5th December 2007
Former Italian PM rejects gay marriage 4
10:01 AM — Italy's left-wing Foreign Minister said yesterday he is against gay marriage.Massimo D'Alema, a former Prime Minister who currently holds the highest post at the Italian Foreign office, was addressing high-school students in Rome, when he was asked his view on gay marriage.Mr D'Alema, who is not a Catholic, said that he was against marriage between gay people.
4th December 2007
Gay rights were part of rejected Venezuelan referendum 1
4:55 PM — The President of Venezuela's defeat in last Sunday's referendum on whether to change the constitution also meant that a proposal to guarantee gay rights was swept aside.Hugo Chavez wanted the changes to significantly increase his powers. The new constitutional arrangements would have allowed him to stand indefinitely for re-election.It would have also given him control over foreign currency reserves, more powers over local government and over the declaration of martial law.
EU reports show increased awareness of LGBT rights
4:55 PM — Progress reports released by the European Commission last month show improvements in the monitoring of LBGT rights in countries looking to join the European Union.Each year the European Commission monitors the achievements and progress of each of the EU candidate (Croatia, Macedonia, Turkey) and potential candidate countries in fulfilling the obligations of the partnership agreements between the country and the EU.
Irish justice minister’s first speech to gay audience 11
2:35 PM — Brian Lenihan, Ireland's Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform, will make his first address to a lesbian and gay audience today when he launches the annual report of the Gay Lesbian Equality Network.The GLEN report outlines the considerable progress towards legal recognition for same-sex couples and the advances made in other areas including community safety strategies with the Gardaí (Irish police).The report also highlights new resource guides for inclusion and safety in education.
Religious forum pledges greater tolerance for gay Muslims 7
2:35 PM — A gay Muslim last week came out to a group of Muslim scholars at an AIDS conference who had branded homosexuality "unIslamic" and "evil" days beforehand.Suhail AbualSameed spoke openly about his sexuality to an audience of ulama, distinguished Islamic scholars, at the International Consultation on Islam and HIV/AIDS in Johannesburg, South Africa, IRIN PlusNews has reported.Mr AbualSameed, a Jordanian living in Canada, said: "As a gay Muslim, I feel unsafe, unloved and unrespected in this space."
Scouts miss deadline to lift gay ban
2:35 PM — The Philadelphia chapter of the Boy Scouts of America has ignored a deadline set by the city's officials to publicly renounce its membership bar against people who are openly homosexual or atheists if the organisation wishes to remain in its landmark headquarters on city-owned land.The scouts have been on notice for seven months that they will be evicted on May 31 if they do not drop the policies.
Amnesty protests gay convictions in Morocco 1
2:10 PM — A leading human rights group is calling on its members to protest against the conviction of six men in Morocco accused of "lewd of unnatural acts with an individual of the same sex."Amnesty International wants its 2.2 million members worldwide to write to the Moroccan authorities demanding the release of men, who were convicted on 10 December.They have been in jail since they were first arrested by the police between November 23rd and 25th 2007.
Interview: Irish gay rights group takes on partnerships
2:01 PM — Ireland has come a long way since decriminalising homosexuality in 1993.Last week the Republic of Ireland's Minister of State for Equality, Sean Power, reiterated that legislation allowing same-sex civil partnerships will be introduced next year.While ruling out gay marriage as unconstitutional, he did confirm that gay and straight co-habiting couples would get many spousal rights through the Civil Partnership Registration Scheme.
Gay conference to be held in Malta
1:05 PM — The 2009 European International Lesbian and Gay Association conference will be held in Malta.The Mediterranean island beat the competing Dutch city of The Hague to win the right to host the LGBT organisation's annual gathering.Malta Gay Rights Movement welcomed ILGA Europe's decision, saying it would be an opportunity to raise the visibility of LGBT issues in the Roman Catholic country, where gay people still suffer discrimination.
Uruguayan parliament passes civil unions law 2
12:40 PM — Uruguay will legally recognise same-sex civil unions.The country of 3.6m people is the first nation in South America to grant such protections, although some cities and regions throughout the continent have made similar legal provisions.The Uruguayan Congress last week passed legislation creating a civil union registry for same-sex and unmarried heterosexual couples.The measure had previously passed the Chamber of Senators.
