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  • 4th December 2007

    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."

  • Australian state laws may help same-sex partners

    Attorney-General Rob Hulls said although the register would not facilitate gay marriage or civil unions, it would be a practical tool for unmarried couples to have access to entitlements.

    12:07 PM — Gay and lesbian couples in Victoria, Australia will be able to register their relationship to gain easier access to entitlements under laws tabled in parliament, a government adviser has said.The Victorian government announced in April it would establish the Relationships Register for people who were not married and were in a committed relationship.Under existing laws, couples may be required to provide evidence to prove their relationship.

  • Treaty shelved over fears about same-sex marriage

    Although homosexuality is legal in Peru, the legal union between two adults of the same sex is not permitted.

    11:20 AM — A vote on an international treaty in Peru has been put on hold after a heated debate erupted over whether the treaty would lead to legal support for same-sex partnerships.A congressional vote on the Iberian-American Convention on the Rights of Youth-an international treaty that establishes a core set of legal standards to protect young people-was shelved and the resolution sent back to the Peruvian Commission of International Relations for further study.

  • 27th November 2007

    Gay sex sting under investigation 6

    Covert Operation Winchester used hidden cameras to detect whether men were engaging in sexual activity in the men's toilets at Harrison Drive, New Brighton.

    12:50 PM — A controversial police investigation in Merseyside that caught hundreds of men having sex in public loos is now the subject of an investigation.Covert Operation Winchester used hidden cameras to detect whether men were engaging in sexual activity in the men's toilets at Harrison Drive, New Brighton.More than 120 men were filmed carrying out sexual acts in the urinal area during the three-month operation.

  • Gay health insurance launched in Netherlands

    A spokesperson for the insurance company AGIS told Radio Netherlands Worldwide  (RNW) that the policy had been worked out in co-operation with the COC Dutch LGBT rights group, and will be available from the beginning of 2008.

    12:50 PM — A Dutch insurance firm plans to offer special healthcare policies for gay and lesbian clients.A spokesperson for the insurance company AGIS told Radio Netherlands Worldwide (RNW) that the policy had been worked out in co-operation with the COC Dutch LGBT rights group, and will be available from the beginning of 2008.

  • Archbishops fuel homophobia says gay judge

    In a speech last year, Justice Kirby called on all homosexual people to come out of the closet and fight homophobia.

    12:50 PM — Australia's most high-profile gay judge has said that only some of his colleagues have accepted his homosexuality and he is unhappy with the way relations between them have developed.Michael Kirby, a Justice of the High Court, has also accused the Anglican and Catholic archbishops of Sydney, Peter Jensen and George Pell, of making it hard for people to adopt a more tolerant attitude to gays.

  • Gulf authorities to pay for gender reassignment 1

    When Rabie returns, his final hurdle will be the Bahraini courts, where he is battling for the right to be recognised as a man and officially change his name to Hussain.

    12:50 PM — The Bahraini government has agreed to pay for a trans person to undergo gender reassignment surgery in Thailand.According to daily English-language newspaper, Gulf Daily News, 32-year old Zainab Abdulhafed Rabie is due to fly out to Thailand on Thursday to undergo female to male sex correction surgery on Sunday.Rabie hopes to return to represent the Bahrain Disabled Sports Federation in the men's shot put and discus.

  • Gay escort denies link with Senator

    During a press conference yesterday morning, Senator Trott, 66, gave no specific reasons for his unexpected exit from the U.S. Senate, planned for the end of this month.

    12:50 PM — A gay prostitute has denied having any current involvement with US Senator Trent Lott, whose abrupt resignation yesterday sparked rumours of a sex scandal.According to satirical politics blog, BigHeadDC.com, escort Benjamin Nicholas, whose clientele is said to include politicos, celebrities and businessmen, had a working relationship with Senator Lott.Mr Nicholas says on his website www.benjaminnicholas.com: "First and foremost, I live by the 'Golden Rule' with mutual respect being my priority to each of my guys."

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 19th November 2007

    Australian opposition leader vows he won’t turn gay

    After knocking back suggestions put to him, including those from Dame Edna and Kel from Kath and Kim he appeared to have confessed the only person he would turn gay for was his wife Therese.

