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Nov 30: USA:
Enough Says SLDN as Gays Fired by Military Are Remembered.
Twelve thousand American flags are flying on National Mall in the nation’s
capital this weekend to represent the 12,000 gay servicemen and women who
have been fired from the US military since the ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ law
came into force was introduced 14 years ago today.
Nov 29: Europe:
Call by Gay
Politician to Relax Restrictions on Condom Ads. Restrictions
on condom advertising should be relaxed in order to combat rising levels of
sexually transmitted disease, according to a senior Euro MP.
Nov 29: USA:
Congress Can Be Sued for Discriminating Against Transgender Veteran, Says
Federal Court. Rejecting the federal government’s attempt
to throw out a transgender veteran’s sex discrimination lawsuit against the
Library of Congress, a federal judge ruled today that the case can go
Nov 28: Poland:
Course and Adopt the Charter, Says Gay Euro Group to Poland.
The new Polish Government should maintain it’s post-campaign promise to have
Poland become a full party to the Charter of Fundamental Rights alongside
other EU Member States, the all-party Intergroup on gay and lesbian rights
said this afternoon.
Nov 28: UK: ‘Gay
Bashing’ at Schools: Enough Is Enough, Says MEP. West Midlands MEP
Michael Cashman, the president of the European Parliament’s all-party
‘Intergroup’ on gay and lesbian rights, has reacted strongly to the report
on Monday of an instance of homophobic bullying suffered by gay pupils at an
Nov 28: UK:
Day: London Politicians Serve-Up Meals for HIV/Aids Victims.
Aids Day approaches, new research has found that one in seven young people
in the UK would not be willing to remain friends with someone diagnosed with
raise awareness and overcome the stigma surrounding the disease, Jean
Lambert, one of the MEPs for London, joined a group of cross-party London
politicians at the weekend to prepare meals for housebound HIV sufferers.
Nov 28: Africa:
and Transgender Rights in Africa Remains a Slow Process.
Basic human rights for gay men and women – and transgender people – remains
a problem in most of Africa, with acceptance by many human rights groups and
non-governmental agencies (NGOs) continuing to be “a slow process”.
Nov 28: UK:
History Month 2008 Launched. The Main Hall of the Royal
Courts of Justice in the Strand was packed on Monday night as LGBT History
Month 2008 enjoyed its highly successful Pre-Launch.
Nov 27: Somalia/UK:
Somali Online Gay Community Causing
Worldwide Outrage. Commentary by Andrew Prince. When we think
of very homophobic communities we automatically think of places like
Jamaica, but recently I have come to know that there are other dimensions to
homophobia.....one from the Somali community.
Nov 26: UK:
Revealed: Gay Pupils at Top English
Independent School Suffer Bullying. “I have had beer thrown at me and
poured all over me, pushed, shoved, verbally abused – every word imaginable,
cornered, surrounded and threatened in public … and that’s just me.” These are the very words of a gay
pupil writing about his experiences at a top independent school in an email
that arrived in the UK Gay News inbox on Friday. The email’s
“Subject”: Homophobia at Christian Boarding School.
Nov 25: Uganda:
Refused Space to Speak at Commonwealth Conference Event.
A member of the staff of the
International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC)
Africa regional office in Johannesburg was
assaulted by Ugandan police on Friday as she was trying to enter an event at
the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Kampala.
Nov 23: UK:
Continuing HIV and STI Epidemic in Gay Men in UK.
An estimated 73,000 adults are now living with HIV in the UK
, according to the Health Protection Agency’s latest report on sexual health
in the United Kingdom.
Nov 23: UK:
Activist Marks 40 Years of Campaigning on Human Rights Day.
Suggest to Peter Tatchell that, after 40 years of campaigning on a wide
range of human rights issues, it might be time to ease-up a little, he has a
two-word reply: “No way!”
Nov 20: UK:
Think-Tank Says Blasphemy Law Must Go as ‘Jesus Is a Little Bit Gay’ Case
Goes to Court. The Christian think tank Ekklesia has today
renewed its call for the repeal of the UK’s archaic blasphemy law, in the
wake of an attempt by one individual to seek judicial review in the High
Court of a Magistrates Court’s refusal of a private prosecution against the
BBC for broadcasting ‘Jerry Springer - The Opera’.
Nov 20: Gibraltar:
Anti-Gay Violence and Suicide Is ‘Beginning to Worry’.
Equality Rights Group GGR has applauded the initiative of Bayside School in
acknowledging ‘the very real problem of bullying in schools’.
Nov 18: Latvia:
Govt. Minister and Newspaper Owner
Both Slam Gays, Praise Watchmen. From special correspondents in
Riga. A Latvian government minister and the owner of a
widely-circulated newspaper have both praised the work of the New Generation
Church and Watchmen on the Walls in the campaign against gay men and women.
They were both speaking at the Watchmen on the Walls conference which
in London Launch Community Website. A new website, Somali
Gay Community, has been launched to serve the small gay Somali community in
London – and beyond. It is believed to be the first of its kind in
Somali history and culture anywhere in the world.
- Somali language
Nov 17: Nepal:
Still No Hearing Date for Sacked
Soldiers Accused of Being Lesbians. The Nepal Army Legal
Department failed to go ahead with a hearing yesterday in the
case of two women who were thrown out of the army after allegations that
they were involved in an “indecent intimate relationship”. Both
women deny the allegations,
and one of them denies being
Nov 16: Denmark:
Invited to Outgames 2009 to Promote Gay Tolerance, Diversity.
