4th June 2007
Gay pride in Riga goes ahead peacefully 57
3:45 PM — Gay men and women held the first gay pride with no sign of violence in Riga yesterday.Five hundred people gathered in the Latvian capital, in a fenced park with tight security provided by the police.Small groups of anti-gay protestors hurled insults, but no violence took place, and two people were arrested for the verbal abuse.
Paris Hilton in jail 57
12:33 PM — Heiress, socialite and gay icon Paris Hilton began her jail sentence for violating probation in Los Angeles yesterday.Hilton's jail term has already been cut from 45 days to 23 days under state sentencing guidelines, but she did not have to hand herself in until Tuesday.Richard A. Hutton, her attorney, said: "Paris Hilton has turned herself in to begin serving her sentence for violating probation at a Los Angeles County Jail."
Californian gay prisoners get conjugal visits 57
11:00 AM — Gay and lesbian prisoners in California are to be allowed conjugal visits from their partners, under a new prison policy revealed on Friday.The change in policy came after gay and civil rights groups threatened to sue the prisons under equality laws.The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) sent a letter threatening legal action on behalf of Vernon Foeller, 40, a gay inmate incarcerated for attempted burglary.
2nd June 2007
Bush asks for $30bn to fight AIDS worldwide
10:00 PM — President Bush has called on the United States Congress to double U.S. funding towards fighting the global AIDS pandemic.He requested $30 billion through the President's Emergency Programme for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) for the first five years after he leaves office.The President first announced his plans to create PEPFAR, a five year, $15 billion dollar initiative to combat AIDS worldwide, during his 2003 State of the Union Address.
American dating service, eHarmony accused of discrimination
11:52 AM — An online dating service is being sued for allegedly discriminating against lesbians, gays and bisexuals.Linda Carlson from North Carolina tried to use the eHarmony website, widely advertised in America, to find a partner of the same sex. She found that she could only register as a "woman seeking a man" or a "man seeking a woman." She wrote to the company to complain but was told that the website would not change it's policy.
1st June 2007
Polish TV cuts Little Britain gay vicar sketch 57
1:15 PM — Polish state broadcaster TVP announced yesterday it had censored a Little Britain sketch due to its portrayal of gay characters.Around one minute of an episode of the comedy show was cut.It showed popular character Daffyd (Matt Lucas), "the only gay in the village", manning a sex toy stall at a church fete, and a gay vicar kissing his boyfriend (David Walliams).
Backlash against New Hampshire civil unions 57
1:15 PM — Conservative groups in New Hampshire are voicing concerns over the legalisation of same-sex unions.Governor John Lynch yesterday signed the new bill that will make civil partnerships available to gay New Hampshire couples from January 2008.New Hampshire is now the fourth state to allow same-sex civil unions.
Livingstone: Latvia must allow pride to go on peacefully 5
10:39 AM — The Mayor of London, Ken Livingstone argues that the Latvian government and the Mayor of Riga should allow their gay pride march to go ahead without hindrance.In the past year, there have been attacks on the rights of lesbians and gay men in Eastern Europe with violence at, and/or bans on, Gay Pride events in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Russia, Moldova and Romania. I have already, and continue, to condemn all these.
Montreal gay bar under fire for sexual discrimination 57
10:39 AM — A woman turned away from a gay bar on the grounds of her gender has lodged a human rights complaint.Audrey Vachon, a 20 year old college student, was refused service and asked to leave Le Stud, a gay bar in Montreal's village, last Tuesday.Ms. Vachon has since made a complaint to Quebec's human rights commission, based on Article 10 of the Quebec Charter, which prevents sexual discrimination.
31st May 2007
Hollywood actor confirms Presidential bid 1
4:00 PM — The veteran film and TV actor Fred Thompson has said he intends to seek the Republican party's nomination for President of the United States in 2008."I can't remember exactly the point that I said, 'I'm going to do this,'" Thompson told USA Today."But when I did, the thing that occurred to me: 'I'm going to tell people that I am thinking about it and see what kind of reaction I get to it.'"
