31st January 2007
London unites with Riga Pride
5:14 PM — The gay and lesbian communities of London and Riga are to come together in a unique twinning partnership to support equality and tolerance in the two capital cities.Pride London and the Mayor of London will sign a statement of unity with Riga Pride at a ceremony in the Latvian capital next month.Last July the gay and lesbian community in Riga were banned from celebrating Pride and suffered violent oppression from homophobic mobs.
Canada lifts same-sex immigration ban 1
3:27 PM — Canadians who married their gay or lesbian partners abroad will now be able to sponsor their immigration to Canada.The government has rescinded a policy that banned same-sex married couples from being treated equally to heterosexual spouses.Opposition MP Bill Siksay announced on Tuesday that the government had decided to remove the discriminatory immigration directive and treat gay and straight couples equally in this regard.
Gay Mexican granted asylum in the US
10:57 AM — A 38-year-old man has been granted asylum in the United States after a court accepted he would be persecuted if he returned to Mexico.Jorge Soto Vega entered the USA illegally in 1988, and had previously had an asylum application turned down by a judge who said he would have had to make his sexuality obvious to face persecution.At an immigration hearing on Tuesday Mr Vega was finally told he can remain in America.
30th January 2007
Gay activists welcome first EU equality summit
2:43 PM — European and UK gay rights organisations have welcomed the first EU summit on equality, which began in Brussels today.450 delegates from across Europe launched the 2007 European Year of Equal Opportunities for All at the summit, which is a joint initiative by the European Commission and the German Presidency of the EU.Representatives from the European branch of the International Lesbian and Gay Association (ILGA) are attending.
G from DG blasts Vatican attitudes
1:48 PM — Stefano Gabbana, of DolceGabbana fame, has rounded on the Vatican for trying to stop Italian gay and lesbian people getting equal rights.The designer, in an interview with newspaper La Stampa, argued that the Roman Catholic church is trying to fight against love itself.Mr Gabbana was the sexual as well as design partner of Domenico Dolce for 19 years.
Gay couple register as married in Israel
11:40 AM — An English immigrant to Israel has had his marriage registered by officials in Jerusalem.Binyamin Rose and his American husband Avi have successfully registered themselves as a married couple.This is the first time since a Supreme Court decision three months ago ruled marriages performed abroad are legal inside Israel that two gay men have been registered as married.
L Word star quits show and reveals baby plans
11:14 AM — Bisexual actress Kristanna Loken has told producers of The L Word she will not be returning for another series of the hit show, which follows the lives and loves of a group of Los Angeles lipstick lesbians.Loken has also revealed that she is ready to be a mother, and already has a sperm donor in mind.She is best known for her role as T-X in Terminator 3: The Rise of the Machines.
Mardi Gras row over commercial sponsors
10:50 AM — A dating website for lesbians has accused the organisers of Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras of pandering to commercial interests at the expense of community spirit.The Pink Sofa says its members have been refused permission to participate in the Fair day and parade events because the festival is sponsored by dating site Gaydar, reports the Sydney Morning Herald.
Italian coalition parties clash over gay families 4
10:25 AM — The delicate balance of power in the Italian government could be upset by a new law that will grant gay and lesbian couples a form of civil partnership.The nature of the Italian political system means that since 1945 the country has mostly been ruled by fragile coalitions, and the group of parties that finally removed Silvio Berlusconi from office last April are no different.
29th January 2007
2007 Moscow Pride will go ahead vow activists 4
2:50 PM — The organisers of Moscow Pride have vowed to hold the event in 2007, as they formally start proceedings at the European Court of Human Rights concerning last year's Pride.They are also considering appealing to the Russian Supreme Court in parallel with their European action.In May 2006 the first Pride march in the city was beset by violence after Moscow's mayor refused to grant a permit.
Lesbian couple win country club case
2:13 PM — A lesbian couple have won a lawsuit after the California Supreme Court ruled that the a country club had discriminated against them on the basis of their marital status.Birgit Koebke and Kendall French are unable to marry under state law.A San Diego country club, of which Koebke is a member, refused to take this into consideration when it forced her domestic partner to pay guest fees for the Club's golf course.
12-year-old trans case “not unusual” 2
12:56 PM — A 12-year-old Austrian child has undergone gender reassignment treatment after persuading her parents and doctors that she was sure she was a girl.The child, known as Kim, was born a boy and is currently receiving hormone treatment which will eventually lead to gender reassignment surgery.Persia West, who is a transgender activist, spoke to PinkNews.co.uk about the case.
Ban on gay sperm donation legal 2
12:31 PM — A Canadian court has said that the ban on gay men donating sperm is perfectly legal.A lesbian woman had claimed that federal regulations that prohibit the use of sperm from any man who has had sex with another man was a breach of her rights.The woman wanted to use sperm from a gay friend, but a 1977 law prohibits him from donating.
Ear bitten off in homophobic attack
11:30 AM — A motorist in San Diego's vibrant Hillcrest district bit the ear off a gay man in a homophobic assault.The incident occurred at 11.10pm on Friday, and has been particularly shocking for the gay community given the area's diverse and tolerant culture.The victim, a 43 year old man, had stopped in a San Diego car park with two companions.
Gibraltar gay rights record criticised 25
10:43 AM — The government of Gibraltar is failing to protect sexual minorities, say gay rights campaigners in the territory.Gib Gay Rights Group are to approach the European Commission in Brussels to raise their concerns about the government's attitude towards LGBT people.Gibraltar is a self-governing overseas territory of the United Kingdom, but the government in London have no control over social policy.
26th January 2007
Mexico to consider trans rights 1
10:30 AM — A Mexican politician has announced he is to bring forward legislation in March to amend the country's constitution to grant legal protection for transgender people.David Sanchez Camacho, a Federal congressman for the socialist Partido de la Revolución Democrática, (PRD), also revealed he intends to propose new laws to allow trans people to legally change their gender and name.
25th January 2007
Dick Cheney defends lesbian daughter’s pregnancy 1
12:45 PM — The Vice President of the United States has told CNN that he is delighted about the imminent birth of his sixth grandchild, and told presenter Wolf Blitzer he was out of order for bringing it up.Mr Cheney was piqued that the TV host chose to mention the pregnancy of his younger daughter Mary in the context of criticism from fundamentalist groups who think it is wrong for a lesbian to have a child.
Sacked actor speaks out about ‘faggot’ incident 5
12:06 PM — Actor Isaiah Washington, fired this month from Grey's Anatomy after the months-long controversy he incited by using an anti-gay slur, claims ABC "fired the wrong guy."In an interview with the Houston Chronicle, Washington blames former cast mate T.R. Knight for stoking the scandal that led him to lose his role in the ABC hit.Knight, who came out after the incident, is the one who should have been let go, he told the newspaper.
Euro survey reveals attitudes to diversity
11:31 AM — A survey carried out across the EU has found that the Italians are the most attuned to homophobia, while Swedes are the quickest in the European Union to embrace the concept of the multi-cultural society.They are also among the least satisfied with efforts to combat discrimination, according to a new Eurobarometer survey.Some 73 percent of Italians thought discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation was widespread, the highest figure in the EU.
24th January 2007
US marriage amendment abandoned 1
2:48 PM — Attempts by Colorado Republicans to bring forward an amendment to the United States Constitution banning same-sex marriage will not be repeated in the current Congress.The Pueblo Chieftan newspaper reports that Representative Marilyn Musgrave and Senator Wayne Allard admitted last week that they are not planning any further legislation.