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  • 24th April 2007

    New York moves towards gay marriage

    Massachusetts is currently the only state where same-sex marriage is legal.

    1:15 PM — The Governor of New York is expected to introduce a bill to legalise gay marriage in the next few weeks.Gov. Eliot Spitzer has been a proponent for gay marriage for years, but did not mention the controversial issue in his State of the State speech in January.Nor did he voice his intentions last week, during a speech which outlined his priorities for the legislative session.

  • Australian state to register same-sex partners

    Mr Bracks, who has been Premier since 1999, has previously blocked gay marriage legislation.

    12:03 PM — The Premier of Victoria has announced that his government will institute a register for gay and lesbian couples by the end of 2007.The proposed register will also be used by unmarried heterosexual couples and two people in a long-term "care-giving" relationship.Steve Bracks announced that the state government will introduce legislation similar to that already in place in Tasmania.

  • Vatican official launches another anti-gay rant

    The hardline Catholic attitude, which they claim is in defence of marriage, is rejected by the majority of Italians.

    11:13 AM — A senior Roman Catholic official has launched a wide-ranging attack on modern life in what many see as yet another attempt by the church to influence Italian domestic politics.Speaking to an audience of priests, Archbishop Angelo Amato said that the media are responsible for presenting abortion and gay rights are signs of progress in human society.The church is planning a rally in Rome next month.

  • 23rd April 2007

    Russian gays pay tribute to Boris Yeltsin

    It was during his tenure in office that homosexuality was decriminalised in Russia. photo: wikipedia.com

    6:56 PM — The first President of Russia, Boris Yeltsin, has died aged 76. He became the country's first elected leader in June 1991 and will be remembered as a man who stood up for democracy.It was during his tenure in office that homosexuality was decriminalised in Russia.In his eight years as ruler of Russia he defied a Communist coup.

  • Gay gun enthusiasts go to queer prom armed 1

    A similar weapons ban was promoted in 2005 by Utah Pride festival planners.

    6:00 PM — A planned gay and lesbian Queer Prom on was the unlikely thread that unravelled a little known weapons ban at the Salt Palace Convention Centre in Utah, USA.Planners promoted the event as having a "zero tolerance policy for... weapons" and said that venue policies "allow only police officers to carry concealed weapons."Several Second Amendment groups including the gay and lesbian Stonewall Shooting Sports of Utah lobbied county-government leaders.

  • Call for gay tolerance may cost teacher her job

    School officials in this community of 1,600 residents, 10 miles east of Fort Wayne, say the issue isn't First Amendment rights but a teacher's failure to live up to her responsibilities.

    5:38 PM — A school teacher is fighting for her job after being suspended for allowing a column promoting acceptance of homosexuals to run in the student newspaper.Student Megan Chase's pro-gay comments appeared a January edition of The Tomahawk, the newspaper at Woodlan Junior-Senior High School in the American state of Indiana.At issue is whether Chase's opinion column advocating tolerance of homosexuals was suitable for a student newspaper.

  • Gay-friendly candidate in final vote for French President 5

    Sunday's vote saw a massive 85% turnout, the highest since 1965.

    5:13 PM — The first round of the elections for President of France has narrowed the field down to gay-friendly Segolene Royal and frontrunner Nicolas Sarkozy.Sunday's vote saw a massive 85% turnout, the highest since 1965.Mr Sarkozy took 31.2% of the 37.6 million votes cast and Ms Royal took 25.9%. The centrist candidate Francois Bayrou came a close third with 18.6%.

  • Clinton backs gays in the military

    Some gay activists have criticised her for backing gay rights in private but not in public.

    1:21 PM — Senator Hillary Clinton has told an small-town audience in Iowa that she supports same-sex unions and the removal of Don't Ask Don't Tell.The policy bars openly gay, bisexual or lesbian people from serving in the US Armed Forces. It was introduced in 1993.She also told a crowd of around a thousand people in Decorah, northern Iowa, that she supports the rights of gay people to form civil unions.

  • Singapore’s gay ban questioned by former PM

    In an interview with the  Straits Times,  Mr Lee talked about the theory that homosexuality is genetic.

    12:36 PM — One of the most influential politicians in Singapore has spoken out against laws in the country that bans sex between men.Lee Kuan Yew was Prime Minister of Singapore from 1959 to 1990, and remains a powerful figure in the country.He has remained in the cabinet since stepping down from the Prime Ministerial role, and carries the title "Minister Mentor."

  • Gay ex-governor’s custody battle turns ugly 1

    Matos McGreevey also alleges that during their marriage, McGreevey was notably absent at crucial times in the child's life.

