7th February 2007
Mandela’s prison island to host gay marriage 1
12:15 PM — This year's St Valentine's Day mass marriage ceremony on Cape Town's historic Robben Island will be the first in the event's history to accommodate a same-sex couple.Since the initiative's inauguration in 2000, the Robben Island Museum has played cupid to over 120 couples wishing to tie the knot on Valentine's Day.Marriage officers will wed a same-sex couple for the first time this year.
Man denied asylum for not having teenage sex 2
10:58 AM — A refugee from Nicaragua has been denied asylum in Canada because he could not prove he is gay.The Immigration and Refugee Board said that as Alvaro Antonio Orozco was not sexually active as a teenager, it was impossible to verify his sexuality.Mr Oroxco's lawyer accused the IRB of stereotyping gay teenagers as more sexually active than their heterosexual counterparts.
Gay marriage banned again by Australian government 4
10:29 AM — The attorney-general of Australia has confirmed that the federal government will block plans by one of the country's territories to legalise same-sex civil partnerships.Philip Ruddock said that the traditional marriage ceremony would be threatened by granting marital rights to gay people, an argument used repeatedly by Liberal party politicians.He also said that the Australian Capital Territory law would be a threat to minors.
6th February 2007
Mars pulls homophobic ad campaign 1
5:12 PM — An advertising campaign that featured American football stars showing disgust at the idea of two men kissing has been abandoned by Mars Inc.An advert for Snickers was aired during CBS television's coverage of the Super Bowl on Sunday.It showed two mechanics eating from opposite ends of a Snickers bar and, after their mouths touch, ripping out their chest hair in an attempt to "do something manly."
Matthew Shepard’s mum upset by Snickers advert 1
1:38 PM — The Matthew Shepard Foundation today strongly condemned an ad campaign by Snickers.The campaign was launched during CBS television's Super Bowl programming on Sunday and was watched by tens of millions of Americans.It shows two mechanics eating from opposite ends of a Snickers bar and, after their mouths touch, ripping out their chest hair in an attempt to "do something manly."
Russian politician backs Pride ban 4
11:49 AM — A senior figure in Russian President Vladimir Putin's government has openly backed the Moscow mayor's recent decision to ban the gay parade in the capital city for the second year in a row.Alexander Chuyev, deputy chairman of the State Duma Committee for Public Associations and Religious Organisations, made his remarks on a television show, insisting that he could see nothing wrong in banning a parade which he regarded as "propaganda" and "dangerous".
Gay bloggers denounce Snickers stunt 1
11:35 AM — A Snickers bar so scrumptious is brings two men into a full blown lip lock: A step forward for the gay community on television, until you see the reaction that follows.Fans of the peanut-based confectionery are encouraged to go to the Snickers website and vote on alternative endings to a commercial.The scenario finds two car mechanics munching through opposite ends of a Snickers bar until they meet in a passionate kiss.
Clerk’s Valentines protest at gay inequality
10:48 AM — A county clerk-recorder in California is to hand out "certificates of inequality" to gay couples on Valentine's Day.United Press International reports that Freddie Oakley designed the certificates herself.She said she believes she should be able to give gay couples marriage licences.
Closeted gay hip hop stars to feature in expose
10:01 AM — A former producer at MTV has sold his memoirs to a publisher, and claims they will blow the lid off the secret gay world of hip hop.Terrance Dean's book, Hiding in Hip-Hop: Confessions of a Down Low Brother in the Entertainment Industry sold to Atria last week, according to eurweb.comThe book is due for publication next year.
5th February 2007
American public want gays in the military
2:55 PM — A new poll of Americans has revealed that nearly half do not support the current US military policy of barring openly gay people from serving.The Harris Interactive survey, conducted last month, found that 55% of the 2,337 people questioned felt openly gay, bisexual or lesbian personnel should be allowed to serve, reports the Wall Street Journal. Only 18% of respondents felt that gay people should not be allowed to serve at all.
