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19 March 2007

  • 19th March 2007

    Activists go into the closet for IDAHO 2

    Internationally, IDAHO will be campaigning for a United Nations resolution to decriminalise homosexuality across the world.

    5:18 PM — Gay rights campaigners in Gloucestershire will be "coming in" this May to highlight the persecution of gays and lesbians.As part of the International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO), activists will be spending hour-long shifts in a pub closet to raise awareness of laws across the world that discriminate against gay and lesbians.The protest will take place at the Lockkeepers bar in Wallbridge, Stroud, on May 18.

  • Gay and black activists target St Pat’s Day parade 2

    The New York event has historically attracted loud protest from gay rights groups.

    4:27 PM — Irish gay rights activists protested against New York City's St Patrick's Day parade on Saturday after organisers again banned gay and lesbian groups from participating in the celebrations for the sixteenth year running.Irish Queers, a New York based gay rights group, lined the city's Fifth Avenue, and protested against the organisers which they later described as "religious-right bigots."

  • Bishops urged to scupper gay discrimination rules 6

    Even with the votes of the 26 bishops, it is very unlikely that the regulations will be voted down by peers.

    4:18 PM — Christian opposition to gay rights laws has escalated as protestors realise that the House of Lords debate on Wednesday will be the last chance to derail new regulations.Members of the General Synod, or ruling body, of the Church of England have written to all bishops urging them to go to the Lords and vote against the Sexual Orientation Regulations.The rules make it illegal to discriminate against lesbian, bisexual or gay people when providing goods and services.

  • Sex charity to hold a gay prom in south London

    The Terrence Higgins Trust was founded in memory of Terry Higgins, one of the first people to die of an AIDS related illness in England.

    4:03 PM — The UK's leading HIV and sexual health charity is holding its annual youth event in April, providing gay young people an informal space to engage with issues of health and sexuality and meet new people.The Terrence Higgins Trust's youth service, NRG, is also holding prom for lesbian gay or bisexual under 21s and those who are questioning their sexuality.'Moving On Up', will consist of workshops on topics ranging from hair and beauty to tai chi.

  • Polish homophobia a Tory legacy, claims MEP 3

    Mr Cashman is an MEP for the West Midlands and one of only two out gay European parliamentarians.

    2:56 PM — Labour MEP Michael Cashman has claimed that the language used by Polish ministers to oppose equal rights for gay people is a legacy of the previous Conservative government in the UK.Tens of thousands of teachers marched in Poland at the weekend to protest the proposed new law that would, "prohibit the promotion of homosexuality and other deviance" in schools."I am not in the least bit surprised by this," Mr Cashman told PinkNews.co.uk.

  • Nigerian gay group claim new law could create exodus

    “It is not Nigerian to by gay, let alone going ahead to legally get married as gay and even live as a family with adopted children. “

    2:17 PM — A gay rights pressure group has condemned Nigeria's anti-gay marriage bill, warning that its passing would cause significant problems for other countries.Changing Attitudes Nigeria (CAN), an Anglican Church pressure group on LGBT rights, attacked a bill that would ban same-sex marriage and imprison anyone associated with promoting gay rights.Davis Mac-Iyalla, head of Changing Attitudes Nigeria, warned that acceptance of the bill would see vast numbers of Nigerians fleeing.

  • Romeo and Romeo is latest from Matthew Bourne

    Bourne's ground-breaking Swan Lake, which cast all the swans and cygnets with male performers, was first staged in 1995. photo: clear channel entertainment

    12:31 PM — One of Britain's most successful choreographers and the mastermind behind Swan Lake, plans to give Romeo a male lover in a gay adaptation of the Shakespearean classic Romeo and Juliet.Following the international success of Swan Lake, which has been touring for over ten years, Matthew Bourne is turning his attention to Romeo, Romeo.It is an adaptation of Sergei Prokofiev's ballet, which, like Swan Lake, will feature an all-male cast.

  • US soldiers come out to expose military’s gay hypocrisy

    The Servicemembers Legal Defence Network, which assist military personnel who are LGBT, estimates there are one million gay veterans in the United States.

    11:53 AM — A group of seven high-ranking military veterans have responded to recent remarks by General Peter Pace, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.Last week he called lesbian, gay and bisexual service members "immoral" and re-iterated his support for the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" ban on lesbian, gay and bisexual service members.The officers, who are all lesbian or gay, called on Congress to repeal the law, and demanded that General Pace apologise for his remarks.

  • Swedes could be allowed gay church weddings 3

    photo: megan ann@flickr

    11:40 AM — The Church of Sweden has given its support to proposals that would allow gay couples to marry in church ceremonies on the same basis as heterosexual couples.An official government report, due to be presented next week, would amend existing marriage laws to ensure that all couples have the same marriage rights regardless of their sexual orientation.Bishop Claes-Bertil Ytterberg, head of the Church of Sweden's Västerås diocese, signalled his support for the changes.

  • UK choose Scooch but drag in vogue at 2007 Eurovision 1

    Their infectiously cheeky Euro-pop tune  Flying the Flag (for You)   could be Britain's first win since 1997.

    11:29 AM — The Ukraine has announced it will be represented at this year's Eurovision Song Contest by drag artist Verka Serdyuchka.In February the Danes chose drag act DQ to represent them at the competition. BBC viewers chose band Scooch by a phone vote.The 2007 British entry was chosen on Saturday. Scooch are a four-piece group, whose infectiously cheeky Euro-pop tune Flying the Flag (for You) could be Britain's first win since 1997.

  • SNP accepts donation from homophobe 2

    Mr Souter is well-known for his nationalist viewsIn the elections for the Scottish parliament this May the ruling Labour party are expected to suffer losses to the SNP.

    10:53 AM — A Scottish businessman notorious for his anti-gay views has donated £500,000 to the Scottish National Party.In 2000 Mr Souter gave over a million pounds to a campaign in Scotland to uphold Section 28, which banned the promotion of homosexuality.He cited his religious beliefs as justification for his actions, insisting he is not homophobic.

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