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  • 12th December 2007

    Election leaflet investigated for inciting gay hate

    The Liberal party crashed to defeat at last month's federal election after 11 years in power.

    4:30 PM — An election pamphlet produced by the Liberal party in Australia is being investigated after complaints that it was designed to stir up hatred of lesbian and gay people.Tasmania's Anti-Discrimination Commissioner will investigate the leaflet, which called same-sex marriage and trans rights extreme and harmful and associated them with the pirate skull and crossbones motif."The purpose of the Liberal pamphlet was not to promote policy debate but to foster fear, ignorance and hatred," said Martine Delaney.

  • Pope’s message – gay weddings threaten peace 14

    The pontiff theorises that peace and the family are inherently linked and any threat to the “traditional family“ will be opposed by Catholics.

    4:01 PM — The annual message from the head of the Roman Catholic Church to the world has been unveiled.Pope Benedict's statement will mark World Peace Day on January 1st.It is entitled The Human Family, A Community of Peace, and in it he calls for the dismantling of nuclear weapons and environmental co-operation and describes gay marriage as "an obstacle on the road to peace."

  • Taiwanese Presidential candidate victim of gay slurs

    Ma Ying-jeou, 57, was mayor of Taipei from 1998 to 2006 and is one of Taiwan's most popular politicians.

    3:20 PM — A senior official in the Taiwan Ministry of Education has outraged equality groups with a series of comments about a leading political party's candidate for President.Chuang Kuo-jung, secretary-general of the ministry, said that the Kuomintang party's Presidential candidate, Ma Ying-jeou, was effeminate.He also said that the mayor of Taipei "looked very much like a gay," according to Central News Agency.

  • Harvey Milk biopic attracts star interest

    James Franco, best known for his role in the Spiderman films, is slated to play Milk's longterm partner Scott Smith.

    2:32 PM — Principal photography on a biopic of San Francisco gay activist Harvey Milk will begin in January with Sean Penn in the lead role, and several well-known young actors are rumoured to be taking roles in the film.Josh Brolin, star of the upcoming Coen brothers film No Country for Old Men, is in last-minute negotiations with director Gus Van Sant about the role of Dan White, Milk's assassin.James Franco, best known for his role in the Spiderman films, is slated to play Milk's longterm partner Scott Smith.

  • Gay Swedish MP in homophobic attack

    Centre Party MP Fredrick Federley was approached by a group of about six young men who began insulting him and the two men who were with him.

    2:10 PM — An openly gay Swedish politician was attacked on Saturday night in central Stockholm by a group of homophobic skinheads.After leaving a nightclub, Centre Party MP Fredrick Federley was approached by a group of about six young men who began insulting him and the two men who were with him."Then they screamed that we were disgusting and a threat to Sweden and that they were going to beat us up," said Federley.

  • Gay-themed movie sparks lawsuit 3

    The lawsuit alleged that Sandler's company “continuously infringed copyright by distributing, selling, producing, and claiming authorship“ over their movie.

    12:35 PM — An Australian production company is in a legal battle against a the producers of I Now Pronounce You Chuck And Larry, an American comedy about two firemen who pretend to be gay to claim benefits from the government.The producers of Strange Bedfellows accused actor and film producer Adam Sandler and his company Happy Madison of ripping off the plot of a 2004 film, where two men passed themselves off as a gay couple to obtain legal benefits.

  • Huckabee in hot water over AIDS isolation comments 3

    The Human Rights Campaign and the AIDS Institute sent a letter to Huckabee today asking him to meet with White-Ginder.

    10:50 AM — The mother of Ryan White has requested a little one-on-one time with Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee after he told reporters this weekend that he stands by past comments suggesting AIDS patients should have been "isolated."Jeanne White-Ginder is the mother of the Indiana teen who raised awareness about AIDS in the early 1980s when he contracted the disease from the blood-clotting agent used to treat his hemophilia.

  • Cyndi Lauper to headline at Sydney Mardi Gras

    On the bill to entertain the gay masses at Mardi Gras this year is pop diva Cyndi Lauper, fresh from her True Colors tour in the US,

    10:30 AM — One of the most highly anticipated annual events on the gay social circuit has announced plans for the 2008 celebration.Unlike years past, Sydney Mardi Gras 2008 will run three weeks instead of four and be a tighter celebration over all, with fewer conflicting events and lots of big name international gay favourites on hand.On the bill to entertain the gay masses at Mardi Gras this year is pop diva Cyndi Lauper.

  • Ban gays from political office says cardinal 15

    In May the controversial Cardinal defined homosexuality “total corruption in the sexual arena.“

    10:04 AM — A Roman Catholic Cardinal has suggested that gay people should be banned from political office.Latvia's Prime Minister Aigars Kalvitis resigned last week and the Archbishop of Riga Janis Pujats warned new candidates not to support LGBT related issues.He asked that all candidates running for the post of Prime Minister state whether they intended to "defend the Latvian nation against the invasion of homosexuality in public life."

  • 11th December 2007

    EU pressures member states on discrimination 1

    two members of the EU Parliament, Marco Cappato and Sophie In't Veld, asked for an intervention of the EU Commission.

    4:40 PM — The European Commission is examining replies from three member states after it had warned them to transpose into national law a 2000 directive against discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.The Commission had sent letters of formal notice to Italy and Latvia on December 15th 2006 and to Finland on January 3rd 2007.Two members of the EU Parliament, Marco Cappato and Sophie In't Veld, last month asked for the intervention of the Commission.

