The popular press in Argentina were fascinated by the marriage of Reinaldo Waveqche and his bride Adelpha Volpes. She was 84, a mere 58 years older than he was. A month later she died. She left everything to Reinaldo, including a pension of 2900 pesos a month which allows him to scrape by, as he puts it.
A year or so on, and Reinaldo has faced the cameras on a TV chat show. Now… Continue
Added by Tim on September 30, 2008 at 20:22 —
That's how Americans For Truth, which describes itself as a national organization devoted exclusively to exposing and countering the homosexual activist agenda, described last weekend's Folsom Street Fair in San Francisco. Peter LaBarbera, its president, was suitably outraged again this year (again) as thousands of people took advantage of the fact that nudity and decency laws were not…Continue
Added by Tim on September 30, 2008 at 15:00 —
When countries appoint ambassadors to The Vatican, the appointments are at the pleasure of the Pope. France's nomination of seasoned diplomat Jean-Loup Kuhn-Delforge is apparently not going down well with the pontiff and his team, reputedly because he's an openly gay man.
So it looks as though the Sarkozy government will have to look for yet another candidate. So far France has been without an official representative at The… Continue
Even rain from Typhoon Jangmi couldn't stop the Run the Rainbow Way parade in Taipei from becoming Asia's biggest gay pride event on Saturday. Organisers say that more than 18,000 people took part. View a slideshow of pictures on the Taiwan LGBt Pride web site.
Added by Tim on September 29, 2008 at 19:00 —
Police in Vancouver are officially classing the attack on a Vancouver man in the early hours of Saturday morning as a hate crime. According to this report in The Vancouver Sun, Jordan Smith, 27, had been holding hands with a male friend as he walked down the 900 block of Davie Street just after midnight Saturday.
Gay porn star Brent Everrett is marrying boyfriend Steve Pena at a family ceremony on October 3rd (taking advantage of California's gay marriage legislation), but he's invited his fans to turn up at a big party in San Diego later that evening.
In the internet giant's official blog, Co-founder and President of Google, Sergey Brin takes the unusual step of stating that the company is firmly against Proposition 8, the proposed California constitutional amendment that would ban gay marriage.
"....while there are many objections to this proposition -- further government…Continue
Added by Tim on September 28, 2008 at 0:10 —
It's not uncommon to dedicate a bench to the memory of someone: but this one is particularly special. The Matthew Shepard Foundation has given this new bench to the University of Wyoming in memory of the gay student beaten and left to die by his homophobic attackers, to commemorate the 10th anniversary of his death.
Matthew Shepard died died on the 12th October 1998, five days after he was found brutally beaten and tied to a fence… Continue
Added by Tim on September 27, 2008 at 22:00 —
A senior figure in the Madrid D¡ocese of the Catholic Church in Spain has caused outrage amongst the country's gay groups by his comments on the TV show El Intermedio. Interviewed about the controversial (as far as the church is concerned) Citizenship Education programme in schools, which calls for respect for gays and sexual… Continue
Added by Tim on September 27, 2008 at 17:00 —
"It's more the mind-set that worries me: anyone who is anti-gay rights shows an intolerance of other humans and their needs, so what worries me more is how that mind-set would filter into other issues."
I may not be a great fan of Tom Ford (even if he does make Daniel Craig's suits), but he's more coherent than many in the fashion industry on gay issues, and clearly not pleased by the Republican presidential pairings views on the… Continue
Added by Tim on September 27, 2008 at 12:00 —
One of the Spanish-speaking world's biggest stars, Alejandro Sanz, has won around 30,000 euros in damages from newspaper El Mundo over allegations published nearly a decade ago. The case has wound its way through Spain's notoriously slow legal system as far as the Supreme Court.
Of course, in 2008, being gay here in Spain is officially seen as nothing shameful, so the judges have done cartwheels to go out of their way to make clear that… Continue
Added by Tim on September 26, 2008 at 19:03 —
When gay protestors staged a demonstration outside the Cameroon High Commission in South Africa earlier this year it wasn't over an isolated incident. Being gay in Cameroon makes you liable to a 5-year prison sentence and/or a fine. And being a gay prisoner isn't pleasant.
"Some of the prisoners called us ugly women and faggots all the time. They'd say you shouldn't be alive. They'd hit us and throw water at us. We were tortured.…Continue
Added by Tim on September 26, 2008 at 18:45 —
A new free-to-air German-language TV channel aimed at the gay community goes live on November 1st, broadcast via Astra. Called Timm, it will offer a range of programming from 18.00 - 24.00 during the week, with longer hours at weekends. There'll be a mix of entertainment and factual programming - here's an example of the latter, a report about a holiday centre for people living with… Continue
Added by Tim on September 26, 2008 at 17:13 —
This weekend, we're planning to bring you some great new features which should make it even more simple and enjoyable to use the Gay Travellers Network . The look of our email and internal mail system is being completely re-designed to be easier to understand and use.
Your mail inbox will now look much more like the rest of the network, and you'll access it from the envelope icon in the box where you sign in on the top right of this… Continue
Added by Tim on September 25, 2008 at 22:30 —
Gay rights organisations in Spain are pleased with the coverage received for the country's first Bisexual Visibility Day, which saw events in various cities across the country. Two national TV networks broadcast special programmes and news interviews.
Rubén Lopez, a spokesperson for the organisers, pointed out that "homosexuals as much as heterosexuals tend to marginalise bisexuals for different reasons, in that if we're homosexual we accuse them of being…Continue
Added by Tim on September 24, 2008 at 20:10 —
Alfredo Pascal is 81, and lived with his partner José Miguel Castro for 47 years, although they were a couple for longer, an astonishing 59 years in all. José died in 1996, and then the fight for the pension began. A Supreme Court ruling in his favour means that Argentina's state Social Security system will now have to pay pensions to surving members of gay relationships who can produce evidence in the form of house deeds, joint bank accounts… Continue
Added by Tim on September 24, 2008 at 19:34 —
The name of John Burnside may not mean much to many, but he was one of the pioneers of the modern gay liberation movement, and made a major contribution to the thinking and debate about how we want to live as gay men. He died a few days ago aged 91. The picture above comes from a shrine set up in his memory at the junction of 18th and Castro… Continue
Added by Tim on September 24, 2008 at 19:09 —
That's one question bloggers and others across the US seem to be wrestling with as rumours and reports suggest that Republican presidential candidate John McCain's right-hand man is gay and in a long-term relationship with another man. As Michael Signorile in his excellent posting on The Gist puts it
Gonzalo Cid is just one of a group of gay men and lesbians who are fighting for seats on the council in Santiago in Chile. Most of the 30 or so who have put their names forward are linked to conventional parties, but others - like Gonzalo - are standing as candidates for diversity. The elections take place on October 26th.