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  • 14th August 2007

    Birmingham HIV+ rapist imprisoned

    Judge Peter Ross called their rape a “vile and perverted act“ and said that “mercifully“ their victim has tested negative for the HIV virus.

    12:15 PM — A judge at Birmingham Crown Court has given two men convicted of robbing and then raping their male victim indeterminate sentences.Daniel Myers, 20, of Barry Jackson Tower in Aston, was found guilty alongside Nikos Johnson, 26, of Rawling Street, Ladywood, of one charge of robbery and two of rape.The Birmingham Post reported that during the trial Myers revealed under cross-examination that he is HIV+.

  • 13th August 2007

    Italian politician calls for “ethnic cleansing” of gays 8

    Mr Gentilini, 78, a member of the right-wing and regionalistic Northern League political group, is notorious in Italy for his attention-grabbing outbursts.

    6:35 PM — The northern Italian city of Treviso has witnessed mass demonstrations after the deputy mayor called for the ethnic cleansing of homosexuals.Hundreds of demonstrators gathered outside the city hall at the weekend demanding his resignation.Giancarlo Gentilini, told a local television station on Wednesday: "I will immediately give orders to my forces so that they can carry out an ethnic cleansing of faggots."

  • Catholic church cannot sack gay headteacher 2

    photo: nicdafis@flickr.com

    5:05 PM — Legal advice given to the Roman Catholic Church has made it clear that they cannot dismiss a primary school headteacher who has entered into a civil partnership.The Daily Telegraph reports that Charles Coyne, headteacher of a church school in Liverpool, last year was legally partnered with a fellow teacher at a nearby school.Some parishoners in the local area have reacted badly, and wanted action taken against him.

  • Church cancels funeral for gay man 2

    The church had initially offered to host a service because Mr Sinclair's brother is a janitor for the church.

    4:17 PM — A Texas church withdrew an offer to host a funeral once they found out the deceased was gay.Cecil Sinclair died last Monday, aged 46, and Arlington's High Point Church cancelled its invitation to host the service on Wednesday. The service was planned for Thursday.An arrangement had been made for the church to provide a memorial service, photo presentation and feed guests.

  • C of E Bishop to attend LGBT health conference

    The summit, presented with the theme Choices, Voices, Knowledge and Power, will host 16 workshops.

    2:35 PM — The Anglican Bishop of Manchester will be among the speakers at unique conference in the city next week.Final preparations for this year's annual lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Health Summit are being made for the two-day event which takes place at Manchester Town Hall over the 20th and 21st August.The summit, presented with the theme Choices, Voices, Knowledge and Power, will host 16 workshops.

  • Australians demonstrate against ban on gay marriage 1

    Prime Minister John Howard's Liberal government passed federal legislation in 2004 banning same-sex marriage.

    1:25 PM — Thousands of people marched yesterday in Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney as part of the National Day of Action, which marked the three year anniversary of gay marriage being outlawed.The largest of the marches was in Melbourne, where more than 5,000 people attended. All the marches were peaceful.Prime Minister John Howard's Liberal government passed federal legislation in 2004 banning same-sex marriage.

  • Ban on homosexuality in Uganda “unenforceable”

    In 2004 Uganda became the first country in the world to introduce a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage.

    1:10 PM — Ugandan laws prohibiting homosexual activity have resulted in no arrests of couples despite people being open about their sexuality and the fact that there are more than 160 members of leading gay organisations.According to the Monitor.co.ug, Oscar Kihika, the president of the Uganda Law Society said: "You can't just arrest someone for saying they are gay."That's like arresting someone just because he says he stole something, with no proof," he said.

  • Presidential candidate backtracks over gay choice answer

    After forum panellist Melissa Etheridge asked Richardson twice if he thought people where born homosexual or choose it, his “choice“ answer produced an audible gasp from the studio audience.

    10:51 AM — The Governor of New Mexico and Democratic Presidential hopeful Bill Richardson shifted into damage control mode on Friday, admitting that he "screwed up" when he said being gay was a choice during Logo's televised Presidential forum on gay rights.Richardson apologised to the gay community during interviews with Michelangelo Signorile, host of a SIRIUS Satellite Radiow show OutQ; Kerry Eleveld, news editor of The Advocate; and Andrew Belonsky, editor of the blog Queerty.com

  • Lutherans choose middle path on gay clergy

    Evangelical Lutheran Church of America's Presiding Bishop Mark Hanson said the new measure expressed a desire to find “some space and place“ for how the church might live together.

    10:25 AM — America's largest Lutheran denomination on Saturday urged its bishops to refrain from disciplining gay ministers who are in committed same-sex relationships, but rejected measures that would permit the further ordination of gays churchwide.Those in favour of full inclusion of gays were still encouraged, calling the resolution a powerful statement in support of clergy with same-sex partners.Conservative group Lutheran CORE was critical of the vote.

  • 10th August 2007

    Memorial to hate crimes victims launched 1

    The scheme has the support of many public figures, including Democrat US Representative Barney Frank.

    5:03 PM — A gay group in the United States of America is planning a memorial that will commemorate LGBT people murdered because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.The scheme has the support of many public figures, including Democrat US Representative Barney Frank and novelist Chris Rice.The Gay American Heroes foundation aims to inform the public about hate crimes against LGBT people and inspire greater appreciation and acceptance of diversity.

  • “Not gay enough” refugee loses his appeal

    Mr Orozco was given permission to appeal, but a second assessment has agreed that he should be returned to Nicaragua.

