13th August 2007
Rise in HIV infections leads Japanese government to support Pride
11:02 AM — A small but happy crowd of 3,000 people marched through the streets of Tokyo at the weekend as the city celebrated its sixth Pride event.For the first time, a Japanese government department took part alongside city officials and many colourful floats.The Health, Labour and Welfare Ministry took part to highlight the dangers of AIDS. The number of infections in Japan continues to rise, partly because being gay is still a taboo within society.
Presidential candidate backtracks over gay choice answer
10:51 AM — The Governor of New Mexico and Democratic Presidential hopeful Bill Richardson shifted into damage control mode on Friday, admitting that he "screwed up" when he said being gay was a choice during Logo's televised Presidential forum on gay rights.Richardson apologised to the gay community during interviews with Michelangelo Signorile, host of a SIRIUS Satellite Radiow show OutQ; Kerry Eleveld, news editor of The Advocate; and Andrew Belonsky, editor of the blog Queerty.com
Lutherans choose middle path on gay clergy
10:25 AM — America's largest Lutheran denomination on Saturday urged its bishops to refrain from disciplining gay ministers who are in committed same-sex relationships, but rejected measures that would permit the further ordination of gays churchwide.Those in favour of full inclusion of gays were still encouraged, calling the resolution a powerful statement in support of clergy with same-sex partners.Conservative group Lutheran CORE was critical of the vote.
10th August 2007
Memorial to hate crimes victims launched 1
5:03 PM — A gay group in the United States of America is planning a memorial that will commemorate LGBT people murdered because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.The scheme has the support of many public figures, including Democrat US Representative Barney Frank and novelist Chris Rice.The Gay American Heroes foundation aims to inform the public about hate crimes against LGBT people and inspire greater appreciation and acceptance of diversity.
PlanetOut moves to integrate online and print businesses
4:45 PM — Restructuring continues at one of America's most prominent gay media companies, with the departure of Bob Allen, chief of magazine titles Out and The Advocate. PlanetOut CEO Karen Magee announced his exit from the company as part of a plan to return the company to financial stability and profitability.Last month a company that invests the wealth of Microsoft founder Bill Gates purchased a major stake in PlanetOut, rescuing them from bankruptcy.
“Not gay enough” refugee loses his appeal
4:17 PM — A refugee from Nicaragua who was denied asylum in Canada because he could not prove he is gay has been deemed safe to return for a second time by immigration officials.As Alvaro Antonio Orozco was not sexually active as a teenager, it was impossible to verify his sexuality.He has gone into hiding, and his only hope of remaining in Canada is an intervention from the Immigration Minister.
Analysis: 2008 candidates jockey for vital gay votes 3
2:43 PM — There was one jaw-dropping moment in last night's presidential forum on gay issues, and several lean-in-close moments too.While there were no major shifts in previously stated positions, the forum served at least two useful purposes for LGBT voters.It pressed six of the eight Democratic candidates in an unprecedented way on gay-related issues, and gave those candidates an opportunity to make their case for why gay voters should prefer them over the others.
Nigerian men could face death penalty for ‘gay marriage’ 21
1:35 PM — 18 men have been arrested at a hotel in northern Nigeria and charged with sodomy.The men, who were detained by police on Sunday, come from different parts of Nigeria and were allegedly dressed in women's clothes. They had come together to celebrate a gay 'marriage,' according to the NAN government news agency.The arrests took place in Bauchi city, the capital of a Muslim state in the centre of Nigeria with a population of 316,000.
TURING: An awkward trip to the seaside part 2
1:08 PM — The beach, like its counterparts around the planet, had a not-so-remote area infamously devoted to nightly cruising.No, it wasn't exactly gay cruising, should the readers misconstrue.It was a place where the society's rejected had an unenviable existence. They earned money by prostituting their minds and bodies for the amusement of patriarchal men — gay and straight.
City bans all school History Months over gay row
11:24 AM — When pupils return to school in Philadelphia this September, thanks to protests and threats to the school district, there will be no Gay and Lesbian History Month.Officials said they took the decision to keep kids safe and that the threats had worried them.But they also took the principled step of withdrawing recognition from similar history events, among them Hispanic Heritage Month and Asian Pacific American Month.
