5th October 2007
Mystery death of lesbian solider in Afghanistan
10:10 AM — Senior American politicians and a group fighting for gay rights in the military have called for an investigation into the suspicious death of Specialist Ciara Durkin, a lesbian service member with the Massachusetts Army National Guard.Specialist Durkin's body was discovered on September 27th at Bagram Airbase in Afghanistan with a gunshot wound to the head.She was set to return from duty in January to marry her partner. Same-sex marriage is legal in Massachusetts.
4th October 2007
Christians are ‘anti-homosexual’ according to US poll
6:30 PM — A survey in the United States conducted by the Barna Group between 2004 and now has found that both Christians and non-Christians have a 'bad impression' of Christianity.The religion is also waning in popularity with a rapid increase in people describing themselves as 'non-Christian' since the same poll was conducted in 1996.Surveying 440 Christians and the same amount of non-believers, nine out of ten non-Christians found Christians too "anti-homosexual."
Gay penguins top of the challenged book list
6:05 PM — A children's book about two male penguins who hatched and raised a young female named 'Tango' has topped a list of the most challenged books in public and school libraries in the US.And Tango Makes Three, by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell is based of the true story of Roy and Silo, who formed a couple in New York's Central Park Zoo.They attempted to hatch a rock, which was replaced by a rejected egg from a mixed gender couple by zookeepers.
Taiwan gays demand action not words from politicians
2:45 PM — This weekend, Taiwan will see its eighth annual gay carnival and fourth annual pride parade, the biggest events of this kind in Asia.After the government-funded carnival a procession, expected to be 10,000 strong, will march through the capital, Taipei.Gay activism in Taiwan has grown stronger in past years, with politicians courting the pink vote, especially in the run up to the legislative elections at the end of the year and the presidential elections next March.
PFLAG ask Cindi Lauper to launch straight ally project
12:20 PM — When it comes to straight allies of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, they don't get much better than singer, songwriter and actress Cyndi Lauper.Which is probably why Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) has enlisted the Grammy and Emmy Award winner to help the Washington, D.C.-based organisation launch its new "Straight for Equality" ally project.During the event, Lauper will endorse the project and take the "Straight for Equality" pledge.
Trans activist resigns from HRC over employment bill
12:01 PM — Donna Rose, a well-respected advocate for the rights of trans people, has resigned from the board of America's leading gay rights organisation, the Human Rights Commission.HRC has been widely criticised over its response to proposals to remove protections for trans people from a new workplace protection bill currently before the US Congress.Gay, lesbian and bisexual people are expected to receive protection under the Employment Non-Discrimination Act.
Comment: Gay rights may not swing US voters in White House race 1
10:10 AM — One never knows what to expect in American Presidential politics.Already during the 2008 race for the White House, Hillary Clinton has been asked whether she is a lesbian, John Edwards has been labelled a faggot, and Bill Richardson has himself declared homosexuality a choice. That's just the pro-gay Democrats.On the considerably less friendly Republican side, opponents of Rudy Giuliani have publicised videotapes of him in full drag regalia and opponents of Mitt Romney have posted videotapes of him expressing strong support for gay civil rights.
3rd October 2007
Tatchell slams Gibraltar over gay rights 1
10:04 AM — Outspoken human rights activist Peter Tatchell has slammed the Gibraltar government over its failure to ensure equal rights for the LGBT community on the Rock.Speaking at the end of a local fact-finding mission yesterday, Mr Tatchell said: "The people of Gibraltar are wonderful, but the government appears tobe drifting towards autocracy."It is failing to respect the human rights of its own citizens, especially gay people, the disabled and immigrants," he said.
First gay asteroid named 1
10:04 AM — We can only guess, but it may be the universe's first gay asteroid.Yesterday, openly gay Star trek actor George Takei had the asteroid formerly known as 1994 GT9 named after him.Mr Takei was nominated because of his work with leading gay rights group Human Rights Campaign, where he was spokesman for their Coming Out Project.
Putin’s grab for power spells trouble for gay rights groups 2
10:04 AM — Russian president Vladimir Putin's admission that he would stand for the post of prime minister is a worrying sign for gay rights groups in the country, human rights activists have warned.Mr Putin is prevented from seeking a third term as president by the Russian constitution, but if he undertakes a four year period as prime minister he would again be eligible for the post in 2012.The move, announced last Monday, is being condemned by human rights groups, who have been horrified by the attacks on free speech and gay rights in the country during Mr Putin's time in office.
