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September 2007

  • 24th September 2007

    Ahmadinejad claims Iran has no gays 7

    Mahmoud Ahmadinejad: “we don't have homosexuals“

    11:00 PM — Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has denied that any gays live in his country to an audience at Columbia University in New York."In Iran we don't have homosexuals like in your country," he said. "In Iran we do not have this phenomenon, I don't know who has told you that we have it." Mr Ahmadinejad was challenged by audience members that Amnesty International figures showed that among the 200 people executed in Iran so far this year, some were gay.

  • NI politician praises police cruising sting operation

    Twelve men have been brought before the courts after the Police Service of Northern Ireland launched a surveillance operation at public toilets.

    5:30 PM — A controversial operation against men looking for sex in public toilets in the Northern Ireland town of Coleraine has been praised by a local SDLP representative.Twelve men have been brought before the courts after the Police Service of Northern Ireland launched a surveillance operation at public toilets in the town after complaints from local residents.A 46-year-old man from Londonderry and a 44-year-old from Coleraine were fined £250 by North Antrim Magistrates Court after being convicted of "intentionally engaging in sexual activity."

  • LGBT characters on US network TV in decline

    The seven LGBT regular characters appear on five scripted programmes: Brothers  Sisters, Desperate Housewives, The Office, Ugly Betty (pictured) and the midseason series Cashmere Mafia. photo: ABC

    4:51 PM — With the arrival of the 2007-2008 television season, the number of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) representations on scripted American network television continues to decline, according to an analysis conducted by the Gay Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD).The study shows that, despite improved quality, LGBT representations will represent only 1.1% (7) of all series regular characters in the 2007-08 broadcast television schedule, down from 1.3% (9) in 2006, and 1.4% (10) in 2005.

  • Gordon Brown conference address – no election date

    Mr Brown also took a tough stance on immigrants, confirming ID cards for foreign workers by next year

    3:31 PM — Gordon Brown has addressed the Labour party conference for the first time as Prime Minister.While not giving any indication about the date of the next general election, his speech clearly puts the government and the party on an election footing.The Prime Minister made strong statements on support for Britain's membership of the EU and taking the lead on climate change.

  • COMMENT: Bullying guidance useless if not enforced 8

    The lives and success of LGBT students and educators is dependent on their follow up to this document.

    2:47 PM — We at Schools OUT should be jumping up and down with joy.In our 33 years of existence we have asked no more than that schools be made proper and safe places for the LGBT people that attend them, that they speak the truth of LGBT people's lives and achievements and thereby counter the prejudice and stereotyping that is rife in our society.At the end of last week the Department for Children, Schools and Families published such guidance that, if followed, would accomplish all the above for lesbian, gay and bisexual people at least.

  • PinkNews.co.uk to launch LGBT jobs site

    PinkNews.co.uk is the UK's most visited work safe website with 200,000 unique users a month.

    2:05 PM — Europe's largest dedicated LGBT news service is to launch a dedicated jobs website at jobs.pinknews.co.uk.The site, currently in live beta testing will feature jobs from avariety of sectors including the media, central government, financeand law.A number of employers have signed up to the beta version includingGoogle, Russell Jones and Walker, Wisteria, Stonewall and the Olympics Development Agency.

  • Global trade union gathering warns on homophobia

    The workplace can be a particularly harsh environment for transgendered workers, especially during and after the process of transition.

    1:30 PM — An international LGBT Workers' Forum has been told that neo-liberal and conservative forces are increasingly exploiting anti-gay prejudice to undermine trade union and community activists' campaigns.The second international LGBT forum, held jointly by Public Services International (PSI) and Education International (EI), is the only event of its kind to be facilitated by global trade union federations.The two federations represent over 50 million workers in 950 trade unions around the world.

  • New exhibition focuses on 20 years of HIV

    A recurrent theme of the exhibition is 'intimacy' and the barriers that HIV carriers face when disclosing their status.

    12:54 PM — A solo exhibition coming to London next month will explore the changing perception of HIV in the capital over the last 20 years.Rebound will be shown at Wellcome Collection, a new cultural venue on London's Euston Road, between 11 and 28 October.It will display the sketches and diary notes of artist Paul Ryan. The materials provide a compelling insight into the HIV epidemic in London from 1987, when the first clear information about the disease emerged, to 2007, by which time successful treatments have been established.

  • Gay allegations against minister blamed on “dirty tactics” 1

    Prime Minister John Howard rejected the allegation that his government is running a dirty tricks campaign.

    12:30 PM — The two main political parties in Australia are accusing each other of dirty tricks and smear campaigns in the run-up to a federal general election later this year.The governing Liberal party has accused their Labour rivals of producing a "fact sheet" about a married minister that claims he has sexually harassed male staff and regularly visits gay bath houses in Sydney.The Labour leader Kevin Rudd rejected allegations that his party was behind the "fact sheet" and claimed the government is running a dirty tricks campaign against him.

  • Christian theatre group condemns comedian’s Emmy speech 7

    Christian groups have been up and arms about Griffin's speech since the ceremony two weeks ago.

