29th January 2007
Ban on gay sperm donation legal 2
12:31 PM — A Canadian court has said that the ban on gay men donating sperm is perfectly legal.A lesbian woman had claimed that federal regulations that prohibit the use of sperm from any man who has had sex with another man was a breach of her rights.The woman wanted to use sperm from a gay friend, but a 1977 law prohibits him from donating.
Ear bitten off in homophobic attack
11:30 AM — A motorist in San Diego's vibrant Hillcrest district bit the ear off a gay man in a homophobic assault.The incident occurred at 11.10pm on Friday, and has been particularly shocking for the gay community given the area's diverse and tolerant culture.The victim, a 43 year old man, had stopped in a San Diego car park with two companions.
Gibraltar gay rights record criticised 25
10:43 AM — The government of Gibraltar is failing to protect sexual minorities, say gay rights campaigners in the territory.Gib Gay Rights Group are to approach the European Commission in Brussels to raise their concerns about the government's attitude towards LGBT people.Gibraltar is a self-governing overseas territory of the United Kingdom, but the government in London have no control over social policy.
26th January 2007
Mexico to consider trans rights 1
10:30 AM — A Mexican politician has announced he is to bring forward legislation in March to amend the country's constitution to grant legal protection for transgender people.David Sanchez Camacho, a Federal congressman for the socialist Partido de la Revolución Democrática, (PRD), also revealed he intends to propose new laws to allow trans people to legally change their gender and name.
25th January 2007
Dick Cheney defends lesbian daughter’s pregnancy 1
12:45 PM — The Vice President of the United States has told CNN that he is delighted about the imminent birth of his sixth grandchild, and told presenter Wolf Blitzer he was out of order for bringing it up.Mr Cheney was piqued that the TV host chose to mention the pregnancy of his younger daughter Mary in the context of criticism from fundamentalist groups who think it is wrong for a lesbian to have a child.
Sacked actor speaks out about ‘faggot’ incident 5
12:06 PM — Actor Isaiah Washington, fired this month from Grey's Anatomy after the months-long controversy he incited by using an anti-gay slur, claims ABC "fired the wrong guy."In an interview with the Houston Chronicle, Washington blames former cast mate T.R. Knight for stoking the scandal that led him to lose his role in the ABC hit.Knight, who came out after the incident, is the one who should have been let go, he told the newspaper.
Euro survey reveals attitudes to diversity
11:31 AM — A survey carried out across the EU has found that the Italians are the most attuned to homophobia, while Swedes are the quickest in the European Union to embrace the concept of the multi-cultural society.They are also among the least satisfied with efforts to combat discrimination, according to a new Eurobarometer survey.Some 73 percent of Italians thought discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation was widespread, the highest figure in the EU.
24th January 2007
US marriage amendment abandoned 1
2:48 PM — Attempts by Colorado Republicans to bring forward an amendment to the United States Constitution banning same-sex marriage will not be repeated in the current Congress.The Pueblo Chieftan newspaper reports that Representative Marilyn Musgrave and Senator Wayne Allard admitted last week that they are not planning any further legislation.
23rd January 2007
Friends friends to share on-screen lesbian kiss
10:22 AM — Stars Courtney Cox and Jennifer Aniston are to be reunited in the season finale of hit US drama series Dirt. The show stars Cox as Lucy Spiller, the editor of a sleazy American tabloid newspaper, and has been a big hit for FX networks since its premiere at the start of 2007.It was announced last month that Cox's close friend and Friends co-star Jennifer Aniston will feature in the season finale.
Grey’s star signs up for No Name-Calling Week 4
10:22 AM — Shamed TV actor Isaiah Washington has signalled his desire to put the controversy surrounding his use of the word 'faggot' behind him by co-operating with Gay, Lesbian Straight Education Network.Washington, one of the stars of the hit medical drama Grey's Anatomy has apologised for using homophobic language to refer to his co-star TR Knight.He met with representatives of GLSEN yesterday in Los Angeles.
22nd January 2007
GLAAD nominees include Grey’s Anatomy
4:35 PM — The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation has revealed which films and TV shows have been nominated in their 18th Annual Media Awards.Among the expected nominations for The L Word is a nod for a show that in recent weeks has become more notorious for the F word.ABC hit show Grey's Anatomy has been nominated in the category of Outstanding Individual Episode (in a series without a gay character).
Human rights group tell Tatchell to back off
2:00 PM — Calls last week from gay rights group OutRage! to pile international pressure on the Nigerian government have been blasted as unhelpful and counterproductive by New York-based NGO Human Rights Watch.On Friday, Peter Tatchell urged gay and lesbian people to contact the Nigerian goverment to show their opposition to draconian new laws aimed at outlawing same-sex marriage and restricting other gay rights.
19th January 2007
Tutu stands up for gays 2
5:12 PM — Legendary anti-apartheid campaigner Archbishop Desmond Tutu has urged his fellow Anglicans to focus on the problems facing Africa and stop obsessing over gay issues.Dr Tutu told a conference in Nairobi that the God he worships does not consider the position of homosexual clergy to be more important that AIDS.The former Archbishop of Cape Town is attending the World Social Forum in Kenya.
Matthew Shepard’s mum nominated for award
4:13 PM — Gay activists in America are urging people across the world to vote for Judy Shepard, who has been chosen as a finalist in the fifth "Volvo For Life" awards.Mrs Shepard, Executive Director of the Matthew Shepard Foundation, has become one of America's most vocal advocates for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality.The foundation was created by Dennis and Judy Shepard in memory of their 21-year old son, Matthew.
Network steps into F word row, actor apologises 4
11:51 AM — ABC television has issued a rebuke to Grey's Anatomy star Isaiah Washington for using the word faggot in public.And in yet another twist, Washington has apologised for the second time for his use of the offensive word.An online petition sent to bosses at ABC asked the network to fire Washington, and was signed by over 9,000 people.
Alleged rapist and serial killer in court
10:47 AM — A 42-year-old man has appeared in court in Louisiana charged with nine counts of first degree murder.Ronald Dominique pleaded not guilty to the charges, which relate to the rape and murder of nine men in Terrebonne County between 2002 and 2005.The accused was arrested by police at a homeless shelter last month.
Gay director pleads not guilty
10:23 AM — A lawyer for Gus Van Sant, director of My Own Private Idaho, has told a court in Portland, Oregon, that he is not guilty of driving recklessly and drink-driving.The 54-year-old was arrested on December 21st last year, after police officers spotted him driving at night with no headlights on.Police allege that the director was slurring his words and had bloodshot eyes when stopped.
Mardi Gras protest over gay marriage 1
9:55 AM — Sydney Mardi Gras organisers have launched a stinging attack on the Australian Prime Minister's stance on same-sex marriage.The federal government of John Howard has rejected calls for Australian gay and lesbian couples to be allowed to have same-sex marriages or civil unions.The Liberal leader has spoken out against gay rights on many occasions.
18th January 2007
Nigerian anti-gay laws about to pass
5:55 PM — New legislation currently being debated by politicians in Nigeria could be the most serious crackdown on the rights of gay and lesbian people since the Iranian revolution.The proposed laws are presented as a defence of marriage, but gay activist Peter Tatchell argues they seek to remove the few rights sexual minorities have in the troubled African state.
Controversial gay ex-MP demands pension
4:45 PM — The Australian former Liberal party MP Andrew Olexander is in the limelight once again.He is applying for an exemption to allow him to access a pension paid for by the taxpayer.Mr Olexander was a controversial figure in the Liberal party, roughly equivalent to the Conservatives in the UK.