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November 2007

  • 12th November 2007

    New Polish PM pressed on civil unions

    The first test for the new government will be November 17th when the March of Equality in Poznan is planned.

    11:40 AM — Gay rights activists in Poland have asked incoming Prime Minister Donald Tusk to discuss legalisation of civil unions, the introduction of comprehensive sexual education in schools and the ban of discrimination based on sexual orientation.Mr Tusk is head of the centre-right Christian-democratic Civic Platform Party (PO), which won the election on 21st October.According to Catholic World News PO member Stefan Niesiolowski said: "I will not agree to homosexual marriage."

  • First Minister adviser to take up Stonewall post

    Mr Munn was special adviser to the First Minister of Scotland from 2003 until earlier this year.

    11:35 AM — Gay equality organisation Stonewall has announced the appointment of Derek Munn as director of public affairs.Mr Munn was special adviser to the First Minister of Scotland from 2003 until earlier this year and will take up his post on 3rd December."We're absolutely delighted to have secured someone of Derek's background and considerable abilities to fulfil this important role within the organisation," said Ben Summerskill, Stonewall's chief executive.

  • Amnesty to protest against Lithuanian homophobia

    A poll last December found that only 17% of Lithuanians support gay marriage.

    11:01 AM — Amnesty International today called on its 2.2 million members worldwide to address the rising tide of homophobia in Lithuania.The EU country has seen a rising tide of open homophobia in recent months.In May the mayor of the capital Vilnius refused to give permission for an EU anti-discrimination truck tour to visit and Lithuanian bus drivers refused to drive buses bearing ads which promoted tolerance towards gay people.

  • Gay football documentary to tackle stereotypes 1

    Since 1997, the Brighton Bandits have been making a name for themselves as the only gay soccer club in the area.

    10:45 AM — This winter a new film that highlights the Brighton Bandits Gay Football Club is expected to make the festival circuit.The film follows the team through their 2006/07 season and explores the relationship between sexuality and soccer.Since 1997, the Brighton Bandits have been making a name for themselves as the only gay soccer club in the area.

  • China urged to fight HIV not positive people

    Human Rights Watch called on the Chinese government to take immediate concrete steps toward overturning the ban.

    10:34 AM — China should focus its efforts on stopping HIV transmission, not on limiting the freedom of movement, expression and speech of people living with HIV, leaders from New York City-based Human Rights Watch said Friday at a global meeting of AIDS activists in Abuja, Nigeria.Human Rights Watch was commenting in advance of the November 11th to 13th board meeting of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria in Kuming, China.

  • 11th November 2007

    Lesbian passed over in election of Bishop of Chicago 1

    Tracy Lind was passed over as Bishop of Chicago

    11:45 AM — An out lesbian was passed over during the Episcopal convention to pick the next Bishop of Chicago.The Reverend Tracey Lind, dean of Trinity Cathedral, Cleveland was one of three women who lost out to Rev Jeffrey Lee, rector of St Thomas Church in Medina, Washington.Bishop William Persell said the vote held yesterday was not a rejection of homosexuals or of women.

  • 9th November 2007

    Political party’s anti-gay posters evade prosecution 1

    The Geneva Canton now has the same laws as the rest of the country.

    5:30 PM — A Swiss right-wing political party will not face charges over advertising posters which called gay couples infertile.The Swiss People's Party (UDC) was campaigning earlier this year against a proposal to extend tax benefits to same-sex partners in Geneva.The party's general secretary added to the controversy by saying that gay people contribute nothing to society because they do not have children.

  • Brighton teenagers trading sex for a place to stay

    Young people binge drinking on the streets of Brighton are at increased risk of physical and sexual assault.

    4:30 PM — Vulnerable young people are trading sex just for a place to sleep, a year-long research study by charity Barnardos has revealed.The work focused on Sussex, and the vast majority of young people described in the case studies as 'known' or 'suspected' examples of sexual exploitation were aged between 16 and 18 years and were of White British origin.One quarter was male and the majority of these young men identified as gay.

  • Poll results questioned as ENDA fallout continues

    Gay journalists Rex Wockner and Cynthia Laird are now publicly questioning the methodology of the HRC poll.

    4:03 PM — America's leading lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans equality organisation, Human Rights Campaign, has been challenged by gay journalists over an opinion poll it published in relation to the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA).The proposed new law was originally framed to protect LGBT people from workplace discrimination, but was amended to remove trans people when it became clear that an unamended ENDA would not pass the House of Representatives.

  • BBC soap to get new gay character

    The long-running soap is no stranger to gay and lesbian storylines.

    3:29 PM — EastEnders, the most-watched programme on the BBC, is to get a new gay character in the New Year.The gay brother of character Jane Beale will arrive in Albert Square in early 2008.The soap's executives were inspired to include a gay character after a similar move by ITV's Coronation St proved to be a big hit with viwers.The Mirror reported: "The bosses at EastEnders have seen how well Antony Cotton does as Sean in Corrie."

