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  • 30th July 2007

    Focus on male-male sex in global AIDS fight 1

    According to the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS, UNAIDS, fewer than one in 20 MSM around the world has access to HIV prevention, treatment, and care.

    11:58 AM — amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research, has announced the launch of a new global initiative to fight the spread of HIV among men who have sex with men (MSM) in the developing world.Stigma, discrimination, and lack of access to health services have sparked alarming epidemics that threaten to devastate MSM communities in Asia, Africa, Eastern Europe, and Latin America, mirroring the HIV pandemics that ravaged gay communities in North America and Western Europe in the 1980s.

  • Georgia’s homophobia exposed in row over “gay” rally

    Georgia is a highly religious country which prides itself on its traditional Christian values.

    11:50 AM — Organisers of a rally celebrating diversity and tolerance in the eastern European country of Georgia were forced to call off the event after it was falsely reported as a gay Pride parade.The rally, part of the Council of Europe 'All Different, All Equal' diversity and human rights campaign, was cancelled when organisers, Georgian human rights group Century 21, received abusive telephone calls, emails and threats of violence.The abuse started after Georgian paper Alia reported that "pederasts" were getting ready for a parade in the capital, Tbilisi.

  • Lesbian candidate fails to win seat in Japan

    Ms Otsuji was elected as an Osaka Assembly Member in April 2003.

    11:35 AM — A 32-year-old woman who brought the issue of gay rights to prominence in Japanese society has failed in her bid to be elected to the country's parliament.Kanako Otsuji, 32, had conducted a colourful and positive campaign for office, at one stage holding a marriage ceremony with her partner.She was a candidate for the Democratic Party of Japan, who took control of the upper house in a crushing election defeat for Prime Minister Shinze Abe.

  • Alan Cumming honoured for gay rights work

    This year's celebrated honorees include actor Alan Cumming.

    10:58 AM — Lambda Legal Defence and Education Fund in the United States will present its 15h Annual Liberty Awards on October 2nd at the Director's Guild of America in Los Angeles.This year's celebrated honorees include actor Alan Cumming, for his distinguished career and as an LGBT activist and champion for civil marriage equality.Actress and designer Honey Labrador will host the event.

  • 27th July 2007

    Straight people to protest homophobia at Amsterdam Pride 1

    A 14-year-old boy, Danny Hoekzema, devised the plan to include a boat for LGBT teens in the parade along the city's famous canals. photo: killerfocus@flickr.com

    4:31 PM — Amsterdam's Pride is one of the biggest in the world. The highlight of the weekend is the famous Canal Parade on Saturday afternoon.Where most parades use trucks, Amsterdam has 100 spectacularly decorated boats.This year, for the first time, a 'hetero' boat will take part, as a protest against the rise in homophobic attacks in the Netherlands in recent months.

  • Hungarian PM calls Pride attacks “outrageous”

    The Prime Minister said the whole country should join in the debate over gay rights.

    2:11 PM — The Prime Minister of Hungary, Ferenc Gyurcsány, has said he utterly condemns people who pelted a gay Pride in Budapest with eggs and attacked revellers.On Saturday 10th July skinheads and fascists massed along the 7km (4.3 mile) route of the march for gay rights.They threw eggs and bottles filled with sand at the marchers. Later that evening almost a dozen gay people were set upon and beaten.

  • Massachusetts gay marriage rights extend to out-of-staters

    Gay rights groups in New Mexico say the ruling will help their campaign for domestic partnership rights.

    1:41 PM — Same-sex couples from the US state of New Mexico can get married in Massachusetts, state officials ruled this month, after determining that gay marriage had not been explicitly banned in New Mexico.Massachusetts is the only US state to have legalised same-sex marriage. A gay rights group from the state asked officials to clarify the rules for out-of-state couples.Along with Rhode Island, New Mexico is the only other US state that has not explicitly either banned or allowed same-sex unions.

  • Activists target UN General Secretary over gay rights

    Protesters ambushed UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon as he spoke in San Fransisco.

    1:35 PM — Protesters ambushed UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon as he spoke in San Fransisco last night, demanding he break the UN's silence on lesbian, gay and bisexual rights around the world.Standing on their seats, the protesters, holding a sign reading 'Gay rights are UNiversal' chanted: "Break the silence, talk about gays."

  • Lesbian athlete sets world record

    The club began in the fall of 1982, immediately following the first Gay Games in San Francisco.

    10:45 AM — It was a cool overcast day in San Francisco, but that did not stop the nearly 120 Gay Track and Field competitors of all ages and levels from performing their best at the first ever large scale international event of it's kind.While many athletes excelled in their individual sports, the standout performer was 65 year old Marie-Louise Michelsohn from New York who set a new world record in her age group for the 5000 metres with a time of 20:27.08.

  • Executed Iranians may have been gay 14

    Homosexuality is illegal in Iran and is seen as a violation against God.

    10:27 AM — Expatriate Iranian sources are reporting that some of the 16 peoplehanged last week, labelled 'the most famous hooligans in Tehran', were executed for being gay.Islamic law states that all sexual acts outside of a heterosexualmarriage - referred to as sodomy - are forbidden.As part of a wide-ranging crackdown on 'indecent behaviour', policearrested over 1000 men in May in poor districts around Tehran.

