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March 2007

  • 12th March 2007

    BBC in new homophobic comments row 2

    The BBC are thought to have received about a dozen complaints about his homophobic comment on   Comic Relief Does Fame Academy.  photo: BBC

    5:50 PM — The BBC confirmed today that it has received complaints from viewers after presenter Patrick Kielty called a Comic Relief Does Fame Academy contestant "a big gayer."MediaGuardian reports that TV watchdog Ofcom has also received complaints from viewers who thought the Irish presenter's comment was homophobic.DJ Colin Murray had tears in his eyes after performing on the charity programme.

  • Scots police move to eradicate homophobic football chants

    The English Football Association has taken steps to eradicate homophobia from the game.

    5:32 PM — The Association of Chief Police Officers in Scotland has issued new guidance which says that people who make anti-gay comments at football matches should be subject to criminal charges.The new approach is expected to be controversial among the country's football fans, who are well known for their robust approach to taunting opponents.The guidance tells officers to verbally warn people who shout homophobic statements, and then charge them if they persist.

  • Latvian conservatives begin Pride backlash 2

    Last month London Pride announced they would be “twinning“ with Riga Pride as a sign of solidarity. photo: robertpaulyoung@flickr

    3:26 PM — Christian groups in Latvia have welcomed fundamentalist US preachers and to the country and talked tactics about opposing gay rights.A meeting organised by Janis Vanags, Archbishop of the LatvianEvangelical Lutheran Church, was attended by Janis Pujats, the Latvian Roman Catholic Cardinal, and representatives of the Orthodox, Penecostals and other Christian sects.

  • US state moves to allow gay adoptions

    Jim Pfaff, president of Colorado Family Action, promised traditional-family advocates will try to fight the new legislation  on the House floor.

    2:53 PM — A Colorado bill granting adoption rights to same-sex couples and unmarried partners was pushed forward in a State House committee last week without a single witness testifying against it.Republican legislatures in 2003 and 2004 killed similar bills, but with Democrats in charge, the bill is headed toward passage.It was placed on the calendar of the House Health and Human Services Committee on last Thursday and passed by an 8-3 vote.

  • Gay rights activists rally in Rome 4

    Pope Benedict XVI said in a Vatican speech that the family “shows signs of ceding to lobbies capable of negatively eroding the legislative process. “

    2:46 PM — Thousands of Italians marched on Rome on Saturday to demand legal rights for unmarried same sex couples.50,000 activists, including leftists from Prime Minister Romano Prodi's coalition, took to a Roman piazza and rallied in support for a bill that would offer greater legal protection to unmarried couples.Some demonstrators wore bishop's mitres with slogans that attacked the Vatican.

  • Christian teen group hold San Francisco rally

    The event is a way for young Christians to protest against destructive aspects of culture. photo: battlecry.com

    2:40 PM — Thousands of teenagers from a Christian ministry gathered in San Francisco at the weekend to rally against homosexuality and other moral corruptions they think affect their generation.More than 20,000 teenagers converged on the city 's ATT baseball park to participate in "BattleCry," a two-day extravaganza featuring Christian rock and religious inspiration and worship.

  • Analysis: Can the SuperBowl make you gay?

    Most of the complaints revolved around the idea that the broadcast was promoting homosexuality.

    12:25 PM — Sounds stupid, but just when you thought you could get a week or two off from the SuperBowl, which ended over a month ago, now there are new allegations about the "gayness" of the sporting event.The US Federal Communications Commission received about 150 complaints regarding the SuperBowl broadcast on CBS last month.Most of the complaints revolved around the idea that the broadcast was promoting homosexuality.

  • Charity demand HIV legal loophole be closed

    The new campaign is one of a number of initiatives being carried as part of the Ensuring Positive Futures partnership

    12:02 PM — Terrence Higgins Trust has launched a new campaign to reduce discrimination against people who are perceived to have HIV - often partners, friends or family of those diagnosed with the condition.The current Disability Discrimination Act covers people who are diagnosed with the virus but doesn't protect those who experience discrimination based on the belief or perception by others that they are likely to have HIV.

  • Jerusalem gays want June pride parade

    Open House have asked to hold the parade on 21st June.

    11:54 AM — Police in the Israeli city of Jerusalem have said they are reviewing a request to allow a gay pride event this summer.Last year, the parade had to be cancelled. Members of gay organisation Open House held a series of other pride events, which prompted rioting from ultra-Orthodox Jews.The events of last summer were overshadowed by Israel's decision to attack Lebanon.

  • Comment: Notes on Notes on a Scandal 6

    It is more likely that Barbara's repressed nature is being represented as the product, albeit in an extreme form, of a homophobic society.

    11:29 AM — The Oscar-nominated film Notes on a Scandal is the latest bone of contention to set lesbians screaming blue murder about media representation.Rachel Charman takes a long, dispassionate look at the movie, and the reaction of her co-lesbians to the "mad dyke" role taken by a Dame better known as M. 

