19th September 2007
Hate crime defendant comes out during murder trial 1
4:35 PM — A New York man accused of a homophobic murder is claiming mid-trial that he is also gay.The defendant Anthony Fortunato, 21, was outed by his lawyer Gerald J. Di Chiara in court on Monday.Mr Di Chiara claims that Fortunato has been meeting men for sex on the internet since he was seventeen and said that his turmoil over coming out had in fact added to the defendant's unstable state of mind and a previous suicide attempt.
Gay beauty contest winner murdered
2:25 PM — LGBT activists in Brazil have spoken about the high levels of homophobia in their society in the wake of the brutal sexual assault and murder of a gay teenager.Osvan Inacio dos Santos, 19, was attacked in a street near a bar where he had just won the local "Miss Gay" competition.The attack and murder, in the town on Batingas in northeast Brazil, is just one high-profile example of the problems the LGBT community face in the country, which is often viewed as liberal in matters of sexuality.
Australian politicians back Christians over gay marriage
2:14 PM — The Prime Minister of Australia has addressed an event organised by a faith-based charity where he faced calls to ban state recognition of non-married couples.The National Strategic Summit on Marriage, Family Fatherhood was held at the Australian Parliament yesterday.Prime Minister John Howard told delegates that marriage is "the best social welfare device mankind has ever devised." Politicians from other major parties attended the conference, organised by the Fatherhood Foundation.
Lesbian parents sue doctor over IVF twins 1
1:07 PM — A lesbian couple in Sydney, Australia are suing a doctor following IVF treatment that left them with twins.The couple requested a single baby during treatment in November 2003, but the mother was implanted with two embryos rather than one.The couple discovered the second embryo had been implanted in the hospital but were warned that an operation to remove it would put the other embryo at risk.
ACLU: Craig toilet sting “unconstitutional” 1
12:31 PM — The American Civil Liberties Union has submitted a brief to a Minnesota District Court urging it to allow Senator Larry Craig to withdraw his guilty plea because the secret sting operation used to arrest him was likely unconstitutional."The real motive behind secret sting operations like the one that resulted in Senator Craig's arrest is not to stop people from inappropriate activity.Craig's affidavit said he decided on the day of his arrest to plead guilty to whatever charge was eventually filed against him.
Presidential hopeful’s u-turn on gay rights 1
11:22 AM — Anyone who has paid close attention to the political career of presidential hopeful Mitt Romney knows the Massachusetts Republican used to be a supporter of gay rights.To the rest of us—and that includes many Republican Americans currently considering him for the country's highest office—Romney's past support of the gay and lesbian community is a bit of a mystery.The mysterious crust covering Romney's past is slowly but surely being chipped away.
18th September 2007
Court supports Maryland’s ban on gay marriage 88
11:30 PM — Maryland's highest court has upheld a state law that defines marriage as between a man and a woman; ending a discrimination case brought by 19 gay couples.The Court of Appeal ruled four to three that Maryland's 1973 ban on same sex marriage does not deny gay people fundamental human rights and does not discriminate on the basis of gender. The court found that the state has a legitimate right to oppose gay marriage.
Dutch government to promote gay acceptance 1
5:31 PM — The government of Holland has committed itself to the active promotion of acceptance of LGBT people in the light of several high-profile homophobic attacks in the country.In a memorandum on the 2008 Budget, the coalition government's Cabinet said that respect for difference is a basic condition of Dutch society.They committed more than two million euros (£1.4m) to fight homophobia and promote acceptance.
Kuwaiti gays ask permission to get organised 1
4:05 PM — The gay and trans community in Kuwait has approached the government requesting an official gay rights organisation.The majority Muslim country currently does not allow such groups to exist, despite a growing number of openly gay and transgender Kuwaitis.According to online news service, Al Arabiya, the gay rights request follows the recent Upholding Ethics report from the Kuwaiti National Council.
Gay blood donor activists arrested in Russia
12:58 PM — Activists in Moscow have been arrested for protesting against Russia's ban on gay men donating blood.Seven of the ten protesters were detained by police last Friday following a reportedly peaceful protest outside the Russian Health Ministry.Although all donations are screened, Russian law prevents gay men from donating much needed blood as they are considered to be most at risk of sexually transmitted diseases, listing them alongside prostitutes and drug dealers.