    6:15 PM — Front runner in the up-coming Australian elections, Kevin Rudd, agreed to answer a question about who he would turn gay for on a TV show last week.The Labour leader became the first political leader to brave the popular youth variety show Rove Live.During the programme Mr Rudd admitted to being a "nerd" and also said he could beat current Prime Minister John Howard in a bar fight.

  • 13th November 2007

    Hungary may give OK to same-sex partnerships 2

    In Hungary, same-sex couples have no legal background for their relationships.

    5:22 PM — Hungary's governing parties have reportedly agreed to tackle the issue of same-sex relationships by introducing some form of legal partnership.According to Hungarian website hirszerzo.hu, both governing parties are theoretically willing to provide equal rights for same-sex couples, though only two MSZP (Socialist Party) MPs supported the liberal party's suggestion at a human rights commission meeting.

  • Lesbian solider denies sexual relationship with female colleague 3

    Giving evidence for her friend at an employment tribunal where Miss Fletcher is suing the Ministry of Defence for discrimination, Miss Ashman denied having had a sexual relationship with her.

    5:22 PM — A supposed rendezvous between two lesbian soldiers in an Army stable was just a friendly cuddle, a tribunal heard yesterday.A male colleague had said that Sergeant Louise Ashman and Lance Bombardier Kerry Fletcher were engaged in a romantic encounter in the barn after one sent the other a text message saying "I feel randy", the Daily Mail has reported.But yesterday Miss Ashman insisted she was only comforting her colleague.

  • Successful gays say sexuality no barrier 1

    The interviewees include film star Sir Ian McKellen, front woman Beth Ditto, Tory shadow minister Alan Duncan, Tory shadow minister,  ITV Director Dawn Airey.

    4:25 PM — Twenty of the most powerful and influential homosexuals in Britain have been interviewed for an educational resource that will be distributed to young gay people throughout the country.In each of the interviews, which are collected in a pocket-sized booklet, it was concluded that, here in the UK, sexual orientation is no longer an obstacle to reaching potential in the workplace, having a successful career or even becoming a world-leading business professional.

  • Boy George charged with false imprisonment 2

    George, whose real name George O'Dowd, was released on bail and ordered to attend Thames magistrates' court next week.

    11:34 AM — Pop star Boy George has been charged with false imprisonment after allegedly chaining a male escort to a wall in his London flat.Scotland Yard said the 47-year-old singer and DJ has been charged over an incident at his flat in Shoreditch, east London.The former Culture Club frontman was arrested in May after a man accused him of "false imprisonment and common assault."

  • New website for LGBT history

    LGBT History Month is intended to be an annual event in the UK, taking place every February to coincide with Valentine's Day.

    11:34 AM — LGBT History Month UK have have launched a new interactive website.The site contains a new calendar for History Month 2008 which allows individuals and organisations to advertise the events they are creating for LGBT History Month by both date and region. It also exhibits all events that have been organised nationwide, with all the relevant information about how to get involved.Last year the organisation had over 800 events on the calendar and is expecting even more this year.

  • Gays should be hanged, says Iranian politician 35

    A series of reported executions of gays in Iran, including two underage boys whose public hanging was posted on the internet, has alarmed human rights campaigners.

    11:34 AM — Homosexuals deserve to be executed or tortured, an Iranian leader told British MPs during a private meeting at a peace conference.According to the Times Mohsen Yahyavi is the highest-ranked politician to admit that Iran believes in the death penalty for homosexuality after a spate of reports that gay youths were being hanged.President Ahmadinejad, questioned by students in New York two months ago about the executions, claimed there were no gays in Iran.

  • Catholic school in unholy row after ditching gay charity 5

    Actor Simon Callow, probably best known for his role in the hit British film Four Weddings and a Funeral, is also threatening to quit as patron of the Oratory School Choir, Schola.

    11:34 AM — London's premier Catholic state school, the London Oratory, is facing a furore from gay campaigners this week following their decision to drop a leading AIDS charity as the beneficiary for their World AIDS Day charity concert.Gay rights activists are believed to be planning to picket the Oratory School and distribute leaflets to inform students of the school's decision to suddenly cancel its plan to raise money for the Terrence Higgins Trust, one of Europe's most-respected AIDS charities.

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