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  • 13th December 2007

    MEPs want to block state funding for hate groups 1

    The parliament today adopted a resolution to show its concern that several EU countries have experienced increased hate crimes against minority groups.

    4:54 PM — The European Parliament has called for public funding to be withdrawn from political parties, media organisations or businesses that incite to hate of a group of people on the basis of their race, religion, handicap, sexual orientation or nationality.Meeting in Strasbourg, the parliament today adopted a resolution to show its concern that several EU countries have experienced increased hate crimes against minority groups.The text of the resolution was adopted by 527 votes, with 15 against and 39 abstentions.

  • Exhibition of gay history to tour Czech Republic

    The exhibition will not shy away from the homophobia Czech gays faced under the Austro-Hungarian Empire and the Nazis.

    4:42 PM — An exhibition detailing gay life from antiquity to the modern day was unveiled earlier this week in Prague.Archives, photos and pages from gay publications will detail the experiences of gay people in the Czech Republic."We want to show to the public that gays and lesbians did not fall from the Mars," gay rights advocate Jiri Hromada told CTK."The older generation used to say there were no homosexuals in its youth."

  • Lesbian denied teaching permit in Chile

    Gay rights leaders in Chile have said they are disappointed at the government's stance regarding a lesbian teacher who is being denied re-certification.

    4:10 PM — Gay rights leaders in Chile have said they are disappointed at the government's stance regarding a lesbian teacher who is being denied re-certification.Sandra Pavez taught religious education at a state elementary school in Santiago for 21 years.The Roman Catholic church revoked her permission to teach religion after finding out she is a lesbian. In Chile religious education teachers legally have to be certified by a religious authority in order to teach.

  • ANC challenged over equality for LGBT South Africans 1

    The ANC has been South Africa's governing party since 1994. The current party leader Thabo Mbeki is the country's President.

    2:30 PM — As South Africa's main political party prepares for its 52nd congress, LGBT groups have issued a manifesto asking for a clear commitment to equality.The African National Congress, which will meet this weekend to decide the next leader of the party and its future political stance, has been asked by the Joint Workers Group to uphold the Constitution's promise of "freedom, justice and equality for all."The ANC has been South Africa's governing party since 1994. The current party leader Thabo Mbeki is the country's President .

  • L Word inspires million dollar gift to cancer foundation

    When Erin Daniels' character, Dana, was diagnosed with breast cancer she was a 32-year-old tennis star.

    12:58 PM — An anonymous donor has given a $1 million (£490,000) gift to a cancer foundation in honour of Erin Daniels and Leisha Hailey, two of the stars of the hit Showtime series, The L Word, for the realism and truth they brought to a breast cancer storyline that ended with the death of Erin Daniels' character, Dana Fairbanks.It is the largest private donation ever made to the Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation."The donor, who has chosen to remain anonymous, wanted to honour the actresses."

  • Morocco pressured to drop gay convictions 2

    The prosecution failed to present any evidence that the men actually had engaged in the prohibited conduct in the first place.

    12:40 PM — The criminal verdicts in Morocco against six men sentenced to prison for homosexual conduct should be set aside and the men released, human rights activists said today.The court of first instance in Ksar el-Kbir, a small city about 120km south of Tangiers, convicted the men on December 10th of violating article 489 of Morocco's penal code.It criminalises "lewd or unnatural acts with an individual of the same sex."

  • Swedish same-sex couples to get church weddings 3

    46 per cent of Swedish people supported gay marriage, and 31 per cent opposed it.

    11:50 AM — Sweden's main Church said yesterday it will endorse same-sex couples to wed in church.As the Swedish government prepares a "gender neutral" marriage law, the Church of Sweden agreed that marriage and partnership were equivalent forms of unions.It recommended however that the term "marriage" be referred only to heterosexual couples.

  • Clinton and Obama tied in polls

    The former First Lady has dropped 5 percentage points (she's currently sitting at 31 percent) while Obama has jumped 8 points to 30 percent.

    11:10 AM — With less than a month to go before the first Presidential primary, Democrats Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton are in a statistical dead heat according to the results of the latest CNN/WMUR poll released this morning.Not long ago, Clinton was thought to have a pretty substantial lead over her Oprah-backed competitor, but in the last few months the gap has narrowed.Since the last CNN/WMUR poll conducted in November, the former First Lady has dropped 5 percentage points.

  • 12th December 2007

    US court told prom dress ban was unconstitutional 1

    K.K. Logan attended West Side High in Gary, Indiana, during his junior and senior year and expressed a deeply rooted femininity in his appearance.

    5:05 PM — Papers filed today in the Northern District Court of Indiana by an LGBT civil rights organisation argue that a high school violated a male pupil's rights under the First Amendment of the US constitution by barring him from his prom for wearing a dress.K.K. Logan attended West Side High in Gary, Indiana, during his junior and senior year and expressed a deeply rooted femininity in his appearance and demeanour say Lambda Legal.K.K. Logan said: "I don't dress this way to make trouble or draw attention to myself."

  • Men sentenced for Dubai rape of 15-year-old boy 1

    The victim's mother said that the court's decision was too light and a family attorney said they would appeal against it.

    4:43 PM — Two men have been sentenced by a Dubai court to fifteen years in prison for raping a 15-year-old Western boy.One of the men is HIV positive. A third man is being tried by a juvenile court on the same charges.Alexander Robert, of French-Swiss nationality, was in the United Arab Emirates last summer when a group of men took him to a desert, threatened him with a knife and repeatedly raped him.

