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  • 5th March 2008

    McCain is the Republican choice as Huckabee withdraws

    As McCain emerges the victor on the Republican side, its still way too close to call for the Democrats.

    10:51 AM — He took all four, and with Mitt Romney out of the way and Mike Huckabee officially bowing out gracefully, John McCain has locked up the GOP presidential nomination with wins in Texas, Rhode Island, Vermont and Ohio. His victory tonight was somewhat anti-climactic.McCain has emerged as a clear frontrunner for the Republican nomination on Super Tuesday, shortly after which Romney bowed out and offered his endorsement.

  • Hillary stays in the race with three wins

    Five weeks from now, we may well be no closer to knowing who the Democratic nominee is than we are today.

    10:50 AM — Senator Hillary Clinton's firewall against the momentum of the Barack Obama campaign held on Tuesday night, as Clinton scored major victories in Texas, Ohio and Rhode Island.Most important for the Clinton campaign was a decisive win in the Ohio primary which has historically been a bellwether for how candidates perform in a general election. No candidate in the last five or so decades, Democrat or Republican, has lost the Ohio primary and gone on to win in November.

  • 4th March 2008

    Gay porn house ruling upheld

    The ADF is a fundamentalist Christian group who oppose any same-sex marriage.

    3:30 PM — A Court of Appeal in Florida has upheld a ruling in favour of a homeowners' association that claimed a group of men leasing a house in its neighbourhood were violating its restrictions on running a business out of a home.The homeowner, Judith Crago, leased the home to Charles Foulk, the owner of the 'College Boys Live' pornography site.24 live feed cameras where installed so that customers could pay to watch live sex acts.

  • Sydney celebrates biggest-ever Mardi Gras

    The colourful annual event is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year.  photo: paleontour@flickr.com

    1:15 PM — More than 300,000 people lined the streets of the Australian city of Sydney to watch a mile long Mardi Gras parade on Saturday night.The colourful annual event is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year.10,000 marchers in a variety of dazzling costumes, and more than 150 floats including a gay 'pope-mobile,' took part. The parade was led by the '78er's', who staged a 1,500 strong protest march for gay rights in 1978.

  • Pope praises US opposition to gay rights 26

    The Pope will visit Washington and New York between April 15th and 20th.

    12:36 PM — The leader of the Roman Catholic church has welcomed the new United States Ambassador to the Vatican with praise for her country's opposition to abortion and gay marriage.Mary Ann Glendon, a close friend of President Bush, took up her appointment last month.Speaking in English Pope Benedict XVI said that he is "looking forward" to his five-day trip to the US next month.

  • Dutch stand up for gays at UN Human Rights council 1

    The UN Human Rights Council was established in 2006, and is holding its seventh session in Geneva from 3rd to 28th March.

    11:40 AM — The Foreign Minister of the Netherlands today told an international meeting that gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans people deserve equal rights.Maxime Verhagen made his remarks at the opening session of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva.In a wide-ranging speech he highlighted the rights of "children in Uzbekistan picking cotton for long hours for little or no wages" and proposed the EU move to ban on the sale of goods that have been produced "using any form of slavery."

  • Gay.com parent company loses $51m

    Allen  Company is assisting PlanetOut in finding a buyer.

    11:03 AM — One of the largest gay media companies in the world has reported a loss of $51.2m (£25.8m) in 2007.PlanetOut saw sales slide to $53m last year, down from $58.8m in 2006. The company also recorded a $25.9 million charge for "impairment of goodwill and intangible assets" in 2007.In May 2007 high operating costs and declining sales resulted in a considerable first-quarter loss and a resulting slide in share price.

  • Lesbian group criticise police in Croatia

    Ten people were injured when violence broke out at the gay Pride march in Zagreb.

    10:40 AM — A group representing lesbians in Croatia has questioned why only one person has been prosecuted for attacking last year's Pride parade in the capital city of Zagreb.Last week Josip Situm was convicted of endangering lives and property and ordered to undergo psychiatric treatment while behind bars after being found guilty of a hate crime.Police spotted him at the Pride event in Zagreb on 7th July 2007 with petrol bombs, but he fled the scene. Ten people were injured when violence broke out at the gay Pride march in Zagreb.

  • Battle for same-sex marriage continues in California

    Barring same-sex couples from marriage unconstitutionally discriminates on the basis of sex and violates the fundamental right to marry.

    10:30 AM — The California Supreme Court will today hear final arguments from same-sex couples who want access to civil marriage in the state.Attorneys will argue that California violates its own constitution by denying same-sex partners the right to marry.The California Supreme Court agreed to hear the case in 2006 after the California Court of Appeal reversed a decision by San Francisco Superior Court Judge Richard A. Kramer.

  • 3rd March 2008

    Baldwin brothers disagree over gay marriage 6

    Baldwin is presently enjoying commercial and critical acclaim for his portrayal of Jack Donaghy in the hit TV comedy 30 Rock.

    4:50 PM — Film and TV star Alec Baldwin has spoken publicly about the anti-gay political views of his younger and less well-known brother Stephen.Stephen is best-known for his roles in the controversial 1994 film Threesome and 1995 thriller The Usual Suspects. He became a born-again Christian after the attacks on New York on September 11th 2001. During an appearance on the Howard Stern radio show in January he spoke out about same-sex marriage.

