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  • 4th September 2007

    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?"

  • Shanghai landlords urged to shun same-sex couples

    Last year, China banned foreign gay couples from adopting Chinese children in an attempt to stop an influx of foreign nationals wishing to adopt.

    11:30 PM — New rules are being drafted in Shanghai urging landlords not to rent rooms to same-sex partners, according to Reuters.The city's housing bureau has issued a report advocating conservative restrictions on who should and should not be allowed to rent rooms.In addition to same-sex couples, unmarried couples were also included in the ambiguous report which does not make clear whether the new rules would merely become guidelines or be enforced by law.

  • 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).

  • Civil partnerships and marriages to be treated the same by insurers 17

    Nick Starling, the ABI's Director of General Insurance and Health.

    11:30 PM — The Association of British Insurers (ABI) is proposing the abolition of exemptions in insurance law regarding sexual orientation.According to the ABI, insurance companies see no need and do not wish to differentiate for insurance purposes between customers in civil partnerships and married couples.The proposal forms part of the ABI's detailed response to the Government's current consultation on its Discrimination Law Review.

  • 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."

  • 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."

  • 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 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.

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