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  • 24th September 2007

    Ahmadinejad claims Iran has no gays 7

    Mahmoud Ahmadinejad: “we don't have homosexuals“

    11:00 PM — Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has denied that any gays live in his country to an audience at Columbia University in New York."In Iran we don't have homosexuals like in your country," he said. "In Iran we do not have this phenomenon, I don't know who has told you that we have it." Mr Ahmadinejad was challenged by audience members that Amnesty International figures showed that among the 200 people executed in Iran so far this year, some were gay.

  • Out athletes discuss life as a gay footballer

    NYC city council speaker Christine Quinn will welcome athletes to Gay Superbowl 7.

    11:00 PM — American football has long been considered one of the manliest of activities.While baseball is America's national pastime, it is football which has captivated audiences for nearly 150 years and become the most popular of American sports.Since it's inception, surprisingly, only a few athletes have come out publicly as gay players.

  • LGBT characters on US network TV in decline

    The seven LGBT regular characters appear on five scripted programmes: Brothers  Sisters, Desperate Housewives, The Office, Ugly Betty (pictured) and the midseason series Cashmere Mafia. photo: ABC

    4:51 PM — With the arrival of the 2007-2008 television season, the number of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) representations on scripted American network television continues to decline, according to an analysis conducted by the Gay Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD).The study shows that, despite improved quality, LGBT representations will represent only 1.1% (7) of all series regular characters in the 2007-08 broadcast television schedule, down from 1.3% (9) in 2006, and 1.4% (10) in 2005.

  • Global trade union gathering warns on homophobia

    The workplace can be a particularly harsh environment for transgendered workers, especially during and after the process of transition.

    1:30 PM — An international LGBT Workers' Forum has been told that neo-liberal and conservative forces are increasingly exploiting anti-gay prejudice to undermine trade union and community activists' campaigns.The second international LGBT forum, held jointly by Public Services International (PSI) and Education International (EI), is the only event of its kind to be facilitated by global trade union federations.The two federations represent over 50 million workers in 950 trade unions around the world.

  • Gay allegations against minister blamed on “dirty tactics” 1

    Prime Minister John Howard rejected the allegation that his government is running a dirty tricks campaign.

    12:30 PM — The two main political parties in Australia are accusing each other of dirty tricks and smear campaigns in the run-up to a federal general election later this year.The governing Liberal party has accused their Labour rivals of producing a "fact sheet" about a married minister that claims he has sexually harassed male staff and regularly visits gay bath houses in Sydney.The Labour leader Kevin Rudd rejected allegations that his party was behind the "fact sheet" and claimed the government is running a dirty tricks campaign against him.

  • Christian theatre group condemns comedian’s Emmy speech 7

    Christian groups have been up and arms about Griffin's speech since the ceremony two weeks ago.

    11:06 AM — If Kathy Griffin's ultimate goal in life is to get off of the D List, winning an Emmy was a good start.And annoying a Christian Theatre so much they'd spend $90,000 on an ad in USA Today condemning her Emmy speech is the icing on the cake.The Miracle Theatre Group, based in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee was so offended by Kathy's acceptance speech they pooled funds to take out the full page ad in the daily newspaper

  • International AIDS vaccine trial shut down

    Out of 741 volunteers who received the vaccine, 24 of them became infected with the HIV virus.

    10:45 AM — An experimental AIDS vaccine research trial has been terminated after recent findings that the drug has failed to prevent HIV infection in test subjects.According to a press release from the vaccine's developer, Merck Co., the vaccine was being tested in uninfected volunteers at high risk for acquiring HIV.Not only did the drug fail to prevent infection, more inoculated volunteers contracted the virus than volunteers who were not inoculated.

  • Hillary Clinton tackles lesbian rumours 2

    Clinton tells Sean Kennedy, news editor at The Advocate, she would admit if she were quietly a supporter of marriage equality.

    10:35 AM — Next week's issue of US gay magazine The Advocate includes a juicy interview with presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton.Although much of the discussion surrounding the article has centred on the New York Democrat's assertion that she isn't gay, more interesting to the GLBT community may be the confirmation that she's not a closet supporter of gay marriage.According to those who have seen the article, Clinton supposedly tells Sean Kennedy, news editor at The Advocate, she would admit if she were quietly a supporter of marriage equality.

  • Praise for Mayor’s u-turn on same-sex marriage

    Gay rights groups quickly lauded Sanders for his about-face, including Matt Foreman, executive director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force.

    10:20 AM — San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders made headlines around the world last week when he announced during a press conference that he would sign a City Council resolution directing the city attorney to file a brief in support of same-sex marriage with the California Supreme Court.Sanders previously said he would veto the resolution. Gay rights groups quickly lauded Sanders for his about-face.

  • Teacher resigns over porn appearances

    The tip off came from an email sent to the board and local television stations.

    10:01 AM — Most schoolteachers have to take part-time and summer jobs to help supplement their income, but this week a Texas teacher's moonlighting may have cost him his job.The school board is investigating into allegations that one of their faculty members has appeared in over 50 sexually explicit, gay wrestling videos.The tip off came from an email sent to the board and local television stations.

  • 21st September 2007

    Costa Rica considers law to prevent gay adoption 1

    The proposed amendment to Costa Rica's Family Code was agreed by all 57 elected members of the Legislative Assembly.

