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  • 13th November 2006

    Campaigners seek Christmas cheer for El Salvador gays

    William Hernández is the director of Asociación Entre Amigos (Between Friends Association) and he and other members of the organisation have allegedly received death threats

    12:00 AM — Amnesty International is encouraging people across the UK to send a message of solidarity to William Hernández - a gay activist in El Salvador who has received death threats apparently intended to deter him from campaigning - as the campaign group launches its annual Greetings Card Campaign.William Hernández is the director of Asociación Entre Amigos (Between Friends Association) and he and other members of the organisation have allegedly received death threats.

  • Young gay Londoners have their say 2

    A conference, supported by the Metropolitan Police Service sees young LGBT people come together with service providers, funders and local decision makes

    12:00 AM — Lesbian and gay Londoners are set to have a say on their city with the launch of a new LGBT Youth Council tonight.A conference, supported by the Metropolitan Police Service sees young LGBT people come together with service providers, funders and local decision makes to really have their say on matters important to them.

  • Ugandan lesbian faces deportation 2

    Homosexuality in Uganda is punishable with life imprisonment

    12:00 AM — A Labour MP is supporting a Ugandan lesbian's plight after she is facing deportation despite fleeing her Muslim father after he threatened to kill her, according to reports.Faridah Kenyini, 20, came to Britain in 2004 and has been in a relationship with Sarah Garenette, a British security officer, however, a judge at her asylum hearing recently questioned her sexuality and ordered that she return home.

  • 10th November 2006

    Comment: Death won’t bring repentance 2

    Hanging Saddam Hussein is easy. But is it morally right?

    12:00 AM — Gay campaigner Peter Tatchell claims that hanging former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein would not bring repentance.Hanging Saddam Hussein is easy. But is it morally right? Will it best serve the cause of justice? How will it help his victims and their loved ones? Is the Butcher of Baghdad beyond redemption?

  • Victoria backs gay union scheme

    Steve Bracks has reportedly sent officials to meet with the Victorian Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby (VGLR) group to agree on a Tasmanian style gay union scheme

    12:00 AM — Victoria state Premier Steve Bracks has backed gay registration schemes, as state elections emerge.Mr Bracks has reportedly sent officials to meet with the Victorian Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby (VGLR) group to agree on a Tasmanian style gay union scheme.He has been under pressure to introduce such a law but has previously ruled out calls for civil unions.

  • Jerusalem gays find pride 23

    Around 3000 officers have been deployed to protect the rally which is under way now

    12:00 AM — It's been ridiculed, threatened and cancelled three times, but 4,000 members and supporters of Jerusalem's gay community have managed to pull a rally together today in replacement of a pride march.The event, held at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem's Givat Ram campus, included performances from Israeli hip-hop group Hadag Nachash, speeches by politicians and religious leaders.

  • Mid-terms present ‘new opportunity’ for gay army policy 3

    The SLDN may also be buoyed by the resignation of US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld

    12:00 AM — A gay military group has hailed the mid-term elections as a 'new opportunity' to end discrimination in the armed forces caused by the Pentagon's Don't Ask Don't Tell ban on openly gay recruits.The Servicemembers Legal Defence Network (SLDN) announced it is looking forward to the new Democratic leadership in Congress but warned there is still much to be done.

  • Student praised after gay-straight club campaign

    Daniella Smiley was met with opposition from the school system when she initially circulated the idea, with groups afraid of the promotion of homosexuality

    12:00 AM — An education campaign group has congratulated a student who has successfully pushed for a gay-straight alliance (GSA) club to be allowed in her North Carolina School.Daniella Smiley was met with opposition from the school system when she initially circulated the idea, with groups afraid of the promotion of homosexuality, but now Currituck County High School, has approved the club.

  • Gay rights back on Washington agenda 3

    The nightmare of the last 12 years, of Christian Republicans in charge of the federal government, of hostility to gay rights, women and abortion, is finally over

    12:00 AM — The Virginia Senate race has finally been declared for the Democrats, meaning the US midterm elections are now over. What does the power shift in Washington mean for the gay and lesbian community in America?Tony Grew analyses the results and looks forward to the key role that gays and lesbians will play in the 2008 Presidential election.

  • Gay soldiers fought for freedom despite discrimination

    Remembrance day is held to mark the anniversary of the end of the First World War and also to remember the soldiers and civilians who died in other wars

    12:00 AM — It's a shame that lesbian and gay personnel contributed so much to both World Wars but had to return to discrimination in Britain, gay campaigner Peter Tatchell said today on the eve of Remembrance Day.Remembrance day is held to mark the anniversary of the end of the First World War and also to remember the soldiers and civilians who died in other wars, which Mr Tatchell said statistically would have involved a lot of gay and lesbian personnel as well as other members of the community.

