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  • 9th November 2007

    Political party’s anti-gay posters evade prosecution 1

    The Geneva Canton now has the same laws as the rest of the country.

    5:30 PM — A Swiss right-wing political party will not face charges over advertising posters which called gay couples infertile.The Swiss People's Party (UDC) was campaigning earlier this year against a proposal to extend tax benefits to same-sex partners in Geneva.The party's general secretary added to the controversy by saying that gay people contribute nothing to society because they do not have children.

  • Poll results questioned as ENDA fallout continues

    Gay journalists Rex Wockner and Cynthia Laird are now publicly questioning the methodology of the HRC poll.

    4:03 PM — America's leading lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans equality organisation, Human Rights Campaign, has been challenged by gay journalists over an opinion poll it published in relation to the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA).The proposed new law was originally framed to protect LGBT people from workplace discrimination, but was amended to remove trans people when it became clear that an unamended ENDA would not pass the House of Representatives.

  • Welcome for evangelical voice on equality commission 39

    The Evangelical Alliance are one of the most strident voices against gay rights in the UK.

    3:01 PM — A group that examines religion in public life has welcomed the appointment of the head of the Evangelical Alliance UK to the new Commission on Equality and Human Rights (ECHR).The think-tank Ekklesia says that the controversial evangelical taking his place on the commission is "an historic opportunity for evangelicals to shift toward full acceptance of the equalities agenda."Joel Edwards was a controversial choice for many LGBT activists. The Evangelical Alliance are one of the most strident voices against gay rights in the UK.

  • Gay candidates victorious in elections across the US

    Six US states still have no openly LGBT elected officials at any level of government.

    12:39 PM — An organisation dedicated to increasing the number of openly LGBT elected officials at all levels in the United States has announced that dozens of openly gay and lesbian candidates running in municipal and state legislative races across the country won their elections this week.According to the Gay Lesbian Victory Fund, of the record 71 candidates endorsed by the group in 2007, at least 31 won their races on Tuesday, while 10 were elected earlier this year.

  • Maltese press question MEP over gay club visits

    Malta is one of the most socially conservative countries in the EU.

    12:28 PM — A leading newspaper in Malta has questioned the gay-hostile voting record of one of the country's Member of the European Parliament in light of revelations that he is a regular at Brussels gay bars.LGBT activists are angry that David Casa, 38, voted against motions in the parliament that condemned homophobic violence and discrimination.Newspaper Il Torca reported: "Many homosexuals commented with this newspaper that David Casa was seen a number of times in gay clubs in Brussels."

  • US grants asylum to gay Jamaican 4

    The grant of asylum to Ven Messam was issued by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security

    11:59 AM — A gay man who feared persecution because of his sexual orientation if forced to return to Jamaica has been given asylum in the United States.The grant of asylum to Ven Messam was issued by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and comes at a time when conditions for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people in Jamaica are getting more dangerous by the day.International human rights organisations have described Jamaica as one of the most homophobic places in the world.

  • Canadians mark 40 years of gay rights activism

    The NDP call for policies that protect young LGBT people from the hatred and social inequity.

    11:22 AM — On November 7, 1967, the Supreme Court of Canada rejected the appeal of George Everett Klippert, who had been condemned to indefinite imprisonment for consensual sexual relations with other men.The next day, Tommy Douglas, the first leader of Canada's New Democratic Party, rose in the House of Commons and called for homosexuality to be decriminalised.Since then, the NDP has led the pack in defense of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights.

  • Same-sex couples fight for equal health benefits

    20 public employers in Michigan currently provide benefits to gay and lesbian couples under the same-sex relationship policies.

    10:58 AM — The Michigan Supreme Court currently is weighing whether a constitutional amendment barring gay marriages also prohibits public agencies and schools from offering health care benefits to the same-sex partners of employees.According to the Detroit Free Press, the state's high court heard arguments from both sides on Tuesday, with lawyers representing Attorney General Mike Cox saying such benefits are unconstitutional because they mirror benefits available only to married couples.

  • 8th November 2007

    Interview: The Lib Dem fighting youth with experience 2

    Chris Huhne, currently his party's spokesman on environment issues, has a majority of just 568 in his Hampshire seat.

    4:20 PM — Much has been made in these first few weeks of the race to become leader of the Liberal Democrats about the similarities between the candidates.Nick Clegg and Chris Huhne are both Westminster School-educated former MEPs with near-identical views nearly all the key issues.Both became MPs as part of the Lib Dems strong showing in the 2005 elections. Both are English and will appeal to voters in key south and south east seats where the resurgent Tories are a major threat.

  • Dutch focus on international gay rights abuses

    COC is proposing four follow-up steps to fight homophobia in development countries on a long-term basis.

    12:55 PM — LGBT rights organisation COC Netherlands has welcomed research initiated by the Dutch minister of Foreign Affairs and Development Cooperation into gay rights.The report, published yesterday, found that homosexuality is still a punishable crime in half of the 36 countries that have a development relationship with The Netherlands.Penalties in those countries range from imprisonment to death penalty.

