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December 2007

  • 5th December 2007

    Gay US ambassador leaves over discrimatory treatment

    Michael E Guest retired from the State Department after more than 26 years as a form of protest against regulations that he considered as unfair to same-sex partners of foreign service officers.

    4:45 PM — A former US ambassador left his post at the State Department after criticising Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice's treatment of gay people.Michael E Guest retired from the State Department after more than 26 years as a form of protest against regulations that he considered as unfair to same-sex partners of foreign service officers.The 50-year-old, who is openly gay, served as a US ambassador to Romania when President Bush took office.

  • Cashman’s soap past raised by Cameron 3

    Mr Cashman became a Labour MEP in 1999 and is president of the European Parliament's Intergroup on Gay and Lesbian Rights.

    3:46 PM — During clashes at Prime Minister's Questions this afternoon Tory leader David Cameron lampooned the UK's only out gay MEP.Michael Cashman's ground-breaking portrayal of Colin Russell in EastEnders between 1986 and 1989 saw the first gay kiss in a UK soap.Mr Cashman became a Labour MEP in 1999 and is president of the European Parliament's Intergroup on Gay and Lesbian Rights.

  • Asian woman is Australia’s first gay Cabinet minister 1

    Ms Wong, a lawyer, was born in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia, to a Malaysian Chinese father and an Australian mother.

    1:31 PM — South Australia Senator Penny Wong Ying Yen has been appointed minister for water and climate change by new Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd.The 39-year-old lawyer is the first Asian-born person to become a Cabinet minister as well as the first out gay person of either sex.She was elected to the Senate in 2001 and last year slammed the government of John Howard for its gay rights stance.

  • African nations urged to embrace LGBT rights

    Pan Africa ILGA have denounced “state-sponsored“ homophobia on the African continent.  photo: color line@flickr.com

    1:07 PM — African and European LGBT organisations have asked all African states to fight homophobia as an EU-Africa summit takes place in Lisbon next weekend.ILGA Europe and its African equivalent Pan Africa ILGA have denounced "state-sponsored" homophobia on the African continent and asked that all African countries adopt the Yogyakarta Principles.Launched in March 2007, the Yogyakarta Principles are a set of principles on the application of international human rights law in relation to sexual orientation and gender identity.

  • Senate aide on child sex charges was former HRC staffer

    Human Rights Campaign confirmed that McHaney's had worked as an executive scheduler for them from September 2005 to May 2006.

    12:58 PM — A 28 year-old Senate aide was arrested on Friday in Washington for attempting to sexually exploit a minor.Mike McHaney had previously been employed for the US largest LGBT rights group, Human Rights Campaign, based in Washington DC.The scheduler for Democratic Senator Maria Cantwell of Washington state was arrested on charges that he had arranged to have sex with what he thought was a 13-year-old boy.

  • Iranian execution may go ahead warns rights group 34

    Iran leads the world in executing juvenile offenders, persons under 18 at the time of the crime, and is known to have already executed two juvenile offenders this year.

    12:50 PM — New York-based Human Rights Watch is concerned that the death penalty is about to be used against an Iranian man accused of sex crimes allegedly committed when he was a child.On Monday a lawyer for Makwan Mouloudzadeh told HRW that Kermanshah court had informed him that the sentence of death could now be carried out even though a required judicial review had not been completed.On May 25, 2007, Branch Seven of the Penal Court of the city of Kermanshah sentenced Mouloudzadeh to death for raping three boys in 2000.

  • Brighton council may ban homophobic music

    A Banton concert was due to take place in Brighton in 2006 but was cancelled after protests.

    12:30 PM — New guidelines from Brighton and Hove City Council will effectively ban "murder music" from all licensed premises.OutRage! and other gay campaigners have led a campaign against homophobic artists such as Beenie Man and Buju Banton who advocate the murder of gay men and lesbians in their music.Councillor Dee Simson, head of licensing, told The Argus: "In Brighton and Hove we have a good record on equalities and we felt it was important was important to include this in the licensing policy."

  • Gay hate preacher’s BBC blasphemy case dismissed 7

    In August Rev Green questioned the presence of racist group the National Front at Pride events, on the basis that “homosexuals are not black or Asian as a rule.“

    11:54 AM — An evangelical minister who came to prominence for his protests at gay Pride events has failed to bring a private prosecution for blasphemy against the director general of the BBC.Reverend Stephen Green's actions related to the screening of the acclaimed production Jerry Springer - The Opera on BBC2 in 2005.An attempt to bring a private prosecution in January was dismissed by a district court.

  • Torchwood creator’s new gay drama on hold

    The 44 year-old writer stressed that, although he still intended to write the new announced drama about gay people, it was too early to discuss it.

    11:20 AM — The creator of Queer as Folk said that he will not start his working on a new proposed gay drama for several years.Russell T Davies made the comments at the press launch of series 2 of Torchwood, which will return on BBC2 in January.In October he had revealed that he was thinking of writing a script about "forty-something gay men." But during Monday's press conference, the 44 year-old writer stressed that, although he still intended to write the new announced drama about gay people, it was too early to discuss it.

  • Senator denies gay sex allegations from eight men 4

    He pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct in June after being accused by an undercover officer of soliciting sex at the Minneapolis-St. Paul airport.

    11:10 AM — United States Senator Larry Craig denied late yesterday that he had sexual encounters with several men over the last two decades.Craig, who has vowed to serve out his term in the Senate, said in a statement that the latest allegations against him, which appeared over the weekend in the Idaho Statesman, had "no basis in reality."He also accused the paper of "tabloid journalism" for publishing the article that included eight men who said they either had sex with the Idaho Republican in the past or that he made "sexual advances" toward them.

