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  • 21st June 2006

    Church rejects gay clergy ban 7

    The resolution was a response to The 2004 Windsor Report which invited the Episcopal Church “to effect a moratorium on the election and consent to the consecration of any candidate to the episcopate who is living in a same-gender union until some new consensus in the Anglican Communion emerges,“ in reaction to the appointment of gay Bishop of New Hampshire Gene Robinson

    12:00 AM — The Episcopal Church controversially rejected a resolution calling for a ban on gay clergy last night.Resolution A161 would have urged bishops and dioceses to refrain from electing bishops "whose manner of life presents a wider challenge to the wider church."

  • South Korea to decide on trans identity

    The case reflects an increase in requests for official recognition from South Korea's transgender community

    12:00 AM — South Korea's Supreme Court is set to decide if a 50 year old transsexual will be allowed to officially change his gender this week.The court heard opinions from religious leaders and medical professionals over the issue which would change the law regarding the Family Register.

  • Ex hostage claims Christian camp shut because he is gay

    Freed hostage, James Loney, pictured with  fellow Canadian Harmeet Sooden

    12:00 AM — A Catholic youth camp has been shut because one of its staff members is gay, according to former Iraq hostage James Loney.Mr Loney, whose sexuality was kept secret by his boyfriend while he was being held captive in Iraq for four months between November 2005 and March 2006, claims the Ontario Catholic youth camp, which he worked for, was closed because he is gay.

  • 20th June 2006

    Pentagon lists homosexuality as a mental disorder 6

    Several Congress members have sent a letter to Secretary of Defence Donald Rumsfeld asking him to review the Pentagon Instruction

    12:00 AM — Homosexuality is still a mental disorder, according to the Pentagon.Research by the Centre for the Study of Sexual Minorities in the Military at the University of California discovered a document from the Department of Defence which listed homosexuality alongside mental problems, despite it being declassified as a condition by the American Psychological Association (APA) in 1973.

  • Potential French President backs gay marriage

    Segolene Royal, the favourite to stand as the Socialist Party nomination, told a gay magazine that she would introduce a gay marriage law  (Photo:ministère de l'Education nationale, de la Recherche et de la Technologie)

    12:00 AM — A contender to run in the 2007 French Presidential election has pledged support for same sex marriage.Segolene Royal, the favourite to stand as the Socialist Party nomination, told a gay magazine that she would introduce a gay marriage law if she was voted in.

  • Episcopal Church leader: Homosexuality not sinful 10

    Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori, 52, elected this week as the head of the 2.3 million member church, told reporters that she felt homosexuals were created by God to love people of the same sex

    12:00 AM — The first female leader of the US Episcopal Church has defended homosexuality after announcing her belief that it is not a sin.Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori, 52, elected this week as the head of the 2.3 million member church, told reporters that she felt homosexuals were created by God to love people of the same sex.

  • San Francisco remembers trans protests

    Filmmakers Susan Stryker and Victor Silverman, co-producer and directors of the film Screaming Queens, which documents the social conditions that led to the riot, will also speak

    12:00 AM — A memorial plaque commemorating the 40th anniversary of the Compton's Cafeteria Riot will be installed this Thursday at the corner of San Francisco's Turk and Taylor Streets.The 1966 riot was the first known instance of transgender resistance to police harassment in the US.

  • Church accepts apology for gay bishop tensions 7

    The original form of resolution A160 expressed regret for “breaching the proper constraints of the bonds of affection“ for particularly Bishop Robinson's affirmation as bishop of the Diocese of New Hampshire

    12:00 AM — The Episcopal Church has approved an apology from the American Anglican Church for the actions of the General Convention of 2003 when tension was created due to the appointment of gay bishop Gene Robinson.The House of Deputies welcomed an expression of regret for "straining the bonds of affection" within the Anglican Communion at the denomination's General Convention.

  • No problem with gay marriage in Canada 1

    The Canadian Parliament will decide whether to scrap gay marriage laws

    12:00 AM — Support for readdressing laws opening marriage to same sex couples has fallen, a survey suggests.Canadians for Equal Marriage released a poll conducted by Environics Research Group asking whether people support equal marriage and whether the Conservative government should re-open the issue and have another vote or whether the issue is settled and there should not be another vote.

  • 19th June 2006

    Calls to recognise “gay” primary schoolchildren 2

    Education researchers are calling on the Scottish government to give gay primary schoolchildren minders

    12:00 AM — Researchers are calling on the Scottish government to give gay primary schoolchildren minders to protect them from homophobic bullying and depression.The report from the Edinburgh University Centre for Education for Racial Equality and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Youth Scotland, recommended "buddy" programmes in schools and anti homophobia classes.

