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  • 7th November 2007

    Dutch politician calls for ban on gays holding office 1

    The Netherlands has in recent years experienced a series of violent attacks on gay people.

    10:50 AM — A leading member of the ChristenUnie party, the third group in the Dutch ruling coalition, has demanded that practising homosexuals should be expelled from administrative positions in the party.Yvette Lont, councillor for Amsterdam South-East, announced that she would be proposing a motion for the exclusion of practising homosexuals from senior party and government posts at the forthcoming party congress on November 17, according to Dutch newspaper Trouw.

  • 6th November 2007

    Homophobic Prime Minister of Poland leaves office

    In August 2006, when quizzed by the EU over his gay rights record, Jaroslaw Kaczynski said he was not a homophobe.

    7:01 PM — Jaroslaw Kaczynski has handed in the resignation of his cabinet, officially bringing an end to the Law and Justice-led government who had been in power in Poland since autumn 2005.Prime Minister Mr Kaczynski handed his resignation documents to his twin brother President Lech Kaczynski, during a ceremony at the Presidential Palace in Warsaw yesterday.His resignation follows his party's defeat in elections held last month.

  • CBS to make news programme for US gay network

    Logo is owned by Viacom's MTV. Targeting programming aimed at the LGBT community, it launched in June 2005.

    5:35 PM — American LGBT cable channel Logo is planning to screen a half-hour weekly news programme by CBS News."CBS News on Logo" will premiere next Monday evening. The news broadcast stems from a two-year partnership between the MTV Networks channel and CBS News.CBS News had been producing three-minute bulletins that aired daily on Logo.

  • US Congress to vote on workplace protection law

    In 1996 similar legislation failed in the Senate by one vote.

    2:11 PM — After weeks of delay, the Employment Non-Discrimination Act will be voted on today by the US House of Representatives.It is unclear if an amendment to re-introduce protections to trans people along with lesbians, bisexuals and gay men will be considered by lawmakers.The decision to remove trans people from the scope of the legislation caused anger among the LGBT community in the US, with many demanding an "all or nothing" stance on ENDA.

  • Safe houses for Iraqi gays to close 3

    Iraqi lgbt blames the western invasion and occupation of their country for unleashing religious fanaticism.

    1:55 PM — Three out of five gay safe houses in Iraq are closing down, due to a lack of funds to pay their rent and utility bills, says human rights group Iraqi lgbt.The refuges were set up two years ago, to provide a place of safetyfor lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (lgbt) Iraqis who have fled homophobic threats and attempts to kill them by religiousfundamentalists and death squads.

  • Rising gay populations in America’s “red states”

    Three of America's 50 largest cities showed decreases in same-sex couples from 2000 to 2006: Atlanta, Philadelphia and Detroit.

    1:40 PM — An American sexual orientation think-tank has released a report that reveals a "gay demographic explosion" in some of America's most conservative regions.The Williams Institute for Sexual Orientation Law and Public Policy at UCLA released the report yesterday.The report used data from the 1990 and 2000 censuses and the US Census Bureau's American Community Survey (ACS) from 2002 to 2006.

  • British man arrested at Malaysian orgy 2

    Homosexuality is not specified as a crime in Malaysia, but there is a law prohibiting sodomy.

    12:30 PM — Police in Malaysia, where sodomy is a crime, have raided a gay sex party and arrested 37 men, including a Briton.According to AP, police chief Azam Abdul Hamid said officers acting on a public tip-off had raided a fitness centre in northern Penang island on Sunday while a sex party was in progress. The men arrested were aged between 20 and 45.Apart from the Briton and a Chinese national, all the men were ethnic Chinese Malaysians, including three who worked at the centre.

  • TV station secretly filming gay kisses

    ABC was praised by GLAAD, which said that its approach “can serve as a best practice model.“

    12:10 PM — American TV network ABC has been found to be secretly taping gays kissing in public.According to MyFox Birmingham, ABC news is conducting a social experiment which aims to gauge the reactions of the public to displays of affection between members of the same sex.An actor inside an RV parked in Birmingham, Alabama confirmed a witness account of ABC's week-long project.

  • Nathan Lane to play US President on Broadway

    November is said to chronicle the chaotic days preceding an election from the viewpoint of incumbent U.S. President Charles Smith (Lane).

    11:30 AM — Out actor Nathan Lane has been cast as the President of the United States in David Mamet's November, a new political comedy that touches on civil marriages, gambling casinos, lesbians, American Indians, presidential libraries, questionable pardons and campaign contributions.The play, directed by Joe Mantello, begins previews on December 20th at the Barrymore Theatre on Broadway and will open on January 17, 2008.

  • Gay N ‘Sync star denies marriage story

    Clark County marriage licence bureau said no licence under Bass' name could be found in a search of records from 1974 to 2007.

    11:30 AM — It seems Lance Bass was just looking for a little free publicity when he told E! News earlier this week that he had married a gal-pal in "like '99, 2000" so the pair could get "free drinks all night" while in Las Vegas.Late yesterday, Bass' publicist, Ken Sunshine, revealed that the singer's words were misconstrued."It was a misunderstanding," Sunshine told E! Online, explaining that the story he told about his trip to Sin City was a hypothetical.

  • European teams to compete in gay basketball tournament

    Teams can reserve a slot by visiting www.ngba.us and filling out the team registration form.

