7th August 2007
Iranian paper shut down for interviewing lesbian 1
12:45 PM — A leading Iranian newspaper has been shut down for publishing an interview with a woman accused of being a "counter-revolutionary" homosexual.The ban on Shargh, the favourite newspaper of Iranian liberals, comes amid growing pressure on the press in Iran and follows the closure of fellow moderate daily Ham Mihan last month.It is the second time in less than a year that Shargh has been shut down by Iranian officials.
‘Lesbian’ soldiers dismissed from Nepalese army
12:13 PM — Two female personnel have been kicked out of the army of Nepal on suspicion of being lesbians. The Kathmandu Post reports that the pair were court-martialled after being found in bed with eachother. They said that nothing sexual had occurred, but that charges of lesbianism were brought against them by their superiors.The position of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people in the Himalayan country has considerably worsened in recent months.
LGBT communities party across Europe 1
11:55 AM — A record number of gay rights supporters across Europe took part in Pride festivities this weekend.Belfast's streets were alive with the sights and sounds of the 17th annual Gay Pride parade on Saturday.Shoppers in the city were treated to a procession of colourful floats and flamboyant supporters as Belfast's LGBT communities celebrated the finale of a week of gay events.
Prime Minister visits Pride in Stockholm
11:33 AM — Ten of thousands of people marched in the Stockholm Pride parade on Saturday as part of Scandinavia's largest gay event.Organisers estimate that 50,000 people paraded, while a record half a million people watched the parade's progress through the Swedish capital.Politicians from most of Sweden's political parties also visited Stockholm Pride.
US court overturns homophobic adoption law
11:09 AM — In a 35-page decision, a panel of the U. S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit rejected the Oklahoma Department of Health's challenge to a lower court decision striking down an Oklahoma law so extreme that it threatened to make children adopted by same-sex couples in other states legal orphans when the families are in Oklahoma.The ruling is important not only in Oklahoma, but also to families across the United States, including in Seattle and Houston, home to two of the families who joined in the suit.
Ex-gays win right to leaflet schoolchildren
11:00 AM — A group who advocate 'conversion therapy' for gay people will be allowed to distribute literature to children promoting their beliefs.Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays and Gays (PFOX) took a local school board in the US state of Virginia to court for refusing to distribute their leaflets to high school students.An agreement was reached last week which allows PFOX the same access as other groups to children as young as five.
6th August 2007
Black man scared me says cruising politician 4
5:35 PM — A senior Florida Republican has presented a novel defence for his actions after his arrest on charges of solicitation last month.Bob Allen, co-chairman of the campaign to select Senator John McCain as the Republican US Presidential candidate, was spotted by police in Titusville, Florida on July 11th acting suspiciously at the men's toilets in a park.Officers decided to send a policeman undercover to investigate, and within minutes Mr Allen allegedly agreed to pay him $20 (£10) to allow him to perform oral sex.
Ugly Betty broadcaster praised for gay content
4:08 PM — A leading US gay organisation has revealed its assessment of the current state of LGBT representation on American network TV and singled out ABC as the best-performing network.The Gay Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) released its inaugural GLAAD Network Responsibility Index, a first-of-its-kind report that maps the quantity, quality and diversity of images of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people on network television.ABC, with shows such as Brothers Sisters and Ugly Betty, received the highest ranking of the five networks.
Activists try to stop Nigeria’s bid for Commonwealth glory
12:35 PM — Gay activists in Nigeria have questioned whether that country should be allowed to host the 2014 Commonwealth Games because of its "systematic persecution of lesbian and gay Nigerians."A delegation led by Davis Mac-Iyalla, founder and leader of the gay Christian group, Changing Attitude Nigeria, met with the chief executive of the Games Federation (CGF) in London last week to put their case.They presented the CGF with an 11-page report setting out why it should reject the bid by the Nigerian city of Abuja.
Congress considers HIV treatment bill 3
10:50 AM — Congressman Eliot Engel, Speaker of the US House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi and Republican Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen have reintroduced the Early Treatment for HIV Act, a bipartisan bill that will save lives by allowing states to provide Medicaid coverage to low-income, HIV-positive Americans.The legislation addresses a cruel irony in healthcare coverage for low-income people living with HIV/AIDS.
