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  • 8th February 2008

    Civil rights leader joins marriage equality fight

    Julian Bond has been a frontline leader in the movements for civil rights and economic justice.

    11:28 PM — The national chairman of National Association for the Advancement of Coloured People, the oldest civil rights group in America, is to join the Fairness for All Families Campaign.Julian Bond, described as "an icon in the civil rights movement for nearly 50 years" and long time national Chairman of the NAACP, will serve on the honorary Board of the campaign.He joins former US Attorney General Janet Reno on the board of Fairness for All Families.

  • Turks reject gays or atheists as neighbours 7

    Turkey is a candidate country for EU membership, but concerns about human rights are one factor frustrating negotiations.

    3:25 PM — A survey of Turkish attitudes has found that the vast majority would not want to live next to a gay person.1,579 persons in 41 cities were polled by Bahcesehir University's Economic and Social Research Centre.The results show that Turks are generally happy, think their country will join the EU if it meets all the criteria, but do not want to live next door to people with different identities.

  • ‘Gay’ executions imminent in Iran, claims Amnesty 18

    All death sentences in Iran must be approved by the Head of the Judiciary.

    3:05 PM — Human rights pressure group Amnesty International has warned that two men may soon be executed by being thrown off a cliff, an Islamic punishment for homosexual sex.Six men were sentenced by a court in May 2007 of having abducted two young men in the city of Arsanjan, to the east of Shiraz, stealing their property and raping them.Tayyeb Karimi and Yazdan (surname unknown) were sentenced to death by the judge, who stipulated they be thrown from a height.

  • Huckabee endorsed by evangelical Christians 3

    Arizona Senator McCain has than 707 nominating delegates to Governor Huckabee's 195.

    2:35 PM — A former Baptist minister who wants the Republican party nomination for US President has been backed by one of the most influential evangelicals in America.James Dobson from Focus on the Family is notorious for his homophobic views. His endorsement of former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee was announced yesterday.Focus on the Family claims to be a non-partisan organisation that "nurtures and develops families."

  • Analysis: Barack and Clinton’s numbers game 7

    A brokered convention is only further evidence of a bitterly divided Democratic party. photo: jessamyn@flickr.com

    10:44 AM — On Tuesday Senator Hillary Clinton managed to secure a slight edge over Barack Obama in terms of the number of delegates won over the course of 22 nationwide primaries.While Clinton used her experience, star quality, deep political connections and long-term history to score eight major wins in delegate rich states like California, Massachusetts, New York and New Jersey, Obama played to his oratorical and organisational strengths in smaller states.

  • 7th February 2008

    Romney withdraws from White House race

    He was weakened by defeat in Iowa at the hands of Huckabee and in New Hampshire at the hands of McCain.

    6:02 PM — Mitt Romney has dropped out of the contest to become the Republican party nominee for President of the United States.The former Governor of Massachusetts met with aides most of yesterday to discuss his next step.On Tuesday, when almost half of the states chose a Republican candidate, he was roundly defeated by Senator John McCain and lost a string of Southern states to Mike Huckabee, the former Governor of Arkansas.

  • California and New York gays voted for Hillary 7

    Senator Clinton, 60, won eight states, including many with large populations and therefore a high number of delegates.

    4:10 PM — Exit polling during Super Tuesday's Democratic primaries in two key states found that a clear majority of gay, lesbian and bisexual voters supported Hillary Clinton.The Advocate reports that in California, the most populous state in the US, 4% of voters told pollsters they are gay, lesbian or bisexual and 63% voted for the Former First Lady, with 29% voting for Barack Obama.In New York, the only other state where voters were asked about their sexuality, 7% said they were LGB.

  • Police will target drugs at Sydney Mardi Gras 2

    This year marks the 30th anniversary of Mardi Gras.

    3:50 PM — New South Wales police have warned gay revellers at Australia's biggest party that they have a zero tolerance approach to drugs.Sydney's month of Mardi Gras celebrations culminates on March 1st with the world-famous parade and a Sleaze Ball and the Good Vibrations music festival attended by more than 35,000 people.Police said they will be using sniffer dogs and more than 100 officers to stop people using drugs. Last year 20 people were charged with possession at last year's parade.

  • “Gay wedding” men released from jail in Senegal 5

    Senegal is one of the few Francophone African countries that penalises homosexuality.

    3:35 PM — A group of men arrested in Senegal on suspicion of homosexuality have been released from prison.Seven arrested last weekend in Dakar, the Senegalese capital, were released yesterday, according to Radio France Internationale.The arrests followed the publication in local magazine Icones photographs of a "marriage ceremony" between two Senegalese men.Sources report that the photographs were sold to the magazine by the photographer for 1,500,000 CFA francs (£1,500).

  • Dutch OK with gay, atheist, female Prime Minister 1

    Given the Dutch reputation for tolerance, some of the figures are surprising. photo: thepatrick@flickr.com

    1:10 PM — 78% of voters in Holland would be comfortable with a homosexual leader, a wide-ranging opinion poll has revealed.Under a third would find an Islamic Prime Minister acceptable, while just 33% would be happy with a fundamentalist Christian.21,000 members of popular TV programme EenVandaag's opinion panel gave their views.34% would accept a PM who visits prostitutes and 26% one who took hard drugs such as heroin.

