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  • 3rd April 2007

    Australian state considers same sex partner register

    It is not yet known what exact rights the register in Victoria will allow for.

    12:35 PM — The Premier of Victoria in Australia has called for more rights for gay couples.Labour Premier Steve Bracks has asked Attorney-General Rob Hulls to advise the government on whether a gay relationship register could be established in Victoria.The register would be similar to a model already at work in Tasmania.

  • Trans employment project launches in LA

    A new programme launched this month is helping transgender women and men, especially those engaged in sex work.

    11:45 AM — Few people find it more difficult to find steady and rewarding jobs than transgender men and women.Facing a complex and daunting combination of transgender phobia, homophobia and gender discrimination in the workplace, many transgender adults accept low-level and low-paying jobs or—worse yet—turn to sex work to survive.

  • American gay teens lobby for their rights

    Gay youth make a difference because their tales might remind politicians of how it felt to be picked on in high school.

    11:34 AM — A group of gay youth lobbied California assemblyman Curren Price on Saturday, asking him to co-sponsor a bill that would protect young people from discrimination in schools.The lobbyists included Maria Ramos, 18; Andrew Konke, 21; and Ignacio Pitalua, 19. Pitalua told the congressman that being picked on by other kids was "a big obstacle to learning," the AP reported.These young people are not alone in their activism. Others like them are protesting for gay rights across the country.

  • Internet abuse by child triggers police investigation 2

    Mr Rawlinson said his son was terrified when the police arrived at their home, and thought that he would be locked up in a prison cell.

    11:21 AM — An 11-year-old boy has been the subject of a homophobic hate crime investigation after he labelled a classmate a "gay boy" in an e-mail.The parents of the 10-year-old victim complained to police after seeing the e-mail, which they viewed as homophobic bullying.Two policemen from Widnes in Cheshire then visited the boys' primary school to speak to the head teacher.

  • 2nd April 2007

    Court rejects Moscow Pride appeal 1

    Mayor Luzhkov said earlier this year that he will never allow a gay parade to take place in Moscow, and called gay people “Satanic.“

    5:23 PM — Moscow City Court has upheld a ban on a gay rights march in the city last year.Organisers have vowed to fight on and are taking their case to the Russian Supreme Court, where they hope to receive a more "objective" ruling.Today's decision is the latest in a string of court actions regarding last year's events.

  • Homophobic preacher harassing Swedish royal family 2

    The Westboro Baptist church has protested at over 100 funerals of soldiers killed in the line of duty in Iraq.

    4:29 PM — A spokesman for Sweden's royals has confirmed that American preacher Rev Fred Phelps has been faxing hate messages to them.Phelps and his Westboro Baptist church are best known for their "God Hates Fags" campaigns in the United States.They were the subject of a BBC2 documentary by Louis Theroux broadcast last night.

  • Ex-wife not aware Governor had gay lovers 1

    Stone told the  Star-Ledger  that she, too, doubts McGreevey is gay.

    2:58 PM — The estranged wife of gay ex-New Jersey governor James McGreevey did not know her husband was carrying on a relationship with a man, says the ghostwriter for her upcoming memoir.Elizabeth Stone, the uncredited co-author of Silent Partner, due out May 1st, spoke about writing Dina Matos McGreevey's book Saturday.She spoke during a Fordham University panel discussion on memoir writing for students and alumni.

  • Gay Big Brother star faces political opposition

    Graham, a farmer and former model, famously “outed“ himself on the reality show last year.

    2:52 PM — Openly gay Big Brother contestant David Graham is the target of Australian National Party MPs who have vowed to stop his efforts at breaking into politics.Graham, a farmer and former model, famously "outed" himself on the reality show last year.He is a long-time member of the National Party, but his homosexuality has proved too much for some in the party.

  • Tribunal set for landmark ruling 11

    Mr Reaney was previously employed as a youth officer for the Norwich and Chester Church of England diocese.

    2:37 PM — This week's employment tribunal involving the Bishop of Hereford could set an important precedent for gay people.A gay man, John Reaney, is claiming that he was discriminated against on the grounds of his sexuality.The case will be a test of the 2003 law that protects gay, bisexual and lesbian people in employment.

  • Riga Pride attacker to be prosecuted

    14 people were arrested, but magistrates imposed non-custodial sentences on the Pride attackers.

    12:01 PM — A right-wing nationalist who allegedly orchestrated last year's attack on a gay Pride march in Latvia is to be prosecuted for inciting public disorder.Viktors Birze, who heads the National Force Union, is to face charges in relation to events last July.Gay men and lesbians were refused permission to march in Riga on 22nd July by city officials.

