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  • 23rd January 2008

    God Hates Fags fanatics may picket Ledger funeral 59

    The Westboro Baptist Church, led by Fred Phelps, has generated publicity by protesting at the funerals of US service personnel killed in action.

    3:50 PM — The Westboro Baptist Church has declared its intention to protest at the funeral of actor Heath Ledger, who died yesterday.The 28-year-old was best-known for his Oscar-nominated performance in gay-themed cowboy movie Brokeback Mountain. Although the cause of death is unknown, a drugs overdose is suspected. The Westboro Baptist Church, led by Fred Phelps, has generated publicity by protesting at the funerals of US service personnel.

  • Poland defiant over gay adoptions 6

    93% of Poles are against adoption by homosexuals according to a recent opinion poll.

    2:40 PM — Following yesterday's ruling by the European Court of Human Rights that gay people are entitled to adopt, a leading member of the governing political party in Poland has said they will defy the ruling.The deputy speaker of the Parliament, Stefan Niesiolowski, is a member of the Citizen's Platform (PO)."The Court can go on and make a ruling, it still won't be enforced in Poland," he said.

  • Italian government faces confidence vote

    Church-state relations remain frosty following Pope Benedict XVI's repeated attacks on the proposed legislation to recognise gay couples.

    1:01 PM — The fate of Romano Prodi's administration rests on the votes of Senators after one of the nine parties that form the coalition government withdrew.Yesterday he called on Parliament to back him after the Christian Democrats pulled out on Monday, leaving him two votes short of a Senate majority. He has been in government less than two years.The House of Deputies, where he retains a majority, will vote on a motion of no confidence today.

  • Oscar nomination for documentary about lesbian cop

    Award-winning director Cynthia Wade is known for making unflinching films about controversial social issues.

    11:30 AM — A short documentary feature that chronicles a landmark legal battle over same-sex partner entitlement to pension benefits has been nominated for an Academy Award.Cynthia Wade's moving 38-minute documentary film Freeheld focuses on New Jersey Police Lieutenant Laurel Hester's battle to transfer her pension to her domestic partner, Stacie Andree.The film was awarded a Special Jury Prize at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival and picked up eleven additional awards at film festivals in New York, Los Angeles, Boston, Seattle and Denver.

  • 22nd January 2008

    Actor withdraws from White House race

    Mr Thompson represented Tennessee in the Senate from 1994 to 2003.

    10:40 PM — A former star of hit TV show Law and Order has pulled out of the race for the Republican candidate for President of the United States after a string of poor showing in the primaries.Fred Thompson announced his decision earlier today and it is not known if he will back any of his opponents for the nomination. In 2004 he backed Senator John McCain."I have withdrawn my candidacy. I hope that my country and my party have benefited from our having made this effort," he said.

  • “Gay” firemen movie nominated for worst film of 2007

    Many gay men were uncomfortable with the crude stereotypes the film relies on to get laughs from its heterosexual target audience.

    11:50 AM — The nominations for the worst films of 2007 have been announced, and an attempt to make a comedy film about gay marriage has made it to the 28th annual Golden Raspberry awards shortlist.I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry has been nominated in eight categories including Worst Film, Worst Actor (Adam Sandler), Worst Supporting Actor (Kevin James), Worst Supporting Actress (Jessica Biel) and Worst Screen Couple (Sandler and either James OR Biel), Worst Screenplay and Worst Director.

  • Euro Court rules gay couples eligible to adopt 6

    ILGA-Europe (the European Region of the International Lesbian and Gay Association), FIDH (Fédération Internationale des Ligues des Droits de l'Homme), APGL (Association des Parents et futurs Parents Gays et Lesbiens) and the BAAF (British Association for Adoption and Fostering) were granted permission to take part in the proceedings as third parties.

    11:50 AM — The European Court of Human Rights has ruled refusing gay couples the right to adopt a child because of their sexual orientation is discriminatory and in breach of the European Convention of Human Rights.Today the Grand Chamber delivered its judgement on gay adoption in the case of E.B. v France.Ms. E.B. is a lesbian nursery school teacher who has been living with another woman since 1990. She applied for approval as a possible adoptive parent in February 1998.

  • Gay Argentine leaders will fight to have marriage recognised

    Only a few areas of Argentina recognise civil unions between same-sex couples: Buenos Aires itself, the province of Río Negro in Patagonia, and the city of Villa Carlos Paz in Córdoba province.

    11:50 AM — The leaders of the Comunidad Homosexual Argentina married in Madrid on Monday.The two leaders of the leading gay rights organisation in Argentina have married in Madrid, under the law which allows same-sex couples to marry in Spain. Same-sex couples cannot get married in Argentina.César Cigliutti and Marcelo Suntheim have a recognised civil union under legislation which was passed in the Argentine capital, Buenos Aires, in 2003, but are unable to marry in Argentina.

  • Same-sex couples as committed as straight ones

    The study examined whether committed same-sex couples differed from engaged and married opposite-sex couples in how well they interacted and how satisfied they were with their partners.

    11:50 AM — Same-sex couples are just as committed in their romantic relationships as heterosexual couples, a new report has revealed.The finding disputes the stereotype that couples in same-sex relationships are not as committed as their heterosexual counterparts and therefore not as psychologically healthy.The study examined whether committed same-sex couples differed from engaged and married opposite-sex couples in how well they interacted and how satisfied they were with their partners.

  • US evangelicals rate gays as top election issue 4

    23% of voters said the “political efforts of conservative Christians“ are a major problem facing the country.

