15th May 2007
South Africa Pride coming to Johannesburg 57
5:31 PM — The largest gay pride festival on the African continent will be held on October 6th on the streets of Johannesburg, it was revealed today.A street parade, with the theme "Coming of Age", will be followed by a Mardi Gras at the Zoo Lake Sports Club on Rosebank.It will be a week of celebrations, with the days before the parade including an art exhibition, a cabaret show and fund-raising.
Judges to decide on gay marriage in Connecticut 57
3:58 PM — The debate over same-sex marriage rights in Connecticut could soon be decided by the state Supreme Court.The arguments from both sides were wrapped up in court yesterday, but the decision will probably be months in coming.Eight same-sex couples originally filed the lawsuit in August 2004. They believe that when they were denied the ability to marry, their rights to equality were violated.The couples have been together between 13 and 31 years.
Lithuanian bus drivers angered by gay ads 57
2:20 PM — Drivers of trolley buses in Lithuania are protesting against advertisements promoting tolerance towards gay men and women.Drivers refused to drive the trolley bus bearing the adverts. The ads have now been removed.Conservative attitudes are common in Lithuania, as homosexuality was illegal in the Soviet Union until 1993. In 2004, the age of consent was equalised to 14 years of age.
Partygoers arrested and tortured in Iran 57
1:47 PM — Eighty young men have been arrested at a birthday party in Iran under suspicion of being gay.Last Thursday, security forces in Isfahan stormed a birthday party and arrested every person there. The partygoers were beaten with batons before they were taken into custody.As yet there is no evidence to support the idea of the men being gay. The men are being held for participating in a party with alcoholic drinks, music and dancing.
Students suspended for gay film 57
12:39 PM — Four students have been suspended from their college in India for making a short film on homosexuality.The director, producer and actors in the five minute film have all been suspended from St Joseph's College of Communication in the state of Kerala.The students claim that this disciplinary action is an infringement of their rights of free expression.
14th May 2007
School sued over Brokeback Mountain screening 2
2:08 PM — The grandfather of a 12-year-old girl has filed a half-million dollar lawsuit against the Chicago Board of Education.He claims his granddaughter was traumatised by a school showing of Brokeback Mountain. The lawsuit filed on Friday claims that Jessica Turner suffered psychological distress after being shown the film, that involves the gay relationship between two cowboys in an 8th grade class last year.
Riga Pride gets more international support 2
2:04 PM — Human rights campaigners from across Europe are to attend next month's Riga Pride.Last year the march was attacked and missiles and human excrement were thrown at participants.Gay and lesbian protesters were refused permission to march in Riga on the 22nd July 2006 by city officials, who cited security advice from the interior ministry.
Huge crowds in Rome protest gay rights 1
1:10 PM — Hundreds of thousands of people, including many families with children, came out to protest in Rome on Saturday about a government bill that included legal rights for homosexual couples.The "Family Day" rally in St John Lateran piazza drew people from across Italy.The protest was organised by lay Catholic groups and family associations but not formally backed by the Vatican.
Polish embassy protest planned for IDAHO
1:00 PM — LGBT activists will be demonstrating outside the Polish embassy in London on Thursday as one of many protests worldwide for International Day Against Homophobia.The event will be part of events in over 50 countries to show a united international stand against gay hate.Poland is being targeted because of both attitudes within the country and also new legislation the government there is trying to bring in which is likely to encourage homophobia in schools.
Moscow Pride organisers unveil plans 4
12:45 PM — Moscow Gay Pride organisers handed in the official documents this morning relating to the march scheduled for May 27th.Last week State Duma Deputy Alexey Mitrofanov said the event should be allowed to go ahead.To show his support Mitrofanov will be attending a press conference tomorrow, where Pride organisers will give details of the event.
Army recruiter disciplined over offensive emails
11:24 AM — The US Army has re-assigned a recruiter who sent racist and homophobic emails to a potential recruit who inquired about Army careers.Sergeant Marcia Ramode, who in March sent a series of offensive emails to Corey Andrew, an African American gay man contacted by Ramode through Monster.com, has been suspended from recruiting duties.
Cancer threat from oral sex
10:45 AM — A new cancer study has found that the sexually transmitted virus that causes cervical cancer also increases the risk of certain types of throat cancer among people infected through oral sex.According to the study unprotected oral sex is one of the major causes of a disease often associated with smoking and alcohol abuse.The study involved 100 participants with throat cancer and 200 without it.
Ellen can’t talk about being lesbian, claims star
10:37 AM — When Ellen DeGeneres came out ten years ago in an episode of her self-titled sitcom, she made history.She scored a ratings landslide and almost instantly became a target of the Christian Right.Her series was cancelled a year later due to sagging ratings.Ellen's back on top of the rating's heap thanks to her Emmy-winning daytime talk show.
Serial killer fear as two gay men murdered
10:25 AM — Police in Halifax, Nova Scotia issued a public warning on Friday for the city's gay community to protect themselves after two gay men were found murdered."Both victims were gay men who were known to frequent cruising areas in Halifax regional municipality," Deputy Chief Chris McNeil of Halifax Regional Police said in a statement to the media."We do not know if their sexual orientation or the cruising areas played a factor in their deaths."
Comment: The race divide splits the gay community 5
10:05 AM — There are places in America where segregation still exists.Blacks only associate with blacks, whites only associate with whites and neither the two shall meet.Racism still permeates the fabric of our very society. As the recent attacks on Barack Obama illustrate, no one is safe from scrutiny.
12th May 2007
Serbia win, Scooch manage not to come bottom 3
11:06 PM — Marija Šerifović of Serbia has won the Eurovision Song Contest with 288 votes.She is the daughter of Serbian singer Verica Šerifović and a Bosniak immigrant father from Turkey.Camp stars Scooch managed to score second from bottom with 19 points for the United Kingdom.As has become the norm of late, the Eastern European, Scandinavian and Balkan states voted for each other.
11th May 2007
Pakistan gripped by trans marriage case
3:11 PM — A couple in Pakistan are facing arrest after doctors concluded the groom was actually a woman, despite a sex change operation.Shumain Raj, 31, and Shahzina Tariq, 26, married last year, however last week Raj appeared in court to complain about threats from his wife's relatives, according to a judge Mohammed Sharif.A warrant was issued on Wednesday by the Lahore High Court after the medics charged with examining Raj submitted their report.
Bermuda pastor defends island over Rosie cruise 6
2:03 PM — A pastor in Bermuda has spoken out about the recent gay cruise cancellation saying the church had missed a "great opportunity" to show what good Christians they are.Reverend Wilbur Lowe, pastor of the Mount Zion AME church, felt the controversy over the Rosie O'Donnell gay family cruise was handled poorly by United by Faith, an organisation representing 80 churches in Bermuda.O'Donnell's company, R Family Vacations, cancelled the July 12 visit to Bermuda.
Trans activist takes up San Francisco police role
1:20 PM — The city where the modern political LGBT movement took root has elected an transgender woman as head of the police commission.Theresa Sparks will be the new President of the San Francisco Police Commission.Ms Sparks, who joined the commission in 2004, has a long history of advocating for the transgender community.
Russian MPs speak in favour of Moscow Pride 1
11:30 AM — A senior member of the Duma, the parliament of the Russian Federation, has condemned the ban on a gay Pride march in Moscow later this month.Alexei Mitrofanov, who represents the Liberal Democratic party, said the ban leads to very negative consequences for Russia.The homophobic mayor of Moscow has pledged he will never allow a gay march in his city, calling gay people "Satanic."