10th April 2007
Lesbian chainsaw murder trial excites press interest 1
11:47 AM — A small rural community in the United States is at the centre of media attention as more details of a gruesome murder emerge.A deaf, black lesbian woman is on trail for the murder of an alleged rival.Commentators are already discussing the possibility that Daphne Wright might become the first woman ever sentenced to death in the state of South Dakota.
Anti-gay Army recruiter suspended
10:05 AM — The Human Rights Campaign is commending the decision by the U.S. Army to suspend a recruiter and engage in an investigation into reports of recent anti-gay, racist remarks.The insulting comments were made to Corey Andrew, a gay, African-American man who was in talks with the recruiter about serving as an openly gay man."The announcement by the U.S. Army to suspend this recruiter until a complete investigation has taken place is a positive step."
6th April 2007
Disney to offer “Fairy Tale” weddings to gay couples 3
12:00 AM — Disney has changed the policies of its Fairy Tale Wedding package to allow gay couples to hold their dream weddings at their two United States resorts and cruise line.The company did previously allow gay couples to organise their own ceremonies but barred them from their Fairy Tale package.Donn Walker from Disney Parks said: "We are updating our Fairy Tale Wedding guidelines to include commitment ceremonies."
Swede donates TV fee to Riga Pride
12:00 AM — One of Sweden's most distinguished diplomats has donated his fee from presenting a gay TV series to Riga Pride.Sverker Åström, 88, is a former Swedish diplomat, ambassador and State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.Four years ago he came out in a newspaper interview.
5th April 2007
Vice President’s lesbian daughter expecting a boy 1
4:29 PM — US Vice-President Dick Cheney has revealed that his daughter Mary is expecting a baby boy. In an interview with ABC radio Mr Cheney said he was looking forward to the birth of his grandson.Ms Cheney, 37, announced in December 2006 that she is pregnant. She has been with her partner Heather Poe for 15 years. She is due to give birth next month.The Vice President has always been publicly supportive and protective of his younger child.
Bishop’s sex questions embarrassed me, tribunal told 11
3:38 PM — A bishop of the Church of England asked a gay man a series of highly personal questions about his sex life as part of a job interview, an employment tribunal in Cardiff was told today.John Reaney is bringing the Hereford Diocesan Board of Finance to the tribunal, claiming that he was discriminated against on the grounds of his sexuality.At a meeting with the Bishop of Hereford in July last year, he was asked about his sexual relationships, he said.
Presidential candidate favours civil unions and tolerance 1
11:49 AM — One of the less-well known potential candidates in the race for the President of the United States asked an audience of teenagers to consider how they would feel if their child grew up gay.Chris Dodd was addressing high school students in Concord, New Hampshire.The state's 400-member House of Representatives yesterday approved a civil unions bill.
Cardinal in gay April Fool furore
11:22 AM — Students at a Roman Catholic university in the United States have apologised for an April Fools edition of the campus newspaper that said the Archbishop of Philadephia is gay.However, the journalists at Saint Joseph's University in the city received praise from one teacher, a priest, who said in a letter to the newspaper, The Hawk, that he "laughed his head off."
Priests in favour of civil unions accused of being gay 10
10:35 AM — Against a background of continuing Roman Catholic opposition to a new law to recognise unmarried couples, three Catholic priests in Italy have spoken out in defence of civil partnerships.Fathers Vittorio Cristelli, Aldo Antonelli of Aquila and Beppe Scapino of Ivrea showed their support in an article entitled "We are Catholics in favour of homosexual civil unions" in the Turin newspaper La Stampa .
Sex education banned in India in face of rising infections 1
10:22 AM — Three Indian states have banned the introduction of sex education in schools, despite India having the greatest number of HIV/AIDS patients in the world.Maharashtra's ban follows recent similar moves in Gujerat and MadhyaPradesh.The Maharashtra government announced the ban in response to protests from legislators that sex education would corrupt young people's minds.
