1st July 2007
“Lady boy” war erupts in Thailand – two arrested 1
5:10 PM — Scores of teenage "lady boys"and male prostitutes have been involved in a three day "gay war" on the Thailand resort of Pattaya.The resort is popular with British tourists where teenage rent boys and so transvestite "lady boys" are available for as little as £12. Although prostitution is illegal, police are often paid to turn a blind eye to the prostitution.It's understood that police arrested two young men.
Gay police to don rubber gear 2
5:10 PM — Amsterdam's special homosexual police unit is set to don frocks, leather and rubber gear in the fight against homophobic attacks, it has been revealed.Lesbian officers will be sent undercover to infiltrate anti-gay gangs and gay activists are calling for judges to ban known gay-bashers from gay areas and pick-up spots.The plans are part of a concerted effort by the authorities to retain Amsterdam's image as the gay capital of the world following a spate of homophobic attacks and widespread concern in the gay community of increased violence.
30th June 2007
PlanetOut share price recovers slightly but CEO says company needs time to turn around
2:00 PM — Shares in Gay.com publisher, PlanetOut rose 20 per cent on Nasdaq yesterday, but shares in the company are still worth less than a tenth of it's post IPO (initial public offering) value just under three years ago.The company which also owns the Adovocate and RSVP Cruises floated in October 2004 at a share price of $9 (£4.48), it quickly rose to $14.26 (£7.10) in November. Yesterday the company's shares were trading at $1.38 (£0.69), a marked improvement on its 52 week low of $0.86 (£0.43).
29th June 2007
Thai transvestites call for hotel boycott
4:15 PM — A gay rights group in Thailand is calling for a boycott of the Novotel hotel chain, after door staff refused a transvestite entry to their nightclub.Rallying under around the slogan, "Novotel - No Homosexual", the campaign is being led by the Bangkok Rainbow Organisation.They are urging gays, lesbians and katoeys, or ladyboys, to stay away from the hotel.
Ugandan minister upset by emails from gay people 1
3:47 PM — A homophobic politician in Uganda has branded LGBT people who have sent him hate emails 'sick' and accused them of using 'foul language.'James Nsaba Buturo, the state minister of Ethics and Integrity, told the Daily Monitor that he gets at least twenty threatening emails a day, mostly from people in the US and UK.Gay sex is punishable in Uganda by life imprisonment, under laws originally introduced by the British.
Poll shows next generation relaxed about gay marriage 1
3:09 PM — Young Americans are much more likely to support gay marriage than their parents, a new poll by The New York Times, CBS News, and MTV has shown.The survey asked participants questions on a wide range of cultural and political issues. 44% of the 17 to 29 year olds surveyed believed gay couples should be allowed to marry.This is compared with 28% of the public at large.
Bush threatens veto over domestic partners
1:30 PM — The White House has issued the veto threat in response to an appropriations bill being considered by Congress.The bill provides financial support for federal programmes, but does not include a longstanding Republican provision which states that federal funds should not be used to operate the District of Columbia domestic partnership registry.Congress has the ultimate plenary power over the District of Columbia and its funding.
Church weddings for Swedish gays a step closer 3
1:23 PM — Sweden may become the first country to allow gays and lesbians to marry within a major Church.Under current laws, dating back to 1987, marriage is defined as being between a man and a woman.A new piece of proposed "gender-neutral" legislation however, may soon remove this distinction allowing anybody to marry in the Lutherian Church.
Ex-gay survivors speak out 1
1:00 PM — As Exodus International, the network of "ex-gay" ministries which promotes "freedom from homosexuality through the power of Jesus Christ," finishes its annual conference in California today, former ex-gay survivors line-up to tell their own stories.The Ex-gay Survivor Conference, which takes place at the University of California this weekend, has sent an open letter inviting Exodus leaders to attend.
Lesbian coach sues school over dismissal
11:20 AM — The former head coach of the Fresno State University Bulldog Volleyball team, Lindy Vivas, is suing the school for $4.1 million (£2m) for a firing that she says was part of a discrimination campaign against lesbians and women in general.In 2002, she was honoured as the WAC Coach of the Year.Testimony began earlier this month in a civil case against the school, and now school officials are taking the stand to rebut her discrimination theories.
