10th August 2007
City bans all school History Months over gay row
11:24 AM — When pupils return to school in Philadelphia this September, thanks to protests and threats to the school district, there will be no Gay and Lesbian History Month.Officials said they took the decision to keep kids safe and that the threats had worried them.But they also took the principled step of withdrawing recognition from similar history events, among them Hispanic Heritage Month and Asian Pacific American Month.
Highs and lows of Presidential debate for gays 3
10:55 AM — In the minutes following the historic, first ever presidential forum on LGBT rights and issues presented jointly by Logo and the HRC, those who turned out to see how the six democratic presidential hopefuls did with the issues are readying their battle cries.Barack Obama supporters are gathered at Area in Hollywood, Hillary Clinton's camp is scattered around The Abbey and John Edwards, long thought to be a distant third in the race, gained some definite ground with LGBT voters tonight.
9th August 2007
Science and religion clash over Russian schools 5
6:05 PM — A representative of the Russian Orthodox Church has warned of the dangers of science taking too prominent a role in the education system.According to The Associated Press, Father Vsevolod Chaplin said that teachers should inform children not to follow the vicious examples of "homosexuals and prostitutes."His comments came during a debate between leading figures of the religious and scientific communities.
Lesbian murders overshadow National Women’s Day 1
3:35 PM — While South Africa celebrates National Women's Day, the debate about homophobia in the country has intensified since the recent murders of several lesbians.Sizakele Sigasa, 34, an activist for HIV/AIDS and LGBT rights, and Salome Masooa, 24, were discovered dead at field in Soweto, Johannesburg, on July 8th.Human Rights Watch has sent a letter to Thabo Mbeki, the South African President, stating that recent killings have highlighted that the constitution's promise of equal protection is not being fulfilled.
Outed popstar says life in the closet was scary 1
1:22 PM — An Australian popstar who was accidentally outed by a radio host has spoken of the stress of life in the closet.Antony Callea was runner-up in Australian Idol and has subsequently had the highest-selling single in Australian chart history with The Prayer.The singer's sexuality was blurted out by traffic reporter Vic Lorusso. In March he accidentally revealed on air that his male friend's partner was in fact the Aussie heartthrob.
Australian government deny trans passport requests
12:11 PM — The Foreign Minister of Australia has reversed a policy whereby trans people could obtain a passport stating their "intended sex."The new arrangements were introduced without any consultation and only came to light when a pre-operative trans woman was turned away from the Passport Office in Sydney two weeks ago. SX magazine reports that Stefanie Imbruglia, a cousin of singer Natalie, attempted to obtain a temporary passport so she could travel to Thailand for gender reassignment surgery.
Organisers hope for a trouble-free Tallinn Pride
11:45 AM — The co-ordinator of Tallinn Pride has shared her hopes that this Saturday's parade will be a peaceful event.The parade will be the finale of a week of events celebrating the LGBT community in the Estonian capital and there are expectations that around 500 people will march.Last year's parade was marred by violence. 15 people were injured after being attacked by groups of skinheads with sticks and stones.
8th August 2007
More than 90% of gay Americans voted in 2004 election
7:01 PM — A study into the voting patterns of the American gay community has discovered extremely high voter turnout at the last Presidential election.The report, released the day before Democratic candidates for the 2008 race hold their first ever debate for the gay community, shows that a massive 92.5% of gay male respondents said they voted in the 2004 Presidential election and nearly 83.8% voted in the mid-term Congressional elections in 2006.90.7% of lesbians who took part reported that they voted in 2004 and 78% said they voted in 2006.
Central American gay activists suffer institutionalised hate
6:45 PM — Defenders of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights in Honduras and Guatemala are being subjected to state-sponsored harassment, death threats and other attacks.The attitude that they are often met with is that they 'get what they deserve.'Although homosexuality is legal in both countries, a new report from Amnesty International has revealed a catalogue of injustices.
Dissident Anglicans want church property 1
4:07 PM — Three churches in Los Angeles that rejected the authority of their diocese over the ordination of a gay bishop are asking the California Supreme Court to give them control of parish properties.The parishes of All Saints in Long Beach, St. David's in North Hollywood and St. James' in Newport Beach placed themselves under the jurisdiction of the Ugandan Anglican Church when they split from the LA diocese. Lower courts had sided with the parishes, who argued they were being victimised for their views on gay clergy.
