20th June 2007
Gay soldiers speak out from the front line
1:00 PM — The Advocate, an award-winning gay magazine, features groundbreaking interviews in its latest issue with gay, active service members, inside a war-zone, speaking on record for the first time under the military's Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy.In these interviews soldiers discuss the challenges of living under the policy, while fully acknowledging the enormous risk speaking out could bring to their military careers.In the article soldiers refute the most commonly used argument to support Don't Ask, Don't Tell.
Rosie O’Donnell may host classic game show
12:50 PM — When Bob Barker turned in his skinny mike after more than 50 years on television last week, the search for his The Price is Right replacement began.If Barker's vote holds any weight, we'll be seeing Rosie O'Donnell running Plinko in the not-too-distant future.On her blog, O'Donnell told fans she's good to go should execs at CBS come calling.
New York lawmakers approve gay marriage 1
12:20 PM — Gay rights advocates in New York celebrated what they called a watershed victory Tuesday as the state Assembly approved legislation to legalise same-sex marriage with an 85-61 vote.Sponsored by the openly gay brother of entertainer Rosie O'Donnell and supported by Governor Eliot Spitzer, the approval came after an often emotional three-hour debate.According to the Associated Press the bill is not expected to be acted on any time soon in the Republican-led state Senate.
19th June 2007
Slave owners responsible for Jamaican homophobia
12:45 PM — A church minister has claimed that the hatred of gay people endemic on the island of Jamaica is directly related to the rape of male slaves by white English masters.In an article in the Jamaica Observer John Hardy, of the New Testament Church of God in Kingston, said he thinks it will be hundreds of years before gay people are accepted on the island.Homosexuality is illegal in Jamaica, a former British colony, and the culture is deeply homophobic.
Congresswoman to lead ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ repeal
11:37 AM — Congresswoman Ellen Tauscher will succeed Congressman Marty Meehan (D-MA) as the lead sponsor of the Military Readiness Enhancement when Meehan leaves the House of Representatives later this summer.The legislation, originally introduced in 2005, would repeal the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" ban on lesbian, gay and bisexual personnel.Tauscher was an original co-sponsor of the legislation that is currently supported by a bi-partisan coalition of 127 lawmakers.
18th June 2007
Swedish gay church weddings approved
11:31 AM — The largest party in the Swedish coalition government has committed to new legislation to allow gay couples to marry.Fredrik Reinfeldt's conservative Moderate party's board has voted to support further rights for gay people, after eight MPs, including one Cabinet minister, threatened to resign over the issue.Swedish gay and lesbian couples have had the right to civil partnerships since 1995.
Rights groups condemn Russia’s Pride attacks 4
1:07 AM — The violent attacks on peaceful gay pride demonstrators in Moscow in late May show the rollback of respect for human rights in Russia, say Human Rights Watch and the European Region of the International Lesbian and Gay Association (ILGA-Europe).Instead of protecting human rights and gay advocates who tried to assemble, Moscow police colluded with skinheads to break up the Gay Pride demonstration.
Gays, Roman and Proud, demand citizen’s rights 2
1:07 AM — The LGBT community in the ancient city of Rome gathered in the streets on Saturday to dance, party, and demand their rights.Ten of thousands of people, among them leading politicians, marched from Rome's Saint Paul's Gate to the Basilica of Saint John Lateran, the site of last month's Roman Catholic church-sanctioned anti-gay "family" rally."We are heteros, gays, lesbians and bisexual and we want Romano Prodi to give the same rights to all," a drag queen told AP.
Moscow gay park patrols end in violence
1:07 AM — Several members of a religious group in Moscow patrolling a small park in the city that they claim is used by gay men as a meeting place have been beaten up.Earlier this week around 50 people gathered to "reclaim" the park and launch their campaign.The activists said they would ask people they suspect are gay to leave the park during their nightly patrols.
Catholic and Orthodox emphasise shared anti-gay views 1
1:07 AM — The Pope has spoken of his hopes that shared moral opposition to gay rights and other social progress may help smooth a reunion of the Roman Catholic and Orthodox religions.On a visit to eastern Church leaders in Cyprus, Pope Benedict XVI said he had a "firm hope" that the schism of 1054 could be healed.Orthodox leader Archbishop Chrysostomos II of Cyprus offered to arrange a meeting with the leader of the Russian church.
The affluent tastes of Ireland’s gay community
1:07 AM — A survey of 1,900 LGBT Irish people found they earned on average €13,000 more than the average Irish wage but only half were out to everyone in their workplace.The large-scale poll, commissioned by Dublin-based gay magazine Gay Community News, sheds light on a community previously ignored in statistical terms.Editor of GCN Brian Finnegan said the survey revealed a "two-tier world."
Obama closes in on Clinton’s lead 3
12:55 AM — While 13 points separated Senator Hillary Clinton and Senator Barack Obama just one month ago in the race for the Democratic nomination for President, the gap between them has narrowed considerably to just four points.Just over one-third (36 percent) of adults who would vote in a Democratic primary or caucus would vote for Senator Clinton, while 32 percent would vote for Senator Obama.Last month, 40 percent would vote for Senator Clinton.
Gay candidate loses race to become Dallas mayor
12:55 AM — The Gay Lesbian Victory Fund commended Dallas City Councilman Ed Oakley Saturday on his historic run to become the city's next mayor.Oakley lost a runoff election Saturday to retired business executive Tom Leppert, who loaned himself hundreds of thousands of dollars to help fund his campaign.The Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund exists to help gay men and lesbians get elected to office in the United States.
17th June 2007
Paris Hilton free from prison for “medical” reasons
6:45 PM — Heiress, socialite and so called "gay icon" Paris Hilton has been released from prison on Thursday for a medical reason after serving just three days of her 23 day sentence. But she will be under house arrest for forty days.Steve Whitmore of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's office said Paris Hilton had been "reassigned" but said he could not disclose the medical condition that prompted the change for patient privacy reasons: "With extensive consultation with medical personnel it was decided this reassignment should be done.
16th June 2007
Colombia set to introduce national gay rights 1
2:01 PM — Colombia's conservative President Alvaro Uribe has given his backing to the country becoming the first in Latin America to nationally give gay couples full rights to health insurance, inheritance and benefits. The plan was passed by Congress this week.The proposed changes that are opposed by the Catholic Church will give gay couples many of the same rights as heterosexual couples."This makes Colombia a more democratic, more open place."
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.