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September 2007

  • 20th September 2007

    Iraqi gays win asylum in UK 1

    Ibaa, 30, and Haider, 29, were initially refused asylum by the Home Office.

    5:07 PM — Two gay men from Iraq persecuted because of their sexuality have been granted asylum in the UK following an appeal.Fleeing from militia death squads, which have been targeting the LGBT community in their home counrty, Ibaa, 30, and Haider, 29, were initially refused asylum by the Home Office on the grounds that fear of persecution because of sexual orientation was not recognised by the 1951 Refugee Convention.The two men received help from gay rights organisation OutRage! and the exiled LGBT Iraq group.

  • BBC removes George Michael from HIV documentary 4

    The first part of Stephen Fry: HIV and Me will be broadcast on BBC2 on Tuesday 2nd October. photo: BBC Publicity

    4:03 PM — Pop star George Michael's appearance in new BBC documentary Stephen Fry: HIV and Me has been removed at his request.During an interview in which the pop star was asked about his personal experiences relating to HIV, George commented that he does not do tests and hasn't had one since 2004 because he fears the results.Host Stephen Fry then disagrees with him and takes a HIV test, which is negative, there and then to make his point.

  • Gay daughter changes mayor’s mind on same-sex marriage

    “Today, Mayor Sanders and the City of San Diego have demonstrated that support for equality crosses party lines.“

    2:20 PM — Yesterday the Republican Mayor of San Diego decided to sign the resolution to overturn Proposition 22, which some claim bans same-sex marriage in the state of California.Jerry Sanders' last minute decision, which conflicts with his former campaign promises, reflects his "significant" change of opinion on the subject. Mr Sanders said:"I have close family members and friends who are members of the gay and lesbian community. These folks include my daughter Lisa and her partner, as well as members of my personal staff."

  • Ming sends Lib Dems home with rousing speech 1

    Sir Ming received a standing ovation from party activists clearly impressed by his strong performance.

    2:13 PM — Sir Menzies Campbell made a passionate defence of the values of liberalism in his leader's speech to the Liberal Democrat party conference in Brighton.Liberalism requires tolerance he told an audience of party members, councillors and MPs.He told them he has spent his entire life "speaking out against bigotry," and that intolerance and extremism threaten our freedom.

  • Britney’s biggest fan gets reality TV show 1

    Frustrated by the complete lack of gay scene in his small southern home town, Crocker turned to the internet, finding a tolerant community and online audience.

    1:01 PM — New internet celebrity Chris Crocker, whose melodramatic yet heartfelt "leave Britney alone" tantrum has received more than 8 million hits on YouTube, has reportedly landed a television deal.Signed by 44 Blue Productions, Tennessee's newly famous 20-year old is set to appear in his own reality TV show.The award-winning production company based in California company told Variety.com: "It's going to pretty much be the 'Chris Crocker experience'".

  • Australia refuses to recognise married transsexual 6

    Marriage in Australia remained undefined up until 2004, when a new law was passed to specify the union between a man and a woman.

    12:00 PM — A post-operative transsexual has been told by Australian authorities that in order to be registered as her correct sex she must divorce her wife.Completing her gender reassignment in 2002, the unnamed woman, who is happily married, has been unable to change her gender on her birth certificate in her current married status as same sex marriage is still banned in Australia.The couple took the case to court claiming discrimination on the grounds of gender and marital status but the case has been dismissed from both federal court and the appeal court.

  • Nominees for Stonewall Awards announced 3

    In the category of Broadcast or Broadcaster of the Year,  Doctor Who,  Hollyoaks, ITV drama  Housewife 49, Capital Radio show  Lucio's Drivetime and digital radio station Gaydar Radio are the nominees.

    11:35 AM — Gay equality organisation Stonewall has announced the nominees for their annual awards.Coronation Street actor Antony Cotton, comedian Sue Perkins, singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright, rapper Mz Fontaine and The Feeling vocalist Dan Gillespie-Sells are nominated for Entertainer of the Year.In the category of Broadcast or Broadcaster of the Year, Doctor Who, Hollyoaks, ITV drama Housewife 49, Capital Radio show Lucio's Drivetime and digital radio station Gaydar Radio are the nominees.

  • “Robocop” mayor backs gay village in Middlesborough 1

    The mayor pointed to the gay village in Manchester and that city's Pride events as an example of what might be achieved in his town.

    10:58 AM — The elected mayor of Middlesborough has called for more events and even a nightclub for the gay community in the town.Ray Mallon, one of the most popular mayors in the UK, has even suggested a gay quarter, and plans to speak to local authorities in other cities about their success in creating a vibrant gay scene.Known as "Robocop" because of his zero tolerance approach to crime while a senior officer in Cleveland police, Mr Mallon told a meeting of the Middlesborough Council Executive that it is important to raise the issue.

  • Xbox game courts controversy with lesbian scene 1

    In the UK, where Mass Effect is due to be released on November 23rd, children as young as 12 will be allowed to purchase the game.

    10:33 AM — A new video game designed exclusively for the Xbox 360 is stirring up controversy for including an optional lesbian sex scene.Mass Effect, from game developer BioWare, will allow players to engage in romantic interludes with other game characters, including same-sex relationships between female characters.Spoilers on the game were published recently by the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC).

  • Gay sports people star in GLAAD ads

    Sports star John Amaechi appears in the ads about acceptance and the harmful power of anti gay words.

    10:23 AM — This month the Gay Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) announced a new series of "Be an Ally a Friend" public service announcements featuring 22 top entertainers.Sports stars John Amaechi, and Martina Navratilova, join award-winning actors like Marlee Matlin and T.R. Knight in these spots about acceptance and the harmful power of anti gay words.Formed in 1985 GLAAD was established to educate Hollywood's entertainment industry on the importance of more accurate and realistic portrayals of gay people on the screen.

