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  • 11th September 2007

    Sri Lankan newspaper calls for action against homosexuality 1

    The article makes claims about the number of homosexuals in Sri Lanka who become involved in commercial sex work to make a living. Photo sbaker@flickr.com

    12:44 PM — A local Sri Lankan newspaper, Divaina last week published a feature about homosexuality and effeminate men in Sri Lanka and the problems they face as they get older.The article goes on to make claims about the number of homosexuals in Sri Lanka who become involved in commercial sex work to make a living.The Sinhala newspaper is a sister title of the English-language newspaper The Island.

  • Americans support gay workplace protection 2

    64 percent of GLBT adults are comfortable introducing their spouse, partner or significant other to their co-workers, compared to 50 percent in 2002.

    12:25 PM — Nearly two-thirds of all American adults (64 percent) believe it is unfair that US federal law currently allows for an employer to fire someone because they are gay or lesbian.A similar majority (60 percent) of heterosexual adults were not even aware that federal law does not provide protections for employees on the basis of sexual orientation.In the UK, gay, lesbian and bisexual workers have had legal protection from discrimination since 2003.

  • Law student drops gay question lawsuit 1

    Mr Dunne had asked a federal court to back his argument that the test violated his rights and targets his religious beliefs.

    11:42 AM — A man who failed Massachusetts' bar exam has dropped a lawsuit in federal court claiming that he failed because he refused to answer a question related to gay marriage.A question came up concerning the rights of two married lesbians, their children and their property.Stephen Dunne claimed the question itself was "morally repugnant," because it legitimises same-sex marriage and parenting, which he opposes.

  • Schwarzenegger urged to back gay marriage

    The California bill would be an important step toward ending the discrimination and damaging burdens that the lack of access to marriage imposes.

    10:20 AM — Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger should ensure basic human rights to all Californians by signing The Religious Freedom and Civil Marriage Protection Act, granting full marriage equalityfor same-sex couples, Human Rights Watch urged today in a letter to the former action hero.Last Friday, by a vote of 22-15, the California State Senate approved AB 43, The Religious Freedom and Civil Marriage Protection Act, extending civil marriage to lesbian and gay couples.

  • 10th September 2007

    Barrymore will not be charged over Lubbock death

    Stuart Lubbock died in 2001

    7:30 PM — Gay entertainer Michael Barrymore will not face charges over the death of Stuart Lubbock at then home in 2001Mr Barrymore was questioned at Harlow police station in Essex today Monday, along with Justin Merritt and Jonathan Kenny all of whom had been arrested in June 2007 over Mr Lubbock's death.The Crown Prosecution Service advised that no one should face criminal charges following the investigation but that the case should remain open.

  • Lib Dems reveal London Mayor candidates 7

    Mr Paddick is currently a Visiting Fellow of Ashridge Business School.

    5:05 PM — The Liberal Democrats have announced a shortlist of three names to go forward to a members' ballot to decide their candidate for London Mayor.Liberal Democrat members in London will vote on the candidates next month, with the successful Mayoral candidate being announced in early November.There are three candidates on the shortlist. Chamali Fernando, a barrister from Finchley, is running for the party's nomination against Fiyaz Mughal, a Haringey councillor, and Brian Paddick.

  • Straight men sue over gay wedding announcement 1

    Ross Weil, 29, and Brett Royce, 28, college friends who were also flatmates, claim that they have been harmed, while simultaneously claiming there is “nothing wrong“ with being gay.

    2:31 PM — Two heterosexuals are claiming millions of dollar in damages after a false notice in a university newsletter announced they had got married in Boston.Ross Weil, 29, and Brett Royce, 28, college friends who were also flatmates, claim that they have been harmed, while simultaneously claiming there is "nothing wrong" with being gay.The bogus wedding announcement claimed the friends were The "Class Notes" section of the spring edition of alumnus quarterly American Magazine married in Boston in June 2006.

  • Sisters final appeal over inheritance tax 1

    They wrote to the European Court of Human Rights and were shocked when the court agreed to hear their case.

    2:04 PM — Two sisters in their eighties will argue in front of European judges this week that the law treats them less favourably than a lesbian couple.The siblings have been living together in Wiltshire since they were born, but Joyce, 88, and Sybil Burden, 80, fear that one of them will be left with a large inheritance tax bill when the other passes away.In 2005 the implementation of the Civil Partnership Act brought inheritance laws for gay couples in line with those of married couples.

  • Barrymore questioned again over pool death 5

    The arrest of Mr Barrymore in June came after audio recordings he made in preparation for a possible biography were seized by police

    1:40 PM — Gay entertainer Michael Barrymore was questioned again by Essex police in connection with his recent arrest on suspicion of sexual aassult and murder.The former Celebrity Big Brother and Strike It Lucky star reported to Harlow police station at 10.30am today.His arrest and questioning relate to the death of butcher Stuart Lubbock in 2001.

  • Christians may be sued over Little Britain posters

    The Christian posters, which have now been removed from the CPO website, featured the catchphrases “Am I bovvered,“ “Yeah, I know,“ and “Yeah, but no, but yeah.“

    11:31 AM — An attempt by Christians to 'reach out' to young people has led to threats of legal action from lawyers representing the interests of gay comedian Matt Lucas and his fellow comics David Walliams and Catherine Tate.A major supplier of religious publicity materials, Christian Publishing and Outreach, used catchphrases from Little Britain and The Catherine Tate Show in a series of posters that also carried Bible quotations.

