15th March 2007
Drop in number of gay dimissals from US military
3:24 PM — The number of troops dismissed last year is less than half the total number of discharges in the year preceding the Sept. 11th 2001 terrorist attacks.The US Department of Defence dismissed 612 service members last year under the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" ban on lesbian, gay and bisexual personnel, Pentagon officials confirmed late Tuesday evening.Pentagon officials released the data following remarks by General Peter Pace, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
NY Mayor slams St Patrick’s Day parade gay ban 3
2:57 PM — The Mayor of New York City has criticised the organising committee of the city's famous St Patrick's Day parade for banning gay and lesbians from participating.Michael Bloomberg, the city's leader since 2002, will march in the parade."I think all parades in this city should be open to everybody, no matter what your orientation or ethnicity or anything else is," Mr. Bloomberg said yesterday.
Southern Baptist in “babies born gay” row 1
1:18 PM — One of America's foremost evangelical clergymen has angered many Christians by saying there might be a biological explanation for homosexuality.Rev. R. Albert Mohler wrote in an article on his website earlier this month entitled "Is Your Baby Gay? What If You Could Know? What If You Could Do Something About It?"In it he says that while being gay might be a biological reality, it is still sinful.
14th March 2007
San Francsico mourns loss of gaybourhoods 1
4:27 PM — The Castro district in the Californian city of San Francisco is losing its sense of gay identity, say community leaders, and the same is reportedly happening across the United States.Chain stores and babies are replacing cruising sites and sex shops, according to residents, and it's down to three things: gentrification, an influx of heterosexual couples, and the feeling among the gay community that they do not need to live in ghettos anymore.
LA gets first gay men baby clinic
3:49 PM — A Los Angeles fertility clinic has launched the world's first programme dedicated to male couples wishing to become biological parents.While other centres have made headway into providing gay couples with biological children, The Fertility Institute is the first with a comprehensive programme covering each stage of the process.This includes psychological, legal, medical and surrogate issues, as well as care for both donor and patient.
Gay ex-Governor launches custody battle 1
2:34 PM — A former Governor of New Jersey is launching a custody battle for his daughter.The legal move follows the breakdown of divorce settlement talks with his estranged wife.Jim McGreevey became the first openly gay state governor in American history following his dramatic public confession of an affair with his former homeland security advisor, Golan Cipel.
Ghana’s gays in human rights plea 1
12:29 PM — Gay pressure group OutRage! has sent a letter to Ghanaian President John Agyekum Kufuor demanding he repeal laws criminalising homosexuality in his home country.The President is visiting London this week to mark 50 years of Ghana's independence from Britain.Prince MacDonald, President of the Gay and Lesbian Association of Ghana, called for protests during the official visit.
Polish government plan own version of Section 28 4
12:09 PM — The Polish Minister of Education is proposing a law that would bar the "promotion" of homosexuality in schools.Gay rights activists in the country have spoken out against the EU, saying the organisation is not responding robustly enough to attacks on human rights in the new member states.Roman Giertych, is deputy Prime Minister of Poland as well as Education Minister.
Vatican attacks kids attending gay rights rally 1
11:14 AM — The official newspaper of the Vatican has lambasted the demonstration in Rome on Saturday to demand legal rights for unmarried same sex couples. L'Osservatore Romano said that children attending the event were the victims of abuse.50,000 activists took to a Roman piazza and rallied in support of a bill that would offer greater legal protection to unmarried couples.
13th March 2007
Gay marriage illegal in France, says court
6:02 PM — France's highest court has ruled that the marriage of two men is unlawful and should be annulled.Stephane Charpin and Bertrang Charpentier were married in Begles, a small town in Bordeaux, in 2004.They are the only same-sex couple in France to have married, rather than undertaken a Civil Solidarity Pact.
