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  • 28th November 2007

    MEPs call on Poland to approve human rights charter 13

    In a TV debate during the campaign Mr Tusk pledged to make Poland a party to the EU Charter.

    3:15 PM — The European Parliament's Intergroup on Gay and Lesbian Rights has urged the Polish government to maintain its post-campaign promise to have the country become a full party to the Charter of Fundamental Rights alongside other EU member states.In an address to the Polish parliament last week new Prime Minister Donald Tusk said he will honour the commitment of the previous government and join the UK as the only nations in the 27-member EU to opt out.The charter will become legally binding on EU institutions.

  • Trans activists resign from US gay rights group

    In October Ms Rose resigned as the only trans person on the board of HRC.

    3:05 PM — Human Rights Campaign, the most prominent LGBT rights organisation in America, has suffered more resignations from trans activists over its support for an employment protection law that excluded trans people.The only transgender members of the HRC Business Council, Donna Rose and Jamison Green, announced their resignations yesterday in response to recent HRC policy decisions regarding the Employment Non-Discrimination Act.

  • Italian city establishes same-sex register

    Adults who “emotional ties and who have been living at least one year together“ may register. photo: mteson@flickr.com

    1:01 PM — Ancona, a city on Italy's Adriatic coast, opened a registry for same-sex couples yesterday.Adults who "emotional ties and who have been living at least one year together" may register, according to news agency ANSA.Earlier this year Padua city council outraged the Vatican by allowing gay and lesbian couples to register their 'family.'

  • Caribbean island considers ban on gay cruises 4

    A cruise hosted by lesbian comedian Rosie O'Donnell was the focus of faith-based protests when it visited the Bahamas in 2004.

    12:30 PM — Tourist authorities on Grenada are considering a ban on cruises for gay people from their shores.The tiny island nation, which has a population of 103,000, gained independence from the UK in 1974. Male homosexual acts are illegal and punishable with up to ten years in jail.Tourism Minister Clarice Modeste-Curwen has said that a policy on the cruise ships has not been finalised.

  • French man held over gay murders

    Both men deny involvement with the murders and are being questioned by police in the town of Montbeliard.

    12:15 PM — A 68-year-old man has been detained by French police in connection with as many as 18 murders between 1980 and 2002.Most of the victims were gay men. Nicolas Panard was arrested in the French city of Mulhouse yesterday.He is reported to be well-known on the gay scene and previously worked as a drag performer.

  • Gamer complains of online homophobia

    Blog readers have had mixed reactions to the offensive behaviour.

    10:50 AM — The point is to move your player around a make believe world killing bad guys, but as the online gaming community continues to become big business, it may also be a new anonymous place to breed homophobia.This week, a self proclaimed gay gamer was verbally attacked for his sexuality while a participant in the Xbox online game Halo3.Halo 3 is a first-person shooter video game, which was developed by Bungie Studio for the Xbox 360.

  • Thinking positive: HIV+ athletes

    There are only four documented cases in the world in which a person became HIV-positive after large quantities of HIV-containing blood splashed into his eyes, mouth, or broken skin.

    10:40 AM — Greg Louganis is regarded by most as one of the most spectacular divers to ever break the surface of the water.Training for his moment of glory since he was a young boy, Louganis first burst on to the diving scene when he competed and medalled in the 1976 Olympics in Montreal, at the age of 16.Favoured to win gold in both the 3 and 10-metre events in 1980, Louganis would have to sit the competition out when the United States boycotted the Moscow Olympics.

  • 27th November 2007

    Gulf authorities to pay for gender reassignment 1

    When Rabie returns, his final hurdle will be the Bahraini courts, where he is battling for the right to be recognised as a man and officially change his name to Hussain.

    12:50 PM — The Bahraini government has agreed to pay for a trans person to undergo gender reassignment surgery in Thailand.According to daily English-language newspaper, Gulf Daily News, 32-year old Zainab Abdulhafed Rabie is due to fly out to Thailand on Thursday to undergo female to male sex correction surgery on Sunday.Rabie hopes to return to represent the Bahrain Disabled Sports Federation in the men's shot put and discus.

  • Gay escort denies link with Senator

    During a press conference yesterday morning, Senator Trott, 66, gave no specific reasons for his unexpected exit from the U.S. Senate, planned for the end of this month.

    12:50 PM — A gay prostitute has denied having any current involvement with US Senator Trent Lott, whose abrupt resignation yesterday sparked rumours of a sex scandal.According to satirical politics blog, BigHeadDC.com, escort Benjamin Nicholas, whose clientele is said to include politicos, celebrities and businessmen, had a working relationship with Senator Lott.Mr Nicholas says on his website www.benjaminnicholas.com: "First and foremost, I live by the 'Golden Rule' with mutual respect being my priority to each of my guys."

  • Gay health insurance launched in Netherlands

    A spokesperson for the insurance company AGIS told Radio Netherlands Worldwide  (RNW) that the policy had been worked out in co-operation with the COC Dutch LGBT rights group, and will be available from the beginning of 2008.

    12:50 PM — A Dutch insurance firm plans to offer special healthcare policies for gay and lesbian clients.A spokesperson for the insurance company AGIS told Radio Netherlands Worldwide (RNW) that the policy had been worked out in co-operation with the COC Dutch LGBT rights group, and will be available from the beginning of 2008.