Hillary Clinton campaign getting most ‘gay’ donations
10:27 AM — A survey of US presidential campaign contributions from 'gay' areashas revealed that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual voters aremaking most of their donations to Senator Hillary Clinton.The democratic frontrunners received the most support, Senator Clinton received 48% of contributions from postcodes with large LGBT populations.Senator Barack Obama received 39% and former Senator John Edwards received just 13%.
3rd August 2007
Mass gay kiss-in protest in Rome
4:24 PM — Over a thousand same-sex couples took park in a mass 'kiss-in' last night, the second such protest after two men were arrested for 'public indecency' in front of the iconic Roman monument last week.The amorous demonstration was called by Italian gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender association Arcigay.The two men, identified only as Roberto L, 27 and Michele M, 28, were arrested by seven armed Carabinieri and held for 45 minutes last week.
Australian PM moves against gay adoptions 3
12:25 PM — The Prime Minister of Australia, John Howard, is introducing legislation to ban same-sex couples from adopting children from other countries.The Family Law (Same Sex Adoption) Bill could be introduced as early as next week.If it becomes law, children adopted in other countries by same-sexcouples will not be granted visas to enter Australia.
Controversial footballer opens Stockholm Pride 1
11:45 AM — Former Liverpool and Sweden footballer Glenn Hysén opened Stockholm Pride this week with a speech denouncing homophobia in sport."Sometimes, sport turns us into good team players, but sometimes sport turns us into anxious homophobic herd animals," he said, according to TheLocal.seHysén was widely decried as a bad choice for Stockholm Pride, after he infamously punched a man who allegedly propositioned him in a Frankfurt Airport toilet in 2001.
Italy raises issue of executions with Iran 11
11:39 AM — Italy has urged Iran to stop executions, today, citing Rome's 'deepuneasiness' with a spate of executions of gay people in the IslamicRepublic.More than 140 people have been executed in Iran so far this year, many of them convicted of 'hooliganism,' which some reports say includes consensual gay sex.Islamic law states that all sexual acts outside of a heterosexualmarriage - referred to as sodomy - are forbidden.
Dutch use aid to push for gay rights
11:20 AM — The Netherlands is to step up pressure for gay rights in countrieswhere it has strong aid ties.Dutch embassy officials in the 36 countries where the Netherlandsdonates much of its aid will draw up an inventory of gay, lesbian and bisexual rights legislation, according to development cooperation minister Bert Koenders.
Gay bishop backs Obama for President 4
11:15 AM — Openly gay Episcopalian Bishop Gene Robinson of New Hampshire endorsed Democratic Presidential hopeful Senator Barack Obama yesterday.Bishop Robinson says he was lured to Obama's campaign because of the Illinois Democrat's experience with racism and discrimination."Frankly, I don't think there's any major candidate that is where we in the gay community would hope they would be on our issues," the bishop told AP said.
2nd August 2007
Time to speak up for gays, Presidential candidates told
6:05 PM — An influential US campaigning group has spoken out against the silence Democratic presidential candidates have kept over gay rights issues.Matt Foreman, executive director of the Gay and Lesbian Task Force, says that despite their laudable support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues, no candidate has vocally completely supported the rights of LGBT Americans.Exit poll data estimates that the LGBT community in the United States makes up approximately four percent of the voting population.
PlanetOut reveals second quarter figures
4:28 PM — Leading gay media company PlanetOut has posted its second quarter results for 2007. The figures show a fall in advertising revenue, down from $7.3m (£3.7m) in the second quarter of 2006 to $6.7m in 2007.Total revenue for the second quarter of 2007 was $18.5m, an increase of 14% compared to $16.3 million for the same period one year ago.Last month PlanetOut announced a 15% cut in its employees.
Japanese political leader to join Pride parade
2:21 PM — Japan's Social Democratic Party leader, Mizuho Fukushima, will march with LGBT people and their supporters on 11th August in the Tokyo Pride Parade calling for equality and rights.The event, "Let's go march with Mizuho Hukushima!" will allow gay Japanese people the chance to talk with the left-leaning politician over lunch and then march with her.The SDP were the main opposition party in Japan in the 1990s, but lost support to the Democratic Party of Japan in recent years.