  • LesbiaNation lists top ten film lesbians 2

    Latifah's role remains one of the best of her career, playing Cleo with equal parts strength and sensitivity.

    2:25 PM — In February, we asked our readers to tell us their favourite hot lesbian characters from the silver screen.Based on your votes, we bring you the LesbiaNation Top Ten Film Lesbians, including Gina Gershon in Bound, Queen Latifah in Set It Off, Erin Kelly in Loving Annabelle and more!We wanted to know who your top favourite lesbian characters were from the movies. Our readers sent us a plethora of suggestions, which we narrowed down to ten based on the number of requests received.

  • Obama uses Bible to defend civil unions 3

    Senator Obama continues to gain ground in the key primaries of Ohio and Texas, which will be held tomorrow.

    12:55 PM — Presidential candidate Barack Obama has defended his support of civil unions by referring to the Sermon on the Mount.The famous sermon given by Jesus, which includes the Beatitudes, the instruction to 'turn the other cheek' and the Lord's Prayer, is found in the book of Matthew in the New Testament.Senator Obama is thought to have been referring to Jesus' instruction to: "Do to others what you would have them do to you."

  • Jamaican gays reject tourist boycott over homophobia 2

    Hatred for gay people is often publicly expressed by political and religious leaders in Jamaica.

    12:35 PM — J-Flag, the Jamaican lesbian and gay rights group, has rejected calls for a tourist boycott in protest at homophobia on the island.Canadian newspapers have been focusing on the prejudice and violence gay people face in Jamaica since a leading activist sought asylum there, and some have called for Canadians to refuse to holiday in the popular destination.In a statement released yesterday, J-Flag, Jamaica's Forum for Lesbians, All-Sexuals and Gays, said it shared the frustration at the "slow progress towards transforming the social climate."

  • MP targeted by “Satan” after gay earthquake comments 14

    Shlomo Benizri, who is a member of the ultra-Orthodox Shas party, has been targeted by someone using the name “Satan.“

    12:02 PM — A member of Israel's parliament who generated headlines across the world when he linked earthquakes to gay rights has been receiving death threats.Shlomo Benizri, who is a member of the ultra-Orthodox Shas party, has been targeted by someone using the name "Satan."The Jerusalem Post reports: "It is unknown if those threats are connected to a suspicious envelope filled with white powder that the MK received last week."

  • Clinton does comedy on Saturday Night Live

    Clinton provided an “editorial response“ and praised Amy Poehler's deft imitation of her on SNL.

    10:20 AM — After plugging the show during her televised debate with rival Barack Obama last week, Hillary Clinton dropped by Saturday Night Live this weekend for a surprise guest appearance.After a parody skit of the debate, Clinton provided an "editorial response" and praised Amy Poehler's deft imitation of her on SNL.For the second week in a row, Saturday Night Live opened with a scene featuring a Democratic debate.

  • Porn twins story excites national press

    Both brothers have reported appeared in a variety of gay porn videos.

    10:01 AM — Interest in the strange arrest of gay porn twins 'Teyon' and 'Keyon' exploded across the Net this week, even keying the national press into covering the story.The brothers, 26-year-old Taleon and Keyontyli Goffney, who have appeared in a variety of gay porn videos, were arrested last week in a suspected string of robberies across three states.The Associated Press leapt onto the odd tale of the suspected twin gay porn criminals this week.

  • 29th February 2008

    Jamaican police may get “sensitivity training”

    Sex between men in Jamaica is illegal, and punishable with up to ten years in jail, usually with hard labour.

    3:40 PM — The Deputy Commissioner of Police in Jamaica has said his officers need training to improve the way they deal with gay people.The Commonwealth country is notorious as one of the most homophobic places on earth.In the course of the last month a leading LGBT activist has fled the island claiming he was brutalised by police and an officer has gone into hiding after being abused by colleagues about his sexuality.

  • Gay film festival to showcase Japanese queer cinema 1

    This year there will be a retrospective on Japanese queer films from the 1960s to the present.

    2:55 PM — Now in its 23rd year, the Torino GLBT Film Festival or "Da Sodoma a Hollywood" will be held from 17th to 25th April 2008.Organisers said it will be the third Turin festival jointly organised and administered with Itlay's National Museum of Cinema."23 years of exploration and construction of queer imagination," they said in a press release. "With a sharp discerning eye for perceiving new developments, the festival has gone from strength to strength, becoming one of the major drivers of dialogue between the GLBT community and the public.

  • Tutu to accept award from LGBT rights group 6

    In December he apologised to gay people all around the world for the way they have been treated by the Church.

    12:30 PM — The former Archbishop of Cape Town and Nobel Prize Laureate Desmond Tutu is to be honoured by the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission.The Anglican leader has been outspoken in his rejection of homophobia, often clashing with his more conservative African colleagues.He will be appearing at IGLHRC's A Celebration of Courage event in San Francisco on April 8th to accept the OUTSPOKEN Award.

  • Report exposes exclusion and prejudice faced by gay parents

    22% of students said that a teacher, principal or other school staff person had discouraged them from talking about their family.

    12:20 PM — The first comprehensive study into lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) families' experiences in education in America has found that they are more conscientious than straight parents but suffer high levels of discrimination.Current estimates indicate there are more than seven million LGBT parents with school-age children in the United States.53% of parents described various forms of exclusion from their school communities.

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