14th May 2007
Huge crowds in Rome protest gay rights 1
1:10 PM — Hundreds of thousands of people, including many families with children, came out to protest in Rome on Saturday about a government bill that included legal rights for homosexual couples.The "Family Day" rally in St John Lateran piazza drew people from across Italy.The protest was organised by lay Catholic groups and family associations but not formally backed by the Vatican.
Polish embassy protest planned for IDAHO
1:00 PM — LGBT activists will be demonstrating outside the Polish embassy in London on Thursday as one of many protests worldwide for International Day Against Homophobia.The event will be part of events in over 50 countries to show a united international stand against gay hate.Poland is being targeted because of both attitudes within the country and also new legislation the government there is trying to bring in which is likely to encourage homophobia in schools.
Moscow Pride organisers unveil plans 4
12:45 PM — Moscow Gay Pride organisers handed in the official documents this morning relating to the march scheduled for May 27th.Last week State Duma Deputy Alexey Mitrofanov said the event should be allowed to go ahead.To show his support Mitrofanov will be attending a press conference tomorrow, where Pride organisers will give details of the event.
Army recruiter disciplined over offensive emails
11:24 AM — The US Army has re-assigned a recruiter who sent racist and homophobic emails to a potential recruit who inquired about Army careers.Sergeant Marcia Ramode, who in March sent a series of offensive emails to Corey Andrew, an African American gay man contacted by Ramode through Monster.com, has been suspended from recruiting duties.
Cancer threat from oral sex
10:45 AM — A new cancer study has found that the sexually transmitted virus that causes cervical cancer also increases the risk of certain types of throat cancer among people infected through oral sex.According to the study unprotected oral sex is one of the major causes of a disease often associated with smoking and alcohol abuse.The study involved 100 participants with throat cancer and 200 without it.
Ellen can’t talk about being lesbian, claims star
10:37 AM — When Ellen DeGeneres came out ten years ago in an episode of her self-titled sitcom, she made history.She scored a ratings landslide and almost instantly became a target of the Christian Right.Her series was cancelled a year later due to sagging ratings.Ellen's back on top of the rating's heap thanks to her Emmy-winning daytime talk show.
Serial killer fear as two gay men murdered
10:25 AM — Police in Halifax, Nova Scotia issued a public warning on Friday for the city's gay community to protect themselves after two gay men were found murdered."Both victims were gay men who were known to frequent cruising areas in Halifax regional municipality," Deputy Chief Chris McNeil of Halifax Regional Police said in a statement to the media."We do not know if their sexual orientation or the cruising areas played a factor in their deaths."
Comment: The race divide splits the gay community 5
10:05 AM — There are places in America where segregation still exists.Blacks only associate with blacks, whites only associate with whites and neither the two shall meet.Racism still permeates the fabric of our very society. As the recent attacks on Barack Obama illustrate, no one is safe from scrutiny.
12th May 2007
Serbia win, Scooch manage not to come bottom 3
11:06 PM — Marija Šerifović of Serbia has won the Eurovision Song Contest with 288 votes.She is the daughter of Serbian singer Verica Šerifović and a Bosniak immigrant father from Turkey.Camp stars Scooch managed to score second from bottom with 19 points for the United Kingdom.As has become the norm of late, the Eastern European, Scandinavian and Balkan states voted for each other.
11th May 2007
Pakistan gripped by trans marriage case
3:11 PM — A couple in Pakistan are facing arrest after doctors concluded the groom was actually a woman, despite a sex change operation.Shumain Raj, 31, and Shahzina Tariq, 26, married last year, however last week Raj appeared in court to complain about threats from his wife's relatives, according to a judge Mohammed Sharif.A warrant was issued on Wednesday by the Lahore High Court after the medics charged with examining Raj submitted their report.
Bermuda pastor defends island over Rosie cruise 6
2:03 PM — A pastor in Bermuda has spoken out about the recent gay cruise cancellation saying the church had missed a "great opportunity" to show what good Christians they are.Reverend Wilbur Lowe, pastor of the Mount Zion AME church, felt the controversy over the Rosie O'Donnell gay family cruise was handled poorly by United by Faith, an organisation representing 80 churches in Bermuda.O'Donnell's company, R Family Vacations, cancelled the July 12 visit to Bermuda.
Trans activist takes up San Francisco police role
1:20 PM — The city where the modern political LGBT movement took root has elected an transgender woman as head of the police commission.Theresa Sparks will be the new President of the San Francisco Police Commission.Ms Sparks, who joined the commission in 2004, has a long history of advocating for the transgender community.
Russian MPs speak in favour of Moscow Pride 1
11:30 AM — A senior member of the Duma, the parliament of the Russian Federation, has condemned the ban on a gay Pride march in Moscow later this month.Alexei Mitrofanov, who represents the Liberal Democratic party, said the ban leads to very negative consequences for Russia.The homophobic mayor of Moscow has pledged he will never allow a gay march in his city, calling gay people "Satanic."
Gay board game is no trivial pursuit
10:51 AM — Do you know in which film Karen Black played a transsexual? How about where the saying "friend of Dorothy" comes?Well, if you don't, you better brush up on your gay history and fun facts because in the tradition of Trivial Pursuit, although no affiliation, there comes a new game called Homogenius.The game offers a novel way to ignite conversation and learn more about the gay community.
10th May 2007
City aims to shed homophobic image 1
3:41 PM — It seems some of Colorado Springs' residents have had enough of the city's anti-gay reputation.The city of nearly 2 million people is the second-largest in Colorado and home to several airforce bases and the home of NORAD, the North American Aerospace Defence Command.It is also noted for the concentration of religious groups such as Focus On The Family.
US state alters partner name-change rules
3:00 PM — Domestic partners in California may soon find it easier to change their last names, or make up a new family name.On Monday the state Assembly passed a measure that would ease the process of name-changing for same-sex couples.However, the measure must first be adopted by the state Senate, and also signed by California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, before it is made legal.
9th May 2007
Cardinal: homosexuality a form of prostitution 3
5:27 PM — The opposition of the Roman Catholic church to gay Pride parades reached a new low today when the Archbishop of Riga called homosexuality "total corruption in the sexual arena" and "an unnatural form of prostitution."An open letter from Cardinal Janis Pujats demands a referendum on the issue of same-sex marriage and calls on crowds of people to take to the streets of Riga to oppose the Pride march on June 3rd.The Cardinal calls gay Pride a "foreign-inspired action."
Gay parents just as good, government study finds 2
2:54 PM — An academic study into the impact of children being raised by gay parents found that children living with two mothers have the same social competence as a child raised by a straight couple.The 2003 report was only released by Canada's Justice Department after a freedom of information request by its author.Professor Paul Hastings of Concordia University was commissioned by the Liberal government as the country was discussing same-sex marriage, now legal in Canada.
Only bi because of jail time, tribunal rules
2:30 PM — A Pakistani man has been refused asylum in Australia and told that he was only bisexual because he was in a detention centre.Mr Humayun claims that as a Christian and bisexual he would be persecuted by his Muslim family if he was returned to Pakistan."I'm worried for my life if I am deported home," he said.
Quebec gay leader resigns aged 41
1:26 PM — When the Parti Québécois disappointed their supporters with a low result in the state elections in March, many blamed their leader, Andre Boisclair.Now Mr Bosclair, the first ever out gay man to lead a political party in North America, has resigned after only two years in the job.The PQ won just 36 of the province's 125 seats to finish in third place.