6th February 2008
Condoms still vital in fight against HIV says UNAIDS 3
2:23 PM — A report that asserts that HIV positive people undergoing effective anti-retroviral treatments carry "no relevant risk of transmission" has been greeted with caution by UNAIDS.Last week the Swiss Federal Commission for HIV/AIDS announced that "an HIV-infected person on anti-retroviral therapy with completely suppressed viremia ("effective ART") is not sexually infectious, i.e. cannot propagate HIV through sexual contact."The commission said: "residual risk can not be scientifically excluded, but is ... negligibly small."
Egypt accused of criminalising HIV positive gay men
1:11 PM — Four men convicted last month by a court in Cairo of consensual homosexual sex are the victims of state prejudice against people with HIV, according to a leading human rights organisation.A series of arrests began when one man, challenged by police during a street altercation with another man, told officers he is HIV positive.Both were arrested and investigated for homosexual conduct and had to undergo anal examinations that would be used as "proof" they had sex, says Human Rights Watch.
April elections likely in Italy after dissolution of parliament
12:25 PM — The President of Italy today formally dissolved the country's parliament after the coalition government fell apart last month.Romano Prodi, who resigned as Prime Minister but remained in a caretaker role, is expected to hold a cabinet meeting later today to fix a date for new elections.Reports from Rome indicate that April 13th or 14th are the most likely dates. Romano Prodi's government fell after he lost a vote of confidence in the Italian Senate last week.
Abercrombie store accused of displaying “obscene material” 1
11:30 AM — An Abercrombie Fitch store in Virginia Beach, Virginia, will soon be decked out as it always has been, with black and white photos of half-naked boys and girls frolicking in fields.That's because the city officials plan to return a pair of promotional photographs, one of which shows a shirtless man wearing jeans that reveal the top of his buttocks and another which shows a topless woman whose hand is covering a portion of her breast, that were taken from the store last weekend after a police officer cited its manager with violating city code.
Clinton and McCain score California victories 7
8:30 AM — New York Senator Hillary Clinton has been declared the winner over Illinois Senator Barack Obama in the Democratic race in California on Super Tuesday. Arizona Senator John McCain is the projected winner in the California Republican primary Super Tuesday results over former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney.With 16 percent of precincts reporting in the California Democratic primary, Mrs Clinton leads over Mr Obama 55 per cent to 33 per cent.
5th February 2008
Huckabee wins early Super Tuesday victory 1
11:15 PM — Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee is the first winner in the massive Super Tuesday series of primaries and caucuses across the nation. Mr Huckabee won handily over former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney in the West Virginia state convention on Tuesday morning.Although Mr Romney has won the first round of votes in the West Virginia state convention, he did not take more than a 50 percent majority.
Hillary and Barack court gay voters 7
5:45 PM — The frontrunners for the Democratic party nomination for President of the United States have been highlighting their gay-friendly credentials ahead of today's vital primary contests.New York Senator and former First Lady Hillary Clinton posted a message on lesbian website ourchart.com outlining why she thinks LGBT Americans should vote for her.Illinois Senator Barack Obama has revealed that many gay supporters of John Edwards, who withrdrew from the race last week, are now supporting him.
LGBT Palestinian organisation formed in Jerusalem 1
4:10 PM — A long-established group for gay, lesbian, trans and bisexual Palestinians in Jerusalem has decided to become independent.Al-Qaws began life six years ago as a project of the Jerusalem Open House for Pride and Tolerance (JOH).In branching out on its own it becomes the first-ever official Palestinian gay organisation. In November Al-Qaws received nonprofit organisation status and was renamed Al-Qaws - for Sexual Gender Diversity in the Palestinian Society.
Turkish gay group court challenge delayed 5
2:40 PM — A group of supporters of a gay rights group threatened with closure have been accused of demonstrating outside a Turkish court.A department of the Istanbul Governor's office responsible for non-governmental organisations alleges that the group, Lambda Istanbul, violates Turkish laws on morality.They claim that Lambda violates both the Penal Code, as an association in violation of "law and morals," and Article 41 of the Turkish constitution, which is concerned with "the peace and welfare of the family."
Maverick Republican’s hopes for Alaska primary
1:10 PM — Texas Congressman Ron Paul is hoping Alaska will be the one state where he can claim a surprise win on Super Tuesday among voters known for their unpredictability in choosing presidential candidates.Paul is banking on an organised campaign in the state, where few others have dared to tread to win voters' loyalty. There are no solid polls in place to take a look into the future of the Alaska races.
