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  • 7th June 2007

    Scot arrested for murdering German too ill to go to court

    Karl Heinz Thonningen was stabbed to death on Saturday after returning home from gay clubs in the popular Playa Del Ingles holiday resort.

    4:22 PM — The British man arrested over the murder of a gay German in Gran Canaria is too ill to appear in court today.The 39-year old man identified only as EB by police was arrested after he was found to have overdosed on drugs in a suicide attempt.Karl Heinz Thonningen, 44, was stabbed to death at 0500 on Saturday after returning home from gay clubs in the popular Playa Del Ingles holiday resort.

  • Gay rights groups criticise surgeon general nominee

    Dr Holsinger's nomination must be confirmed by a majority vote in the United States Senate before he is appointed.

    3:51 PM — Gay rights groups have slammed President Bush's nominee for surgeon general, Kentucky cardiologist Dr. James Holsinger, for writing in 1991 that gay sex is unnatural and unhealthy.In his paper for the United Methodist Church, Holsinger said that gay sex was dangerous because "When the complementarity of the sexes is breached, injuries and diseases may occur."

  • Iranian partygoers released

    The maximum punishment for adultery and gay sex is death, and teenage boys as young as 15 are eligible for the death penalty.

    12:43 PM — Nearly all of the young men arrested at a party in Iran earlier this month under suspicion of being gay have now been released.Eighty-seven young men were originally arrested, and seventeen were held for "homosexual conduct" and drinking alcohol in a crackdown by Iranian police.

  • 6th June 2007

    California assembly passes gay marriage bill

    Gov Schwarzenegger has previously said that if the bill was passed by both legislative chambers, he would use his powers as to veto it.

    3:49 PM — The first legislative chamber in California voted to allow same-sex marriage today, in a public snub to conservative Republican Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.Gov Schwarzenegger has previously said that if the bill was passed by both legislative chambers, he would use his powers as Governor to veto it, as he believes that the measure should be passed either by the courts or by a referendum.

  • British man arrested over gay murder 57

    Karl Heinz Thonningen was stabbed to death  when returning home from gay clubs in the Playa Del Ingles beach resort.

    12:50 PM — A British man has been arrested over the murder of a gay German man in Gran Canaria.Police are treating the murder as a "crime of passion," as no money was taken from the victim.Karl Heinz Thonningen, 44, was stabbed to death at 0500 when returning home from gay clubs in the popular Playa Del Ingles holiday resort.

  • 5th June 2007

    George Bush’s backyard, Dallas looks set to elect gay mayor 1

    Ed Oakley on the campaign trail

    9:32 PM — George Bush's heartland of Dallas looks set to become the largest city in the United States to elect an openly gay mayor.Ed Oakley is considered the leading candidate in the city. Dallas, in Texas, where George Bush was governor, already has a number of elected gay people including the local lesbian sheriff, Lupe Valdez.Mr Oakley has been backed by the Democrats over a former construction company CEO, Tom Leppert.

  • John Edwards says no to gay marriage 57

    Previously Edwards had said he would not take a position on same-sex marriage as he “was just not there yet.“

    3:55 PM — Democrat Presidential hopeful John Edwards announced yesterday that he will not support same-sex marriage, but neither will he support a constitutional amendment to ban it.Senator Edwards, who ran for vice-president with John Kerry in 2004, is one of the fore-runners in the Democrat race to win back the White House.

  • Lesbian politician in Japan gets hitched 58

    Photo:  Kakejiku

    12:17 PM — Japan's first openly lesbian politician celebrated her same-sex partnership on Sunday, a month before elections for Japan's upper house.Kanako Otsuji, 32, is a candidate for the Democratic Party of Japan in next month's election for the House of Councillors.She tied the knot with her partner of four years, Maki Kimura, 32.

  • US Bishops to meet on gay clergy rights 57

    The Roman Catholic Church will continue to stress that they believe same-sex relationships are immoral.

    11:42 AM — American Roman Catholic bishops may give the green light to new guidelines this week, which would mean gay Catholics would not have to try to change their sexual orientation.Bishops convene today in Baltimore for their annual meeting. The guidelines will also encourage clergy to baptise the children of same-sex couples who agree to raise them in the Catholic faith.The Roman Catholic Church will continue to stress that they believe same-sex relationships are immoral.

  • 4th June 2007

    Berlin memorial to persecuted gays 57

    The new memorial will echo the design of Eisenman's tribute to the Nazi's Jewish victims, a field of more than 2,700 concrete slabs.

    4:55 PM — A memorial to gay people persecuted and murdered by the Nazis will be complete later this year, the German government announced today.The tribute to forgotten victims will be situated on the edge of Tiergarten park, near to a memorial for the six million Jews who died in the Holocaust.The memorial will take the form of a gray concrete slab, with a window to allow visitors to view a video.

