27th November 2007
Councillor appeals against gay slur conviction 130
12:50 PM — A Labour party councillor convicted of making false allegations of paedophilia against her gay opponent is due to have her appeal heard today.Miranda Grell was barred from public office for three years, fined £1,000 and ordered to pay £3,000 costs by Waltham Forest Magistrates Court last month.She won a formerly safe Lib Dem seat on the London Borough of Waltham Forest council in last May's elections.
Gulf authorities to pay for gender reassignment 1
12:50 PM — The Bahraini government has agreed to pay for a trans person to undergo gender reassignment surgery in Thailand.According to daily English-language newspaper, Gulf Daily News, 32-year old Zainab Abdulhafed Rabie is due to fly out to Thailand on Thursday to undergo female to male sex correction surgery on Sunday.Rabie hopes to return to represent the Bahrain Disabled Sports Federation in the men's shot put and discus.
Gay escort denies link with Senator
12:50 PM — A gay prostitute has denied having any current involvement with US Senator Trent Lott, whose abrupt resignation yesterday sparked rumours of a sex scandal.According to satirical politics blog, BigHeadDC.com, escort Benjamin Nicholas, whose clientele is said to include politicos, celebrities and businessmen, had a working relationship with Senator Lott.Mr Nicholas says on his website www.benjaminnicholas.com: "First and foremost, I live by the 'Golden Rule' with mutual respect being my priority to each of my guys."
Gay porn linked to nursery assistant murder
12:24 PM — A woman may have been killed by her boyfriend after finding gay porn on his mobile phone, a court heard yesterday.In December 2005 nursery assistant Amanda Bentsi-Addison, 26, was found in Camden north London dying from stab wounds, including one through the heart and a mutilated left breast.The Old Bailey heard close-circuit television footage showed her boyfriend, Darren John, 23, in the same area.
Attorney General backs homophobic incitement law 100
11:50 AM — Baroness Scotland has responded to reports that she does not support a new offence to incitement to hatred on the grounds of sexual orientation.Speaking at a pre-launch event for LGBT History Month 2008 last night, the Attorney General said she fully expected the proposed amendments to the Criminal Justice and Immigration Bill will become law, but pointed out the "appropriately high threshold set by criminal prosecutions of this nature."
Lib Dem MEP joins Tories despite “homophobia”
11:50 AM — The Liberal Democrat MEP who yesterday defected to the Tories had previously accused Conservative leader David Cameron of building an alliance with homophobic politicians in the European Parliament.Sajjad Karim claimed yesterday that Cameron's "incredibly impressive" speech recent speech about immigration had persuaded him to leave the Lib Dems.However, just a few weeks ago he had attacked his new leader for being a political "chameleon," the Times has reported.
One in seven would shun HIV+ friend 2
10:05 AM — One in seven young people in the UK would not want to remain friends with someone diagnosed with HIV, new research has found.The MORI poll, commissioned by the British Red Cross, was conducted in the run up to World AIDS Day, which takes place on December 1st.To help raise awareness and overcome the stigma surrounding the disease, Jean Lambert MEP joined a group of cross-party London politicians last week to prepare meals for housebound HIV sufferers.
Presidential candidates asked about gays in the military
10:05 AM — In conjunction with the 14th anniversary of the signing of the military policy banning gays and lesbians from serving openly in the US military, Human Rights Campaign has asked the leading Democratic presidential hopefuls, "If you are elected President, what concrete steps would you take to overturn 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell?'"Each day this week, one statement will be posted on the HRC Back Story blog at www.hrcbackstory.org. Former Senator John Edwards started things off on Monday.
26th November 2007
Korean activists unite to fight for orientation protection
4:25 PM — The South Korean government removal of 'sexual orientation' from its Anti-Discrimination Bill has galvanised activists in the csountry.The Alliance against Homophobia and Discrimination of Sexual Minorities (AHDSM) was formed earlier this month in response to the changes are outraged by the u-turn.They claim that an investigation conducted by the National Human Rights Commission of Korea showed that discrimination based on sexual orientation, education background and national origin form the basis of most discrimination in South Korea today.
Poland rejects new human rights charter
4:15 PM — Gay activists in Poland have spoken of their dismay that the country's newly-elected government are to continue the policy of opposition to the European Union Charter of Fundamental Rights.Before coming to power earlier this month Donald Tusk had signalled he would sign up to the charter, which broadly mirrors the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the European Convention on Human Rights.Former Prime Minister Jaroslaw Kaczynski of the Law and Justice party had claimed that Poland was "culturally different."
