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  • 28th November 2006

    Irish cabinet considering gay marriage 1

    The cabinet is due to consider a report commissioned by Minister for Justice Michael McDowell

    12:00 AM — The Irish government will consider options for creating greater equality for same sex couples, according to reports.Irish gay group the Gay and Lesbian Equality network has welcomed the news and views it as a sign that the government may approve gay marriage laws.The cabinet is due to consider a report commissioned by Minister for Justice Michael McDowell today.

  • Ex gay rent boy elected to Canadian Parliament 1

    He beat Conservative candidate Stephane Bourgon, in what will be seen as a blow to Prime Minister Stephen Harper's government

    12:00 AM — A male prostitute turned gay priest has entered the Canadian Parliament after a shock by-election victory.Raymond Gravel, who was once criticised by the Pope for his pro-gay views, won the election in Repentigny, representing the Bloc Quebecois Party, which campaigns for sovereignty of the Quebec province.

  • Gay man targeted in homophobic arson attack

    Police are appealing for information and say that the attack could have had far greater consequences

    12:00 AM — Police are appealing for information after a gay man became the victim of a mindless homophobic arson attack at his home.The victim, who has requested not to be identified, was returning home when he heard a smashing sound.Arriving at his doorstep, he found a fire blazing on his doorstep. Subsequent forensic examination found the fire had been deliberately started using what appears to be a crude device with accelerant within a glass bottle and newspaper.

  • Ikea brings gay couples out of commercial closet 7

    Swedish home furnishing retailer Ikea made worldwide news in 1994 for its US commercial featuring a male couple buying furniture

    12:00 AM — Swedish home furnishing retailer Ikea made worldwide news in 1994 for its US commercial featuring a male couple buying furniture together, the company has returned to its roots with a new spot including another gay pair, this time with a child.Following a rainbow of families, the black and Asian male couple are joined by their Golden Retriever and daughter, snuggled in domestic bliss. An ending voiceover asks: "Why shouldn't sofas come in flavours, just like families?"

  • Minneapolis Mayor loses confidence in lesbian fire chief 1

    Earlier this month, a male fire-fighter sued Bleskachek and the city, alleging that he faced discrimination for being a heterosexual man in the department

    12:00 AM — Minneapolis Mayor R T Rybak has called for the removal of lesbian Fire Chief Bonnie Bleskachek, saying he no longer has confidence in her ability to lead the Fire Department.The Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports that Rybak's announcement comes on the eve of a meeting by the city's executive council to discuss the fire chief's possible firing.

  • Scotland ignores homophobic crime

    The groups are currently included in the law in the reset of the UK, but the Scottish legislation only considers sectarian and racist motives

    12:00 AM — Disabled and gay groups have criticised the Scottish Executive after Deputy Justice Minister Johann Lamont confirmed that their communities would not be included in new hate crime laws.In a written answer to Labour MSP Susan Deacon, Ms Lamont, appears to backtrack on recommendations from the Working Group on Hate Crime in October 2004, which push for an inclusion of the groups as a "statutory aggravation" when considering the motives of the crime.

  • Stone aimed to kill loyalist he thought was gay

    Stone, now facing charges for the attempted murder of Gerry Adams and Martin McGuiness at a Stormont meeting last week

    12:00 AM — Loyalist hitman Michael Stone has been described as a "lunatic" by one of his targets.Stone, now facing charges for the attempted murder of Gerry Adams and Martin McGuiness at a Stormont meeting last week, is reported to have warned a newspaper of the planned attack and also a desire to murder fellow Loyalist Johnny "Mad Dog" Adair.

  • Gay plight is ‘civil rights struggle’

    In their sit-down interviews on the subject, both Bond and Huerta talk about how, early in their lives, they first came to understand the importance of LGBT equality

    12:00 AM — The fight for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender equality is a crucial civil rights struggle that all Americans should support, two legendary civil rights heroes have announced.Dolores Huerta and Julian Bond made the statement in interviews in the latest issue of the Human Rights Campaign magazine, Equality.

  • 27th November 2006

    LGBT activist launches blood service protest 2

    The petition calls on the government to carry out a review of the NBS policies

    12:00 AM — A former National Union of Students LGBT Officer is continuing his activism by launching an online petition against the UK's ban on gay blood donors.The petition, which runs until April, has so far received around 800 signatures.It was started by James-J Walsh, former LGBT Officer of the National Union of Students. The petition echoes a campaign earlier this year against National Blood Service's (NBS) ban on gay and bisexual donors.

