6th July 2007
Trans prisoner settles landmark civil rights lawsuit
12:30 PM — John Doe, a 2005 inmate of the Orange County Jail in California, today successfully settled a civil rights suit against the County resulting in significant policy changes and a settlement sum of close to $50,000 (£25,000).Doe, represented by San Diego law firm Stock Stephens, LLP and the Transgender Law Center (TLC), alleged denial of medical care and gender identity harassment in the suit.
Gay Pride planned for anniversary of seige of Leningrad
12:15 PM — LGBT Russians are planning to hold the gay Pride parade in St Petersburg on September 8, the anniversary of the start of the siege of Leningrad, one of the most dramatic episodes of World War II.Alexandra Polyanskaya, spokeswoman for the parade's committee said that the gay community are not uncomfortable about the parade been held on this date.This is despite the authorities opposing similar events in the past.
5th July 2007
Iraqi death squads use chat rooms to entrap gay men 3
5:32 PM — Two gay Iraqi men have survived kidnapping and beating by the violently homophobic Mahdi Army.The army is loyal to firebrand fundamentalist Shia cleric, Muqtada al-Sadr, who is fighting to establish an Islamist dictatorship in Iraq.Two months after their ordeal, traumatised Ahmed, 23, and Zaid, 24, both students in Baghdad University, have come forward to tell how they were lured into a trap by members of the Mahdi Army.
No breakaway church for opponents of gay acceptance
4:01 PM — Nigeria's Anglican Archbishop, Peter Akinola, has denied any ambition to lead a breakaway church, despite his strong opposition to his western colleagues in the Anglican dispute over gay priests.His conservative views towards gay marriage has made him a popular figure within the conservative wing of the church.He told the The Times: "That has never been on my mind. We are going nowhere."
Massive discrimination award for black lesbian firefighter
1:30 PM — A fire fighter who was harassed at work for being blakck, a woman and a lesbian was awarded $7.2m by a jury in her lawsuit against the Los Angeles Fire Department.Brenda Lee said that because of her race, gender and sexual orientation she was forced to do grueling exercises without proper precautions and was also at the end of offensive comments from department bosses.The harassment and mistreatment included someone mixing urine with her mouthwash, she said.
Mayor demands robotic toilets to stop cruising 1
12:01 PM — The mayor of the Florida city of Fort Lauderdale wants a robotic toilet that could prevent homosexual activity that he says haunts public restrooms on beach.Mayor Jim Naugle believes that robotic toilets will scare off gay cruisers.Mr Naugle told Sun-Sentinel: "We're trying to provide a family environment where people can take their children who need to use the bathroom."
4th July 2007
Bill Gates acquires major stake in gay publisher PlanetOut
10:40 PM — Just days after shares in Gay.com publisher, PlanetOut rose 20 per cent on Nasdaq, a company that invests the wealth of Microsoft founder Bill Gates, has purchased a major stake in the company.PlanetOut, which also owns the Adovocate and RSVP Cruises, floated in October 2004 at a share price of $9 (£4.48), it quickly rose to $14.26 (£7.10) in November. Tonight, shares closed up at $1.69 (£0.83), a marked improvement on its 52 week low of $0.86 (£0.43).
A photographic celebration of gay Pride
5:30 PM — An new online exhibition of photos of LGBT celebrations from cities around the world celebrates people's pride in their sexuality and identity.The Human Rights Watch online photo essay captures the courage, the exuberance, and the human faces of LGBT people's Pride marches on five continents, over more than a decade.The first photo documents the first-ever march to take place to celebrate LGBT people in the heart of Manila, Philippines in 1996.
Baseball team’s gay night annoys Christians
10:24 AM — For some reason whenever you get a group of gay people in a place outside of a club or a pride parade everyone seems to get up in arms.That is enhanced when the group is stepping on sacred ground where only "straight" people are allowed to go, and a sports arena is perceived to be as straight as you can get.This month Petco Park in San Diego is holding an event that has already gotten people riled up over what seemed like a simple idea.
