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  • 29th August 2007

    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.

  • 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.

  • Gay university employees will keep partner benefits

    The domestic partner benefits offered by Miami University came under attack by the anti-gay Alliance Defense Fund (ADF) and Brinkman.

    11:27 AM — 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 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," James P. Madigan, staff attorney in Lambda Legal's Midwest Regional Office in Chicago, said in a release.

  • Transexual loses birth certificate court appeal

    AB, from Victoria, appealed to state's Federal Court in July 2005 to have her birth certificate changed from male to female.

    11:27 AM — An Australian transsexual has lost a Federal Court appeal to have her birth certificate changed to alter her sex from male to female.The woman, referred to as AB, completed her surgery to become female in April 2002.AB, from Victoria, appealed to state's Federal Court in July 2005 to have her birth certificate changed from male to female.

  • 28th August 2007

    Anglican bishop compares gay hate to slavery 5

    Bishop Robinson told the BBC that he wants to continue his service.

    5:04 PM — The openly gay Bishop of New Hampshire has attacked the attitudes of homophobic African bishops in an interview with BBC Radio 4 this morning.Gene Robinson spoke openly about his view on the current controversy surrounding the Anglican Church."It's very painful for me," he said. "Coming out of the experience of the United States, where we treated people from Africa as less than human."

  • Ugandan Muslim sect threaten ‘anti-gay squad’

    The Tabliq sect has deemed homosecuality 'abnormal'

    5:02 PM — Muslim youth belonging to the Tabliq movement in Uganda have confirmed they plan to set up 'Anti-Gay Squads' to fight homosexuality.Sheikh Multah Bukenya, a senior cleric in the sect, announced the squads during Friday prayers at Noor Mosque in the capital, Kampala.He said: "We are ready to act swiftly and form this squad that will wipe out all abnormal practices like homosexuality in our society."

  • Cornish police accused of homophobia at Pride 21

    Police action failed to dampen spirits at the event

    3:05 PM — Cornwall's first Gay Pride event earned rave reviews from those who attended, despite complaints of police harassment.Following a unanimous vote by Cornwall Pride's steering committee for police to not be involved in the event, a committee member was promptly arrested and detained for 16 hours before being released without charge.The arrest comes as gay activists in Cornwall persist in calling on local forces to address the homophobia in their ranks.

  • Report highlights South African prejudice

    Ten percent of South Africans believe it is sometimes acceptable for a man to beat his wife

    2:54 PM — South Africans continue to find homosexuality unacceptable, but reassuring figures revealed last week show many people are teaching their children more tolerant attitudes.The South African survey of values, conducted last year by the Centre for International and Comparative Politics at the University of Stellenbosch, shows even those with a negative attitude towards gays are teaching their children to be more tolerant.A scale of acceptability saw South Africans put homosexual acts as more acceptable than prostitution and abortion, but less acceptable than mercy killing and divorce.

  • US Senator found guilty of gay misconduct 6

    Senator Craig supported an amendment to the constitution banning gay-marriage

    12:22 PM — Idaho Senator Larry E. Craig, a Republican politician who has consistently stood against gay rights, has been found guilty of disorderly conduct in an airport bathroom, court spokespersons have revealed.Mr Craig, 62, received a $500 (£250) fine and a year's unsupervised detention but escaped a ten day jail sentence.His political future hangs in the balance, however, following the publication of a detailed account of his behaviour in Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.

  • Project tackles LGBT domestic abuse in Scotland 1

    The new website highlights some aspects of domestic abuse unique to LGBT victims.

    12:15 PM — On Thursday a pilot project which aims to tackle the problem of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people facing domestic abuse in Scotland will be launched.The Scottish government is funding the project as part of its national strategy on domestic abuse.There are at least 500,000 LGBT people living in Scotland. Approximately 1 in 4 of them will experience domestic abuse in their lifetime, which parallels the experience of heterosexual women in Scotland.

  • Malawians oppose McConnell over gay rights 1

    Mr McConnell voted to repeal Section 28 and authorise civil unions

    11:20 AM — Former Scottish First Minister Jack McConnell has been openly challenged by senior Malawian politicians over his support for gay rights before he moves there as High Commissioner.The head of the main opposition party in Malawi - the United Democratic Front - said Mr McConnell's support for the repeal of Section 28 and civil unions meant he was an unsuitable person to act on behalf of the country."To have a man who supports gay rights to come to Malawi is dangerous for us," Friday Jumbe said.

  • Venice offers home to Iranian lesbian facing deportation 12

    Ms Emambakhsh was finally arrested in Sheffield earlier this month and taken to Yarls Wood Immigration Removal Centre in Bedfordshire.

    10:41 AM — The city of Venice has supported the decision of the Italian government to offer asylum to a lesbian due to be deported back to Iran today.Pegah Emambakhsh is currently being detained by British officials. Her sexual orientation and her past life in Iran may lead to her being executed.Even if she is not sentenced to death, she is likely to be prosecuted and tortured by Iran's religious officials.

  • AIDS fundraiser claims he was sacked for not being gay

    Shapiro's suit against the two organisations alleges sexual orientation discrimination and intentional infliction of emotional distress.

    10:35 AM — In a major twist to a discrimination case, former executive director of AIDS/LifeCycle charity filed suit in a Los Angeles courthouse against two nonprofit organisations alleging that he was fired from his position because he was not gay.The L.A. Gay Lesbian Centre and the San Francisco AIDS Foundation are both implicated in the alleged discrimination case.Jeffrey Shapiro was hired earlier this year to help organise the 2007 AIDS/Lifecycle event.

  • 27th August 2007

    Vermont takes first steps toward marriage equality

    The legislature may soon call for gay marriage

    6:15 PM — The Vermont, United States, Legislature may soon take up the issue of 'gay marriage', if the formation of a recent commission is any indication.According to Associated Press reports, the ten-member commission was formed to decide whether the state should consider allowing same-sex couples to marry (civil unions were legalized in 2000).

  • 26th August 2007

    Hungarian homophobic party launches paramilitary wing 3

    The induction ceremony of the Hungarian Guard (source: Jobbik.com)

    11:01 AM — The far-right Hungarian political party, Jobbik, known for their anti-Semitic, anti-Roma and homophobic rhetoric inducted the first members of its paramilitary wing outside the country's Presidential palace in Budapest yesterday.The founding members of Magyar Garda, or the Hungarian Guard, took oaths of allegance in front of over a thousand supporters of the Jobbik party waving red and white striped Arpad flags, similar to those used by the country's pro-Nazi Arrow Cross regime during the Second World War.

  • 24th August 2007

    Ugandan leader asked to end gay harassment 5

    In 2005 Uganda became the first country in the world to introduce laws banning same-sex marriage.

    3:23 PM — Human Rights Watch has written to Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni asking his government to repeal its sodomy laws and end a long record of harassing lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people.Last week the country's deputy Attorney General Fred Ruhindi called for the criminal law to be used against lesbians and gays in Uganda."I call upon the relevant agencies to take appropriate action because homosexuality is an offence under the laws of Uganda," he said.

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