Highs and lows of Presidential debate for gays 3
10:55 AM — In the minutes following the historic, first ever presidential forum on LGBT rights and issues presented jointly by Logo and the HRC, those who turned out to see how the six democratic presidential hopefuls did with the issues are readying their battle cries.Barack Obama supporters are gathered at Area in Hollywood, Hillary Clinton's camp is scattered around The Abbey and John Edwards, long thought to be a distant third in the race, gained some definite ground with LGBT voters tonight.
9th August 2007
Science and religion clash over Russian schools 5
6:05 PM — A representative of the Russian Orthodox Church has warned of the dangers of science taking too prominent a role in the education system.According to The Associated Press, Father Vsevolod Chaplin said that teachers should inform children not to follow the vicious examples of "homosexuals and prostitutes."His comments came during a debate between leading figures of the religious and scientific communities.
Lesbian murders overshadow National Women’s Day 1
3:35 PM — While South Africa celebrates National Women's Day, the debate about homophobia in the country has intensified since the recent murders of several lesbians.Sizakele Sigasa, 34, an activist for HIV/AIDS and LGBT rights, and Salome Masooa, 24, were discovered dead at field in Soweto, Johannesburg, on July 8th.Human Rights Watch has sent a letter to Thabo Mbeki, the South African President, stating that recent killings have highlighted that the constitution's promise of equal protection is not being fulfilled.
Outed popstar says life in the closet was scary 1
1:22 PM — An Australian popstar who was accidentally outed by a radio host has spoken of the stress of life in the closet.Antony Callea was runner-up in Australian Idol and has subsequently had the highest-selling single in Australian chart history with The Prayer.The singer's sexuality was blurted out by traffic reporter Vic Lorusso. In March he accidentally revealed on air that his male friend's partner was in fact the Aussie heartthrob.
Australian government deny trans passport requests
12:11 PM — The Foreign Minister of Australia has reversed a policy whereby trans people could obtain a passport stating their "intended sex."The new arrangements were introduced without any consultation and only came to light when a pre-operative trans woman was turned away from the Passport Office in Sydney two weeks ago. SX magazine reports that Stefanie Imbruglia, a cousin of singer Natalie, attempted to obtain a temporary passport so she could travel to Thailand for gender reassignment surgery.
Organisers hope for a trouble-free Tallinn Pride
11:45 AM — The co-ordinator of Tallinn Pride has shared her hopes that this Saturday's parade will be a peaceful event.The parade will be the finale of a week of events celebrating the LGBT community in the Estonian capital and there are expectations that around 500 people will march.Last year's parade was marred by violence. 15 people were injured after being attacked by groups of skinheads with sticks and stones.
8th August 2007
More than 90% of gay Americans voted in 2004 election
7:01 PM — A study into the voting patterns of the American gay community has discovered extremely high voter turnout at the last Presidential election.The report, released the day before Democratic candidates for the 2008 race hold their first ever debate for the gay community, shows that a massive 92.5% of gay male respondents said they voted in the 2004 Presidential election and nearly 83.8% voted in the mid-term Congressional elections in 2006.90.7% of lesbians who took part reported that they voted in 2004 and 78% said they voted in 2006.
Central American gay activists suffer institutionalised hate
6:45 PM — Defenders of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights in Honduras and Guatemala are being subjected to state-sponsored harassment, death threats and other attacks.The attitude that they are often met with is that they 'get what they deserve.'Although homosexuality is legal in both countries, a new report from Amnesty International has revealed a catalogue of injustices.
Dissident Anglicans want church property 1
4:07 PM — Three churches in Los Angeles that rejected the authority of their diocese over the ordination of a gay bishop are asking the California Supreme Court to give them control of parish properties.The parishes of All Saints in Long Beach, St. David's in North Hollywood and St. James' in Newport Beach placed themselves under the jurisdiction of the Ugandan Anglican Church when they split from the LA diocese. Lower courts had sided with the parishes, who argued they were being victimised for their views on gay clergy.
YMCA family membership dispute not resolved
3:13 PM — A YMCA in Des Moines, Iowa has expanded their definition of a family to include those who they consider to "function as a family," after a five-year dispute with a lesbian couple was ruled on by the city's Human Rights Commission.In 2002 Sandra Patton-Iman and her partner had their family membership revoked when a YMCA employee decided that they did not to conform to the organisation's definition. The YMCA offered them a 'member plus' form of membership instead, at the same cost as a family membership.