5th September 2007
Cardinal attacks homophobic radio station
12:02 AM — Poland's most influential cardinal has launched a broadside attack on a notorious radio station branded anti-Semitic and homophobic by its critics.Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz, the Archbishop of Krakow, spelt out fears that the position of the church in Poland was increasingly being confused with those of Radio Maryja, run by Fr Tadeusz Rydzyk - a Redemptorist monk."Pastoral work is gradually slipping out of bishops' control and into the hands of others," he said.
Comedian Jerry Lewis apologises for anti-gay joke 4
12:02 AM — Comedian Jerry Lewis has apologised for his use of an anti-gay joke during a fund-raising television broadcast for the Muscular Dystrophy Association."Oh, your family has come to see you. You remember Bart, your oldest son, Jesse, the illiterate fag.." Lewis said before stopping mid sentence, presumably realising that the joke may not be appropriate in a politically correct society.
4th September 2007
Dean tells US gays: ‘We’ll make the changes you’re looking for’ 1
5:11 PM — In a clear statement of intent Democratic party National Committee Chair and former leadership nominee Howard Dean has told US gays to vote for his party if they want to improve their legal rights."I think the message is pretty clear," he said. "Vote Democrat and we'll make the changes you're looking for."Mr Dean claimed a host of measures which protect gay rights and outlaw discrimination had been achieved because of the Democratic party.
Buenos Aires offers gay discount card
4:44 PM — Authorities in the Argentinean capital Buenos Aires have introduced a discount card for gay tourists.Card-holders can use the card at participating restaurants, hotels, medical emergency centres and even lawyers' offices.The cards are released as Buenos Aires enjoys an unparalleled influx of gay tourists, now constituting 10 to 15 percent of visitors to the city.
Gay Paris Mayor aims for second term 1
4:18 PM — Paris' openly gay Mayor, Bertrand Delanoe, has confirmed he will run for a second term and outlined a green, socially conscious programme for re-election."My programme is aimed at placing Paris ahead of the curve," Mr Delanoe told Le Parisien.The confirmation of his campaign has done little to stifle suggestions he could become 2012 presidential candidate for the Socialists, however.
Moscow court slams gay activists 1
2:14 PM — n attempt by gay activists to protest a ban on their parade last May has met with failure as Moscow's Tverskoy court rejected their case.The court ruled that successful attempts by the city authorities to ban the parade were legal.Event organiser and prominent gay leader Nikolai Alekseyev told Interfax the judge was challenged by plaintiffs during the hearing due to improper actions but the legal basis for the ban was nonetheless upheld.
South Korean military urged to change rules for transsexuals 2
12:50 PM — The military in South Korea has been urged by the National Human Rights Commission to change its physical examination procedures to avoid shaming transsexuals.The commission was hearing the case of a 29 year old transsexual, identified only as Kim, who reported being humiliated during his examination to establish whether he had to undergo compulsory military service.Kim had reported his change of sex on a family registry, in accordance with a landmark decision in June of last year by the Supreme Court which concluded family registries could be modified in the case of individuals undergoing female-to-male sex changes.
Line at County Recorder’s Office shows need for marriage equality
10:36 AM — New York-based Lambda Legal says the gay couples that lined up outside the Polk County Recorder's office at the end of last week show how important marriage equality is to same-sex couples in Iowa."We are deeply moved by how many same-sex couples rushed to the Recorder's office to apply for marriage licenses," Camilla Taylor, senior staff attorney in the Midwest Regional Office of Lambda Legal and counsel for the six couples in the lawsuit, said in a release."Same- sex couples all across Iowa woke up Thursday morning believing they might never be allowed to marry in their home state, and by the end of the day, a wonderful world had opened up for them.
3rd September 2007
US priest turns to Uganda to fight homosexuals 3
4:27 PM — Uganda's Anglican Church consecrated an American priest as bishop yesterday, in order for him to lead his own congregation in Virginia against homosexuality.It is the latest move in the struggle for gay recognition in the Anglican community, following the consecration of two American bishops to the Church of the Province of Kenya .Reverend John Guernsey will now look after the 33 parishes in the US which have agreed to come under the rule of the Province of the Church of Uganda.
Gay French rugby clubs unite as World Cup nears
4:27 PM — France's network of gay rugby clubs are closing ranks to challenge homophobic sentiment on and off the pitch as the World Cup gears up to its first match.French gay rugby clubs game relatively late to the game, sometime after the UK, South Africa and Australia started the trend, but they are intent on making up lost ground."It always surprises people when at the beginning of a match we introduce ourselves as a gay team, but once on the pitch, we earn the other side's respect," Christophe Solignac, trainer for the "Melee Alpine" (Alpine Scrum) team in Grenoble in the French Alps told AFP.
