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  • 7th August 2007

    Political bruiser shows softer side on gay wedding day

    Smitherman was first elected to the Legislature in 1999, representing the downtown Toronto area.

    5:59 PM — One of Canada's most prominent gay politicians, George Smitherman, married his partner Christopher Peloso in a small ceremony in Ontario last week.Smitherman, Ontario's first openly gay cabinet minister, is regarded as one of the most powerful politicians in the Canadian province.He has been Ontario's Minister of Health since 2003, and is also Deputy Premier.

  • Vietnam vet Congressman supports gays in the military

    Joe Sestak, Congress's highest-ranking veteran, served 31 years in the United States Navy and retired in 2005 as a 3-star Admiral.

    5:36 PM — Five new lawmakers, including the highest ranking military veteran in Congress, have joined 126 other lawmakers in supporting legislation to repeal the US military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" ban on lesbian, gay and bisexual service personnel.The Representatives, all Democrats, became co-sponsors of The Military Readiness Enhancement Act on Friday, bringing the total number of supporters to 131.Among them is Joe Sestak, Congress's highest-ranking veteran.

  • Interview: Gay gamer defiant in face of attacks

    “Homophobia doesn't come from within the industry itself or from the people who write about it, but rather from the game players themselves.“

    4:49 PM — Last week GayGamer.net, a news-gathering site and meeting place for the gay gaming community, was attacked by homophobic hackers.39-year-old Flynn DeMarco, GayGamer.net's founder and editor-in-chief, started the site just over a year ago. It already records an average of 15,000 to17,000 unique users a day and is a major source of gaming news and information.Flynn spoke to PinkNews.co.uk from their Atlanta offices about their techno hate crime ordeal.

  • Gay flirting and homophobic abuse upset fire fighters 1

    The men claim their battalion chief ordered them to ride in the July 21st parade through San Diego's Hillcrest neighbourhood.

    3:52 PM — Four firefighters have filed sexual harassment charges against the San Diego fire department after they were taunted while driving a fire engine in a gay Pride parade last month.The men claim their battalion chief ordered them to ride in the July 21st parade through San Diego's Hillcrest neighbourhood, according to their attorney, Stephen Stirling.The fire fighters said they had objected to driving a city firetruck in the parade while on duty, but did so to avoid disciplinary action.

  • White House confirms plans to block gay hate crime law 7

    White House spokesman Tony Fratto told reporters yesterday that President Bush will not sign, even if it means sending the defence bill back to Congress.

    3:34 PM — A White House spokesman has reiterated that President Bush will veto Congressional efforts to extend federal hate crimes legislation to cover gender identity and sexual orientation.Senator Ted Kennedy has attached the new crime measure to a defence authorisation bill, in an effort to persuade the President to accept new protections for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Americans.

  • Hackers attack gay gamers website

    GayGamer.net is the internet's only gay news-gathering games site.

    2:41 PM — An anonymous homophobe knocked GayGamer.net offline over the weekend after flooding the site with threatening emails and death threats.The site's owner Flynn de Marco told fellow gaming site Kotaku.com that small waves of denial of service attacks had started on Wednesday morning, causing occasional timeouts on the site.GayGamer.net is the internet's only gay news-gathering games site. By Friday afternoon the site was able to block the IP adresses where the attacks seemed to be coming from.

  • Iranian paper shut down for interviewing lesbian 1

    Shargh published a front-page apology for the interview, saying it had been “unaware of this person's personal traits“ and would in future “avoid such people and movements.“

    12:45 PM — A leading Iranian newspaper has been shut down for publishing an interview with a woman accused of being a "counter-revolutionary" homosexual.The ban on Shargh, the favourite newspaper of Iranian liberals, comes amid growing pressure on the press in Iran and follows the closure of fellow moderate daily Ham Mihan last month.It is the second time in less than a year that Shargh has been shut down by Iranian officials.

  • ‘Lesbian’ soldiers dismissed from Nepalese army

    This is a critical time in the fight for LGBT rights in Nepal.

    12:13 PM — Two female personnel have been kicked out of the army of Nepal on suspicion of being lesbians. The Kathmandu Post reports that the pair were court-martialled after being found in bed with eachother. They said that nothing sexual had occurred, but that charges of lesbianism were brought against them by their superiors.The position of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people in the Himalayan country has considerably worsened in recent months.

  • LGBT communities party across Europe 1

    This year a designated 'hetero-boat' joined more than 70 vessels officially participating. photo: killerfocus@flickr.com

    11:55 AM — A record number of gay rights supporters across Europe took part in Pride festivities this weekend.Belfast's streets were alive with the sights and sounds of the 17th annual Gay Pride parade on Saturday.Shoppers in the city were treated to a procession of colourful floats and flamboyant supporters as Belfast's LGBT communities celebrated the finale of a week of gay events.

  • Prime Minister visits Pride in Stockholm

    Fredrik Reinfeldt became the first serving Swedish Prime Minister to visit Pride Park, the hub of the week's festivities.

    11:33 AM — Ten of thousands of people marched in the Stockholm Pride parade on Saturday as part of Scandinavia's largest gay event.Organisers estimate that 50,000 people paraded, while a record half a million people watched the parade's progress through the Swedish capital.Politicians from most of Sweden's political parties also visited Stockholm Pride.