    12:13 PM — Former New Jersey governor Jim McGreevey exposed his five-year old daughter to nude photographs, according to his estranged wife Dina Matos McGreevey.According to Associated Content, Matos McGreevey is seeking legal and primary residential custody of the couple's daughter Jaqueline.This would mean that the child would live with Matos McGreevey.

  • Day of silence protests by Christian students

    Protesters say the Day of Silence promotes a gay agenda in the public schools.

    11:51 AM — A group of high school students in California were suspended for refusing to take off anti-gay T-shirts.The shirts, which the students wore in protest of last week's Day of Silence, said "Sodomy is sin" and quoted a Bible passage about homosexuality.Phil Spears, interim principal of Rio Linda High School, told the Sacramento Bee that the shirts violated the school's dress code.

  • Kevin Bacon helps gay families

    Bacon partnered with Network for Good to create SixDegrees.org in January 2007. photo: sagindie@flickr.com

    11:00 AM — The organisation Family Pride has won a $10,000 grant from www.SixDegrees.org, a charitable organization created by the popular actor Kevin Bacon.Family Pride also raised more than $30,000 for their group via a fundraising campaign conducted through SixDegrees.org.It was one of six groups who won this fundraising campaign challenge.

  • Election website focuses on gay rights in Ireland

    The site will be updated as candidates and parties set out their views and policy positions with regards to gay rights.

    10:00 AM — A website has been launched in the Republic of Ireland that aims to raise awareness among the gay community of the forthcoming general election.Elections for the 166-seat Dáil Éireann will take place this summer, and gay marriage is set to be an issue in the contest.Earlier this year an attempt by the opposition Labour party to bring forward legislation was blocked by the government.

  • 20th April 2007

    Bomb linked to Jerusalem Pride

    Security forces investigating the scene are reporting the discovery of leaflets that call for the cancellation of the upcoming gay pride march.

    4:39 PM — An explosive device detonated near Jerusalem earlier today may have been the work of ultra-Orthodox Jews protesting against a gay event to be held in the city.The small pipe bomb exploded near the West Bank separation fence.One person suffered a minor leg injury and was taken to a hospital in Jerusalem.

  • White House gay campaigner honoured by Democrats

    When President Clinton took office he appointed Hattoy to the White House personnel department.

    4:33 PM — An HIV+ man who worked as a White House aide to President Bill Clinton and spoke out against government indifference to AIDS has been honoured at a ceremony at the US Capitol.Bob Hattoy died last month aged 56 from complications brought on by AIDS.He made a memorable speech to the Democratic National Convention in 1992, in which he told America that he did not want to die.

  • Moscow Pride loses slander case against mayor 1

    Moscow Pride 2007 marks the day in 1993 when homosexuality was decriminalised in Russia.

    3:28 PM — A court in Russia has ruled that the homophobic Mayor of Moscow did not slander gay activists by calling their gay pride parade "satanic."The organiser of the event, Nicolas Alexeyev, had filed a lawsuit at Moscow's Tverskoi District Court.In addition to demanding a retraction, parade organisers were seeking 1,000 roubles (£19) each in compensation for moral damage.

  • 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.

  • China launches safe-sex programme for gay men

    The Chaoyang CDC also plans to distribute “rainbow cards“ in gay clubs that provide the holder with four boxes of condoms per month.

    1:36 PM — A new scheme to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS amongst gay and bisexual men is to be launched in China next month.The Chinese Centre for Disease Control and Prevention will this week begin collecting ideas from men who have sex with men (MSM) on the programmme.It aims to build a national network for the sale and distribution of condoms and lubricants and make them more available to MSM.

  • US city creates gaybourhood

    Philadelphia joins a short-list of other North American cities that have erected permanent rainbow installations.

    10:10 AM — When gay and lesbian tourists next visit Philadelphia they'll find something even more welcoming in the gay-friendly city.In what represents a historic moment for the LGBT community and the City of Philadelphia, Mayor John F. Street has dedicated 36 new street signs that are permanently affixed with the rainbow flag to designate the 'Gaybourhood.'A dedication ceremony was held on Wednesday.

  • 19th April 2007

    Transsexual seeks change of birth certificate

    Dr Foy also obtained a Gender Recognition Certificate in the UK.

    6:25 PM — A female who was born as a male is asking the High Court in Dublin to instruct the government to issue her with a new birth cerificate.Dr Lydia Foy, a dentist from Athy, Co. Kildare, is claiming that the failure of the Irish government to take action is in breach of the European Convention on Human Rights Act 2003.She has previously been issued with a passport and driving licence in which she is identified as female.

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