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  • 22nd January 2008

    Researchers contrite over gay MRSA story 1

    The press release was picked up by the media throughout the world, with at one story in the London tabloid newspaper, Metro it as the “new HIV”, and others calling MRSA a “gay disease”.

    11:50 AM — Public affairs officials in San Francisco have apologised for the way in which a statement last Tuesday about gay men being more vulnerable to a new super-resistant strain of the MRSA superbug was handled.Parts of the tabloid press dubbed it a "new HIV."In a new statement on their website, the University of California at San Francisco's (UCSF) Department of Public Affairs states they "regret that our recent news report ... contained some information that could be interpreted as misleading."

  • Nominate your LGBT community hero 4

    In this year's New Year's Honours List, more than 4 in 5 of all the

    11:50 AM — Prime Minister Gordon Brown is calling on communities across thecountry to identify the local heroes who they believe should be honoured by the nation.In this year's New Year's Honours List, more than 4 in 5 of all theOBEs and MBEs awarded went to people who have carried out valuablecharitable or voluntary work, either as a career or in their spare time.The government wants local communities to help identify the unsung heroes who have made the best contributions so that they can be put forward for consideration.

  • Same-sex couples as committed as straight ones

    The study examined whether committed same-sex couples differed from engaged and married opposite-sex couples in how well they interacted and how satisfied they were with their partners.

    11:50 AM — Same-sex couples are just as committed in their romantic relationships as heterosexual couples, a new report has revealed.The finding disputes the stereotype that couples in same-sex relationships are not as committed as their heterosexual counterparts and therefore not as psychologically healthy.The study examined whether committed same-sex couples differed from engaged and married opposite-sex couples in how well they interacted and how satisfied they were with their partners.

  • Euro Court rules gay couples eligible to adopt 6

    ILGA-Europe (the European Region of the International Lesbian and Gay Association), FIDH (Fédération Internationale des Ligues des Droits de l'Homme), APGL (Association des Parents et futurs Parents Gays et Lesbiens) and the BAAF (British Association for Adoption and Fostering) were granted permission to take part in the proceedings as third parties.

    11:50 AM — The European Court of Human Rights has ruled refusing gay couples the right to adopt a child because of their sexual orientation is discriminatory and in breach of the European Convention of Human Rights.Today the Grand Chamber delivered its judgement on gay adoption in the case of E.B. v France.Ms. E.B. is a lesbian nursery school teacher who has been living with another woman since 1990. She applied for approval as a possible adoptive parent in February 1998.

  • Elton donates motorcycles for medical emergencies

    John had travelled to Lesotho during a tour of southern Africa with his partner David Furnish and decided to give away the bikes.

    11:50 AM — British pop star Elton John has donated 120 motorcycles to the government of Lesotho so that doctors and nurses can use them to treat medical emergencies in the mountains.John had travelled to Lesotho during a tour of southern Africa with his partner David Furnish and decided to give away the bikes.The donation was a part of the Riders for Health Programme that John funds through his organisation Elton John AIDS Foundation.

  • Gay Argentine leaders will fight to have marriage recognised

    Only a few areas of Argentina recognise civil unions between same-sex couples: Buenos Aires itself, the province of Río Negro in Patagonia, and the city of Villa Carlos Paz in Córdoba province.

    11:50 AM — The leaders of the Comunidad Homosexual Argentina married in Madrid on Monday.The two leaders of the leading gay rights organisation in Argentina have married in Madrid, under the law which allows same-sex couples to marry in Spain. Same-sex couples cannot get married in Argentina.César Cigliutti and Marcelo Suntheim have a recognised civil union under legislation which was passed in the Argentine capital, Buenos Aires, in 2003, but are unable to marry in Argentina.

  • Gay rubgy team score for charity

    The Terrence Higgins Trust is the UK's leading HIV and sexual health charity, providing a wide range of services across England, Wales and Scotland.