  • Poll suggests support for Australian gay unions 1

    The results suggest the Federal Governments decision to overturn the ACT legislation was not so widely supported

    12:00 AM — Over half of 18 to 39 year olds in Australia back a civil union law for same sex couples, according to a poll.The survey by ACNielsen/Age found that 45% of Australians supported the recently quashed ACT law, while 34% opposed it.Of this number, 56% of 19 to 39 year olds pledged support, compared to 48% of 40 to 53 year olds and 29% of people over 55.

  • Cameron backs gay marriage benefits

    David Cameron is expected to back marriage for gay and straight couples

    12:00 AM — Gay couples in a civil partnership should get the same tax benefits as married heterosexuals, the leader of the Conservative Party will announce today.David Cameron is expected to back marriage for gay and straight couples at the National Family and Parenting Institute tomorrow, as well as promising equal "marriage" taxes for gay and lesbian couples.

  • Gay legal group challenges foster laws 1

    The lawsuit, challenging a state regulation that bans gay people and anyone living in a household with a gay adult from being foster parents in the state, was filed against the state in 1999

    12:00 AM — A seven-year legal battle over the blanket exclusion of lesbian and gay people from serving as foster parents in Arkansas drew closer to an outcome this past week as attorneys for the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) asked the State Supreme Court to uphold an earlier court decision striking down the state's ban."Every mainstream child welfare organisation has been saying for years that preventing lesbian and gay people from serving as foster parents has no basis in social science and only hurts the children the state should be protecting," said Rita Sklar, executive director of the ACLU of Arkansas. "Children who need foster homes deserve better than to be deprived of good homes just so the state can make a misguided political statement against gay people."

  • Gay group protects LGBT prisoners

    They complained that staff dealt with complaints of harassment by isolating the victims, rather than dealing with the harassers themselves

    12:00 AM — The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has announced a $625,000 dollar settlement in the first case in the country to specifically address the treatment of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth in juvenile facilities.The settlement ends an ACLU federal civil rights lawsuit on behalf of three young people who faced anti-gay and anti-transgender abuse and harassment at the facility by staff and their peers.

  • 16th June 2006

    Latvia rejects gay protection 1

    This week the European Union passed a resolution to combat homophobia on the continent

    12:00 AM — The Latvian Parliament has defied European Union laws after refusing to implement anti discrimination policies regarding sexual orientation.The legislation, stipulated as a basis for the country's membership of the political body, was rejected by Mps, after some described homosexuality as a sin.

  • Gay campaigner embarks on equality drive

    The campaign aims to promote equality for the gay community

    12:00 AM — Human Rights Campaign (HRC) president Joe Solmonese will embark on a whirlwind national tour this summer to cities and towns across this country to enlist the support of Americans in this struggle for equality.The "Count Me In" Summer Tour will make its way from the rolling plains of Oklahoma City, OK to the streets of Chicago.

  • Record numbers register for AIDs walk

    The annual AIDs Walk San Diego will take place Sunday 1 October 2006 in Balboa Park

    12:00 AM — AIDs Walk San Diego has announced that due to enhanced and early organising efforts, it is ahead of past years in terms of number of registered teams and individuals."With this year being the 25th anniversary of the first reported cases of AIDs, I believe the increased participation in AIDs Walk illustrates that our San Diego community remains absolutely committed to fighting this epidemic," said Jennifer Jones, director of development for The San Diego Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender Community Centre, organiser's of the walk.

  • NUS discusses gay discrimination

    The priorities for the LGBT campaign will be decided over the course of the weekend with debates including how NUS could get more involved in tackling the problem of homophobic bullying in schools, and the possibility of re-prioritising a previous NUS campaign which encouraged students to give blood

    12:00 AM — Homophobic bullying, the shortcomings of the Government-sponsored Equalities Review, and the National Blood Service's ban on gay and bisexual men donating blood are just a few of the heated debates set to take place at the annual NUS Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) conference in Sheffield this weekend.Students from institutions across the UK will attend the event, which will take place from today at Sheffield University.

  • Clapham Common authority promise to fight homophobia 2

    Mark Bennett, Cabinet Member for Community Safety at Lambeth Council, said: “Lambeth Council sends sympathies to the family of Jody Dobrowski at this difficult time“

    12:00 AM — The local authority in charge of Clapham Common, where gay barman Jody Dobrowski was murdered in a homophobic attack, has promised to create a safer area.Thomas Pickford, 25, and Scott Walker, 33, both of no fixed address were sentenced to life in prison today after earlier admitted killing Mr Dobrowski in October 2005.

  • EU gay group condemn Latvia 1

    Michael Cashman reacted angrily after Latvia defied its EU obligations by rejecting including sexual orientation in a new anti discrimination law

    12:00 AM — Latvia must protect its gay community or face legal sanctions, the president of the European Parliament's Intergroup for Gay and Lesbian Rights warned today.Michael Cashman reacted angrily after Latvia defied its EU obligations by rejecting including sexual orientation in a new anti discrimination law.

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