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  • 13th August 2007

    Presidential candidate backtracks over gay choice answer

    After forum panellist Melissa Etheridge asked Richardson twice if he thought people where born homosexual or choose it, his “choice“ answer produced an audible gasp from the studio audience.

    10:51 AM — The Governor of New Mexico and Democratic Presidential hopeful Bill Richardson shifted into damage control mode on Friday, admitting that he "screwed up" when he said being gay was a choice during Logo's televised Presidential forum on gay rights.Richardson apologised to the gay community during interviews with Michelangelo Signorile, host of a SIRIUS Satellite Radiow show OutQ; Kerry Eleveld, news editor of The Advocate; and Andrew Belonsky, editor of the blog Queerty.com

  • 10th August 2007

    Memorial to hate crimes victims launched 1

    The scheme has the support of many public figures, including Democrat US Representative Barney Frank.

    5:03 PM — A gay group in the United States of America is planning a memorial that will commemorate LGBT people murdered because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.The scheme has the support of many public figures, including Democrat US Representative Barney Frank and novelist Chris Rice.The Gay American Heroes foundation aims to inform the public about hate crimes against LGBT people and inspire greater appreciation and acceptance of diversity.

  • Analysis: 2008 candidates jockey for vital gay votes 3

    The two largest national gay political groups issued statements following the forum, suggesting they were disappointed with their responses.

    2:43 PM — There was one jaw-dropping moment in last night's presidential forum on gay issues, and several lean-in-close moments too.While there were no major shifts in previously stated positions, the forum served at least two useful purposes for LGBT voters.It pressed six of the eight Democratic candidates in an unprecedented way on gay-related issues, and gave those candidates an opportunity to make their case for why gay voters should prefer them over the others.

  • City bans all school History Months over gay row

    The school board's efforts to promote diversity last year by designating October as Gay and Lesbian History Month led to a serious and sustained backlash.

    11:24 AM — When pupils return to school in Philadelphia this September, thanks to protests and threats to the school district, there will be no Gay and Lesbian History Month.Officials said they took the decision to keep kids safe and that the threats had worried them.But they also took the principled step of withdrawing recognition from similar history events, among them Hispanic Heritage Month and Asian Pacific American Month.

  • Highs and lows of Presidential debate for gays 3

    Barack Obama said the word marriage was “just semantics.“

    10:55 AM — In the minutes following the historic, first ever presidential forum on LGBT rights and issues presented jointly by Logo and the HRC, those who turned out to see how the six democratic presidential hopefuls did with the issues are readying their battle cries.Barack Obama supporters are gathered at Area in Hollywood, Hillary Clinton's camp is scattered around The Abbey and John Edwards, long thought to be a distant third in the race, gained some definite ground with LGBT voters tonight.

  • 9th August 2007

    Wales’ new gay rights champion

    Liz is a fluent Welsh speaker and was a finalist in the Welsh Learner of the Year in 2002.

    4:46 PM — The lesbian, gay and bisexual organisation Stonewall Cymru has appointed a new Director.Liz Morgan will take the lead in promoting LGB equality across Wales.She has extensive knowledge of equality and diversity and joins Stonewall Cymru from Cardiff Council, where she was Diversity Officer for Adult Services and previously HR Lead Advisor for Equalities.Liz has also served for six months as Acting Director of Stonewall Cymru.

  • Australian government deny trans passport requests

    Foreign Minister Alexander Downer signed an amendment to passport legislation in May.

    12:11 PM — The Foreign Minister of Australia has reversed a policy whereby trans people could obtain a passport stating their "intended sex."The new arrangements were introduced without any consultation and only came to light when a pre-operative trans woman was turned away from the Passport Office in Sydney two weeks ago. SX magazine reports that Stefanie Imbruglia, a cousin of singer Natalie, attempted to obtain a temporary passport so she could travel to Thailand for gender reassignment surgery.

  • Paisley attacked over gay rights law

    In the 1970s the First Minister spearheaded a campaign against the decriminalisation of homosexuality in Northern Ireland, “Save Ulster From Sodomy.“

    11:30 AM — The First Minister of Northern Ireland, Ian Paisley, is under pressure from a Unionist MEP to repeal legislation protecting gay people in the province from discrimination.The Sexual Orientation Regulations, which were imposed by then-Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Peter Hain before self-government resumed, outlaw discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation when accessing goods and services.Their introduction was extremely controversial.

  • 8th August 2007

    More than 90% of gay Americans voted in 2004 election

    92.5% of gay male respondents said they voted in the 2004 Presidential election.

    7:01 PM — A study into the voting patterns of the American gay community has discovered extremely high voter turnout at the last Presidential election.The report, released the day before Democratic candidates for the 2008 race hold their first ever debate for the gay community, shows that a massive 92.5% of gay male respondents said they voted in the 2004 Presidential election and nearly 83.8% voted in the mid-term Congressional elections in 2006.90.7% of lesbians who took part reported that they voted in 2004 and 78% said they voted in 2006.

  • Central American gay activists suffer institutionalised hate

    Donny Reyes told Amnesty International that the other detainees beat him and rape him repeatedly.

    6:45 PM — Defenders of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights in Honduras and Guatemala are being subjected to state-sponsored harassment, death threats and other attacks.The attitude that they are often met with is that they 'get what they deserve.'Although homosexuality is legal in both countries, a new report from Amnesty International has revealed a catalogue of injustices.

