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  • 16th October 2007

    Record number of gay politicians receive support

    Since its founding in 1991, the Victory Fund has helped to grow the number of out officials from 49 to more than 380.

    6:25 PM — An organisation dedicated to increasing the number of openly LGBT elected officials at all levels in the United States has announced that it will be backing a record number of candidates in 2007.The Gay Lesbian Victory Fund, who provide strategic, technical and financial support, has announced ten new endorsements, bringing the number of supported candidates to 71.Among them are Steve Pougnet, Mayor of Palm Springs, California; William "Bill" Schmidt, Mayor of Peekskill, New York and Jass Stewart, Mayor of Brockton, Massachusetts.

  • Homophobic party mired in election anti-Semitism row

    While in government League party leader Roman Giertych was deputy Prime Minister and Education Minister.

    5:25 PM — A minor political party notorious for its opposition to gay rights has been roundly condemned for an election advertisement branded as anti-Semitic.Polish voters go to the polls this Sunday to elect both houses of parliament, the 460-member Sejm and the 100-member Senate.The League of Polish Families, until recently in coalition government, criticised Polish involvement with the Iraq war in the TV advert.

  • EU sex advert’s millions of online hits

    One clip features a sex scene between Gael Garcia Bernal and Fele Martínez from Pedro Almodovar's Bad Education.

    3:14 PM — A short promotional film released by the EU to promote their support for European films has had 4.2 million hits on EUtube, the European Commission's YouTube channel, in less than three months.Entitled Film Lovers Will Love This, The 44-second ad features couples - including gay men and lesbians - having sex.Produced by the European Commission's communications unit, it features short clips from a range of films, including French international hit Amelie, and finishes with the tagline "let's come together."

  • Trial against Phelps’ anti-gay group gets go-ahead 1

    Albert Snyder claims that protesters from the Kansas-based anti-gay group destroyed his only chance to bury in peace the son he lost in Iraq. He filed a complaint in June 2006.

    3:14 PM — A Baltimore judge has restricted the scope of a lawsuit brought by the father of a Marine whose funeral was targeted by Fred Phelps' anti-gay group.It is the first individual lawsuit brought against Fred Phelps' Westboro Baptist Church (WBC) for its protests at military funeral ceremoniesThe law suit will go to trial next week in Baltimore.

  • Schwarzenegger blocks marriage, signs other gay-friendly legislation

    Some good news also came out the California Governor's office late last week.

    11:21 AM — California Assemblyman Mark Leno,a San Francisco Democrat, was not happy to hear that Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoed another gay marriage bill on Friday, once again saying voters and the state Supreme Court, not the legislature, should decide the issue.In a statement released on Friday, Schwarzenegger said Californians "should not be discriminated against based upon their sexual orientation."Schwarzenegger wasn't simply the bearer of bad news for the LGBT community on Friday. Some good news also came out the California Governor's office late last week.

  • DC to host LGBT economic summit

    The LGBT community has long been a driving force in rebuilding many of the District's neighbourhoods.

    10:55 AM — Washington D.C. will host its first Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Economic Development Summit later this year, according to Neil O. Albert, the city's deputy mayor for planning and economic development.The goal of the summit, which will take place on November 3rd, will be to ensure that LGBT business leaders and entrepreneurs continue to play an important role in leading the economic and creative development of the city.

  • 15th October 2007

    Vatican’s quick investigation of priest in gay sex sting 5

    The president of the Disciplinary Commission of the Roman Curia told La Repubblica newspaper that the Vatican wanted a quick “internal clean-up.“

    5:55 PM — A senior Roman Catholic official has said that the Church will conduct immediate investigations into allegations against a priest exposed on Italian TV.Cardinal Julian Herranz, president of the Disciplinary Commission of the Roman Curia, told La Repubblica newspaper that the Vatican wanted a quick "internal clean-up."Monsignor Tommaso Stenico was suspended on Sunday after he was identified in a television broadcast supposedly declaring his homosexuality and making advances to a young man.

  • Taiwanese gays march in Rainbow Power parade

    The Taipei Rainbow Power parade is the largest such event in Asia.

    5:28 PM — A demonstration for LGBT rights in the capital of Taiwan yesterday was attended by thousands of people, many in eye-catching costumes.The Taipei Rainbow Power parade is the largest such event in Asia. Organisers estimate 15,000 people took part in the parade or crowded into the streets to show their support."Showing off the power of the LGBT communities and their supporters is the theme of this year's parade," an event spokesman, who wished to be known as Goffy, told the Taipei Times. 

  • Gay.com parent company sells travel business

    Ms Magee told Dow Jones in July that it would take at least 12 to 24 months to turn PlanetOut around.

    5:11 PM — Restructuring continues at one of America's major gay media companies, with the announcement that PlanetOut its travel business RSVP Vacations to Atlantis Events Inc.PlanetOut CEO Karen Magee announced the sale, which will have no effect on passenger bookings."We are extremely pleased that RSVP will become part of the Atlantis family," said Ms Magee.

  • Muslim leader wants gays exiled from Uganda 5

    The Muslim community, who make up 12% of Uganda's population of 27 million, were quick to add their voices of disapproval.

    2:53 PM — The leading Muslim cleric in Uganda, Sheikh Ramathan Shaban Mubajje, has come up with a novel solution to deal with gay and lesbians speaking up in the country.He told journalists at a press conference on Friday that he had recommended to the country's President at a meeting last week that all gay people should be sent into exile on an island in Lake Victoria."If they die there then we shall have no more homosexuals in the country," he added. There has been rising tension in the country over gay and lesbian rights.

