22nd June 2007
Japanese lesbian candidate excites foreign attention
12:40 PM — Kanako Otsuji, Japan's first openly lesbian politician and candidate in the upcoming Upper House election, held a press conference at Foreign Correspondents' Club of Japan on 20 June.While the Japanese media has paid attention almost only to Otsuji's sexuality, foreign journalists are more interested in her campaign in itself.If elected she will be the first openly LGBT politician in parliament.
Bush poll ratings at record low
11:45 AM — In 19 months, George W. Bush will leave the White House for the last time.The latest Newsweek poll suggests that he faces a steep climb if he hopes to coax the country back to his side before he goes.In the new poll, conducted on Monday and Tuesday nights, the President's approval rating has reached a record low.
Homophobic politician outed on national TV 2
11:35 AM — Gay rights activist Nicolas Alexeyev told a live TV audience yesterday that a member of the Russian State Duma is gay.Speaking on the talk show K baryeru Mr Alexeyev outed the conservative MP Alexander Chuev.Mr Chuev is one of the most outspoken opponents of gay rights, and has introduced proposals to the Duma to outlaw the "promotion" of homosexuality and ban "gay propaganda."
21st June 2007
Anglican schism could start in Winnipeg
6:15 PM — The general synod of the Anglican Church in Canada is meeting today to consider decisions that could split the church.The meeting of bishops, clergy and laity, held every three years, is to consider tomorrow whether same-sex couples should be allowed a church blessing.Six former Archbishops have come out in favour of blessing gay and lesbian relationships.
Protester planned to bomb Jerusalem gay Pride 2
5:45 PM — The discovery of a small homemade bomb intended for the parade route of a gay rights march has heightened tensions in the holy city of Jerusalem.The parade has now finished, with 18 people arrested for attempting to disrupt the event.There have been small violent incidents across the city in protest at the gay Pride, which Orthodox Jews regard as unbiblical and unsuitable.
Calls to re-examine murder of gay director
5:15 PM — Political leaders in Rome have called for a new investigation in the death of acclaimed film director Pier Paulo Pasolini in 1975.A 17-year-old rent boy, Giuseppe Pelosi, was convicted of his murder.Two years ago, on his release from prison, Pelosi claimed that three other men had attacked Pasolini and repeatedly ran him over with his own car.
Push for gay equality in Australia blocked by PM
1:40 PM — John Howard has said that despite a new opinion poll showing 71% of Australians favouring equal rights for gay people, he is still opposed.His hardline stance came on the same day as a new Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission (HREOC) report was presented to the federal parliament listing the 58 laws that need to be changed to grant gay, bisexual and lesbian Australians equal rights.
Homophobic mayor set for fifth term in office 1
1:37 PM — The Mayor of Moscow looks set to be re-appointed to the role he has held since 1992.In Putin's Russia, local officials like Yuri Luzhkov are no longer elected, so the decision about his future is in the gift of President.It is thought that Mr Putin views the outspoken mayor as an important part of maintaining stability in Russia, and has hinted he will retain Luzhkov in the role until 2012.
Teenage lesbians vindicated over bus kiss
1:25 PM — A bus driver who kicked two 14-year-old girls off a bus in Oregon for kissing will be disciplined, it has been announced.A spokesman for Portland's transit system said the driver, who had eleven years experience, had broken company policy."Removing the girls from the bus was not consistent with our policy," said TriMet General Manager Fred Hansen. "I want to reiterate that we welcome all riders on our system."
Police will outnumber gays at Jerusalem Pride
1:10 PM — The Israeli capital Jerusalem is preparing for a gay Pride march this afternoon. Despite violent protest from Orthodox Jewish groups the event will go ahead.Around 5,000 people are expected to take part, protected by 7,000 police officers.Earlier in the week 10,000 religious Jews protested and rioted, burning tyres and attacking police cars.
US cuts funds for abstinence-based sex education
12:40 PM — A Senate Appropriations Subcommittee has cut next year's budget for controversial programmes that teach abstinence as the only way to practice safe sex.The programmes have been found to routinely teach medically inaccurate information about contraception and HIV/AIDS and mandate teaching that sex outside of a heterosexual marriage "is likely to have harmful psychological and physical effects."
