14th June 2007
D-Day for gay marriage in Massachusetts
11:22 AM — Today lawmakers in the only US state to allow gay marriage will consider whether to call a referendum on changing the state constitutuion to ban it.Activists from both sides of the argument spent most of yesterday engaged in furious lobbying of members of the state legislature.A referendum of all Massachusetts voters on a change to the state's constitution needs the backing of a quarter of state lawmakers, in two successive sittings.
Ireland’s HIV infection rate up 45%
11:22 AM — 80 men who have sex with men were diagnosed as HIV positive in 2006, figures from Ireland's Gay Men's Health Project have revealed.The 2006 figure represents a increase of 45% on 2005 infections. Three-quarters of new cases are over 30 years old.The group are meeting today in Dublin Castle to consider strategies, to discuss best practice and to get advice from international experts.Junior health minister Sean Power opened proceedings.
L Word star highlights gay teen homelessness
11:00 AM — Gay and lesbian homelessness among youth is now considered an epidemic in the US, according to the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force.OurChart, he lesbian version of MySpace which takes its name from TV drama The L Word, is doing their part to focus some attention on the problem.The site has created a unique documentary, called My Address: A Look at Gay Youth Homelessness. The series features Katherine Moennig, who plays Shane on The L Word.
13th June 2007
Russian activists target “gay” park
6:03 PM — Religious and nationalist groups in Moscow have said they will patrol a small park in the city that they claim is used by gay men as a meeting place.Intelfax news agency reports that around 50 people gathered yesterday to "reclaim" the park and launch their campaign.The activists said they will ask people they suspect are gay to leave the park during their nightly patrols.
Congress celebrates Americans’ right to marriage
5:38 PM — The only openly lesbian member of the US Congress has highlighted the change in American attitudes towards marriage and asked that gay couples be given the same rights as straight citizens.A resolution authored by Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin passed the House of Representatives yesterday by unanimous consent commemorating the fortieth anniversary of the Loving v. Virginia decision.It ended the ban on interracial marriage in the United States and recognised that marriage is one of the "basic civil rights of man."
Anglican dissidents plan ‘parallel’ church
1:50 PM — Powerful conservative primates in the worldwide Anglican church plan to consecrate their own bishop to oversee American churches who oppose gay ordination.The move is in direct defiance of the Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, who wants to try to reconcile the differences in the feuding Anglican communion.Last month Archbishop Williams took the symbolic step of excluding Gene Robinson, the openly gay Bishop of New Hampshire, from the Lambeth conference.
China uses gay bars to spread safe sex message
12:05 PM — Free condoms, AIDS awareness posters and even safe-sex themed dance performances are some of the tools being used by venue owners in Beijing to educate their patrons about the dangers of HIV.Staff will be offered bonuses for educating gay men about safe sex in a joint campaign in nineteen of the city's gay bars.According to the Chinese CDC, the number of HIV-positive MSM has doubled since 2004, with only 10-20% of China's estimated 20 million MSM using condoms.
Teenage lesbians upset after bus ejection
11:55 AM — Two 14-year-old girls were kicked of a bus in Oregon for kissing have gone public about the humiliating incident.Maika Rich and Jocelyn O'Neal told KATU-TV that they were on a bus headed to the Sexual Minority Youth Recreation Centre last Friday.A passenger complained to the driver that they had been kissing. He ordered them to stop, calling them "sickos." When the girls then hugged he told them to get off.
Gay gun enthusiast ejected from Pride 1
11:40 AM — Pro-gun activist David Nelson was ejected from last week's Utah Pride festival by its organisers, security and law-enforcement officers for possessing an unconcealed firearm.Nelson, who owns the gay group Stonewall Shooting Sports of Utah, has filed a complaint with city Police Chief Chris Burbank against Lt. Rusty Isakson for what Nelson described as "grossly and specifically violative of state weapons laws.""As a state Concealed Firearm Permit holder, I possessed and carried my firearm unconcealed, but holstered, at the event," Nelson said.
Presidential candidates give support to equal rights
11:31 AM — The Human Rights Campaign have released their 2008 Democratic candidate questionnaire outlining where the announced candidates for President stand on issues important to the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community.The Human Rights Campaign, the largest gay civil rights organisation in the US, released the questionnaires along with a report card based upon the candidates' responses in order to assist pro-equality voters in determining the public policy positions of the candidates.
