15th June 2007
US politicians raise plight of gay Iraqis
1:00 PM — Two openly gay members of the US Congress have written to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice urging the State Department to investigate reports of violent persecution of LGBT people in Iraq.Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin and Congressman Barney Frank wrote in the letter that they were very concerned by reports that "Iraqi homosexuals have been systematically persecuted in Iraq under a violent campaign led by Islamic groups and militias."
Gay military ban campaigners target key election states
10:50 AM — With an eye toward the Iowa caucuses in January that will officially mark the start of the 2008 presidential elections, the Human Rights Campaign began its national "A Legacy of Service" tour against the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy in Des Moines, Iowa, this week.The tour will feature former Marine Staff Sgt. Eric Alva, the first U.S. service member wounded in Iraq, along with many other American heroes.
Massachusetts gay marriage referendum defeated
10:33 AM — The Massachusetts legislature yesterday voted down a discriminatory constitutional amendment that would have halted marriage equality in the state.The vote came amid heavy pressure to kill the measure from Gov. Deval Patrick and legislative leaders.It was a devastating blow to efforts to reverse a historic 2003 court ruling legalising same-sex marriage.
IKEA wins prize for positive gay advert
10:10 AM — The third annual US Images In Advertising Awards for best demonstrating inclusion of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender individuals (GLBT) in mainstream print, broadcast and internet advertising campaigns saw IKEA win Outstanding Commercial.Commercial Closet Association, a nonprofit organisation that educates advertisers about GLBT references for a more accepting society and successful business results, chose Swedish furniture company for the night's top honour.
14th June 2007
Green coalition will bring progress on gay marriage
4:32 PM — Bertie Ahern will be sworn in as Taoiseach, or Prime Minister of the Republic of Ireland, today after the Green Party agreed to join a coalition government under his leadership.The formation of a new administration follows weeks of negotiations among the country's political parties.The Taoiseach is committed to bringing forward legislation to recognise same-sex relationships.
Camp YouTube performer gets network attention 1
3:40 PM — A 23-year-old gay man who has been broadcasting his views on fashion and gay life on the website YouTube has been offered a deal by a major US TV network.William Sledd, who lives in Kentucky and used to work as a manager at a Gap clothes store, has not revealed any details of what sort of work NBC want him to do.His "Ask A Gay Man" series of video clips have become something of a cult hit on YouTube, with over 50,000 subscribers.
Gays and religious opponents to march on the same day
2:21 PM — Police in the Israeli city of Jerusalem have given the go-ahead for a gay Pride march in the city next Thursday and a counter-demonstration by orthodox Jews on the same day.The gay Pride event will move through the centre of the city and finish with a party in a park.More than 7,000 police officers will be on duty to make sure that both events pass of peacefully. The religious protest will take place on the outskirts of the city.
Gay couple adoption splits Australian opinion 3
12:15 PM — The news that a gay male couple have adopted a baby has been welcomed by lawmakers in the state of Western Australia.Neither the couple or the mother of the child have been named, though it is understood the mother was consulted and approved of the adoption of her child by two gay men.It is the first same-sex couple adoption in Australia.
Comment: Lindsay Lohan makes lesbians look bad 4
11:52 AM — In case you've been living in a cave for the past few months, you've undoubtedly heard that young movie star Lindsay Lohan is in a bit of trouble.Okay, that's probably the understatement of the year: she is currently in a drug rehabilitation centre, trying to get her life back on track after crashing her car into a tree.This is the second time she's been in rehab in half a year's time. To put it into further perspective, she's not even 21 yet.
Ireland’s HIV infection rate up 45%
11:22 AM — 80 men who have sex with men were diagnosed as HIV positive in 2006, figures from Ireland's Gay Men's Health Project have revealed.The 2006 figure represents a increase of 45% on 2005 infections. Three-quarters of new cases are over 30 years old.The group are meeting today in Dublin Castle to consider strategies, to discuss best practice and to get advice from international experts.Junior health minister Sean Power opened proceedings.
