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  • 14th November 2006

    UN urged to outlaw anti-gay legislation

    Dr Lucas, who represents South-East England, has signed up to a letter demanding the UN Human Rights Council adopts a resolution requiring the worldwide decriminalisation of homosexuality

    12:00 AM — Green Party MEP Caroline Lucas has added her name to calls for the United Nations to outlaw anti-gay laws around the world.Dr Lucas, who represents South-East England, has signed up to a letter demanding the UN Human Rights Council adopts a resolution requiring the worldwide decriminalisation of homosexuality.

  • South Africa set to back gay unions 10

    All members of the ruling African National Council have been ordered to vote for the Civil Unions Bill

    12:00 AM — South Africa is set to back a controversial gay partnerships bill which is opposed by religious groups and seen as a disappointment by some gay campaigners.All members of the ruling African National Council have been ordered to vote for the Civil Unions Bill which allows the "voluntary union of two persons, which is solemnised and registered by either a marriage or civil union."

  • Africa allows gay weddings 10

    Scenes from a gay pride parade in South Africa this year

    12:00 AM — The African continent is not known for gay rights, but South Africa has now created a landmark in the region after passing a law allowing same sex marriage.The Civil Unions Bill was passed today by 230 votes to 41, allowing the "voluntary union of two persons, which is solemnised and registered by either a marriage or civil union."

  • South African gays demand universal marriage law 10

    The Joint Working Group, a national network of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) organisations, welcomed the law but expressed disappointment at opt outs for religious groups and the creation of a separate law

    12:00 AM — South African gay groups have welcomed today's historic step taken by the country's Parliament in opening up unions to gays and lesbians, but are disappointed that it will run separately to existing marriage laws.The Civil Unions Bill was passed today by 230 votes to 41, allowing the "voluntary union of two persons, which is solemnised and registered by either a marriage or civil union."

  • Gay charity reminds Ruth Kelly of ‘hidden homeless’ 1

    Ms Kelly was criticised earlier this year after being given a role which includes representing the gay community, despite never voting for gay rights

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveRuth Kelly appears to have forgotten about the gay community again, this time by failing to mention them in a speech about homelessness.The Albert Kennedy Trust, England's only charity supporting housing for members of the LGBT community, criticised Ms Kelly for not mentioning the "hidden homeless."

  • Catholic gays oppose pastoral guidelines

    Gay Catholic group, Dignity USA, says the document will cause more discrimination

    12:00 AM — Christian gay groups have criticised guidelines approved by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) today on the attitude towards homosexuality.Officials at the gathering approved a document entitled Ministry to Persons with a Homosexual Inclination: Guidelines for Pastoral Care.The guidelines attempt to create a balance between welcoming gays and lesbians into the Church whilst upholding religious teachings.

  • 13th November 2006

    Ugandan lesbian faces deportation 2

    Homosexuality in Uganda is punishable with life imprisonment

    12:00 AM — A Labour MP is supporting a Ugandan lesbian's plight after she is facing deportation despite fleeing her Muslim father after he threatened to kill her, according to reports.Faridah Kenyini, 20, came to Britain in 2004 and has been in a relationship with Sarah Garenette, a British security officer, however, a judge at her asylum hearing recently questioned her sexuality and ordered that she return home.

  • Billboard company rejects gay imagery

    The images, by Karolina Bregula, were part of the Real Art Ways' new exhibition of contemporary Polish art

    12:00 AM — A series of billboards by a Polish artist showing two men holding hands have been rejected in the US for being too controversial.The images, by Karolina Bregula, were part of the Real Art Ways' new exhibition of contemporary Polish art, and were supposed to be displayed on billboards, but Lamar Outdoor Advertising of Hartford is refusing to run the images.

  • Gay humanists back Elton John’s religion attack 8

    Sir Elton pledged to continue supporting gay rights campaigns

    12:00 AM — The Gay and Lesbian Humanist Association (GALHA) has backed comments from Sir Elton John after he claimed that religion promotes the hatred of gays.The gay singing legend launched an attack on religion last weekend accusing it of promoting homophobia and suggested that it should be banned.

  • Oz gays demand union commitment

    Steve Bracks has reportedly sent officials to meet with the Victorian Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby (VGLR) group to agree on a Tasmanian style gay union scheme

    12:00 AM — Victorian human rights group, Civil Union Action! (CUA), has called on the Bracks Government to commit to formal partnership laws for same-sex couples in advance of the state election.At an election forum on Saturday, State Labour MP for Prahran, Tony Lupton, said there have been discussions between gay community representatives and the Government about a Tasmanian-style relationship registry.