Assault on trans woman not a hate crime 3
10:11 AM — A teenager has been found guilty of aggravated battery, but not of hate crime by a juvenile judge in Palm Beach Country, Florida, today.In June 2006, the then 17-year old beat a 39-year old trans-woman, according to his attorney out of self-defence.The woman claims that the teen was sexually aggressive towards her, although she had told him that she was not a biological woman.
3rd July 2007
Swedish sports minister to open Stockholm Pride
5:16 PM — Sweden's largest gay festival will kick off at the end of the month.Stockholm Pride will be celebrated with a sports theme this year, hosted by the Swedish minister for culture and sports, Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth.Famous for the colours of the rainbow that grace the city each year at this time, Stockholm is a welcoming place for all LGBT.The celebration of Pride is one of the most colourful events in the Scandinavian capital.
Isaiah Washington regrets using the F word 4
5:01 PM — Grey's Anatomy star Isaiah Washington has said that if he could do a repeat performance of the heated argument with former so-star Patrick Dempsey, he would have opted for the "n-word."Instead Washington used the word 'faggot' a choice that eventually led to him being dropped from the show.He claims that he was in fact referring to himself when he used the homophobic slur during the argument with Dempsey and not their co-star, T.R. Knight.
Gay journalist claims to be straight 5
4:49 PM — An award-winning gay journalist and activist as announced he is now an ex-gay.Michael Glatze founded the Young Gay America magazine and received awards such as the National Role Model Award from leading homosexual rights organisation Equality Forum.He also produced a well-received documentary film on suicides of gay teenagers in the US.
American Medical Association to protect trans people
4:16 PM — The organisation that represents doctors in the USA has voted to amend its non-discrimination policies to include transgender people.The American Medical Association's non-discrimination policies already included sexual orientation."Transgender patients, physicians and medical students continue to face discrimination around the country," Joel Ginsberg, executive director of the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association (GLMA), said.
EU sex advert amuses and outrages MEPs
4:10 PM — A short promotional film released by the EU to promote their support for European films has caused a ruckus among Euro MPs.Entitled Film Lovers Will Love This, The 44-second ad has been posted on YouTube, and features couples - including gay men and lesbians - having sex.Produced by the European Commission's communications unit, it features short clips from a range of films.
Travolta denies Scientology is homophobic 7
1:35 PM — Movie actor John Travolta has hit back at a gay journalist's assertion that Scientology advocates "curing" homosexuality.Kevin Naff, editor of the Washington Blade, criticised Mr Travolta for playing the lead in a re-make of camp classic film Hairspray. The original 1988 version starred a young Ricki Lake as Tracy Turnblad.
Woman too ‘masculine’ for the women’s bathroom
1:05 PM — Has anyone ever double-checked the door sign when they saw you standing in the bathroom?Then you are familiar with the bathroom issue many people who do not match certain stereotypical gender norms have to deal with.The reaction of a bouncer in New York City, who evicted a woman from the bathroom of a Mexican restaurant in Greenwich Village, still seems outrageous.
MEP receives award for moral courage
12:54 PM — The Pride Parade in Berlin took place last week and for the seventh time, the organisers recognised moral courage of individuals and organisations with the "Zivilcourage-Preis" (the Civil Courage Award.)Among those honoured was a German member of the European Parliament, Lissy Gröner.The Social Democrat is a vocal advocate for gay, lesbian and female rights and was first elected into the EU Parliament in 1989.
German scientists make HIV breakthrough
12:30 PM — In a remarkable discovery in the hunt for a cure for HIV, scientists in Germany may finally have found a way to remove HIV from infected cells, a study released today revealed.According to Science magazine, researchers working on the deadly virus have engineered an enzyme that attacks the HIV virus and cuts it out of the infected cell.Although the enzyme TRE is far from ready, it offers hope for the more than 40 million people around the world who are HIV+
2nd July 2007
Moscow Pride 2008 organisers invite Mayor of London
5:37 PM — Nicolas Alexeyev has welcomed comments from Mayor of London Ken Livingstone indicating he might be willing to attend next year's Moscow Pride.The Russian gay rights activist was one of the principal organisers of this year's banned gay rights march in Moscow.In an exclusive interview with PinkNews.co.uk to mark London Pride, Mr Livingstone said he would consider attending Moscow Pride in 2008, if it does not clash with his campaign to for re-election.