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  • 14th August 2007

    Scientists study gay brothers in search for cause of homosexuality 1

    Scientists are largely in agreement that sexual orientation is at least partially determined by biology.

    11:30 AM — Scientists investigating a genetic basis for homosexuality will be recruiting more pairs of gay brothers in Chicago this weekend.The Molecular Genetic Study of Sexual Orientation is the most extensive study of its kind.It was embarked upon by a team of researchers from Chicago universities four years ago. Researchers hope that by gathering DNA samples from 1,000 sets of gay brothers they will be able to find genetic linkages smaller studies failed to detect.

  • 10th August 2007

    The night Peter Tatchell partied with the Cheeky Girls 1

    Transylvanian pop duo, The Cheeky Girls were among some 200 guests who partied at the Moroccan restaurant in aid of the charity on July 23rd.

    11:24 AM — Last month's launch party for Bouga Cocktail Lounge in London's Crouch End was a glittering celebrity charity bash for a rather surprising cause - grass-roots activist Peter Tatchell's Human Rights Fund (PTHRF).Transylvanian pop duo, The Cheeky Girls, Big Brother loudmouth Shabnam, glamour model Cassie Sumner and Keith Levene, a founding member of legendary punk rock band The Clash, were among some 200 guests who partied at the Moroccan restaurant in aid of the charity on July 23rd.

  • 7th August 2007

    Political bruiser shows softer side on gay wedding day

    Smitherman was first elected to the Legislature in 1999, representing the downtown Toronto area.

    5:59 PM — One of Canada's most prominent gay politicians, George Smitherman, married his partner Christopher Peloso in a small ceremony in Ontario last week.Smitherman, Ontario's first openly gay cabinet minister, is regarded as one of the most powerful politicians in the Canadian province.He has been Ontario's Minister of Health since 2003, and is also Deputy Premier.

  • Gay flirting and homophobic abuse upset fire fighters 1

    The men claim their battalion chief ordered them to ride in the July 21st parade through San Diego's Hillcrest neighbourhood.

    3:52 PM — Four firefighters have filed sexual harassment charges against the San Diego fire department after they were taunted while driving a fire engine in a gay Pride parade last month.The men claim their battalion chief ordered them to ride in the July 21st parade through San Diego's Hillcrest neighbourhood, according to their attorney, Stephen Stirling.The fire fighters said they had objected to driving a city firetruck in the parade while on duty, but did so to avoid disciplinary action.

  • Iranian paper shut down for interviewing lesbian 1

    Shargh published a front-page apology for the interview, saying it had been “unaware of this person's personal traits“ and would in future “avoid such people and movements.“

    12:45 PM — A leading Iranian newspaper has been shut down for publishing an interview with a woman accused of being a "counter-revolutionary" homosexual.The ban on Shargh, the favourite newspaper of Iranian liberals, comes amid growing pressure on the press in Iran and follows the closure of fellow moderate daily Ham Mihan last month.It is the second time in less than a year that Shargh has been shut down by Iranian officials.

  • LGBT communities party across Europe 1

    This year a designated 'hetero-boat' joined more than 70 vessels officially participating. photo: killerfocus@flickr.com

    11:55 AM — A record number of gay rights supporters across Europe took part in Pride festivities this weekend.Belfast's streets were alive with the sights and sounds of the 17th annual Gay Pride parade on Saturday.Shoppers in the city were treated to a procession of colourful floats and flamboyant supporters as Belfast's LGBT communities celebrated the finale of a week of gay events.

  • Prime Minister visits Pride in Stockholm

    Fredrik Reinfeldt became the first serving Swedish Prime Minister to visit Pride Park, the hub of the week's festivities.

    11:33 AM — Ten of thousands of people marched in the Stockholm Pride parade on Saturday as part of Scandinavia's largest gay event.Organisers estimate that 50,000 people paraded, while a record half a million people watched the parade's progress through the Swedish capital.Politicians from most of Sweden's political parties also visited Stockholm Pride.

  • 1st August 2007

    Gay illegal immigrant can stay in Italy

    Gay rights groups in Italy are delighted by the decision.

    10:12 AM — Italy's Supreme Court has refused to overrule a judge's decision to revoke the deportation order of an illegal Senegalese migrant on the grounds of his sexual orientation.Italy's highest criminal court stated that "homosexuality is a condition of he human being deserving legal protection."The court announced that gay people who seek refuge from persecution in Italy would not be sent back to their countries of origin.

  • 31st July 2007

    Trans prisoner must be given hormone treatment, court rules

    Spencer, who was imprisoned in 2000 for possession of a stolen car and escape, had lived full time as a woman.

    4:45 PM — A prison inmate who performed a self-castration with a razor blade after being refused treatment for gender identity disorder should have female hormone therapy paid for by the state, a federal judge has said.Jenniffer Spencer, born Randall Gammett, sued the Department of Corrections in the US state of Idaho for violation of her constitutional rights and for the punishment she was subjected to when doctors failed to diagnose gender identity disorder and treat her with female hormones.

  • Gay ignorance about Hep B worries charity

    Hepatitis B can cause life-long liver disease and is 100 times more infectious than HIV.

    4:40 PM — 62% of gay men don't think Hepatitis B is serious, according to a recent sample survey conducted in Soho.The poll was conducted by the Hep B vaccination programme Sorted.It found that most gay men don't worry about the virus, despite the fact that it can cause life-long liver disease and is 100 times more infectious than HIV. The potentially fatal disease is preventable by a simple vaccination.

  • BBC documentary highlights homophobia worldwide

    A new series entitled Coming Out explored why some societies are more tolerant than others.

    4:33 PM — This month the BBC World Service broadcast a documentary about homophobia in Jamaica and what it is like to come out in such an intolerant country.In the first of two programmes in a new series entitled Coming Out, Clare English explored why some societies are more tolerant than others.The first programme examined the struggle for acceptance in Jamaica and speaks to LGBT people about coming out on the island.

  • 1st July 2007

    Irish president warns of link between anti-gay bullying and suicide 2

    Irish President Mary McAleese said the link between sexual identity and suicide had to be addressed.

    5:10 PM — Irish President Mary McAleese today called for a national change in attitudes to end the bullying of gay people in Ireland.Addressing world experts at the International Association of Suicide Prevention Conference in Killarney, the President said the link between sexual identity and suicide had to be addressed.She also warned gay people encounter a hurtful undercurrent of bias and hostility.

  • Evening Standard refuses to put critique of Boris Johnson dossier online 4

    The Compass dossier reported that in April 2000 Johnson attacked, “Labour's appalling agenda, encouraging the teaching of homosexuality in schools, and all the rest of it,“ a theme he returned to on several occasions.

    5:10 PM — Compass have today issued a statement regarding the Evening Standard's coverage of their report about London mayoral candidate Boris Johnson.The organisation, which campaigns for a "democratic left", published a dossier earlier this month based on his past statements as an MP and journalist, which concluded that Mr Johnson is the most rightwing candidate ever presented by a major party to stand as mayor of London.

  • Senator Craig may resign over toilet scandal, say party officials 4

    Craig pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct on Aug. 1, and while he has since said he did nothing wrong, the episode has roiled the Republican party and produced numerous calls for him to step down.

    5:10 PM — Senior Republican Senator, Larry Craig, is considering resigning, party officials said Friday, the Associated Press has reported.The rumours of Craig's resignation came after days of public and private pressure stemming from his arrest in June in a police undercover operation at an airport men's room.

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