YMCA family membership dispute not resolved
3:13 PM — A YMCA in Des Moines, Iowa has expanded their definition of a family to include those who they consider to "function as a family," after a five-year dispute with a lesbian couple was ruled on by the city's Human Rights Commission.In 2002 Sandra Patton-Iman and her partner had their family membership revoked when a YMCA employee decided that they did not to conform to the organisation's definition. The YMCA offered them a 'member plus' form of membership instead, at the same cost as a family membership.
First Presidential debate for LGBT community tomorrow
12:07 PM — Seven of the candidates for the Democratic nomination for President of the United States will take part in the first-ever debate for the gay community tomorrow.The 90 minute event will be broadcast live on gay network LOGO and through live streaming at LOGOonline.com and the debate will be the first time the network has broadcast live.Front runners Hilary Clinton, Barack Obama and John Edwards will participate alongside Christopher Dodd, Mike Gravel, Dennis Kucinich and Bill Richardson.
More gay events banned in Singapore 3
11:24 AM — While Pride celebrations are supported by government and police from Belfast to Vancouver, the LGBT community in the island nation of Singapore are having a more difficult time.Following the bans on a gay photo exhibition and a gay poetry reading during Pride celebrations, the National Parks Board has banned a picnic and fun run from the Singapore Botanic Gardens.Gay rights group People Like Us had planned a 5km fun-run and a picnic tomorrow in the Gardens, a popular attraction for tourists and residents alike.
25,000 sign petition for gay rights in Australia
11:00 AM — The Prime Minister of Australia John Howard will be presented with a petition today demanding an end to discrimination against same-sex couples.An MP from his own party will hand him a copy of the online petition, which has been signed by 25,000 people.It follows a report released in June by Australia's Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission which highlighted the 58 laws that need to be changed to grant gay, bisexual and lesbian Australians equal rights.
Lutheran priests come out in protest at sex ban
10:45 AM — In a co-ordinated campaign of opposition to a rule banning lesbian and gay ministers from having sexual relationships, 82 Evangelical Lutheran clergy came out of the closet yesterday.The Church's Assembly in Chicago is expected to vote on the issue tomorrow.Previous efforts to suspend the celibacy rule have failed, and the mass coming out is intended to show that there are a significant number of gay and lesbian ministers already in loving, monogamous relationships.
7th August 2007
Political bruiser shows softer side on gay wedding day
5:59 PM — One of Canada's most prominent gay politicians, George Smitherman, married his partner Christopher Peloso in a small ceremony in Ontario last week.Smitherman, Ontario's first openly gay cabinet minister, is regarded as one of the most powerful politicians in the Canadian province.He has been Ontario's Minister of Health since 2003, and is also Deputy Premier.
Vietnam vet Congressman supports gays in the military
5:36 PM — Five new lawmakers, including the highest ranking military veteran in Congress, have joined 126 other lawmakers in supporting legislation to repeal the US military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" ban on lesbian, gay and bisexual service personnel.The Representatives, all Democrats, became co-sponsors of The Military Readiness Enhancement Act on Friday, bringing the total number of supporters to 131.Among them is Joe Sestak, Congress's highest-ranking veteran.
Interview: Gay gamer defiant in face of attacks
4:49 PM — Last week GayGamer.net, a news-gathering site and meeting place for the gay gaming community, was attacked by homophobic hackers.39-year-old Flynn DeMarco, GayGamer.net's founder and editor-in-chief, started the site just over a year ago. It already records an average of 15,000 to17,000 unique users a day and is a major source of gaming news and information.Flynn spoke to PinkNews.co.uk from their Atlanta offices about their techno hate crime ordeal.
Gay flirting and homophobic abuse upset fire fighters 1
3:52 PM — Four firefighters have filed sexual harassment charges against the San Diego fire department after they were taunted while driving a fire engine in a gay Pride parade last month.The men claim their battalion chief ordered them to ride in the July 21st parade through San Diego's Hillcrest neighbourhood, according to their attorney, Stephen Stirling.The fire fighters said they had objected to driving a city firetruck in the parade while on duty, but did so to avoid disciplinary action.
White House confirms plans to block gay hate crime law 7
3:34 PM — A White House spokesman has reiterated that President Bush will veto Congressional efforts to extend federal hate crimes legislation to cover gender identity and sexual orientation.Senator Ted Kennedy has attached the new crime measure to a defence authorisation bill, in an effort to persuade the President to accept new protections for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Americans.