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  • 1st October 2007

    Church of Norway votes to allow gay pastors 1

    The Bishops voted six to five for the measure

    5:37 PM — Bishops of Norway's Lutheran church voted on Tuesday by a close majority to allow gay pastors, a church official told a press conference.The Bishops Conference, a seven-man and four-woman panel of 11 Norwegian bishops, voted six to five for the measure, said their official representative, Olav Skjevesland.Theological doctrine currently followed in the Norwegian church officially excludes people living in a homosexual union from officiating at services.

  • UK Peer challenges Russian Patriarch over gay rights 1

    Homosexuality is “an illness“, according to the Russian Patriarch

    5:37 PM — Lib Dem peer Lord Russell-Johnston fought back today when Russian Patriarch Alexy II called homosexuality an "illness" at an international human rights conference.Addressing international MPs at well-respected human rights watchdog the Council of Europe, the Patriarch said: "This [homosexuality] is an illness, a change, a distortion of a human person."

  • Presidential hopeful Fred Thompson proposes compromise on gay marriage 1

    Fred Thompson  is a former Senator from Tennessee

    5:37 PM — The Republican Presidential hopeful Fred Thompson, who is considered "progressive" on gay rights, says he has met with social conservatives who will accept his position on gay marriage.Mr Thompson is in favour of a constitutional amendment that bars judges from allowing gay marriages but that would allow state governments to legalise gay marriage. "Everyone I have talked to in my meetings like this, the answer has been yes," said Mr Thompson.

  • Anti-gay reggae concerts cancelled 3

    Sizzla is known for his controversial lyrics

    5:37 PM — Concerts by Anti-gay reggae stars Sizzla and Elephant Man have been cancelled by Toronto's Kool Haus nightclub.The cancellation follows fierce campaigning by Canadian Gay Rights Lobbyists, who have called on the government to prevent the stars' arrival in the capital, OttowaCanada's anti-prejudice laws outlaw the instigation of hate crimes, and campaigners are encouraging the government to act on them.

  • Doctors acquitted on charges of infecting thousands with HIV

    Over 20,000 Canadians were infected with Hepatitis C and HIV because of the blood product

    5:37 PM — Monday morning in Alberta,. Canada and a judge acquits four doctors, a New Jersey company and a former Red Cross official of criminal charges regarding a tainted blood scandal in the 1990's.Because of improper screening, over 20,000 Canadians were infected with the Hepatitis C and HIV virus from a controversial medical blood product.

  • Massive march for lesbian rights hits South Africa

    The lesbian march took place in the township of Soweto, an urban area in Johannesburg

    5:05 PM — A massive march calling for greater protection for South African gays has erupted on the streets of Soweto following the murder of two lesbians last July.The women, 34 year old Sizakele Sigasa and 23 year old Salome Masooa were raped, tortured and killed in Meadowlands, Soweto.Their hands were tied up using their underwear and their tied ankles using their shoelaces. Both had been shot several times.

  • Child welfare unaffected by lesbian parents, study finds

    Lesbian mothers are more likely to be satisfied with their partner's parenting skills

    3:22 PM — The children of lesbian parents have similar levels of well being and child adjustment as those of heterosexual parents, a Dutch study has confirmed.Researchers from Amsterdam University looked at a hundred heterosexual couples and a hundred lesbian couples with children between the ages of four and eight who had been raised by couple since birth.While the child's well being remained identical in lesbian or heterosexual couples, the researchers discovered that several other factors were surprisingly different.

  • Website posts scandalous pictures of boxer in drag

    The boxer says the pictures of him are fake

    2:30 PM — Olympic Champion prizefighter Oscar De La Hoya is one of the hottest stars to ever step foot in a boxing ring, but this month a paparazzi website published pictures that show a very different side to the champ.Photos of De La Hoya dressed in skirts and panties have been circulating the internet, and although he denies the pictures are of him, you may have to judge for yourself.De La Hoya made his professional debut in 1992 and took titles in five different weight classes. Since that time, the promising showman also captured the hearts of his fans with his charismatic personality and flashy smile.

  • Irish government criticised by own Equality Authority over gay teachers

    90 per cent of teachers are employed in religious schools (photo: Flickr/ dave_mcmt)

    2:13 PM — The Irish Equality Authority has accused the Irish Government of hypocrisy over its commitment to gay rights after claims it is refusing to change laws that discriminate against gay teachers.The 1998 Employment Equality Act gives religious schools an exemption over discrimination law if employing someone will in it's view undermine the school's religious ethos. More than ninety per cent of teachers are employed by Catholic and other religious schools.

  • 29th September 2007

    Will shamed Senator Larry Craig resign tomorrow? 7

    Senator Craig promised to resign by tomorrow

    9:30 AM — Tomorrow, is the day by which Senator Larry Craig said he would resign from office after he was arrested in an airport bathroom sex sting, but it appears the embattled Republican isn't necessarily going anywhere any time soon.Shortly after Craig pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct, the Idaho senator said he would try to clear his name before the proposed resignation date. If he could accomplish that task, he suggested at the time, he may reconsider that decision.

  • Gay NYPD officer suing for discrimination

    While serving with the 79th Precinct, he took his partner to a work Christmas party.

