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November 2007

  • 27th November 2007

    Councillor appeals against gay slur conviction 130

    Human rights campaigner and Green party parliamentary candidate Peter Tatchell has claimed that the Labour party is paying for Ms Grell's legal costs.

    12:50 PM — A Labour party councillor convicted of making false allegations of paedophilia against her gay opponent is due to have her appeal heard today.Miranda Grell was barred from public office for three years, 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 the London Borough of Waltham Forest council in last May's elections.

  • Gay porn linked to nursery assistant murder

    John pleaded guilty to manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility and was sent to Broadmoor secure hospital without limit of time.

    12:24 PM — A woman may have been killed by her boyfriend after finding gay porn on his mobile phone, a court heard yesterday.In December 2005 nursery assistant Amanda Bentsi-Addison, 26, was found in Camden north London dying from stab wounds, including one through the heart and a mutilated left breast.The Old Bailey heard close-circuit television footage showed her boyfriend, Darren John, 23, in the same area.

  • Kyrgyzstani group publishes homosexuality information 3

    Labris' leader Anna Kirey said it was difficult to accurately calculate the number of gay people in Kyrgyzstan.

    12:24 PM — The publication of a brochure about homosexuality in the central Asian republic of Kyrgyzstan has drawn attention to the discrimination lesbian, trans and bisexual people in the country face.However, the head of Bishkek mosque condemned the publication."If there is no reaction to it, then our society has truly sunken below the level of animals," said Myktybek ajy, according to the BBC.

  • Lib Dem MEP joins Tories despite “homophobia”

    Mr Karim, pictured with former Lib Dem leader Charles Kennedy, has previously accused his new leader, David Cameron, of being a political “chameleon.“

    11:50 AM — The Liberal Democrat MEP who yesterday defected to the Tories had previously accused Conservative leader David Cameron of building an alliance with homophobic politicians in the European Parliament.Sajjad Karim claimed yesterday that Cameron's "incredibly impressive" speech recent speech about immigration had persuaded him to leave the Lib Dems.However, just a few weeks ago he had attacked his new leader for being a political "chameleon," the Times has reported.

  • Attorney General backs homophobic incitement law 100

    The Attorney General is the government's leading law officer.

    11:50 AM — Baroness Scotland has responded to reports that she does not support a new offence to incitement to hatred on the grounds of sexual orientation.Speaking at a pre-launch event for LGBT History Month 2008 last night, the Attorney General said she fully expected the proposed amendments to the Criminal Justice and Immigration Bill will become law, but pointed out the "appropriately high threshold set by criminal prosecutions of this nature."

  • One in seven would shun HIV+ friend 2

    Jean Lambert MEP joined a group of cross-party London politicians last week to prepare meals for housebound HIV sufferers.

    10:05 AM — One in seven young people in the UK would not want to remain friends with someone diagnosed with HIV, new research has found.The MORI poll, commissioned by the British Red Cross, was conducted in the run up to World AIDS Day, which takes place on December 1st.To help raise awareness and overcome the stigma surrounding the disease, Jean Lambert MEP joined a group of cross-party London politicians last week to prepare meals for housebound HIV sufferers.

  • Presidential candidates asked about gays in the military

    Statements from Senators Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton, Chris Dodd, Barack Obama and Governor Bill Richardson will be posted today through to Saturday.

    10:05 AM — In conjunction with the 14th anniversary of the signing of the military policy banning gays and lesbians from serving openly in the US military, Human Rights Campaign has asked the leading Democratic presidential hopefuls, "If you are elected President, what concrete steps would you take to overturn 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell?'"Each day this week, one statement will be posted on the HRC Back Story blog at www.hrcbackstory.org. Former Senator John Edwards started things off on Monday.

  • 26th November 2007

    Gay pop couple allowed to perfrom in Singapore 1

    Jason Warner and deMarco DeCiccio, a couple in real life, were stopped from performing their act Jason and deMarco in 2005. photo: www.jasonanddemarco.com - Scott Ashton

    5:25 PM — An American gay pop duo previously barred by Singapore authorities have been given permission to perform at an HIV/AIDS awareness concert.Jason Warner and deMarco DeCiccio, a couple in real life, were stopped from performing their act Jason and deMarco in 2005 when a similar event was being organised by Safehaven, a ministry of the equal rights for all Free Community Church.Amy Tsang, the MDA's director for arts and licensing said that the 2005 concert had been prohibited because it was "open to general members of the public."

  • Korean activists unite to fight for orientation protection

    AHDSM has launched a campaign for legislation of the Anti-Discrimination Bill in its original form.

    4:25 PM — The South Korean government removal of 'sexual orientation' from its Anti-Discrimination Bill has galvanised activists in the csountry.The Alliance against Homophobia and Discrimination of Sexual Minorities (AHDSM) was formed earlier this month in response to the changes are outraged by the u-turn.They claim that an investigation conducted by the National Human Rights Commission of Korea showed that discrimination based on sexual orientation, education background and national origin form the basis of most discrimination in South Korea today.

  • Poland rejects new human rights charter

    Prime Minister Tusk said he will honour the commitment of the previous government and join the UK as the only nations in the 27-member EU to opt out.

    4:15 PM — Gay activists in Poland have spoken of their dismay that the country's newly-elected government are to continue the policy of opposition to the European Union Charter of Fundamental Rights.Before coming to power earlier this month Donald Tusk had signalled he would sign up to the charter, which broadly mirrors the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the European Convention on Human Rights.Former Prime Minister Jaroslaw Kaczynski of the Law and Justice party had claimed that Poland was "culturally different."