    11:15 AM — A survey has revealed that for evangelical Christians in the United States homosexuality is one of the key issues in the 2008 election.The Barna Group's research found that in this important group of voters abortion was the most pressing problem their country faces for 94%.For 75% of evangelicals "homosexual lifestyles" or the "political efforts of homosexual activists" were a concern. Among the general population only 35% agreed.

  • European court to rule on gay adoption 6

    The ruling will have an impact on gay adoption laws throughout Europe.

    10:45 AM — The European Court of Human Rights will this week rule on whether the French authorities were right to refuse to allow a lesbian couple to adopt a child.The ruling will have an impact on gay adoption laws throughout Europe.A woman identified as EB, a 45-year-old French nursery school teacher, had been living with R, a psychologist, since 1990.

  • Swedes supportive of gay marriage 5

    Six of the seven parties represented in Sweden's parliament are in support of gay marriage.

    10:45 AM — A new poll has found that a majority of people in Sweden support moves to grant gay and lesbian couples full marriage.The three opposition parties in Sweden have said they may force a bill through parliament to extend marriage to gay and lesbian couples.Under current laws, dating back to 1987, marriage is defined as being between a man and a woman.

  • McCain’s win in South Carolina a “significant boost”

    South Carolina voters indicated they were more concerned about the economy than about illegal immigration, the war in Iraq or terrorism.

    10:20 AM — Arizona Senator John McCain has been declared the winner in the South Carolina primary results, beating out former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee for a significant win in the first Southern primary.Former Tennessee Senator Fred Thompson won over former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney to take third place in the race.McCain led over Huckabee with 33 percent to 30 percent in a tight race.

  • 21st January 2008

    GLAAD announces nominees for 19th Media Awards

    The GLAAD Media Awards aim to recognise and honour media for their fair, accurate and inclusive representations of the LGBT community and the issues that affect their lives.

    1:05 PM — The Gay Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) has announced the nominees and honourees for its 19th Annual GLAAD Media Awards.Nominees this year include the films Across the Universe, The Jane Austen Book Club and Stardust, dramas Brothers Sisters and The L Word and comedies Desperate Housewives, Ugly Betty and The War at Home.My Name is Earl and Law Order are nominated in the category for an individual episode (in a series without a regular LGBT character), while Project Runway is listed in the reality programme category.

  • Irish authority calls for trans equality review

    The tender documents say that the new report should also explicitly identify trans people as covered under the gender ground.

    1:05 PM — Ireland's Equality Authority is seeking tenders for a report on extending equal status legislation to cover discrimination against trans people.The Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform is reviewing the grounds covered by the Equal Status Acts, which outlaw discrimination on the grounds of gender, marital status, family status, age, disability, sexual orientation, race, religion and membership of the Traveller community.

  • Gay nursing home opens in Germany 2

    “When you are old, the last thing that you want to do is to have to hide. And you certainly don't want to give up your identity and live in some hostile environment, possibly sharing a room with someone who despises you.“

    1:05 PM — Europe's first gay nursing home has opened in Berlin.Berlin's gay mayor Klaus Wowereit is publicly supporting the ground-breaking project, which culminates years of planning and fund-raising.The newly built, four-storey nursing facility in the Pankow district of the German capital can accommodate 28 patients in state-of-the-art rooms with private bathrooms and enough space for some of their own furnishings.

  • Teen sports pictures found on gay porn sites 1

    State Assembly member Jose Solorio promised an investigation but said it was unclear whether re-posting the pictures, taken from school and other websites, is illegal.

    12:08 PM — Parents and politicians in southern California have condemned sexually explicit gay websites which feature photos of teenage boys playing water polo.An investigation by the Orange County Register discovered photographs of players from eleven high schools in the area, some as young as 14, posted next to naked images of young men on a website registered in London.Players from other California high schools were also found.

  • Gay Jesus play condemned by church 2

    Set to open on February 7th as part of Sydney's annual Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras festival, Corpus Christi depicts Jesus and his followers as gay, and ends with Jesus being crucified.

    12:08 PM — A controversial play that depicts Jesus being seduced by Judas and conducting a gay marriage for two apostles has been condemned by church leaders ahead of its opening in Sydney.The Anglican Bishop of South Sydney, Robert Forsyth, expressed his outrage at the plot of Corpus Christi on Sunday, calling the play "historical nonsense.""It is deliberately, not innocently, offensive and they're obviously having a laugh about it," he told the Sun-Herald newspaper.

  • Cuban law may recognise same-sex partners, say officials 2

    The proposed change to Cuban family law would put members of same-sex unions on a par with heterosexual couples, said psychologist Mariela Castro, who is the daughter of acting President Raul Castro and niece of Fidel.

    12:08 PM — The Cuban Communist Party is considering granting legal recognition to same-sex unions, as health officials prepare to authorise sex-change operations, the director of the Cenesex sex education centre in Cuba has said.The proposed change to Cuban family law would put members of same-sex unions on a par with heterosexual couples, psychologist Mariela Castro, who is the daughter of acting President Raul Castro and niece of Fidel, told EFE.

  • Obama references gays in Martin Luther King speech 1

    Senator Barack Obama is arguably the first African-American candidate with a realistic shot at the White House.

    11:10 AM — The only United States federal holiday honouring an African-American is celebrated today, and Democratic candidates in the Presidential races have evoked the memory of Martin Luther King in their bid for the White House.Celebrated on the third Monday in January, Martin Luther King Day will be marked with a debate between the Democratic candidates sponsored by the Congressional Black Caucus and broadcast on CNN.Martin Luther King Day was signed into law by a Republican President, Ronald Reagan, in 1983.

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