13th April 2007
Riga Pride ban overturned
10:10 AM — Gay activists in Latvia were celebrating yesterday after a court ruled that the decision to ban a gay Pride march in 2006 was illegal."The right of the LGBT community to organise a march has been evaluated as having more importance than the desire of some other people to push a certain community out of the public arena by means of threats and violence."
12th April 2007
Gay bishop speaks in favour of gay unions
5:15 PM — Gene Robinson, an openly gay man whose appointment as Bishop of New Hampshire continues to cause controversy, has given evidence in favour of same-sex civil unions.Last week the New Hampshire House of Representatives voted to bring forward legal unions by a margin of two-to-one, and this week the state Senate will consider the bill."This legislation simply has nothing do to with religious bodies."
Lesbians released by Nepal rebels
4:06 PM — Two women working for an HIV/AIDS advocacy group in Nepal have been freed from a Maoist camp after a month in captivity.Dukhani Choudhary, 16, and Sarita Choudhury, 20, were taken by the rebels on March 2nd.During their detention they were interrogated about their relationship and pressured into returning to a heterosexual lifestyle.
Vatican’s gay attitude criticised by French contender
1:29 PM — A politician who is on course to become the next President of France has spoken out against the anti-gay rhetoric of the Roman Catholic church.Nicolas Sarkozy, the UMP candidate for the Presidency, has maintained a consistent lead over his main rival, the Socialist Segolene Royal.The first round of elections are held on 22nd April.
Homophobic violence at Jamaica funeral
1:01 PM — A funeral service in the Carribean island of Jamaica has been disrupted by a mob attempting to attack a group of mourners.The Easter Sunday funeral of Kirk Wayne Lester, a Jamaican businessman, was attended by "gay cross-dressers," reports Real Jamaica Radio.A mob surrounded the church and attacked people thought to be gay with knives, stones and bottles.
Pink’s attack on Bush banned from radio stations
12:00 PM — Singer Pink has spoken on American TV about her new song Dear Mr President, which has been unofficially banned from radio stations across the US.Appearing on the Jimmy Kimmel Live show, Pink said that the song, which attacks President Bush for his stance on gay rights and other policies, cannot even be discussed on air in many radio stations.She thanked the talk show host for being not afraid to let her perform Dear Mr President.
Presidential hopeful’s cancer “in remission”
11:35 AM — Fred Thompson announced yesterday that he has cancer.The veteran actor, best known for his work on TV show Law and Order, is considering running for the Republican nomination for President of the United States.In a statement, the 65-year-old said he has an indolent lymphoma which is not life-threatening.
11th April 2007
Gay adoption site sued for discrimination
5:09 PM — One of the largest adoption websites in the world is being sued for refusing to accept a listing from a gay couple.Michael Butler and Richard Butler, who live in California, took action against Arizona-based adoption.com and its owners, Nathan and Dale Gwilliam, in December 2003.The couple have finally been given permission by a judge to go to trial.
Presidential hopeful courts gay voters
1:14 PM — Democratic candidate for President of the United States John Edwards has been showing off his support among gay political donors.Edwards has released a list of 25 LGB supporters, among them David Mixner, a gay activist who raised millions of dollars for Bill Clinton's campaigns for the White House.The former Senator from North Carolina is making a play for the gay vote in the hotly-contested Democrat nomination for President.
Transsexual granted new legal identity without surgery
12:34 PM — A Spanish man who had his gender confirmed by civil officials.He is thought to be the first beneficiary of a new law that allows transsexual people to be legally identified as a sex different from that recorded at birth without having undergone gender reassignement surgery.50-year-old Julio Cuesta was granted official documents by the civil registry office in Valencia yesterday.
War veterans come out to oppose gay ban
12:13 PM — Three retired colonels and four captains in the United States military have publicly declared their homosexuality in a gay magazine and spoken out against the policy that bans LGB Americans from serving.The former officers, among them a chaplain and two female Navy Reservists, decided to come out in protest at comments from the current Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.General Peter Pace called lesbian, gay and bisexual service members "immoral."
Faded sitcom star apologises for gay rant 3
11:36 AM — Gay campaigners today condemned anti-gay remarks made this week by comedian and actress Roseanne Barr on a California radio station.In a discussion about families accepting their gay relatives, Barr said, "Never once in my 54 years have I ever once heard a gay or lesbian person who's politically active say one thing about anything that was not about them."They don't care about minimum wage, they don't care about any other group other than their own self."
US activists celebrate Ellen’s ten lesbian years
11:17 AM — In the United States, the 10-year anniversary of Ellen DeGeneres' coming out is being celebrated by the Gay Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD).DeGeneres appeared on the April 14, 1997, cover of Time magazine with the headline, "Yep, I'm Gay."Her onscreen character, Ellen Morgan came out as well during the April 30th 1997, episode of the ABC sitcom Ellen.
10th April 2007
Putin set to re-appoint Moscow mayor
6:03 PM — The homophobic mayor of Moscow may be re-appointed in the next few days.The 70-year-old politician, Yuri Luzhkov, has been mayor of the Russian capital since 1992.Media speculation in the Russian papers suggests that Luzhkov is looking to get re-elected without serious opposition.
HIV+ man detained for reckless transmission
2:01 PM — As many as twelve Australians may have been infected with HIV, after an HIV positive gay man used the internet to have unprotected sex.Stuart McDonald was detained in Glenside Hospital last week for recklessly endangering his sexual partners.McDonald found his sexual partners through Gaydar, the gay meeting website. His profile has now been removed.
Gays take part in White House Easter tradition
12:05 PM — Lesbian and gay families took part in the historic Easter Egg Roll at the White House yesterday.At a time when issues such as gay marriage and adoption rights are being contested all over America, the Family Pride Coalition encouraged hundreds of LGBT families to attend the annual Easter egg roll outside the Presidential residence.The tradition began in 1878 and is a day of fun and games for children of all ages.
Lesbian chainsaw murder trial excites press interest 1
11:47 AM — A small rural community in the United States is at the centre of media attention as more details of a gruesome murder emerge.A deaf, black lesbian woman is on trail for the murder of an alleged rival.Commentators are already discussing the possibility that Daphne Wright might become the first woman ever sentenced to death in the state of South Dakota.
Anti-gay Army recruiter suspended
10:05 AM — The Human Rights Campaign is commending the decision by the U.S. Army to suspend a recruiter and engage in an investigation into reports of recent anti-gay, racist remarks.The insulting comments were made to Corey Andrew, a gay, African-American man who was in talks with the recruiter about serving as an openly gay man."The announcement by the U.S. Army to suspend this recruiter until a complete investigation has taken place is a positive step."
6th April 2007
Swede donates TV fee to Riga Pride
12:00 AM — One of Sweden's most distinguished diplomats has donated his fee from presenting a gay TV series to Riga Pride.Sverker Åström, 88, is a former Swedish diplomat, ambassador and State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.Four years ago he came out in a newspaper interview.
Disney to offer “Fairy Tale” weddings to gay couples 3
12:00 AM — Disney has changed the policies of its Fairy Tale Wedding package to allow gay couples to hold their dream weddings at their two United States resorts and cruise line.The company did previously allow gay couples to organise their own ceremonies but barred them from their Fairy Tale package.Donn Walker from Disney Parks said: "We are updating our Fairy Tale Wedding guidelines to include commitment ceremonies."