10th September 2007
Gay rights battle over school sex education
10:51 AM — LGBT advocacy group Lambda Legal has announced it will represent a branch of Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) in a lawsuit over a decision by the Montgomery County School Board in Maryland to include information about sexual orientation as part of the health education curriculum for 8th and 10th graders.The "Respect for Differences in Human Sexuality" curriculum will provide education on sexual orientation that includes medically accurate information as it relates to homosexuality, according to a press release from the organisation.
US church calls for end to gay military ban
10:40 AM — The Metropolitan Community Churches (MCC), which has more than 300 churches and 43,000 members around the world, has joined other communities of faith in opposing the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell@ policy of the U.S. military.Declaring that "the very forces mobilised not only to defend our country but to establish freedom and justice for all should no longer be allowed to provide refuge for bias, bigotry and injustice," Rev. Elder Nancy L. Wilson, moderator of MMC.
Gay judge gets daytime show
10:35 AM — Syndicated courtroom TV programmes become a little more diverse starting this week's premiere of Judge David Young, the first courtroom show with an openly gay sitting judge.The half-hour show is produced by Sony Pictures Television and has been picked up by stations in most major markets.While Sony has made no secret of Young's sexual orientation, they are distinguishing the quick-witted judge as "confrontational, caring and always entertaining" and as a man "known for his fierce intelligence and occasional bursts into show tunes."
9th September 2007
Homophobic neo-Nazi gang charged in Israel 5
11:02 PM — Israeli police say that they have broken up a homophobic neo-Nazi gang who have allegedly attacked gays, the homeless, foreigners and orthodox Jews.Seven of the eight strong gang were former Soviet Union born suspects aged between 16 and 21 who became Israeli citizens through the country's "right of return". None are considered to be Jews by religious authorities but qualified as Israeli citizens by claiming they had at least one Jewish grandparent.
8th September 2007
Schwarzenegger set to veto gay marriage again 5
4:30 PM — Action hero actor turned Republican Californian Governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger, is expected to veto a bill allowing gay marriages for the second time in two years.The Californian Senate voted 22 to 15 to support the bill (AB43) that would allow gay marriage based on a "a civil contract between two persons," that would allow religious insitutions to refuse to officiate gay marriages. Democrat Senator Sheila Kuehl said: "Our love is a good love, and the same as others."
7th September 2007
Matrix director sex-change story is untrue 5
5:35 PM — The man who executive produces the films of the Wachowski brothers has told FoxNews.com that rumours Larry Wachowski has undergone gender reassignment are untrue.PinkNews.co.uk reported yesterday that Larry is rumoured to have transitioned and taken on a new name, Lana.Producer Joel Silver is the most high-profile of string of people who works with the Wachowski brothers who said the gender reassignment story was without substance.
Feature: Grim realities of life for gays in Iran
12:48 PM — Gay Iranian organisation IRQO has published an in-depth interview with a gay male couple about the challenges of living in the Islamic Republic, both from the religious authorities, their families and other Iranians. Kamran, 24 and Kaveh, 25, have been together about 3 years."The way we are looked at is a source of torment for us. Even though physically we are not any different from them they discriminate against us. This makes our lives extremely difficult. I don't think there is any problem greater than being labeled abnormal in society when you are certain nothing is wrong with you."
Gay couples unhappy with Canadian census question 2
11:45 AM — A row has broken out between Statistics Canada and gay activists over the wording of a question on the country's census.The results of the census, which was held in May 2006, will be released next Wednesday.For the first time the official count will measure the number of gay and lesbian married couples in the country. However, gay rights advocates are unhappy that same-sex married people had to register their status in the "other" box.
Gay athlete’s million dollar donation to gay centre 1
10:54 AM — University of Washington alumnus David Kopay, widely regarded as the first American professional team athlete to come out of the closet, has pledged $1 million (£500,000) to the university's Q Centre, whose mission is to create an inclusive and celebratory environment for people of all sexual orientations."The greatest gift we can give one another is the vision and beauty of life," Kopay said in a statement."I continually hear from people all over the world that my act of coming out especially when I did in 1975 has empowered them."
6th September 2007
Euro court to rule on gay partner’s pension rights 5
6:53 PM — In what could lead to a landmark judgement, an adviser to the European Court of Justice has said that a German gay man is entitled to a payment from the pension of his dead partner.Tadao Maruko is asking the court to grant him a widower's allowance from the insurance policy his partner took out with the German Theatre Pension Institution.The insurer has rejected his claim to the allowance of €6,400 (£4,330) on the grounds they only make such payments to spouses and not registered partners.
