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December 2007

  • 10th December 2007

    Shootings at Haggard church target young people

    Two young missionaries-in-training, 26-year-old Tiffany Johnson and 24-year-old Philip Crouse, were killed.

    12:40 PM — Four people are confirmed dead after two shootings at Colorado religious institutions on Sunday.Two victims were killed at the Youth With a Mission (YWAM) centre in Denver yesterday morning in an attack that left two others injured.Another victim was killed at the New Life Church in a separate shooting on Sunday afternoon.The YWAM organisation has been criticised by some as a 'cult' and attacked for 'brainwashing' members and promoting anti-gay messages.

  • Jodie Foster publicly thanks lesbian partner 2

    The reference to her long-term partner is a first for Ms Foster.

    12:29 PM — Two-time Oscar-winning actress Jodie Foster has made a small but significant move to acknowledge her sexuality.Accepting an award at a Hollywood breakfast last week, the Silence of the Lambs star paid tribute to "my beautiful Cydney who sticks with me through all the rotten and the bliss."The reference to her long-term partner is a first for Ms Foster. She has been in a 14-year relationship with Cydney Bernard and they have a son, but Ms Foster has always refused to answer questions about her personal life.

  • Jeremy Joseph tight-lipped about rumoured G-A-Y move 1

    The G-A-Y franchise includes two other bars, G-A-Y Late located just off Charing Cross Road and G-A-Y bar on Old Compton Street in Soho.

    12:15 PM — Speculation has been building about a forthcoming takeover of London nightclub, Heaven, by G-A-Y, the clubbing brand owned by promoter Jeremy Joseph.The news follows reports that G-A-Y will be soon be forced from current home, London's Astoria on Charing Cross Road, so it can be demolished as part of plans for a new Crossrail station, which have recently been given the go-ahead.Mr Joseph refused to comment directly for legal reasons but told PinkNews.co.uk: "I'm always looking for venues."

  • Parkinson’s drugs led to gay sex addiction claims father

    Dopamine agonists are in several drugs which are commonly prescribed for Parkinson's sufferers.  photo: fillmore photography@flickr.com

    12:04 PM — A father-of-two with Parkinson's disease may be awarded damages in France after he turned into a gambler and a thief with uncontrollable homosexual urges because of drugs prescribed for his treatment.Didier Jambart, 47, is suing for €400,000 (£287,000) after being prescribed with dopamine agonist drugs, which he claims led to severe mood swings.During his highs he turned to gambling and accumulated debts of €130,000.

  • Israel must recognise same-sex adoptive couples 1

    The Ministry has challenged the order and numerous same-sex couples have been left without any legal relation to their partners' children.

    11:45 AM — The Interior Ministry of Israel was ordered by the country's Supreme Court yesterday to register overseas adoptions by same-sex parents.An American-Israeli lesbian couple who weren't registered as dual mothers of their son despite a Court's ruling took their case to the Supreme Court.Nicole and Ruti Berner Kadish's case was heard before a panel of nine High Court judges.

  • UN questions Iran hanging as thousands attend funeral 34

    The judge did not accept their testimonies and sentenced Mouloudzadeh to death.

    11:10 AM — The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights has expressed "grave concern" at the execution of a 20-year-old Iranian man for crimes he allegedly committed as a child.Louise Arbour urged Iran to "respect its international legal obligations and the strong international consensus against the execution of minors."A crowd of 6,000 people are reported to have attended Makwan Mouloudzadeh's funeral on Friday.

  • Huckabee challenged over attitude to gays 3

    Huckabee said allowing gays and lesbians to serve openly in the military would be a disgrace for the nation.

    10:55 AM — Conservative voters and much of the mainstream press may be smitten with Republican presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee's affability and "ah, shucks" attitude, as proven by his soaring poll numbers and ever-growing list of endorsements.But People for the American Way aren't among them.For starters, those leading the Washington, DC-based organisation aren't big fans of the former Arkansas Governor's, "long record of rhetoric and actions that reveal an ideologue's agenda and a zealot's intolerance for differing opinions."

  • California diocese splits from US church

    A legal battle over the diocese's church property and assets could result from the split.

    10:45 AM — The diocese of San Joaquin in Central California has voted to secede from the US Episcopal Church over its tolerance and growing support of gays, according to United Press International.Delegates at San Joaquin's annual convention approved the split this weekend and accepted an invitation to align the diocese with conservative Anglican leader Archbishop Gregory James Venables of Argentina.More liberal policies toward homosexuality within the Episcopal Church have strained the Anglican community.

  • 8th December 2007

    “Bigot Bishop” apologises to rejected gay applicant 9

    John Reaney was rejected for a job because he is gay

    2:30 PM — The bishop who an employment tribunal found discriminated against a youth worker because he was gay has apologised for the "hurt and pain" he caused.John Reaney was previously employed as a youth officer for the Norwich and Chester Church of England diocese. In an application form for a similar job in Hereford, Mr Reaney stated that he is gay.

  • Lesbian couple can not divorce in home state

    Rhode Island doesn't explicitly ban gay marriage

    2:30 PM — A lesbian couple who married in Massachusetts are unable to get divorced in their home state of Rhode Island, the state's Supreme Court ruled yesterday.The three-to-two decision ruled that the state's family court does not have the ability to grant a divorce to gay couples as the state defines marriage as between a man and a woman. "The role of the judicial branch is not to make policy, but simply to determine the legislative intent," the court said in a written judgement.

  • Obama maintains poll lead in New Hampshire

    The CNN-WMUR poll gives Obama a 42 to 31 percent lead in 'electability' over Clinton.

    10:59 AM — With little time remaining before voters choose their candidates in one of the most important primary races in the US, Barack Obama has taken a sizable lead over Hillary Clinton in a new USA Today/Gallup New Hampshire poll.On the Republican side, John McCain maintains a small lead over Mitt Romney, with Iowa caucus winner Mike Huckabee a distant third.In mid-December, the New Hampshire primary race seemed neck and neck.

  • 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.

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