12th December 2007
Cyndi Lauper to headline at Sydney Mardi Gras
10:30 AM — One of the most highly anticipated annual events on the gay social circuit has announced plans for the 2008 celebration.Unlike years past, Sydney Mardi Gras 2008 will run three weeks instead of four and be a tighter celebration over all, with fewer conflicting events and lots of big name international gay favourites on hand.On the bill to entertain the gay masses at Mardi Gras this year is pop diva Cyndi Lauper.
Ban gays from political office says cardinal 15
10:04 AM — A Roman Catholic Cardinal has suggested that gay people should be banned from political office.Latvia's Prime Minister Aigars Kalvitis resigned last week and the Archbishop of Riga Janis Pujats warned new candidates not to support LGBT related issues.He asked that all candidates running for the post of Prime Minister state whether they intended to "defend the Latvian nation against the invasion of homosexuality in public life."
11th December 2007
EU pressures member states on discrimination 1
4:40 PM — The European Commission is examining replies from three member states after it had warned them to transpose into national law a 2000 directive against discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.The Commission had sent letters of formal notice to Italy and Latvia on December 15th 2006 and to Finland on January 3rd 2007.Two members of the EU Parliament, Marco Cappato and Sophie In't Veld, last month asked for the intervention of the Commission.
Fruit flies study raises questions about homosexuality 4
2:04 PM — A new scientific study at the University of Illinois has found that genetic manipulation in fruit flies can "turn" their homosexual behaviour on and off within a few hours.Biologist David Featherstone said that his team had discovered a "gender-blind" gene in fruit flies which could be altered with drugs, turning them bisexual."The gender-blind mutant males treated other males exactly the same way normal male flies would treat a female," he said.
Race for Iowa heats up as Oprah joins Obama 2
12:01 PM — Democratic Presidential candidate frontrunners are pulling out the big guns this week to woo voters in Iowa.While Barack Obama leans on Oprah Winfrey's star power to pull in crowds, Hillary turns to support from daughter Chelsea Clinton and mother Dorothy Rodham to lend her campaign a softer 'family' feel.This week, Hillary Clinton debuted two more weapons in her arsenal to claim victory in Presidential primary race.
No gay wedding for Queen Latifah
11:48 AM — Queen Latifah has finally gone public about the rumors that have been spreading about her decision to announce that she's engaged to rumored long-time girlfriend, Jeanette Jenkins.For the past week, the word on the street has been that actress, singer and rapper Queen Latifah is about to come out of the closet.She's also expected to announce her engagement to Jenkins. Bloggers and gossip columnists have been wringing their hands for weeks awaiting official word on the supposedly upcoming nuptials.
Opposition to restrictions on HIV+ travellers to US 6
11:15 AM — An American organisation that works for full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and those with HIV has expressed its opposition to new rules from the US government concerning HIV positive visitors.Lambda Legal is opposing regulations proposed by the Department of Homeland Security on Issuance of a Visa and Authorisation for Temporary Admission into the United States for Certain Non-immigrant Aliens Infected with HIV.
Gay club refuses entry to straight woman
10:53 AM — A Dublin promoter has apologised and made a donation to charity after a woman was turned away from a gay night because she is heterosexual.Vera Donovan was "shocked and humiliated" at her treatment at Sin nightclub in the city's Temple Bar area, the Irish Independent reports.Eddie McGuinness, the promoter of the weekly Sin night, told the paper he has donated 200 euros (£143) to a charity of Ms Donovan's choice, the Dublin AIDS Alliance.
Gay rights protests at Cameroon embassies
10:03 AM — Activists in France, South Africa and the United States descended on Cameroonian embassies today to express their anger at a pattern of arrests and harassment of gay men and lesbians in that country.More than 30 people have been arrested in Cameroon in the last two years on charges of homosexuality, despite an October 2006 ruling by the United Nations that termed such arrests to be arbitrary and unfair.Dozens of students, particularly girls and young women, have been expelled from schools as result of their real or perceived sexual orientation.
10th December 2007
Holland to fight for global gay rights 6
5:10 PM — The Dutch government has announced that it is determined to fight discrimination against gay and lesbian people both at home and abroad.Last month the Dutch Cooperation Development minister, Bert Koenders, said in a letter to the Parliament that in its foreign relations "the Netherlands will promote equal rights for gays as much as possible."The centre-left government has also announced it would also tackle rising homophobia at home.
