25th January 2008
Sydney looks forward to 30th Mardi Gras 2
12:12 PM — Sydney Gay Lesbian Mardi Gras turns 30 this year. The first event in 1978 was banned, and many of the participants were arrested.Their names were published in the local paper, and many lost their jobs. Homosexuality was not decriminalised in New South Wales until 1982.Today it is the largest cultural event in Australia, known throughout the world as the gayest street party of them all.
Democrat withdraws from Presidential race 4
10:25 AM — Democratic Congressman Dennis Kucinich announced yesterday he is dropping out of the 2008 Presidential race.Kucinich will make an official statement regarding his decision today. He also stated he will not endorse any candidates in the Democratic race.A former Mayor of Cleveland, he was elected to the US House of Representatives in 1996. Kucinich ran for the Presidential nomination in 2004.
Heath Ledger’s final hours revealed
10:20 AM — The facts around Heath Ledger's final hours continue to emerge while friends and family wait for the official cause of his death to be determined.As the details of Ledger's funeral arrangements continue to be worked out, Hollywood and the world mourns for the loss of the talented actor.Media reports spun across the Net since Ledger was found dead on Tuesday have been strewn with inaccuracies and wild speculation.
24th January 2008
Gay minister criticises Canada’s organ donation ban
2:50 PM — The Health Minister in the Canadian province of Ontario has said that new federal rules excluding sexually active gay men from being considered as organ donors if offensive.Men who have sex with men in the last five years of their life will no longer be accepted as organ donors under new rules from Health Canada.Families will also be interviewed about potential donors' exposure in increased risk.
Ledger’s death delays Presidential drug abuse statement
2:30 PM — US President George Bush has postponed a scheduled statement promoting a federal advertising campaign on the dangers of prescription drug abuse.White House press secretary Dana Perino confirmed that the decision was taken in light of the death of actor Heath Ledger.It is still unclear what caused the death of the 28-year-old Brokeback Mountain star, but prescription drugs are suspected to have played a role.
Former US Vice President backs gay marriage 3
10:50 AM — Al Gore has spoken in favour of marriage for gay and lesbian couples.The former Vice President of the United States, who was narrowly and controversially defeated by George W Bush in the 2000 Presidential election, came out in favour of equal rights in a video clip posted on current TV, a cable and online station he co-founded."I think it's wrong for the government to discriminate against people because of a person's sexual orientation," he said.
23rd January 2008
Heath Ledger autopsy inconclusive
8:30 PM — The New York City Medical Examiner's office is reporting that preliminary autopsy results have been inconclusive on actor Heath Ledger, who was found dead in his New York apartment on Tuesday surrounded by sleeping pills.According to FOX News, a spokeswoman for the office, Ellen Borakove, said yesterday that it will take about ten days to complete the investigation.The 28-year-old Australia-born actor's ex-fiancée, Academy Award-nominated actress Michelle Williams, has travelled to New York.
Charges considered over teen water polo photos 11
8:30 PM — Prosecutors in Orange County, California are investigating whether they can bring any charges against a university employee who took pictures of teenage water polo players and then posted them on gay porn sites.The man, reported to be a police dispatcher at the University of California Irvine, is not under formal investigation.As the photos were taken at public sporting events, he may be protected by the First Amendment of the US Constitution.
Huckabee campaign in financial trouble
8:15 PM — US Presidential candidate Mike Huckabee has admitted that his campaign is running out of money, with some staff members leaving and others working without pay.Despite his strong showing in some of the initial primary races for the Republican nomination, the former Baptist minister has spoken frankly about his rapidly diminishing funds.Ahead of the key Florida primary next week, the candidate told an audience yesterday that he is running a "frugal" campaign.
God Hates Fags fanatics may picket Ledger funeral 59
3:50 PM — The Westboro Baptist Church has declared its intention to protest at the funeral of actor Heath Ledger, who died yesterday.The 28-year-old was best-known for his Oscar-nominated performance in gay-themed cowboy movie Brokeback Mountain. Although the cause of death is unknown, a drugs overdose is suspected. The Westboro Baptist Church, led by Fred Phelps, has generated publicity by protesting at the funerals of US service personnel.