  • 19th September 2007

    Former minister Twigg to return to Commons

    Stephen Twigg will almost certainly be elected at the next General Election

    11:30 PM — Stephen Twigg, then man who famously defeated Michael Portillo in the safe Tory seat of Enfield Southgate, in 1997 is set to return to the House of Commons.Mr Twigg, 40, who was the first MP to have been first elected as an openly gay man. He lost his Enfield seat in the 2005 general election.He has been selected for the safe Labour seat of West Derby.

  • HIV prevention drug could save millions

    The best-case scenario in sub-Saharan Africa could be a reduction of 30 million new cases of HIV over the course of a decade.

    6:33 PM — US researchers have identified a preventative measure against HIV that could dramatically reduce the number of new cases in high risk areas such as sub-Saharan Africa.Tenofovir is an antiviral drug that is currently used in combination medications given to HIV patients.Is is being trailed on HIV negative participants of groups who are considered at high risk of contracting the virus, including gay and bisexual men, sex workers and drug users.

  • Lesbian urged to quit Scwarzenegger’s staff 1

    Susan Kennedy became Governor Schwarzenegger's chief of staff in January 2006.

    5:50 PM — The chief of staff to the Governor of California, Susan Kennedy, is facing calls for her to resign after Mr Schwarzenegger said he would veto same-sex marriage legislation.Robin Tyler, a lesbian activist and plaintiff in a same-gender marriage test case to be heard before the California Supreme Court next year, said that she was "disappointed" in Ms Kennedy, who "married" her lesbian partner in Hawaii several years ago.

  • Archbishop criticised for demanding gay concessions 1

    Private meetings between Archbishop Williams and the American bishops will take place today and tomorrow.

    5:08 PM — The Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, is in New Orleans today meeting with bishops of the American branch of the Anglican church.It has been widely reported that he will demand guarantees from them that no more gay bishops will be ordained and that the American church will not bless gay relationships.The crisis over gay issues began in 2003 with the ordination in New Hampshire of the first openly gay bishop, Gene Robinson.

  • Hate crime defendant comes out during murder trial 1

    The prosecution lawyer Anna-Sigga Nicolazzi claims that Fortunato targeted Mr Sandy because of his sexual orientation.

    4:35 PM — A New York man accused of a homophobic murder is claiming mid-trial that he is also gay.The defendant Anthony Fortunato, 21, was outed by his lawyer Gerald J. Di Chiara in court on Monday.Mr Di Chiara claims that Fortunato has been meeting men for sex on the internet since he was seventeen and said that his turmoil over coming out had in fact added to the defendant's unstable state of mind and a previous suicide attempt.

  • Gay beauty contest winner murdered

    Osvan Inacio dos Santos, 19, was attacked in a street near a bar where he had just won the local “Miss Gay“ competition.

    2:25 PM — LGBT activists in Brazil have spoken about the high levels of homophobia in their society in the wake of the brutal sexual assault and murder of a gay teenager.Osvan Inacio dos Santos, 19, was attacked in a street near a bar where he had just won the local "Miss Gay" competition.The attack and murder, in the town on Batingas in northeast Brazil, is just one high-profile example of the problems the LGBT community face in the country, which is often viewed as liberal in matters of sexuality.

  • Australian politicians back Christians over gay marriage

    Both the governing Liberal and opposition Labour parties appear to be keen to court the religious vote.

    2:14 PM — The Prime Minister of Australia has addressed an event organised by a faith-based charity where he faced calls to ban state recognition of non-married couples.The National Strategic Summit on Marriage, Family Fatherhood was held at the Australian Parliament yesterday.Prime Minister John Howard told delegates that marriage is "the best social welfare device mankind has ever devised." Politicians from other major parties attended the conference, organised by the Fatherhood Foundation.

  • Lesbian parents sue doctor over IVF twins 1

    The couple discovered the second embryo had been implanted in the hospital but were warned that an operation to remove it would put the other embryo at risk.

    1:07 PM — A lesbian couple in Sydney, Australia are suing a doctor following IVF treatment that left them with twins.The couple requested a single baby during treatment in November 2003, but the mother was implanted with two embryos rather than one.The couple discovered the second embryo had been implanted in the hospital but were warned that an operation to remove it would put the other embryo at risk.

  • Homophobic attacker may be evicted 4

    The brutal attack left Ms Meffen with bruising and a broken nose and Ms Cashmore with concussion.

    12:37 PM — A youth who took part in a vicious assault on two lesbian friends of popstar Ana Matronic may be evicted from her home.Three young people, aged between 18 and 20, were found guilty of attacking Nina Meffen, 36 and Carol Cashmore, 42, in their driveway on the evening of 31st July last year.Hyde Housing Association, which owns Emer Close, the location of the attack and home to both the victims and the ringleader of the group, says it will be pursuing further action.

  • ACLU: Craig toilet sting “unconstitutional” 1

    The ACLU argues that the government can arrest people for soliciting public sex only if it can show beyond doubt that the sex was to occur in public.

    12:31 PM — The American Civil Liberties Union has submitted a brief to a Minnesota District Court urging it to allow Senator Larry Craig to withdraw his guilty plea because the secret sting operation used to arrest him was likely unconstitutional."The real motive behind secret sting operations like the one that resulted in Senator Craig's arrest is not to stop people from inappropriate activity.Craig's affidavit said he decided on the day of his arrest to plead guilty to whatever charge was eventually filed against him.

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