Evangelicals embrace Haggard’s rentboy
11:11 AM — The former prostitute whose outing of New Life Church founder Ted Haggard led to his dismissal paid a visit last Sunday to the megachurch.The Christian Broadcasting Network reports that Mike Jones was warmly greeted by members of the congregation."A couple of ladies cried when they were touching me," Jones said.
Priests could be locked up, fears Catholic commentator 10
10:50 AM — A leading Roman Catholic journalist has said he is concerned that laws protecting gay and lesbian people from discrimination could lead to prison for some clergy.John L Allen is an expert commentator on Vatican affairs for CNN and is known for his objectivity.He has published two books about the current Pope.
Nepal grants dual gender citizenship
9:40 AM — A 40-year-old in Nepal has been granted citizenship as both a man and a woman. It is thought up to 400 other Nepalese are seeking the same dual recognition.Chanda Rani received the official government document last week, where Rani's gender is listed as both male and female, announced the Blue Diamond Society, a gay rights group in Nepal."This is a landmark victory in our struggle," said Sunil Panta, president of the society.
2nd February 2007
Lesbian couple has Mexican state’s first gay wedding 1
11:27 AM — A lesbian couple have become Mexico's first state recognised same-sex married couple.25-year-old Karina Almaguer and 30-year Karla Lopez travelled to Saltillo, Coahuilla from their home state of Tamaulipas, the only Mexican state to recognise gay marriage.The ceremony was witnessed by Coahuilla congresswoman Julieta Lopez.
Sex offender posed as school boy for two years, police claim 1
10:39 AM — A 29-year-old man who had previously been convicted of sex offences shaved his entire body hair and used make-up to cover up stubble posed as a 12-year-old boy for two years, police in Arizona claim.Neil Havens Rodreick II, who is five foot eight, posed as school boy Casey Price at the Imagine School in Phoenix, Arizona, for four months, before being expelled for poor attendance.
1st February 2007
Mary Cheney stands up for her bump 1
5:22 PM — The daughter of US Vice President Dick Cheney has spoken publicly about her pregnancy, calling her child a blessing from God.While the imminent birth of a grandchild for Mr Cheney would not at first seem a matter of public controversy, Mary Cheney is gay.Conservative and Christian groups have questioned whether Ms Cheney and her partner of 15 years, Heather Poe, will make suitable parents.
Australian government propose new homophobic law 3
4:50 PM — The federal government of Australia is to bring forward legislation that will ensure that foreign children adopted by a same-sex couples will not be recognised as having two parents.An amendment the Family Law Act will bar any legal recognition in Australia of adoptions by same-sex couples which have taken place in other countries.Senator Andrew Bartlett and gay activist Rodney Croome drew attention to the proposed new law on their blogs.
Putin: gays responsible for low birth rate 3
12:30 PM — The President of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Putin, avoided a question about the comments by Moscow's mayor that gay people are Satanic.Instead Mr Putin joked that Russia's low birth rate may be due to homosexual people.At a news conference in the Kremlin, the President gave his backing to mayor Yuri Luzhkov, who has spoken of his hatred for gay and lesbian people on many occasions.
31st January 2007
London unites with Riga Pride
5:14 PM — The gay and lesbian communities of London and Riga are to come together in a unique twinning partnership to support equality and tolerance in the two capital cities.Pride London and the Mayor of London will sign a statement of unity with Riga Pride at a ceremony in the Latvian capital next month.Last July the gay and lesbian community in Riga were banned from celebrating Pride and suffered violent oppression from homophobic mobs.
Canada lifts same-sex immigration ban 1
3:27 PM — Canadians who married their gay or lesbian partners abroad will now be able to sponsor their immigration to Canada.The government has rescinded a policy that banned same-sex married couples from being treated equally to heterosexual spouses.Opposition MP Bill Siksay announced on Tuesday that the government had decided to remove the discriminatory immigration directive and treat gay and straight couples equally in this regard.