27th September 2007
US Senate passes gay hate crimes law
6:09 PM — In an historic step toward equality for LGBT Americans, the US Senate voted to pass the Matthew Shepard Act.It updates and expands the federal hate crimes laws to include bias motivated violence based on a victim's sexual orientation, gender identity, gender, and disability, and provides new resources and tools to assist local law enforcement in prosecuting vicious crimes.The Senate voted 60 to 39 to allow the new legislation to move forward.
General says gays are immoral – again 2
5:15 PM — The most senior miltary office in the US Armed Forces has reignited the controversy about his views on gays in the military while giving evidence to a Congressional committee.Challenged by Senator Tom Harkin about his comments on the "immorality" of gay people being a reason for excluding them from miliary service, General Peter Pace reiterated that he thinks the Bible should guide policy."My upbringing tells me that sexual activity outside the bonds of marriage between a man and a woman is immoral."
Clinton fundraising catches up with Obama’s
4:50 PM — They may both support civil unions and not gay marriage, but one thing Senator Hillary Clinton and her rival for the democratic nomination, Barack Obama, don't have in common is money.Until now, he's had more, but a new report suggests that's all about to change.According to a report by Bloomberg, both Clinton and Obama are expected to bring in $20 million in campaign donations during the third quarter.
EuroPride 2010 to be held in Warsaw 1
1:01 PM — EuroPride 2010 will take place in Poland's capital city Warsaw.The decision was made at the 14th international conference of the European Pride Organisers Association (EPOA) in Stockholm.The event will be the first Eastern European EuroPride and aims to send a strong message to a part of the continent where equal rights and acceptance of the GLBT community is still minimal.
Civil unions not as good as marriage claim activists
11:15 AM — Last night, during the first public hearing of the New Jersey Civil Union Review Commission, Garden State Equality presented evidence it believed shows "the failure of New Jersey's civil union law to provide equality as real marriage would."Thirty civil-unioned couples from across the state presented a joint letter to state leaders at the hearing.The couples were chosen to represent more than 300 couples who have complained to Garden State Equality.
Republicans “betrayed” by mayor’s gay marriage u-turn
11:05 AM — An editorial in Tuesday's Los Angeles Times congratulated San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders for showing "impressive courage last week when he embraced the right of same-sex couples to marry."Gay rights groups were similarly effusive in their praise of the Republican ex-cop who sent shockwaves through the city and nation when he signed a City Council resolution supporting a challenge to California's gay marriage ban.
Trans youth to undergo surgery in Latin America
10:55 AM — A 17-year-old transsexual boy has been granted gender reassignment surgery in Argentina.The Consulting Bioethics Committee of the Córdoba Judiciary decided that the child, known as Nati, can now go ahead with surgery and can also have the gender changed on her official documents including her birth certificate.The landmark decision to allow Nati to receive the surgery follows three years of petitioning.
26th September 2007
Study finds suicide more likely in those unsure of sexuality
5:30 PM — Young people confused about their sexuality are most vulnerable to suicide, a study of university students has revealed.The University of Washington research found that while gay, lesbian and bisexual participants are twice as likely as heterosexuals to have attempted suicide, those who still have issues with defining their sexuality are six times as likely.Of the 528 participants, 79 of these identified themselves as same sex attracted heterosexuals.
Brady Bunch star denies on-set lesbian relationship 1
1:40 PM — Former Brady Bunch star Maureen McCormick's upcoming autobiography will dish plenty of dirt, her publisher promises, but it won't reveal the child star's supposed sexual dalliances with co-star Eve Plumb.Late last week the Internet buzzed with the news, first reported in the National Enquirer, that McCormick, who played eldest daughter Marcia Brady on the popular 1970s television show, would reveal in the forthcoming tell-all that she and co-star Plumb experienced on-set "lesbian experiences."
US hate crimes law faces key vote in Senate 7
1:25 PM — Attempts by Republican Senator and Presidential hopeful John McCain to block new legislation that would extent hate crimes to cover LGBT people will come to a head tomorrow with a crucial vote.Democratic Senator Harry Reid has filed a cloture motion on the hate crimes bill, a procedural move to overcome Senator McCain's objection to bringing the amendment to the floor.60 Senators will need to vote in favour of the cloture motion for passages of the hate crimes bill to be added as an amendment to the Department of Defence (DoD) authorisation bill.
