20th April 2007
US city creates gaybourhood
10:10 AM — When gay and lesbian tourists next visit Philadelphia they'll find something even more welcoming in the gay-friendly city.In what represents a historic moment for the LGBT community and the City of Philadelphia, Mayor John F. Street has dedicated 36 new street signs that are permanently affixed with the rainbow flag to designate the 'Gaybourhood.'A dedication ceremony was held on Wednesday.
19th April 2007
Transsexual seeks change of birth certificate
6:25 PM — A female who was born as a male is asking the High Court in Dublin to instruct the government to issue her with a new birth cerificate.Dr Lydia Foy, a dentist from Athy, Co. Kildare, is claiming that the failure of the Irish government to take action is in breach of the European Convention on Human Rights Act 2003.She has previously been issued with a passport and driving licence in which she is identified as female.
Lesbian chainsaw murderer spared death penalty
4:38 PM — A deaf, black lesbian woman convicted of the murder of an alleged rival will not be put to death.Commentators had widely discussed the possibility that Daphne Wright might become the first woman ever sentenced to death in the state of South Dakota.Wright, 43, was found guilty of murdering Darlene VanderGeisen and cutting up her body with a chainsaw.
Gay hate church to picket gun rampage funerals 4
2:31 PM — The Westboro Baptist Church has announced they will picket the funerals of the 32 victims of the shooting spree at Virginia Tech.The church are notorious for their anti-gay views, and often protest at the funerals of American military personnel killed in Iraq."The evidence is they were not Christian. God does not do that to his servants," a church spokesperson told CBS news.
Study suggests 15% of gay men suffer from eating disorders 3
1:11 PM — A new study claims that gay or bisexual men are three times more likely to suffer from an eating disorder than heterosexual men.The report suggests that gay and bisexual men and women may generally be at far higher risk for conditions like bulimia.The results showed that more than 15% of gay or bisexual men had at some time suffered anorexia, bulimia or binge-eating disorder.
Australians worry about gays next door
12:34 PM — Global research into attitudes towards minorities has found that a quarter of Australians do not want gay neighbours.However, that figure still did not exceed the homophobia expressed in Italy and other conservative European nations.The people of Northern Ireland were the most prejudiced against gay people, with 36% saying they did not want them moving in next door.
Poland gay rights march faces counter-demo 1
11:39 AM — This Saturday's March for Tolerance in the Polish city of Krakow will be picketed by a rightwing group with a history of hatred for gay people.All-Polish Youth has said they will take to the streets to protest against homosexual rights."We will not permit the sodomites to enter the city's main square," a spokesman for the group said, according to Catholic World News.
Colorado approves workplace protection law
11:25 AM — Forgive gay and lesbian Coloradans if they aren't jumping for joy at the recent news that their state Senate approved a bill that would bar workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation.Colorado lawmakers, led by Democrat state Senator Jen Veiga, have passed similar bills in the last two years but both were vetoed by former Republican Governor Bill Owens.
Gay couple sue adoption website
11:10 AM — Michael Butler and Rich Butler, a gay couple from San Jose, have got approval to go ahead with a discrimination suit against an adoption web site.Phyllis J. Hamilton, the US District Court Judge who handed down this ruling, decided that the web site's alleged discriminating of the Butlers, and of gay couples in general, was not in line with the anti-discrimination laws in the state of California
US clergy endorse hate-crimes legislation
10:10 AM — Religious leaders from all of America's 50 states rallied on Capitol Hill yesterday in support of legislation to give homosexuals greater protection under existing hate-crime laws.The bill in question, which has been named the Matthew Shepard Act in memory of the gay college student killed in Wyoming in 1998, will afford the Justice Department with greater powers to investigate crimes motivated by sexual orientation or gender identity.
18th April 2007
Analysis: Pope’s birthday a time for reflection 1
5:51 PM — As Benedict XVI, 80 this week, approaches his third year of his Papal reign there is little evidence to suggest that he his about to loosen his conservative grip.Since his election on April 19 2005, the leader of the world's 800 million Roman Catholics has taken an increasingly tough line in areas such abortion and same-sex marriage.
US teenagers silent school protest against homophobia
4:15 PM — Thousands of student activists across America will go through today without saying a word to help raise awareness of discrimination.The Gay, Lesbian Straight Education Network (GLSEN) has organised the 11th Annual Day of Silence.The campaign has a strong following in the US and more than 500,000 participants from more than 350 schools are expected to remain mute in protest.
Aruba must recognise Dutch gay weddings
2:00 PM — The Netherlands' supreme court has ruled that legislation allowing same-sex unions must be recognized in Aruba, a constituent country of Holland.The decision follows a row over a same-sex couple who were denied the right to register their union in Aruba's civil register.Aruba refused to recognise same-sex marriages in 2005 although it did legalise homosexual relations between consenting adults in private.
Gay Pride banned despite court ruling
12:52 PM — For the third year in a row, Moldovan authorities have banned the gay pride march in the capital of Chisinau.Moldova is not part of the EU, but is influenced by its neighbour Romania, an EU member state since January 2007.The small landlocked country of 4m people gained independence from the Soviet Union in 1991.
Comment – It’s all change in France, Turkey and Britain 5
11:34 AM — Across the continent, new leaders will be taking charge. What does it mean for gays? Ben Leung reports. For those of us living in Europe, the next six weeks could well be one of those extraordinary periods that future generations look back on with fascination.With two monumental elections taking place at either end of the continent - France in the west and Turkey in the east.
US lawmakers mock gender reassignment 1
10:45 AM — A bill which would have made it easier for people who have undergone gender reassignment to get new birth certificate has been treated with ridicule by Illinois representatives.The state's House of Representatives discussed the bill yesterday, and the comments of several members were accused of "serious insensitivity."The state of Illinois already allows for new birth certificates to be issued to people who undergo gender reassignment surgery in the US.
Iraqi gays victims of “sexual cleansing” 3
10:12 AM — The lesbian and gay community in Iraq have called for urgent action from the international community to protect LGBT people in the country.The groups have labelled the violence in Iraq aimed at gay people "sexual cleansing," and say that the number of victims is growing on a daily basis.The last three months have seen the most bloodshed.
17th April 2007
Could drag past scupper Presidential dreams?
5:59 PM — The campaign of presidential hopeful Rudy Giuliani could be damaged by his past as a drag queen, political experts say.Giuliani , the former Mayor of New York, has only appeared in drag in public a handful of times.At an annual political roast in 1997, Giuliani came on stage wearing a platinum blonde wig, makeup and a pink gown.
Rosie’s gay family cruise will avoid homophobic island 6
3:22 PM — A spokesman for the Bermudan Prime Minister has confirmed that a cruise for gay families will not be visiting the island later this year.The cruise, hosted by lesbian comedian Rosie O'Donnell, was the focus of faith-based protests when it visited the Bahamas in 2004.Bermudan church groups had promised action against the visiting gay families.
Howard backs down over ban on HIV+ migrants
2:59 PM — The Prime Minister of Australia has been forced to abandon plans to refuse entry to HIV positive migrants and refugees.A government spokesman has said that the commitment made by John Howard will be "quietly dishonoured," after he came under fire from HIV/AIDS groups.The HIV/AIDS Legal Centre said that HIV positive patients were already barred from entry into Australia in most cases.