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  • 20th December 2006

    Judge denies push to dismiss charges in Gay Games protest

    A group of protesters from the Christian organisation Repent America (RA) staged several protests in response to the Gay Games

    12:00 AM — Federal Judge Milton Shadur, US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, has denied a motion from the city of Chicago to dismiss charges that it violated the First Amendment rights of anti-gay protestors during the Chicago 2006 Gay Games earlier this year.The organisation filed the civil law suit against the city of Chicago on the allegation that their members' free speech rights were violated.

  • US military recruits are comfortable with gay colleagues 5

    The study, released today, reveals that 73% of military members are comfortable with lesbians and gays, while nearly one in four (23%) service members report knowing for sure that someone in their unit is lesbian or gay

    12:00 AM — US military personnel are increasingly comfortable serving with openly gay colleagues, a poll from Zogby International and the Michael D. Palm Center claims.The study, released today, reveals that 73% of military members are comfortable with lesbians and gays, while nearly one in four (23%) service members report knowing for sure that someone in their unit is lesbian or gay, including 21% of those in combat units.

  • China bans foreign gay adoption

    The new rules will ban foreign people who are obese, disabled or unmarried, including gay people in the latter category

    12:00 AM — Gay people will be barred from adopting children in China as the country aims to stop an influx of foreign nationals wishing to adopt.The new rules will ban foreign people who are obese, disabled or unmarried, including gay people in the latter category.

  • Gay activists welcome President nod

    Mr Bush gave the bill his approval yesterday, making it law

    12:00 AM — Gay activists have praised US President George W Bush after he approved the Ryan White CARE Act this week.The Act provides medical and psychosocial services to people living with HIV/AIDS, it is named after a boy who was expelled from school for having AIDS, and dedicated his life to helping sufferers and proving that it is not a 'gay disease.'

  • Gay legal group settle over Subway HIV suit

    Among other things included in the settlement, the company agrees that its written policies will explicitly state that it does not discriminate against any qualified individuals with HIV

    12:00 AM — Gay law group Lambda Legal has today announced that it has settled a lawsuit filed in the United States District Court for the District of Nevada, Las Vegas division, on behalf of a man who was fired by a Subway restaurant owner because he has HIV.Among other things included in the settlement, the company agrees that its written policies will explicitly state that it does not discriminate against any qualified individuals with HIV.

  • Gay group advises Germany over EU role

    ILGA-Europe has published a memorandum to the EU Presidency highlighting how it would like the member state to act on issues of equality, non-discrimination and human rights

    12:00 AM — EU gay campaigners have published a document aimed at Germany as it steps into the presidency of the political body in the new year.Germany will take over from Finland which will complete its six month stint at the end of December, making way for the Germans in January 2007.

  • Swedish court rejects lesbian parents

    He claims that allowing this would undermine this right, despite legal precedents allowing lesbian adoption in the past

    12:00 AM — A Swedish court has rejected two separate applications from lesbians who want to adopt their partner's child.In both cases, the women were inseminated in Denmark where sperm donors are anonymous, but the Swedish judge has ruled that the child has the right to find out who their biological parents are.He claims that allowing this would undermine this right, despite legal precedents allowing lesbian adoption in the past.

  • Gay community refuses to hold burden over Anglican split

    The secession occurred over what the minority of Episcopal conservatives regard as a leftward drift in the Episcopal Church and the ordination of Bishop Gene Robinson, the openly gay bishop from New Hampshire

    12:00 AM — Progressive religious groups have expressed disappointment at the decisions by several Virginia parishes to spilt from the US Episcopal Church.The members of the Gay and Lesbian Task Force's National Religious Leadership Roundtable spoke out against a split after churches from the Diocese of Virginia, including the Truro Church and the Falls Church, which date back to British colonial times, voted to leave the Episcopal Church on Sunday.

  • 19th December 2006

    Gay activists welcome lobby group chief

    Mr Sammon immediately signalled an intention to move the Republicans into a more inclusive agenda

    12:00 AM — Gay lobby group The Log Cabin Republicans has named Patrick Sammon as the organisation's new President.Mr Sammon immediately signalled an intention to move the Republican Party into a more inclusive agenda, after disastrous mid term election results.

  • Councillors spur action on city HIV/AIDS budget cuts

    and Simon Williams asked the council's Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee (HOSC) to consider the issue

    12:00 AM — Brighton and Hove councillors have called on the local NHS to report on the impact of budget cuts into HIV/AIDS services in the city.Spending on HIV/AIDS services in the city has fallen from £437,000 in 2002/03 to £307,380 for this financial year (2006/7) and represents a cut of 30% if inflation is included.

