17th August 2007
Faroe Islanders celebrate first year of LGBT protection 1
1:17 PM — The Faroe Islands are celebrating gay Pride this weekend, and this year is particularly special.In December discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation was criminalised, after a very close vote in the country's parliament, the Faroese Løgting.The islands, a self-governing province of Denmark, are situated halfway between Iceland and Norway. They have a population of 48,000 people.
Gay activist questioned over outing politician 2
11:30 AM — Moscow Gay Pride organiser and gay rights activist Nicolas Alexeyev will be questioned next week in relation to a criminal investigation after he outed a Russian MP on live television.The charges arise from comments he made on live TV in June, when he outed politician Alexander Cheuv as a homosexual.To prove that he is guilty of slander, Russian investigating authorities will have to demonstrate that calling Mr Chuev 'gay' spoilt his reputation or dignity.
16th August 2007
Hotel chain seeks gay suppliers 1
5:07 PM — Marriott International, Inc. today announced plans to increase spending among diverse suppliers to 15% by 2009.Additionally, the programme will expand to include a new category for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) suppliers and those in international markets."Last year, our company reached record levels in spending," said Mike Tobolski, senior director, Diversity Initiatives, Marriott International, Inc.
Iranian teenagers spared death penalty for gay abuse 1
11:59 AM — A court in Tehran has spared two teenagers found guilty of sexually abusing a 12-year-old boy from hanging.US gay rights activist Michael Petrelis reports that the the judges of Branch 74 of Tehran province's general criminal court ruled that the teenagers, Ahad and Milad, had not reached mental maturity and instead sentenced them to ten years in prison.In front of the five judges, the teenagers first admitted that they lured the boy into a house.
Brazilian football’s gay rumours land judge in trouble
10:59 AM — Football is for real men, not gays.That was the stance Brazilian judge Manoel Maximiniano Junqueira Filho decided to take when making a ruling in a defamation case appearing before his bench.That may be his sentiments, but the law doesn't call for that sort of ruling and now the judge could face legal actions himself.The case was brought earlier this month by Richarlyson Barbosa Felisbino, a San Paulo player.
Jodie Foster’s rare interview dodges sexuality questions 7
10:46 AM — Ever the elusive two-time Oscar winner, Jodie Foster granted a rare one on one interview to More Magazine, the publication for "mature women," and opened up about aging in Hollywood, plastic surgery and privacy.And on the latter topic, Jodie Foster kept mum about her sexuality, never once discussing her long rumoured partner Cydney Bernard and, true to form, keeping it vague when it comes to her kids.The 44-year-old actress is making the rounds to promote her latest strong-willed woman role in the film, The Brave One.
Trans group to attend Independence Day celebrations
10:25 AM — Sixty-two years ago, Indonesia declared its separation from the Netherlands and began a four-year war to try and maintain its independence.This week, members of the Yogyakarta Transvestites Organisation are planning their own coup by being involved in the anniversary celebration.The 265 members of the YTO group hope to be involved in the occasion, but are aware of the dangers associated with asserting their presence.
15th August 2007
Gay.com founder launches gay advertising network
1:25 PM — A leading gay entreprenuer has joined forces with many of America's leading internet and regional LGBT titles to create a new online ad network.Gay Ad Network was founded by Mark Elderkin, a 13-year industry veteran and pioneer in developing gay online advertising and subscription-based businesses.As president of PlanetOut, Inc. he was responsible for global advertising sales, online editorial and business partnerships.
Comment: Despite the fanfare, freedom still eludes gay Indians 57
12:55 PM — As India celebrates the 60th anniversary of its independence from Britain, Balaji Ravichandran explains why he feels neither free nor independent. The celebrations started well before I arrived in India six weeks ago.From the moment I switched on the television at home the advertisements, programmes and notices, often painfully jingoistic in their self-congratulation, have constantly greeted me with their patriotic screams.
Circumcision “ineffective” as HIV prevention in gay men 1
11:43 AM — With male circumcision showing effectiveness in reducing female-to-male HIV transmission among African heterosexual men, some are questioning whether the tool might also be effective in other populations affected by HIV, including gay men and other groups of men who have sex with men (MSM).Two contrasting studies examining this issue were presented at last month's International AIDS Society Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention in Sydney.
