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September 2007

  • 19th September 2007

    Controversial Tory attacks government over race 2

    Sayeeda Warsi was appointed Shadow Minister for Community Cohesion by David Cameron earlier this year.

    12:04 PM — A vice-chairman of the Conservative party has attacked the government's record on race equality.Sayeeda Warsi was appointed Shadow Minister for Community Cohesion by David Cameron earlier this year, the first Muslim woman to sit in the Tory Shadow Cabinet.The final report from the Commission for Racial Equality was released yesterday. The CRE is being merged into the new Commission for Equality and Human Rights.

  • Interview: Pricking the bubble of Hollywood celebrity

    Cultural theorist, nightlife journalist and author, Paul Burston has chronicled gay popular and club culture for over 14 years.

    11:54 AM — "What child would want to be Graham Norton when they are older?" asks Paul Burston."No offence to Graham, what he does is great, but he is not the image you aspire to. When you are a young gay kid, you want to be gay but normal."And he ought to know. Cultural theorist, nightlife journalist andauthor, Paul Burston has chronicled gay popular and club culture formore than 14 years.

  • Presidential hopeful’s u-turn on gay rights 1

    This isn't the first time Romney's past support of the GLBT community has returned to haunt his current electoral efforts.

    11:22 AM — Anyone who has paid close attention to the political career of presidential hopeful Mitt Romney knows the Massachusetts Republican used to be a supporter of gay rights.To the rest of us—and that includes many Republican Americans currently considering him for the country's highest office—Romney's past support of the gay and lesbian community is a bit of a mystery.The mysterious crust covering Romney's past is slowly but surely being chipped away.

  • 18th September 2007

    Court supports Maryland’s ban on gay marriage 88

    Gay weddings will not be legal in Maryland

    11:30 PM — Maryland's highest court has upheld a state law that defines marriage as between a man and a woman; ending a discrimination case brought by 19 gay couples.The Court of Appeal ruled four to three that Maryland's 1973 ban on same sex marriage does not deny gay people fundamental human rights and does not discriminate on the basis of gender. The court found that the state has a legitimate right to oppose gay marriage.

  • Dutch government to promote gay acceptance 1

    Amsterdam's image in the Netherlands as the 'gay capital of the world' is under threat.

    5:31 PM — The government of Holland has committed itself to the active promotion of acceptance of LGBT people in the light of several high-profile homophobic attacks in the country.In a memorandum on the 2008 Budget, the coalition government's Cabinet said that respect for difference is a basic condition of Dutch society.They committed more than two million euros (£1.4m) to fight homophobia and promote acceptance.

  • Lib Dems and Stonewall discuss gay issues 1

    A series of measures to combat bullying in schools were passed by conference yesterday.

    4:49 PM — DELGA, the Liberal Democrats LGBT organisation, joined forces with Stonewall last night to host a fringe meeting at the party's conference in Brighton.Stephen Williams MP, a party spokesman on education, and Jo Swinson, who speaks on equality issues, were joined by Ben Summerskill, chief executive of Stonewall, for a question and answer session with Lib Dem activists.

  • Kuwaiti gays ask permission to get organised 1

    The oil-rich country of three million people was invaded by Saddam Hussein in 1991, sparking the first Gulf War.

    4:05 PM — The gay and trans community in Kuwait has approached the government requesting an official gay rights organisation.The majority Muslim country currently does not allow such groups to exist, despite a growing number of openly gay and transgender Kuwaitis.According to online news service, Al Arabiya, the gay rights request follows the recent Upholding Ethics report from the Kuwaiti National Council.

  • Author of homophobic crime report killed 2

    Tony Hoare, 49, was attacked last week as he walked his two Jack Russell dogs in Charlton Park.

    3:45 PM — The managing director of a research consultancy specialising in gay and lesbian issues died after being attacked near his home in south east London.Tony Hoare, 49, was attacked last week as he walked his two Jack Russell dogs in Charlton Park. He was found unconscious and died shortly after being taken to hospital.The organiser of a vigil to be held this evening in his memory told the Evening Standard that Mr Hoare was the victim of a homophobic abuse in The Swan pub the night he was killed.

  • Transport for London reaches out to LGBT travellers

    TfL are keen to explore how they can help with issues such as hate crime and barriers to using the transport services

    1:40 PM — The body responsible for public transport in London is inviting its gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans customers to take part in a consultation exercise.Transport for London's (TfL) Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual (LGB) Equality Scheme aims to enhance equality in the provision of transport services and for employees within the organisation.The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered (LGBT) Staff Network Group are working with Group Equality and Inclusion to develop TfL's first LGB Equality Scheme.

  • Archbishop to hold “secret” meeting with gays 4

    Archbishop Williams is under intense pressure to hold the communion together.

    1:14 PM — Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury, is to meet behind closed doors with gay Anglicans to discuss the current crisis in the Church.The Times revealed details of the "secret" meeting. The fact that those attending are expected to abide by confidentiality rules has upset gay Christians.A spokesman for the Archbishop played down the significance of his meeting with gay priests and others.

