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  • 13th April 2007

    Australian PM – keep HIV people out 1

    His comments were in response to reports that 70 of the 334 new HIV infection cases reported in the state of Victoria in 2006 were among immigrants.

    10:30 AM — John Howard, the Prime Minister of Australia, has said that people with HIV should not be allowed to migrate into the country.Interviewed on radio, the outspoken Liberal leader said that HIV+ people who came to Australia either as migrants or refugees, should not be allowed in the country.

  • Riga Pride ban overturned

    Last year gay campaigners were attacked with eggs and bags of excrement and left feeling under siege by protesters when they quietly celebrated Riga Pride.

    10:10 AM — Gay activists in Latvia were celebrating yesterday after a court ruled that the decision to ban a gay Pride march in 2006 was illegal."The right of the LGBT community to organise a march has been evaluated as having more importance than the desire of some other people to push a certain community out of the public arena by means of threats and violence."

  • 12th April 2007

    Gay bishop speaks in favour of gay unions

    If the bill passes the state legislature it will have to be signed by New Hampshire Governor John Lynch to become law.

    5:15 PM — Gene Robinson, an openly gay man whose appointment as Bishop of New Hampshire continues to cause controversy, has given evidence in favour of same-sex civil unions.Last week the New Hampshire House of Representatives voted to bring forward legal unions by a margin of two-to-one, and this week the state Senate will consider the bill."This legislation simply has nothing do to with religious bodies."

  • Lesbians released by Nepal rebels

    At the start of 2007 gangs of Maoist militants launched a campaign in Nepal against the country's gay and lesbian population.

    4:06 PM — Two women working for an HIV/AIDS advocacy group in Nepal have been freed from a Maoist camp after a month in captivity.Dukhani Choudhary, 16, and Sarita Choudhury, 20, were taken by the rebels on March 2nd.During their detention they were interrogated about their relationship and pressured into returning to a heterosexual lifestyle.

  • Vatican’s gay attitude criticised by French contender

    Despite his criticism of the church, M Sarkozy has made clear his own opposition to gay rights.

    1:29 PM — A politician who is on course to become the next President of France has spoken out against the anti-gay rhetoric of the Roman Catholic church.Nicolas Sarkozy, the UMP candidate for the Presidency, has maintained a consistent lead over his main rival, the Socialist Segolene Royal.The first round of elections are held on 22nd April.

  • Homophobic violence at Jamaica funeral

    Sex between men in Jamaica is illegal, and punishable with up to ten years in jail, usually with hard labour.

    1:01 PM — A funeral service in the Carribean island of Jamaica has been disrupted by a mob attempting to attack a group of mourners.The Easter Sunday funeral of Kirk Wayne Lester, a Jamaican businessman, was attended by "gay cross-dressers," reports Real Jamaica Radio.A mob surrounded the church and attacked people thought to be gay with knives, stones and bottles.

  • Cardiff Mardi Gras celebrate Charlotte’s baby news 57

    Cardiff Mardi Gras attracts around 40,000 visitors and is now In its 9th year.

    11:35 AM — The organisers of one of the largest free lesbian and gay festivals in the UK yesterday celebrated the pregnancy of one of their patrons.Singer Charlotte Church announced last week that she is pregnant. The 21-year-old is a patron of Cardiff Mardi Gras."The Mardi Gras committee are delighted to hear the news of Charlotte's pregnancy," said Mardi Gras spokesman Mark Williams.

  • Presidential hopeful’s cancer “in remission”

    Thompson is a former Senator from Tennessee and starred opposite Harrison Ford in The Hunt for Red October.

    11:35 AM — Fred Thompson announced yesterday that he has cancer.The veteran actor, best known for his work on TV show Law and Order, is considering running for the Republican nomination for President of the United States.In a statement, the 65-year-old said he has an indolent lymphoma which is not life-threatening.

  • 11th April 2007

    Gay adoption site sued for discrimination

    Gay rights advocates said her decision to allow a trial was an important step forward.

    5:09 PM — One of the largest adoption websites in the world is being sued for refusing to accept a listing from a gay couple.Michael Butler and Richard Butler, who live in California, took action against Arizona-based adoption.com and its owners, Nathan and Dale Gwilliam, in December 2003.The couple have finally been given permission by a judge to go to trial.

  • Presidential hopeful courts gay voters

    Edwards ran for Vice President in 2004 alongside Bob Kerry, but lost to the Bush/Cheney Republican ticket.

    1:14 PM — Democratic candidate for President of the United States John Edwards has been showing off his support among gay political donors.Edwards has released a list of 25 LGB supporters, among them David Mixner, a gay activist who raised millions of dollars for Bill Clinton's campaigns for the White House.The former Senator from North Carolina is making a play for the gay vote in the hotly-contested Democrat nomination for President.

