18th April 2007
Analysis: Pope’s birthday a time for reflection 1
5:51 PM — As Benedict XVI, 80 this week, approaches his third year of his Papal reign there is little evidence to suggest that he his about to loosen his conservative grip.Since his election on April 19 2005, the leader of the world's 800 million Roman Catholics has taken an increasingly tough line in areas such abortion and same-sex marriage.
Rural gay project gets Lottery funding 1
4:49 PM — An educational media charity has received a £76,000 Lottery grant to help sexual minorities in rural areas fight homophobia.The Herefordshire's Rural Media Company won the cash for its "Sticks and Stones" project, a series of short films on how to fight homophobia in rural communities.Around 50 young gay people from rural communities are expected to feature in the films.
US teenagers silent school protest against homophobia
4:15 PM — Thousands of student activists across America will go through today without saying a word to help raise awareness of discrimination.The Gay, Lesbian Straight Education Network (GLSEN) has organised the 11th Annual Day of Silence.The campaign has a strong following in the US and more than 500,000 participants from more than 350 schools are expected to remain mute in protest.
New London dates for Rufus Wainwright
3:46 PM — Acclaimed singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright has announced a new date in London - the third to be added in a week.He will now play five nights, 27th May to 1st June, at the Old Vic in London.The gigs will follow the release of Rufus' LP Release The Stars, on May 14th. Rufus, who is openly gay, is a big hit with London audiences.
Aruba must recognise Dutch gay weddings
2:00 PM — The Netherlands' supreme court has ruled that legislation allowing same-sex unions must be recognized in Aruba, a constituent country of Holland.The decision follows a row over a same-sex couple who were denied the right to register their union in Aruba's civil register.Aruba refused to recognise same-sex marriages in 2005 although it did legalise homosexual relations between consenting adults in private.
Gay Pride banned despite court ruling
12:52 PM — For the third year in a row, Moldovan authorities have banned the gay pride march in the capital of Chisinau.Moldova is not part of the EU, but is influenced by its neighbour Romania, an EU member state since January 2007.The small landlocked country of 4m people gained independence from the Soviet Union in 1991.
Tory MP worried by polygamous gay immigrants 7
12:31 PM — A backbench Conservative MP has expressed concern that polygamous gay men or lesbians will be able to move to the UK and claim multiple benefits.David Davies told the Daily Mail that current provision which allows Muslims with more than one spouse to claim benefits for additional wives is unacceptable.
Anglican head says Bible’s “gay” message misinterpreted
11:45 AM — The Archbishop of Canterbury has accused anti-gay conservative Christians of misinterpreting a key biblical passage written by Saint Paul almost 2,000 years ago.Rowan Williams, the spiritual leader of the world's 77 million Anglicans, is on a visit to Canada."Many current ways of reading miss the actual direction of the passage," Williams said.
Comment – It’s all change in France, Turkey and Britain 5
11:34 AM — Across the continent, new leaders will be taking charge. What does it mean for gays? Ben Leung reports. For those of us living in Europe, the next six weeks could well be one of those extraordinary periods that future generations look back on with fascination.With two monumental elections taking place at either end of the continent - France in the west and Turkey in the east.
US lawmakers mock gender reassignment 1
10:45 AM — A bill which would have made it easier for people who have undergone gender reassignment to get new birth certificate has been treated with ridicule by Illinois representatives.The state's House of Representatives discussed the bill yesterday, and the comments of several members were accused of "serious insensitivity."The state of Illinois already allows for new birth certificates to be issued to people who undergo gender reassignment surgery in the US.
Iraqi gays victims of “sexual cleansing” 3
10:12 AM — The lesbian and gay community in Iraq have called for urgent action from the international community to protect LGBT people in the country.The groups have labelled the violence in Iraq aimed at gay people "sexual cleansing," and say that the number of victims is growing on a daily basis.The last three months have seen the most bloodshed.