  • Massachusetts avoids gay marriage debate 1

    Hundreds of protesters on both sides of the same-sex marriage debate gathered outside the Massachusetts statehouse

    12:00 AM — Massachusetts's gay community can breathe a sigh of relief after the state's legislature delayed a gay marriage debate until next January.Anti-gay protesters had hoped that an amendment would be passed to ban same sex unions after similar results in Tennessee, Colorado, Virginia and Wisconsin.

  • 9th November 2006

    Gay campaigners join calls for equality “shake-up” 12

    l-r: Colm O'Cinneide, UCL senior law lecture, Labour MP Angela Eagle, Stonewall's Alan Wardle, Raea Flood, Alliance for Inclusive Education, Siobhan Endean, Amicus, Lord Herman Ouseley, Former Chair of the Commission for Racial Equality

    12:00 AM — Activists from gay, black, disabled, elderly and religious groups gathered in City Hall to discuss the Discrimination Law Review which will set out the manifesto for the new Commission for Equality and Human Rights (CEHR) and will form the Single Equality Act.Alan Wardle, Public and Parliamentary Affairs spokesman for gay charity Stonewall, joined a panel headed by Lee Jasper, Director of Equalities at the London Mayor's Office, which included representatives from the Muslim Council of Britain, trade unions, lesbian MP Angela Eagle and the Disability Rights Commission.

  • Church leader opposes gay school book 1

    Pastor Rod Lewis is calling on local residents to support his opposition to a book called Daddy's Roommate, which contains pictures of two men cuddling on the couch

    12:00 AM — A Staffordshire cleric has launched a campaign to stop literature about gay relationships being shown in schools.Pastor Rod Lewis is calling on local residents to support his opposition to a book called Daddy's Roommate, which contains pictures of two men cuddling on the couch.

  • South Africa speeds up gay union debate 10

    South Africa has sped up its law set to legalise same sex unions

    12:00 AM — South Africa has sped up its law set to legalise same sex unions by removing talk of the rights of unmarried couples until a later date.The Parliament has been ordered to introduce a law by December 1 2006 but has found a plethora of views with religious groups seeking exemptions and gay groups desperate not to be left with an unequal system.

  • Mexico may back gay unions 1

    Mexico's northern state of Coahuila along with the capital, Mexico City, is considering a civil unions law for same sex couples

    12:00 AM — One of the world's biggest Catholic nation's looks set to introduce gay partnership laws, according to reports.Mexico's northern state of Coahuila along with the capital, Mexico City, is considering a civil unions law for same sex couples.Mexican gay campaigner, Rocio Sanchez, called it a step towards equality.

  • Gay friendly Democrats control Senate 3

    The Democrats are reported to have gained control of both Houses

    12:00 AM — The Democrats have taken control of the US Senate in the mid-terms as the final election results come through.The party already won the House of Representatives yesterday but winning the Senate would make it the first time since 1994 that the Democrats controlled both Houses of Congress and could mean a brighter future for gay rights legislation.

  • Tourism minister shamed over Jerusalem Gay Pride 23

    Speaking at a World Travel Market event this week, Israel's Minister for Tourism, Isaac Herzog, encouraged holidaymakers to visit the country

    12:00 AM — An Israeli gay rights campaigner has criticised the country's Tourism Minister for not opposing violence against tomorrow's gay pride march in Jerusalem, while tension builds before the event with vigils being held along with calls for calm.Speaking at a World Travel Market event this week, Israel's Minister for Tourism, Isaac Herzog, encouraged holidaymakers to visit the country, telling PinkNews.co.uk that there are no problems with gays and lesbians coming.

  • Homophobia “perfectly legal” in Faroe Islands

    The petition expresses discontent that homophobia is made “perfectly legal” because the government does nothing against it

    12:00 AM — LGBT activists in the Faroe Islands have generated around 20,000 signatures in an online petition demanding an end to sexual orientation discrimination and a registered partnership law to bring the islands into line with the rest of the Nordic region.The petition expresses discontent that homophobia is made "perfectly legal" because the government does nothing against it.

  • Jerusalem gay pride cancelled amid Gaza violence 23

    The rally will be held inside a stadium at the Hebrew University's Givat Ram Campus

    12:00 AM — Jerusalem's gay pride march has been moved into a controlled area following escalating violence in the Gaza Strip, meaning police cannot guarantee adequate numbers to prevent riots between the ultra orthodox Jews and parade marchers at tomorrow's event.A compromise has reportedly been reached between the religious community, who had been protesting daily against the march, and the organisers, meaning the event will now comprise of a rally at a stadium.

  • Gay gardener rejected 4

    A Texas gardening company which openly rejected an applicant because he is gay has been inundated with complaints

    12:00 AM — A Texas gardening company which refused a business partnership because the request came from a gay man has been inundated with complaints.Garden Guy told Michael Lord he could not be met with last month because the company "chooses not to work with homosexuals."The landscapers proudly claim to follow the word of God, believing the grass is greener on the other side, and is against gay marriage, but now the owner Sabrina Farber has been mown down by verbal attacks and emails criticising her stance.

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