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  • 10th October 2007

    Gay actor celebrates National Coming Out Day

    T.R. Knight's coming out caused a media scandal when it was revealed that he had been the subject of homophobic taunts from co-star Isaiah Washington.

    2:03 PM — T.R. Knight, who plays surgical intern Dr George O'Malley in hit TV show Grey's Anatomy, has recorded an advert to mark National Coming Out Day in the US.The Gay Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) today premiered the 20-second spot, which features Knight telling viewers how important it is to accept their gay friends and family members.National Coming Out Day is observed in the US every October 11th.

  • Canadian soldiers face “gay bashing” charges

    The Ottawa Citizen revealed that the military have not provided the soldiers with their legal defence.

    1:11 PM — Two Canadian soldiers on leave from Afghanistan have been arrested and charged with beating up a gay man in Amsterdam.The men, both 22, were confirmed by Dutch police to have been arrested on May 26th and charged with attempted manslaughter, attempted criminal negligence causing bodily harm and public violence.Dutch media report that prosecutors have pushed for an eight-month jail term for one of the offenders, while the other soldier faces six weeks in prison.

  • Ugandan minister will fight “spread of homosexuality”

    2007 has seen the first gay rights press conference and the first anti-gay rally in Uganda.

    12:27 PM — A senior politician in Uganda has pledged to block gay rights in the country.James Nsaba Buturo, Minister for Ethics and Integrity, told All Africa news agency that the government is committed to stopping LGBT people "trying to impose a strange, ungodly, unhealthy, unnatural, and immoral way of life on the rest of our society."Last week the country's Minister for Youth and Children's Affairs said new legislation would be brought forward on homosexuality.

  • Press accused of ignoring death of lesbian soldier

    Senator Kerry implored that the Department of Defence “deploy your staff on this matter immediately, so that the answers and circumstances around Specialist Durkin's death are uncovered.“

    12:14 PM — The questionable and untimely death of Specialist Ciara Durkin, a service member with the Massachusetts Army National Guard who was found dead from a gunshot wound to the head on September 27th, has not gone unnoticed.Late last week Democratic Senators Edward Kennedy and John Kerry, along with Congressman William Delahunt and the Servicemembers Legal Defence Network (SLDN), made headlines by calling on Pentagon officials to conduct a full and thorough investigation into the incident that occurred while Durkin was serving in Afghanistan.

  • Oregon moves ahead with domestic partnerships

    Supporters of the law and of marriage equality were ecstatic after hearing the announcement.

    11:37 AM — Same-sex couples in Oregon had ample reason to celebrate last night, as opponents of the US state's recently passed domestic partnership law failed to gather enough signatures to put a referendum overturning the measure on the November 2008 ballot.Opponents needed 55,179 valid, unduplicated signatures for the referendum to move forward.Although nearly 63,000 signatures were turned in to state officials, only 55,063 of them were found to be valid and unduplicated.

  • Moldova criticised over LGBT injustice

    Moldova is not part of the EU, but is influenced by its neighbour Romania, an EU member state since January 2007.

    11:16 AM — Moldovan authorities have "to ensure full respect of the fundamental rights of all minorities, including sexual minorities."That is the resolution of the Parliamentary Assembly of of the Council of Europe (PACE) entitled About functioning of democratic institutions in Moldova.The resolution is based on the report of the monitoring committee about the honouring of obligations and commitments by Moldova and adopted by PACE earlier this month.

  • Singapore gays call for decriminalisation 2

    In August Singapore banned gay events held in public parks.

    10:21 AM — Hundreds of Singaporeans are calling for the government to decriminalise homosexual sex, ahead of a parliamentary debate on the first overhaul of criminal law in Singapore in a quarter century.Under the proposed changes to be debated later this month, oral and anal sex between consenting heterosexual adults will no longer be considered an offence.However, the same acts between men, will remain illegal with a maximum penalty of two years in jail.

  • 9th October 2007

    Adverts aim to change Californian minds on gay marriage

    Thousands of volunteers are expected to participate in the campaign, entitled “Let California Ring,“ by conducting house parties, knocking on voters' doors, giving speeches or assisting in e-mail or web campaigning.

    6:35 PM — A multi-million-dollar advertising campaign asking people to "open their hearts and minds" to same-sex marriage is due to launch in five Californian cities this week.The 60-second ads will run from Thursday in Sacramento, San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego and Palm Springs as part of a month long campaign to encourage open discussion about same-sex marriage.

  • Troy star’s role as plasticine gay love interest 2

    Bana (left, with Orlando Bloom in Troy,  previously voiced the character of a shark in Finding Nemo in 2003.

    2:50 PM — Australian actor Eric Bana is set to play a gaylove interest in his new film.The 39-year old, who has starred in several Hollywood blockbusters including Hulk, Black Hawk Down, Troy and Munich, will take on his most unusual role yet as the voice of the gay love interest of a Kiwi sheep farmer named Desmond.According to news.com.au, Bana will voice the character in Oscar winner Adam Elliot's first feature-length film, Mary Max.

  • China gets to grips with gay marriage debate

    The report in China Daily is significant as the press in China is controlled and censored.

    2:20 PM — Chinese academics are calling for the country's estimated 40 million homosexuals to be given the right to marry.Professor Li Yinhe, a sociologist and campaigner for LGBT rights, and Zhang Beichuan, a leading scholar of homosexuality, have been at the forefront of a campaign to allow same-sex marriage in China.Although the world's most populous country has a conservative culture, partly due to Communist repression.

