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  • 29th October 2007

    Obama speaks out after “ex-gay” controversy 15

    Senator Obama rejected the assertion that he is putting his Chrisitan constituency above his gay supporters.

    11:35 AM — "There has not been a stronger and more consistent advocate on LGBT issues than I have been."That is the message US Presidential hopeful Senator Barack Obama is trying to get across to gay voters in the face of controversy about his campaign in South Carolina.In an interview with LGBT publication The Advocate, the candidate for the Democratic party nomination asked LGBT voters to judge him by his policies.

  • AIDS “vaccine” may increase infection risk 1

    In the United States the Merck vaccine trials took place in 15 cities including Boston, Los Angeles and New York.

    10:55 AM — Trials of a promising AIDS vaccine in South Africa were halted earlier this week after a sister vaccine being tested on humans throughout North America showed it did nothing to prevent HIV infection.In fact, according to the Seattle Times, the vaccine may well increase risk of infection.Following the abandonment of the trials, South African AIDS researchers have begun contacting the hundreds of volunteers who took part in the trials over recent months.

  • Greek gay community protest Iran deportation

    GHC-EOK say that the man, known as Alex, was arrested, beaten and tortured in his Iran because he is gay.

    10:33 AM — A gay rights group in Greece has asked for help to stop the deportation of a 40-year-old Iranian man.GHC-EOK say that the man, known as Alex, was arrested, beaten and tortured in his home country because he is gay.Two separate applications to remain in Greece have been rejected and his case is due to be discussed before the country's Supreme Council.

  • 26th October 2007

    Gay baby campaign is “strange” says Vatican 2

    Gay activist group Arcigay congratulated the Tuscany region on being at the “forefront“ but another activist was unhappy.

    4:45 PM — A senior Roman Catholic Cardinal has criticised an anti-discrimination poster that features a baby wearing a wristband with "homosexual" written on it.The government of the Italian region of Tuscany is poised to display thousands of copies of the poster in public places and municipal offices as part of a campaign against discrimination.The tagline on the posters - Sexual Orientation Is Not A Choice - has divided gay people, while conservative politicians are outraged that public money has been spent on it at all.

  • Vietnamese high school pupils accepting of homosexuality 2

    A mental health counsellor at Hon Viet said that most pupils were lonely and confused when discussing their sexuorientation.

    4:06 PM — A survey of school children in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam's capital, has revealed that a quarter of them believe at least 10% of their class mates are gay.HCMC University of Pedagogy conducted the poll of 300 pupils at three junior high and high schools and discovered that 80% of pupils said "no" when asked "is homosexuality bad?"Experts believe that while the actual number of gay pupils is difficult to determine, open homosexuality in schools appears to be on the rise, despite still carrying social stigma amongst the adult population.

  • US airline becomes first to advertise on gay TV network

    American Airlines is the first airline to advertise nationally on the network.

    1:31 PM — American Airlines began airing its first TV spots on US gay television network LOGO this week.Both spots urge viewers to visit the welcome page for American Airlines' LGBT website and will be shown in rotation for 13 weeks.American Airlines is the first airline to advertise nationally on the network. "We're thrilled that American Airlines is reaching out to Logo's television audience in a connective and humorous way," LOGO Senior Vice President and General Manager Lisa Sherman said

  • Comment: Obama can’t have it both ways 15

    How the Senator handles this situation is likely to indicate how he will handle similar trials in the future.

    1:16 PM — If you are a gay or lesbian American, you no longer need to wait for the first Democratic primary to test Barack Obama's mettle as a Presidential candidate, because his campaign is presently faced with a definitive test that should determine his commitment to the LGBT community and the LGBT community's support of him.At issue is the question of whether or not Mr. Obama will go forward with plans to have a gospel singer by the name of Donnie McClurkin, who has written about being an 'ex-gay' and openly condemned homosexuality, perform at a series of fundraising concerts scheduled to be held in South Carolina this weekend.

  • Gay club attacked in Lithuania 3

    Earlier this year, PinkNews.co.uk reported that more than half of Lithuanian MPs believe homosexuality to be a perversion.

    12:02 PM — Smoke bombs were set off in a nightclub in Vilnius last night as members of the International Gay and Lesbian Association partied inside.The Lithuanian capital is hosting ILGA Europe's annual conference, despite a ban on a public Rainbow Flag display by the city's mayor.Last night's incident happened at Soho nightclub, which is next to the conference venue.

  • City council race turns ugly for gay candidate

    Sitting councilman Chuck Silcox urged those attending a Fort Worth Republican Women's Club meeting to vote for Chris Turner

    10:31 AM — The gloves finally came off in a supposedly non-partisan city council race underway in Fort Worth, Texas.Although six candidates are vying for an up-for-grabs seat that will be voted on November 6th, the spotlight turned to just two of them earlier this week.Sitting councilman Chuck Silcox urged those attending a Fort Worth Republican Women's Club meeting to vote for Chris Turner, a Republican political consultant, instead of Joel Burns, a city zoning commissioner.

  • Ugandan activist joins human rights commission

    In 2005 Ms Mukasa's house was raided by police in the middle of the night by local government officials who seized documents and other material.

    10:03 AM — A leading advocate for LGBT rights in Africa has joined the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC).Victor Juliet Mukasa is well-known internationally for her activism in her home country of Uganda in the face of state opression.She is to become IGLHRC's new Research and Policy Associate for the Horn, East, and Central Africa.

