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  • 26th November 2007

    Catholic adoption agencies seek ways round gay rules 18

    The Church was given 18 months to adjust its practices so that it can allow gay couples to adopt from its agencies or close them down.

    11:15 AM — Claims by the Roman Catholic Church that the government would be offering money to help them avoid new regulations in their adoption agencies have been dismissed by the Department for Children, Schools and Families.In a statement issued last week on the Catholic Bishops Conference of England and Wales website, they claim the government will "pay for further work to be done to explore whether within the law there might yet be ways found which will enable the adoption work to carry on and for our agencies to continue."

  • Man sues police over hammer attack

    Gareth Jeffrey had bombarded him with text messages threatening to kill him, which Mr Smith said he reported to officers.

    11:00 AM — A Brighton man is suing Sussex Police after he claims they did not protect him from the violence of his former partner.Stephen Smith, 38, was attacked with a hammer by a man he had met on the internet after he made it clear he did not want a committed relationship.Gareth Jeffrey had bombarded him with text messages threatening to kill him, which Mr Smith said he reported to officers before the attack took place in March 2003.

  • 23rd November 2007

    Norwegian church lifts ban on partnered gay clergy

    Under Norwegian law, gay couples have rights comparable to those of married heterosexuals, apart from church weddings and adoption.

    5:30 PM — The Lutheran church of Norway has lifted an outright ban on clergy in same-sex relationships.However, it will allow each bishop to decide whether or not to employ them.The decision comes after a week of debate at the churches annual meeting, with the 86 member governing synod voting 50 to 34 to change the rules.

  • Police investigate suspicious death of trans woman 15

    The police are treating the death as suspicious, and have asked anyone who saw Telesford between the 15th and 21st of November to contact them immediately.

    1:45 PM — A forty-year-old trans woman has been found dead at her home in south-east London, according to reports.Kayiode Dexter Telesford, who had been living for several years under the name of Kellie Telesford, died of strangulation at her home on Leander Road in Thornton Heath.The police are treating the death as suspicious, and have asked anyone who saw Telesford between the 15th and 21st of November to contact them immediately.

  • Tatchell to celebrate 40 years of activism 2

    He was assaulted while taking part in a Pride demonstration in Moscow, and was detained by Russian police.

    12:40 PM — One of the best-known gay rights advocates in Britain will soon be celebrating his 40th year of human rights campaigning.Peter Tatchell began his first campaign in 1967 in his native Australia against the death penalty and opposition to conscription and the Australian and US war against the people of Vietnam."It is a great honour and privilege to have been part of the international human rights movement," said Mr Tatchell.

  • 22nd November 2007

    Army sergeant denies sending texts to lesbian soldier 3

    The staff sergeant described how Miss Fletcher had often been late for duties and insubordinate towards him.

    4:10 PM — An employment tribunal has heard an Army sergeant deny sending texts to a lesbian soldier claiming he could "convert" her.Lance Corporal Kerry Fletcher, 31, claims she was picked on because of her sexuality and that the staff sergeant sent her text messages indicating he wanted to have sex with her when she was working at an army stables in North Yorkshire.The sergeant, who cannot be named for legal reasons, has maintained his innocence.

  • Champion athlete may have gender reassignment surgery 1

    Yvonne Buschbaum said that a persistent achilles tendon injury and a feeling that she was “emotionally in the wrong body“ have contributed to her decision to end her career.

    3:10 PM — A former European pole vault medallist has decided to quit the sport, possibly to pursue a sex change operation.Yvonne Buschbaum said that a persistent achilles tendon injury and a feeling that she was "emotionally in the wrong body" have contributed to her decision to end her career.The 27-year-old said on her website: "For many years, I have had the feeling I am in the wrong body."

  • EastEnders actress wins damages over lesbian story

    Ms Janus joined the EastEnders cast in May.  photo: BBC Publicity

    12:30 PM — Actress Samantha Janus has won substantial damages from a claim that she had engaged in a "three hour drug fueled lesbian orgy."She sued the Sunday Sport after story entitled "Sam's sex and drugs shame" hit newsstands on 22 July this year.Two topless photos of Janus, taken by her ex boyfriend Doug Harwood, accompanied the article.

  • Warning over poppers link to HIV infection 1

    The re-emergence of syphilis and chlamydia indicate that the sexual health of gay men is a cause for concern.

    12:03 PM — Poppers usage could increase a gay mans susceptibility to HIV transmission during unprotected sex, a new UK study has found.The use of the drug facilitates longer and rougher sex, as well as increasing the body's uptake of fluids.The research, published in the online edition of Sexually Transmitted Infections, shows gay men are still the highest risk group in terms of UK HIV infection.

  • Chorister dismissed for coming out on TV

    Twenty year old Alberto Ruggin was dismissed by his priest after featuring on a television programme where he revealed his sexuality.

    11:25 AM — Italian gay rights groups have said the case of a chorister forced to leave his choir due to being gay proves the countries need for anti-homophobia laws.Twenty year old Alberto Ruggin was dismissed by his priest after featuring on a television programme where he revealed his sexuality.His priest, Don Paolino Bettanin, from the northern Italian town of Padua, claimed he was "disgusted" by the whole affair.