  • Catholics protest gay rights from the pulpit 5

    The church hierarchy have so far not made clear if they will close their adoption services by 2009.

    10:39 AM — In a clear indication that the Catholic church's fight over the Sexual Orientation Regulations is far from over, the Archbishop of Birmingham has urged his flock to write protest letters to the government.A letter was read out at all churches in the diocese at Mass yesterday, telling Roman Catholics to write to their MPs about the regulations, which outlaw discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation when accessing goods and services.

  • 9th March 2007

    Gains for anti-gay party in Northern Ireland elections 1

    The only truly non-sectarian party, the Alliance,  has so far gained three seats.

    5:19 PM — The results of the elections for the Northern Ireland Assembly show big gains for Ian Paisley's Democratic Unionist Party.The DUP tried to overturn the Sexual Orientation Regulations, which outlaw discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation when accessing goods and services.The regulations came into force in the province in January.

  • Gay fairy tales for primary school children 5

    It is hoped that teaching children as young as five about the existence of gay relationships might help in tackling the use of words like gay to mean bad or inferior.

    5:07 PM — A new scheme promoting gay lifestyles through fairytales aimed a primary-aged children has been criticised by Christian activists.So far fourteen schools and one local authority are taking part in the No Outsiders programme. It has secured funding of £600,000 from the Economic and Social Research Council.

  • Sony’s gay label to feature lesbian pin-up 1

    The track was written by Ditto in response to the U.S. government's resistance to gay marriage. photo: the real janelle@flickr

    5:07 PM — Beth Ditto's band The Gossip have signed to Sony's new gay music label.Music With A Twist is a subsidiary of Sony Music Label Group/Columbia Records, and is designed to "identify and develop lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans-gendered artists".The lesbian icon's band's hit single "Standing in the Way of Control" will appear on the label's compilation album entitled Twist Revolutions , due for release on 17th April.

  • Government funds “educational” lesbian erotic films 1

    Officials in the north-eastern Spanish region have deemed the erotic films useful in spreading the Catalan language.  photo: BBC

    4:48 PM — A Spanish region is to encourage the use of its native language by funding a film maker's "women-friendly erotic films."The government of Catalonia has awarded a £10,000 grant to Conrad Son, a local who claims his films are artistic but not pornographic.Officials in the north-eastern Spanish region have deemed the erotic films useful in spreading the Catalan language.

  • Gays to march for their rights in Rome

    Famous figures such as Nobel literature prize winner Dario Fo, and his actress wife and senator Franca Rame plan to attend the demonstration.

    3:35 PM — Up to 50,000 Italian gay activists will campaign this weekend in Rome in support for same-sex unions.The campaigners will gather in the Piazza Farnese to voice their enthusiasm for the Dico Bill, which will grant gay and lesbian couples the right to make their relationships official, as well as to mutual assistance and inheritance.The bill is strongly opposed by the Catholic and right wing parties.

  • Republican activist defends porn career 1

    “I don't like porn, it reduces the mind, flattens the soul,“ Sanchez wrote on his blog and on Salon.com.

    3:26 PM — An ex gay porn performer seems to have repented his wicked ways - with a vengeance.Marine Corporal Matt Sanchez, formerly known as 'Rod Majors' and 'Pierre LaBranche,' has expressed conservative views about his eventful past."I don't like porn, it reduces the mind, flattens the soul," Sanchez wrote on his blog and on Salon.com.

  • Quebec DJ sacked for “club of fags” comment

    The Parti Quebecois advocate independence from Canada and the formation of their own French-speaking state in Quebec. photo: CKRS

    1:35 PM — A Canadian shock jock has been pulled from the airwaves for making homophobic comments about the Parti Quebecois and its local candidates during an election campaign.Saguenay radio host Louis Champagne fell foul of the authorities at popular radio station CKRS when he described the Parti Quebecois as a "club of fags."Champagne also said that local factory workers would not vote for gay candidates.

  • US attitudes to gay weddings dependent on age

    California is more tolerant than most states when it comes to gay couples.

    12:24 PM — Younger Californians are more supportive of same-sex marriage, a study has found.According to the poll, released on Thursday, age is a crucial factor in determining who opposes orbacks gay unions.Two political scientists analysed 20 years worth of data on the subject, and discovered that while more Californians still oppose same-sex marriage than support it, the margin is closing fast.

  • DVD focuses on older gay and lesbian voices

    Stories describe homophobic discrimination within the Royal Navy and a sexual encounter with the Head of the London Vice Squad.

    12:09 PM — Age Concern has released a film version of the Clare Summerskill play Gateway to Heaven , based on the memories of older lesbians and gay men.The DVD portrays gays and lesbians in 1940s Soho club culture as well as experiences of Greenham Common and the Spare Rib collective of the 1970s.Playwright Clare Summerskill based the original piece on transcripts of interviews with 26 older lesbians and gay men.

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