaign against discrimination.The tagline on the posters - Sexual Orientation Is Not A Choice - has divided gay people, while conservative politicians are outraged that public money has been spent on it at all.