13th November 2007
Gays should be hanged, says Iranian politician 35
11:34 AM — Homosexuals deserve to be executed or tortured, an Iranian leader told British MPs during a private meeting at a peace conference.According to the Times Mohsen Yahyavi is the highest-ranked politician to admit that Iran believes in the death penalty for homosexuality after a spate of reports that gay youths were being hanged.President Ahmadinejad, questioned by students in New York two months ago about the executions, claimed there were no gays in Iran.
Failed AIDS drug trials could harm future studies
11:20 AM — Executives at Merck and AIDS researchers worldwide are still reeling from the recent announcement that a cold germ might be to blame for the once promising AIDS vaccine that was withdrawn from trial last month after research showed it may well increase risk of infection.The vaccine, being tested across North America, South Africa and in several other locations across the world, was shown to cause more of the some 3,000 test subject who were given the vaccine to develop HIV than those who were given a placebo.
12th November 2007
Gay activist sacked for attacking opponent’s wife 2
1:15 PM — A Labour party candidate in the Australian federal election has removed a volunteer worker from his campaign after he launched a tirade of abuse at the wife of his opponent.Environment minister Malcolm Turnbull is fighting to retain the seat of Wentworth in Sydney for the incumbent Liberal party.The seat was subject to recent boundary changes and now includes gay districts such as Darlinghurst and Kings Cross.
Americans warm to same-sex unions
12:45 PM — More than half of Americans support civil unions according to the latest ABC News/Washington Post polls.In total, 55 per cent approve of legalising civil unions and giving same-sex couples the same rights as those who are married in matters such as insurance, inheritance and pensions.The latest figures are up from 45 per cent in the same poll in 2006.
Republican guilty of soliciting gay sex 5
12:25 PM — A senior Florida Republican has been found guilty of soliciting oral sex from an undercover police officer.Bob Allen, a former co-chairman of the campaign to select Senator John McCain as the Republican US Presidential candidate, was spotted by police in Titusville, Florida on July 11th acting suspiciously at the men's toilets in a park.Officers decided to send a policeman undercover to investigate, and within minutes Mr Allen allegedly agreed to pay him $20 (£10) to allow him to perform oral sex.
UN Commissioner backs LGBT rights
11:50 AM — The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights has spoken of her support for equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people.Louise Arbour made her comments after an historic meeting at the UN last week.The event, held in parallel with the session of the third committee of the UN General Assembly, discussed the Yogyakarta Principles.
New Polish PM pressed on civil unions
11:40 AM — Gay rights activists in Poland have asked incoming Prime Minister Donald Tusk to discuss legalisation of civil unions, the introduction of comprehensive sexual education in schools and the ban of discrimination based on sexual orientation.Mr Tusk is head of the centre-right Christian-democratic Civic Platform Party (PO), which won the election on 21st October.According to Catholic World News PO member Stefan Niesiolowski said: "I will not agree to homosexual marriage."
Amnesty to protest against Lithuanian homophobia
11:01 AM — Amnesty International today called on its 2.2 million members worldwide to address the rising tide of homophobia in Lithuania.The EU country has seen a rising tide of open homophobia in recent months.In May the mayor of the capital Vilnius refused to give permission for an EU anti-discrimination truck tour to visit and Lithuanian bus drivers refused to drive buses bearing ads which promoted tolerance towards gay people.
China urged to fight HIV not positive people
10:34 AM — China should focus its efforts on stopping HIV transmission, not on limiting the freedom of movement, expression and speech of people living with HIV, leaders from New York City-based Human Rights Watch said Friday at a global meeting of AIDS activists in Abuja, Nigeria.Human Rights Watch was commenting in advance of the November 11th to 13th board meeting of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria in Kuming, China.
11th November 2007
Lesbian passed over in election of Bishop of Chicago 1
11:45 AM — An out lesbian was passed over during the Episcopal convention to pick the next Bishop of Chicago.The Reverend Tracey Lind, dean of Trinity Cathedral, Cleveland was one of three women who lost out to Rev Jeffrey Lee, rector of St Thomas Church in Medina, Washington.Bishop William Persell said the vote held yesterday was not a rejection of homosexuals or of women.