  • Gay blogger faces $7.6 million lawsuit

    The site owner Mario Lavandeira is accused of copyright infringement

    12:00 AM — Gay blogger Perez Hilton is being sued by paparazzi after using their photos on his celebratory gossip website PerezHilton.com.The site owner Mario Lavandeira is accused of copyright infringement for using the pictures, which he marks with his own comments, without permission.

  • Court rejects gay banker’s discrimination appeal 1

    Peter Lewis, who earned in the region of £1 million a year, was seeking £5 million in damages from the bank

    12:00 AM — A gay banker who claims he was sacked because of his sexual orientation has had his appeal rejected at an employment appeals tribunal.Peter Lewis, who earned in the region of £1 million a year at HSBC, was seeking £5 million in damages from the bank in what was seen as one of the biggest gay discrimination cases in the UK.

  • Trans woman seeks damages after losing job offer

    Lambda Legal filed Lopez v. River Oaks in the Southern District of Texas in the Fifth Circuit of the federal court system

    12:00 AM — Gay law group Lambda Legal has filed papers in federal court in the Southern District of Texas on behalf of a transgender woman whose employment offer was allegedly rescinded because she is transgender."When the HR Director found out the company offered a job to a transgender person, the offer was rescinded," said Cole Thaler, Transgender Rights Attorney at Lambda Legal.

  • Campaigners oppose HIV transmission ruling

    The defence team argued that the HIV virus, which hit 426 children, existed before the medics began working at the hospital

    12:00 AM — An AIDS charity has expressed shock at the death sentence handed to five Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor for infecting hundreds of Libyan children with HIV.The case has been going on since 1999, but many medical experts believe the judgement is wrong, and the National AIDS Trust (NAT) claim the defendants have been turned into "scapegoats."

  • New book dares to show gay Jesus

    Cherry is not trying to prove that the historical Jesus had a homosexual relationship

    12:00 AM — "Christ's story is for everyone," said Kittredge Cherry, author of Jesus In Love, the first novel ever published about a queer Christ.Jesus In Love is a work of fiction that sparks debate by raising the issue of Christ's sexuality, including a gay love story between Jesus and his beloved disciple John.

  • Gay scandal church hunting out sinners 1

    Haggard resigned from his post at  Colorado's New Life Church last month amid reports of meetings with a gay rent boy

    12:00 AM — An Evangelical Church has begun a witch hunt for any sinners in an attempt to regroup itself after the scandal involving its former leader Ted Haggard.Haggard resigned from his post at Colorado's New Life Church last month amid reports of meetings with a gay rent boy, now acting Senior Pastor, Ross Parsley, has called for help to ensure that its ministers and ministries behave according to the Church doctrine.

  • Episcopal head denies gay split

    Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori says this does not mean the denomination is in a crisis

    12:00 AM — The head of the US Episcopal Church has moved to calm rumours of a split amid moves in diocese across America to distance itself from liberal viewpoints on gay clergy and same sex unions.Several churches from the Diocese of Virginia, including the Truro Church and the Falls Church, which date back to British colonial times, voted to leave the Episcopal Church on Sunday, but Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori says this does not mean the denomination is in a crisis.

  • Cardinal compares gay unions to paedophilia 6

    Cardinal Keith O'Brien made the statements in a speech at the Scottish InterFiath Leaders' conference last month

    12:00 AM — The Archbishop of St Andrews and Edinburgh has been criticised for comparing same sex partnerships to paedophiliaCardinal Keith O'Brien made the statements in a speech at the Scottish InterFiath Leaders' conference last month, and then left without allowing himself to be challenges.

  • Lesbian student awaits discrimination verdict

    Charlene Nguon. Nguon, 18, is suing her former principal, Ben Wolf, of Santiago High School in California, because he allegedly outed her to her mother

    12:00 AM — A decision will soon be made regarding the lawsuit filed by lesbian student against her school headmaster after she claims he outed her.Charlene Nguon. Nguon, 18, is suing her former principal, Ben Wolf, of Santiago High School in California, because he allegedly outed her to her mother after suspending her for being affectionate with her girlfriend on school grounds.

  • Police investigate internal gay rows 1

    Police are investigating religious expression within the force after rows have broken out between gay and Christian colleagues

    12:00 AM — Police are investigating religious expression within the force after rows have broken out between gay and Christian colleagues, according to reports.The Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) will produce guidelines after the review to recommend the best way forward.

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