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  • 23rd April 2008

    Government of Bahrain seeks to punish ‘homosexual children’ 6

    MP's have called for a study into how widespread homosexuality is in Bahrain

    10:59 AM — The government of Bahrain is taking action to stamp out homosexuals in the country. In a wide ranging set of proposals MP's have set out a number of initiative designed to rid the country of homosexuals.

  • Peers vote for freedom to criticise the LGBT community 27

    Religious groups will also welcome the amendment

    10:19 AM — Peers have made an amendment to the Criminal Justice Bill that will protect the freedom of speech of comics, rap artists and those who criticise other people’s sexuality.

  • Clinton wins Pennsylvania following a weekend of gay campaigning 1

    Hillary Clinton has won Pennsylvania

    7:00 AM — Hillary Clinton has won the Pennsylvania Democratic primary election but she still trails her rival Barack Obama. With almost all votes counted, Mrs Clinton won 55 per cent of the Pennsylvania voters to 45 per cent for Mr Obama.

  • 22nd April 2008

    New rights for lesbian parents in New South Wales

    It was estimated 20 per cent of the state's female same-sex couples had children

    4:39 PM — The government of New South Wales (NSW) has announced that children born through in-vitro fertilisation (IVF) to lesbian mothers will have the same rights as those of heterosexual couples.

  • Green MEP condemns decision to scale back anti-discrimination directive 2

    Juris Lavrikous of the International Lesbian and Gay Association told the EU observer, "This is a huge step back"

    3:40 PM — Jean Lambert, Green MEP for London, has condemned the European Commission’s apparent decision to end its plans to protect people against discrimination on grounds of age and sexual orientation.

  • Polish official who accused Tinky Winky of being gay resigns 3

    Tinky Winky is the largest of the Teletubbies. He is sometimes found dancing in a ballet-style tutu from time to time, which is also often worn by Laa-Laa.

    3:10 PM — A Polish official who questioned the sexuality of Teletubbies character, 'Tinky Winky' has resigned from office. Eva Sowinska last year said she would ask psychologists to investigate whether the purse-carrying character was gay and promoted homosexuality.

  • CNN reporter arrested in compromising situation 3

    Richard Quest is one of the most instantly recognisable members of the CNN team

    11:59 AM — A British born news anchor for American news channel CNN has been arrested for loitering and possession of an illegal substance. Richard Quest, 46, was challenged by police in New York's Central park.

  • Pope reinforces conservative values at the end of US tour 26

    The tour will be remembered for his comments about the church's sexual abuse crisis

    11:06 AM — Pope Benedict XVI has concluded his six-day visit to the United States with a speech that spoke against abortion and gay marriage. Before a crowd of over 60,000 people, he ended his first visit to the United States.

  • Chelsea woos gay voters in tight Pennsylvania race 1

    Chelsea Clinton has been a vital contributor to her mother's run for the presidency

    9:35 AM — Former first daughter Chelsea Clinton spent this past weekend campaigning for her mother Hillary Clinton in Pennsylvania in a most unusual fashion. Accompanied by Governor Ed Rendell, Chelsea Clinton trolled through Philadelphia on a gay bar crawl.

  • 21st April 2008

    There are no gays in football claims Italian club official 2

    "A homosexual cannot do the job of a footballer"

    5:47 PM — A former managing director of one of the world's best-known football clubs has claimed that "a homosexual cannot do the job of a footballer." Luciano Moggi, formerly with Juventus, is banned from football until 2011.

  • Uruguay’s first gay union, four months after they became legal 1

    The first actual ceremony in Uruguay took place last Thursday

    5:03 PM — In the South American nation of Uruguay, a new law granting cohabiting couples who have lived together for more than five years the same rights as straight married couples was signed into law in December.

  • European Commission abandons gay discrimination directive 5

    There is at present no EU law protecting LGB people from discrimination

    4:49 PM — Opposition from Germany and other member states means that European Union citizens will not be protected by an EU directive from discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation. The BBC has learned that only disability will be covered by the new directive.

  • Russians protest their country’s gay blood ban

    Gay men are still prevented from giving blood in the UK

    12:20 PM — Activists in Russia have written to the country's Ministry of Health to ask why previous assurances that regulations banning gay men from donating are to be removed have not resulted in action.

  • Website celebrates Africa’s gay heroes

    Simon Nkoli was a gay rights and anti-apartheid activist

    12:06 PM — A Supreme Court judge, an HIV treatment campaigner and an anti-apartheid activist all feature on a new website highlighting African heroes. All three are from South Africa. The website, africansuccess.org, was created by Kadija Traoré Bush.

  • N’Sync star speaks out for Day of Silence

    The former N'Sync star recorded the spot to promote the National Day of Silence

    10:05 AM — Proudly out former boy band star Lance Bass speaks out against gay discrimination in a new public service announcement for the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network released this week.

  • US gay couples struggle to divorce: the week in review 1

    Domestic partnership laws benefit same-sex couples but the rules surrounding divorce are not as clear cut

    9:45 AM — After years of fighting for equal treatment in regards to marriage, some gay couples are finally hearing the other shoe drop.

  • 18th April 2008

    Concern for Kyrgyz LGBTs after police raid

    Kyrgyzstan is a former Soviet republic in central Asia

    2:39 PM — A New York-based human rights group has said that a warrantless raid on an LGBT community centre by police in Kyrgyzstan "sends a chilling message." The police action in the capital Bishkek was the second time Labrys had been targeted in this way.

  • Euro politicians speak out on gay teen suicides 1

    Young LGBT people are facing homophobic bullying when they are still in education

    2:03 PM — A new report released by the Council of Europe this week has acknowledged that suicide rates among young LGBT people are "significantly higher" than the general population.

  • Neo-Nazi who attacked gays loses appeal

    National Socialist Front leader Simon Lindberg. Image: den-svenske.com

    11:58 AM — The leader of a neo-Nazi group in southern Sweden, jailed for beating five men at a gay rights party, lost his appeal yesterday. National Socialist Front (NSF) leader Simon Lindberg, had the three month sentence handed down by a district court confirmed by the Court of Appeal.

  • Court rejects sperm donor’s request for child access

    Mr Justice John Hedigan found that the man had misled the couple as to his true intentions

    10:57 AM — A gay man in Ireland who donated his sperm to a lesbian couple has lost his High Court bid for guardianship and access to his biological child. The 41-year old, known only as 'A', signed an agreement that he would not occupy the role of father but would act as a 'favourite uncle'.

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