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  • 4th December 2007

    Poll puts Obama ahead of Democrat field in Iowa primary

    It is the first time that Obama has taken a slight advantage in the polls over Clinton.

    11:20 AM — She's been ahead in the national polls, but Democrat party candidate Hillary Clinton may not have the comfortable lead she was hoping for heading into the 2008 Presidential election.This week, an early poll put Barack Obama three points ahead of Clinton and six points over former vice Presidential candidate John Edwards.For over 35 years, Iowa has been the first state to vote in presidential primaries and often is looked at for setting the tone of which candidate will ultimately receive the nomination.

  • Treaty shelved over fears about same-sex marriage

    Although homosexuality is legal in Peru, the legal union between two adults of the same sex is not permitted.

    11:20 AM — A vote on an international treaty in Peru has been put on hold after a heated debate erupted over whether the treaty would lead to legal support for same-sex partnerships.A congressional vote on the Iberian-American Convention on the Rights of Youth-an international treaty that establishes a core set of legal standards to protect young people-was shelved and the resolution sent back to the Peruvian Commission of International Relations for further study.

  • Logo to screen gay basketball reality show

    The show will consist of six half hour episodes and will feature interviews with the men on the team both on and off the court.  photo: laffy4k@flickr.com

    11:10 AM — MTV is known for producing provocative and entertaining reality series and as the parent company of the gay network Logo it's no wonder that they are bringing their expertise in the field to the fledgling channel.Logo has announced that among their other reality based shows Rockdogs will be part of the summer line up and will follow the Gay Games gold medal-winning basketball team.The San Francisco Rock Dogs are a highly successful gay basketball team, which earned the gold medal at last year's Gay Games in Chicago, upsetting the New York Warriors.

  • 3rd December 2007

    Condoleezza Rice’s sexuality excites bloggers

    The Sunday Times carried a story on the rumours surrounding the most powerful woman in America yesterday.

    12:35 PM — As an historic conference to try to find peace in the Middle East takes place near Washington DC, the blogosphere in America has been discussing a tabloid's attempts to "out" the US Secretary of State.While highbrow newspapers such as The New York Times have concentrated on Condoleezza Rice's efforts to secure peace, the tabloid National Enquirer chose to speculate on her sexuality.In an article entitled "Who's Gay and Who's Not" the paper reports that it is "an open secret" that Ms Rice is a lesbian.

  • Gay activists arrested as observers query Russian election

    The arrests came amid accusations of illegal election practices against Vladimir Putin's party who secured a landslide victory in the parliamentary elections.

    12:35 PM — Gay rights campaigners were arrested yesterday at a polling station in Russia for attempting to conduct an "illegal gathering."The group was there to protest against homophobic Moscow mayor Yuri Luzhkov, who was expected at the polling station later that day.Mr Luzhkov has banned the last two gay pride marches in Moscow calling them a "work of Satan." Activist Nicolas Alexeyev was arrested after he wrote "No to homophobes, no to Luzhkov" on his ballot.

  • More men claim they had sex with Senator Craig 4

    Larry Craig, who represents Idaho, has been under pressure to resign since it emerged he pleaded guilty cruising in a public toilet.

    12:35 PM — A United States Senator has described new stories about his sexual relationships with several other men as "complete nonsense."Larry Craig, who represents Idaho, has been under pressure to resign since it emerged he pleaded guilty to cruising in a public toilet.He was arrested on June 11th by an undercover police officer in a Minneapolis airport toilet who said the lawmaker had engaged in conduct "often used by persons communicating a desire to engage in sexual conduct."

  • Liberal leader comes out for gay rights

    49-year-old Mr Nelson has drawn comparisons with Tory leader David Cameron.

    12:00 PM — Just weeks after being kicked out of office, the Australian Liberal party has decided to embrace limited gay equality.Former Prime Minister John Howard, who lost office and his own seat in Parliament in last month's federal election, has been replaced as party leader by Brendan Nelson.The former Liberal/National coalition government failed to make any decisions on gay equality across a range of issues outlined for them in June by a report from the Australian Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission.

  • 2nd December 2007

    50 million Chinese at risk from HIV

    Although Chinese leaders are more openly confronting the disease these days, after years of denying it was a problem, challenges remain.

    3:10 PM — United Nations officials are raising the alarm in China that between 30 and 50 million of that country's citizens are at risk of contracting HIV or AIDS.The warning comes just a day after Chinese officials reported the spread of the disease has slowed.Last week, according to news agency AFP, Chinese health minister Chen Zhu announced there were an estimated 50,000 new cases of HIV in 2007, bringing the total number of Chinese people living with HIV and AIDS to 700,000.

  • Dutch to study gay bashing incidents 5

    The University of Amsterdam has been commissioned by the city's mayor to carry out the research into homophobic attacks.

    3:10 PM — The mayor of Amsterdam has commissioned academics to study a spate of attacks on gay people in the city.A substantial increase in homophobic attacks in the capital has been reported over the last few years.Over half of Dutch gays feel less safe than they did a year ago, a survey carried out in August by current affairs programme EenVandaag revealed.

  • Brazilian president calls national LGBT conference

    Homosexuality has been legal in Brazil since 1823, except in the armed forces, and civil unions are allowed in some areas.

    3:10 PM — Gay rights activists have praised Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, the President of Brazil, for announcing that he is convening the first national conference of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals and trans persons (LGBT).New York-based Human Rights Watch has urged people to write to Mr da Silva to congratulate him on his decision to call the conference. His decree was published in the Official Gazette last week.700 people are expected to take part, 60% civil society and 40% government.