Irish gay emigrants reluctant to return home
2:33 PM — An increasing number of gay Irish emigrants are choosing not to return to Ireland because they can't take their partners with them.The Gay and Lesbian Equality Network (GLEN) said that the issue is a huge problem for Irish nationals whose partners cannot live or work in Ireland.Calls to GLEN about the issue have doubled in the past two years.The situation is also difficult for Irish people living in Ireland who are in a relationship with a foreign national.
Australian capital delays same-sex unions
12:45 PM — Laws allowing same-sex unions in the Australian Capital Territory are to be delayed after concerns were voiced by the new federal attorney-general, Robert McClelland.The decision follows talks between Mr McClelland and ACT attorney-general Simon Corbell about the proposed legislation to grant legal recognition to same-sex unions, which was due to come into effect in February 2008.The discussion came after the previous attorney-general Philip Ruddock tried to block ACT laws.
Shootings at Haggard church target young people
12:40 PM — Four people are confirmed dead after two shootings at Colorado religious institutions on Sunday.Two victims were killed at the Youth With a Mission (YWAM) centre in Denver yesterday morning in an attack that left two others injured.Another victim was killed at the New Life Church in a separate shooting on Sunday afternoon.The YWAM organisation has been criticised by some as a 'cult' and attacked for 'brainwashing' members and promoting anti-gay messages.
Jodie Foster publicly thanks lesbian partner 2
12:29 PM — Two-time Oscar-winning actress Jodie Foster has made a small but significant move to acknowledge her sexuality.Accepting an award at a Hollywood breakfast last week, the Silence of the Lambs star paid tribute to "my beautiful Cydney who sticks with me through all the rotten and the bliss."The reference to her long-term partner is a first for Ms Foster. She has been in a 14-year relationship with Cydney Bernard and they have a son, but Ms Foster has always refused to answer questions about her personal life.
Parkinson’s drugs led to gay sex addiction claims father
12:04 PM — A father-of-two with Parkinson's disease may be awarded damages in France after he turned into a gambler and a thief with uncontrollable homosexual urges because of drugs prescribed for his treatment.Didier Jambart, 47, is suing for €400,000 (£287,000) after being prescribed with dopamine agonist drugs, which he claims led to severe mood swings.During his highs he turned to gambling and accumulated debts of €130,000.
Israel must recognise same-sex adoptive couples 1
11:45 AM — The Interior Ministry of Israel was ordered by the country's Supreme Court yesterday to register overseas adoptions by same-sex parents.An American-Israeli lesbian couple who weren't registered as dual mothers of their son despite a Court's ruling took their case to the Supreme Court.Nicole and Ruti Berner Kadish's case was heard before a panel of nine High Court judges.
UN questions Iran hanging as thousands attend funeral 34
11:10 AM — The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights has expressed "grave concern" at the execution of a 20-year-old Iranian man for crimes he allegedly committed as a child.Louise Arbour urged Iran to "respect its international legal obligations and the strong international consensus against the execution of minors."A crowd of 6,000 people are reported to have attended Makwan Mouloudzadeh's funeral on Friday.
Huckabee challenged over attitude to gays 3
10:55 AM — Conservative voters and much of the mainstream press may be smitten with Republican presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee's affability and "ah, shucks" attitude, as proven by his soaring poll numbers and ever-growing list of endorsements.But People for the American Way aren't among them.For starters, those leading the Washington, DC-based organisation aren't big fans of the former Arkansas Governor's, "long record of rhetoric and actions that reveal an ideologue's agenda and a zealot's intolerance for differing opinions."
California diocese splits from US church
10:45 AM — The diocese of San Joaquin in Central California has voted to secede from the US Episcopal Church over its tolerance and growing support of gays, according to United Press International.Delegates at San Joaquin's annual convention approved the split this weekend and accepted an invitation to align the diocese with conservative Anglican leader Archbishop Gregory James Venables of Argentina.More liberal policies toward homosexuality within the Episcopal Church have strained the Anglican community.
8th December 2007
Lesbian couple can not divorce in home state
2:30 PM — A lesbian couple who married in Massachusetts are unable to get divorced in their home state of Rhode Island, the state's Supreme Court ruled yesterday.The three-to-two decision ruled that the state's family court does not have the ability to grant a divorce to gay couples as the state defines marriage as between a man and a woman. "The role of the judicial branch is not to make policy, but simply to determine the legislative intent," the court said in a written judgement.