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October 2007

  • 26th October 2007

    Comment: Obama can’t have it both ways 15

    How the Senator handles this situation is likely to indicate how he will handle similar trials in the future.

    1:16 PM — If you are a gay or lesbian American, you no longer need to wait for the first Democratic primary to test Barack Obama's mettle as a Presidential candidate, because his campaign is presently faced with a definitive test that should determine his commitment to the LGBT community and the LGBT community's support of him.At issue is the question of whether or not Mr. Obama will go forward with plans to have a gospel singer by the name of Donnie McClurkin, who has written about being an 'ex-gay' and openly condemned homosexuality, perform at a series of fundraising concerts scheduled to be held in South Carolina this weekend.

  • Gay club attacked in Lithuania 3

    Earlier this year, PinkNews.co.uk reported that more than half of Lithuanian MPs believe homosexuality to be a perversion.

    12:02 PM — Smoke bombs were set off in a nightclub in Vilnius last night as members of the International Gay and Lesbian Association partied inside.The Lithuanian capital is hosting ILGA Europe's annual conference, despite a ban on a public Rainbow Flag display by the city's mayor.Last night's incident happened at Soho nightclub, which is next to the conference venue.

  • Elton John photo not indecent says CPS 3

    Sir Elton is one of the world's foremost collectors of photographic art.

    11:34 AM — A photograph owned by singer songwriter Sir Elton John seized by police is not indecent, the Crown Prosecution Service has announced.The image, taken by renowned American photographer Nan Goldin, was due to go on display as part of her Thanksgiving series at the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art in Gateshead when a concerned member of gallery staff contacted police.The photograph, Klara and Edda Belly Dancing, features two semi naked young girls playing.

  • City council race turns ugly for gay candidate

    Sitting councilman Chuck Silcox urged those attending a Fort Worth Republican Women's Club meeting to vote for Chris Turner

    10:31 AM — The gloves finally came off in a supposedly non-partisan city council race underway in Fort Worth, Texas.Although six candidates are vying for an up-for-grabs seat that will be voted on November 6th, the spotlight turned to just two of them earlier this week.Sitting councilman Chuck Silcox urged those attending a Fort Worth Republican Women's Club meeting to vote for Chris Turner, a Republican political consultant, instead of Joel Burns, a city zoning commissioner.

  • Ugandan activist joins human rights commission

    In 2005 Ms Mukasa's house was raided by police in the middle of the night by local government officials who seized documents and other material.

    10:03 AM — A leading advocate for LGBT rights in Africa has joined the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC).Victor Juliet Mukasa is well-known internationally for her activism in her home country of Uganda in the face of state opression.She is to become IGLHRC's new Research and Policy Associate for the Horn, East, and Central Africa.

  • 25th October 2007

    Study finds US gay men earn 23% less than straight men 1

    Discrimination against gay men is most pronounced in management and blue-collar, male-dominated occupations. photo: qauziefofo@flickr.com

    5:34 PM — Male co-habiting same-sex couples earn 23% less than married men and 9% less than men who co-habit with a woman, new research released today reveals.Lesbians are not discriminated against when compared with heterosexual women, the US study found.The report's authors conclude that while negative attitudes toward lesbians could affect them, lesbians may benefit from the perception that they are more career-focused and less likely to leave the labour market.

  • Northampton’s gay drinkers may be caged in 2

    Management at the department store complained to the council about the Boston Clipper pub in the town centre.

    3:51 PM — A gay pub in Northampton is considering installing a cage around its beer garden to stop customers throwing bottles, pornography and pot plants into the adjacent staff car park of a branch of Debenhams.The department store's security manager, Kenneth Dowsett told the Evening Telegraph: "Over a long period of time, we've had a constant problem with glasses, bottles, ashtrays, pornographic material, items of a sexual nature, potted plants, and discarded smoking material being thrown over the boundary wall between our staff car park and the Boston Clipper."