  • Welcome for evangelical voice on equality commission 39

    The Evangelical Alliance are one of the most strident voices against gay rights in the UK.

    3:01 PM — A group that examines religion in public life has welcomed the appointment of the head of the Evangelical Alliance UK to the new Commission on Equality and Human Rights (ECHR).The think-tank Ekklesia says that the controversial evangelical taking his place on the commission is "an historic opportunity for evangelicals to shift toward full acceptance of the equalities agenda."Joel Edwards was a controversial choice for many LGBT activists. The Evangelical Alliance are one of the most strident voices against gay rights in the UK.

  • Nigeria loses out on Commonwealth Games

    The Commonwealth Games was founded under its original name, the British Empire Games, in 1930.

    1:03 PM — Glasgow will host the 2014 Commonwealth Games, it was announced today.Scotland's largest city beat a bid from the Nigerian city of Abuja by 47 votes to 24 at a meeting of the Games voting nations in Sri Lanka.Gay activists in Nigeria had questioned whether that country should be allowed to host the Games because of its "systematic persecution of lesbian and gay Nigerians."

  • Gay candidates victorious in elections across the US

    Six US states still have no openly LGBT elected officials at any level of government.

    12:39 PM — An organisation dedicated to increasing the number of openly LGBT elected officials at all levels in the United States has announced that dozens of openly gay and lesbian candidates running in municipal and state legislative races across the country won their elections this week.According to the Gay Lesbian Victory Fund, of the record 71 candidates endorsed by the group in 2007, at least 31 won their races on Tuesday, while 10 were elected earlier this year.

  • Maltese press question MEP over gay club visits

    Malta is one of the most socially conservative countries in the EU.

    12:28 PM — A leading newspaper in Malta has questioned the gay-hostile voting record of one of the country's Member of the European Parliament in light of revelations that he is a regular at Brussels gay bars.LGBT activists are angry that David Casa, 38, voted against motions in the parliament that condemned homophobic violence and discrimination.Newspaper Il Torca reported: "Many homosexuals commented with this newspaper that David Casa was seen a number of times in gay clubs in Brussels."

  • US grants asylum to gay Jamaican 4

    The grant of asylum to Ven Messam was issued by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security

    11:59 AM — A gay man who feared persecution because of his sexual orientation if forced to return to Jamaica has been given asylum in the United States.The grant of asylum to Ven Messam was issued by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and comes at a time when conditions for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people in Jamaica are getting more dangerous by the day.International human rights organisations have described Jamaica as one of the most homophobic places in the world.

  • Bi and gay Africans with HIV face double stigma says report

    This report is third in a series of projects describing the experiences of African people living with HIV in London.

    11:50 AM — The first study into the lives of gay and bisexual African men living with HIV in London describes the challenges they face in dealing with the complex and sometimes contradictory realities of life.The report, entitled I count myself as being in a different world: African gay and bisexual men living with HIV in London, has just been released by the Centre of Sexual Health and HIV at Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.It highlights that the additional stigma of being gay or bisexual and HIV positive is difficult for African men.

  • Canadians mark 40 years of gay rights activism

    The NDP call for policies that protect young LGBT people from the hatred and social inequity.

    11:22 AM — On November 7, 1967, the Supreme Court of Canada rejected the appeal of George Everett Klippert, who had been condemned to indefinite imprisonment for consensual sexual relations with other men.The next day, Tommy Douglas, the first leader of Canada's New Democratic Party, rose in the House of Commons and called for homosexuality to be decriminalised.Since then, the NDP has led the pack in defense of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights.

  • Discrimination against gay athletes on sports agenda

    While many sports organisations don't specifically exclude gay athletes, they don't have a policy to include them.

    11:05 AM — At a recent sports conference in Reykjavik, Iceland, hundreds of leading media professionals, academics, and officials met to discuss controversial issues in the sports world.Among those topics, which included changes to the current doping policy, was addressing the discrimination against the growing number of gay athletes."Play the Game" is an independent institution which aims to strengthen the basic ethical values of sport.

  • Same-sex couples fight for equal health benefits

    20 public employers in Michigan currently provide benefits to gay and lesbian couples under the same-sex relationship policies.

    10:58 AM — The Michigan Supreme Court currently is weighing whether a constitutional amendment barring gay marriages also prohibits public agencies and schools from offering health care benefits to the same-sex partners of employees.According to the Detroit Free Press, the state's high court heard arguments from both sides on Tuesday, with lawyers representing Attorney General Mike Cox saying such benefits are unconstitutional because they mirror benefits available only to married couples.

  • Rosie reveals talk show will not go ahead

    O'Donnell thinks the network backed down after she accidently leaked possibility of such show at a gig in Florida.

    10:55 AM — "We were close to a deal/almost done/well what can u do/2day there is no deal/poof/my career as a pundit is over/b4 it began."For those who frequent Rosie.com, you know that's Rosie O'Donnell blog speak for it ain't gonna happen.Just two days after NBC confirmed to the press that it was in talks with the former View host to headline her own political gabfest, O'Donnell posted a message on her blog saying such talks had ceased.

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