5th July 2007
Mayor demands robotic toilets to stop cruising 1
12:01 PM — The mayor of the Florida city of Fort Lauderdale wants a robotic toilet that could prevent homosexual activity that he says haunts public restrooms on beach.Mayor Jim Naugle believes that robotic toilets will scare off gay cruisers.Mr Naugle told Sun-Sentinel: "We're trying to provide a family environment where people can take their children who need to use the bathroom."
4th July 2007
Bill Gates acquires major stake in gay publisher PlanetOut
10:40 PM — Just days after shares in Gay.com publisher, PlanetOut rose 20 per cent on Nasdaq, a company that invests the wealth of Microsoft founder Bill Gates, has purchased a major stake in the company.PlanetOut, 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. Tonight, shares closed up at $1.69 (£0.83), a marked improvement on its 52 week low of $0.86 (£0.43).
A photographic celebration of gay Pride
5:30 PM — An new online exhibition of photos of LGBT celebrations from cities around the world celebrates people's pride in their sexuality and identity.The Human Rights Watch online photo essay captures the courage, the exuberance, and the human faces of LGBT people's Pride marches on five continents, over more than a decade.The first photo documents the first-ever march to take place to celebrate LGBT people in the heart of Manila, Philippines in 1996.
Baseball team’s gay night annoys Christians
10:24 AM — For some reason whenever you get a group of gay people in a place outside of a club or a pride parade everyone seems to get up in arms.That is enhanced when the group is stepping on sacred ground where only "straight" people are allowed to go, and a sports arena is perceived to be as straight as you can get.This month Petco Park in San Diego is holding an event that has already gotten people riled up over what seemed like a simple idea.
Assault on trans woman not a hate crime 3
10:11 AM — A teenager has been found guilty of aggravated battery, but not of hate crime by a juvenile judge in Palm Beach Country, Florida, today.In June 2006, the then 17-year old beat a 39-year old trans-woman, according to his attorney out of self-defence.The woman claims that the teen was sexually aggressive towards her, although she had told him that she was not a biological woman.
3rd July 2007
Swedish sports minister to open Stockholm Pride
5:16 PM — Sweden's largest gay festival will kick off at the end of the month.Stockholm Pride will be celebrated with a sports theme this year, hosted by the Swedish minister for culture and sports, Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth.Famous for the colours of the rainbow that grace the city each year at this time, Stockholm is a welcoming place for all LGBT.The celebration of Pride is one of the most colourful events in the Scandinavian capital.
Isaiah Washington regrets using the F word 4
5:01 PM — Grey's Anatomy star Isaiah Washington has said that if he could do a repeat performance of the heated argument with former so-star Patrick Dempsey, he would have opted for the "n-word."Instead Washington used the word 'faggot' a choice that eventually led to him being dropped from the show.He claims that he was in fact referring to himself when he used the homophobic slur during the argument with Dempsey and not their co-star, T.R. Knight.
Gay journalist claims to be straight 5
4:49 PM — An award-winning gay journalist and activist as announced he is now an ex-gay.Michael Glatze founded the Young Gay America magazine and received awards such as the National Role Model Award from leading homosexual rights organisation Equality Forum.He also produced a well-received documentary film on suicides of gay teenagers in the US.
American Medical Association to protect trans people
4:16 PM — The organisation that represents doctors in the USA has voted to amend its non-discrimination policies to include transgender people.The American Medical Association's non-discrimination policies already included sexual orientation."Transgender patients, physicians and medical students continue to face discrimination around the country," Joel Ginsberg, executive director of the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association (GLMA), said.
EU sex advert amuses and outrages MEPs
4:10 PM — A short promotional film released by the EU to promote their support for European films has caused a ruckus among Euro MPs.Entitled Film Lovers Will Love This, The 44-second ad has been posted on YouTube, and features couples - including gay men and lesbians - having sex.Produced by the European Commission's communications unit, it features short clips from a range of films.
