18th May 2007
Comment: Farewell to Falwell, saying goodbye to hate 7
12:18 PM — It was June 2004 and I was covering Tulsa, Oklahoma's Pride Festival.I stood watching the parade of proud members of our GLBTI community march through the streets.As the parade came to an end the parade watchers were invited to follow the parade down the route and into the park that was holding the festival, our festival, a safe haven for our community to be free.
Mormon student loses gay jibe lawsuit
11:30 AM — A judge has ruled against Rebekah Rice, the famed 18-year-old student who sued her school because she was punished by the administration and bullied by other kids for saying "That's so gay."Rice and her parents originally first sued the school in 2003. The case put a spotlight on the phrase and its derogatory meaning.Rice made the remark after students teased her about her Mormon upbringing, asking if she had 10 moms.
New York gays told marriages are legal 57
11:30 AM — A gay New York couple have been told that their Massachusetts marriage is legal.On 10th May, Suffolk Superior Court Judge Thomas Connolly found that gay weddings that took place in other states before they became "prohibited" in New York in July last year are legally valid.Michael Adams and Fred Davie were wed in Lowell, Massachusetts in 2004 after the state became the first in the U.S. to allow gay marriage.
Man charged over gay murders
11:15 AM — A Nova Scotia man has been charged with the murder of two gay men.Glen Douglas Race was arrested in Texas on Tuesday by the U.S. Border Patrol. Race stands accused of murder in the first degree of Trevor Brewster and in the second degree of Michael Knott.He is also wanted in New York State for the murder of caretaker Darcy Manor. Attempts to extradite Race to New York state are underway.
17th May 2007
Anglican crisis deepens as diocese opts out 3
7:28 PM — The diocese of Fort Worth, Texas, has decided to reject the spiritual authority of the US Episcopalian church and seek alternative oversight.The announcement marks a further disintegration in the unity of the Anglican communion and the authority of US Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori.Bishop Jack Iker, bishop of the diocese, is a leading traditionalist who opposes women priests as well as gay ones.
Labour favourite with gay voters
6:37 PM — A poll of the Republic of Ireland's gay community has revealed their voting intentions.Irish Prime Minister Bertie Ahern asked the country's President to dissolve Parliament at the end of April and a general election will be held on May 24th. It is expected to be a close race.The survey of nearly 1,200 gay and lesbian people was carried out last year for scene magazine GCN.
Gay groups to be banned from Polish schools 3
6:11 PM — The minister for education in Poland has defied a European Parliament censure and plans to go ahead with new legislation banning the "promotion" of homosexuality in schools.The confirmation of plans to ban discussions on homosexuality in schools and educational institutions came from Poland's education minister Roman Giertych, the leader of the League of Polish Families party.Last month the European Parliament called for a fact-finding mission to Poland in light of the proposed homophobic measures in schools.
St Petersburg Pride banned
5:02 PM — City authorities in the Russian city of St Petersburg have banned a gay parade from taking place later this month.Organisers of the Pride event said they will defy the ban and go ahead with a parade down the city's main street, Nevsky Prospekt on May 26th. Around 2,000 people are expected to take part.A range of celebrations are already planned for May 26th, which is also an important date in the Russian Orthodox church, who objected to the parade.
Russian pop duo tATu support Moscow Pride 1
2:13 PM — Pop band t.A.T.u. have released a statement on their official website announcing they want to attend Moscow Pride.This year's event on 27th May is widely expected to be banned by the city authorities, though no official decision has been relayed to the organisers.Moscow Mayor Yuri Luzhkov has vowed never to allow a gay march in the city, and dubbed gay activists "Satanic."
International day of action brings hope 1
12:28 PM — While the Hall of Shame unveiled today Human Rights Watch shows that there is a long way to go to achieve gay equality.However, there are also large and small gains that give reason for hope on the International Day Against Homophobia.In Nepal the authorities in February gave a meti (transgender person) in February an official citizenship ID with a gender listed as neither male nor female.