    5:50 PM — A bill has reached the first stages of becoming law in the central American country of Costa Rica that would prevent gays, lesbians and bisexuals from adopting children.The proposed amendment to Costa Rica's Family Code, the law regarding marriage, divorce, paternity and adoption, was agreed by all 57 elected members of the Legislative Assembly.The bill bans adoption by individuals or gay and lesbian couples. It will now be debated.

  • Trans bus driver’s appeal dismissed

    The court ruled that transsexuals are not included in Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act.

    4:50 PM — A transsexual bus driver who was fired for using the women's toilets had her appeal dismissed by a federal appeals court in Denver last week.In 2002, in preparation for gender reassignment surgery, Krystal Etsitty was taking hormone therapy and living as a woman.She had officially changed her birth name Michael to Krystal and had changed this detail on her driver's licence.

  • Postcards to US Congress ask for workplace protection

    The Employment Non Discrimination Act was introduced in the House by a bipartisan group of legislators.

    11:15 AM — On Monday the national staff of Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) will hand-deliver more than 12,000 pro-equality postcards from constituents across the country to both the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate.The individually written cards were collected from 40 states across the country as part of PFLAG's campaign, "People Don't Get Fired for Being Straight" to support the passage of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA).

  • Gay marriage activists picket Schwarzenegger’s star 3

    Although Schwarzenegger has yet to take an official stance on the bill, he has suggested on numerous occasions that he will not sign it.

    10:45 AM — Chanting, "Sign AB 43, equal rights for you and me," more than 200 activists marched to California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Tuesday, where they left pens and urged him to sign legislation ending discrimination against gay and lesbian couples who wish to marry their partners.The California legislature has again passed a bill (AB 43) that would give the state's gay and lesbian couples the right to marry, but all signs point to the governor, who is set to get the legislation this week, vetoing it, just as he did a similar bill in 2005.

  • 20th September 2007

    Gay daughter changes mayor’s mind on same-sex marriage

    “Today, Mayor Sanders and the City of San Diego have demonstrated that support for equality crosses party lines.“

    2:20 PM — Yesterday the Republican Mayor of San Diego decided to sign the resolution to overturn Proposition 22, which some claim bans same-sex marriage in the state of California.Jerry Sanders' last minute decision, which conflicts with his former campaign promises, reflects his "significant" change of opinion on the subject. Mr Sanders said:"I have close family members and friends who are members of the gay and lesbian community. These folks include my daughter Lisa and her partner, as well as members of my personal staff."

  • Britney’s biggest fan gets reality TV show 1

    Frustrated by the complete lack of gay scene in his small southern home town, Crocker turned to the internet, finding a tolerant community and online audience.

    1:01 PM — New internet celebrity Chris Crocker, whose melodramatic yet heartfelt "leave Britney alone" tantrum has received more than 8 million hits on YouTube, has reportedly landed a television deal.Signed by 44 Blue Productions, Tennessee's newly famous 20-year old is set to appear in his own reality TV show.The award-winning production company based in California company told Variety.com: "It's going to pretty much be the 'Chris Crocker experience'".

  • Australia refuses to recognise married transsexual 6

    Marriage in Australia remained undefined up until 2004, when a new law was passed to specify the union between a man and a woman.

    12:00 PM — A post-operative transsexual has been told by Australian authorities that in order to be registered as her correct sex she must divorce her wife.Completing her gender reassignment in 2002, the unnamed woman, who is happily married, has been unable to change her gender on her birth certificate in her current married status as same sex marriage is still banned in Australia.The couple took the case to court claiming discrimination on the grounds of gender and marital status but the case has been dismissed from both federal court and the appeal court.

  • Gay sports people star in GLAAD ads

    Sports star John Amaechi appears in the ads about acceptance and the harmful power of anti gay words.

    10:23 AM — This month the Gay Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) announced a new series of "Be an Ally a Friend" public service announcements featuring 22 top entertainers.Sports stars John Amaechi, and Martina Navratilova, join award-winning actors like Marlee Matlin and T.R. Knight in these spots about acceptance and the harmful power of anti gay words.Formed in 1985 GLAAD was established to educate Hollywood's entertainment industry on the importance of more accurate and realistic portrayals of gay people on the screen.

  • 19th September 2007

    HIV prevention drug could save millions

    The best-case scenario in sub-Saharan Africa could be a reduction of 30 million new cases of HIV over the course of a decade.

    6:33 PM — US researchers have identified a preventative measure against HIV that could dramatically reduce the number of new cases in high risk areas such as sub-Saharan Africa.Tenofovir is an antiviral drug that is currently used in combination medications given to HIV patients.Is is being trailed on HIV negative participants of groups who are considered at high risk of contracting the virus, including gay and bisexual men, sex workers and drug users.

  • Lesbian urged to quit Scwarzenegger’s staff 1

    Susan Kennedy became Governor Schwarzenegger's chief of staff in January 2006.

    5:50 PM — The chief of staff to the Governor of California, Susan Kennedy, is facing calls for her to resign after Mr Schwarzenegger said he would veto same-sex marriage legislation.Robin Tyler, a lesbian activist and plaintiff in a same-gender marriage test case to be heard before the California Supreme Court next year, said that she was "disappointed" in Ms Kennedy, who "married" her lesbian partner in Hawaii several years ago.

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