Travolta denies Scientology is homophobic 7
1:35 PM — Movie actor John Travolta has hit back at a gay journalist's assertion that Scientology advocates "curing" homosexuality.Kevin Naff, editor of the Washington Blade, criticised Mr Travolta for playing the lead in a re-make of camp classic film Hairspray. The original 1988 version starred a young Ricki Lake as Tracy Turnblad.
Woman too ‘masculine’ for the women’s bathroom
1:05 PM — Has anyone ever double-checked the door sign when they saw you standing in the bathroom?Then you are familiar with the bathroom issue many people who do not match certain stereotypical gender norms have to deal with.The reaction of a bouncer in New York City, who evicted a woman from the bathroom of a Mexican restaurant in Greenwich Village, still seems outrageous.
MEP receives award for moral courage
12:54 PM — The Pride Parade in Berlin took place last week and for the seventh time, the organisers recognised moral courage of individuals and organisations with the "Zivilcourage-Preis" (the Civil Courage Award.)Among those honoured was a German member of the European Parliament, Lissy Gröner.The Social Democrat is a vocal advocate for gay, lesbian and female rights and was first elected into the EU Parliament in 1989.
German scientists make HIV breakthrough
12:30 PM — In a remarkable discovery in the hunt for a cure for HIV, scientists in Germany may finally have found a way to remove HIV from infected cells, a study released today revealed.According to Science magazine, researchers working on the deadly virus have engineered an enzyme that attacks the HIV virus and cuts it out of the infected cell.Although the enzyme TRE is far from ready, it offers hope for the more than 40 million people around the world who are HIV+
2nd July 2007
Moscow Pride 2008 organisers invite Mayor of London
5:37 PM — Nicolas Alexeyev has welcomed comments from Mayor of London Ken Livingstone indicating he might be willing to attend next year's Moscow Pride.The Russian gay rights activist was one of the principal organisers of this year's banned gay rights march in Moscow.In an exclusive interview with PinkNews.co.uk to mark London Pride, Mr Livingstone said he would consider attending Moscow Pride in 2008, if it does not clash with his campaign to for re-election.
Two words and a comma would enshrine gay rights 2
12:40 PM — Human rights activists in Bermuda have launched a campaign to add sexual orientation as a protected grounds of discrimination under the country's Human Rights Act.They want to insert an amendment to the Act, which advocates say amounts to not much more than two words and a comma.A group describing themselves as 'concerned citizens' has now launched a campaign to include sexual orientation in the legislation.
Swedes accuse Finnish army of ‘anti-gay bias’
12:08 PM — A gay rights organisation has accused the Finnish Defence Forces of acting in a discrimatory and insulting way towards Swedish gay soldiers.HOF, which promotes the rights of gays, bisexuals, and transsexuals in the Swedish military, says that the attitude of the Finns makes it difficult for LGBT soldiers to take part in joint operations.Sweden still practices conscription and there has been debate in the country over the rights of gay people in the military.
Australia urged to stop gay discrimination
11:15 AM — New York based advocacy group Human Rights Watch have urged the Australian government to amend legal provisions that exclude same-sex partners from the definition of 'spouse.'HRC also called for an end all discrimination against lesbian and gay people's children and families.Australia's Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission report was presented to the federal parliament listing the 58 laws that need to be changed to grant gay, bisexual and lesbian Australians equal rights.
Jodie Foster donates record amount to gay helpline
11:15 AM — Academy Award-winning actress Jodie Foster has made a major donation to America's only round-the-clock suicide prevention helpline for gay and questioning youth.The Trevor Project, a Los Angeles-based non-profit organisation, recently launched a major fundraising campaign to fund two call centres that will take crisis calls made to The Trevor Helpline.The goal of the campaign, which is the largest in the organisation's history, is to raise $1,000,000 (£500,000) in multi-year gifts.
Spanish sun shines on Europride
10:43 AM — As London Pride was being battered by torrential rain, our luckier Continental cousins were basking in the sunshine of Madrid summer's day as they took to the streets to celebrate Europride.Nearly fifty floats, one of them from Manchester, paraded through the streets of the Spanish capital accompanied by an estimated two million revellers. The parade was followed by a free concert.