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  • 18th January 2008

    Kuwaitis arrested for “impersonating opposite sex” 3

    In September 2007, the newspaper Al Arabiya reported a new government campaign to “combat the growing phenomenon of gays and transsexuals“ in Kuwait.

    11:10 AM — A leading human rights charity has drawn attention to the plight of more than a dozen people arrested and jailed under new "dress code" laws in Kuwait.Human Rights Watch has called for them to be released.The law was approved by the National Assembly on December 10th 2007. It criminalises people who "imitate the appearance of the opposite sex."

  • 17th January 2008

    Gay delegates to hold key positions at Democratic convention

    Senators Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama are the frontrunners to win the Democratic party nomination.  photo: jessamyn@flickr.com

    4:10 PM — The executive committee of the US Democratic party's National Committee has approved seven LGBT delegates to three important standing committees.The convention in Denver in August will formally choose the party's candidate for President of the United States.The Advocate reports that prominent LGBT party members have been appointed to the platform, rules, and credentials committees.In all 25 delegates have been selected to serve on the standing committees.

  • US gets first black lesbian mayor 5

    Gay political activists in the US praised Ms Simmons' selection by her fellow city councillors.

    11:45 AM — The city of Cambridge, Massachusetts, has made history after the city council chose Denise Simmons to serve as the first black lesbian mayor in America.The city's more famous namesake in England made history last year when its councillors chose a woman who had transitioned sex as mayor.Gay political activists in the US praised Ms Simmons' selection by her fellow city councillors. Her predecessor, Ken Reeves, was also gay and black.

  • 16th January 2008

    Florida gay marriage ban short on signatures

    There is already a ban on same-sex marriage in Florida.

    2:02 PM — An initiative to ask Florida's citizens to ban gay marriage in the state is more than 20,000 signatures short of the required number, despite claims last month that the target had been reached.Florida4Marriage.org want a question on the 2008 ballot on following amendment to the state's constitution regarding civil marriage.Revised numbers show that the group is 21,989 signatures short of the required 611,009. There are two weeks left until the deadline.

  • Ken launches campaign for third term as Mayor

    The row over pensioner travel is the first in what looks set to be a fractious campaign for Mayor of London.

    1:35 PM — The Mayor of London kicked off his campaign for a third term in office yesterday with a pledge to extend free travel for pensioners.The Freedom Pass for the over 60s and disabled people cannot currently be used before 9am on weekdays.In a bid for the votes of the million pass users in the capital, Ken Livingstone said the new policy "is part of my central goal of ensuring that London's public transport system is reliable and open to every Londoner."

  • Romney and Clinton win in Michigan

    Romney remained in Michigan on Tuesday to drum up last minute votes in the state primary.

    10:25 AM — Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney has pulled off a strong win in the Michigan primary results, beating out his rivals, Arizona Senator John McCain and former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee.Although pre-voting polls had the two top Republican candidates at a virtual tie, Romney pulled off the win with a significant margin.Hillary Clinton, virtually uncontested, won in the Democratic primary.With 77 percent of precincts reporting in, Mitt Romney has been declared the projected winner in the Michigan Republican primary.

  • 14th January 2008

    Paddick launches campaign for London Mayor

    Brian Paddick named improving public transport and increasing affordable housing as other key priorities.

    4:48 PM — The Liberal Democrat candidate for Mayor of London today pledged to cut crime in the city by 20% if elected.Brian Paddick named improving public transport and increasing affordable housing as other key priorities.His launch event was held in Brixton, south London, this morning.Newly elected Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg attended, calling Mr Paddick an achiever and "serious, focused and determined."

  • National poll puts Clinton and McCain in the lead

    Senator Clinton is riding on a positive wave of increased support after her surprising win in New Hampshire.

    11:20 AM — New York Senator Hillary Clinton and Arizona Senator John McCain lead in a new national poll released on Friday by CNN/Opinion Research Group.Taken after the New Hampshire primary, is shows McCain with 34 percent of registered Republicans.On the Democratic side, Clinton leads with a healthy percentage over Illinois Senator Barack Obama.

  • 11th January 2008

    Spanish party pledges to create “family” ministry

    PP have not indicated they intend to amend or abolish gay marriage should they come to power.

    5:30 PM — The main opposition party in Spain has made a bid for conservative and Catholic votes by promising to establish a new "family" ministry if they win the elections in March.Addressing a rally in Toledo yesterday the leader of Partido Popular, Mariano Rajoy, suggested that the "traditional family" needs extra protection.The incumbent Socialist government has legalised same-sex marriage, eased divorce laws and repeatedly clashed with the Roman Catholic Church.

  • Gibraltar gays take age of consent fight to Europe 24

    The Council of Ministers is the highest level of the European body which is responsible for overseeing human rights.

    2:11 PM — Gibraltar's unequal age of consent and discriminatory sexual offences legislation have been taken to the Council of Ministers of the Council of Europe by gay rights group GGR.At present male homosexual sex is legal at 18, rather than 16 for heterosexual and lesbian sex.The Council of Ministers is the highest level of the European body which is responsible for overseeing human rights.Gibraltar is a self-governing overseas territory of the United Kingdom.