Welsh minister to launch Stonewall report
11:30 AM — The largest ever survey of Wales' lesbian, bisexual and gay population will be unveiled today at the Senedd, the Welsh Assembly building.Dr Brian Gibbons, Minister for Social Justice and Local Government, will deliver the keynote speech at the launch of Counted In! which was commissioned by Stonewall Cymru.The report recommends that the Welsh Assembly provide support and guidance about policies and procedures for organisations looking to embrace equality of opportunity in the workplace.
Government “split” over homophobic incitement law 5
10:45 AM — The government's chief law officer does not support a new offence of incitement to hatred on the grounds of sexual orientation, according to a report in The Times. Baroness Scotland, the Attorney General, has privately clashed with Justice Secretary Jack Straw over the proposals, which form part of the Criminal Justice and Immigration Bill which is before Parliament.The Times reports that Baroness Scotland is concerned the homophobic incitement proposals will be blocked or watered down by the House of Lords.
Interview: Maria Eagle defends homophobic incitement law
10:00 AM — The government's proposal to create a new offence of incitement to hatred on the grounds of sexual orientation has not been met with approval by some leading gay commentators.Well-respected opinion-formers such as Times columnist Matthew Parris and Independent journalist Johann Hari have questioned the need for new laws.Parris said that the gay community does not need protection from ridicule.
24th November 2007
Howard loses his seat as Australia votes for change 1
2:30 PM — John Howard has admitted that he's lost the Australian general election to the the Labour leader Kevin Rudd. Mr Howard became only the second Prime Minister in Australian history to lose his own Parliamentary seat.He said he had telephoned Mr Rudd "to congratulate him on an emphatic victory."Mr Rudd said the country had "looked to the future" he said he will be a Prime Minister "for all Australians."
23rd November 2007
Howard upbeat as Australians go to the polls 1
6:18 PM — Just hours before Australians go to the polls in a federal election, it looks like the predicted landslide win by Labour could turn out to be a close-run thing.The opposition party, out of power since 1996, has seen a consistent lead over the incumbent Liberals halve in one recent poll to 4%.Prime Minister John Howard, seeking a fifth term in office and widely expected to suffer a catastrophic defeat, was upbeat today.
Protests ask Commonwealth to “fight” gays 10
3:25 PM — A group of anti-gay activists has protested in Uganda against gay rights and accused Europeans of trying to change the law to decriminalise homosexuality.The demonstration by the Rainbow Coalition against Homosexuality took place at Kololo airport yesterday, and was led by Pastor Martin Sempa, who has generated large amounts of publicity through his attacks on gay people in Uganda.Her Majesty the Queen is in the African nation to open the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting.
Greens launch campaign for Mayor of London
2:09 PM — Sian Berry today launched her campaign to become Green Mayor of London.Earlier this year the 33-year-old won 45% of the party member's votes to become her party's candidate.Among the Green pledges unveiled at the launch of her campaign at City Hall was a "living wage" of £7.20 an hour for all Londoners working for public employers, cuts to off-peak travel fares and an increase in affordable housing across the capital.
Tatchell to celebrate 40 years of activism 2
12:40 PM — One of the best-known gay rights advocates in Britain will soon be celebrating his 40th year of human rights campaigning.Peter Tatchell began his first campaign in 1967 in his native Australia against the death penalty and opposition to conscription and the Australian and US war against the people of Vietnam."It is a great honour and privilege to have been part of the international human rights movement," said Mr Tatchell.
22nd November 2007
Labour peer defends lesbian sister’s parental rights 20
5:05 PM — The House of Lords continued its debate on the second reading of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology bill yesterday.During the debate a leading Labour peer revealed that his sister is a lesbian who had a child with her partner.Conservative elected hereditary peer Lord Elton said it was "extraordinary" to remove the need for a father. "It seems to me grotesque and unpleasant," he said.
Echoes of Diana as Queen shakes hands with HIV+ man 10
3:50 PM — Her Majesty the Queen visited a clinic for people with AIDS for the first time today.During a state visit to Uganda the monarch shook hands with Steven Wakodo, who is HIV+, echoing the famous handshake between Diana, Princess of Wales and an HIV+ person in April 1987.The Princess's gesture helped overcome the fear of AIDS, demonstrating that the HIV virus cannot be transmitted by touch.