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  • 3rd August 2007

    Dutch use aid to push for gay rights

    Dutch embassies in those countries will urge governments to scrap anti-gay legislation.

    11:20 AM — The Netherlands is to step up pressure for gay rights in countrieswhere it has strong aid ties.Dutch embassy officials in the 36 countries where the Netherlandsdonates much of its aid will draw up an inventory of gay, lesbian and bisexual rights legislation, according to development cooperation minister Bert Koenders.

  • Gay bishop backs Obama for President 4

    Obama supports civil unions and rights for gay couples, but stops short of supporting gay marriage.

    11:15 AM — Openly gay Episcopalian Bishop Gene Robinson of New Hampshire endorsed Democratic Presidential hopeful Senator Barack Obama yesterday.Bishop Robinson says he was lured to Obama's campaign because of the Illinois Democrat's experience with racism and discrimination."Frankly, I don't think there's any major candidate that is where we in the gay community would hope they would be on our issues," the bishop told AP said.

  • 2nd August 2007

    Time to speak up for gays, Presidential candidates told

    Exit poll data estimates that the LGBT community in the United States makes up approximately four percent of the voting population.

    6:05 PM — An influential US campaigning group has spoken out against the silence Democratic presidential candidates have kept over gay rights issues.Matt Foreman, executive director of the Gay and Lesbian Task Force, says that despite their laudable support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues, no candidate has vocally completely supported the rights of LGBT Americans.Exit poll data estimates that the LGBT community in the United States makes up approximately four percent of the voting population.

  • PlanetOut reveals second quarter figures

    PlanetOut owns The Advocate, Gay.com, PlanetOut.com, Advocate.com, Out.com, OutTraveler.com and HIVPlusMag.com, as well as localised versions of the Gay.com site.

    4:28 PM — Leading gay media company PlanetOut has posted its second quarter results for 2007. The figures show a fall in advertising revenue, down from $7.3m (£3.7m) in the second quarter of 2006 to $6.7m in 2007.Total revenue for the second quarter of 2007 was $18.5m, an increase of 14% compared to $16.3 million for the same period one year ago.Last month PlanetOut announced a 15% cut in its employees.

  • Japanese political leader to join Pride parade

    The SDP were the main opposition party in Japan in the 1990s, but lost support to the Democratic Party of Japan in recent years.

    2:21 PM — Japan's Social Democratic Party leader, Mizuho Fukushima, will march with LGBT people and their supporters on 11th August in the Tokyo Pride Parade calling for equality and rights.The event, "Let's go march with Mizuho Hukushima!" will allow gay Japanese people the chance to talk with the left-leaning politician over lunch and then march with her.The SDP were the main opposition party in Japan in the 1990s, but lost support to the Democratic Party of Japan in recent years.

  • Senate quizzes Bush nominee about military gay ban

    Pressure group the Servicemembers Legal Defence Network welcomed the comments of Admiral Mullen as a change of pace among the US military leadership.

    12:59 PM — Admiral Michael Mullen, President Bush's nominee to succeed General Peter Pace as Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, was questioned about the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" ban on lesbian, gay and bisexual personnel during a Senate hearing on Tuesday.He called for a national debate about the current law, which allows gay, bisexual and lesbian people to serve in the US military as long as they do not disclose their sexuality.

  • Gays on probation allowed to stay together

    The judge cited a landmark Supreme Court ruling and its decision that same-sex couples have the same right to form intimate relationships as opposite-sex couples.

    12:31 PM — A Philadelphia judge has ruled that a gay couple banned from contacting each other while on probation have the same rights as a married couple.Daniel Mangini and Stephen Roberts, who have been together for 20 years, owned property, shared bank accounts and helped raise Roberts' young niece.They later became addicted to methamphetamine, and in 2004 were convicted of dealing 100 grams of the drug.

  • Gay rights activist faces charges for outing politician 1

    Mr Alexeyev said that by charging him with slander, the authorities were “caught in their own trap.“

    11:35 AM — Nicolas Alexeyev, the gay rights activist and organiser of Moscow Pride, was charged with slander by Russian authorities yesterday and faces a criminal investigation.The charges arise from comments he made on live TV in June, when he outed Russian MP Alexander Cheuv as a homosexual.To prove that he is guilty of slander, Russian investigating authorities will have to demonstrate that calling Mr Chuev 'gay' spoilt his reputation or dignity.

  • 1st August 2007

    Sir Ian supports Singapore Pride as gay exhibition banned 58

    Today marks the beginning of the third annual Singapore Pride festival.

    3:47 PM — Singapore's gay community began its Pride festival today with a message from Sir Ian McKellen, while censors have banned an exhibition featuring pictures of same-sex couples kissing.In a video message, Lord of the Rings star McKellen said:"It's very important that gay people, wherever they are, should identify themselves, stick up for themselves, represent themselves, modestly and positively, so the rest of the world knows that we're here and we're not going to go away."

  • Quebec gay couple win payout for teen harassment 2

    Wouters said the ruling was victory for him and his partner, who are determined to live in the neighbourhood despite the harassment.

    3:27 PM — The first gay couple to get a civil union in Quebec, Canada, have been awarded $10,000 (£4,640) after they were harassed by teenagers in their suburban neighbourhood.Since publicly denouncing threats and harassment from their neighbours with a 1,500 strong anti-homophobia march through their suburban neighbourhood, Theo Wouters and Rodger Thibault say they have been targeted."This is happening because we're an open gay couple," said Wouters, speaking to the Canadian Globe and Mail.

