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  • 6th September 2007

    Euro court to rule on gay partner’s pension rights 5

    The court adviser's view is not binding but is normally accepted by the judges.

    6:53 PM — In what could lead to a landmark judgement, an adviser to the European Court of Justice has said that a German gay man is entitled to a payment from the pension of his dead partner.Tadao Maruko is asking the court to grant him a widower's allowance from the insurance policy his partner took out with the German Theatre Pension Institution.The insurer has rejected his claim to the allowance of €6,400 (£4,330) on the grounds they only make such payments to spouses and not registered partners.

  • Pope faces gay protests on Vienna trip 4

    It is Benedict's seventh foreign trip since becoming Pope.

    6:25 PM — Thousands of police and soldiers will be on the streets of the Austrian capital Vienna tomorrow as Pope Benedict XVI begins his three-day tour of the country.The authorities are expecting a significant demonstration against the presence of the Roman Catholic leader by Socialist youth organisations opposed to his hardline stance on homosexuality and other social issues."He doesn't want us to marry, to live in legal partnerships," Christian Hougel, an Austrian gay rights activists, told AP.

  • Law Order star to run for President 1

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

    5:35 PM — Fred Thompson, the former US Senator, best known as the star of police procedural drama Law Order, chose his appearance last night on the Tonight Show With Jay Leno to announce his candidacy for the Republican nomination for President.The actor, lawyer and politician, who is a conservative, is in pole position to take the nomination.Many Republicans see former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani as too liberal on gay rights and abortion.

  • Congress considers protection for LGBT workers 21

    87% of the top Fortune 500 companies in the US already provide protection from discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation.

    4:01 PM — The only two openly gay members of the United States Congress testified yesterday about new legislation to protect gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people at work.Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin and Congressman Barney Frank appeared before the House Health, Employment, Labour and Pensions subcommittee and spoke in favour of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA).The proposed legislation seeks to extend federal employment discrimination protections to include sexual orientation and gender identity.

  • Gay marches “assist homophobia” say Moscow authorities 4

    The organisers of Moscow Pride are taking the city authorities to the European Court of Human Rights.

    12:23 PM — The deputy Mayor of Moscow responded to calls for a compromise over gay rights marches in the city by calling activists provocateurs and accusing Western governments of trying to "pull us into a new dimension on the discussion on human rights using the topic of sexual minorities."In January the secretary-general of the Council of Europe, Terry Davis, wrote to Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in an attempt to find a compromise that would allow Moscow Pride 2007 to take place. The event was banned in 2006.

  • Matrix creator’s gender reassignment surgery 2

    Wachowski worked with brother Andy to write, direct and produce the 1999 blockbuster The Matrix.

    10:54 AM — Larry Wachowski, one half of the writing-directing duo known as 'The Wachowski Brothers', is rumoured to have taken on a new name: Lana.According to Rated-M.com, Wachowski, who wrote and produced 2005's V for Vendetta and worked with brother Andy to write, direct and produce the 1999 blockbuster The Matrix and its sequels, began hormone treatment more than three years ago and "the major aspects of the surgery have been complete for some time."The duo will now be known as 'The Wachowskis', the site reports.

  • LA Fitness sued over homophobic employee

    Persily, who has frequented the L.A. Fitness branch in Buckhead for nearly six months, says the company has still done nothing to respond to the complaint he made about the incident.

    10:35 AM — An Atlanta attorney who was subjected to anti-gay remarks and later assaulted during a visit to a health club recently filed suit after the company failed to address his complaint about the altercation.According to a press release issued by his laywers, Seth Persily filed a lawsuit August 7th against L.A. Fitness claiming that an employee at one of its facilities in Atlanta made anti-gay comments and later accosted him in a locker-room on July 18th.L.A. Fitness in the UK have no connection with the company involved in the legal action.

  • 5th September 2007

    Comedian Jerry Lewis apologises for anti-gay joke 4

    Jerry Lewis on an earlier tv appearance

    12:02 AM — Comedian Jerry Lewis has apologised for his use of an anti-gay joke during a fund-raising television broadcast for the Muscular Dystrophy Association."Oh, your family has come to see you. You remember Bart, your oldest son, Jesse, the illiterate fag.." Lewis said before stopping mid sentence, presumably realising that the joke may not be appropriate in a politically correct society.

  • LGBT group accused of inciting prostitution

    The suspects have been detained for several days

    12:02 AM — Eighteen members of a Turkish LGBT association which also represents transvestites have been arrested in the city of Bursa for "forming a gang to commit crimes, being an associate with a gang, and inciting prostitution."Turkish activists are divided as to the accuracy of the charge, but are warning the police could use the incident to harass other LGBT groups.The arrests follow tense relations between police and the 'Rainbow Association' and speculations about the activities of the group's president, Oyku Erven.

  • Craig controversy rumbles on

    The Idaho senator denies he is gay

    12:02 AM — Events surrounding anti-gay Republican senator Larry Craig, who resigned last Saturday following an arrest for lewd conduct in a public bathroom, continue to develop as Washington remains awash with rumour and speculation about the controversy.Media reports are suggesting he may reconsider his resignation if cleared of the charges, while his legal team simultaneously fight to cancel the guilty plea he made following the arrest.Meanwhile, a visit from two of his children last week led to an extended interview on ABC where they stressed their father was not gay and said he was disappointed at the lack of support shown by his Republican colleagues.