  • NZ gay man bitten during frenzied fatal attack

    29 witnessed will be called during their trial, which is expected to take two weeks.

    2:05 PM — A gay man was beaten and bitten to death in a vicious murder in New Zealand.Andre Gilling and Ashley Arnopp are accused of the attack which included biting off some of their victim Stanley Waipouri's ear and genitalia.According to police, Mr Gilling's mouth and clothes were covered in blood.

  • Gay rugby gets bookie’s backing

    The Bigham Cup's director Richie Whyte is overjoyed with the support.

    2:00 PM — A gay rugby tournament to be held in Ireland next year has received €100,000 (£72,000) in sponsorship from the betting group, Paddy Power.The deal, the biggest ever secured for a gay event in Ireland, will be used to host the 2008 Bingham Cup, an international rugby tournament that has already sold more than 600 tickets to those living abroad.The sponsorship was proposed by Paddy Power who view the event as highly appropriate for their brand.

  • Lesbian couple admit murder of 16-year-old

    Jessica Stasinowsky, 20, and Valerie Parashumti, 19, beat 16-year-old Stacey Mitchell to death.

    12:15 PM — A lesbian couple in Australia face 15 years imprisonment for murdering a British teenager because she irritated them, according to The Sun.Jessica Stasinowsky, 20, and Valerie Parashumti, 19, beat 16-year-old Stacey Mitchell to death with a concrete block before dumping her body in a wheelie bin.She was found by police in a shed after her parents had reported her missing in December last year.

  • HIV infections in Estonia five times Euro average

    Since 1999, the number of new HIV diagnoses reported in Western Europe both among heterosexuals and homosexuals has doubled.

    11:45 AM — Startling new figures reveal that Estonia has the highest rate of new HIV diagnosis in Europe.According to the data, 504 new cases were reported per million inhabitants in 2006 compared to the average rate of new diagnosis across Europe of 111 per million inhabitants.Countries in the European Union have a lower average rate of 67 per million inhabitants.

  • Welsh minister to launch Stonewall report

    The report recommends that the Welsh Assembly provide support and guidance about policies and procedures for organisations.

    11:30 AM — The largest ever survey of Wales' lesbian, bisexual and gay population will be unveiled today at the Senedd, the Welsh Assembly building.Dr Brian Gibbons, Minister for Social Justice and Local Government, will deliver the keynote speech at the launch of Counted In! which was commissioned by Stonewall Cymru.The report recommends that the Welsh Assembly provide support and guidance about policies and procedures for organisations looking to embrace equality of opportunity in the workplace.

  • Catholic adoption agencies seek ways round gay rules 18

    The Church was given 18 months to adjust its practices so that it can allow gay couples to adopt from its agencies or close them down.

    11:15 AM — Claims by the Roman Catholic Church that the government would be offering money to help them avoid new regulations in their adoption agencies have been dismissed by the Department for Children, Schools and Families.In a statement issued last week on the Catholic Bishops Conference of England and Wales website, they claim the government will "pay for further work to be done to explore whether within the law there might yet be ways found which will enable the adoption work to carry on and for our agencies to continue."

  • Man sues police over hammer attack

    Gareth Jeffrey had bombarded him with text messages threatening to kill him, which Mr Smith said he reported to officers.

    11:00 AM — A Brighton man is suing Sussex Police after he claims they did not protect him from the violence of his former partner.Stephen Smith, 38, was attacked with a hammer by a man he had met on the internet after he made it clear he did not want a committed relationship.Gareth Jeffrey had bombarded him with text messages threatening to kill him, which Mr Smith said he reported to officers before the attack took place in March 2003.

  • Government “split” over homophobic incitement law 5

    The Times reports that Baroness Scotland is concerned the homophobic incitement proposals will be blocked in the Lords.

    10:45 AM — The government's chief law officer does not support a new offence of incitement to hatred on the grounds of sexual orientation, according to a report in The Times. Baroness Scotland, the Attorney General, has privately clashed with Justice Secretary Jack Straw over the proposals, which form part of the Criminal Justice and Immigration Bill which is before Parliament.The Times reports that Baroness Scotland is concerned the homophobic incitement proposals will be blocked or watered down by the House of Lords.

  • Fallout from failed HIV vaccine trial continues

    Whether the results of the study will ultimately help or hinder HIV research is debatable.

    10:30 AM — Just a few short months ago, a spirit of cautious optimism surrounded the prospects for a viable HIV vaccine.As pharmaceutical company Merck began testing its highly anticipated V520 vaccine, which it had reportedly been developing over a ten year period, there was an undercurrent of excitement among researchers in the HIV community about the radical new approach, which was expected to attack, seek out, and destroy infected cells.

  • Interview: Maria Eagle defends homophobic incitement law

    “People just think of us as “the Eagles.“ Sometimes I wish I had a pound for every time I get mixed up with my sister, because I'd be very rich.“

    10:00 AM — The government's proposal to create a new offence of incitement to hatred on the grounds of sexual orientation has not been met with approval by some leading gay commentators.Well-respected opinion-formers such as Times columnist Matthew Parris and Independent journalist Johann Hari have questioned the need for new laws.Parris said that the gay community does not need protection from ridicule.

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