2nd November 2007
Hate church given taste of own medicine 2
11:03 AM — In what some may see as an example of karma, the family of Reverend Fred Phelps awoke this morning to a pair of messages spray painted to a sign and a fence on the grounds of their Kansas church.The message on the sign said, "God hates the Phelps," while the message on the fence read, "God hates intolerance," according to a report from the ABC television station in Topeka, Kansas.Topeka Police were called to the Phelps compound, which houses the family's Westboro Baptist Church, around 10 a.m. yesterday morning.
1st November 2007
Australian “family values” party in new gay scandal
11:35 AM — The leader of a minor political party in Australia has had to apologise for one of his candidates who tried to out an electoral rival.In the Courier Mail newspaper, Family First candidate for the Leichhardt constituency in Queensland Ben Jacobsen said the voters had a right to know if his Liberal opponent Charlie McKillop is a lesbian."The voters might not give a rat's if a candidate is gay, but they have a right to know who you'll bat for," said Mr Jacobsen.
Pope to meet Saudi King Abdullah 4
11:10 AM — The leader of the Roman Catholic Church is to hold meetings with the head of state of Saudi Arabia.Tuesday's meeting between Benedict XVI and King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz will be the first between a Pope and a Saudi ruler.The King has been on a controversial state visit to the United Kingdom, which ended today.
Irish government to introduce civil partnerships 12
10:45 AM — The Irish Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform has announced that the government will introduce a bill to legalise civil partnerships by March 2008.While opposing a similar bill put forward by the opposition Labour party yesterday, Brian Lenihan said that details would follow soon.He confirmed that in the government's opinion the special place of marriage in the Irish Constitution there would be no moves to legalise gay marriage.
Gay basketball star asks for allies and friends
10:26 AM — Retired professional basketball player John Amaechi is the star of a 20-second public service announcement (PSA) released today in the US by the Gay Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) to mark the beginning of the 2007-08 professional basketball season.The PSA is the fifth installment of GLAAD's new public education campaign that encourages viewers to "Be an Ally a Friend."The British-born athlete made history in February when he became the first former NBA player to come out publicly.
Republican resigns amid gay sex scandal 7
10:15 AM — A Washington state lawmaker who was caught with his pants down earlier this week - figuratively and literally - has resigned.On Monday Republican State Representative Richard Curtis told a local newspaper, The Columbian, "I have not had sex with a guy," the guy in question being Cody Castagna, a 26-year-old waiter from the Spokane area.Originally, Curtis told police he was the victim of an extortion attempt by Castagna at the posh Davenport Tower hotel on October 26th.
Hate church loses Marine funeral case 5
10:02 AM — A jury in the United States has awarded the father of a Marine whose funeral was targeted by Fred Phelps' anti-gay group nearly $11m in damages.It is the first individual lawsuit brought against Westboro Baptist Church (WBC) for its protests at military funerals.Albert Snyder claimed that protesters from the Kansas-based anti-gay group destroyed his only chance to bury in peace the son he lost in Iraq.
31st October 2007
Gay workplace protection law stalls in Congress
3:24 PM — The Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) was due to come before lawmakers this week, but a slew of other business has delayed its passage, as arguments about trans protections continue.Attempts by a lesbian lawmaker in the US Congress to include trans people in new workplace legislation may fail to gain support from Democrats.Many of the Democrats elected for the first time last November do not want ENDA to include protections for trans people, fearful of a backlash from conservatives.
Pride petrol bomber charged with hate crime
3:00 PM — Prosecutors in Croatia yesterday charged a 25-year-old with a hate crime for attempting to throw petrol bombs at a Pride parade.Identified only as Josip S, he is the first person accused of a hate crime in the country since they became an offence under the country's Penal Code in 2006.Police spotted him at the Pride event on 7th July with petrol bombs but he fled the scene. He was later arrested.
Irish gays drum up support for civil unions 13
2:45 PM — The leading gay organisation in the Republic of Ireland has called on all political parties in the country to support a bill legalising same-sex civil unions.The opposition Labour party are to re-introduce the legislation in the Dáil, the Irish parliament, this evening.Eoin Collins, director of policy change at the Gay and Lesbian Equality Network (GLEN) said the proposed new legislation was a significant step.