  • 21st November 2007

    British government releases Iran hanging documents 1

    According to Iranian human rights campaigners, over 4,000 lesbians and gay men have been executed since the Ayatollahs seized power in 1979.

    3:15 PM — Information has been released for the first time from the Foreign and Commonwealth office regarding the execution of gays in Iran.The documentation takes the form of correspondence sent between embassies throughout the EU and dates back as far as May 2005.It refers specifically to the case of two boys, Mahmoud Asqari, who was under 18 at the time the alleged offence was committed, and Ayad Marhouni who were hung in public.

  • Spray-on condom unveiled 1

    The rubber dries in seconds and is later rolled off and discarded like a conventional condom.

    12:35 PM — A German inventor had invented a spray-on condom.Jan Vinzenze Krause, director of the Institute for Condom Consultancy said the idea came from the idea that the condom should fit the man, and not the other way round.Speaking to Spiegel Online he said: "If you go into a drug store to buy condoms, the ones they sell are mainly suited to men with the average penis length of 14.5 centimetres (5.51 inches), but a lot of people have penises that are smaller or larger than that"

  • Trans candidate faces legal challenge

    Georgia is not known for its sympathy to LGBT rights issues.

    12:30 PM — Two city council candidates in the US have filed petitions against a transgender candidate accusing her of committing fraud.Georgia Fuller and Stanley Harris, who both lost their bids for seats, have filed the lawsuit in Georgia claiming that Michelle Bruce falsely identified herself as female in the election earlier this month.The case, which identifies her as 'Michael Bruce', has asked the judge to rule the election invalid.

  • Gays advised not to shop at Wal-Mart 3

    Wal-Mart spokesman David Tovar told USA Today: “We're proud of our diversity initiatives and we think we are taking the right steps.“  photo: bravenewfilms@flickr.com

    11:03 AM — Wal-Mart, the biggest private employer in the US has been given a "do not buy" rating in a new gay consumer guide.Human Rights Campaign, the largest gay rights group in America, made its announcement, in time for the festive season, due to the company's refusal to give domestic partner benefits to gay and lesbian workers.The 2008 Corporate Quality index rated Wal-Mart, along with other retail giants including Toys R Us and Auto Zone, in the red category, advising gays and their supporters to shop elsewhere.

  • 19th November 2007

    Gay TV network celebrates AIDS awareness 2

    here!, America's premium gay television network, is to team up with the Academy of Television Arts  Sciences and Television Cares to tape and broadcast the 11th Annual Ribbon of Hope Celebration.

    6:15 PM — The Annual Ribbon of Hope celebration is set to be shown on the American gay TV network here! for the second year in a row.The event, now in its 11th year, is aimed at celebrating those working in television as well as individuals who keep HIV/AIDS awareness, education and prevention at the forefront.The ceremony is due to coincide with World AIDS Day on the 1st December.

  • Gay hate crime on the rise in US 1

    The numbers are thought to be higher than reported however, due to only 12,600 of the US's 17,000 local, county, state and federal police agencies participating in the report.

    6:15 PM — Hate crime incidents in the US rose by nearly 8 per cent last year, according to an FBI report.There were 7,722 reported cases targeting victims or their property as a result of bias against sexual orientation, race, religion,national origin or physical or mental disability.The numbers are thought to be higher than reported however, due to only 12,600 of the US's 17,000 local, county, state and federal police agencies participating in the report.

  • Argentina’s sixteenth Pride event is great success

    The event was held in Buenos Aires, which recently won the trophy in the Gay World Cup, also held in the Latin American country.

    6:15 PM — Argentina celebrated its sixteenth annual Gay Pride ceremony last weekend.The event was held in Buenos Aires, which recently won the trophy in the Gay World Cup, also held in the Latin American country.According to Reuters, Cesar Cigliutti, President of the Argentine Homosexual Community said at the event: "After sixteen years our motto is celebration.

  • Banning Gay Pride march was illegal, Supreme Court rules

    Riga City Council appealed a decision earlier this year by the Administrative Court that the ban was unlawful, but the Supreme Court has now confirmed the ruling.

    6:15 PM — Latvian authorities have ruled that a ban on a Gay Pride march in 2006 was illegal.The event was was banned amid threats of violence from extremist groups.The municipal authorities in the Latvian capital Riga were told that the event would be cancelled to avoid public disorder after Christians, nationalists and neo-Nazis threatened the parade with violence and a counter march.

  • Arizona city vows to protect LGBT people 57

    Arizona is relatively liberal on the map of states of the US and their treatment of homosexuality.

    6:15 PM — A city in Arizona's Personnel Board has voted unanimously to recommend the city protects gays and transgender people from discrimination.This is the first of Scottsdale's three part ordinance, including a proposal requiring all of the cities businesses to offer protection for the LGBT community.There were a few objections to the board's approval.

  • Peer collapses during gay parents debate 11

    Labour Peer Lord Brennan, 65, collapsed and required heart massage before the second hearing of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill was adjourned to a later date.

    6:15 PM — A Lords debate on a proposed new law that would make gay and lesbian parenting easier was adjourned after a peer collapsed in the House yesterday.The move was aimed at making the need for a father at IVF children unnecessary.Some peers however said it should uphold the importance of both parents.

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