Poland defiant over gay adoptions 6
2:40 PM — Following yesterday's ruling by the European Court of Human Rights that gay people are entitled to adopt, a leading member of the governing political party in Poland has said they will defy the ruling.The deputy speaker of the Parliament, Stefan Niesiolowski, is a member of the Citizen's Platform (PO)."The Court can go on and make a ruling, it still won't be enforced in Poland," he said.
Italian government faces confidence vote
1:01 PM — The fate of Romano Prodi's administration rests on the votes of Senators after one of the nine parties that form the coalition government withdrew.Yesterday he called on Parliament to back him after the Christian Democrats pulled out on Monday, leaving him two votes short of a Senate majority. He has been in government less than two years.The House of Deputies, where he retains a majority, will vote on a motion of no confidence today.
Oscar nomination for documentary about lesbian cop
11:30 AM — A short documentary feature that chronicles a landmark legal battle over same-sex partner entitlement to pension benefits has been nominated for an Academy Award.Cynthia Wade's moving 38-minute documentary film Freeheld focuses on New Jersey Police Lieutenant Laurel Hester's battle to transfer her pension to her domestic partner, Stacie Andree.The film was awarded a Special Jury Prize at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival and picked up eleven additional awards at film festivals in New York, Los Angeles, Boston, Seattle and Denver.
22nd January 2008
Actor withdraws from White House race
10:40 PM — A former star of hit TV show Law and Order has pulled out of the race for the Republican candidate for President of the United States after a string of poor showing in the primaries.Fred Thompson announced his decision earlier today and it is not known if he will back any of his opponents for the nomination. In 2004 he backed Senator John McCain."I have withdrawn my candidacy. I hope that my country and my party have benefited from our having made this effort," he said.
“Gay” firemen movie nominated for worst film of 2007
11:50 AM — The nominations for the worst films of 2007 have been announced, and an attempt to make a comedy film about gay marriage has made it to the 28th annual Golden Raspberry awards shortlist.I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry has been nominated in eight categories including Worst Film, Worst Actor (Adam Sandler), Worst Supporting Actor (Kevin James), Worst Supporting Actress (Jessica Biel) and Worst Screen Couple (Sandler and either James OR Biel), Worst Screenplay and Worst Director.
Euro Court rules gay couples eligible to adopt 6
11:50 AM — The European Court of Human Rights has ruled refusing gay couples the right to adopt a child because of their sexual orientation is discriminatory and in breach of the European Convention of Human Rights.Today the Grand Chamber delivered its judgement on gay adoption in the case of E.B. v France.Ms. E.B. is a lesbian nursery school teacher who has been living with another woman since 1990. She applied for approval as a possible adoptive parent in February 1998.
Gay Argentine leaders will fight to have marriage recognised
11:50 AM — The leaders of the Comunidad Homosexual Argentina married in Madrid on Monday.The two leaders of the leading gay rights organisation in Argentina have married in Madrid, under the law which allows same-sex couples to marry in Spain. Same-sex couples cannot get married in Argentina.César Cigliutti and Marcelo Suntheim have a recognised civil union under legislation which was passed in the Argentine capital, Buenos Aires, in 2003, but are unable to marry in Argentina.
Same-sex couples as committed as straight ones
11:50 AM — Same-sex couples are just as committed in their romantic relationships as heterosexual couples, a new report has revealed.The finding disputes the stereotype that couples in same-sex relationships are not as committed as their heterosexual counterparts and therefore not as psychologically healthy.The study examined whether committed same-sex couples differed from engaged and married opposite-sex couples in how well they interacted and how satisfied they were with their partners.
US evangelicals rate gays as top election issue 4
11:15 AM — A survey has revealed that for evangelical Christians in the United States homosexuality is one of the key issues in the 2008 election.The Barna Group's research found that in this important group of voters abortion was the most pressing problem their country faces for 94%.For 75% of evangelicals "homosexual lifestyles" or the "political efforts of homosexual activists" were a concern. Among the general population only 35% agreed.
Swedes supportive of gay marriage 5
10:45 AM — A new poll has found that a majority of people in Sweden support moves to grant gay and lesbian couples full marriage.The three opposition parties in Sweden have said they may force a bill through parliament to extend marriage to gay and lesbian couples.Under current laws, dating back to 1987, marriage is defined as being between a man and a woman.