6th August 2007
Black man scared me says cruising politician 4
5:35 PM — A senior Florida Republican has presented a novel defence for his actions after his arrest on charges of solicitation last month.Bob Allen, co-chairman of the campaign to select Senator John McCain as the Republican US Presidential candidate, was spotted by police in Titusville, Florida on July 11th acting suspiciously at the men's toilets in a park.Officers decided to send a policeman undercover to investigate, and within minutes Mr Allen allegedly agreed to pay him $20 (£10) to allow him to perform oral sex.
Ugly Betty broadcaster praised for gay content
4:08 PM — A leading US gay organisation has revealed its assessment of the current state of LGBT representation on American network TV and singled out ABC as the best-performing network.The Gay Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) released its inaugural GLAAD Network Responsibility Index, a first-of-its-kind report that maps the quantity, quality and diversity of images of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people on network television.ABC, with shows such as Brothers Sisters and Ugly Betty, received the highest ranking of the five networks.
Activists try to stop Nigeria’s bid for Commonwealth glory
12:35 PM — Gay activists in Nigeria have questioned whether that country should be allowed to host the 2014 Commonwealth Games because of its "systematic persecution of lesbian and gay Nigerians."A delegation led by Davis Mac-Iyalla, founder and leader of the gay Christian group, Changing Attitude Nigeria, met with the chief executive of the Games Federation (CGF) in London last week to put their case.They presented the CGF with an 11-page report setting out why it should reject the bid by the Nigerian city of Abuja.
Congress considers HIV treatment bill 3
10:50 AM — Congressman Eliot Engel, Speaker of the US House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi and Republican Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen have reintroduced the Early Treatment for HIV Act, a bipartisan bill that will save lives by allowing states to provide Medicaid coverage to low-income, HIV-positive Americans.The legislation addresses a cruel irony in healthcare coverage for low-income people living with HIV/AIDS.
Hillary Clinton campaign getting most ‘gay’ donations
10:27 AM — A survey of US presidential campaign contributions from 'gay' areashas revealed that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual voters aremaking most of their donations to Senator Hillary Clinton.The democratic frontrunners received the most support, Senator Clinton received 48% of contributions from postcodes with large LGBT populations.Senator Barack Obama received 39% and former Senator John Edwards received just 13%.
3rd August 2007
Mass gay kiss-in protest in Rome
4:24 PM — Over a thousand same-sex couples took park in a mass 'kiss-in' last night, the second such protest after two men were arrested for 'public indecency' in front of the iconic Roman monument last week.The amorous demonstration was called by Italian gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender association Arcigay.The two men, identified only as Roberto L, 27 and Michele M, 28, were arrested by seven armed Carabinieri and held for 45 minutes last week.
Australian PM moves against gay adoptions 3
12:25 PM — The Prime Minister of Australia, John Howard, is introducing legislation to ban same-sex couples from adopting children from other countries.The Family Law (Same Sex Adoption) Bill could be introduced as early as next week.If it becomes law, children adopted in other countries by same-sexcouples will not be granted visas to enter Australia.
Controversial footballer opens Stockholm Pride 1
11:45 AM — Former Liverpool and Sweden footballer Glenn Hysén opened Stockholm Pride this week with a speech denouncing homophobia in sport."Sometimes, sport turns us into good team players, but sometimes sport turns us into anxious homophobic herd animals," he said, according to TheLocal.seHysén was widely decried as a bad choice for Stockholm Pride, after he infamously punched a man who allegedly propositioned him in a Frankfurt Airport toilet in 2001.
Italy raises issue of executions with Iran 11
11:39 AM — Italy has urged Iran to stop executions, today, citing Rome's 'deepuneasiness' with a spate of executions of gay people in the IslamicRepublic.More than 140 people have been executed in Iran so far this year, many of them convicted of 'hooliganism,' which some reports say includes consensual gay sex.Islamic law states that all sexual acts outside of a heterosexualmarriage - referred to as sodomy - are forbidden.
Dutch use aid to push for gay rights
11:20 AM — The Netherlands is to step up pressure for gay rights in countrieswhere it has strong aid ties.Dutch embassy officials in the 36 countries where the Netherlandsdonates much of its aid will draw up an inventory of gay, lesbian and bisexual rights legislation, according to development cooperation minister Bert Koenders.