  • Transport legislation benefits disabled gays

    Ju Gosling Co-chair of Regard, said the gay community has a high proportion of disabled members because of the mental and physical effects of homophobia

    12:00 AM — The lives of elderly and disabled people in the gay community will be made a little bit easier today after the Concessionary Bus Travel Bill was introduced.A special bus route stopped outside No10 Downing Street to launch the legislation, carrying a group of older and disabled people.

  • Christian magistrate resigns over gay adoption 4

    Andrew McClintock stepped down  after his request to not have to deal with cases involving gay parents were dismissed

    12:00 AM — A Christian judge is taking legal action against the UK Government after claiming he had to resign from his role because he was against ruling on adoption cases which would have placed children in the care of same sex couples.Andrew McClintock stepped down after his request to not have to deal with cases involving gay parents were dismissed.

  • Nissan turns gay-friendly

    Both brands are sold in the US by Nissan North America (

    12:00 AM — A gay motoring website has updated its listing of gay-friendly car companies to include two brands previously on its non-gay-friendly list - Nissan and Infiniti.Both brands are sold in the US by Nissan North America (NNA) who recently announced they would be offering domestic partner benefits to all of their US employees.

  • Gay activists seek royal disapproval 1

    Gay rights advocates in the Australian island state of Tasmania have written to Denmark's Crown Princess Mary asking her to point out the benefits to her childhood home that have come from its greater acceptance of gays and lesbians

    12:00 AM — Gay rights advocates in the Australian island state of Tasmania have written to Denmark's Crown Princess Mary asking her to point out the benefits to her childhood home that have come from its greater acceptance of gay and lesbian people.The letter is a direct response to recent media reports of anti-gay harassment and the absence of anti-discrimination laws in the Danish-administered Faeroe Islands, and coincides with the Princess's latest Tasmanian visit.

  • Gay humanists welcome activist’s new role

    The humanist symbol

    12:00 AM — The Gay and Lesbian Humanist Association (GALHA) has warmly welcomed the election of its long-standing member and committee member Terry Sanderson as the new president of the National Secular Society (NSS).Mr Sanderson, who has served for some time on the NSS Council of Management, was elected at the society's AGM over the weekend at London's Conway Hall.

  • Norway to lead opposition to gay hate

    The statement deals with the most severe human rights abuses , such as violence, torture and death

    12:00 AM — A human rights group is calling on the international gay community to foster support for a UN statement on violations of human rights abuses based on sexual orientation and gender identity.Representatives from Norway will be delivering a short oral statement at the United Nations Human Rights Council on Friday on the issue, and ARC activists want other countries to pledge their support.

  • Gay health group seeks HIV support

    The document, released today, shows an absence of resources and information to support individuals living with the infections

    12:00 AM — Health care professionals with blood viruses such as HIV and Hepatitis are given insufficient support in their career, a report from the Gay and Lesbian Association of Doctors and Dentist (GLADD) has revealed.The document, released today, shows an absence of resources and information to support individuals in the service living with the infections.

  • Irish gay union support grows 1

    The Lansdowne Market Research study confirmed a continued growth in support in Ireland for legal recognition for same-sex relationships

    12:00 AM — Support for same sex unions in the Republic of Ireland is growing, a new report shows.The survey revealed that 51 per cent of the population backed civil unions for gays and lesbians while 33 per cent believe that same-sex couples should have access to full civil partnerships.

  • 24th November 2006

    Congregation evicted over gay talk 2

    Mr Adams, was scheduled to share his personal story and speak about HeartStrong, a non profit educational organisation providing outreach

    12:00 AM — A gay activist is demanding an apology from a US Diocese after a congregation's lease was terminated over disagreement of a talk he was due to give at the venue.The Diocese of Camden, New Jersey, leased space for three years to the Unitarian Unversalist Congregation of the South Jersey Shore, but the congregation has been forced out of their leased space without warning for arraigning gay activist Marc Adams to speak at a Sunday service.

  • Sexual health activists fight gay HIV increase 3

    According to the report, three in every hundred gay men who attended an STI clinic in the last year had acquired HIV

    12:00 AM — Sexual health campaigners are calling for better HIV awareness programmes after a Health Protection Agency report revealed that an estimated 63,500 adults are now living with HIV in the UK , with an increase in cases for gay men.This latest figure includes both those who have been diagnosed and also around a third (20,100) who remain unaware of their infection.

  • Brazilian gay couple given adoption nod

    Campaigners hope it will make it easier for other gay couples to adopt across Brazil

    12:00 AM — A Brazilian judge has allowed a gay couple in Sao Paolo to jointly adopt a five year old girl in a landmark case.One of the men had already adopted the girl but today's ruling makes it the first time a male couple has been allowed to jointly adopt.It ends a year long legal battle for the couple, Vasco Pedro da Gama and Junior de Carvalho who have been together for 14 years.

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