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  • 29th August 2007

    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.

  • Bombing suspect turned hero dies

    Richard Jewell died of natural causes

    11:30 PM — Richard Jewell, accused by the media in 1996 of being the prime suspect the Atlanta Olympic Park bombing during that year's Olympic Games was found dead in his home in west Georgia. The true perpetrator, Eric Robert Rudolph, would later bomb a gay and lesbian nightclub, the Otherside Lounge also in Atlanta. Rudolph also bombed two abortion clinics.Jewell had been working as a private security guard for the Centennial Park during the Games.

  • Gay Democrat congressman defends Republican, Larry Craig, following gay toilet scandal 3

    Senator Larry Craig still denies that he is gay

    11:30 PM — One of only two openly gay members of Congress has said that Idaho Republican Senator, Larry Craig, should resist calls from his party to resign, after being found guilty of disorderly conduct in a public toilet and being accused of being a hypocrite by gay rights activists.Barney Frank, Democrat Congressman for Massachusetts told the Associated Press: "What he did, it's hypocritical, but it's not an abuse of his office."

  • Hungarian radio station fires staff for posting anti-gay image

    Socialist Prime Minister Ferenc Gyurcsany condemned the photograph on Wednesday, adding that he believes it represents a new threat to the country from neo-fascist movements.

    11:30 PM — A Hungarian radio station has fired two staffers for posting to the station's website a photo montage of a gay government official wearing a pink triangle and standing outside the Auschwitz concentration camp.The official in question, State Secretary Gabor Szetey, recently became the first openly gay government member in Hungary.The radio station, Lanchid Radio, removed the photo and apologised for the incident by releasing a statement that said: "The owners and managers of Lanchid Radio condemn what happened and apologise to State Secretary Gabor Szetey and to everyone who was offended by the picture in question."

  • The New York Post asks: Are you a gay senator? 4

    11:30 PM — The New York Post today published a Larry Craig inspired graphic sidebar.The spoof questionnaire offers to determine whether you are indeed a closeted gay Republican senator by asking questions such as "Do you immediately issue a statement denying involvement whenever there's a gay-sex scandal even if your name hasn't come up?" and "Do you take a 'wide stance' in public bathrooms?"

  • BBC celebrates 50th anniversary of Wolfenden report 2

    The Hidden Lives series will be shown on BBC4 from Saturday 1st September.  Photo: BBC

    11:30 PM — The BBC is due to screen a week-long series of LGBT programmes to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the publication of the Wolfenden report.The season is called Hidden Lives Week and programmes range from documentaries to drama.The BBC say the programmes are intended to raise awareness of the landmark report that led to the legalisation of homosexuality in the UK.The Wolfenden report was commissioned 50 years ago this coming Monday (3rd September).

  • Anti-gay group told to find another hotel 3

    Representatives for the Naperville Holiday Inn Select reportedly asked Americans for truth to find a new venue for their annual fund-raiser.

    11:30 PM — Americans for Truth, the Naperville, Ill.-based organization dedicated to "confronting the homosexual activist agenda," will have to find a new hotel to host its annual fund-raiser on 6th October.Representatives for the Naperville Holiday Inn Select reportedly asked the organization's executive director, Peter LaBarbera, to find another location for the event after LaBarbera mentioned it could draw protests from "homosexual activists."

  • Court rules that Miami University gay couples to keep benefits

    The Ohio court rules that Miami University gay employees should have benefits

    7:30 PM — The Court of Appeals of Ohio has affirmed a lower court ruling which dismissed a lawsuit brought by a legislator seeking to take away the domestic partner benefits of gay employees of Miami University."Lesbian and gay employees and their families' health were at stake and today the court has granted them freedom from being a pawn in politically motivated lawsuits," said James Madigan, staff attorney at Lambda Legal.

  • Gay university employees will keep partner benefits

    The domestic partner benefits offered by Miami University came under attack by the anti-gay Alliance Defense Fund (ADF) and Brinkman.

    11:27 AM — The Court of Appeals of Ohio has affirmed a lower court ruling which dismissed a lawsuit brought by a legislator seeking to take away the domestic partner benefits of employees of Miami University."Lesbian and gay employees and their families' health were at stake and today the court has granted them freedom from being a pawn in politically motivated lawsuits," James P. Madigan, staff attorney in Lambda Legal's Midwest Regional Office in Chicago, said in a release.

  • Transexual loses birth certificate court appeal

    AB, from Victoria, appealed to state's Federal Court in July 2005 to have her birth certificate changed from male to female.

    11:27 AM — An Australian transsexual has lost a Federal Court appeal to have her birth certificate changed to alter her sex from male to female.The woman, referred to as AB, completed her surgery to become female in April 2002.AB, from Victoria, appealed to state's Federal Court in July 2005 to have her birth certificate changed from male to female.

  • Gay rights organisation publishes Pride opposition report

    ILGA-Europe is the European Region of the International Lesbian and Gay Association (ILGA).

