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  • 25th July 2007

    Lesbian couple question Presidential hopefuls

    A lesbian couple from New York asked whether the Democratic candidates would grant them the right to get married.

    1:08 PM — A lesbian couple and a southern Baptist pastor quizzed Democratic presidential candidates about their views on same-sex marriage in a landmark debate on Monday night.Users submitted more than 3,000 video questions via video sharing site YouTube, and according to the debate's CNN host Anderson Cooper, same-sex marriage emerged as a popular issue.The lesbian couple, from New York, asked whether the Democratic candidates would grant them the right to get married.

  • Activists demand investigation into Pride explosion 1

    This year gay marchers in Tarija and Cochabamba took to the streets for the first time.

    12:48 PM — Human rights advocates are urging the authorities in Bolivia to properly investigate an explosion at a Pride event last month that injured several people.The incident occurred in the capital city of La Paz on the 30th June, the same day as London Pride.While celebrating Respect For Sexual Diversities Day in the city, and just before the parade started, one of the floats was attacked with dynamite.

  • Joy as gay couples register in Washington

    Last July, Washington state rejected arguments in favour of same-sex marriage.

    11:51 AM — Gay and lesbian people in the US state of Washington came a step closer to marriage this week, as a new state law granting same-sex couples some of the rights enjoyed by heterosexuals came into effect.Domestic partnerships give registered partners several of the rights granted to married couples.To qualify, couples have to be at least 18, live together and not already be married or in a domestic partnership with another person.

  • 24th July 2007

    Elton John still standing with Nepalese gay community 2

    The Elton John AIDS Foundation has raised more than $125m (£63m).

    3:57 PM — The Elton John AIDS Foundation has expressed its support for the work of the Nepal's only gay rights organisation, the Blue Diamond Society.In a statement to be sent to government departments in the Himalayan country, the foundation's executive director Robert Kay said they were proud to be associated with BDS's work on safe sex education.Mr John today revealed his guilt at not speaking up for gay rights earlier in his career.

  • Homophobic or funny? New faux-gay movie divides critics 4

    Is this attempt to bring the issue of gay marriage into the minds of millions of heterosexual Americans a help or a hindrance?

    1:11 PM — Adam Sandler's new comedy film, I Now Pronounce You Chuck Larry, is concerned with two semi-homophobic firefighters who pretend to be gay and a couple to receive partnership benefits.It has not been released in the UK yet, but has been a massive hit in the US, knocking Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix from the number one slot at the box office.But is this attempt to bring the issue of gay marriage into the minds of millions of heterosexual Americans a help or a hindrance?

  • Gay.com parent company sheds 273 staff

    PlanetOut owns The Advocate, Gay.com, PlanetOut.com, Advocate.com, Out.com, OutTraveler.com and HIVPlusMag.com.

    12:19 PM — Troubled American gay media company PlanetOut has announced a 15% cut in its employees.Earlier this month the company closed its London office as part of a streamlining of business operations designed to reduce costs. The board announced last week that 273 staff will be made redundant.A company that invests the wealth of Microsoft founder Bill Gates has purchased a major stake in PlanetOut.

  • Homophobic judge under investigation

    he Spanish Federation of Gays, Lesbians, Transsexuals and Bisexuals said the case went against basic human rights.

    11:50 AM — A Spanish judge who ordered a mother to choose between her partner and her daughters, because "a homosexual environment threatened their education," is under investigation.The woman, from Murcia, south east Spain, was faced with the impossible choice after her husband discovered her in a compromising position with another woman.He filed for divorce and was awarded custody of the couple's two daughters, after 'proving' his wife is a lesbian.

  • Trans tax challenge trial begins 3

    Ms O'Donnabhain paid approximately $25,000 (£12,500) out-of-pocket for her care, including therapy, hormone treatment and surgery.

    11:12 AM — Rhiannon O'Donnabhain "lived in anguish" as a male, struggling with the sense that she was, in fact, a female.In 1996, she was diagnosed with gender identity disorder and undertook a course of professionally prescribed medical treatments that included her 2001 sex reassignment surgery.O'Donnabhain claimed the cost of her treatment as a deductible medical expense on her federal income tax return, but the Internal Revenue Service denied the claim.

  • 23rd July 2007

    Australian laws “discriminate against gays”

    LGB couples are denied some basic financial and work-related entitlements.

    5:40 PM — An audit by the Australian National University has revealed that the federal system in the country is proving a barrier for gay equality.The Australian federal government is trailing behind some of its state and territory counterparts, where gay families are accorded the same rights as heterosexual ones.The inquiry considered the impact of legislative and policy frameworks, as well as social attitudes that affect the rights of gay families in Australia.

  • LGBT groups get UN recognition 1

    Canada and others argued that LGBT people should be heard at the UN.

    11:25 AM — The United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) has voted to accredit two gay rights organisations.Delegates came down in favour of allowing the Coalition gaie et lesbienne du Qu├ębec and the Swedish Federation for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Rights (RFSL) consultative status..22 countries voted in favour of both groups. Thirteen voted against the Quebec coalition and fourteen against the Swedish federation.

  • Out US general to speak against gay ban 5

    More than 11,000 service members have been discharged under 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell.'