    11:02 AM — The West Coast Classic III will be held over America's Martin Luther King public holiday weekend, January 19-20, 2008, the National Gay Basketball Association announced.Highlights of the tournament will include 20 teams from across the US and Europe competing in 3 men's divisions A, B and 35 plus and a women's division.The Memphis River City Champions, Spin-Freeze A and DC Sentinels B, and the host of last summer's European tournament, the London Cruisers, are all taking part.

  • Los Angeles LGBT workers to get protections after cop test case

    The settlement provides a vast array of protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) employees and job applicants in Los Angeles, as well as those living with HIV.

    10:54 AM — In what has been called a "momentous" decision, the Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously last week to approve settlement of the non-damages portion of a lawsuit brought by former Sergeant Mitchell Grobeson, the LAPD's first openly gay officer.The settlement provides a vast array of protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) employees and job applicants in Los Angeles, as well as those living with HIV.It mandates recruitment from the LGBT community.

  • Gay rabbi hits out at Bible-inspired homophobia 4

    Mr Greenberg is a symbol for the growing Jewish gay movement.

    10:10 AM — An Orthodox American rabbi spoke out against using the Bible to justify prejudice in a sermon yesterday.Steven Greenberg, America's first openly gay rabbi, shared his belief that the Bible is open to interpretation and should not be used to condemn homosexuality.According to The Columbus Dispatch, Mr Greenberg said: "No one can say, 'It says in the Scripture,' to ground any policy."

  • 5th November 2007

    Lesbian group’s transgender ban challenged

    The group only allows those who were female at birth to join.

    4:01 PM — An Australian transgender psychotherapist has taken a lesbian support group to an equal opportunities tribunal on the grounds of discrimination.Tracie O'Keefe in Sydney, claims that she was refused an invitation to an event organised by the gay organisation Sappho's Party because of their strict policy excluding transgender people.The group only allows those who were female at birth to join.

  • Daughter of homophobic activist is out and proud 1

    Ms Contrada is also starring in a high school production of The Laramie Project.

    12:54 PM — The daughter of a vehemently anti-gay activist has revealed that she is a lesbian.Claudia Contrada, whose mother Amy Contrada forms one half of the US hate group MassResistance, has stood up for young people struggling with homophobia in their homes or communities.In 2005, Mrs Contrada attended a conference which advocated sending gay teenagers to conversion camps. MassResistance is a homophobic organisation in Massachusetts, which has campaigned zealously against all pro-gay developments since its inception in 1995.

  • Howard declines to say who would “turn him” gay 2

    Last month Mr Howard, the Prime Minister since 1996, called a general election for 24th November.

    12:32 PM — The Prime Minister of Australia was asked an unusual question on the election campaign trail yesterday: Who would you turn gay for?68-year-old John Howard was campaigning at a shopping mall in Gosford, New South Wales, when "jeans shop worker" Danielle tackled him about that particular big issue.The PM laughed off the question, but his consistent refusal to grant equal rights for gay and lesbian Australians has been less easy to avoid.

  • Offensive licence plate must be removed

    Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles has ordered Mr Phillips to remove the poofter plates because they are offensive.

    12:14 PM — A gay man in the US state of Virginia may be forced to remove his car licence plates because they spell out the word 'poofter.'David Phillips has had the plates for eleven years, and has complained that the word is only offensive to English people and Virginians would not understand its meaning.According to the Washington Post, he first heard the word used by performer Boy George in a TV interview and liked it.

  • Gay teenagers are homecoming couple 1

    Principal Michael Cawley, who declined to comment on the election, only said that he hoped the issue would remain “low-key“.

    11:45 AM — A gay couple have made school history in the United States by being the first-ever elected homecoming prince and prince.Brandon Raphael and Kiernan Gatewood, both 16, wore sashes proudly proclaiming their royalty as they rode through the city of Davis, California, in the school's annual homecoming parade.According to the Sacramento Bee, "They stood in the back of a pick-up truck, arm-in-arm, smiling warmly despite the rain."

  • Comment: How to get your partner into gayming

    You know who Mario is, right? Yeah, the little plumber dude who starred in the most recognisable video game ever.

    11:05 AM — This probably sounds funny, especially to anyone who knows me even remotely, but I knew I was a video gamer long before I knew I was gay.That's quite a feat when you consider I surrounded myself with Strawberry Shortcake dolls before the Nintendo Entertainment System caused me to throw them in the trash.It's funny how both childhood interests garner similar responses from my gay friends and acquaintances: confused looks, barely contained chuckles, catty under-the-breath comments.

  • Can Singapore Airlines really ban the mile high club?

    Singapore Airlines is the first airline to begin commercial flights with the A380.

    10:55 AM — All the elements are there for those who have been dying to enter the "mile-high-club" in style, but Singapore Airlines has put the kibosh on any plans randy passengers might have for raunchy trysts at 35,000 feet aboard its new A380 superjumbo jets.Though their new A380 offers private first class suites featuring the world's first airborne full-sized beds, Singapore Airlines has made it clear that inflight sexual relations in the new luxurious cabins are not welcome."All we ask of customers, wherever they are on our aircraft, is to observe standards that don't cause offence to other customers and crew," the airline told Reuters in a statement.

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