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07 December 2007

  • 7th December 2007

    HIV+ navy priest gets two years for sex crimes 5

    The archdiocese where Lee was ordained priest was informed last June about his alleged sexual misconduct and prevented him from performing the Mass.

    5:10 PM — A Catholic Navy chaplain was sentenced to two years in jail on Thursday for forcible sodomy and failing to tell his sex partner that he was HIV positive.John Thomas Matthew Lee, a priest since 1993 and a military chaplain since 1996, decided to plead guilty before a military court at Marine Corps base Quantico in Virginia.The plea agreement, which included informing the authorities about every sex partner he ever had, meant that ten of the initial twelve-year sentence was suspended.

  • Botswana refuses to register gay advocacy group 1

    Amendments to the Botswana Penal Code, which came into effect on the 30th April 1998 and extended the seven year maximum penalty, for men caught engaging in same-sex sexual relations, to women as well.

    4:10 PM — The department of civil and national registration in Botswana faces legal action after it refused to register a group called the Lesbians, Gays and Bisexuals of Botswana (LeGaBiBo).The country's Attorney General has been informed that lawyers for the group intend to sue the government, reports Mmegi Online.The registration was refused because LEGABIBO was ruled to be contrary to the Botswana penal code, which outlaws male and female homosexual acts.

  • “Royal blackmail plot” man refused bail 25

    A senior legal adviser to the Royal Household contacted the alleged blackmailers and arranged to meet and view the tape.

    2:18 PM — One of the two men charged with attempting to blackmail a minor member of the Royal Family was refused bail at a hearing at the Old Bailey today.Ian Strachan, 30, was arrested along with Sean McGuigan, 40, in October after police mounted a sting operation.They are alleged to have demanded £50,000 not to release a video showing an aide to a member of the Royal Family discussing engaging in oral sex with his employer.

  • Lesbians dual parent rights case before Israeli Supreme Court

    Last year the Israeli Family Court recognised another lesbian couple as joint mothers.

    1:40 PM — An American-Israeli lesbian couple who weren't registered as dual mothers of their son despite a Court's ruling, will bring their case before Israel's Supreme Court.On Sunday Nicole and Ruti Berner Kadish's case will be represented in Jerusalem by the Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI) before a panel of nine High Court judges.The judiciary will be asked to order the Interior Ministry to continue executing a 2000 ruling.

  • Gays will continue the fight for hate crimes protection 7

    The hate crimes provisions had been attached to a defence spending bill, and it has now been dropped by the Senate because it could not attract enough support.  photo: dbking@flickr.com

    1:40 PM — LGBT rights groups in the United States have expressed their disappointment that new hate crimes legislation will not be passed by the US Senate.The Matthew Shepard Act would have extended federal grants to local law enforcement agencies in order to more thoroughly investigate and prosecute domestic terror crimes that target individuals based on disability, sexual orientation, gender or gender identity.Under existing hate crimes laws, such grants are routinely provided to local agencies.

  • Government-funded gender reassignment surgery successful

    Rabie first approached a lawyer in August 2005 and legal papers calling for him to be legally recognised as a man were filed in June last year.

    1:11 PM — A Bahraini trans person's gender reassignment surgery, paid for by his government, has been successfully carried out in Thailand.According to English-language newspaper Gulf Daily News, 33-year old Hussain Rabie underwent eight hours of surgery.Rabie, who is partially blind in his right eye, hopes to return to represent the Bahrain Disabled Sports Federation in the men's shot put and discus.

  • Tory criticises cuts in London HIV programmes 10

    Brian Coleman, London Assembly Member for Barnet and Camden, wrote to Minister of State at the Department of Health.

    12:45 PM — The deputy chairman of the London Assembly has expressed his shock at planned cuts to HIV prevention programmes aimed at gay men, after receiving official confirmation from the Department of Health.Brian Coleman, London Assembly Member for Barnet and Camden, wrote to Minister of State at the Department of Health, Dawn Primarolo MP, after reports that funding for the London Gay Men's HIV Prevention Programme is to be cut next year by 36%.The funding for this programme is currently grouped with a treatment information programme in a budget of £2.2million.

  • Toyota may sue over porn actor called Lexus 1

    Grangier says his SpunkLand star selected his stage name in reference to the Greek god Lexus.

    12:20 PM — What does Toyota have to do with gay porn? A lot, apparently.The US branch of the Japanese car maker recently sent a communiqué to Daniel Grangier, president and CEO of Switzerland-based EBOYS Studios, regarding one of his stars, who goes by the screen name 'Lexus.'According to a release sent to JRLChartsOnline.net, the car manufacturer claimed in its letter to Grangier that the name Lexus is a trademark of Toyota Motors Sales USA Inc.

  • Sydney could drop Mardi Gras parade

    While Mardi Gras receives some support, it is only a fraction of what the event generates for the economy.  photo: LZAC@flickr.com

    12:10 PM — Organisers of Sydney's Mardi Gras are considering changing their annual celebration, worth $46 million (£19.8m) to the Australian economy, because of lack of support from the government and community.Marcus Bourget, chief organiser, revealed the possibility yesterday while speaking at the launch of Mardi Gras 2008. This year marks the 30th anniversary of the event and is based on the theme, Brave New Worlds.

  • Stonewall to benefit from charity panto on the run 1

    Last year, the gay and lesbian running club wrote and performed a gay, running-themed version of Cinderella.

    11:04 AM — A London-based gay and lesbian running group will perform a Christmas pantomime to raise money for the LGBT organisation Stonewall.On January 13 London Frontrunners will stage their A Christmas Carol at the Drill Hall in Chenies Street.The pantomime features a quartet of gay and lesbian ghosts who are freed at a séance and bring chaos in Scrooge's hotel on Christmas Eve.

  • Presidential candidate defends his Mormon faith

    Some claim the Mormon faith is too far removed from the fundamentals they say the US is built upon.

    10:50 AM — Mormon Presidential candidate and one time gay rights supporter Mitt Romney took his thoughts on religion public on Thursday morning when the Republican hopeful delivered a controversial speech on faith in America.Intended to address those who have questioned the Mormon faith's place in leading this country, the speech stressed that religious liberty "is fundamental to America's greatness," though Romney has long argued the fact that he is Mormon should have no bearing on his ability to be elected.

  • US Congress drops hate crime bill

    A US House-Senate conference committee has dropped the hate-crimes legislation.

    10:20 AM — Congressional aides are reporting that a US House-Senate conference committee has dropped the hate-crimes legislation co-sponsored by Senators Gordon Smith and Edward Kennedy from a defence authorisation bill because it did not have sufficient support in the House.The legislation, formally known as the Matthew Shepard Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act, would have expanded federal law to include crimes committed against people because of their gender, sexual orientation or disability.

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