  • Paisley resigns as church leader 3

    The Free Presbyterian Church mounts a yearly counter-protest against Belfast Pride at the City Hall.

    11:06 AM — Ian Paisley, the First Minister of Northern Ireland, is to step down from the leadership of a church he founded 56 years ago.The veteran politician has come under pressure from members of the Free Presbyterian church over gay rights issues.The fundamentalist Christian sect have been outraged that Mr Paisley and other members of his Democratic Unionist Party have ignored their objections to government financial support for Pride marches.

  • Gay rights battle over school sex education

    “Children deserve an education that will help them have a better understanding and respect for themselves and others.“

    10:51 AM — LGBT advocacy group Lambda Legal has announced it will represent a branch of Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) in a lawsuit over a decision by the Montgomery County School Board in Maryland to include information about sexual orientation as part of the health education curriculum for 8th and 10th graders.The "Respect for Differences in Human Sexuality" curriculum will provide education on sexual orientation that includes medically accurate information as it relates to homosexuality, according to a press release from the organisation.

  • US church calls for end to gay military ban

    The statement calls upon leaders at all levels of government to support the repeal of “Don't Ask, Don't Tell“

    10:40 AM — The Metropolitan Community Churches (MCC), which has more than 300 churches and 43,000 members around the world, has joined other communities of faith in opposing the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell@ policy of the U.S. military.Declaring that "the very forces mobilised not only to defend our country but to establish freedom and justice for all should no longer be allowed to provide refuge for bias, bigotry and injustice," Rev. Elder Nancy L. Wilson, moderator of MMC.

  • 9th September 2007

    Homophobic neo-Nazi gang charged in Israel 5

    A member of the gang in a photograph released by Israeli police

    11:02 PM — Israeli police say that they have broken up a homophobic neo-Nazi gang who have allegedly attacked gays, the homeless, foreigners and orthodox Jews.Seven of the eight strong gang were former Soviet Union born suspects aged between 16 and 21 who became Israeli citizens through the country's "right of return". None are considered to be Jews by religious authorities but qualified as Israeli citizens by claiming they had at least one Jewish grandparent.

  • 8th September 2007

    Schwarzenegger set to veto gay marriage again 5

    Arnold Schwarzenegger with fellow anti-gay marriage politican, President George Bush

    4:30 PM — Action hero actor turned Republican Californian Governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger, is expected to veto a bill allowing gay marriages for the second time in two years.The Californian Senate voted 22 to 15 to support the bill (AB43) that would allow gay marriage based on a "a civil contract between two persons," that would allow religious insitutions to refuse to officiate gay marriages. Democrat Senator Sheila Kuehl said: "Our love is a good love, and the same as others."

  • 7th September 2007

    Church ‘missing the point’ of equality legislation 9

    Stonewall said that new discrimination laws are designed to protect people of faith and the LGB community.

    5:20 PM — Gay rights group Stonewall has responded to the Church of England's assertion that proposed new laws on discrimination will mean that "religion and belief seemed to be treated as subordinate to other rights."The Church's Archbishop's Council, which formulates policy, made its views known in a response to the Discrimination Law Review.The public consultation on the review ended on Tuesday.

  • Decision on Barrymore charges next week 5

    Meat factory worker Stuart Lubbock was found dead in Barrymore's swimming pool after a party in March 2001

    4:26 PM — Gay comic Michael Barrymore will find out next week if he is to face charges over the death of a man at his Essex home six years ago.Meat factory worker Stuart Lubbock was found dead in Barrymore's swimming pool after a party in March 2001.In June 2001 Barrymore and two other men were arrested and bailed in connection with the incident.

  • TURING: Yours shamefully 4

    It is the moral responsibility of every tolerant developed nation to grant asylum seekers the right to residence.

    2:45 PM — It is high time that the Home Office defined its policies for dealing with LGBT asylum seekers. Shame that it still refuses to do so.Iran is no place to be gay. Nor is it the best place for Westerners to campaign for the rights of sexual minorities.Even according to the most conservative of estimates, no fewer than 4000 people may have been executed in Iran for the 'crime of homosexuality' since the Islamic Revolution of 1979.

  • Cameron defies critics over gay rights 71

    The speech laid out Mr Cameron's “mood music“ for the next election amid speculation that the Prime Minister may decide to go to the country as early as next month.

    1:30 PM — The leader of the Conservative party has attacked right-wing critics in his own party and committed himself to civil partnerships and gay rights.In a wide-ranging address to an audience of candidates and party workers in London, David Cameron spoke about "modern Conservatism," and made clear that recent critics of his leadership were out of touch.He presented a manifesto around the themes of change, family, responsibility, and "leadership for the internet generation."

  • Feature: Grim realities of life for gays in Iran

    Iranian organisation IRQO has published an in-depth interview with a gay male couple about the challenges of living in the Islamic Republic.

    12:48 PM — Gay Iranian organisation IRQO has published an in-depth interview with a gay male couple about the challenges of living in the Islamic Republic, both from the religious authorities, their families and other Iranians. Kamran, 24 and Kaveh, 25, have been together about 3 years."The way we are looked at is a source of torment for us. Even though physically we are not any different from them they discriminate against us. This makes our lives extremely difficult. I don't think there is any problem greater than being labeled abnormal in society when you are certain nothing is wrong with you."

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