15th November 2007
Baptist church expelled for embracing gays 1
11:50 AM — The nearly 3,000 delegates that make up the North Carolina Baptist Convention voted this week to expel the Myers Park Baptist Church for welcoming and affirming lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Baptists in their congregation.Last year, the North Carolina Baptists decided to expel any member church that openly accepts and affirms LGBT people and same-sex relations from the Baptist community.The vote came after two of the church's leaders called on the delegates to open their hearts to LGBT people.
Teen ice hockey star denies he is gay
11:40 AM — The pictures have been splattered all over the internet of a harmless tongue touch between 19-year-old Toronto Maple Leaf forward Jiri Tlusty and his buddy, but the racier naked picture is what has caught the attention of his Canadian team.The club has threatened legal action against sites which are posting the self-shot naked photo, and unfortunately, Tlusty has to defend his heterosexuality from some creative journalism.The young player grew up in the Czech Republic and played for that league until this year when he was drafted 13th by the Maple Leafs.
Hate church finances revaled in court 4
10:59 AM — Three members of the Westboro Baptist Church have presented their accounts to a court in an attempt to reduce the nearly $11m (£5.4m) they were ordered to pay Albert Snyder, the father of a fallen Marine, for protesting at his son's funeral.Westboro Baptist, which has about 75 members, the vast majority of whom are relatives of preacher Rev Fred Phelps, protests at funerals using anti-gay slurs.Three members of the church, Rev Phelps and his daughters, Shirley Phelps-Roper and Rebekah Phelps-Davis, presented documentation.
Iranian escapes death penalty after international pressure 1
10:24 AM — The Chief Justice of the Islamic Republic of Iran has intervened in the case of a 21-year old found guilty of multiple counts of anal rape (ighab), allegedly committed when he was 13 years old.Makvan Mouloodzadeh, a 21 year old an Iranian Kurd, had been sentenced to death in the city of Paveh, following his conviction for an act of sodomy that he committed while still a minor, aged 13, with another minor, also aged 13.Human rights activists had protested that the death penalty was unlawful in this case and argued that his trial was unfair.
Singapore bans game over lesbian scene
10:10 AM — An X box game has been banned by state censors in Singapore because of a lesbian love scene.The authorities in the city state are among the most repressive in the free world.Computer games are not allowed to "feature exploitative or gratuitous sex and violence, or denigrate any race or religion."The game, Mass Effect, will be launched across the world next week.
14th November 2007
US gay rights groups honour dismissed gay soldiers
2:15 PM — Several leading LGBT organisations in the United States are to join forces later this month to honour the 12,000 servicemen and women discharged as a result of the ban on openly gay, bisexual or lesbian people in the country's Armed Forces.The current "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" (DADT) policy has been in place since 1994.Commanders may not ask personnel their sexual orientation, but LGB people who are open about their sexuality may not serve openly.
Gay Congressman endorses Hillary for President 1
11:40 AM — Barney Frank, the only out gay man in the US House of Representatives, has said he is backing Senator Hillary Clinton in her bid for the White House.The 67-year-old, who has represented the 4th District of Massachusetts since 1981, will serve as an economic adviser to Senator Clinton during the campaign.The former First Lady continues to lead the Democrat field for the Presidential nomination ahead of the first primary elections in January.
Korean gays ask for international support
11:04 AM — The International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) has received an urgent request from gay activists in South Korea.They want to mobilise international support for the restoration of sexual orientation as a protected category in the proposed anti-discrimination legislation (ADL) recently drafted by the Ministry of Justice.The proposed new law was designed to bolster South Korea's pre-existing National Human Rights Commission Act
International study reveals AIDS ignorance
10:58 AM — A new survey from the MAC AIDS Fund suggests a lot of people the world over still need to be educated about HIV and AIDS.For instance, more than 40 percent of 4,510 respondents from nine countries did not understand AIDS is always a fatal disease.Many also wrongly believed there is a cure for HIV, while nearly half of the survey's respondents believed that most HIV-infected patients were being treated for their disease.
