3rd March 2008
Jamaican gays reject tourist boycott over homophobia 2
12:35 PM — J-Flag, the Jamaican lesbian and gay rights group, has rejected calls for a tourist boycott in protest at homophobia on the island.Canadian newspapers have been focusing on the prejudice and violence gay people face in Jamaica since a leading activist sought asylum there, and some have called for Canadians to refuse to holiday in the popular destination.In a statement released yesterday, J-Flag, Jamaica's Forum for Lesbians, All-Sexuals and Gays, said it shared the frustration at the "slow progress towards transforming the social climate."
MP targeted by “Satan” after gay earthquake comments 14
12:02 PM — A member of Israel's parliament who generated headlines across the world when he linked earthquakes to gay rights has been receiving death threats.Shlomo Benizri, who is a member of the ultra-Orthodox Shas party, has been targeted by someone using the name "Satan."The Jerusalem Post reports: "It is unknown if those threats are connected to a suspicious envelope filled with white powder that the MK received last week."
Clinton does comedy on Saturday Night Live
10:20 AM — After plugging the show during her televised debate with rival Barack Obama last week, Hillary Clinton dropped by Saturday Night Live this weekend for a surprise guest appearance.After a parody skit of the debate, Clinton provided an "editorial response" and praised Amy Poehler's deft imitation of her on SNL.For the second week in a row, Saturday Night Live opened with a scene featuring a Democratic debate.
Porn twins story excites national press
10:01 AM — Interest in the strange arrest of gay porn twins 'Teyon' and 'Keyon' exploded across the Net this week, even keying the national press into covering the story.The brothers, 26-year-old Taleon and Keyontyli Goffney, who have appeared in a variety of gay porn videos, were arrested last week in a suspected string of robberies across three states.The Associated Press leapt onto the odd tale of the suspected twin gay porn criminals this week.
29th February 2008
Jamaican police may get “sensitivity training”
3:40 PM — The Deputy Commissioner of Police in Jamaica has said his officers need training to improve the way they deal with gay people.The Commonwealth country is notorious as one of the most homophobic places on earth.In the course of the last month a leading LGBT activist has fled the island claiming he was brutalised by police and an officer has gone into hiding after being abused by colleagues about his sexuality.
Gay film festival to showcase Japanese queer cinema 1
2:55 PM — Now in its 23rd year, the Torino GLBT Film Festival or "Da Sodoma a Hollywood" will be held from 17th to 25th April 2008.Organisers said it will be the third Turin festival jointly organised and administered with Itlay's National Museum of Cinema."23 years of exploration and construction of queer imagination," they said in a press release. "With a sharp discerning eye for perceiving new developments, the festival has gone from strength to strength, becoming one of the major drivers of dialogue between the GLBT community and the public.
Tutu to accept award from LGBT rights group 6
12:30 PM — The former Archbishop of Cape Town and Nobel Prize Laureate Desmond Tutu is to be honoured by the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission.The Anglican leader has been outspoken in his rejection of homophobia, often clashing with his more conservative African colleagues.He will be appearing at IGLHRC's A Celebration of Courage event in San Francisco on April 8th to accept the OUTSPOKEN Award.
Report exposes exclusion and prejudice faced by gay parents
12:20 PM — The first comprehensive study into lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) families' experiences in education in America has found that they are more conscientious than straight parents but suffer high levels of discrimination.Current estimates indicate there are more than seven million LGBT parents with school-age children in the United States.53% of parents described various forms of exclusion from their school communities.
McCain addresses birthplace questions
1:30 AM — Arizona Senator John McCain has finally spoken out about persistent rumours that he is not a 'natural born citizen' of the United States and therefore not eligible to become President.McCain was born in the Panama Canal Zone and some have argued that under the definition of 'natural born citizen', he is cannot be president according to the U.S. constitution.He was born August 29, 1936 at the Coco Solo Air Base in the American-controlled Panama Canal Zone.
Feds to investigate death of Brokeback actor
1:22 AM — Autopsy results in the death of 28-year-old actor Heath Ledger indicated the actor died of an accidental overdose of prescription medication.Now, the federal Drug Enforcement Agency wants to know who prescribed the medications that killed Ledger, if the prescriptions were legal and how much the doctors responsible knew about the total medications Ledger was taking.