D-Day for gay marriage in Massachusetts
11:22 AM — Today lawmakers in the only US state to allow gay marriage will consider whether to call a referendum on changing the state constitutuion to ban it.Activists from both sides of the argument spent most of yesterday engaged in furious lobbying of members of the state legislature.A referendum of all Massachusetts voters on a change to the state's constitution needs the backing of a quarter of state lawmakers, in two successive sittings.
L Word star highlights gay teen homelessness
11:00 AM — Gay and lesbian homelessness among youth is now considered an epidemic in the US, according to the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force.OurChart, he lesbian version of MySpace which takes its name from TV drama The L Word, is doing their part to focus some attention on the problem.The site has created a unique documentary, called My Address: A Look at Gay Youth Homelessness. The series features Katherine Moennig, who plays Shane on The L Word.
13th June 2007
Russian activists target “gay” park
6:03 PM — Religious and nationalist groups in Moscow have said they will patrol a small park in the city that they claim is used by gay men as a meeting place.Intelfax news agency reports that around 50 people gathered yesterday to "reclaim" the park and launch their campaign.The activists said they will ask people they suspect are gay to leave the park during their nightly patrols.
Congress celebrates Americans’ right to marriage
5:38 PM — The only openly lesbian member of the US Congress has highlighted the change in American attitudes towards marriage and asked that gay couples be given the same rights as straight citizens.A resolution authored by Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin passed the House of Representatives yesterday by unanimous consent commemorating the fortieth anniversary of the Loving v. Virginia decision.It ended the ban on interracial marriage in the United States and recognised that marriage is one of the "basic civil rights of man."
Anglican dissidents plan ‘parallel’ church
1:50 PM — Powerful conservative primates in the worldwide Anglican church plan to consecrate their own bishop to oversee American churches who oppose gay ordination.The move is in direct defiance of the Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, who wants to try to reconcile the differences in the feuding Anglican communion.Last month Archbishop Williams took the symbolic step of excluding Gene Robinson, the openly gay Bishop of New Hampshire, from the Lambeth conference.
China uses gay bars to spread safe sex message
12:05 PM — Free condoms, AIDS awareness posters and even safe-sex themed dance performances are some of the tools being used by venue owners in Beijing to educate their patrons about the dangers of HIV.Staff will be offered bonuses for educating gay men about safe sex in a joint campaign in nineteen of the city's gay bars.According to the Chinese CDC, the number of HIV-positive MSM has doubled since 2004, with only 10-20% of China's estimated 20 million MSM using condoms.
Teenage lesbians upset after bus ejection
11:55 AM — Two 14-year-old girls were kicked of a bus in Oregon for kissing have gone public about the humiliating incident.Maika Rich and Jocelyn O'Neal told KATU-TV that they were on a bus headed to the Sexual Minority Youth Recreation Centre last Friday.A passenger complained to the driver that they had been kissing. He ordered them to stop, calling them "sickos." When the girls then hugged he told them to get off.
Gay gun enthusiast ejected from Pride 1
11:40 AM — Pro-gun activist David Nelson was ejected from last week's Utah Pride festival by its organisers, security and law-enforcement officers for possessing an unconcealed firearm.Nelson, who owns the gay group Stonewall Shooting Sports of Utah, has filed a complaint with city Police Chief Chris Burbank against Lt. Rusty Isakson for what Nelson described as "grossly and specifically violative of state weapons laws.""As a state Concealed Firearm Permit holder, I possessed and carried my firearm unconcealed, but holstered, at the event," Nelson said.
Presidential candidates give support to equal rights
11:31 AM — The Human Rights Campaign have released their 2008 Democratic candidate questionnaire outlining where the announced candidates for President stand on issues important to the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community.The Human Rights Campaign, the largest gay civil rights organisation in the US, released the questionnaires along with a report card based upon the candidates' responses in order to assist pro-equality voters in determining the public policy positions of the candidates.
12th June 2007
US military proposed weapon to turn enemy troops gay 15
1:01 PM — Documents obtained under freedom of information laws in the United States have confirmed that the country's military considered developing a "gay bomb."In 1994 the US Air Force research department requested $7.5m to create a weapon that would release a chemical causing enemy soldiers to become sexually attracted to each other.The proposal described the weapons as "distasteful but completely non-lethal." Pentagon officials blocked the project.