Pope faces gay protests on Vienna trip 4
6:25 PM — Thousands of police and soldiers will be on the streets of the Austrian capital Vienna tomorrow as Pope Benedict XVI begins his three-day tour of the country.The authorities are expecting a significant demonstration against the presence of the Roman Catholic leader by Socialist youth organisations opposed to his hardline stance on homosexuality and other social issues."He doesn't want us to marry, to live in legal partnerships," Christian Hougel, an Austrian gay rights activists, told AP.
Law Order star to run for President 1
5:35 PM — Fred Thompson, the former US Senator, best known as the star of police procedural drama Law Order, chose his appearance last night on the Tonight Show With Jay Leno to announce his candidacy for the Republican nomination for President.The actor, lawyer and politician, who is a conservative, is in pole position to take the nomination.Many Republicans see former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani as too liberal on gay rights and abortion.
Congress considers protection for LGBT workers 21
4:01 PM — The only two openly gay members of the United States Congress testified yesterday about new legislation to protect gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people at work.Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin and Congressman Barney Frank appeared before the House Health, Employment, Labour and Pensions subcommittee and spoke in favour of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA).The proposed legislation seeks to extend federal employment discrimination protections to include sexual orientation and gender identity.
Gay marches “assist homophobia” say Moscow authorities 4
12:23 PM — The deputy Mayor of Moscow responded to calls for a compromise over gay rights marches in the city by calling activists provocateurs and accusing Western governments of trying to "pull us into a new dimension on the discussion on human rights using the topic of sexual minorities."In January the secretary-general of the Council of Europe, Terry Davis, wrote to Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in an attempt to find a compromise that would allow Moscow Pride 2007 to take place. The event was banned in 2006.
Matrix creator’s gender reassignment surgery 2
10:54 AM — Larry Wachowski, one half of the writing-directing duo known as 'The Wachowski Brothers', is rumoured to have taken on a new name: Lana.According to Rated-M.com, Wachowski, who wrote and produced 2005's V for Vendetta and worked with brother Andy to write, direct and produce the 1999 blockbuster The Matrix and its sequels, began hormone treatment more than three years ago and "the major aspects of the surgery have been complete for some time."The duo will now be known as 'The Wachowskis', the site reports.
LA Fitness sued over homophobic employee
10:35 AM — An Atlanta attorney who was subjected to anti-gay remarks and later assaulted during a visit to a health club recently filed suit after the company failed to address his complaint about the altercation.According to a press release issued by his laywers, Seth Persily filed a lawsuit August 7th against L.A. Fitness claiming that an employee at one of its facilities in Atlanta made anti-gay comments and later accosted him in a locker-room on July 18th.L.A. Fitness in the UK have no connection with the company involved in the legal action.
5th September 2007
Comedian Jerry Lewis apologises for anti-gay joke 4
12:02 AM — Comedian Jerry Lewis has apologised for his use of an anti-gay joke during a fund-raising television broadcast for the Muscular Dystrophy Association."Oh, your family has come to see you. You remember Bart, your oldest son, Jesse, the illiterate fag.." Lewis said before stopping mid sentence, presumably realising that the joke may not be appropriate in a politically correct society.
LGBT group accused of inciting prostitution
12:02 AM — Eighteen members of a Turkish LGBT association which also represents transvestites have been arrested in the city of Bursa for "forming a gang to commit crimes, being an associate with a gang, and inciting prostitution."Turkish activists are divided as to the accuracy of the charge, but are warning the police could use the incident to harass other LGBT groups.The arrests follow tense relations between police and the 'Rainbow Association' and speculations about the activities of the group's president, Oyku Erven.
Craig controversy rumbles on
12:02 AM — Events surrounding anti-gay Republican senator Larry Craig, who resigned last Saturday following an arrest for lewd conduct in a public bathroom, continue to develop as Washington remains awash with rumour and speculation about the controversy.Media reports are suggesting he may reconsider his resignation if cleared of the charges, while his legal team simultaneously fight to cancel the guilty plea he made following the arrest.Meanwhile, a visit from two of his children last week led to an extended interview on ABC where they stressed their father was not gay and said he was disappointed at the lack of support shown by his Republican colleagues.
Straight people encouraged to come out for gay rights
12:02 AM — The Gay Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) in the US has announced a series of 25 new 'Be an Ally a Friend' adverts featuring 22 top entertainers from the world of television, film and sports."The 'Be an Ally a Friend' campaign empowers each and every one of us to make a difference in the lives of loved ones by listening to and supporting those who come out," GLAAD president Neil G. Giuliano said."The straight allies and community members who gave their time and energy to this campaign deserve our deepest thanks for participating in this effort to reach a critical audience."