  • Gay pride in Riga goes ahead peacefully 57

    Five hundred people gathered in the Latvian capital, in a fenced park with security provided by the police.

    3:45 PM — Gay men and women held the first gay pride with no sign of violence in Riga yesterday.Five hundred people gathered in the Latvian capital, in a fenced park with tight security provided by the police.Small groups of anti-gay protestors hurled insults, but no violence took place, and two people were arrested for the verbal abuse.

  • Paris Hilton in jail 57

    Paris:  “Although I am scared, I am ready to begin my jail sentence.“

    12:33 PM — Heiress, socialite and gay icon Paris Hilton began her jail sentence for violating probation in Los Angeles yesterday.Hilton's jail term has already been cut from 45 days to 23 days under state sentencing guidelines, but she did not have to hand herself in until Tuesday.Richard A. Hutton, her attorney, said: "Paris Hilton has turned herself in to begin serving her sentence for violating probation at a Los Angeles County Jail."

  • Californian gay prisoners get conjugal visits 57

    Overnight visits from family can help reduce the stress of prison life

    11:00 AM — Gay and lesbian prisoners in California are to be allowed conjugal visits from their partners, under a new prison policy revealed on Friday.The change in policy came after gay and civil rights groups threatened to sue the prisons under equality laws.The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) sent a letter threatening legal action on behalf of Vernon Foeller, 40, a gay inmate incarcerated for attempted burglary.

  • 2nd June 2007

    Bush asks for $30bn to fight AIDS worldwide

    Current US law dictates that one-third of prevention funding through PEPFAR must teach exclusively abstinence-only until marriage.

    10:00 PM — President Bush has called on the United States Congress to double U.S. funding towards fighting the global AIDS pandemic.He requested $30 billion through the President's Emergency Programme for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) for the first five years after he leaves office.The President first announced his plans to create PEPFAR, a five year, $15 billion dollar initiative to combat AIDS worldwide, during his 2003 State of the Union Address.

  • American dating service, eHarmony accused of discrimination

    No room for gay searches?

    11:52 AM — An online dating service is being sued for allegedly discriminating against lesbians, gays and bisexuals.Linda Carlson from North Carolina tried to use the eHarmony website, widely advertised in America, to find a partner of the same sex. She found that she could only register as a "woman seeking a man" or a "man seeking a woman." She wrote to the company to complain but was told that the website would not change it's policy.

  • 1st June 2007

    Backlash against New Hampshire civil unions 57

    There has been some opposition to the new law.

    1:15 PM — Conservative groups in New Hampshire are voicing concerns over the legalisation of same-sex unions.Governor John Lynch yesterday signed the new bill that will make civil partnerships available to gay New Hampshire couples from January 2008.New Hampshire is now the fourth state to allow same-sex civil unions.

  • Polish TV cuts Little Britain gay vicar sketch 57

    “British viewers are more open and indulgent than their Polish counterparts.“

    1:15 PM — Polish state broadcaster TVP announced yesterday it had censored a Little Britain sketch due to its portrayal of gay characters.Around one minute of an episode of the comedy show was cut.It showed popular character Daffyd (Matt Lucas), "the only gay in the village", manning a sex toy stall at a church fete, and a gay vicar kissing his boyfriend (David Walliams).

  • Livingstone: Latvia must allow pride to go on peacefully 5

    Ken Livingstone argues that the Latvian government and the Mayor of Riga should allow their gay pride march to go ahead without hindrance.

    10:39 AM — The Mayor of London, Ken Livingstone argues that the Latvian government and the Mayor of Riga should allow their gay pride march to go ahead without hindrance.In the past year, there have been attacks on the rights of lesbians and gay men in Eastern Europe with violence at, and/or bans on, Gay Pride events in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Russia, Moldova and Romania. I have already, and continue, to condemn all these.

  • Montreal gay bar under fire for sexual discrimination 57

    “I didn't say a word until I'd left. I was too shocked.“

    10:39 AM — A woman turned away from a gay bar on the grounds of her gender has lodged a human rights complaint.Audrey Vachon, a 20 year old college student, was refused service and asked to leave Le Stud, a gay bar in Montreal's village, last Tuesday.Ms. Vachon has since made a complaint to Quebec's human rights commission, based on Article 10 of the Quebec Charter, which prevents sexual discrimination.

  • 31st May 2007

    Hollywood actor confirms Presidential bid 1

    Mr Thomson represented Tennessee in the Senate from 1994 to 2003.

    4:00 PM — The veteran film and TV actor Fred Thompson has said he intends to seek the Republican party's nomination for President of the United States in 2008."I can't remember exactly the point that I said, 'I'm going to do this,'" Thompson told USA Today."But when I did, the thing that occurred to me: 'I'm going to tell people that I am thinking about it and see what kind of reaction I get to it.'"

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