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  • 6th October 2007

    Colombian court rules in favour of equal rights for gay couples

    President Uribe supports changes in rights for gay couples

    1:50 PM — Gay couples in the deeply Conservative Catholic country of Colombia have won equal social security rights following a Constitutional Court ruling.In June, Colombia's conservative President Alvaro Uribe gave his backing to the country becoming the first in Latin America to nationally give gay couples full rights to health insurance, inheritance and benefits. This followed a bill passing through the country's Congress.

  • 5th October 2007

    Gay fundraiser to be picketed by trans activists

    Representative Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House, will be a keynote speaker at the event.

    5:50 PM — America's leading LGBT rights organisation is bracing itself for protests tomorrow at a key fundraising event.Tomorrow night's Human Rights Campaign's National Dinner in Washington, D.C will be picketed by trade unionists, trans groups and others over its position on new legislation designed to protect people from workplace discrimination.The Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) originally contained measures to protect trans workers.

  • Gay rights off the agenda for African church leaders

    The move divided US Episcopalians and alienated them from parts of the church's global membership of 77 million.

    5:16 PM — A meeting of African Anglican Archbishops avoided homosexuality yesterday, a topic dividing their Communion, in favour of other issues affecting the continent.The gathering took place in Mauritius and was chaired by Nigerian Archbishop Peter Akinola, an outspoken opponent of gay rights.Last month he criticised the US Episcopal Church for not making a clear stand against consecrating gay clergy or blessing gay unions.

  • Australian trans passport victory

    The tribunal ruling makes Ms Abrams and Ms Power the first legally-recognised same-sex married couple in Australia.

    4:55 PM — A tribunal in Australia has created the country's first legally recognised same-sex married couple and overturned a government decision about a trans woman's new passport.Grace Abrams was refused a female passport by the Foreign Affairs department despite having undergone transition between 2001 and 2005.She married her partner Fiona Power while still transitioning, and the authorities said that in order to get a new birth cerificate and therefore a passport idenitfying her as female, she would have to divorce.

  • Gay bomb proposal wins satirical prize 1

    The proposal described the weapons as “distasteful but completely non-lethal.“ Pentagon officials blocked the project.

    3:20 PM — Preliminary research by the US Armed Forces into the development of a so-called "gay bomb" has won an Ig Nobel prize at an awards ceremony at Harvard University.Organised by the scientific magazine Annals of Improbable Research, the Ig Nobels are a parody of the Nobel Prizes and reward ten achievements that, "first make people laugh, and then make them think."

  • Sentenced to 7,000 lashes for sodomy in Saudi Arabia 8

    In Saudi Arabia, homosexuality is illegal under sharia, or Islamic Law.

    1:15 PM — Two men have been publicly flogged in Saudi Arabia after being found guilty of sodomy and sentenced to 7,000 lashes.The men, who have not been identified, received an unspecified number of lashes in the south-western city of Al-Bahah on Tuesday evening, according to a report from the Al-Okaz daily.The men will remain in prison until the rest of their punishment can be completed.

  • Murdoch tabloid in trouble again over LGBT slurs

    The Post has been heavily criticised for using the term “toe tapper“ (a reference to the alleged bathroom activities of Senator Larry Craig) as a demeaning way to describe gay men.

    12:55 PM — American tabloid newspaper the New York Post has been condemned by gay activists for using the term "she-male" to refer to a trans person.The Rupert Murdoch-owned title has long been hostile to the sensibilites of the LGBT community.The Gay Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) today condemned parent company News Corporation for latest in the paper's "series of dehumanising insults directed at the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community."

  • Senator refused appeal against cruising confession 3

    News of Senator Craig's guilty plea brought intense pressure on him from Senate Republican leaders and other colleagues in Washington to resign.

    11:23 AM — A leading Republican politician has been refused permission to challenge his guilty plea to charges of cruising in an airport toilet.US Senator Larry Craig, 62, served in the House before winning his first Senate term in 1990, and compiled a strongly conservative voting record.He was arrested on June 11th by an undercover police officer in a Minneapolis airport men's room.

  • Comment: ENDA only protects straight-acting people 21

    Congressman Barney Frank has chosen to introduce a straight-acting-only version of ENDA.

    10:56 AM — After many years working as a bartender for Harrah's Casino, Darlene Jespersen was fired for failing to conform to the Casino's new 'personal best' grooming policy.As a female bartender, Jesperson was required to have her hair "teased, curled, or styled," and to wear stockings.Jesperson was also suddenly required to put on makeup everyday: lipstick and nail polish mandatory.

  • Teenagers face jail for homophobic hate crime

    According to WCAX News, the sisters are related to the one of the victims and targeted the men.

    10:37 AM — Two Vermont teens are being charged with a hate crime and face up to five years in prison for allegedly spray painting antigay slogans on and slashing the tires of a pair of vehicles belonging to two men joined in a civil union.16-year-old Melissa Gaboury pleaded not guilty to charges of hate-motivated unlawful mischief and unlawful trespass after police found a knife and spray paint underneath the backseat of her SUV, while her sister, Meghan Gaboury, 18, is still being sought by police.According to WCAX News, the sisters are related to the one of the victims.

  • Mystery death of lesbian solider in Afghanistan

    The Servicemembers Legal Defence Network (SLDN) has demanded that Pentagon officials conduct a full and thorough investigation into the death.

