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."
Gay board game is no trivial pursuit
10:51 AM — Do you know in which film Karen Black played a transsexual? How about where the saying "friend of Dorothy" comes?Well, if you don't, you better brush up on your gay history and fun facts because in the tradition of Trivial Pursuit, although no affiliation, there comes a new game called Homogenius.The game offers a novel way to ignite conversation and learn more about the gay community.
10th May 2007
City aims to shed homophobic image 1
3:41 PM — It seems some of Colorado Springs' residents have had enough of the city's anti-gay reputation.The city of nearly 2 million people is the second-largest in Colorado and home to several airforce bases and the home of NORAD, the North American Aerospace Defence Command.It is also noted for the concentration of religious groups such as Focus On The Family.
US state alters partner name-change rules
3:00 PM — Domestic partners in California may soon find it easier to change their last names, or make up a new family name.On Monday the state Assembly passed a measure that would ease the process of name-changing for same-sex couples.However, the measure must first be adopted by the state Senate, and also signed by California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, before it is made legal.
9th May 2007
Cardinal: homosexuality a form of prostitution 3
5:27 PM — The opposition of the Roman Catholic church to gay Pride parades reached a new low today when the Archbishop of Riga called homosexuality "total corruption in the sexual arena" and "an unnatural form of prostitution."An open letter from Cardinal Janis Pujats demands a referendum on the issue of same-sex marriage and calls on crowds of people to take to the streets of Riga to oppose the Pride march on June 3rd.The Cardinal calls gay Pride a "foreign-inspired action."
Gay parents just as good, government study finds 2
2:54 PM — An academic study into the impact of children being raised by gay parents found that children living with two mothers have the same social competence as a child raised by a straight couple.The 2003 report was only released by Canada's Justice Department after a freedom of information request by its author.Professor Paul Hastings of Concordia University was commissioned by the Liberal government as the country was discussing same-sex marriage, now legal in Canada.
Only bi because of jail time, tribunal rules
2:30 PM — A Pakistani man has been refused asylum in Australia and told that he was only bisexual because he was in a detention centre.Mr Humayun claims that as a Christian and bisexual he would be persecuted by his Muslim family if he was returned to Pakistan."I'm worried for my life if I am deported home," he said.
Quebec gay leader resigns aged 41
1:26 PM — When the Parti Québécois disappointed their supporters with a low result in the state elections in March, many blamed their leader, Andre Boisclair.Now Mr Bosclair, the first ever out gay man to lead a political party in North America, has resigned after only two years in the job.The PQ won just 36 of the province's 125 seats to finish in third place.
US Anglican churches defy Williams 9
12:46 PM — A controversial African primate has defied the Archbishop of Canterbury and established a breakaway branch of the church opposed to gay priests.Archbishop Peter Akinola of Nigeria accused the Anglican leadership of being "insulting and condescending" to the rest of the church.He performed a ceremony to establish American bishop Martyn Minns as head of a new church branch under his control in Nigeria.
Judge proves he is down with the youth
12:15 PM — One of Australia's most prominent out gay people has shown an unexpected talent for rapping.Michael Kirby, a Justice of the High Court, has lived openly with his partner for the last 37 years.Earlier this week he took to the state in Melbourne and rapped a dust with Elf Tranzporter.
Jews and Muslims back Pope over gay rights 5
11:32 AM — The Chief Rabbi of Rome has weighed into the controversy surrounding gay rights.Riccardo Di Segni has said people of the Jewish faith must oppose moves to grant limited recognition to same-sex and unmarried couples.The main Islamic group in Italy has also backed the stance of the Roman Catholic church.
LGBT Americans seek immigration rights 1
11:10 AM — Gay activists have hailed the reintroduction yesterday of the Uniting American Families Act.The bill will allow US citizens and legal residents in same-sex relationships to sponsor their partners for immigration purposes.One of the fundamental principles of U.S. immigration law is the notion of family unification.
Airport employee sacked for intercom homophobia
10:55 AM — A Florida airport employee got the axe Monday for playing an anti-gay message on a terminal intercom, offending a travelling gay couple.The South Florida Sun-Sentinal reports that Broward County officials said Jefhro Monestime, an employee at Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport, admitted to playing the offensive verse through the intercom last week as a joke.The verse from Leviticus 20:13 was broadcast last Tuesday throughout the airport.
8th May 2007
AIDS ignorance revealed by Chinese gay hotline
12:32 PM — In another sign of relaxing attitudes to homosexuality in the world's most populous country, the state-controlled Chinese press has reported on the problems faced by gay people. China Daily has highlighted the work of a Guangzhou-based free hotline for homosexuals.However, the paper emphasises that 56% of the 2,336 calls it has received are about psychological problems.
Gay marriage off the agenda as Sarkozy triumphs 1
11:40 AM — LGBT activists were coming to terms with the defeat of Segolene Royal in Sunday's final election for the President of France.Nicolas Sarkozy won a solid 53% of the vote on Sunday to Ms Royal's to 47%. There was another huge turnout of 85%.The victory of right-wing Mr Sarkozy means that the chances of gay marriage becoming legal in France are greatly reduced.
Gay Republicans consider Presidential nominees
11:03 AM — Delegates of the nations largest gay Republican organisation have cast their eye on former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani as their presidential choice.The Log Cabin Republicans cite his record on social issues, taxes and defence among his virtues.Giuliani has been courting more conservative GOP (Republican) voters in his bid for the White House.