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Last Updated: Tuesday, 28 March 2006, 16:48 GMT 17:48 UK
Doubt cast on 'ancient asexual'
By Rebecca Morelle
BBC News science reporter
The team found three males among hundreds of females
A shrimp-like creature may have to forfeit its claim to be the longest abstainer from sex in the animal world.
China "cautiously" reaches out to homosexuals for sex education
www.chinaview.cn 2006-03-28 22:56:15
by Xinhua writer Xu Lingui
SHENZHEN, March 28 (Xinhua) -- The buzz in the half-packed conference room with over 100 Chinese family planning experts lowered to a hush when Liu Shujie took to the stage to talk about her project - giving sex education to homosexuals.
As a member of the family planning association of Wuchang district of Wuhan, capital city of Central China's Hubei Province, Liu said she and her colleagues got involved with the gay community early in 2003 when she received a call at the office asking for advice.
"The boy broke into tears, saying the man he loved walked away from him after finding out he was gay," Liu recalled. "I was really puzzled and did not know what to do."
Liu's reaction was common among most of the straight people in China, where homosexuality, once considered as "a mental illness", is still a taboo. Gays and lesbians are mostly still living in the closet.
Liu said she decided to provide sex education for the gay community as she found most of the people changed partners frequently and rarely used condoms. She then gained support from the Family Planning Association of China (FPA) and the International Planned Parenthood Federation.
On March 28, Liu joined other family planning FPA officials from all over China in the southern city of Shenzhen to review the country's sex education efforts over the past five years, especially with the support of international organizations like PATH from the U.S. and Japan Trust Fund.
They talked about sex education for young people in schools, in the military, in prisons, and for migrant workers and truck drivers, a key population in the fight against HIV/AIDS.
Liu said the number of gay men in Wuhan was an estimated 100,000 and lesbians about 20,000. "Our survey shows only 32.5 percent of the 867 homosexuals polled used condoms in their most sexual intercourse, and 1.27 percent of the men were found to be infected with AIDS," she said.
The buzz rose from the audience again as Liu spoke on.
"Many gay men know how to use condoms but they just don't want to use them; and we also find a number of men only having sex out of curiosity," she said.
There are 18 gay bars, public bathing pools, and mah-jong rooms scattered around Wuhuan for gay gatherings, Liu said, adding that her association became very familiar with these places as they tried to reach out to the group.
"It was difficult at first to approach them, but now we are getting along very well and I have many gay friends," Liu said. "And in this way, we can educate them on safe sex and prevention of AIDS or venereal diseases."
She said about 200 homosexuals were involved in her sex education programs, 27 people (aged between 18 and 74) including gays were trained as program leaders for peer education, and 18 gay bar owners had participated in the program.
Condoms, sex tools, anti-HIV booklets were handed out as gifts in each education gathering, she said, showing the audience a slide show of a lesbian dancing on one of their gatherings. The banner hanging behind the girl reads: peer education for AIDS prevention among the gay community.
"Do gays get married in Wuhan?" A listener from Guangdong asked with concern.
"No. They want to, but the law does not permit it." Liu answered briefly.
"How bad does homosexuality affect the family and society ?" Another question was raised.
"Most of the elder gay men have wives and children, but they are hiding their sexual orientation from their family. The wives live a miserable life with husbands who cannot love them." Liu said, adding that some wives were infected with diseases transmitted from their gay husbands.
But the social stigma is so strong that gay people are under great pressure, Liu said. "I hope they can get care and support from the public." She said the association was running out of funds to get more gay people involved in sex education programs.
"They need a clear blue sky, just like all of you," Liu ended her speech to long applause. Enditem
Editor: Luan Shanglin
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'Brokeback Mountain' is tops at gay media awards
Tue Mar 28, 2006 1:30 AM ET
By Chris Michaud
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Oscar may have snubbed "Brokeback Mountain," but the so-called gay cowboy movie was tops with a gay watchdog group on Monday, adding the top prize to its burgeoning roster of honors at the GLAAD Media Awards.
The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation named the film, which lost an Oscar for best picture to "Crash," the year's best wide release motion picture at its 17th annual awards.
Director Ang Lee accepted the award, commenting: "Finally, an award that actually means something."
Noting that "Brokeback Mountain" had won a slew of awards, Lee said, "Some of these are very meaningful to me.
"OK, there was that one that got away, but that's OK," he quipped.
Lee, who received a standing ovation from the audience at a Manhattan hotel, said it would likely be "the very last award I will accept for 'Brokeback Mountain' ... And to end the journey here tonight is like coming home. The fact is 'Brokeback Mountain' has helped to change the world."
Other winners of GLAAD's annual awards, which recognize mainstream media for "fair, accurate and inclusive representations" of the gay community, included Newsweek for magazine coverage, the FX reality program "Straight/Gay 30 Days," and ESPN's SportsCenter for its news segment "Andrew Goldstein," which profiled a gay lacrosse goalie.