US general half-apologises for “gays are immoral” comment 3
6:02 PM — The most senior miltary office in the US Armed Forces has admitted he should not have expressed his personal view that homosexuality is immoral.His admission came after his boss, Defence Secretary Robert Gates, and leading Republican and Democratic politicians condemned his remarks.Marine General Peter Pace, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told the Chicago Tribune on Monday that homosexual acts are immoral.
Gay war hero calls on homophobic general to apologise 3
5:17 PM — General Peter Pace has come under heavy fire from gay advocacy groups and the first serviceman wounded in Iraq, after he made homophobic remarks in a newspaper interview.Eric Alva, the first soldier to be wounded in the current Iraq conflict, who came out as gay last month, slammed the General's comments."Certain leaders' bigotry should not be a rational basis for discrimination," he said.
Clergyman refuses to marry straight couples
5:09 PM — An American Episcopal clergyman has announced that he will not perform marriage ceremonies as a protest against the church's bar on gay unions.A conference of Anglican primates from around the world last month urged the American communion, known as Episcopalians, to desist from appointing openly gay bishops and blessing gay partnerships.The Americans had caused tension with traditional churches by performing the blessings.
Cleaning ladies Joan Rivers and Tracey Emin raise £13,000 1
2:24 PM — The Terrence Higgins Trust has raised £320,000 for people affected by HIV and AIDS by auctioning off the cleaning skills of unlikely maids Tracey Emin and Joan Rivers.At the Lighthouse Gala Auction last night a bidder paid £13,000 for Emin and Rivers to don marigolds and clean his house.Another paid £5,500 to go dog-walking with Geri Haliwell.
Pope instructs politicians to vote against gay marriage 6
1:33 PM — The leader of the Roman Catholic church has said that politicians have a moral duty to vote against gay marriage or partnership legislation.In a 140-page document covering a range of moral issues, Pope Benedict has reiterated his hard-line attitude towards gay people.The Apostolic Exhortation, published today, calls on all Catholics to uphold what the Pontiff refers to as fundamental values.
Cyndi shows her true colours in support of gays 1
12:28 PM — Eighties songstress and gay icon Cyndi Lauper is to headline a 15-city tour across America in support of LGBT rights.The True Colours tour will also feature legendary artists such as Debbie Harry and The Dresden Dolls, along with newer bands such as The Gossip.The idea of the tour was conceived by Lauper as a way of giving back to the gay community.
Gay sports star gets mainstream endorsement
12:21 PM — Former US basketball star John Amaechi has become the first openly gay athlete to sign an endorsement deal with a mainstream company.HeadBlade.Inc announced yesterday that they have signed the former centre for Cleveland, Orlando and Utah to endorse their popular head-shaving razor.The deal is thought to be a multiyear agreement, but financial terms have not been disclosed.
General in favour of gay military ban 3
11:40 AM — One of America's most senior army generals has come out in support of a total ban on gay men and women serving in the military.Marine General Peter Pace described homosexual acts as "immoral" in the Chicago Tribune newspaper, likening them to adultery.Gen Pace is the chairman of the US military Joint Chiefs of Staff. He said that he backed the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy.
12th March 2007
Latvian conservatives begin Pride backlash 2
3:26 PM — Christian groups in Latvia have welcomed fundamentalist US preachers and to the country and talked tactics about opposing gay rights.A meeting organised by Janis Vanags, Archbishop of the LatvianEvangelical Lutheran Church, was attended by Janis Pujats, the Latvian Roman Catholic Cardinal, and representatives of the Orthodox, Penecostals and other Christian sects.
US state moves to allow gay adoptions
2:53 PM — A Colorado bill granting adoption rights to same-sex couples and unmarried partners was pushed forward in a State House committee last week without a single witness testifying against it.Republican legislatures in 2003 and 2004 killed similar bills, but with Democrats in charge, the bill is headed toward passage.It was placed on the calendar of the House Health and Human Services Committee on last Thursday and passed by an 8-3 vote.