8th August 2007
25,000 sign petition for gay rights in Australia
11:00 AM — The Prime Minister of Australia John Howard will be presented with a petition today demanding an end to discrimination against same-sex couples.An MP from his own party will hand him a copy of the online petition, which has been signed by 25,000 people.It follows a report released in June by Australia's Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission which highlighted the 58 laws that need to be changed to grant gay, bisexual and lesbian Australians equal rights.
Lutheran priests come out in protest at sex ban
10:45 AM — In a co-ordinated campaign of opposition to a rule banning lesbian and gay ministers from having sexual relationships, 82 Evangelical Lutheran clergy came out of the closet yesterday.The Church's Assembly in Chicago is expected to vote on the issue tomorrow.Previous efforts to suspend the celibacy rule have failed, and the mass coming out is intended to show that there are a significant number of gay and lesbian ministers already in loving, monogamous relationships.
7th August 2007
Political bruiser shows softer side on gay wedding day
5:59 PM — One of Canada's most prominent gay politicians, George Smitherman, married his partner Christopher Peloso in a small ceremony in Ontario last week.Smitherman, Ontario's first openly gay cabinet minister, is regarded as one of the most powerful politicians in the Canadian province.He has been Ontario's Minister of Health since 2003, and is also Deputy Premier.
Vietnam vet Congressman supports gays in the military
5:36 PM — Five new lawmakers, including the highest ranking military veteran in Congress, have joined 126 other lawmakers in supporting legislation to repeal the US military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" ban on lesbian, gay and bisexual service personnel.The Representatives, all Democrats, became co-sponsors of The Military Readiness Enhancement Act on Friday, bringing the total number of supporters to 131.Among them is Joe Sestak, Congress's highest-ranking veteran.
Interview: Gay gamer defiant in face of attacks
4:49 PM — Last week GayGamer.net, a news-gathering site and meeting place for the gay gaming community, was attacked by homophobic hackers.39-year-old Flynn DeMarco, GayGamer.net's founder and editor-in-chief, started the site just over a year ago. It already records an average of 15,000 to17,000 unique users a day and is a major source of gaming news and information.Flynn spoke to PinkNews.co.uk from their Atlanta offices about their techno hate crime ordeal.
Gay flirting and homophobic abuse upset fire fighters 1
3:52 PM — Four firefighters have filed sexual harassment charges against the San Diego fire department after they were taunted while driving a fire engine in a gay Pride parade last month.The men claim their battalion chief ordered them to ride in the July 21st parade through San Diego's Hillcrest neighbourhood, according to their attorney, Stephen Stirling.The fire fighters said they had objected to driving a city firetruck in the parade while on duty, but did so to avoid disciplinary action.
White House confirms plans to block gay hate crime law 7
3:34 PM — A White House spokesman has reiterated that President Bush will veto Congressional efforts to extend federal hate crimes legislation to cover gender identity and sexual orientation.Senator Ted Kennedy has attached the new crime measure to a defence authorisation bill, in an effort to persuade the President to accept new protections for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Americans.
Hackers attack gay gamers website
2:41 PM — An anonymous homophobe knocked GayGamer.net offline over the weekend after flooding the site with threatening emails and death threats.The site's owner Flynn de Marco told fellow gaming site Kotaku.com that small waves of denial of service attacks had started on Wednesday morning, causing occasional timeouts on the site.GayGamer.net is the internet's only gay news-gathering games site. By Friday afternoon the site was able to block the IP adresses where the attacks seemed to be coming from.
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.