Pope tops anti-gay list 5
12:08 PM — Pope Benedict XVI, US President George W. Bush and Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad have undermined human rights by actively promoting prejudice against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.Human Rights Watch named them today in its annual "hall of shame" to mark the International Day Against Homophobia.On May 17th, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender groups in more than 50 countries will commemorate the International Day Against Homophobia.
Gay prisoners granted visitation rights 4
11:23 AM — The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation says that it will now let gay and lesbian prisoners have overnight family visitation with registered domestic partners.The American Civil Liberties Union announced this proposed policy change on Monday, the same day the Department held a public hearing regarding the policy.The Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation requested this change as a result of the ACLU's efforts.
16th May 2007
MP resigns from homophobic party
5:55 PM — A liberal democrat politician in Lithuania has taken a stand against homophobia in the country by resigning from her party.MP Marija Aušrine Povilioniene announced at a press conference in Vilnius today that she is leaving the Order Justice party, formerly the Liberal Democratic party."The Liberal democrat group in the Parliament and party itself are homophobic, this is the reason I resign from it," she said.
Moscow city officials accused of lying over Pride ban 4
5:25 PM — The organiser of a controversial gay event in Moscow has branded city officials liars, while Orthodox Christians have been accused of planning violence against gay people.Official notification of the proposed march in the city centre was delivered on Monday morning to the office of Moscow Mayor Yuri Luzhkov.The mayor previously said he would never allow LGBT people to march in his city, and called gays "Satanic."
Mayor backs drivers over gay adverts
2:38 PM — The mayor of the Lithuanian capital has come out in support of trolley bus drivers protesting against advertisements promoting tolerance towards gay men and women.Drivers refused to drive the trolley buses bearing the adverts, which have now been removed.Yesterday the mayor of Vilnius Juozas Imbrasas backed the driver.
Homophobic preacher Jerry Falwell dies 6
11:33 AM — He blamed gays and lesbians for the 9/11 terrorist attacks and made himself a household name by claiming Teletubbie Tinky Winky was gay.Now the founder of the Moral Majority, the Reverend Jerry Falwell, is dead at 73.Ron Godwin, Liberty University's executive vice president, told Associated Press Falwell had been found unresponsive in his office.
Jimmy Carter questions ban on gays in the military
11:22 AM — Former US President Jimmy Carter, recipient of the 2002 Nobel Peace Prize, has called on Congress to revisit the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" ban on lesbian, gay and bisexual personnel.In an exclusive statement to Servicemembers Legal Defence Network (SLDN), Carter said: "It is my long-held belief that every human being deserves dignity and respect."Carter served as president from 1977 to 1981.
15th May 2007
South Africa Pride coming to Johannesburg 57
5:31 PM — The largest gay pride festival on the African continent will be held on October 6th on the streets of Johannesburg, it was revealed today.A street parade, with the theme "Coming of Age", will be followed by a Mardi Gras at the Zoo Lake Sports Club on Rosebank.It will be a week of celebrations, with the days before the parade including an art exhibition, a cabaret show and fund-raising.
Judges to decide on gay marriage in Connecticut 57
3:58 PM — The debate over same-sex marriage rights in Connecticut could soon be decided by the state Supreme Court.The arguments from both sides were wrapped up in court yesterday, but the decision will probably be months in coming.Eight same-sex couples originally filed the lawsuit in August 2004. They believe that when they were denied the ability to marry, their rights to equality were violated.The couples have been together between 13 and 31 years.
Lithuanian bus drivers angered by gay ads 57
2:20 PM — Drivers of trolley buses in Lithuania are protesting against advertisements promoting tolerance towards gay men and women.Drivers refused to drive the trolley bus bearing the adverts. The ads have now been removed.Conservative attitudes are common in Lithuania, as homosexuality was illegal in the Soviet Union until 1993. In 2004, the age of consent was equalised to 14 years of age.