Presenters included Oscar-winning actor Michael Douglas and comedienne and actress Sandra Bernhard. Writer-actor Bruce Vilanch, who has written the Oscar shows for several years, hosted the evening.
GLAAD was formed in New York in 1985 in response to sensationalized AIDS coverage by tabloid newspapers and local news stations.
17th Annual GLAAD Media Awards
Paris Protests Against Nepal's Crown Prince Over 'Sexual Cleansing Drive' Against Transsexuals
by 365Gay.com Newscenter Staff
March 27, 2006 - 9:00 pm ET
(Paris) Human rights protestors demonstrated against the visit to Paris by Nepal's Crown Prince demanding an end to what they called a "sexual cleansing drive" aimed at transsexuals.
Carrying black flags, gay rights and AIDS activists joined other human rights protestors and exiled Nepalese demonstrated at the Eiffel Tower.
Crown Prince Paras is reportedly on a private visit to Paris.
The protests come a week after Human Rights Watch reported that transsexuals and HIV/AIDS outreach workers in Nepal's capital Kathmandu are under increased scrutiny by police.
Human Rights Watch first raised the alarm in January (story) after groups of transgendered women, called Metis in two separate incidents were attacked by police and the military.
Human Rights Watch says the situation has gotten increasingly worse. Earlier this month police rounded up 26 metis. According to the Blue Diamond Society, a Nepali organization working in the fields of sexual rights, sexual health and HIV prevention, they were taken to the Hanuman Dhoka central police station in Kathmandu.
Five were later moved to Kalimati police station. Human Rights Watch understands that as of March 16, they have still not been permitted to speak to a lawyer. All have reportedly been charged with committing a "public nuisance."
"This is the latest incident in a violent police campaign to 'cleanse' Kathmandu of those considered undesirable," said Scott Long, director of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Rights Program at Human Rights Watch. "Police regularly assault and in some cases sexually abuse transgender people, all in the name of enforcing 'moral values.'"
Those arrested included two staff, two outreach workers, and two peer educators working for the Blue Diamond Society.
Nepal was one of several countries named in a State Department report on human rights violators that was released this month. (story)
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Monday March 6, 2006
Braless order at school - Malaysia Star
STUDENTS of a secondary school in Singapore, who were recently found to be wearing coloured bras to school, were forced to go braless, reported China Press.
According to the daily, the school only allowed students to wear white, beige and light grey bras.
The daily said most of the affected students were caught wearing coloured bras during a Physical Education class
They were forced to remove the bras in the bathroom, which were then confiscated.
Describing the action as “too much”, the daily quoted the students as saying they were mortified, more so as male teachers were present.
The daily said a school spokesman admitted that those who had given the order had “gone overboard.”
She said the school had decided to provide white bras for those flouting the rules.
The daily also reported that several schools in the republic were taking different approaches in dealing with the matter.
One school was already selling bras to students.
Others had informed the parents before asking the students to leave the school to change their bras.
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Posted: 22 March 2006 1930 hrs
'Cinderella Bra' flown into Singapore for Fashion Week
By Dominique Loh, Channel NewsAsia
SINGAPORE : Cinderella's got her glass slippers and now she has a 'crystal' bra to add to her wardrobe collection.
Called the "Cinderella Bra", it's made with glass and Swarovski crystals, and carefully hand-finished by skilled craftsmen.
The beads are sewn on the sides, center panel and straps. Angel patterns were also etched onto the cups.
Although it's called the "Cinderella Bra", don't expect Price Charming to come knocking on your door to try it out for size.
But starting April 8, you can go to Robinsons at Raffles City to have a closer look at this one-of-a-kind "wonder bra".
Also on display is the Pearl bra specially flown in from Japan. It is valued at more than $207,000.
3,000 quality pearls have been carefully selected to decorate it.
These uplifting designs have been brought to Singapore as part of the Singapore Fashion Week which kicks off on Friday.
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（共同通信） - 3月27日23時9分更新
STATEMENT BY HIGH COMMISSIONER FOR HUMAN RIGHTS
TO LAST MEETING OF COMMISSION ON HUMAN RIGHTS
27 March 2006
Following is the statement of Louise Arbour, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, which she delivered today at the Palais des Nations at the last meeting of the Commission on Human Rights:
Commission on Human Rights
62nd Session, Geneva
Murder and abuse of gays is becoming endemic
Persecutions are spreading in countries like Iran, says Glen Murray
Mar. 26, 2006. 01:00 AM Toronto Star
Imagine waking up in the middle of the night, the police breaking down your door. You are hauled off to jail, subjected to horrific torture, then a secret trial with little chance of any outcome but your execution. The crime? Being gay.
According to Rev. Brent Hawkes of Metropolitan Community Church of Toronto, there are 58 countries in the world where you can be incarcerated for life or worse for being identified as gay, for intimacy with someone of the same sex or even associating with "homosexuals."
The murder and abuse of gay people is reaching epidemic proportions. From Uganda to Iran, imprisonment, torture or state-sanctioned executions are increasingly common.
