16th July 2007
Court rules Dykes on Bikes are not offensive
11:50 AM — A US federal appeals court has ruled that the name "Dykes on Bikes" is inoffensive and a legitimate trademark, tossing out a lawsuit from a man who claimed the name was "scandalous and immoral."According to the Associated Press, the Dykes on Bikes motorcycle club, which leads San Francisco's annual gay pride parade, had spent years sparring with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in hopes of protecting the phrase.They finally won a trademark in 2005.
Disinformation campaign against Matthew Shepard law
11:30 AM — With a US Senate vote on the Matthew Shepard Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act expected soon, the Gay Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) has urged journalists to scrutinise the myths and misleading claims being made by those seeking to block the proposed law.GLAAD also want to highlight the impact of hate-motivated violence against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Americans. In May, the bill passed in the House of Representatives on a historic 237-180 bipartisan vote.
Presidential candidate’s wife meets with gays
11:10 AM — Elizabeth Edwards slammed President Bush for not being tougher on crimes against gays and lesbians during a speech on Saturday for the Human Rights Campaign in San Francisco.During her address to the gay rights group, the Associated Press reports that Edwards cited the story of 26-year-old Satendar Singh.He died recently after being beaten to death at Sacramento's Lake Natomas by men hurling explicit gay slurs. She said the killing demanded renewed condemnations of hate speech.
13th July 2007
Transvestite sculpture of Pope removed 5
5:20 PM — A controversial sculpture of Pope Benedict XVI, depicting him in nothing but a blond bob wig, a stole, panties and thigh-high stockings has been pulled from a gay exhibition in Milan.Curator Eugenio Viola told Associated Press: "It was made clear to us that it would be better to remove the piece."
Surgeon General nominee denies he is homophobic 3
2:45 PM — President Bush's nominee for Surgeon General told the US Senate yesterday he is not anti-gay.Dr. James Holsinger has been critcised by gay rights groups, physicians and politicians for writing in 1991 that gay sex is unnatural and unhealthy.In his paper for the United Methodist Church, Holsinger said that gay sex was dangerous because, "when the complementarity of the sexes is breached, injuries and diseases may occur."
Majority of Americans find ‘faggot’ offensive
12:13 PM — A recent opinion poll has found that 54% of Americans found the use of the word 'faggot' by TV actor Isaiah Washington offensive.18% said the were very offended in the survey by Harris Interactive. 66% of LGBT adults who took part in the poll said they were offended.Other questions about the use of racial slurs by comedian Michael Richards (Kramer from Seinfeld) found that nearly 70% of Americans found his use of the word 'nigger' offensive.
Nixon aides considered using gay smears against opponents
11:25 AM — Newly released memos, recordings and other documents have revealed that US President Richard Nixon was keen to smear his opponents by associating them with the nascent gay rights movement.During the 1972 election campaign, Nixon aides also tried to link Democrat candidate John McGovern and his running mate Sargent Shriver to the mafia, slavery and left-wing activists.Meanwhile, the President himself was concerned that he was not seen as a nice person.
Australian government reject gay judge’s pension plan
10:43 AM — The Attorney General of Australia has said he will not change the pension arrangements of judges so that same-sex partners are given the same provision as spouses.The country's Parliament is considering changes to judge's pension, and opposition politicians have pointed out that this would be a good opportunity to change the law in favour of equality.One of Australia's most respected judges, Michael Kirby, is openly gay.
Homophobic politician arrested for cottaging 4
10:20 AM — The co-chairman of the campaign to select Senator John McCain as the Republican US Presidential candidate has resigned after offering an undercover police officer $20 (£10) for oral sex.Bob Allen, a Florida state representative who has voted against a range of gay rights measures, was spotted by police in Titusville, Florida on Wednesday acting suspiciously at the men's toilets in a park.
12th July 2007
Lesbians take Gibraltar to court 24
6:00 PM — A lesbian couple are taking legal action against Gibraltar's government for denying them joint control of their rented apartment.Nadine Rodriguez has applied to the High Court for a judicial review to reconsider the non-inclusion of her partner in the tenancy agreement.As things stand, should Ms Rodriguez die, her partner has no legal right to the apartment and could be forced onto the street.