Men arrested in Senegal over “gay wedding” photos 5
11:54 AM — Gay rights activists have called for a group of men arrested in Senegal on suspicion of homosexuality to be released from prison.In a letter to Senegalese Minister of Justice, the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) and PAN-Africa ILGA have demanded the immediate and unconditional release of up to 20 gay men.An unknown number have been arrested in Dakar, the Senegalese capital, since Sunday morning.
Candidates fight for votes in Alabama 7
11:30 AM — New York Senator Hillary Clinton and Arizona Senator John McCain are battling for a win in the Alabama primary results.Clinton holds a slight lead among voters over rival Illinois Senator Barack Obama going into the race, while McCain maintains a small margin over former Governor of Arkansas Mike Huckabee in the Super Tuesday primary.In a Rasmussen Reports poll conducted Jan 31, Clinton led Obama 46 to 41 percent among likely Democratic voters.
4th February 2008
Gay Holocaust memorial to be built in Berlin 3
3:50 PM — A multi-media memorial to the thousands of gay men who died in Nazi concentration camps should be ready in a matter of months.It is being constructed opposite the main Holocaust memorial for Jewish victims in Tiergarten Park in Berlin at a cost of 600,000 euros (£450,000).The government agreed to the design last week, four years after the memorial was agreed in principle.
Human rights group condemns Jamaica violence 28
2:40 PM — A leading US-based rights organisation has said that the latest incident of homophobic mob violence in Jamaica shows that the police in the Caribbean nation are failing in their duties.Scott Long, director of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Rights Programme at Human Rights Watch, said: "Gays and lesbians in Jamaica face violence at home, in public, even in a house of worship, and official silence encourages the spread of hate."The Jamaica Forum for Lesbians All-Sexuals and Gays, JFLAG, brought the most recent attack to wider attention.
Super Tuesday could decide the 2008 Presidential race 7
2:20 PM — Tomorrow Democrats, Republicans and Independents in 24 US states will take part in the biggest vote before the Presidential election in November.At a series of caucuses and primaries across America, 41% of the pledged delegates for the Republican convention and 52% of the votes at the Democratic convention will fall behind one of the candidates still in the race.No wonder they call it Super Tuesday.
Florida will vote on same-sex marriage ban
1:00 PM — An initiative to ask Florida's citizens to ban gay marriage in the state will be voted on in November. It was the only one of more than fifty proposed ballots to get the required 611,009 signatures.A state constitutional amendment requires the approval of 8 percent of Florida voters who cast ballots in the last Presidential election.All signatures must be presented to state officials on February 1st at 5pm. The gay marriage ban ballot was certified with 649,346 signatures.
Ambassador complains to Vatican about election statement 13
12:35 PM — Spain's ambassador to the Vatican met with Church officials over the weekend to protest about interference in the country's elections by the country's bishops.Foreign Minister Miguel Angel Moratinos revealed on Saturday that Ambassador Francisco Vazquez expressed his "perplexity and surprise" at statement issued last week by the Spanish Bishop's Conference.The Zapatero government introduced full gay marriage in Spain in 2005.
Apology to gay community over MRSA story 1
12:10 PM — Over the last few weeks, the subject of Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA) has hit the media, making a big impact in the gay community.Several reputable news agencies including the New York Times and the San Francisco Chronicle published detailed studies about the spread of the disease between men who have homosexual relations.The 'superbug' does have a higher rate of infection among men who have sex with men.
3rd February 2008
New York to recognise out of state gay weddings
11:00 PM — A New York appeals court ruled last Friday that gay marriages or civil partnerships conducted in other states or countries are to be legally recognised in the state.Donna Lieberman of the New York Civil Liberties Union said: "This is a victory for families, it's a victory for fairness and it's a victory for human rights. Now we need to work toward a New York where you don't have to cross state or country lines to get married."
1st February 2008
Homophobic mob attack Jamaican gay men 29
4:45 PM — The Jamaican government is being urged to tackle mob violence against gay people in the country after an attack on a group of men alleged to be homosexual.The Jamaica Forum for Lesbians All-Sexuals and Gays, JFLAG, is urging the Jamaican government to action."This has become a blot on Jamaica's human rights record," said a JFLAG spokesperson. "No modern democracy can afford to revert to jungle justice."