  • Gay man expelled from reality TV show for coming out 1

    GeoBar is similar in format to the UK show Bar Wars.

    1:28 PM — A 20-year-old man has become the first person to come out of the closet on Georgian TV.Pako Tabatadze revealed he is gay during the first episode of popular reality show GeoBar and was promptly shown the door by disapproving producers.Mr Tabatadze was competing with eleven other young people for a prize of 40,000 Lari (£11,900), according to the Civil Georgia website.

  • Christians target Labour in Australian election 13

    Mr Rudd looks certain to sweep Labour into power for the first time since the defeat of Paul Keating eleven years ago.

    12:55 PM — The announcement that a general election will be held in Australia on 24th November has prompted evangelical groups in the country to begin campaigning against gay equality.The Australian Christian Lobby has asked a series of questions of Labour party leader Kevin Rudd, including one on gay rights, which it plans to post online.The pressure group is confident that it can influence the man viewed as almost certain to defeat incumbent John Howard and become Australia's 26th Prime Minister.

  • Euro Parliament holds equal opportunities conference

    The conference was organised by the European Parliament and the European Commission

    12:45 PM — As part of the European Year of Equal Opportunities for All, a conference was held last week at the European Parliament (EP).The two-day event, organised during the Parliament's so-called October mini-Plenary session, hoped to bring together government officials, NGOs, and the general public to talk about the on-going state of affairs for anti-discrimination.The opening session was presided over by Michael Cashman. One of the very few out gay MEPs, he was recently honoured with an MEP of the Year award for his work on human rights.

  • Bondage death of London man raises legal issues

    Exley's family are now suing LeBlanc's estate for unspecified damages, claiming wrongful death.

    12:45 PM — The death of a man during a bondage session is raising questions about liability resulting from sex play.Adrian Exley's body was found in the woods in Rhode Island last June, two months after he was bound up in the bondage playroom Gary LeBlanc had built in the basement of his Massachusetts home.According to AP, Exley, a 32-year-old stripper from Clapham, had travelled to Boston for a bondage session with LeBlanc after they met on a gay fetish website.

  • Canadian Anglicans vote for same-sex blessings 2

    The Ottowa decision will do nothing to heal the rift in the 77 million member Anglican church in North America and rest of the world.

    12:15 PM — A diocese of the Anglican church in Canada has voiced its support for the blessing of gay and lesbian marriages in spite of assurances from the national church that no such ceremonies will take place.Ottawa Anglicans voted 177 to 97 in favour of blessing gay marriages at a meeting on Saturday, following several hours of impassioned debate. A similar vote in the diocese of Montreal will take place later this month.Some Ottawan priests have threatened to stop performing marriage ceremonies for heterosexuals unless they are allowed to bless same-sex couples.

  • Stars speak up for gay rights in Singapore 3

    When celebrities speak, sometimes, people listen.

    10:21 AM — When celebrities speak, sometimes, people listen. That's what some Singaporean stars were hoping for when they created a Public Service Announcement rap-type video to call for the repeal of an antiquated law which forbids same-sex relations in the country.Laws established during colonial times have held that same-sex relationships could be punishable by fines and jail time.Since Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew's regime from 1959 to 1990, there has also been an open ban of gay films, art, theatre and public displays of homosexuality.

  • 14th October 2007

    “Outed” Vatican priest suspended by Vatican 5

    Monsignor Tommaso Stenico's photograph was released by PapaNews

    8:12 PM — A senior Roman Catholic Church official has been suspended after he was identified in a television broadcast supposedly declaring his homosexuality and making advances to a young man.Originally only identified as sixty-year-old, working in the Congregation for the Clergy department which manges the 400,000 active Catholic priests across the globe. He was identified by Vatican officials who recognised his office in the background of the picture.

  • John Howard calls November election in Australia 13

    John Howard is behind his Labor rivals in the polls

    8:01 PM — Australian Prime Minister John Howard today called a general election, to be held on the 24th November. It has been speculated that he will support moves towards an increase in pro-gay legislation.Mr Howard's Liberal Party is around 12 per cent behind Kevin Rudd's opposition Labor party in the polls.At that level of support, switching LGBT voters, traditional supports of the Labor party to vote Liberal will become more significant.

  • 13th October 2007

    Schwarzenegger vetoes gay marriage bill again 2

    Arnold Schwarzenegger with fellow anti-gay marriage politican, President George Bush

    11:30 AM — Action hero actor turned Republican Californian Governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger has vetoed a bill allowing gay marriages for the second time in two years, saying voters and the state Supreme Court, not legislators, should decide the issue.The Californian Senate had voted 22 to 15 to support the bill (AB43) by Assemblyman Mark Leno that would allow gay marriage based on a "a civil contract between two persons," that would allow religious institutions to refuse to officiate gay marriages.

  • 12th October 2007

    Howard may gamble on gay rights as a vote-winner 5

    It is widely expected that Mr Howard will call an election  for November 24th this weekend.

    3:33 PM — Prime Minister of Australia, John Howard, is reportedly about to announce that gay and lesbian couples will be given a range of equal rights, a move that could help two key colleagues retain their seats in the imminent general election.Environment Minister Malcolm Turnbull will be defending the Sydney seat of Wentworth, which after boundary changes now includes gay districts such as Darlinghurst and Kings Cross.With Howard's Liberal party trailing in the polls, The Age newspaper reports that the Prime Minister could make an announcement "within days."

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