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  • 3rd April 2007

    Rosie’s gay cruise is backed by Bermuda’s leader 6

    Premier Ewart Brown defended his position on allowing the cruise to come to Bermuda. photo: government of Bermuda

    5:57 PM — The Premier of Bermuda has dismissed requests for Rose O'Donnell's gay and lesbian family cruise to be cancelled.Speaking during a dinner with Bermudian students in Canada, Premier Ewart Brown defended his position on allowing the cruise to come to Bermuda.He said: "If we discriminate against a cruise ship, then we would have to send a homosexual detection unit to the airport."

  • Australian state considers same sex partner register

    It is not yet known what exact rights the register in Victoria will allow for.

    12:35 PM — The Premier of Victoria in Australia has called for more rights for gay couples.Labour Premier Steve Bracks has asked Attorney-General Rob Hulls to advise the government on whether a gay relationship register could be established in Victoria.The register would be similar to a model already at work in Tasmania.

  • Internet abuse by child triggers police investigation 2

    Mr Rawlinson said his son was terrified when the police arrived at their home, and thought that he would be locked up in a prison cell.

    11:21 AM — An 11-year-old boy has been the subject of a homophobic hate crime investigation after he labelled a classmate a "gay boy" in an e-mail.The parents of the 10-year-old victim complained to police after seeing the e-mail, which they viewed as homophobic bullying.Two policemen from Widnes in Cheshire then visited the boys' primary school to speak to the head teacher.

  • 28th March 2007

    Pansies project memorial to gay murder 1

    David Morley, nicknamed Sinders, was a 44-year old barman who survived the 1999 nail bombing on the Admiral Duncan pub in Soho.

    10:59 AM — On London's South Bank under the shadow of Waterloo Bridge and the Royal Festival Hall, a determined man repeatedly plants beds of pansies.A thoughtful touch, you might think. It is one made even more poignant by the fact that the man is artist Paul Harfleet, and the pansies he plants commemorate the murder of David Morley.The Pansy Project is an installation of 3,000 flowers.

  • 27th March 2007

    Israel urged to secure gay Palestinian meeting

    IGLHRC has asked Israeli leaders to speak out for freedom of expression, but none have done so yet.

    3:49 PM — The International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) has called on political and religious leaders in Israel to ensure safety for participants in the ASWAT conference in Haifa.ASWAT is the only lesbian Palestinian organisation in Israel, and tomorrow it plans to celebrate its 5th anniversary in Haifa.The event, named "Home and Exile," will include a book launch to call attention to the needs of the lesbian, bisexual and transgender community.

  • Gay separatist leader bombs at election

    Boisclair was Parti Québécois' youngest leader and was elected as a member of the legislature at the age of 23.

    3:35 PM — The Parti Québécois disappointed their voters with a low result in the state elections on Monday, and many blame their leader, Andre Boisclair.The PQ won just 36 of the province's 125 seats to finish in third place, one of the worst defeats in history for the party.There is now little chance of a referendum on the sovereignty of Quebec, a key electoral issue for the party.

  • Conservative Rabbi school allows gay admission 2

    Gay men and women can become rabbis in both the Reform Jewish movement and the smaller Reconstructionist wing of the faith.

    12:39 PM — A prestigious Conservative Jewish seminary in New York has taken a step towards equality by opening its doors to gay students.The Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) announced on Monday that it would begin to accept applications from LGBT students, but that the decision was not taken lightly.The change in policy comes three months after the Committee on Jewish Law and Standards voted to allow the ordination of gays and lesbians.

  • Media awards honour gay role models

    GLAAD campaigns for fair and inclusive representation of LGBT people in the media as a way of eliminating homophobia.

    11:51 AM — Oscar-winning Dreamgirls star Jennifer Hudson and singer Patti LaBelle were the undisputed stars of the GLAAD awards on Monday.Hudson presented the RB diva LaBelle with a special achievement award for championing gay and lesbian rights, and participating in the fight against AIDS.This was the 18th annual Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) media awards ceremony.

  • 20th March 2007

    Russian faith groups come out against Pride march 4

    If the march is banned again, the organisers will appeal with the European Court of Human Rights.

    5:25 PM — Russia's Orthodox Church announced today that it is opposed to the planned Moscow gay Pride parade, as it believes homosexuality is harmful to society.Gay activists plan to hold the parade on the 14th anniversary of the decriminalisation of homosexuality in Russia.Representatives of Russian Muslims and Jews joined the calls for a ban on the parade.

  • New website gives advice on work discrimination

    It is the first website to offer detailed advice on what to do, who to contact, what laws protect you and how.

    5:25 PM — The first website solely designed to help employees and employers fight discrimination in the workplace has been launched today.Discriminationonline.com is a website run by Brabners Chaffe, specialists in discrimination law.It contains useful information for anyone who thinks they are being discriminated against.

  • Italian family day out to oppose gay rights 1

    The rally will take place in Rome's central San Giovanni Square.

