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  • 22nd January 2008

    Lesbian and gay parental rights approved by Lords 20

    The debate was well-attended, with more than fifteen peers speaking for and against the government.

    5:30 PM — Legislation that will grant new rights to gay and lesbian parents has been approved by the House of Lords.The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill proposes new recognition of same-sex couples as legal parents of children conceived through the use of donated sperm, eggs or embryos.A woman who gives birth and her civil partner will both be recognised as the parents of a child conceived through assisted reproduction.

  • Elton donates motorcycles for medical emergencies

    John had travelled to Lesotho during a tour of southern Africa with his partner David Furnish and decided to give away the bikes.

    11:50 AM — British pop star Elton John has donated 120 motorcycles to the government of Lesotho so that doctors and nurses can use them to treat medical emergencies in the mountains.John had travelled to Lesotho during a tour of southern Africa with his partner David Furnish and decided to give away the bikes.The donation was a part of the Riders for Health Programme that John funds through his organisation Elton John AIDS Foundation.

  • Nominate your LGBT community hero 4

    In this year's New Year's Honours List, more than 4 in 5 of all the

    11:50 AM — Prime Minister Gordon Brown is calling on communities across thecountry to identify the local heroes who they believe should be honoured by the nation.In this year's New Year's Honours List, more than 4 in 5 of all theOBEs and MBEs awarded went to people who have carried out valuablecharitable or voluntary work, either as a career or in their spare time.The government wants local communities to help identify the unsung heroes who have made the best contributions so that they can be put forward for consideration.

  • Researchers contrite over gay MRSA story 1

    The press release was picked up by the media throughout the world, with at one story in the London tabloid newspaper, Metro it as the “new HIV”, and others calling MRSA a “gay disease”.

    11:50 AM — Public affairs officials in San Francisco have apologised for the way in which a statement last Tuesday about gay men being more vulnerable to a new super-resistant strain of the MRSA superbug was handled.Parts of the tabloid press dubbed it a "new HIV."In a new statement on their website, the University of California at San Francisco's (UCSF) Department of Public Affairs states they "regret that our recent news report ... contained some information that could be interpreted as misleading."

  • US evangelicals rate gays as top election issue 4

    23% of voters said the “political efforts of conservative Christians“ are a major problem facing the country.

    11:15 AM — A survey has revealed that for evangelical Christians in the United States homosexuality is one of the key issues in the 2008 election.The Barna Group's research found that in this important group of voters abortion was the most pressing problem their country faces for 94%.For 75% of evangelicals "homosexual lifestyles" or the "political efforts of homosexual activists" were a concern. Among the general population only 35% agreed.

  • Swedes supportive of gay marriage 5

    Six of the seven parties represented in Sweden's parliament are in support of gay marriage.

    10:45 AM — A new poll has found that a majority of people in Sweden support moves to grant gay and lesbian couples full marriage.The three opposition parties in Sweden have said they may force a bill through parliament to extend marriage to gay and lesbian couples.Under current laws, dating back to 1987, marriage is defined as being between a man and a woman.

  • McCain’s win in South Carolina a “significant boost”

    South Carolina voters indicated they were more concerned about the economy than about illegal immigration, the war in Iraq or terrorism.

    10:20 AM — Arizona Senator John McCain has been declared the winner in the South Carolina primary results, beating out former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee for a significant win in the first Southern primary.Former Tennessee Senator Fred Thompson won over former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney to take third place in the race.McCain led over Huckabee with 33 percent to 30 percent in a tight race.

  • 21st January 2008

    Lords ready for fight over gay parents 20

    Today the Lords will discuss a change in abortion law.

    1:05 PM — Conservative peers and senior churchmen will this week attempt to block new legislation that will give more rights to lesbian and gay parents.Leading gay rights opponent Lord Tebbit, a former Cabinet minister under Margaret Thatcher, wants to defeat proposals that would allow two parents of the same sex to be listed on a child's birth certificate.The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill includes new recognition of same-sex couples as legal parents of children conceived through the use of donated sperm, eggs or embryos.

  • Irish authority calls for trans equality review

    The tender documents say that the new report should also explicitly identify trans people as covered under the gender ground.

