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  • 6th September 2007

    LA Fitness sued over homophobic employee

    Persily, who has frequented the L.A. Fitness branch in Buckhead for nearly six months, says the company has still done nothing to respond to the complaint he made about the incident.

    10:35 AM — An Atlanta attorney who was subjected to anti-gay remarks and later assaulted during a visit to a health club recently filed suit after the company failed to address his complaint about the altercation.According to a press release issued by his laywers, Seth Persily filed a lawsuit August 7th against L.A. Fitness claiming that an employee at one of its facilities in Atlanta made anti-gay comments and later accosted him in a locker-room on July 18th.L.A. Fitness in the UK have no connection with the company involved in the legal action.

  • 5th September 2007

    Labour hit back at Tory attack on civil unions 33

    Tories “have opposed nearly every equality measure.“

    12:02 AM — Former Eastenders star and Labour MEP for the West Midlands, Michael Cashman, has hit back at Tory MP Michael Ancram for his comments on civil unions yesterday.Writing in the Telegraph, Mr Ancram said treating civil unions like normal marriages "insults the intelligence of the British people."He continued: "They are not the equivalent of marriage.

  • LGBT group accused of inciting prostitution

    The suspects have been detained for several days

    12:02 AM — Eighteen members of a Turkish LGBT association which also represents transvestites have been arrested in the city of Bursa for "forming a gang to commit crimes, being an associate with a gang, and inciting prostitution."Turkish activists are divided as to the accuracy of the charge, but are warning the police could use the incident to harass other LGBT groups.The arrests follow tense relations between police and the 'Rainbow Association' and speculations about the activities of the group's president, Oyku Erven.

  • Cardinal attacks homophobic radio station

    The cardinal warned the stations broadcasts were being associated with church teaching

    12:02 AM — Poland's most influential cardinal has launched a broadside attack on a notorious radio station branded anti-Semitic and homophobic by its critics.Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz, the Archbishop of Krakow, spelt out fears that the position of the church in Poland was increasingly being confused with those of Radio Maryja, run by Fr Tadeusz Rydzyk - a Redemptorist monk."Pastoral work is gradually slipping out of bishops' control and into the hands of others," he said.

  • Malaysian court annuls same sex marriage 3

    The couple have been married since 2002

    12:02 AM — A Shariah court in Malaysia has annulled a marriage between a two women, one of which is a transvestite.The court, in southern Malacca, said Mohamad Sofian Mohamad and Zaiton Aziz would have to separate because Mohamad Sofian had female genitals, despite her male attire and close cropped hair.Originally named Mazinah Mohamad, she was allowed to change her name due to an administrative oversight and the couple married in a Malacca mosque in 2002.

  • Gay lawyers ‘less satisfied’

    LGBT lawyers are more likely to be dissatisfied with career advancement opportunities

    12:02 AM — LGBT lawyers are less likely to feel satisfied with their professional counterparts, a new study has revealed.The survey of active attorneys in Denver found LGBT lawyers shared many of the problems of their ethnic minority counterparts.Members of the Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Transgendered Bar Association reported higher levels of dissatisfaction with the complexities of their work, access to clients and career advancement opportunities.

  • Craig controversy rumbles on

    The Idaho senator denies he is gay

    12:02 AM — Events surrounding anti-gay Republican senator Larry Craig, who resigned last Saturday following an arrest for lewd conduct in a public bathroom, continue to develop as Washington remains awash with rumour and speculation about the controversy.Media reports are suggesting he may reconsider his resignation if cleared of the charges, while his legal team simultaneously fight to cancel the guilty plea he made following the arrest.Meanwhile, a visit from two of his children last week led to an extended interview on ABC where they stressed their father was not gay and said he was disappointed at the lack of support shown by his Republican colleagues.

  • 4th September 2007

    Dean tells US gays: ‘We’ll make the changes you’re looking for’ 1

    “We'll make the changes you're looking for.“

    5:11 PM — In a clear statement of intent Democratic party National Committee Chair and former leadership nominee Howard Dean has told US gays to vote for his party if they want to improve their legal rights."I think the message is pretty clear," he said. "Vote Democrat and we'll make the changes you're looking for."Mr Dean claimed a host of measures which protect gay rights and outlaw discrimination had been achieved because of the Democratic party.

  • Gay Paris Mayor aims for second term 1

    The Mayor's seven year term has earned him popularity among Parisiens

    4:18 PM — Paris' openly gay Mayor, Bertrand Delanoe, has confirmed he will run for a second term and outlined a green, socially conscious programme for re-election."My programme is aimed at placing Paris ahead of the curve," Mr Delanoe told Le Parisien.The confirmation of his campaign has done little to stifle suggestions he could become 2012 presidential candidate for the Socialists, however.

