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  • 23rd August 2007

    Congress frustrates Foley scandal investigation

    Foley allegedly sent some 'overly-friendly' e-mails in August 2005 to a former page who was 16 years old at the time.

    3:54 PM — Police in Florida have revealed they are being prevented from fully investigating the sexually-explicit internet communications between a former Congressman and male teenage House pages.Republican Mark Foley represented the state's sixteenth district in the House of Representatives for 11 years and was chairman of the House caucus on missing and exploited children.He resigned in September 2006 after ABC News reported he sent messages to current and former underage pages with references to sexual acts and genitalia.

  • Gay rights decision rests with Australian PM

    Despite hopes that those inequalities may be addressed by the Howard government, gay marriage is still off the agenda.

    3:25 PM — After a heated meeting of the Cabinet on Monday, the final decision about whether gay and lesbian couples in Australia will be given equal rights will be made by Prime Minister John Howard.His senior government colleagues are split on the issue. Some feel it is not a priority for the government ahead of elections later this year and are concerned about the cost of reforms.Other Cabinet members, especially those with sizable gay communities in their constituencies, argue that equal provision in areas such as Medicare and pensions must be in place before going to the polls.

  • San Diego set to erect statue of ‘intolerant’ mayor 6

    The worst of the American spirit?

    2:29 PM — Gay groups and Latinos are uniting to fight plans for a statue of former mayor Pete Wilson to be erected in San Diego's downtown Horton Square.The former mayor, who is credited with revitalising the downtown area in the 1970's, is despised by immigrant groups for his attempts to deny illegal immigrants health and education benefits and by the gay community for his regressive views on sexuality."During Mayor Wilson's administration, it was like the dark ages for us," said gay activist Nicole Murray-Ramirez.

  • Persecution claims fail to halt deportation

    Mr Zuniga is slated for deportation to Mexico City.

    1:46 PM — The Canadian Border Services Agency has refused to back down in the face of claims its deportation of a young Mexican man will condemn him to persecution and violence.Leonardo Zuniga, 25, arrived in Canada in 2004, filing an unsuccessful refugee claim that was appealed.Since then he has been a model citizen, volunteering with various Toronto social agencies and picking up an award for photography and queer activism.

  • Florida mayor uses HIV to attack Florida gays 2

    Mayor Naugle faces opposition from medical experts and scientists.

    1:17 PM — Fort Lauderdale mayor James Naugle caused outrage among Florida's gay community yesterday after he called a news conference announcing a drive against promiscuous gay sex.Framing the move as a public health initiative designed to cut down on HIV transmission, the conference nevertheless included prominent religious activists, including radio DJ Janet Folger of Faith2Action and Gary Cass, president of the Christian Anti-Defamation League."I think Broward County is forever changed from this exercise," Mr Naugle said.

  • Violence against Dutch gays on the increase 5

    Labour and the Christian Democrats are calling for tougher punishments for anti-gay violence

    1:17 PM — Over half of Dutch gays feel less safe than they did a year ago, a new survey carried out by current affairs programme EenVandaag has revealed.Sixty-four per cent of anti-gay incidents were verbal but 12 per cent resulted in physical abuse.Amsterdam's image in the Netherlands as the 'gay capital of the world' is also under threat as the survey revealed gays there were more fearful than in other parts of country.

  • Homophobic Christian thinks gays are all white 13

    Mr Green was arrested last year for handing out leaflets at Cardiff Mardi Gras which included quotes saying homosexuality is wrong.

    11:45 AM — Stephen Green, an activist with extremist group Christian Voice, has questioned the presence of racist group the National Front at Pride events, on the basis that "homosexuals are not black or Asian as a rule."The controversial preacher made his observation as part of his report on the group's website about his protest at this year's Brighton Pride celebrations.He also complains that the NF are "copying" his idea of protesting at gay events.

  • Russian gay activist defiant over outing politician 2

    Mr Alexeyev claimed that Mr Chuev's gay relationships were well-known in the 1990s before he became a politician.

    11:20 AM — Nicolas Alexeyev, one of the main organisers of Moscow Pride, was interrogated by police yesterday over an incident on live TV where he outed a leading Russian politician.He referred to Article 51 of the Russian Constitution, which allows citizens not to give evidence against themselves, but also said he can produce proof that MP Alexander Chuev is homosexual.Mr Alexeyev also revealed yesterday that gay activists will picket the offices of Mr Chuev's political party, Fair Russia, next month, under the slogan "I also know that Chuev is gay."

  • 22nd August 2007

    Legal challenge to pink prison uniforms

    In some jails in the state, prisoners who break the sex act rule are placed in an area where women prison staff do not work.

    3:15 PM — The American state of South Carolina's prisons director has defended a two-year-old policy of making detainees who perform sex acts in front of prison officers wear pink.An inmate has brought a lawsuit, claiming the colour pink puts prisoners in danger.The punishment is designed to protect female prison staff from sexual behaviour.

  • Boris Johnson hits back at his critics 16

    Mr Johnson today told PinkNews.co.uk: “This is a measure of the desperation of Ken and his cronies.“

    2:30 PM — Henley MP Boris Johnson, one of four contenders for the Conservative party nomination for Mayor of London, has responded to a document from a left-leaning organisation listing his previous comments on race, homosexuality and other issues.In the 17-page document, entitled Boris Johnson: A Member of the Tory Right, Compass called the well-known politician "a type of Norman Tebbit in clown's uniform"They also said he is "by far the most right wing candidate ever to be presented by a major party for Mayor of London."