  • Gay film award launched at Venice Film Festival

    22 films will compete for the main prize, the Golden Lion for best film, which was won by  Brokeback Mountain in 2005.

    3:00 PM — The world's oldest celebration of cinema moves into the 21st century this year with the announcement that for the first time there will be a gay award.The Venice Film Festival, which was first held in 1932, has approved The Queer Lion award after four years of negotiations.The award will go to a feature-length film in the competition, or any of the 35 or so 'sidebar'screenings, that has a gay character or theme.

  • China gets serious about condom distribution

    China originally stigmatised AIDS as a disease specific to gays, sex workers and drug users found in capitalistic Western countries.

    10:43 AM — In a belated response to the spread of the HIV/AIDS virus in the general population, China has ordered all hotels, holiday resorts and public showers to provide condoms.It is part of nationwide efforts to fight the spread of AIDS, according to recent reports.The regulation, issued by the commerce and health ministries, also required pamphlets about AIDS prevention to be displayed, the Beijing News reports.

  • Gay websites see traffic surge during Pride

    Traffic to US-based gay and lesbian sites jumped 23% to nearly 3 million visitors.

    10:30 AM — Leave it to Pride Month to bolster gay and lesbian awareness around the world - or at least on the World Wide Web.According to the monthly analysis of online activity released by comScore Media Metrix, traffic increased to gay and lesbian websites in June as well as sites in many other categories, including gaming sites, entertainment news sites and hotel/resort sites.Traffic to US-based gay and lesbian sites jumped 23% to nearly 3 million visitors.

  • Gay illegal immigrant can stay in Italy

    Gay rights groups in Italy are delighted by the decision.

    10:12 AM — Italy's Supreme Court has refused to overrule a judge's decision to revoke the deportation order of an illegal Senegalese migrant on the grounds of his sexual orientation.Italy's highest criminal court stated that "homosexuality is a condition of he human being deserving legal protection."The court announced that gay people who seek refuge from persecution in Italy would not be sent back to their countries of origin.

  • 31st July 2007

    Trans prisoner must be given hormone treatment, court rules

    Spencer, who was imprisoned in 2000 for possession of a stolen car and escape, had lived full time as a woman.

    4:45 PM — A prison inmate who performed a self-castration with a razor blade after being refused treatment for gender identity disorder should have female hormone therapy paid for by the state, a federal judge has said.Jenniffer Spencer, born Randall Gammett, sued the Department of Corrections in the US state of Idaho for violation of her constitutional rights and for the punishment she was subjected to when doctors failed to diagnose gender identity disorder and treat her with female hormones.

  • Police finally authorise Estonian Pride

    Last year LGBT marchers were attacked with sticks and stones by a group of young Estonian nationalists.

    11:40 AM — After gay rights advocates protested to Estonia's President and Prime Minister, police in the capital Tallinn have finally ruled that a Pride march can go ahead.The event, on August 11th, has been beset by problems with policing.Officials wanted to change the route of the march through the Old Town, claiming that it would infringe the rights of other Tallinn residents to go about their business.

  • UPS gives marriage benefits to civil partners 1

    Gay rights groups regard this case as an example of how civil unions cement discrimination against gays.

    10:50 AM — Delivery company UPS has announced it will offer health care benefits to all civil union partners of employees in New Jersey, including those in the Teamsters union.Gay rights groups had criticised the company for denying some employees in same-sex partnerships the same rights as married workers."Based on an initial legal review when New Jersey's law was enacted, it did not appear that a 'civil union' and 'marriage' were equivalent," noted UPS's senior vice president for human resources.

  • Hong Kong opens China’s first gay centre 1

    37% of the interviewees said they were worried about exposing their orientation.

    10:10 AM — A new chapter in the slow opening up of China started this month with the opening of a new social support centre for the gay community in Hong Kong.The centre is the first of its kind in the country.This was made possible with a one-year grant of HK$430,000 (£26,750) from the AIDS Trust Fund. The donation will pay the rent for the premises and support one full time staff member for one year.

  • 30th July 2007

    Mexican prisoners allowed gay conjugal visits

    Prisoners are allowed conjugal visits in many Mexican jails, and most do not require the visitor to be married to the inmate.

    5:31 PM — Mexico City's prison system has started letting gay inmates receive conjugal visits, a human rights group announced yesterday.City authorities accepted a recommendation made by the Mexican National Human Rights Commission, agreeing that the visits would help end discrimination.Prisoners are allowed conjugal visits in many Mexican jails, and most do not require the visitor to be married to the inmate.

  • Protest over gay kiss arrest in Rome 10

    The couple had just shared a gesture of affection after a night out at one of the gay bars lining a street near the Colosseum. photo: tiseb@flickr.com

    12:12 PM — Couples held a sit-in with collective kissing in front of the Colosseum yesterday after two men were arrested for 'public indecency' in front of the iconic Roman monument last week.Politicians and campaigning groups say the arrests were symptomatic of a rising tide of homophobic harassment in Italy, but the police force, the Carabinieri, say they were simply following the law.An extract from the police report said that the couple "had their trousers and underpants down."

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