  • Bishop compares gay rights to incest 11

    A newspaper article later said the Archbishop was merely using incest and paedophilia as examples of changing morality.

    11:03 AM — The new head of the Italian Bishops Conference has been heavily criticised by politicians for comparing moves to give gay couples some rights to incest and child abuse.Archbishop Angelo Bagnasco, who was appointed last month, is in charge of the Roman Catholic church campaign to block a new law that would allow unmarried couples, gay and straight, some legal protection.

  • Comment: Why I am keeping faith with Labour 1

    I was seduced by New Labour's idealism, its optimism and its apparent desire to make Britain a better and fairer place.

    10:37 AM — I joined the Labour party in 1999 at the age of 16 with the desire to make my own small contribution to building a better Britain.I've always felt that having strong beliefs and values and being courageous in expressing them is a crucial part of playing a role in society.Some people choose religion and God, but for me, an atheist, the choice was politics and the Labour party.

  • Comment: Why I left the Lib Dems for the Tories 16

    I am reassured that David Cameron will ensure we don't go back to the dark days of Section 28 and inequality.

    10:20 AM — They say a leopard never changes it's spots, but it's clear over the last twelve months that David Cameron and the Conservative party have set about changing the way they think, act and formulate policy to respond to the needs of a modern Britain.For years, I was a member of the Liberal Democrats, and represented them both locally as a councillor, and nationally when I stood as a candidate in the general election.

  • 1st April 2007

    Stonewall backs gay youth worker in case against bishop 11

    Mr Reaney was told the job was his if the bishop approved.

    10:38 AM — The Rt Rev Anthony Priddis, the Bishop of Hereford is accused of blocking the application of a gay man to work within his diocese.John Reaney, 42, was previously employed as a youth officer for the Norwich and Chester Church of England diocese.Within the application form for a similar job in Hereford, Mr Reaney admitted that he was gay. Following a successful interview, he was told that subject the consent of the Bishop, he would be appointed.

  • 30th March 2007

    Hollywood actor considers White House run

    His Southern drawl and bulky frame makes him an ideal candidate for what Americans imagine the leader of the free world should look like.

    3:28 PM — The veteran actor Fred Thompson, best known for his work on TV show Law and Order, is considering running for the Republican nomination for President of the United States.Thompson, 65, is a former Senator from Tennessee and starred opposite Harrison Ford in The Hunt for Red October. He has combined entertainment work with law and politics throughout his adult life.

  • Radical AIDS activists take to the streets of New York

    The protest concluded at the “Wall Street Bull“ statue, as the fervent group observed those engaging in civil disobedience.

    3:05 PM — 27 people were arrested yesterday during a protest demanding health care for all in the United States.The event commemorated the 20th anniversary of ACT UP's AIDS activism and direct action.The activists were demanding also demanding single-payer national health insurance and drug price controls.

  • Charging for HIV treatment is danger to public health say MPs

    MPs and peers found that the government was in breach of its human rights obligations by charging pregnant women for treatment.

    11:57 AM — A committee of MPs and peers has called on the government to stop the NHS charging migrants for HIV and maternity treatment.The report from the Joint Committee on Human Rights has been welcomed by HIV charities.In a wide-ranging examination into the treatment of asylum seekers, the committee examined the decision in 2004 to introduce charges for NHS care for failed asylum seekers.

  • Weekend conference to tackle homophobic crime

    The number of homophobic hate crime cases that make it to court is very low because witnesses and victims fear repercussions from the perpetrator.

    11:41 AM — Stonewall Cymru will be calling for greater partnership work between the policeand the lesbian, gay and bisexual community at their annual conference on tomorrow.The gay equality organisation will be highlighting the need to reassure the LGB community that homophobic hate crime is being tackled as a priority.

  • Nigeria anti-gay law stalls 1

    “Corruption remains widespread at every level of Nigerian society“ Changing Attitude in Nigeria said in a statement.

    11:13 AM — The impending elections in the African state of Nigeria could mean that a draconian law banning gay lifestyles may not become law.The federal polls are due to be held on 21st Arpil. Nigerians will vote for a new President and elect both houses of the National Assembly.The Same Sex Marriage (Prohibition) Bill was debated on the 22nd March but as the Assembly is now out of session, it is hoped the bill will die.

  • Church must be safe haven for gays says Williams 3

    Archbishop Williams has conceded in the past that the church could split over gay issues.

    11:13 AM — The Archbishop of Canterbury has said that the Anglican church must listen to gay and lesbian people and provide a safe place for them.He was responding to an internal church report into the progress of dialogue within the Anglican communion.At a conference in Lambeth in 1998 the church promised to listen to the experience of gay and lesbian people.

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