  • Gay Christians welcome Mexican unions 1

    Last week Mexico City implemented civil union laws for gay and straight partners

    12:00 AM — A gay Christian group has welcomed Mexico's introduction of civil union laws in its capital.Last week Mexico City backed civil union laws for gay and straight partners, joining the municipalities of Buenos Aires and Rio Grande de Sul (Brazil) in passing such legislation.The Metropolitan Community Churches congratulated the lawmakers on breaking down discrimination.

  • Gay campaigners welcome Sir Elton’s support 1

    In an interview with The Observer Musix Monthly, the gay artist backed a gay pride concert in Moscow

    12:00 AM — Activists have welcomed Sir Elton John's support for gay campaigns after he pledged his support for gay rights.In an interview with The Observer Music Monthly, the gay artist backed a gay pride concert in Moscow, where a gay rights meeting was plagued with violence earlier this year.Sir Elton said: "What we should be doing as musicians is trying to bring people together. The idea for a 'Gay Pride' concert in Moscow is a brilliant idea."

  • US Church suggests therapy to solve gay issue

    The guidelines attempt to create a balance between welcoming gays and lesbians into the Church whilst upholding religious teachings

    12:00 AM — The US Catholic Church will discuss guidelines on ways of welcoming gay people into the church at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) this week, with one controversial suggestion being therapy.The guidelines attempt to create a balance between welcoming gays and lesbians into the Church whilst upholding religious teachings.

  • Campaigners seek Christmas cheer for El Salvador gays

    William Hernández is the director of Asociación Entre Amigos (Between Friends Association) and he and other members of the organisation have allegedly received death threats

    12:00 AM — Amnesty International is encouraging people across the UK to send a message of solidarity to William Hernández - a gay activist in El Salvador who has received death threats apparently intended to deter him from campaigning - as the campaign group launches its annual Greetings Card Campaign.William Hernández is the director of Asociación Entre Amigos (Between Friends Association) and he and other members of the organisation have allegedly received death threats.

  • Young gay Londoners have their say 2

    A conference, supported by the Metropolitan Police Service sees young LGBT people come together with service providers, funders and local decision makes

    12:00 AM — Lesbian and gay Londoners are set to have a say on their city with the launch of a new LGBT Youth Council tonight.A conference, supported by the Metropolitan Police Service sees young LGBT people come together with service providers, funders and local decision makes to really have their say on matters important to them.

  • 10th November 2006

    Massachusetts avoids gay marriage debate 1

    Hundreds of protesters on both sides of the same-sex marriage debate gathered outside the Massachusetts statehouse

    12:00 AM — Massachusetts's gay community can breathe a sigh of relief after the state's legislature delayed a gay marriage debate until next January.Anti-gay protesters had hoped that an amendment would be passed to ban same sex unions after similar results in Tennessee, Colorado, Virginia and Wisconsin.

  • Comment: Death won’t bring repentance 2

    Hanging Saddam Hussein is easy. But is it morally right?

    12:00 AM — Gay campaigner Peter Tatchell claims that hanging former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein would not bring repentance.Hanging Saddam Hussein is easy. But is it morally right? Will it best serve the cause of justice? How will it help his victims and their loved ones? Is the Butcher of Baghdad beyond redemption?

  • Victoria backs gay union scheme

    Steve Bracks has reportedly sent officials to meet with the Victorian Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby (VGLR) group to agree on a Tasmanian style gay union scheme

    12:00 AM — Victoria state Premier Steve Bracks has backed gay registration schemes, as state elections emerge.Mr Bracks has reportedly sent officials to meet with the Victorian Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby (VGLR) group to agree on a Tasmanian style gay union scheme.He has been under pressure to introduce such a law but has previously ruled out calls for civil unions.

  • Jerusalem gays find pride 23

    Around 3000 officers have been deployed to protect the rally which is under way now

    12:00 AM — It's been ridiculed, threatened and cancelled three times, but 4,000 members and supporters of Jerusalem's gay community have managed to pull a rally together today in replacement of a pride march.The event, held at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem's Givat Ram campus, included performances from Israeli hip-hop group Hadag Nachash, speeches by politicians and religious leaders.

  • 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.

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