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October 2007

  • 10th October 2007

    Poland boycotts day against capital punishment 57

    The 47-member Council of Europe predates the EU.

    12:27 PM — A European Union decision to declare today European Day Against the Death Penalty was blocked by Poland.The Polish government insisted that the day also include condemnations of abortion and euthanasia and used its veto to stop the declaration.However, the Council of Europe does not need a unanimous vote on such matters, and it has declared today European Day Against the Death Penalty.

  • Ugandan minister will fight “spread of homosexuality”

    2007 has seen the first gay rights press conference and the first anti-gay rally in Uganda.

    12:27 PM — A senior politician in Uganda has pledged to block gay rights in the country.James Nsaba Buturo, Minister for Ethics and Integrity, told All Africa news agency that the government is committed to stopping LGBT people "trying to impose a strange, ungodly, unhealthy, unnatural, and immoral way of life on the rest of our society."Last week the country's Minister for Youth and Children's Affairs said new legislation would be brought forward on homosexuality.

  • Press accused of ignoring death of lesbian soldier

    Senator Kerry implored that the Department of Defence “deploy your staff on this matter immediately, so that the answers and circumstances around Specialist Durkin's death are uncovered.“

    12:14 PM — The questionable and untimely death of Specialist Ciara Durkin, a service member with the Massachusetts Army National Guard who was found dead from a gunshot wound to the head on September 27th, has not gone unnoticed.Late last week Democratic Senators Edward Kennedy and John Kerry, along with Congressman William Delahunt and the Servicemembers Legal Defence Network (SLDN), made headlines by calling on Pentagon officials to conduct a full and thorough investigation into the incident that occurred while Durkin was serving in Afghanistan.

  • Oregon moves ahead with domestic partnerships

    Supporters of the law and of marriage equality were ecstatic after hearing the announcement.

    11:37 AM — Same-sex couples in Oregon had ample reason to celebrate last night, as opponents of the US state's recently passed domestic partnership law failed to gather enough signatures to put a referendum overturning the measure on the November 2008 ballot.Opponents needed 55,179 valid, unduplicated signatures for the referendum to move forward.Although nearly 63,000 signatures were turned in to state officials, only 55,063 of them were found to be valid and unduplicated.

  • Birmingham club stays open as noise allegations rejected

    The local council received complaints from developer Crosby House that the Nightingale was emitting too much noise and holding “unauthorised adult entertainment.“

    11:31 AM — A gay nightclub in Birmingham has escaped closure as allegations of noise pollution by local developers were proved to be false.A licensing committee decided that the Nightingale could stay open after consulting the council's own surveys which were based on just two complaints in two years and were found to be well within legal limits.PinkNews.co.uk had reported that the local council received complaints from developer Crosby House.

  • G-A-Y awards to be televised

    G-A-Y claim that the awards will bear the G-A-Y club stamp of “irreverence, flamboyance and fun.“

    11:21 AM — London club promoter Jeremy Joseph has revealed that the inaugural G-A-Y awards will be televised on Sky One on Saturday 1st December to coincide with the 20th anniversary of World AIDS Day.The awards will be held at the London Astoria on the 29th and 30th November, where it will be filmed by Double Jab Productions.The G-A-Y awards aim to play tribute to the stars that have played at the Saturday night club night, including some of the biggest names of pop, such as Kylie Minogue, The Spice Girls and Madonna.

  • Moldova criticised over LGBT injustice

    Moldova is not part of the EU, but is influenced by its neighbour Romania, an EU member state since January 2007.

    11:16 AM — Moldovan authorities have "to ensure full respect of the fundamental rights of all minorities, including sexual minorities."That is the resolution of the Parliamentary Assembly of of the Council of Europe (PACE) entitled About functioning of democratic institutions in Moldova.The resolution is based on the report of the monitoring committee about the honouring of obligations and commitments by Moldova and adopted by PACE earlier this month.

  • G.I. Jonny declares war on Captain Bareback 3

    G.I. Jonny was launched online and along with TV and radio will direct viewers to an interactive website.

    10:51 AM — A toy doll fights HIV and AIDS, as G.I. Jonny leads the fight against Captain Bareback's crotch cannon, armed only with his protector shield and powerful fisting action.It's all part of a series of comedy sketches specially commissioned by the BBC for an information campaign which attempts to raise awareness of HIV and AIDS among 16- 34 year olds.The BBC's HIV awareness campaign started running on October 1st.

  • Singapore gays call for decriminalisation 2

    In August Singapore banned gay events held in public parks.

    10:21 AM — Hundreds of Singaporeans are calling for the government to decriminalise homosexual sex, ahead of a parliamentary debate on the first overhaul of criminal law in Singapore in a quarter century.Under the proposed changes to be debated later this month, oral and anal sex between consenting heterosexual adults will no longer be considered an offence.However, the same acts between men, will remain illegal with a maximum penalty of two years in jail.

  • Tatchell abused at march for Palestine 2

    Human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell was threatened and slandered as a paedophile.

    10:03 AM — Human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell was threatened and slandered as a paedophile when he attended the Al Quds pro-Palestinian march and rally in London last Sunday, 7 October 2007.The Al Quds demonstration was supported by the left-wing Respect Party, 1990 Trust, Muslim Association of Britain, Islamic Human Rights Commission, Hizb ut-Tahrir and the Federation of Student Islamic Societies.The post-march Trafalgar Square rally was addressed by the Respect Party MP, George Galloway.