  • Queen Latifah linked to coming out rumours

    Her career began to flourish and culminated with an Oscar nod for the Academy Award winning film Chicago.

    10:59 AM — Queen Latifah's latest film is called Perfect Holiday, and this Christmas season, she may be making us all little more merry.Speculations have been made that the 37-year-old Queen is not only planning on coming out of the closet, she is expected to announce her engagement to long time girl friend Jeanette Jenkins.This week, Page Six of the New York Post made reference to a successful actress that was planning on coming out of the closet.

  • Homophobic rapper died of natural causes 5

    Pimp C was sentenced to eight years in prison in 2002 for failing to complete community service stemming from assault charges.

    10:45 AM — Pimp C, one half the rap duo UGK (Underground Kingz), was found dead in a Hollywood hotel room on Tuesday.The rapper, whose real name is Chad Butler, was 33. Early reports from authorities indicate the rapper may have died of natural causes.Pimp C was known as much for his foul mouth and anti-gay commentary as for his pioneering 'Southern' rap. According to a report on VillageVoice.com, Los Angeles fireman responded to a 911 call early Tuesday morning at a the Mondrian Hotel in Hollywood.

  • Comment: A bad election year for Howard and the Belgians

    I think it just boiled down to a simple fact that voters became sick of Howard, after over a decade in office.

    10:20 AM — As 2007 has only weeks left, it seems an appropriate time to reflect on what has been a truly outstanding year for those of us who follow general elections around the world.And as we gear up for an equally busy 2008 with high-profile elections in Iran, Pakistan (increasingly unlikely), Russia (unless Putin changes the constitution) and New Zealand, there is the added bonus that the biggest prize of all is now less than a year away: the race for the White House.

  • Former Italian PM rejects gay marriage 4

    D'Alema's left-wing coalition was expected to legislate earlier this year to establish a form of legal recognition.

    10:01 AM — Italy's left-wing Foreign Minister said yesterday he is against gay marriage.Massimo D'Alema, a former Prime Minister who currently holds the highest post at the Italian Foreign office, was addressing high-school students in Rome, when he was asked his view on gay marriage.Mr D'Alema, who is not a Catholic, said that he was against marriage between gay people.

  • 4th December 2007

    Lesbian mother hits back at sperm donor’s claims 2

    Mr Bathie has to pay £450 a month toward bringing up the two children produced using his sperm.

    4:55 PM — The lesbian who had two children with her civil partner after fireman Andy Bathie donated his sperm has said today he had behaved as a full-time father and should take financial responsibility for the children.Mr Bathie has to pay £450 a month toward bringing up the two children produced using his sperm.He has insisted he was only a donor and did not want take an active role in raising the kids.

  • EU reports show increased awareness of LGBT rights

    LGBT rights organisation, ILGA-Europe, has praised the EU's increased focus on LGBT human rights, especially in the Turkish and Serbian reports.

    4:55 PM — Progress reports released by the European Commission last month show improvements in the monitoring of LBGT rights in countries looking to join the European Union.Each year the European Commission monitors the achievements and progress of each of the EU candidate (Croatia, Macedonia, Turkey) and potential candidate countries in fulfilling the obligations of the partnership agreements between the country and the EU.

  • Gay rights were part of rejected Venezuelan referendum 1

    In September, Chavez denied claims from El Mundo newspaper about his sexuality.   photo: agencia brasil

    4:55 PM — The President of Venezuela's defeat in last Sunday's referendum on whether to change the constitution also meant that a proposal to guarantee gay rights was swept aside.Hugo Chavez wanted the changes to significantly increase his powers. The new constitutional arrangements would have allowed him to stand indefinitely for re-election.It would have also given him control over foreign currency reserves, more powers over local government and over the declaration of martial law.

  • Scouts miss deadline to lift gay ban

    The scouts have been on notice for seven months that they will be evicted on May 31 if they do not drop the policies.

    2:35 PM — The Philadelphia chapter of the Boy Scouts of America has ignored a deadline set by the city's officials to publicly renounce its membership bar against people who are openly homosexual or atheists if the organisation wishes to remain in its landmark headquarters on city-owned land.The scouts have been on notice for seven months that they will be evicted on May 31 if they do not drop the policies.

  • Religious forum pledges greater tolerance for gay Muslims 7

    Homosexuality is forbidden and considered a crime in most Islamic countries.

    2:35 PM — A gay Muslim last week came out to a group of Muslim scholars at an AIDS conference who had branded homosexuality "unIslamic" and "evil" days beforehand.Suhail AbualSameed spoke openly about his sexuality to an audience of ulama, distinguished Islamic scholars, at the International Consultation on Islam and HIV/AIDS in Johannesburg, South Africa, IRIN PlusNews has reported.Mr AbualSameed, a Jordanian living in Canada, said: "As a gay Muslim, I feel unsafe, unloved and unrespected in this space."

  • Irish justice minister’s first speech to gay audience 11

    The government has pledged to bring forward a new draft law creating civil unions by March 2008.

    2:35 PM — Brian Lenihan, Ireland's Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform, will make his first address to a lesbian and gay audience today when he launches the annual report of the Gay Lesbian Equality Network.The GLEN report outlines the considerable progress towards legal recognition for same-sex couples and the advances made in other areas including community safety strategies with the Gardaí (Irish police).The report also highlights new resource guides for inclusion and safety in education.

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