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  • 10th November 2006

    Mid-terms present ‘new opportunity’ for gay army policy 3

    The SLDN may also be buoyed by the resignation of US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld

    12:00 AM — A gay military group has hailed the mid-term elections as a 'new opportunity' to end discrimination in the armed forces caused by the Pentagon's Don't Ask Don't Tell ban on openly gay recruits.The Servicemembers Legal Defence Network (SLDN) announced it is looking forward to the new Democratic leadership in Congress but warned there is still much to be done.

  • Student praised after gay-straight club campaign

    Daniella Smiley was met with opposition from the school system when she initially circulated the idea, with groups afraid of the promotion of homosexuality

    12:00 AM — An education campaign group has congratulated a student who has successfully pushed for a gay-straight alliance (GSA) club to be allowed in her North Carolina School.Daniella Smiley was met with opposition from the school system when she initially circulated the idea, with groups afraid of the promotion of homosexuality, but now Currituck County High School, has approved the club.

  • Gay rights back on Washington agenda 3

    The nightmare of the last 12 years, of Christian Republicans in charge of the federal government, of hostility to gay rights, women and abortion, is finally over

    12:00 AM — The Virginia Senate race has finally been declared for the Democrats, meaning the US midterm elections are now over. What does the power shift in Washington mean for the gay and lesbian community in America?Tony Grew analyses the results and looks forward to the key role that gays and lesbians will play in the 2008 Presidential election.

  • 9th November 2006

    Gay friendly Democrats control Senate 3

    The Democrats are reported to have gained control of both Houses

    12:00 AM — The Democrats have taken control of the US Senate in the mid-terms as the final election results come through.The party already won the House of Representatives yesterday but winning the Senate would make it the first time since 1994 that the Democrats controlled both Houses of Congress and could mean a brighter future for gay rights legislation.

  • Tourism minister shamed over Jerusalem Gay Pride 23

    Speaking at a World Travel Market event this week, Israel's Minister for Tourism, Isaac Herzog, encouraged holidaymakers to visit the country

    12:00 AM — An Israeli gay rights campaigner has criticised the country's Tourism Minister for not opposing violence against tomorrow's gay pride march in Jerusalem, while tension builds before the event with vigils being held along with calls for calm.Speaking at a World Travel Market event this week, Israel's Minister for Tourism, Isaac Herzog, encouraged holidaymakers to visit the country, telling PinkNews.co.uk that there are no problems with gays and lesbians coming.

  • Homophobia “perfectly legal” in Faroe Islands

    The petition expresses discontent that homophobia is made “perfectly legal” because the government does nothing against it

    12:00 AM — LGBT activists in the Faroe Islands have generated around 20,000 signatures in an online petition demanding an end to sexual orientation discrimination and a registered partnership law to bring the islands into line with the rest of the Nordic region.The petition expresses discontent that homophobia is made "perfectly legal" because the government does nothing against it.

  • Church leader opposes gay school book 1

    Pastor Rod Lewis is calling on local residents to support his opposition to a book called Daddy's Roommate, which contains pictures of two men cuddling on the couch

    12:00 AM — A Staffordshire cleric has launched a campaign to stop literature about gay relationships being shown in schools.Pastor Rod Lewis is calling on local residents to support his opposition to a book called Daddy's Roommate, which contains pictures of two men cuddling on the couch.

  • Jerusalem gay pride cancelled amid Gaza violence 23

    The rally will be held inside a stadium at the Hebrew University's Givat Ram Campus

    12:00 AM — Jerusalem's gay pride march has been moved into a controlled area following escalating violence in the Gaza Strip, meaning police cannot guarantee adequate numbers to prevent riots between the ultra orthodox Jews and parade marchers at tomorrow's event.A compromise has reportedly been reached between the religious community, who had been protesting daily against the march, and the organisers, meaning the event will now comprise of a rally at a stadium.

  • Gay gardener rejected 4

    A Texas gardening company which openly rejected an applicant because he is gay has been inundated with complaints

    12:00 AM — A Texas gardening company which refused a business partnership because the request came from a gay man has been inundated with complaints.Garden Guy told Michael Lord he could not be met with last month because the company "chooses not to work with homosexuals."The landscapers proudly claim to follow the word of God, believing the grass is greener on the other side, and is against gay marriage, but now the owner Sabrina Farber has been mown down by verbal attacks and emails criticising her stance.

  • Comment: Is a gay pride rally as good as a march? 23

    Once again external political circumstances shape the agenda of the LGBT community in Israel, or any internal Israeli agenda for that matter

    12:00 AM — Israeli gay campaigner, Yoav Sivan, reflects on yet another cancelled gay pride march.Once again external political circumstances shape the agenda of the LGBT community in Israel, or any internal Israeli agenda for that matter.

  • Transgender candidate wins in Hawaii 3

    Attorney Kim Coco Iwamoto was elected to Hawaii's state-level Board of Education (Oahu-at-Large), a non-partisan office

    12:00 AM — This week's mid-term elections marked a historic first in lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LBGT) movement for equality and civic engagement with a transgender woman being elected.Attorney Kim Coco Iwamoto was elected to Hawaii's state-level Board of Education (Oahu-at-Large), a non-partisan office.

