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  • 20th April 2007

    New Hampshire will get civil unions

    Massachusetts has legal same-sex marriage and Vermont, New Jersey, and Connecticut have allowed civil unions.

    2:14 PM — The Governor of the American state of New Hampshire indicated yesterday the he will sign into law a bill to legalise same-sex civil unions.The state will become the fourth in the USA to allow such unions. The bill passed the state's House of Representatives by a margin of 2 to 1.It is due to be voted on by state's Senate next week and is expected to pass.

  • Welsh politicians stand up for diversity

    It comes as a direct response the British National Party's decision to stand in every regional list seat in the National Assembly elections on 3rd May.

    1:33 PM — Political leaders from across the political divide are to join together to promote tolerance and diversity across Wales.The leaders of Welsh Labour, Welsh Conservatives, Plaid and the Welsh Liberal Democrats, as well as other parties, will take part in Hope not Hate Sunday, an event organised by anti-facism group Wales Friends of Searchlight.

  • 19th April 2007

    Australians worry about gays next door

    Nearly 32,000 people in 19 European countries as well as in Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the USA were asked the question: Would you like to have persons from this group as your neighbours?

    12:34 PM — Global research into attitudes towards minorities has found that a quarter of Australians do not want gay neighbours.However, that figure still did not exceed the homophobia expressed in Italy and other conservative European nations.The people of Northern Ireland were the most prejudiced against gay people, with 36% saying they did not want them moving in next door.

  • Day against homophobia gets support from ministers 1

    A joint statement by the Minister of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Meg Munn, Minister for Women and Equality, (pictured) pledges their support for the worldwide protest day.

    12:03 PM — The International Day Against Homophobia, to be held on 17th May, has received the backing of government ministers.A joint statement by Ian McCartney, Minister of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Meg Munn, Minister for Women and Equality, pledges their support for the worldwide protest day.

  • Poland gay rights march faces counter-demo 1

    The gay rights march is part of the 4th Krakow Festival of Gay and Lesbian Culture.

    11:39 AM — This Saturday's March for Tolerance in the Polish city of Krakow will be picketed by a rightwing group with a history of hatred for gay people.All-Polish Youth has said they will take to the streets to protest against homosexual rights."We will not permit the sodomites to enter the city's main square," a spokesman for the group said, according to Catholic World News.

  • Colorado approves workplace protection law

    Colorado lawmakers, led by Democrat state Senator Jen Veiga, have passed similar bills in the last two years.

    11:25 AM — Forgive gay and lesbian Coloradans if they aren't jumping for joy at the recent news that their state Senate approved a bill that would bar workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation.Colorado lawmakers, led by Democrat state Senator Jen Veiga, have passed similar bills in the last two years but both were vetoed by former Republican Governor Bill Owens.

  • US clergy endorse hate-crimes legislation

    A house version of The Matthew Shepard Act was introduced as bipartisan legislation at congress last week.

    10:10 AM — Religious leaders from all of America's 50 states rallied on Capitol Hill yesterday in support of legislation to give homosexuals greater protection under existing hate-crime laws.The bill in question, which has been named the Matthew Shepard Act in memory of the gay college student killed in Wyoming in 1998, will afford the Justice Department with greater powers to investigate crimes motivated by sexual orientation or gender identity.

  • 18th April 2007

    Tory MP worried by polygamous gay immigrants 7

    In all countries that have legalised gay marriage or any other form of same-sex recognition, polygamy is illegal.

    12:31 PM — A backbench Conservative MP has expressed concern that polygamous gay men or lesbians will be able to move to the UK and claim multiple benefits.David Davies told the Daily Mail that current provision which allows Muslims with more than one spouse to claim benefits for additional wives is unacceptable.

  • Comment – It’s all change in France, Turkey and Britain 5

    The socialist Madame Royal has by far been the most vocal supporter for gay rights.

    11:34 AM — Across the continent, new leaders will be taking charge. What does it mean for gays? Ben Leung reports. For those of us living in Europe, the next six weeks could well be one of those extraordinary periods that future generations look back on with fascination.With two monumental elections taking place at either end of the continent - France in the west and Turkey in the east.

  • US lawmakers mock gender reassignment 1

    Another Republican asked if deer were going to be issued with new documents after they are neutered.

    10:45 AM — A bill which would have made it easier for people who have undergone gender reassignment to get new birth certificate has been treated with ridicule by Illinois representatives.The state's House of Representatives discussed the bill yesterday, and the comments of several members were accused of "serious insensitivity."The state of Illinois already allows for new birth certificates to be issued to people who undergo gender reassignment surgery in the US.

  • Iraqi gays victims of “sexual cleansing” 3

    Salim criticises the government for refusing to offer any protection to its LGBT citizens.

