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  • 16th November 2007

    Singapore reverses ban on Xbox game with lesbian scene

    Gaming site Joystiq had previously questioned why designers of Mass Effect have allowed lesbian sex but not gay male encounters between characters.

    6:07 PM — Computer game Mass Effect will now be sold in Singapore with an M18 rating, it has been announced.On Tuesday the deputy director of Singapore's Board of Film Censors said that because of "a scene of lesbian intimacy" the game has been "disallowed."Now the board has said that some "highly anticipated" games will be allowed on sale in Singapore ahead of the introduction of a new ratings system in January.

  • Gay rights group suggests sending flowers to Ahmadinejad 1

    The Islamic Sharia law followed in Iran makes gay sex illegal, with penalty of death for offenders as young as 14 years old.

    5:31 PM — The Iranian Queer Organisation IRQO is asking people to send two flowers to the President of Iran as a protest against the treatment of gay and lesbian people under his regime.The idea grew out of the campaign to stop Iranian lesbian Pegah Emambakhsh being deported from the UK.Her supporters sent thousands of bunches of flowers to her while she was in detention, which caused disruption and helped highlight her case.

  • Nicaragua to decriminalise gay sex 2

    José Pallais, president of the Nicaraguan Parliament's Commission of Justice and Legal Issues, said the changes marked a modernisation.

    5:11 PM — Consensual gay sex will no longer be a criminal offence in Nicaragua under a new penal code due to come into effect on March 2008.The surprise news was announced earlier this week by the Nicaraguan National Assembly, reports La Prensa.Under old legislation passed in 1992, "anyone who induces, promotes, propagandises or practices sexual intercourse between persons of the same sex commits the crime of sodomy and shall incur one to three years' imprisonment."

  • New York leader wants gay marriage within two years 1

    Spitzer repeatedly endorsed gay marriage during his election campaign last autumn.

    4:30 PM — The Governor of New York has said that he wants a Democrat controlled state Senate to legalise gay marriage as one of it's priorities in 2009.Eliot Spitzer made his remarks on Wednesday at a fund-raising event for the Senate Democratic Committee in Greenwich village, where guests had paid up to $10,000 to attend.A witness told The New York Post that Governor Spitzer said:"One of the first things we're going to do when [Senate Minority Leader] Malcolm Smith is [majority] leader is gay marriage."

  • Republican guilty of soliciting gay sex avoids jail 4

    Allen was facing 60 days in jail, but instead was given six month's probation and fined $250 (£122) plus $245 costs.

    2:00 PM — A senior Florida Republican has been escaped a custodial sentence after being found guilty of soliciting oral sex from an undercover police officer.Bob Allen, a state representative and former co-chairman of the campaign to select Senator John McCain as the Republican US Presidential candidate, was spotted by police in Titusville, Florida on July 11th acting suspiciously at the men's toilets in a park.Officers decided to send a policeman undercover to investigate.

  • LGBT community upset at closure of only gay bar in Jerusalem

    Gays and lesbians frequently face violence and religious hatred in Jerusalem.

    1:53 PM — After weathering religious disapproval and arson, the only gay and lesbian bar in Jerusalem closes this week.Shushan, which has served customers for four years, contained the unlikely sight of drag queens mixing with Palestinians and Orthodox Jews.Yan Carmel, a 21-year-old student at Hebrew University, told The Times: "Shushan was one of the few places where we could feel that we were in a free world."

  • Anger at new US restrictions on HIV+ visitors 7

    The DHS has finally issued proposed regulations which Immigration Equality claims will make it even harder to get a short-term waiver.

    1:45 PM — New regulations issued by the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) which claim to offer a "streamlined," "categorical" waiver for HIV-positive people visiting the country have been criticised by American AIDS activists and immigration reform advocates.The White House used World Aids Day last year to announce a change in the rules relating to people with HIV travelling into the USA.Nearly a year later, the DHS has finally issued proposed regulations which activists claim will make it even harder to get a short-term waiver.

  • Ocean’s Eleven star sorry for faggot comment 1

    Caan is not the first high profile actor to have made such a public apology for using homophobic language.

    1:01 PM — Scott Caan has apologised for calling a photographer a "faggot."The 31-year-old son of Hollywood legend James Caan, who starred in all three of the Ocean's movies alongside George Clooney and Brad Pitt, also offered $10,000 (£4,890) to fight the reporter who had taken pictures of him eating a cheeseburger.He told website TMZ.com, who hosted footage of the incident: "I am sorry for using such a derogatory word."

  • Russian judge backs another gay demo ban

    Organisers planned to picket the office of the representation of the European Commission.

    11:30 AM — A Moscow court has dismissed a complaint from the organisers of the picket in support of the EU visa ban for Moscow Mayor Yuri Luzhkov for his violations of human rights and particularly the right to freedom of assembly.The picket, organised by several organizations including LGBT Human Rights Project, GayRussia.Ru and movement LGBT Rights, was supposed to take place on 27th June, the day Mr. Luzhkov was being confirmed by the City's Duma (parliament) for other term in office.

  • 15th November 2007

    US Catholic bishops issue voting guidance

    The bishops say that conscience is the “voice of God.“

    4:55 PM — No to gay marriage, the death penalty, stem cell research, abortion, racism, torture and war crimes. That was the message America's Roman Catholic bishops have issued to the faithful ahead of next year's elections.Forming Citizens for Faithful Citizenship is the title of a document issued by the National Conference of Catholic Bishops yesterday."As Catholics, we should be guided more by our moral convictions than by our attachment to a political party or interest group," it read."