  • US workplace protection bill passes 3

    17 states have protections for LGB people; eight of those states extend that protection to trans people.

    12:35 PM — After weeks of delay, the Employment Non-Discrimination Act has been passed by the US House of Representatives.It passed by 235 to 184 - 35 Republicans joined 200 Democrats and voted for the bill.159 Republicans were joined in voting against by 25 Democrats, many of whom were angry that protections for trans people had been removed from the bill.

  • Republican candidate advertised on gay dating site

    Banner ads saying “Mitt Romney for President — Vote Team Mitt!“ appeared on website gay.com.

    11:30 AM — Being the Presidential hopeful with the heaviest Web advertising presence can be a difficult position to be in - sometimes it means your campaign ads will show up in unexpected places.Republican candidate Mitt Romney is finding that out the hard way, according to a recent article in The New York Times. Apparently, banner ads saying "Mitt Romney for President — Vote Team Mitt!" appeared on website gay.com for two days in August, appearing at least 32,000 times.

  • 7th November 2007

    Australian leader concedes gay equality in superannuation 13

    Mr Turnbull made his pledge to a meeting of gay business leaders.

    4:29 PM — A leading member of the Australian Liberal party who is fighting to retain his parliamentary seat has announced a small change in policy in an attempt to win vital gay votes.Malcolm Turnbull last night promised that if re-elected his party will allow interdependent gay couples to share each other's public pensions and super benefits.It may prove to be too little too late for the minister, who is fighting to retain the Sydney seat of Wentworth in the November 24th general election.

  • Police investigating Stagecoach bus incident 21

    A spokesperson for Grampian police told PinkNews.co.uk that an investigation was ongoing after a member of the public complained.

    3:45 PM — Grampian police have told PinkNews.co.uk that they are investigating an incident on a bus involving a gay couple.It was reported on Sunday that two gay teenagers were threatened with ejection from a bus and then made to sit separately after a fellow passenger complained about their behaviour.Steven Black, 16, and Mark Craig, 19, were travelling on the bus from Aberdeen to Old-meldrum, Aberdeenshire. The route is operated by Stagecoach.

  • British man in prison for gay sex in Ghana 1

    Internet sites such as Gaydar host Ghanaian profiles, suggesting enforcement is less that strict.

    2:24 PM — The Foreign Office has confirmed that a 63-year-old British national has been remanded in custody in the African country of Ghana charged with having sex with another man.John Ross Mcleod appeared in court at Accra on Monday. A photographer, he was arrested at an airport.Officials searched him and allegedly found a CD containing images of Mcleod having sex with a 19-year-old.

  • NY politician wants gays at St Patrick’s Day parade 1

    Ms Quinn also suggested inviting the First Minister and Deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland, Ian Paisley and Martin McGuinness, to take part in the parade.

    1:01 PM — New York City Council speaker Christine Quinn, who is openly gay, has said that the city's St. Patrick's Day parade next year should include gay people and representatives from Northern Ireland.The New York City parade is organised by the Ancient Order of Hibernians, an Irish-Catholic fraternal organisation.They have refused to allow gay and lesbian groups to march in the parade since 1991.

  • Gay MP questions David Cameron over incitement law

    Chris Bryant, the MP for Rhonnda, tackled David Cameron during yesterday's debate on the Queen's Speech.

    12:45 PM — The Leader of the Conservative party has been challenged on his position on a proposed new law to make incitement on the grounds of sexual orientation an offence.Yesterday the government announced that the proposal would extend to trans and disabled people.Chris Bryant, the MP for Rhonnda, tackled David Cameron during yesterday's debate on the Queen's Speech.

  • South Korea drops proposed orientation discrimination

    Human Rights Watch called on South Korea to ensure that the law would extend to discrimination based on gender identity.

    11:21 AM — When South Korea's Ministry of Justice proposed in early October a federal law that would prohibit certain forms of discrimination, sexual orientation and a wide range of other categories were included.According to Democratic Labour Party officials and news reports, however, the current version of the law has been changed to exclude protection from discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, military status, nationality, language, appearance, family type, ideology, criminal or detention record and educational status.

  • Lesbian couple push for full marriage rights in Ireland

    Last week the Irish Government voted down a Labour Party Bill on civil unions but proposed an alternative by the end of next March.

    11:01 AM — A lesbian couple from the Republic of Ireland who married in Canada yesterday renewed calls to have the same legal rights as those in heterosexual marriages.Dr Katherine Zappone and Dr Ann Louise Gilligan took part in the first expert meeting on the recognition of married same-sex couples at the European Parliament in Brussels.They joined couples from across Europe who are seeking recognition of their marriage.

  • Dutch politician calls for ban on gays holding office 1

    The Netherlands has in recent years experienced a series of violent attacks on gay people.

    10:50 AM — A leading member of the ChristenUnie party, the third group in the Dutch ruling coalition, has demanded that practising homosexuals should be expelled from administrative positions in the party.Yvette Lont, councillor for Amsterdam South-East, announced that she would be proposing a motion for the exclusion of practising homosexuals from senior party and government posts at the forthcoming party congress on November 17, according to Dutch newspaper Trouw.

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