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  • 8th February 2007

    Christians attack Obama’s record on gay rights 2

    He first came to be spoken of as a future President after the Democratic National Convention in 2004.

    4:38 PM — Before he has even officially declared his intention to run for President, Barack Obama is under attack for his pro-gay views.The junior Senator from Illinois is expected to announce on Saturday that he intends to run for the highest office in the land.Obama is the only African-American in the Senate, and his candidacy is already being compared to that of President John F Kennedy.

  • Pakistan’s tolerance for a funny drag act

    Begum Ali also flirts outrageously with his male guests.

    1:29 PM — Has Pakistan, one of the world's most conservative countries, found the unlikeliest TV star in the form of a drag queen?The idea might seem far-fetched, except it's a very real possibility.Indeed, such is the power of curiosity and critical acclaim that millions have been tuning in to the The Late Night Show With Begum Nawazish Ali to witness the drag performer's latest shenanigans.

  • Italy gay marriage vote too close to call 4

    Opinion polls show 69% of the country's Catholics are in favour of the new laws, which would grant cohabiting couples similar rights to married ones.

    12:06 PM — The fragile unity of Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi's government will be severely tested when proposals to offer legal recognition for same-sex unions are to be unveiled in the next few days.Some are already seeing this as a referendum on Mr Prodi's vulnerable nine-party centre-left coalition.The situation has been made worse by intense lobbying from opposition MPs and the Catholic Church, with Pope Benedict XVI chastising the proposals as "anti-church and anti-family."

  • Colombian court recognises same-sex rights

    It is still not clear how far the court's decision will go in recognising same-sex partner rights.  photo: dweekly@flickr

    10:58 AM — For the first time, the Constitutional Court in the South American state of Colombia has acknowledged the rights of same sex partners.Although homosexual relationships were decriminalised in the 1980s, serious human rights violations against LGBT people are commonplace.The country has been the scene of social unrest for decades, with powerful drug cartels challenging the authority of the government.

  • US Army scared of lesbians, says Congressman 1

    Congressman Ackerman suggested to Ms Rice that as the Army was sacking much-needed translators for being gay, her department could hire them instead.

    10:25 AM — A member of the House of Representatives has said that the American military is more scared of lesbians than terrorists.Gary Ackerman, from New York, was questioning Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice at a Congressional committee into 2008 State Department budget.The Congressman was questioning the current military policy of "Don't Ask Don't Tell."

  • 7th February 2007

    Gay activist push “no kids no marriage” law 1

    The proposed ballot measure would require couples to prove they can have children to get a marriage licence.

    4:00 PM — Same-sex marriage advocates in the American state of Washington are proposing a state ballot measure that would limit marriage to couples who prove they can bear children within three years.Proponents say the proposal was aimed at "social conservatives who have long screamed that marriage exists for the sole purpose of procreation."The Washington Defence of Marriage Alliance acknowledged on its website that the initiative was "absurd."

  • Disgraced preacher “discovers” he is straight 1

    Haggard has revealed he and his wife plan to move away from Colorado and study for a degree in psychology.

    3:35 PM — Ted Haggard, the former pastor of an evangelical super church who was forced to resign after revelations of a three-year affair with a male prostitute, has said he was "acting out" and is still a heterosexual.The revelation came in an interview in the Denver Post with one of the four pastors who have been giving Haggard an intensive course of counselling.

  • Mandela’s prison island to host gay marriage 1

    The island lies 12 kilometres south of Cape Town. The city is a  vibrant tourist destination favoured by the world's gay community.

    12:15 PM — This year's St Valentine's Day mass marriage ceremony on Cape Town's historic Robben Island will be the first in the event's history to accommodate a same-sex couple.Since the initiative's inauguration in 2000, the Robben Island Museum has played cupid to over 120 couples wishing to tie the knot on Valentine's Day.Marriage officers will wed a same-sex couple for the first time this year.

  • Man denied asylum for not having teenage sex 2

    Mr Orozco's lawyer argues that as his client is alone, uneducated and the victim of abuse he should be treated as a vulnerable person.

    10:58 AM — A refugee from Nicaragua has been denied asylum in Canada because he could not prove he is gay.The Immigration and Refugee Board said that as Alvaro Antonio Orozco was not sexually active as a teenager, it was impossible to verify his sexuality.Mr Oroxco's lawyer accused the IRB of stereotyping gay teenagers as more sexually active than their heterosexual counterparts.

  • Gay marriage banned again by Australian government 4

    In June 2006 the ACT government brought forward legislation to allow gay and lesbian couples the right to civil unions.

    10:29 AM — The attorney-general of Australia has confirmed that the federal government will block plans by one of the country's territories to legalise same-sex civil partnerships.Philip Ruddock said that the traditional marriage ceremony would be threatened by granting marital rights to gay people, an argument used repeatedly by Liberal party politicians.He also said that the Australian Capital Territory law would be a threat to minors.

