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  • 14th April 2008

    Berlusconi victory will stall gay rights in Italy 3

    With Mr Berlusconi and his allies back in office the modest gay rights agenda is likely to be abandoned completely.

    3:20 PM — Exit polls from last weekend's Italian general election are predicting a small majority for former Prime Minister, businessman and media mogul Silvio Berlusconi's right-wing group.The 71-year-old has had an interesting campaign, at one point mocking his left-wing opponents for not having many attractive female candidates.The public have been less than enchanted, going to the polls to determine who will lead Italy's 63rd government since 1945.

  • Pressure grows on EU over discrimination directive 2

    In 2004 Mr Barroso made a statement before the Parliament promising to personally ensure that the legal protections would be enlarged.

    2:40 PM — The European Commission has been urged by several leading groups in the European Parliament to implement a discrimination directive that covers sexual orientation.There have been strong indications from Commission President Jose Manual Barroso and employment, social affairs and equal opportunities commissioner Vladimir Spidla that the directive may focus on disability only.Article 13 of the Amsterdam Treaty requires EU member states to introduce legislation on discrimination.

  • 13th April 2008

    Schwarzenegger to fight against gay marriage ban 5

    Arnold Schwarzenegger has previously been opposed to gay marriage

    1:30 AM — The Republican governor of California, Arnold Schwarzenegger has said he will fight against any bans on gay marriage. He surprised delegates at the San Diego at the convention of the Log Cabin Republicans, the nation's largest gay Republican group.Mr Schwarzenegger has previously vetoed attempts to legalise gay marriage but said he will oppose a state wide vote for a constitutional ban on gay marriage: "I will always be there to fight against that."

  • 12th April 2008

    Istanbul gay group raided by police 2

    Lawyers for the Lambda Istanbul Cultural Centre later discovered that an accusation had been lodged against the association.

    6:00 PM — Police officers in Turkey have raided the offices of a leading LGBT organisation on the pretence that "frequent visits by transgender people" were grounds to issue a search warrant.Lawyers for the Lambda Istanbul Cultural Centre later discovered that an accusation had been lodged against the association for "participating in illegal prostitution activities, procuring transgender sex workers and sharing their earnings."More than a dozen plainclothes officers spent two hours at the centre on Monday afternoon.

  • 11th April 2008

    Map of the world plots LGBT rights 6

    To see the map click here.

    5:45 PM — A global gay rights federation is celebrating its 30th anniversary with an updated map of gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans rights across the globe.Founded in 1978, the International Lesbian and Gay Association (ILGA) is a federation of more than 600 groups in 90 countries campaigning for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex (LGBTI) rights."A print version of the map will be sent to all members of ILGA in the following weeks," a spokesperson said.

  • Gay Eurovision fans threatened by Serb thugs 3

    Their threats have led some to question whether Belgrade is a suitable location for Eurovision.

    5:00 PM — The honour of hosting the Eurovision Song Contest has fallen to Serbia this year, and fascist groups in the country are already promising violence against people attending the festivities.Gay men are a particular target, according to the president of the fascist organisation Obraz, who announced his violent intentions in the pages of daily newspaper ALO! earlier this week.The newspaper ran a story on April 7th, calling Eurovision "gay youth day."

  • Nigerian Sharia court punishes lesbian couple 4

    In Bauchi state alone there are 40 people awaiting amputation of one or both hands for theft.

    3:00 PM — Two women in Kaduna, Nigeria have been sentenced to six months in prison and 20 lashes each for having a lesbian relationship.The Sharia court said that Malama Hauwa and Hajiya Ai'sha were violating the tenets of Islam and the teachings of Sharia law.The women claimed in court to have been married for five years. Ai'sha said she had paid a dowry of 5,000 Nigerian naira (£21) to her 'wife' at the start of their relationship.

  • Lesbian “tug of war” custody case goes to Supreme Court

    Lisa Miller is appealing the decision to the Virginia Supreme Court. photo: davidpaulohmer@flickr.com

    1:40 PM — A lesbian woman who is attempting to use a US state law banning gay marriage to exclude her former partner from custody of their daughter will have her case heard in the Virginia Supreme Court next week.Janet Jenkins (formerly Miller-Jenkins) and Lisa Miller (formerly Miller-Jenkins) were joined in a civil union in Vermont and shortly thereafter had a child.After the women ended their relationship, Miller moved to Virginia with the women's daughter.

  • INTERVIEW: The hottest lesbian comedy on the net

    3Way is about a straight soap actress who moves her best gay girlfriend into her home.

    1:10 PM — From soap star to veritable lesbian icon, Executive Producer and actress Maeve Quinlan's on the cutting edge of scripted comedy with the hilarious and irreverent lesbian-themed Internet romp, 3Way.Along with her former co-workers and best pals, Nancylee Myatt and Paige Bernhardt, Quinlan conceived of and created the sensation that has become 3Way, about a straight soap actress who moves her best gay girlfriend into her home only to be followed by an array of whacky lesbian characters.

  • Obama and Clinton’s accessibility to gay media assessed

    Obama's interview with The Advocate is the second he has done with the national gay magazine in the past two years.

    12:50 PM — Democratic US Presidential contender Barack Obama has faced increasing criticism in the LGBT community in recent weeks for refusing to speak to the gay and lesbian press.While rival Hillary Clinton has gone on record with gay media outlets such as Logo and the Philadelphia Gay News, Obama has turned down repeated requests for interviews.Now Obama is speaking out at last directly to the gay community in an exclusive interview with The Advocate.

