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  • 9th November 2007

    US grants asylum to gay Jamaican 4

    The grant of asylum to Ven Messam was issued by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security

    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

    The NDP call for policies that protect young LGBT people from the hatred and social inequity.

    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

    While many sports organisations don't specifically exclude gay athletes, they don't have a policy to include them.

    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

    20 public employers in Michigan currently provide benefits to gay and lesbian couples under the same-sex relationship policies.

    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

    O'Donnell thinks the network backed down after she accidently leaked possibility of such show at a gig in Florida.

    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

    Ghent is not only picture box pretty but has the distinction of being a real city.

    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.

  • Ban on Pride protests upheld by Moscow court

    In August the Taganski district court of Moscow ruled that the ban on the pickets by the prefecture was lawful

    1:15 PM — A Russian court has dismissed an appeal from the organisers of Moscow Pride against the decision that a ban of Pride pickets as part of Moscow Pride on 27th May this year was lawful.Two pickets in support of tolerance and respect of the rights and freedoms of homosexual people in Russia were organised as an alternative to the march on the same day which was banned by Moscow Mayor Yuri Luzhkov.One of the pickets was planned on Tverskaya Square in front of City Hall.

  • Dutch focus on international gay rights abuses

    COC is proposing four follow-up steps to fight homophobia in development countries on a long-term basis.

    12:55 PM — LGBT rights organisation COC Netherlands has welcomed research initiated by the Dutch minister of Foreign Affairs and Development Cooperation into gay rights.The report, published yesterday, found that homosexuality is still a punishable crime in half of the 36 countries that have a development relationship with The Netherlands.Penalties in those countries range from imprisonment to death penalty.

  • US workplace protection bill passes 3

    17 states have protections for LGB people; eight of those states extend that protection to trans people.

    12:35 PM — After weeks of delay, the Employment Non-Discrimination Act has been passed by the US House of Representatives.It passed by 235 to 184 - 35 Republicans joined 200 Democrats and voted for the bill.159 Republicans were joined in voting against by 25 Democrats, many of whom were angry that protections for trans people had been removed from the bill.

  • Daniel Radcliffe to reprise nude role on Broadway 1

    Radcliffe will re-team during the New York production with Richard Griffiths,

    12:09 PM — Those looking to catch a glimpse of Harry Potter's Daniel Radcliffe in the buff should set aside some time next September.That's when the 18-year-old will reprise his role in Peter Shaffer's Equus on Broadway in New York.The Daily Mail has reported that the play, which famously features a nude scene involving the teen star, will open at a to-be-announced Shubert theatre at some point during that month.

  • Lesbian star may get new talk show 1

    O'Donnell is expected to return to her guest starring role on nip/tuck.

    11:50 AM — She did battle with Elizabeth Hasselbeck and now she could be wiping the floor with Larry King.Just six months after Rosie O'Donnell bolted from The View, sources say she's eying a return to TV - on MSNBC.The controversial comedian reportedly is in talks to star in her own show on the network - a current events talk fest in which O'Donnell would presumably offer up her throughts surrounding the upcoming election.

  • Republican candidate advertised on gay dating site

    Banner ads saying “Mitt Romney for President — Vote Team Mitt!“ appeared on website gay.com.

    11:30 AM — Being the Presidential hopeful with the heaviest Web advertising presence can be a difficult position to be in - sometimes it means your campaign ads will show up in unexpected places.Republican candidate Mitt Romney is finding that out the hard way, according to a recent article in The New York Times. Apparently, banner ads saying "Mitt Romney for President — Vote Team Mitt!" appeared on website gay.com for two days in August, appearing at least 32,000 times.

  • 7th November 2007

    Comment: The YouTube revolution 1

    The openly gay Chris Crocker grabbed his camera to make YouTube history.

    5:50 PM — In 1968 artist Andy Warhol said, "in the future everyone will be famous for fifteen minutes".Ironically this cynical comment that came from a man who made millions painting soup cans is becoming more and more applicable to our society.In 2000, the actor's unions, in a controversial decision, went on strike over commercial royalties and filming residuals.

  • Cold germ may have upset AIDS vaccine trials

    The US Merck vaccine trials took place in 15 cities including Boston, Los Angeles and New York.

    5:50 PM — A cold germ is seemingly to blame for the once promising AIDS vaccine that was yanked from trial in South Africa last month after a sister vaccine being tested on humans throughout North America showed it may well increase risk of infection.Researchers said at a conference in Seattle today that the germ appears to weaken immunity, causing more of the some 3,000 test subject who were given the vaccine to develop HIV than those who were given a placebo.

  • Australian leader concedes gay equality in superannuation 13

    Mr Turnbull made his pledge to a meeting of gay business leaders.

    4:29 PM — A leading member of the Australian Liberal party who is fighting to retain his parliamentary seat has announced a small change in policy in an attempt to win vital gay votes.Malcolm Turnbull last night promised that if re-elected his party will allow interdependent gay couples to share each other's public pensions and super benefits.It may prove to be too little too late for the minister, who is fighting to retain the Sydney seat of Wentworth in the November 24th general election.

  • British man in prison for gay sex in Ghana 1

    Internet sites such as Gaydar host Ghanaian profiles, suggesting enforcement is less that strict.

    2:24 PM — The Foreign Office has confirmed that a 63-year-old British national has been remanded in custody in the African country of Ghana charged with having sex with another man.John Ross Mcleod appeared in court at Accra on Monday. A photographer, he was arrested at an airport.Officials searched him and allegedly found a CD containing images of Mcleod having sex with a 19-year-old.

  • NY politician wants gays at St Patrick’s Day parade 1

    Ms Quinn also suggested inviting the First Minister and Deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland, Ian Paisley and Martin McGuinness, to take part in the parade.

    1:01 PM — New York City Council speaker Christine Quinn, who is openly gay, has said that the city's St. Patrick's Day parade next year should include gay people and representatives from Northern Ireland.The New York City parade is organised by the Ancient Order of Hibernians, an Irish-Catholic fraternal organisation.They have refused to allow gay and lesbian groups to march in the parade since 1991.

  • South Korea drops proposed orientation discrimination

    Human Rights Watch called on South Korea to ensure that the law would extend to discrimination based on gender identity.

    11:21 AM — When South Korea's Ministry of Justice proposed in early October a federal law that would prohibit certain forms of discrimination, sexual orientation and a wide range of other categories were included.According to Democratic Labour Party officials and news reports, however, the current version of the law has been changed to exclude protection from discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, military status, nationality, language, appearance, family type, ideology, criminal or detention record and educational status.

  • Lesbian couple push for full marriage rights in Ireland

    Last week the Irish Government voted down a Labour Party Bill on civil unions but proposed an alternative by the end of next March.

    11:01 AM — A lesbian couple from the Republic of Ireland who married in Canada yesterday renewed calls to have the same legal rights as those in heterosexual marriages.Dr Katherine Zappone and Dr Ann Louise Gilligan took part in the first expert meeting on the recognition of married same-sex couples at the European Parliament in Brussels.They joined couples from across Europe who are seeking recognition of their marriage.

  • Dutch politician calls for ban on gays holding office 1

    The Netherlands has in recent years experienced a series of violent attacks on gay people.

    10:50 AM — A leading member of the ChristenUnie party, the third group in the Dutch ruling coalition, has demanded that practising homosexuals should be expelled from administrative positions in the party.Yvette Lont, councillor for Amsterdam South-East, announced that she would be proposing a motion for the exclusion of practising homosexuals from senior party and government posts at the forthcoming party congress on November 17, according to Dutch newspaper Trouw.

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