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  • 5th March 2007

    Boy George attacks Madonna’s “homophobic” religion 6

    It is not the first time that Boy George has condemned the Material Girl.

    11:08 AM — 80s pop sensation Boy George, the former Culture Club singer, has launched a fresh attack on Madonna, accusing her of betraying her gay fans.The English pop singer and songwriter is outraged at Madonna's affiliation with the Kaballah Centre.The spiritual organisation teaches the principles of the Kabbalah and is associated with Jewish mysticism.

  • 26th February 2007

    Homophobic mayor faces lawsuit and London protest

    In addition to demanding a retraction, parade organisers are also seeking 1,000 roubles (£19) each in compensation for moral damage.

    6:21 PM — The organisers of Moscow's gay pride parade are suing Yuri Luzhkov, the mayor that banned the event last year, for likening the parade to a "satanic act."Organisers of the parade, led by Nicholas Alexeyev, are calling on Luzhkov to retract his comments, DPA news has reported."Both in the secular and religious context, the term 'satanic' is offensive and carries a negative colouring," Alexeyev said.

  • Homophobic preacher claims his gay sex rights

    His lawyer, Mack Martin, has issued a motion that would remove the charge.

    3:14 PM — A former Southern Baptist church leader who had publicly condemned homosexuality has been charged for offering to engage in an act of lewdness after soliciting sex from an undercover policeman in Oklahoma.The Reverend Lonnie Latham was arrested on January 3rd 2006 outside the Habana Inn in Oklahoma City after asking an undercover policeman to come up to his hotel room for oral sex.

  • Congress prepares for gay rights bills

    Now that the Democrats have control of Congress, the hate-crimes and workplace bills are generally expected to pass the Senate.

    12:52 PM — Gay rights activists and opponents are preparing themselves for the likely passage of America's first major gay rights bills.It is widely expected that at least two gay-rights measures will gain approval in Congress this year.These include a hate-crimes bill that would cover homophobic offences and a workplace bill that would include sexual orientation in anti-discrimination policy.

  • Gay gamers targets for homophobia

    Gay people are slightly more likely to buy games that include sexually attractive avatars.

    11:22 AM — Online gamers face a homophobic culture, a survey has found.The "Gaymer Survey," conducted at the University of Illinois and involving over 10,000 respondents, found that gay gamers experienced a high level of homophobic attitudes and language.As reported by Next Generation, 88% of respondents said that they had heard the phrase "that's so gay."

  • 19th February 2007

    Prodi conciliatory as Pope attacks again 2

    Church-state relations remain frosty following Pope Benedict XVI's latest attack on the proposed legislation to recognise gay couples.

    5:13 PM — The Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi has promised to repair the relationship between his government and the Vatican after a fall-out over proposals to afford legal rights to same-sex partners.Prodi will meet today with Cardinal Tarcisio, Pope Benedict XVI's chief aide, and Cardinal Camillio Ruini, head of the Italian Bishops conference, to discuss church-state relations, the International Herald Tribune has reported.Church-state relations remain frosty following Pope Benedict XVI's latest attack on the proposed legislation to recognise gay couples.

  • Catholics win right to perform gay Mass

    The diocese of Westminster pointed out in a statement that the decision did not contradict Church teaching which argues that homosexual practice is a sin.

    3:23 PM — A London Catholic organisation has been granted the right to provide Mass for LGBT parishioners following discussions with the Head of the Catholic church in England and Wales.The Soho Masses Pastoral Council is an elected group of Catholics responsible for organising masses in the Soho area.It has gained permission from Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor, Catholic Archbishop of Westminster, to hold Masses and give pastoral care to LGBT Catholics.

  • Trans tennis star looks back at life in public eye 3

    Prior to her sex-change, Renne, then Richard Raskind, went to Yale University and played tennis, captaining the men's team in 1954.