  • Gay Prince to appear on Oprah show 1

    Today's announcement that Prince Manvendra is to appear on Oprah has generated even more headlines.

    1:15 PM — One of the most prominent openly gay people in India is to appear on the world-famous Oprah Winfrey talkshow.Prince Manvendra Singh Gohil, from the Royal family of Gujarat in north west India, made headlines around the world last year when he publicly came out of the closet.He was initially disowned by his family, but has continued to work with HIV-awareness programmes and he will discuss his work with Oprah.

  • Lesbian daughter helped Mrs Cheney “evolve”

    Vice President Cheney takes the oath of office, watched by Mrs Cheney and their daughter Mary.

    10:59 AM — Lynne Cheney, wife of Vice President Dick Cheney, busy promoting her forthcoming memoir, Blue Skies, No Fences, opened up about her experience as the parent of a gay child this weekend during an interview with CBS' Sunday Morning correspondent Rita Braver.In the book, which Cheney describes as "a celebration of the joys of growing up in the West in the '40s and '50s," the "Second Lady" acknowledges that while the times were good for straight, white kids, they weren't always so good for African American and gay kids.

  • The gay sporting genius airbrushed from the history books 1

    History is not always pretty, but it is through history that we can learn to build a better future.

    10:50 AM — Although the world of professional openly gay athletes continues to grow, there was a time when you could name them all on one hand.NFL star David Kopay is largely considered the first gay athlete to come out of the closet and is credited with changing the way gay athletes are viewed, but as early as the 1920s tennis legend Bill Tilden had put his mark on gay sports history.He won three Wimbledon titles, seven US open Championships and leading the US Davis Cup team to 7 victories.

  • 8th October 2007

    Haggard rent boy claims Senator was client 1

    The long-serving Senator from Idaho has been at the centre of a scandal surrounding his behaviour in a public toilet.

    3:26 PM — The male prostitute who brought the career of homophobic preacher Ted Haggard to an end by revealing they had a sexual relationship has now made sensational claims about a US Senator embroiled in a cruising scandal.Haggard resigned last year as president of the National Association of Evangelicals after Mike Jones alleged the preacher paid him over a three-year period for sex and sometimes took crystal meth (methamphetamine) during the encounters.

  • Kyrgyzstan lesbian community print information brochure 2

    Kyrgyzstan is a former Soviet republic of more than five million people.

    2:45 PM — A social organisation for lesbian, trans and bisexual people in the central Asian republic of Kyrgyzstan has taken its first steps toward wider acceptance by publishing a brochure about homosexuality.Representatives of Labris told a press conference in the capital Bishkek that Homosexuality: A Kyrgyzstan Reality has an initial print run of 1,000 copies, half of them in Russian and the other 500 in Kyrgyz.The group has more than 100 members and provides legal and emotional advice, information and support to lesbian, bisexual and trans Kyrgyzstanis.

  • Swedish politicians unite to support gay marriage 1

    Opinion polls show that 46% of Swedes are in favour of gay marriage, with 31% opposed.

    12:58 PM — The three opposition parties in Sweden have joined forces to put a proposal before the country's parliament to legalise gay marriage.Given the governing coalition's slim majority, only four MPs would need to vote in favour of the opposition motion for it to pass.The Green party, Left party and Social Democrats' motion, if passed, would make Sweden the fouth country in Europe to legalise gay marriage after Holland, Spain and Belgium.

  • Revellers defy rain to party at Joburg Pride

    Vibrant displays of the gay rainbow colours were evident on numerous floats as participants walked the circular seven kilometre route.

    12:30 PM — An estimated five thousand gays and lesbians - and their friends and families - turned out for the 18th Annual Joburg Pride Parade in Rosebank, Johannesburg, on Saturday, despite some inclement weather."We're amazed and humbled at the support that our community has shown towards the new Pride organisers," said Tracey Sandilands, Chairperson of the Joburg Gay Pride Festival Company."The fact that thousands braved the rain and cold to assert the importance of Pride shows that the event remains entirely relevant."

  • LGBT activists concern over homophobic Patriarch

    The UK delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe was led by former Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott.

    12:15 PM — The International Lesbian and Gay Association (ILGA) has added its voice of protest to the comments made by a Russian religious leader at last week's meeting of the Council of Europe.Orthodox Patriarch Alexy II had called homosexuality an "illness" and attacked what he called "homosexual propaganda" influencing young people during an address to the council's parliamentary assembly.The patriarch was there as part of council's regular debates with political and religious leaders.

  • State grants right to silence for gay partners in court

    The change from “de facto spouse“ to “de facto partner“ is intended to be gender neutral, according to The Sydney Morning Herald.

    11:31 AM — Another small victory for LGBT equality in Australia has been won with the announcement that same-sex partners in the state of New South Wales will have the right to decline to give evidence against their partner in court.The change from "de facto spouse" to "de facto partner" is intended to be gender neutral, according to The Sydney Morning Herald.A spokesman for the NSW Premier pointed out that the Commonwealth, or federal government, still refuses to recognise same-sex couples in this way.

  • 7th October 2007

    United Nations hosts LGBT rights panel

    Last year 54 states called for the UN Human Rights Council to act against egregious violations of the rights of LGBT people.

    11:49 AM — The United Nations is hosting a panel discussion today to explore discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.The event, which will bring together non-governmental organisations, UN representatives and state delegates, is an initiative co-sponsored by Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay.It will be addressed by Mary Robinson, the former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.

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