    1:05 PM — Ireland's Equality Authority is seeking tenders for a report on extending equal status legislation to cover discrimination against trans people.The Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform is reviewing the grounds covered by the Equal Status Acts, which outlaw discrimination on the grounds of gender, marital status, family status, age, disability, sexual orientation, race, religion and membership of the Traveller community.

  • Obama references gays in Martin Luther King speech 1

    Senator Barack Obama is arguably the first African-American candidate with a realistic shot at the White House.

    11:10 AM — The only United States federal holiday honouring an African-American is celebrated today, and Democratic candidates in the Presidential races have evoked the memory of Martin Luther King in their bid for the White House.Celebrated on the third Monday in January, Martin Luther King Day will be marked with a debate between the Democratic candidates sponsored by the Congressional Black Caucus and broadcast on CNN.Martin Luther King Day was signed into law by a Republican President, Ronald Reagan, in 1983.

  • Gay Christians warn of evangelical commissioner’s anti-gay crusade 3

    The Evangelical Alliance is one of the most strident voices against gay rights in the UK.

    10:40 AM — The Lesbian and Gay Christian Movement has claimed that one of the Equality and Human Rights commissioners should never have been appointed.In a ten-page dossier the LGCM states that Joel Edwards, who is director of The Evangelical Alliance, "has tried to stall or frustrate the passage of almost every single legislative reform or repeal promoting justice and fairness for the UK's lesbian and gay citizens."The EHRC is designed to promote a fair, equal and diverse society and tackling illegal discrimination.

  • Paddick advertises crime message on PinkNews.co.uk

    Mr Paddick's adverts targets the incumbent Mayor's record on violent crime in London.

    10:21 AM — The Liberal Democrat contender for Mayor of London is targeting LGBT voters with adverts on PinkNews.co.uk.Brian Paddick, who as Deputy Assistant Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police was the most senior out gay officer in the UK, was chosen as the party's candidate in November.Londoners will go to the polls on May 1st. Ken Livingstone is standing for the Labour party and seeking a third term in office. Boris Johnson, the MP for Henley, is the Conservative candidate. Sian Berry is standing for the Green party.

  • 20th January 2008

    Home Secretary won’t walk the streets of Hackney 1

    Jacqui Smith said she didn't think people walk in Hackney at night

    2:50 AM — Home Secretary Jacqui Smith has told the Sunday Times that she wouldn't walk the streets of Hackney (East London), an area with a burgeoning LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered) population, at night. Ironically, fellow Home Office Minister, Meg Hillier is the MP for Hackney South and Shoreditch.Asked by the newspaper if she would walk alone in Hackney Ms Smith replied: "Well, no, but I don't think I'd have ever have done."

  • McCain beats Huckabee in South Carolina 2

    John McCain beat John Huckabee

    2:50 AM — In the South Carolina primaries, John McCain beat Mike Huckabee by 33 per cent to 30 per cent. Mr Huckabee last week compared gay marriage to "a man and an animal."In the Nevada Democratic caucus, New York Senator Hillary Clinton scored 51 per cent of the vote compared to Barack Obama's 45 per cent. Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney has been declared the winner in the Republican Nevada caucus, leading over rival Arizona Senator John McCain by a wide margin.

  • 18th January 2008

    NZ commission suggests more rights for trans people

    80% of trans people in New Zealand had experienced discrimination.

    5:30 PM — The Human Rights Commission in New Zealand has recommended that citizens should be able to alter their sex on documents such as passports and birth certificates.Following a two-year study the commission has said the country's Human Rights Act should be amended to make gender identity discrimination illegal."Forms of discrimination and harassment ranged from low-level (avoidance and insults) to very severe (violent physical and sexual assaults)," the commission said.

  • Huckabee compares gay marriage to bestiality 19

    Since winning the Iowa primary earlier this month, the evangelical Christian has become a serious contender for the White House.

    2:15 PM — Mike Huckabee, one of the leading contenders for the Republican party nomination for President of the United States, has said he wants to change the country's Constitution to ban abortion and compared gay relationships to "a man and an animal."In an interview with an online religious magazine Huckabee, a former Baptist preacher, said: "I think the radical view is to say that we're going to change the definition of marriage so that it can mean two men, two women, a man and three women, a man and a child, a man and animal."

  • 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.

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