New Hampshire legalises civil unions
3:32 PM — The Governor of New Hampshire signed a civil unions bill into law today. It will come into force on January 1st 2008.The bill previously passed the state's House of Representatives by a margin of 2 to 1.In April the state Senate approved the bill by 14 votes to 10."We in New Hampshire have had a long and proud tradition taking the lead and opposing discrimination," Governor John Lynch said according to AP.
Analysis: The dirt will not stick to the Teflon Taoiseach
10:16 AM — Ireland's Prime Minister Bertie Ahern has worked his magic for a third time.The Irish elections held on 24th May 2007 saw Fianna Fail returning as the largest party. They will be lead yet again by Bertie Ahern - his third consecutive five year term.The electorate focused on the two traditional parties, Fianna Fail and Fine Gael, with Bertie winning the trust of the masses, who appeared to be unwilling to stray too far from what they have enjoyed so far under his leadership.
30th May 2007
Surrogate mother left off birth certificate 1
10:52 PM — Surrogate mothers no longer have to be named as the child's mother on the birth certificate, according to a recent US court decision.The ruling came about as a result of a case involving a surrogate and father from the Washington suburban area.The woman who carried the twins for a father used an egg donor and had no genetic relationship to them. Both she and the father did not want her listed as the mother, the Associated Press reported.
Frasier star quietly comes out 1
10:52 PM — Given his years of using the old 'I don't talk about my personal life' line, it should come as no surprise that Frasier actor David Hyde Pierce's first official declaration that he's gay was not by press release or calculated announcement, but via a sly name drop that named the Emmy winning star's partner.In an interview with CNN.com to promote his Tony-nominated turn in the Broadway musical Curtains, the journalist makes reference to Pierce's partner Brian Hargrove.
Openly gay sailor to campaign against ban 1
10:52 PM — Former Naval Petty Officer 2nd Class Jason Knight, a linguist who served openly during two enlistments in the US Navy, is to join forces with pressure group the Servicemembers Legal Defence Network.SLDN are working for repeal of the American military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" ban on lesbian, gay and bisexual personnel.Petty Officer Knight came out to his command and was subsequently discharged from the Navy in 2005.
Swedes invite Moscow mayor to a gay day out 1
6:06 PM — City councillors in Stockholm have invited the Mayor of Moscow to the city's gay Pride festival in August.Their tongue-in-cheek invite comes in the wake of the Russian's ban on similar public displays by LGBT people in his city.Stockholm city council Green Party leader Yvonne Ruwaida hit upon the idea of showing Mayor Yuri Luzhkov how Pride is celebrated on the other side of the Baltic Sea, and she was backed by councillors from other parties.
Men accused of injecting HIV+ blood into rape victims
5:40 PM — Dutch police have confirmed they are holding three men who they suspect of using so-called "sex parties" to rape men and inject them with HIV infected blood.Reuters reports that AIDS groups in the city of Groningen approached police about the parties after receiving tipoffs.Two of the accused are reported to have confessed to injecting their victims against their will with their blood. Both tested positive for the virus.
Teletubbies safe from Polish probe 2
2:38 PM — Poland's ombudsman for children's rights has said she will not be asking state psychologists to examine the BBC children's programme Teletubbies for a gay subtext.Ewa Sowinska has been widely mocked since she said in a magazine interview that the popular show might not be suitable for public television because one of the ostensibly male characters, Tinky Winky, carries a handbag.Ms Sowinska is a member of the League of Polish Families, a political party which is part of the country's coalition government.
US lesbians take on mortgage lenders 1
10:55 AM — A lawsuit has been filed in a New York federal court on behalf of a same-sex couple after the self-described "America's number one home loan lender" refused to add one partner to the other's existing mortgage and then threatened to foreclose on their home.Adola DeWolf, 49, a teacher for juveniles in the justice system, and Laura Watts, 42, a college administrator, have been in a relationship since 2004.
Wedding shop for gay men opens in Barcelona
10:40 AM — Gay men planning to get married in Spain now can pamper themselves before the big day thanks to a luxury bridal shop recently opened just for them.The shop, called By, offers made-to-measure suits, some of which are inlaid with 22-carat gold.They also sell rings and other accessories created by a collection of Spanish designers.