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  • 26th September 2007

    US hate crimes law faces key vote in Senate 7

    Veteran Senator Ted Kennedy, who sponsored the bill, spoke on the floor of the Senate yesterday and urged his fellow legislators to support it.

    1:25 PM — Attempts by Republican Senator and Presidential hopeful John McCain to block new legislation that would extent hate crimes to cover LGBT people will come to a head tomorrow with a crucial vote.Democratic Senator Harry Reid has filed a cloture motion on the hate crimes bill, a procedural move to overcome Senator McCain's objection to bringing the amendment to the floor.60 Senators will need to vote in favour of the cloture motion for passages of the hate crimes bill to be added as an amendment to the Department of Defence (DoD) authorisation bill.

  • Ahmadinejad’s gay comments lost in translation 1

    The Persian transcript has excised both the question about treatment of lesbians and gay men in Iran and President Ahmadinejad's response.

    12:54 PM — The International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) has discovered that Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's official website does not provide a Persian version of his recent comments on homosexuality in the country.The site provides a full and complete transcript of his speech to students at Colombia University in New York and the question and answer session afterwards in which he claimed that there are no gay people in Iran and homosexuality does not exist in the country.

  • Lesbian couple arrested in same-sex marriage protest

    In November 2006 Colorado voted to ban same sex marriages.

    12:30 PM — A lesbian couple was arrested in Denver yesterday following their protest of Colorado's ban on same-sex marriages.Sheila Schroeder, 43 and Kate Burns, 44, staged the sit-in protest in the Wellington E.Webb Municipal Building, when they were refused an application for a marriage licence from the Denver Clerk and Recorder Office.The couple, who have been together for five years, took Rev. Mike Morran, their local minister from Denver's First Unitarian Church with them.

  • Russian activists fined over blood demonstration

    Russia prevents gay men from donating much needed blood as they are considered to be most at risk of sexually transmitted diseases.

    12:25 PM — Six gay rights protesters have been convicted of public order offences and fined by a Moscow court for protesting against Russia's ban on gay men donating blood.Activist Alexei Davydov, who organised the picket outside the Russian Health Ministry on 14th September, was fined 1,000 roubles (£20) while five other arrested participants were each fined 500 roubles.Although all donations are screened, Russia prevents gay men from donating much needed blood.

  • Politician defends son accused of homophobia

    Mr English has responded by calling the article a “disgusting and sick attack,“ according to the New Zealand Herald.

    12:04 PM — A leading New Zealand official is fighting back after a gay website published a story about his son earlier this week.The article, which appeared yesterday on GayNZ.com, alleges the son of New Zealand National Party deputy leader Bill English has been posting homophobic comments to a popular social networking website over the past few months.A sample comment from the site, made in reference to a recent soccer match, mentioned in the GayNZ.com article: "Some college fags are gonna to get stabbed with katanas."

  • US Presidential hopeful reveals AIDS plan

    Mr Edwards' proposal came during an appearance at the Families USA/Kaiser Foundation Health Care Forum on Monday in Washington.

    11:55 AM — Senator Hillary Clinton may be leading the Democratic Party for the Presidential candidacy, but John Edwards is not ready to give up the fight.This week, the former Vice Presidential candidate unveiled a health care package which would help fight against the HIV/AIDS epidemic, and stated he would enforce legislation that would take away health care for the President and Congress members unless a universal health care plan was enacted.

  • 25th September 2007

    Seven Straight Nights for Equal Rights

    Seven Straight Nights for Equal Rights takes place from 7-13 October and is the first event of its kind

    1:00 PM — Straight Americans will be making a stand for gay rights next month by holding candlelit vigils to show public support of the LGBT community.Seven Straight Nights for Equal Rights takes place from 7-13 October and is the first event of its kind.The event is hosted by gay-friendly members of each participating state. Jeaneane Hill is hosting Seattle's vigil.

  • Transsexual actress joins mainstream American drama 4

    Dirty Sexy Money stars Billy Baldwin and Candis Cayne

    11:30 AM — American transsexual actress Candis Cayne will feature in the new U.S. prime time drama Dirty Sexy Money.Cayne a well-known performer in New York City will play Carmelita, the transsexual lover of married Senator Patrick Darling, played by Billy Baldwin.The series created by Craig Wright tells the story of a young lawyer who goes to work for the Darlings, a rich, powerful and corrupt New York family

  • Appeal over lesbian denied child custody

    Wilkinson County Judge John Lee Parrott ordered that a seven-year-old be removed from the home of Elizabeth Hadaway after discovering Hadaway is gay.

    10:04 AM — A custody case involving a lesbian mother has taken a strange turn in Georgia, where officials from the American Civil Liberties Union have stepped in to urge court officials to dismiss a county judge's contempt order and jail sentence against the woman.Earlier this year, Wilkinson County Judge John Lee Parrott ordered that a seven-year-old be removed from the home of Elizabeth Hadaway after discovering Hadaway is gay.The 28-year-old paramedic assumed custody of the girl more than a year ago at the request of her biological mother.

  • 24th September 2007

    Ahmadinejad claims Iran has no gays 7

    Mahmoud Ahmadinejad: “we don't have homosexuals“

    11:00 PM — Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has denied that any gays live in his country to an audience at Columbia University in New York."In Iran we don't have homosexuals like in your country," he said. "In Iran we do not have this phenomenon, I don't know who has told you that we have it." Mr Ahmadinejad was challenged by audience members that Amnesty International figures showed that among the 200 people executed in Iran so far this year, some were gay.

