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  • 29th February 2008

    Iranian asylum seeker’s deportation delayed

    Medhi will have to be repatriated to his country of origin because according to the British government, he does not run any risk there.

    10:34 AM — A gay teenager who was due to be deported to the UK earlier this week is still in detention in Holland.19-year-old Medhi Kazemi, who faces possible execution by stoning if he returns to Iran, fled for the Netherlands last year after his appeal for asylum in the UK was refused.He is awaiting the ruling of Dutch court next Monday on whether he should be returned to the UK, who want to deport him to Iran.

  • McCain addresses birthplace questions

    An article in the New York Times on Thursday revisted the question of whether or not McCain is qualified to hold the highest office in the country.

    1:30 AM — Arizona Senator John McCain has finally spoken out about persistent rumours that he is not a 'natural born citizen' of the United States and therefore not eligible to become President.McCain was born in the Panama Canal Zone and some have argued that under the definition of 'natural born citizen', he is cannot be president according to the U.S. constitution.He was born August 29, 1936 at the Coco Solo Air Base in the American-controlled Panama Canal Zone.

  • Presidential candidate picks Green running mate

    The Green Party currently already has four announced candidates.

    1:15 AM — Ralph Nader, who announced this week he will run again for President, has chosen former San Francisco Supervisor Matt Gonzalez as his running mate.Texas-born Gonzalez ran for mayor of San Francisco in 2003 as a Green Party candidate, but lost to Gavin Newsom."I want someone who shares my sense of justice and opposition to corporate state control over our society," Nader said of Gonzalez.

  • Analysis: Obama reaches out to LGBT community 2

    HIV/AIDS was also a focus of Obama's letter to the gay community.

    1:03 AM — Illinois Senator Barack Obama is appealing directly to LGBT voters with new advertisements in Ohio and Texas gay newspapers.The Democratic Presidential contender also released a statement on Thursday targeted to the gay community, asking for support "so that together we can bring about real change for all LGBT Americans."In a statement from the Obama campaign released on Thursday, titled "Open Letter from Barack Obama to the LGBT community," the Senator detailed his history of activism on behalf of gay Americans.

  • 28th February 2008

    Car salesman loses employment tribunal 2

    Mr Hamilton claimed his workmates at a BMW showroom branded him “the nice poof“, “faggot“ and “bender Ben.“

    4:35 PM — A man who claimed that he was forced to leave his job because of homophobic abuse from fellow workers has lost his case at an employment tribunal.Ben Hamilton, 26, was claiming that persistent remarks about his sexuality amounted to constructive unfair dismissal and discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation.The tribunal questioned why he made no complaints about his treatment before he resigned from his job as a salesman at the BMW showroom in Chandler's Ford in October 2006.

  • Gay groups present report at Edinburgh Castle reception

    Communities and Sport Minister Stewart Maxwell hosted the event which also marked LGBT History Month.

    4:15 PM — The LGBT Hearts and Minds Agenda Group has presented a copy of their report into challenging prejudice at a special ministerial reception held yesterday evening at Edinburgh Castle.Communities and Sport Minister Stewart Maxwell hosted the event which also marked LGBT History Month.The group is facilitated by the Scottish Government Equality Unit and is made up of representatives from three national LGBT organisations.

  • Second man released in gay village murder investigation 1

    Inquiries into the circumstances of Mr Douglas' death continue.

    3:55 PM — A 66-year-old man, arrested on Monday on suspicion of murder of Craig Douglas, has been freed on police bail pending further inquiries until 24th March.A 49-year-old man who was also arrested in connection with the incident was earlier released without charge.Inquiries into the circumstances of Mr Douglas' death continue and police are appealing to anyone who witnessed the incident to come forward.

  • Pop star denies chaining escort to wall

    At today's 20-minute hearing at Snaresbrook Crown Court in London he appeared using his real name, George O'Dowd.

    1:50 PM — Boy George, the DJ and former Culture Club singer, has appeared in court to deny assaulting and imprisoning a Norwegian rent boy last April.At today's 20-minute hearing at Snaresbrook Crown Court in London he appeared using his real name, George O'Dowd. He was bailed and he trial will begin on November 24th.It is alleged that 28-year-old Auden Carlsen met the former Culture Club star on website Gaydar.

  • Socialists question First Minister about gay rights 1

    The Northern Irish and Scottish governments meet regularly at the British-Irish Council.

    1:25 PM — The national convenor of the Scottish Socialist party has written to the First Minister of Scotland seeking an assurance that any future meetings with members of the Northern Ireland Assembly would raise the issue of attitudes towards lesbian and gay rights by its ministers.Two DUP members of the Northern Ireland Executive, which operates as a coalition government with Republican party Sinn Fein, have been accused of homophobia.

  • Obama adverts target gay community 1

    Senator Obama smiled at her criticisms of his lack of foreign affairs experience.

    12:40 PM — Presidential candidate Barack Obama has bought advertising in gay newspapers in four cities in the two key primary states of Texas and Ohio.The Advocate reports that full page adverts will appear in titles in Dallas, Houston, Cleveland and Columbus.Democratic primary and caucus participants in the two states vote next Tuesday, along with Rhode Island and Vermont. The delegate-rich Ohio and Texas contests are must-wins for Hillary Clinton.

