18th April 2007
US lawmakers mock gender reassignment 1
10:45 AM — A bill which would have made it easier for people who have undergone gender reassignment to get new birth certificate has been treated with ridicule by Illinois representatives.The state's House of Representatives discussed the bill yesterday, and the comments of several members were accused of "serious insensitivity."The state of Illinois already allows for new birth certificates to be issued to people who undergo gender reassignment surgery in the US.
Iraqi gays victims of “sexual cleansing” 3
10:12 AM — The lesbian and gay community in Iraq have called for urgent action from the international community to protect LGBT people in the country.The groups have labelled the violence in Iraq aimed at gay people "sexual cleansing," and say that the number of victims is growing on a daily basis.The last three months have seen the most bloodshed.
17th April 2007
Could drag past scupper Presidential dreams?
5:59 PM — The campaign of presidential hopeful Rudy Giuliani could be damaged by his past as a drag queen, political experts say.Giuliani , the former Mayor of New York, has only appeared in drag in public a handful of times.At an annual political roast in 1997, Giuliani came on stage wearing a platinum blonde wig, makeup and a pink gown.
Rosie’s gay family cruise will avoid homophobic island 6
3:22 PM — A spokesman for the Bermudan Prime Minister has confirmed that a cruise for gay families will not be visiting the island later this year.The cruise, hosted by lesbian comedian Rosie O'Donnell, was the focus of faith-based protests when it visited the Bahamas in 2004.Bermudan church groups had promised action against the visiting gay families.
Howard backs down over ban on HIV+ migrants
2:59 PM — The Prime Minister of Australia has been forced to abandon plans to refuse entry to HIV positive migrants and refugees.A government spokesman has said that the commitment made by John Howard will be "quietly dishonoured," after he came under fire from HIV/AIDS groups.The HIV/AIDS Legal Centre said that HIV positive patients were already barred from entry into Australia in most cases.
Cheating husbands rather die than confess to gay sex
12:50 PM — An Australian survey of married men who cheat on their wives with other men has shown that they would rather kill themselves than confess and risk losing everything.A University of Sydney study surveyed 240 men who had been in a heterosexual marriage or de facto relationship, while having sexual relations with men.It also found that men could be putting their health at risk by not telling their doctors about gay relationships.
LGBT teens take meth to escape life on the streets
12:16 PM — Michael, a 22-year-old homeless client of the L.A. Jeff Griffith Youth Centre and newly addicted to crystal methamphetamine, is one of a growing number of gay men in Los Angeles who are experimenting with the drug."On the streets of Los Angeles there are about 5,000 - 6,000 homeless GLBT youth."For them the drug is not recreational at all—it's about survival." explained Ismael Morales, a health educator at the L.A. Gay Lesbian Centre's Jeff Griffith Youth Centre for homeless and at-risk GLBT youth ages 15-24.
Maoist rebels told to stop gay bashing
11:50 AM — The Communist Party of Nepal must stop anti-gay violence by its cadres and renounce anti-gay rhetoric, Human Rights Watch said today in a letter to lawmakers.The former rebel Maoists are now part of the Nepalese governmentIn the most recent known example of discriminatory attacks, Maoist soldiers detained a woman and a teenage girl accused of having a sexual relationship.
Gay marriage stunned Canadian PM 1
11:12 AM — The former Prime Minister of Canada, Jean Chretien, has admitted that he was "stunned" by court rulings legalising gay marriage.In 2003, the last year of Chretien's premiership, eight out of ten Canadian provinces legalised gay marriage through a series of court rulings.Gay couples have had access to most rights associated with marriage since 1999.
16th April 2007
Gay teachers too afraid to come out
4:07 PM — A conference in Ireland heard yesterday that many gay and lesbian teachers do not come out for fear that schools would be able to discriminate legally.The country's equality laws allow schools to make judgements about whether the personal lives of a teacher might clash with the "ethos" of the institution.The annual conference of the Irish National Teachers Organisation heard other evidence about the extent of routine bulling and intimidation educators face from pupils and parents.
F-word show wins gay award
2:40 PM — A hit US TV drama which was at the centre of media attention earlier this year over a homophobic on-set argument has won an award at a gay ceremony.The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation Awards were held in Los Angeles yesterday.ABC hit show Grey's Anatomy won the category of Outstanding Individual Episode (in a series without a gay character).
Changing Czechs embrace gays and rich people 1
11:51 AM — A survey into attitudes of Czechs towards a range of groups of people shows increasing tolerance of gay people.1046 people over 15 responded to the poll. In 1997, 29% of people said they "tolerated" homosexuals: the figure has doubled by 2007.The other group who have found more acceptance in the former Communist country are the rich.
Slow passage of gay adoption in Colorado
11:35 AM — Same-sex couples can adopt each other's children in Colorado thanks to a bill given preliminary approval Wednesday by the state Senate.The bill passed on a party line voice vote over the objections of critics who accused majority Democrats of trying to override the voters' will."This bill is about the homosexual agenda, and it's not about what's best for children," said state Senator Scott Renfroe.
13th April 2007
Gay political icon to get big screen treatment – twice
3:05 PM — Two Hollywood directors are to make biopics of one of America's first out gay politicians.Harvey Milk's story of gay liberation and electoral success, followed by a tragic death at the hands of a jealous gunman, is likely to make a compelling movie, but Gus Van Sant and Bryan Singer are set to make very different versions of his life.
Pride organiser will not be prosecuted for flower protest
2:19 PM — One of the leaders of the Moscow Pride movement has been told he will not now be prosecuted for his actions at the banned event last year.Nicolas Alexeyev was arrested on 27th May 2006 after a group of activists attempted to lay flowers at The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, a war memorial, equating the struggle for gay rights with fighting fascism.In May 2006 the city's mayor, Yuri Luzhkov, refused to issue a permit for the Pride march.
Hate crimes legislation named for Matthew Shepard
11:09 AM — A new federal law that will grant protections based on sexual orientation or gender identity in the United States is to be named after the murdered gay teenager who brought the issue of hate crimes into the American consciousness.Matthew Shepard was beaten and left for dead, tied to a fence in freezing Wyoming in 1998.He was the victim of a hate crime, targeted because he was gay.
Hate group funeral protests banned 2
10:49 AM — The Governor of Kansas has signed into law a bill aimed at stopping a homophobic church group from protesting at the funerals of soldiers killed in Iraq.The Westboro Baptist Church, based in Topeka, Kansas, first gained notoriety for their noisy picket at the funeral of Matthew Shepard.Their extreme homophobia has led them to protest at the funerals of servicemen and women killed in action.
Australian PM – keep HIV people out 1
10:30 AM — John Howard, the Prime Minister of Australia, has said that people with HIV should not be allowed to migrate into the country.Interviewed on radio, the outspoken Liberal leader said that HIV+ people who came to Australia either as migrants or refugees, should not be allowed in the country.
Riga Pride ban overturned
10:10 AM — Gay activists in Latvia were celebrating yesterday after a court ruled that the decision to ban a gay Pride march in 2006 was illegal."The right of the LGBT community to organise a march has been evaluated as having more importance than the desire of some other people to push a certain community out of the public arena by means of threats and violence."
12th April 2007
Gay bishop speaks in favour of gay unions
5:15 PM — Gene Robinson, an openly gay man whose appointment as Bishop of New Hampshire continues to cause controversy, has given evidence in favour of same-sex civil unions.Last week the New Hampshire House of Representatives voted to bring forward legal unions by a margin of two-to-one, and this week the state Senate will consider the bill."This legislation simply has nothing do to with religious bodies."