5 December 2007Comment: A bad election year for Howard and the Belgians + 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.
5 December 2007Homophobic rapper died of natural causes 5 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.
5 December 2007Queen Latifah linked to coming out rumours + 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.
5 December 2007Senator denies gay sex allegations from eight men 4 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.
5 December 2007Torchwood creator’s new gay drama on hold + 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.
5 December 2007Gay hate preacher’s BBC blasphemy case dismissed 7 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.
5 December 2007Brighton council may ban homophobic music + 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."
5 December 2007Iranian execution may go ahead warns rights group 34 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.
5 December 2007Senate aide on child sex charges was former HRC staffer + 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.
5 December 2007African nations urged to embrace LGBT rights + 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.
5 December 2007Asian woman is Australia’s first gay Cabinet minister 1 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.
5 December 2007Cashman’s soap past raised by Cameron 3 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.
5 December 2007Gay US ambassador leaves over discrimatory treatment + 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.
5 December 2007Analysis: New law will protect parents and sperm donors 1 The story of a 37-year-old man who donated sperm to a lesbian couple and is now being asked to pay child support highlights the complicated legal situation around children conceived by artificial methods.New legislation before Parliament aims to make it easier for lesbian couples to access NHS fertilisation services and ensure that a lesbian or gay couple can become the legal parents of their children.At present the law requires that NHS fertility clinics take account of the "need for a father" when assessing women for treatment.
5 December 2007Iran carries out execution for juvenile crimes 34 Makvan Mouloodzadeh was executed in Kermanshah Central Prison at 5 a.m.
6 December 2007New York City targets gay tourist dollars + New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is betting big on the future of tourism in the Big Apple and he is clearly hoping that the gay community will play a significant part in the realisation of his vision.According to various published reports, the City of New York has just launched a $30 (£14.8m) million queer tourism campaign, which officially began with Out magazine's recent Out 100 issue.According to GFN.com, in October, the 11th Annual Gay Lesbian Travel Survey ranked the Big Apple as the No.
6 December 2007Baseball player in porn scandal returns to Japan 1 A few years back it was discovered that Cleveland Indians pitcher Kazuhito Tadano had been rejected by Japanese baseball clubs for appearing in a gay pornographic video.After a few mildly successful years playing ball in the United States, the talented player has now been called back to Japan to play with the Nippon Ham Fighters.Tadano was a star pitcher at Rikkyo University and was expected to be a welcome addition to the Japanese leagues in 2002.
6 December 2007Sex and drug allegations made against dead banker + A familiar face on CNBC and one of the wealthiest investment bankers in New York City, Seth Tobias was found floating face down in the swimming pool of his Florida mansion by his wife four months ago today.But now, as details of his estate unfold, The New York Times reports that the 44-year-old Tobias, who had allegedly suffered a heart attack, was living life in the fast lane.Lurid tales of sex with male go-go dancers and cocaine binges are just a few of the shocking details laid out in the paper's feature on the banker who fell from grace.
6 December 2007Report reveals regulations for HIV+ travellers 3 The European AIDS Treatment Group has published the 2007 Quick reference: travel and residence regulations for people living with HIV and AIDS.The publication, at its sixth edition, updates the information about all the requirements and regulations in every country for travellers living with AIDS.It is designed to help people working in AIDS organisations and contains some of the most recent requirements adopted in several countries.
6 December 2007New homopbobic bullying resource unveiled + Northamptonshire County Council is launching a pioneering programme to tackle homophobic bullying in schools.The "Tackling Diversity and Sexuality resource" will be used in the county's schools as a tool to fight the spread of homophobic bullying of both adults and students.The project follows a series of studies, including a major piece of research which was completed in Northamptonshire in 2004.
Articles from 2007
- Lib Dem Deputy Leader Simon Hughes: ‘I struggled with the issue of sexuality since I was a teenager’3
- Boris Johnson calls on Tories to unite and for the government to ‘get on with legalising equal marriage’7
- George Michael’s lucky escape after falling out of a car travelling at 70mph5
- Openly gay NBA player Jason Collins honoured with courage award+
- Norman Tebbit: David Cameron has ‘f**** things up’ with his equal marriage bill38
- New York: Thousands of protesters condemn murder of ‘gay angel Mark Carson’+
- Boris Johnson, Martina Navratilova and Clare Balding to take part in Pride London festival1
- MPs to debate humanist marriage ceremonies9
- Live blog: MPs debate and vote on same-sex marriage in England and Wales+
- Manager: Fined and suspended mixed martial arts fighter ‘doesn’t feel remorse’ for homophobic tweet15
- London: Gay couple threatened with death in violent late night homophobic assault127
- Video: President Obama tells all-male college 'Be the best husband to your boyfriend'7
- Tory MP Gerald Howarth: 'There are plenty in the aggressive homosexual community who want more than just same-sex marriage' 83
- Norman Tebbit: David Cameron has 'f**** things up' with his equal marriage bill38
- Manager: Fined and suspended mixed martial arts fighter 'doesn't feel remorse' for homophobic tweet15
- Coalition deal with Labour on straight civil partnerships keeps same-sex marriage bill on track16
- George Michael's lucky escape after falling out of a car travelling at 70mph5
- MPs reject legal protection for religious anti-gay equality beliefs13
- MPs to debate humanist marriage ceremonies 9
- MPs reject proposal to introduce straight civil partnerships without a full review12
- Government considers watered down same-sex marriage bill to minimise Tory rebellion133
- London: Gay couple threatened with death in violent late night homophobic assault127
- Tory MP Gerald Howarth: 'There are plenty in the aggressive homosexual community who want more than just same-sex marriage'83
- Philip Hammond: 'No great demand for gay marriage and it's upsetting vast numbers of people'73
- Bret Easton Ellis slams GLAAD and says gay basketball player Jason Collins treated like a 'baby panda'68
- Government to consider abolishing civil partnerships or opening up to straight couples68
- US Radio host: Gay news websites are covered with porn that is turning teens gay62
- Lib Dem MP Sarah Teather tells Catholic newspaper 'I never went into politics to tackle equal marriage'59
- Tory MP David Burrowes: 'I'm not anti-gay; I'm just pro-marriage'57
- Tory MP David Burrowes: I only want a referendum on same-sex marriage so I can defeat the government's bill54
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