    10:10 AM — Senior American politicians and a group fighting for gay rights in the military have called for an investigation into the suspicious death of Specialist Ciara Durkin, a lesbian service member with the Massachusetts Army National Guard.Specialist Durkin's body was discovered on September 27th at Bagram Airbase in Afghanistan with a gunshot wound to the head.She was set to return from duty in January to marry her partner. Same-sex marriage is legal in Massachusetts.

  • 4th October 2007

    Christians are ‘anti-homosexual’ according to US poll

    Of believers, 80% identified “anti-homosexual“ as a negative adjective describing Christianity today.

    6:30 PM — A survey in the United States conducted by the Barna Group between 2004 and now has found that both Christians and non-Christians have a 'bad impression' of Christianity.The religion is also waning in popularity with a rapid increase in people describing themselves as 'non-Christian' since the same poll was conducted in 1996.Surveying 440 Christians and the same amount of non-believers, nine out of ten non-Christians found Christians too "anti-homosexual."

  • Gay penguins top of the challenged book list

    And Tango Makes Three, by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell is based of the true story of Roy and Silo, who formed a couple in New York's Central Park Zoo.

    6:05 PM — A children's book about two male penguins who hatched and raised a young female named 'Tango' has topped a list of the most challenged books in public and school libraries in the US.And Tango Makes Three, by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell is based of the true story of Roy and Silo, who formed a couple in New York's Central Park Zoo.They attempted to hatch a rock, which was replaced by a rejected egg from a mixed gender couple by zookeepers.

  • Taiwan gays demand action not words from politicians

    The gay scene in Taiwan has blossomed since the first pride parade in 2003.

    2:45 PM — This weekend, Taiwan will see its eighth annual gay carnival and fourth annual pride parade, the biggest events of this kind in Asia.After the government-funded carnival a procession, expected to be 10,000 strong, will march through the capital, Taipei.Gay activism in Taiwan has grown stronger in past years, with politicians courting the pink vote, especially in the run up to the legislative elections at the end of the year and the presidential elections next March.

  • PFLAG ask Cindi Lauper to launch straight ally project

    During the event, Lauper will endorse the project and take the “Straight for Equality“ pledge.

    12:20 PM — When it comes to straight allies of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, they don't get much better than singer, songwriter and actress Cyndi Lauper.Which is probably why Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) has enlisted the Grammy and Emmy Award winner to help the Washington, D.C.-based organisation launch its new "Straight for Equality" ally project.During the event, Lauper will endorse the project and take the "Straight for Equality" pledge.

  • Trans activist resigns from HRC over employment bill

    Ms Rose said that the uneasy relationship between HRC and the transgender community meant that she had become “a focal point for much of that frustration.“

    12:01 PM — Donna Rose, a well-respected advocate for the rights of trans people, has resigned from the board of America's leading gay rights organisation, the Human Rights Commission.HRC has been widely criticised over its response to proposals to remove protections for trans people from a new workplace protection bill currently before the US Congress.Gay, lesbian and bisexual people are expected to receive protection under the Employment Non-Discrimination Act.

  • Comment: Gay rights may not swing US voters in White House race 1

    55 percent of voters would vote for a candidate even if that candidate did not agree with them on issues such as same-sex marriage.

    10:10 AM — One never knows what to expect in American Presidential politics.Already during the 2008 race for the White House, Hillary Clinton has been asked whether she is a lesbian, John Edwards has been labelled a faggot, and Bill Richardson has himself declared homosexuality a choice. That's just the pro-gay Democrats.On the considerably less friendly Republican side, opponents of Rudy Giuliani have publicised videotapes of him in full drag regalia and opponents of Mitt Romney have posted videotapes of him expressing strong support for gay civil rights.

  • 3rd October 2007

    Judge allows gay porn evidence in case against naval doctor

    The US navy operates a 'don't ask don't tell' policy

    10:04 AM — In the case against American Navy doctor Kevin Ronan, a military judge has ruled that gay pornography found on his computer can be used as evidence.The commander is being accused of filming Naval academy members engaging in sexual acts while guests at his home.Cmdr. Ronan is a former brigade medical officer at the academy, and was the officer representative for the academy's gymnastics team. He also acted as medical officer in the midshipmen's dorm.

  • Tatchell slams Gibraltar over gay rights 1

    The Gibraltar government is failing to respect gay rights, Mr Tatchell says

    10:04 AM — Outspoken human rights activist Peter Tatchell has slammed the Gibraltar government over its failure to ensure equal rights for the LGBT community on the Rock.Speaking at the end of a local fact-finding mission yesterday, Mr Tatchell said: "The people of Gibraltar are wonderful, but the government appears tobe drifting towards autocracy."It is failing to respect the human rights of its own citizens, especially gay people, the disabled and immigrants," he said.

  • First gay asteroid named 1

    The Takei asteroid is located between Mars and Jupiter.

    10:04 AM — We can only guess, but it may be the universe's first gay asteroid.Yesterday, openly gay Star trek actor George Takei had the asteroid formerly known as 1994 GT9 named after him.Mr Takei was nominated because of his work with leading gay rights group Human Rights Campaign, where he was spokesman for their Coming Out Project.

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