  • Transsexual granted new legal identity without surgery

    There are thought to be up to 10,000 transsexual people in Spain.

    12:34 PM — A Spanish man who had his gender confirmed by civil officials.He is thought to be the first beneficiary of a new law that allows transsexual people to be legally identified as a sex different from that recorded at birth without having undergone gender reassignement surgery.50-year-old Julio Cuesta was granted official documents by the civil registry office in Valencia yesterday.

  • 10th April 2007

    Putin set to re-appoint Moscow mayor

    Media speculation in the Russian papers suggests that Luzhkov is looking to get re-elected without any real opposition.

    6:03 PM — The homophobic mayor of Moscow may be re-appointed in the next few days.The 70-year-old politician, Yuri Luzhkov, has been mayor of the Russian capital since 1992.Media speculation in the Russian papers suggests that Luzhkov is looking to get re-elected without serious opposition.

  • Police appeal for help with missing person case

    Police think he may be staying with a friend in London, or that he may have gone to Brighton.

    5:25 PM — Have you seen this man?Police in Dover are seeking help from the gay community in finding David Anthony Redman, who went missing from the area of Townwall Street, Dover, on March 9th 2007.Police think he may be staying with a friend in London, or that he may have gone to Brighton.

  • 61% think Britain a better place for gay people

    57% thought Mr Blair has remained in office too long.

    2:10 PM — A damning opinion poll on Tony Blair's ten years as Prime Minister has produced a few positive results, among them the finding that nearly two-thirds of people think Britain is a better country for LGB people to live in.The poll in Sunday's Observer contained little good news for the Prime Minister.69% thought Britain a more dangerous country now than in 1997 and 58% disagreed that it was happier.

  • HIV+ man detained for reckless transmission

    Adelaide barrister Stephen Walsh QC will conduct an independent review of the Health Department's handling of the case.

    2:01 PM — As many as twelve Australians may have been infected with HIV, after an HIV positive gay man used the internet to have unprotected sex.Stuart McDonald was detained in Glenside Hospital last week for recklessly endangering his sexual partners.McDonald found his sexual partners through Gaydar, the gay meeting website. His profile has now been removed.

  • DLR death fall may have been a gay altercation

    The two men had spent the day at a pub in Poplar, and some media reports have suggested they were in a gay relationship.

    12:53 PM — A man killed by a train last week may have been in a relationship with another man who was arrested at the scene of his death.Robert Carter, 34, of Poplar, east London was hit by a Docklands Light Railway train just after 10pm on Monday, April 2nd.Shortly beforehand, he was involved in an altercation with another man outside the station.

  • Gays take part in White House Easter tradition

    First Lady Bush defended the participation of gay families.

    12:05 PM — Lesbian and gay families took part in the historic Easter Egg Roll at the White House yesterday.At a time when issues such as gay marriage and adoption rights are being contested all over America, the Family Pride Coalition encouraged hundreds of LGBT families to attend the annual Easter egg roll outside the Presidential residence.The tradition began in 1878 and is a day of fun and games for children of all ages.

  • Lesbian chainsaw murder trial excites press interest 1

    Wright, 43, is accused of murdering in Darlene VanderGiesen and cutting up her body with a chainsaw.

    11:47 AM — A small rural community in the United States is at the centre of media attention as more details of a gruesome murder emerge.A deaf, black lesbian woman is on trail for the murder of an alleged rival.Commentators are already discussing the possibility that Daphne Wright might become the first woman ever sentenced to death in the state of South Dakota.

  • Homophobic voice message leads to court case

    Cheshire was arrested five days later after a complaint was made to police.

    11:11 AM — A 42-year-old man has been given a 12-month conditional discharge for leaving abusive messages on a gay man's phone.Anthony Cheshire, of Nunfield, Chipperfield, attends Alcoholics Anonymous and Watford Magistrates Court heard that he had been drinking at the time of the incident.Cheshire was trying to contact the chairman of his AA group, John, reports the Edgware Times. 

  • Church discriminates against gay people says Archbishop 2

    The Rt. Rev. Dr. Barry Morgan said that gays in the church are feeling isolated. photo: copyright © :The Royal School of Church Music

    10:22 AM — The head of the Anglican church in Wales has called for an end to discrimination against gays and lesbians.In his Easter sermon, the Rt. Rev. Dr. Barry Morgan said that gays in the church are feeling isolated and women are not treated as equals.His comments came at the end of a week when a bishop of the Church of England faced an employment tribunal in Cardiff over allegations he discriminated against a gay man seeking employment.

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