Comment: It’s STILL Elementary
1:35 PM — Academy award-winning director Debra Chasnoff on teaching American schoolchildren about LGBT people. When we released our film, It's Elementary - Talking About Gay Issues in Schools, a decade ago, the teachers featured in the documentary were breaking new ground by finding ways to talk to their elementary and middle school students about lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.The educators we found were rarities. Most teachers had never considered having such conversations.
Hillary pledges AIDS funds if elected
11:21 AM — Senator Hillary Clinton pleased HIV and AIDS groups late last week by pledging that, if elected President, she will provide at least $50 billion for the fight against AIDS by 2013 and will "make significant progress toward providing an additional one percent of the U.S. budget to fighting poverty in impoverished countries."Religious and community leaders belonging to two groups, Iowans for AIDS Action and New Hampshire Fights AIDS, have been pressing presidential candidates to sign the "Presidential Pledge for Leadership on Global AIDS and Poverty."
Third of US high school footballers have gay sex claims sociologist 1
11:14 AM — A new study to be published in the Journal of Sex Roles suggests that one third of former American high school football players have had sexual relations with other men.Sociologist Dr. Eric Anderson, who is credited with being the first openly gay high school coach during his tenure at Huntington Breach High in the early nineties, conducted research questionnaires with a small sample of ex-high school football players who said that they have had some sexual contact with other men.
Gay hate church trial nears end 3
10:43 AM — Shirley Phelps-Roper took the witness stand last week as the lawsuit brought against her father's Westboro Baptist Church drew to a close.Phelps-Roper told jurors at the courtroom in Baltimore that she was an angel sent to speak the truth to "earth dwellers" about the hate God has for their evil.She explained last week that's why she picketed the funeral of Matthew Snyder, a 20-year-old Marine who was killed in Iraq in March of 2006.
HIV may have come to US in 1960s
10:36 AM — The HIV virus arrived the United States in 1969 from Haiti, carried most likely by a single infected immigrant who set the stage for a world epidemic, scientists said on Monday.According to Reuters, Michael Worobey, a University of Arizona evolutionary biologist, said the 1969 U.S. entry date is earlier than some experts had believed.The timeline laid out in the study led by Worobey indicates that HIV infections were occurring in the United States for roughly 12 years before AIDS was first recognised.
30th October 2007
Former Australian PM was not gay says wife 2
4:32 PM — The widow of former Australian Prime Minister Sir William McMahon has said claims that her husband was gay are "outrageous."For a brief period in the 1970's Sonia McMahon was thrust into the spotlight as the spouse of one of Australia's shortest-serving Prime Ministers.Lady McMahon agreed to speak to author Susan Mitchell while she was writing her new book, Stand By Your Man.
Travel: Take the train to medieval Flanders
4:25 PM — From next month Eurostar will transport travellers to northern Europe in record time from their new terminal at London's St Pancras station.Taking the train through the Channel Tunnel has become commonplace in recent years, but there is more to see than just Paris and Brussels.Belgium boasts a range of attractive destinations, prime among them the beautifully preserved medieval city of Bruges.
Porn to be used as evidence in military trial
2:37 PM — Gay pornography found on the computer of a US Navy doctor has been accepted as evidence in his trial on charges that he made secret video recordings of Naval Academy midshipmen having sex in his home, a military judge ruled.Even if Commander Kevin Ronan is found innocent at the conclusion of his trial this month, the emergence of such evidence often triggers a military investigation into a service member's sexual orientation, which could mean the end of his military career.
Rock Hudson bedded Dean to win bet with Liz Taylor 19
12:56 PM — A former Hollywood starlet has revealed that actress Elizabeth Taylor made a bet with closeted gay actor Rock Hudson about which one of them could seduce James Dean.The much-married Ms Taylor lost out, according to Noreen Nash.Dean starred in the movie Giant with Taylor and Hudson, but he died before the film was released. "I had an idea Rock would win but Elizabeth wasn't so sure. James was troubled but gorgeous," said Ms Nash, according to the Daily Express.
Catholic Archbishop supports gay discrimination 13
12:30 PM — The leader of the Roman Catholic Church in Australia has said it is acceptable to discriminate against people because of their sexuality.Archbishop of Sydney Cardinal George Pell said that comparisons between gay and racial discrimination are false.Australia's federal elections will be held on November 24th and the religious leader's comments are an attempt to influence discussion about gay equality.