Presidential candidates’ gay attitudes analysed
11:15 AM — The US National Gay and Lesbian Task Force has released the first comprehensive analysis of the top 19 candidates for the 2008 presidency on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) issues.Democrats discussed in this report include Hillary Clinton, John Edwards and Barack Obama. Republicans include Rudy Giuliani, John McCain and Mitt Romney.The report is based on an analysis of the voting records and public statements of the candidates in eight key LGBT issue areas.
28th June 2007
US observes national HIV testing day
1:12 PM — Yesterday was America's 15th annual National HIV Testing Day, which was initiated by the National Association of People with AIDS and supported by the Centre for Disease Control.The purpose of the event is to help increases awareness of HIV and AIDS, and the day helps promote early diagnosis and testing for HIV through safe and effective methods.According to recent studies conducted by the CDC, around one-fourth of the estimated one million people living with HIV in the United States are unaware that they are infected.
Presidential candidate visits with the gays
10:59 AM — While his wife Elizabeth kicked off San Francisco's Pride and supports gay marriage, presidential candidate John Edwards has been more careful about his support to the LGB community.He claims that he wants to end discrimination of gay and lesbian couples, but he is not in favour of gay marriage.Despite the fact that he has not fully endorsed LGBT demands of equal rights, a group of 25 prominent community leaders supports his candidature.
Comment: Changing attitudes to gays
10:45 AM — CNN has issued a number of opinion polls in the past. Their questionnaires touch on topics like the presidential candidates, terrorism and climate change. Homosexuality is another topic they have issued surveys on in the past years.The results of this year's CNN opinion polls on Homosexuality and Gay Rights were published today. And what seems to promise a 'rosy future' for US-American attitude towards gays and lesbians, has to be considered with caution.
27th June 2007
Strong support for gay partnerships among Czechs
4:39 PM — Nearly 70% of adults in the Czech Republic believe that registered partnership should be available to gays and lesbians according to a CVVM poll conducted last month.This figure is up from 62% two years ago.The news comes almost a year after registered partnership, endowing inheritance, maintenance and hospital rights to same-sex partners, was made legal.
Gay rights demo in Moscow blocked by police
4:10 PM — More than 20 people who wanted to protest outside the EU's offices in Moscow have been stopped by police, despite the fact that the demonstration had been sanctioned.Officers said that they decided the protest would interfere with nearby building work."Authorities in Moscow have broken the law again by not allowing our picket," said activist Alexey Davydov told AP.
Test case on gender reassignment for prisoner
2:41 PM — A test case to determine whether a convicted criminal in Boston should be granted a $20,000 (£10,000) sex-change operation at prison expense is still on-going after a year, despite costing $52,000 in expert witness fees alone.The crux of the case rests on whether Michelle Kosilek, formerly Robert Kosilek, needs the surgery as a matter of medical necessity.Kosilek, 58, was convicted of murdering his wife in 1990, claiming it was in self-defence after she split burning tea on his genitals.
Die Hard star wades into gay slur controversy
12:53 PM — Bruce Willis, who recently reprised his most famous role as cop John McLane for Die Hard 4.0, has defended shamed actor Isaiah Washington after he was sacked from Grey's Anatomy for calling former colleague, T.R. Knight, a "faggot."Speaking in an interview with Time magazine Willis says, "I hate to think we live in a time when you can get fired from your job because of what you say.""He didn't punch anyone. I think we'll think differently with hindsight."
Religious Russians cleanse river of gay contamination 3
12:00 PM — Members of a Russian Orthodox Organisation claim to have cleansed the Moscow River, the day after a gay cruise ship sailed down it.200 members of the Union of Orthodox Brotherhoods took to the waters, using the slogan "We are Russians, God is with us."With them they carried Royal national Flags and pictures of Saints, taking the same boat and route as gay cruisers had only hours earlier.
Homophobic assault victim sues for $50m
11:30 AM — A TV producer has accused the CBS network of firing him after he spoke out about being gay-bashed while vacationing in St. Maarten.Richard Jefferson is suing his former employer for $50 million (£25m), the New York Post reports.Jefferson was beaten with a tyre wrench in a gay-bashing incident on the resort island last April.