Ahmadinejad’s gay comments lost in translation 1
12:54 PM — The International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) has discovered that Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's official website does not provide a Persian version of his recent comments on homosexuality in the country.The site provides a full and complete transcript of his speech to students at Colombia University in New York and the question and answer session afterwards in which he claimed that there are no gay people in Iran and homosexuality does not exist in the country.
Lesbian couple arrested in same-sex marriage protest
12:30 PM — A lesbian couple was arrested in Denver yesterday following their protest of Colorado's ban on same-sex marriages.Sheila Schroeder, 43 and Kate Burns, 44, staged the sit-in protest in the Wellington E.Webb Municipal Building, when they were refused an application for a marriage licence from the Denver Clerk and Recorder Office.The couple, who have been together for five years, took Rev. Mike Morran, their local minister from Denver's First Unitarian Church with them.
Russian activists fined over blood demonstration
12:25 PM — Six gay rights protesters have been convicted of public order offences and fined by a Moscow court for protesting against Russia's ban on gay men donating blood.Activist Alexei Davydov, who organised the picket outside the Russian Health Ministry on 14th September, was fined 1,000 roubles (£20) while five other arrested participants were each fined 500 roubles.Although all donations are screened, Russia prevents gay men from donating much needed blood.
Politician defends son accused of homophobia
12:04 PM — A leading New Zealand official is fighting back after a gay website published a story about his son earlier this week.The article, which appeared yesterday on GayNZ.com, alleges the son of New Zealand National Party deputy leader Bill English has been posting homophobic comments to a popular social networking website over the past few months.A sample comment from the site, made in reference to a recent soccer match, mentioned in the GayNZ.com article: "Some college fags are gonna to get stabbed with katanas."
US Presidential hopeful reveals AIDS plan
11:55 AM — Senator Hillary Clinton may be leading the Democratic Party for the Presidential candidacy, but John Edwards is not ready to give up the fight.This week, the former Vice Presidential candidate unveiled a health care package which would help fight against the HIV/AIDS epidemic, and stated he would enforce legislation that would take away health care for the President and Congress members unless a universal health care plan was enacted.
25th September 2007
Seven Straight Nights for Equal Rights
1:00 PM — Straight Americans will be making a stand for gay rights next month by holding candlelit vigils to show public support of the LGBT community.Seven Straight Nights for Equal Rights takes place from 7-13 October and is the first event of its kind.The event is hosted by gay-friendly members of each participating state. Jeaneane Hill is hosting Seattle's vigil.
Transsexual actress joins mainstream American drama 4
11:30 AM — American transsexual actress Candis Cayne will feature in the new U.S. prime time drama Dirty Sexy Money.Cayne a well-known performer in New York City will play Carmelita, the transsexual lover of married Senator Patrick Darling, played by Billy Baldwin.The series created by Craig Wright tells the story of a young lawyer who goes to work for the Darlings, a rich, powerful and corrupt New York family
Appeal over lesbian denied child custody
10:04 AM — A custody case involving a lesbian mother has taken a strange turn in Georgia, where officials from the American Civil Liberties Union have stepped in to urge court officials to dismiss a county judge's contempt order and jail sentence against the woman.Earlier this year, Wilkinson County Judge John Lee Parrott ordered that a seven-year-old be removed from the home of Elizabeth Hadaway after discovering Hadaway is gay.The 28-year-old paramedic assumed custody of the girl more than a year ago at the request of her biological mother.
24th September 2007
Ahmadinejad claims Iran has no gays 7
11:00 PM — Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has denied that any gays live in his country to an audience at Columbia University in New York."In Iran we don't have homosexuals like in your country," he said. "In Iran we do not have this phenomenon, I don't know who has told you that we have it." Mr Ahmadinejad was challenged by audience members that Amnesty International figures showed that among the 200 people executed in Iran so far this year, some were gay.
Out athletes discuss life as a gay footballer
11:00 PM — American football has long been considered one of the manliest of activities.While baseball is America's national pastime, it is football which has captivated audiences for nearly 150 years and become the most popular of American sports.Since it's inception, surprisingly, only a few athletes have come out publicly as gay players.