  • Gay campaigners join calls for equality “shake-up” 12

    l-r: Colm O'Cinneide, UCL senior law lecture, Labour MP Angela Eagle, Stonewall's Alan Wardle, Raea Flood, Alliance for Inclusive Education, Siobhan Endean, Amicus, Lord Herman Ouseley, Former Chair of the Commission for Racial Equality

    12:00 AM — Activists from gay, black, disabled, elderly and religious groups gathered in City Hall to discuss the Discrimination Law Review which will set out the manifesto for the new Commission for Equality and Human Rights (CEHR) and will form the Single Equality Act.Alan Wardle, Public and Parliamentary Affairs spokesman for gay charity Stonewall, joined a panel headed by Lee Jasper, Director of Equalities at the London Mayor's Office, which included representatives from the Muslim Council of Britain, trade unions, lesbian MP Angela Eagle and the Disability Rights Commission.

  • South Africa speeds up gay union debate 10

    South Africa has sped up its law set to legalise same sex unions

    12:00 AM — South Africa has sped up its law set to legalise same sex unions by removing talk of the rights of unmarried couples until a later date.The Parliament has been ordered to introduce a law by December 1 2006 but has found a plethora of views with religious groups seeking exemptions and gay groups desperate not to be left with an unequal system.

  • Mexico may back gay unions 1

    Mexico's northern state of Coahuila along with the capital, Mexico City, is considering a civil unions law for same sex couples

    12:00 AM — One of the world's biggest Catholic nation's looks set to introduce gay partnership laws, according to reports.Mexico's northern state of Coahuila along with the capital, Mexico City, is considering a civil unions law for same sex couples.Mexican gay campaigner, Rocio Sanchez, called it a step towards equality.

  • 8th November 2006

    Cabinet urged out of closet over peerages 1

    Ms Kelly is not a suspect and is willingly co-operating along with Chancellor Gordon Brown, Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott, and other senior cabinet figures such as Home Secretary John Reid and Foreign Secretary Patricia Hewitt.

    12:00 AM — Gay and lesbian fans of equality minister Ruth Kelly will be interested to hear that she has been asked to give evidence of what she knew about loans made to the Labour Party.Ms Kelly, Secretary of State for the Department for Communities and Local Government, which will oversee new equality regulations regarding the gay community, has been asked to provide in writing anything she knows in relation to the cash for peerages scandal rocking British politics.

  • Rumsfeld quits after poor mid-term results 3

    Mr Rumsfeld has been blamed for strategic blunders in Iraq and not equipping the military adequately and has also been attacked by gay groups

    12:00 AM — Donald Rumsfeld has resigned as US Defence Secretary after a disappointing mid term election for the Republican Party.Mr Rumsfeld has been blamed for strategic blunders in Iraq and not equipping the military adequately and has also been attacked by gay groups for upholding the Pentagon's ban on openly gay and lesbian recruits.His resignation comes after the Republican losses implied discontent with the US policy in Iraq.

  • Gay group offers compassion to Haggard 1

    Evangelical Reverend Ted Haggard has received sympathy from the most unlikely of sources, a gay rights group

    12:00 AM — He has spent much of his career attacking homosexuality, but disgraced Evangelical Reverend Ted Haggard has received sympathy from the most unlikely of sources, a gay rights group.Soulforce has urged compassion towards the preacher after he was dismissed by the New Life Church and resigned as President of the National Association of Evangelicals (NAE) amid allegations of gay sex with a rent boy.

  • “Incredible night” for gay equality 3

    The Human Rights Campaign (HRC), which has been following the results overnight says there is now  a “fair minded majority” in the US House of Representatives

    12:00 AM — Gay campaigners are hailing an "incredible night" for gay equality in the US as over 200 pro-gay candidates were elected for seats in Congress and as Governors in the US mid-terms and many anti-gay figures were ousted.The Democrat Party now dominates the House of Representatives, with Nancy Pelosi representing the party as the first female speaker, while the Senate is neck and neck, signalling a possible change in direction regarding America's foreign policy and perhaps even some state's attitude towards gay rights.

  • Community remains upbeat despite gay union bans 3

    Colorado, Idaho, South Carolina, Tennessee, South Dakota and Virginia all passed gay marriage bans, while Arizona was the only state out of the seven to reject a constitutional ban

    12:00 AM — The jubilation surrounding the election of many gay friendly candidates to Congress has been slightly overshadowed by the success of gay marriage votes across some US states, but campaigners say the margins suggest some progress.Colorado, Idaho, South Carolina, Tennessee, South Dakota and Virginia all passed gay marriage bans, while Arizona was the only state out of the seven to reject a constitutional ban, a first in the US.

  • Israel Tourism Minister backs gay pride debate 23

    Isaac Herzog was unveiling a campaign for  ThinkIsrael.com at Arsenal's Emirates Stadium last night, encouraging people to visit the “Holy land”

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveGays and lesbians are welcome in Israel but the issue of WorldPride should be left open to debate, the country's Tourism Minister announced last night.Isaac Herzog was unveiling a campaign for ThinkIsrael.com at Arsenal's Emirates Stadium last night, encouraging people to visit the "Holy land" of Israel.

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