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  • 18th April 2007

    Analysis: Pope’s birthday a time for reflection 1

    Venturing into politics, the Pontiff has given a stark warning to Catholic politicians that the faith's values are “not negotiable.“

    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

    Research undertaken at Liverpool University reported this week that homophobia is common in small villages and hamlets.

    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.

  • Aruba must recognise Dutch gay weddings

    Aruba is a 32km-long island in the Caribbean Sea that lies 27 km north of the Paraguaná Peninusla and Venezuela.

    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.

  • Anglican head says Bible’s “gay” message misinterpreted

    Williams argued that a strict theological reading of the text would not allow a Christian to condemn others or find fault in their actions.

    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.

  • 27th March 2007

    George Michael plays benefit gig for death sentence nurses

    The event, which forms part of the singer's summer tour, will campaign under the motto “You are not alone.“

    10:20 AM — George Michael, the former Wham singer turned solo artist, will play a gig in Sofia in May to help raise awareness of the five Bulgarian nurses jailed in Libya.The event, which forms part of the singer's summer tour, will campaign under the motto "You are not alone", a reference to the five nurses who were sentenced to death in Libya on changes of deliberately infecting 426 children with AIDS.

  • 26th March 2007

    Rosie’s gay family cruise faces Christian protest 6

    Rosie O'Donnell has been arranging cruises for gay and lesbian families since 2004.

    5:25 PM — Christian activists in Bermuda have protested against a gay family cruise that is scheduled to stop at the island in early July.American talk show host Rosie O'Donnell, who is openly gay, will host the cruise which departs from New York on July 7.The island's African Methodist denomination attacked the gay visitors during its annual conference earlier this month.

  • Yogyakarta Principles a milestone for LGBT rights

    The Yogyakarta Principles, named after the city whey they were adopted, were launched today.

    3:07 PM — Human rights groups have launched a groundbreaking set of principles on sexual orientation and international law in a bid combat gender inequality and promote human rights across the globe.The Yogyakarta Principles, named after the city whey they were adopted, were launched today by 29 international human rights experts at a UN Human Rights Council session in Geneva.Scott Long, director of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Rights Programme at Human Rights Watch welcomed the strategy.

  • UK gay men flout anti-surrogacy laws 2

    So far, around three-quarters of couples have opted for male babies.

    1:25 PM — Dozens of gay men are turning to an American IVF programme for two-father families to get around British laws that prevent surrogacy.As reported by PinkNews.co.uk earlier this month, The Fertility Institute, a clinic in Los Angeles, has started running a programme where male couples pay for eggs from a university student to be implanted in another woman, often from a working-class background, who carries the child.

  • Lesbian custody battle exposes legal ambiguity

    Georgia law doesn't explicitly say whether gay parents can adopt a child.

    12:33 PM — A lesbian mother from the American state of Georgia caused outrage when she campaigned against the state's gay adoption laws in order to seek custody of her son.36-year old Sara Wheeler arguing that Georgia's ambiguous position on gay adoption should reverse a decision which enabled her then partner, Missy Wheeler, to become the child's second parent.Wheeler gave birth to her son Gavin by artificial insemination in 2000.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 12th March 2007

    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.

  • 5th March 2007

    Polish government rapped by EU over gay views 1

    He angered Kaczynski last week by asking the European Union to stop “homosexual propaganda“ and ban abortion.

    5:44 PM — Polish Prime Minister Jaroslaw Kaczynski summoned his deputy Roman Giertych for talks on Monday after he spoke out against homosexuality and abortion.Giertych is the leader of the League of Polish Families, a far-right party currently enjoying coalition with Kaczynski's ruling Law and Justice party.He angered Kaczynski last week by asking the European Union to stop "homosexual propaganda" and ban abortion.

  • Spain grants new identity rights to transsexuals

    The legislation follows the approval of same-sex marriages by the Socialist government in 2005.

    5:44 PM — The Spanish government has passed legislation allowing transsexuals to officially change their name and gender without needing to undergo gender reassignment surgery first.Despite opposition from the conservative Popular Party, the law progressed through the country's lower legislative chamber last week.The new legislation asks transsexuals to obtain and present an official medical diagnosis outlining a clinically proven case of gender dysfunction.

  • Gay politician snubs NYC for Dublin on St Pat’s Day 2

    Quinn, a Democrat and council speaker in NYC, will march in the Dublin parade on March 17th.

    2:54 PM — New York City Council speaker Christine Quinn, who is openly gay, has announced she will march in Dublin's St. Patrick's Day parade this year.The move is a direct snub to organisers of the New York City parade who have again banned gay and lesbian groups from participating in the event.Quinn, a Democrat and council speaker in NYC, will march in the Dublin parade on March 17th.

  • Mexico rocked by gay pop star 3

    Mexican gay rights activist, Sergio Villarreal praised Chavez for his decision.

    12:08 PM — A Mexican pop singer has announced that he is gay, becoming one of only a few public figures to have come out in a country that is traditionally conservative Catholic.22-year-old Christian Chavez, a member of the Mexican pop band RBD, revealed his homosexuality following the leaking of photographs that showed him marrying his partner at a ceremony in Canada."I don't want to keep on lying and lie to myself because of fear," he said on the band's website.

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