  • 26th July 2007

    Ohio’s landmark ruling on same-sex domestic abuse

    Twenty-seven US states currently define marriage as between a man and a woman only.

    2:20 PM — Domestic violence laws in the US state of Ohio do not conflict with its same-sex marriage ban, the state Supreme Court ruled yesterday.The judges rejected the argument that domestic violence law was unenforceable in cases not involving married couples, because the law refers to 'spouses.'Chief Justice Thomas Moyer said that lawmakers included several groups under the domestic violence law.

  • Translating machine to replace sacked gay linguists 2

    Since 1993, more than 11,000 service members have been dismissed under the gay ban, according to the US Department of Defence.

    11:23 AM — After firing 60 Arabic translators for being gay under the 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' law, the US military has been forced to rely on an untested translating machine, it emerged this week.US National Institute of Standards and Technology researchers are now testing a prototype, real-time, two-way translation system to meet the shortfall of translators in Iraq, where linguistic misunderstandings can be fatal.

  • Gay man to write tell-all book about NY Yankees

    The claim went on to say that Wickman had threatened bodily harm and had repeatedly called Priore a “faggot“ in front of other members of the club.

    11:10 AM — In 1998 former New York Yankees baseball team's club house attendant Paul Priore brought a $50m lawsuit against the club and some the members stating that he had been sexually harassed and was fired for being a homosexual.Priore lost his suit when the Yankees showed that he was actually fired for stealing from the locker room, but he is now planning on writing a tell-all book about his homophobic abuse, which allegedly includes a steam room scene between players Derek Jeter and Jorge Posada.

  • Pressure on mayor in robo-toilet row 2

    “Mayor Naugle's comments and his lack of remorse for dividing his community are wrong. “

    10:58 AM — The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) has condemned Fort Lauderdale Mayor Jim Naugle for the divisive and defamatory terminology he has used to describe the gay community.The New York-based organisation also stood with residents of Fort Lauderdale as well as members of various local and national organisations as they gathered yesterday to speak out against the Mayor's offensive comments.

  • 25th July 2007

    Malta teachers take on Roman Catholic homophobia 6

    Malta is one of the most socially conservative countries in the EU.

    4:18 PM — Malta's Union of Teachers is threatening to publish the details of four attempts to oust gay and lesbian teachers from Roman Catholic school posts, unless the government launches an independent inquiry into sexual orientation discrimination.According to the union, Church schools were under pressure from parents to fire the teachers, leading to four interventions in the past five years.Students even scrawled insults on one teacher's chalkboard, according to John Bencini, President of the union.

  • Microchip tracking scheme for HIV+ people condemned

    “We need to make a major breakthrough to speed up the fight against AIDS in Papua,“ said lawmaker John Manansang.

    2:40 PM — Health officials in Papua, Indonesia, are "outraged" over proposals to implant microchips in people with HIV/AIDS to monitor their sexual activity.The Legislative Council of the province is deliberating a by-law allowing authorities to monitor the actions of patients with 'high risk behaviour' using a detection device.Parliamentarians have also reportedly discussed tattooing people carrying the virus.

  • Lesbian couple question Presidential hopefuls

    A lesbian couple from New York asked whether the Democratic candidates would grant them the right to get married.

    1:08 PM — A lesbian couple and a southern Baptist pastor quizzed Democratic presidential candidates about their views on same-sex marriage in a landmark debate on Monday night.Users submitted more than 3,000 video questions via video sharing site YouTube, and according to the debate's CNN host Anderson Cooper, same-sex marriage emerged as a popular issue.The lesbian couple, from New York, asked whether the Democratic candidates would grant them the right to get married.

  • Activists demand investigation into Pride explosion 1

    This year gay marchers in Tarija and Cochabamba took to the streets for the first time.

    12:48 PM — Human rights advocates are urging the authorities in Bolivia to properly investigate an explosion at a Pride event last month that injured several people.The incident occurred in the capital city of La Paz on the 30th June, the same day as London Pride.While celebrating Respect For Sexual Diversities Day in the city, and just before the parade started, one of the floats was attacked with dynamite.

  • Joy as gay couples register in Washington

    Last July, Washington state rejected arguments in favour of same-sex marriage.

    11:51 AM — Gay and lesbian people in the US state of Washington came a step closer to marriage this week, as a new state law granting same-sex couples some of the rights enjoyed by heterosexuals came into effect.Domestic partnerships give registered partners several of the rights granted to married couples.To qualify, couples have to be at least 18, live together and not already be married or in a domestic partnership with another person.

  • 24th July 2007

    Elton John still standing with Nepalese gay community 2

    The Elton John AIDS Foundation has raised more than $125m (£63m).

    3:57 PM — The Elton John AIDS Foundation has expressed its support for the work of the Nepal's only gay rights organisation, the Blue Diamond Society.In a statement to be sent to government departments in the Himalayan country, the foundation's executive director Robert Kay said they were proud to be associated with BDS's work on safe sex education.Mr John today revealed his guilt at not speaking up for gay rights earlier in his career.

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