  • Left-wing group attack Boris Johnson’s gay views 7

    In April 2000 Boris Johnson attacked, “Labour's appalling agenda, encouraging the teaching of homosexuality in schools, and all the rest of it.“

    11:50 AM — He may not even be the Tory candidate for London Mayor yet, but frontrunner Boris Johnson is already the subject of a 17-page pamphlet from a left-leaning thinktank outlining his previous contentious statements on a range on issues.The Conservative party are selecting their candidate via an open primary, in which all Londoners on the electoral register can take part.The selection process, by phone and ballot, closes on 26th September and the Tory candidate will be announced soon after.

  • Nigeria ‘gay wedding’ accused will not face death penalty 21

    The case has received considerable press attention in Nigeria.

    11:15 AM — A group of men arrested at a hotel in northern Nigeria and initially accused of sodomy have appeared in court charged with "indecent dressing" and vagrancy.18 men were charged and five were bailed, causing disturbances by Muslim youths on the streets of the city of Bauchi.The men, who were detained by police earlier this month, come from different parts of Nigeria and were allegedly dressed in women's clothes.

  • Gay groups challenge California gay marriage ban

    The 15 represented couples have made life-long commitments to each other.

    10:44 AM — In briefs filed last week with the California Supreme Court, a coalition of gay groups contend that California violates its own constitution by denying same-sex couples the freedom to marry."When two people fall in love and decide to get married, they are saying to the world, 'this is my family; this is my dream for the future,'" Tamara Lange, a senior staff attorney with the ACLU, said in a release.The American Civil Liberties Union, the National Centre for Lesbian Rights and Lambda Legal filed the briefs.

  • Homphobic mayor sends mixed messages over gay tourism 2

    On a local South Florida morning radio show, Mitchell and Morely, Mayor Naugle sang a different tune on the subject of gay tourism.

    10:23 AM — Embattled Fort Lauderdale Mayor Jim Naugle, who has come under intense pressure from a US gay organisations for making insensitive and demoralising public comments about the gay and lesbian community, has been sending mixed messages as of late on his thoughts about gay tourism.A press release from Fight OUT Loud, a Fort Lauderdale based non-profit organisation dedicated to helping GLBT individuals fight discrimination and hate, shows Mayor Naugle voted just this year to increase spending on the gay tourism market.

  • 21st August 2007

    Ugandan churches demonstrate against gay acceptance 5

    There has been rising tension in the country over gay and lesbian rights in Uganda.

    12:40 PM — Following last week's historic press conference by gay rights advocates in Uganda, the Christian churches in the country showed their disapproval today with a demonstration.It was the first anti-gay rally in the country's history and was organised by the Uganda Joint Christian Council.UJCC member churches include the Roman Catholic and Anglican Church of Uganda. The organisation's mission is to uphold Christian values and address issues of human rights and social justice.

  • Nigerian bishops to boycott Anglican conference 13

    Nigeria's Peter Akinola, who leads the conservative 'Global South' representing at least a third of global Anglicans, said hopes for a unified communion were as dim as ever.

    12:40 PM — The Church of Nigeria gave its strongest indication yet on Monday that it would boycott next year's conference of global Anglicans to protest against what it called "intransigence" by pro-gay U.S. and Canadian churches.American liberals and conservatives from Africa, Asia and Latin America have been locked in a battle for the soul of the 77-million strong Anglican Communion for over a decade.

  • Iranian lesbian deportation delayed 57

    If Pegah does return to Iran as planned, her sexual orientation and her past life in Iran may lead to her being executed.

    12:40 PM — An Iranian lesbian who has been denied refuge by the British government is due to be deported to Tehran this month, where she faces almost certain death.Pegah Emambakhsh is currently being detained by British officials.If she does return to Iran on 28th August as planned, her sexual orientation and her past life in Iran may lead to her being executed.

  • Chilean court delivers controversial sodomy conviction 2

    The ruling was the first sodomy conviction to be issued in Region II since the country's criminal law procedures were overhauled in 2001.

    12:05 PM — Gay rights activists in Santiago, northern Chile are outraged by a recent sodomy conviction in a Chilean court, stating that it is evidence of a bias against homosexuals in Chilean law.The Santiago Times reported last week that a panel of judges in Antofagasta, Region II, had found a 47-year-old labourer guilty of sodomising a 17-year-old male.Because the accused had no previous criminal record, the court sentenced him to 41 days in jail - far less than the 541-day jail term prosecutors had recommended.

  • 20th August 2007

    Mormon attitude towards homosexuality softens 5

    All sex outside of marriage is forbidden for Mormons.

    6:10 PM — A new instruction pamphlet issued by the Mormon church advises parents not to reject gay children, in what is being seen as a softening of attitudes towards homosexuality.God Loveth His Children, is aimed at church members who are "troubled with same-gender attraction" and was released at the end of July.It states that gay people do not "choose" their orientation and counsels that homosexuals should remain celibate.

  • Australian PM may support some gay rights

    Prime Minister Howard is reported to be “quite supportive“ of the changes.

    5:13 PM — A series of measures to ensure equality for gay and lesbian Australians is to be considered by the country's Cabinet later today.The Sydney Morning Herald reports that Prime Minister John Howard may be persuaded by colleagues to support legal and financial rights for same-sex couples.An MP from the ruling Liberal party, Warren Entsch, supports gay rights. He told the paper that he has been swamped with emails from evangelical Christians objecting to equal treatment.

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