Gay bishop backs Obama for President 4
11:15 AM — Openly gay Episcopalian Bishop Gene Robinson of New Hampshire endorsed Democratic Presidential hopeful Senator Barack Obama yesterday.Bishop Robinson says he was lured to Obama's campaign because of the Illinois Democrat's experience with racism and discrimination."Frankly, I don't think there's any major candidate that is where we in the gay community would hope they would be on our issues," the bishop told AP said.
2nd August 2007
Time to speak up for gays, Presidential candidates told
6:05 PM — An influential US campaigning group has spoken out against the silence Democratic presidential candidates have kept over gay rights issues.Matt Foreman, executive director of the Gay and Lesbian Task Force, says that despite their laudable support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues, no candidate has vocally completely supported the rights of LGBT Americans.Exit poll data estimates that the LGBT community in the United States makes up approximately four percent of the voting population.
PlanetOut reveals second quarter figures
4:28 PM — Leading gay media company PlanetOut has posted its second quarter results for 2007. The figures show a fall in advertising revenue, down from $7.3m (£3.7m) in the second quarter of 2006 to $6.7m in 2007.Total revenue for the second quarter of 2007 was $18.5m, an increase of 14% compared to $16.3 million for the same period one year ago.Last month PlanetOut announced a 15% cut in its employees.
Japanese political leader to join Pride parade
2:21 PM — Japan's Social Democratic Party leader, Mizuho Fukushima, will march with LGBT people and their supporters on 11th August in the Tokyo Pride Parade calling for equality and rights.The event, "Let's go march with Mizuho Hukushima!" will allow gay Japanese people the chance to talk with the left-leaning politician over lunch and then march with her.The SDP were the main opposition party in Japan in the 1990s, but lost support to the Democratic Party of Japan in recent years.
Senate quizzes Bush nominee about military gay ban
12:59 PM — Admiral Michael Mullen, President Bush's nominee to succeed General Peter Pace as Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, was questioned about the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" ban on lesbian, gay and bisexual personnel during a Senate hearing on Tuesday.He called for a national debate about the current law, which allows gay, bisexual and lesbian people to serve in the US military as long as they do not disclose their sexuality.
Gays on probation allowed to stay together
12:31 PM — A Philadelphia judge has ruled that a gay couple banned from contacting each other while on probation have the same rights as a married couple.Daniel Mangini and Stephen Roberts, who have been together for 20 years, owned property, shared bank accounts and helped raise Roberts' young niece.They later became addicted to methamphetamine, and in 2004 were convicted of dealing 100 grams of the drug.
Gay rights activist faces charges for outing politician 1
11:35 AM — Nicolas Alexeyev, the gay rights activist and organiser of Moscow Pride, was charged with slander by Russian authorities yesterday and faces a criminal investigation.The charges arise from comments he made on live TV in June, when he outed Russian MP Alexander Cheuv as a homosexual.To prove that he is guilty of slander, Russian investigating authorities will have to demonstrate that calling Mr Chuev 'gay' spoilt his reputation or dignity.
1st August 2007
Sir Ian supports Singapore Pride as gay exhibition banned 58
3:47 PM — Singapore's gay community began its Pride festival today with a message from Sir Ian McKellen, while censors have banned an exhibition featuring pictures of same-sex couples kissing.In a video message, Lord of the Rings star McKellen said:"It's very important that gay people, wherever they are, should identify themselves, stick up for themselves, represent themselves, modestly and positively, so the rest of the world knows that we're here and we're not going to go away."
Quebec gay couple win payout for teen harassment 2
3:27 PM — The first gay couple to get a civil union in Quebec, Canada, have been awarded $10,000 (£4,640) after they were harassed by teenagers in their suburban neighbourhood.Since publicly denouncing threats and harassment from their neighbours with a 1,500 strong anti-homophobia march through their suburban neighbourhood, Theo Wouters and Rodger Thibault say they have been targeted."This is happening because we're an open gay couple," said Wouters, speaking to the Canadian Globe and Mail.
Gay film award launched at Venice Film Festival
3:00 PM — The world's oldest celebration of cinema moves into the 21st century this year with the announcement that for the first time there will be a gay award.The Venice Film Festival, which was first held in 1932, has approved The Queer Lion award after four years of negotiations.The award will go to a feature-length film in the competition, or any of the 35 or so 'sidebar'screenings, that has a gay character or theme.