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  • 29th August 2007

    Hungarian radio station fires staff for posting anti-gay image

    Socialist Prime Minister Ferenc Gyurcsany condemned the photograph on Wednesday, adding that he believes it represents a new threat to the country from neo-fascist movements.

    11:30 PM — A Hungarian radio station has fired two staffers for posting to the station's website a photo montage of a gay government official wearing a pink triangle and standing outside the Auschwitz concentration camp.The official in question, State Secretary Gabor Szetey, recently became the first openly gay government member in Hungary.The radio station, Lanchid Radio, removed the photo and apologised for the incident by releasing a statement that said: "The owners and managers of Lanchid Radio condemn what happened and apologise to State Secretary Gabor Szetey and to everyone who was offended by the picture in question."

  • Interview: Ten minutes with producer Lori Kaye, champion of lesbian reality TV

    A once and future stand up comedian, Kaye has helped lesbians on reality television rise from the ranks of novelty or secondary characters to bonified stars.

    11:30 PM — For more than a decade, reality television producer, and Bronx native Lori Kaye has made her digs in sunny Los Angeles but the successful, Hollywood heavy-hitter is still rooted in good old east-coast sensibility.A once and future stand up comedian, Kaye has helped lesbians on reality television rise from the ranks of novelty or secondary characters to genuine stars.Now Kaye can add to her resume, which includes Joe Millionaire, The Ride: Seven Days to End Aids, Work Out and Curl Girls, the honor of being named one of Power Up's Ten Amazing Gay Women in Showbiz for 2007.

  • Shanghai landlords urged to shun same-sex couples

    Last year, China banned foreign gay couples from adopting Chinese children in an attempt to stop an influx of foreign nationals wishing to adopt.

    11:30 PM — New rules are being drafted in Shanghai urging landlords not to rent rooms to same-sex partners, according to Reuters.The city's housing bureau has issued a report advocating conservative restrictions on who should and should not be allowed to rent rooms.In addition to same-sex couples, unmarried couples were also included in the ambiguous report which does not make clear whether the new rules would merely become guidelines or be enforced by law.

  • Court rules that Miami University gay couples to keep benefits

    The Ohio court rules that Miami University gay employees should have benefits

    7:30 PM — The Court of Appeals of Ohio has affirmed a lower court ruling which dismissed a lawsuit brought by a legislator seeking to take away the domestic partner benefits of gay employees of Miami University."Lesbian and gay employees and their families' health were at stake and today the court has granted them freedom from being a pawn in politically motivated lawsuits," said James Madigan, staff attorney at Lambda Legal.

  • Gay university employees will keep partner benefits

    The domestic partner benefits offered by Miami University came under attack by the anti-gay Alliance Defense Fund (ADF) and Brinkman.

    11:27 AM — The Court of Appeals of Ohio has affirmed a lower court ruling which dismissed a lawsuit brought by a legislator seeking to take away the domestic partner benefits of employees of Miami University."Lesbian and gay employees and their families' health were at stake and today the court has granted them freedom from being a pawn in politically motivated lawsuits," James P. Madigan, staff attorney in Lambda Legal's Midwest Regional Office in Chicago, said in a release.

  • Gay rights organisation publishes Pride opposition report

    ILGA-Europe is the European Region of the International Lesbian and Gay Association (ILGA).

    11:27 AM — European LGBT rights group, ILGA-Europe, has published an in-depth report on opposition to Pride events throughout Europe.The updated version of their report, Freedom of Assembly -Diary of Events by Country, sets out a detailed history of events from 2000 onwards in 11 European countries where LGBT events have faced problems, including Croatia, Poland, Estonia, Turkey and Russia, where the first Moscow Pride was banned last year.The report also lists 12 key types of event that constitute opposition to LGBT people's freedom of assembly, including pride marches being banned, violence against demonstrators, failure by the police to protect demonstrators and failure by courts to uphold freedom of assembly

  • Transexual loses birth certificate court appeal

    AB, from Victoria, appealed to state's Federal Court in July 2005 to have her birth certificate changed from male to female.

    11:27 AM — An Australian transsexual has lost a Federal Court appeal to have her birth certificate changed to alter her sex from male to female.The woman, referred to as AB, completed her surgery to become female in April 2002.AB, from Victoria, appealed to state's Federal Court in July 2005 to have her birth certificate changed from male to female.

  • AIDS epidemic threatens Papua New Guinea 1

    In a recent report, the UN said Papua New Guinea accounted for 90 per cent of all HIV infections in the Oceania region.

    11:00 AM — Families are resorting to "live burials" of loved ones as a reaction to the rapid spread of the HIV in Papua New Guinea.Margaret Marabe, a known local activist in the country, told the Agence France-Presse: "I saw three people with my own eyes. When they got very sick and people could not look after them, they buried them."She explained that families are resorting to extreme action due to both feelings that they can no longer look after the sufferer and fears that the infection will spread to others.

  • 28th August 2007

    Anglican bishop compares gay hate to slavery 5

    Bishop Robinson told the BBC that he wants to continue his service.

    5:04 PM — The openly gay Bishop of New Hampshire has attacked the attitudes of homophobic African bishops in an interview with BBC Radio 4 this morning.Gene Robinson spoke openly about his view on the current controversy surrounding the Anglican Church."It's very painful for me," he said. "Coming out of the experience of the United States, where we treated people from Africa as less than human."

  • Ugandan Muslim sect threaten ‘anti-gay squad’

    The Tabliq sect has deemed homosecuality 'abnormal'

    5:02 PM — Muslim youth belonging to the Tabliq movement in Uganda have confirmed they plan to set up 'Anti-Gay Squads' to fight homosexuality.Sheikh Multah Bukenya, a senior cleric in the sect, announced the squads during Friday prayers at Noor Mosque in the capital, Kampala.He said: "We are ready to act swiftly and form this squad that will wipe out all abnormal practices like homosexuality in our society."