    10:50 AM — Army Brigadier General Keith H. Kerr, Army Colonel Stewart Bornhoft, Navy Captain Joan E. Darrah (all retired) and five other former military officers will speak out against the US military's anti-gay 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' policy at a programme benefiting the Servicemembers Legal Defence Network (SLDN) in Chicago next month.General Kerr was one of three senior military officers - two generals and an admiral - to "come out" in the New York Times in December 2003.

  • Reggae star turns his back on homophobia 1

    Mr Banton became notorious for his 1992 song Boom Bye Bye which advocates shooting gay men in the head.

    10:10 AM — Reggae star Buju Banton has become the latest homophobic performer to renounce homophobia and condemn violence against lesbians and gay men.He has signed up to the Reggae Compassionate Act in a deal brokered with top reggae promoters and Stop Murder Music activists.His decision is in marked contrast to his attitude in October 2006, when two of his concerts in the US were cancelled after pressure from gay activists.

  • 20th July 2007

    Homophobic slur against gay politician enrages GLAAD 2

    Mr McGreevey shot to international fame in 2004 when he declared at a press conference “I am a gay American.“

    4:08 PM — The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, a US group that monitors media representation, has protested against a cartoon lampooning former New Jersey Governor Jim McGreevey.The cartoon refers to the minor scandal surrounding the release of compromising photos of the current Miss New Jersey, Amy Polumbo. There were attempts to blackmail her over the photos.Mr McGreevey shot to international fame in 2004 when he declared at a press conference "I am a gay American."

  • Trans academic challenges Darwin’s evolution theories

    Dr Roughgarden asserts that the function of sex is mostly social, a position that has been heavily criticised by other evolutionary biologists.

    3:40 PM — The annual meeting of America's Lesbian and Gay Veterinary Medical Association has heard a damning critique of the sexual selection theories of Charles Darwin.Joan Roughgarden, a biologist at Stanford University, says that the accepted notion that male animals compete for mates, while the females choose males with care, is "locker room bravado projected onto animals."Sexual selection asserts that males want to have sex with as many females as possible to pass on their genes.

  • Sperm donor stops lesbian parents taking their baby abroad 5

    One of the three High Court justices hearing the appeal dissented, saying the only relationship the father has with the child is that of a sperm donor.

    3:05 PM — A court in Dublin has ruled in favour of a man who wants to stop a lesbian couple leaving Ireland with their child. The man is the biological father of the 14-month-old baby.The High Court ruled that the child's birth mother may not holiday in her home country of Australia with the child and her partner.The lesbian couple have entered into a civil partnership in the UK and are considering moving to Australia permanently.

  • UN votes today on accreditation for gay rights groups 1

    ECOSOC promotes international economic and social co-operation and development.

    2:45 PM — The United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) is due to vote today on whether to accredit two non-governmental organisations (NGOs) who address human rights violations based on sexual orientation and gender identity.It is thought nine countries are going to vote against accrediting the groups.ECOSOC accreditation governs whether NGOs can attend UN meetings, submit written statements, make oral interventions, host panels and get access to UN buildings.

  • 19th July 2007

    Moscow police protect gay protest against Iranian hangings 1

    More than twenty Russian activists protested outside the Iranian embassy in Moscow today. photo courtesy of www.hippy.ru

    6:20 PM — More than twenty Russian activists protested outside the Iranian embassy in Moscow today, the second anniversary of the execution of two gay teenagers in Iran.A group of nationalists and religious activists who turned up to counter-demonstrate were stopped by police and dispersed.While this was seen as a positive step after the bloody police actions at a gay Pride demonstration earlier this year, it emerged that the application for the Iran protest did not mention gay rights.

  • Gene discovery may help AIDS treatment

    The gene called HLA-C does not appear to shut down when infected by HIV.

    6:20 PM — A study this month in Science magazine announced that scientists have identified three genes that help some HIV-infected people slow down the spread of the virus and postpone the onset of AIDS.This new information may help doctors to develop a vaccine and drugs to help prevent and fight off the HIV virus.The international team of researchers scanned the genomes of 486 HIV-infected people.

  • Gay veterans hold ‘Don’t Ask Don’t Tell’ roadshow

    President Bill Clinton had promised to open the military to openly gay and lesbian people during his successful 1992 campaign for President.

    12:45 PM — A group of former US servicemen are touring America to share their experiences of life in the military, where being openly gay is against the law.The campaign, called Legacy of Service, aims to demonstrate to Americans the hardships and unfairness of a policy, 'Don't Ask Don't Tell,' that keeps soldiers, sailors, air force and coast guard personnel in the closet.No-one knows how many gay, lesbian or bisexual servicemen and women are currently serving in the US military.

  • Gay ban on dating site starts backlash 1

    eHarmony, a popular site, has been heavily criticised over its heterosexuals-only policy.

    11:47 AM — A new website that welcomes people rejected from dating service because they are gay has launched a cheeky advertising campaign.The debate in the US over gay marriage has spilled over into the world of online dating. eHarmony, a popular site, has been heavily criticised over its heterosexuals-only policy.The site's founder has added insult to injury by declaring that eHarmony is about marriage.

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