11th October 2007
US accused of funding Ugandan homophobes 1
11:35 AM — A gay rights organisation claims it has uncovered evidence that the U.S. government has funded groups in Uganda that actively promote discrimination against lesbians and gay men.In a letter to U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator Mark Dybul, The International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) has criticised funding the groups and has asked for assurances that U.S. government funds are not being used to support homophobic organisations anywhere in the world.
Hate preacher inspires lesbian songwriter
10:31 AM — Fred Phelps, the preacher and activist known for his anti-gay sentiments and the campaign "God Hates Fags," has inspired a song on openly gay singer/ songwriter Melissa Etheridge's new album, The Awakening. The song Kingdom of Heaven is a response to the hatred expressed "in the name of God" by Phelps and other religious fundamentalists.She sings: "A suffering soul on the way to the kingdom of heaven, held up a sign saying 'God Hates America.'"
10th October 2007
Iran admits that it does have gays
10:20 PM — The President of Iran claims he was misrepresented by Western media when he was quoted as saying that there are no gays in Iran. A presidential aide now says that he simply meant not as many as in the United States.Last month, PinkNews.co.uk quoted President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad saying: "In Iran we don't have homosexuals like in your country... In Iran we do not have this phenomenon, I don't know who has told you that we have it."
World-famous advice column advocates gay marriage 5
4:17 PM — One of the best-known syndicated newspaper columns in the work, Dear Abby, has backed gay marriage.The column, which has been dispensing common sense to troubled Americans since 1956, also spoke out against homophobic slurs and parents who disown kids who come out to them."I believe if two people want to commit to each other, God bless 'em," she told Associated Press. "That is the highest form of commitment, for heaven's sake."
Gay actor celebrates National Coming Out Day
2:03 PM — T.R. Knight, who plays surgical intern Dr George O'Malley in hit TV show Grey's Anatomy, has recorded an advert to mark National Coming Out Day in the US.The Gay Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) today premiered the 20-second spot, which features Knight telling viewers how important it is to accept their gay friends and family members.National Coming Out Day is observed in the US every October 11th.
Canadian soldiers face “gay bashing” charges
1:11 PM — Two Canadian soldiers on leave from Afghanistan have been arrested and charged with beating up a gay man in Amsterdam.The men, both 22, were confirmed by Dutch police to have been arrested on May 26th and charged with attempted manslaughter, attempted criminal negligence causing bodily harm and public violence.Dutch media report that prosecutors have pushed for an eight-month jail term for one of the offenders, while the other soldier faces six weeks in prison.
Ugandan minister will fight “spread of homosexuality”
12:27 PM — A senior politician in Uganda has pledged to block gay rights in the country.James Nsaba Buturo, Minister for Ethics and Integrity, told All Africa news agency that the government is committed to stopping LGBT people "trying to impose a strange, ungodly, unhealthy, unnatural, and immoral way of life on the rest of our society."Last week the country's Minister for Youth and Children's Affairs said new legislation would be brought forward on homosexuality.
Press accused of ignoring death of lesbian soldier
12:14 PM — The questionable and untimely death of Specialist Ciara Durkin, a service member with the Massachusetts Army National Guard who was found dead from a gunshot wound to the head on September 27th, has not gone unnoticed.Late last week Democratic Senators Edward Kennedy and John Kerry, along with Congressman William Delahunt and the Servicemembers Legal Defence Network (SLDN), made headlines by calling on Pentagon officials to conduct a full and thorough investigation into the incident that occurred while Durkin was serving in Afghanistan.
Oregon moves ahead with domestic partnerships
11:37 AM — Same-sex couples in Oregon had ample reason to celebrate last night, as opponents of the US state's recently passed domestic partnership law failed to gather enough signatures to put a referendum overturning the measure on the November 2008 ballot.Opponents needed 55,179 valid, unduplicated signatures for the referendum to move forward.Although nearly 63,000 signatures were turned in to state officials, only 55,063 of them were found to be valid and unduplicated.
Moldova criticised over LGBT injustice
11:16 AM — Moldovan authorities have "to ensure full respect of the fundamental rights of all minorities, including sexual minorities."That is the resolution of the Parliamentary Assembly of of the Council of Europe (PACE) entitled About functioning of democratic institutions in Moldova.The resolution is based on the report of the monitoring committee about the honouring of obligations and commitments by Moldova and adopted by PACE earlier this month.
