30th January 2008
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."
Nearly 500 Czech gay and lesbian couples register
12:45 PM — Research into the number of homosexual partnerships registered in the Czech Republic since a change in the law in July 2006 has found that not many have taken up their new rights.353 male same-sex couples and 134 lesbian couples had registered by the end of 2007, reports Czech gay portal Colour Planet.The Czech Republic was the first post-communist to recognise homosexual partnerships.
McCain’s win in Florida signals end of Giuliani
11:20 AM — Arizona Senator John McCain won a significant victory in the Florida primary results on Tuesday.McCain won by a narrow margin over former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney.Previous Florida frontrunner, former New York Major Rudy Giuliani, came in a distant third and is expected to withdraw from the Presidential race.
29th January 2008
Gay hate church picket Hollywood awards ceremony 16
9:20 PM — Members of the Westboro Baptist Church have picketed an awards ceremony where fellow actors paid tribute to Heath Ledger.Church members displayed signs reading "Heath's in Hell" at film stars attending the Screen Actors Guild Awards.Heath Ledger died in New York last week. The cause of death has not yet been determined. His family held a private memorial service in Los Angeles yesterday.
Analysis: Florida primary is Giuliani’s last chance 2
7:10 PM — Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani is looking to Florida to give him a win and propel him forward in the Presidential race, but it is doubtful he's going to get it.The latest polls show the one-time frontrunner trailing far behind Arizona Senator John McCain and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney.Tuesday's primary in Florida is the final contest for Democrats and Republicans before the all important "Super Tuesday" contest.
Politician’s son creates controversial prison-themed game 1
3:45 PM — The son of Kathleen Sebelius, the Governor of Kansas, is currently selling a board game called Don't Drop the Soap, a prison-themed game he created as part of a class project at the Rhode Island School of Design.John Sebelius, 23, has the backing of his mother and father, U.S. Magistrate Judge Gary Sebelius.Sebelius spokeswoman Nicole Corcoran told AP both parents '"are very proud of their son John's creativity and talent."
Israeli gays target MPs over proposed ban on marches
3:00 PM — LGBT activists in Israel have targeted the homes of two homophobic members of Parliament with posters protesting their support of a ban on gay Pride.Nissim Zeev and Eliahu Gabbay's residences were visited by Jerusalem Open House, a group fighting for the right to march in the city."In this house lives an MK (MP) who is trying to outlaw the citizens' right to march and protest on the streets of Jerusalem," one of the posters read.
GLAAD’s call to action over tabloid’s “evil lesbian” headline
2:30 PM — An American gay rights group has urged people to complain to the tabloid newspaper New York Post after staff refused to alter a offensive headline.The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, which monitors US media, contacted the paper to complain about its treatment of a child abuse story."Evil Lesbian Mom Left Toddler to Die Slow Death: DA," was the Post headline, which can still be viewed on their website.
Activists to protest against Moscow’s homophobic Mayor 3
2:30 PM — Gay rights activists in Russia are planning to stage a protest against the Mayor of Moscow's opposition to LGBT Pride events when he visits Paris next month.Moscow Mayor Yuri Luzhkov, who banned two gay pride parades in 2006 and 2007 and seems likely to ban the third pride on 31 May this year, is going to be in Paris to take part in the M4 meeting (a summit of Paris, Berlin, London and Moscow Mayors) which will take place on 18-19 February in Paris City Hall.
28th January 2008
Brazil to distribute millions of condoms to prevent AIDS spread 1
6:05 PM — Brazilian health officials on Sunday began distributing millions of condoms to fight the spread of AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases during Brazil's five-day Carnival 2008.The government expects to hand out 19.5 million condoms by the end of the Carnival on February 6, state news service Agencia Brasil reported, under the program first launched several years ago.Church officials in Brazil, which is home to the world's largest Roman Catholic population, have opposed the condom programme.
Gays protest homophobic violence in Sydney
5:20 PM — The Lord Mayor of Sydney spoke at a rally held in the city last weekend to protest at the rising number of attacks on gay and lesbian people.Hundreds of people turned out on Australia Day for the Reclaim the Right event.Organiser Ben Veenkamp welcomed the presence of Mayor Clover Moore and Liberal city councillor Shayne Mallard. There have been a series of attacks on gay people in and around Oxford St, the centre of the Sydney gay village.
Tatchell amubshes Pakistani President’s motorcade 11
4:25 PM — Human rights activist Peter Tatchell has taken direct action against the President of Pakistan by running in front of his car in a London street.He was protesting against President Musharraf's actions against civilians in occupied Baluchistan region.The Presidential motorcade was nearing the Park Lane hotel in London on Friday night, where General Musharraf was due to speak.
Italy’s Prime Minister resigns after losing vote 2
11:15 AM — Romano Prodi's government has collapsed after he lost a vote of confidence in the Italian Senate last week.The Roman Catholic Udeur party's withdrawl of support was key to the defeat.It is likely that elections will have to be held less than two years after a coalition of nine parties took office. Former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi is leading in opinion polls.
Russian artists defend gay film festival
10:59 AM — The Russia's first international lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender film festival, Side by Side ("Bok o Bok"), has been causing controversy.Conservatives within the country's artistic community have called for the event to be banned.The State Artist of Russia Nikolai Burlyaev has publicly called gay people "perverts" and homosexuality a "sin" and an "illness" and demanded St Petersburg authorities stop the event.
Kennedys come out in support of Obama 1
10:45 AM — The candidacy of Barack Obama has received a significant boost with the endorsement of two members of one of America's most influential political dynasties.Caroline Kennedy, the daughter of former President John F Kennedy, wrote an highly personal opinion piece in the New York Times yesterday comparing Senator Obama to her father and praising him as an inspirational candidate.Later today Senator Edward Kennedy will appear at a rally with Senator Obama and publicly back his run for the Democratic nomination.
Fox host apologises for mocking Ledger death 2
10:25 AM — Fox news radio host John Gibson has issued an apology for mocking comments made about the death of young actor Heath Ledger during his show.Initially Gibson had refused to apologise, but relented after continued calls for him to be fired.Shortly after Ledger's death, Gibson played an audio clip from Brokeback Mountain of Jake Gyllenhaal's character, Jack.
27th January 2008
Obama wins decisive victory over Clinton
3:00 PM — John Edwards may have been the hometown candidate in the state, but Illinois Senator Barack Obama was the voter's favorite as South Carolina primary results came in on Saturday.Obama won over rival New York Senator Hillary Clinton by a strong margin, while she battled with Edwards for second place.With almost all precincts now reported in, Barack Obama has been declared as the winner over Hillary Clinton in the South Carolina primary.
Big turnout expected in South Carolina primary
3:00 PM — Record turnouts are expected in today's South Carolina Democratic primary as Senators Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama and former Senator John Edwards fight to pull out a victory in the state, in what is seen as a crucial contest.All three candidates canvassed the state today in a last minute effort to drum up support.Democratic party officials predicted a record turnout for voters in the South Carolina primary, with expectations of as many as 350,000 people casting their votes today.