Citizens say no to bigger EU
12:01 PM — You won't be able to spend your Euros while traveling in any new European countries any time soon if the citizens of some of the EU's most populous and most powerful member countries have their way.While the European Union (EU) has continued to expand over the years, Two-thirds of adults in France (67%) and over half of German adults (55%) believe the EU should not continue to take in new members.
20th June 2007
Gay soldiers speak out from the front line
1:00 PM — The Advocate, an award-winning gay magazine, features groundbreaking interviews in its latest issue with gay, active service members, inside a war-zone, speaking on record for the first time under the military's Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy.In these interviews soldiers discuss the challenges of living under the policy, while fully acknowledging the enormous risk speaking out could bring to their military careers.In the article soldiers refute the most commonly used argument to support Don't Ask, Don't Tell.
Rosie O’Donnell may host classic game show
12:50 PM — When Bob Barker turned in his skinny mike after more than 50 years on television last week, the search for his The Price is Right replacement began.If Barker's vote holds any weight, we'll be seeing Rosie O'Donnell running Plinko in the not-too-distant future.On her blog, O'Donnell told fans she's good to go should execs at CBS come calling.
New York lawmakers approve gay marriage 1
12:20 PM — Gay rights advocates in New York celebrated what they called a watershed victory Tuesday as the state Assembly approved legislation to legalise same-sex marriage with an 85-61 vote.Sponsored by the openly gay brother of entertainer Rosie O'Donnell and supported by Governor Eliot Spitzer, the approval came after an often emotional three-hour debate.According to the Associated Press the bill is not expected to be acted on any time soon in the Republican-led state Senate.
19th June 2007
Slave owners responsible for Jamaican homophobia
12:45 PM — A church minister has claimed that the hatred of gay people endemic on the island of Jamaica is directly related to the rape of male slaves by white English masters.In an article in the Jamaica Observer John Hardy, of the New Testament Church of God in Kingston, said he thinks it will be hundreds of years before gay people are accepted on the island.Homosexuality is illegal in Jamaica, a former British colony, and the culture is deeply homophobic.
Congresswoman to lead ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ repeal
11:37 AM — Congresswoman Ellen Tauscher will succeed Congressman Marty Meehan (D-MA) as the lead sponsor of the Military Readiness Enhancement when Meehan leaves the House of Representatives later this summer.The legislation, originally introduced in 2005, would repeal the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" ban on lesbian, gay and bisexual personnel.Tauscher was an original co-sponsor of the legislation that is currently supported by a bi-partisan coalition of 127 lawmakers.
18th June 2007
Swedish gay church weddings approved
11:31 AM — The largest party in the Swedish coalition government has committed to new legislation to allow gay couples to marry.Fredrik Reinfeldt's conservative Moderate party's board has voted to support further rights for gay people, after eight MPs, including one Cabinet minister, threatened to resign over the issue.Swedish gay and lesbian couples have had the right to civil partnerships since 1995.
Rights groups condemn Russia’s Pride attacks 4
1:07 AM — The violent attacks on peaceful gay pride demonstrators in Moscow in late May show the rollback of respect for human rights in Russia, say Human Rights Watch and the European Region of the International Lesbian and Gay Association (ILGA-Europe).Instead of protecting human rights and gay advocates who tried to assemble, Moscow police colluded with skinheads to break up the Gay Pride demonstration.
Gays, Roman and Proud, demand citizen’s rights 2
1:07 AM — The LGBT community in the ancient city of Rome gathered in the streets on Saturday to dance, party, and demand their rights.Ten of thousands of people, among them leading politicians, marched from Rome's Saint Paul's Gate to the Basilica of Saint John Lateran, the site of last month's Roman Catholic church-sanctioned anti-gay "family" rally."We are heteros, gays, lesbians and bisexual and we want Romano Prodi to give the same rights to all," a drag queen told AP.