  • Coach in hot water over Brokeback comments

    According to the Los Angeles Times, this isn't the first time Jackson has been reprimanded by the league.

    3:40 PM — Los Angeles Lakers head coach Phil Jackson found himself in a bit of hot water yesterday morning after making a comment the previous night that alluded to Brokeback Mountain, the Oscar-winning movie portraying a pair of gay cowboys.In the wake of his team's 92-107 loss to the San Antonio Spurs on Tuesday night, Jackson said: "We call this a Brokeback Mountain, game because there was so much penetration and kickouts. So, you know, it was one of those games."

  • Baptist church expelled for embracing gays 1

    The Baptist State Convention also is expected to disengage from their cherished institutions and ministries of Baptist colleges.

    11:50 AM — The nearly 3,000 delegates that make up the North Carolina Baptist Convention voted this week to expel the Myers Park Baptist Church for welcoming and affirming lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Baptists in their congregation.Last year, the North Carolina Baptists decided to expel any member church that openly accepts and affirms LGBT people and same-sex relations from the Baptist community.The vote came after two of the church's leaders called on the delegates to open their hearts to LGBT people.

  • Teen ice hockey star denies he is gay

    The young player grew up in the Czech Republic and played for that league until this year when he was drafted 13th by the Maple Leafs.

    11:40 AM — The pictures have been splattered all over the internet of a harmless tongue touch between 19-year-old Toronto Maple Leaf forward Jiri Tlusty and his buddy, but the racier naked picture is what has caught the attention of his Canadian team.The club has threatened legal action against sites which are posting the self-shot naked photo, and unfortunately, Tlusty has to defend his heterosexuality from some creative journalism.The young player grew up in the Czech Republic and played for that league until this year when he was drafted 13th by the Maple Leafs.

  • Hate church finances revaled in court 4

    The Snyder family's expectation of privacy at Matthew Snyder's funeral was violated by the church members' protest outside St. John Roman Catholic Church.

    10:59 AM — Three members of the Westboro Baptist Church have presented their accounts to a court in an attempt to reduce the nearly $11m (£5.4m) they were ordered to pay Albert Snyder, the father of a fallen Marine, for protesting at his son's funeral.Westboro Baptist, which has about 75 members, the vast majority of whom are relatives of preacher Rev Fred Phelps, protests at funerals using anti-gay slurs.Three members of the church, Rev Phelps and his daughters, Shirley Phelps-Roper and Rebekah Phelps-Davis, presented documentation.

  • Iranian escapes death penalty after international pressure 1

    Human rights activists had protested that the death penalty was unlawful in this case and argued that his trial was unfair.

    10:24 AM — The Chief Justice of the Islamic Republic of Iran has intervened in the case of a 21-year old found guilty of multiple counts of anal rape (ighab), allegedly committed when he was 13 years old.Makvan Mouloodzadeh, a 21 year old an Iranian Kurd, had been sentenced to death in the city of Paveh, following his conviction for an act of sodomy that he committed while still a minor, aged 13, with another minor, also aged 13.Human rights activists had protested that the death penalty was unlawful in this case and argued that his trial was unfair.

  • Singapore bans game over lesbian scene

    The game, Mass Effect, will be launched across the world next week.

    10:10 AM — An X box game has been banned by state censors in Singapore because of a lesbian love scene.The authorities in the city state are among the most repressive in the free world.Computer games are not allowed to "feature exploitative or gratuitous sex and violence, or denigrate any race or religion."The game, Mass Effect, will be launched across the world next week.

  • 14th November 2007

    US gay rights groups honour dismissed gay soldiers

    12,000 flags will be placed on the National Mall in Washington DC, one for every discharged service member.

    2:15 PM — Several leading LGBT organisations in the United States are to join forces later this month to honour the 12,000 servicemen and women discharged as a result of the ban on openly gay, bisexual or lesbian people in the country's Armed Forces.The current "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" (DADT) policy has been in place since 1994.Commanders may not ask personnel their sexual orientation, but LGB people who are open about their sexuality may not serve openly.

  • Gay Congressman endorses Hillary for President 1

    Representative Frank commented in 1996 that he is used to being in the minority, being a left-handed, Jewish homosexual.

    11:40 AM — Barney Frank, the only out gay man in the US House of Representatives, has said he is backing Senator Hillary Clinton in her bid for the White House.The 67-year-old, who has represented the 4th District of Massachusetts since 1981, will serve as an economic adviser to Senator Clinton during the campaign.The former First Lady continues to lead the Democrat field for the Presidential nomination ahead of the first primary elections in January.

  • Korean gays ask for international support

    “The United Nations Secretary General is Korean so international pressure will be most effective.“

    11:04 AM — The International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) has received an urgent request from gay activists in South Korea.They want to mobilise international support for the restoration of sexual orientation as a protected category in the proposed anti-discrimination legislation (ADL) recently drafted by the Ministry of Justice.The proposed new law was designed to bolster South Korea's pre-existing National Human Rights Commission Act

  • International study reveals AIDS ignorance

    Nearly half of the survey's respondents believed that most HIV-infected patients were being treated for their disease.

    10:58 AM — A new survey from the MAC AIDS Fund suggests a lot of people the world over still need to be educated about HIV and AIDS.For instance, more than 40 percent of 4,510 respondents from nine countries did not understand AIDS is always a fatal disease.Many also wrongly believed there is a cure for HIV, while nearly half of the survey's respondents believed that most HIV-infected patients were being treated for their disease.

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