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23 August 2007

  • 23rd August 2007

    Polish activists create election list of homophobic politicians 1

    Poland could end up being ruled by another coalition or a minority government.

    6:30 PM — LGBT activists in Poland are compiling a list of politicians who have been hostile to gay rights ahead of a general election later this year.The website gaylife.pl is putting together the list, which includes MPs from all sides of the political spectrum."There's a parliamentary election coming. We want to enable the gay community to make a conscious choice and this is the reason for creating a list with the names of the people who have hindered us from achieving our goals," Marek Ryszard, of gaylife.pl told thenews.pl website.

  • Brad Pitt to produce trans drama 1

    Brad Pitt is to be an executive producer on the series

    5:45 PM — Ryan Murphy, creator of popular US drama Nip/Tuck, has sold a pilot to the FX network for a series about a man who realises he is a transsexual.In a move which surprised many media observers, Brad Pitt is listed among the executive producers, in what would be his first foray into television.The programme has already faced two drastic changes, however. One was over similarities to a real-life transsexual while the other followed misjudgements over the weight of a penis.

  • PlanetOut CFO to stand down

    PlanetOut CEO Karen Magee told Dow Jones in July that it would take at least 12 to 24 months to turn PlanetOut around

    4:17 PM — LGBT media giant PlanetOut has announced the departure of their chief financial officer.40-year-old Daniel J. Miller is the latest staff member to leave the company, which earlier this year was forced to close its international offices and cut back on staff.Last month a company that invests the wealth of Microsoft founder Bill Gates purchased a major stake in PlanetOut, rescuing them from bankruptcy.

  • Congress frustrates Foley scandal investigation

    Foley allegedly sent some 'overly-friendly' e-mails in August 2005 to a former page who was 16 years old at the time.

    3:54 PM — Police in Florida have revealed they are being prevented from fully investigating the sexually-explicit internet communications between a former Congressman and male teenage House pages.Republican Mark Foley represented the state's sixteenth district in the House of Representatives for 11 years and was chairman of the House caucus on missing and exploited children.He resigned in September 2006 after ABC News reported he sent messages to current and former underage pages with references to sexual acts and genitalia.

  • Gay rights decision rests with Australian PM

    Despite hopes that those inequalities may be addressed by the Howard government, gay marriage is still off the agenda.

    3:25 PM — After a heated meeting of the Cabinet on Monday, the final decision about whether gay and lesbian couples in Australia will be given equal rights will be made by Prime Minister John Howard.His senior government colleagues are split on the issue. Some feel it is not a priority for the government ahead of elections later this year and are concerned about the cost of reforms.Other Cabinet members, especially those with sizable gay communities in their constituencies, argue that equal provision in areas such as Medicare and pensions must be in place before going to the polls.

  • San Diego set to erect statue of ‘intolerant’ mayor 6

    The worst of the American spirit?

    2:29 PM — Gay groups and Latinos are uniting to fight plans for a statue of former mayor Pete Wilson to be erected in San Diego's downtown Horton Square.The former mayor, who is credited with revitalising the downtown area in the 1970's, is despised by immigrant groups for his attempts to deny illegal immigrants health and education benefits and by the gay community for his regressive views on sexuality."During Mayor Wilson's administration, it was like the dark ages for us," said gay activist Nicole Murray-Ramirez.

  • Persecution claims fail to halt deportation

    Mr Zuniga is slated for deportation to Mexico City.

    1:46 PM — The Canadian Border Services Agency has refused to back down in the face of claims its deportation of a young Mexican man will condemn him to persecution and violence.Leonardo Zuniga, 25, arrived in Canada in 2004, filing an unsuccessful refugee claim that was appealed.Since then he has been a model citizen, volunteering with various Toronto social agencies and picking up an award for photography and queer activism.