  • Judge reduces hate church compensation payout 1

    Members of the church have led over 22,000 demonstrations since 1991.

    12:35 PM — Westboro Baptist Church must pay $5m (£2.5m) in compensation to a soldier's father who sued them for protesting outside his son's funeral a judge has ruled.At an earlier hearing last October Albert Synder was awarded $10.9m for emotional distress and invasion of privacy.The Kansas church, led by Reverend Fred Phelps, is known for its protests at military funerals where its members attribute America's problems to its liberal stance towards homosexuality.

  • 6th February 2008

    Clinton retains slight lead in delegate count 7

    Counts are on-going and GayWired.com will continue to update these numbers throughout the day.

    10:00 PM — Every delegate counts, Presidential hopefuls Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama are finding, as the fight for the Democratic nomination continues the morning after Super Tuesday.According to CNN.com, at current count, Clinton has the slight edge over the Senator from Illinois—823 total delegates to his 731.And while Clinton took several key states—among them California, Massachusetts and New York.

  • Poll exposes high levels of Russian homophobia

    In December's poll 84% of respondents said they find homosexuality morally unacceptable.

    4:30 PM — New data released yesterday in Moscow has found that just 5% of Russians do not view homosexuality as morally unacceptable.The Levada-Centre, a well-respected polling organisation, held a poll last year and found that negative attitudes to gay people are on the increase.Just last year 47% of people condemned LGB people. In December's poll 84% of respondents said they find homosexuality morally unacceptable reports Kommersant.com.

  • Coroner concludes Ledger died of accidental overdose

    Ledger is survived by his 2-year-old daughter Matilda.

    4:30 PM — The New York City Medical Examiner has determined that 28-year-old actor Heath Ledger died of an accidental overdose of prescription medication.Ledger was discovered in his New York apartment on January 22nd, setting into motion a media firestorm of speculation and accusation on the actor's apparent drug use.Now autopsy results have found Ledger died of a lethal combination of anti-anxiety pills and sleep aids.

  • HIV infections up 20% in Sweden 2

    Across the UK 1 in 20 gay and bisexual men are now living with HIV and estimates suggest this figure is as high as 1 in 10 in London.

    4:21 PM — 500 people were newly diagnosed as HIV positive in Sweden in 2007 according to data published by the Swedish Institute for Infectious Disease Control (SMI).That number represents a rise of 20% on 2006.There has been a 70% rise in the number of people infected within Sweden, though the majority of new HIV patients still come into contact with the virus abroad.

  • Obama and Clinton both win on Super Tuesday

    42% of the total delegates to the Democratic convention were apportioned yesterday.

    3:00 PM — With the results from yesterday's primaries and caucuses in nearly half of the United States counted, it appears that the Republicans have chosen their candidate for President while the Democrats are still unable to choose between a woman and a black man.Senator John McCain, the 71-year-old war hero and former Vietnam prisoner of war, took nine of the 21 states voting in the Republican contests.The big surprise of the night was former Governor of Arkansas Mike Hucakee.

  • Questions over MrCain’s eligibility for Presidency

    Where do we draw the line at who can run for the highest office in America?

    2:50 PM — With Arizona Senator John McCain finishing on Super Tuesday as the likely Republican presidential front runner, a strange new question about his eligibility for the office has bubbled up on the internet.As someone born in the Panama Canal Zone, is McCain a "natural born" US citizen, as required of the President by the country's Constitution?In an op-ed piece posted this week, American Voice Radio's Francis Steffan states that John McCain is not eligible for the position of President of the United States, because he is not a "natural born citizen."

  • Condoms still vital in fight against HIV says UNAIDS 3

    UNAIDS recommend a comprehensive package of HIV prevention approaches, including the use of condoms.

    2:23 PM — A report that asserts that HIV positive people undergoing effective anti-retroviral treatments carry "no relevant risk of transmission" has been greeted with caution by UNAIDS.Last week the Swiss Federal Commission for HIV/AIDS announced that "an HIV-infected person on anti-retroviral therapy with completely suppressed viremia ("effective ART") is not sexually infectious, i.e. cannot propagate HIV through sexual contact."The commission said: "residual risk can not be scientifically excluded, but is ... negligibly small."

  • Egypt accused of criminalising HIV positive gay men

    On Saturday a Cairo appeals court upheld their one-year prison sentence.

    1:11 PM — Four men convicted last month by a court in Cairo of consensual homosexual sex are the victims of state prejudice against people with HIV, according to a leading human rights organisation.A series of arrests began when one man, challenged by police during a street altercation with another man, told officers he is HIV positive.Both were arrested and investigated for homosexual conduct and had to undergo anal examinations that would be used as "proof" they had sex, says Human Rights Watch.

  • April elections likely in Italy after dissolution of parliament

    If new elections bring Mr Berlusconi and his allies back into office the gay rights agenda is likely to be abandoned completely.

    12:25 PM — The President of Italy today formally dissolved the country's parliament after the coalition government fell apart last month.Romano Prodi, who resigned as Prime Minister but remained in a caretaker role, is expected to hold a cabinet meeting later today to fix a date for new elections.Reports from Rome indicate that April 13th or 14th are the most likely dates. Romano Prodi's government fell after he lost a vote of confidence in the Italian Senate last week.

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