Eleven cities from around the world have been invited by the Lord Mayor of
Copenhagen to participate in an exhibition promoting urban diversity and
tolerance during the World Outgames in 2009.
Nov 15: Latvia:
Supreme Court Rules Ban on Riga Gay
Pride 2006 by City Was Unlawful.
The Senate of the Supreme Court of Latvia has today
upheld the April ruling of a lower court that the ban on Riga Gay Pride in
2006 by the city authorities was unlawful.
Nov 15: Latvia:
Hate Gays, Says Anti-Gay Watchmen on the Walls.
From special correspondents in
Riga. Watchmen on the Walls is not a hate group, Scott Lively declared
during the group’s conference which opened yesterday in the Latvian capital.
The anti-gay American author of the notorious The Pink Swastika was
introduced to delegates as “the prominent human rights activist and public
Nov 15: UK:
Our Gay Past: Historical and Philosophical Perspectives
on the Criminalisation of Sexual Deviance.
By Linda McCann. According to Quentin Crisp,
homophobic people are saying, ‘I don’t like peas, and I’m glad I don’t like
peas, because if I liked them I would eat them, and I don’t like them.’
Unfortunately, until The Sexual Offences Act, 1967, the Law saw to it that
peas were not even on the menu.
Nov 14: Iran:
Execution in Iran Halted by Chief Justice.
The impending death sentence of Makvan
Mouloodzadeh, a 21-year old Iranian citizen found guilty of multiple counts
of anal rape (ighab), allegedly committed when he was 13 years old, has been
halted, it was learned today.
Nov 13: UK:
Lesbian, Gay History Month Launches
New Interactive Website. Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans
History Month UK have just launched their new interactive website.
Nov 12: UK:
Calls for New Anti-Gay Hate Laws to Be Robust and Effective.
Ken Livingstone, the Mayor of London, has today supported the Government’s
plan to make it an offence to incite hatred against people on the basis of
their sexual orientation.
Nov 12: Lithuania:
Rallies Supporters to Oppose Rising Anti-Gay Emotion in Baltic State.
Amnesty International today called on its 2.2 million members worldwide to
address the rising tide of homophobia in Lithuania.
Nov 8: Russia:
Court Confirms Gay Pride Pickets Ban Lawful. An appeal by the
organisers of this year’s Moscow Gay Pride was dismissed today. The
Moscow City Court threw out the appeal, ruling that the decision of the
lower Taganski district court that the ban by Moscow authorities on pickets
as part of May’s Moscow Pride was lawful.
Nov 8: USA:
Tammy Baldwin: Statement on House Passage
The following is a statement from Congresswoman Tammy
Baldwin, one of two openly gay lawmakers in the United States House of
Representatives, on the passing of the Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) which
will prohibit discrimination of gay and bi-sexual men and women in
employment. Ms. Baldwin, one of the representatives from Wisconsin,
failed in an attempt to get transgender people included.
Nov 8: Nigeria:
and Other Human Rights Issues Make Nigeria Unfit To Host Commonwealth Games.
It would be wrong to award the 2014 Commonwealth Games to Abuja because of
Nigeria’s bad record on human rights, Outrage! said yesterday.
Nov 7: UK:
Evangelical Leader’s Appointment to Human Rights Body “a Disaster”.
The appointment earlier this week of
Joel Edwards, leader of the Evangelical Alliance, as a commissioner on the
Equality and Human Rights Commission will distort the concept of Human
Rights and put gay rights in danger, the Gay and Lesbian Humanist
Association said last night.
Nov 6: Iraq:
Deserted By the International Gay Community” – Gay Iraqis. “Few People
Seem to Care About Our Fate”. Three out of the five gay
safe houses for gay people in Iraq are being forced to close down, due to a
lack of funds to pay their rent and utility bills, the London-based Iraqi
LGBT revealed this afternoon.
Nov 6: World:
Canadian Joins International Gay
Lesbian Group as Executive Director. Canadian Trevor Cook has
joined the International Lesbian and Gay Association (ILGA) as its Executive
Director. Also in
Nov 5: Australia:
Gamers Launch Dedicated Website. A new website has been
launched in Australia that will feature video game content, for lesbian
gamers, by lesbian gamers.
Nov 4: Pakistan:
Gay, Lesbian Rights Supporter
Detained in Pakistan Police Crackdown. Gay rights activist Asma
Jahangir, former UN special rapporteur on extrajudicial executions and now
special rapporteur on religious intolerance, is among the many who have been
arrested in Pakistan this afternoon following the suspension of the
country’s constitution and the imposition of emergency rule by President
Nov 2: Pakistan:
Gay Sex Workers Play Russian
Roulette With HIV. Shujaat plies his trade well. As dusk falls on the Pir Wadhai bus station
in the Pakistani city of Rawalpindi, the slender 19-year-old gauges
disembarking passengers for that ‘look’ – a responsive glance or wink
suggesting a desire for more than just a quick bus ride home. - PlusNews.
Heroes and a Villain: Stonewall
Gay, Lesbian Award Winners. The Second Stonewall Awards
ceremony, hosted by TV presenter Anthony Crank, took place at London’s V&A
tonight before an audience of 400 people.
Brighton Gay Night Club Gets ‘Green Light’ for Smoking Terrace.
A leading Brighton lesbian and gay
nightclub unexpectedly won permission for a smoking terrace last night after
intervention from a Green councillor on the council’s planning committee who
raised concerns for the personal safety of smokers lighting up outside.
Not Use ‘March Bill’ to Rule Out Gay Marriage, Say Students. The
Irish Government should “think again” if it is intending to produce a
“watered down version” of the rejected Civil Union Bill, students warned