High HIV risk for MSM in developing countries
12:07 PM — The U.S.-based AIDS research foundation amfAR has called on policymakers to put aside their prejudices and provide the resourcesand the leadership that the epidemic demands.amFAR was responding to a new study demonstrating the severity of the HIV epidemic among men who have sex with men (MSM) in low and middle-income countries.Researchers at Johns Hopkins University's Bloomberg School of Public Health recently published the results of a new study.
Australian state laws may help same-sex partners
12:07 PM — Gay and lesbian couples in Victoria, Australia will be able to register their relationship to gain easier access to entitlements under laws tabled in parliament, a government adviser has said.The Victorian government announced in April it would establish the Relationships Register for people who were not married and were in a committed relationship.Under existing laws, couples may be required to provide evidence to prove their relationship.
Poll puts Obama ahead of Democrat field in Iowa primary
11:20 AM — She's been ahead in the national polls, but Democrat party candidate Hillary Clinton may not have the comfortable lead she was hoping for heading into the 2008 Presidential election.This week, an early poll put Barack Obama three points ahead of Clinton and six points over former vice Presidential candidate John Edwards.For over 35 years, Iowa has been the first state to vote in presidential primaries and often is looked at for setting the tone of which candidate will ultimately receive the nomination.
Treaty shelved over fears about same-sex marriage
11:20 AM — A vote on an international treaty in Peru has been put on hold after a heated debate erupted over whether the treaty would lead to legal support for same-sex partnerships.A congressional vote on the Iberian-American Convention on the Rights of Youth-an international treaty that establishes a core set of legal standards to protect young people-was shelved and the resolution sent back to the Peruvian Commission of International Relations for further study.
Logo to screen gay basketball reality show
11:10 AM — MTV is known for producing provocative and entertaining reality series and as the parent company of the gay network Logo it's no wonder that they are bringing their expertise in the field to the fledgling channel.Logo has announced that among their other reality based shows Rockdogs will be part of the summer line up and will follow the Gay Games gold medal-winning basketball team.The San Francisco Rock Dogs are a highly successful gay basketball team, which earned the gold medal at last year's Gay Games in Chicago, upsetting the New York Warriors.
3rd December 2007
Gay activists arrested as observers query Russian election
12:35 PM — Gay rights campaigners were arrested yesterday at a polling station in Russia for attempting to conduct an "illegal gathering."The group was there to protest against homophobic Moscow mayor Yuri Luzhkov, who was expected at the polling station later that day.Mr Luzhkov has banned the last two gay pride marches in Moscow calling them a "work of Satan." Activist Nicolas Alexeyev was arrested after he wrote "No to homophobes, no to Luzhkov" on his ballot.
More men claim they had sex with Senator Craig 4
12:35 PM — A United States Senator has described new stories about his sexual relationships with several other men as "complete nonsense."Larry Craig, who represents Idaho, has been under pressure to resign since it emerged he pleaded guilty to cruising in a public toilet.He was arrested on June 11th by an undercover police officer in a Minneapolis airport toilet who said the lawmaker had engaged in conduct "often used by persons communicating a desire to engage in sexual conduct."
Condoleezza Rice’s sexuality excites bloggers
12:35 PM — As an historic conference to try to find peace in the Middle East takes place near Washington DC, the blogosphere in America has been discussing a tabloid's attempts to "out" the US Secretary of State.While highbrow newspapers such as The New York Times have concentrated on Condoleezza Rice's efforts to secure peace, the tabloid National Enquirer chose to speculate on her sexuality.In an article entitled "Who's Gay and Who's Not" the paper reports that it is "an open secret" that Ms Rice is a lesbian.
Liberal leader comes out for gay rights
12:00 PM — Just weeks after being kicked out of office, the Australian Liberal party has decided to embrace limited gay equality.Former Prime Minister John Howard, who lost office and his own seat in Parliament in last month's federal election, has been replaced as party leader by Brendan Nelson.The former Liberal/National coalition government failed to make any decisions on gay equality across a range of issues outlined for them in June by a report from the Australian Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission.
2nd December 2007
50 million Chinese at risk from HIV
3:10 PM — United Nations officials are raising the alarm in China that between 30 and 50 million of that country's citizens are at risk of contracting HIV or AIDS.The warning comes just a day after Chinese officials reported the spread of the disease has slowed.Last week, according to news agency AFP, Chinese health minister Chen Zhu announced there were an estimated 50,000 new cases of HIV in 2007, bringing the total number of Chinese people living with HIV and AIDS to 700,000.