    11:15 AM — Members of the world's first gay rugby club, the Kings Cross Steelers, are supporting an annual charity night to raise much needed funds for the Terrance Higgins Trust next month.Renowned for their sporting prowess, the Steelers are swapping the pitch for the pub as they assist in "A Night of Music" on Thursday 7 February at the Kings Arms in Poland Street Soho, London,W1.Live acts include Drag Idol winners Crystal d'Canter and Kelly Mild, indie performers PJ and Shaun Kelly, and acoustic duo In Camera.

  • 21st January 2008

    Gay nursing home opens in Germany 2

    “When you are old, the last thing that you want to do is to have to hide. And you certainly don't want to give up your identity and live in some hostile environment, possibly sharing a room with someone who despises you.“

    1:05 PM — Europe's first gay nursing home has opened in Berlin.Berlin's gay mayor Klaus Wowereit is publicly supporting the ground-breaking project, which culminates years of planning and fund-raising.The newly built, four-storey nursing facility in the Pankow district of the German capital can accommodate 28 patients in state-of-the-art rooms with private bathrooms and enough space for some of their own furnishings.

  • Irish authority calls for trans equality review

    The tender documents say that the new report should also explicitly identify trans people as covered under the gender ground.

    1:05 PM — Ireland's Equality Authority is seeking tenders for a report on extending equal status legislation to cover discrimination against trans people.The Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform is reviewing the grounds covered by the Equal Status Acts, which outlaw discrimination on the grounds of gender, marital status, family status, age, disability, sexual orientation, race, religion and membership of the Traveller community.

  • GLAAD announces nominees for 19th Media Awards

    The GLAAD Media Awards aim to recognise and honour media for their fair, accurate and inclusive representations of the LGBT community and the issues that affect their lives.

    1:05 PM — The Gay Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) has announced the nominees and honourees for its 19th Annual GLAAD Media Awards.Nominees this year include the films Across the Universe, The Jane Austen Book Club and Stardust, dramas Brothers Sisters and The L Word and comedies Desperate Housewives, Ugly Betty and The War at Home.My Name is Earl and Law Order are nominated in the category for an individual episode (in a series without a regular LGBT character), while Project Runway is listed in the reality programme category.

  • Gay Jesus play condemned by church 2

    Set to open on February 7th as part of Sydney's annual Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras festival, Corpus Christi depicts Jesus and his followers as gay, and ends with Jesus being crucified.

    12:08 PM — A controversial play that depicts Jesus being seduced by Judas and conducting a gay marriage for two apostles has been condemned by church leaders ahead of its opening in Sydney.The Anglican Bishop of South Sydney, Robert Forsyth, expressed his outrage at the plot of Corpus Christi on Sunday, calling the play "historical nonsense.""It is deliberately, not innocently, offensive and they're obviously having a laugh about it," he told the Sun-Herald newspaper.

  • Cuban law may recognise same-sex partners, say officials 2

    The proposed change to Cuban family law would put members of same-sex unions on a par with heterosexual couples, said psychologist Mariela Castro, who is the daughter of acting President Raul Castro and niece of Fidel.

    12:08 PM — The Cuban Communist Party is considering granting legal recognition to same-sex unions, as health officials prepare to authorise sex-change operations, the director of the Cenesex sex education centre in Cuba has said.The proposed change to Cuban family law would put members of same-sex unions on a par with heterosexual couples, psychologist Mariela Castro, who is the daughter of acting President Raul Castro and niece of Fidel, told EFE.

  • 8th January 2008

    Church refused property insurance over gay-friendly stance 1

    United Church of Christ, formed in 1957 by a merger of the New England Congregationalist churches and the Evangelical and Reformed Church, is known for its history of social activism.

    4:12 PM — A Protestant church in the US state of Michigan has been deemed too risky for property insurance because of its denomination's support for gay rights.The West Adrian United Church of Christ, a small church in Adrian, Michigan which has weathered controversies since it was established in 1836.It was turned down by Brotherhood Mutual Insurance Co. of Fort Wayne, Indiana, because of its national governing body's approval of gay marriage and the ordination of homosexuals, The Wall Street Journal has reported.