  • Pro-gay hip hop album released

    Hip-Hop has been accused of encouraging homophobia and misogyny

    3:17 PM — Traditional hip-hop lyrics about guns, women and homophobia are about to face a new competitor in the race for young Americans' hearts and minds.Princeton religious professor Cornel West has released an album designed to counter rap's negative image, with major names like KRS-One and Levert participating."We need to respectfully challenge [rappers] on the issues of misogyny and homophobia," says West.

  • Report highlights South African prejudice

    Ten percent of South Africans believe it is sometimes acceptable for a man to beat his wife

    2:54 PM — South Africans continue to find homosexuality unacceptable, but reassuring figures revealed last week show many people are teaching their children more tolerant attitudes.The South African survey of values, conducted last year by the Centre for International and Comparative Politics at the University of Stellenbosch, shows even those with a negative attitude towards gays are teaching their children to be more tolerant.A scale of acceptability saw South Africans put homosexual acts as more acceptable than prostitution and abortion, but less acceptable than mercy killing and divorce.

  • Gay hate singer calls GLAAD protests “stupid” 1

    In July Banton signed up to the Reggae Compassionate Act, promising not to perform songs that advocate homophobia.

    12:35 PM — Reggae star Buju Banton has shown his frustration at activists protesting his homophobic lyrics after a New York radio last week announced it would not broadcast a reggae concert as planned.The decision came after the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) called on Power 105, a hip-hop station, to cancel coverage of Saturday's Reggae Carifest because homophobic performers Banton and Bounty Killer were to perform.The station, owned by media conglomerate Clear Channel, came under intense pressure to pull out of sponsoring the event.

  • US Senator found guilty of gay misconduct 6

    Senator Craig supported an amendment to the constitution banning gay-marriage

    12:22 PM — Idaho Senator Larry E. Craig, a Republican politician who has consistently stood against gay rights, has been found guilty of disorderly conduct in an airport bathroom, court spokespersons have revealed.Mr Craig, 62, received a $500 (£250) fine and a year's unsupervised detention but escaped a ten day jail sentence.His political future hangs in the balance, however, following the publication of a detailed account of his behaviour in Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.

  • Prison Break star to come out says blogger 1

    The producers of Prison Break have yet to make a statement on rumours of Miller's sexuality.

    10:41 AM — Rumours have been flying for months that Prison Break star Wentworth Miller is dating out actor Luke MacFarlane, best known for his stint as actor Matthew Rhys' boyfriend on ABC's Brothers Sisters.Now, the first photographs of the alleged couple have surfaced online, with blogger Perez Hilton claiming to have an exclusive that Miller is planning to come out.But Miller has previously told the press he's not gay when asked, insisting the real reason he doesn't date is that his hectic shooting schedule doesn't allow him any time.

  • AIDS fundraiser claims he was sacked for not being gay

    Shapiro's suit against the two organisations alleges sexual orientation discrimination and intentional infliction of emotional distress.

    10:35 AM — In a major twist to a discrimination case, former executive director of AIDS/LifeCycle charity filed suit in a Los Angeles courthouse against two nonprofit organisations alleging that he was fired from his position because he was not gay.The L.A. Gay Lesbian Centre and the San Francisco AIDS Foundation are both implicated in the alleged discrimination case.Jeffrey Shapiro was hired earlier this year to help organise the 2007 AIDS/Lifecycle event.

  • 27th August 2007

    Vermont takes first steps toward marriage equality

    The legislature may soon call for gay marriage

    6:15 PM — The Vermont, United States, Legislature may soon take up the issue of 'gay marriage', if the formation of a recent commission is any indication.According to Associated Press reports, the ten-member commission was formed to decide whether the state should consider allowing same-sex couples to marry (civil unions were legalized in 2000).

  • 26th August 2007

    Hungarian homophobic party launches paramilitary wing 3

    The induction ceremony of the Hungarian Guard (source: Jobbik.com)

    11:01 AM — The far-right Hungarian political party, Jobbik, known for their anti-Semitic, anti-Roma and homophobic rhetoric inducted the first members of its paramilitary wing outside the country's Presidential palace in Budapest yesterday.The founding members of Magyar Garda, or the Hungarian Guard, took oaths of allegance in front of over a thousand supporters of the Jobbik party waving red and white striped Arpad flags, similar to those used by the country's pro-Nazi Arrow Cross regime during the Second World War.

  • 24th August 2007

    Ugandan leader asked to end gay harassment 5

    In 2005 Uganda became the first country in the world to introduce laws banning same-sex marriage.

    3:23 PM — Human Rights Watch has written to Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni asking his government to repeal its sodomy laws and end a long record of harassing lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people.Last week the country's deputy Attorney General Fred Ruhindi called for the criminal law to be used against lesbians and gays in Uganda."I call upon the relevant agencies to take appropriate action because homosexuality is an offence under the laws of Uganda," he said.

  • Homophobic reggae stars force concert coverage cancellation 1

    Banton's notorious 1990s hit Boom Bye Bye appears to incite the burning and shooting in the head of gay people

    2:56 PM — A New York radio station owned by media conglomerate Clear Channel has announced it will not broadcast a reggae concert as planned.The decision came after the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) called on Power 105, a hip-hop station, to cancel coverage of tomorrow's Reggae Carifest because homophobic performers Buju Banton and Bounty Killer are to perform.Banton's notorious 1990s hit Boom Bye Bye appears to incite the burning, shooting in the head and pouring acid over the faces of gay people.

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