  • US court overturns homophobic adoption law

    The ruling is important not only in Oklahoma, but also to families across the United States.

    11:09 AM — In a 35-page decision, a panel of the U. S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit rejected the Oklahoma Department of Health's challenge to a lower court decision striking down an Oklahoma law so extreme that it threatened to make children adopted by same-sex couples in other states legal orphans when the families are in Oklahoma.The ruling is important not only in Oklahoma, but also to families across the United States, including in Seattle and Houston, home to two of the families who joined in the suit.

  • Ex-gays win right to leaflet schoolchildren

    PFOX has campaigned against sex education in schools, and says it wants to leaflet children with information about ex-gays and contact  details for 'questioning youth.'

    11:00 AM — A group who advocate 'conversion therapy' for gay people will be allowed to distribute literature to children promoting their beliefs.Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays and Gays (PFOX) took a local school board in the US state of Virginia to court for refusing to distribute their leaflets to high school students.An agreement was reached last week which allows PFOX the same access as other groups to children as young as five.

  • 6th August 2007

    Black man scared me says cruising politician 4

    Mr Allen told police that he was not loitering in the public toilet looking for sex, according to documents seen by the  Orlando Sentinel.

    5:35 PM — A senior Florida Republican has presented a novel defence for his actions after his arrest on charges of solicitation last month.Bob Allen, 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, and within minutes Mr Allen allegedly agreed to pay him $20 (£10) to allow him to perform oral sex.

  • Ugly Betty broadcaster praised for gay content

    ABC, with shows like Brothers  Sisters and Ugly Betty, received the highest ranking of the five networks.

    4:08 PM — A leading US gay organisation has revealed its assessment of the current state of LGBT representation on American network TV and singled out ABC as the best-performing network.The Gay Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) released its inaugural GLAAD Network Responsibility Index, a first-of-its-kind report that maps the quantity, quality and diversity of images of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people on network television.ABC, with shows such as Brothers Sisters and Ugly Betty, received the highest ranking of the five networks.

  • Activists try to stop Nigeria’s bid for Commonwealth glory

    The final decision on which city will host the 2014 Games will be taken in early November.

    12:35 PM — Gay activists in Nigeria have questioned whether that country should be allowed to host the 2014 Commonwealth Games because of its "systematic persecution of lesbian and gay Nigerians."A delegation led by Davis Mac-Iyalla, founder and leader of the gay Christian group, Changing Attitude Nigeria, met with the chief executive of the Games Federation (CGF) in London last week to put their case.They presented the CGF with an 11-page report setting out why it should reject the bid by the Nigerian city of Abuja.

  • Congress considers HIV treatment bill 3

    Providing treatment for those who are HIV-positive early in the progression of the disease is cost-effective.

    10:50 AM — Congressman Eliot Engel, Speaker of the US House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi and Republican Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen have reintroduced the Early Treatment for HIV Act, a bipartisan bill that will save lives by allowing states to provide Medicaid coverage to low-income, HIV-positive Americans.The legislation addresses a cruel irony in healthcare coverage for low-income people living with HIV/AIDS.

  • Hillary Clinton campaign getting most ‘gay’ donations

    All contributions to US election campaigns must be registered with the Federal Election Commission

    10:27 AM — A survey of US presidential campaign contributions from 'gay' areashas revealed that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual voters aremaking most of their donations to Senator Hillary Clinton.The democratic frontrunners received the most support, Senator Clinton received 48% of contributions from postcodes with large LGBT populations.Senator Barack Obama received 39% and former Senator John Edwards received just 13%.

  • 3rd August 2007

    Mass gay kiss-in protest in Rome

    Last night  Arcigay proclaimed a 500-metre section of Via San Giovani, near the Colosseum, 'Gay Street.'

    4:24 PM — Over a thousand same-sex couples took park in a mass 'kiss-in' last night, the second such protest after two men were arrested for 'public indecency' in front of the iconic Roman monument last week.The amorous demonstration was called by Italian gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender association Arcigay.The two men, identified only as Roberto L, 27 and Michele M, 28, were arrested by seven armed Carabinieri and held for 45 minutes last week.

  • Australian PM moves against gay adoptions 3

    Prime Minister Howard has been very vocal about his opposition to gay rights.

    12:25 PM — The Prime Minister of Australia, John Howard, is introducing legislation to ban same-sex couples from adopting children from other countries.The Family Law (Same Sex Adoption) Bill could be introduced as early as next week.If it becomes law, children adopted in other countries by same-sexcouples will not be granted visas to enter Australia.

  • Controversial footballer opens Stockholm Pride 1

    Stockholm Pride is being hosted by Swedish culture minister Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth.

    11:45 AM — Former Liverpool and Sweden footballer Glenn Hysén opened Stockholm Pride this week with a speech denouncing homophobia in sport."Sometimes, sport turns us into good team players, but sometimes sport turns us into anxious homophobic herd animals," he said, according to TheLocal.seHysén was widely decried as a bad choice for Stockholm Pride, after he infamously punched a man who allegedly propositioned him in a Frankfurt Airport toilet in 2001.

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