22nd March 2007
Congress revisits hate crimes legislation 7
12:16 PM — Two members of the US House of Representatives have re-introduced a critical piece of legislation providing local police and sheriff's departments with federal resources to combat hate violence.John Conyers, Democrat from Michigan, and Mark Kirk, a Republican from Illinois brought the Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act before the House on Tuesday night.Gay groups Human Rights Campaign and the Matthew Shepard Foundation hailed the bill's introduction.
Brazil’s considers outlawing homophobia
10:30 AM — Debate continues in Brazil over government proposals to criminalise homophobia.Under the proposals, Roman Catholic priests and other clergy might face two to five years in prison for preaching against homosexuality.A rector of a seminary who refuses admission to a homosexual student could face three to five years.
21st March 2007
MEPs want to investigate Polish “Section 28″ law 1
11:59 AM — The European Parliament is prepared to investigate the legality of draft legislation restricting discussion of homosexuality in Polish schools, should the bill be officially submitted to the Polish lower house.The parliament's committee on civil liberties discussed the issue yesterday and decided to launch a study into the compatibility of such legislation with EU rules.
Radio host apologises for gay slurs
11:12 AM — American satirist Garrison Keillor has apologised for comments he made last week which caricatured gay men as "flamboyant" and questioned their suitability as parents.Keillor, a prolific writer and radio personality, is most famous in the UK for his role in last year's Robert Altman film, A Prairie Home Companion.He is also the voice of Honda UK's "Power Of Dreams" campaign.
20th March 2007
Russian faith groups come out against Pride march 4
5:25 PM — Russia's Orthodox Church announced today that it is opposed to the planned Moscow gay Pride parade, as it believes homosexuality is harmful to society.Gay activists plan to hold the parade on the 14th anniversary of the decriminalisation of homosexuality in Russia.Representatives of Russian Muslims and Jews joined the calls for a ban on the parade.
Italian family day out to oppose gay rights 1
3:56 PM — Catholic organisations in Italy have announced that May 12 will be "Family Day", featuring a demonstration in Rome against legislation which will could give legal rights to civil unions.The planned civil unions will be both for heterosexual and homosexual couples, a proposal that has outraged the Catholic Church.The Family Day manifesto does not specifically mention the laws, but focuses on calls for legislation promoting more traditional families.
Switch of tactics on marriage splits US activists 6
12:09 PM — Supporters of gay marriage in America have been outraged by the tide turning against their cause, even amongst other gay rights advocates.Bills to legalise gay marriage have been introduced in the state of Rhode Island every year for the past ten years, and have been rejected every time.So this year, as well as filing for the legalisation of gay marriage, campaigners are fighting for basic rights enjoyed by heterosexual couples.
19th March 2007
Gay and black activists target St Pat’s Day parade 2
4:27 PM — Irish gay rights activists protested against New York City's St Patrick's Day parade on Saturday after organisers again banned gay and lesbian groups from participating in the celebrations for the sixteenth year running.Irish Queers, a New York based gay rights group, lined the city's Fifth Avenue, and protested against the organisers which they later described as "religious-right bigots."
Polish homophobia a Tory legacy, claims MEP 3
2:56 PM — Labour MEP Michael Cashman has claimed that the language used by Polish ministers to oppose equal rights for gay people is a legacy of the previous Conservative government in the UK.Tens of thousands of teachers marched in Poland at the weekend to protest the proposed new law that would, "prohibit the promotion of homosexuality and other deviance" in schools."I am not in the least bit surprised by this," Mr Cashman told PinkNews.co.uk.
Nigerian gay group claim new law could create exodus
2:17 PM — A gay rights pressure group has condemned Nigeria's anti-gay marriage bill, warning that its passing would cause significant problems for other countries.Changing Attitudes Nigeria (CAN), an Anglican Church pressure group on LGBT rights, attacked a bill that would ban same-sex marriage and imprison anyone associated with promoting gay rights.Davis Mac-Iyalla, head of Changing Attitudes Nigeria, warned that acceptance of the bill would see vast numbers of Nigerians fleeing.
