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  • 16th April 2007

    Slow passage of gay adoption in Colorado

    The bill does not allow a gay couple to adopt a child that is un-related to either partner, leaving intact Colorado's law prohibiting such adoptions.

    11:35 AM — Same-sex couples can adopt each other's children in Colorado thanks to a bill given preliminary approval Wednesday by the state Senate.The bill passed on a party line voice vote over the objections of critics who accused majority Democrats of trying to override the voters' will."This bill is about the homosexual agenda, and it's not about what's best for children," said state Senator Scott Renfroe.

  • 13th April 2007

    Scrap faith schools, teachers conference told

    Last month MPs on the Commons education committee singled out the Roman Catholic church for criticism.

    5:35 PM — A radical proposal to remove all state funding from religious schools was defeated at the NASUWT conference in Belfast yesterday.However, teachers at the annual union conference did vote to call on the government to stop building new faith schools. The government is committed to increasing the number of faith-run schools.The union, the National Association of Schoolmasters and Union of Women Teachers, has 200,000 members across the UK.

  • Christianophobia peddled by gay press says “So Macho” preacher 10

    Mr Hargreaves has funded the SCP with royalties he continues to receive for co-writing and producing the 1980s anthem  So Macho

    3:42 PM — The songwriter-cum born-again preacher George Hargreaves has accused the "pink press" of peddling hatred of Christians.Mr Hargreaves is standing as a candidate for his Scottish Christian Party in the Scottish parliamentary elections on May 3rd."This is not about gay rights, it's about gay wrongs," he told The Times. 

  • Pride organiser will not be prosecuted for flower protest

    The Moscow mayor is facing a lawsuit from Mr Alexeyev for calling gay people “satanic.“

    2:19 PM — One of the leaders of the Moscow Pride movement has been told he will not now be prosecuted for his actions at the banned event last year.Nicolas Alexeyev was arrested on 27th May 2006 after a group of activists attempted to lay flowers at The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, a war memorial, equating the struggle for gay rights with fighting fascism.In May 2006 the city's mayor, Yuri Luzhkov, refused to issue a permit for the Pride march.

  • Councillor denies smearing gay Lib Dem 130

    Ms Grell is to appear at Waltham Forest Magistrates Court on Tuesday to answer charges under the Representation of the People Act 1983.

    2:05 PM — A Labour councillor has said she totally refutes charges that she made false statements about the personal life of her gay opponent.Miranda Grell, 28, won a formerly safe Lib Dem seat in last May's council elections.Her opponent Barry Smith is now at the centre of a prosecution being brought against Ms Grell.

  • Hate crimes legislation named for Matthew Shepard

    Matthew's parents were both present when The Matthew Shepard Act was introduced as bipartisan legislation at Congress yesterday.

    11:09 AM — A new federal law that will grant protections based on sexual orientation or gender identity in the United States is to be named after the murdered gay teenager who brought the issue of hate crimes into the American consciousness.Matthew Shepard was beaten and left for dead, tied to a fence in freezing Wyoming in 1998.He was the victim of a hate crime, targeted because he was gay.

  • Hate group funeral protests banned 2

    The church was the subject of a BBC2 documentary by Louis Theroux broadcast earlier this month.

    10:49 AM — The Governor of Kansas has signed into law a bill aimed at stopping a homophobic church group from protesting at the funerals of soldiers killed in Iraq.The Westboro Baptist Church, based in Topeka, Kansas, first gained notoriety for their noisy picket at the funeral of Matthew Shepard.Their extreme homophobia has led them to protest at the funerals of servicemen and women killed in action.

  • 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.

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