  • Violence against Dutch gays on the increase 5

    Labour and the Christian Democrats are calling for tougher punishments for anti-gay violence

    1:17 PM — Over half of Dutch gays feel less safe than they did a year ago, a new survey carried out by current affairs programme EenVandaag has revealed.Sixty-four per cent of anti-gay incidents were verbal but 12 per cent resulted in physical abuse.Amsterdam's image in the Netherlands as the 'gay capital of the world' is also under threat as the survey revealed gays there were more fearful than in other parts of country.

  • Florida mayor uses HIV to attack Florida gays 2

    Mayor Naugle faces opposition from medical experts and scientists.

    1:17 PM — Fort Lauderdale mayor James Naugle caused outrage among Florida's gay community yesterday after he called a news conference announcing a drive against promiscuous gay sex.Framing the move as a public health initiative designed to cut down on HIV transmission, the conference nevertheless included prominent religious activists, including radio DJ Janet Folger of Faith2Action and Gary Cass, president of the Christian Anti-Defamation League."I think Broward County is forever changed from this exercise," Mr Naugle said.

  • Lottery money for older LGBT outreach work 3

    Older lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people can have more difficulty accessing community services.

    12:30 PM — The charity Age Concern has been awarded a £390,000 grant to help improve services in London for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people over 55.The Big Lottery Fund award will pay for two full-time development staff who will work in the Westminster, Hackney, Islington, Camden and Kensington and Chelsea boroughs.Age Concern has carried out in-depth research into the needs of older LGBT people. A resource pack was launched last year to help those working in care homes and extra-care housing support older LGBT people.

  • Homophobic Christian thinks gays are all white 13

    Mr Green was arrested last year for handing out leaflets at Cardiff Mardi Gras which included quotes saying homosexuality is wrong.

    11:45 AM — Stephen Green, an activist with extremist group Christian Voice, has questioned the presence of racist group the National Front at Pride events, on the basis that "homosexuals are not black or Asian as a rule."The controversial preacher made his observation as part of his report on the group's website about his protest at this year's Brighton Pride celebrations.He also complains that the NF are "copying" his idea of protesting at gay events.

  • Russian gay activist defiant over outing politician 2

    Mr Alexeyev claimed that Mr Chuev's gay relationships were well-known in the 1990s before he became a politician.

    11:20 AM — Nicolas Alexeyev, one of the main organisers of Moscow Pride, was interrogated by police yesterday over an incident on live TV where he outed a leading Russian politician.He referred to Article 51 of the Russian Constitution, which allows citizens not to give evidence against themselves, but also said he can produce proof that MP Alexander Chuev is homosexual.Mr Alexeyev also revealed yesterday that gay activists will picket the offices of Mr Chuev's political party, Fair Russia, next month, under the slogan "I also know that Chuev is gay."

  • Gay group holds national coming out day 1

    National Coming Out Day, October 11th, falls on the 20th anniversary of the 1987 Gay and Lesbian March on Washington.

    11:03 AM — American gay rights group Human Rights Campaign announced yesterday that the theme for National Coming Out Day 2007 will be "Talk About It," continuing the slogan and branding that the national programme has been building since 2005.This year will also mark an important hallmark as National Coming Out Day, October 11th, falls on the 20th anniversary of the 1987 Gay and Lesbian March on Washington DC, and the unfurling of the AIDS Quilt on the National Mall.

  • China targets AIDS activists

    Police cancelled two other HIV/AIDS meetings in Guangzhou and Kaifeng.

    10:45 AM — The Chinese government's harassment of HIV/AIDS activists and intensified surveillance of AIDS support groups raises serious questions about its commitment to combating the illness, says US-based Human Rights Watch.Over the past three weeks police have forced the cancellation of three separate meetings on HIV/AIDS in the city of Guangzhou in Guangdong province and Kaifeng in Henan province.Henan authorities have also ordered the closure of an HIV/AIDS support group's offices and are harassing a leading HIV/AIDS activist there.

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