  • Gay blood donor activists arrested in Russia

    Gay men are still prevented from giving blood in the UK and in other parts of Europe, despite recent campaigns by students and young people.

    12:58 PM — Activists in Moscow have been arrested for protesting against Russia's ban on gay men donating blood.Seven of the ten protesters were detained by police last Friday following a reportedly peaceful protest outside the Russian Health Ministry.Although all donations are screened, Russian law prevents gay men from donating much needed blood as they are considered to be most at risk of sexually transmitted diseases, listing them alongside prostitutes and drug dealers.

  • Global protests against Nicaragua’s gay ban

    Protests were held outside Nicaraguan embassies and consulates in Germany, Canada, Chile, Iceland, Mexico, Paraguay, Sweden and Taiwan.  photo: tonypitman@flickr.com

    12:23 PM — Amnesty International, through its network of LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual transgender) groups, held a series of demonstrations across the world last week.The protestors called for the calling for the decriminalisation of sodomy in Nicaragua and called for the repeal of article 204 of the country's Penal Code.This article criminalises not only gay men, lesbians and bisexual people in same-sex relationships, but is vague enough to permit the prosecution of individuals for activities such as campaigning for LGBT rights.

  • Counties unite under Pride banner

    The group started life organising a festival, due to take place in 2009.

    12:03 PM — The gay communities in Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire have come together to form a new organisation called Three Counties Pride.The group started life organising a festival, due to take place in 2009.It has now diversified to include a fund-raising mission for other areas of the LGBT community in Herts, Beds and Bucks, including gay charities and social groups.

  • Corporate America ready for ENDA

    282 cities and towns, and 19 states, across the US have added workplace protections. photo: imnop88a@flickr.com

    11:34 AM — The Human Rights Campaign Foundation today released the sixth annual Corporate Equality Index showing an unprecedented 195 major U.S. businesses earned the top rating of 100 percent, up from 138 last year - a 41 percent increase.The Index rates employers on a scale from 0 to 100 percent on their treatment of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender employees, consumers and investors.The 195 businesses that met all of the criteria employ more than8.3 million workers.

  • Craig bathroom becomes tourist attraction 4

    The “Larry Craig bathroom“ rose to prominence after the Idaho Republican was arrested by a Minneapolis airport police officer.

    11:09 AM — The helpful folks at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport are fielding some interesting questions these days.Chief among them: "Excuse me, can you please tell me where the Larry Craig bathroom is?""It's become a tourist attraction," Karen Evans, an information specialist at the airport, told the Associated Press earlier today.

  • 17th September 2007

    Lesbian soldier sues Ministry of Defence

    The MoD said they were investigating the allegations made by Ms Ogogo,

    1:40 PM — A former military police is suing the Ministry of Defence after claiming she was hounded out of the forces after entering into a civil partnership.22-year-old Joanne Ogogo said she was the victim of harassment, bullying and a whispering campaign, as well as attempts by superiors to separate her and her partner, Laura McDonald.Ms Ogogo, from Lowestoft, Suffolk, married fellow military police soldier Ms McDonald in January 2006.

  • MP accused of using gay issues to win Muslim votes 4

    Mr Galloway's website outlines his Labour opponent's record on a range of issues, including gay rights.

    1:40 PM — Human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell has questioned the tactics of maverick MP George Galloway.Galloway became the MP for Bethnal Green and Bow in 2005 under the banner of the Respect party.His victory over the incumbent Labour MP was in large part due to appealing to anti-war Muslim voters in the London constituency.

  • Northern Ireland leader meets gay rights activists

    The Deputy First Minister committed himself to further meetings with CoSO in the near future.

    1:40 PM — The Deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland met with representatives of the Coalition on Sexual Orientation (CoSO) last week.CoSO, established by lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans groups in the province to provide a voice for the LGBT community, was there to seek assurances on gay rights after the homophobic comments of a junior minister.Martin McGuinness and CoSO discussed homophobia in sport, the Northern Ireland administration's sexual orientation strategy and the high suicide rates in the province.

  • Singapore reforms laws but gay sex still illegal

    The city state of nearly five million people is renowned for its draconian legislation.

    1:40 PM — A bill introduced to the Singaporean parliament today will legalise oral and anal sex in private between consenting straight adults.However the ban on "gross indecency" will remain in place and male homosexuals still face a maximum of two years in prison for gay sex.The new legislation will also create new offences relating to sex tourism and child prostitution.

  • Gay man considers legal action over voice discrimination 1

    Despite assurances from the bank that the mix-up will not happen again and an apology, Mr O'Brien is considering his legal options.

    1:40 PM — A bank is being threatened with a law suit after a man was repeatedly denied access to phone banking because staff thought he sounded like a woman.Graham O'Brien, 29, is a customer with the Halifax. After several attempts to conduct bank transactions over the phone were unsuccessful, he was told to visit a branch.When he did, he was told that a "suspect person" thought to be a woman had been trying to access his account, which had been suspended.

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