  • First Presidential debate for LGBT community tomorrow

    This first televised debate on LGBT issues is sponsored by LOGO and Human Rights Campaign Foundation (HRCF).

    12:07 PM — Seven of the candidates for the Democratic nomination for President of the United States will take part in the first-ever debate for the gay community tomorrow.The 90 minute event will be broadcast live on gay network LOGO and through live streaming at LOGOonline.com and the debate will be the first time the network has broadcast live.Front runners Hilary Clinton, Barack Obama and John Edwards will participate alongside Christopher Dodd, Mike Gravel, Dennis Kucinich and Bill Richardson.

  • 25,000 sign petition for gay rights in Australia

    Prime Minister Howard's Liberal government passed federal legislation in 2004 banning same-sex marriage.

    11:00 AM — The Prime Minister of Australia John Howard will be presented with a petition today demanding an end to discrimination against same-sex couples.An MP from his own party will hand him a copy of the online petition, which has been signed by 25,000 people.It follows a report released in June by Australia's Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission which highlighted the 58 laws that need to be changed to grant gay, bisexual and lesbian Australians equal rights.

  • 7th August 2007

    Political bruiser shows softer side on gay wedding day

    Smitherman was first elected to the Legislature in 1999, representing the downtown Toronto area.

    5:59 PM — One of Canada's most prominent gay politicians, George Smitherman, married his partner Christopher Peloso in a small ceremony in Ontario last week.Smitherman, Ontario's first openly gay cabinet minister, is regarded as one of the most powerful politicians in the Canadian province.He has been Ontario's Minister of Health since 2003, and is also Deputy Premier.

  • Vietnam vet Congressman supports gays in the military

    Joe Sestak, Congress's highest-ranking veteran, served 31 years in the United States Navy and retired in 2005 as a 3-star Admiral.

    5:36 PM — Five new lawmakers, including the highest ranking military veteran in Congress, have joined 126 other lawmakers in supporting legislation to repeal the US military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" ban on lesbian, gay and bisexual service personnel.The Representatives, all Democrats, became co-sponsors of The Military Readiness Enhancement Act on Friday, bringing the total number of supporters to 131.Among them is Joe Sestak, Congress's highest-ranking veteran.

  • White House confirms plans to block gay hate crime law 7

    White House spokesman Tony Fratto told reporters yesterday that President Bush will not sign, even if it means sending the defence bill back to Congress.

    3:34 PM — A White House spokesman has reiterated that President Bush will veto Congressional efforts to extend federal hate crimes legislation to cover gender identity and sexual orientation.Senator Ted Kennedy has attached the new crime measure to a defence authorisation bill, in an effort to persuade the President to accept new protections for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Americans.

  • ‘Lesbian’ soldiers dismissed from Nepalese army

    This is a critical time in the fight for LGBT rights in Nepal.

    12:13 PM — Two female personnel have been kicked out of the army of Nepal on suspicion of being lesbians. The Kathmandu Post reports that the pair were court-martialled after being found in bed with eachother. They said that nothing sexual had occurred, but that charges of lesbianism were brought against them by their superiors.The position of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people in the Himalayan country has considerably worsened in recent months.

  • 6th August 2007

    Black man scared me says cruising politician 4

    Mr Allen told police that he was not loitering in the public toilet looking for sex, according to documents seen by the  Orlando Sentinel.

    5:35 PM — A senior Florida Republican has presented a novel defence for his actions after his arrest on charges of solicitation last month.Bob Allen, co-chairman of the campaign to select Senator John McCain as the Republican US Presidential candidate, was spotted by police in Titusville, Florida on July 11th acting suspiciously at the men's toilets in a park.Officers decided to send a policeman undercover to investigate, and within minutes Mr Allen allegedly agreed to pay him $20 (£10) to allow him to perform oral sex.

  • Archives reveal Churchill’s Cabinet discussed gays

    Prime Minister Winston Churchill bluntly replied that the Tory party were not going to accept responsibility for making the law more lenient towards gay men.

    3:45 PM — New documents released by the National Archives give an enlightening account of the views of Prime Minister Winston Churchill and other Cabinet ministers on homosexual men in 1950s Britain.The notebooks kept by the Cabinet Secretaries contain short handwritten accounts of the conversations of ministers on a range of issues, and have just been released to the public.On the 24th February 1954 the Cabinet discussed the issues of prostitution and homosexuality.

  • Home Office grants will support hate crime victims 1

    A total of £500,000 is being awarded to hate crime and homicide support groups across the country in this round of funding.

    2:25 PM — More than £100,000 of government funding has been awarded to groups working with LGBT communities across the UK to support victims of homophobia and other forms of hate crime.The funding from the Home Office has been given to a range of community and campaign groups.The Intercom Trust was given the largest grant, £28,290, to fund their work in rural south west England.

  • Congress considers HIV treatment bill 3

    Providing treatment for those who are HIV-positive early in the progression of the disease is cost-effective.

    10:50 AM — Congressman Eliot Engel, Speaker of the US House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi and Republican Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen have reintroduced the Early Treatment for HIV Act, a bipartisan bill that will save lives by allowing states to provide Medicaid coverage to low-income, HIV-positive Americans.The legislation addresses a cruel irony in healthcare coverage for low-income people living with HIV/AIDS.

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