    3:56 PM — Catholic organisations in Italy have announced that May 12 will be "Family Day", featuring a demonstration in Rome against legislation which will could give legal rights to civil unions.The planned civil unions will be both for heterosexual and homosexual couples, a proposal that has outraged the Catholic Church.The Family Day manifesto does not specifically mention the laws, but focuses on calls for legislation promoting more traditional families.

  • Anti-gay propaganda from Christian activists on YouTube

    The Christian protest against the SORs will be held in Parliament Square tomorrow at 12 noon for one hour.

    2:18 PM — An offensive video created by an unnamed Christian group denouncing the new Sexual Orientation Regulations is circulating on YouTube.The footage shows a primary school teacher reading about homosexuality to a group of small children.It comes with a warning that nobody aged under 18 should view it.

  • Switch of tactics on marriage splits US activists 6

    Aronda Kirby and Digit Murphy of Rhode Island were both once married to men, but lost the protections that marriage afforded them when they came out.

    12:09 PM — Supporters of gay marriage in America have been outraged by the tide turning against their cause, even amongst other gay rights advocates.Bills to legalise gay marriage have been introduced in the state of Rhode Island every year for the past ten years, and have been rejected every time.So this year, as well as filing for the legalisation of gay marriage, campaigners are fighting for basic rights enjoyed by heterosexual couples.

  • 13th March 2007

    Gay marriage illegal in France, says court

    That decision was verified today by the Court of Cassation, France's highest appeals court.

    6:02 PM — France's highest court has ruled that the marriage of two men is unlawful and should be annulled.Stephane Charpin and Bertrang Charpentier were married in Begles, a small town in Bordeaux, in 2004.They are the only same-sex couple in France to have married, rather than undertaken a Civil Solidarity Pact.

  • Gay war hero calls on homophobic general to apologise 3

    The Williams Project at the University of California, Los Angeles has estimated there are one million gay American military veterans.

    5:17 PM — General Peter Pace has come under heavy fire from gay advocacy groups and the first serviceman wounded in Iraq, after he made homophobic remarks in a newspaper interview.Eric Alva, the first soldier to be wounded in the current Iraq conflict, who came out as gay last month, slammed the General's comments."Certain leaders' bigotry should not be a rational basis for discrimination," he said.

  • London to host LGBT employment event

    Other employers attending include the Crown Prosecution Service, the Metropolitan Police, Norwich Union and Ernst and Young.

    4:00 PM — Brighton's LGBT Jobfairs have made history over the past three years by being the first of their kind in the UK and Europe. Now London is set to follow suit with a fair of its own.The London LGBT Jobfair, which will be taking place on April 4th, is hoping to replicate the success of the Brighton events.It will be organised by the same company, A Place at the Table.

  • Cyndi shows her true colours in support of gays 1

    Lauper decided to name the tour after her song  True Colours  after gay fans told her that the song inspired them after they had come out to their friends and family. photo: cyndilauper.com

    12:28 PM — Eighties songstress and gay icon Cyndi Lauper is to headline a 15-city tour across America in support of LGBT rights.The True Colours tour will also feature legendary artists such as Debbie Harry and The Dresden Dolls, along with newer bands such as The Gossip.The idea of the tour was conceived by Lauper as a way of giving back to the gay community.

  • General in favour of gay military ban 3

    Marine General Peter Pace described homosexual acts as “immoral.“

    11:40 AM — One of America's most senior army generals has come out in support of a total ban on gay men and women serving in the military.Marine General Peter Pace described homosexual acts as "immoral" in the Chicago Tribune newspaper, likening them to adultery.Gen Pace is the chairman of the US military Joint Chiefs of Staff. He said that he backed the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy.

  • 9th March 2007

    Feature: Torch Song Trilogy back on London stage

    The three acts of the play all focus on different periods of Arnold's life.  His love life involves a choice between Ed, an unreliable and confused bisexual, or Alan, a young model.

    11:08 AM — The award-winning Torch Song Trilogy by Harvey Fierstein will be making a long overdue return to London next week.One of the first plays about life as a gay man, Torch Song Trilogy is explores the process of finding love and dealing with the prejudices of one's nearest and dearest.From Tuesday it will be showing at the Bridewell Theatre in Fleet Street, performed by the Tower Theatre Company.

  • 6th March 2007

    Shirley Bassey dresses to be auctioned for gay kids 1

    From rare Chanel and Christian LaCroix dresses to a signed jewellery case, the 70-year-old singer has more than enough to give away.  photo: dameshirleybassey.com

    4:55 PM — The flamboyant wardrobe of Dame Shirley Bassey will be auctioned off on Friday 30th March by Barnados to raise money for young LGBT people.From rare Chanel and Christian LaCroix dresses to a signed jewellery case, the 70-year-old singer has more than enough to give away.The event, called "Hey Big Spender," will be hosted at Café de Paris in London's Leicester Square.

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