  • Gay mayor is Al-Qaeda target

    Mr Delanoe is running for a second seven-year term as mayor of Paris.

    12:50 PM — The Socialist mayor of Paris has been given increased police protection after US security services informed their French counterparts that he might be attacked by terrorists.While monitoring internet traffic related to Al-Qaeda the CIA discovered that Bertrand Delanoe was listed as a target.As mayor of France's biggest city, he is the most prominent gay politician in the country. A police spokesman confirmed that the mayor was being given more security.

  • AIDS mother still waiting for Huckabee meeting 1

    On the campaign trail Mr Huckabee said he would be happy to meet with White-Ginder.

    12:25 PM — US Presidential candidate Mike Huckabee has been accused of breaking his word by failing to meet AIDS activist Jeanne White-Ginder.The former Governor had agreed to a meeting last month after he was heavily criticised for comments he made 15 years ago that people with AIDS should be isolated from the population.Ms White-Ginder is the mother of teenager Ryan White. He raised awareness about AIDS in the early 1980s when he contracted the disease from a blood-clotting agent used to treat haemophilia.

  • Stonewall speaks out about bullying after teen suicide 3

    Gay equality organisation Stonewall has spoken out about the treatment of gay kids in British schools.

    1:55 AM — Gay equality organisation Stonewall has highlighted the treatment of gay kids in British schools after media reports about a teenage girl who committed suicide after a campaign of harassment about her sexuality.In a letter to supporters Stonewall chief executive Ben Summerskill wrote: "A number of newspapers reported the death by suicide on Tuesday of a 14 year-old girl from Sussex who had been reportedly taunted by bullies calling her a lesbian.

  • 10th January 2008

    John Kerry endorses Obama for President

    Candidate Kerry chose Obama, then a mere candidate for the US Senate, to deliver the keynote address.

    7:30 PM — The 2004 Democratic candidate for President of the United States has given his backing to Barack Obama.John Kerry, a decorated Vietnam veteran and Senator from Massachusetts, said that his Illinois colleague can unite the country and transform it.After Hillary Clinton's win in New Hampshire primaries earlier this week the Democratic frontrunners in the race for the White House have been concentrating their efforts on South Carolina.

  • LGBT Labour slam homophobic incitement rebels 100

    “The 12 Labour MP who voted against should be seen as they are - a small irrelevant fringe who should be disgraced by their actions.“

    6:10 PM — The lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans campaign group within the Labour party has said that the small group of party MPs who voted in favour of weakening a new law protecting gay people should be "disgraced by their actions."The Criminal Justice and Immigration Bill passed the Commons last night.It contains a new offence of incitement to hatred on the grounds of sexual orientation. Similar proposals to protect trans people were added to the Bill.

  • Commons debates homophobic hatred and blasphemy 100

    An amendment seeking to abolish blasphemy laws was withdrawn after the government said it had every sympathy for the case.

    5:45 PM — Yesterday MPs discussed the Criminal Justice and Immigration Bill. As expected, a cross-party group of Christian MPs attempted to amend the proposed new offence of incitement to homophobia on the grounds of sexual orientation.They were overwhelmingly defeated.An amendment introduced by Labour MP Jim Dobbin would have allowed criticism of and expression of antipathy towards conduct relating to a particular sexual orientation.

  • Spanish government defiant over Church attacks 40

    The Socialists and PP are only a few percentage points apart in opinion polls.

    12:30 PM — The rift between church and state in Spain showed no signs of healing today after the country's government said it would not accept "moral guardianship" from anyone.Deputy Prime Minister Maria Teresa Fernandez de la Vega said that the Church could no longer impose its morality on the country.Last week the Prime Minister of Spain responded to Roman Catholic leaders after they criticised government policy supporting gay marriage, easier divorces and abortion.

  • Candidate withdraws from White House race

    A Democratic strategist told CNN on Wednesday Richardson plans to formally withdraw from the Presidential race this week.

    10:30 AM — New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson has decided to drop out of the Democratic Presidential candidate race after a disappointing fourth place finishes in the Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire primaries.A source close to Richardson told CNN he will make an official announcement of his resignation of the race on Thursday.Elected as Governor of New Mexico in 2002, he previously served as a US Representative, an Ambassador to the United Nations and as US Secretary of Energy.

  • 9th January 2008

    Government may back abolition of blasphemy laws 100

    Justice minister Maria Eagle has told MPs that the government may support the removal of blasphemy from the statute books.

    11:30 PM — Justice minister Maria Eagle has told MPs that the government may support the removal of blasphemy from the statute books.She was speaking in the House of Commons during the debate on the Criminal Justice and Immigration Bill.MPs from all sides criticised the government for pushing the legislation forward with just over eight hours of debate.

  • Irish gay groups join forces to push equality agenda

    The Irish government is expected to bring forward proposals for a form of civil partnerships in the EU nation at the end of March.

    2:45 PM — Lesbian and gay rights activists in Ireland are to come together on a short-term campaigning platform entitled "100 Days for Equality."The Irish government is expected to bring forward proposals for a form of civil partnerships in the EU nation at the end of March.The Gay and Lesbian Equality Network (GLEN) and the National Lesbian Gay Federation (NLGF) are to join forces with new direct action group LGBT Noise and MarriagEquality.

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