  • 25th October 2007

    Study finds US gay men earn 23% less than straight men 1

    Discrimination against gay men is most pronounced in management and blue-collar, male-dominated occupations. photo: qauziefofo@flickr.com

    5:34 PM — Male co-habiting same-sex couples earn 23% less than married men and 9% less than men who co-habit with a woman, new research released today reveals.Lesbians are not discriminated against when compared with heterosexual women, the US study found.The report's authors conclude that while negative attitudes toward lesbians could affect them, lesbians may benefit from the perception that they are more career-focused and less likely to leave the labour market.

  • Civil unions on the agenda in Ireland 3

    Homosexuality was only decriminalised in the Republic of Ireland in 1993, but since then the country has embraced gay rights.

    2:50 PM — The Irish Labour party is to reintroduce a private member's bill in the country's Parliament next week in an attempt to legalise civil unions for gay and lesbian couples.LGBT activists in Ireland are urging people to contact their members of Parliament and lobby for the legislation.In February an earlier attempt by the opposition Labour party to legalise same sex unions in the Republic was defeated.

  • LGBT discrimination in Europe’s margins 1

    In Georgia a high level of hostility towards same-sex relationships and diverse gender identities prevails in virtually every aspect of society.

    2:40 PM — Two leading gay rights groups have compiled a report into the serious situation gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people face in two countries aspiring to join the EU.The ILGA-Europe and COC Netherlands study of the position of LGBT People in Georgia and Azerbaijan concludes that the South Caucasian nations must stop discrimination and incitement to hatred.They are also urged to put in place an inclusive anti-discrimination law in line with Council of Europe and EU standards.

  • Gay marriage divides Church of Sweden 3

    Opinion polls show that 46% of Swedes are in favour of gay marriage, with 31% opposed.  photo: megan ann@flickr.com

    2:20 PM — A proposal by Sweden's three opposition parties in to legalise gay marriage has divided the Church of Sweden.Until 2000 the Church was established, meaning was is the official state religion. It now has autonomy from the government.However, it now faces being required to marry gay and lesbian couples or withdraw completely from performing the legal element of marriages.The Church governing body has voted 161 to 74 in favour of retaining the right to carry out legally-binding weddings.

  • Gay Germans take more holidays than straights

    The study consisted of 3566 personal and online interviews with gays and lesbians in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

    11:45 AM — New research has revealed that gays and lesbians in Germany collectively spend €20bn (GBP 14bn) a year on travel.Gays and lesbians take vacations slightly more frequently than heterosexuals and spend about 70% more per day.But when looking at short trips (up to five days) the travel patterns of German homosexuals and heterosexuals differs dramatically.

  • Gay rights group urge Obama to drop “ex-gay” gospel singer 1

    Obama's campiagn has yet to cancel McClurkin's appearance but extended an invite to openly gay minister, Rev. Andy Sidden, to speak on the concert programme.

    11:32 AM — Senator Barack Obama claims he believes that gays and lesbians are our brothers and sisters, but according to the president of the nation's largest gay rights organisations, actions speak louder than words, and a scheduled concert this Sunday with a notoriously homophobic gospel singer sends the wrong message to the LGBT community.According to The New York Times, Human Rights Campiagn president Joe Solmonese urged Obama via phone today to cancel gospel singer Donnie McClurkin's appearance.

  • 24th October 2007

    Philippines rejects trans records case

    The court said there is no law regarding people who have undergone gender reassignment.

    5:23 PM — The Supreme Court of the Philippines has ruled that woman may not change her civil registry records.Born Rommel Jacinto Dantes Silverio, the woman underwent gender reassignment surgery in 2001 and wanted her records to reflect her transition.While recognising that trans people do not "fit neatly into the commonly recognised parameters of social convention," the court said there is no law regarding people who have undergone gender reassignment.

  • Austrian government plans registered gay partnerships 4

    Predominantly Roman Catholic, Austria has an equal age of consent and gay people are allowed to serve in the military.

    4:17 PM — Austria's Justice minister today released draft legislation that will grant lesbian and gay couples the right to register their relationships.The proposed "registered partnerships" will be put before the country's Parliament by the end of this year.The Social Democrats won the most seats in the January 2007 election but not enough to rule outright. They entered into a "grand coalition" with the conservative ÖVP, or People's Party.

  • “Homosexual” baby advertising campaign divides Italians 2

    Gay activist group Arcigay congratulated the region on being at the “forefront“ but another activist was unhappy.

    2:35 PM — An advertising campaign featuring a new born baby with a band on its wrist with the word 'homosexual' written on it has caused a row in Tuscany.The government of the Italian region is poised to display thousands of copies of the poster in public places and municipal offices as part of a campaign against discrimination.The tagline on the posters - Sexual Orientation Is Not A Choice - has divided gay people, while conservative politicians are outraged that public money has been spent on it at all.

  • Labour accused of entrenching gay discrimination 13

    “Labour is effectively saying same-sex couples can get on the bus, but we still have to sit at the back.“

    2:11 PM — As opinion polls in Australia indicate a clear victory for the Labour party in next month's general election, their leader has come under attack from gay activists and the Green party for rejecting same-sex marriage.Yesterday during a radio interview Kevin Rudd stood by his party line that marriage is between a man and woman, but admitted it was not a popular view in some circles.He faced immediate anger from a station employee who said he was making gay and lesbian Australians second-class citizens.

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