In Iran, article 111 of the code of Islamic Punishments states that lavat (intercourse between men) is punishable by death so long as both partners are of sound mind and have acted of free will. Foreplay between men is punishable by 100 lashes for each party and lying naked together is punishable by 90 lashes. This is a country whose leader is a Holocaust denier.
Homan, the exiled Iranian lesbian/gay rights organization, states that that since 1979 the Iranian government has executed at least 4,000 "homosexuals."
In Iran, reports of these executions in the popular media are rare. Yet last March the Iranian newspaper Kayhan reported the hangings in Gorgon of Mokhtar N., 24, and Ali A., 25, for the crime of lavat. Similar state-sanctioned executions were reported in the semi-official newspaper Etemad in Tehran.
Article 427 of the Afghan penal code of 1976, reinstated after the fall of the Taliban, prescribes long prison sentences for individuals who are convicted of having homosexual relations.
In 2004, with little press coverage, an American adviser to the Afghan government was arrested and sent to prison under this law for his relationship with an Afghan man.
This is the country that feels Abdul Rahman's choice of the Christian faith is so heinous a crime that only a plea of insanity may spare him from the death penalty.
This horrendous systemic persecution of gays and lesbians is not only ignored by the western world. Some countries like the United States and Britain have been complicit in refusing to offer safe haven to gay and lesbian refugees or denying status to gay and lesbian organizations at international tables.
In fact, earlier this year the U.S. government sided with a majority of states to dismiss the application for consultative status for the International Lesbian and Gay Association before UNESCO's non-governmental organization committee.
This reversed the long-standing position of the U.S. to recognize these mainstream gay organizations at the UN. Moving to smother the voices of gay and lesbian international organizations in the face of these horrors is unfathomable.
Only a few voices in the gay media are reporting these murders and western indifference.
The most recent issue of the British gay news magazine Attitude reported on the suicide of Hussein Naseri, 26, who shot himself in the head while seated in his car. Beside him was a 2-week-old order deporting him to Iran. Israfil Shiri, who received the same news, poured petrol all over his body and set himself on fire. He died an awful death but his actions did not spur a change in the British government.
The article describes humiliating and homophobic comments by a British judge in the deportation hearing of another young gay man and the brutal prison assaults, rape and torture of gay men who survived incarceration in Uganda's prisons.
Human Rights Watch is leading a campaign to stop the government of the usually liberal Netherlands from lifting the moratorium of sending back to Iran gay and lesbian asylum seekers.
Some 65 years ago, pink triangles were sewn onto the clothes of gay men as they were sent to their deaths in Nazi concentration camps. We can't ignore the fact that some states are executing gay people with no more justification than Hitler required.
At what point does our indifference make us complicit?
Glen Murray is a former Winnipeg mayor and urban strategist. gmurray @ navltd.com.
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Latest Attempt to Push 'Sexual Orientation' at Human Rights Commission
By Samantha Singson
Mar 25, 2006
Despite the fact that this year's U.N. Commission on Human Rights (CHR) has been drastically shortened from its original six-week schedule, gay rights NGOs are pushing forward with their plans to hold a world conference next week in Geneva. The International Lesbian and Gay Association (ILGA) conference was scheduled to coincide with the CHR session with the aim of putting pressure on the United Nations to grant full recognition of lesbian and gay rights.
This is not the first time that ILGA and other gay rights groups have attempted to get the CHR to address the issue of discrimination on the basis of "sexual orientation." In 2003 and 2004, Brazil, supported by Canada and most of the members of the European Union, introduced a resolution to add sexuality to the list of categories protected by the United Nations. Both times, the measure failed due to a lack of international support. Gay rights groups have blamed the Holy See and Muslim nations for pressuring other states to defeat the resolution.
Pro-family groups have warned that gay rights activists would use a non-discrimination clause in a U.N. document to bolster their claim to same-sex "marriage" and to bolster the call for hate crimes laws. Muslim and Christian groups argue that accepting "sexual orientation" could deny religious faiths the freedom to criticize the homosexual lifestyle. There have been several cases that demonstrate this threat to religious freedom. In June 2004, Swedish pastor Ake Green was arrested and sentenced to one month in prison for preaching from his pulpit against homosexuality at his church in Kalmar in 2003. Green was the first pastor prosecuted for a "hate crime" after the Swedish government added "sexual orientation" to its "hate crime" law in 2003.
Next week marks the last meeting of the Commission on Human Rights. Earlier this month, the General Assembly voted in favor of disbanding the CHR and instituting a new Human Rights Council. Though the CHR will not have to address ILGA's demand for the universal recognition of gay rights, pro-family groups are certain that the issue will be unavoidable when the new Human Rights Council begins meetings later this year.
ILGA is well known at the U.N., having been suspended in 1994, only one year after gaining its ECOSOC status, after it was revealed that pro-pedophilia groups such as the North American Man/Boy Love Association, had membership within the organization. ILGA attempted to regain status in 2000, and again in 2003, but were refused. This past January, a U.N. committee again rejected ILGA's latest bid to regain ECOSOC status.
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