US soldiers come out to expose military’s gay hypocrisy
11:53 AM — A group of seven high-ranking military veterans have responded to recent remarks by General Peter Pace, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.Last week he called lesbian, gay and bisexual service members "immoral" and re-iterated his support for the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" ban on lesbian, gay and bisexual service members.The officers, who are all lesbian or gay, called on Congress to repeal the law, and demanded that General Pace apologise for his remarks.
Swedes could be allowed gay church weddings 3
11:40 AM — The Church of Sweden has given its support to proposals that would allow gay couples to marry in church ceremonies on the same basis as heterosexual couples.An official government report, due to be presented next week, would amend existing marriage laws to ensure that all couples have the same marriage rights regardless of their sexual orientation.Bishop Claes-Bertil Ytterberg, head of the Church of Sweden's Västerås diocese, signalled his support for the changes.
UK choose Scooch but drag in vogue at 2007 Eurovision 1
11:29 AM — The Ukraine has announced it will be represented at this year's Eurovision Song Contest by drag artist Verka Serdyuchka.In February the Danes chose drag act DQ to represent them at the competition. BBC viewers chose band Scooch by a phone vote.The 2007 British entry was chosen on Saturday. Scooch are a four-piece group, whose infectiously cheeky Euro-pop tune Flying the Flag (for You) could be Britain's first win since 1997.
16th March 2007
Cardinal says Pope should stop giving orders
5:43 PM — An Italian cardinal has criticised other church leaders for opposing the legal recognition of same-sex partnerships.Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini told Italian pilgrims in Bethlehem yesterday that, "The Church does not give orders."His statement is seen by many as a clear rebuke to the Pope's stance in the current Italian same-sex union row.
Analysis: Beginning of the end for “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” 1
11:44 AM — Marine General Peter Pace, the US military's chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, called homosexuality "immoral" on Tuesday and likened it to adultery.Now military analysts said his comments suggest the armed forces have run out of rationales for banning known gays from service.The policy of "Don't Ask Don't Tell," introduced in the United States Armed Forces in 1993 by then-President Bill Clinton.
Gay students to study at conservative rabbi school 1
11:40 AM — A Los Angeles college of Conservative Judaism has accepted openly gay applicants for the first time since the ban on gay ordination was lifted.A spokeswoman for The Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies (L.A. University of Judaism) announced on Tuesday that a gay man and a lesbian will enrol at the school in the autumn.At the Conservative movement's beacon school, the Jewish Theological Seminary, the policy is still being debated.
More St Patrick’s Day controversy in New York 2
11:23 AM — The outspoken organiser of America's largest Irish celebration has outraged firefighters in New York City by accusing them of turning up drunk to the St Patrick's Day parade.John Dunleavy is a hate figure in the gay community for refusing to allow LGBT Irish-Americans to take part in the march down 5th Avenue on 17th March.Last year Mr Dunleavy compared gay people to prostitutes and neo-Nazis.
Caribbean islanders worried Elton will turn them gay 3
10:52 AM — Sir Elton John may not perform at the Plymouth Jazz festival in Tobago over church leader's fears that he will 'turn' locals gay.Archdeacon of Trinidad and Tobago Philip Isaac yesterday expressed fears that:"His visit to the island can open the country to be tempted towards pursuing his lifestyle" according to the Jamaica Gleaner.
First civil unions in a changed Mexico
10:40 AM — A prominent journalist in Mexico City was legally joined with his male partner in one of the first same-sex civil unions in the city yesterday.Antonio Mendina , 38, is one of the 1200 gay and lesbian people who have registered to go through the new legal ceremony, yet another sign of the changing nature of Mexican society.Last week 22-year-old Christian Chavez, a member of the hugely popular Mexican pop band RBD, revealed his homosexuality.
15th March 2007
Gay bishop says coming out is God at work
5:37 PM — The openly gay bishop of New Hampshire, Gene Robinson, has robustly defended his position.At a public meeting in Washington DC Bishop Robinson claimed that of the nearly 8000 parishes in the American Episcopal Church, only 47 have sought guidance from outside bishops after his ordination."If you want to know my homosexual agenda, it's Jesus," Bishop Robinson said.