  • 30th November 2007

    Canada mourns death of lesbian author

    In 1964 her first novel Desert of the Heart, a lesbian love story, was published and Ms Rule was publicly outed.

    4:30 PM — Jane Rule, 76, a writer of lesbian-themed novels, died on Tuesday of complications from liver cancer at her home in British Columbia, Canada.Born in New Jersey in 1931, Ms Rule moved to Galiano Island, Canada with partner Helen Sonthoff, after a peripatetic childhood in America."I was proud and relieved to claim the label Canadian," Ms. Rule told the Globe and Mail. In July she was appointed to the Order of Canada, the country's highest civilian honour.

  • Iraq and Afghanistan vets organise against gay ban

    “Don't Ask, Don't Tell“ policy prohibits gays, lesbians or bisexuals revealing their sexuality, or talking about any gay relationship, while serving in the US armed forces.

    3:35 PM — A group of young Iraq and Afghanistan veterans, veterans of the broader American "war on terrorism" and their active duty allies and supporters was launched today in the US.Servicemembers United was formed to aggressively educate both the public and policymakers about the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" issue and to give a stronger voice to the majority of servicemen and women who support strengthening the US Armed Forces by repealing the discriminatory law.

  • Ireland to legislate for gay partnerships next year 13

    A bill outlining the new proposed legislation is expected to be published in March.

    2:45 PM — Ireland's Minister of State for Equality, Sean Power, said this morning that legislation allowing same-sex civil partnerships could be introduced by early next summer.He was speaking at the National Lesbian and Gay Federation's (NLGF) symposium on Full And Equal Rights: Lesbian And Gay Marriage And Partnership Rights In Ireland. The symposium is part of the European Year of Equal Opportunities for All 2007Mr Power added that the government was keen to pass the new laws as soon as possible.

  • EU to combat homophobia in football

    Franco Frattini yesterday pledged with €10 million (£7 million) of EU money at a conference on violence in sport.

    2:03 PM — The European Union Justice Commissioner has spoken of his desire to establish a EU police force for sport, and hopes to pilot the idea at next year's Euro 2008 tournament in Austria and Switzerland.Franco Frattini yesterday pledged with €10 million (£7 million) of EU money at a conference on violence in sport.The money will be used to establish a common training programme for the tournament. Police forces from across the EU will send officers for training in combating hooliganism and other football-related crimes.

  • US Queer as Folk tops list of gay TV characters 2

    A lovable rogue, Brian indulged in drug-taking and promiscuous sex yet still found time to father a child with a lesbian friend and bring down a homophobic politician.

    12:45 PM — A poll by gay entertainment website, AfterElton.com has revealed the top 25 most popular gay and bisexual television characters.In first place was Brian Kinney, controversial lead character in the America series of Queer as Folk.A lovable rogue, Brian indulged in drug-taking and promiscuous sex yet still found time to father a child with a lesbian friend and bring down a homophobic politician.

  • Russia’s first LGBT film festival slated for 2008

    Side by Side will showcase work from around the world including feature films, innovative independent films, documentaries, experimental and short films.

    12:39 PM — Next October the Russian city of St Petersburg will host Side by Side ("Bok o Bok"), its first international lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender film festival.The festival will run from 2nd to 5th October, 2008, with films and events at the historic Dom Kino House of Cinema, one of Europe's premier venues for quality world cinema.The event is expected to draw visitors from over 30 countries as well as major international sponsors.

  • 63% of LGB Americans will vote to nominate Hillary 2

    72 percent of LGB likely voters consider Senator Clinton a supporter of gay rights.

    9:45 AM — A new survey of likely American voters suggests Senator Hillary Clinton will have the overwhelming support of lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGBs) Americans in the upcoming Democratic primaries.Sixty-three percent of those who participated in the Hunter College poll said they planned to cast their votes for the former first lady, while Senator Barack Obama and John Edwards received 22 percent and 7 percent of the vote, respectively.

  • 29th November 2007

    Gay general confronts military ban at Republican debate

    Out retired brigadier general Keith Kerr wanted to know: “Why you think that American men and women in uniform are not professional enough to serve with gays and lesbians.“

    3:15 PM — Last night the candidates for the Republican party nomination for President of the United States participated in a CNN-YouTube debate, hosted by Anderson Cooper.But the silver-haired presenter was not the only gay to ask a question - an out retired brigadier general called Keith Kerr wanted to know: "Why you think that American men and women in uniform are not professional enough to serve with gays and lesbians."Republicans immediately seized on the information that Mr Kerr is a member of the Clinton campaign gay rights steering committee.

  • Lithuanian authorities use security to ban gay events 2

    The council's decision is the latest of many homophobic incidents in the Baltic state in the past few months.  photo: moacirpdsp@flickr.com

    2:30 PM — New rules passed by the city council in Vilnius will effectively outlaw gay marches and other events, according to Lithuanian gay rights advocates.Amendments to the public order and cleanliness regulations mean that the police or a special commission will be able to ban any event where they think a riot might occur.The Lithuanian Gay League is attempting to appeal this decision in court.

  • US hate crimes bill in “serious jeopardy” 7

    In September the US Senate voted 60 to 39 to allow the new legislation to move forward.

    12:55 PM — American gay rights campaigners have warned that there could be less than a week to save a new bill before Congress that extends federal hate crime laws to LGBT people.In April the proposed new federal law, that would grant protections based on sexual orientation or gender identity in the United States, was named after the murdered gay teenager who brought the issue of hate crimes into the American consciousness.Matthew Shepard was beaten and left for dead, tied to a fence in freezing Wyoming in 1998.

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