  • Archbishops fuel homophobia says gay judge

    In a speech last year, Justice Kirby called on all homosexual people to come out of the closet and fight homophobia.

    12:50 PM — Australia's most high-profile gay judge has said that only some of his colleagues have accepted his homosexuality and he is unhappy with the way relations between them have developed.Michael Kirby, a Justice of the High Court, has also accused the Anglican and Catholic archbishops of Sydney, Peter Jensen and George Pell, of making it hard for people to adopt a more tolerant attitude to gays.

  • Kyrgyzstani group publishes homosexuality information 3

    Labris' leader Anna Kirey said it was difficult to accurately calculate the number of gay people in Kyrgyzstan.

    12:24 PM — The publication of a brochure about homosexuality in the central Asian republic of Kyrgyzstan has drawn attention to the discrimination lesbian, trans and bisexual people in the country face.However, the head of Bishkek mosque condemned the publication."If there is no reaction to it, then our society has truly sunken below the level of animals," said Myktybek ajy, according to the BBC.

  • Presidential candidates asked about gays in the military

    Statements from Senators Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton, Chris Dodd, Barack Obama and Governor Bill Richardson will be posted today through to Saturday.

    10:05 AM — In conjunction with the 14th anniversary of the signing of the military policy banning gays and lesbians from serving openly in the US military, Human Rights Campaign has asked the leading Democratic presidential hopefuls, "If you are elected President, what concrete steps would you take to overturn 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell?'"Each day this week, one statement will be posted on the HRC Back Story blog at www.hrcbackstory.org. Former Senator John Edwards started things off on Monday.

  • 26th November 2007

    Gay pop couple allowed to perfrom in Singapore 1

    Jason Warner and deMarco DeCiccio, a couple in real life, were stopped from performing their act Jason and deMarco in 2005. photo: www.jasonanddemarco.com - Scott Ashton

    5:25 PM — An American gay pop duo previously barred by Singapore authorities have been given permission to perform at an HIV/AIDS awareness concert.Jason Warner and deMarco DeCiccio, a couple in real life, were stopped from performing their act Jason and deMarco in 2005 when a similar event was being organised by Safehaven, a ministry of the equal rights for all Free Community Church.Amy Tsang, the MDA's director for arts and licensing said that the 2005 concert had been prohibited because it was "open to general members of the public."

  • Korean activists unite to fight for orientation protection

    AHDSM has launched a campaign for legislation of the Anti-Discrimination Bill in its original form.

    4:25 PM — The South Korean government removal of 'sexual orientation' from its Anti-Discrimination Bill has galvanised activists in the csountry.The Alliance against Homophobia and Discrimination of Sexual Minorities (AHDSM) was formed earlier this month in response to the changes are outraged by the u-turn.They claim that an investigation conducted by the National Human Rights Commission of Korea showed that discrimination based on sexual orientation, education background and national origin form the basis of most discrimination in South Korea today.

  • Poland rejects new human rights charter

    Prime Minister Tusk said he will honour the commitment of the previous government and join the UK as the only nations in the 27-member EU to opt out.

    4:15 PM — Gay activists in Poland have spoken of their dismay that the country's newly-elected government are to continue the policy of opposition to the European Union Charter of Fundamental Rights.Before coming to power earlier this month Donald Tusk had signalled he would sign up to the charter, which broadly mirrors the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the European Convention on Human Rights.Former Prime Minister Jaroslaw Kaczynski of the Law and Justice party had claimed that Poland was "culturally different."

  • NZ gay man bitten during frenzied fatal attack

    29 witnessed will be called during their trial, which is expected to take two weeks.

    2:05 PM — A gay man was beaten and bitten to death in a vicious murder in New Zealand.Andre Gilling and Ashley Arnopp are accused of the attack which included biting off some of their victim Stanley Waipouri's ear and genitalia.According to police, Mr Gilling's mouth and clothes were covered in blood.

  • Gay rugby gets bookie’s backing

    The Bigham Cup's director Richie Whyte is overjoyed with the support.

    2:00 PM — A gay rugby tournament to be held in Ireland next year has received €100,000 (£72,000) in sponsorship from the betting group, Paddy Power.The deal, the biggest ever secured for a gay event in Ireland, will be used to host the 2008 Bingham Cup, an international rugby tournament that has already sold more than 600 tickets to those living abroad.The sponsorship was proposed by Paddy Power who view the event as highly appropriate for their brand.

  • Lesbian couple admit murder of 16-year-old

    Jessica Stasinowsky, 20, and Valerie Parashumti, 19, beat 16-year-old Stacey Mitchell to death.

    12:15 PM — A lesbian couple in Australia face 15 years imprisonment for murdering a British teenager because she irritated them, according to The Sun.Jessica Stasinowsky, 20, and Valerie Parashumti, 19, beat 16-year-old Stacey Mitchell to death with a concrete block before dumping her body in a wheelie bin.She was found by police in a shed after her parents had reported her missing in December last year.

  • Fallout from failed HIV vaccine trial continues

    Whether the results of the study will ultimately help or hinder HIV research is debatable.

    10:30 AM — Just a few short months ago, a spirit of cautious optimism surrounded the prospects for a viable HIV vaccine.As pharmaceutical company Merck began testing its highly anticipated V520 vaccine, which it had reportedly been developing over a ten year period, there was an undercurrent of excitement among researchers in the HIV community about the radical new approach, which was expected to attack, seek out, and destroy infected cells.

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