23rd April 2007
Day of silence protests by Christian students
11:51 AM — A group of high school students in California were suspended for refusing to take off anti-gay T-shirts.The shirts, which the students wore in protest of last week's Day of Silence, said "Sodomy is sin" and quoted a Bible passage about homosexuality.Phil Spears, interim principal of Rio Linda High School, told the Sacramento Bee that the shirts violated the school's dress code.
Kevin Bacon helps gay families
11:00 AM — The organisation Family Pride has won a $10,000 grant from www.SixDegrees.org, a charitable organization created by the popular actor Kevin Bacon.Family Pride also raised more than $30,000 for their group via a fundraising campaign conducted through SixDegrees.org.It was one of six groups who won this fundraising campaign challenge.
Election website focuses on gay rights in Ireland
10:00 AM — A website has been launched in the Republic of Ireland that aims to raise awareness among the gay community of the forthcoming general election.Elections for the 166-seat Dáil Éireann will take place this summer, and gay marriage is set to be an issue in the contest.Earlier this year an attempt by the opposition Labour party to bring forward legislation was blocked by the government.
20th April 2007
Bomb linked to Jerusalem Pride
4:39 PM — An explosive device detonated near Jerusalem earlier today may have been the work of ultra-Orthodox Jews protesting against a gay event to be held in the city.The small pipe bomb exploded near the West Bank separation fence.One person suffered a minor leg injury and was taken to a hospital in Jerusalem.
White House gay campaigner honoured by Democrats
4:33 PM — An HIV+ man who worked as a White House aide to President Bill Clinton and spoke out against government indifference to AIDS has been honoured at a ceremony at the US Capitol.Bob Hattoy died last month aged 56 from complications brought on by AIDS.He made a memorable speech to the Democratic National Convention in 1992, in which he told America that he did not want to die.
Moscow Pride loses slander case against mayor 1
3:28 PM — A court in Russia has ruled that the homophobic Mayor of Moscow did not slander gay activists by calling their gay pride parade "satanic."The organiser of the event, Nicolas Alexeyev, had filed a lawsuit at Moscow's Tverskoi District Court.In addition to demanding a retraction, parade organisers were seeking 1,000 roubles (£19) each in compensation for moral damage.
New Hampshire will get civil unions
2:14 PM — The Governor of the American state of New Hampshire indicated yesterday the he will sign into law a bill to legalise same-sex civil unions.The state will become the fourth in the USA to allow such unions. The bill passed the state's House of Representatives by a margin of 2 to 1.It is due to be voted on by state's Senate next week and is expected to pass.
China launches safe-sex programme for gay men
1:36 PM — A new scheme to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS amongst gay and bisexual men is to be launched in China next month.The Chinese Centre for Disease Control and Prevention will this week begin collecting ideas from men who have sex with men (MSM) on the programmme.It aims to build a national network for the sale and distribution of condoms and lubricants and make them more available to MSM.
US city creates gaybourhood
10:10 AM — When gay and lesbian tourists next visit Philadelphia they'll find something even more welcoming in the gay-friendly city.In what represents a historic moment for the LGBT community and the City of Philadelphia, Mayor John F. Street has dedicated 36 new street signs that are permanently affixed with the rainbow flag to designate the 'Gaybourhood.'A dedication ceremony was held on Wednesday.
19th April 2007
Transsexual seeks change of birth certificate
6:25 PM — A female who was born as a male is asking the High Court in Dublin to instruct the government to issue her with a new birth cerificate.Dr Lydia Foy, a dentist from Athy, Co. Kildare, is claiming that the failure of the Irish government to take action is in breach of the European Convention on Human Rights Act 2003.She has previously been issued with a passport and driving licence in which she is identified as female.
Lesbian chainsaw murderer spared death penalty
4:38 PM — A deaf, black lesbian woman convicted of the murder of an alleged rival will not be put to death.Commentators had widely discussed the possibility that Daphne Wright might become the first woman ever sentenced to death in the state of South Dakota.Wright, 43, was found guilty of murdering Darlene VanderGeisen and cutting up her body with a chainsaw.
Gay hate church to picket gun rampage funerals 4
2:31 PM — The Westboro Baptist Church has announced they will picket the funerals of the 32 victims of the shooting spree at Virginia Tech.The church are notorious for their anti-gay views, and often protest at the funerals of American military personnel killed in Iraq."The evidence is they were not Christian. God does not do that to his servants," a church spokesperson told CBS news.
Study suggests 15% of gay men suffer from eating disorders 3
1:11 PM — A new study claims that gay or bisexual men are three times more likely to suffer from an eating disorder than heterosexual men.The report suggests that gay and bisexual men and women may generally be at far higher risk for conditions like bulimia.The results showed that more than 15% of gay or bisexual men had at some time suffered anorexia, bulimia or binge-eating disorder.
Australians worry about gays next door
12:34 PM — Global research into attitudes towards minorities has found that a quarter of Australians do not want gay neighbours.However, that figure still did not exceed the homophobia expressed in Italy and other conservative European nations.The people of Northern Ireland were the most prejudiced against gay people, with 36% saying they did not want them moving in next door.
Poland gay rights march faces counter-demo 1
11:39 AM — This Saturday's March for Tolerance in the Polish city of Krakow will be picketed by a rightwing group with a history of hatred for gay people.All-Polish Youth has said they will take to the streets to protest against homosexual rights."We will not permit the sodomites to enter the city's main square," a spokesman for the group said, according to Catholic World News.
Colorado approves workplace protection law
11:25 AM — Forgive gay and lesbian Coloradans if they aren't jumping for joy at the recent news that their state Senate approved a bill that would bar workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation.Colorado lawmakers, led by Democrat state Senator Jen Veiga, have passed similar bills in the last two years but both were vetoed by former Republican Governor Bill Owens.
Gay couple sue adoption website
11:10 AM — Michael Butler and Rich Butler, a gay couple from San Jose, have got approval to go ahead with a discrimination suit against an adoption web site.Phyllis J. Hamilton, the US District Court Judge who handed down this ruling, decided that the web site's alleged discriminating of the Butlers, and of gay couples in general, was not in line with the anti-discrimination laws in the state of California
US clergy endorse hate-crimes legislation
10:10 AM — Religious leaders from all of America's 50 states rallied on Capitol Hill yesterday in support of legislation to give homosexuals greater protection under existing hate-crime laws.The bill in question, which has been named the Matthew Shepard Act in memory of the gay college student killed in Wyoming in 1998, will afford the Justice Department with greater powers to investigate crimes motivated by sexual orientation or gender identity.
18th April 2007
Analysis: Pope’s birthday a time for reflection 1
5:51 PM — As Benedict XVI, 80 this week, approaches his third year of his Papal reign there is little evidence to suggest that he his about to loosen his conservative grip.Since his election on April 19 2005, the leader of the world's 800 million Roman Catholics has taken an increasingly tough line in areas such abortion and same-sex marriage.
US teenagers silent school protest against homophobia
4:15 PM — Thousands of student activists across America will go through today without saying a word to help raise awareness of discrimination.The Gay, Lesbian Straight Education Network (GLSEN) has organised the 11th Annual Day of Silence.The campaign has a strong following in the US and more than 500,000 participants from more than 350 schools are expected to remain mute in protest.