12th June 2007
US military proposed weapon to turn enemy troops gay 15
1:01 PM — Documents obtained under freedom of information laws in the United States have confirmed that the country's military considered developing a "gay bomb."In 1994 the US Air Force research department requested $7.5m to create a weapon that would release a chemical causing enemy soldiers to become sexually attracted to each other.The proposal described the weapons as "distasteful but completely non-lethal." Pentagon officials blocked the project.
Swedish government falls out over gay marriage 1
12:25 PM — The Swedish Prime Minister is facing a revolt from his own party because he will not commit to new legislation to allow gay couples to marry.The country's coalition government is split on the issue.Fredrik Reinfeldt's conservative Moderate party have so far not decided to support further rights for gay people, but eight MPs, including one Cabinet minister, are threatening to resign over the issue.
Openly gay sailor could serve a third time 1
11:15 AM — The United States Navy has again assigned an openly gay sailor to duty in the Individual Ready Reserves (IRR).Former Petty Officer 2nd Class Jason Knight, a Hebrew linguist recently deployed to Kuwait, has been placed on IRR duty until April 2009, despite publicly "coming out" in national media outlets and being told he would receive a "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" dismissal.Knight's dismissal form, also called a DD-214, again lists his reason for dismissal as 'Completion of Service,' and places him in the IRR.
Ireland’s population is 6% gay, survey finds 1
11:00 AM — An estimated 6% of Irish adults are believed to be lesbian or gay, and results from the first ever market research measurement of the lifestyles and spending power of Ireland's 200,000 lesbians and gay men are about to be released.The new research will shed new light on gay community lifestyle and marketing issues. A new gay market research report is about to uncover Ireland's gay and lesbian communities.
11th June 2007
Jewish holy men curse Jerusalem Pride 1
4:39 PM — A group of orthodox rabbis have placed a curse on an upcoming gay parade in the Israeli capital, and vowed to hold a massive rally in protest next week.The rabbis, from the Eda Haredit sect, made a statement about the event yesterday. At the 2005 Pride event in Jerusalem a member of the sect stabbed three of the participants.Police will announce tomorrow if they will allow next week's gay event to go ahead.
More death threats for anti-gay bishop
4:17 PM — An Italian bishop who compared moves to give gay couples some rights to incest and child abuse has received three bullets and a threat against his life in the post.Archbishop Angelo Bagnasco's cathedral was attacked by vandals in April.He was placed under police guard after he was sent a bullet in the post later that month, accompanied by a picture of the Archbishop defaced with a swastika.
Gay media attracting record advertising dollars
3:55 PM — Advertising spending in the American gay and lesbian press has grown at almost three times the rate of consumer magazines over the past ten years.According to the Gay Press Report, ad spending in gay and lesbian publications the US last year reached a record $223.3 million (£113m), an increase of 5.2 percent over 2005 and an increase of 205 percent since 1996.During the same 10-year period, ad revenues for all consumer magazines increased by only 47 percent.
Americans more tolerant of gays
3:40 PM — A recent survey conducted by Gallup has found that US public "tolerance" toward gay rights has made a bit of a comeback.When Americans were first asked in 1977 whether gay relations should be legal, just 43 percent of respondents answered in the affirmative.By the middle of 2003, the number had jumped to 60 percent, only to plummet (to 50 percent) after the Supreme Court struck down a Texas sodomy law in June of that same year.
Three million party for gay rights in Brazil
3:30 PM — The world's largest Pride event has taken place in Sao Paulo.Three million revellers packed the streets of the Brazilian city in what officials have called the largest parade in the world.Police have confirmed the crowd figures, outstripping last year's turnout of 2.5 million.Parade organiser Nelson Matias Pereira told AP this year's participants are appealing for a "world where racism, sexism and homophobia, in all their forms, no longer exist."
Moscow Pride organiser convicted of disobeying police 1
3:15 PM — Nicolas Alexeyev, the main organiser of last month's banned Moscow Pride event, has been found guilty by a Russian court of breaching traffic rules by not obeying orders from police.He was fined £20, but said he would not pay the fine, claiming the court had not accepted video evidence proving that he and other gay rights activists had not broken the law.Gay rights advocates had attempted to deliver a letter of protest to the office of the Mayor of Moscow on the day of the banned march, May 27th.