US to mark transgender remembrance day
10:45 AM — In the United States next Tuesday is the Transgender Day of Remembrance, a day to memorialise those killed because of anti-transgender violence or prejudice.To mark the event, the Gay Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) is releasing a public service advert encouraging viewers to treat others with dignity and respect regardless of gender identity/expression or sexual orientation.The 20-second spot is part of GLAAD's ongoing "Be an Ally a Friend" campaign.
13th November 2007
“Vaccine” may help US smokers overcome addiction
5:22 PM — Even the most persistent smoker is aware of all of the dangerous side effects associated with the habit, but most people still have great trouble quitting.There may be some new hope just around the corner in the shape of a syringe as early stages of testing on a "vaccine" have showed some promise in helping people quit.The drug NicVAX, created by the Nabi Biopharmaceuticals Company, is in its early developmental stages.
Hungary may give OK to same-sex partnerships 2
5:22 PM — Hungary's governing parties have reportedly agreed to tackle the issue of same-sex relationships by introducing some form of legal partnership.According to Hungarian website hirszerzo.hu, both governing parties are theoretically willing to provide equal rights for same-sex couples, though only two MSZP (Socialist Party) MPs supported the liberal party's suggestion at a human rights commission meeting.
Nigerian activists react to Commonwealth games decision
4:25 PM — A gay rights group who highlighted Nigeria's poor record on LGBT rights has said it is disappointed that the country did not win the right to hold the Commonwealth Games in 2014.In August Davis Mac-Iyalla, founder and leader of the gay Christian group, Changing Attitude Nigeria, met with the chief executive of the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) in London 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.
Gays should be hanged, says Iranian politician 35
11:34 AM — Homosexuals deserve to be executed or tortured, an Iranian leader told British MPs during a private meeting at a peace conference.According to the Times Mohsen Yahyavi is the highest-ranked politician to admit that Iran believes in the death penalty for homosexuality after a spate of reports that gay youths were being hanged.President Ahmadinejad, questioned by students in New York two months ago about the executions, claimed there were no gays in Iran.
Failed AIDS drug trials could harm future studies
11:20 AM — Executives at Merck and AIDS researchers worldwide are still reeling from the recent announcement that a cold germ might be to blame for the once promising AIDS vaccine that was withdrawn from trial last month after research showed it may well increase risk of infection.The vaccine, being tested across North America, South Africa and in several other locations across the world, was shown to cause more of the some 3,000 test subject who were given the vaccine to develop HIV than those who were given a placebo.
12th November 2007
Gay activist sacked for attacking opponent’s wife 2
1:15 PM — A Labour party candidate in the Australian federal election has removed a volunteer worker from his campaign after he launched a tirade of abuse at the wife of his opponent.Environment minister Malcolm Turnbull is fighting to retain the seat of Wentworth in Sydney for the incumbent Liberal party.The seat was subject to recent boundary changes and now includes gay districts such as Darlinghurst and Kings Cross.
Americans warm to same-sex unions
12:45 PM — More than half of Americans support civil unions according to the latest ABC News/Washington Post polls.In total, 55 per cent approve of legalising civil unions and giving same-sex couples the same rights as those who are married in matters such as insurance, inheritance and pensions.The latest figures are up from 45 per cent in the same poll in 2006.
Republican guilty of soliciting gay sex 5
12:25 PM — A senior Florida Republican has been found guilty of soliciting oral sex from an undercover police officer.Bob Allen, a former 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.
UN Commissioner backs LGBT rights
11:50 AM — The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights has spoken of her support for equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people.Louise Arbour made her comments after an historic meeting at the UN last week.The event, held in parallel with the session of the third committee of the UN General Assembly, discussed the Yogyakarta Principles.
New Polish PM pressed on civil unions
11:40 AM — Gay rights activists in Poland have asked incoming Prime Minister Donald Tusk to discuss legalisation of civil unions, the introduction of comprehensive sexual education in schools and the ban of discrimination based on sexual orientation.Mr Tusk is head of the centre-right Christian-democratic Civic Platform Party (PO), which won the election on 21st October.According to Catholic World News PO member Stefan Niesiolowski said: "I will not agree to homosexual marriage."