  • Fruit flies study raises questions about homosexuality 4

    The research, published online by the journal Nature Neuroscience, seems to show that in some animals homosexuality is not hard-wired. photo: the alpha wolf

    2:04 PM — A new scientific study at the University of Illinois has found that genetic manipulation in fruit flies can "turn" their homosexual behaviour on and off within a few hours.Biologist David Featherstone said that his team had discovered a "gender-blind" gene in fruit flies which could be altered with drugs, turning them bisexual."The gender-blind mutant males treated other males exactly the same way normal male flies would treat a female," he said.

  • Race for Iowa heats up as Oprah joins Obama 2

    Recent tallies in Iowa show Obama leading in several polls, with Clinton leading others and North Carolina Senator John Edwards close behind.

    12:01 PM — Democratic Presidential candidate frontrunners are pulling out the big guns this week to woo voters in Iowa.While Barack Obama leans on Oprah Winfrey's star power to pull in crowds, Hillary turns to support from daughter Chelsea Clinton and mother Dorothy Rodham to lend her campaign a softer 'family' feel.This week, Hillary Clinton debuted two more weapons in her arsenal to claim victory in Presidential primary race.

  • No gay wedding for Queen Latifah

    For the past week, the word on the street has been that actress, singer and rapper Queen Latifah is about to come out of the closet.

    11:48 AM — Queen Latifah has finally gone public about the rumors that have been spreading about her decision to announce that she's engaged to rumored long-time girlfriend, Jeanette Jenkins.For the past week, the word on the street has been that actress, singer and rapper Queen Latifah is about to come out of the closet.She's also expected to announce her engagement to Jenkins. Bloggers and gossip columnists have been wringing their hands for weeks awaiting official word on the supposedly upcoming nuptials.

  • Opposition to restrictions on HIV+ travellers to US 6

    The United States is one of only 13 countries in the world, including Iraq, Saudi Arabia, and Sudan, which ban travel for individuals who are HIV-positive.

    11:15 AM — An American organisation that works for full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and those with HIV has expressed its opposition to new rules from the US government concerning HIV positive visitors.Lambda Legal is opposing regulations proposed by the Department of Homeland Security on Issuance of a Visa and Authorisation for Temporary Admission into the United States for Certain Non-immigrant Aliens Infected with HIV.

  • Gay club refuses entry to straight woman

    Vera Donovan was “shocked and humiliated“ at her treatment at Sin nightclub in the city's Temple Bar area.

    10:53 AM — A Dublin promoter has apologised and made a donation to charity after a woman was turned away from a gay night because she is heterosexual.Vera Donovan was "shocked and humiliated" at her treatment at Sin nightclub in the city's Temple Bar area, the Irish Independent reports.Eddie McGuinness, the promoter of the weekly Sin night, told the paper he has donated 200 euros (£143) to a charity of Ms Donovan's choice, the Dublin AIDS Alliance.

  • Gay rights protests at Cameroon embassies

    In Pretoria, IGLHRC led more than 100 protesters in a demonstration outside the Cameroon High Commission.

    10:03 AM — Activists in France, South Africa and the United States descended on Cameroonian embassies today to express their anger at a pattern of arrests and harassment of gay men and lesbians in that country.More than 30 people have been arrested in Cameroon in the last two years on charges of homosexuality, despite an October 2006 ruling by the United Nations that termed such arrests to be arbitrary and unfair.Dozens of students, particularly girls and young women, have been expelled from schools as result of their real or perceived sexual orientation.

  • 10th December 2007

    Holland to fight for global gay rights 6

    The Netherlands was the first country in the world to institute same-sex marriage and allow homosexual partners to adopt children.

    5:10 PM — The Dutch government has announced that it is determined to fight discrimination against gay and lesbian people both at home and abroad.Last month the Dutch Cooperation Development minister, Bert Koenders, said in a letter to the Parliament that in its foreign relations "the Netherlands will promote equal rights for gays as much as possible."The centre-left government has also announced it would also tackle rising homophobia at home.

  • Irish gay emigrants reluctant to return home

    Last week the Irish government confirmed it will not legalise gay marriage.

    2:33 PM — An increasing number of gay Irish emigrants are choosing not to return to Ireland because they can't take their partners with them.The Gay and Lesbian Equality Network (GLEN) said that the issue is a huge problem for Irish nationals whose partners cannot live or work in Ireland.Calls to GLEN about the issue have doubled in the past two years.The situation is also difficult for Irish people living in Ireland who are in a relationship with a foreign national.

  • Australian capital delays same-sex unions

    In May 2006, the ACT became the first Australian state to recognise same-sex civil unions.

    12:45 PM — Laws allowing same-sex unions in the Australian Capital Territory are to be delayed after concerns were voiced by the new federal attorney-general, Robert McClelland.The decision follows talks between Mr McClelland and ACT attorney-general Simon Corbell about the proposed legislation to grant legal recognition to same-sex unions, which was due to come into effect in February 2008.The discussion came after the previous attorney-general Philip Ruddock tried to block ACT laws.

  • Shootings at Haggard church target young people

    Two young missionaries-in-training, 26-year-old Tiffany Johnson and 24-year-old Philip Crouse, were killed.

    12:40 PM — Four people are confirmed dead after two shootings at Colorado religious institutions on Sunday.Two victims were killed at the Youth With a Mission (YWAM) centre in Denver yesterday morning in an attack that left two others injured.Another victim was killed at the New Life Church in a separate shooting on Sunday afternoon.The YWAM organisation has been criticised by some as a 'cult' and attacked for 'brainwashing' members and promoting anti-gay messages.

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