4th May 2007
African gay activists meet in Johannesburg
3:07 PM — The first regional conference of the International Lesbian and Gay Association in Africa will take place in Johannesburg this weekend.This gathering of a large number of activists dealing with the advancement of LGBT issues on the continent hopes to make further progress.85 member states of the United Nations still criminalise consensual same-sex acts among adults.
MEPs welcome Pride ban ruling
2:41 PM — Yesterday's ruling that the ban on Warsaw Gay Pride 2005 violated the European Charter of Human Rights has been welcomed by MEPs.The European Court of Human Rights agreed that freedom of association and assembly, prohibition of discrimination and the right to an effective remedy had been denied, all of which are guaranteed in the convention.The judges of the Strasbourg Court were unanimous in their decision highlighting the 'crystal clear' nature of the situation.
Homophobic posters cause outrage in Switzerland 2
2:26 PM — A Swiss right-wing political party has agreed to either change or remove advertising posters which call gay couples infertile.The Swiss People's Party (UDC) is campaigning against a proposal to extend tax benefits to same-sex partners.The party's general secretary added to the controversy by telling Leman Bleu TV that gay people contribute nothing to society because they do not have children.
Small victory for Pride event in Moldova
11:45 AM — Around 20 activists attempted to march for gay rights in the Moldovan capital Chisinau last week.People threw eggs at the gay Pride marchers, and the police stopped them from laying flowers at the Monument to the Victims of Repression.A government committee had banned the march on the grounds that it could pose a public disorder threat.
US hate crimes bill passes 7
10:22 AM — The U.S. House of Representatives today voted to pass the Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act, H.R. 1592, in a vote of 237 to 180.The proposed legislation has the endorsement of 230 law enforcement, civil rights, civic and religious organisations and the support of 73% of the American people.Yesterday the White House indicated that President Bush will veto the bill.
3rd May 2007
Rosie O’Donnell makes Time 100 list
5:13 PM — A list of the most influential people in the world today includes performer Rosie O'Donnell, an African Archbishop who opposes gay rights and Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth.The Time magazine list of 100 people who shape the world also includes Barack Obama, Justin Timberlake, Oprah Winfrey, Pope Benedict XVI, Kate Moss and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.President Bush did not make the list.
Bush will veto gay hate crimes bill 7
4:43 PM — The White House has indicated that even if new federal hate crimes legislation passes Congress today, the President will veto it.Christian activists and homophobic lobby groups such as Concerned Women for America have waged a concerted campaign against the legislation in Congress.The new law would extend protections on the grounds of race or religion to cover LGBT people.
Presidential hopeful: gay soldiers an “intolerable risk” 2
3:45 PM — A candidate for the Republican nomination for President of the United States has said he backs current US policy on gays in the military.Senator John McCain thinks that troops will be put in danger if openly gay people are allowed to serve.McCain, 70, is almost certain to be the oldest Presidential hopeful in next year's contest.
Warsaw Pride ban broke Euro convention
2:56 PM — The European Court of Human Rights this morning ruled that the ban on the 2005 Pride event in Warsaw was a violation of human rights. The seven judges, including one from Poland, were unanimous.The Strasbourg-based court agreed that freedom of association and assembly, prohibition of discrimination and the right to an effective remedy had been denied, all of which are guaranteed in the European Convention on Human Rights.
Isaiah Washington to star in discrimination ad 4
1:46 PM — An actor who caused a storm by using the word 'faggot' during an on-set argument is to make a public service announcement on behalf of two gay rights organisations.Isaiah Washington, star of medical drama Grey's Anatomy, is to record the message for the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation and Gay, Lesbian Straight Education Network.He called co-star TR Knight a faggot during an on-set confrontation last October.
“Gay American” seeks solace in the priesthood 1
1:22 PM — The former Governor of New Jersey, who came out of the closet on live television, is to train for the priesthood.Jim McGreevey has been in the headlines for months over his divorce and custody battle. Now it has been revealed that he is in the first stages of becoming an Anglican priest.The church, called Episcopalians in the US, is split over the issue of gay clergy.
Return child to lesbian carer, court asked
12:25 PM — In a hearing on Wednesday, the American Civil Liberties Union urged a judge in Georgia to return a vulnerable seven-year-old girl to the woman in whose care she had been thriving for a year.The Division of Family and Children Services (DFCS) has held the girl in foster care since February 20th, when a judge took her away after he learned that she was being raised by a lesbian.
2nd May 2007
School shooting linked to gay abuse
4:20 PM — A teenage boy accused of shooting his school principal has pleaded not guilty to first degree murder.Eric Hainstock, a 16-year-old from Wisconsin, will claim he has been the victim of persistent homophobic abuse at school.He was allegedly upset that Weston School's principal, John Klang, had done nothing to stop other students from teasing him about his sexuality.
Black churches oppose protection for gays 7
2:22 PM — Representatives of African-American religious groups have asked the US Congress to block a new hate-crimes bill that would cover homophobic offencesThey have called on the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, John Conyers, to block the proposed new law, claiming it would impede their freedom to preach against homosexuality."Ex-gay" Christian group Exodus International also oppose the hate crimes bill.
Gay ex-Governor wants civil union 1
11:30 AM — Former New Jersey governor James McGreevey has revealed that he would eventually like to have a civil union with his boyfriend, Australian business executive Mark O'Donnell."What I want is what hopefully everyone wants, a loving family," McGreevey told New York Daily News. On Friday McGreevey won joint custody of 5-year-old Jacqueline, his daughter with future ex-wife Dina Matos McGreevey.
Catholic school bans same-sex prom date
11:24 AM — All Roseanne Strott wanted was to take her date, another female student, to the school prom.But she couldn't: officials from the Catholic diocese said they could not attend together.Her school, Bishop Feehan High School, falls under the rule of the Diocese of Fall River.
Croatia accused of homophobia in schools
10:44 AM — A sex education programme in Croatia has been slammed by the European Parliament because it encourages homophobia.The programme is backed by the Roman Catholic Church and teaches that there should be no sex outside marriage, no safe sex, and no gay sex.Croatia is not a member of the EU, but has applied to join and is regarded as likely to be admitted in 2009 or 2010.
1st May 2007
Human rights award for gay rights group
3:36 PM — The Blue Diamond Society, Nepal's first gay rights organisation, will receive an international award for human rights today.The International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission will present them with the Felipa de Souza Award for 2007 at a ceremony in New York.In recent years the Blue Diamond Society (BDS) has reported many cases of harassment and abuse of LGBT people.
Pope backs bullet bishop 10
12:04 PM — A spokesman for Pope Benedict XVI has said he is shocked by the threats made against the life of an Archbishop leading the Roman Catholic church in Italy's opposition to gay rights.Archbishop Angelo Bagnasco was sent a live bullet in the post last week.A police guard had already been put in place last month after Archbishop Bagnasco's cathedral in Genoa was attacked by vandals.
Broadband provider bans Gay 1
11:19 AM — A lesbian called Gay has been reprimanded for using her name in work e-mails.Gay Hamilton, from Nelson, New Zealand, was sent an automated e-mail from the broadband provider Telecom which read:"[Your email] was identified by our content filtering processes as containing language that may be considered inappropriate for business-like communication."