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  • 16th October 2007

    Trial against Phelps’ anti-gay group gets go-ahead 1

    Albert Snyder claims that protesters from the Kansas-based anti-gay group destroyed his only chance to bury in peace the son he lost in Iraq. He filed a complaint in June 2006.

    3:14 PM — A Baltimore judge has restricted the scope of a lawsuit brought by the father of a Marine whose funeral was targeted by Fred Phelps' anti-gay group.It is the first individual lawsuit brought against Fred Phelps' Westboro Baptist Church (WBC) for its protests at military funeral ceremoniesThe law suit will go to trial next week in Baltimore.

  • Schoolboy orchestrated fatal homophobic attack 16

    David Meehan, aged 19, admitted murdering gay council worker James Kerr, while 21-year-old Martin Soutar admitted culpable homicide.

    11:21 AM — Two men have admitted killing a council worker in a homophobic attack in a public park in Scotland.The BBC reported that a 15-year-old boy also pleaded guilty to assaulting 51-year-old James Kerr in the South Inch park in Perth in April this year.All three were originally charged with murder, but changed their pleas at the High Court in Perth. They will be sentenced today.

  • 15th October 2007

    Bondage death of London man raises legal issues

    Exley's family are now suing LeBlanc's estate for unspecified damages, claiming wrongful death.

    12:45 PM — The death of a man during a bondage session is raising questions about liability resulting from sex play.Adrian Exley's body was found in the woods in Rhode Island last June, two months after he was bound up in the bondage playroom Gary LeBlanc had built in the basement of his Massachusetts home.According to AP, Exley, a 32-year-old stripper from Clapham, had travelled to Boston for a bondage session with LeBlanc after they met on a gay fetish website.

  • 12th October 2007

    EXCLUSIVE: Casual homophobia in the online staffroom 5

    Several of the users are even using the word 'gay' in exactly the same way they are being told to prevent it being used by children in schools.

    11:50 AM — Homophobic comments from people claiming to be teachers have appeared on the chat forum of the website for the Times Education Supplement (TES).Despite new guidelines aimed at helping teachers to tackle homophobia in schools, users of the "Staffroom" pages of the respected education website have publicly revealed ignorant and offensive views about gay people.

  • 11th October 2007

    EXCLUSIVE: Police complaints body will tackle homophobia 2

    The IPCC has overall responsibility for the police complaints system.

    10:10 AM — The chair of the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) has vowed to extend guidelines to tackle allegations of homophobic behaviour within the police force.The IPCC is holding a public consultation on its draft guidelines on investigating allegations of discriminatory behaviour.The guidelines will replace the Police Complaints Authority (PCA) procedures, Investigating Allegations of Racially Discriminatory Behaviour.

  • 9th October 2007

    Adverts aim to change Californian minds on gay marriage

    Thousands of volunteers are expected to participate in the campaign, entitled “Let California Ring,“ by conducting house parties, knocking on voters' doors, giving speeches or assisting in e-mail or web campaigning.

    6:35 PM — A multi-million-dollar advertising campaign asking people to "open their hearts and minds" to same-sex marriage is due to launch in five Californian cities this week.The 60-second ads will run from Thursday in Sacramento, San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego and Palm Springs as part of a month long campaign to encourage open discussion about same-sex marriage.

  • Troy star’s role as plasticine gay love interest 2

    Bana (left, with Orlando Bloom in Troy,  previously voiced the character of a shark in Finding Nemo in 2003.

    2:50 PM — Australian actor Eric Bana is set to play a gaylove interest in his new film.The 39-year old, who has starred in several Hollywood blockbusters including Hulk, Black Hawk Down, Troy and Munich, will take on his most unusual role yet as the voice of the gay love interest of a Kiwi sheep farmer named Desmond.According to news.com.au, Bana will voice the character in Oscar winner Adam Elliot's first feature-length film, Mary Max.

  • Tennis coach denies she is a lesbian

    The girl in question, now 15, told the jury last week that she felt “threatened“ into having a lesbian relationship.

    12:53 PM — A top female tennis coach accused of having an affair with a 13-year-old girl denied she is a lesbian, a Liverpool court heard yesterday.Ex-tennis pro Claire Lyte, 29, told police "I like men," when asked about her sexuality.Transcripts of the police interview with the former Lawn Tennis Association coach of the year were read to a jury yesterday.Lyte stands accused of five counts of unlawful sexual activity with a pupil, which she denies.

  • 1st October 2007

    School which ‘outed’ lesbian did not violate her rights

    Ms Nguon claims she was treated differently to straight pupils

    5:37 PM — A lesbian high school student who sued an Orange County school district and her principal for revealing her homosexuality to her mother did not have her rights violated, a federal judge has ruled.The ruling was filed on 25 September 2007, almost 10 months after the trial ended.Charlene Nguon, 19, was singled out because of her sexual orientation and unfairly disciplined by school officials, who "outed" her to her mother.

  • Church of Norway votes to allow gay pastors 1

    The Bishops voted six to five for the measure

    5:37 PM — Bishops of Norway's Lutheran church voted on Tuesday by a close majority to allow gay pastors, a church official told a press conference.The Bishops Conference, a seven-man and four-woman panel of 11 Norwegian bishops, voted six to five for the measure, said their official representative, Olav Skjevesland.Theological doctrine currently followed in the Norwegian church officially excludes people living in a homosexual union from officiating at services.

  • 11th September 2007

    Anglican bishop calls LGBT people inhuman 26

    The Bishop noted that the Anglican Church in Nigeria had continued to lead the fight against the practice especially in the US where it led the opposition to same sex marriages.