  • Out athletes discuss life as a gay footballer

    NYC city council speaker Christine Quinn will welcome athletes to Gay Superbowl 7.

    11:00 PM — American football has long been considered one of the manliest of activities.While baseball is America's national pastime, it is football which has captivated audiences for nearly 150 years and become the most popular of American sports.Since it's inception, surprisingly, only a few athletes have come out publicly as gay players.

  • LGBT characters on US network TV in decline

    The seven LGBT regular characters appear on five scripted programmes: Brothers  Sisters, Desperate Housewives, The Office, Ugly Betty (pictured) and the midseason series Cashmere Mafia. photo: ABC

    4:51 PM — With the arrival of the 2007-2008 television season, the number of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) representations on scripted American network television continues to decline, according to an analysis conducted by the Gay Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD).The study shows that, despite improved quality, LGBT representations will represent only 1.1% (7) of all series regular characters in the 2007-08 broadcast television schedule, down from 1.3% (9) in 2006, and 1.4% (10) in 2005.

  • Global trade union gathering warns on homophobia

    The workplace can be a particularly harsh environment for transgendered workers, especially during and after the process of transition.

    1:30 PM — An international LGBT Workers' Forum has been told that neo-liberal and conservative forces are increasingly exploiting anti-gay prejudice to undermine trade union and community activists' campaigns.The second international LGBT forum, held jointly by Public Services International (PSI) and Education International (EI), is the only event of its kind to be facilitated by global trade union federations.The two federations represent over 50 million workers in 950 trade unions around the world.

  • Gay allegations against minister blamed on “dirty tactics” 1

    Prime Minister John Howard rejected the allegation that his government is running a dirty tricks campaign.

    12:30 PM — The two main political parties in Australia are accusing each other of dirty tricks and smear campaigns in the run-up to a federal general election later this year.The governing Liberal party has accused their Labour rivals of producing a "fact sheet" about a married minister that claims he has sexually harassed male staff and regularly visits gay bath houses in Sydney.The Labour leader Kevin Rudd rejected allegations that his party was behind the "fact sheet" and claimed the government is running a dirty tricks campaign against him.

  • Christian theatre group condemns comedian’s Emmy speech 7

    Christian groups have been up and arms about Griffin's speech since the ceremony two weeks ago.

    11:06 AM — If Kathy Griffin's ultimate goal in life is to get off of the D List, winning an Emmy was a good start.And annoying a Christian Theatre so much they'd spend $90,000 on an ad in USA Today condemning her Emmy speech is the icing on the cake.The Miracle Theatre Group, based in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee was so offended by Kathy's acceptance speech they pooled funds to take out the full page ad in the daily newspaper

  • International AIDS vaccine trial shut down

    Out of 741 volunteers who received the vaccine, 24 of them became infected with the HIV virus.

    10:45 AM — An experimental AIDS vaccine research trial has been terminated after recent findings that the drug has failed to prevent HIV infection in test subjects.According to a press release from the vaccine's developer, Merck Co., the vaccine was being tested in uninfected volunteers at high risk for acquiring HIV.Not only did the drug fail to prevent infection, more inoculated volunteers contracted the virus than volunteers who were not inoculated.

  • Hillary Clinton tackles lesbian rumours 2

    Clinton tells Sean Kennedy, news editor at The Advocate, she would admit if she were quietly a supporter of marriage equality.

    10:35 AM — Next week's issue of US gay magazine The Advocate includes a juicy interview with presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton.Although much of the discussion surrounding the article has centred on the New York Democrat's assertion that she isn't gay, more interesting to the GLBT community may be the confirmation that she's not a closet supporter of gay marriage.According to those who have seen the article, Clinton supposedly tells Sean Kennedy, news editor at The Advocate, she would admit if she were quietly a supporter of marriage equality.

  • Praise for Mayor’s u-turn on same-sex marriage

    Gay rights groups quickly lauded Sanders for his about-face, including Matt Foreman, executive director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force.

    10:20 AM — San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders made headlines around the world last week when he announced during a press conference that he would sign a City Council resolution directing the city attorney to file a brief in support of same-sex marriage with the California Supreme Court.Sanders previously said he would veto the resolution. Gay rights groups quickly lauded Sanders for his about-face.

  • Teacher resigns over porn appearances

    The tip off came from an email sent to the board and local television stations.

    10:01 AM — Most schoolteachers have to take part-time and summer jobs to help supplement their income, but this week a Texas teacher's moonlighting may have cost him his job.The school board is investigating into allegations that one of their faculty members has appeared in over 50 sexually explicit, gay wrestling videos.The tip off came from an email sent to the board and local television stations.

  • 21st September 2007

    Costa Rica considers law to prevent gay adoption 1

    The proposed amendment to Costa Rica's Family Code was agreed by all 57 elected members of the Legislative Assembly.

    5:50 PM — A bill has reached the first stages of becoming law in the central American country of Costa Rica that would prevent gays, lesbians and bisexuals from adopting children.The proposed amendment to Costa Rica's Family Code, the law regarding marriage, divorce, paternity and adoption, was agreed by all 57 elected members of the Legislative Assembly.The bill bans adoption by individuals or gay and lesbian couples. It will now be debated.

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