OutGames open in Calgary
10:18 AM — Judy Shepherd, co-creator of the Matthew Shepherd Foundation, has opened the first ever North American OutGames in Calargy.The games, held in partnership with the Gay and Lesbian International Sports Association, will run until 8th April.The event will bring together LGBT and heterosexual people to celebrate sport and culture, as well as human rights discussions and workshops.
4th April 2007
‘Incest’ bishop under police guard after catherdral attack 10
4:54 PM — An Italian bishop who compared moves to give gay couples some rights to incest and child abuse is under police guard after his cathedral was attacked by vandals.Archbishop Angelo Bagnasco is being accompanied by an escort after the slogan "Bagnasco shame" was painted on the entrance to the cathedral of St. Lawrence in Genoa.
Hollywood icon ‘outed’ by US magazine
12:53 PM — An American gay publication has taken the controversial step of naming a series of Hollywood stars it claims are gay, and urging them to come out of the closet. Out magazine's May edition features two models holding masks of actress Jodie Foster and American TV news anchor Anderson Cooper in front of their faces, with the headline "The Glass Closet: Why Stars Won't Come Out And Play."The feature article names David Hyde Pearce, of Frasier fame and Will and Grace star Sean Hayes.
Bush not saying if homosexuality is immoral 2
11:47 AM — The President of the United States has declined to follow his most senior military commander in stating his view on the morality of gay people.Last month, Marine General Peter Pace caused a media storm by describing homosexual acts as "immoral" in the Chicago Tribune newspaper, likening them to adultery.General Pace is the chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff.
American scientist: gays die younger than smokers 15
10:59 AM — A study says that marriage for gay men and lesbians is more dangerous than smoking.The Family Research Institute, a Colorado based think-tank well-known for their anti-gay views, studied same-sex marriages in Denmark and Norway.It claims that engaging in "homosexual behaviour" reduces life span by up to 24 years.
3rd April 2007
Rosie’s gay cruise is backed by Bermuda’s leader 6
5:57 PM — The Premier of Bermuda has dismissed requests for Rose O'Donnell's gay and lesbian family cruise to be cancelled.Speaking during a dinner with Bermudian students in Canada, Premier Ewart Brown defended his position on allowing the cruise to come to Bermuda.He said: "If we discriminate against a cruise ship, then we would have to send a homosexual detection unit to the airport."
Gays continue to be targeted amid Iraq carnage 1
3:22 PM — "Iraqi lesbians and gays continue to be subjected a systematic reign of terror by Shia death squads."The government of Iraq refuses to crack down on the killers or to take any action to protect its gay citizens," according to Ali Hili, the coordinator of the human rights group Iraqi LGBT.Mr Hili, an Iraqi living in London, told PinkNews.co.uk that death squads are responsible for the murders of a range of people thought to be "unIslamic."
Challenge to gay marriage ban in California
2:41 PM — The constitutional ban on same-sex marriage in California was challenged yesterday, as advocates filed their opening briefs with the state's highest court.Briefs have been filed by the city and county of San Francisco, 15 same-sex couples, Equality California and Our Family Coalition.Anyone who supports the same-sex marriage ban must answer by June 1st.
Australian state considers same sex partner register
12:35 PM — The Premier of Victoria in Australia has called for more rights for gay couples.Labour Premier Steve Bracks has asked Attorney-General Rob Hulls to advise the government on whether a gay relationship register could be established in Victoria.The register would be similar to a model already at work in Tasmania.
Pop idol praised for coming out 1
12:11 PM — One of Australia's most senior judges has voiced his approval of a former Australian Idol contestant's decision to come out of the closet.During a speech at the Southern Cross University in Lismore this week, High Court Justice Michael Kirby paid tribute to Idol finalist Anthony Callea.The judge, who is openly gay, told the audience that the time for hiding the truth about one's sexuality is over.