5th November 2007
Howard declines to say who would “turn him” gay 2
12:32 PM — The Prime Minister of Australia was asked an unusual question on the election campaign trail yesterday: Who would you turn gay for?68-year-old John Howard was campaigning at a shopping mall in Gosford, New South Wales, when "jeans shop worker" Danielle tackled him about that particular big issue.The PM laughed off the question, but his consistent refusal to grant equal rights for gay and lesbian Australians has been less easy to avoid.
Offensive licence plate must be removed
12:14 PM — A gay man in the US state of Virginia may be forced to remove his car licence plates because they spell out the word 'poofter.'David Phillips has had the plates for eleven years, and has complained that the word is only offensive to English people and Virginians would not understand its meaning.According to the Washington Post, he first heard the word used by performer Boy George in a TV interview and liked it.
Gay teenagers are homecoming couple 1
11:45 AM — A gay couple have made school history in the United States by being the first-ever elected homecoming prince and prince.Brandon Raphael and Kiernan Gatewood, both 16, wore sashes proudly proclaiming their royalty as they rode through the city of Davis, California, in the school's annual homecoming parade.According to the Sacramento Bee, "They stood in the back of a pick-up truck, arm-in-arm, smiling warmly despite the rain."
Comment: How to get your partner into gayming
11:05 AM — This probably sounds funny, especially to anyone who knows me even remotely, but I knew I was a video gamer long before I knew I was gay.That's quite a feat when you consider I surrounded myself with Strawberry Shortcake dolls before the Nintendo Entertainment System caused me to throw them in the trash.It's funny how both childhood interests garner similar responses from my gay friends and acquaintances: confused looks, barely contained chuckles, catty under-the-breath comments.
Can Singapore Airlines really ban the mile high club?
10:55 AM — All the elements are there for those who have been dying to enter the "mile-high-club" in style, but Singapore Airlines has put the kibosh on any plans randy passengers might have for raunchy trysts at 35,000 feet aboard its new A380 superjumbo jets.Though their new A380 offers private first class suites featuring the world's first airborne full-sized beds, Singapore Airlines has made it clear that inflight sexual relations in the new luxurious cabins are not welcome."All we ask of customers, wherever they are on our aircraft, is to observe standards that don't cause offence to other customers and crew," the airline told Reuters in a statement.
2nd November 2007
Dead parents better than gay ones says Romney 134
5:20 PM — A candidate for the Republican party nomination for President of the United States has said that he thinks a child would be better off with a dead parent rather than a gay one.Mitt Romney, a former Governor of Massachusetts, was speaking at a college in rural Iowa.Asked what he would say to a gay couple wanting to get married, he pointed out his support for a change to the US Constitution to bar gay and lesbian Americans from marriage.
Analysis: Martina defends her freedom of speech 1
2:25 PM — For 26 years Martina Navratilova has been a bright beckon of hope for gay athletes as she faced criticism, controversy and scrutiny over her decision to come out to the world.This month, the outspoken advocate voiced her opinions about the political climate in the United States in Tennis Magazine after a reporter jokingly said she should go back the Czech Republic.In her career, she has captured 18 Grand Slam Singles Titles, an all time record of 31 Grand Slam Doubles Titles.
Commonwealth meeting could promote homophobia 10
12:48 PM — Members of Parliament in Uganda have urged the country's government to speak out against gay rights at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) next month.One MP, demanding a "clamp down" against lesbian and gay Ugandans, said that the international event, to be held in the capital later this month, would be a good opportunity to "send a clear message that gays are not welcome in Uganda."Ishaa Otto, speaking at a press conference earlier this week, claimed that the gay community is growing.
Hate church given taste of own medicine 2
11:03 AM — In what some may see as an example of karma, the family of Reverend Fred Phelps awoke this morning to a pair of messages spray painted to a sign and a fence on the grounds of their Kansas church.The message on the sign said, "God hates the Phelps," while the message on the fence read, "God hates intolerance," according to a report from the ABC television station in Topeka, Kansas.Topeka Police were called to the Phelps compound, which houses the family's Westboro Baptist Church, around 10 a.m. yesterday morning.
1st November 2007
Australian “family values” party in new gay scandal
11:35 AM — The leader of a minor political party in Australia has had to apologise for one of his candidates who tried to out an electoral rival.In the Courier Mail newspaper, Family First candidate for the Leichhardt constituency in Queensland Ben Jacobsen said the voters had a right to know if his Liberal opponent Charlie McKillop is a lesbian."The voters might not give a rat's if a candidate is gay, but they have a right to know who you'll bat for," said Mr Jacobsen.