    2:44 PM — Renne Richards, a former tennis player and one of the world's most famous transsexual athletes, has admitted that she regrets the fame that she attracted.Richards made a life-changing decision in 1975 to undergo gender reassignment surgery.Talking to Reuters, she said it was the events that followed her operation that had the biggest impact on her lifestyle.

  • New Jersey grants civil unions from today

    Currently Massachusetts is the only US state to marry same-sex couples but civil unions are legal in Vermont and Connecticut.

    11:28 AM — The American state of New Jersey has become the fifth state in the nation to grant marriage rights to same-sex couples.A new law, which was enforced across the state today, allows gay and lesbian couples to apply for a civil union and benefit from the same legal protection that heterosexual couples enjoy.However, the new unions are not identified as a marriage.

  • Balding’s big walk for cancer charity

    Balding is openly gay and in 2006 formed a civil partnership with her long-term partner and Radio 4 broadcaster Alice Arnold.

    11:18 AM — Ramblers across the UK are gearing up for this spring's Macmillan "Walk Wonder" fundraiser. The event is being backed by BBC presenter Clare Balding.In May thousands of people will be donning their walking boots and taking to some of Britain's most breathtaking scenery in a bid to raise £1 million pounds for Macmillan Cancer Support.Broadcaster and Macmillan advocate Clare Balding is buoyant about the fundraising event.

  • 13th February 2007

    Presidential hopeful’s pledge on gay rights

    In 2000, as the Minister of the Family and Children, Royal spoke out against anti-gay bullying in schools.

    11:28 AM — Segolene Royal took the race to succeed Jacques Chirac as President of France in a fresh direction yesterday, launching a 100 point manifesto for France under her rule.The 53-year-old socialist party candidate for the presidency would become France's first woman president if elected.She pitched her reform programme to a 15,000-strong rally just outside Paris yesterday.

  • 12th February 2007

    Canary Wharf hosts transsexual photo exhibition

    Jones has many awards for her work which include “Best Use of Photography“ at the Campaign Press advertising awards in 1995.

    2:33 PM — Award-winning photographs of transsexuals and drag queens are to go on show in Canary Wharf next month.A retrospective exhibition of the award winning photographs of Jeanette Jones will be held at the Frontispiece Gallery on the concourse level of One Canada Square from 5 - 31 March.The exhibition features a collection of images of drag queens and transsexuals published in Jones' book Walk on the Wild Side.

  • Berlusconi attacks gay rights legislation

    Italy remains divided over the extent that gay and unmarried couples should benefit from the legal rights that married heterosexual couples enjoy.

    1:37 PM — Italian opposition leader Silvio Berlusconi slammed legislation to give legal rights to same-sex couples yesterday.The former Prime Minister, who is still leader of Forza Italia, accused the Romano Prodi-led Italian coalition government of devaluing the institution of the family.Last week the Italian Cabinet voted unanimously to bring forward legislation bestowing some legal protection to unmarried couples.

  • Scots minister in gay blessing storm

    The Anglican communion worldwide has been split over gay rights issues since the ordination of a gay bishop by the American church in 2003.

    12:01 PM — The Church of Scotland faces widespread division after a minister announced she would use her church to bless same-sex civil partnerships.Aberdeenshire minister the Rev Kim Cran will risk the possibility of disciplinary action in order to bless four homosexual couples, Scotsman.com has reported.Last year the Church of Scotland's local branches, the presbyteries, voted to reject a declaration that would allow clerics to conduct ceremonies without fear of punishment.

  • BA asked to donate to anti-gay Christian group 3

    British Airways, who sponsored last year's EuroPride in London, have yet to announce whether they will meet Mrs Eweida's demands

    10:30 AM — The British Airways check-in worker at the centre of last year's crucifix row has demanded a £100,000 donation be paid to a Christian charity rigorously opposed to anti-discrimination legislation.55-year-old Nadia Eweida was suspended last September after she refused to cover up her crucifix in accordance with BA rules.Following changes to the airline's uniform policy Mrs Eweida will return to work after spending four months on unpaid leave.

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