9th November 2007
Political party’s anti-gay posters evade prosecution 1
5:30 PM — A Swiss right-wing political party will not face charges over advertising posters which called gay couples infertile.The Swiss People's Party (UDC) was campaigning earlier this year against a proposal to extend tax benefits to same-sex partners in Geneva.The party's general secretary added to the controversy by saying that gay people contribute nothing to society because they do not have children.
Poll results questioned as ENDA fallout continues
4:03 PM — America's leading lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans equality organisation, Human Rights Campaign, has been challenged by gay journalists over an opinion poll it published in relation to the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA).The proposed new law was originally framed to protect LGBT people from workplace discrimination, but was amended to remove trans people when it became clear that an unamended ENDA would not pass the House of Representatives.
Gay candidates victorious in elections across the US
12:39 PM — An organisation dedicated to increasing the number of openly LGBT elected officials at all levels in the United States has announced that dozens of openly gay and lesbian candidates running in municipal and state legislative races across the country won their elections this week.According to the Gay Lesbian Victory Fund, of the record 71 candidates endorsed by the group in 2007, at least 31 won their races on Tuesday, while 10 were elected earlier this year.
Maltese press question MEP over gay club visits
12:28 PM — A leading newspaper in Malta has questioned the gay-hostile voting record of one of the country's Member of the European Parliament in light of revelations that he is a regular at Brussels gay bars.LGBT activists are angry that David Casa, 38, voted against motions in the parliament that condemned homophobic violence and discrimination.Newspaper Il Torca reported: "Many homosexuals commented with this newspaper that David Casa was seen a number of times in gay clubs in Brussels."
US grants asylum to gay Jamaican 4
11:59 AM — A gay man who feared persecution because of his sexual orientation if forced to return to Jamaica has been given asylum in the United States.The grant of asylum to Ven Messam was issued by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and comes at a time when conditions for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people in Jamaica are getting more dangerous by the day.International human rights organisations have described Jamaica as one of the most homophobic places in the world.
Canadians mark 40 years of gay rights activism
11:22 AM — On November 7, 1967, the Supreme Court of Canada rejected the appeal of George Everett Klippert, who had been condemned to indefinite imprisonment for consensual sexual relations with other men.The next day, Tommy Douglas, the first leader of Canada's New Democratic Party, rose in the House of Commons and called for homosexuality to be decriminalised.Since then, the NDP has led the pack in defense of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights.
Discrimination against gay athletes on sports agenda
11:05 AM — At a recent sports conference in Reykjavik, Iceland, hundreds of leading media professionals, academics, and officials met to discuss controversial issues in the sports world.Among those topics, which included changes to the current doping policy, was addressing the discrimination against the growing number of gay athletes."Play the Game" is an independent institution which aims to strengthen the basic ethical values of sport.
Same-sex couples fight for equal health benefits
10:58 AM — The Michigan Supreme Court currently is weighing whether a constitutional amendment barring gay marriages also prohibits public agencies and schools from offering health care benefits to the same-sex partners of employees.According to the Detroit Free Press, the state's high court heard arguments from both sides on Tuesday, with lawyers representing Attorney General Mike Cox saying such benefits are unconstitutional because they mirror benefits available only to married couples.
Rosie reveals talk show will not go ahead
10:55 AM — "We were close to a deal/almost done/well what can u do/2day there is no deal/poof/my career as a pundit is over/b4 it began."For those who frequent Rosie.com, you know that's Rosie O'Donnell blog speak for it ain't gonna happen.Just two days after NBC confirmed to the press that it was in talks with the former View host to headline her own political gabfest, O'Donnell posted a message on her blog saying such talks had ceased.
8th November 2007
Travel: Eurostar is a gateway to Ghent 1
4:41 PM — From next week, trains will travel from London to Brussels in under two hours. The new Eurostar service from St Pancras International brings the charm of Flanders even closer than ever.Last week we explored Bruges: this week we visit Ghent and preview its special lesbian day next month.With its criss-crossing waterways and canals and magnificent old gabled buildings, Ghent is not only picture box pretty but has the distinction of being a real city.