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December 2006

  • 8th December 2006

    UK Youth denounce Polish homophobia

    In July The prime minister of Poland claimed his country is being misrepresented by the press, and hit out at the Western media.

    12:00 AM — The UK's national youth council has called on politicians of all parties to denounce publicly the attitude of the Polish government towards LGBT people.The British Youth Council, a coalition of over 150 youth organisations, including GirlGuiding UK and the NUS, issued a statement today highlighting the multiple incidents of discrimination and homophobia involving high-ranking Polish government officials and politicians.

  • 7th December 2006

    US Jews welcome gays and lesbians 6

    The United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism, which represents more than 750 Conservative synagogues, with 1.5 million members, today welcomed the movement's decisions

    12:00 AM — Conservative Jews in America have welcomed a decision by the movement regarding gay rabbis and same sex marriage.A two day meeting of the Committee on Jewish Law and Standards, which gives recommendations on religious doctrine, presented three differing positions that may be adopted by Jewish seminaries, leaving it up to individual seminaries and synagogues, ranging from upholding a ban on lesbian and gay ordination to only allowing non-sexually active gay rabbis.

  • Electrifying performance kills drag artist

    It is thought that Montegracia's hands were wet, probably from sweat, and that the microphone was not wired correctly. photo: massless@flickr

    12:00 AM — Joan Montegracia was the third on stage at a competition for drag artists in the Philippine city of Caloocan. She was about to wow the audience with her impersonation of actress Aubrey Miles.As she moved to the centre of the outdoor metal stage and took the microphone, she dropped suddenly to the ground.The audience looked on in anticipation, thinking the dramatic fall to be part of the act. A loud round of applause failed to rouse Joan to her feet.

  • Archbishop aims to quell university gay feuds 2

    Dr Williams said that Christian views on gay sexual activity were often mistaken for hatred

    12:00 AM — The Archbishop of Canterbury has criticised universities for reprimanding Christian Unions over their stance on homosexuality.Writing in the Times Higher Education Supplement, Dr Rowan Williams accused Student Unions of fearing an "open argument."His comments come after Christian Unions in Exeter, Birmingham and Edinburgh have been prohibited from using university faculties and in some cases from being recognised as a club because of alleged discrimination towards non-Christians and gay people.

  • Gay university staff face coming out fear 1

    Mr Frost said universities should be aware of their gay and lesbian staff as they are about race, gender and disability

    12:00 AM — There are still some elements of fear surrounding coming out in the workplace for lesbian and gay university staff, Stonewall claims.The gay charity has expressed fears that universities do not do enough to tackle equality as it is assumed that the institutions are automatically liberal.Stephen Frost, the manager of Stonewall's workplace programmes, said many lesbian, gay and bisexual staff fear coming out would limit their career opportunities or cause bullying.

  • Socialists urge MSP to resign over gay adoption view

    Solidarity party members have called on Ms Cunningham to accept SNP commitments to equality or resign

    12:00 AM — Scotland's socialist Party has condemned moves by Nationalist MSP Roseanna Cunningham to table amendments today which could effectively block gay couples from adopting children.Ms Cunningham argued ahead of a Holyrood debate today, that moves to allow the Bill to proceed would be "against nature's design."Solidarity party members have called on Ms Cunningham to accept SNP commitments to equality or resign.

  • Civil partners not rushing to divorce 8

    The 21st December 2006 marks the first opportunity for gay couples who have formed a civil partnership to have it dissolved

    12:00 AM — A group of gay lawyers specialising in same sex relationships, predicts few couples will apply to end a civil partnership when the first opportunity arrives on 21 December.Instead lawyers at QueerPod have seen an increase in gay clients in heterosexual marriages seeking a divorce to form a civil partnership.

  • Police promise more raids against gay hate

    The dawn raids, named Operation Athena, last Thursday, were part of a two-week initiative to put the fear back onto the offenders, and encourage victims to report crimes

    12:00 AM — Last week's police raids in London targeting suspected perpetrators of domestic, race hate and homophobic violence will not be the last, a member of the Metropolitan Police's Violent Crime Directorate has warned.DCI Gerry Campbell said last week's operation signals the Metropolitan Police Service's commitment to taking on hate crime offenders, but added that it is not a one off job.

  • Scotland rejects adoption prejudice

    Ms Cunningham's motion was heavily criticised by MSPs of all parties.

    12:00 AM — The Scottish Parliament this afternoon rejected a motion to block gay and lesbian couples from adopting by 98 votes to 11.The motion was proposed by Scottish Nationalist MSP Roseanna Cunningham. She told MSPs that the majority of Scots had concerns about gays adopting children.She added that in her opinion the best place for children to be raised was in a household with a mother and father.

  • Paris Hilton says she wants children 7

    Paris Hilton: “I want children“ (according to “sources“)

    12:00 AM — Gay icon Paris Hilton says that she wants to be a mum after spending time playing aunty to fellow icon Britney Spear's children.Hilton says that she's prepared to sacrifice her party animal lifestyle if it means finding a husband and having children.That's according to a "source" who told US gossip magazine, In Touch magazine.