Pitt: ‘I love a gay story’ 1
3:16 PM — Brad Pitt has confirmed he has a special place in his heart for gay stories, during publicity for the release of his new film, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford.Answering questions from critics at the Venice Film Festival, where the film opened, Pitt appeared temporarily stunned when asked if the tale - a western - was actually a gay drama about the relationship between two men."If that's what works for you, it's absolutely fine," he replied.
Homophobic Mayor booted from Tourist Development Council 1
12:36 PM — Broward County commissioners in the US state of Florida have had enough of Fort Lauderdale Mayor Jim Naugle and decided to remove him from the Tourist Development Council because of his recent homophobic comments related to the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Broward.Commissioners, upset by the negative impact the Mayor's comments have had on tourism in the area, ousted the Mayor by unanimous vote late last week after repeated warnings asking the Mayor to cease his attacks on the gay community which have included the unfounded accusation that rampant gay sex in public restrooms has been fuelling Broward County's HIV/AIDS crisis.Joining the chorus of those in favour of Mayor's ouster was AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) who applauded the move by the Broward County commissioners.
Gay superhero comes to the rescue 3
12:16 PM — A force has arrived to bring hope to an industry starved of gay inspiration - Thom Creed.A new novel by Perry Moore, producer of the Chronicles of Narnia film series, aims to address the dearth of high-profile gay superheroes in the comic industry.Hero tells the story of Creed as he struggles to come to terms with his sexuality in high school while discovering he has new found superpowers.
29th August 2007
Gay Democrat congressman defends Republican, Larry Craig, following gay toilet scandal 3
11:30 PM — One of only two openly gay members of Congress has said that Idaho Republican Senator, Larry Craig, should resist calls from his party to resign, after being found guilty of disorderly conduct in a public toilet and being accused of being a hypocrite by gay rights activists.Barney Frank, Democrat Congressman for Massachusetts told the Associated Press: "What he did, it's hypocritical, but it's not an abuse of his office."
Hungarian radio station fires staff for posting anti-gay image
11:30 PM — A Hungarian radio station has fired two staffers for posting to the station's website a photo montage of a gay government official wearing a pink triangle and standing outside the Auschwitz concentration camp.The official in question, State Secretary Gabor Szetey, recently became the first openly gay government member in Hungary.The radio station, Lanchid Radio, removed the photo and apologised for the incident by releasing a statement that said: "The owners and managers of Lanchid Radio condemn what happened and apologise to State Secretary Gabor Szetey and to everyone who was offended by the picture in question."
Interview: Ten minutes with producer Lori Kaye, champion of lesbian reality TV
11:30 PM — For more than a decade, reality television producer, and Bronx native Lori Kaye has made her digs in sunny Los Angeles but the successful, Hollywood heavy-hitter is still rooted in good old east-coast sensibility.A once and future stand up comedian, Kaye has helped lesbians on reality television rise from the ranks of novelty or secondary characters to genuine stars.Now Kaye can add to her resume, which includes Joe Millionaire, The Ride: Seven Days to End Aids, Work Out and Curl Girls, the honor of being named one of Power Up's Ten Amazing Gay Women in Showbiz for 2007.
Shanghai landlords urged to shun same-sex couples
11:30 PM — New rules are being drafted in Shanghai urging landlords not to rent rooms to same-sex partners, according to Reuters.The city's housing bureau has issued a report advocating conservative restrictions on who should and should not be allowed to rent rooms.In addition to same-sex couples, unmarried couples were also included in the ambiguous report which does not make clear whether the new rules would merely become guidelines or be enforced by law.
Genghis Khan’s constitutional ban on homosexuality revealed 1
11:30 PM — Homosexual acts were punishable by death under Genghis Khan's rule, according to researchers who have spent over a year compiling the legendary Mongolian conqueror's code of laws.Xinhua News Agency has reported today that article 48 of what is believed to be the world's first constitution said men who "committed sodomy shall be put to death," according to Chinese researchers.
The New York Post asks: Are you a gay senator? 4
11:30 PM — The New York Post today published a Larry Craig inspired graphic sidebar.The spoof questionnaire offers to determine whether you are indeed a closeted gay Republican senator by asking questions such as "Do you immediately issue a statement denying involvement whenever there's a gay-sex scandal even if your name hasn't come up?" and "Do you take a 'wide stance' in public bathrooms?"
Bombing suspect turned hero dies
11:30 PM — Richard Jewell, accused by the media in 1996 of being the prime suspect the Atlanta Olympic Park bombing during that year's Olympic Games was found dead in his home in west Georgia. The true perpetrator, Eric Robert Rudolph, would later bomb a gay and lesbian nightclub, the Otherside Lounge also in Atlanta. Rudolph also bombed two abortion clinics.Jewell had been working as a private security guard for the Centennial Park during the Games.