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  • 14th February 2008

    Ugandan bishops will boycott Lambeth conference

    The 14th Lambeth Conference will take place in Canterbury between 16th July and 4th August 2008.

    1:40 PM — The Archbishop of Uganda said today that bishops from the country will not be attending the Lambeth conference later this year.The conference of Anglican church leaders from across the world is held once a decade.The 2008 gathering has been dominated by fights about the place of gay and lesbian people in the Anglican church. The Archbishop of Canterbury said that 70% of bishops had already accepted invitations to attend.

  • Sex sting Senator “acted improperly” 4

    Senator Craig announced that despite the court decision against him he will remain in the Senate until the end of his term.

    12:40 PM — The US Senate Ethics Committee has criticised Senator Larry Craig over in incident in an airport bathroom which led to him being arrested for cruising, but has decided to take no further action against him.The Senator from Idaho, who married with three children, denies he is gay.He was arrested on June 11th by an undercover police officer in a Minneapolis airport toilet.

  • Irish gays picket parliament over marriage equality 5

    Homosexuality was decriminalised in the Republic of Ireland in 1993.

    12:20 PM — A recently former pressure group will protest at the Irish parliament today and present the Taoiseach (Prime Minister) with 1,000 messages demanding full civil marriages for gay people, something the Irish government has ruled out as contrary to the country's constitution.Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgendered (LGBT) Noise is highlighting the lack of rights gay couples have in relation to care of children, inheritance, pensions and wills.

  • Gay groups’ observer status at UN blocked 2

    ILGA has been facilitating the presence of LGBT activists at the United Nations Human Rights Council since 2004.

    12:02 PM — LGBT rights groups from Spain, the Netherlands and Brazil have been refused observer status that allows Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) to participate in United Nations business.The UN Committee on NGOs was tied, with Columbia, Dominica, Israel, Peru, Romania, UK and the USA voting yes and Burundi, China, Egypt, Pakistan, Qatar, Russia and Sudan voting no.Angola, Guinea, India and Turkey abstained while Cuba was not present. The UK representative on the committee said they were discriminating against LGBT NGO applicants.

  • Moscow Pride ban challenged in human rights court

    The mayors of Moscow and Paris both condemned the Moscow authorities for banning the gay march.

    11:20 AM — The organisers of the banned Moscow Pride have sent an application to the European Court of Human Rights claiming the ban breached their rights and seeking compensation of 1 million euros.Documents were sent to the court in Strasbourg today.Last year Moscow Pride organisers, MEPs and prominent British gay activists were among 31 people arrested as they attempted to deliver a letter of protest about the ban to the mayor's office.

  • 13th February 2008

    Same-sex couples to stage St Valentine’s Day protest

    Tyler is prepared for the possibility that the California Supreme Court may not decide in her favour.

    5:55 PM — Getting married has been a goal for long-time partners Robin Tyler and Diane Olson for each of the past six Valentine's Days, and this year will be no different.They'll be turned away, of course, since their home state of California doesn't allow same-sex marriages, but Tyler hardly seems heartbroken by that inevitability."It's all about raising awareness," says the Los Angeles-based activist, comedienne and producer.

  • Rainbow flag flies over police headquarters

    LGBT History Month is being celebrated with hundreds of events across the country throughout February.

    5:15 PM — A police force named as the best employer for gay, lesbian and bisexual people in Scotland is celebrating LGBT History Month by flying the rainbow flag.The public display of support at Lothian and Borders Police headquarters in Edinburgh has been welcomed by gay rights organisation Stonewall, who compile the list of top employers.However, not everyone was pleased.

  • Census question is about sexuality not sex 5

    Information about individuals collected from the census is secret for 100 years and only the aggregate statistics are published.

    4:50 PM — A proposal to include a question on sexuality in the next UK-wide census has been backed by trade unionists and the Green party, but caused confusion among some people.A senior researcher who is an expert on LGBT issues told PinkNews.co.uk that any question must focus on sexual identity and not orientation.The academic, who asked not to be named, explained: "Some have put forward the argument that such a question involved someone's private sexual behaviour.

  • Germany criticised by EU over gay discrimination 2

    The EU commissioner said that the partnership registration scheme available to German same-sex couples do not represent equal rights.

    2:25 PM — The European Union commissioner for employment, social affairs and equal opportunities has started an infringement procedures against Germany and eleven other member states for failing to implement EU equal opportunities legislation correctly.Vladimir Spidla said that the German government has failed to bring provisions on equal treatment of gay and lesbian partnerships in line with EU directives.He said that the partnership registration scheme available to German same-sex couples do not represent equal rights.

  • Spanish opposition leader targets gay adoption 2

    PP has promised to establish a new “family“ ministry if they win the elections next month.

    12:20 PM — The man who wants to be the next Prime Minister of Spain has said he will move to ban gay adoption in the country.Mariano Rajoy, who leads the conservative Partido Popular, said in an interview that he is ready to take away the right to adopt from gay couples.Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero has called a general election for March 9th.

  • Obama sweeps to victory in latest primaries 1

    In Washington DC Senator Obama took 75% of the vote, in Virginia 64%.