    9:22 AM — An gay police office has claimed that he was threatened with violence and verbally abused by fellow officers and was treated unfairly by supervisors at the New York Police Department (NYPD).Michael Harrington, 30, made the claims in a lawsuit filed with the Manhattan Supreme Court.Other officers called him a "faggot" and one said he would hurt Mr Harrington if confronted, he claims.

  • 28th September 2007

    Congress may split workplace protection bill 21

    The two bill proposal from Congressman Barney Frank would rescue the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) from defeat in the House of Representatives.

    6:20 PM — Efforts by American lawmakers to protect LGBT people from employment discrimination are under threat from Congressmen not convinced of the need for gender identity protection.In a compromise, it has been proposed that two bills be introduced - one extending civil rights based on sexual orientation and another for gender identity.The upshot of this would be the defeat of the trans protections that are not supported by some Democratic lawmakers but the likely success of workplace protections for gay, lesbian and bisexual Americans.

  • Archbishop claims condoms are infected with HIV 7

    AIDS campaigners called the Archbishops comments 'nonsense' and defended the use of contraception.

    3:45 PM — The head of the Roman Catholic Church in Mozambique has claimed that some European-made condoms and anti-retroviral drugs are deliberately infected with HIV.Maputo Archbishop Francisco Chimoio's remarks, made at celebrations to mark 33 years of Mozambique's independence, have angered the country's many AIDS campaigners.Talking to a BBC reporter, the Archbishop Chimoio said: "Condoms are not sure because I know that there are two countries in Europe, they are making condoms with the virus on purpose."

  • Candidates OK with gay-themed children’s books 3

    The frontrunners for the Democratic party nomination for President in the 2008 election were speaking at an MSNBC candidates debate.

    1:50 PM — Presidential hopefuls John Edwards and Barack Obama have said they would be happy for their children to read stories featuring same-sex couples.Hillary Clinton was less enthusiastic, calling it a matter for "parental discretion."The frontrunners for the Democratic party nomination for President in the 2008 election were speaking at an MSNBC candidates debate.

  • Trans protection may be dropped from ENDA

    Gay rights groups have reacted with fury at the suggestion that gender identity protections may be dropped.

    1:19 PM — New laws designed to protect LGBT workers in the United States may be watered down because leading Democrats are split over the inclusion of gender identity.The Employment Non-Discrimination Act, currently before Congress, would extend federal employment discrimination protections to cover sexual orientation and gender identity.However, at a meeting on Wednesday of House of Representative Democrats, it became clear that ENDA would not be supported by many of them in its present form.

  • Chuck star open to working with gay groups 3

    The film's co-star Kevin James defended the movie againt accusations of homophobia.

    12:32 PM — Actor Adam Sandler has said that his latest gay-themed movie I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry is not meant to offend anyone and said he would be happy to work with gay rights advocates.The film, which is on release in the UK, is concerned with two semi-homophobic firefighters who pretend to be gay and a couple to receive partnership benefits.It was a massive hit in the US, knocking Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix from the number one slot at the box office.

  • Catholics call for boycott over SM apostles 1

    The Catholic League is asking a group of over 200 religious organisations, including Buddhists, Hindus, Muslims, Jews and Protestants to boycott the Miller brand.

    12:05 PM — A Roman Catholic pressure group is calling for a boycott of a brewing company's products after their logo appeared on a gay advert.Bill Donaghue, president of the Catholic League For Religious and Civil Rights, called for the boycott of Miller on US breakfast show Fox and Friends this morning.The move follows Miller's sponsorship of the Folsom Street Fair, which takes place on September 30th, during San Francisco's Leather Pride Week.

  • Civil rights groups join calls for same-sex marriage

    The Charles R. Williams Institute on Sexual Orientation Law and Public Policy at the UCLA School of Law filed a brief describing the diversity of same-sex couples in California.

    10:26 AM — Scores of religious, civil rights and child advocacy organisations — along with numerous municipal governments, bar associations and leading legal scholars — urged the California Supreme Court to put an end to state laws that deny same-sex couples the protections of marriage by submitting 30 amicus briefs earlier this week."We are not treating all Californians equally if some can marry and others cannot," said Alice Huffman, president of the California Conference of the National Association for the Advancement of Coloured People.

  • Homophobic sports star reaches out to suicidal gay teens 1

    Former NBA player Tim Hardaway, who made waves when he gave his now infamous “I hate gay people“ speech last winter, may be turning over a new leaf.

    10:03 AM — In a somewhat remarkable turn of events, former NBA player Tim Hardaway, who made waves when he gave his now infamous "I hate gay people" speech last winter, may be turning over a new leaf.The former Miami Heat guard has become an active part of a children's advocacy group, which caters to the gay community.Hardaway, who spent most of his time with the Heat during his professional career, retired in 2003.

  • 27th September 2007

    US Senate passes gay hate crimes law

    According to the FBI, sexual orientation bias motivated 14% of hate crimes in 2005.

    6:09 PM — In an historic step toward equality for LGBT Americans, the US Senate voted to pass the Matthew Shepard Act.It updates and expands the federal hate crimes laws to include bias motivated violence based on a victim's sexual orientation, gender identity, gender, and disability, and provides new resources and tools to assist local law enforcement in prosecuting vicious crimes.The Senate voted 60 to 39 to allow the new legislation to move forward.

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