Police’s bad attitude towards Pride in Estonia
3:49 PM — A year after violent homophobic attacks against Tallinn Pride, organisers prepare for its return amid problems with uncooperative police officials.Last year LGBT marchers were attacked with sticks and stones by a group of young Estonian nationalists while celebrating the country's gay third pride event.Event organisers will be on alert to ensure that paraders will not disturb public order in the old town.
America’s first gay sports magazine launched
2:24 PM — There has been talk for the past few years about the absence of gay sports media.Gaysports.com and Outsports.com have been leading the way on the internet for promoting gay athletes and gay athletics, and although a few magazines will have periodic sports pieces, it isn't until now that there has been a gay publication dedicated to sports.Editors of the magazine describe Sports out Loud as "Men's Health meets Sports Illustrated with just a hint of The Advocate thrown in."
White House censorship of ‘doctor of the nation’ 3
2:00 PM — Dr Richard Carmona, who served as US Surgeon General between 2002 - 2006 said yesterday that Bush's administration had censored his speeches and articles to agree with government policy.He was testifying at a hearing of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform in Washington.Dr Carmona testified that he clashed with the Bush administration over issues of sexuality and contraception.
Iran may execute more gays 10
1:30 PM — The Iranian government has confirmed that in the coming weeks more than 20 men will be executed on moral violations of rape, sodomy and assault and battery.Police arrested over 1000 men in May in poor neighbourhoods of Tehran and other cities as part of a moral 'crackdown' on indecent behaviour.Those arrested will face trial and possible death at a later date.
Homeless lesbian settles shelter dispute
11:10 AM — A Chicago lesbian who was denied access to a City-funded homeless shelter agreed to resolve the dispute with Good News Partners (GNP).The organisation agreed to take a number of steps to ensure that its facilities are free from all discrimination.Michelle Wang filed charges of discrimination in April 2007 after she was denied shelter at the New Life Shelter, owned and operated by GNP, on November 1, 2006.
11th July 2007
Anglicans advertise for foster gay couples
5:32 PM — A branch of the urban mission and welfare service of the Anglican Church in Australia has inadvertently become involved in the political row about gay parenting by taking an advert in a gay publication.Teenshare, part of Anglicare, has taken the ad in monthly gay paper OUT in Perth to encourage gay and lesbian couples to foster children aged 12 to 17.Last month the news that a gay male couple had adopted a baby was welcomed by lawmakers in the state of Western Australia.
Senator opposed to gay marriage favours paid-for sex 3
4:00 PM — A major political scandal involving prostitution in Washington DC has claimed its first Congressional scalp.Republican Senator David Vitter has been forced to admit he used the escort services of Deborah Jane Palfrey, the "DC madam" who is accused of making nearly $2m (£1m) over thirteen years providing call girls to Washington's elite.Senator Vitter strongly opposes gay rights and is a 'family values' stalwart.
Lesbian writer honoured by Canada
12:45 PM — Jane Rule, 76, a writer of lesbian-themed novels, is to be appointed to the Order of Canada, the country's highest civilian honour, in recognition of her lifetime contribution to literature.Ms Rule has won many awards over the years as a writer, educator, gay rights activist, including the Order of British Colombia 2004.Born in New Jersey in 1931, Ms Rule moved to Galiano Island, Canada with partner Helen Sonthoff, after a peripatetic childhood in America.
Psychologists meet to review gay policy
12:19 PM — The American Psychological Association is to review its polity on counselling for gay and lesbian people, and activists are hopeful they will denounce the "ex-gay" movement that claims it can 'cure' homosexuality.A six-member panel will meet next week to begin the review process.Leading religious groups in America have already begun lobbying the APA to reverse a 1997 decision that gay people should not be treated as mentally ill.
Presidential hopefuls to participate in gay TV debate 3
11:15 AM — Human rights activist Joe Solomnese and gay performer Melissa Etheridge will question Democratic candidates for President of the United States in the first televised debate for the gay community.The hour-long event will take place on August 9th and broadcast live on gay network LOGO and through live streaming at LOGOonline.comFront runners Hilary Clinton, Barack Obama and John Edwards have confirmed they will participate.