    11:35 AM — Presidential hopeful Senator Barack Obama won primaries in Virginia, Maryland and Washington DC yesterday, as his rival for the Democratic nomination faced serious questions about her campaign.Senator Hillary Clinton flew to Texas, a key state, as analysts pored over data that suggests her support among women, Hispanic and older voters may be weakening in the face of Obama's string of wins.

  • Lesbians sue in Colorado for right to marry

    The couple were arrested when the office closed for the day and issued with citations for trespassing.

    11:10 AM — A lesbian couple are asking a court to rule that an amendment to a US state constitution banning same-sex marriage is unconstitutional.Kate Burns and Shiela Schroeder argues that the voter-approved amendment is religious in nature.They are due to appear in court this week charged with trespassing. The couple were arrested in September last year.

  • 12th February 2008

    South African police to act against homophobic officers

    Last week human rights groups and gay activists launched the 07-07-07 Campaign.

    4:02 PM — South Africa's Police Inspectorate has promised "decisive action" against officers who ridicule gay people or ignore homophobic hate crimes.Last week human rights groups and gay activists launched the 07-07-07 Campaign.On that day last year two lesbian women, 34 year old Sizakele Sigasa and 23 year old Salome Masooa, were raped, tortured and killed in Meadowlands, Soweto.

  • Gay rights leader attacked in Brazil 1

    Activists estimate that more than 2,680 gay people were murdered in Brazil between 1980 and 2006.

    3:40 PM — The President of Sao Paulo's Gay Pride Association was hospitalised after he was attacked at their offices yesterday.Alexandre Peixe dos Santos was gagged, hooded and beaten by an unknown number of attackers.The association organises one of the largest gay rights parades in the world. Last year three million revellers packed the streets of the Brazilian city in what officials have called the largest party in the world.

  • Clinton tries to lock down gay voters 11

    The former First Lady is facing a serious and sustained challenge for the Democratic party nomination from Barack Obama.

    2:05 PM — Presidential hopeful Senator Hillary Clinton has given an interview to an American gay newspaper in an attempt to portray herself as the obvious candidate for LGBT votes.The former First Lady, who is facing a serious and sustained challenge for the Democratic party nomination from Barack Obama, spoke to the Washington Blade on Sunday about issues such as workplace protection and hate crimes legislation.Her comments came just two days ahead of today's primaries in the states of Maryland and Virginia and Washington DC.

  • Irish mostly comfortable with gay family 11

    The Irish government is expected to bring forward proposals for a form of civil partnerships in the EU nation at the end of March.

    12:45 PM — A new survey published ahead of proposed legislation to legally recognise same-sex relationships has found that more than half of Irish people would be unconcerned if their child or sibling is gay.The Sunday Independent/Millward Brown IMS poll did find that significant proportion of people would be "concerned."The high figures of acceptance, 53% unconcerned about a gay child and 56% a gay sibling, highlight the growing acceptance of LGB people in a society that only decriminalised homosexuality 15 years ago.

  • Unions demand gay question on 2011 census 25

    Final decisions on the content of the 2011 Census will not be made until the consultation and testing programme is complete and Parliament gives formal approval in 2010.

    12:20 PM — The General Secretary of the Trades Union Congress Brendan Barber has joined with gay equality organisation Stonewall's chief executive Ben Summerskill to ask for questions on sexual orientation to form part of the census.The next national survey will take place in 2011.It is conducted every 10 years by the Office of National Statistics (ONS), who announced last year that they did not think a question about sexual orientation would not be suitable.

  • Huckabee challenges result in Washington

    Huckabee defeated McCain by a narrow margin in the Louisiana Republican primary and beat him by a large tally in the Kansas caucuses.

    12:05 PM — Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee is refusing to concede a loss to Arizona Senator John McCain in the Washington Republican caucuses.The Huckabee campaign is asking for a full recount of the caucus votes in order to determine the true winner of the contest.McCain believes he won the race, but has conceded to Huckabee's right to ask for a recount.

  • 11th February 2008

    Romania moves to exclude same-sex marriage

    Romania only joined the EU at the beginning of 2007, at which time it was required to recognise same-sex couples registered in other member states.

    7:30 PM — A leading human rights group has condemned an attempt by Senators in the Romanian parliament to change the country's Family Code on marriage.The far-right Greater Romania Party's amendment, which defines marriage as between a man and a woman, was passed unanimously by the Senate Judicial Committee.It will need full Senate approval before it moves to the Chamber of Deputies.

  • Swedish lesbians have a legal right to puppies

    During a phone call to the kennel owner enquiring about a puppy advertised for sale, the lesbian woman mentioned her partner.  photo: frazzledjen@flickr.com

    5:06 PM — An unusual case of discrimination in Sweden has led to a court ruling in favour of a women turned away from buying a puppy because she is a lesbian.The Local reports that the court of appeal in Stockholm confirmed that a kennel owner must pay 20,000 kronor (£1,580) for discrimination and harassment on the grounds of sexual orientation.During a phone call to the kennel owner enquiring about a puppy advertised for sale, the lesbian woman mentioned her partner. The owner then refused to sell the puppy to her.

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