  • 9th October 2007

    Adverts aim to change Californian minds on gay marriage

    Thousands of volunteers are expected to participate in the campaign, entitled “Let California Ring,“ by conducting house parties, knocking on voters' doors, giving speeches or assisting in e-mail or web campaigning.

    6:35 PM — A multi-million-dollar advertising campaign asking people to "open their hearts and minds" to same-sex marriage is due to launch in five Californian cities this week.The 60-second ads will run from Thursday in Sacramento, San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego and Palm Springs as part of a month long campaign to encourage open discussion about same-sex marriage.

  • Inheritance tax allowance raised for civil partners 1

    Alastair Darling announced that from today the threshold will rise to £600,000. By 2010-11 the threshold will rise to £700,000.

    5:50 PM — The Chancellor of the Exchequer has doubled the inheritance tax threshold for civil partners and married people.Presenting his pre-Budget report to the House of Commons, Alastair Darling announced that from today the threshold will rise to £600,000. By 2010-11 the threshold will rise to £700,000.Until now all estates worth more than £300,000 were taxed at 40%, although assets left to a civil partner or spouse are exempt from taxation.

  • Gay club no-show costs Boy George

    George completed five days of community service in New York after being convicted of false reporting of an incident.

    5:05 PM — Singer and DJ Boy George has been ordered to pay more than £30,000 compensation to a gay nightclub in Los Angeles after he failed to turn up at the launch.Mr George had been paid £5,000 for an appearance, but he returned to the UK after his arrest in New York for cocaine possession and only gave the LA club owners ten days notice that he would not be making an appearance.Earlier the 46-year-old had claimed that he was in no state to play in clubs where drugs were being used.

  • Tories cautious over incitement to gay hate 100

    Shadow Justice Secretary Nick Herbert told MPs during the second reading of the Criminal Justice and Immigration Bill that the right to free speech must be balanced with protecting gay people from hatred.

    4:45 PM — The Conservative party has said it will "look carefully" at proposals from the government to introduce a new offence of inciting hate against gay, lesbian and bisexual people.Shadow Justice Secretary Nick Herbert, speaking during the second reading of the Criminal Justice and Immigration Bill, said that the right to free speech must be balanced with protecting gay people from hatred.The Liberal Democrats welcomed the proposed new offence, which will be added to the bill as an amendment in committee stage.

  • Troy star’s role as plasticine gay love interest 2

    Bana (left, with Orlando Bloom in Troy,  previously voiced the character of a shark in Finding Nemo in 2003.

    2:50 PM — Australian actor Eric Bana is set to play a gaylove interest in his new film.The 39-year old, who has starred in several Hollywood blockbusters including Hulk, Black Hawk Down, Troy and Munich, will take on his most unusual role yet as the voice of the gay love interest of a Kiwi sheep farmer named Desmond.According to news.com.au, Bana will voice the character in Oscar winner Adam Elliot's first feature-length film, Mary Max.

  • China gets to grips with gay marriage debate

    The report in China Daily is significant as the press in China is controlled and censored.

    2:20 PM — Chinese academics are calling for the country's estimated 40 million homosexuals to be given the right to marry.Professor Li Yinhe, a sociologist and campaigner for LGBT rights, and Zhang Beichuan, a leading scholar of homosexuality, have been at the forefront of a campaign to allow same-sex marriage in China.Although the world's most populous country has a conservative culture, partly due to Communist repression.

  • Gay Prince to appear on Oprah show 1

    Today's announcement that Prince Manvendra is to appear on Oprah has generated even more headlines.

    1:15 PM — One of the most prominent openly gay people in India is to appear on the world-famous Oprah Winfrey talkshow.Prince Manvendra Singh Gohil, from the Royal family of Gujarat in north west India, made headlines around the world last year when he publicly came out of the closet.He was initially disowned by his family, but has continued to work with HIV-awareness programmes and he will discuss his work with Oprah.

  • Tennis coach denies she is a lesbian

    The girl in question, now 15, told the jury last week that she felt “threatened“ into having a lesbian relationship.

    12:53 PM — A top female tennis coach accused of having an affair with a 13-year-old girl denied she is a lesbian, a Liverpool court heard yesterday.Ex-tennis pro Claire Lyte, 29, told police "I like men," when asked about her sexuality.Transcripts of the police interview with the former Lawn Tennis Association coach of the year were read to a jury yesterday.Lyte stands accused of five counts of unlawful sexual activity with a pupil, which she denies.

  • Muslims join Christian condemnation of gay protection law 100

    The IHRC, an “independent, not-for-profit, campaign, research and advocacy organisation based in London,“ attacked the concept of a gay incitement law.

    12:31 PM — The Islamic Human Rights Commission has condemned a proposed new offence of incitement to hatred on the basis of sexual orientation, adding its voice to a chorus of complaints from evangelical Christians.The IHRC, an "independent, not-for-profit, campaign, research and advocacy organisation based in London," attacked the concept of a gay incitement law."If someone is reading the Bible and calls homosexuality an abomination, is that going to be incitement?"

  • LGBT youth on course for leadership training

    The Consortium of LGBT Voluntary and Community Organisations is holding the Step-up programme, a three day residential event

    11:45 AM — Young lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered people have been given the chance to participate in a free London project which aims to turn them into future leaders for the youth and voluntary community.The Consortium of LGBT Voluntary and Community Organisations is holding the Step-up programme, a three day residential event in the centre of London from the 22nd to 24th October which will teach the skills they say are needed for people to lead organisations at the highest level.

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