Global protests against Nicaragua’s gay ban
12:23 PM — Amnesty International, through its network of LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual transgender) groups, held a series of demonstrations across the world last week.The protestors called for the calling for the decriminalisation of sodomy in Nicaragua and called for the repeal of article 204 of the country's Penal Code.This article criminalises not only gay men, lesbians and bisexual people in same-sex relationships, but is vague enough to permit the prosecution of individuals for activities such as campaigning for LGBT rights.
Corporate America ready for ENDA
11:34 AM — The Human Rights Campaign Foundation today released the sixth annual Corporate Equality Index showing an unprecedented 195 major U.S. businesses earned the top rating of 100 percent, up from 138 last year - a 41 percent increase.The Index rates employers on a scale from 0 to 100 percent on their treatment of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender employees, consumers and investors.The 195 businesses that met all of the criteria employ more than8.3 million workers.
Craig bathroom becomes tourist attraction 4
11:09 AM — The helpful folks at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport are fielding some interesting questions these days.Chief among them: "Excuse me, can you please tell me where the Larry Craig bathroom is?""It's become a tourist attraction," Karen Evans, an information specialist at the airport, told the Associated Press earlier today.
17th September 2007
Singapore reforms laws but gay sex still illegal
1:40 PM — A bill introduced to the Singaporean parliament today will legalise oral and anal sex in private between consenting straight adults.However the ban on "gross indecency" will remain in place and male homosexuals still face a maximum of two years in prison for gay sex.The new legislation will also create new offences relating to sex tourism and child prostitution.
US workplace discrimination law faces Senate challenge
11:30 AM — One of two openly gay members of the US Congress has said that the Senate could scupper new laws to protect LGBT people from workplace discrimination.Represntative Barney Frank has represented the 4th District of Massachusetts since 1981.He came out in 1987, and his political opponents have tried to smear and unseat him on many occasions.
Incarcerated LGBT youth bill goes to Schwarzenegger
10:35 AM — California State Senator Carole Migden has announced that her legislation to protect the rights of LGBT youth incarcerated in state juvenile correction facilities has passed in both houses of the legislature.It has been sent to Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's desk for signature.In her statement, Migden shared the story of Danielle Thompson, a 21-year-old youth advocate for foster care and juvenile justice issues
Swedish government funds gay rights group
10:35 AM — Sida, The Swedish Agency for International Development Cooperation, a government agency under the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, has granted 1.9 million Swedish crowns (approximately 200,000 euros) to RFSL, the Swedish federation for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender rights.1.1 million Swedish crowns (116,000 euros) will go towards supporting ILGA, the International Lesbian and Gay Association.
Johannesburg Pride a symbol of freedom
10:25 AM — Johannesburg will celebrate its 18th annual Joburg Pride Parade on October 6th.It will be preceded by a series of events designed to commemorate the country's landmark constitutional freedoms that make South Africa the first and only country in the world to have a constitution that expressly guarantees protection from discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation.The first ever African gay and lesbian Pride parade took place in Johannesburg in 1990 with fewer than a thousand participants.
16th September 2007
Williams will tell US churches to stop ordaining gay bishops 1
11:16 AM — The Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams will visit New Orleans on Wednesday to meet bishops from the United States Episcopal church to urge them not to ordain any more gay bishops. Meanwhile the church leaders want Mr Williams to listen to their arguments for ordaining gay clergy."He's in no uncertainty as to the importance of this meeting," a close aid said. "The meeting is a major step in deciding whether the Anglican Communion can stay together as a global family.
14th September 2007
Media warned over ex-gays research
1:12 PM — New York-based non-profit Truth Wins Out is warning news organisations to be highly sceptical of a biased "ex-gay" study that has been released by right wing therapists in Nashville.The research suggests a significant percentage of gay people can become straight through religious-based counseling."It comes as no shock that anti-gay 'researchers' at Wheaton College and Pat Robertson University would release a study that claims you can pray away the gay," Truth Wins Out's Executive Director Wayne Besen said.