Gay Soprano’s new ad upsets gay activists
11:30 AM — The character of Vito Spatafore was groundbreaking - a gay gangster in the world of the ultra-violent Sopranos television drama.Of course, his was not a Queer as Folk story arc of self-discovery and slow acceptance.After successfully hiding his sexuality for over 40 episodes, the mob finally clicked that Vito was gay.
Swedish Christians attack gay Jesus exhibition 19
11:03 AM — A fight involving as many as 30 people broke out at a photographic exhibition in the Swedish city of Jonkoping.The controversy surrounds the Ecco Homo exhibit, which portrays Jesus Christ as a gay man.Ecco Homo has long been a source of disagreement among Swedish Christians - the series of 12 images was exhibited at the nation's leading cathedral in Uppsala with the permission of the archbishop and toured the country.
Thai government considers new trans rights
10:25 AM — Thailand, one of the world's most tolerant countries towards transvestites and transsexuals, may soon allow people who have had a sex change to officially alter their title.A proposal which would allow transgender men or women to choose how they are addressed is being considered by the country's National Legislative Assembly, to support an anti-discrimination provision in the draft constitution, according to AP.Thailand is widely tolerant but many trans people face family pressure, social prejudice and domestic violence.
14th August 2007
Polish coalition government dismantled as elections loom
5:50 PM — Polish President Lech Kaczynski on Monday signalled the formal end of his twin brother's shaky coalition by firing four ministers from two junior parties and replacing them with ruling party loyalists.In a televised ceremony, Kaczynski appointed replacements from within the conservative camp steered by his brother, Prime Minister Jaroslaw Kaczynski's Law and Justice (PiS) party.Monday's move marked a key penultimate step towards snap elections, which the Kaczynskis and Poland's liberal opposition have agreed are likely to take place on October 21st.
Kenyan bishop to consecrate dissident Americans 1
5:16 PM — In a further sign of the deterioration of the Anglican communion, Archbishop Benjamin Nzimbi will consecrate two American clergy as assistant bishops in his province of Kenya at the end of the month.The crisis in the Anglican church worldwide over gay issues began in 2003 with the ordination in New Hampshire of the first openly gay bishop, Gene Robinson.Evengelical and conservative American Anglicans have rejected the authority of gay-friendly bishops in their country and are seeking religous leadership from a range of African leaders.
Corporate benefits of gay-friendly marketing
4:50 PM — A survey conducted by an American marketing company has revealed new information about the spending patterns of gay and lesbian consumers in the US.85% of both gay men and lesbians said that advertising in gay media favourably influences their decision to purchase products or do business with a company.The survey, the largest of its type ever, includes psychographic and demographic information based on a America-wide survey of more than 12,000 gay men and more than 10,000 lesbians.
Australian star speaks out against gay marriage ban 2
1:20 PM — Singer Darren Hayes has criticised the attitude of Australian Prime Minister John Howard's towards gay marriage after his British 'husband' was forced to fly to Australia on a tourist visa.His comments come as the main opposition leader in Australia, Labour's Kevin Rudd, said he also opposes gay marriage.Brisbane-born Hayes married Briton Richard Cullen in London last year."It makes me angry and frustrated," the former Savage Garden frontman told Australian newspaper the Herald Sun .
Gay hate preacher attacks Irish tolerance 6
1:01 PM — The religious extremist who pickets the funerals of American soldiers killed in action has turned his attention to Ireland.Rev Fred Phelps and his Westboro Baptist church are best known for their "God Hates Fags" campaigns in the United States.He has now launched godhatesireland.com in protest at the introduction of laws in the Republic protecting gay people from harassment.
GLAAD awards to include gay media
12:01 PM — Next year, for the first time, the Gay Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation Media Awards will include LGBT media.At its annual Los Angeles summer cocktail fundraiser yesterday, GLAAD President Neil G. Giuliano announced the change in policy and unveiled the four dates and venues for the 19th Annual GLAAD Media Awards taking place in 2008."With the expansion of cable channels and niche programming, LGBT created and consumed media is more readily available than ever before," Mr Giuliano said.
Scientists study gay brothers in search for cause of homosexuality 1
11:30 AM — Scientists investigating a genetic basis for homosexuality will be recruiting more pairs of gay brothers in Chicago this weekend.The Molecular Genetic Study of Sexual Orientation is the most extensive study of its kind.It was embarked upon by a team of researchers from Chicago universities four years ago. Researchers hope that by gathering DNA samples from 1,000 sets of gay brothers they will be able to find genetic linkages smaller studies failed to detect.