4th February 2008
Human rights group condemns Jamaica violence 28
2:40 PM — A leading US-based rights organisation has said that the latest incident of homophobic mob violence in Jamaica shows that the police in the Caribbean nation are failing in their duties.Scott Long, director of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Rights Programme at Human Rights Watch, said: "Gays and lesbians in Jamaica face violence at home, in public, even in a house of worship, and official silence encourages the spread of hate."The Jamaica Forum for Lesbians All-Sexuals and Gays, JFLAG, brought the most recent attack to wider attention.
Super Tuesday could decide the 2008 Presidential race 7
2:20 PM — Tomorrow Democrats, Republicans and Independents in 24 US states will take part in the biggest vote before the Presidential election in November.At a series of caucuses and primaries across America, 41% of the pledged delegates for the Republican convention and 52% of the votes at the Democratic convention will fall behind one of the candidates still in the race.No wonder they call it Super Tuesday.
Florida will vote on same-sex marriage ban
1:00 PM — An initiative to ask Florida's citizens to ban gay marriage in the state will be voted on in November. It was the only one of more than fifty proposed ballots to get the required 611,009 signatures.A state constitutional amendment requires the approval of 8 percent of Florida voters who cast ballots in the last Presidential election.All signatures must be presented to state officials on February 1st at 5pm. The gay marriage ban ballot was certified with 649,346 signatures.
Ambassador complains to Vatican about election statement 13
12:35 PM — Spain's ambassador to the Vatican met with Church officials over the weekend to protest about interference in the country's elections by the country's bishops.Foreign Minister Miguel Angel Moratinos revealed on Saturday that Ambassador Francisco Vazquez expressed his "perplexity and surprise" at statement issued last week by the Spanish Bishop's Conference.The Zapatero government introduced full gay marriage in Spain in 2005.
Apology to gay community over MRSA story 1
12:10 PM — Over the last few weeks, the subject of Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA) has hit the media, making a big impact in the gay community.Several reputable news agencies including the New York Times and the San Francisco Chronicle published detailed studies about the spread of the disease between men who have homosexual relations.The 'superbug' does have a higher rate of infection among men who have sex with men.
3rd February 2008
New York to recognise out of state gay weddings
11:00 PM — A New York appeals court ruled last Friday that gay marriages or civil partnerships conducted in other states or countries are to be legally recognised in the state.Donna Lieberman of the New York Civil Liberties Union said: "This is a victory for families, it's a victory for fairness and it's a victory for human rights. Now we need to work toward a New York where you don't have to cross state or country lines to get married."
1st February 2008
Homophobic mob attack Jamaican gay men 29
4:45 PM — The Jamaican government is being urged to tackle mob violence against gay people in the country after an attack on a group of men alleged to be homosexual.The Jamaica Forum for Lesbians All-Sexuals and Gays, JFLAG, is urging the Jamaican government to action."This has become a blot on Jamaica's human rights record," said a JFLAG spokesperson. "No modern democracy can afford to revert to jungle justice."
Catholic Church tries to influence Spanish elections 13
4:20 PM — Socialist politicians in Spain have expressed anger at a statement from the country's Roman Catholic bishops that tells the faithful not to vote for parties that support gay marriage.The Spanish Bishop's Conference issued a statement earlier this week: "Catholics may support and join different parties it is also true that not all (electoral) programmes are equally compatible with the faith and Christian demands in life."Socialist spokesman Jose Blanco said that many Catholics would feel ashamed at attempts by religious leaders to influence March's election.
Judge to be investigated over treatment of HIV+ witness 3
4:00 PM — The Ontario Judicial Council has received complaints from HIV advocacy groups in Canada after a judge demanded that a witness with the virus wore a mask when giving evidence.The Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network and the HIV and AIDS Legal Clinic are calling for an investigation into Barrie judge Jon-Jo Douglas' conduct on November 23rd last year.When a witness who has Hepatitis C and is HIV-positive took the stand, Judge Douglas told the Crown counsel: "I mean, he speaks within two feet of me with two serious infectious diseases."
Comment: Keep Huckabee out of the White House
11:30 AM — It has been 15 years since Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee suggested to the Associated Press that steps should be taken to "isolate the carriers of this plague" with regards to the AIDS epidemic.But time and awareness haven't changed the presidential hopeful's tune.Just months ago, he told Fox News: "I had simply made the point, and I still believe this today, that in the late 80s and early 90s, when we didn't know as much."