Pope to meet Saudi King Abdullah 4
11:10 AM — The leader of the Roman Catholic Church is to hold meetings with the head of state of Saudi Arabia.Tuesday's meeting between Benedict XVI and King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz will be the first between a Pope and a Saudi ruler.The King has been on a controversial state visit to the United Kingdom, which ended today.
Irish government to introduce civil partnerships 12
10:45 AM — The Irish Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform has announced that the government will introduce a bill to legalise civil partnerships by March 2008.While opposing a similar bill put forward by the opposition Labour party yesterday, Brian Lenihan said that details would follow soon.He confirmed that in the government's opinion the special place of marriage in the Irish Constitution there would be no moves to legalise gay marriage.
Gay basketball star asks for allies and friends
10:26 AM — Retired professional basketball player John Amaechi is the star of a 20-second public service announcement (PSA) released today in the US by the Gay Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) to mark the beginning of the 2007-08 professional basketball season.The PSA is the fifth installment of GLAAD's new public education campaign that encourages viewers to "Be an Ally a Friend."The British-born athlete made history in February when he became the first former NBA player to come out publicly.
Republican resigns amid gay sex scandal 7
10:15 AM — A Washington state lawmaker who was caught with his pants down earlier this week - figuratively and literally - has resigned.On Monday Republican State Representative Richard Curtis told a local newspaper, The Columbian, "I have not had sex with a guy," the guy in question being Cody Castagna, a 26-year-old waiter from the Spokane area.Originally, Curtis told police he was the victim of an extortion attempt by Castagna at the posh Davenport Tower hotel on October 26th.
Hate church loses Marine funeral case 5
10:02 AM — A jury in the United States has awarded the father of a Marine whose funeral was targeted by Fred Phelps' anti-gay group nearly $11m in damages.It is the first individual lawsuit brought against Westboro Baptist Church (WBC) for its protests at military funerals.Albert Snyder claimed that protesters from the Kansas-based anti-gay group destroyed his only chance to bury in peace the son he lost in Iraq.
31st October 2007
Gay workplace protection law stalls in Congress
3:24 PM — The Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) was due to come before lawmakers this week, but a slew of other business has delayed its passage, as arguments about trans protections continue.Attempts by a lesbian lawmaker in the US Congress to include trans people in new workplace legislation may fail to gain support from Democrats.Many of the Democrats elected for the first time last November do not want ENDA to include protections for trans people, fearful of a backlash from conservatives.
Pride petrol bomber charged with hate crime
3:00 PM — Prosecutors in Croatia yesterday charged a 25-year-old with a hate crime for attempting to throw petrol bombs at a Pride parade.Identified only as Josip S, he is the first person accused of a hate crime in the country since they became an offence under the country's Penal Code in 2006.Police spotted him at the Pride event on 7th July with petrol bombs but he fled the scene. He was later arrested.
Irish gays drum up support for civil unions 13
2:45 PM — The leading gay organisation in the Republic of Ireland has called on all political parties in the country to support a bill legalising same-sex civil unions.The opposition Labour party are to re-introduce the legislation in the Dáil, the Irish parliament, this evening.Eoin Collins, director of policy change at the Gay and Lesbian Equality Network (GLEN) said the proposed new legislation was a significant step.
Comment: It’s STILL Elementary
1:35 PM — Academy award-winning director Debra Chasnoff on teaching American schoolchildren about LGBT people. When we released our film, It's Elementary - Talking About Gay Issues in Schools, a decade ago, the teachers featured in the documentary were breaking new ground by finding ways to talk to their elementary and middle school students about lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.The educators we found were rarities. Most teachers had never considered having such conversations.
Hillary pledges AIDS funds if elected
11:21 AM — Senator Hillary Clinton pleased HIV and AIDS groups late last week by pledging that, if elected President, she will provide at least $50 billion for the fight against AIDS by 2013 and will "make significant progress toward providing an additional one percent of the U.S. budget to fighting poverty in impoverished countries."Religious and community leaders belonging to two groups, Iowans for AIDS Action and New Hampshire Fights AIDS, have been pressing presidential candidates to sign the "Presidential Pledge for Leadership on Global AIDS and Poverty."