White gays have more mental disorders than blacks
10:04 AM — New research by Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health has shocked many observers by showing that black gays have far fewer problems with mental disorder than their white or Latino counterparts.Psychologists and sociologists have long presumed that homosexual ethnic minorities would suffer from greater mental health problems because they were a member of two groups suffering discrimination."These findings suggest that black lesbians, gay men, and bisexuals have effective ways to cope with prejudice related to racism and homophobia."
Human Rights Campaign condemns revised bill 1
10:04 AM — Earlier this week, when more than 90 national and state LGBT organisations came together to send a letter to Congress urging lawmakers to "reject substitute legislation that removes transgender protections from the Employment Non-Discrimination Act," one organisation was conspicuously absent: the Human Rights Campaign (HRC).At the time, the HRC refused to comment on the situation, with president Joe Solmonese saying in a release that news of the altered bill was "devastating."
Judge allows gay porn evidence in case against naval doctor
10:04 AM — In the case against American Navy doctor Kevin Ronan, a military judge has ruled that gay pornography found on his computer can be used as evidence.The commander is being accused of filming Naval academy members engaging in sexual acts while guests at his home.Cmdr. Ronan is a former brigade medical officer at the academy, and was the officer representative for the academy's gymnastics team. He also acted as medical officer in the midshipmen's dorm.
1st October 2007
Anti-gay reggae concerts cancelled 3
5:37 PM — Concerts by Anti-gay reggae stars Sizzla and Elephant Man have been cancelled by Toronto's Kool Haus nightclub.The cancellation follows fierce campaigning by Canadian Gay Rights Lobbyists, who have called on the government to prevent the stars' arrival in the capital, OttowaCanada's anti-prejudice laws outlaw the instigation of hate crimes, and campaigners are encouraging the government to act on them.
Doctors acquitted on charges of infecting thousands with HIV
5:37 PM — Monday morning in Alberta,. Canada and a judge acquits four doctors, a New Jersey company and a former Red Cross official of criminal charges regarding a tainted blood scandal in the 1990's.Because of improper screening, over 20,000 Canadians were infected with the Hepatitis C and HIV virus from a controversial medical blood product.
Police adopt softly-softly approach on public orgies 17
5:37 PM — American police adopted a distinctly relaxed approach to this year's Folsom Street Fair in San Francisco, taking little notice of the hundreds of men baring their genitals on every street corner.Orgies of men fellating and fondling each other in the street provoked laughs and photographs from curious onlookers but no police action, according to reports.Two reporters for Americans for Truth about Homosexuality documented prevalently older men walking down the street completely naked.
Gay activists hold back controversial bill 2
5:37 PM — Gay American activists have succeeded in stalling the progress of an equality bill which excluded trans people.The landmark civil rights bill, which would protect the American LGBT community from workplace discrimination, provoked outrage in the gay community when its leading proponents - Nancy Pelosi and Barney Frank - opted to exclude transsexuals from its remit in a bid to ensure its success in the House.
School which ‘outed’ lesbian did not violate her rights
5:37 PM — A lesbian high school student who sued an Orange County school district and her principal for revealing her homosexuality to her mother did not have her rights violated, a federal judge has ruled.The ruling was filed on 25 September 2007, almost 10 months after the trial ended.Charlene Nguon, 19, was singled out because of her sexual orientation and unfairly disciplined by school officials, who "outed" her to her mother.
Giuliani candidacy provokes Republican split
5:37 PM — Rudy Giuliani's candidacy for Republican presidential nominee looks set to provoke a split in the Republican party, threatening its 150 year history.Mr Giuliani's tolerant views on homosexuality and abortion are stoking dissent in the party's religious wing, who are less than impressed with the candidates on offer.Last Saturday a secretive meeting of around 40 high powered Christian conservatives took place in Salt Lake City to discuss their options, including forming a break-away third party.
Church of Norway votes to allow gay pastors 1
5:37 PM — Bishops of Norway's Lutheran church voted on Tuesday by a close majority to allow gay pastors, a church official told a press conference.The Bishops Conference, a seven-man and four-woman panel of 11 Norwegian bishops, voted six to five for the measure, said their official representative, Olav Skjevesland.Theological doctrine currently followed in the Norwegian church officially excludes people living in a homosexual union from officiating at services.