    11:06 AM — If Kathy Griffin's ultimate goal in life is to get off of the D List, winning an Emmy was a good start.And annoying a Christian Theatre so much they'd spend $90,000 on an ad in USA Today condemning her Emmy speech is the icing on the cake.The Miracle Theatre Group, based in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee was so offended by Kathy's acceptance speech they pooled funds to take out the full page ad in the daily newspaper

  • International AIDS vaccine trial shut down

    Out of 741 volunteers who received the vaccine, 24 of them became infected with the HIV virus.

    10:45 AM — An experimental AIDS vaccine research trial has been terminated after recent findings that the drug has failed to prevent HIV infection in test subjects.According to a press release from the vaccine's developer, Merck Co., the vaccine was being tested in uninfected volunteers at high risk for acquiring HIV.Not only did the drug fail to prevent infection, more inoculated volunteers contracted the virus than volunteers who were not inoculated.

  • Hillary Clinton tackles lesbian rumours 2

    Clinton tells Sean Kennedy, news editor at The Advocate, she would admit if she were quietly a supporter of marriage equality.

    10:35 AM — Next week's issue of US gay magazine The Advocate includes a juicy interview with presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton.Although much of the discussion surrounding the article has centred on the New York Democrat's assertion that she isn't gay, more interesting to the GLBT community may be the confirmation that she's not a closet supporter of gay marriage.According to those who have seen the article, Clinton supposedly tells Sean Kennedy, news editor at The Advocate, she would admit if she were quietly a supporter of marriage equality.

  • Praise for Mayor’s u-turn on same-sex marriage

    Gay rights groups quickly lauded Sanders for his about-face, including Matt Foreman, executive director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force.

    10:20 AM — San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders made headlines around the world last week when he announced during a press conference that he would sign a City Council resolution directing the city attorney to file a brief in support of same-sex marriage with the California Supreme Court.Sanders previously said he would veto the resolution. Gay rights groups quickly lauded Sanders for his about-face.

  • Teacher resigns over porn appearances

    The tip off came from an email sent to the board and local television stations.

    10:01 AM — Most schoolteachers have to take part-time and summer jobs to help supplement their income, but this week a Texas teacher's moonlighting may have cost him his job.The school board is investigating into allegations that one of their faculty members has appeared in over 50 sexually explicit, gay wrestling videos.The tip off came from an email sent to the board and local television stations.

  • 23rd September 2007

    EXCLUSIVE: Boris Johnson courts gay vote 14

    A lot has been written about Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson's background.

    9:40 PM — When I meet Boris Johnson in a Westminster cafe for his PinkNews.co.uk interview, it becomes apparent, immediately after he shambles in and launches himself into a chair, that 10am is not optimum Boris time.As he puts it in his diary of the 2001 election campaign, Friends, Voters, Countrymen, it is "a pretty ungodly hour for someone accustomed to journalism."The interview had been in the pipeline well before Labour activists started taking swipes at him over his views.

  • Travel: The awesome Panama Canal

    The Panama canal

    4:00 PM — Few journeys through the engineering history books are as impressive or beautiful as a trip down the "eighth wonder of the engineering world - the Panama Canal.Linking the mighty Atlantic and Pacific oceans took over three centuries of work by two nations. The Panama Canal is beauty and function on a scale beyond compare, with nature, machine and man working in total harmony.

  • Travel: A passage to India

    Jodhpur is the second largest city in the Indian state of Rajasthan

    4:00 PM — If lying on a beach is not your thing and you yearn for a bit of adventure set against an exotic backdrop, have you thought about the possibilities the vast sub-content of India has to offer?The country offers a wealth of ancient temples and monuments for lovers of culture and heritage and many travel companies now offer fantastic sight-seeing trips.

  • Holidays for opera lovers 1

    Crowds gather at the Arena di Verona for an opera experience like no other

    12:02 PM — The popularity of opera has risen in leaps and bounds in recent years and graduated from being regarded as an elitist interest of the rich cognoscenti to being far more accessible to all-comers.The aria Nessun Dorma from Turandot became familiar to millions who had probably never heard it before it was performed by the Three Tenors - Pavarotti, Domingo and Carreras - as the theme for the Italia 1990 World Cup.

  • Travel: White knuckle rafting in Scotland

    Rafting is the perfect thrill for adrenaline junkies - and Scotland is the best place to do it

    12:02 PM — The sport of white water rafting has been growing in popularity in Scotland since the 1970s and has since become one of Europe's favoured destinations for enthusiasts. The rapids of rivers such as the River Tummel attract thousands of newcomers and experienced rafters every year.Scotland and white water rafting now go hand-in-hand for a number of reasons, not least the quality facilities and beautiful rural surroundings.

  • A gay Greek Island hop 1

    The idyllic view from Lindos in Rhodes

    12:02 PM — The beautiful Greek islands are just perfect for a spot of hopping, as many students will tell you. But you don't need to live out of a backpack and navigate your way round the island's hostels - hop aboard a luxury liner for a tour of the very best places in Greece.We take a trip in style around the islands just for you.

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