13th March 2007
General in favour of gay military ban 3
11:40 AM — One of America's most senior army generals has come out in support of a total ban on gay men and women serving in the military.Marine General Peter Pace described homosexual acts as "immoral" in the Chicago Tribune newspaper, likening them to adultery.Gen Pace is the chairman of the US military Joint Chiefs of Staff. He said that he backed the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy.
12th March 2007
Latvian conservatives begin Pride backlash 2
3:26 PM — Christian groups in Latvia have welcomed fundamentalist US preachers and to the country and talked tactics about opposing gay rights.A meeting organised by Janis Vanags, Archbishop of the LatvianEvangelical Lutheran Church, was attended by Janis Pujats, the Latvian Roman Catholic Cardinal, and representatives of the Orthodox, Penecostals and other Christian sects.
Gay rights activists rally in Rome 4
2:46 PM — Thousands of Italians marched on Rome on Saturday to demand legal rights for unmarried same sex couples.50,000 activists, including leftists from Prime Minister Romano Prodi's coalition, took to a Roman piazza and rallied in support for a bill that would offer greater legal protection to unmarried couples.Some demonstrators wore bishop's mitres with slogans that attacked the Vatican.
9th March 2007
Gains for anti-gay party in Northern Ireland elections 1
5:19 PM — The results of the elections for the Northern Ireland Assembly show big gains for Ian Paisley's Democratic Unionist Party.The DUP tried to overturn the Sexual Orientation Regulations, which outlaw discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation when accessing goods and services.The regulations came into force in the province in January.
Gays to march for their rights in Rome
3:35 PM — Up to 50,000 Italian gay activists will campaign this weekend in Rome in support for same-sex unions.The campaigners will gather in the Piazza Farnese to voice their enthusiasm for the Dico Bill, which will grant gay and lesbian couples the right to make their relationships official, as well as to mutual assistance and inheritance.The bill is strongly opposed by the Catholic and right wing parties.
Republican activist defends porn career 1
3:26 PM — An ex gay porn performer seems to have repented his wicked ways - with a vengeance.Marine Corporal Matt Sanchez, formerly known as 'Rod Majors' and 'Pierre LaBranche,' has expressed conservative views about his eventful past."I don't like porn, it reduces the mind, flattens the soul," Sanchez wrote on his blog and on Salon.com.
Quebec DJ sacked for “club of fags” comment
1:35 PM — A Canadian shock jock has been pulled from the airwaves for making homophobic comments about the Parti Quebecois and its local candidates during an election campaign.Saguenay radio host Louis Champagne fell foul of the authorities at popular radio station CKRS when he described the Parti Quebecois as a "club of fags."Champagne also said that local factory workers would not vote for gay candidates.
8th March 2007
Rapper’s documentary prompts MPs on bullying 1
5:58 PM — The Channel 4 Schools documentary Coming Out To Class has generated interest at Westminster.The programme, presented by gay rapper QBoy, talked to young people who had come out of the closet while still at school.Lib Dem education spokesman Stephen Williams was inspired to table an Early Day Motion in the House of Commons after the documentary.
Analysis: Nigeria attacks the heart of human rights
5:37 PM — Legislation proposed by the Nigerian government last year designed to ban and criminalise same sex marriages and those who assist with it, is expected to be enacted by the National Assembly before the April 2007 elections.The Same Sex Marriage Prohibition Act 2007 in its current form provides that persons of the same sex and those who marry them or is a witness thereto will be committing a crime with a mandatory sentence of five years imprisonment.
Blood donation and insurance companies get regulations opt-out 3
2:50 PM — The new Sexual Orientation Regulations contain an opt-out for insurance companies and blood donor clinics that allows them to continue to discriminate on the grounds of sexual orientation.The SORs, published yesterday, protect gay, lesbian and bisexual people in England, Scotland and Wales from discrimination when accessing goods and services.Regulation 27 provides an exception to the SORs where a person is treated less favourably on grounds of his sexual orientation.
MPs vote for an elected House of Lords
12:25 PM — The House of Commons last night voted by a wide margin to have a fully elected House of Lords.The vote was not on an Act of Parliament and therefore will not immediately become law.It is thought that many traditional-minded MPs voted for the most radical proposal in order to scupper plans to elect a proportion of peers.
Catholic Church attacks gay rights bill 2
12:11 PM — A conference of bishops has said that new legislation which will grant rights to unmarried straight and homosexual couples will weaken marriage.The new law was a manifesto commitment by the ruling leftist coalition of President Tabare Vasquez.The government of Uruguay has brought forward the new law, and it will be voted on by the lower house of parliament later this week.
Regulations will come into force on April 30th 1
11:00 AM — New laws protecting lesbian, gay and bisexual people from discrimination when accessing goods and services will come into force at the end of next month.The Sexual Orientation Regulations will be subject to a vote in both Houses of Parliament before they can be implemented.The regulations were published by the government yesterday after months of political argument.
7th March 2007
Sexual Orientation Regulations published today 57
11:37 AM — The Government has today published the Sexual Orientation Regulations for Great Britain.Communities Secretary Ruth Kelly published the new regulations, which outlaw discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation in the provision of goods and services.The regulations come into force on the 30th April.
Government confirms protection but ends gay only bars 5
11:37 AM — The Communities Secretary Ruth Kelly earlier today published the government's planned regulations to protect from discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation.While it protects the LGBT community from discrimination, it means the legal end of gay or lesbian only bars.Ms Kelly, who despite being the combining her role as Communities Secretary and Minister for Equality has yet to vote in favour of gay rights.
6th March 2007
White House gay activist dies
4:55 PM — An HIV+ man who worked as a White House aide to President Bill Clinton and spoke out against government indifference to AIDS has died aged 56.Bob Hattoy made a memorable speech to the Democratic National Convention in 1992, in which he told America that he did not want to die.He had just learnt that he had AIDS, and he castigated then-President George Bush senior for doing nothing about the disease.
Italian government split on gay partnership law 4
2:22 PM — The Italian government stands divided over a bill which would give inheritance and healthcare rights to gay couples.The centre-left coalition government covers a variety of views on the subject, many of which are swayed by the country's staunch Catholicism.One opponent of the bill is senator Paola Binetti, a member of the conservative Catholic group Opus Dei.
Canadian leader tearful over anti-gay abuse
11:24 AM — A homophobic attack by a radio host left Andre Boisclair, the Parti Quebecois party leader, clearly emotional while giving a speech on Sunday.Bosclair, an openly gay candidate for local election in the region of Saguenay in Quebec, choked up while talking about the importance of tolerance.
Hillary Clinton quietly courts the gay vote
10:49 AM — The only female contender for the Presidency of the United States made an unpublicised appearance at a gay event on Friday.Senator Hillary Clinton spoke at a lunch hosted by Human Rights Campaign, the leading gay rights advocacy group in America.However, her office did not publicise her comments and yesterday she dodged questions as to why she spoke so warmly in favour of gay rights.
Riga Mayor backs Gay Pride march
10:19 AM — The new Mayor of the Latvian capital has backed gay rights march in the city later this year.In an interview with Diena newspaper, Janis Birks said he was ashamed at events last year, when bags of human excrement were thrown at gay marchers.Last month London Pride announced they would be "twinning" with Riga Pride as a sign of solidarity.