  • Civil unions on the agenda in Ireland 3

    Homosexuality was only decriminalised in the Republic of Ireland in 1993, but since then the country has embraced gay rights.

    2:50 PM — The Irish Labour party is to reintroduce a private member's bill in the country's Parliament next week in an attempt to legalise civil unions for gay and lesbian couples.LGBT activists in Ireland are urging people to contact their members of Parliament and lobby for the legislation.In February an earlier attempt by the opposition Labour party to legalise same sex unions in the Republic was defeated.

  • LGBT discrimination in Europe’s margins 1

    In Georgia a high level of hostility towards same-sex relationships and diverse gender identities prevails in virtually every aspect of society.

    2:40 PM — Two leading gay rights groups have compiled a report into the serious situation gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people face in two countries aspiring to join the EU.The ILGA-Europe and COC Netherlands study of the position of LGBT People in Georgia and Azerbaijan concludes that the South Caucasian nations must stop discrimination and incitement to hatred.They are also urged to put in place an inclusive anti-discrimination law in line with Council of Europe and EU standards.

  • Gay marriage divides Church of Sweden 3

    Opinion polls show that 46% of Swedes are in favour of gay marriage, with 31% opposed.  photo: megan ann@flickr.com

    2:20 PM — A proposal by Sweden's three opposition parties in to legalise gay marriage has divided the Church of Sweden.Until 2000 the Church was established, meaning was is the official state religion. It now has autonomy from the government.However, it now faces being required to marry gay and lesbian couples or withdraw completely from performing the legal element of marriages.The Church governing body has voted 161 to 74 in favour of retaining the right to carry out legally-binding weddings.

  • EXCLUSIVE: “Ethical” bank snubs civil partnerships 96

    Joe and Neville Temple recently tried to persuade Smile, an offshoot of the Co-op Bank, to add an option for the legal status of Civil Partner to its application forms.

    1:50 PM — The Co-Operative Bank is among several financial services providers who have failed to add the option of Civil Partner to their application forms a PinkNews.co.uk investigation has revealed.Joe and Neville Temple, who have lived together for 42 years, recently tried to persuade Smile, an offshoot of the Co-op Bank, to add an option for the legal status of Civil Partner to its application forms.Over a period of months they received several messages from Smile promising that they were looking into it and would make changes to their system soon.

  • Gay Germans take more holidays than straights

    The study consisted of 3566 personal and online interviews with gays and lesbians in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

    11:45 AM — New research has revealed that gays and lesbians in Germany collectively spend €20bn (GBP 14bn) a year on travel.Gays and lesbians take vacations slightly more frequently than heterosexuals and spend about 70% more per day.But when looking at short trips (up to five days) the travel patterns of German homosexuals and heterosexuals differs dramatically.

  • Gay rights group urge Obama to drop “ex-gay” gospel singer 1

    Obama's campiagn has yet to cancel McClurkin's appearance but extended an invite to openly gay minister, Rev. Andy Sidden, to speak on the concert programme.

    11:32 AM — Senator Barack Obama claims he believes that gays and lesbians are our brothers and sisters, but according to the president of the nation's largest gay rights organisations, actions speak louder than words, and a scheduled concert this Sunday with a notoriously homophobic gospel singer sends the wrong message to the LGBT community.According to The New York Times, Human Rights Campiagn president Joe Solmonese urged Obama via phone today to cancel gospel singer Donnie McClurkin's appearance.

  • Comment: Russell T and the fortysomethings

    Russell T Davies announced this week he is in the process of writing another gay drama. photo: BBC

    10:45 AM — "You said I must eat so many lemons, 'cause I am so bitter."This lyric by singer Kate Nash certainly applies to the way some gay men react when discovering their friend, shag-buddy or drinking companion is dating.The gay community is often referred as fickle, sexually motivated and afraid of commitment.Yet civil partnerships are easing the problems faced by gay couples to be accepted in society at large.

  • 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.

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