    10:12 AM — The lesbian and gay community in Iraq have called for urgent action from the international community to protect LGBT people in the country.The groups have labelled the violence in Iraq aimed at gay people "sexual cleansing," and say that the number of victims is growing on a daily basis.The last three months have seen the most bloodshed.

  • 17th April 2007

    Could drag past scupper Presidential dreams?

    The former mayor's drag performances are already showing up on YouTube.

    5:59 PM — The campaign of presidential hopeful Rudy Giuliani could be damaged by his past as a drag queen, political experts say.Giuliani , the former Mayor of New York, has only appeared in drag in public a handful of times.At an annual political roast in 1997, Giuliani came on stage wearing a platinum blonde wig, makeup and a pink gown.

  • Gay activists focus on stopping the BNP 10

    Regarded as no more than a extreme minority group a decade ago, the BNP took their first three seats on Burnley council in 2002.

    5:03 PM — OutRage!, the gay rights action group, has urged LGBT people and their friends to vote in the elections on 3rd May to defeat the BNP.Elections will be held for the Scottish Parliament, the Welsh Assembly and for various councils across England.The BNP is openly homophobic, racist and Islamophobic, but claim they merely represent the views of British working-class white people.

  • Howard backs down over ban on HIV+ migrants

    Mr Howard's comments could be in breach of Australia's anti-discrimination legislation.

    2:59 PM — The Prime Minister of Australia has been forced to abandon plans to refuse entry to HIV positive migrants and refugees.A government spokesman has said that the commitment made by John Howard will be "quietly dishonoured," after he came under fire from HIV/AIDS groups.The HIV/AIDS Legal Centre said that HIV positive patients were already barred from entry into Australia in most cases.

  • Maoist rebels told to stop gay bashing

    Human Rights Watch said the kidnapping shows the need for all parties in Nepal to endorse protections for full equality.

    11:50 AM — The Communist Party of Nepal must stop anti-gay violence by its cadres and renounce anti-gay rhetoric, Human Rights Watch said today in a letter to lawmakers.The former rebel Maoists are now part of the Nepalese governmentIn the most recent known example of discriminatory attacks, Maoist soldiers detained a woman and a teenage girl accused of having a sexual relationship.

  • Gay marriage stunned Canadian PM 1

    Same-sex marriage was cemented in law throughout Canada in 2005 by the Civil Marriage Act.

    11:12 AM — The former Prime Minister of Canada, Jean Chretien, has admitted that he was "stunned" by court rulings legalising gay marriage.In 2003, the last year of Chretien's premiership, eight out of ten Canadian provinces legalised gay marriage through a series of court rulings.Gay couples have had access to most rights associated with marriage since 1999.

  • 16th April 2007

    BB homophobe’s posters targeted

    Before the start of the election campaign, SCP posters were put up in parts of Glasgow, only to be ripped down again.

    5:41 PM — A candidate for a Christian party in the Scottish elections has complained that he is the victim of vandalism and theft.Tom Forrest gained press attention three years ago when he refused to take a booking for two gay men at his Bed Breakfast establishment.He is standing as a candidate for the Scottish Christian Party in the elections on May 3rd.

  • Anti-cruising councillor victim of hate campaign 2

    Local residents and allotment users had complained about gangs of men using areas of the park for sex during the day.

    3:51 PM — A Lib Dem candidate for Birmingham City Council is being targeted by a hate campaign after complaining about gay men using a local park for sex.Michael Mullaney is standing for re-election in the Moseley and Kings Heath ward.He used YouTube to highlight anti-social behaviour by gay cruisers. It has now been decided to cut back the bushes in Highbury Park.

  • 13th April 2007

    Christianophobia peddled by gay press says “So Macho” preacher 10

    Mr Hargreaves has funded the SCP with royalties he continues to receive for co-writing and producing the 1980s anthem  So Macho

    3:42 PM — The songwriter-cum born-again preacher George Hargreaves has accused the "pink press" of peddling hatred of Christians.Mr Hargreaves is standing as a candidate for his Scottish Christian Party in the Scottish parliamentary elections on May 3rd."This is not about gay rights, it's about gay wrongs," he told The Times. 

  • Councillor denies smearing gay Lib Dem 130

    Ms Grell is to appear at Waltham Forest Magistrates Court on Tuesday to answer charges under the Representation of the People Act 1983.

    2:05 PM — A Labour councillor has said she totally refutes charges that she made false statements about the personal life of her gay opponent.Miranda Grell, 28, won a formerly safe Lib Dem seat in last May's council elections.Her opponent Barry Smith is now at the centre of a prosecution being brought against Ms Grell.

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