  • Parents pay tribute to son murdered in gay village 1

    Craig Douglas, who was straight and a father and stepfather, died on Monday after he was stabbed on Canal Street.

    11:20 AM — The parents of a 25-year-old man who was killed in Manchester city centre have paid tribute to their son.Craig Douglas, who was straight and a father and stepfather, died on Monday after he was stabbed on Canal Street.At about 7.30pm that evening, Craig and another man were approached by two men and the four got into an argument on Canal Street close to its junction with Minshull Street and Aytourn Street. Craig was then stabbed in the neck with a small knife.

  • Pride rioter running for office in Moscow

    The Communist Party of Russian Federation is one of the most homophobic in the country.

    10:20 AM — A notorious young Communist who headed mobs intent on homophobic violence during Moscow Pride in 2006 and 2007 is standing for election to the city's council.Pavel Tarasov has also been appearing on national TV as a spokesman for the Communist candidate for President of the Russian Federation, Gennady Zyuganov.Presidential and municipal elections are being held on Sunday. Mr Tarasov participated in two anti-gay riots in the centre of Moscow, according to GayRussia.Ru.

  • 27th February 2008

    Gay charity wins councils grant

    Galop is a safety charity for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.

    8:08 PM — Galop has said it will use £300,000 funding from London's councils to improve its advice service for victims of homophobic hate crime.Galop is a safety charity for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.Theirs was one of five projects supporting the victims of hate crimes and promoting social cohesion have been given a total of £800,000 by London Councils.

  • Tutu calls on Ugandans to protect LGBT community 1

    Desmond Tutu has joined 120 Christian and Jewish leaders in a call to the government of Uganda to stop homophobia in the country.

    7:25 PM — The former Archbishop of Cape Town and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Desmond Tutu has joined 120 Christian and Jewish leaders in a call to the government of Uganda to stop homophobia in the country.In a letter to President Yoweri Museveni they demanded an end to "verbal assaults and legal attacks of your government on the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LBGT) people."Most of the signatories were clergy in the Metropolitan Community Church.

  • Survey reveals extent of homophobic crime in Brighton

    55% of hate crime victims reported it to the police, and 58% said they felt police response has improved in the last five years.

    4:45 PM — It is often regarded as the most gay-friendly place in the UK, but new research has revealed that transphobic and homophobic crime are a fact of life for many in Brighton.The Count Me In survey by Dr Kath Browne, from the University of Brighton, and the Spectrum forum, revealed that 73% of lesbian, bisexual, trans or gay residents have been the victim of a hate crime.The same number said they avoid public displays of affection. 55% of hate crime victims reported it to the police.

  • Princess to attend gay meeting and discuss prejudice 1

    The 36-year-old Royal, who has three daughters, is married to the heir to the throne, the Prince of Orange.

    4:25 PM — In an announcement described by LGBT activists as "historically significant," a spokesman for the Dutch Royal Family has confirmed that the country's future Queen will attend a gay rights conference.Argentinean-born Princess Maxima, the wife of Crown Prince Willem-Alexander, will meet delegates from Holland's major cities at the event and speak out against the exclusion of gay people.A royal spokesman said: "The Princess is in favour of equal rights of all groups in the Netherlands."

  • Police officer loses promotion over gay Facebook entries

    On his Facebook page Inspector Dreyfus had posted graphic details of his sex life.

    3:30 PM — Bedfordshire police have withdrawn a job offer to an Inspector with the British Transport police after discovering he was the subject of a written warning over his Facebook profile.Chris Dreyfus, who is gay, had been offered the rank of Chief Inspector, but a background check revealed the disciplinary action.On his Facebook page Inspector Dreyfus had posted graphic details of his sex life and photos of him posing in his uniform at a tube station in London.

  • Homophobia accusations over rejected sauna bid 5

    Blackpool City Council has been accused of prejudice after rejecting an application to open a gay sauna.

    1:10 PM — Blackpool City Council has been accused of prejudice after rejecting an application to open a gay sauna.The chair of the development control committee said it would have a detrimental effect on the area, create extra traffic and be "out of character with the area," according to Blackpool Today.Leader of the council, Councillor Peter Callow, said: "When you have got a sauna that is male only and planning to stay open until midnight it does not leave much to the imagination."

  • Teen’s murder outrages trans groups in Florida 43

    Simmie Williams Jr, 17, was gunned down last weekend on a street corner in Broward County, Florida.

    12:45 PM — Simmie Williams Jr, 17, was gunned down last weekend on a street corner in Broward County, Florida.Williams was wearing a dress when he was attacked and is believed to have been gay or transgender.Police are investigating the murder as a possible hate crime based on the words witnesses say were exchanged before the shooting.

  • McCain apologises over “Barack Hussein Obama” comments

    At a McCain gathering in Ohio on Tuesday, Cunningham degraded Obama and called him several times by his middle name, Hussein.

    12:20 PM — Republican Presidential candidate John McCain found himself forced to apologise after radio talk show host Bill Cunningham used his campaign rally as a platform for a ranting attack against Barack Obama.At a McCain gathering in Ohio on Tuesday, Cunningham degraded Obama and called him several times by his middle name, Hussein, in a reference to former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein.Cunningham hosts several radio talk show programs sydicated on over 300 stations.

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