Singapore gays call for decriminalisation 2
10:21 AM — Hundreds of Singaporeans are calling for the government to decriminalise homosexual sex, ahead of a parliamentary debate on the first overhaul of criminal law in Singapore in a quarter century.Under the proposed changes to be debated later this month, oral and anal sex between consenting heterosexual adults will no longer be considered an offence.However, the same acts between men, will remain illegal with a maximum penalty of two years in jail.
9th October 2007
Adverts aim to change Californian minds on gay marriage
6:35 PM — A multi-million-dollar advertising campaign asking people to "open their hearts and minds" to same-sex marriage is due to launch in five Californian cities this week.The 60-second ads will run from Thursday in Sacramento, San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego and Palm Springs as part of a month long campaign to encourage open discussion about same-sex marriage.
Troy star’s role as plasticine gay love interest 2
2:50 PM — Australian actor Eric Bana is set to play a gaylove interest in his new film.The 39-year old, who has starred in several Hollywood blockbusters including Hulk, Black Hawk Down, Troy and Munich, will take on his most unusual role yet as the voice of the gay love interest of a Kiwi sheep farmer named Desmond.According to news.com.au, Bana will voice the character in Oscar winner Adam Elliot's first feature-length film, Mary Max.
China gets to grips with gay marriage debate
2:20 PM — Chinese academics are calling for the country's estimated 40 million homosexuals to be given the right to marry.Professor Li Yinhe, a sociologist and campaigner for LGBT rights, and Zhang Beichuan, a leading scholar of homosexuality, have been at the forefront of a campaign to allow same-sex marriage in China.Although the world's most populous country has a conservative culture, partly due to Communist repression.
Gay Prince to appear on Oprah show 1
1:15 PM — One of the most prominent openly gay people in India is to appear on the world-famous Oprah Winfrey talkshow.Prince Manvendra Singh Gohil, from the Royal family of Gujarat in north west India, made headlines around the world last year when he publicly came out of the closet.He was initially disowned by his family, but has continued to work with HIV-awareness programmes and he will discuss his work with Oprah.
Lesbian daughter helped Mrs Cheney “evolve”
10:59 AM — Lynne Cheney, wife of Vice President Dick Cheney, busy promoting her forthcoming memoir, Blue Skies, No Fences, opened up about her experience as the parent of a gay child this weekend during an interview with CBS' Sunday Morning correspondent Rita Braver.In the book, which Cheney describes as "a celebration of the joys of growing up in the West in the '40s and '50s," the "Second Lady" acknowledges that while the times were good for straight, white kids, they weren't always so good for African American and gay kids.
The gay sporting genius airbrushed from the history books 1
10:50 AM — Although the world of professional openly gay athletes continues to grow, there was a time when you could name them all on one hand.NFL star David Kopay is largely considered the first gay athlete to come out of the closet and is credited with changing the way gay athletes are viewed, but as early as the 1920s tennis legend Bill Tilden had put his mark on gay sports history.He won three Wimbledon titles, seven US open Championships and leading the US Davis Cup team to 7 victories.
8th October 2007
Haggard rent boy claims Senator was client 1
3:26 PM — The male prostitute who brought the career of homophobic preacher Ted Haggard to an end by revealing they had a sexual relationship has now made sensational claims about a US Senator embroiled in a cruising scandal.Haggard resigned last year as president of the National Association of Evangelicals after Mike Jones alleged the preacher paid him over a three-year period for sex and sometimes took crystal meth (methamphetamine) during the encounters.
Kyrgyzstan lesbian community print information brochure 2
2:45 PM — A social organisation for lesbian, trans and bisexual people in the central Asian republic of Kyrgyzstan has taken its first steps toward wider acceptance by publishing a brochure about homosexuality.Representatives of Labris told a press conference in the capital Bishkek that Homosexuality: A Kyrgyzstan Reality has an initial print run of 1,000 copies, half of them in Russian and the other 500 in Kyrgyz.The group has more than 100 members and provides legal and emotional advice, information and support to lesbian, bisexual and trans Kyrgyzstanis.
Swedish politicians unite to support gay marriage 1
12:58 PM — The three opposition parties in Sweden have joined forces to put a proposal before the country's parliament to legalise gay marriage.Given the governing coalition's slim majority, only four MPs would need to vote in favour of the opposition motion for it to pass.The Green party, Left party and Social Democrats' motion, if passed, would make Sweden the fouth country in Europe to legalise gay marriage after Holland, Spain and Belgium.