  • Straight people encouraged to come out for gay rights

    GLAAD want straight people to help their gay friends and family

    12:02 AM — The Gay Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) in the US has announced a series of 25 new 'Be an Ally a Friend' adverts featuring 22 top entertainers from the world of television, film and sports."The 'Be an Ally a Friend' campaign empowers each and every one of us to make a difference in the lives of loved ones by listening to and supporting those who come out," GLAAD president Neil G. Giuliano said."The straight allies and community members who gave their time and energy to this campaign deserve our deepest thanks for participating in this effort to reach a critical audience."

  • Malaysian court annuls same sex marriage 3

    The couple have been married since 2002

    12:02 AM — A Shariah court in Malaysia has annulled a marriage between a two women, one of which is a transvestite.The court, in southern Malacca, said Mohamad Sofian Mohamad and Zaiton Aziz would have to separate because Mohamad Sofian had female genitals, despite her male attire and close cropped hair.Originally named Mazinah Mohamad, she was allowed to change her name due to an administrative oversight and the couple married in a Malacca mosque in 2002.

  • Turks have the most sex 1

    Turks have an average of 14 sexual partners in a lifetime

    12:02 AM — The world's largest survey on sexual behaviour has found that Turkey is the most virile nation on earth, but doctors and scientists are urging caution on its findings, branding it "unscientific."The Durex Global Sex Survey asked 317,000 participants in 41 countries about their sexual habits, and will be published in this months Foreign Policy magazine.While the general trend is for individuals in richer countries to have a larger number of sexual partners, Turks seem to buck the trend, totting up 14 partners in a lifetime.

  • Gay lawyers ‘less satisfied’

    LGBT lawyers are more likely to be dissatisfied with career advancement opportunities

    12:02 AM — LGBT lawyers are less likely to feel satisfied with their professional counterparts, a new study has revealed.The survey of active attorneys in Denver found LGBT lawyers shared many of the problems of their ethnic minority counterparts.Members of the Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Transgendered Bar Association reported higher levels of dissatisfaction with the complexities of their work, access to clients and career advancement opportunities.

  • Cardinal attacks homophobic radio station

    The cardinal warned the stations broadcasts were being associated with church teaching

    12:02 AM — Poland's most influential cardinal has launched a broadside attack on a notorious radio station branded anti-Semitic and homophobic by its critics.Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz, the Archbishop of Krakow, spelt out fears that the position of the church in Poland was increasingly being confused with those of Radio Maryja, run by Fr Tadeusz Rydzyk - a Redemptorist monk."Pastoral work is gradually slipping out of bishops' control and into the hands of others," he said.

  • 4th September 2007

    Dean tells US gays: ‘We’ll make the changes you’re looking for’ 1

    “We'll make the changes you're looking for.“

    5:11 PM — In a clear statement of intent Democratic party National Committee Chair and former leadership nominee Howard Dean has told US gays to vote for his party if they want to improve their legal rights."I think the message is pretty clear," he said. "Vote Democrat and we'll make the changes you're looking for."Mr Dean claimed a host of measures which protect gay rights and outlaw discrimination had been achieved because of the Democratic party.

  • Buenos Aires offers gay discount card

    Argentina has a famously tolerant attitude to homosexuality

    4:44 PM — Authorities in the Argentinean capital Buenos Aires have introduced a discount card for gay tourists.Card-holders can use the card at participating restaurants, hotels, medical emergency centres and even lawyers' offices.The cards are released as Buenos Aires enjoys an unparalleled influx of gay tourists, now constituting 10 to 15 percent of visitors to the city.

  • Gay Paris Mayor aims for second term 1

    The Mayor's seven year term has earned him popularity among Parisiens

    4:18 PM — Paris' openly gay Mayor, Bertrand Delanoe, has confirmed he will run for a second term and outlined a green, socially conscious programme for re-election."My programme is aimed at placing Paris ahead of the curve," Mr Delanoe told Le Parisien.The confirmation of his campaign has done little to stifle suggestions he could become 2012 presidential candidate for the Socialists, however.

  • Moscow court slams gay activists 1

    Peter Thatchell was detained during the march

    2:14 PM — n attempt by gay activists to protest a ban on their parade last May has met with failure as Moscow's Tverskoy court rejected their case.The court ruled that successful attempts by the city authorities to ban the parade were legal.Event organiser and prominent gay leader Nikolai Alekseyev told Interfax the judge was challenged by plaintiffs during the hearing due to improper actions but the legal basis for the ban was nonetheless upheld.

  • South Korean military urged to change rules for transsexuals 2

    The military has been urged to adopt new examination procedures

    12:50 PM — The military in South Korea has been urged by the National Human Rights Commission to change its physical examination procedures to avoid shaming transsexuals.The commission was hearing the case of a 29 year old transsexual, identified only as Kim, who reported being humiliated during his examination to establish whether he had to undergo compulsory military service.Kim had reported his change of sex on a family registry, in accordance with a landmark decision in June of last year by the Supreme Court which concluded family registries could be modified in the case of individuals undergoing female-to-male sex changes.

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