4th July 2007
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.
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.
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.
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.
Concern over deadly strain of syhpilis in gay men
10:19 AM — Over the past few years health officials have detected a serious strain of the sexually transmitted bacterial disease syphilis in gay and bisexual US men infected with the AIDS virus.The strain had been all but wiped out decades ago, but the US Centre for Disease Control is indicating that gay and bisexual men are the primary cause of the rebirth of syphilis in the past few years.Symptomatic early neurosyphilis is a rare manifestation of syphilis that usually occurs within the first 12 months of infection.
1st July 2007
“Lady boy” war erupts in Thailand – two arrested 1
5:10 PM — Scores of teenage "lady boys"and male prostitutes have been involved in a three day "gay war" on the Thailand resort of Pattaya.The resort is popular with British tourists where teenage rent boys and so transvestite "lady boys" are available for as little as £12. Although prostitution is illegal, police are often paid to turn a blind eye to the prostitution.It's understood that police arrested two young men.
Gay police to don rubber gear 2
5:10 PM — Amsterdam's special homosexual police unit is set to don frocks, leather and rubber gear in the fight against homophobic attacks, it has been revealed.Lesbian officers will be sent undercover to infiltrate anti-gay gangs and gay activists are calling for judges to ban known gay-bashers from gay areas and pick-up spots.The plans are part of a concerted effort by the authorities to retain Amsterdam's image as the gay capital of the world following a spate of homophobic attacks and widespread concern in the gay community of increased violence.
Iowa court rules that same-sex couples can marry
5:10 PM — A district court in US state of Iowa has ruled in favour of same-sex marriage.In response to a lawsuit brought by six same-sex couples seeking to wed, Judge Robert Hanson wrote in the ruling:"Couples, such as plaintiffs, who are otherwise qualified to marry one another may not be denied licenses to marry or certificates of marriage or in any other way prevented from entering into a civil marriage pursuant to Iowa Code Chapter 595 by reason of the fact that both persons compromising such a couple are of the same sex."