  • Dykes on Bikes trademark approved by US court

    The motorcycle club applied for a trademark in 2003 after using Dykes on Bikes for three decades as the moniker of the motorised unit that leads San Francisco's annual Gay Pride Parade.

    3:08 PM — A San Francisco women's motorcycle club on Monday gained long-sought legal approval for its trademark of the name "Dykes on Bikes" when the US Supreme Court turned away a challenge from a lawyer who said the term denigrated men.Without comment, the justices denied review of an appeal by Michael McDermott of Dublin, California, who challenged a decision by the US Patent and Trademark Office to grant the San Francisco Women's Motorcycle Contingent exclusive rights over the commercial use of Dykes on Bikes, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.

  • Pope orders continuous prayer to cleanse clergy 2

    When the paedophile scandal erupted in Boston five years ago, Pope Benedict, or cardinal Ratzinger as he was then, accused the media of exaggerating the crisis.

    3:08 PM — Pope Benedict XVI has instructed Roman Catholics to pray "in perpetuity" to cleanse the church of paedophile clergy.All dioceses, parishes, monasteries, convents and seminaries will be expected to organise continuous daily prayers to express penitence and to purify the clergy the Times has reported.Vatican officials said every day each parish or institution should designate a person or group to pray that the church rids itself of the scandal of sexual abuse by clergy.

  • Gay marriage opponents form new advisory group

    Capitol Building in Montpelier, Vermont. Photo: deCadmus@flickr.com.

    2:40 PM — Opponents of gay marriage in the US state of Vermont are to form an advisory council that will expound the benefits of traditional marriage.After spending months boycotting legislative hearings on expanding marriage rights to same-sex couples, now several prominent opponents of gay marriage will announce at a Statehouse press conference Tuesday morning the formation of the Vermont Marriage Advisory Council, a group that will hold hearings on the benefits of traditional marriage.

  • Archaeology museum celebrates LGBT History month 57

    The Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology is a world class collection of over 80,000 objects from pre-historic, pharonic, Greek, Roman, Coptic and Islamic Egypt and Sudan.

    11:40 AM — The Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology is running an open evening as part of LGBT History month to explore sexuality and gender in the ancient world.There will be a discussion on the subject, entitled 'Beyond Isis Osiris: Alternate sexuality in Ancient Egypt', hosted by Dr Debbie Challis, followed by an opportunity to explore the museum, which is located on the University College London Campus in central London.

  • Trans woman denied breast enlargement surgery

    The hospital does allow female patients who are not transgender the right to breast-enlargement surgeries.

    11:40 AM — A trans woman is suing a Catholic hospital, claiming medical officials blocked her from getting breast enlargement surgery there because she had a sex-change operation.Charlene Hastings, 57, told The [San Jose] Mercury News that when she called Seton Medical Centre, a Catholic hospital in in Daly City, California, to inquire about breast enlargement surgery, an official told her it wasn't "God's will" for her to have such a treatment, because "God made you a man."

  • 4th December 2007

    Lesbian mother hits back at sperm donor’s claims 2

    Mr Bathie has to pay £450 a month toward bringing up the two children produced using his sperm.

    4:55 PM — The lesbian who had two children with her civil partner after fireman Andy Bathie donated his sperm has said today he had behaved as a full-time father and should take financial responsibility for the children.Mr Bathie has to pay £450 a month toward bringing up the two children produced using his sperm.He has insisted he was only a donor and did not want take an active role in raising the kids.

  • EU reports show increased awareness of LGBT rights

    LGBT rights organisation, ILGA-Europe, has praised the EU's increased focus on LGBT human rights, especially in the Turkish and Serbian reports.

    4:55 PM — Progress reports released by the European Commission last month show improvements in the monitoring of LBGT rights in countries looking to join the European Union.Each year the European Commission monitors the achievements and progress of each of the EU candidate (Croatia, Macedonia, Turkey) and potential candidate countries in fulfilling the obligations of the partnership agreements between the country and the EU.

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