19th March 2008
Barack Obama on race in America 6
1:10 AM — "We the people, in order to form a more perfect union."Two hundred and twenty one years ago, in a hall that still stands across the street, a group of men gathered and, with these simple words, launched America's improbable experiment in democracy. Farmers and scholars; statesmen and patriots who had traveled across an ocean to escape tyranny and persecution finally made real their declaration of independence at a Philadelphia convention that lasted through the spring of 1787.
18th March 2008
GLAAD honours Matthew Shepard’s mother
5:00 PM — The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation's Excellence in Media Award has been presented to the mother of a murdered gay teenager.At the GLAAD Media Awards in New York yesterday Judy Shepard was honoured for her tireless work for LGBT Americans.As executive director of the Matthew Shepard Foundation, she has become one of America's most vocal advocates for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality.
Egypt accused of undermining fight against AIDS 5
4:05 PM — Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch have accused the Egyptian government of "official ignorance and prejudice about HIV" in the wake of more prosecutions for "habitual debauchery."The term is used under Egyptian law to prosecute consensual sexual acts between men.Earlier this month Cairo prosecutors handed down indictments against five men on debauchery charges. The lead prosecutor told a lawyer for the defendants that the men should not be allowed to "roam the streets freely."
Another outing for R.E.M. singer 1
3:10 PM — Michael Stipe has announced that he is gay. The 48 year old R.E.M. star, who is known for deflecting questions about his sexuality, told US music magazine Spin "I was totally open with the band and my family and my friends and certainly the people I was sleeping with. I thought it was pretty obvious."I'd just never felt strongly enough about a particular relationship to say, 'Yeah, he's my boyfriend, that is what it is.'"
Gay adoption ruling may set precedent in Israel 1
1:30 PM — An Israeli court has ruled that a gay couple can both register to be their adopted son's father.The landmark decision, made by the Ramat Gan Family Court in Tel Aviv, may well set a precedent for other gay couples.Giora Shavit and his long-time partner Avi Shadiv have now registered to jointly adopt their five-year-old son. The four year old boy, who comes from Georgia, has no registered biological parents.
McGreevey confirms threesome claims 1
11:40 AM — The saga of Jim McGreevey, the first US state Governor to come out of the closet, continues with allegations he and his ex-wife regularly had threesomes with a male employee.The former Governor of New Jersey admitted in 2004 to having an extra-marital affair with his male aide Golan Cipel.McGreevey announced the story himself and resigned from office after a sexual harassment lawsuit was brought against him by Cipel.
Scouts frank about gay sex, drugs and abortion 1
11:10 AM — A report by the Italian Scouting Association has reportedly found that nine out of ten Scouts and Girl Guides questioned have no problem with pre-marital sex.Other liberal attitudes expressed by the young people, gathered together from international scouting associations at a jamboree in Florence in 2006, include one quarter of the girls and 12 per cent of the boys reportedly saying that they would consider a same-sex experience.More than 80 per cent of those questioned said they were happy to get drunk.
Homophobic politician’s son denies he is gay 11
10:58 AM — Much talk has been made about Oklahoma State House Representative Sally Kern's remarks that the "gay agenda" was more threatening to her country than terrorism.Rumours began to circulate after the media frenzy about her remarks erupted that her son, a 31-year-old affiliate of the Des Moines School of Metaphysics, was gay.This week however, Jesse Kern denied those rumours, saying he is not gay, just celibate.
17th March 2008
Elton to play fundraiser for Hillary
6:00 PM — British pop legend Sir Elton John has stepped into the political limelight for the second time this year by agreeing to raise funds for Senator Hillary Clinton's campaign for President of the United States.The multi-millionaire singer-songwriter said in a statement: "I'm not a politician but I believe in the work that Hillary Clinton does."Last month Sir Elton and his civil partner David Furnish held a dinner at their London home to introduce potential donors to Brian Paddick, a friend of the couple and the Lib Dem candidate for Mayor of the city.
Swiss may deport gay teen to Cameroon 1
4:20 PM — Switzerland is due to return a Cameroonian teenager to his home country, where he could face imprisonment and physical punishment.Anatole Zali arrived in Switzerland from Cameroon on 3rd February 2008 and claimed asylum on the grounds that he had been threatened because he is gay.In Cameroon, Zali, who is 18, claims to have received threats from the police, where he stayed with his cousin for protection.