    3:23 PM — A bishop of the Anglican Church in Nigeria has condemned has condemned the activities of homosexuals and lesbians, and described those engaged in them as "insane people".In an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria earlier this month the Anglican Bishop of Uyo, Rt. Rev. Isaac Orama, said: "Homosexuality and lesbianism are inhuman. Those who practice them are insane, satanic and are not fit to live because they are rebels to God's purpose for man."

  • Larry Craig tries to withdraw guilty plea for toilet ‘misdemeanour’ 4

    According to the Associated Press (AP), Craig had denied to editors at the Idaho Statesman that he was gay just weeks before his June 11 arrest in the bathroom of the Minneapolis airport.

    3:23 PM — Senator Larry Craig has sought to undo his guilty plea in an airport sex sting by claiming that he admitted to the charge in a panic to avoid triggering a story about his sexuality in his hometown newspaper.According to the Associated Press (AP), Craig had denied to editors at the Idaho Statesman that he was gay just weeks before his arrest on 11 June in the bathroom of the Minneapolis airport.

  • Calls for greater tolerance of gender diversity in Singapore 4

    Unlike many other transsexuals in Asia who prefer to live privately because of the social stigma of sex change, British-educated Leona Lo has chosen to live a normal life, but in public. Photo: jo.in.pink@flickr.com

    3:23 PM — A transsexual woman from Singapore has embarked on a mission to help turn around the "culture of shame" surrounding transsexuals in Singapore.Unlike many other transsexuals in Asia who prefer to live privately because of the social stigma of sex change, British-educated Leona Lo has chosen to live a normal life, but in public.Leona is a 32-year-old communications specialist who heads her own public relations company.

  • Trans woman on remand in male prison for petrol station robbery

    Chloe Bradley, 23, a pre-operation male to female transsexual, admitted holding up the Texaco garage, in Kingston Road, on two separate occasions and stealing more than £100.

    3:23 PM — A transsexual wearing a mini skirt and women's knickers on their head robbed a petrol station in New Malden twice in three weeks, brandishing a large knife.Chloe Bradley, 23, a pre-operation male to female transsexual, admitted holding up the Texaco garage, in Kingston Road, on two separate occasions and stealing more than £100, the Wimbledon Guardian reported.Kingston Crown Court heard how Bradley walked into the Texaco garage at 4.45am on December 12 last year.

  • Sri Lankan newspaper calls for action against homosexuality 1

    The article makes claims about the number of homosexuals in Sri Lanka who become involved in commercial sex work to make a living. Photo sbaker@flickr.com

    12:44 PM — A local Sri Lankan newspaper, Divaina last week published a feature about homosexuality and effeminate men in Sri Lanka and the problems they face as they get older.The article goes on to make claims about the number of homosexuals in Sri Lanka who become involved in commercial sex work to make a living.The Sinhala newspaper is a sister title of the English-language newspaper The Island.

  • Channel 4 to show ad for anti-gay Christianity crash-course 21

    The advertisement forms part of a major campaign by the Alpha UK group, which is renowned for its conservative approach.

    11:15 AM — Channel 4 is to broadcast an advertisement for the Alpha Course, an evangelical programme run by Alpha UK, who promote the idea that homosexuality is a sin.The Alpha Course is a ten-week programme designed to introduce students to Christianity.The advertisement forms part of a major campaign by the Alpha UK group, which is renowned for its conservative approach.

  • 10th September 2007

    Review: Cumming’s triumphant Greek god

    Cumming stars as Dionysus, the playful, androgynous god of wine, dance, sex and good times.  photo: Richard Campbell.

    3:07 PM — Dressed in a slinky gold kilt, long curly wig and brash make-up, Alan Cumming wowed an expectant audience at the opening night of the London run of David Greig's new adaptation of the Greek classic, The Bacchae. Fresh from a run at the Edinburgh International Festival the production, staged by the National Theatre of Scotland, has transferred to the unassuming Lyric Hammersmith for a further two weeks.Cumming stars as Dionysus, the playful, androgynous god of wine, dance, sex and good times.

  • 29th August 2007

    Civil partnerships and marriages to be treated the same by insurers 17

    Nick Starling, the ABI's Director of General Insurance and Health.

    11:30 PM — The Association of British Insurers (ABI) is proposing the abolition of exemptions in insurance law regarding sexual orientation.According to the ABI, insurance companies see no need and do not wish to differentiate for insurance purposes between customers in civil partnerships and married couples.The proposal forms part of the ABI's detailed response to the Government's current consultation on its Discrimination Law Review.

  • Genghis Khan’s constitutional ban on homosexuality revealed 1

    Genghis Khan's code of laws is probably the world's earliest to have banned homosexuality.

    11:30 PM — Homosexual acts were punishable by death under Genghis Khan's rule, according to researchers who have spent over a year compiling the legendary Mongolian conqueror's code of laws.Xinhua News Agency has reported today that article 48 of what is believed to be the world's first constitution said men who "committed sodomy shall be put to death," according to Chinese researchers.

  • Euro-Parliament takes up the case of Iranian lesbian facing deportation 3

    The European Parliament Presidency has committed to sending the letter to Gordon Brown regarding Pegah without delay.

    11:30 PM — European Parliament President Hans Gert Pöettering has said he will write a letter to Prime Minister Gordon Brown regarding the fate of Pegah Emambakhsh, the Iranian lesbian woman who risks expulsion from Great Britain to Iran.His actions follow proposals by Italian MEP Giusto Catania (PRC), representing the European United Left/Nordic Green Left (GUE/NGL) Group in the European Parliament during today's Conference of Presidents, and Graham Watson, President of the Parliament's Liberal Group.

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