21st September 2007
Postcards to US Congress ask for workplace protection
11:15 AM — On Monday the national staff of Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) will hand-deliver more than 12,000 pro-equality postcards from constituents across the country to both the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate.The individually written cards were collected from 40 states across the country as part of PFLAG's campaign, "People Don't Get Fired for Being Straight" to support the passage of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA).
Gay marriage activists picket Schwarzenegger’s star 3
10:45 AM — Chanting, "Sign AB 43, equal rights for you and me," more than 200 activists marched to California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Tuesday, where they left pens and urged him to sign legislation ending discrimination against gay and lesbian couples who wish to marry their partners.The California legislature has again passed a bill (AB 43) that would give the state's gay and lesbian couples the right to marry, but all signs point to the governor, who is set to get the legislation this week, vetoing it, just as he did a similar bill in 2005.
20th September 2007
Gay daughter changes mayor’s mind on same-sex marriage
2:20 PM — Yesterday the Republican Mayor of San Diego decided to sign the resolution to overturn Proposition 22, which some claim bans same-sex marriage in the state of California.Jerry Sanders' last minute decision, which conflicts with his former campaign promises, reflects his "significant" change of opinion on the subject. Mr Sanders said:"I have close family members and friends who are members of the gay and lesbian community. These folks include my daughter Lisa and her partner, as well as members of my personal staff."
Britney’s biggest fan gets reality TV show 1
1:01 PM — New internet celebrity Chris Crocker, whose melodramatic yet heartfelt "leave Britney alone" tantrum has received more than 8 million hits on YouTube, has reportedly landed a television deal.Signed by 44 Blue Productions, Tennessee's newly famous 20-year old is set to appear in his own reality TV show.The award-winning production company based in California company told Variety.com: "It's going to pretty much be the 'Chris Crocker experience'".
Australia refuses to recognise married transsexual 6
12:00 PM — A post-operative transsexual has been told by Australian authorities that in order to be registered as her correct sex she must divorce her wife.Completing her gender reassignment in 2002, the unnamed woman, who is happily married, has been unable to change her gender on her birth certificate in her current married status as same sex marriage is still banned in Australia.The couple took the case to court claiming discrimination on the grounds of gender and marital status but the case has been dismissed from both federal court and the appeal court.
Gay sports people star in GLAAD ads
10:23 AM — This month the Gay Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) announced a new series of "Be an Ally a Friend" public service announcements featuring 22 top entertainers.Sports stars John Amaechi, and Martina Navratilova, join award-winning actors like Marlee Matlin and T.R. Knight in these spots about acceptance and the harmful power of anti gay words.Formed in 1985 GLAAD was established to educate Hollywood's entertainment industry on the importance of more accurate and realistic portrayals of gay people on the screen.
19th September 2007
HIV prevention drug could save millions
6:33 PM — US researchers have identified a preventative measure against HIV that could dramatically reduce the number of new cases in high risk areas such as sub-Saharan Africa.Tenofovir is an antiviral drug that is currently used in combination medications given to HIV patients.Is is being trailed on HIV negative participants of groups who are considered at high risk of contracting the virus, including gay and bisexual men, sex workers and drug users.
Lesbian urged to quit Scwarzenegger’s staff 1
5:50 PM — The chief of staff to the Governor of California, Susan Kennedy, is facing calls for her to resign after Mr Schwarzenegger said he would veto same-sex marriage legislation.Robin Tyler, a lesbian activist and plaintiff in a same-gender marriage test case to be heard before the California Supreme Court next year, said that she was "disappointed" in Ms Kennedy, who "married" her lesbian partner in Hawaii several years ago.
Archbishop criticised for demanding gay concessions 1
5:08 PM — The Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, is in New Orleans today meeting with bishops of the American branch of the Anglican church.It has been widely reported that he will demand guarantees from them that no more gay bishops will be ordained and that the American church will not bless gay relationships.The crisis over gay issues began in 2003 with the ordination in New Hampshire of the first openly gay bishop, Gene Robinson.
Hate crime defendant comes out during murder trial 1
4:35 PM — A New York man accused of a homophobic murder is claiming mid-trial that he is also gay.The defendant Anthony Fortunato, 21, was outed by his lawyer Gerald J. Di Chiara in court on Monday.Mr Di Chiara claims that Fortunato has been meeting men for sex on the internet since he was seventeen and said that his turmoil over coming out had in fact added to the defendant's unstable state of mind and a previous suicide attempt.