Gay protest at St Patrick’s Day parade 3
3:20 PM — A gay rights group in New York will protest at the traditional St Patrick's Day Parade today.The group, Irish Queers, plans to disrupt the parade, which excludes members of the LGBT community on the grounds that it is a religious event."We're sick of hearing city officials say they can't intercede in the homophobia because it's a religious march," said Tierney Gleason of Irish Queers.
Russian anti-homophobia week faces nationalist protests
1:40 PM — Anti-gay activist have begun preparations to disrupt the planned Russian Week Against Homophobia.It is being held in cities such as Moscow, St Petersburg, Voronezh,Krasnodar, Omsk, Petrozavodsk, Rostov-na-Donu, Samara, Tumen and Cheylabinsk.During the week of March 25th-31st, there will be a series of seminars, panel discussions, meetings and film showings with debates. In addition to this, more signatures for the Manifesto against Homophobia, that was started last year, will be sought.
Gay votes may have been pivotal in Malta election 3
11:50 AM — A political party in Malta that campaigns for LGBT rights may have set back their cause by taking votes away from the country's Labour Party.Labour are generally considered to be more liberal than the winning Nationalist Party (PN), who now remain in power.For a decade the Green Party in Malta, Alternattiva Demokratika (AD) and their leader Harry Vasallo have challenged the two-party system in Malta and pushed for gay civil rights, attracting the votes of thousands of LGBT on the island.
Copenhagen Pride funding restored after media campaign 2
11:30 AM — Officials in the Danish capital Copenhagen have reversed a decision to withhold funding from the city's gay Pride event.Leading Danish LGBT media outlet PrideRadio.dk has described the reaction to the decision, which cited new procedures, as a "media craze that attacked the city's right-wing 'mayor of culture' Mrs Allerslev."She has now said that "a mistake had been made in rejecting funds for Copenhagen Pride."
Norway moves to legalise gay marriage 1
10:50 AM — The Norwegian government has introduced legislation allowing same-sex couples to marry and have joint custody over children.The Scandinavian country already allows gay and lesbian couples to enter into civil partnerships, but LGBT rights groups have long complained the law does not go far enough.The Norwegian National Association for Lesbian and Gay Liberation (LLH) said the current arrangements created two classes of citizenship.
Petition for men convicted over “gay party” in Morocco 1
10:21 AM — The Moroccan Association for Human Rights, along with Human Rights Watch, is launching a petition following the imprisonment of six men for same sex sexual conduct.Police in Morocco arrested the men in November 2007 after a video circulated on the Internet showing a private party in Ksar-el-Kbir.A Tangiers appeals court upheld the conviction under Article 489 of Morocco's penal code.
Hollywood star pays tribute to murdered teen 1
10:20 AM — Actress Portia De Rossi has paid tribute to a murdered teenager in a new public service television advert broadcast in America.Lawrence King, who was reportedly openly gay and sometimes wore 'feminine' clothing to school, was shot twice in the head while in class at the E.O. Green School in Oxnard, California last month.The 60 second commercial, also featuring Grey's Anatomy star TR Knight, Janet Jackson, Andre 3000 and Ashanti, debuted on America's gay TV network Logo last week.
14th March 2008
Lesbian couple delighted at birth of quads 1
5:45 PM — A lesbian couple who work at the Irvine Police Department in Orange County, California have become the parents to quadruplets.Cristine Gaiennie and Patsy Lovell, who have a 2-year old son from the same anonymous sperm donor, conceived after seven failed attempts at artificial insemination.Gaiennie, 39, who carried the babies, underwent ovulation induction to stimulate egg production before successfully giving birth to two boys and two girls earlier this month.
Trans meeting will attract activists from across Europe
5:25 PM — The second meeting of the European Transgender Council is to be held this year in Germany, it was announced today.The council, comprised of Transgender Europe (TGEU), the Transgender Network Berlin (TGNB) and TransInterQueer Berlin (TrIQ) will be meeting in Berlinfrom 2nd to 4th May, following their last successful event held in Vienna in 2005.The programme will feature representatives from international activists and experts such as Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International.
Gay group shocked at ignorance among Euro politicians 1
5:00 PM — Last week's meeting of the Legal Affairs Committee of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe exposed some members' ignorance about gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans people, according to the International Lesbian and Gay Association (ILGA).The committee was holding its first hearing on a report on LGBT rights in the member states.The 47-member Council of Europe promotes and protects democracy, educational and sporting co-operation and created the European Court of Human Rights.