  • 10th April 2008

    Elton John laments American misogyny at Hillary gig 3

    Sir Elton sang several of his classic songs at the concert, such as Rocket Man, Daniel and Your Song.

    2:55 PM — Singer Sir Elton John has attacked the sexist attitude of some American voters at a fundraising concert for Hillary Clinton last night.Senator Clinton is one of two leading candidates for the Democratic party nomination for President, and she appeared on stage with Sir Elton and her husband, former President Bill Clinton."I've always been a Hillary supporter," Sir Elton said. "There is no one more qualified to lead America. Having said that, I never cease to be amazed at the misogynistic attitude of some people in this country."

  • Five more convicted in Egypt’s HIV crackdown 5

    The men were charged with the “habitual practice of debauchery,“ a term which in Egyptian law includes consensual sexual acts between men.

    1:20 PM — Five men have been sentenced to three years in prison in Egypt for consensual homosexual acts.Their convictions are the latest in what has been characterised by human rights groups as "a police crackdown" on people living with HIV/AIDS.At least 12 men have been arrested and four have already been sentenced to a year in jail.

  • Obama backs LGB troops in gay magazine interview

    Senator Obama said he would sign into law workplace protections for LGB people.

    1:05 PM — US Presidential candidate Barack Obama has given an interview with leading gay publication The Advocate, just a week after being criticised for "disrespecting" the LGBT media.The interview is due to be published tomorrow, but AP were given excerpts.Mr Obama, a US Senator from Illinois, said he supports a repeal of a law that bars openly gay, lesbian and bisexual people from serving in the country's Armed Forces and is hopeful it can be achieved.

  • Tutu inspires gay audience in San Francisco 5

    The former leader of the Anglican Church in South Africa was presented with an OUTSPOKEN Award. photo: Steve Fisch

    11:45 AM — One of the most respected religious leaders in the world has apologised to the gay community for the way his Church ostracised them.Archbishop Desmond Tutu also expressed regret for making them feel as if God had made a mistake by creating them to be who they are.His speech was the highlight of A Celebration of Courage, the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission's (IGLHRC's) annual gala awards ceremony held in San Francisco on Tuesday.

  • PlanetOut sells magazine division

    Sale of the magazine and book publishing business will allow PlanetOut to focus on its core online properties.

    10:15 AM — PlanetOut Inc, parent company of long-established gay publications including The Advocate and Out magazine, announced yesterday it has entered into a binding Letter of Intent with an affiliate of here! Networks (owner of Gaywired Media) to acquire PlanetOut's magazine and book publishing businesses.Sale of the magazine and book publishing business will allow PlanetOut to focus on its core online properties.The magazine and book publishing business will join here!'s online, television and film properties.

  • 9th April 2008

    Gay burial plot to go ahead in Copenhagen cemetery 1

    Each “gay“ space at the cemetery, which is run by the Copenhagen city authorities, costs £270.  photo: Bob Jagendorf@flickr.com

    5:02 PM — People that want to be buried next to others who were gay or lesbian have been granted their wish at a cemetery where author Hans Christian Andersen is buried.Other famous people interned at the Assistens Kirkegård, which was founded in 1737 and is the largest in Copenhagen, include dozens of artists, musicians and writers.Space for 45 urns, set apart from the rest of the cemetery by a triangle of pebbles on the ground, has been rented by a new group.

  • MEPs demand EU directive cover gay discrimination 2

    The European Parliament has called for a discrimination directive at least on seven occasions in the past eight years.

    4:30 PM — Members of the European Parliament's LGBT rights group and the International Lesbian and Gay Association are calling on the European Commission to propose a "horizontal" EU directive tackling discrimination on basis of sexual orientation.EU directives are legislation that requires member states to, for example, deal with discrimination, but leaves it up to the states to decide on the best course of action to take.A new EU directive will be decided on by the Commission in the coming months.

  • PFLAG accuse homophobic politician of lying 10

    In 2004 Kern was elected for the first time with 67.65% of the vote.

    4:30 PM — Advocacy group Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) has released new audio footage of politician Sally Kern that contradicts her statements to the press.The Oklahoma state representative, who described gay people as a bigger threat to America than terrorism, met with three PFLAG representatives last month.Both sides described the encounter as polite and cordial but just hours after the meeting, she said she was being misrepresented.

  • Canada’s lesbian senator to tackle homophobic MP

    Senator Nancy Ruth told the Canadian Press that an apology is insufficient.

    4:10 PM — The Prime Minister of Canada has declined to discipline one of his MPs over comments he made in 1991 calling gay people "homosexual faggots with dirt on their fingernails that transmit disease."Conservative Stephen Harper told the House of Commons on Monday that he considers the matter closed after Tom Lukiwski apologised.However, the only openly gay member of the PM's parliamentary party has decided to challenge Lukiwski about his remarks, which only came to light last week.

  • Euro court will not re-open trans case

    The seven judges ruled that Lithuania must implement new legislation on gender reassignment or pay damages.

    3:50 PM — The European Court of Human Rights will not re-examine the case of a Lithuanian transsexual who won there last September.The seven judges ruled that Lithuania must implement new legislation on gender reassignment or pay damages.The 28-year-old, known as Mr L, has been undergoing gender reassignment since 1998 including hormone treatment and breast removal, but was blocked from more treatment because of the laws in Lithuania.

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