  • 6th February 2007

    Mars pulls homophobic ad campaign 1

    Gay bloggers were the first to draw attention to the homophobic nature of the campaign.

    5:12 PM — An advertising campaign that featured American football stars showing disgust at the idea of two men kissing has been abandoned by Mars Inc.An advert for Snickers was aired during CBS television's coverage of the Super Bowl on Sunday.It showed two mechanics eating from opposite ends of a Snickers bar and, after their mouths touch, ripping out their chest hair in an attempt to "do something manly."

  • Matthew Shepard’s mum upset by Snickers advert 1

    Judy Shepard, Executive Director of the Matthew Shepard Foundation, said she was outraged at the NFL and Sinckers.

    1:38 PM — The Matthew Shepard Foundation today strongly condemned an ad campaign by Snickers.The campaign was launched during CBS television's Super Bowl programming on Sunday and was watched by tens of millions of Americans.It shows two mechanics eating from opposite ends of a Snickers bar and, after their mouths touch, ripping out their chest hair in an attempt to "do something manly."

  • Russian politician backs Pride ban 4

    Mr Chuyev said homosexuality should be confined indoors and in private, and the parade would have sent out the wrong signal to the “many young people and children.“

    11:49 AM — A senior figure in Russian President Vladimir Putin's government has openly backed the Moscow mayor's recent decision to ban the gay parade in the capital city for the second year in a row.Alexander Chuyev, deputy chairman of the State Duma Committee for Public Associations and Religious Organisations, made his remarks on a television show, insisting that he could see nothing wrong in banning a parade which he regarded as "propaganda" and "dangerous".

  • Gay bloggers denounce Snickers stunt 1

    Fans of the peanut-based confectionary are encouraged to go to the Snickers website and vote on alternative endings to a commercial.

    11:35 AM — A Snickers bar so scrumptious is brings two men into a full blown lip lock: A step forward for the gay community on television, until you see the reaction that follows.Fans of the peanut-based confectionery are encouraged to go to the Snickers website and vote on alternative endings to a commercial.The scenario finds two car mechanics munching through opposite ends of a Snickers bar until they meet in a passionate kiss.

  • Clerk’s Valentines protest at gay inequality

    The constitutionality of California's current law banning gay marriage is currently before the state Supreme Court.

    10:48 AM — A county clerk-recorder in California is to hand out "certificates of inequality" to gay couples on Valentine's Day.United Press International reports that Freddie Oakley designed the certificates herself.She said she believes she should be able to give gay couples marriage licences.

  • Closeted gay hip hop stars to feature in expose

    ean's book about life as a black gay man in the entertainment industry  will not directly name any stars

    10:01 AM — A former producer at MTV has sold his memoirs to a publisher, and claims they will blow the lid off the secret gay world of hip hop.Terrance Dean's book, Hiding in Hip-Hop: Confessions of a Down Low Brother in the Entertainment Industry sold to Atria last week, according to eurweb.comThe book is due for publication next year.

  • 5th February 2007

    American public want gays in the military

    Since 1993, 11,082 members of the Marines, Navy, Army, Coast Guard and Air Force have been discharged.

    2:55 PM — A new poll of Americans has revealed that nearly half do not support the current US military policy of barring openly gay people from serving.The Harris Interactive survey, conducted last month, found that 55% of the 2,337 people questioned felt openly gay, bisexual or lesbian personnel should be allowed to serve, reports the Wall Street Journal. Only 18% of respondents felt that gay people should not be allowed to serve at all.

  • Evangelicals embrace Haggard’s rentboy

    Haggard resigned last year as president of the National Association of Evangelicals.

    11:11 AM — The former prostitute whose outing of New Life Church founder Ted Haggard led to his dismissal paid a visit last Sunday to the megachurch.The Christian Broadcasting Network reports that Mike Jones was warmly greeted by members of the congregation."A couple of ladies cried when they were touching me," Jones said.

  • Priests could be locked up, fears Catholic commentator 10

    Pope Benedict has denounced civil partnerships and gay marriage as an affront to Catholic ideas about marriage.

    10:50 AM — A leading Roman Catholic journalist has said he is concerned that laws protecting gay and lesbian people from discrimination could lead to prison for some clergy.John L Allen is an expert commentator on Vatican affairs for CNN and is known for his objectivity.He has published two books about the current Pope.

  • Nepal grants dual gender citizenship

    Sexual identity is complex in Nepal.

    9:40 AM — A 40-year-old in Nepal has been granted citizenship as both a man and a woman. It is thought up to 400 other Nepalese are seeking the same dual recognition.Chanda Rani received the official government document last week, where Rani's gender is listed as both male and female, announced the Blue Diamond Society, a gay rights group in Nepal."This is a landmark victory in our struggle," said Sunil Panta, president of the society.

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