  • Stonewall questions world’s largest law firm

    The law firm has failed to respond to Stonewall's requst for a meeting

    3:29 PM — Gay rights group Stonewall has asked to meet representatives of the world's largest law firm, Clifford Chance, following a sexual discrimination case brought against them by a former partner.The sexual orientation claim by former competition partner Michael Bryceland was the first of its kind against a UK law firm, but it was settled in April for an undisclosed amount.The firm has failed, however, to respond to Stonewall's request for a meeting.

  • Moscow court slams gay activists 1

    Peter Thatchell was detained during the march

    2:14 PM — n attempt by gay activists to protest a ban on their parade last May has met with failure as Moscow's Tverskoy court rejected their case.The court ruled that successful attempts by the city authorities to ban the parade were legal.Event organiser and prominent gay leader Nikolai Alekseyev told Interfax the judge was challenged by plaintiffs during the hearing due to improper actions but the legal basis for the ban was nonetheless upheld.

  • South Korean military urged to change rules for transsexuals 2

    The military has been urged to adopt new examination procedures

    12:50 PM — The military in South Korea has been urged by the National Human Rights Commission to change its physical examination procedures to avoid shaming transsexuals.The commission was hearing the case of a 29 year old transsexual, identified only as Kim, who reported being humiliated during his examination to establish whether he had to undergo compulsory military service.Kim had reported his change of sex on a family registry, in accordance with a landmark decision in June of last year by the Supreme Court which concluded family registries could be modified in the case of individuals undergoing female-to-male sex changes.

  • Senior Tory: Civil partnerships ‘insult the intelligence’ 33

    Treating civil unions like marriage “insults the intelligence of the British people.“

    11:51 AM — A leading Tory MP, Michael Ancram, has launched a withering attack on civil unions, saying treating them in the same way as marriage "insults the intelligence of the British people."In an open attack on Conservative leader David Cameron, the MP for Devizes unveiled an alternative manifesto today calling on the party to adopt more traditional Tory policies.Warning the leadership to stop "trashing" its Thatcherite past, he said Cameron should "unveil the party's soul based on those core values, principles and beliefs that form the timeless make-up of that Conservative soul."

  • Line at County Recorder’s Office shows need for marriage equality

    The Iowa District Court said same-sex couples should be allowed to marry

    10:36 AM — New York-based Lambda Legal says the gay couples that lined up outside the Polk County Recorder's office at the end of last week show how important marriage equality is to same-sex couples in Iowa."We are deeply moved by how many same-sex couples rushed to the Recorder's office to apply for marriage licenses," Camilla Taylor, senior staff attorney in the Midwest Regional Office of Lambda Legal and counsel for the six couples in the lawsuit, said in a release."Same- sex couples all across Iowa woke up Thursday morning believing they might never be allowed to marry in their home state, and by the end of the day, a wonderful world had opened up for them.

  • 3rd September 2007

    US priest turns to Uganda to fight homosexuals 3

    US priests are turning to the Ugandan church to fight homosexuality

    4:27 PM — Uganda's Anglican Church consecrated an American priest as bishop yesterday, in order for him to lead his own congregation in Virginia against homosexuality.It is the latest move in the struggle for gay recognition in the Anglican community, following the consecration of two American bishops to the Church of the Province of Kenya .Reverend John Guernsey will now look after the 33 parishes in the US which have agreed to come under the rule of the Province of the Church of Uganda.

  • Lesbians hide sexuality for job interviews

    Lesbians try to disguise their sexuality during interviews

    1:35 PM — Lesbians frequently hide their sexuality in job interviews by changing the way they dress, a study revealed today.Many lesbians admitted disguising their sexuality by dressing 'gender neutral', and most thought they would never get a job if they dressed how they really wanted.Researchers Dr Helen Woodruffe-Burton and Dr Sam Bairstow, who conducted the study at Cumbria and Glamorgan University, gave the problem a name - 'My interview dilemma'.

  • Homophobic Mayor booted from Tourist Development Council 1

    Mr Naugle provoked outrage among Florida's gay community

    12:36 PM — Broward County commissioners in the US state of Florida have had enough of Fort Lauderdale Mayor Jim Naugle and decided to remove him from the Tourist Development Council because of his recent homophobic comments related to the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Broward.Commissioners, upset by the negative impact the Mayor's comments have had on tourism in the area, ousted the Mayor by unanimous vote late last week after repeated warnings asking the Mayor to cease his attacks on the gay community which have included the unfounded accusation that rampant gay sex in public restrooms has been fuelling Broward County's HIV/AIDS crisis.Joining the chorus of those in favour of Mayor's ouster was AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) who applauded the move by the Broward County commissioners.

  • 29th August 2007

    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?"

  • 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.

  • 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).

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