Presidential candidate picks Green running mate
1:15 AM — Ralph Nader, who announced this week he will run again for President, has chosen former San Francisco Supervisor Matt Gonzalez as his running mate.Texas-born Gonzalez ran for mayor of San Francisco in 2003 as a Green Party candidate, but lost to Gavin Newsom."I want someone who shares my sense of justice and opposition to corporate state control over our society," Nader said of Gonzalez.
Analysis: Obama reaches out to LGBT community 2
1:03 AM — Illinois Senator Barack Obama is appealing directly to LGBT voters with new advertisements in Ohio and Texas gay newspapers.The Democratic Presidential contender also released a statement on Thursday targeted to the gay community, asking for support "so that together we can bring about real change for all LGBT Americans."In a statement from the Obama campaign released on Thursday, titled "Open Letter from Barack Obama to the LGBT community," the Senator detailed his history of activism on behalf of gay Americans.
28th February 2008
Matthew Shepard anniversary marked with hate crime campaign
3:30 PM — The mother of a murdered gay man will mark the ten years since his death by unveiling a new, aggressive anti-hate campaign.The Matthew Shepard Foundation announced today that it plans to engage the general public in the mission to "Replace Hate with Understanding, Compassion and Acceptance."Judy Shepard will unveil the new campaign during the 7th Annual Bear to Make a Difference Gala, which will take place on Saturday, March 29th in Denver, Colorado.
Obama adverts target gay community 1
12:40 PM — Presidential candidate Barack Obama has bought advertising in gay newspapers in four cities in the two key primary states of Texas and Ohio.The Advocate reports that full page adverts will appear in titles in Dallas, Houston, Cleveland and Columbus.Democratic primary and caucus participants in the two states vote next Tuesday, along with Rhode Island and Vermont. The delegate-rich Ohio and Texas contests are must-wins for Hillary Clinton.
Gay rights activist given Canada’s highest honour
12:05 PM — The Reverend Brent Hawkes, a campaigning clergyman and LGBT community leader and activist, has been invested into the Order of Canada.Rev Hawkes is the senior pastor at the Metropolitan Community Church of Toronto. For more than three decades, Rev. Hawkes has been a champion of GLBT equality.He is widely credited with inspiring the 2003 court case that led to the legalisation of same-sex marriage in Ontario.
Pride rioter running for office in Moscow
10:20 AM — A notorious young Communist who headed mobs intent on homophobic violence during Moscow Pride in 2006 and 2007 is standing for election to the city's council.Pavel Tarasov has also been appearing on national TV as a spokesman for the Communist candidate for President of the Russian Federation, Gennady Zyuganov.Presidential and municipal elections are being held on Sunday. Mr Tarasov participated in two anti-gay riots in the centre of Moscow, according to GayRussia.Ru.
27th February 2008
Tutu calls on Ugandans to protect LGBT community 1
7:25 PM — The former Archbishop of Cape Town and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Desmond Tutu has joined 120 Christian and Jewish leaders in a call to the government of Uganda to stop homophobia in the country.In a letter to President Yoweri Museveni they demanded an end to "verbal assaults and legal attacks of your government on the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LBGT) people."Most of the signatories were clergy in the Metropolitan Community Church.
Princess to attend gay meeting and discuss prejudice 1
4:25 PM — In an announcement described by LGBT activists as "historically significant," a spokesman for the Dutch Royal Family has confirmed that the country's future Queen will attend a gay rights conference.Argentinean-born Princess Maxima, the wife of Crown Prince Willem-Alexander, will meet delegates from Holland's major cities at the event and speak out against the exclusion of gay people.A royal spokesman said: "The Princess is in favour of equal rights of all groups in the Netherlands."
African lesbian conference demands equal rights 4
3:05 PM — Lesbians from across Africa have held a conference in Mozambique to highlight the homophobia and prejudice they face across the continent.Most nations in Africa criminalise same-sex relationships and in some countries gay people can be put to death.The Coalition of African Lesbians conference was attended by more than 100 delegates.
Teen’s murder outrages trans groups in Florida 43
12:45 PM — Simmie Williams Jr, 17, was gunned down last weekend on a street corner in Broward County, Florida.Williams was wearing a dress when he was attacked and is believed to have been gay or transgender.Police are investigating the murder as a possible hate crime based on the words witnesses say were exchanged before the shooting.