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Politics

  • 29th February 2008

    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

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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

    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."

  • 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."

  • 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.

  • Condoleezza challenged over discrimination against gay staff 1

    A former US ambassador left his post at the State Department after criticising Condoleezza Rice's treatment of gay people.

    12:10 PM — The only out lesbian in the US Congress has challenged the country's Secretary of State about unequal treatment of lesbian and gay staff in her department.In December a former US ambassador left his post at the State Department after criticising Condoleezza Rice's treatment of gay people.Michael E Guest retired after more than 26 years as a form of protest against regulations that he considered as unfair to same-sex partners of foreign service officers.

  • Obama endorsed by former Presidential rival

    Both the Obama campaign and the Hillary Clinton campaign courted Dodd for his endorsement.

    10:30 AM — Illinois Senator Barack Obama received the endorsement of former Presidential candidate Chris Dodd yesterday.The Connecticut Senator said at a press conference in Cleveland that he is "deeply proud to be the first 2008 Democratic Presidential candidate to endorse Barack Obama."In endorsing Obama, Dodd urged Democrats to "come together, to get behind this candidacy."

  • 26th February 2008

    War of words over photos of Obama in traditional dress

    The picture has been released, allegedly by staffers for his rival for the Democratic nomination for President, Senator Hillary Clinton.

    4:15 PM — When visiting his father's homeland of Kenya two years ago, Presidential candidate Barack Obama wore a traditional white turban and a wraparound white robe presented to him by elders.In the febrile atmosphere of the 2008 primaries, that picture has been released, allegedly by staffers for his rival for the Democratic nomination for President, Senator Hillary Clinton.The public scrapping between the only female and the only black candidate in the race for the White House has reached a new low.

  • Petition calls for repeal of repressive gay sex law 2

    The International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), which Morocco has ratified, bars interference with the right to privacy.

    2:40 PM — A human rights movement has called on the Moroccan government to repeal a law that demands prison terms for consensual homosexual acts.The petition, launched by Human Rights Watch and the Moroccan Human Rights Association, also asks for the release of six men currently imprisoned under this article of the penal code, and demands that the government protect the rights to privacy and a fair trial.Police arrested the six men in November 2007, after a video was circulated on the internet.

  • Gay Iranian due for deportation today 6

    London Liberal Democrat MEP Baroness Sarah Ludford has written to the Home Secretary to request her to urgently review the case of 19-year-old Medhi Kazemi.

    1:25 PM — A gay teenager from Iran who fled the UK for the Netherlands last year after his appeal for asylum was refused is expected to be returned to the UK today by Dutch authorities.London Liberal Democrat MEP Baroness Sarah Ludford has written to the Home Secretary to request her to urgently review the case of Medhi Kazemi, who faces possible execution by stoning if he returns to Iran.At the end of last year a court in the Netherlands ruled Medhi must be returned back to the UK.

  • Spanish Prime Minister vows to defend gay rights 2

    Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero has called a general election for March 9th.

    12:50 PM — In an interview with a gay magazine, the leader of Spain's Socialist party has promised to fight any attempt to remove or weaken gay rights laws he has introduced as Prime Minister.Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero has called a general election for March 9th. During his four years in office he has legalised gay marriage and given same-sex couples the right to adopt.The lead up to the election has been marked by bad-tempered exchanges between the government and the Roman Catholic church.

  • Mayoral candidates to speak at anti-homophobia day launch 57

    A message of support for the IDAHO campaign will be read on behalf of incumbent Mayor Ken Livingstone.

    12:50 PM — Mayoral candidates, government ministers, students and academics and national and international LGBT campaigners are all gearing up for the launch of International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO-UK 2008), which take place at the London College of Fashion on March 13th.A message of support for the IDAHO campaign will be read on behalf of incumbent Mayor Ken Livingstone. Mayor of London. Richard Barnes the Conservative Leader on the London Assembly, Brian Paddick, Liberal Democrat candidate for Mayor, and Sian Berry, the Green candidate will also be speaking.

  • International gay rights convention not feasible says minister 2

    Ms Munn referred to a joint statement she made last year as Minister for Women and Equality.

    12:30 PM — A Labour MP has asked a series of questions in the House of Commons about what steps the government is taking to bring about the universal decriminalisation of homosexuality.Ashok Kumar, who represents Middlesbrough South East Cleveland, also asked junior Foreign and Commonwealth Office minister Meg Munn to support the introduction of an international convention which explicitly recognises gay rights as essential human rights.Ms Munn referred to a joint statement she made last year as Minister for Women and Equality.

  • Jamaican gay cop fears for his life 2

    International human rights organisations have described Jamaica as one of the most homophobic places in the world.

    12:01 PM — A 24-year-old police officer is in hiding in Jamaica after being abused and attacked by fellow officers because of his sexuality.Michael Hayden told the Toronto Star that he wants to seek asylum in Canada.A leading gay rights activist from Jamaica, Gareth Henry, did so last week, claiming that thirteen of his gay and lesbian friends had died in the last four years.

  • Gay rights group makes progress with government

    Malta, a British colony until 1964, has around 400,000 inhabitants and is the smallest EU state in terms of both size and population.

    12:01 PM — A gay rights group in Malta on Monday presented a petition to the country's ruling party asking for formal recognition of the rights of same sex couples.The petition presented to Malta's 'Partit Nazzjonalista' (Nationalist Party) by the Malta Gay Rights Movement (MGRM) was backed by 1,084 signatures.It also requested the inclusion of an article in the Criminal Code regarding homophobic and transphobic violence, and a clear strategy addressing homophobic and transphobic bullying in schools.

  • Comedian backs “bitch” Hillary for President 1

    Even Hillary Clinton herself seems to be a fan of the SNL episode.

    10:40 AM — 30 Rock star Tina Fey set the bloggersphere on fire this week with a pro-Hillary Clinton rant on the first episode of Saturday Night Live since the Writer's Guild of America strike ended.Saying "bitch is the new black," Fey gave a passionate, thinly veiled endorsement of Clinton on SNL, urging voters on Texas and Ohio to "get on board" and vote for the Democratic Presidential candidate.As a special guest on the show, Tina Fey was quick to step right back into her old place on the show.

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