    4:17 PM — A refugee from Nicaragua who was denied asylum in Canada because he could not prove he is gay has been deemed safe to return for a second time by immigration officials.As Alvaro Antonio Orozco was not sexually active as a teenager, it was impossible to verify his sexuality.He has gone into hiding, and his only hope of remaining in Canada is an intervention from the Immigration Minister.

  • Analysis: 2008 candidates jockey for vital gay votes 3

    The two largest national gay political groups issued statements following the forum, suggesting they were disappointed with their responses.

    2:43 PM — There was one jaw-dropping moment in last night's presidential forum on gay issues, and several lean-in-close moments too.While there were no major shifts in previously stated positions, the forum served at least two useful purposes for LGBT voters.It pressed six of the eight Democratic candidates in an unprecedented way on gay-related issues, and gave those candidates an opportunity to make their case for why gay voters should prefer them over the others.

  • Nigerian men could face death penalty for ‘gay marriage’ 21

    In Bauchi state alone there are 40 people awaiting amuputation of one or both hands for theft.

    1:35 PM — 18 men have been arrested at a hotel in northern Nigeria and charged with sodomy.The men, who were detained by police on Sunday, come from different parts of Nigeria and were allegedly dressed in women's clothes. They had come together to celebrate a gay 'marriage,' according to the NAN government news agency.The arrests took place in Bauchi city, the capital of a Muslim state in the centre of Nigeria with a population of 316,000.

  • City bans all school History Months over gay row

    The school board's efforts to promote diversity last year by designating October as Gay and Lesbian History Month led to a serious and sustained backlash.

    11:24 AM — When pupils return to school in Philadelphia this September, thanks to protests and threats to the school district, there will be no Gay and Lesbian History Month.Officials said they took the decision to keep kids safe and that the threats had worried them.But they also took the principled step of withdrawing recognition from similar history events, among them Hispanic Heritage Month and Asian Pacific American Month.

  • Highs and lows of Presidential debate for gays 3

    Barack Obama said the word marriage was “just semantics.“

    10:55 AM — In the minutes following the historic, first ever presidential forum on LGBT rights and issues presented jointly by Logo and the HRC, those who turned out to see how the six democratic presidential hopefuls did with the issues are readying their battle cries.Barack Obama supporters are gathered at Area in Hollywood, Hillary Clinton's camp is scattered around The Abbey and John Edwards, long thought to be a distant third in the race, gained some definite ground with LGBT voters tonight.

  • 9th August 2007

    Science and religion clash over Russian schools 5

    Last month, a group of scientists wrote to President Vladimir Putin explaining their concerns about religion's growing influence on government.

    6:05 PM — A representative of the Russian Orthodox Church has warned of the dangers of science taking too prominent a role in the education system.According to The Associated Press, Father Vsevolod Chaplin said that teachers should inform children not to follow the vicious examples of "homosexuals and prostitutes."His comments came during a debate between leading figures of the religious and scientific communities.

  • Wales’ new gay rights champion

    Liz is a fluent Welsh speaker and was a finalist in the Welsh Learner of the Year in 2002.

    4:46 PM — The lesbian, gay and bisexual organisation Stonewall Cymru has appointed a new Director.Liz Morgan will take the lead in promoting LGB equality across Wales.She has extensive knowledge of equality and diversity and joins Stonewall Cymru from Cardiff Council, where she was Diversity Officer for Adult Services and previously HR Lead Advisor for Equalities.Liz has also served for six months as Acting Director of Stonewall Cymru.

  • Lesbian murders overshadow National Women’s Day 1

    Thokozane Qwabe, 23, was found in a field in Ladysmith, KwaZulu-Natal with multiple head wounds. She was naked and it is thought she was also raped.

    3:35 PM — While South Africa celebrates National Women's Day, the debate about homophobia in the country has intensified since the recent murders of several lesbians.Sizakele Sigasa, 34, an activist for HIV/AIDS and LGBT rights, and Salome Masooa, 24, were discovered dead at field in Soweto, Johannesburg, on July 8th.Human Rights Watch has sent a letter to Thabo Mbeki, the South African President, stating that recent killings have highlighted that the constitution's promise of equal protection is not being fulfilled.

  • LGBT rights activist claims Jesus was gay 20

    Mr MacLochlainn said that he would not be censored, and he is entitled to think of Jesus as gay.

    1:12 PM — A leading campaigner for gay equality in Northern Ireland has hit back at criticism of a placard carried at last weekend's Belfast Pride by stating he is convinced Jesus was a gay man.Belfast City councillor Christopher Staltford led calls for restrictions on future gay parades, claiming he was offended by a placard reading "Jesus is a fag."In a discussion on BBC Radio Ulster P A MacLochlainn responded that in his view the details of Jesus' life as presented in the Bible led him to conclude that he was a homosexual.

  • Australian government deny trans passport requests

    Foreign Minister Alexander Downer signed an amendment to passport legislation in May.

    12:11 PM — The Foreign Minister of Australia has reversed a policy whereby trans people could obtain a passport stating their "intended sex."The new arrangements were introduced without any consultation and only came to light when a pre-operative trans woman was turned away from the Passport Office in Sydney two weeks ago. SX magazine reports that Stefanie Imbruglia, a cousin of singer Natalie, attempted to obtain a temporary passport so she could travel to Thailand for gender reassignment surgery.

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