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24 October 2007

  • 24th October 2007

    MPs hear evidence on homophobic incitement law

    Justice minister Maria Eagle told the committee that the government will be sharing proposed drafts of the amendment to create an offence of homophobic hatred with interested parties in due course.

    6:00 PM — The House of Commons Public Bill Committee on the Criminal Justice and Immigration Bill heard from both sides of the debate surrounding government proposals to introduce a new offence of incitement to hatred on the grounds of sexual orientation last week..Representatives of gay equality organisation Stonewall, the Police Federation, Liberty and the Evangelical Alliance gave evidence before MPs.The alliance describe themselves on their website as "one of the most powerful groups of Christians in the UK."

  • Philippines rejects trans records case

    The court said there is no law regarding people who have undergone gender reassignment.

    5:23 PM — The Supreme Court of the Philippines has ruled that woman may not change her civil registry records.Born Rommel Jacinto Dantes Silverio, the woman underwent gender reassignment surgery in 2001 and wanted her records to reflect her transition.While recognising that trans people do not "fit neatly into the commonly recognised parameters of social convention," the court said there is no law regarding people who have undergone gender reassignment.

  • Austrian government plans registered gay partnerships 4

    Predominantly Roman Catholic, Austria has an equal age of consent and gay people are allowed to serve in the military.

    4:17 PM — Austria's Justice minister today released draft legislation that will grant lesbian and gay couples the right to register their relationships.The proposed "registered partnerships" will be put before the country's Parliament by the end of this year.The Social Democrats won the most seats in the January 2007 election but not enough to rule outright. They entered into a "grand coalition" with the conservative ÖVP, or People's Party.

  • Home Office loses gay Algerian deportation case 3

    The Home Office had argued the 27-year-old man, referred to as B, would be safe from persecution as long as he was “discreet” about his homosexuality.

    3:20 PM — The High Court in London has overturned an order that a gay man from Algeria seeking asylum in the UK should be deported.The Home Office had argued the 27-year-old man, referred to as B, would be safe from persecution as long as he was "discreet" about his homosexuality.However Mr Justice Collins disagreed, saying that B, who has been fighting to remain in the UK since 1996, was at risk of persecution.

  • “Homosexual” baby advertising campaign divides Italians 2

    Gay activist group Arcigay congratulated the region on being at the “forefront“ but another activist was unhappy.

    2:35 PM — An advertising campaign featuring a new born baby with a band on its wrist with the word 'homosexual' written on it has caused a row in Tuscany.The government of the Italian region is poised to display thousands of copies of the poster in public places and municipal offices as part of a campaign against discrimination.The tagline on the posters - Sexual Orientation Is Not A Choice - has divided gay people, while conservative politicians are outraged that public money has been spent on it at all.

  • Labour accused of entrenching gay discrimination 13

    “Labour is effectively saying same-sex couples can get on the bus, but we still have to sit at the back.“

    2:11 PM — As opinion polls in Australia indicate a clear victory for the Labour party in next month's general election, their leader has come under attack from gay activists and the Green party for rejecting same-sex marriage.Yesterday during a radio interview Kevin Rudd stood by his party line that marriage is between a man and woman, but admitted it was not a popular view in some circles.He faced immediate anger from a station employee who said he was making gay and lesbian Australians second-class citizens.

  • Iran police chief: gays destroy Western families 1

    Iranian police and militia known as basiji have launched a nationwide operation against people they accuse of deviating from official standards of dress or behaviour.

    1:35 PM — The head of Iran's police has attacked Western countries for giving gay people rights and criticised opponents of Sharia Law.Speaking at Friday prayer service in Tehran last week, General Ismail Ahmadi Moghadam said that nations that tolerate homosexuality "challenge God's law and deny spirituality."There has recently been crackdown on "moral crime" in the Islamic republic.

  • Comment: America can’t get enough of gay Dumbledore 10

    Rowling said she knew Dumbledore was gay even before the first book was published.

    11:40 AM — You've probably already heard the one about Albus Dumbledore being a friend of Dorothy.The Associated Press, The New York Times, even CNN featured the headline on its tickertape, right behind an update of the California fires.So why is an innocent announcement by Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling that her 150 some odd year-old wizard is gay such a headline grabber?

  • Harvie slams Scottish parties over election fiasco 1

    Mr Harvie was elected on the regional list for Glasgow, where 9,000 ballots, or 4.17% of votes cast, were rejected.

    11:14 AM — A leading Green politician in Scotland has said that the voters were "left out in the cold" in May's Parliamentary and council elections as a new report has heavily criticised the four main parties.Patrick Harvie MSP, who is bisexual, said that the conclusions are taken on board by the political parties and ministers in London and Edinburgh.Changes to ballot papers had caused confusion and 140,000 Scots voters were disenfranchised when their papers were declared invalid.

  • Campaign to clear councillor convicted of paedophile slur 130

    The “Justice for Leyton Ward“ campaign has been launched by Ms Grell's friends, family, constituents and political colleagues.

    10:44 AM — Friends and political colleagues of a London councillor convicted of making false allegations of paedophilia against her gay opponent have set up a campaign to support her appeal.Miranda Grell was barred from public office for three years and fined £1,000 and ordered to pay £3,000 costs by Waltham Forest Magistrates Court last month.She won a formerly safe Lib Dem seat on Waltham Forest council in last May's elections.

  • Gay conference faces ban on public event

    At ILGA Europe's annual conference members will discuss the organisational priorities, strategies and tactics.

    10:23 AM — A leading LGBT rights organisation has launched a legal challenge after one of the events at its annual conference was banned by the authorities in Lithuania.ILGA Europe members are gathering for their conference in Vilnius which begins tomorrow, but their public Rainbow Flag event has been blocked by the city's mayor.ILGA Europe chose to meet in Lithuania to highlight the prejudice gay people face in the country, formerly part of the Soviet Union.

  • Foster couple quit over refusal to “promote” being gay 6

    The Mathericks are now fighting the case with the backing of the Lawyers' Christian Fellowship.

    10:01 AM — A Christian foster couple have had an 11-year-old boy removed from their care for refusing to condone homosexuality.The Daily Mail claims that Vincent Matherick, 65, and wife Pauline, 61, refused to sign a contract saying they would tell children it is "good" to be gay and take them to gay association meetings if they are curious.The couple, who have fostered 28 children through Somerset County Council, are to be struck off the list by social services.

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