  • Election leaflet investigated for inciting gay hate

    The Liberal party crashed to defeat at last month's federal election after 11 years in power.

    4:30 PM — An election pamphlet produced by the Liberal party in Australia is being investigated after complaints that it was designed to stir up hatred of lesbian and gay people.Tasmania's Anti-Discrimination Commissioner will investigate the leaflet, which called same-sex marriage and trans rights extreme and harmful and associated them with the pirate skull and crossbones motif."The purpose of the Liberal pamphlet was not to promote policy debate but to foster fear, ignorance and hatred," said Martine Delaney.

  • Pope’s message – gay weddings threaten peace 14

    The pontiff theorises that peace and the family are inherently linked and any threat to the “traditional family“ will be opposed by Catholics.

    4:01 PM — The annual message from the head of the Roman Catholic Church to the world has been unveiled.Pope Benedict's statement will mark World Peace Day on January 1st.It is entitled The Human Family, A Community of Peace, and in it he calls for the dismantling of nuclear weapons and environmental co-operation and describes gay marriage as "an obstacle on the road to peace."

  • Taiwanese Presidential candidate victim of gay slurs

    Ma Ying-jeou, 57, was mayor of Taipei from 1998 to 2006 and is one of Taiwan's most popular politicians.

    3:20 PM — A senior official in the Taiwan Ministry of Education has outraged equality groups with a series of comments about a leading political party's candidate for President.Chuang Kuo-jung, secretary-general of the ministry, said that the Kuomintang party's Presidential candidate, Ma Ying-jeou, was effeminate.He also said that the mayor of Taipei "looked very much like a gay," according to Central News Agency.

  • Harvey Milk biopic attracts star interest

    James Franco, best known for his role in the Spiderman films, is slated to play Milk's longterm partner Scott Smith.

    2:32 PM — Principal photography on a biopic of San Francisco gay activist Harvey Milk will begin in January with Sean Penn in the lead role, and several well-known young actors are rumoured to be taking roles in the film.Josh Brolin, star of the upcoming Coen brothers film No Country for Old Men, is in last-minute negotiations with director Gus Van Sant about the role of Dan White, Milk's assassin.James Franco, best known for his role in the Spiderman films, is slated to play Milk's longterm partner Scott Smith.

  • Gay Swedish MP in homophobic attack

    Centre Party MP Fredrick Federley was approached by a group of about six young men who began insulting him and the two men who were with him.

    2:10 PM — An openly gay Swedish politician was attacked on Saturday night in central Stockholm by a group of homophobic skinheads.After leaving a nightclub, Centre Party MP Fredrick Federley was approached by a group of about six young men who began insulting him and the two men who were with him."Then they screamed that we were disgusting and a threat to Sweden and that they were going to beat us up," said Federley.

  • Gay-themed movie sparks lawsuit 3

    The lawsuit alleged that Sandler's company “continuously infringed copyright by distributing, selling, producing, and claiming authorship“ over their movie.

    12:35 PM — An Australian production company is in a legal battle against a the producers of I Now Pronounce You Chuck And Larry, an American comedy about two firemen who pretend to be gay to claim benefits from the government.The producers of Strange Bedfellows accused actor and film producer Adam Sandler and his company Happy Madison of ripping off the plot of a 2004 film, where two men passed themselves off as a gay couple to obtain legal benefits.

  • Huckabee in hot water over AIDS isolation comments 3

    The Human Rights Campaign and the AIDS Institute sent a letter to Huckabee today asking him to meet with White-Ginder.

    10:50 AM — The mother of Ryan White has requested a little one-on-one time with Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee after he told reporters this weekend that he stands by past comments suggesting AIDS patients should have been "isolated."Jeanne White-Ginder is the mother of the Indiana teen who raised awareness about AIDS in the early 1980s when he contracted the disease from the blood-clotting agent used to treat his hemophilia.

  • Cyndi Lauper to headline at Sydney Mardi Gras

    On the bill to entertain the gay masses at Mardi Gras this year is pop diva Cyndi Lauper, fresh from her True Colors tour in the US,

    10:30 AM — One of the most highly anticipated annual events on the gay social circuit has announced plans for the 2008 celebration.Unlike years past, Sydney Mardi Gras 2008 will run three weeks instead of four and be a tighter celebration over all, with fewer conflicting events and lots of big name international gay favourites on hand.On the bill to entertain the gay masses at Mardi Gras this year is pop diva Cyndi Lauper.

  • Ban gays from political office says cardinal 15

    In May the controversial Cardinal defined homosexuality “total corruption in the sexual arena.“

    10:04 AM — A Roman Catholic Cardinal has suggested that gay people should be banned from political office.Latvia's Prime Minister Aigars Kalvitis resigned last week and the Archbishop of Riga Janis Pujats warned new candidates not to support LGBT related issues.He asked that all candidates running for the post of Prime Minister state whether they intended to "defend the Latvian nation against the invasion of homosexuality in public life."

  • 11th December 2007

    EU pressures member states on discrimination 1

    two members of the EU Parliament, Marco Cappato and Sophie In't Veld, asked for an intervention of the EU Commission.

    4:40 PM — The European Commission is examining replies from three member states after it had warned them to transpose into national law a 2000 directive against discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.The Commission had sent letters of formal notice to Italy and Latvia on December 15th 2006 and to Finland on January 3rd 2007.Two members of the EU Parliament, Marco Cappato and Sophie In't Veld, last month asked for the intervention of the Commission.

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