Gay beauty contest winner murdered
2:25 PM — LGBT activists in Brazil have spoken about the high levels of homophobia in their society in the wake of the brutal sexual assault and murder of a gay teenager.Osvan Inacio dos Santos, 19, was attacked in a street near a bar where he had just won the local "Miss Gay" competition.The attack and murder, in the town on Batingas in northeast Brazil, is just one high-profile example of the problems the LGBT community face in the country, which is often viewed as liberal in matters of sexuality.
Australian politicians back Christians over gay marriage
2:14 PM — The Prime Minister of Australia has addressed an event organised by a faith-based charity where he faced calls to ban state recognition of non-married couples.The National Strategic Summit on Marriage, Family Fatherhood was held at the Australian Parliament yesterday.Prime Minister John Howard told delegates that marriage is "the best social welfare device mankind has ever devised." Politicians from other major parties attended the conference, organised by the Fatherhood Foundation.
Lesbian parents sue doctor over IVF twins 1
1:07 PM — A lesbian couple in Sydney, Australia are suing a doctor following IVF treatment that left them with twins.The couple requested a single baby during treatment in November 2003, but the mother was implanted with two embryos rather than one.The couple discovered the second embryo had been implanted in the hospital but were warned that an operation to remove it would put the other embryo at risk.
ACLU: Craig toilet sting “unconstitutional” 1
12:31 PM — The American Civil Liberties Union has submitted a brief to a Minnesota District Court urging it to allow Senator Larry Craig to withdraw his guilty plea because the secret sting operation used to arrest him was likely unconstitutional."The real motive behind secret sting operations like the one that resulted in Senator Craig's arrest is not to stop people from inappropriate activity.Craig's affidavit said he decided on the day of his arrest to plead guilty to whatever charge was eventually filed against him.
Presidential hopeful’s u-turn on gay rights 1
11:22 AM — Anyone who has paid close attention to the political career of presidential hopeful Mitt Romney knows the Massachusetts Republican used to be a supporter of gay rights.To the rest of us—and that includes many Republican Americans currently considering him for the country's highest office—Romney's past support of the gay and lesbian community is a bit of a mystery.The mysterious crust covering Romney's past is slowly but surely being chipped away.
18th September 2007
Court supports Maryland’s ban on gay marriage 88
11:30 PM — Maryland's highest court has upheld a state law that defines marriage as between a man and a woman; ending a discrimination case brought by 19 gay couples.The Court of Appeal ruled four to three that Maryland's 1973 ban on same sex marriage does not deny gay people fundamental human rights and does not discriminate on the basis of gender. The court found that the state has a legitimate right to oppose gay marriage.
Dutch government to promote gay acceptance 1
5:31 PM — The government of Holland has committed itself to the active promotion of acceptance of LGBT people in the light of several high-profile homophobic attacks in the country.In a memorandum on the 2008 Budget, the coalition government's Cabinet said that respect for difference is a basic condition of Dutch society.They committed more than two million euros (£1.4m) to fight homophobia and promote acceptance.
Kuwaiti gays ask permission to get organised 1
4:05 PM — The gay and trans community in Kuwait has approached the government requesting an official gay rights organisation.The majority Muslim country currently does not allow such groups to exist, despite a growing number of openly gay and transgender Kuwaitis.According to online news service, Al Arabiya, the gay rights request follows the recent Upholding Ethics report from the Kuwaiti National Council.
Gay blood donor activists arrested in Russia
12:58 PM — Activists in Moscow have been arrested for protesting against Russia's ban on gay men donating blood.Seven of the ten protesters were detained by police last Friday following a reportedly peaceful protest outside the Russian Health Ministry.Although all donations are screened, Russian law prevents gay men from donating much needed blood as they are considered to be most at risk of sexually transmitted diseases, listing them alongside prostitutes and drug dealers.
Global protests against Nicaragua’s gay ban
12:23 PM — Amnesty International, through its network of LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual transgender) groups, held a series of demonstrations across the world last week.The protestors called for the calling for the decriminalisation of sodomy in Nicaragua and called for the repeal of article 204 of the country's Penal Code.This article criminalises not only gay men, lesbians and bisexual people in same-sex relationships, but is vague enough to permit the prosecution of individuals for activities such as campaigning for LGBT rights.