    11:27 AM — European LGBT rights group, ILGA-Europe, has published an in-depth report on opposition to Pride events throughout Europe.The updated version of their report, Freedom of Assembly -Diary of Events by Country, sets out a detailed history of events from 2000 onwards in 11 European countries where LGBT events have faced problems, including Croatia, Poland, Estonia, Turkey and Russia, where the first Moscow Pride was banned last year.The report also lists 12 key types of event that constitute opposition to LGBT people's freedom of assembly, including pride marches being banned, violence against demonstrators, failure by the police to protect demonstrators and failure by courts to uphold freedom of assembly

  • National AIDS Trust remembers Princess Diana

    Diana was patron of the National AIDS Trust from 1991 until her death in 1997.

    11:27 AM — As the tenth anniversary of the death of Princess Diana approaches, the chief executive of National AIDS has spoken of the ground-breaking work the 'people's princess' did for people living with HIV and AIDS.In the early 1990s, when HIV and AIDS were surrounded by hysteria and prejudice, Diana become patron of the National AIDS Trust, the UK's leading independent policy and campaigning voice on HIV and AIDS.She was patron of the National AIDS Trust from 1991 until her death in 1997.

  • Stonewall launches 2008 Workplace Equality Index

    Participating in the Index is a key tool in demonstrating an organisation's commitment to diversity.

    11:27 AM — Stonewall have begun compiling their 2008 Workplace Equality Index, which lists the UK's top 100 employers for gay people.Participating in the Index is a key tool in demonstrating an organisation's commitment to diversity.It is read by many of Britain's 1.7 million gay employees and 3.6 million gay consumers.By tangibly giving credit for improvements, it shows employees that the organisations they work in take diversity and their staff seriously.

  • Comment: Nigeria’s anti-gay witch-hunt 1

    Peter Tatchell is a human rights campaigner

    11:27 AM — Peter Tatchell comments on Nigeria's treatment of gay peopleThe arrest on 5 August of 18 men at a private party in the northernstate of Bauchi is the latest incident in a wave of on-goinghomophobic persecution in Nigeria - much of which is incited byChristian bishops and Muslim imams.Bauchi is a predominantly Muslim region which has adopted Sharia(Islamic) law. Police officers acted on a tip-off from the HisbahIslamic anti-vice squad of the Bauchi Sharia Commission. They seizedthe men, aged 18 to 22, in rooms at the Benko Hotel in Bauchi.

  • 28th August 2007

    Anglican bishop compares gay hate to slavery 5

    Bishop Robinson told the BBC that he wants to continue his service.

    5:04 PM — The openly gay Bishop of New Hampshire has attacked the attitudes of homophobic African bishops in an interview with BBC Radio 4 this morning.Gene Robinson spoke openly about his view on the current controversy surrounding the Anglican Church."It's very painful for me," he said. "Coming out of the experience of the United States, where we treated people from Africa as less than human."

  • Ugandan Muslim sect threaten ‘anti-gay squad’

    The Tabliq sect has deemed homosecuality 'abnormal'

    5:02 PM — Muslim youth belonging to the Tabliq movement in Uganda have confirmed they plan to set up 'Anti-Gay Squads' to fight homosexuality.Sheikh Multah Bukenya, a senior cleric in the sect, announced the squads during Friday prayers at Noor Mosque in the capital, Kampala.He said: "We are ready to act swiftly and form this squad that will wipe out all abnormal practices like homosexuality in our society."

  • Cornish police accused of homophobia at Pride 21

    Police action failed to dampen spirits at the event

    3:05 PM — Cornwall's first Gay Pride event earned rave reviews from those who attended, despite complaints of police harassment.Following a unanimous vote by Cornwall Pride's steering committee for police to not be involved in the event, a committee member was promptly arrested and detained for 16 hours before being released without charge.The arrest comes as gay activists in Cornwall persist in calling on local forces to address the homophobia in their ranks.

  • Report highlights South African prejudice

    Ten percent of South Africans believe it is sometimes acceptable for a man to beat his wife

    2:54 PM — South Africans continue to find homosexuality unacceptable, but reassuring figures revealed last week show many people are teaching their children more tolerant attitudes.The South African survey of values, conducted last year by the Centre for International and Comparative Politics at the University of Stellenbosch, shows even those with a negative attitude towards gays are teaching their children to be more tolerant.A scale of acceptability saw South Africans put homosexual acts as more acceptable than prostitution and abortion, but less acceptable than mercy killing and divorce.

  • US Senator found guilty of gay misconduct 6

    Senator Craig supported an amendment to the constitution banning gay-marriage

    12:22 PM — Idaho Senator Larry E. Craig, a Republican politician who has consistently stood against gay rights, has been found guilty of disorderly conduct in an airport bathroom, court spokespersons have revealed.Mr Craig, 62, received a $500 (£250) fine and a year's unsupervised detention but escaped a ten day jail sentence.His political future hangs in the balance, however, following the publication of a detailed account of his behaviour in Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.

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