31st January 2008
British editor appointed to new PlanetOut role 1
2:00 PM — The editor in chief of American gay magazine Out has been promoted to editorial director for the parent company PlanetOut.In an email to company employees yesterday, PlanetOut CEO Karen Magee announced the changes.Aaron Hicklin, who was born in Wiltshire, began his career on the Edinburgh-based Scotland on Sunday and also contributed to The List and The Independent.
Heath Ledger rehab stories denied by publicist
9:05 AM — Rumours of a Heath Ledger drug video surfaced on Hollywood gossip blogs across the Net on Wednesday.The video, reportedly to be aired on Entertainment Tonight, shows Ledger at a 'drug-fuelled' party in 2006.The video rumour comes on the heels of revelations Ledger's former fiancee Michelle Williams tried and failed to get him into rehab.
Gay group faces court challenge in Turkey 1
8:30 AM — Efforts by Turkish officials to close one of the country's leading LGBT organisations will resume in court today.A department of the Istanbul Governor's office responsible for non-governmental organisations alleges that the group, Lambda Istanbul, violates Turkish laws on morality.They claim that Lambda violates both the Penal Code, as an association in violation of "law and morals," and Article 41 of the Turkish constitution, which is concerned with "the peace and welfare of the family."
Defeated Giuiliani endorses McCain for President 2
8:10 AM — Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuiliani ended his campaign for the Republican 2008 Presidential nomination yesterday after losing by a significant margin to rivals John McCain and Mitt Romney in the Florida primary.Giuliani endorsed McCain in a speech from California yesterday afternoon.Once considered a strong frontrunner for the Republican Presidential nomination, Giuiliani has trailed largely behind candidates John McCain and Mitt Romney in national polls recently.
30th January 2008
Candidates praise Edwards for “classy” campaign
8:03 PM — Former North Carolina Senator John Edwards has announced he will be dropping out of the race for the Democratic Presidential nomination.The decision comes after a consistent inability to compete strongly against rivals Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama and a disappointing third place finish in the Florida Democratic primary on Tuesday.Barack Obama said Edwards had left the presidential battle in a "classy" way.
Right-wing attempts to weaken work protection in Chile
4:35 PM — Conservative politicians in Chile are working to water down new legislation that would protect gay people at work.The Chilean Movement for Homosexual Integration and Liberation (MOVILH), sais that some Senators are attempting to water down an anti-discrimination bill currently before the Senate."The right is waging a tremendous campaign against the bill, with the aim of removing the clause about sexual orientation from the text," Rolando Jimenez, the head of MOVILH, told IPS News.
Edwards drops out of race for White House
3:50 PM — Former US Senator John Edwards has announced he will end his campaign for Democratic party nomination for President of the United States.An official announcement is expected later today in New Orleans. Mr Edwards' decision means the Democratic nominee will now be either former US First Lady Hillary Clinton or Senator Barack Obama.Senator Edwards' campaign has focused on poverty in America. He had not won any of the Democratic caucuses and primaries held so far.
Bush greets gay Congressman’s boyfriend 3
2:40 PM — It was a moment of affection between two politicians, and in normal circumstances it would pass unnoticed.But when one is the only out gay man in Congress and the other a President who has revelled in his hostility to gay marriage, their closeness raises eyebrows.After his final State of the Union address to both Houses of Congress on Monday, President George W Bush greeted Congressman Barney Frank with a shoulder and head touch, as the two shared a personal moment.
Vets mark 15th anniversary of US gay military ban
2:10 PM — "I believe if we get a Democratic President we'll get rid of the ban. The younger generation doesn't care one bit."That is the hope Joan Darrah expressed to Time magazine this week - the retired Navy captain, and lesbian, served from 1972 to 2002.She is not alone. Millions of Americans are hoping that the next resident of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue will abolish a policy that stops openly gay people from serving in the US Army Forces.
Farrell to be best man on gay brother’s big day 6
1:10 PM — Actor Colin Farrell is to be best man at his brother's civil partnership ceremony.Eamon Farrell, 35, is planning to marry his 23-year-old boyfriend Steven Mannion after a proposing to him in New York last year.According to the Mirror: "Eamon proposed before Christmas. The pair share a love of art and this is what brought them together."Eamon is a respected dance teacher who set up the National Performing Arts School in Dublin more than 10 years ago."