  • 6th December 2006

    Indian tribe accept lesbian couple 57

    The couple, who are day labourers, now live together in the village. photo: eduardo bombarelli@flickr

    12:00 AM — A lesbian couple have undergone a formal tribal 'wedding' ceremony in a village in eastern India. A priest of the Khanda tribe performed the ceremony after their families had persuaded villagers of the validity of their relationship.30-year-old Wetka Polang and Melka Nilsa, 22, from Dandabadi village in Koraput district, found love after disastrous relationships with men.They initially ran away to another village, but returned and paid fines to the village to allow their 'marriage' to be blessed.

  • Gay groups welcome stand against violence

    This is the largest-ever statement delivered at the UN on sexual orientation issues

    12:00 AM — Non Governmental Organisations (NGOs) from around the world have welcomed a landmark statement on human rights, sexual orientation and gender identity, delivered last Friday at the United Nations Human Rights Council by Norway on behalf of 54 States.The statement condemns human rights violations directed against people because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.

  • Celebrities go shopping for THT 1

    Adele Silva and Sara Cawood

    12:00 AM — Celebrity supporters helped raise money for AIDS charity the Terrence Higgins Trust (THT) last week at a unique shopping event for World AIDS Day.Jayne Middlemiss, Gail Porter, Jade Parfitt, Penny Smith, Kate Garraway, Adele Silva and Sara Cawood were among the celebrities who attended a Kiehl's World AIDS Day Shopping Event on December 1st.

  • Brown’s green Budget plans? More tax 3

    The bulk of Gordon Brown's report to MPs focused on education and skills training.

    12:00 AM — In what is widely expected to be his last pre-Budget report, Chancellor Gordon Brown announced increases in transport taxes and investment in skills training.Mr Brown, clear favourite to succeed Tony Blair next year, set out his green credentials by raising tax on fuel duty by 1.25p and doubling air passenger duty from £5 to £10, effective from midnight tonight.

  • Grandfather Cheney urged to help gay families

    A gay family group are calling on Vice President Dick Cheney to consider the US administration's attitude towards gay rights

    12:00 AM — A gay family group are calling on Vice President Dick Cheney to consider the US administration's attitude towards gay rights now that his daughter is set to have a baby with her lesbian partner.The front page of the Washington Post's website announced today that Mary Cheney, Vice-President Cheney's gay daughter, is pregnant.

  • Northern Ireland politicians call for gay rights repeal 13

    DUP Assemblyman Jeffrey Donaldson has tabled an Early Day motion to Parliament asking for the law to be delayed

    12:00 AM — Northern Ireland politicians are calling on the UK government to repeal the Sexual Orientation Regulations to be introduced in the province in the New Year, until the Assembly is fully restored.DUP MP Jeffrey Donaldson has tabled an Early Day motion to Parliament asking for the law to be delayed by the Northern Ireland Secretary Peter Hain, as in the rest of the UK, for further consultation.

  • Italian city grants gay couples limited rights 4

    The left-wing council have granted family certificates at a time when the debate over gay marriage in Italy is raging. photo: mteson@flickr.com

    12:00 AM — Padua city council has outraged the Vatican by allowing gay and lesbian couples to register their 'family.' The decision, taken late on Monday, also applies to unmarried heterosexual couples.In Italy, a "certification of family" is required for various minor legal procedures, such as officially taking time off work to care for a sick relative or being placed on waiting lists for council houses.

  • Gay rabbis now kosher

    Conservative Jewish synagogues, who currently represent about 1000 'middle ground' rabbis, are losing worshippers to both the liberal Reform synagogues and the Orthodox ones.

    12:00 AM — The ruling body of American Conservative Judaism has come to a compromise over the ordination of gay rabbis.The Committee on Jewish Law and Standards held a two-day closed meeting in New York and yesterday presented three differing positions that may be adopted by Jewish seminaries across North America's 750 synagogues.

  • Canada to vote today on keeping gay marriage

    During the federal election campaign at the beginning of 2006 the Conservatives vowed to re-examine the issue of gay marriages if they were elected to government.

    12:00 AM — The great 'debate' in the Canadian parliament yesterday about the legality of gay marriage turned out to be more like a cry in the dark.The minority Conservative government had made headlines across the world with its pledge to repeal the decision last year to allow gay and lesbian couples to marry.In the event Prime Minister Stephen Harper did not even turn up for the debate. Neither did most of his cabinet.

  • South Australia gays get new rights

    Any two people who live together and present themselves as a couple will be covered by the legislation, regardless of whether or not their relationship is sexual.

    12:00 AM — South Australia is to grant a series of rights to gay and lesbian couples. The upper house of the state's parliament voted in favour of the measures yesterday.The new law is a major victory for gay rights campaigners in the state. Any two people who live together and present themselves as a couple, will be covered by the legislation, regardless of whether or not their relationship is sexual.

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